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Victory for Wellington Airport caterers

Monday, 30 May 2016, 4:17 pm | E tu

A roaring chorus of “Yes!” erupted from the Delaware North kitchen at Wellington Airport this afternoon after US-owned Delaware North abandoned its bid for youth rates. More >>

One more week to have your say on SeaCert

Monday, 30 May 2016, 4:07 pm | Maritime New Zealand

Nearly 250 seafarers around the country have so far attended public meetings to discuss proposals for changes to SeaCert certification rules. More >>

Give up the Money, Save Some Lives for World Smokefree Day

Monday, 30 May 2016, 3:46 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Tomorrow, Tuesday, is World Smokefree Day and the Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to stub out its addiction to excise tax revenue and legalise e-cigarettes so that more New Zealanders can kick the habit. According to UK Government research ... More >>

Flick Electric Co give Te Puea Marae free power

Monday, 30 May 2016, 2:46 pm | Flick Electric Co

Recent Hi-Tech Award winner Flick Electric Co. is calling on other New Zealand businesses to play their part in helping Auckland’s homeless. More >>

Parent Help Reply Budget

Monday, 30 May 2016, 1:51 pm | Parent Help

In today’s Budget a total of $642 million, to be spent over four years, has been allocated to a range of initiatives within the social investment package. One such initiative includes ongoing investment in New Zealand children and their families. More >>

Minister confirms Greenpeace allegations of fishing industry

Monday, 30 May 2016, 1:46 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland, 30 May 2016 - Minister for MPI, Nathan Guy, has confirmed this morning that the fishing industry is indeed responsible for reviewing video surveillance from its own trawlers and reporting suspicious behaviour to the regulator, MPI. More >>

How can we make work safer for early childhood teachers?

Monday, 30 May 2016, 1:40 pm | Child Forum

Early childhood education workers are suffering from stress, physical injuries and bullying according to the results of a survey conducted by the early childhood national organisation ChildForum. More >>

New Zealand joins the global fight against food waste

Monday, 30 May 2016, 12:19 pm | WasteMINZ

New Zealand is the latest nation to join the global fight against food waste with the Love Food Hate Waste campaign launching on 1 June. More >>

Innovation expedition to Israel “politically naïve”

Monday, 30 May 2016, 12:12 pm | Palestine Solidarity Network

Palestine Solidarity Network 28 May 2016 Media release: Innovation expedition to Israel “politically naïve” New Zealand’s so termed innovation expedition to Israel is ‘politically naïve and economically desperate’ according to Palestine ... More >>

Child Poverty: Don’t Mention Family Structure

Monday, 30 May 2016, 12:06 pm | Family First

A report just released on child poverty and its causes argues that the ‘elephant in the room’ in the debate is family structure which is being constantly ignored, but that it is contributing significantly to increasing income inequality and child ... More >>

Judge criticised

Monday, 30 May 2016, 11:56 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Judge Slammed for Exposing School Girls to Risk of Sexual Predator 28th May 2016 "Corrections have deemed this man at high risk of violent reoffending, they had tried to keep the offender in secure premises, but their plea was turned down ... More >>

Award For Judges of the Rangatahi Courts Celebrated

Monday, 30 May 2016, 11:31 am | Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue

International recognition for the work of Judges of the New Zealand District Court and the contribution of kaumātua from 14 marae in developing Ngā Kōti Rangatahi o Aotearoa, the Rangatahi Courts and the Pasifika Courts, will be conferred at Auckland’s ... More >>

Falling home ownership to hit older people hard

Monday, 30 May 2016, 11:27 am | Massey University

A future in which older people are homeless or even living in cars and garages lies ahead if nothing is done to avert the rapid decline in home ownership, says a Massey University expert in healthy ageing. More >>

Working together to prevent abuse

Monday, 30 May 2016, 11:20 am | People First

A new 5 day abuse prevention course designed to teach adults with learning disability about domestic violence and abuse and how to keep safe is being launched in Christchurch this week. More >>

Fisheries companies win contract to monitor themselves

Monday, 30 May 2016, 11:07 am | Greenpeace

Auckland, 29 May 2016 - Greenpeace today revealed that the seafood company Sanford, and several other large New Zealand fishing companies, own the entity to which MPI recently awarded a contract to install cameras and to electronically monitor fishing ... More >>

SHAN welcomes Pact decision

Monday, 30 May 2016, 10:55 am | State Housing Action

SHAN welcomes the decision by South Island-based PACT community group to pull out of the process to negotiate the purchase of state houses in Invercargill. More >>

“Yes we can!” achieve greenhouse gas mitigation

Monday, 30 May 2016, 10:51 am | Bioenergy Association

“When 22 of New Zealand’s energy efficiency and renewable energy associations are eager to convene at short notice to form a collective view, you know you are onto something worthwhile”, says Brian Cox, Bioenergy Association Executive Officer ... More >>

Last chance for SMEs to support provisional tax changes

Monday, 30 May 2016, 10:51 am | MYOB

Businesses are being encouraged to support proposed changes to the provisional taxation system before the initial consultation period closes on Monday. Cloud accounting software provider MYOB says the changes will remove a top pain point for New Zealand ... More >>

Alternative to Tobacco Tax Hikes

Monday, 30 May 2016, 10:15 am | British American Tobacco

The planned increase in tobacco excise of 10% + CPI from 2017 to 2020 announced by the Government yesterday places an unreasonable burden on consumers of a legal product, says Saul Derber, British American Tobacco New Zealand (BATNZ) Head of Legal and ... More >>

Speech: Africa Day 2016

Monday, 30 May 2016, 10:11 am | Human Rights Commission

On behalf of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, it is a great honour to support the celebration of Africa Day here in Auckland: the 53rd commemoration of the founding of the African Union. More >>

NUMA Announces Willie Jackson as the Urban Cluster Member

Monday, 30 May 2016, 10:00 am | National Urban Maori Authority

NUMA Announces Willie Jackson as the Urban Cluster Member to Te Mātāwai Harikoa ana a te National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA) ki te whakanui te whiwhi turanga a Willie Jackson hei mangai mo Te Mātāwai. Koia a Te Mātawai I te waka hou I whakatuwherahia ... More >>

Government heading to a more effective ETS

Monday, 30 May 2016, 9:58 am | Wood Council of NZ

The New Zealand Wood Council says the government decision to phase out a polluters’ subsidy in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done. More >>

Q+A: Grant Robertson interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 29 May 2016, 3:34 pm | TVNZ

Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson told TV One’s Q+A programme that his party wants to see the whole tax system shift from a focus on incentivising speculation to incentivising investment in the productive economy More >>

Q+A: Finance Minister Bill English interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 29 May 2016, 3:31 pm | TVNZ

CORIN So you’ve had a couple of years now to get on top of this supply issue, but you still can’t. The market has failed, hasn’t it? You need to intervene. More >>

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Bill English

Saturday, 28 May 2016, 9:40 pm | The Nation

Headlines: Finance Minister blames Auckland Council for housing shortage, saying it is responsible for land, housing and infrastructure supply in the city, while government provides rental subsidies. More >>

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Grant Robertson

Saturday, 28 May 2016, 9:37 pm | The Nation

Headlines: Robertson commits Labour to helping Auckland Council fund infrastructure for more housing and says it’s willing to borrow to do so (NB Bill English’s interview on The Nation, saying it’s Auckland Council’s job) More >>

Government Choosing Tax Revenue Over Lives

Friday, 27 May 2016, 4:41 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says that the only justification for failure to legalise the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes is to protect tax revenue from the sale of traditional fags. In response to the Government’s passing of the Customs and Excise (Tobacco ... More >>

GWRC welcomes new funding to improve water quality

Friday, 27 May 2016, 4:35 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Chris Laidlaw, Chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council says a new $100 million contestable fund announced in yesterday’s Budget to help clean up water ways is extremely welcome. More >>

Correction: Conservation funding to be clarified

Friday, 27 May 2016, 4:19 pm | Forest And Bird

Earlier today Forest & Bird released an analysis of Vote Conservation that showed what appeared to be a significant decrease in Department of Conservation funding in this year's budget. More >>

Government Support for Landcare

Friday, 27 May 2016, 3:17 pm | NZ Landcare Trust

Yesterday's Budget marks a return to stable base-line funding for the work of NZ Landcare Trust. More >>

Minister of Finance misinformed or mistaken on Three Kings

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:18 pm | Three Kings Community Action

“A community group there who wants the quarry filled in and become a park instead of housing” More >>

Funding for Community Law offers certainty

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:12 pm | Community Law Centres

The most vulnerable New Zealanders will continue to have access to free legal services thanks to the Government’s ongoing commitment to top up Community Law’s funding. More >>

E tū says Budget will entrench inequality

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:14 pm | E Tu

E tū says the government has promised higher pay for workers, but instead the Budget will entrench inequality. More >>

PSA welcomes 27-year non-parole sentence for W&I Murderer

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:08 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association welcomes the news that Russell John Tully has been jailed for at least 27 years for murdering two Work and Income staff in September 2014. More >>

Palm Oil Should Be Labelled

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:03 pm | Unmask Palm Oil

Friday, 27 May 2016 from Unmask Palm Oil and Zoos Victoria The majority of New Zealand and Australians agree that palm oil should be labelled on food products and expect their Governments to mandate it according to recent polling. More >>

Budget's "meaningful recognition” of Whānau Ora and whānau

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:44 pm | Te Pou Matakana

Te Pou Matakana Chairperson Merepeka Raukawa-Tait has applauded yesterday’s Budget Day announcement of increased support for Whānau Ora as a “meaningful recognition of the sectors role in improving Whānau wellbeing”, and the urgent demand in our ... More >>

Positives for housing in 2016 Budget do not go far enough

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:29 pm | NZ Property Investors Federation

“It's great that the 2016 Budget has extended the Healthy Homes Initiative with an extra $18m,” says Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF). “The initiative has performed well in Auckland with a focus ... More >>

TIA dismayed at DOC funding cuts

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:00 pm | Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is dismayed by a significant cut in Department of Conservation funding in yesterday’s Budget. More >>

Maori Party President Hails Benefits of Being “at the Table”

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:22 am | The Maori Party

Benefits for te iwi Maori from having its own political party “at the table” of New Zealand’s governing coalition have been hailed by the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish. More >>

Slow phaseout of ETS pollution subsidy a let down

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:14 am | Generation Zero

Youth climate change organisation Generation Zero is pleased the Government is at last removing the two-for-one pollution subsidy in the Emissions Trading Scheme, but says the slow phase-out and the indefinite extension of the $25 per tonne price ... More >>

NZ Defence Force Troops Return From Iraq

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:08 am | New Zealand Defence Force

NZ Defence Force Troops Return From Iraq About 70 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) soldiers deployed to help train Iraqi Security Forces returned home this evening. The returning personnel were welcomed home at RNZAF Base Ohakea by the Chief of Air ... More >>

NZSO receives $1.2 million funding increase in Budget 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:07 am | NZSO

NZSO receives $1.2 million funding increase in Budget 2016 The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has received $1.2 million of additional annual baseline funding, announced yesterday in the 2016 Budget. More >>

Grey Power Greets Budget with Cautious Optimism

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:05 am | Grey Power New Zealand

National president of the Grey Power Federation, Tom O’Connor has greeted the Government’s budget, announced today, with cautious optimism for some aspects and disappointment for others. More >>

Budget 2016 boost for regional economies

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:46 am | LGNZ

LGNZ President, Lawrence Yule, acknowledged a much needed boost for communities in four key areas LGNZ has been advocating for: stronger regional economies, infrastructure, community and social housing, and biodiversity. More >>

No bricks and mortar in Budget’s new housing spend

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:43 am | Caritas

Despite Budget 2016 taking small steps to invest in the wellbeing of families and individuals, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand says there is a noticeable lack of investment in building new homes – an important requirement to ensure all families can flourish More >>

Continued Change amongst the Positive News for Science

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:37 am | New Zealand Association of Scientists

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) says there is good news for science in the 2016, but also lot of uncertainty. More >>

Trickledown benefits for rural health in Budget 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:28 am | Rural General Practice Network

There might be no silver funding bullets for rural health in the Government’s latest Budget but there should be trickledown benefits across a range of health initiatives nationally, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network chief executive Dalton ... More >>

ETS subsidy removal one small step on long road

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:00 am | Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand welcomes today’s Budget announcement of a long-overdue phase out of the two-for-one subsidy in the Emissions Trading Scheme allowing some businesses to pay one emissions unit for every two tonnes of pollution they emit. More >>

Funding boost for electives is a good start but more needed

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:22 am | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) welcomes the announcement of an additional $2.2 billion for Health over the next four years, but believes that an even greater investment is required to meet the needs of New Zealand’s growing ... More >>

Not the New Zealand we want

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:13 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG ) endorses the Government’s stated commitment to improve the lives of all vulnerable children. It has failed dismally with the 2016 Budget announcement. More >>

Budget: A rain shower on drought-stricken land

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:11 am | UNICEF NZ

Initial analysis of Budget 2016 indicates a failure to deliver adequately for children in the critical areas of housing and income, says UNICEF NZ. More >>

Budget 2016 not the game changer needed

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:10 am | Every Child Counts

Every Child Counts welcomes initiatives in the budget aimed at improving child wellbeing, but is disappointed that it doesn't address one of the most critical issues facing the country - child poverty. More >>

Deloitte Budget commentary — 26 May 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:06 am | Deloitte

Finance Minister Bill English has delivered Budget 2016 to the nation. His eighth Budget confirms the government’s books are in relatively good shape – at least for now. But a combination of factors, including our ageing population, will impose ... More >>

Trampers disappointed with DOC cuts

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:03 am | Federated Mountain Clubs

The Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand is disappointed with the funding cuts to the Department of Conservation that were announced yesterday. FMC President Peter Wilson stated that DOC is set to receive about $2 million dollars less than the previous ... More >>

Budget 2016: Improving water quality - Expert reaction

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:54 pm | Science Media Centre

The national budget announced today introduces a new Freshwater Improvement Fund valued at $100 million. More >>

Universities welcome Budget funding

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:51 pm | Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara

Universities New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s Budget announcement that it is investing $761m in areas including science, skills and tertiary education. More >>

ECE spending increase won’t fix problems

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:46 pm | ChildForum

While the 2016 Budget announced that the early childhood education (ECE) sector will receive $397million over the next four years and $39million this year, the money is earmarked to cover the costs of larger numbers of children attending ECE and does ... More >>

Budget overlooks the “forgotten” health sector

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:40 pm | HHL Group

The country’s biggest provider of home and community care says the budget has little or no provision for this forgotten arm of the health sector. More >>

Budget investment in vulnerable children welcome

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:35 pm | Save The Children

Budget 2016 aligns well with Save the Children’s ambition around three areas: to reduce the number of children who die from preventable causes; get more children into school; and help children achieve their rights. More >>

The RACP welcomes additional funding for health

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:30 pm | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has welcomed the New Zealand Government’s additional $2.2 billion in health funding, announced as part of this afternoon’s Budget. More >>

 

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