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Kiwi contractors need better laws at work

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 5:13 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Kiwi contractors need better laws at work Working people are pleased that today politicians will be discussing the Minimum Wage (Contractor’s Remuneration) Bill. “We are calling on political parties who care about working people, and their families, ... More >>

All views on assisted suicide matter

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 4:56 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

Director of The Nathaniel Bioethics Centre, Dr John Kleinsman, is surprised and appalled at the disingenuous tactics being employed by assisted suicide supporters. Both Matt Vickers and Act MP David Seymour have in recent days described the unprecedented ... More >>

Union offers 11th hour solution on Easter trading

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 4:55 pm | FIRST Union

The union representing working people in retail is calling on the Government to withdraw the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill and convene a cross-sector working group to develop Easter trading laws the country can agree on. More >>

New $2M fund for research on information challenges

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 4:39 pm | The New Zealand Law Foundation

A new, independent $2 million research fund is now available for projects that will better prepare New Zealand for the challenges of the information age. More >>

Governor-General’s speech at the State Farewell Luncheon

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 4:35 pm | Government House

At my swearing-in ceremony in 2011, I spoke about the extraordinary honour that had been bestowed upon us. At the same time, I acknowledged just a little trepidation about what the next five years might bring. More >>

Forestry industry must remain vigilant

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 3:44 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Forestry industry must remain vigilant about health and safety WorkSafe New Zealand says the latest forestry death in Hawkes Bay is a sad reminder to the industry of the need to remain vigilant about health and safety. Monday’s death follows three ... More >>

The 'justus' system for Māori not good enough

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 3:13 pm | JustSpeak

Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More >>

Irrigation not linked to drinking water concerns

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 2:35 pm | Irrigation NZ

Irrigation not linked to drinking water concerns Greenpeace is out of order suggesting irrigation schemes increase the risk of drinking water concerns, says IrrigationNZ. “They’ve well and truly stepped over the line this time and should be discredited,” ... More >>

Save the Children launches search-and-rescue

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 2:25 pm | Save the Children New Zealand

Save the Children launches search-and-rescue ship in deadly Mediterranean Save the Children is launching a new search-and-rescue effort in the Mediterranean. The vessel will be operational from September with the aim of saving lives at sea, with facilities ... More >>

Most homeless people working or studying

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 1:54 pm | University of Otago

Most homeless people working or studying More than half of all homeless adults in New Zealand are working or studying, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers. UOW researcher Dr Kate Amore, from the Health Research Council-funded He Kainga Oranga/Housing ... More >>

NZDF Hosting Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 1:01 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force is hosting a visit by the Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Rear Admiral (RADM) Viliame Naupoto over the next few days. More >>

Coastal communities vow to fight seabed mining – again

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 12:53 pm | Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

Coastal communities are preparing to fight a new application to mine the seabed, lodged with the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining said today. Trans Tasman Resources (TTR), whose 2013 bid to mine ironsands from the ... More >>

Nauru whistleblowers to speak out at Wellington protest

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 12:00 pm | Peace Action Wellington

Nauru whistleblowers due to speak out at Wellington protest for refugees held in Australian offshore detention More >>

Beware of False Balance

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 11:55 am | Making Sense of Fluoride

Beware of False Balance A decision by the NZ Press Council this week is a timely reminder to news media to be wary of lobbyists attempting to hijack the concept of balance. More >>

Proposal to stop GM food labelling denies consumer rights

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 11:35 am | GE Free NZ

Consumers on both sides of the Tasman would be left in the dark under proposals to stop labelling of GMOs being canvassed by the Productivity Commission in Australia.[1] More >>

Has the criminal justice system been compromised?

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 11:30 am | University of Waikato

One of New Zealand’s longest-serving judges, the Honourable Sir Ron Young, will address serious issues facing New Zealand’s justice system when he gives a public lecture at the University of Waikato next month. More >>

State Sector Retirement funds must stop investing in arms

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 10:27 am | Public Service Association

Members of a government-implemented super scheme will be deeply disappointed their savings are being invested in companies which make cluster bombs or nuclear weapons, the PSA says. More >>

PM sets rules for ministers' treatment of public servants

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 9:31 am | BusinessDesk

Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More >>

Oxfam calls for ‘no decision’ on Pacific FTA

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 4:46 pm | Oxfam NZ

Current negotiations on the PACER-Plus regional free trade agreement between Pacific Island countries, Australia and New Zealand are edging closer to completion, with Pacific people most likely to lose out in the deal. More >>

Help develop New Zealand’s plan for open government

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 4:39 pm | State Services Commission

New Zealanders are being asked to contribute their ideas for ways government can improve its openness as part of the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) through an interactive online forum running until this Wednesday, or by coming along ... More >>

Scam Alert: iTunes vouchers do not pay off fines

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 4:28 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are continuing to remind the public that government agencies will not ask for fines to be paid by iTunes or other vouchers, says Detective Senior Sergeant Iain Chapman. More >>

Open letter to TVNZ Head John Gillespie

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 4:23 pm | David Rankin

You made the following public comment today regarding the actions of TVNZ reporters and a cameraman at my campaign launch yesterday which was interrupted by a deranged man wielding a sword and threatening us, and dragging his young son with him: More >>

Park up for homes: Parnell signifies time for a change

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 3:58 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

The #ParkUpForHomes protests will be drawing to a close over the next fortnight, with a final Auckland event happening this Thursday August 25, in the central suburb of Parnell. More >>

Overseas pensions, and direct deductions

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 3:09 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

"There is a form of elder abuse no-one in Parliament wants to acknowledge," claims Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) Advocate for Seniors, Heather Marion Smith. "It is the outright theft by the MSD (Ministry of Social Development) ... More >>

Comment by Marc Corlett QC, counsel acting for Mr Yan

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 3:04 pm | Marc Corlett

"I can confirm that after several months of negotiation, Mr Yan is pleased to have reached a commercial compromise with the Commissioner of Police that resolves the civil forfeiture proceedings in New Zealand. The settlement enables Mr Yan to ... More >>

Monetary policy faces challenges in turbulent times

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 12:19 pm | The Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Monetary policy faces challenges in turbulent times Monetary policy challenges extend well beyond the normal parameters and stresses envisaged when policy frameworks were designed and inflation goals were first specified, Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler ... More >>

$42.85m forfeiture order largest ever in New Zealand

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Police

Proceedings against William Yan and Wei You under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009, along with two of Mr Yan’s associates, have been settled following discussions between the relevant parties and approval by the High Court. More >>

Disappointing response to safety campaign

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 11:40 am | New Zealand Police

Taking a few seconds to buckle up or put away mobile phone distractions appears to be a life-saving message still being missed by many during a recent national road safety operation. More >>

CBB applauds Minister Amy Adams

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 10:39 am | Coalition for Better Broadcasting

CBB applauds Minister Amy Adams (yes, it's true) 22 August 2016 The Coalition for Better Broadcasting welcomes the government's decision to extend responsibility for broadcasting content standards to online content. The move is long-overdue and will ... More >>

Importation loophole an affordable legal avenue

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 10:37 am | MCANZ

Tonight on Story it was shown to New Zealand that is possible for New Zealanders to legally procure ounces of Raw Cannabis and import them legally into New Zealand. More >>

Deaf Action launch petition for visual fire alarms

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 10:05 am | Deaf Action NZ

Deaf Action (New Zealand) have just launched a petition calling on government to make visual fire alarms mandatory in public buildings. More >>

David Rankin statement alleging sword attack

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 8:28 am | David Rankin

Former National Party leader and Council Candidate hold off “P” sword attacker in West Auckland as TV One news crew flees. On Monday 22 August, former National Party leader, Dr Don Brash, joined the campaign launch for West Auckland Council ... More >>

Attempt to Skirt Proper Process a Constitutional Disgrace

Monday, 22 August 2016, 5:40 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse’s proposed amendment to the Tax Administration Act, allowing tax law to be changed by Order in Council, is a constitutional disgrace, says Jordan Williams, a former constitutional lawyer and current Executive Director ... More >>

Government funding weapons trade

Monday, 22 August 2016, 5:27 pm | Auckland Peace Action

The Government’s own NZ Superannuation fund is heavily invested in major weapons dealers.# At present, it holds significant investments in the second, third and fourth largest arms dealers in the world: Boeing, BAE and Raytheon.* More >>

Governor-General congratulates New Zealand's Olympians

Monday, 22 August 2016, 5:20 pm | Governor General

The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae has congratulated all the New Zealand athletes who competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He said that they had been great representatives of our country. More >>

Young drivers reminded to stick to licence conditions

Monday, 22 August 2016, 5:12 pm | New Zealand Police

Police in the Eastern District are reminding young drivers in the region to stick to the conditions of their licence for their own safety and the safety of all road users. More >>

NZDF Vessel Returns From Pacific Fisheries Patrols

Monday, 22 August 2016, 5:10 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington will return to the Devonport Naval Base on Friday 26 August after a successful five-week operation conducting fisheries patrols in the south-west Pacific. More >>

Response to Grey Power

Monday, 22 August 2016, 4:13 pm | NZ Seniors Party

Paul Rea, acting chairperson of the New Zealand Seniors Party, in responding to the President of Grey Power’s notice that Grey Power is not and will not be aligned to the New Zealand Seniors Party said it came as no surprise to him. There is no ... More >>

Tackling big data

Monday, 22 August 2016, 3:59 pm | Statistics New Zealand

For the first time, data from an agency outside government, Auckland City Mission, will be included in Statistics New Zealand’s vault of information for researchers. More >>

The Community Law Manual 2016-2017

Monday, 22 August 2016, 3:52 pm | Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley

The Community Law Manual is an easy-to-read, practical guide to everyday New Zealand law. Everyone who needs to understand New Zealand law needs this resource. Make sure you have the correct information by making sure you have the most recent copy of ... More >>

RWNZ express strong support for Bill

Monday, 22 August 2016, 3:28 pm | Rural Women New Zealand

RWNZ has lodged a submission to the Government Administration Select Committee expressing its strong support for the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill. This Bill represents an important step towards modernisation of the fire services, ensuring it remains ... More >>

Greenpeace on terms of reference for Hawke's Bay inquiry

Monday, 22 August 2016, 3:16 pm | Greenpeace

Ahead of the Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon of the terms of reference for the Government inquiry into the Hawke's Bay gastro outbreak, Greenpeace Agriculture Campaigner Genevieve Toop said: More >>

Ryman Healthcare enlists with RNZAB

Monday, 22 August 2016, 3:11 pm | Ryman Healthcare

Two-year deal means residents will hear the best of New Zealand’s oldest band More >>

Police secure forfeiture of $1.17 million assets

Monday, 22 August 2016, 2:53 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have secured the forfeiture of $1.17 million in property under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act following a High Court judgment issued last week. More >>

Poor migration laws and flawed tendering process

Monday, 22 August 2016, 2:39 pm | First Union

Poor migration laws and flawed tendering process a toxic mix for bus drivers - union Bus drivers could be the latest victims of poor government migration policy says Rudd Hughes, spokesperson for the Bus Drivers First section of FIRST Union. It was ... More >>

Facts needed in Havelock North response

Monday, 22 August 2016, 1:53 pm | Irrigation NZ

Facts needed in Havelock North response A focus on science and proven solutions is needed in the response to the Havelock North water crisis, says IrrigationNZ. “IrrigationNZ is very concerned, as is everyone else, about the situation in Havelock ... More >>

CPAG Welfare Summit 2016: Investing in our Children

Monday, 22 August 2016, 1:34 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) will hold its Social Security Summit Investing in Children on Friday, September 2 at the University of Auckland. Building on the inaugural event last year, the Summit will focus on the Government’s proclaimed ... More >>

Free Press 22/8/16

Monday, 22 August 2016, 1:19 pm | ACT New Zealand

David vs. Jacinda In this week’s Sunday Star Times column, David Seymour argues that student loan interest write-offs have been bad policy and Jacinda as usual attacks the messenger. Read the full column here . More >>

PM Under Pressure to Allow Easter Conscience Vote

Monday, 22 August 2016, 12:55 pm | Family First Lobby

Family First NZ says that the Prime Minister has received hundreds of emails from families over the past 18 hours asking for the National party to allow a conscience vote on Easter Trading. “If a conscience vote was allowed, the proposed law change ... More >>

Pacific labour mobility meeting missing key ingredient

Monday, 22 August 2016, 12:44 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

A meeting on Pacific labour mobility in New Zealand this week has a glaring omission – the voices of organised labour, the NZ Council of Trade Unions said today. More >>

Gastro outbreak shows Ruataniwha must be scrapped

Monday, 22 August 2016, 12:41 pm | Greenpeace

Greenpeace is calling for the Ruataniwha dam project in Hawke’s Bay to be scrapped in light of the latest lead on the gastro outbreak. More >>

Corrections relocates offender from Maungaraki

Monday, 22 August 2016, 12:33 pm | Department Of Corrections

This morning Corrections relocated an offender from Maungaraki to a residence on the grounds of Christchurch Men’s Prison. This is an interim arrangement until such time as a further suitable residence can be identified in the Wellington region. ... More >>

Last chance for Wairoa iwi to vote on $100mil Settlement

Monday, 22 August 2016, 12:32 pm | Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa

Voting on the Deed of Settlement for iwi and hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa will close this Friday at 5pm, with the results determining whether the $100 million Settlement will go ahead. More >>

People’s health an ‘afterthought’ in freshwater management

Monday, 22 August 2016, 12:06 pm | Choose Clean Water

Choose Clean Water says the contamination of Hawke’s Bay drinking water is a tragic demonstration of the government’s failure to take human health into account in freshwater management in New Zealand. More >>

Pests and diseases stopped in post

Monday, 22 August 2016, 11:59 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

New survey results show the Ministry for Primary Industries is preventing pests and diseases from arriving in New Zealand through the post. More >>

Institute of Architects urges DoC to save Aniwaniwa Centre

Monday, 22 August 2016, 11:38 am | New Zealand Institute of Architects

The New Zealand Institute of Architects is dismayed by the decision of Department of Conservation Deputy Director-General Mervyn English to demolish the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre, and urges the Department to reconsider this decision urgently. More >>

Easter Trading Should Be Free Vote For National MPs

Monday, 22 August 2016, 10:43 am | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ is challenging the National party to allow a conscience vote on Easter Trading, and says that if it was allowed, and based on the previous voting record of individual MPs on this issue, the current proposed law change would be defeated. More >>

Islamic Awareness Week

Monday, 22 August 2016, 10:32 am | Jewish Council

The New Zealand Jewish Council wishes the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand success for this year’s Islam Awareness Week, which has the theme “Dialogue and peaceful co-existence.” More >>

Easter Sunday should be for families, not commerce

Monday, 22 August 2016, 10:10 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions is backing the call of two former All Blacks to protect family time at Easter. More >>

Crowdsourced advert highlights Kiwis’ AFFCO concerns

Monday, 22 August 2016, 9:40 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Crowdsourced advert highlights Kiwis’ AFFCO concerns Hundreds of concerned New Zealanders have come together to fund a full page advertisement in the Nelson Mail today to tell Sir Peter Talley to negotiate fairly with people who work at Talley’s-owned ... More >>


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