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Auckland’s legal high sale areas agreed

Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:37:38 +1300 | Auckland Council

Areas where the sale of psychoactive substances, otherwise known as legal highs, will be allowed in Auckland have been agreed by Auckland Council. More >>

Surcharges: ensure customers are not misled

Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:34:02 +1300 | Commerce Commission

Many businesses apply surcharges to recover additional costs such as higher staff wages on public holidays. Businesses must ensure any surcharge is clearly disclosed and the reasons for the surcharge are accurately described or they may risk breaching ...More >>

Urgent 'Musts' Needed for Palestinians to Defeat Apartheid

Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:51:58 +1300 | Ramzy Baroud

Waiting on Israeli society to change from within is a colossal waste of time, during which the suffering of an entire nation - torn between an occupied home and a harsh diaspora - will not cease. But what are Palestinians and the supporters of a just ...More >>

Law Commission Must Not Be Asked to Promote Homicide

Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:32:28 +1300 | Right To Life

Right to Life is opposed to the recommendation of Green Member of Parliament, Keith Hague MP, that the government instruct the Law Commission to lead a public consultation on euthanasia. Sir Grant Hammond, President of the Law Commission, in February told ...More >>

Māori Committee concerns forwarded to Local Govt Commission

Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:22:50 +1300 | Wairoa District Council

The Māori Standing Committee (a sub-committee of the Wairoa District Council) have forwarded a letter to Basil Morrison, the Chair of the Local Government Commission outlining their concerns regarding the independent telephone-based survey currently ...More >>

TVC in California Asks Drone Pilots to Stop Killing

Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:13:00 +1300 | David Swanson

This may be a first: a television ad campaign in a U.S. state capitol appealing to someone to stop murdering human beings who have, in most cases, already been born. More >>

Consumer NZ warns shoppers about extended warranties

Thu, 2 Apr 2015 09:24:19 +1300 | Consumer

A Consumer NZ mystery shop of big-box retailers has found sales staff promoting extended warranties with misleading claims. Consumer chief executive Sue Chetwin said extended warranties had been a lucrative sideline for retailers but the warranties were of ...More >>

Easter Trading Laws Should Be Maintained, Enforced

Thu, 2 Apr 2015 09:20:33 +1300 | Family First

Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve this special annual break to spend time with their families. They are also calling on the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation ...More >>

Govt Spikes Removal of Paedophile Name Suppression Bill

Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:09:17 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

Parliament today refused leave for the Member for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters to introduce a Bill to remove the right of paedophile’s to name suppression when the victim wants their attacker named.More >>

Stagnation of Child Protection National’s Fault

Wed, 1 Apr 2015 16:44:58 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

The government’s admission that Child Youth and Family is now eight to ten years behind in the international child protection field is a disgrace, says New Zealand First.More >>

Real changes must come from CYF review

Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:28:46 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

A well-overdue revamp of Child, Youth and Family cannot be just another cost cutting exercise, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Employee share scheme tax simplification efforts welcomed

Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:14:27 +1300 | KPMG

KPMG Head of Global Mobility Services, Rebecca Armour, welcomed the release of a proposal aimed at reducing compliance costs for employees that participate in employee share schemes.More >>

OVERSEER 6.2 welcomed despite forecast Nitrate loss spike

Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:09:01 +1300 | Irrigation NZ

IrrigationNZ says any short-term pain for irrigating farmers who end up with worse nitrate leaching results in OVERSEER 6.2 will be out-weighed by the benefits of more realistic irrigation modelling.More >>

RNZSPCA supports cosmetics animal testing ban

Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:07:23 +1300 | RNZSPCA

The Royal New Zealand SPCA is delighted by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy’s announcement that the Government will amend the Animal Welfare Act to ban the use of animals for testing cosmetics .More >>

Drug Free Sport NZ responds to Essendon ruling

Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:17:38 +1300 | Drug Free Sport NZ

Drug Free Sport NZ says yesterday's ruling on Essendon players by the Australian Football League’s Anti-Doping Tribunal provides valuable lessons for athletes, sporting clubs and anti-doping agencies. More >>

Gordon Campbell: The inadequate response to sexual violence

Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:13:29 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

On combatting sexual violence, the government has finally begun to undo some of the problems that were of its own making. Early in March, ACC launched the Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims scheme – a package aimed at improving the attitudes ...More >>

Court of Appeal Judge and Chief High Court Judge appointed

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:48:07 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Attorney-General 31 March 2015 Media Statement Court of Appeal Judge and Chief High Court Judge appointed More >>

Connor Healthcare appeals to Commerce Commission

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:59:09 +1300 | Commerce Commission

Connor Healthcare Limited (Connor) has filed an appeal in the High Court against the Commission’s decision declining clearance for it to acquire all the shares in Acurity Health Group Limited (Acurity) it did not already own.More >>

Research finds NZers are inviting crime into their homes

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:55:05 +1300 | ADT

Auckland, New Zealand: Research from ADT Security has found that complacent New Zealanders are not following basic steps to prevent burglary. More >>

Carmel Sepuloni back in Social Development role

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:30:16 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

Andrew Little has reinstated Carmel Sepuloni as Labour’s Social Development spokesperson following the sentencing of her mother in the New Plymouth District Court today. More >>

 

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