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Hiroshima and Nagasaki – 70 years commemoration and forum

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 5:50 pm | National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

We encourage you to join us in a public ceremony to commemorate the dropping of the nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 at the exact time of the bomb – which here in NZ is at 11:15am. More >>

Tony Douglas Robertson v The Queen - Leave Declined

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 4:09 pm | NZ Supreme Court

The application for leave to appeal is dismissed. REASONS [1] The applicant was convicted of the murder and rape of Mrs Blesilda Gotingco after a jury trial at the High Court in Auckland. He has yet to be sentenced. More >>

Government admits the TPPA will push up medicine costs

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 1:59 pm | ASMS

“Finally, we get an admission from the Government that medicine costs will rise under the secret Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA),” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

NZMA calls again for independent health assessment of TPPA

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 12:01 pm | NZMA

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is extremely disappointed Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser has rejected the call for an independent assessment of the impact of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPPA) on our health system. More >>

TPPA a low trust model

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 11:13 am | Hone Harawira

“I’m glad we took the TPPA to the Tribunal” says MANA leader Hone Harawira and former MP for Tai Tokerau, in regards to the claim before the Waitangi Tribunal that the government’s negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement ... More >>

NO to trawling for squid around endangered sea lions

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 11:03 am | Forest And Bird

We wouldn’t allow a kill quota for kakapo or kiwi, so why are we allowing the fishing industry to kill our sea lions? More >>

Gender Stocktake reveals some ministers have work to do

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 10:28 am | Human Rights Commission

Try Harder Minister – Gender Stocktake reveals some ministers have a lot of work to do More >>

'No justification' for Government delay on benefit increases

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 9:56 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group says the Minister of Social Development Minister should give a full explanation of why benefit levels were not raised immediately following the 2015 Budget. More >>

Support For Euthanasia Decreases As Harms Revealed

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 9:24 am | Family First

Family First NZ says that latest Research NZ poll on euthanasia reveals a welcome decrease in support for euthanasia from its previous poll , and believes that support for a law change will continue to fall as the experiences of overseas jurisdictions ... More >>

Conflict of interest for new EPA head

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 8:44 am | Soil and Health Association

The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency has been an open advocate of genetic engineering, and therefore has a conflict of interest when it comes to looking after the environment, says the Soil & Health Association. Dr Allan Freeth starts ... More >>

Pork Conference Met With Hula-Hooping Protesters

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 8:41 am | SAFE

Pig farmers attending their annual conference in Wellington today will be met with an unusual sight: protestors with hula-hoops. It is New Zealand’s first protest aimed specifically at fattening pens – concrete pens in which pigs are raised for ... More >>

A Seriously Sneaky Move by Government

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 8:06 am | Whangarei Labour Electorate Committee

The National Govt is planning to over-ride current district council rules forbidding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or Genetic Engineering (GE) being brought into Northland. More >>

Greenpeace Greece launches crowdfunded solar campaign

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 8:03 am | Greenpeace

Rhodes, Greece, 27 July, 2015 – 21 Greenpeace activists from Greece, Italy and Spain today spread a 600 square meter arrow banner reading ‘Oil is fueling Greek debt’, pointing at a Greek oil-fired power plant under construction on the island ... More >>

Army to Commemorate 100 Year Anniversary of Chunuk Bair

Monday, 27 July 2015, 5:21 pm | Stratford District Council

Officers and Soldiers of the 5th/7th Battalion of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment will march through the streets of Stratford on Saturday 8 August, with drums beating, band playing, colours flying, bayonets fixed and swords drawn. This will ... More >>

Internet Romantics - Risk of Death Penalty in Asia/Pacific

Monday, 27 July 2015, 5:06 pm | Asia Pacific Lawyers Network

“Evidence is mounting of increasing numbers of internet romantics and international travellers risking their lives after being deceived, coerced and ultimately exploited by sophisticated international drug cartels,” New Zealand death penalty defence ... More >>

"Peace Researcher" 49, June 2015, Online Now

Monday, 27 July 2015, 4:54 pm | Anti-Bases Campaign

Good Dog, Johnny! Iraq War Is The Price Of Belonging To “The Club” by Murray Horton More >>

Secret trade negotiations undermining NZ’s democracy

Monday, 27 July 2015, 4:05 pm | Oxfam

This week, trade ministers and officials from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) meet in Maui in an attempt to finalise the agreement. Oxfam New Zealand has repeatedly expressed concern about the secrecy surrounding ... More >>

RACP calls for greater transparency ahead of talks

Monday, 27 July 2015, 2:26 pm | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

July 27, 2015 The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is calling for greater transparency from the Australian and New Zealand governments ahead of this week’s Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii. RACP President Laureate Professor ... More >>

Another fail for diversity

Monday, 27 July 2015, 2:12 pm | Hays

61 per cent of New Zealand employers admit that they don’t have a diversity policy in place for hiring new staff, according to findings in the recently released 2015 Hays Salary Guide . More >>

Section 38 Demolition of Heritage Listed Bishopscourt.

Monday, 27 July 2015, 1:34 pm | Historic Places Canterbury

CERA Ignores Mayoral Call for End to Unneccessary Heritage Demolitions. Cera Ignores Press Editorial Call for Transparency on Heritage. More >>

Internet Romantics at Increasing Risk of Death Penalty

Monday, 27 July 2015, 12:14 pm | Asia Pacific Lawyers Network

“Evidence is mounting of increasing numbers of internet romantics and international travellers risking their lives after being deceived, coerced and ultimately exploited by sophisticated international drug cartels,” New Zealand based international human ... More >>

Howard League demands full inquiry into Serco fiasco

Monday, 27 July 2015, 11:25 am | The Howard League for Penal Reform

The events coming to light from the Serco run Mt Eden are outrageous says Howard League Patron Nigel Hampton QC. The Howard League believes that it is wrong to profit from the removal of people’s liberty and that there must be an end to the privatization ... More >>

Will GE Trees bring economic suicide?

Monday, 27 July 2015, 10:06 am | GE Free NZ

The Ministry of Primary industries is in its final consultation meetings in the South Island and is now calling for submissions* on the National Environmental Standards on Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) [1]. The NES-PF has added a late clause that makes ... More >>

Get Smart - The People's Review of the Intelligence Services

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:50 am | NZ Council for Civil Liberties

The NZ Council for Civil Liberties is pleased to host Get Smart - the People's Review of the Intelligence Services. More >>

Leading Animal Organisations Call For An End To Rodeo

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:16 am | SAFE

Animal advocacy organisations SAFE, SPCA and Farmwatch have joined forces in a coalition calling for a ban on rodeo, saying it is both unethical and inherently cruel. Concerned Kiwis are urged to show their opposition by signing the petition at change.org to ... More >>

Privatising environmental decisions will cost

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 12:16 pm | Green Party

Forcing councils to contract out regulatory functions such as issuing resource consents is likely to cost the environment and the public, the Green Party said today. More >>

PM: I don't want to ban foreign buyers from buying

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 12:13 pm | TVNZ

PM: I don't want to ban foreign buyers from buying & SERCO about consistent with other prisons More >>

Q + A: 'Fatal combination' - immigrants, building shortage

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 11:45 am | TVNZ

SIMON The Reserve Bank cut the Official Cash Rate again on Thursday, for the second time this year. Some critics say the bank should have been loosening up earlier, not least a former Reserve Bank economist who’s been making a name for himself ... More >>

Did Labour’s Attack on Foreign Buyers Work?

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 11:00 am | Mediaworks

The 3New-Reid Research poll out at 6pm tonight will assess the political fallout of Labour’s targeting of Chinese buyers in the Auckland housing market. More >>

Protest Vigil at National Party conference tomorrow

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 8:38 pm | NZCTU

There will be a vigil outside the National Party conference tomorrow morning to protest the Government's Health and Safety Reform Bill. More >>

Patrick Gower interviews Trade Minister Tim Groser

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 8:33 pm | The Nation

T im Groser says a legal challenge against future government ban on foreign property buyers can’t be ruled out under the TPP but says the “real issue” is whether it could succeed. “So what we’ll be doing over the next few days is ensuring ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews John Key at National Party conference

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 8:31 pm | The Nation

Prime Minister leaves open possibility of cancelling Serco’s Mt Eden prison contract, saying National’s “not shy” at exercising penalties. “I expect them to meet that contract. If they don’t meet it, all hell will break loose, including the ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Labour MP Kelvin Davis

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 8:24 pm | The Nation

Davis says has received at least three allegations of rapes that occurred in the Serco-run Mt Eden prison that he’s referred to police He reveals claims prisoners at Mt Eden have been forced to call their families on contraband mobile phones to ... More >>

TPP must deliver, say beef producers

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 10:40 am | Five Nations Beef Alliance

Beef producers from five Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries are calling for a high-quality market access deal on beef to be secured at the TPP ministerial meeting in Hawaii this month. More >>

Dunne Supports Corporations Suing NZ Taxpayers

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 10:34 am | Democrats for Social Credit

Ohariu MP Peter Dunne will be remembered as the man who delivered Corporate Control of New Zealand to big multinational companies. More >>

Big changes to Health and Safety Bill with more to come

Friday, 24 July 2015, 5:21 pm | Chapman Tripp

The select committee is proposing significant amendments to the Health and Safety Reform Bill, with the prospect of more to come through Supplementary Order Paper. More >>

Forum welcomes report on H&S Bill

Friday, 24 July 2015, 4:32 pm | Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum

It is encouraging to see that the revised the Health and Safety Reform Bill still includes clear requirements for employers to involve their workers in health and safety, the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum says. More >>

Public servants forced to rescue failed private prison

Friday, 24 July 2015, 4:28 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says no more public money should be wasted on Serco following the announcement that they will no longer be trusted to administer their own prison. More >>

Historical Medical Cannabis Policy Briefing

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:50 pm | Joint Press Release

The New Zealand Drug Foundation in conjunction with United in Compassion New Zealand call upon United Patients Group to contribute to a first-of-its-kind collaboration between US and international experts to further explore cannabis as a possible therapeutic ... More >>

Health and Safety Reform Bill provides direction

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:35 pm | Employers And Manufacturers Association

Health and Safety Reform Bill provides direction for safer workplaces: EMA The proposed changes to the Health and Safety Reform Bill will help provide direction for safer workplaces, says the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA). “The proposed ... More >>

Corrections Statement

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:31 pm | Department Of Corrections

Last night I signalled that I was taking legal advice and considering all of my options available in the contract with Serco following a week of serious allegations involving their management of the Mount Eden Corrections Facility. More >>

New safety bill more practical

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:29 pm | Business New Zealand

New safety bill more practical New legislation for health and safety is being made more practical, says BusinessNZ. Changes to the Health and Safety Reform Bill announced today will help small businesses, farmers and others provide safer workplaces, BusinessNZ ... More >>

Anglican Family Care workers reach new agreement

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:14 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) is pleased to have signed a new collective agreement for workers at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Otago, after last year’s industrial action and the suspension of AFC staff by management prior to Christmas. More >>

Nurses want better health and safety legislation

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:11 pm | NZNO

Nurses are unhappy to see the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee report on the Health and Safety Reform Bill waters down current provisions, rather than strengthening them. More >>

Health and safety bill lacks teeth

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:07 pm | Tertiary Education Union

The government’s proposed new health and safety law will mean people continue to die at work needlessly, says TEU deputy secretary Nanette Cormack. More >>

Meddling with health and safety bill a disgrace

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:00 pm | Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union has denounced the watering down of the Health and Safety Reform Bill as pandering to a greedy and irresponsible minority. More >>

Watered down health and safety bill

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:21 pm | First Union

Despite major unions and many business associations uniting in a call for better health and safety standards, the select committee report into the Health and Safety Reform Bill reveals that the government has surrendered to pressure from a small ... More >>

Iwi to hold another economic summit

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:21 pm | Te Atakura summit

The iwi of Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Māui - the top of the South Island, are again working with other powerhouses in the region to hold an economic summit. This years event will be held at the Rutherford Hotel from 19-20 November, and builds on the ... More >>

Private Members Bill – Social Workers Registration

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:16 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

James Makowharemahihi President of ANZASW welcomes the announcement that the Social Workers Registration (Mandatory Registration) Amendment Bill, sponsored by Labour Spokesperson for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni, has been drawn from the ballot. More >>

Taylor v AG: Prison voting law inconsistent Bill of Rights

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:09 pm | New Zealand High Court

The High Court held in favour of the prisoners, and made a “declaration of inconsistency” – that is, a formal order that the legislation is both inconsistent with the Bill of Rights and unable to be justified under that Act. More >>

Prime Minister breaks promise on changes to health & safety

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:03 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The CTU is appalled with the report released today by the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee. It considers the Prime Minister’s promise, that our laws would take “no steps backwards”, broken. More >>

Minister throws good money after bad

Friday, 24 July 2015, 1:57 pm | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa is appalled that the Whangaruru charter school has the green light to continue operating and even been given up to $129,000 to implement its remedial plan. More >>

Government isn’t walking the walk on health and safety

Friday, 24 July 2015, 1:44 pm | EPMU

Government isn’t walking the walk on health and safety All workers have the right to be safe at work and come home at the end of the day, no matter what size of employer they work for, says the EPMU. “Workplace accidents don’t discriminate on whether ... More >>

More injuries will result from health and safety backdown

Friday, 24 July 2015, 1:42 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the gutting of the proposed new health and safety legislation will result in more workplace deaths and injuries, breaking John Key’s promise to the nation after the Pike River tragedy. More >>

On Balance

Friday, 24 July 2015, 12:51 pm | National Council of Women

Welcome to On Balance, the National Council of Women of New Zealand's round-up of the latest gender equality news, research and events. Please share it with anyone you think might be interested and let them know they can subscribe here . More >>

Long wait worth it for Problem Gambling Foundation

Friday, 24 July 2015, 12:26 pm | Problem Gambling Foundation

The Problem Gambling Foundation is delighted with the outcome of the Judicial Review and relieved the process is over after a long period of uncertainty for staff and clients. Communications Director, Andree Froude, says while the wheels of justice ... More >>

Sean Topham to step down as Young Nats President

Friday, 24 July 2015, 12:21 pm | New Zealand Young Nationals

Sean Topham will step down as the Young Nats President at the Young Nats’ annual conference in Auckland on Sunday. More >>

Optimism over paid parental leave bill

Friday, 24 July 2015, 11:51 am | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed the news that a Member's Bill to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks is back before parliament. More >>

Police continue to focus on increasing diversity

Friday, 24 July 2015, 10:17 am | New Zealand Police

The Commissioner of Police, Mike Bush and Te Wananga O Aotearoa CEO, Jim Mather are this afternoon signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further consolidate a relationship which began in 2007. More >>

Study Suggests Low Social Service Use Among Vulnerable Kids

Friday, 24 July 2015, 9:40 am | Growing Up in New Zealand

Auckland, 24 July 2015 – Only one in five families whose toddlers were considered most at risk of vulnerability from birth accessed social support services in their first 1000 days of life, according to a new report on early childhood vulnerability, ... More >>

 

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