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Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:26 pm | UNICEF NZ

Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand ... More >>

John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 3:18 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

“John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete ... More >>

Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 2:01 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan ... More >>

Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 10:47 am | Simon Hinchco

Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the annual Hamilton Pride ... More >>

Evidence Supports GE Moratorium

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 10:40 am | GE Free NZ

Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1) More >>

Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 10:33 am | Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today. More >>

Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 9:54 am | Te Kaunihera Maori

Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party More >>

Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 9:51 am | David Rankin

Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that we ... More >>

Announcing a New Voice for The Left

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 9:43 am | slightlyleftofcentre

Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand. More >>

Public services held back by poor workplace culture

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 9:38 am | PSA

A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue. More >>

iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update

Monday, 20 October 2014, 3:13 pm | iPredict

Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. ... More >>

Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone

Monday, 20 October 2014, 2:35 pm | Department Of Corrections

Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders. More >>

Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women

Monday, 20 October 2014, 2:06 pm | UN Women National Committee for Aotearoa

The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the ... More >>

Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership

Monday, 20 October 2014, 1:13 pm | Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust

Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation. More >>

Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria

Monday, 20 October 2014, 12:56 pm | Global Peace And Justice Auckland

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area. ... More >>

Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014, 12:06 pm | New Zealand High Court

The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed. More >>

Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit

Monday, 20 October 2014, 10:54 am |

“The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by hundreds ... More >>

Many tourist car accidents preventable

Monday, 20 October 2014, 10:08 am | Dog And Lemon Guide

Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website . More >>

RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More

Monday, 20 October 2014, 9:52 am | Rainbow Youth

In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot and a lot of hard ... More >>

Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State

Monday, 20 October 2014, 9:49 am | New Zealand Republic

MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another country's Head of State. More >>

Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations

Monday, 20 October 2014, 9:41 am | Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says ... More >>

EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership

Monday, 20 October 2014, 9:03 am | EPMU

The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over ... More >>

World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology

Monday, 20 October 2014, 8:20 am | GE Free NZ

The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth. More >>

Labour Names Review Team

Sunday, 19 October 2014, 5:09 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban. More >>

Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time

Sunday, 19 October 2014, 1:36 pm | TVNZ

The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today. More >>

UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme

Sunday, 19 October 2014, 11:44 am | TVNZ

New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme. More >>

The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 2:38 pm | The Nation

Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 2:35 pm | The Nation

Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account” More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 2:15 pm | The Nation

Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack More >>

NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation

Friday, 17 October 2014, 4:07 pm | Buddy Day

Many leading New Zealand businesses have partnered with national child advocacy organisation Child Matters to participate in the fourth annual ‘Buddy Day’ - New Zealand’s only child abuse prevention awareness day. More >>

Tribunal decision significant for SMEs

Friday, 17 October 2014, 2:22 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. The decision may still be appealed but the Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, Robert Kee, who represented ... More >>

On The Nation this weekend

Friday, 17 October 2014, 1:49 pm | The Nation

This weekend on The Nation… New Zealand has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, but what happens next? Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully from New York about our goals for reform, what America wants from us in the ... More >>

1000+ supported by Te Arawa Whanau Ora

Friday, 17 October 2014, 1:36 pm | Te Arawa Whanau Ora Collective

Over 1000 individual whānau members are leading happier, healthier, more successful lives as a result of eight passionate and committed Māori organisations working at the coalface to help whānau find success. More >>

Nomination for Board Members Now Open

Friday, 17 October 2014, 11:48 am | Changemakers Refugee Forum

CRF’s objective is to create opportunities for people from refugee backgrounds to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to every area of New Zealand society. It is an organisation that undertakes advocacy work using the strengths-based approach, ... More >>

Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action

Friday, 17 October 2014, 11:41 am | Public Service Association

Social workers, family workers and support staff working for Anglican Family Care in Dunedin and South Otago will take industrial action after their employer refused a pay increase that would keep up with the rising cost of living. More >>

Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injustice

Friday, 17 October 2014, 11:26 am | Amnesty International

Amnesty International welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the UN Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use the role to ensure the body lives up to its role of safeguarding global peace and security. More >>

Grisham’s ‘child porn’ comments ignorant

Friday, 17 October 2014, 10:34 am | Stop Demand

World-renowned author John Grisham has come under fire by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation, for comments it says trivialises the global child sex abuse trade. More >>

Latest leak of TPPA intellectual property text confirms risk

Friday, 17 October 2014, 9:31 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

On the eve of the latest (non)round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) yet another version of the intellectual property has found its way to Wikileaks . More >>

New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat

Friday, 17 October 2014, 9:07 am | Oxfam

International aid agency Oxfam New Zealand welcomes New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, saying it gives an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting contribution to international peace and security and improve the lives ... More >>

40 more jobs lost to cheap imports

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 3:24 pm | EPMU

40 more jobs lost to cheap imports Another New Zealand manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Wellpack is a paper bag manufacturer based in Upper Hutt, Wellington. ... More >>

Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 3:23 pm | EPMU

Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs 29 roles are to be cut at the Christchurch manufacturing facility of Tasman Insulation, the company which manufacturers the iconic Pink Batts brand of products. The company is proposing to consolidate its ... More >>

Kellogg cereal donations help the Sallies feed those in need

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 3:06 pm | Pead PR

Kellogg New Zealand commits 64,000 serves of breakfast cereal during World Food Day Coinciding with World Food Day this year, Kellogg New Zealand and The Salvation Army are reaching out to less fortunate Kiwis with the donation of 64,000 serves ... More >>

National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 3:00 pm | Roy Morgan Research

National fail to get post-election bounce but leaderless Labour Party crash to lowest ever support More >>

NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 2:49 pm | Growing Up in New Zealand

Auckland, 16 October 2014 – What do expectant mums and dads hope for their children? According to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand , a baby’s health and happiness may be high up on the list, but today’s parents want a lot more than ... More >>

NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 2:40 pm | NZ Planning Institute

NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance NZPI is supportive of Hon. Dr Nick Smith’s, efforts to use the RMA as a mechanism for taking the heat out of the housing affordability challenge in New Zealand. “As Minister for Environment ... More >>

Prime Minister's OIA Admision Disturbing

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 2:09 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for answers after it was revealed on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report that the Prime Minister’s office routinely flouts its obligations under the Official Information Act. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman, Ben ... More >>

NZDIA forum press release

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 11:17 am | New Zealand Defence Industry Association

NZDIA forum press release Wellington - The New Zealand Defence Industry Association, with the support of the NZ Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence, will be holding a two-day international forum on October 21-22 at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. More >>

BPW NZ calls fashion industry to account

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 10:45 am | NZ Federation of Business and Professional Women

The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) joins the call for action on the use of skinny models and mannequins as it is directly affecting the self-esteem and health of many of our young people. More >>

Electoral Commission introduces Extra Touch for Blind NZers

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 10:08 am | Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand

The Electoral Commission was presented with the Extra Touch Award by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (Blind Citizens NZ), in recognition of its successful implementation of Telephone Dictation Voting ahead of its commitment to do so by ... More >>

Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 9:44 am | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. More >>

Redundancies a result of putting profit over good business

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 4:33 pm | Food And Services Workers Union

Heinz Watties redundancies a result of putting profit over good business Heinz Watties workers are shocked by the announcement made late last night that up to 100 jobs are being cut from the company’s New Zealand operations. No information was given ... More >>

Injuries at work show many sectors are too dangerous

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Workers are deeply concerned about the research Statistics New Zealand have released today showing that almost one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation ... More >>

Chatham Rise seabed hearing: the absence of evidence

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 3:59 pm | Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

The phosphate on the seabed, 450m down on the Chatham Rise, has a particular quality that other phosphate doesn’t have: uranium. More >>

Office of Ombudsman making sure people treated fairly in NZ

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 12:46 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Office of Ombudsman has told Parliament that it has made significant progress in effectively managing its work to make sure people are treated fairly in New Zealand. More >>

Food Matters Aotearoa Conference Press release

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 12:16 pm | Food Conference

This year the UN World food day theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”, chosen to highlight and raise awareness of the problems worldwide and the solutions to food security and ridding the world of hunger. The day is also ... More >>

Support from Production, Recreation and Environment.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 11:48 am | NZ Landcare Trust

When it comes to water quality not many organisations can claim to have the support of major bodies representing production, recreation and the environment, yet this is exactly what NZ Landcare Trust has achieved. The Trust's upcoming 'Communities ... More >>

Law Society supports Malaysian Bar Peace and Freedom Walk

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 9:53 am | New Zealand Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its support for a planned Walk for Peace and Freedom by Malaysian lawyers protesting against continued use of the Sedition Act 1948 by the Malaysian government. More >>

Bunnies Offered Protection With New Technology

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 9:50 am | SAFE

SAFE is announcing the spring launch of its “bunny protector” – a new mobile phone app that will help shoppers on the go avoid animal-tested cosmetics products. Suitable for both iPhone and android, the ‘SAFEshopper Cruelty-free NZ’ app will ... More >>

Maori Wellbeing - Defying the Oxymoron

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 9:16 am | The Maori Party

When Mother Teresa was asked how do you achieve world peace, she said, go home and love your family. More >>

Free access to proven processes for New Zealand Councils

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 3:41 pm | Botica Butler Raudon Public Relations

Auckland, 13 October 2014 – Next month local councils throughout New Zealand will gain free access to a new online library that allows them to share their knowledge and experience with other councils. More >>


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