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Roy Morgan Poll May 26 – No change pre-Budget

Friday, 26 May 2017, 8:19 pm | Roy Morgan Research

National Party remains ‘dead-locked’ with Labour/Greens alliance in May pre-Budget New Zealand’s governing National Party is unchanged with 43% support in May virtually level with the opposition Labour/Greens on 42.5% (unchanged) before this week’s ... More >>

Foreign firm allowed to bottle millions of litres of water

Friday, 26 May 2017, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Candidate for Waimakariri, Dan Rosewarne has expressed concern that a valuable water consent has been transferred to Cloud Ocean Water Ltd, an overseas company registered in March with the business classification for manufacturing mineral water. More >>

Public spending needs to do more for Kiwi kids

Friday, 26 May 2017, 4:43 pm | Barnardos

Barnardos says Budget 2017 will help some children, but more needs to be done so that all New Zealand children benefit from public spending. More >>

Government raises homeowner insurance premiums

Friday, 26 May 2017, 4:38 pm | Insurance Council of New Zealand

Major increases in taxes and levies on people who insure their homes could see low income households not able to protect themselves from disasters the Insurance Council of New Zealand said today. More >>

Budget 2017 light on science

Friday, 26 May 2017, 4:28 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government has released this year’s Budget, with $250 million earmarked for science and innovation initiatives and an extra $880m for health. Finance Minister Steven Joyce delivered his first budget on Thursday: the National-led Government’s ... More >>

Physics Professor’s Animal Testing Claims Rejected

Friday, 26 May 2017, 3:36 pm | NZ Anti-Vivisection Society

Otago University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof Richard Blaikie, has publicly claimed that “…research using animal models has played a vital part in nearly every medical breakthrough over the past few decades and has saved hundreds of millions of lives ... More >>

Budget 2017 may leave ‘small town NZ’ out in the cold

Friday, 26 May 2017, 2:49 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

In the wake of Budget 2017, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has expressed concern that ‘small town New Zealand’ and vulnerable communities like Kaikōura have been neglected. While the social justice agency welcomes the commitment to increased investment ... More >>

Budget 2017 good news for Kiwi kids

Friday, 26 May 2017, 2:45 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Family Incomes Package revealed in Budget 2017 has been welcomed by the Children’s Commissioner as good news for children living in families experiencing severe poverty. More >>

Judgment: Attorney-General v Taylor & Others (Prison Voting)

Friday, 26 May 2017, 2:39 pm | NZ Court of Appeal


Kaitaia Soldier Revelling in Middle East Role

Friday, 26 May 2017, 2:09 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

One of the reasons Ari Busby joined the New Zealand Army was to travel and he has got his wish, working with a multinational contingent in the Sinai Peninsula. More >>

Open Letter from Kim Dotcom

Friday, 26 May 2017, 1:01 pm | Kim Dotcom

1. As you know, you and I have previously corresponded after I reached out to you to offer my assistance with the GoFundMe campaign on behalf of the family of Mr Rich ( family ). I understand from our communications that you are representing the family ... More >>

Homeless Still Helpless After Budget

Friday, 26 May 2017, 12:52 pm | Mana Party

“15% of the population, 1% of the budget – that won’t change a bloody thing for Maori” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira “That’s less than the 3% on the dollar iwi get in a treaty settlement, and that was a rip off!” More >>

Lines outside WINZ show Budgets fail to address poverty

Friday, 26 May 2017, 12:33 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Every Friday at Clendon Work and Income people and whānau line up to see a AAAP advocate so that they can get basic welfare entitlements denied to them by their own offices. More >>

Budget 2017 partly delivers social investment in housing

Friday, 26 May 2017, 11:05 am | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community housing organisations say there are gains in the 2017 budget but wider investment in housing would have had greater positive social outcomes for New Zealanders. More >>

Rural people shouldn't be second class citizens

Friday, 26 May 2017, 10:57 am | Federated Farmers

A rural health road map which sets out top priorities for healthier rural communities is being explored as one avenue to addressing the challenges the modern day farmer faces. More >>

Govt mental health "smoke and mirrors" dangerous

Friday, 26 May 2017, 10:30 am | Public Service Association

The Government’s smoke and mirrors around new mental health funding is dangerous, the health funding coalition says. More >>

More funding needed for Whānau

Friday, 26 May 2017, 10:27 am | Te Pou Matakana

Te Pou Matakana chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait is pleased more funding has been set aside for Whānau Ora but added extra money is needed to make real generational changes for whānau. More >>

Statement of solidarity

Friday, 26 May 2017, 10:13 am | Internet Party

The Internet Party is pleased to confirm that we are currently preparing our campaign for the 2017 New Zealand general election on September 23. More >>

Consumer NZ helping make your home safer

Friday, 26 May 2017, 10:05 am | Consumer

Consumer NZ is supporting the inaugural Safer Homes Event being held in Wellington, 26 to 27 May 2017. More >>

Ramadan and Condemnation of Violence Overseas

Friday, 26 May 2017, 9:38 am | Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand

The Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand wishes to congratulate the Muslim community on the imminent arrival of Ramadan, a blessed month that is uplifting to all of us. We hope that the month is beneficial to all, and that we are able to focus on worship ... More >>

Budget 2017 Conservative Response

Friday, 26 May 2017, 9:23 am | Conservative Party

While it’s great to see low income earners get a boost of finance this budget, until the brokenness of families, which is the real cause of crime and substance abuse, is addressed, spending on police, prisons and mental health will continue ... More >>

Budget 2017 reflects robust economy and a balanced approach

Friday, 26 May 2017, 9:21 am | Financial Services Council

Budget 2017 reflects New Zealand’s continued robust economy and shows a balanced approach, the Financial Services Council said today. More >>

There’s Nothing Good About Stolen Goods

Friday, 26 May 2017, 9:13 am | New Zealand Police

NZ Police today launched a campaign targeting those responsible for receiving and dealing in stolen property from aggravated robberies. More >>

Transfer of Funds From Public to Private Tertiary Education

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 8:17 pm | Tertiary Education Union

Today’s budget will cut funding to public tertiary education, handing millions of dollars of public funds to the private sector. More >>

Budget 2017: A trickle not a tide

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 8:10 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Budget 2017: A trickle not a tide Source: Child Poverty Action Group -- The Budget announced today shows some slight change in the weather for families in poverty, but it is not the sea change that is required for many, says Child Poverty Action ... More >>

No relief for nurses or DHBs in Budget 2017

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 7:22 pm | NZNO

No relief for nurses or DHBs in Budget 2017 $2b more needed Budget 2017 does not bring relief to pressured nurses. It fails to increase operational funding to a level that would mean nurses are adequately resourced to keep up with current health care ... More >>

Beef + Lamb NZ welcomes Budget biosecurity investment

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 7:11 pm | NZ Beef and Lamb

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ), on behalf of sheep and beef farmers, has welcomed the Government’s additional investment in biosecurity, announced in the Budget today. More >>

Happy Budget Day: Joyce Gets His Rocket

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 5:40 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

New Zealand taxpayer funding of the US rocket company, Rocket Lab, appears to have delivered its responsible Minister, Steven Joyce, a suitable present – a successful rocket launch – on the same day as Mr Joyce’s first budget. More >>

Budget delivers $12 million less for native wildlife

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 5:33 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird has calculated that the 2017/18 budget has delivered a $12 million real term reduction in the Department of Conservation’s core biodiversity funding. More >>

Healthcare funding merely cosmetic

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 5:31 pm | ActionStation

Today's Budget needed to do much more to save our public health care says ActionStation Co-Director Laura O’Connell-Rapira. More >>

Increase will benefit low income families

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 5:22 pm | NZ Property Investors Federation

The NZ Property Investors' Federation (NZPIF) congratulates the Salvation Army for their advocacy work that has seen the accommodation allowance increase for low income families. More >>

Māori Party backs champion over vaccine controversy

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 5:03 pm | The Maori Party

The Māori Party is backing Dr Lance O'Sullivan's stance against an anti-immunisation group because of the misleading information they are trying to send to vulnerable Māori communities. More >>

Mental health worker: budget distressing

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:59 pm | YesWeCareNZ

Mental Health social worker Andy Colwell says the new budget for mental health is distressing. More >>

Early childhood education shocked but not surprised

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:46 pm | Early Childhood New Zealand

Today’s budget is extremely disappointing to an already embattled early childhood education (ECE) sector. The sector has learnt to expect little support for high quality ECE from the current government, nevertheless it has left early childhood teachers ... More >>

Budget 2017 puts more children at risk

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:44 pm | Child Forum

Budget 2017 has allocated additional money to cover the cost of increasing child participation in early childhood education, providing a further 31,000 places but this does little to address parent and teacher concerns for children. More >>

Social Investment approach is about punishment

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:43 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Social Investment is about punishing the poor and reducing spending, not investing in social services and improving social outcomes. More >>

Boringly prudent, responsible

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:27 pm | Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Michael Barnett, Auckland Chamber of Commerce head, agreed the taxes returned to the pockets of middle New Zealanders was made possible by the hard work and success of business over the past eight years. More >>

Accommodation Supplement increase is a con job

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:17 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Increases in the Accommodation Supplement (AS) means an equal deduction from Temporary Additional Support (TAS). More >>

Budget "like giving a starving dog a rubber bone"

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:16 pm | Public Service Association

Steven Joyce’s first budget is a predictable election year bribe that which will do as little for low-income families as it will for public services, says the PSA. More >>

Budget a Step in Recognising Some Kiwis Are Missing Out

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:13 pm | Salvation Army

“The Government appears to be listening to the growing voice of social need” is The Salvation Army assessment of the Government’s 2017 Budget. More >>

‘Kiwifail’ black hole continues to grow

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:12 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Budget 2017 continues with the tradition of hundreds of millions diverted to Kiwirail but an apparent abandonment of the Government’s “Turn Around Plan” to get Kiwirail on a fiscally sustainable path. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ ... More >>

Budget 2017 cuts funding for children in ECC

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:11 pm | Early Childhood Council

Budget 2017 has stripped funding from children in early childhood education for the seventh year in a row, says New Zealand’s largest representative body of licensed early childhood centres. Early Childhood Council CEO Mr Reynolds said the funding ... More >>

Budget 2017 offers little for skills

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:10 pm | Industry Training Federation of New Zealand

Budget 2017 offered little good news for workplace training and apprenticeships, despite high demand, strong jobs growth, and critical skills shortages across many areas of the economy. More >>

Budget 2017 reduces tax burden on innovation

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:09 pm | Deloitte

Proposals released to allow tax deductions for black hole feasibility expenditure Tax changes of one form or another can usually be expected to coincide with the release of the Budget each year. This year, we have seen the release of a Government discussion ... More >>

Budget 2017: Continued commitment to law and order welcomed

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:08 pm | Police Association

The Government has today confirmed its commitment to increase the number of police by 880 and the number of non-sworn Police employees by 245, over the next four years. The Association welcomed the announcement when it was initially made in the February ... More >>

Budget a disappointment for NZ recreation industry

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Recreation Association

The New Zealand Recreation Association expressed concern about today’s budget announcement, saying the decision not to spend more on recreation is likely to impact negatively on individuals and communities around the country. More >>

Budget shows Mental Health not a Priority

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:04 pm | ActionStation

Budget shows Mental Health not a Priority Press Release 25 May, 2017 Despite the concerns of many New Zealanders, the National Government's budget announced today only includes an incremental increase in funding for mental health services. “The ... More >>

NZRA concerned about $2M decrease in recreation spending

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:02 pm | New Zealand Recreation Association

The New Zealand Recreation Association expressed concern about today’s budget announcement, saying the decision to spend less on management of recreational opportunities for DoC is likely to impact negatively on individuals and communities around the country. More >>

Greater science investment to protect and grow New Zealand

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:01 pm | Science New Zealand

Greater science investment to protect and grow New Zealand wealth and wellbeing Anthony Scott, chief executive of Science New Zealand, the peak body for the Crown Research Institutes, says today’s Budget is an investment in science research which will ... More >>

Students miss out on increased accommodation benefit

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:52 pm | NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed an increase to the Accommodation Benefit, but says that it does not go far enough to meet rising housing costs. More >>

Budget 2017 – “More responsible than a pure lolly scramble.”

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:41 pm | Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Unsurprisingly for an election year, today’s Budget has something for everyone, says Peter Vial, New Zealand Country Head of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. More >>

Budget 2017: Some positive moves but ...

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:39 pm | Manufacturers and Exporters Association

Budget 2017 announced today contains some positive measures in the areas of income support and infrastructure, but largely misses the mark in providing real support towards manufacturers and exporters, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters ... More >>

The Budget; a missed opportunity to make NZ more equal

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:38 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Today’s Budget, the ninth this Government has prepared does not make our country a more equal society. More >>

Government fails ECE services – again

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Kindergartens

Government fails ECE services – again “Once again the government has failed to increase the hourly rate to early childhood education (ECE) services,” said Clare Wells, chief executive New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK). “For the ECE sector it ... More >>

A win for RNZ, but funding boost doesn't go far enough

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:36 pm | ActionStation

Today’s budget announcement of an extra $2.85m per year in funding for Radio New Zealand has been welcomed by public media campaigners ActionStation who delivered a petition alongside the Coalition for Better Broadcasting and citizen campaigner ... More >>

Budget spend delivers in this election year

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:36 pm | CPA Australia

Budget spend delivers in this election year Global accounting body, CPA Australia said Minister Joyce had delivered a politically savvy budget that would give the National Government a strong platform in the lead up to the election in September. ... More >>

Education suffers in Budget 2017

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:35 pm | NZEI

Education is the loser in today’s Budget announcement, with early childhood services suffering the seventh straight year of a funding freeze, and an increase to the school operations grant that will not cover inflation. NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart ... More >>

Steven Joyce's Budget spend-up

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:27 pm | Federated Farmers

Steven Joyce’s first Budget fires the first shot in an election year spend up More >>

Budget 2017 provides more assurance for kids in care

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:23 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Media release – Budget 2017 provides more assurance for kids in care 25 May 2017 More funding for independent monitoring has been hailed by the Children’s Commissioner as a significant step forward for children in the care and protection and youth justice ... More >>

No Pride in Prisons slams bloated prison budget

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:14 pm | No Pride in Prisons

Prison abolitionist organisation No Pride in Prisons says the 2017 Budget once again prioritises appearing tough on crime over keeping people safe. “The more than $1 billion spent on prisons is an insult to the thousands of people living in poverty ... More >>


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