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The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Bill English

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 12:08 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Bill English Headlines: Prime Minister Bill English now says there’s no evidence that his MP Todd Barclay actually did make recordings of his colleague, Glenys Dickson. English says he’s satisfied that the ... More >>

Hamilton student to battle Govt in landmark climate lawsuit

Friday, 23 June 2017, 8:26 pm | Sarah Thomson

Friday, June 23: A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More >>

Roy Morgan Poll - National Party consolidates lead

Friday, 23 June 2017, 3:53 pm | Roy Morgan Research

In June New Zealand’s governing National Party has jumped 3.5% to 46.5% after Finance Minister Steven Joyce handed down a New Zealand Budget projecting a string of surpluses over the next few years. National are now well ahead of the opposition ... More >>

Last chance for Lawrence Yule to release expenses

Friday, 23 June 2017, 2:31 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

National Party Tukituki Candidate and former Hastings Mayor, Lawrence Yule, is the only mayor in New Zealand whose travel, entertainment, and slush fund is kept secret from New Zealand ratepayers as head of ratepayer-funded lobby group, Local Government ... More >>

TOP's Mika on Labour bringing in unpaid overseas students

Friday, 23 June 2017, 2:22 pm | The Opportunities Party

Opportunities Party Auckland Central Candidate Mika responds to Labour Party bringing in unpaid overseas students. More >>

NZ Cuban friendship group condemns Trumps anti-Cuba policy

Friday, 23 June 2017, 2:17 pm | Auckland Cuba Friendship Society

The Auckland Cuba Friendship Society has condemned the latest rollback of the Obama presidency’s easing of relations with Cuba as a deepening of the blockade, now in place for 54 years. More >>

Bridges' handout sees taxpayers fork out $600 each

Friday, 23 June 2017, 1:52 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Simon Bridges has announced a second $300,000 non-refundable taxpayer grant to the Tarawera ultramarathon, apparently to attract only 500 international visitors in what must be one of the most ridiculous examples of corporate welfare to date. Jordan ... More >>


Friday, 23 June 2017, 1:35 pm | The Opportunities Party

In electoral desperation, the Labour Party yesterday abandoned any attempt to address one of the greatest concerns facing New Zealanders, the ongoing pollution of our waterways. More >>

Southland plan gets ministerial go-ahead

Friday, 23 June 2017, 1:16 pm | Emergency Management Southland

The Southland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan has received sign-off by the Minister of Civil Defence Gerry Brownlee. This means it will set the scene for Emergency Management Southland and its partners for the next five years. More >>

Shameful $19 Million Clean-up Bill For Taxpayers

Friday, 23 June 2017, 12:38 pm | Community Recycling Network

Environment Minister Nick Smith today provided a little good news and far more frustratingly bad news for our shameful national scrap tyre problem. More >>

Green Party to run campaign to unseat Nick Smith in Nelson

Friday, 23 June 2017, 11:00 am | Green Party

The Green Party is today announcing that its Nelson candidate, second term local councillor Matt Lawrey, will run to win the electorate and unseat Nick Smith in September’s election. More >>

Green Party Run Campaign to Unseat Nick Smith in Nelson

Friday, 23 June 2017, 10:27 am | Green Party

The Green Party is today announcing that its Nelson candidate, second term local councillor Matt Lawrey, will run to win the electorate and unseat Nick Smith in September’s election. More >>

Government announces false solution for tyre woes

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 7:11 pm | Product Stewardship Council

After rejecting an industry-designed workable product stewardship scheme for end of life tyres, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today the government would allocate $19 million taxpayer dollars into a false solution instead - most of the ... More >>

More than 1000 place names taken forward

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 3:56 pm | Land Information NZ

The New Zealand Geographic Board made decisions on 1109 New Zealand, Antarctic and Undersea place names at its recent meeting on 18 May 2017. More >>

Two Reports Show Health & Poverty Gaps Widening

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 3:38 pm | Closing The Gap

Two reports released last week show need for real concern about widening children’s health & poverty gaps, according to the Closing the Gap organisation. More >>

Simple, nation-wide window-washer rules needed – WDC

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 2:46 pm | Whangarei District Council

Whangarei District has reiterated that window washers at intersections are a significant problem in the District and that simple, low-cost, nation-wide laws are needed to manage them. Speaking to the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee ... More >>

Auditor-General's report, Border security

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 2:40 pm | Controller and Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s report Border security: Using information to process passengers was presented to the House of Representatives today. This report looks at whether staff working on the frontline at major ports have the information they need to effectively ... More >>

Police Association launches election year policy document

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 2:14 pm | Police Association

Police Association launches 2017 election year policy document: Towards a Safer New Zealand More >>

New zone plan for Taupō catchment

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 1:53 pm | Waikato Regional Council

A new high-level plan to guide Waikato Regional Council’s work to promote a healthy catchment in the crucial Lake Taupō zone has been approved by the integrated catchment management committee today. More >>

Chinese fishing vessels fined for tuna offences

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 12:22 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Chinese fishing vessels fined close to NZD$1m for tuna offences near NZ waters 22 June 2017 Chinese authorities have deregistered and fined a Chinese commercial fishing company approximately NZD$825,000 for misreporting bluefin tuna catches and fishing ... More >>

Last week for local board plan feedback

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 12:16 pm | Auckland Council

Feedback on Auckland Council’s 21 draft local board plans 2017 closes on Friday 30 June – so don’t miss the chance to have your say on the future of your community. More >>

Statement from Matt McCarten, Campaign for Change

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 11:37 am | Matt McCarten

In May this year my contract with the Labour Party ended and I left to run a programme called the Campaign for Change. The programme was supported by the Labour Party in Auckland, however I led and managed it. More >>

If You Want a Farming Future You Know What To Do ...

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 11:29 am | New Zealand First Party

Certainly there will be many more people at Palmerston North’s Convention Centre, this Sunday at 2pm, when New Zealand First launches its Campaign for the Regions. More >>

Record new arrivals as net migration tops 72,000

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 11:24 am | Statistics New Zealand

Annual net migration reached 72,000 in the May 2017 year, Stats NZ said today. Migrant arrivals numbered 130,400 and migrant departures numbered 58,400 in the year ended May 2017. More >>

LGNZ Welcomes New Move to Deal with Used Tyres

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 10:57 am | LGNZ

A new National Environmental Standard to deal with New Zealand’s millions of waste tyres is an excellent step towards reducing the harmful impacts of used tyres. More >>

Mixed views on Christchurch stock transfer

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 10:36 am | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) says the shortlisting of consortia is the expected next step in seeing state housing in Christchurch transferred to a new provider, yet the process remains fraught. More >>

The biggest privatisation of state assets in NZ history

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 10:02 am | State Housing Action

In a particular shameful act the Christchurch City Council is helping the National government facilitate the biggest privatisation in Zealand history – our $18 billion of state house assets. More >>

Rural tourist routes an accident waiting to happen

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 9:51 am | Dog And Lemon guide

The government must urgently upgrade unsafe rural roads used by tourists, says the car review website . More >>

For Green Nationalism in New Zealand

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 9:04 am | New National

The South Island’s New National NZ will field a candidate in Christchurch in this years general election. More >>

Assisted Suicide Opponent to Visit New Zealand

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 9:02 am | Every Life Research Unit

Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff will be visiting New Zealand Monday, 26 June through Friday, 30 June. The Welsh professor of palliative medicine and cross-bench member of the House of Lords was last in New Zealand in 2012, when she debated Maryan ... More >>

Founder of HPV Vaccine guest of honour at Parliament

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 3:23 pm | Medicines New Zealand

Founder of HPV Vaccine guest of honour at Parliamentary Dinner. Professor Ian Frazer founder of the HPV vaccine is the guest speaker at the Medicines New Zealand Parliamentary dinner this evening, hosted at Parliament by the Chair of Health Committee, Simon ... More >>

SSC statement on Ombudsman’s school closures report

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 3:19 pm | State Services Commission

Following the release of the Ombudsman’s report today, the Ministry of Education has apologised for failing to provide the information it should have during its early engagement with the Christchurch community over school re-organisation in the wake ... More >>

Contempt report protects right to a fair trial

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 2:12 pm | Law Commission

Freedom of expression does not include the right to undermine fair trials says Law Commission President Douglas White. More >>

Skills for Success

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 12:48 pm | TransTasman

INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS - NZ's low labour productivity and its lack of improvement in comparison with its international partners is the focus of many initiatives. At the presentation of the OECD Economic Survey of NZ last week, OECD chief economist ... More >>

CEOs Gear up to Support Fight Against Human Trafficking

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 12:01 pm | Tearfund

Some of New Zealand’s top CEOs are putting their bodies on the line in the fight against human trafficking by riding in this year’s Tearfund Poverty Cycle Challenge. More >>

At least be honest that you’re evicting the birds

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 11:30 am | Save Our Reserves

The Point England Development Enabling Bill is being debated in its final stages this week in Parliament. National is trying to have its cake and eat it too by saying that this Bill will provide more housing at the same time as protecting the dotterel ... More >>

Future-Focused Plan for NZ Infrastructure Needed, LGNZ says

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 10:32 am | LGNZ

New Zealand’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and needs to be a key focus in the upcoming election, Local Government New Zealand says. More >>

Careful Mr Peters, you don't come to this with clean hands

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 10:20 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says that it’s a bit rich of Winston Peters to criticise the National Party for using its taxpayer-funded leader's fund to pay ‘hush money’ when that is precisely what he used his leader's fund for in late 2013 to fend off ... More >>

How Legalising Cannabis Can Help Society

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 10:15 am | Massey University

Leading drug researcher Associate Professor Chris Wilkins from Massey University’s SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre is calling for the adoption of a not-for-profit public health model for recreational cannabis. It would allow regulated cannabis ... More >>

Corrections Accused of Cover Up over New Torture Reports

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 9:35 am | No Pride in Prisons

The prisoner advocacy organisation No Pride in Prisons is “outraged” by what it sees as an attempt by the Department of Corrections to avoid transparency and undermine the Official Information Act (OIA). More >>

Conservative Party Appeals Broadcasting Allocation

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 9:22 am | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party of New Zealand has appealed the level of broadcasting allocation decided by the Electoral Commission. “The level of allocation is a slap in the face for democracy and justice,” says Party Leader, Leighton Baker. More >>

‘Give a Home’: Massive global concert series

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 8:38 am | Amnesty International

1,000 musicians to play at Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds events globally in September More >>

Celebrating the Positive Contributions of Refugees

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 5:34 pm | Auckland Regional Migrant Services

The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS), in partnership with the Auckland Resettled Community Collation (ARCC) is celebrating World Refugee Day and the positive contributions of refugees to New Zealand. More >>

Kiwis asked to listen to the story of a refugee

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 3:34 pm | Human Rights Commission

World Refugee Day 2017: Human Rights Commission asks Kiwis to take the time to listen to the story of a refugee More >>

Nats all ‘say’ and no ‘do’ on equal rights

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 3:24 pm | Hobson's Pledge

A flyer challenging Prime Minister Bill English’s record on a single standard of citizenship went out to 1.6 million households today. More >>

IHC congratulates new Disability Rights Commissioner

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 3:08 pm | IHC

Media release 20 June 2017 IHC New Zealand warmly welcomes Paula Tesoriero as the country’s new Disability Rights Commissioner. More >>

Barclay payment not the first

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 2:59 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

In addition to other parties using leaders' funds to hush former staff, it appears the Todd Barclay episode is not the only time a National Party leader has used taxpayers' money to prevent legal action in relation to allegations of secret recordings. More >>

GCSB's process for determining foreign intelligence activity

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 2:58 pm | Inspector General of Intelligence and Security

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, released the public report of her inquiry into the Government Communications Security Bureau’s (GCSB) processes for determining its foreign intelligence activity today. This inquiry was ... More >>

Shine on the Family Violence Death Review Committee findings

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 2:58 pm | Shine

Shine’s on the ground experience is echoed in the Family Violence Death Review Committee findings More >>

Economic migrants just as legitimate as refugees

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 2:38 pm | Migrant And Refugee Rights Campaign MARRC

Today on World Refugee Day, the Greens have released a policy to double the quota twice, with a target of 5,000 refugees. The Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign (MARRC) welcome this policy, but say that economic migrants must also be welcomed. More >>

Time for “diseased” electricity industry overhaul

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 2:24 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Tuesday, June 20: Greenpeace has called for an overhaul of the electricity industry after a complaint against a tax on solar was quashed in court. More >>

Inquiry into the Government Communications Security Bureau

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 2:23 pm | Inspector General of Intelligence and Security

Inquiry into the Government Communications Security Bureau’s process for determining its foreign intelligence activity. More >>

Managing the assets that distribute electricity

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 2:22 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s report Managing the assets that distribute electricity was presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

Female Majority in Supreme Court Valuable in Gender Equity

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 1:18 pm | NZ Bar Association

13 June 2017 saw the history-making sitting of the Supreme Court of New Zealand as a female-majority bench. The five-judge Court comprised Chief Justice Sian Elias, Justice Susan Glazebrook, and Justice Ellen France, alongside their colleagues Justice ... More >>

Opportunities Party Calls for Real Commitment to Refugees

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 12:42 pm | The Opportunities Party

The Opportunities Party is committing to quadrupling New Zealand’s refugee quota to 3000 per annum over the term of the next Parliament. More >>

That's taxpayer money, not your hush money

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 11:52 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Auditor General’s office to investigate today’s revelations regarding the use of former Prime Minister John Key’s taxpayer funded ‘leaders budget’ to, allegedly, cover-up allegations of wrongdoing by ... More >>

MPI Cruise Ship Accreditation to Stay

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 10:44 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

A trial accreditation programme has boosted biosecurity for international cruise ships and will be expanded for future seasons, says the Ministry for Primary Industries. More >>

Businessman to talk about near-death refugee experiences

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 9:48 am | Make Lemonade

A leading New Zealand tech businessman and a former refugee, Mitchell Pham, will deliver a speech in Auckland tonight as part of World Refugee Day. More >>

World Refugee Day - ChangeMakers Refugee Forum

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 9:27 am | Changemakers Refugee Forum

This World Refugee Day, June 20th, ChangeMakers Refugee Forum volunteers will be out on the streets of Wellington for our first ever street appeal. We will be collecting essential funds for our work to support Wellingtonians of a refugee background. More >>

New Zealand Red Cross celebrates World Refugee Day

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 9:23 am | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross is celebrating the contribution former refugees have made to their new communities this World Refugee Day and appealing for more to be done to address the global humanitarian crisis. More >>




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