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Mike Hosking for PM?

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 5:04 pm | Coalition for Better Broadcasting

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates. More >>

‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 4:34 pm | Internet Party

The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting more young voters involved ... More >>

New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 4:15 pm | Electoral Commission

New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for ... More >>

Umere says 'taihoa' on Māori Language Strategy

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:35 pm | Umere

A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they are overwhelmingly ... More >>

High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:20 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group. More >>

David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 2:28 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them) More >>

More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 2:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system. More >>

Flavell mistaken

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 1:37 pm | Conservative Party

In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments." More >>

Taxpayers' Union Lay Complaint with Speaker

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 1:18 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings. More >>

MANA launches te reo Māori policy

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 1:17 pm | Mana Party

“MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. More >>

Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 12:59 pm | New Zealand National Party

Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy ... More >>

Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 12:51 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders ... More >>

New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 12:35 pm | New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy. More >>

Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 12:14 pm | Maritime New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy. More >>

Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 11:31 am | New Zealand Police

Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s. More >>

Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 11:25 am | ActionStation

Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon. More >>

Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 11:20 am | National Foundation for the Deaf

As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games More >>

Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 11:18 am | New Zealand Republic

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. More >>

Police handling of Rewa Investigation

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 11:05 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police ... More >>

IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 11:03 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of a very thorough and detailed ... More >>

Pay It Back Ms Hauiti

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 11:00 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti ... More >>

RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 10:11 am | Returned Services Association

The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need. More >>

Students encouraged to be brave and never give up

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 9:51 am | Asthma Foundation

Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen' More >>

New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 9:45 am | Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it. More >>

Maori Party President Acknowledges Founding Co-Leaders

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 9:33 am | The Maori Party

Maori Party President, Rangimarie Naida Glavish, has today acknowledged the enormous contribution founding Maori Party co-leaders, Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples have made towards building a greater nation. More >>

Ngati Ruanui supports plans for Te Reo Maori

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:30 pm | Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust

Te Tumu Whakaae (Chair) of Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust said today his iwi supports Te Matawai, the Maori Affairs Minister’s new Maori language strategy. More >>

Mana Party Using Taxpayer Funds for Election Hoardings

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:28 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the photograph posted on the WhaleOil website of a Te Tai Tokerau electorate hoarding featuring Mana Party leader Hone Harawira, which carries the House of Representatives crest and appears to have been funded by taxpayers, Jordan Williams, Executive Director ... More >>

EPA Questions For Chatham Rise Phospate Mining Raise Alarm

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:20 pm | Deepwater Group

Alarm bells should be ringing in light of the hard questions asked by Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) of Chatham Rock Phosphate’s miningapplication. More >>

Ngati Ruanui joins ironsand mining appeal

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:17 pm | Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust

Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust has applied to the High Court to join Trans Tasman Resources appeal against the decision to reject its application to mine iron sands off the south Taranaki coast. More >>

More victims fall foul of aggressive phone scam

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:01 pm | Inland Revenue Department

A victim of an aggressive phone scam which is targeting Inland Revenue customers for money or threatening them with deportation or prison if they don’t pay has been duped out of $6,500. More >>

Three Strikes: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 3:48 pm | ACT New Zealand

Crime is on the decline, not just in New Zealand but across the Western World. More >>

Public Money? Public Entitled to Know

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 3:41 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are unable to find out the extent of disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti’s spending, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Parenting in an Age of Terror

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 3:37 pm | The Parenting Place

What impact does news of war and terrorism have on children? Does seeing the wreckage of downed airliners, missiles flying and gunfire in the streets affect them? What do we tell them? It is unlikely children are actually going to be touched by war ... More >>

NZ Jews, Christians, and Muslims United in Call for Peace

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 3:01 pm | Wellington Council of Christians and Jews

Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders in Wellington issued a joint statement today regarding the current conflict in Gaza and Israel: More >>

MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 2:55 pm | Mana Party

" Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine march ... More >>

iPredict 2014 Election Update #27: Nats back in ascendency

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 2:50 pm | iPredict

Inflation and interest rate expectations fall ahead of OCR announcement tomorrow · Forecast fiscal surplus again falls sharply, and growth marginally down · Greens fall and Internet-Mana strengthens, as Sykes gets closer in Waiariki · No feasible ... More >>

TOUGHLOVE urges more funding for Parent Support

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 1:34 pm | TOUGHLOVE

TOUGHLOVE has issued a challenge to all of New Zealand's political parties to state where they stand on helping parents of youth at risk. The challenge comes just ahead of the organisation's thirtieth anniversary celebrations in Auckland on Friday 25th ... More >>

Reports: Aotearoa stands in solidarity with Palestine

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 1:06 pm | Fightback

Fightback supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as a tactic to show solidarity with Palestinian resistance. The following reports are from demonstrations over the weekend from Fightback activists and supporters. More >>

Mental Health & Addiction Services Funding Crisis

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:40 pm | Navigate

The funding crisis threatening the effective provision of NGO mental health and addiction services will be the main topic for debate by health spokespeople from all the main political parties at a public meeting in Penrose. More >>

Job losses show the dangers of relying on dairy exports

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:17 pm | EPMU

Today’s announcement from Fonterra that up to 110 jobs will be cut at its Canpac facility in the Waikato shows the dangers of relying on dairy exports to China to sustain our economy, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. The ... More >>

Cambodian Workshop successful, says Labour MP/PGA President

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:08 pm | Parliamentarians for Global Action

Labour’s Associate Disarmament Spokesperson and Parliamentians for Global Action (PGA) President Ross Robertson is pleased with the successful outcome of the Asia Pacific Regional Parliamentary Workshop held last week in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to ... More >>

Mangere College students take stance on family violence

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:00 pm | Joint Press Release

The students of south Auckland high school, Mangere College, became the first in the country today to implement the ‘It’s not OK’ campaign throughout the school in an effort to help prevent family violence occurring in its local community. More >>

Fairer Deal For Parents on Benefits - Christine Rankin

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 11:35 am | Fifty Fifty

Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig is backing a campaign seeking to reform the way Work And Income treats shared care parents. Mr Craig confirmed his party's stance in an email to Fifty Fifty campaigner Duncan Eddy last night, stating: "I confirm ... More >>

Kmart stamps out bullies with partnership

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 11:27 am | Kmart

23 July 2014 – Kmart has helped stamp out bullying quite literally, with active team members from stores across the country pounding the pavement on a ‘Big Walk’ for charity organisation Foundation for Youth Development (FYD), as part of Kmart ... More >>

More momentum needed to achieve Smokefree 2025 goal

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 11:05 am | University of Otago

New research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal by ASPIRE 2025 researchers suggests the Government’s goal to achieve a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025 may be failing to gather the political momentum needed to ensure it is achieved. Analysis ... More >>

Fight for 26 weeks paid parental leave to go on

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 10:02 am | 26 for Babies

The coalition to support 26 weeks paid parental leave says that public demand for six months leave with a new baby is not going away, and the group will continue to push for government to do more to support better outcomes for children up to the ... More >>

Don’t Apologise for Putting Family First, Mr Cunliffe

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9:42 am | Family First

Family First NZ says Labour leader David Cunliffe should not be apologising for putting his family first and having some holiday time with them. “All parents need some rest and recharging time, they need family time, and most importantly they need ... More >>

Referral to the Police - Wayne Walford

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9:21 am | Electoral Commission

On 21 July 2014, the Electoral Commission referred Wayne Walford, National Party candidate for Napier, to Police for displaying election advertising on a signwritten vehicle promoting his candidacy and the National Party. More >>

RSA condemns downing of flight MH17

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 5:03 pm | NZ Returned and Services Association

The Royal New Zealand RSA has today denounced the downing of flight MH17, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, as an act of terror. More >>

EDS joins Trans-Tasman Resources High Court appeal

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 4:07 pm | Environmental Defence Society

“EDS has today filed a notice to join (in opposition) Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) appeal against the decision to reject its marine consent application to mine ironsands in the South Taranaki Bight,” says EDS Executive Director Gary Taylor. More >>

Over 1100 dead Kiwis

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 3:42 pm | Peter Cooke

Research presented to the NZ Defence Force today shows that an average of 16 service personnel have died away from the front line every year since 1945. Add those from the front line and the figure is 18. More >>

Petition to repeal carer legislation presented at parliament

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 3:19 pm | Disabled Persons Assembly

Today Rachel Noble, Chief Executive of the Disabled Persons Assembly presented a petition, with thousands signatures, to parliament demanding the repeal of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act (No 2) 2013. More >>

Claudette Hauiti to step aside at election

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 1:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More >>

LGNZ welcomes Prime Minister to local government conference

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 12:56 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) was pleased to host the Prime Rt Hon John Key at the 2014 LGNZ Conference today in Nelson. The Prime Minister addressed the audience of 550 delegates including mayors, chairs, chief executives, councillors and senior ... More >>

Students Challenge Parliament to Protect Student Voice

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 12:45 pm | VUWSA

Student representatives on Victoria University of Wellington Council. LEFT: Elected-at-large student representative David Alsop. RIGHT: VUWSA President Sonya Clark. More >>

Flockton basin residents deserve fairness

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 12:40 pm | Tony Milne

It is blindingly obvious that the land in the Flockton basin has dropped because of the earthquake causing increased flooding and flood vulnerability says Labour’s Christchurch Central Candidate Tony Milne. More >>

LGNZ welcomes Labour’s announcement on regional development

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 12:01 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has welcomed today’s announcements from Leader of the Opposition David Cunliffe on regional development. The Hon Cunliffe launched Labour’s regional development policy to more than 550 delegates at the annual 2014 ... More >>

Standing Orders Committee: Review of Standing Orders

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 11:49 am | Standing Orders Committee

The Standing Orders Committee has presented its report on the Review of Standing Orders. The committee reviews the Standing Orders, procedures, and practices of the House and usually reports towards the end of each parliamentary term. More >>

Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally on 26th July, Aotea Square

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 11:10 am | Joint Press Release

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever in New ... More >>

Human Rights Commission welcomes The Way Forward report

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 11:09 am | Human Rights Commission

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue has welcomed The Way Forward report on an integrated system for Intimate Partner Violence, Child Abuse and Neglect. “The Way Forward report is truly a way forward. We’re not starting from scratch, all the jigsaw ... More >>


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