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On World Refugee Day, Thursday June 20th, Doing Our Bit will officially launch a campaign to double New Zealand’s UNHCR Refugee Resettlement Quota...
New Zealand’s low refugee intake is not a new issue. In February a NZ Herald editorial commented that our intake was ‘paltry’, remarking that ‘surely we could do more’. In April, Amnesty International described the quota as ‘tiny'.
“Despite being a small country in the middle of the South Pacific, New Zealand prides itself on being hospitable. We are friendly to overseas visitors and we see ourselves as punching above our weight in international affairs,” said Murdoch Stephens, coordinator of Doing Our Bit.
“However, in terms of accepting refugees New Zealand is clearly not doing our share.” More>>
The NZTA, GWRC and Wellington City Council today released the final report of the Public Transport Spine Study about future public transport options for the city. At the same time, NZTA released refined plans for State Highway 1 including the Basin Bridge, Mount Victoria Tunnel duplication, and widening of Ruahine Street and Wellington Road. More>>
Since the Arab Spring began, the rebellion in Syria has been the only one to evolve into full scale civil war, and still is the only conflict with the potential to shape the politics of the entire Middle East… More>>
The Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing has released its report, Manufacturing: The New Consensus, A blueprint for better jobs and higher wages, which finds that a sensible set of policy changes can be made to turn around the decline in manufacturing… More>>
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson have reached agreement with Christchurch City Council for a team of technical experts from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to join the council’s consenting department and work with council officers to speed the flow of consent approvals. More>>
Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell’s Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill was today reported back from the Commerce Select Committee. The Green Party submitted a minority report outlining concerns over changes to the original bill that had been made during the select committee process. More>>
The Green Party welcomes the Psychoactive Substances Bill as it is reported back to the House today, and is delighted that an amendment limiting animal testing has finally been included, despite the submissions on animal testing being rejected by the chair of the Select Committee. More>>