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Karl Leslie Raymond Marwood v Commissioner of Police

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 4:44 pm | NZ Supreme Court

The Commissioner of Police (the Commissioner) has commenced proceedings under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (CPRA) seeking profit forfeiture orders against Mr Marwood, his partner Ms King and a trust associated with them: the Perrin Trust. More >>

Significant growth in training numbers

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 4:10 pm | Child Matters

A record 5,520 people from health, education, justice and the social sector organisations have received training in child protection this year from charitable organisation, Child Matters – a significant increase in attendees of 40.3 per cent over the previous ... More >>

NZ company left hanging by Papua New Guinea government

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 3:18 pm | Evaluation Consult

New Zealand consultancy left hanging after Papua New Guinea Solicitor General fails to meet her statutory duty to sign a National Court certificate for payment of work completed in June 2014. Despite a court ruling, the PNG government has still not ... More >>

DHBs Fail to Engage Genuinely in Bargaining

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 3:16 pm | New Zealand Resident Doctors Association

Unfortunately bargaining between NZRDA and the DHBs did not go well today. Despite NZRDA tabling an alternative proposal the DHB negotiating team declined to engage further, choosing instead to adjourn for further discussion with CEOs. More >>

Beware automatic cost cuts that harm children, says CPAG

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 2:24 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says it comes has no surprise that Government’s books show a much bigger surplus - $1.8 billion for the year ended June 2016 - than the estimated $668 million it had anticipated. More >>

Woodhouse Stacks Deck Against Taxpayers

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 2:15 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Michael Woodhouse for his failure to appoint a taxpayer representative to the Remuneration Authority after today’s announcement that academic Len Cook has been appointed to replace Angela Foulkes on the Authority. ... More >>

Report on tackling homophobia in NZ sport released

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 2:11 pm | University of Otago

New Zealand national sporting bodies should work towards adopting a policy of zero tolerance for homophobia and other discriminatory behaviour, a new report by a University of Otago researcher recommends. More >>

Protection against unfair competition focus of new book

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 1:53 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury (UC) Law lecturer Dr Christian Riffel’s first published book explores the subject of unfair competition, what international protections exist and the enforcement role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). More >>

Tribunal takes steps towards prosecution for ecocide

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 1:51 pm | GE Free NZ

New Zealanders in Auckland supported the successful Monsanto Tribunal held over the weekend. More >>

New food safety rules cause childcare centres headaches

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 1:33 pm | Early Childhood Council

New government food safety rules have made childcare services less safe, and are causing them to either cease providing food, or increase parent fees. More >>

Organisations Challenge the NZ Super Fund

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 12:59 pm | 350 Aotearoa

Today eleven organisations in New Zealand called for the New Zealand Super Fund to fully divest from fossil fuels. The organisations signed an open letter after the NZSF announced its climate change-focused investment policies last week. It urges ... More >>

Waikato academic strives to close justice gap

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 12:37 pm | University of Waikato

A Waikato University law academic’s proposal to establish an online court and further increase the monetary threshold of Disputes Tribunals could enable more Kiwis who are unable to afford legal representation to secure access to justice. More >>

Household Labour Force Survey Est. Working-age Population

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 11:52 am | Statistics New Zealand

This table provides the working-age population estimate of the usually resident, non-institutionalised, civilian population of New Zealand aged 15 years and over. This estimate is the benchmark figure for the number of people in the labour market ... More >>

OIA project needs more resources

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 11:13 am | Public Service Association

Government agencies and the Office of the Ombudsman need greater resources if the Official Information Act is to be fit for purpose, the PSA says. More >>

MPI to launch investigation into Farmwatch footage

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 10:50 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries is launching an investigation into Farmwatch footage featuring bobby calves being dropped, dragged and thrown. More >>

SPCA calls for improvements to bobby calf treatment

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 10:07 am | SPCA

26 October 2016: SPCA New Zealand is deeply disturbed by the inhumane treatment of bobby calves shown in videos taken by Farmwatch and released to the media yesterday. “The footage we have seen relating to the handling of bobby calves for transport ... More >>

New dairy footage exposes ongoing cruelty in industry

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 9:35 am | SAFE

Dairy farming is once again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons say SAFE and Farmwatch. New footage obtained by Farmwatch investigators shows that a year on from the explosive 2015 exposé of the New Zealand dairy industry, calves continue ... More >>

The holes are getting bigger in the safety net

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 9:31 am | COMVOICES

“The second ComVoices State of the Sector Survey of the Community Sector shows that stresses on our organisations are increasing” says Scott Miller, Chair of ComVoices. More >>

Solutions for housing proposed for New Zealand

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 9:11 am | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community housing groups, developers, economists and others are meeting today in Auckland to find ways forward in the housing crisis facing Auckland and other areas. More >>

New sexual violence court pilot welcomed

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 4:19 pm | Toah-Nnest

Te Ohaaki A Hine- National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH-NNEST) welcome the recent announcement from Justice Minister Amy Adams that a pilot programme regarding sexual violence cases will be trialled in the Auckland and Whangarei courts. Judge ... More >>

Safety and welfare of students under scrutiny

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 1:11 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Disability Rights Commissioner has written to the Ministry of Education asking whether it is confident leadership at the two schools under investigation for seclusion like practices can ensure the safety and welfare of students. "I am not yet ... More >>

Pastry House workers to strike over low-ball pay offer

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 12:26 pm | E tu

Workers at Pastry House in Manukau City are taking strike action over a mean pay offer as well as a workload which has staff struggling to cope. More >>

Celebrating 70 years of the United Nations Association

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 12:14 pm | United Nations Association of New Zealand

Tonight members, affiliates and supporters gather at Government House in Wellington to celebrate 70 years of the founding of the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ). More >>

Call for Judges to Step up After Another Cowardly Attack

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 9:56 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“Vicious unprovoked attacks on innocent Kiwis are now a daily occurrence and must stop before more innocent people die needlessly at the hands of ruthless, out-of-control thugs.” ~ Scott Guthrie More >>

State Services Commission fails to ensure transparency

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 9:03 am | No Pride in Prisons

The State Services Commission has just released its second Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. It was submitted several months late, and critics say it is unambitious in its targets. More >>

Government failure to meet re-offending targets disappoints

Monday, 24 October 2016, 9:55 pm | Salvation Army

The Government’s hoped for 25% reduction in re-offending rates has more or less slipped from its grasp according to the Department of Corrections’ 2015/16 Annual Report released on Friday. 12 month recidivism rates climbed for the second year ... More >>

SST Congratulates Police And Justice Brewer

Monday, 24 October 2016, 9:41 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

SST Congratulates Police And Justice Brewer on a Job Well Done 24th October 2016 “Drug-induced crime is out of control in New Zealand, causing terrible damage to so many innocent people. Hard drugs are clearly linked to serious crimes like homicide ... More >>

Right to Life Commends Police for Protecting Elderly

Sunday, 23 October 2016, 10:51 pm | Right To Life

Right to Life Commends Police for Protecting Elderly Exit Members Media Release 23rd October 2016 The Police deserve the commendation and support of the community for their efforts to protect vulnerable and elderly New Zealanders who are members ... More >>

Superfund: We Want to Invest in Affordable Housing

Sunday, 23 October 2016, 12:50 pm | TVNZ

New Zealand Superfund: We Want to Invest in Affordable Housing The New Zealand Super Fund chief executive Adrian Orr says the Fund is keen to be an active investor in New Zealand infrastructure, including providing capital to help build affordable ... More >>

Councils Spend Almost Half a Million Dollars on Social Media

Sunday, 23 October 2016, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Trending Tax - Councils Spend Almost Half a Million Dollars on Social Media Advertising 23 OCTOBER 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that almost half a million dollars was spent in the last financial year on Facebook and LinkedIn ... More >>

Auckland Council Blows Nearly 200k on Social Media

Sunday, 23 October 2016, 12:29 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Trending Tax – Auckland Council Blows Nearly 200k on Social Media Advertising 23 OCTOBER 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is questioning the nearly $200,000 being spent by Auckland Council on Facebook and LinkedIn advertising, ... More >>

The Nation: Diane Maxwell and Paul Goldsmith

Saturday, 22 October 2016, 7:14 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Diane Maxwell and Paul Goldsmith Youtube clips from the show are available here. Headlines: The Retirement Commissioner says the superannuation age needs to rise from 65 to 67. Diane Maxwell says the country can’t ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Steve Cannane

Saturday, 22 October 2016, 7:12 pm | The Nation

You might have heard of Scientology's connections with celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta. But what you probably haven't heard is the extensive links the so-called religion has Down Under. ABC journalist Steve Cannane has just released ... More >>

Election recount declined-Michael Laws confirmed Councillor

Friday, 21 October 2016, 5:11 pm | The Message

Mr Kelliher has applied to a District Court Judge for a recount of the votes in the Dunstan Constituency for the Otago Regional Council. The application is made under s 90 of the Local Electoral Act 2001 which provides: 90 Application for recount More >>

McDonalds cuts Ronald's hours - union wants to help

Friday, 21 October 2016, 4:04 pm | Unite Union

Unite union has made a public appeal for Ronald Mcdonald to make contact about dramatic cuts in his hours of work. More >>

Legal implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Friday, 21 October 2016, 2:51 pm | Chapman Tripp

The firm has collaborated with the Institute of Directors ( IoD ) in producing a white paper calling on Government to take the lead in addressing opportunities, risks and challenges presented by AI. More >>

Call to remove politics from water – Water Conference

Friday, 21 October 2016, 2:34 pm | Water New Zealand

Water managers have been told they need to take a stronger lead in ensuring communities in New Zealand are supplied with safe drinking water. More >>

Police project in running for top prize

Friday, 21 October 2016, 2:26 pm | New Zealand Police

An initiative aimed at engaging with males responsible for incidents of family harm is a finalist at an international conference on developing new responses to existing problems. More >>

Snapchat, Skype among apps not protecting users’ privacy

Friday, 21 October 2016, 1:48 pm | Amnesty International

Facebook/WhatsApp, Apple top privacy ranking of messaging apps Only 3 of 11 tech firms examined provide end-to-end encryption by default on all their messaging apps. More >>

Financial Assistance Bill passes second reading

Friday, 21 October 2016, 12:52 pm | Kidney Health NZ

On Wednesday the Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill received its second reading in Parliament, and was unanimously endorsed by the House. Renamed to become the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill, it will see donors fully reimbursed ... More >>

Progress in bringing more open government welcomed

Friday, 21 October 2016, 12:31 pm | Transparency International

Yesterday State Services Minister Paula Bennett announced New Zealand's second Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan for 2016-18 (NAP). More >>

“Clutter” on tarmac hazardous for workers and passengers

Friday, 21 October 2016, 11:37 am | E tu

E tū says a failure to invest properly in Auckland International Airport is creating chaos on the tarmac and a poor quality experience for visitors. More >>

What’s changed in NZ churches for gays?

Friday, 21 October 2016, 11:06 am | Awaken Conference

We’ve had marriage equality. And this year is the anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform, so what’s changed for LGBTI Christians in New Zealand? Are there any churches who accept Gays? Have those stories of young gay people being thrown out of Christian ... More >>

New Zealand’s growth concentrated in handful of regions

Friday, 21 October 2016, 10:57 am | Statistics New Zealand

The four fastest-growing regional council areas accounted for over 75 percent of New Zealand’s population growth in the year to June 2016, Statistics New Zealand said today. More >>

Record annual net gain of 70,000 migrants

Friday, 21 October 2016, 10:52 am | Statistics New Zealand

A record 70,000 more migrants arrived than departed in the September 2016 year, Statistics New Zealand said today. This surpasses the previous annual record net gain of 69,100 migrants in the August 2016 year. More >>

McGougan & Ors v DePuy Int'l Ltd & Accident Compensation

Friday, 21 October 2016, 10:09 am | New Zealand High Court

This press release is designed to assist the media in understanding the above judgment. It does not form part of the judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment and reasons can be found at ... More >>

Animal rights advocates issue stark warning on rodeo cruelty

Friday, 21 October 2016, 9:45 am | SAFE

Rodeo season starts on the 22 of October with two events in the South Island over the weekend. Animal rights advocate SAFE is urging the government to follow public opinion and make this season the last. SAFE is drawing attention to the fact that ... More >>

Call for cuts to band-aid solutions over contaminated water

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 5:12 pm | Water New Zealand

A small number of water suppliers are dealing with contaminated water problems through band-aid solutions, according to the authors of a study on failing the drinking water standards. More >>

SFO alleges fictitious Forex trading and profits

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 5:04 pm | Serious Fraud Office

A man has appeared in the Christchurch District Court today on charges filed by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in relation to an alleged foreign exchange (Forex) trading scheme purportedly operated by Arena Capital Limited trading as BlackfortFX. More >>

Court of Appeal Hears Pilots’ Safety Fears

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 5:01 pm | New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) today outlined its concerns to the Court of Appeal on the High Court’s decision to turn down a review of the 90-metre safety area for an extended Wellington Airport runway. More >>

Questions and Answers - 20 October 2016

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 4:53 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. BRETT HUDSON (National) to the Minister of Finance : What reports has he received on the diversification of the New Zealand economy? More >>

Bycatch is the biggest killer of whales

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 4:32 pm | WWF

Bycatch is the biggest killer of whales: Time for the world to tackle the threat More >>

Food industry welcomes report on advertising to children

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 4:08 pm | Food and Grocery Council

The New Zealand Food and Grocery Council welcomes the report on the review of the Children’s Code for Advertising Food and the Code for Advertising to Children. More >>

Labour Day at the Cross - 8 Women DJs spin for Equal Pay

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:55 pm | Public Service Association

This Labour weekend, join the PSA, the CTU and Death Ray Records to celebrate Labour Day At The Cross - raising awareness for equal pay. More >>

Joint work to improve OIA responsiveness

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:38 pm | Office of the Ombudsmen

The State Services Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman will work together to help State sector agencies improve how they are responding to Official Information Act requests, State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes and Chief Ombudsman Judge ... More >>

Government urged to better protect Māui dolphin

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:35 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Thursday, October 20: Greenpeace New Zealand is calling on further protection for Māui dolphin after the latest population estimate shows the number of the critically endangered dolphin has potentially risen. More >>

Annual Report Shows Raised Ambitions in 2015/16

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:21 pm | The Treasury

The Treasury has published its Annual Report for 2015/16 today. Secretary to the Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf praised the contribution that staff and high expectations have made to a successful year. More >>

Pokie takings continue to rise

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:15 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Spending on pub and club pokies has risen again despite a continuing decline in the number of gaming machines, according to figures from the Department of Internal Affairs. More >>

Ombudsman’s Office working faster

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:05 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Office of the Ombudsman’s workload has again increased this past year, but the office is resolving complaints faster, and in greater numbers, than the previous year. More >>

Ombudsman delays investigation of Department of Immigration

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 2:53 pm | Hugh Steadman

Last week the Ombudsman announced a further delay in its investigation of the NZ Department of Immigration’s abuse of Canterbury resident and Canadian citizen, Carolyn Dare Wilfred. Prior to that, there had been two previous, six-week extensions ... More >>


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