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Taxpayer Support of Catton Generous

Friday, 30 January 2015, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is releasing figures obtained from Creative NZ showing that author-turned-policy-critic, Eleanor Catton, has received tens of thousands of dollars worth of grants courtesy of New Zealand taxpayers. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, ... More >>

Inquiry response “a really positive start to the new year”

Friday, 30 January 2015, 4:29 pm | NZSTA

A document tabled in parliament last week has detailed the government‘s commitment to all parents, whanau, aiga and other primary caregivers becoming active partners in their children’s schooling and early childhood education. More >>

Habitat welcomes Government housing reforms

Friday, 30 January 2015, 4:03 pm | Habitat for Humanity

Affordable housing provider Habitat for Humanity is welcoming the Government’s announcements on social housing direction saying it is a step in the right direction. Habitat for Humanity Acting CEO Nic Greene says the Prime Minister’s announcement ... More >>

Six Day Strike Threatened at Lyttelton Port

Friday, 30 January 2015, 3:09 pm | Lyttelton Port of Christchurch

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) has received strike notices from the Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) for three consecutive days and has been told by the Union it will be served with three more strike notices – to make a total of six consecutive ... More >>

Korero Mai Ki Ahau: The Burqua Issue

Friday, 30 January 2015, 2:46 pm | Waatea News

Ngapuhi maverick David Rankin grabbed headlines this week with a call for a ban at Waitangi on anyone wearing the burqa, a traditional head covering for some Muslim women. More >>

Special education funding barely scratches the surface

Friday, 30 January 2015, 2:24 pm | NZEI

The re-announcement today that an extra 1500 students with special needs will receive teacher aide assistance this year is a start, but will barely scratch the surface of need in our schools. More >>

Goodfellow acknowledges Mike Sabin

Friday, 30 January 2015, 1:23 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party President Peter Goodfellow has acknowledged Mike Sabin for his service to Northland constituents and the National Party since his election in 2011. Mr Goodfellow confirmed that the National Party would contest the Northland by-election and that ... More >>

Hikoi Opposing Deep Sea Oil Endorsed by Hapū Leaders

Friday, 30 January 2015, 1:22 pm | Statoil Out

Today northern Maori environmental activists released details of a hikoi that will converge in Kawakawa before heading to Waitangi to co-incide with Government politicians’ arrival on Waitangi Day. The focus of the hikoi is in opposition to Statoil’s seismic ... More >>

Free Press 30/1/15

Friday, 30 January 2015, 1:20 pm | ACT New Zealand

This month is an inflection point. It begins a political year and a parliamentary term. From a front row seat in parliament, we rate the parties’ chances. More >>

New online petition platform a first in New Zealand

Friday, 30 January 2015, 1:09 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland, 30 January 2015 - An online platform that allows Kiwis to take the government, businesses and other decision makers to task has just been launched. More >>

We will miss Russel Norman as Green Leader

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:39 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The CTU wants to acknowledge the brilliant work, on behalf of New Zealand workers, of Greens leader Russel Norman today. “Russel has ensured the Green Party are an active supporter of the rights of workers and are vocal on all the issues that are ... More >>

US$3.1 billion appeal to reach more children in emergencies

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:31 am | UNICEF NZ

UNICEF is launching a US$3.1 billion appeal – its largest ever – to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide – a US$1 billion jump in funding needs since last year’s appeal. More >>

Students' Support Calls to Review UE Changes

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:26 am | VUWSA

This morning the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) has joined the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) in calling for an urgent review of University Entrance (UE) requirements after a significant drop in numbers ... More >>

Social workers are deeply concerned about proposed reforms

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:24 am | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

Social workers are deeply concerned about the impact of proposed reforms to public housing. Basic security requires a stable home. Inadequate housing is a profound social harm. While we welcome Mr Key’s objective of seeing that those who need ... More >>

Scepticism on ‘reckless’ state house sale plan

Friday, 30 January 2015, 10:17 am | Northland Housing Forum

Northland Housing Forum today voiced their strong concern about PM Key’s announcement of a state house sell-off to the Maori and community housing sector. More >>

Family members supported work on proposals

Friday, 30 January 2015, 10:14 am | Pike River Families Committee

The Pike River Families Group Committee recently undertook a survey of its Family members to clarify the wishes of Families in terms of the path they wish to take looking to the future. A clear majority of Family members supported the continuation ... More >>

Another Three Strikes Poster Boy

Friday, 30 January 2015, 10:06 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

A recent Christchurch case reminds us all what a wonderfully effective and discriminating tool the "three strikes" law promoted by Sensible Sentencing Trust, and passed into law in 2010 by the then National - ACT government is proving to be. More >>

Youth wetland photos could win world travel

Friday, 30 January 2015, 9:59 am | Department of Conservation

Young people from 15 to 24 are in with a chance to win international travel by entering the World Wetlands Day youth photo competition. More >>

Pike River Proposal Praised

Friday, 30 January 2015, 9:31 am | Federated Mountain Clubs

FMC welcomes the proposal by the Pike River families for an extension to Paparoa National Park. More >>

New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 Judges’ decision

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 4:42 pm | Adroite Communications

New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 Judges’ decision PRESS STATEMENT – for immediate release 29 January 2015 Statement by the Convenor of Judges for the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 Esteemed academic Peter Munz once said to me, “The wonderful thing ... More >>

Low interest rates see more head to South Auckland

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 3:56 pm | Century 21

“With the Reserve Bank today holding the Official Cash Rate at 3.5%, our retail banks in an interest rates war, Auckland rents increasing, and housing demand unrelenting, we’re seeing more and more first home buyers heading to South Auckland,” says ... More >>

Good relationships are key to success: Restorative Justice

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 3:42 pm | Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice Aotearoa says that changes to the Sentencing Act, which came into effect on Monday 6 December, are a step in the right direction despite recent concerns about backlogs in the courts. More >>

History in the making at Mangungu Mission

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 3:05 pm | Heritage New Zealand

History will be made on February 4, 2015 when New Zealand’s Governor-General – Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae – visits Mangungu Mission, the historic Wesleyan mission house today cared for by Heritage New Zealand. More >>

Defence Force Flying Procedures Robust And Appropriate

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 2:28 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) welcomes the findings of a Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) Report into the landing of a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Boeing 757 (B757) in difficult weather conditions in Antarctica in ... More >>

Disabled people want work

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 2:18 pm | Disabled Persons Assembly

Nick Ruane is a disabled person and he says in spite of having a Masters Degree with honours in political science, a commerce degree and a teaching qualification his employment history has been sporadic. More >>

We all have a role in making care work

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 2:12 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

“Arthritis New Zealand is not surprised by the news that over 420,000 New Zealanders are providing unpaid care for friends or family,” Chief Executive Sandra Kirby said today. She was referring to the recently released Infometrics report that analysed ... More >>

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei keen to invest in housing

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 2:05 pm | Ngati Whatua

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei wants to play a greater role in housing within Auckland, for the benefit its members and the wider community. The Chair of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust, Phillip Davis, says the hapū will consider all opportunities to ... More >>

Joyce & Guy Splurging on Corporate Welfare

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the announcement that Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy, has approved two more Primary Growth Partnership programmes for the deer and lamb industries, and the subsequent $5m for the Food Innovation Network announced by Steven Joyce, ... More >>

Housing reforms needed to go further says CHA

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 5:21 pm | Community Housing Aotearoa

Today’s Government announcement on social housing is a step in the right direction but it needed to bolder, according to the group representing community housing providers and its partner Te Matapihi. More >>

State housing sell-off will harm vulnerable children

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 4:49 pm | Quality Public Education Coalition - QPEC

“The government’s planned sell-off of state housing will cause serious harm to the education of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children”, says QPEC Spokesperson John Minto. More >>

Taxpayer Funded Middle Finger From Eleanor Catton

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 4:42 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning Man Booker prize winner Eleanor Catton’s comments regarding the Government’s support of the arts given the substantial support she has personally received from taxpayers. More >>

Government Must Do Better on Social Housing

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers' Union is labelling today's social housing announcements half-hearted and disappointing for taxpayers. More >>

New Zealand’s Climate Movement is growing

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 2:49 pm | Oil Free Otago

“New Zealand’s Climate Movement is growing bigger and more organised”, said OFO member Rosemary Penwarden on the eve of the “Taranaki’s Beauty and the Beast” weekend conference that has attracted climate activists and interested people from ... More >>

AUT gets the Rainbow Tick

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 12:25 pm | AUT University

AUT University has become the first tertiary provider in New Zealand to be awarded a Rainbow Tick for the level of engagement and support shown to the Rainbow community both internally and externally. More >>

Public submissions on Wellington local government encouraged

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 12:07 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

A new information brochure has been produced to encourage and assist public submissions on the proposal for local government reorganisation in the Wellington region. More >>

State Housing Conference

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:04 am | Defend Glen Innes

We are holding a conference to launch a nationwide fightback against the privatisation of state housing stock. More >>

Only surface deep acceptance of Rainbow Community at work

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 10:46 am | Westpac

The majority of New Zealanders say they are accepting of the Rainbow Community (which includes those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) but that does not extend to the workplace, according to a new survey by Westpac New Zealand Limited. More >>

Entries Open for the 2015/16 SOLGM Overseas Manager Exchange

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 10:39 am | Society of Local Government Managers

The Society of Local Government Managers is now taking entries for the 2015/16 SOLGM Overseas Manager Exchange Programme. This Programme provides an opportunity, through a short exchange with a partner manager in another country, for local government ... More >>

Christchurch construction company in breach of labour law

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 10:01 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has ordered wage arrears be paid to workers and imposed a penalty on a Christchurch construction company for failing to provide the minimum wage and keep accurate employment records. More >>

Devoy: Honour our Holocaust survivors, don't be a bystander

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 5:06 pm | Human Rights Commission

70 years ago in the early hours of the morning and in the middle of a bitter snowstorm, Auschwitz Concentration Camp was liberated. Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, this afternoon some incredible New Zealanders – our own Holocaust survivors ... More >>

Lyttelton Port workers vote to escalate dispute

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 4:26 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) at Lyttelton Port today voted to escalate their industrial action. Around 200 RMTU members have been operating an overtime ban since 17 December and today they endorsed a series of full withdrawals ... More >>

Newsletter - Free Press

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 3:45 pm | ACT New Zealand

Welcome to the first ever edition of Free Press , ACT’s new regular bulletin. If you’re wondering why you’ve received this, we’ve used the same mailing list as Richard Prebble’s classic The Letter , and hope we can stimulate you in the ... More >>

Collins Picked to Return to Cabinet Before Next Election

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 3:42 pm | iPredict

Judith Collins is this week picked to make a return to Cabinet before the next election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. John Key is expected to remain leader of the National ... More >>

The other housing crisis

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 3:25 pm | CCS Disability Action

CCS Disability Action hopes Prime Minister John Key’s state of the nation speech will address the other housing crisis as well. With an aging population, the number of people who need accessible private homes and social housing is rapidly growing. ... More >>

Prisoners and the right to vote

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 3:03 pm | Rethinking Crime and Punishment

Arthur Taylor and other serving prisoners, will take their case to end a ban on prisoners voting to the High Court in Auckland today (27 Jan 2015) More >>

Public health, union, and church groups slam TPP trade deal

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:59 am | AFTINET

As secret Trans-Pacific (TPP) trade talks resume in New York, an unusually diverse mix of 47 Australian community groups including public health, environment, union, church, development aid and other groups have written an open letter to Trade Minister ... More >>

Third world fishing policies put NZ to shame

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:51 am | Service And Food Workers Union

The union representing workers in seafood processing factories has today slammed New Zealand’s fishing policies which allow our fishing resources to be exported to other countries. More >>

Warts and all expose of Taranaki’s oil and gas

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:35 am | Joint Press Release

Taranaki’s relationship with oil and gas will be examined at an Environmental and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand (ECO) gathering this weekend. More >>

Time for Maggie Barry to come clean on 1080

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:10 am | Democrats for Social Credit

National's new Conservation Minister Maggie Barrie appears to have gone into hiding over the raging controversy surrounding New Zealand's continuing use of 1080, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter. More >>

No part of a warmongers club

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:07 am | Peace Action Wellington

Peace Action Wellington condemns the prime minister’s commitment of military support for the US war in Iraq. Peace Action also condemns the casual and cavalier way in which the prime minister discusses joining the US-UK led war as being the ‘price ... More >>

Camp Gallipoli and RSA Commemorative ANZAC Day Event

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 9:54 am | Joint Press Release

The Camp Gallipoli Foundation is delighted to have formed a partnership with the Returned and Services' Association (RSA) as part of the Anzac Day centenary commemorations. More >>

Turangawaewae - Human Rights Commission e-newsletter

Monday, 26 January 2015, 3:11 pm | Human Rights Commission

Please find our new newsletter here . Highlighted stories this month: Treaty of Waitangi and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Dame Susan Devoy – Al Jazeera interview Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner – The Equal Pay Act ... More >>

Election for New Labour President

Monday, 26 January 2015, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Two nominations have been received for the position of Labour Party President vacated with the recent resignation of Moira Coatsworth. A vote will now proceed, closing on February 26th. More >>

Flags to be lowered to half-mast - Monday 26 January 2015

Monday, 26 January 2015, 1:32 pm | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

At the request of the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key, the New Zealand Flag is to be half-masted on all Government and public buildings on Monday 26 January 2015 , to mark the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia. More >>

Sexual violence threats toward Taranaki journalist

Monday, 26 January 2015, 1:15 pm | Wellington Rape Crisis

Wellington Rape Crisis agency manager Eleanor Butterworth says, ‘the sense of anonymity that people seem to feel when using forums like Facebook, Twitter and blogging has come with it a disturbing shift in what is considered normal when it comes to the ... More >>

Submission period opens on STOS marine consent application

Monday, 26 January 2015, 9:42 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has today opened the submission period on a marine consent application by Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) to continue its offshore activities in the Māui natural gas field. More >>

Safety campaigner blames multiple fatalities on road design

Monday, 26 January 2015, 9:18 am | Dog And Lemon Guide

A prominent road safety campaigner is blaming multiple deaths on the design of New Zealand roads. More >>

Stereotyping ethnic groups as irresponsible pet owners wrong

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 6:36 pm | Human Rights Commission

Sweeping claims by an SPCA spokesman stereotyping entire races as irresponsible people who don’t care about their pets are “unhelpful, wrong and incredibly offensive to a lot of people” says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. More >>

Amy Adam shows her ignorance about medical cannabis

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 4:55 pm | ALCP

Justice Minister Amy Adams has no ministerial responsibility for medical cannabis, despite her uneducated comments about the issue in the Taranaki Daily Mail. More >>

GG attending ceremony of condolences for HM King Abdullah

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 7:05 pm | Governor General

Governor-General attending ceremony of condolences for HM King Abdullah At the invitation of the Prime Minister, the Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae will travel to Saudi Arabia to represent New Zealand at the ceremony of condolences ... More >>


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