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Q+A: Education Minister Chris Hipkins

Sunday, 27 May 2018, 12:57 pm | TVNZ

Q+A: Education Minister Chris Hipkins interviewed by Corin Dann NCEA – ‘clearly some improvements that can be made’ - Education Minister Chris Hipkins The Education Minister was on TVNZ 1’s Q+A programme to discuss a potential overhaul of NCEA ... More >>

A missed opportunity to address workforce crisis

Sunday, 27 May 2018, 11:39 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Health Minister’s Letter of expectations to health bosses a missed opportunity to address workforce crisis More >>

Conservation land needs urgent protection from mining

Sunday, 27 May 2018, 10:46 am | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird welcomes Government moves to ban mines on public conservation land, but says that action needs to be urgent. The intended ban was announced at the opening of Parliament last year, but since then the Department of Conservation has continued ... More >>

ALRANZ Congratulates Ireland

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 6:55 pm | ALRANZ

ALRANZ congratulates the Republic of Ireland on the repeal of the 8th amendment. The Irish Times has reported exit polls predict a landslide in favour of changing the constitution to permit the government to introduce legislation allowing pregnant ... More >>

The Nation: Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 1:32 pm | The Nation

Lisa Owen: When Judge Andrew Becroft first stepped into the role of children's commissioner in 2016, he admitted he was shocked at the level of child poverty in New Zealand. So with a couple of years under his belt, does he see things improving? And how does ... More >>

Members bill to add a blanket of protection

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 11:50 am | First Union

Ambulance professionals are thankful those who assault first responders might in future receive tougher penalties. More >>

International Whaling Commission on Māui dolphins

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 11:35 am | World Wildlife Fund

International Whaling Commission calls for immediate action to protect critically-endangered Māui dolphins Today the International Whaling Commission has called on the New Zealand government to remove dangerous fishing nets from Māui dolphin habitat. The Commission ... More >>

Public health services in crisis require urgent fix

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 11:29 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government must fix the crisis with patient care at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital urgently to ensure the struggling services there do not break down further as we head into what could be a disastrous winter,” says Ian Powell, Executive ... More >>

Kids and quads a lethal combination

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:49 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A young boy had a lucky escape after he fell from a quad bike and was run over by the equipment being towed behind it. WorkSafe says it is a reminder for farmers and families to ensure they are keeping kids off adult sized quad bikes, as riders or ... More >>

E tū media statement

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:36 pm | E tu

“E tū supports the Government’s commitment to a Just Transition as it moves the country to a non-carbon future. More >>

New Zealand featured in new report on child soldiers

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:16 pm | Peace Movement Aotearoa

“In many countries the popular myth of the army as a benevolent institution which “saves” disadvantaged and vulnerable young people from an uncertain future remains pervasive. This report deconstructs that myth, the research clearly shows that military ... More >>

Federated Farmers drop legal action around GMOs

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:07 pm | The Soil and Health Association of NZ

Following years of court action for a precautionary approach to genetically modified organisms (GMO), the Soil & Health Association today welcomed Federated Farmers’ decision to drop legal challenges to several local council resource management plans ... More >>

More Kōtuitui Places needed please – CHA

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:05 pm | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa says it is vital communities don’t have to wait six more years for another development like Manukau’s Kōtuitui Place to kick off. More >>

Seymour shows a lack of understanding

Friday, 25 May 2018, 2:58 pm | Auckland Community Housing Network

Auckland community housing providers are urging communities to show greater understanding of their neighbours, rather than greeting people living in social housing with ill-founded condemnation. More >>

Bidois identifies priority park and ride sites

Friday, 25 May 2018, 2:57 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s Northcote candidate Dan Bidois is calling for Auckland Council to commit to building new park and ride facilities in the electorate, to ease residents’ congestion woes. More >>

PSA response to Human Rights Commission appointments

Friday, 25 May 2018, 2:44 pm | Public Service Association

"The PSA looks forward to establishing a constructive working relationship with the Acting Chief Commissioner, Paula Tesoriero and the Chief Executive. More >>

Re-entry tender process moves to next stage

Friday, 25 May 2018, 2:37 pm | Pike River Recovery Agency

Re-entry tender process moves to next stage 25 May 2018 A number of suppliers who responded to a recent procurement process to recover the Pike River Mine drift access tunnel will next be selected to submit full proposals to the Pike River Recovery ... More >>

Hoki MSC certification based on illegal fish dumping

Friday, 25 May 2018, 2:31 pm | Forest and Bird

The fishing industry has serious questions to answer after a report from 2012 revealed alleged illegal fish dumping by hoki fishers was ignored by MPI fisheries managers, while the fishery continued to be certified internationally as sustainable. More >>

Prison expansion does not help victims

Friday, 25 May 2018, 2:12 pm | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

Prisoner advocacy organisation, People Against Prisons Aotearoa, hits back at the National Party over its recent statement that plans to cancel the Waikato megaprison disregards victims. More >>

National should apologise for housing gaffe

Friday, 25 May 2018, 1:45 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“Northcote needs a local MP who's focused on quality affordable housing, not on scaremongering rhetoric trying to divide our community," says Labour candidate for Northcote Shanan Halbert. More >>

Taranaki leaders calling for greater certainty

Friday, 25 May 2018, 1:42 pm | Joint Press Release

Taranaki leaders calling for greater certainty and investment from the Government as the region becomes Ground Zero for the Just Transition More >>

Peace Activists arrested for expressing opinion on Palestine

Friday, 25 May 2018, 1:33 pm | Auckland Peace Action

Peace Activists arrested for expressing opinion on Palestine From: Auckland Peace Action Date: Friday, 25 May 2018 More >>

Charter School support agency takes issue with Andrew Little

Friday, 25 May 2018, 12:42 pm | E Tipu e Rea

Charter School support agency takes issue with Hon Andrew Little In the budget debate on 23 May 2018, The Minister of Justice, Hon Andrew Little, made a speech to the House. More >>

Government has no plan for phasing out fossil fuels

Friday, 25 May 2018, 12:32 pm | Fossil Fuels Aotearoa Research Network

Shortly before the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration in April, she declared “We have a plan for weaning New Zealand off fossil fuels and it has a timeline that stretches out nearly 30 years ... More >>

Changes at Human Rights Commission

Friday, 25 May 2018, 11:18 am | Human Rights Commission

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero will be the acting head of the Human Rights Commission from today. More >>

The Little Guy’s Guide to Making a Difference

Friday, 25 May 2018, 11:11 am | University of Canterbury

At 12.51pm on 22 February 2011, 12 people died beside Ann Brower. The Christchurch city bus she was riding was crushed by the parapet and facade of an unreinforced masonry building on Colombo St during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake . The earthquake ... More >>

Gypsy Day Causes Driver Danger

Friday, 25 May 2018, 10:24 am | DT Driver Training

Gypsy Day, the annual movement of livestock on June 1st is upon us and has the potential to cause danger for drivers, especially motorcyclists and those unfamiliar with rural roads such as tourists. More >>

Ngāti Paoa support Supreme Court fight for Mana Whenua

Friday, 25 May 2018, 9:01 am | Ngati Paoa Trust

Ngāti Paoa, the largest Iwi in the Marutūāhu Collective, strongly supports Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s legal challenge currently being heard in the Supreme Court. This is despite Ngāti Paoa being named as a respondent in the Supreme Court case ... More >>

Minister must listen to growing Iwi requests

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 5:39 pm | Ngati Whatua

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust is calling on Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Hon. Andrew Little to listen to the growing calls from Iwi not to initial the Marutūahu Collective Settlement. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Deputy Chairman Ngarimu Blair ... More >>

Leaked commercial fishing industry report

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 3:19 pm | Sea Shepherd NZ

Given the recent leaked report regarding IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated) practices in the commercial fishing industry Sea Shepherd is also concerned dolphin by-catch from the large trawlers on the west coast is going unreported or possibly ... More >>

EDS releases second working paper

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:49 pm | Environmental Defence Society

EDS has released its second working paper as part of its RM Reform Project. The project is taking a first principles look at how New Zealand’s resource management system operates and how it could be improved for the coming decades. More >>

Catholic Bishops Express Concern at Abortion Changes

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:48 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

A joint submission by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) to the Law Commission last Friday argues that the State has an essential responsibility to protect and care for all human life, born and unborn, which it would abdicate ... More >>

Airways Launches Inaugral Drone Report

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:45 pm | Airways New Zealand

New Zealand’s drone services market is taking off but safety is a major concern according to a new state of the industry report released today by Airways. Based on a national survey of drone operators, the report provides an in-depth look at ... More >>

What more proof is needed before government acts?

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:16 pm | LegaSea

We’ve seen the Heron Report on failures in our fishing industry, the Achilles and Hippocamp reports paint a devastating picture of the Ministry of Primary Industries working hand in glove with industry to avoid accountability, more recently we’ve ... More >>

NZGB now consulting on three place name changes

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:12 pm | Land Information NZ

The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today opened consultation on proposals to alter three New Zealand place names. Between now and 24 August 2018, the NZGB is seeking public submissions on: • altering Poverty Bay, the bay south ... More >>

Failure to address our biggest environmental issues

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:04 pm | Canterbury University Press

A new book, Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand, traces the history of environmental governance in Aotearoa New Zealand since the heady days of the 1969 Save Manapouri campaign and tackles the reasons for our failure ... More >>

NZNO members advised of Panel recommendations

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 1:21 pm | NZNO

The Independent Panel established to resolve the impasse in the NZNO/DHB Nursing and Midwifery Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (DHB MECA) negotiations released its final report and recommendations on Tuesday 22 May. Our members have today received ... More >>

Independent Panel makes recommendations on MECA agreement

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 1:06 pm | Ministry of Health

The Independent Panel, which was set up to help reach a Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) between the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation and the 20 District Health Boards, has made a series of recommendations to address issues impacting settlement. More >>

Second BSA decision on Naked Attraction

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 12:34 pm | Broadcasting Standards Authority

Freedom of expression and viewers’ ability to exercise choice and control critical to BSA’s second decision on Naked Attraction More >>

Toi Tangata responds to McDonalds’ te reo Māori menu

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 12:17 pm | Toi Tangata

Toi Tangata commends the efforts by Ngati Kahungunu to normalise te reo Māori in everyday settings, but highlights the need for a wider conversation to be had amongst Iwi, Māori organisations and Māori communities around normalising its use in outlets ... More >>

Significant gaps in legal services identified in Otago study

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 12:14 pm | University of Otago

With an average hourly charge-out rate of about $300, private lawyers are often out of reach for New Zealanders needing legal assistance, according to research from the University of Otago. More >>

Livestock transporters let down over effluent

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 12:06 pm | Road Transport Forum

Livestock transport operators are extremely disappointed in the way farmers, OSPRI and MPI have failed to implement and properly enforce stock movement regulations as is their responsibility under the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) ... More >>

Urgent planning for climate change needed

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 11:03 am | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is calling for better planning to protect people and wildlife, following a new report on climate change adaptation. More >>

Trout and River Advocacy Opposes Chemicals at Groynes

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 10:32 am | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

A national trout and rivers advocacy the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA) has strongly opposed the use of chemical sprays to control unwanted weed at the fish out ponds at the Groynes. NZFFA’s president Graham Carter said the ... More >>

CCATWG report a step in the right direction

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 10:17 am | LGNZ

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the release this morning of the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group’s final report on how New Zealand can adapt to the impacts of climate change. More >>

Taxpayer Money Wasted On Non-Binding ‘Opinion Polls'

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 9:46 am | Family First

Family First NZ says that until referendums are binding on the government, taxpayer funding should not be wasted on glorified opinion polls costing $10 - $15m each. More >>

Free and Easy Tax Refunds - MoneyHub welcomes the IRD’s myIR

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 9:34 am | MoneyHub

A new guide to tax refunds by MoneyHub applauds the IRD’s efforts to make overpaid taxes easily accessible to everyday New Zealanders. More >>

Independent inquiry needed after leaked fishing report

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 9:25 am | Greenpeace

Thursday, May 24: Greenpeace is calling for a full and independent inquiry into New Zealand’s Fisheries Management System after releasing a leaked internal Government report showing "shocking" levels of malfeasance in the hoki fishery. More >>

Citizens’ Jury highlights complex euthanasia debate

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 9:22 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago-led Citizens’ Jury on euthanasia could not reach agreement about whether it should be legalised, highlighting complexities around the debate. More >>

Countdown and The Salvation Army appeal for food donations

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 9:13 am | Countdown

Countdown and The Salvation Army have teamed up for their annual Food Rescue Winter Appeal to help stock The Salvation Army’s foodbanks ahead of what could be New Zealand’s busiest winter ever for foodbanks. More >>

Legalisation debate must be informed by those most affected

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 8:58 am | DAPAANZ

The Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand ( dapaanz) says any decision to hold a referendum on legalising cannabis use in 2019, rather than in an election year, would be a welcome one because the issue is too important ... More >>

How to Make the Cannabis Referendum Work Properly

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 8:23 am | Peter Dunne

Suggestions that the Government wants to bring forward the timing of the referendum on recreational cannabis make good political sense. The current plan to hold the referendum at the same time as the next General Election makes sense from a costs ... More >>

Gordon welcomes decision on decile funding

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 8:31 pm | Liz Gordon

Dr Liz Gordon, researcher and policy advocate, welcomes the government’s decision not to abolish the decile funding system for schools. “I have campaigned from the start against the abolition of decile-based funding, and it is great to see the expensive ... More >>

European Union trade negotiations to start

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 3:56 pm | EMA

Confirmation that trade negotiations will begin on a free trade agreement with the European Union is excellent news says the EMA. More >>

Cannabis referendum: Bring it on, says NORML

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 2:56 pm | NORML

Cannabis campaigners have welcomed news today the Government is considering bringing forward the binding referendum on legalising cannabis to next year, 2019, rather than during the 2020 general election. More >>

Partnership Schools: Request for Investigation

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 2:11 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

23 May 2018: On 20 February 2018, the Auditor-General received a request from Hon Nikki Kaye to investigate the way the Government is managing its contract negotiations with partnership schools and the possible transition of partnership schools to other ... More >>

Fuel taxes prompt call for better use of public transport

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 12:01 pm | Nexgen

Fuel taxes prompt call for SMEs to make better use of public transport The New Zealand Coalition Government’s recent announcement on additional fuel taxes has been met with dismay by many in the small business sector, but one chartered accounting and ... More >>

Dylyn Davis: Judicial activism at its worst

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 11:43 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“The Three Strikes Law was passed by the Highest Court in the land [Parliament] if the Judiciary refuse to fully implement the tools Parliament has given them to protect the public then SST will.” Garth McVicar: More >>

Govt Right To Be Nervous About Dope Vote

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 11:23 am | Family First Lobby.

Family First NZ says that the Government is right to be nervous about the fallout from a referendum on marijuana legalisation for recreational use, and the possible effect on their voter support. “Labour are looking at the possibility of stinging ... More >>

Police gearing up for new firearms safety training

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 10:11 am | New Zealand Police

From 1 July firearms safety training is changing. More >>




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