Politics

Budget 2021: Chancellor Rishi Sunak to face questions after vowing to build ‘stronger economy’

Rishi Sunak will hit the airwaves to sell his budget later, after it was warned that the chancellor’s economic set piece will leave the poorest families “far worse off”. Having vowed to build “a stronger economy for the British people” after the coronavirus crisis in his address on Wednesday, Mr Sunak will face questions about […]

Business

Budget 2021: From 19.1% to 0.9% – could house price growth collapse by that much?

While Budget 2021 allocated an extra $380 million for 1000 new homes for Māori, its bombshell was a projected massive drop to nearly zero in national house price growth. Housing Minister Megan Woods said 1000 papakāinga housing, affordable rentals, transitional housing and owner-occupied housing were planned. But Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced bigger news: the […]

Politics

Vote 2021: Polling day for biggest set of elections outside a general election in nearly 50 years

The polls open at 7am today for the biggest set of elections outside a general election in almost 50 years. Voters will cast their ballots despite the many COVID-19 restrictions still in place, with 48 million people given the chance to have their say. In Scotland and Wales, the electorate will decide on their national […]

World News

Oscars 2021: "Nomadland" wins best picture at a social distanced Academy Awards — The Know

Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a wistful portrait of itinerant lives on open roads across the American West, won best picture Sunday at the 93rd Academy Awards, where the China-born Zhao also became just the second woman to win best director, and the first woman of color. The “Nomadland” victory, while widely expected, nevertheless capped the extraordinary […]

Politics

Elections 2021: Labour in touching distance of Welsh Parliament majority, new poll says

Labour is within touching distance of an overall majority in the Welsh Parliament, a new poll for Sky News reveals. Labour and the Tories have both made gains since the last time the Welsh Parliament was up for election, at the expense of UKIP, the nationalists and Liberal Democrats, according to a new poll by […]

World News

Aspen Shortsfest 2021 returns virtually April 6-11 — The Know

The premise for “David,” director Zachary Woods’ first entry into Aspen Shortsfest, is so delicately, achingly absurd that describing it would nearly kill it — as would stringing it out across a feature-length movie. But the short film didn’t start out that way, said Woods, who played the tightly wound Gabe Lewis on “The Office” […]

Politics

Budget 2021: Rise in corporation tax and freeze on thresholds as Rishi Sunak tries to recover COVID debt

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out an extra £65bn in COVID support for employees and businesses – but announced a freeze on income tax thresholds and a rise in corporation tax to help pay back the UK’s rising debts. In his budget speech, Mr Sunak set out a three-part plan to “protect jobs and livelihoods […]

Politics

Shane Te Pou: High hopes for 2021 after 2020’s Covid, politics and racism

OPINION: A lot of ink will be spilled trying to make sense of 2020, a year that makes the Queen’s “annus horribilis” (1992) seem like a barrel of laughs in comparison. How could you compare a few failed marriages and a palace fire to these 12 slow-motion months of mayhem across the globe?This year turned […]