New Zealand

New Zealand introduces paid domestic violence leave in world first

In New Zealand, domestic victims can now take out a special type of leave, thanks to legislation that has been passed.

The Domestic Violence—Victims’ Protection Bill allows people to request up to 10 days of leave a year if they are affected by domestic violence, on top of regular sick and vacation entitlements.

It also protects domestic violence victims from being dismissed from their jobs or have their employment conditions downgraded. Green Party MP Jan Logie worked on the bill for 7 years, and pushed it through parliament in its third reading on Wednesday.  Read more…

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New Zealand’s so sick of being left off maps they’ve launched an entire ad campaign

New Zealand is continually omitted from maps of the world. Seriously, there’s an entire Reddit thread highlighting examples of the country being completely wiped from global existence. 

Also known as Aotearoa or “the land of the long white cloud,” New Zealand is missing from maps in Getty stock images, German museums, Ikea wall stickers, tattoos, iPhone cases — even the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s globe left it out.

And New Zealand’s just about done with it.

The country’s tourism board has launched a fun new ad campaign dubbed #getNZonthemap, with a commercial starring Kiwi Flight of the Conchords star Rhys Darby and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. They’re keen to get to the bottom of this blatant map omission, and they’re looking squarely at … Australia. Read more…

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Want to wear your onesie to the movies? This cinema won’t let you in.

Thinking of rolling to the cinema in your PJs or unicorn onesie? One cinema won’t let you in.

A New Zealand cinema has banned pyjamas and onesies, championing their aim to improve the dress standards in the surrounding town.

Reported by Newshub, local movie theatre Hawera Cinemas took to Facebook on Friday to post their dress code, which bans “pyjamas, onesies, dressing gowns or dirty gumboots — no matter how cute they are!”

“Like many other businesses and people in town we have noticed an increasing trend of people thinking pj’s/onesies and dressing gowns are appropriate to wear in public,” wrote Hawera Cinema 2.  Read more…

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