Kiwis happy to support an America's Cup defence

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 Written by

New Zealanders will support their taxpayer dollars going towards any America's Cup defence - but Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says such talk is premature.

Herald-DigiPoll survey shows Kiwis want the government to contribute should Team New Zealand get over the line for one more victory.

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Labour rockets in poll

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 Written by

Labour's support has jumped under new leader David Cunliffe to the extent that he could form a coalition government and become Prime Minister, if today's Herald-DigiPoll survey figures were translated to an election result.


It is the first political poll conducted entirely since he became leader. The poll also shows a marked dive in the popularity of John Key, to the lowest level since he became Prime Minister.


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Voters support extension of tax credits to beneficiaries, poll finds

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 Written by

Just over half of voters support extending Working for Families in-work tax credits of at least $60 a week to beneficiaries - a result that has surprised and pleased the Child Poverty Action Group.

In a Herald-DigiPoll survey of 750 voters taken last month, 51 per cent said they agreed with the Child Poverty Action Group's wish for the tax credits for parents to be extended to parents on welfare. Forty-one per cent disagreed with it.

Housing intervention opposed: poll

Monday, 29 July 2013 Written by

A law change to allow the Government to override councils in order to free up land for housing developments was opposed by a slim majority of New Zealanders surveyed in a Herald-DigiPoll survey.


Asked which statement best fitted their view on giving central Government power to override councils' planning and consent processes, nearly half of respondents said they did not support it because it was undemocratic to ignore councils.

Air NZ wrong to ban tattoos - poll

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 Written by

More than half the people who responded to a Herald-DigiPoll survey think airlines should accept employees with visible tattoos.

In April, Claire Nathan, an aspiring air hostess, was refused a job with Air New Zealand because she has a ta moko - a traditional Maori tattoo - on her arm.


Ms Nathan said she was told that a tattoo that could not be covered up was unacceptable and that her job interview with the airline would have to be stopped.


The airline has defended its decision on the grounds that tattoos are considered "frightening" to some cultures.


Prime Minister John Key, who is the Tourism Minister, said at the time that he did not believe the tattoos would scare off tourists.


Air New Zealand has reviewed its policy on visible tattoos but in June decided to confirm its stand.

Protest curbs get big tick from Kiwis

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 Written by

Nearly three in four New Zealanders support a law change to restrict protest near deep-sea drilling rigs or ships exploring for oil and gas, a Herald-DigiPoll survey has found.


The Defence Force now has powers to arrest and detain anti-mining protesters and impose stiff penalties if the protesters intentionally interfere with or damage mining sites or vessels within New Zealand waters.

Graham's knighthood should go, survey finds

Saturday, 06 July 2013 Written by

More than half the people who responded to a Herald-DigiPoll survey want Sir Doug Graham to lose his knighthood for his role in the collapse of a finance company.


The Court of Appeal this week sentenced Graham and three other former directors of Lombard Finance to home detention after deciding that their initial sentences of community work were inadequate.

Student loan arrest plan polls well

Friday, 05 July 2013 Written by

A hardline Government policy to recoup student loan debt by arresting serious defaulters at the border has proved popular in a Herald-DigiPoll survey.


The policy of arresting the most non-compliant borrowers was introduced in Budget 2013 as part of greater efforts to claw back money from overseas-based ex-students, who were responsible for most of the $500 million in default.