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Full Coverage: States of the Nation 2008

Scoop Full Coverage: States of the Nation 2008

State Of The Nation II: Age Of Participation In Education To Be 18

Prime Minister Helen Clark today outlined new government policy for all young people to be in school or some other form of education or training until the age of eighteen. Helen Clark also announced that the Youth Apprenticeship programme being piloted this year will be rolled out to all secondary schools by the end of 2011. More >>

Bonus Orewa Speech: Anderton Proposes Student Loan Debt Write Off

"After a student graduates, they could have their debt paid off by the Government by staying and working in New Zealand. If they wanted to go overseas, they could go and take their student loan with them, as they do now," proposed Progressive Leader Jim Anderton. More >>

see Speech: National Targets Youth Crime Wave

National Party Leader John Key today announced policies to fight a growing youth crime wave and ensure young people get into education or training. In a speech in Auckland, he outlined National’s Youth Plan. More >>

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Scoop HiveMind Project: Universal Basic Income - Are We Up For It?

This is an opportunity for you as one of the 4 million potential funders and recipients of a Universal Basic Income to collectively consider the issue:
1. Is UBI is a desirable policy for New Zealand; and
2. How should a UBI system work in practice. More>>


Lyndon Hood: National Announces Plan To Hit Youth With Big Mallets

The National party has announced its youth justice policy, which includes a controversial plan for recidivist serious youth offenders to be hit over the head with a comically large rubber mallet. More>>


Lyndon Hood: This ->

It's been brought to my attention that Labour's new campaign slogan is "Let's do this". A collective call to action. A mission. I myself was halfway out of the couch before I realised I wasn't sure what it was I was supposed to do. More>>


Scoop Hivemind Report: What New Zealanders Think About Affordable Housing

Ordinary citizens have had very few venues where they can debate and discuss as to what they believe has led to the crisis in affordable housing and how we might begin to address this. The HiveMind on affordable housing was about redressing the balance. More>>


New Hivemind Exploration: Opening The Election - Freshwater Quality

This is an opportunity for you as one of the 4 million guardians of our common water resources to help us find mutually agreeable solutions to the critical task of collectively managing these resources for health and sustainability. More>>