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Property Institute wants LVR exemption for first home buyers

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 9:56 pm | New Zealand Property Institute

Property Institute wants LVR exemption for first home buyers Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive, Ashley Church, has repeated his call for the Reserve Bank to exempt first home buyers from the Loan-to-value restrictions following news ... More >>

Don’t Believe the Illicit Tobacco Trade Hype

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 9:28 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Don’t Believe the Illicit Tobacco Trade Hype Sunday 25 September 2016 Hāpai Te Hauora the voice of Tobacco Control warns New Zealanders to be prepared for a probable tobacco industry onslaught of exaggerated illicit tobacco trade claims. More >>

Q+A: Helen Clark

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 3:03 pm | TVNZ

HELEN CLARK: I’M NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE MĀORI PARTY NOT SUPPORTING MY BID FOR UN SEC GEN Ex New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark says she’s received support from a “great stadium of Kiwis” for her bid to be the UN Secretary General, and ... More >>

Q+A: John Key

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 3:00 pm | TVNZ

KEY: I WON’T TAKE TRADITIONAL ROLE AFTER BEING PM Prime Minister John Key, who’s been in New York this week to address the United Nations General Assembly and chair a meeting of the UN Security Council, says he won’t be taking a traditional path ... More >>

Indian Students facing Deportation plan more protests

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 7:46 pm | Migrant Workers Association

International Indian students facing deportation from New Zealand continue to fight for justice with a protest planned outside a meeting on Monday evening being attended by National MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar and Minister of Finance Bill English. More >>

Sexual Predator Shown Leniency by Judge

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 7:38 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

SEXUAL PREDATOR SHOWN LENIENCY BY JUDGE 24th September 2016 “Premeditated sexual offending against a child is as bad as it gets and must be punished with the harshest of prison terms” Scott Guthrie More >>

The Nation: Greg O'Connor and Nessa Lynch

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 12:37 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Greg O'Connor and Nessa Lynch Youtube clips from the show are available here . More >>

The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews John Key

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 12:35 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews John Key Youtube clips from the show are available here . More >>

The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Helen Clark

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 12:33 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Helen Clark Youtube clips from the show are available here . More >>

Greens Come Out in Favour Of Euthanasia

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 12:23 pm | Right To Life

Greens Come Out in Favour Of Euthanasia Media Release 23rd September 2016 Green Party adopts policy to amend law to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. Right to Life is disappointed that the Green Party has adopted ... More >>

Howard League applauds the finding of the Supreme Court

Friday, 23 September 2016, 9:55 pm | The Howard League for Penal Reform

Over the years we have had many letters from prisoners concerned that their release dates have been incorrectly calculated says Howard League spokesperson Jane Maltby. Up until now Corrections have always refused to budge on the calculations. This finding ... More >>

NZDF Helicopter Drops in on School

Friday, 23 September 2016, 5:37 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

What could possibly make the last day of term better than your mother arriving at your school playground in a New Zealand Defence Force helicopter? More >>

Report considers impact of El Nino

Friday, 23 September 2016, 3:23 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

On 4 October a new report is to be released which reveals the extent of suffering due to environmental changes in the Pacific. The report will provide eyewitness evidence of remarkable levels of hardship being encountered right on New Zealand’s doorstep, ... More >>

No Time for Fools

Friday, 23 September 2016, 2:43 pm | Oil Free Otago

Oil Free Otago this week calls upon prospective Dunedin City councillors to uphold Dunedin’s growing reputation as a climate leader. More >>

Official information request reveals tip of the iceberg

Friday, 23 September 2016, 2:18 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions has received a response to an official information request revealing that at least $35 million has been paid in outstanding holiday paid to working Kiwis in 25 identified organisations. More >>

Chancellor Presented with Student Petition

Friday, 23 September 2016, 1:38 pm | Fodssil Free UC

University of Canterbury Chancellor Dr John Wood was today presented with a petition from over 2000 students and staff, calling for the university to quit its investments in the fossil fuel industry, due to the contribution to climate change. More >>

Call for Ban on Kiwisaver Investments in Offensive Weapons

Friday, 23 September 2016, 1:30 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers is calling on the Government to legislate to ban Kiwisaver providers from investing in companies which produce internationally illegal weapons including cluster munitions, anti-personnel mines ... More >>

Submission to Health Select Committee Inquiry

Friday, 23 September 2016, 12:26 pm | Maxim Institute

Maxim Institute has today given an oral submission to the Health Select Committee’s inquiry into suicide in New Zealand, stating: “Legalisation of assisted suicide or euthanasia in New Zealand would be bad public policy, and it would be bad law." ... More >>

Media Stakeout following meeting on Aviation Security

Friday, 23 September 2016, 12:20 pm | New Zealand United Nations Security Council

Media Stakeout by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully following UN Security Council meeting on Aviation Security More >>

Communities shine during World Rivers Day

Friday, 23 September 2016, 12:13 pm | Land Air Water Aotearoa

This Sunday is World Rivers Day, and Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA) is joining more than 60 countries around the world to raise awareness of the need to take better care of our water resources. LAWA is marking the day by launching a video that celebrates ... More >>

More bad faith from a Talley’s owned meat company

Friday, 23 September 2016, 12:06 pm | Meat Workers Union

The Employment Relations Authority has found the Talley’s owned meat company NZ Land Meats (NZLM) breached good faith by trying to silence workers and their union. More >>

“Heroes & Villains” of Human Rights and Global Surveillance

Friday, 23 September 2016, 11:39 am | Access Now

Heroes include: Microsoft’s Brad Smith, Marc Zwillinger, Gerard Adriaan "Ard" van der Steur (Dutch minister of security and justice), and Henricus Gregorius Jozeph "Henk" Kamp (Dutch minister of economic affairs) More >>

Corrections Media Release: Supreme Court Ruling

Friday, 23 September 2016, 11:23 am | Department Of Corrections

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More >>

GE Free crop zone from Auckland to Cape Reinga

Friday, 23 September 2016, 10:52 am | GE Free NZ

GE Free NZ members welcome the Commissioners’ report supporting the Whangarei and Far North district councils plan changes concerning the use of GE crops in the outdoors. [1] More >>

Government's lack of apparent action against Uber

Friday, 23 September 2016, 10:51 am | New Zealand Uber Driver Association

Lack of apparent action against Uber for facilitating partner/drivers to break New Zealand Law More >>

Don’t forget urban waterways – World Rivers Day

Friday, 23 September 2016, 10:44 am | Water New Zealand

Pollution from urban stormwater is putting pressure on communities and local authorities in their efforts to ensure our rivers and waterways remain healthy. More >>

MSD Finds Major Cause of Poverty

Friday, 23 September 2016, 9:32 am | Conservative Party

The recent release of household income data from the MSD, finding that the dominant cause of poverty can be linked to single parent families, is no surprise. As a country, we embarked on a social experiment with the DPB, that said “If we support single ... More >>

Bill Before Select Committee Will Increase Crime

Friday, 23 September 2016, 9:19 am | No Pride in Prisons

No Pride in Prisons says that a current bill before the Social Services Select Committee will lead to higher rates of crime, victimisation, imprisonment and child poverty. More >>

SPCA has grave concerns about dog action plan

Friday, 23 September 2016, 9:11 am | SPCA

SPCA New Zealand is expressing its grave concerns about the Government’s action plan announced yesterday in an attempt to reduce dog bites. More >>

Students choose VUWSA’s 2017 Executive

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 6:16 pm | VUWSA

At the end of every year, in Trimester 2, Victoria University of Wellington students choose who the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) executive will be for the next year. This year’s no different. As years progress, ... More >>

Maritime VHF radio delivered to yacht Luna

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 5:33 pm | Maritime New Zealand

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is delivering a maritime VHF radio to the skipper of the yacht Luna , which had been the subject of a search and rescue operation. More >>

NZDF Helicopter Finds Missing Yacht in East Cape

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 5:26 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force has helped find a 22-foot yacht that had been reported missing in the East Cape since Monday. More >>

Breed laws don’t work

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 4:34 pm | NZ Veterinary Association

Dangerous dogs are a complex animal, human and environmental societal problem. These dogs kill and injure the people we care about. We all want this issue addressed. More >>

Seales Family Commends Green Party For Leadership

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 3:58 pm | Lecretia's Choice

The family of Lecretia Seales today congratulated the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand for their leadership in announcing a party policy that supports assisted dying. More >>

An Open Invitation to New Zealand’s High Profile Women

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 3:35 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is calling upon the same high profile New Zealand women who spoke up recently regarding the culture within the NZRU in the midst of the Chiefs scandal to voice their dismay at the sentencing of Nikolas Delegat. More >>

Auditor-General's Annual Report 2015/16 published

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 3:25 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s Annual Report 2015/16 was presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

Back in court to fight unjust Ministry of Education decision

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 3:00 pm | New Zealand Educational Institute

NZEI Te Riu Roa yesterday filed in the Employment Court for a review of the Ministry of Education's unilateral decision to impose a fortnight with no pay in February for annualised support staff. More >>

Judgment: Marino v Corrections, Booth v R

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 2:59 pm | NZ Supreme Court

This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment and reasons ... More >>

Green’s ‘Assisted Suicide’ Policy Ignores Important Inquiry

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 2:50 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is slamming a Green Party policy on euthanasia which has been released at the same time as a major inquiry on assisted suicide gets under way with representation on the select Committee from the Greens themselves. More >>

Hague just treated 21,435 New Zealanders with utter contempt

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 1:50 pm | The Care Alliance

“Kevin Hague just treated 21,435 New Zealanders with utter contempt,” says Matthew Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance. “On 23 June 2015 Mr Hague stood on the steps of Parliament to receive a petition asking for an investigation of public attitudes ... More >>

New dog rules to support safer communities

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 1:46 pm | LGNZ

New dog control measures announced today will give those at the forefront of animal management better tools for dealing with high-risk dogs, Local Government New Zealand says. Associate Minister of Local Government Louise Upston today announced a new ... More >>

MPI video monitoring "not a proper substitute"

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 1:45 pm | PSA

The Ministry for Primary Industries needs to rethink its strategy around using video monitoring to protect against fish dumping, the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi says. More >>

Rally for better inclusion in schools

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 1:43 pm | IHC

Protesters are expected on the steps of Parliament today, united against the government’s recent policy announcements about including students with disabilities. More >>

Statutes Repeal Bill

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 1:14 pm | Office of the Clerk

The Government Administration Committee is seeking submissions on the Statutes Repeal Bill. The closing date for submissions is Thursday 3 November 2016 . More >>

Urban Ngāpuhi call to support the Maranga Mai report

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 12:51 pm | Ngapuhi in Christchurch

Representatives of Ngāpuhi living in Christchurch are today imploring all representatives of Tūhoronuku, the mandated authority for the Ngāpuhi Treaty of Waitangi claim, to support unreservedly the Maranga Mai report. More >>

Stand together with our brave humanitarian workers

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 12:09 pm | Council for International Development

Council for International Development (CID), the coordinating body of New Zealand’s international aid and disaster relief agencies, is changing its social media profile pictures to red today ( #redforsyria ) and calling on others to show solidarity with ... More >>

Counsellor seeking defamation advice over NZ Herald article

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 10:09 am | Steve Taylor

The director of Counselling service 24-7 Ltd is currently seeking legal advice regarding what he says are "outrageous and malicious" defamatory claims made against him by the NZ Herald, and by Rachel Macgregor, during the Defamation trial of Jordan ... More >>

Bank branch closures roundup

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 9:34 am | First Union

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More >>

LegaSea calls for a Commission of Inquiry into fisheries

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 9:28 am | LegaSea

Leaked documents show the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been aware of widespread fish dumping for years yet not acted to prosecute the offending commercial fishers. These papers highlight deeply rooted problems with the management of fisheries. ... More >>

Janet Quigley elected new PSA president

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 3:33 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association is delighted to announce Janet Quigley has been elected President by its two-yearly Congress meeting. More >>

Addressing our state of fear

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 3:23 pm | University of Auckland

War and terrorism, race and immigration, market and financial crises, climate change and environmental degradation – these are the big issues of our age; and they are making us highly anxious. More >>

Grandparent caregivers need greater support

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 3:14 pm | CPAG

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that If New Zealand’s new Ministry Oranga Tamariki is truly committed to supporting vulnerable children into better outcomes, then it must ensure that the older generation with grandchildren and mokopuna placed ... More >>

Anti-TPP protests promote economic protectionism

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 2:40 pm | Tom Peters

"Anti-TPP protests promote economic protectionism" More >>

View of nurses on assisted dying heard today

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 2:02 pm | NZNO

NZNO are at parliament today contributing to the discussion about assisted dying (AD) because any legislation around medically assisted dying will have serious implications for nurses and their duty of care for patients. More >>

A Basic Income for Children is Better than Tax Cuts

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 1:27 pm | Basic Income New Zealand

Lowell Manning, President of Basic Income New Zealand (BINZ) is calling for a Universal Basic Income for Children. “I like to call it a Kids’ Basic Income” he says. Mr Manning said that a Universal Basic Income for Children would work much better ... More >>

Make-over for courts imminent

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 12:46 pm | Chapman Tripp

The judicature modernisation reforms – now awaiting third reading – represent the most significant revamp of the court system since enactment of the Judicature Act 1908. More >>

Auckland University staff take an hour for fair pay

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 12:03 pm | Public Service Association

People working at the University of Auckland will take an hour off tomorrow as they campaign to get a fair pay offer. More >>

Widespread dumping revealed in fourth MPI operation

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 11:27 am | Forest And Bird

About half of 42 monitored inshore fishing boats were allegedly illegally dumping fish in a fourth operation by the Ministry for Primary Industries, referred to in the Heron Inquiry but not otherwise publicly disclosed. More >>

ACC wants community input to the levy setting process

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 11:20 am | ACC

ACC is asking Kiwis to share their thoughts and ideas about levy setting for the 2017 to 2019 period, as part of a consultation process running from 21 September to 19 October 2016 at . More >>

Police response to today’s IPCA reports

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:27 am | New Zealand Police

Today’s IPCA reports into the tragic deaths of three teenagers in two separate fleeing driver incidents finds that officers were justified in commencing a pursuit and complied with law and police policy during each situation. More >>


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