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All-night vigil in solidarity with victims of drug war 21/4

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 5:33 pm | Overhaul Misuse of Drugs Act 1975

All-night candlelight vigil in solidarity with the victims of our drug war & in support of cannabis law reform. More >>

The People’s Choice Common Sense Plan

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 4:21 pm | Council of Trade Unions

Unions Canterbury welcomes the release of The People’s Choice Common Sense Plan as an alternative to the selling off of our assets being put forward in the Christchurch City Council’s Long “We do understand the enormity of the work still outstanding ... More >>

Attitudes to disability need to change

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 4:06 pm | Convention Coalition

Disabled people still experience serious barriers that prevent them from fully participating in society and feeling accepted, according to two new reports. Based on interviews with disabled people, the reports share examples where people feel their human rights ... More >>

Evaluation report on STOS marine consent application

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 4:01 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) today released its in-house expert’s evaluation report on Shell Todd Oil Services’ (STOS) marine consent application for its Māui offshore facilities. More >>

CAFCA’S 40TH Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 3:03 pm | CAFCA

We think 40 continuous years of CAFCA is something well worth celebrating. In fact, modestly blowing our own trumpet, we think it’s a remarkable achievement. But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to what our enemies have to say: ”... it is a ... More >>

iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 2:32 pm | iPredict

The probability of a National Party prime minister after the next election has reached 58% but he or she would govern only with the formal or tacit support of NZ First which would hold the balance of power , according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ ... More >>

Anti war action at Pukeahau memorial

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 2:21 pm | Don Franks

The opening of the Australian memorial at Pukeahu took place today [20/4/15]. Several Wellington activists attended the event. More >>

Council Risking Ratepayer Money on Office Development

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is cautioning the Wellington City Council’s proposed ‘economic development’ venture which may see ratepayer money used to compete against existing Wellington property owners. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, ... More >>

Auckland Council in Spin Cycle Over Taniwha Tax

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 1:04 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Auckland Council needs to rein in its spin doctors and give an honest account of how much the ‘Cultural Impact Assessment’ requirements are costing Aucklanders. Last week the Taxpayers’ Union launched The Taniwha Tax: Briefing paper on Auckland ... More >>

CERA Acting Chief Executive Arrangements Extended

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 11:15 am | State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has today confirmed that Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) Acting Chief Executive John Ombler will continue in the role until the end of 2015. Mr Ombler has been Acting Chief Executive since December ... More >>

Law students contribute to international research project

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 10:43 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Students from Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law are contributing to a Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government research project which is evaluating the status of violence against women. Law schools from around the world have been ... More >>

Research report to address cat population

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 9:38 am | NZVA

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) has released a systematic literature review to help develop workable, evidence-based solutions to address the country’s issues around cat management, saying an urgent, nationwide strategy is needed to ... More >>

Open letter re Tree Protection

Monday, 20 April 2015, 4:28 pm | Joint Press Release

On Thursday 16 April 2015 a public meeting was held in Kelston, West Auckland to discuss the issue of tree protection, following a number of high profile cases where significant trees have been threatened with removal in the city and have caused widespread ... More >>

Domestic consumer protection low priority for government

Monday, 20 April 2015, 3:02 pm | Organics Aotearoa New Zealand

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand, the umbrella group representing New Zealand's organic sector organisations, has just been told by the Ministry of Primary Industries that protecting consumers in the $150 million+ domestic certified organic food and beverage ... More >>

Unite calls on government to stop subsidising jobs

Monday, 20 April 2015, 2:58 pm | Unite Union

Unite Union is questioning why McDonald's and Wendy's need government subsidies to hire staff on what the union says will be zero hour contracts. More >>

Low inflation means it’s time for a pay rise

Monday, 20 April 2015, 2:54 pm | First Union

With inflation falling for the second quarter in a row now is the perfect time for a pay rise for workers says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. More >>

NZ’s Coalition Partners Worsening Crisis in Iraq

Monday, 20 April 2015, 2:22 pm | Harmeet Sooden

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Harmeet Singh Sooden is departing for Iraq at the end of this week to work with the NGO Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). He will be part of a CPT project supporting local and international bodies that are responding to ... More >>

UN Committee Against Torture assesses NZ tomorrow

Monday, 20 April 2015, 2:18 pm | Peace Movement Aotearoa

The UN Committee Against Torture (the Committee) will assess the government’s performance in relation to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Convention) during its 54th session which begins in ... More >>

Sanford closure: redundancy pay an insult to workers

Monday, 20 April 2015, 1:13 pm | Service And Food Workers Union

Workers at the Sanford mussel processing facility in Christchurch are gobsmacked by the company’s decision to give a minimal redundancy payment to workers after a stressful and uncertain few weeks. More >>

Reserve Bank must lower interest rate

Monday, 20 April 2015, 11:58 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“With price rises at just 0.1 percent over the last year, the Reserve Bank must reduce its Official Cash Rate next week. It is well past time it did so,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “A housing price bubble is forming in Auckland – ... More >>

Open Letter to MPs from Harmeet Sooden: Deployment to Iraq

Monday, 20 April 2015, 11:55 am | Harmeet Sooden

Dear Members of Parliament, I write to you as a citizen of New Zealand seeking your assistance. I will be undertaking an assignment in Iraq with an international NGO, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). CPT is supporting local and international organisations ... More >>

Lest We Forget

Monday, 20 April 2015, 11:33 am | Hone Harawira

“The last time I was in Canberra was for SORRY DAY 2008, when I listened to Kevin Rudd apologise to generations of Aboriginal people for the theft of their lands, the destruction of their culture, and the dehumanising of their people” said Hone ... More >>

Transparency needed from NZ Post on future job and cuts

Monday, 20 April 2015, 11:28 am | EPMU

Any re-negotiation of New Zealand Post’s deed of understanding needs to be done openly and fairly, says the union for postal workers, the EPMU. “Over the past few years, New Zealand Post has been cut to the bone as the government demands bigger ... More >>

Hundreds Attend ChCh Insurance Good Faith Class Action Meet

Monday, 20 April 2015, 11:13 am | Released via Ali Jones PR Ltd

Around 400 people packed into the Transitional Cathedral in ChCh on Friday night to hear about the possibility of a group action against insurers. More >>

Intense Programme of Hapū Activity Ahead

Monday, 20 April 2015, 10:45 am | Tuhoronuku.com

Ngāpuhi hapū are involved in an intense period of activity over the coming weeks in preparation for the start of the historic Ngāpuhi settlement negotiations with the Crown later this year. More >>

“Taniwha Tax” culturally wrong and easily solved

Monday, 20 April 2015, 10:38 am | David Rankin

“Taniwha Tax” culturally wrong and easily solved – says Maori academic As developers and property owners face thousands of dollars in fees for Maori "cultural impact assessments" on thousands of sites across Auckland, a Maori academic says there ... More >>

Taxpayers' Union Welcomes PM's Team NZ Comments

Monday, 20 April 2015, 10:30 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the reported comments of the Prime Minister, that taxpayer-funding of Team New Zealand was “at the end of the road”, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Zero hour contracts must go

Monday, 20 April 2015, 9:40 am | Closing The Gap

The exploitation of workers via zero hour contracts has touched a nerve in New Zealand, so much so that the government is being forced to look at ways to curb employers’ misuse of staff. More >>

Q+A: Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating

Monday, 20 April 2015, 9:27 am | TVNZ

The Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Tim Keating told TV One’s Q+A programme that the public doesn’t need to know when our soldiers will head to Iraq. “Deployment dates – I think most people would understand the sensitivities around getting forces ... More >>

Maori left out of water debate for far too long

Monday, 20 April 2015, 9:25 am | TVNZ

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell told TV One’s Q+A programme “the notion that Maori will come over the hill and take away somebody else's rights is silly.” More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Tony Blair's former press secretary

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 12:55 pm | The Nation

Lisa Owen: You're back with The Nation, and my next guest is Britain's most famous political spin doctor. Alastair Campbell was former Prime Minister Tony Blair's press secretary and confidante. So how does the man who helped mastermind Labour's landslide ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 12:36 pm | The Nation

Makhlouf says main issue for Auckland housing is a lack of supply Questioned about this week’s Reserve Bank comments, he says he’s “quite sceptical” that a capital gains tax will help curb house price rises because it hasn’t in other countries. ... More >>

Governor-General's speech for opening of Pukeahu

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 11:53 am | Government House

Rau Rangatira mā, kua huihui mai i tēnei rā - whakamaumāhara, nau mai, haere mai, ki roto i te wairua o maumaharatanga. Tēnā tātou katoa. More >>

Q + A - Sunday April 19

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 10:32 am | TVNZ

1. The Government is in negotiations with iwi leaders over water rights – what do Maori really want? Michael Parkin interviews Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell. More >>

This weekend on The Nation 18 & 19 April 2015

Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:38 pm | The Nation

A rare interview with Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf about the impact of the international economic recovery on New Zealand and the main opportunities and threats now facing the country. More >>

Chinese rail engineers have a right to NZ conditions

Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Chinese rail engineers currently working in New Zealand are being short-changed their rightful wage entitlements under New Zealand labour law, the Council of Trade Unions said today. More >>

Four nominees confirmed for Green Party male Co-leader

Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:12 pm | Green Party

Four nominees have put their hats in the ring to replace Russel Norman as Green Party male Co-leader, the party announced today. More >>

iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update

Friday, 17 April 2015, 3:38 pm | iPredict

TV3’s Campbell Live appears doomed, with a 77% probability it will be cancelled before 1 January 2016 , according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. John Key’s position as ... More >>

Activist Academics Repeat Call for Soda Tax

Friday, 17 April 2015, 2:24 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the call for soda taxes from University of Auckland Professor Boyd Swinburn, and University of Otago Associate Professor, Nick Wilson, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Proactive property investors provide healthy homes

Friday, 17 April 2015, 2:16 pm | NZ Property Investors Federation

“Our members are actively taking steps to ensure their properties are warm and healthy,” said Terry le Grove President of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF). “We are aware of the Housing Improvement Regulations of 1947 which come ... More >>

Government has let quarry workers down

Friday, 17 April 2015, 2:13 pm | NZCTU

Unions are dismayed at the second death of a worker in a quarry within less than a month. “Our hearts go out to the families and co-workers of Scott Baldwin, who was killed on 19 March in South Timaru, and the yet-unnamed worker, who died yesterday ... More >>

Allegations not supported at KiwiRail

Friday, 17 April 2015, 1:41 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Labour Inspectorate in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has concluded an investigation into allegations by Labour MP Trevor Mallard around Chinese workers at KiwiRail and could not identify any welfare issues or find evidence of ... More >>

Most in advanced age rely on pension

Friday, 17 April 2015, 1:28 pm | University of Auckland

Most in advanced age rely on pension Media Release - University of Auckland - 15 April 2015 More >>

Commission calls for cross party accord on housing

Friday, 17 April 2015, 12:02 pm | Human Rights Commission

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford today supports calls for all political parties to agree to a cross party accord to address the “very serious” issues facing New Zealand with respect to adequate housing. More >>

Obama’s Fast Track Bill a last-ditch move to rescue TPPA

Friday, 17 April 2015, 11:41 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

‘With less than two months until the window is likely to close for President Obama to get a deal in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) under his watch, the administration has put a bill before Congress to grant him “fast track” authority’, ... More >>

Judgment: DH v R, KOHAI v R

Friday, 17 April 2015, 10:08 am | NZ Supreme Court

This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment and reasons ... More >>

Simon Bridge's bridges may cost lives

Friday, 17 April 2015, 9:55 am | Dog And Lemon guide

The government should cancel the planned $70 million spendup on Northland one-lane bridges and divert the money into desperately needed safety projects, says the car review website dogandlemon.com . More >>

Chickens will protest today

Friday, 17 April 2015, 9:32 am | Stop Craddock Farms

17/04/2015 Today animal rights activists dressed as chickens will gather outside Yovich & Co in Whangarei. The directors of Yovich & Co are funding what will be New Zealand's largest caged hen factory farm. "Walter Yovich, a director ... More >>

Pacific tsunami warning system turns 50

Friday, 17 April 2015, 9:20 am | Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

The warning system which provides coordinated tsunami threat information to countries throughout the Pacific marks its 50th anniversary next week. New Zealand will play a part in an International Tsunami Symposium in Hawaii on April 20 and 21 to commemorate ... More >>

Reducing the impact of alcohol on family violence

Friday, 17 April 2015, 9:05 am | Superu

Today Superu published the paper Reducing the impact of alcohol on family violence. Previously little focus has been given to bringing together research on the role of alcohol in family violence. More >>

Apology to Hon Peter Dunne

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 4:59 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union wishes to apologise to Hon. Peter Dunne, in response to his criticism of the Taxpayers’ Union for missing an example of government waste in yesterday’s edition of the Dominion Post. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, ... More >>

NZ welcomes UNSC resolution on Yemen

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 4:45 pm | New Zealand Government

NZ welcomes UNSC resolution on Yemen Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s resolution on Yemen and called for the resumption of political dialogue between all parties involved in the conflict. “We are deeply ... More >>

Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki Rule Out Taniwha Tax

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers Union is welcoming comments by James Brown, Chairman of Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki, indicating that spiritual elements will not be included in Cultural Impact Assessments provided by his iwi. Yesterday the Taxpayers’ Union launched its briefing ... More >>

Advance Care Planning Day

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 3:59 pm | Euthanasia Free NZ

Euthanasia-Free NZ supports the national Advanced Care Planning initiative, Conversations That Count Day on Thursday 16 April. More >>

SFWU submits counter-proposal to SDHB plan

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 2:30 pm | Service And Food Workers Union

The union representing the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) food service workers has submitted a counter-proposal to plans to outsource food production for meals on wheels and hospital meals. The SDHB are considering a proposal from Health Benefits ... More >>

Sensible Sentencing Group Trust registered as a charity

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 2:22 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The independent Charities Registration Board has registered the Sensible Sentencing Group Trust (SSGT) as a charity. More >>

Heritage Policy Submission And City Centre Upgrades

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 1:56 pm | Auckland City Council

The Auckland Development Committee met today and discussed the council’s response to Heritage New Zealand’s policy consultation and the latest City Centre Integration progress update. The following is a digest of decisions made. More >>

New TEI Council Members Appointed

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 1:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced eight council appointments to five tertiary education institutions, which include three new council members. More >>

Death of Child is Punishment Enough

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 1:36 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is calling on the police to use their discretion and to drop the charges against a mother who left her pre-schooler in a car, saying that the death of her son is punishment enough. More >>

Intervention Not the Solution to Housing Crisis

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 9:32 am | Affordable Auckland

Intervention Not the Solution to Housing Crisis “A thinly-veiled call by the Reserve Bank to examine the tax status of property investors is not the solution to fixing the housing hyperinflation crisis,” says Affordable Auckland Mayoral candidate ... More >>

 

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