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Q+A: David Seymour - Paid parental leave concessions costs

Sunday, 30 August 2015, 12:39 pm | TVNZ

CORIN Well, Sue Moroney’s bill to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks will be back in the house in a couple of weeks’ time. And this time, the Labour MP could just have the numbers. It, of course, all hinges on Peter Dunne. Now, one MP who ... More >>

National Drug Policy Fails to Address Harm From Drinking

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 4:19 pm | Alcohol Action NZ

The National drug policy released several days ago purports to address harms secondary to drugs that are “both proportionate to the harms and evidence based”. More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Helen Clark

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 3:55 pm | The Nation

Global commitments to greenhouse gas reductions ahead of Paris are not enough to tackle climate change and developed countries, including New Zealand, need “to do more” “We need New Zealand to act. We need everyone to act”. Asked about ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Rupert Soames

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 3:51 pm | The Nation

Rupert Soames says Mt Eden allegations are a “a major issue” for Serco and “need to be taken very seriously” Serco wants to be a “good citizen” in New Zealand and confirms it is interested in expanding into rail and other opportunities, such ... More >>

Interview with Judge Carolyn Henwood & Dr Russell Wills

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 3:45 pm | The Nation

Children's Commissioner says New Zealand doesn't have enough social workers or caregivers, "we need more investment" and he expects the government's reform of CYFs will mean more money and training More >>

Q+A - Sunday August 30

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 10:34 am | TVNZ

1. Sue Moroney’s paid parental leave bill has been delayed but has a good chance of passing when it’s back before the house in September. Corin Dann will host a debate between the Labour MP and ACT leader David Seymour, one of the bill’s most ... More >>

NZDF Lends a Helping Hand to Honiara

Friday, 28 August 2015, 5:25 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Providing first aid courses was just one of the community empowering activities that sailors from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Offshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS WELLINGTON took part in this week in Ho-niara. More >>

This weekend on The Nation: Children, Clark, Refugees

Friday, 28 August 2015, 5:24 pm | The Nation

After two scathing reports into the abuse and neglect of children in state care this week, Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills and Judge Carolyn Henwood come together for their first joint interview to discuss what needs to happen next. More >>

SOUL heartened by huge support for movement

Friday, 28 August 2015, 4:54 pm | SOUL

Campaigners from the Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) movement want to express their deep gratitude for the huge support their campaign has gathered in the last month. More >>

Water New Zealand supports councils’ collaboration

Friday, 28 August 2015, 3:46 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand supports the Wellington Water Committee’s move to taking a collaborative and regional approach to the challenge of getting Wellington’s water network up and running after a major incident announced today (Friday August 28, 2015). Water ... More >>

Government Decision to allow dumping gets balance wrong

Friday, 28 August 2015, 2:15 pm | BusinessNZ

Government Decision to allow dumping gets balance wrong BusinessNZ is disappointed the Government has failed to heed submissions and is allowing goods to be dumped in NZ if it is deemed to be in the “public interest”, via a new public interest ... More >>

Address underlying causes of child neglect and abuse - CPAG

Friday, 28 August 2015, 1:46 pm | CPAG

The Child Poverty Action Group says the Government must address the underlying causes of child abuse and neglect to keep children safe in our communities. More >>

CYFs report - Too much talk - not enough walk

Friday, 28 August 2015, 1:34 pm | Big Buddy

August 28, 2015 A social agency working with fatherless boys says the lack of Government action on protecting children in care beggars belief. Big Buddy CEO Richard Aston has been lobbying for better screening of caregivers for five years and says the ... More >>

Corrections Approves Interview with Scott Watson

Friday, 28 August 2015, 11:57 am | Department Of Corrections

Vincent Arbuckle, Deputy Chief Executive Corporate Services, has confirmed that an application from the journalist Michael White to interview Scott Watson in prison has been approved. The interview will be subject to certain conditions related to ... More >>

Time to stop cutting and start building

Friday, 28 August 2015, 9:57 am | EPMU

After another year of returning good profits, New Zealand Post has plenty of room to take a breath and begin planning for the future, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. More >>

No Pride in Prisons Reveals Administrative Mismanagement

Friday, 28 August 2015, 8:03 am | No Pride in Prisons

The activist group behind today’s hunger strike is releasing proof that the Department of Corrections hugely mismanaged Jade Follett’s transfer request. More >>

Social Services Sector Conference in Whangarei

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 5:20 pm | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) have chosen Whangarei as the location for their 2015 national conference 17th and 18th September. The conference “Maranga Mai! Standing Strong Together” will be held in Toll Stadium and will showcase best ... More >>

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to seek clarity on overlapping claims

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:48 pm | Ngati Whatua o Orakei

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has today filed papers in the Auckland High Court to seek clarification of the Crown’s process in negotiating Treaty of Waitangi settlements in Auckland. More >>

Citizen's Resistance Boycott of Talley's Group Products

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:08 pm | Citizens' Resistance

The expected passing of the thoroughly compromised Health and Safety Reform Bill by the National Government today disrespects the memory of the Pike River workers. It also marks another low point in the undermining of our democracy by big money ... More >>

‘Significant changes’ to jobs the last thing Council needs

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 3:34 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) is against the proposal released today that would see 175 roles Christchurch City Council (CCC) roles disestablished, with only 115 new roles created. More >>

Urgent Action Needed for Children in Care

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 3:23 pm | Maori Women's Welfare League

The Maori Women's Welfare League welcomes the Children's Commissioner's Report "State of Care 2015" and hopes this will provide the impetus to compel much needed change to the existing system. More >>

No Pride in Prisons celebrates successful action

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 3:20 pm | No Pride in Prisons

No Pride in Prisons has just received word that trans prisoner, Jade Follett, has had her transfer request to a women’s facility approved. More >>

Keep New Zealand Beautiful this Clean-Up Week

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 2:42 pm | Keep New Zealand Beautiful

Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean-Up Week is taking place from the 14th to 20th of September 2015. Whether you are a community group, business, school, family, friends or an individual, it is so easy to get involved! More >>

Report highlights continued underfunding of CYF

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 12:21 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) welcomes the detailed scrutiny of Child, Youth and Family (CYF) in the Children’s Commissioner’s State of Care report. More >>

Is it naive to want warfare to end?

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Peace Foundation

With some 17,000 nuclear weapons in existence, and 1,800 of these on high-alert status, ready to be launched within minutes, can we still wage and win a major war? More >>

CTU supports RMTU Action

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 12:06 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) supports the action led by the Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) in a hearing with the Employment Relations Authority today. More >>

Ministry of Primary Industries must test for GE in shipments

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 12:00 pm | GE Free NZ

The two large spillages of corn [1] imported from the USA are not only a biosecurity threat but if they contain viable genetically engineered (GE) seeds then this is also an illegal shipment and poses a direct threat to our GE Free status. The Ministry ... More >>

State of Care Report 2015 -SSPA

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:57 am | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

SSPA is encouraged by the State of Care 2015 report released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner which has brought the voice of children and their expectations from state care into the public domain. It affirms the New Zealand public’s ... More >>

Save the Children NZ Welcomes Report

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:37 am | Save The Children

Save the Children New Zealand says too many of our most vulnerable children are being let down by Children Youth and Family. More >>

Investigation into Mount Eden Corrections Facility extended

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:54 am | Department Of Corrections

Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith announced today the Chief Inspector of Corrections’ investigation into organised prisoner fighting at MECF has been extended. More >>

Review of Fisheries Act has to include recreational fishing

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:47 am | LegaSea

Recreational fishing advocacy group LegaSea is pleased to hear the Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announce a major review of the Fisheries Act, but spokesman Scott Macindoe says the government needs to broaden its focus to take into account the ... More >>

Human Rights Commission welcomes CYFS review

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:21 am | Human Rights Commission

We owe it to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders – children and adults – to learn from and never repeat the trauma and pain they have endured while under the “care” of their own Government says the Human Rights Commission. More >>

Families Call for Parental Notification Laws

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 9:18 am | Family First

Family First NZ is calling on politicians to reflect the concerns and wishes of families and ensure that young pregnant girls in a crisis situation receive the family support they deserve and need. More >>

No Pride in Prisons Starts Hunger Strike for Trans Prisoner

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 9:12 am | No Pride in Prisons

The trans and queer advocacy group, No Pride in Prisons, have started a hunger strike, demanding the transfer of an incarcerated trans woman to a women’s facility. Jade Follett is currently being held in the Rimutaka men’s prison, despite requesting ... More >>

Jobs of those who support the most vulnerable on the line

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 9:04 am | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says cuts to MidCentral DHB funding for home management may result in less work and loss of jobs for workers who support some of Manawatu’s most vulnerable residents. More >>

More paid parental leave best option for our babies

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 9:00 am | NZEI

Extending paid parental leave will give more children a better start in life particularly in light of a recent report which found that nearly half of early childhood centres did not provide quality learning for under-twos. More >>

Health Select Committee Inquiry on Suicide

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 8:54 am | Euthanasia-Free New Zealand

Euthanasia-Free NZ welcomes the Health Select Committee’s investigation into the ending of one’s life in New Zealand. With around 480 suicides per year as well as more than 2600 hospitalisations for intentional self-harm injuries which would ... More >>

PHA salutes OCC report but says more must be done

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 8:34 am | Public Health Association

PHA salutes OCC report but says more must be done to prevent children becoming vulnerable in the first place Public Health Association media release, 27 August 2015 More >>

Children’s Commissioner releases first State of Care report

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 8:31 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills today released his Office’s first public annual report on the service Child, Youth and Family provides to our most vulnerable children. More >>

Incarceration rate for Maori children stands out

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 8:29 am | Anton Blank

Incarceration rate for Maori children a stands out in Children’s Commissioner’s report of CYF More >>

State of Care’ report comes at an important time

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 8:19 am | UNICEF

The ‘State of Care 2015 ’ report released by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner contributes valuable insights into the improvements needed within the care, protection, and youth justice systems so that all 5,000 of our nation’s most vulnerable children ... More >>

Children Deserve Better

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 8:15 am | Salvation Army

New Zealanders like to think of the nation’s children as taonga or precious. The Children’s Commissioner on the Government agency responsible for New Zealand children, Child Youth and Family shows children treated with a lack of value or respect says ... More >>

Organ Donors Bill passes first reading

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 8:13 am | Chris Bishop

Chris Bishop, National List MP based in the Hutt Valley, has welcomed the passing of the first reading of his Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill. More >>

Farmers not off the hook on health and safety

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 4:31 pm | Crowe Horwath

It’s a complete fallacy that the farming community doesn’t have to worry about health and safety as a result of proposed changes to the Health and Safety Reform Bill, according to an expert in the field. More >>

Class Action Filed in Christchurch High Court

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 4:03 pm | GCA Lawyers

A class action against Southern Response was filed in the Christchurch High Court earlier this afternoon [2.15pm. 26 August 2015]. More >>

Louise Nicholas to deliver Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

We are delighted to have secured Louise Nicholas ONZM to deliver the fourth annual Dame Dorothy Fraser lecture on Monday 28 September on 'How a woman who spoke up about rape and abuse brought about systematic change for the good.' More >>

New Zealand in unique position for ‘water development’

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 3:45 pm | Irrigation NZ

New Zealand has many advantages over the rest of the world when it comes to ‘water development’ but we need to get better at leveraging water use – for our future well-being and to protect us from the effects of climate change, says IrrigationNZ ... More >>

National Pacific MPs will vote against Easter Trading bill

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 3:40 pm | Jerome Mika

The Pacific sector of the Labour Party believe the National Pacific MP’s will vote against liberalising Easter trading laws More >>

More information about defendants will help protect victims

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 2:40 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) welcomes the introduction of a pilot that will see some judges receiving a report that has details of all family violence incidents involving a defendant. The FVDRC is an independent committee that ... More >>

NZDF Hosts International Defence Reserves Conference

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 1:56 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

NZDF Hosts International Defence Reserves Conference The Acting Chief of Army, Brigadier Pete Kelly, has welcomed visiting delegates to this year’s ABCA Information Team Reserves Conference. The annual ABCA (America, Britain, Canada, Australia and New ... More >>

Significant opportunities to improve urban development

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 1:30 pm | Make Lemonade

New Zealand has an opportunity to significantly improve urban development according to leaders across the infrastructure sector. More >>

Single Cigarettes Rally

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 11:58 am | Tupeka Kore Action Group

“Stopping our future generations from becoming a generation of smokers” is what motivates Anya Tamihana – Simich, Tayla Jones and Charlotte Mihaere . “It’s very disappointing to know that throughout Auckland and probably New Zealand, young ... More >>

KiwiRail exploitation case heads to court

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 11:13 am | RMTU

KiwiRail exploitation case heads to court • Rail workers’ union takes test case to determine the employment status of Chinese engineers working under warranty to remove asbestos from KiwiRail’s imported locomotives • Allegations of exploitation ... More >>

The Field Trip to Failure

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 11:01 am | Coal Action Network

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the AusIMM, focuses on “promoting excellence across all professional disciplines through advocacy and provision of continuing professional development opportunities.” More >>

EPA seeks submissions on moth plant rust fungus

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 11:00 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) welcomes submissions on an application for release of the moth plant rust fungus Puccinia araujiae. If approved for release, this fungus would be used to help control the weed, moth plant (Araujia hortorum). More >>

Metlifecare pay deal praised by Unions

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 10:10 am | Joint Press Release

A new collective agreement at Metlifecare is being hailed by staff as setting a new standard for pay and conditions in the aged care sector. More >>

Oxygen Dependent Elderly Woman to be Evicted

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 9:35 am | Tamaki Housing Group

A woman who is oxygen dependent has been given a 90 day eviction notice in the Eastern suburb of Glen Innes which will terminate her tenancy this Friday 28th August. More >>

Paid Parental Leave Values Parenting

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 9:16 am | Family First

Family First NZ is calling on the government to value parenting and the important role of mothers and fathers during the early years of our children and support the Paid Parental Leave bill. More >>

An Open Appeal to John Key and Murray McCully

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 7:50 am | Leslie Bravery

An Open Appeal to John Key and Murray McCully – speak up for the Hares 5 More >>

Petricevic should serve his full sentence

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 7:37 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust abhors the Parole Board’s decision to release the serial fraudster Rod Petricevic less than half way into his six year 10 month sentence for fraudulently diverting investors’ money to his own purpose – buying, among ... More >>


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