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LGNZ congratulates National

Monday, 22 September 2014, 4:13 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ congratulates National Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) congratulates re-elected Prime Minister John Key and the National led government on winning their third consecutive term following Saturday’s general election. LGNZ President Lawrence Yule acknowledges ... More >>

The Letter - 22 September 2014

Monday, 22 September 2014, 3:35 pm | ACT New Zealand

John Key’s win is historic. In the history of MMP elections – worldwide – ever – no government has won an absolute majority. MMP was imposed on Germany to make sure that country never had another Hitler. It is designed to make sure no party ... More >>

Election Coverage - None Better Than Trans Tasman

Monday, 22 September 2014, 3:02 pm | Trans Tasman

To get a steer on what was going to happen in the election - away from the histrionics of the mainstream coverage - the best place to go was The Main Report Group’s weekly political report Trans Tasman. More >>

Federated Farmers intemperate

Monday, 22 September 2014, 2:06 pm | Environmental Defence Society

For the second time in a week Federated Farmers has made intemperate and provocative comments on environmental issues, says EDS. More >>

MP’s Stolen Items Recovered

Monday, 22 September 2014, 12:34 pm | Andrew Williams

Following a complaint to Parliamentary Services today [ September 19 ], items which had been stolen from NZ First MP Andrew Williams’ Wellington parliamentary office have been recovered and returned. More >>

Election results bad news for those on benefits

Monday, 22 September 2014, 12:25 pm | Benefit Action

Beneficiary Advocate Kay Brereton says, “ The election result holds no good news for people on benefits, National campaigned successfully with their beneficiary bashing agenda, and will now believe their punitive treatment of beneficiaries has the support ... More >>

Opportunity to progress water infrastructure

Monday, 22 September 2014, 10:14 am | Irrigation NZ

“National’s re-election is an opportunity to develop the infrastructure New Zealand needs to provide surety of water for agriculture, town drinking water supply, waterways, recreational use and to future proof the country from climate change,” says Andrew ... More >>

Wellington City joins the global call for 100% clean

Monday, 22 September 2014, 9:50 am | People's Climate March

At 1:00 pm, residents and visitors of Wellington gathered at the summit of Mt Victoria to join the millions strong call for a 100% clean future. More >>

Hikoi with us from Cape Reinga to Auckland Oil Conference!

Monday, 22 September 2014, 8:58 am | Statoil Out

Monday 22 September 2014: Maori from different tribal areas along the western length of Northland are organising a hikoi starting on Saturday to a Government oil conference in Auckland to make sure that Norwegian oil giant Statoil gets the message: Go Home! ... More >>

Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 8:33 pm | Roy Morgan Research

Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls National re-elected to third term with record high vote as Labour slumps to worst result in over 90 years More >>

National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 3:07 pm | Federated Farmers

An unprecedented increase in support for the third-term National Party, the best electoral performance since 1899, has delivered a clear mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act says Federated Farmers. “Vital reforms to the RMA have ... More >>

New Zealand says no to Culture of Death

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 3:05 pm | Right To Life New Zealand Inc

Right to Life is pleased that the people of New Zealand have rejected a culture of death by refusing to elect a Labour/Green government that supported the decriminalisation of abortion. More >>

Q + A - Steven Joyce

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 1:40 pm | TVNZ

CORIN Steven Joyce if we could start with how things are going to look now with your support partners. Can you just run us through, National can technically govern alone on what you’ve got at the moment, do you think that'll hold? More >>

Q + A - Kelvin Davis

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 1:36 pm | TVNZ

SUSAN Well earlier this morning, just before we came to air in fact, Corin spoke to Kelvin Davis, one of the big winners of the night, the new MP for Te Tai Tokerau. More >>

Q + A - David Cunliffe

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 1:32 pm | TVNZ

CORIN Joining me now is Labour Leader, David Cunliffe. Good morning to you Mr Cunliffe. This is a tough result for Labour, how much personal responsibility do you take for this. More >>

Grey Power congratulates Key

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 1:25 pm | Grey Power New Zealand

Grey Power National President Terry King congratulated John Key for his party’s “resounding win “ in yesterday’s election and hoped that the new National Government would look hard at issues affecting the ever–growing number of older New Zealanders. ... More >>

EMA congratulates PM John Key and National

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 12:17 pm | Employers And Manufacturers Association

The Employers and Manufacturers Association extend hearty congratulations to the re-election of Prime Minister John Key and National. More >>

Helen Clark Receives Inaugural Women’s Health Rights Award

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 12:10 pm | Women's Health Action Trust

Helen Clark was honoured as the first recipient of the Women’s Health Rights Award at the 121st Woman’s Suffrage event held in Auckland. More >>

National deal with New Zealand First unlikely

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 10:59 am | Civicsquare

The National party is unlikely to offer a confidence and supply agreement to New Zealand First according to Dr Ryan Malone, Director Training and Research at Civicsquare. More >>

Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power

Friday, 19 September 2014, 5:06 pm | iPredict

Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led ... More >>

Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies

Friday, 19 September 2014, 4:58 pm | Gareth Morgan Foundation

Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues. More >>

The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary

Friday, 19 September 2014, 4:41 pm | Kiwi FM

Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or More >>

Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable

Friday, 19 September 2014, 4:27 pm | Beneficiary Advocacy Federation

Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.” More >>

UN Experience Beneficial

Friday, 19 September 2014, 4:24 pm | Acclaim Otago

Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has ... More >>

Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms

Friday, 19 September 2014, 4:23 pm | Race Relations Commissioner

With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday ... More >>

SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways

Friday, 19 September 2014, 4:10 pm | Ban 1080

Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal. More >>

NZ 2014 Election Index - 13-18 September

Friday, 19 September 2014, 3:59 pm | iSentia

Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used ... More >>

Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT

Friday, 19 September 2014, 3:55 pm | Adam Holland

For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we don't ... More >>

Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins

Friday, 19 September 2014, 3:12 pm | Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain extent ... More >>

Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone

Friday, 19 September 2014, 3:06 pm | Ngati Hine

The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati Hine, Waihoroi Shortland. More >>

Oceania voices on environment loud and strong

Friday, 19 September 2014, 3:04 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea levels. This ... More >>

Prime Time with Sean Plunket - Tonight

Friday, 19 September 2014, 2:05 pm | The Nation

No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald, Tim Murphy Former Labour President, ... More >>

Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing

Friday, 19 September 2014, 1:25 pm | Massey University

Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University. More >>

Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts

Friday, 19 September 2014, 12:44 pm | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only ... More >>

NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow

Friday, 19 September 2014, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Independent Coalition

“Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan. More >>

Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014

Friday, 19 September 2014, 12:04 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014 In This Issue • RMA reform the golden unicorn of policy | Jenesa Jeram More >>

Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:58 am | NIWA

One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea. More >>

Tourism operators urged to vote strategically

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:52 am | Tourism Industry Association

Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA). More >>

WGTN: March for free education

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:51 am | Fightback

We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education. More >>

Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:35 am | Internet Party

Internet Party leader Laila Harré will take evidence of corruption to international forums if there is not a full Royal Commission to investigate the growing evidence of the systematic use and abuse of democratic institutions and processes for political ... More >>

Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:32 am | NZEI

Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year. More >>

ACT Final Election Rally

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:31 am | ACT New Zealand

Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral choices for your ... More >>

Taxpayers on Hook Again for Solid Energy

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:07 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are extending another $103 million to keep Solid Energy afloat, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: More >>

Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures

Friday, 19 September 2014, 10:43 am | New Zealand Labour Party

People across New Zealand continue to express their disgust at the downgrading of Invermay, says Dunedin North MP David Clark, as the Save Invermay petition he instigated earlier this year topped the 10,000 signature mark just days before the 2014 General ... More >>

McVicar vows to continue fight for police

Friday, 19 September 2014, 10:35 am | Conservative Party

Garth McVicar stated at a public meeting last week that he would fight to retain a 24/7 Police Station in Napier and no reduction in the number of police staff for the Hawkes Bay region, some said he was simply politicking, but he is now vowing ... More >>

Party Vote Our Weapon in Fight Against Government Corruption

Friday, 19 September 2014, 10:26 am | Internet MANA

Internet MANA urges New Zealanders to use their party vote to confront corruption in any new government. More >>

Election day is tomorrow - make sure you're a part of it!

Friday, 19 September 2014, 9:44 am | Electoral Commission

Tomorrow, Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years. More >>

Is the Shape of our Government out of the hands of Voters?

Friday, 19 September 2014, 9:30 am | Fairfax Media

In the last / Ipsos Political Poll before Saturdays election, National is down 5.1% to 47.7% and Labour up 3.7% to 26.15%. These results are remarkably similar to the 2011 election where National received 47.3% of the vote and Labour ... More >>

Spirit of Suffrage a Call to Action for All Kiwi Women

Friday, 19 September 2014, 9:24 am | Internet MANA

Internet MANA is drawing on the courage and integrity of New Zealand women on Suffrage Day – Friday, September, 19 – to encourage them to pay tribute to the spirit of their foremothers who gained women the vote. More >>

Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 5:26 pm | Maori TV

Māori Television’s KOWHIRI 2014 – ELECTION SPECIAL kicks off at 7.00pm this Saturday with a five-hour broadcast focusing on the Māori electorates. More >>

Judge’s Decision Disappoints Fish & Game

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 4:07 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Today’s decision to give a Temuka man 100 hours of community service for selling sports fish to the public has disappointed Fish & Game, which believes the sentence handed down was “too lenient and will not go far enough to act as sufficient deterrent ... More >>

Cutting-Edge Graphics Fire up TV3’s Election Night Coverage

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 3:55 pm | Mediaworks

TV3’s Election Night coverage, hosted by John Campbell, will be enhanced by cutting-edge graphics that will showcase the night’s results. More >>

Govt rushes to open charter schools in New Year

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 3:03 pm | NZEI

The government’s decision to approve four new charter schools last week to open in January next year goes against the Minister of Education’s own advice that the schools ought to have at least a year’s preparation time. More >>

7 Days And Jono And Ben at Ten Hijack Election Weekend

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 1:46 pm | Mediaworks

The 7 Days and Jono and Ben at Ten (JABAT) comedians are running their own version of election coverage, with a schedule of entertainment and comedy across TV3, Kiwi FM, the web and social media this Friday and Saturday under the banner DERISION '14. More >>

Fewer Prisoners Equals Less Crime

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 1:45 pm | Rethinking Crime and Punishment

In its latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and other Crazy Stuff’,’ at , Rethinking Crime and Punishment urges government to rethink its approach to releasing prisoners. “The public expectation is that the excellent reductions in the crime ... More >>

McVicar slams his political opponents

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 1:34 pm | Conservative Party

I want a safe and prosperous society and that can only be achieved if we have strong and vi-brant families – McVicar More >>

Falling economic growth – wage rises overdue

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:30 pm | NZCTU

“The lower GDP growth in the three months to June is further evidence that growth has peaked. New Zealand’s economy is on the way down to mediocre growth rates,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “Yet wage rises are still weak with 43% of wage ... More >>

Get Out and Vote campaign a success

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Tens of thousands of workers from all around New Zealand have embraced the Get Out and Vote campaign and have created their own personalised voting plan, the CTU said today. “With three days of voting left in the 2014 General Election our campaign ... More >>

Animal Research Failing – So Do More Animal Research?

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:24 pm | NZ Anti-Vivisection Society

Victoria University of Wellington is about to host a lecture on why the success rates of pharmaceutical development is so low and what can be done about it. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) welcomes discussion on this important ... More >>

ALCP welcomes Prime Minister's cannabis comments

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:21 pm | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Mr Abbott's comments came on the same day as New South Wales and Victoria states announced they would be doing clinical trials of cannabis. More >>


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