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Highly offensive word did not breach broadcasting standards

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 10:44 am | Broadcasting Standards Authority

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has found that the broadcast of the song ‘Hurricane’ by Bob Dylan on Coast FM which uses the word ‘nigger’ did not breach broadcasting standards. The song contains the lyrics ‘[a]nd to the black ... More >>

$36 million investment approved to tackle regional erosion

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 10:13 am | Forestry NZ

Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) has announced funding of almost $36 million through the Hill Country Erosion Fund (HCEF) to enable much-needed erosion control in the regions. More >>

2018 citizenship statistics

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 10:05 am | Department Of Internal Affairs

A total of 49,428 New Zealand citizenships, by grant or descent, were registered in 2018. More >>

Stacey Shortall named New Zealander of the Year semi-finalis

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 9:07 am | Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Ten of New Zealand’s top action oriented advocates have been shortlisted for the 2019 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award - and MinterEllisonRuddWatts Partner Stacey Shortall is on the list. More >>

Vaping regulations needed to help smokers quit

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 9:04 am | Alt New Zealand

“Like many others we urge the Government to amend the Smokefree Environments Act when Parliament reconvenes giving vaping much-needed regulation and smokers a better chance of quitting,” says Ben Pryor, Director of Alt New Zealand – the leading ... More >>

Has your MP been in prison?

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 7:35 pm | The Howard League for Penal Reform

Has your MP been in prison? MEDIA RELEASE Wellington Howard League, Wednesday 16 January 2019 In November 2018 the Wellington Howard League surveyed all Members of Parliament regarding whether or not they had visited a New Zealand prison. "The ... More >>

English Group Should Be Shipped Out

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 5:10 pm | Social Credit

The Minister of Immigration should find a way to deport, within 24 hrs, the English group wrecking a trail of havoc across the country. More >>

Blues Brothers among new frontline cops

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 1:32 pm | New Zealand Police

Seventy-nine new constables will join their friends and family in celebrating their graduation at The Royal New Zealand Police College (RNZPC) this week. More >>

Win as Sistema members secure agreement

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 12:37 pm | E tu

E tū Sistema members who have been in dispute with their employer over wages and conditions have agreed to accept the company’s latest offer for a new collective agreement. More >>

Irresponsible businesses claiming worker shortages

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 12:09 pm | FIRST Union

In response to several recent stories from unethical and out-dated business lobby groups claiming worker shortages in several industries, FIRST Union General Secretary Dennis Maga has released the below response. More >>

Community organisation condemns police car chase policy

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 10:46 am | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

People Against Prisons Aotearoa, a community group opposed to police violence, is calling for police pursuits to be banned after three teenagers were killed in a crash. The car, which had hit road spikes laid out by police, crashed into a tree and caught ... More >>

Tax relief would end never-ending strikes

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 10:22 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Implementing tax relief would relieve the pressure of low take-home pay and resolve much of the current industrial action, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “It’s understandable that junior ... More >>

Techfugees launches New Zealand Chapter

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 9:12 am | Techfugees

Wellington— 16 January 2019 — Technology is used as a universal catalyst for inclusion of displaced and refugee communities around the world, and engagement of host societies. It breaks down language barriers and increases the impact of initiatives. More >>

First Day of Action by Extinction Rebellion Poneke

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 9:09 am | XRPoneke

Members of the group Extinction Rebellion Poneke (XRPoneke) have just held a peaceful event inside Wellington Airport to protest against the extension of the Wellington Airport runway. More >>

Govt must act to support smoking cessation

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 8:39 am | New Zealand National Party

The recent increase to cigarettes provides another incentive for smokers to quit but the Government must now ensure that smoking cessation tools are appropriately regulated and able to be used to encourage smokers to quit, National MP Nicky Wagner ... More >>

CEAC on Napier Port partial sale

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 7:26 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

Citizens Environment Advocacy Centre is a long serving community advocate and non-government organisation which is encouraged by the stance of Hawke’s Bay regional councillors Debbie Hewitt and Paul Bailey on the Napier Port partial sale. More >>

Coastguard, communities to benefit from Lotteries Fund

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 4:29 pm | Coastguard New Zealand

The Royal New Zealand Coastguard is set to benefit from the Lottery Fund for Community Benefit related to the 2021 America’s Cup to the tune of $9.8 million. More >>

New report highlights drug policy trends

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 4:24 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

A new State of the Nation report released today by the NZ Drug Foundation shows that while we are doing well in some areas, there is massive room for improvement. More >>

Deliberate food contamination needs harsher penalties

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 11:58 am | Federated Farmers

A recent member’s bill which seeks to introduce harsher penalties and offences is good to see, but any action from it will have to be funded and resourced adequately to have any real impact, says Federated Farmers. More >>

Scrap the Minimum Wage and Replace it with the Living Wage

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 11:50 am | Closing The Gap

If New Zealand wants a society in which workers can live on what they earn, it’s time to scrap the ‘minimum wage’ and replace it with the ‘living wage’, says Closing the Gap spokesperson Peter Malcolm. More >>

Brexit Expert Visits New Zealand

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 10:25 am | NZ Institute of International Affairs

One of Britain’s leading commentators on Brexit and British politics will be in New Zealand at the end of January to talk about what Brexit means for the UK and for New Zealand. More >>

Green Party bequeathment welcomed

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 10:12 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

14 JANUARY 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has announced it will open a planned giving programme in light of a $350,000 bequeathment to the Green Party . More >>

Stronger penalties for food tampering welcome

Monday, 14 January 2019, 9:27 pm | Food and Grocery Council

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council supports Nathan Guy’s Private Members Bill to increase the penalties for those who intentionally contaminate food. More >>

Horticulture supports harsher penalties for contamination

Monday, 14 January 2019, 6:55 pm | Horticulture NZ

Horticulture New Zealand supports a Member's Bill, announced today, that will introduce harsher penalties for people who intentionally contaminate food, or threaten to do so. More >>

Hui-ā-Hapū o Ngāpuhi for rōpū

Monday, 14 January 2019, 5:17 pm | Kia Anga Mua Nga Hapu o Ngapuhi

E kaha rere atu ana te awa o ngā rangatira inanahi, inā hoki, kua tū te hui tuatahi o te rōpū, "Kia Anga Mua Ngā Hapū o Ngāpuhi" ki North Tec, Kerikeri. Ko te kaupapa matua kua whārikihia, ko te huarahi kei mua i te aroaro mō ngā take ... More >>

Biology Over Gender Identity In Schools - Poll

Monday, 14 January 2019, 3:42 pm | Family First

Polling by Curia Market Research has found stronger support for children not to be taught that their gender can changed and for toilets and changing rooms to be based on biological sex. In the poll of 1,000 New Zealanders surveyed last month, ... More >>

Developers beaten to market with 'GE Forbidden Fruit'

Monday, 14 January 2019, 3:20 pm | GE Free NZ

Scientists at Plant and Food have been beaten to market for sale of red-fleshed apples, despite mounting a campaign to promote their own GE product and suggesting it is ‘forbidden' as an excuse to weaken regulation of novel foods. More >>

Improving as we go – firearms safety programme

Monday, 14 January 2019, 3:13 pm | NZ Police

“When we announced the new firearms safety programme in May 2018, we recognised that as a trial programme, we may make tweaks and changes as the trial progresses,” says Acting Superintendent Mike McIlraith. More >>

Resident doctors deserve much better says NZNO

Monday, 14 January 2019, 2:52 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) supports the New Zealand Resident Doctors Association (NZRDA) in its industrial dispute with District Health Boards (DHBs) and warns that unsafe working conditions imposed on resident medical officers (RMOs) ... More >>

List of declined baby names for 2018 released

Monday, 14 January 2019, 2:44 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Under New Zealand law, parents are free to be creative when naming their baby. While there are no “banned” names in New Zealand, there are certain boundaries in place. New parents can register their child using SmartStart, an online tool providing a ... More >>

Bullying tactics from rodeo spectators to silence protestors

Monday, 14 January 2019, 1:45 pm | SAFE

14 January 2019 | MEDIA RELEASE SAFE disgusted by the bullying tactics of rodeo spectators to silence protestors More >>

Independent Ngāpuhi hapū join new Treaty claims alliance

Monday, 14 January 2019, 1:22 pm | Ngapuhi Hapu

Exercising their hapu rangatiratanga at a hui held yesterday at Kaingahoa Marae, Te Rawhiti, Bay of Islands the Pewhairangi Coastal hapū of Ngāti Kuta, Patukeha, Ngāti Manu me ona hapu ririki, Te Uri o Raewera, Te Uri Ongaonga, Te Uri Karaka ... More >>

Evidence undermines insulation standards, $4000 penalty

Monday, 14 January 2019, 11:58 am | Stop the War on Tenancies

Evidence provided to the Government undermines both current rental property insulation requirements and makes a mockery of a $4000 penalty for non-compliance, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. More >>

End of the Road for Maori Language Students in Rodney

Monday, 14 January 2019, 11:54 am | Boyes PR

Te Wananga o Aotearoa is cutting short its Te Ara Reo Maori programme at Te Whare Oranga in Parakai, leaving dozens of eager language students high and dry. More >>

The Local Government Minister isn’t doing her job

Monday, 14 January 2019, 10:36 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that Minister for Local Government Nanaia Mahuta has not met with a ratepayer association since her appointment in 2017. Not even one. More >>

Care around the clock to continue throughout strike

Monday, 14 January 2019, 9:46 am | Canterbury DHB

With the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association 48 hour strike action starting tomorrow at 7am, Canterbury District Health Board is reminding people that they can help take the pressure off emergency services by always making their general practice ... More >>

HMS Montrose to visit New Zealand

Monday, 14 January 2019, 9:32 am | British High Commission

Devonport Naval Base will host Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 January - the first Royal Navy Ship to berth at Devonport Naval Base for more than 20 years. More >>

2017/18 Year at the Border report published

Friday, 11 January 2019, 12:12 pm | Immigration NZ

Immigration New Zealand’s work at the border is showcased in the latest annual Year at the Border report. More >>

Rodeo Death Cover Up

Friday, 11 January 2019, 11:27 am | Anti Rodeo Action

The death of a second animal at Gisborne rodeo in December, and covered up by rodeo officials, is yet another indication that rodeo must be banned, and urgently, says anti-rodeo group. More >>

SAFE learns rodeo organisers kept second fatality hidden

Friday, 11 January 2019, 11:26 am | Save Animals From Exploitation

11 January 2019 | MEDIA RELEASE SAFE appalled to learn rodeo organisers kept second fatality at Gisborne Rodeo hidden More >>

Protesters will highlight animal deaths at rodeo

Friday, 11 January 2019, 11:24 am | Direct Animal Action

What: ‘Ban Rodeo’ protest at Mid-Northern Rodeo When: Saturday 12 January 12pm Where: 32 Kokopu Block Road, Maungatapere More >>

A record low - four boating fatalities in 2018

Friday, 11 January 2019, 10:38 am | Maritime New Zealand

Maritime NZ is thanking boaties for taking their safety seriously in 2018 after a record low number of four fatalities last year. More >>

An Affront to Democracy

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 12:07 pm | New Conservative

New Conservative stands with State Services Commissioner, Peter Hughes, in his condemnation of MBIE contracting out surveillance on New Zealand citizens. More >>

NZDF Transports Voting Equipment to Solomon Islands

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has delivered about two tonnes of voting equipment to the Solomon Islands for the South Pacific country’s national and provincial elections this year. More >>

Dwelling and household estimates: December 2018 quarter

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 11:30 am | Statistics New Zealand

Dwelling and household estimates provide estimates of all private dwellings in New Zealand at a given date, and estimates of all households usually living in New Zealand at a given date. More >>

NZ Outdoors Party stands behind the SPCA call on 1080

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 10:19 am | Outdoors Party

The NZ Outdoors Party totally supports the call by the SPCA to stop using the poison 1080. The SPCA have been very brave in standing up for the rights of the animals involved. More >>

Hui-ā-Hapū O Ngāpuhi

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 10:10 am | Nga Hapu Ngapuhi

A Hui-ā-Hapū is being held to develop and progress a shared pathway forward for Ngāpuhi. More >>

Quebec Court Challenge to Affect End of Life Choice Bill

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 3:23 pm | Euthanasia-Free New Zealand

A few hours ago two disabled Quebecers appeared in a Montreal court to challenge the provincial and federal ‘assisted dying’ laws. More >>

British Petroleum Should Correct Fuel Tax Pamphlet

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

8 JANUARY 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Taxpayers' Union is calling on BP to correct leaflets about the costs of petrol which underestimate the tax component of the price paid for petrol by as much as 10 percent. More >>

SPCA 1080 position will lead to cruel deaths and extinctions

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 12:53 pm | Forest and Bird

Forest & Bird says the SPCA’s statement calling for 1080 to be banned shows a naïve failure to understand how nature works in the wild, and they will be seeking a meeting with the organisation to discuss its position. More >>

New campaign for a 21th century trade agenda

Monday, 7 January 2019, 9:34 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

The website, launched today, heralds a new forward-looking campaign for a progressive 21st century trade agenda. More >>

Botany Betrayed. Mr Ross, Stand Down

Friday, 4 January 2019, 3:23 pm | New Conservative

The new year has begun. New Conservative continues to move forward to strengthen and protect our home, our family, our nation. More >>

Protest of Brazilian Embassy in NZ goes viral in Brazil

Friday, 4 January 2019, 10:50 am | Organise Aotearoa

The New Zealand-based socialist organisation, Organise Aotearoa (OA), has gone viral and drawn the ire of the Brazilian far-right, following its occupation of the Brazilian Embassy in Wellington yesterday in a protest against its new far-right, fascist President. More >>

Organise Aotearoa occupies Brazilian Embassy

Thursday, 3 January 2019, 3:10 pm | Organise Aotearoa

Today the Brazilian Embassy in Wellington was occupied by Organise Aotearoa, an emerging socialist organisation based in Aotearoa, to protest newly inaugurated far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s first day in office. More >>

Let’s Have An Inquiry Into Covert World Of State Spying

Thursday, 3 January 2019, 11:40 am | Anti-Bases Campaign

THOMPSON & CLARK JUST TIP OF SPYBERG Let’s Have An Inquiry Into Whole Covert World Of State Spying More >>

Governor-General’s New Year Message

Thursday, 3 January 2019, 10:59 am | Governor General

Kia ora koutou. Nga mihi o te tau hou. New Year greetings to you all. In 2018, we honoured some great New Zealanders. We marked anniversaries of events that impacted on our country and the wider world. More >>

Progressive alternatives needed as failed TPPA in force

Sunday, 30 December 2018, 7:38 pm | Professor Jane Kelsey

‘The Labour-New Zealand First government will be hoping that New Zealanders have got short memories as it celebrates the entry into force of the rebranded Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, minus the United States,’ says University of Auckland law ... More >>

Social crisis worsens under Labour Party-led government

Saturday, 29 December 2018, 10:36 am | Socialist Equality Group

When the Labour Party-led government was installed in October 2017, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that her priority would be to turn around homelessness and child poverty figures. Deputy Prime Minister and NZ First leader Winston Peters promised ... More >>

Nearly 16,000 children seek emergency aid over Christmas

Friday, 28 December 2018, 11:13 am | Salvation Army

Friday 28 December 2018 Nearly 16,000 children seek emergency aid over Christmas The Salvation Army releases key figures from 2018 Christmas Appeal The Salvation Army has helped 15,795 Kiwi children this Christmas with the support of donations ... More >>

The state of Maori Affairs, the things that kept Maori awake

Thursday, 27 December 2018, 7:45 pm | National Maori Authority

As we approach 2019 the National Maori Authority Ngangaru, wanted to find out what was both worrying Maori and where they saw the opportunities for change in the year ahead. Like many New Zealanders Maori struggle with the changing times and there ... More >>




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