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Honouring ANZACs Needs More than Words

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 4:57 pm | Conservative Party

"There are still many veterans who fought for our country under instructions from our government, who have not received proper compensation for injury and harm suffered in the line of duty." More >>

Korero Mai Ki Ahau - Anzac Day, Shane Jones

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 2:05 pm | Radio Waatea 603 AM

Parekura Kupenga reminisces and remembers his fallen comrades of years gone by as we all remember ANZAC Day... Shane Jones is leaving parliament. More >>

Shane Jones' new job raises questions

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:39 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association says the announcement that Labour MP Shane Jones is to move to a new ‘ambassador-level’ role created by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully raises questions about the politicisation of the public service. More >>

New Zealand Defence Force Ready For Anzac Day 2014

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Friday 25 April marks the 99th anniversary of the ANZAC Cove landings in the First World War, and the New Zealand Defence Force will be present at over 270 commemorative events across New Zealand, and around the globe. Highlights include: The 41 strong ... More >>

Evidence lacking for Northland council amalgamation

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 12:41 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association has told a Local Government Commission hearing in Kaikohe that there is a lack of evidence supporting a proposed amalgamation of Northland councils. More >>

Foreign Influence Plays Key Role in Housing Debate

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 11:50 am | Jamie Neikrie

At his weekly press conference in Wellington last week, Prime Minister John Key was questioned about the idea of reducing or slowing the rate of housing prices by limiting foreign purchases. His response revealed a gap in the New Zealand government. More >>

iPredict Ltd 2014 Election Update #15

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 11:25 am | iPredict

iPredict’s 7000 registered traders continue to believe Winston Peters’ NZ First party will hold the balance of power after the election and allow National to govern. There has been a small gain to Act and the Conservatives over the last week and a ... More >>

Have your say on regional council Draft Annual Plan 2014/15

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 11:04 am | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Submissions close on Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Draft Annual Plan at 4pm on Monday 28 April, so there are just are five days left to make your voice heard. More >>

Citizens denied access to public space for Hamilton J Day

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 11:02 am | NORML

The Hamilton branch of the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ request to use the Hamilton Lake Domain Stage to hold its annual J Day gathering in Hamilton has been denied by the Hamilton City Council. More >>

Progress made to prevent another Rana Plaza tragedy

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:53 am | First Union

One year on: progress made to prevent another Rana Plaza tragedy An official from one of the two global union bodies that negotiated the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety , currently visiting New Zealand, says that the Accord continues ... More >>

Another hike delivered, with more to come

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:44 am | HSBC Bank

The RBNZ increased its cash rate by +25bp to 3.00% today, as expected. The economy is picking up strongly and the RBNZ has continued on a path to return rates to more normal levels, to keep inflation contained. The central bank kept the prospect of ... More >>

Focus on housing costs, raise wages not interest rates

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:40 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Focus on housing costs, raise wages not interest rates "The increase in the Reserve Bank's interest rate, while expected, shows little imagination and will raise mortgage costs for home owners," says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “The focus ... More >>

ACT fabricates 3 strikes claim

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:10 am | Rethinking Crime and Punishment

“Jamie Whyte’s claim the UK 3 strikes legislation in 1999 has reduced burglary by 35% is a fabrication” says Kim Workman, spokesperson for Rethinking Crime and Punishment. “Since last Monday, Mr Whyte has constantly claimed a connection between ... More >>

Students believe forging links with Australia has benefits

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:58 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury history and anthropology second year students mostly believe forging links with Australia has benefits but sharing the same currency was not an option. More >>

Anti Fluoridation Advertisements Rejected

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:48 am | Making Sense of Fluoride

Over the past week, the Advertising Complaints Authority (ASA) has upheld three complaints made against the anti fluoride group (Fluoride Action Network of NZ) FANNZ. The complaints involved several advertisements authorized by FANNZ and placed in ... More >>

SAFE Slams Lab Animal Cruelty

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:38 am | SAFE

SAFE Slams Lab Animal Cruelty On World Day for Laboratory Animals (24 April) animal advocacy group SAFE has slammed the Government for failing to reduce the number of animals being used in experiments. More >>

Dunne Speaks - Anzac Day

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:35 am | Peter Dunne

24 April 2014 Tomorrow morning, rain or shine, thousands of New Zealanders will gather at dawn and throughout the morning to commemorate the disastrous Allied landings at ANZAC Cove, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, nearly 100 years ago. They will do so ... More >>

Visit to New Zealand by Major General David Cullen

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:27 am | British High Commission

Britain’s Assistant Chief of the General Staff Major General David Cullen will arrive in New Zealand today (April 24) for high level Army-to-Army talks and a number of other military-related engagements. More >>

Shane Jones ‘right to go’ – Labour Rotorua candidate

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:14 am | The Mud

The Labour Party’s Rotorua candidate Tamati Coffey says Shane Jones is best off to leave if his heart’s not in the party. More >>

Total figures for campaign against alcohol fuelled violence

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 1:37 pm | ANZPAA

The final total figures for the eighth police led Operation Unite: a Blitz on Drunken Violence was announced today by Jon White, CEO of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA). More >>

ACT’s proposal to further three-strikes policy short-sighted

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 1:22 pm | JustSpeak

JustSpeak is calling out the ACT Party’s extension of the three-strikes policy as knee-jerk punitivism, political populism and based on a culture of fear, rather than evidence. More >>

InternetNZ welcomes growing debate on Internet issues

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 12:51 pm | InternetNZ

InternetNZ is pleased to see evidence that debate on Internet issues is taking hold, with today’s release by the Green Party of a for-comment Internet rights and freedom bill. More >>

Age Concern calls for building accessibility for elderly

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 12:28 pm | Age Concern

Age Concern has made a submission strongly opposing the clause within the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill that exempts building owners from providing or improving building accessibility. The current Building Act 2004 clearly acknowledges ... More >>

Internet Rights & Principles Coalition: Internet Rights Bill

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 12:19 pm | Internet Rights and Principles Coalition

The Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRP Coalition) of the UN Internet Governance Forum applaud the release of the NZ Green Party’s Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill for public consultation. The IRF Bill is a pioneering project for the internet ... More >>

Gender quotas should be a last resort

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 9:39 am | Institute Of Directors

The Institute of Directors in New Zealand (IoD), says introducing gender quotas is not the best solution to increase the number of women directors on New Zealand boards. More >>

Taika Waititi lends support to #BeefWithBullies campaign

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 9:16 am | Pead PR

Even if Chardonnay doesn’t like your Michael Jackson dance moves, that’s no reason for you to be made fun of. Renowned Kiwi director, Taika Waititi has pledged his support to the Mad Butcher’s anti-bullying campaign #BeefWithBullies. With ... More >>

Commissioner proposes limit on credit reporting charges

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 9:14 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Privacy Commissioner, John Edwards, is proposing an amendment to the Credit Reporting Privacy Code that would limit what credit reporters can charge individuals wanting immediate access to their credit information. More >>

Does ACC system provide access to justice asks UN

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 9:00 am | Acclaim Otago

The United Nations Committee responsible for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ("CRPD") has formally raised access to justice and other issues with the New Zealand Government. The Committee considered a report submitted ... More >>

Iwi concerned over future of country’s oldest wharenui

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 8:54 am | ORA Communications

An East Coast iwi says they are concerned the Crown has not made good on its promise to return their wharenui – the oldest meeting house in the country. “The Government promised to return our wharenui, now they are reneging,” said Willie Te Aho, the ... More >>

NZDF-Supported Anzac Day Commemorations in France, Belgium

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:48 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will be increasing its support for official and locally-run Anzac Day commemorations in France and Belgium this year with a 10 person contingent, including a Māori cultural element, from New Zealand as well ... More >>

Third National Māori Housing Conference set to take place

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 3:21 pm | Te Matapihi

Success stories in Māori Housing developments from around Aotearoa will be shared at a National Māori Housing Conference, to be held in Whanganui from May 1-3. Conference hosts the Whanganui Iwi Housing Forum and national umbrella organization Te Matapihi ... More >>

Partnership targets visitor safety on New Zealand roads

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 3:03 pm | Joint Media Statement

Partnership targets visitor safety on New Zealand roads Tourism New Zealand, the New Zealand Transport Agency and Air New Zealand have joined forces to target Chinese tourists with important road safety messages before they get behind the wheel. A ... More >>

Renewable energy in the Pacific under EU-NZ Partnership

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 2:21 pm | Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand

European Commissioner Piebalgs and New Zealand Foreign Minister McCully depart on 23-27 April on a joint mission to the Pacific to see EU-NZ renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. More >>

Disabled Community Further Marginalised by Proposed Bill

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 2:03 pm | Muscular Dystrophy Association

Disabled Community Further Marginalised by Proposed Building Amendment Bill for Earthquake Prone Buildings to the Building Act. More >>

Home loan affordability worsens by most in 12 years

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 12:06 pm | Roost Home Loan Affordability Report

Home loan affordability worsens by most in 12 years as interest rates and house prices rise More >>

ACT should abandon Three Strikes

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 11:10 am | Rethinking Crime and Punishment

Rethinking Crime and Punishment is urging right wing politicians to do their homework before coming up with one-off “tough on crime – high on vengeance’ sentencing policies for which there is no evidence of success. He was responding to the ACT ... More >>

Noho Hewa': Visit of Native Hawaiian filmmaker

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 9:44 am | Peace Movement Aotearoa

Native Hawaiian filmmaker, Anne Keala Kelly, will be in Aotearoa New Zealand for two screenings of the award winning documentary 'Noho Hewa: the wrongful occupation of Hawai'i', a powerful portrayal of the multiple links between militarisation and ... More >>

Rural Contractors NZ hits the road during May

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 9:35 am | Rural Contractors NZ

Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) will be updating its members on the latest changes in health and safety, transport and employment laws – as well as other topics – in a series of roadshows being held around the country during May. More >>

Landlord and tenant alarm at healthy homes bill

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 9:10 am | NZ Centre For Political Research

Landlord and tenant alarm at healthy homes bill Landlords and tenants should be alarmed at Labour MP Phil Twyford’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill that would immediately impose stringent requirements upon rental properties without defining those requirements, ... More >>

US/New Zealand relationship best in thirty years

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 9:07 am | TVNZ

US/New Zealand relationship best in thirty years. NZ well qualified for UN Security Council seat More >>

Oxford University study says large dams are uneconomical

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 9:04 am | Oxford University

Just in time for this week’s ASEAN Renewable Energy Week, new scientific results have questioned the economic viability of large dams. Calculations by the Bruno Manser Fund show that the Malaysian Bakun Dam scores even worse than the average large dam. More >>

ACT Speech: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Monday, 21 April 2014, 4:01 pm | ACT New Zealand

Last year there were more than 52,000 reported burglaries. According to the Treasury, for every 10 reported burglaries, there are another 12 that go unreported. This means there were more than 120,000 burglaries last year – or over 2000 a week. More >>

Derek Leask: Media Advisory Re: Nigel Fyfe MOJ Appointment

Monday, 21 April 2014, 3:56 pm | Derek Leask

Derek Leask yesterday 20 April 2014 made the following observations in response to a media enquiry about the recently announced appointment of Mr Nigel Fyfe, currently Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Justice (Legal and Operational Services and Legal ... More >>

Oceans In The Spotlight At Election Year Oceans Forum

Monday, 21 April 2014, 3:42 pm | Maui's and Hector's Dolphin Education Action

The marine environment will be in the spotlight at an ‘Election Year Oceans Forum’ at Kelly Tarlton’s SEALIFE Aquarium on April 27 from 10.30-12.30. A panel of non-governmental advocates and scientists will outline challenges facing our seas, and MPs from three ... More >>

Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche

Monday, 21 April 2014, 3:19 pm | Himalayan Trust

The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal. More >>

Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche

Monday, 21 April 2014, 3:18 pm | Himalayan Trust

The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal. More >>

Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 5:10 pm | TVNZ

Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more. More >>

Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 10:50 am | 24-7

Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort More >>

Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand - 17 April

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 3:13 pm | NZMEA

The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector, driving the ... More >>

Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 3:11 pm | Commonwealth Youth Programme

Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme, ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 3:04 pm | The Nation

Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality. More >>

Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 2:57 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers, they don’t have ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 2:55 pm | The Nation

Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can ... More >>

Beyond the State - NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 1:20 pm | New Zealand Fabian Society

As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication. More >>

Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress

Friday, 18 April 2014, 11:34 am | Joint Press Release

Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand ... More >>

Families before commerce at Easter

Friday, 18 April 2014, 11:19 am | First Union

Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each year we put community ... More >>

Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul

Friday, 18 April 2014, 10:45 am | ACT New Zealand

Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today. More >>

ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:35 pm | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use. More >>

Q+A This Week 20/4/14

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:22 pm | Television New Zealand

Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies, about trusting China, ... More >>

Community detention for pokie theft

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:56 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000. More >>

 

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