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Free Press 5/10/15

Monday, 5 October 2015, 5:32 pm | ACT New Zealand

Google vs the PPTA The PPTA teachers’ union has held its annual conference with the usual combative ‘70s trade union style rhetoric. We needn’t repeat it here because it is predictable enough: life and death struggle, good and evil, et cetera. ... More >>

Strike off as Toll Logistics agrees to meet workers’ demands

Monday, 5 October 2015, 4:28 pm | First Union

After workers commenced strike action at Toll Logistics this morning, the company has agreed to conclude a new collective agreement and settle outstanding legal cases, says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott. More >>

Bob Rigg's take on the refugee crisis

Monday, 5 October 2015, 3:59 pm | Bob Rigg

Towards the end of 2014 the EU adopted a Tony Abbott solution to the problem, then mainly affecting Italy, with refugees mainly arriving in droves via Nth Africa: restrict the budget for rescue operations. That is, as the Germans would say, im Klartext, ... More >>

Investor State Arbitration and the TPPA

Monday, 5 October 2015, 3:45 pm | Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of NZ

It looks likely that an agreement is imminent regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership. With it will come provisions to settle disputes between nation states and corporates. More >>

Land exchange lacks legal basis

Monday, 5 October 2015, 3:10 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird remains opposed to the swap of 22 hectares of Ruahine Forest Park for 170 hectares of private land saying it will not result in a “net gain for conservation” as stated by the Department of Conservation. More >>

Forest grower poll open

Monday, 5 October 2015, 11:58 am | Forest Growers Levy Trust

Voting is now open for the person who will represent owners of smaller forests on the Forest Growers Levy Trust board. The two candidates are Guy Farman, managing director of Farman Turkington Forestry and Steve Wilton, managing director of Forest ... More >>

Kiwi schools hungry for more science and technology funding

Monday, 5 October 2015, 11:57 am | Spark Activate

5 OCTOBER, Auckland, NZ – Over 200 New Zealand schools have called on a staggering $100,000 raised by Caltex customers in the “Fuel Your School” initiative – which will contribute much needed funding for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering ... More >>

Ruataniwha land exchange approved

Monday, 5 October 2015, 11:34 am | Department of Conservation

An application by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company to exchange land required for the Ruataniwha water storage scheme has been approved by DOC Director General Lou Sanson. More >>

Forest & Bird celebrate funding boost for bats

Monday, 5 October 2015, 11:32 am | Forest And Bird

Bats are our only native land mammals and these cute little critters across the top of the South Island are about to get more attention, with additional funding from the Conservation Community Partnership Fund announced by Associate Conservation Minister, ... More >>

Patrick Gower interviews GCSB acting director Una Jagose

Monday, 5 October 2015, 10:32 am | The Nation

Jagose says GCSB doesn’t focus on who is responsible for cyber attacks on NZ companies & government departments but on protecting networks and systems instead. More >>

Number 1 on transparency but what else?

Monday, 5 October 2015, 10:29 am | Transparency International NZ

New Zealand has retained its top ranking for transparency in the recently released 2015 Open Budget Survey (OBS). The OBS assessment also points, however, to shortcomings on other essential "pillars" of public sector governance and financial ... More >>

ACC looking beyond direct cost of injury

Monday, 5 October 2015, 10:26 am | ANZCA

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is looking beyond the direct costs and effects of injury when considering how to achieve the best outcome for clients. While this more holistic approach might require a greater up-front investment, ACC believes ... More >>

Trans Woman Raped In Auckland South Corrections Facility

Monday, 5 October 2015, 10:22 am | No Pride in Prisons

Queer and trans activist group No Pride In Prisons are in contact with the loved ones of the South Auckland inmate who was raped overnight while locked in with a cellmate. The group has confirmed she is another transgender woman being held in ... More >>

Suicide prevention claims not yet born out by reality

Monday, 5 October 2015, 10:18 am | Dave Macpherson

“Fine words, a nice PR campaign, but where’s the changes, and where’s the action?” was the response from the family of Nicky Stevens to yesterday’s Ministerial statement on mental health issues. More >>

Toll workers strike after underpayments

Monday, 5 October 2015, 10:10 am | First Union

Over 20 striking workers from Toll Logistics in Auckland are calling on Toll Australia and owners Japan Post to immediately investigate a series of systemic breaches to their collective agreement and stalled wage negotiations that they say are giving ... More >>

HRC urges action over growing gender pay gap

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:58 am | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission says New Zealand cannot continue with “business as usual” in the wake of the latest statistics revealing the nation’s gender pay gap is at a six-year high, up 11.8% from 9.9% this time last year. More >>

Leading travel agent promotes cruel animal tourist events

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:55 am | World Animal Protection

Sunday 4 October: One of the best known names in the international travel industry refuses to stop promoting cruel elephant rides, reveals the international animal charity, World Animal Protection. More >>

A big win for Rural Contractors NZ

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:52 am | Rural Contractors NZ

Agricultural contractors around New Zealand will soon be able to bring in overseas workers much easier than in the past – following a deal struck between its national body and Immigration NZ. More >>

No Pride In Prisons Plans Rally

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:46 am | No Pride in Prisons

No Pride In Prisons Plans Rally Condemning Rape of Trans Woman in Serco-Run Prison More >>

TPP talks: Robb should reject “death sentence” deal

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:36 am | AFTINET

“The TPP negotiations in Atlanta, Georgia have been extended for a day in a desperate attempt to reach a deal. The US has delayed its offers on market access for sugar and dairy products until the last minute, and is now pressuring Australia to agree ... More >>

Spotlight on housing kicks off week about homelessness

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:32 am | Housing Call to Action

Auckland’s Housing Call to Action group has chosen to highlight the plight of “the hidden homeless” during Spotlight on Housing week from 5 - 10 October 2015, which culminates with World Homelessness Day on Saturday 10 October. More >>

PM John Key: TPP, Aussie Deportations, Syria

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:19 am | The Nation

Key says Australia will back down on its policy of deporting Kiwis sentenced to at least a year in prison: “I don’t actually think the Australian position’s sustainable over the very long term”. More >>

Q+A: 'a sore that will fester if it's not fixed'

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:16 am | TVNZ

New Zealanders who’re being deported from Australia after committing a crime is 'a sore that will fester if it's not fixed between Australia and New Zealand’ - Australian Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young More >>

TPP talks: Robb should reject “death sentence” deal

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:15 am | AFTINET

“The TPP negotiations in Atlanta, Georgia have been extended for a day in a desperate attempt to reach a deal. The US has delayed its offers on market access for sugar and dairy products until the last minute, and is now pressuring Australia to agree ... More >>

Q+A: Marama Fox - ‘Well, okay, long gone the Anzac Spirit.’

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:10 am | TVNZ

On the issue of New Zealanders who’re being detained, awaiting deportation from Australia after committing a crime, Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox told TV One’s Q+A programme, “So is it time to bring in reciprocal legislation and say, ‘Well, ... More >>

Q+A - PM on TPP: “We’ve never ever been sued.”

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:06 am | TVNZ

Prime Minister John Key on the TPP: “We’ve never ever been sued.” Prime Minister John Key told TV One’s Q+A programme that “there is genuinely some misinformation, so the, you know, ‘We’ll lose our sovereignty; the New Zealand Government will ... More >>

TPP talks delayed again

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:00 am | AFTINET

“The extension of secret TPP talks into Sunday October 4 shows the US desperation to force a deal, despite fundamental differences remaining over medicines and access to US sugar and dairy markets,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian ... More >>

ALRANZ applauds court ruling on Tauranga clinic

Monday, 5 October 2015, 8:43 am | ALRANZ

The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand today applauded the High Court decision allowing the Family Planning Clinic in Tauranga to continue providing medical abortions. More >>

TPPA ministerial extended another day

Monday, 5 October 2015, 8:20 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

Trade ministers desperate to conclude a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) at their meeting in Atlanta have extended the conclusion of their talks for another day, according to Professor Jane Kelsey who is in monitoring the negotiations. Time ... More >>

Groser’s ‘ugly compromise’ in TPPA could cost New Zealanders

Monday, 5 October 2015, 8:18 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

‘We are told they may be close to reaching a final deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Atlanta, and longer monopolies for Big Pharma over biologic medicines is the final sticking point’, according to Professor Jane Kelsey, who is in touch ... More >>

Dr Harry Shier to visit New Zealand

Monday, 5 October 2015, 8:07 am | Ara Taiohi

Ara Taiohi, national peak body for the youth sector in New Zealand, is delighted to announce that Dr Harry Shier will provide the keynote address. His presence at Ara Taiohi's biennial national wānanga, Building Pathways, will add a wealth of ... More >>

The Nation 3/10/15: Key at the UN, GCSB, Richard Dawkins

Friday, 2 October 2015, 5:27 pm | The Nation

Prime Minister John Key’s been on the world stage at the United Nations General Assembly, but what’s been achieved? 3News political reporter Tova O’Brien talks to him in New York about the TPP, the big powers facing off over Syria, and New Zealanders ... More >>

Lets Talk About Police Discretion

Friday, 2 October 2015, 4:03 pm | JustSpeak

JustSpeak on Campus will be holding their second forum on the topic of ‘Police Discretion and its role in discrimination in the Criminal Justice System. The forum will be held 7th of October at 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre HMLT104 at Kelburn Campus, ... More >>

UN Sustainable Development Goals a wake-up call

Friday, 2 October 2015, 3:53 pm | Massey University

The United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlight growing inequality in New Zealand and should serve as a wake-up call for the Government to address its causes, say development studies lecturers from Massey University. More >>

Report on Phillip John Smith highlights information sharing

Friday, 2 October 2015, 3:26 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has welcomed the findings of the report looking at the criminal justice system failings which enabled Phillip John Smith to escape overseas. More >>

Gender equality news - Rise in gender pay gap

Friday, 2 October 2015, 2:48 pm | National Council of Women of NZ

Kia ora koutou, welcome to On Balance - the National Council of Women of New Zealand's weekly round-up of the latest gender equality news, research and events. Please share it with anyone you think might be interested and let them know they can subscribe ... More >>

Pay gap grows 19% in one year - action needed from Govt

Friday, 2 October 2015, 1:43 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 19% growth in the size of the gender pay gap - from 9.9% to 11.8% - shows the importance of strong action from Government on the issue of equal pay. More >>

Pay the job not the gender

Friday, 2 October 2015, 1:29 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Pay the job not the gender There is an increasing appetite to deal to the persistent gender pay gap, the Council of Trade Unions said today. The New Zealand Income Survey, out today , shows that average hourly pay rates for women are still 14 percent lower ... More >>

John Key’s strong words at UN General Assembly welcome

Friday, 2 October 2015, 1:28 pm | Amnesty International

John Key’s strong words at United Nations General Assembly welcome, but practical solutions must be offered More >>

Government to consider amending National Bovine TB plan

Friday, 2 October 2015, 1:02 pm | Ministry of Primary Industries

An independent Plan Governance Group made up of representatives of funding organisations, OSPRI, and wider stakeholder interests, has reviewed the bovine tuberculosis National Pest Management Plan (TB Plan). Today it gave its final advice on the proposed changes ... More >>

NZ Steel workers agree on a way forward with their employer

Friday, 2 October 2015, 12:38 pm | EPMU

NZ Steel workers agree on a way forward with their employer Workers at NZ Steel have agreed to a deal with their employer which will allow the company to focus on becoming sustainable and resilient for the future – protecting jobs and the steel-making ... More >>

Gender pay gap still fixed at fourteen percent

Friday, 2 October 2015, 12:25 pm | Pay Equity Coalition

Today’s New Zealand Income Survey shows the Government is overdue to take real action on the gender pay gap, says the Pay Equity Challenge Coalition. The survey shows that the average hourly rate for women is still 14 percent lower than that ... More >>

Whanau Tahi rides on back of Whanau Ora

Friday, 2 October 2015, 11:53 am | Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust

A Memorandum of Understanding with a Native American provider could unlock the door for Whanau Ora and Whanau Tahi piggy-backing into the US. More >>

Phillip Smith Inquiry Supports CoSA

Friday, 2 October 2015, 11:45 am | JustSpeak

The Government Inquiry into Phillip John Smith has come out in support of the Circle of Support and Accountability (CoSA) Programme, and is concerned that the programme was ‘not effectively supported, resourced, or monitored’ by the Department of ... More >>

$80,000 of taxpayers' dollars for meaningless waffle

Friday, 2 October 2015, 10:43 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is labelling the latest round of Community Development grants a joke, highlighting an $80,000 gift to the Methodist Mission an 'award for waffle'. According to the Government’s description, the key outcome for the project/grant ... More >>

Councils should flush the toilet tax – MANZ

Friday, 2 October 2015, 10:16 am | Motel Association of New Zealand

Councils should flush the toilet tax – MANZ The idea of a toilet tax should be flushed away and councils should concentrate on ideas that support business not punish it, says the Motel Association of New Zealand (MANZ). Many councils across the country ... More >>

Campaign to get New Zealand ready to vote begins

Friday, 2 October 2015, 10:03 am | Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission wants to make it easy for people to take part in the upcoming referendums on the New Zealand flag. “The first referendum begins next month, and it’s important that New Zealanders know what to do to get ready,” says Robert ... More >>

Chris Brown support indefensible, says advocacy group

Friday, 2 October 2015, 9:43 am | Stop Demand

The group that raised concerns last year about rap group Odd Future says it is alarmed at the support Chris Brown is receiving from a growing number of high profile individuals including from another five prominent Maori women this afternoon. More >>

It’s Not OK, Stay Away Chris Brown

Friday, 2 October 2015, 9:31 am | Family First Lobby

Family First NZ says that Chris Brown’s actions and message should not be welcomed in New Zealand and Maori leaders are undermining the strong message against domestic and sexual violence by supporting his visit. More >>

Doctors for Healthy Trade

Friday, 2 October 2015, 9:27 am | Doctors for Healthy Trade

“Former Minister of Health and Prime Ministe r Helen Clark’s statements today appear totally inconsistent with her responsibility as administrator of the UN Development Programme and her historic legacy of global leadership for health on tobacco control ... More >>

"Open Home" Highlights Poor Management and Privatisation

Friday, 2 October 2015, 9:20 am | MANA Newtown Housing Group

The MANA Newtown Housing Group will hold an "open home" at 2pm Sunday 4 October at 29 Strathmore Ave. More >>

Caritas calls for immediate action

Friday, 2 October 2015, 8:59 am | Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas calls for immediate action in State of Environment in Oceania report Urgent action must be taken to help communities in Oceania cope with the serious consequences of climate change and environmental degradation, many of whom have been struggling ... More >>

Ephedrine importers receive total 28 years imprisonment

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 4:55 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

The sentencing of a 35-year-old man in the Auckland District Court is the conclusion of Operation Mohawk that has resulted in four offenders responsible for importing almost 65 kgs of ephedrine receiving total prison terms of 28 years and forfeiting ... More >>

Invitation to Chris Brown From Maori Women Leaders

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 4:31 pm | National Urban Maori Authority

Some of Maoridom’s distinguished women leaders are inviting Chris Brown to a powhiri at Nga Whare Waatea Marae. More >>

Jagose: Speech to the Technology and Privacy Forum

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 3:45 pm | Government Communications Security Bureau

I am Una Jagose, the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau. I started in late February this year, coming from my role as Deputy Solicitor-General, Crown Legal Risk at the Crown Law Office. The acting role was extended and I’ll ... More >>

Auckland Libraries Also Supports Censorship of Books

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 3:35 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says it is ironic that Auckland Libraries are expressing horror at an interim restriction on the book “ Into the River ” while it is reviewed and are arguing that no book should have a restriction, when they themselves submitted ... More >>

Agreed Statement Between NZDF And Jon Stephenson

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 3:10 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

In April 2011, Jon Stephenson published an article in Metro magazine entitled ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ about the New Zealand Special Air Service’s (SAS’s) involvement in Afghanistan. The article included a reference to Mr Stephenson gaining entry in ... More >>

Schools face increasing challenge

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 2:36 pm | Computer Forensics NZ

Local computer forensics authority says his company is being called in more often to sort out pornography on school computers More >>

Lower levies for motorists being looked at by ACC

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 2:17 pm | Automobile Association

Lower levies for motorists being looked at by ACC Another reduction in ACC levies would be welcome news for motorists, says the Automobile Association. More >>

Adding the Patient Voice to Treatment

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 1:59 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand is proud to be part of a world first project that seeks to incorporate the voice of people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) into clinical services and help improve treatment outcomes. People with a diagnosis of RA are invited ... More >>


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