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Public invited to have say on human rights record

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:20 pm | Ministry of Justice

A draft report on New Zealand’s performance under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights has been released for public comment by the Ministry of Justice. More >>

“Prominent Auckland businessman” a depraved predator

Friday, 19 December 2014, 4:50 pm | Stop Demand

The 15-year prison sentence imposed on a “prominent Auckland businessman” for shackling and sexually violating young drug-addicted girls in a dungeon, has been welcomed by sexual violence advocacy group, Stop Demand Foundation. More >>

Proprietors of Wakatū v Attorney-General

Friday, 19 December 2014, 4:40 pm | NZ Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by the Wakatū Incorporation, Rore Pat Stafford and Te Kāhui Ngahuru Trust alleging breaches of trust and fiduciary duty against the Crown. The High Court had also dismissed the claims. More >>

Smith investigation warrants executed

Friday, 19 December 2014, 4:27 pm | New Zealand Police

Auckland City Police investigating prison absconder Phillip Smith's activities prior to his departure from New Zealand recently, are aware of allegations about a Department of Corrections staff member and today located and spoke with the person named in ... More >>

Is Your Family Ok This Christmas?

Friday, 19 December 2014, 4:14 pm | Canterbury Family Violence Collaberation

For many people Christmas is a time for gift giving and eating until you fall asleep on your Grandparent’s sofa. Unfortunately, in New Zealand, many families do not experience Christmas this way. More >>

Government delivers realistic land transport investment plan

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:09 pm | Automobile Association

Government delivers realistic land transport investment plan The AA has welcomed the Government Policy Statement (GPS) on land transport 2015/16 - 2024/25. More >>

Korero Mai Kia Ahau: Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 December 2014

Friday, 19 December 2014, 2:57 pm | Radio Waatea 603 AM

Despite the cracking pace set by Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson, National fell short of its 2014 deadline for completing historic Treaty settlements and quietly extended it to 2017. In Kia Korero Mai, Eruera Morgan talks to Waitangi ... More >>

Reminder of the value of council recreation investment

Friday, 19 December 2014, 2:10 pm | NZ Recreation

High holiday season demand for city parks, aquatic centres, cycleways and other recreation infrastructure highlights the vital importance of continued council investment in new facilities, says New Zealand Recreation Association Chief Executive Andrew Leslie. More >>

Judge Advises Circumventing Law on Fluoride

Friday, 19 December 2014, 1:23 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

Justice David Collins has taken it upon himself to advise the NZ Ministry of Health's legal team on how best to circumvent the Judicial Review before him, regarding fluoridation in New Zealand. It appears the Judge is well aware that the appeal by New Health ... More >>

Consultation on NZ report on the Rights of the Child

Friday, 19 December 2014, 1:10 pm | Ministry of Social Development

Sacha O’Dea, General Manager, Ageing, Disability and International of the Ministry of Social Development, announced the opening of public consultation on the Fifth Periodic Report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) ... More >>

Follow the Kiwi way these holidays

Friday, 19 December 2014, 12:21 pm | Walking Access Commission

New Zealanders are encouraged to ‘follow the Kiwi way’ over the holidays by showing respect for neighbouring landholders when accessing the country’s beaches, forests, rivers and mountains. More >>

Irresponsible to ignore Auckland's funding requirements

Friday, 19 December 2014, 11:50 am | Employers And Manufacturers Association

We raised the debate on possible futures for the AECT to focus Auckland's attention on the parlous state of our city's development, says the chief executive of the Employers & Manufacturers Association Kim Campbell. More >>

PARS celebrates first graduation

Friday, 19 December 2014, 11:27 am | PARS

The first five participants of PARS’ (People At Risk Solutions) Toe Feso’ota’I Mentoring Programme graduated on Wednesday the 17th of December, marking the beginning of an innovative and culturally responsive mentoring programme that’s already helped ... More >>

Back off the bumper this summer

Friday, 19 December 2014, 10:05 am | Automobile Association

Media Release: 19 December 2014 Back off the bumper this summer A few seconds is all it will take to make our roads safer these summer holidays, says the AA. “Nearly 1 in 10 injury crashes last year involved someone following too close. Back off the ... More >>

Whale Oil blogger takes out Quote of the Year

Friday, 19 December 2014, 10:03 am | Massey University

The election and Dirty Politics dominated Massey University’s 2014 Quote of the Year competition – and a quote from the man at the centre of the storm has been voted this year’s most memorable. More >>

Final Report on Grounding of MV Rena

Friday, 19 December 2014, 10:00 am | Transport Accident Investigation Commission

The Liberian-registered container ship Rena had left the New Zealand port of Napier at 1020 on 4 October 2011 and was bound for the New Zealand port of Tauranga. The master had given an estimated time of arrival at the Tauranga pilot station of 0300 ... More >>

SPCA welcomes glueboard traps ban

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 4:55 pm | Royal New Zealand SPCA

The Royal New Zealand SPCA applauds the ban on the sale and use ofglueboard traps in New Zealand. More >>

Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 4:22 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining. “There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today ... More >>

Review into Phillip Smith’s escape submitted to Government

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 3:23 pm | Ministry of Justice

A multi-agency review on the escape of Phillip Smith to South America has submitted its initial report to the Government today. More >>

Len Brown gets haybales from giant chicken

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:54 pm | Stop Craddock Farms

Today at 10.30am, Ms. Santa Claus and a giant chicken delivered haybales to Len Brown’s office, urging Auckland City Council to decline a resource consent application sought by cage egg producer Craddock Farms. More >>

Increased Abuse of Parents A Predicted Outcome

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:41 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says that the increasing level of parental abuse , especially towards mothers, is an unfortunate but expected outcome of the rise of children’s ‘rights’ and the undermining of parental authority. More >>

Brownlee’s Misplaced War on Acronyms

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:28 pm | New Zealand First Party

The beleaguered Minister of Defence who reportedly cannot tell an RFL (required fitness level) from an AWQ (annual weapons qualification) has declared war on military acronyms while proving the proverb about those in glass houses. More >>

Fluoride risks whitewashed in rushed consultation

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:15 pm | New Health New Zealand

Ministry of Health propose to exempt toxic industrial waste products used in water fluoridation from the Medicines Act 1981 More >>

Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:06 pm | Migrante Aotearoa

JUANderful Juan” in 7-Minute Migrante Video Project Shares Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand More >>

Christmas Day in Prison

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:54 pm | Department Of Corrections

Christmas Day in prison this year will involve swapping the main meal of the day, so that dinner will be served at lunchtime, leaving the evening meal to be sandwiches. This is standard practice for this day. More >>

Alcohol advertising bans need stronger evidence

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:49 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (18 December 2014): The New Zealand Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, today urged Cabinet to look to the evidence before banning alcohol advertising and sponsorship. The Ministerial Forum on Advertising and Sponsorship ... More >>

EPA grants marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:47 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has granted a marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd to continue its development drilling programme in the Maari oil field in the South Taranaki Bight. More >>

DHB puts staff and patients at risk in order to save money

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:45 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) is alarmed that the Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) is proposing to cut the 4 and 2 roster system, established nationally, for mental health nurses. The PSA represents more than 210 mental health nurses working ... More >>

Ambivilence about alcohol marketing recommendations

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:01 pm | Alcohol Action NZ

Ministers Adams and Dunn issued a media release yesterday nearly two months after receiving a final report from their Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, and four years following an original announcement to review alcohol ... More >>

Alcohol forum recommendations: a step in the right direction

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 11:58 am | Alcohol Action NZ

The Forum has stated clearly that that it accepts alcohol marketing plays a role in heavy alcohol consumption and subsequent harm, and that young people need to be protected from it by regulation. More >>

Court Judgment: Nicky Hager v Police on Dirty Politics Raids

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:03 am | New Zealand High Court

Mr Hager alleges that steps taken by the second respondent (the Police): first, in deciding to apply for a search warrant in respect of Mr Hager’s premises; secondly, in applying for the warrant; and thirdly, executing the warrant at his Wellington ... More >>

Holiday home hazards revealed

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:57 am | AA Insurance

Common sense ways to look after your property this summer Auckland, 18 December 2014 – Burglars aren’t the only threat to your home during the holiday season, says AA Insurance. It’s more likely to be broken water pipes, burst hot water cylinders ... More >>

Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:48 am | Funeral Directors Assn of NZ

Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace 18 December 2014 Funeral directors are relieved that Wellington City Council has finally dropped plans to charge families for permits to scatter ashes in public places. Funeral Directors ... More >>

Kiwi activists crowdfund billboard for Simon Bridges

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:43 am | ActionStation

Almost seven thousand New Zealanders have taken part in a crowdfunding campaign, and have raised enough money to put a billboard up in Tauranga that is directed at Simon Bridges, the Minister of Energy and Resources. More >>

RSA Offers Condolences To Victims Of Sydney Siege

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:43 am | Returned Services Association

As an organisation representing over 100,000 New Zealanders, the RSA has today condemned the actions taken by Man Haron Monis during his siege in a Sydney café, and offered their deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson ... More >>

Leaked TISA text exposes US threat to privacy, data security

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:24 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

‘The US is demanding that New Zealand and other countries accept sweeping rules that would override privacy protections for digitised personal and other data’, according to Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland. More >>

Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:23 am | First Union

Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at a mass meeting at the Port after negotiations between Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) ... More >>

Ban on Alcohol Advertising Could Cost Taxpayer

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:13 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to yesterday's release of the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says: More >>

Farm safety isn’t helped by punitive fines

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:06 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers Health and Safety spokesperson, Katie Milne says she is concerned about the impact of the $40,000 fine for a Marlborough farm couple, who weren’t wearing helmets and carrying children as passengers. The Court case, and subsequent ... More >>

New online guide to NZ’s environment goes live

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:55 pm | The Environment Foundation

The Environment Foundation* has launched a new web-based guide to the management of New Zealand’s natural environment. More >>

Ban On Alcohol Advertising Just One Step

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:54 pm | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ says that a proposed ban on alcohol advertising at sports events as recommended by a ministerial forum is an important move, but will not solve the binge drinking and alcohol abuse issue on its own. More >>

CLANZ scholarship winner to examine legal services to Crown

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:36 pm | Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Wellington in-house lawyer Tania Warburton is the inaugural winner of the research scholarship established by the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ). More >>

Joint Australasian operation dismantles drug syndicate

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:50 pm | New Zealand Police

The Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF), leading a multi-agency team, has smashed a multi-million dollar international organised crime network following raids across Melbourne this morning. More >>

Video: Meet Mark Gilbert, U.S. Ambassador-Designate to NZ

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:10 pm | US Embassy Wellington

Join us in welcoming Ambassador-Designate Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy. They are arriving in New Zealand shortly and wanted to introduce themselves. Watch this video to learn about his connections with Aotearoa, and why he thinks the partnership between ... More >>

MIA Welcomes Review Findings

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 11:39 am | Motor Industry Association

The MIA welcomes the findings of the Health Quality & Safety Commission into child and youth mortality arising from the use of motorcycles, quads and other agricultural vehicles. More >>

Quads Bikes Not for Under 16s

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 11:14 am | Safekids

Safekids Aotearoa strongly supports recommendations made in a report released today highlighting the dangers posed by quad bikes when ridden or controlled by children who are under 16 years of age. More >>

Inquiry on Parliament’s legislative response to emergencies

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 10:58 am | Regulations Review Committee

Public submissions are being invited on Regulations Review Committee’s Inquiry into Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies. The closing date for submissions is Sunday, 1 March 2015. More >>

Switch off on the beach NOT at level crossings

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 10:49 am | KiwiRail

KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ have launched a new summer rail safety campaign with a message to motorists to stay focused and always look for trains at level crossings over the holidays. December is known as the month for family, festivity and fun. ... More >>

Report on child and youth deaths from vehicle use

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 10:24 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Quad bike and other off-road vehicle accidents second largest cause of child recreational deaths More >>

Inspector-General accepts apology for leak of report

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 10:08 am | Inspector General of Intelligence and Security

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 ... More >>

Santa’s naughty list shows NZPork in trouble

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 10:01 am | SAFE

Santa has provided animal advocacy organisation SAFE with an early copy of this year’s naughty list , as it prominently features many animal-abusing industries and businesses, with NZPork topping the list. More >>

WWI veterans had persisting higher risk of early death

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:38 am | University of Otago

New research on the impact of the First World War on participating New Zealand soldiers shows they typically lost around eight years of life and had an increased risk of early death in the post-war period. More >>

Rainbow Wellington urges further change from Blood Service

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:34 am | Rainbow Wellington

This week the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) announced the implementation of the agreed changes to blood donor deferral. For men who have sex with men (MSM) this primarily involves a reduction of the deferral period from five years to one year. ... More >>

New Zealand Government signals reversal of fortune

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:23 am | PricewaterhouseCoopers

The Government’s robust $372 million forecast surplus from Budget 2014 will turn into a $572 million deficit, according to the 2015 Half-Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update and the Budget Policy Statement. Imports are cheaper and good export prices ... More >>

Time for Jobs that Count in the Meat Industry

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:11 am | Meat Workers Union

The NZ Meat Workers Union will launch a new national campaign to highlight job insecurity in the Meat Industry this afternoon in Palmerston North. More >>

Protest at killing of schoolboys - Vigil 17/12/14

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 4:56 pm | West Papua Action Auckland

A peaceful vigil will be held in Downtown Square opposite Britomart station – cnr of Queen and Customs St from 11-45 am: Wednesday 17 December 2014. More >>

Social housing provider opens development in Johnsonvillle

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 4:48 pm | Accessible Properties

Social housing provider, Accessible Properties, will be opening eight new social housing units in a new housing development in Johnsonville tomorrow. More >>

NCWNZ Wins Court Case

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 3:26 pm | Comvoices

ComVoices welcomes and celebrates the news that the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) has won its High Court case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board. More >>

Cut Taxes + Cut Waste = Surplus

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 2:42 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Treasury's Half Year Fiscal and Economic Update, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Cuts in public services likely from Budget Policy Statement

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 2:21 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The horizon for workers looks gloomy with the release today of the Budget Policy statement. “Continuing real cuts in Government funding of public services are inevitable as a result of today’s Budget Policy Statement. The policy ignores the social, ... More >>


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