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Key Rises in Latest Poll Despite Problems

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 4:26 pm | Mediaworks

John Key's personal popularity appears to have weathered the worst of the Dirty Politics storm, according to tonight's 3News-Reid Research poll. More >>

Forestry safety must be taken seriously

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 4:24 pm | First Union

News that Police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter over the death of 20-year old Lincoln Kidd shows that forestry safety must be taken seriously, according to FIRST Union. “Lincoln’s tragic death was one of ten lives claimed by this ... More >>

Musicians support artistic freedom

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 4:00 pm | Julie Lamb

Wellington musicians are banding together to support artistic freedom and will perform at Cuba Street venue San Fran on Sunday afternoon 14 September. This concert, Off Key, protests the New Zealand Electoral Commission’s view that satirical song and ... More >>

BRANZ welcomes announcement of Science Challenge 11

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 3:52 pm | Branz

BRANZ today welcomes the announcement of the National Science Challenge on better homes, towns and cities by Hon Dr Nick Smith at the Building a Better New Zealand conference. The new National Science Challenge will provide a new approach to science ... More >>

Roy Morgan Poll September 3

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 3:48 pm | NZ Election Data Consortium

National (45%) down after ‘Dirty Politics’ revelations, but Labour (26%) also loses support while Greens surge to 16% – highest since April 2012. Conservative Party at record high 3.5% Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a sharp decline ... More >>

Labour's CGT Will Make Housing Affordability Worse

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Labour's capital gains tax, won't do what David Cunliffe says it will, according to the Taxpayers' Union , backed up by a former Deputy Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Robin Oliver. More >>

Young Kiwis follow in Sir Peter’s footsteps

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 2:16 pm | Sir Peter Blake Trust

Six high-achieving young New Zealanders have been chosen for a range of amazing expeditions this summer, including two that will travel to Antarctica, as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Blake Ambassador programme. More >>

New Doco on Māori Television Examines Social Housing

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 2:09 pm | Maori TV

A new documentary to air on Māori Television in the lead-up to the election will address the reality of low income housing in this country in a climate of state gentrification and privatisation. WHARE TAPA WHĀ , (loosely translated as these four walls), will ... More >>

Thames WINZ arrest should serve as warning to others

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 1:52 pm | New Zealand Police

Waikato Police say the charging of a man following an incident in the Thames Work and Income office today should serve as a warning to others that unacceptable behaviour cannot, and will not be tolerated. More >>

Secretary-General's lecture at the University of Auckland

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 1:46 pm | United Nations

I again thank this University of Auckland for bestowing on me an honourary degree in recognition of the enduring value of the United Nations. More >>

New Zealand First is just too expensive

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 1:21 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The independent Taxpayers Union now estimates that Winston Peters has made more spending promises than Labour and the Greens combined”, said Dr Whyte, ACT’s Leader. More >>

Adequate family incomes essential to reduce child poverty

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 1:14 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group says making sure families have enough money to care for their children is a fundamental part of the solution to child poverty. More >>

Doesn’t Your Dad Goat Enough?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 12:32 pm | TEAR Fund

A challenge that most Kiwis can relate to in the weeks leading up to father’s day: How do we honour the great men in our life in a meaningful way? More >>

At the end of their tether!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 12:30 pm | Goat Welfare

Many in New Zealand will have seen the sight of a lone goat chained on a roadside verge on their travels . Given the job of "lawnmower" these gregarious, highly social, intelligent animals endure a miserable existence denied their most ... More >>

NZratifies new treaty to control the $85bn global arms trade

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 12:05 pm | Oxfam

New Zealand ratifies new treaty to control the $85bn global arms trade for the first time ever More >>

Threats against Work and Income staff a disgrace

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 12:01 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the continuing threats against Work and Income staff in the wake of the Ashburton shootings are a disgrace, and must end. More >>

Greens will put tens of thousands out of work

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 11:55 am | ACT New Zealand

"The $18 minimum wage championed by the Greens will throw tens of thousands of low skilled New Zealanders out of a job and condemn them to a life on the benefit. At no point do the Greens discuss the employment consequences of their massive minimum ... More >>

PGA: Welcomes NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 11:54 am | Parliamentarians for Global Action

President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today welcomed the news that the New Zealand Government has ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations in New York. More >>

Forest & Bird releases top priorities for new government

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 11:51 am | Forest And Bird

Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is calling for all political parties to adopt policies to bring about an economic transformation - for the sake of New Zealand and New Zealanders. The call comes as part of Forest & Bird’s ... More >>

More good Questions for Mr. Cunliffe

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 10:49 am | ACT New Zealand

Exempting the family home from Capital Gains taxes is harder than it sounds. What if you charge one of the children board? What if it is one of the children’s friends? A boarder? Many South Auckland families share a house. When does it stop being a ... More >>

Why are the Anglican Bishops silent in defending life?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 10:34 am | Right To Life

The Anglican Archbishops in Aotearoa New Zealand have identified four key challenges facing the country in the run-up to the General Election onSeptember 20. These issues are: • Child poverty • Income inequality • Lack of affordable and accessible ... More >>

Encouraging the phenomenal growth in the Māori economy

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 10:32 am | The Maori Party

As the only independent Māori voice in Parliament, the Māori Party’s economic development policy is unashamedly focused on growing the Māori economy. More >>

Bottom line demands by minor parties destabilising

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 10:29 am | ACT New Zealand

"Bottom line demands by minor parties are destabilising and undemocratic" said Dr Jamie Whyte. "Colin Craig says referenda being binding is a bottom line and now Winston Peters says a Royal Commission is a bottom line. Polls say the vast ... More >>

Victoria students lead youth engagement publication

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 9:46 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A group of Victoria University students are trying to reverse the trend of political disengagement by giving young people a voice. More >>

NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes Green Party commitment to fairness

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 9:40 am | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed the Green Party's commitment to making work fairer and more equitable, saying it would also result in tangible benefits for children and their learning. More >>

MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 9:25 am | Mana Movement

“If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”, said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. “GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in ... More >>

The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 9:18 am | John Minto

MANA Movement candidate, John Minto 3 Wednesday September 2014 “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira. Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te ... More >>

Craig And Mcvicar Have Some Explaining to Do

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 9:11 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Garth McVicar and the Conservative Party to explain how much the Party’s ‘tough on crime’ election slogan will cost. On Monday the Party was added to the Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter , but the Conservative ... More >>

Political parties to be questioned on needs of children

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 9:08 am | University of Otago

Political party representatives will be asked to outline their policies in three key areas relating to the needs of children at a public forum being hosted this Friday by the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW). The event has been co-organised by ... More >>

Voting Period for 2014 General Election Begins Today

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 9:05 am | Electoral Commission

The first votes for the 2014 general election will be cast today, Wednesday 3 September, as advance voting begins ahead of election day on Saturday 20 September. “Election day is September 20, but if you want, you can vote from today,” says Chief Electoral ... More >>

Independent Epsom Candidates 'One Strike' Crime Policy

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 6:00 pm | Adam Holland

Best wishes to all of those who live in Epsom, Mount Eden, New Market, Remuera and of course the rest of New Zealand. More >>

Large majorities of NZ First voters would prefer Labour deal

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:58 pm | Horizon Research Limited

67% of those who voted for New Zealand First at the 2011 general election would prefer Labour to lead a coalition government if one is needed after September 20’s general election. More >>

Jointly owned urban development agency for Christchurch

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:51 pm | NZ Council for Infrastructure Development

“Given the strategic importance of the Canterbury rebuild, it is logical that the transition from emergency governance arrangements is overseen by the Prime Minister’s office, but to maintain momentum in the city centre an expert development agency ... More >>

Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix needed

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:07 pm | Public Service Association

Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix is needed The Public Service Association (PSA) says the inquiry into Judith Collins’ behaviour must be accompanied by a process to restore the lost trust between Ministers and public servants if it ... More >>

Association welcomes new Chief Executive

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:02 pm | NZ Police Association

“The New Zealand Police Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Verry to Chief Executive. Heather picks up the mantle from Chris Pentecost, who recently retired from this position,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said ... More >>

Young Voters Want Politicians to Grow Up

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 4:25 pm | Radio New Zealand

Young voters want answers to the questions that directly affect them – but it seems as much as anything, they want politicians to grow up. More >>

Climate Voter election debate to get big audience

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 3:22 pm | Climate Voter Initiative

Auckland, 2 September 2014 - Tickets to tomorrow night’s first-ever Climate Voter election debate have sold out but an online audience will also get to see the event live. More >>

The Edge show disregard for consent

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 3:18 pm | Sexual Abuse Prevention Network

The Edge has shown complete disregard for consent, for women’s bodies and in doing so has contributed to the wider issue of rape culture in New Zealand says specialist sexual violence prevention organisation, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Yesterday, ... More >>

The Rock is Fuelling New Zealand's Roastbuster Rape Culture

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 3:13 pm | Jessie Hume

The Rock are still displaying without-consent images of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities online. They are making fun of this without-consent action, saying that she was "asking for it", etc. They appear to be supporting this kind of ... More >>

HRLA Condemns Murder of Filipino Human Rights lawyer

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 3:06 pm | Aotearoa Human Rights Lawyers Association

Attorney Rodolfo R. Felicio, a member of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers , was gunned down while working on a land dispute in Rizal, east of Manila. Two caretakers of the disputed land were also injured in the attack. More >>

SFO lays charges for procurement fraud

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 2:49 pm | Serious Fraud Office

Two individuals have been charged in the Auckland District Court today with Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office for alleged fraud against Mighty River Power Limited relating to procurement for the Company’s Southdown power station. More >>

Commitment to lifting wages good for New Zealand

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 2:29 pm | Service And Food Workers Union

The Service and Food Workers Union has applauded the Green Party workers’ policy announced today. More >>

Sykes: There's Only One Poll That Counts

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 2:28 pm | MANA Movement

“One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “The days of landline ... More >>

Winston Peters Shown up by the Civilian Party

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 2:12 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Even the satirical 'Civilian Party' has now offered the Taxpayers’ Union more credible figures for the ' Bribe-O-Meter ' than Winston Peters’ New Zealand First. The Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter now includes, National, Labour, the Greens, ... More >>

Further criminal investigation into CTV Building collapse

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 1:48 pm | New Zealand Police

Police has today confirmed it will be advancing the criminal investigation into the collapse of the CTV building in February 2011. More >>

Greens policy to restore link between effort and reward

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 12:42 pm | First Union

The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union. The core tenets of the policy include implementing an $18 minimum ... More >>

Greens workers policy supported by union movement

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 12:29 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The CTU is supporting the Green Party’s policy launched today focused on improving life for working New Zealanders. “This policy shows the Greens commitment to collective bargaining as the best and fairest way to improve workers terms and conditions. It ... More >>

Research Scholarships for Cannabis Treatments

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 11:37 am | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Medical cannabis research will be boosted by $140 million if the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is elected on September 20. Pediatric epilepsy treatment will be one of the main priorities for the research scholarships. More >>

Ngai Te Rangi Change to Tribal Elections

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 10:40 am | Ngai Te Rangi Settlement Trust

Ngai Te Rangi has begun a postal vote of beneficiaries to change the way representatives are elected to the two Ngai Te Rangi tribal organisations. More >>

Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 10:34 am | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party of a commitment to pay equity and to a living wage for core public servants and contractors. More >>

Real People Powering Real Policy

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 10:32 am | Internet Party

New Zealanders from all walks of life have helped the Internet Party create a full platform of strong, progressive and realistic policies that will create a better future for everyone, says leader Laila Harré. More >>

University of Canterbury to help with forestry safety

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 10:23 am | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury is to launch a new research project to make sure New Zealand’s new forestry roads are safe and are established with minimal environmental impact. More >>

Time to get serious about ending homelessness!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 10:13 am | Monte Cecilia Housing Trust

New Zealand needs a comprehensive set of policies that address the housing and support needs of homeless people as well as significantly increasing the supply of affordable, good quality houses and flats. More >>

Hundreds to join domestic, sexual violence march

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 9:50 am | Women's Refuge

Several social service providers from across New Zealand have come together to call for an end to the epidemic level of domestic and sexual violence in New Zealand. More >>

Students helped with debt repayments

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 9:48 am | Inland Revenue Department

New Zealand students now living in Australia are being reminded not to ignore their student loan debt as Inland Revenue expands its latest tool to help with repayments. More >>

Launch of website

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 9:33 am | are excited to announce the launch of their new website, . More >>

Factory farming debaters to look chicken in the eye

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 9:23 am | SAFE

MPs participating in a panel discussion about factory farming will come face-to-face with a real live hen, rescued from the claws of the intensive farming industry. Hettie the Hen will demonstrate to the MPs what little space is afforded to each of New ... More >>

Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 9:12 am | MANA Movement

“There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority of MANA members ... More >>

Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton

Monday, 1 September 2014, 6:47 pm | Matthew Hooton

Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment ... More >>

The Worm turns down for John Key

Monday, 1 September 2014, 6:22 pm | Roy Morgan Research

John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s ... More >>


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