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Vote of confidence expected at Ngāpuhi Rūnanga AGM

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 3:40 pm | Ngapuhi Runanga

Beneficiaries are encouraged to have their say at the Ngāpuhi Rūnanga Annual General Meeting (AGM) this weekend. More >>

New home ownership trials underway to help whānau

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 2:27 pm | Te Puni Kokiri

More innovative trials to assist low-income whānau to move towards owning their own homes were announced today by Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite. More >>

MBIE’s GHG Figures Define Clean Energy

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 2:16 pm | Azwood Energy

MBIE has released figures which illustrate wood fuel is the cleanest energy consumed for process heat in New Zealand, by a huge margin. The data indicates that replacing fossil fuels with wood energy could drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ... More >>

E tū welcomes Pike River re-entry

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 12:08 pm | E tu

E tū has welcomed the decision to proceed with the re-entry of the Pike River mine drift in a bid to uncover the cause of death of the 29 men who died there in November 2010. More >>

East Coast nurses and health care assistants to join strike

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 11:49 am | NZNO

NZNO nurses and health care assistants (HCAs) will join colleagues in various professions, and from three other unions, in a 24 hour strike over a breakdown in their collective agreement negotiation with East Coast PHO Ngāti Porou Hauora (NPH). The strike will ... More >>

Govt Should Invest in Waste to Energy Plant

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10:44 am | Social Credit

The Government should invest in building a waste to energy plant south of Auckland. More >>

EQC Claimant Reference Group Welcomes Commission of Inquiry

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10:40 am | EQC Claimant Reference Group

The Claimants Reference Group (CRG), established from the recommendations from the Stevenson Report, is welcoming the announcement today of a Commission of Inquiry into The Earthquake Commission. More >>

Student Volunteer Army to reconnect with Parkland students

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10:22 am | University of Canterbury

Twelve youth leaders from the University of Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army (SVA) are reconnecting with students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in the United States, this month from 26 November to 8 December. More >>

All Whakatōhea hapū vote for a Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10:17 am | Ngati Ira

The voting results of the Whakatōhea Settelement Process were relased yesterday and it is clear that all Whakatōhea hapū have all voted in support of a Waitangi Tribunal process. More >>

Greenpeace calls for ban on chemical nitrogen fertiliser

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10:15 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace is opening up a new front in the struggle to save New Zealand’s rivers and reduce agricultural emissions. More >>

Sir Rod Stewart and Thor Bjornsson Feature in New Campaign

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 9:40 am | SodaStream

Sodastream Takes It up a Notch with New Environmental Campaign Calling upon Consumers to Go Reusable More >>

Majority of Whakatōhea votes to progress Treaty settlements

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 9:14 am | Whakatohea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust

The result of the Whakatōhea vote on the future of its Treaty of Waitangi claims has been announced today, with majority support for the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust (the Trust) and its continued work to achieve a comprehensive settlement ... More >>

Ambos open to further strike action

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 9:02 am | First Union

Ambos open to further strike action as St John reluctant to request more Government funding for staff numbers and pay... More >>

We’re in!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 8:45 am | Stand With Pike

The coalition government’s decision to recover the Pike River Drift is an historic moment for truth and justice for all New Zealanders. More >>

Working people killed in Pike River will not be forgotten

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 8:43 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff today welcomed the long-awaited release of the Pike River re-entry plan as a victory for the Pike River community and families of the men killed working in the mine. "For eight years, while ... More >>

Judges Vigilant to Impact of Pay Dispute

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 5:32 pm | Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue

The Chief District Court Judge is taking steps to protect the rights of people needing urgent access to justice during the ongoing industrial dispute between the Ministry of Justice and court staff who are members of the PSA. More >>

Human hacking is on the rise

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 3:33 pm | Banking Ombudsman

New Zealand has seen an 15% increase in scams over the past calendar year, and we will have lost $70 million to scammers by Christmas, according to high level estimates from the Banking Ombudsman for Fraud Awareness Week (11-17 November). More >>

Cycleways are a waste of ratepayers’ money

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 2:48 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

A new Auckland Transport report says that over-estimated cycling demand led to poor investment decisions, says the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance. Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson Jo Holmes says “The data shows exactly what everyone in Auckland already ... More >>

Anglers Federation pans 3 Waters Response

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 2:34 pm | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

The New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA), a national association of angling clubs and anglers, is disappointed, but not surprised, by the Local Government NZ position statement on the 3 Waters project. The statement suggested that ‘while ... More >>

Highlighting impacts of oil and gas decision

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 11:37 am | PEPANZ

The ‘Energy Voices’ public campaign will keep running to give voice to serious concerns over the end to new offshore oil and gas exploration permits, says the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ). More >>

Cabinet rubber-stamps withdrawals from Jones’ slush fund

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 9:21 am | ACT New Zealand

The Cabinet is now acting as a rubber-stamp for Shane Jones’ withdrawals from his Provincial Growth Fund, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

ACT: Free Press, 12 November - Rubbing Up Against Reality

Monday, 12 November 2018, 8:31 pm | ACT New Zealand

Rubbing Up Against Reality I Any of Australia’s last five Prime Ministers can tell you what happens when energy prices rise and people are hit hard in the hip pocket. Our Prime Minister knows this. She got elected saying that climate change ... More >>

Maori Council welcomes Dr Erueti’s appointment

Monday, 12 November 2018, 7:36 pm | Maori Council

Maori Council welcomes Dr Erueti’s appointment to the Royal Commission into Child and Institutional Abuse … “throw open the doors and let the stories and healing begin” More >>

Nation-wide movement for disability rights law

Monday, 12 November 2018, 7:30 pm | Access Alliance

Christchurch disability activists join nation-wide movement for disability rights law – Canadian Disability Advocate calls for campaign for the New Zealand Government to “just say yes” to a New Zealand accessibility law More >>

Terms of Reference set for Inquiry into Abuse in Care

Monday, 12 November 2018, 4:21 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

The Chair of the Royal Commission Sir Anand Satyanand has welcomed the Government’s delivery of the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry into Abuse in Care. More >>

MBIE decision on ACP CodeMark certificates

Monday, 12 November 2018, 3:56 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

All six of the original aluminium composite panel (ACP) CodeMark certificates suspended in July, have been removed from the CodeMark register, with each certificate either being revoked by MBIE, withdrawn by the manufacturer, or reissued as a new certificate ... More >>

Statement from Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha

Monday, 12 November 2018, 3:51 pm | New Zealand Police

I am very pleased that we now have Ms Scholtens QC’s independent report. Her findings on the process for my appointment answer the matters that have been raised. The IPCA’s report is still to come: but she has already found that the appointment process was ... More >>

Anglicans welcome a broader inquiry

Monday, 12 November 2018, 3:45 pm | Anglican Church in Aotearoa

Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson says he's pleased the Government has responded positively to calls, including from the churches, to broaden the scope of the Commission of Inquiry into the abuse of children. More >>

Primary teachers and principals meet to consider options

Monday, 12 November 2018, 3:42 pm | NZEI

Thousands of primary teachers and principals gathered in meetings and rallies across Auckland today, on the first day of a week of rolling one-day strikes. More >>

Both technicians and DHBs in need of support

Monday, 12 November 2018, 2:46 pm | SEQURE Health

SEQURE Health recognises the anaesthetic technicians’ right to strike and appreciates the issues that led them to take that the necessary industrial action last week. More >>

Ministry urges teachers to settle contract

Monday, 12 November 2018, 2:37 pm | Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education is encouraging primary teachers and principals to carefully consider the offer made last Thursday to reach settlement or to return to the table to negotiate within the $698m package. More >>

Police Commissioner welcomes report by Mary Scholtens QC

Monday, 12 November 2018, 2:08 pm | New Zealand Police

Police welcomes the report by Mary Scholtens QC into the appointment process for a Deputy Commissioner of Police. Police Commissioner Mike Bush says he received the report from the Department of Internal Affairs earlier today. “It is good to have ... More >>

Animals set to suffer at Omahu Valley Parklee Bullride

Monday, 12 November 2018, 12:53 pm | SAFE

SAFE is deeply frustrated that a rodeo will take place at the Omahu Valley Parklee Bullride next weekend despite widespread calls for a ban of the practice during this rodeo season. More >>

Provincial Growth Fund needs more oversight

Monday, 12 November 2018, 12:37 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Shane Jones’ failure to declare dozens of meetings legitimises concerns of the Provincial Growth Fund model, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

White Ribbon Campaign - Stand Up to End Violence

Monday, 12 November 2018, 12:24 pm | White Ribbon

While we all know that most men are not violent, all it takes for bad things to happen is for good people to do nothing. More >>

Don’t be the ‘fall guy’ – protect yourself against fraud

Monday, 12 November 2018, 12:21 pm | New Zealand Police

Helen Keller once wrote, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” More >>

Federation of Ratepayer Associations of NZ

Monday, 12 November 2018, 11:46 am | Ratepayers and Residents Association

A convention in Nelson today has agreed to establish a Federation of Ratepayer Associations of New Zealand, and has appointed a steering group to make that happen. More >>

Heavy opposition to tenancy proposals

Monday, 12 November 2018, 10:34 am | Stop the War on Tenancies

A 92-response snapshot survey circulated among property groups shows heavy opposition to proposed reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. More >>

Ngāi Tahu to formally partner with Oranga Tamariki

Monday, 12 November 2018, 10:32 am | Ngai Tahu

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu today became the first iwi to sign a strategic partnership with Oranga Tamariki under s7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989. More >>

Hemp seed can be sold as food

Monday, 12 November 2018, 10:10 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

Amendments to regulations to allow the sale of hemp seeds as food take effect today. More >>

The Future of New Zealand Maori Council in no doubt

Monday, 12 November 2018, 8:28 am | New Zealand Maori Council

“I will never stop saying on your behalf that the tip of the spear was the New Zealand Maori Council…” More >>

Tai Tokerau take key leadership role on NZ Maori Council

Monday, 12 November 2018, 8:26 am | New Zealand Maori Council

New Zealand Maori Council’s final national hui was held in Wellington over the weekend and, as part of the process, a new executive member was elected from across the sixteen Maori Council District. Wiremu Puriri was elected unanimously from the ... More >>

Maori targeting social policy change

Monday, 12 November 2018, 8:22 am | New Zealand Maori Council

New Zealand Maori Council has today announced a strategic research partnership with Massey University and its Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE). The partnership will see the joint development and co-design of evaluation ... More >>

HNZ does not know how many homeless due to meth tests

Monday, 12 November 2018, 7:28 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

In an interview with One News, Housing New Zealand admitted to not knowing how many people are still homeless after being evicted because of faulty meth contamination testing . Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns Housing New Zealand for their ... More >>

Women in NZ effectively working for free from now

Sunday, 11 November 2018, 11:47 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions Vice President Rachel Mackintosh says New Zealand’s gender pay imbalance can and must be fixed. "Employers discriminate against women from the first day of work to the last, all the way from minimum wage jobs to Chief Executives.That ... More >>

NZFFA Calls for Sage’s Anti-Trout Bill to be Dumped

Sunday, 11 November 2018, 11:40 am | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

The controversial proposed law promoted by Conservation Minister Eugene Sage that would allow the Department of Conservation to eradicate trout from any river should be withdrawn because it was "simply bad, unrealistic law" says the NZ Federation ... More >>

Speech: Governor-General - Armistice Day

Sunday, 11 November 2018, 11:35 am | Governor General

Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy Governor-General of New Zealand Armistice Day National Ceremony Pukeahu National War Memorial Park Sunday 11 November 2018 More >>

The Nation: Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin

Saturday, 10 November 2018, 1:40 pm | The Nation

• Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin told Newshub Nation she has been working on the proposal for 600 learning support coordinators to be placed into schools, since 2016. “And the moment I sat in the chair, I began the plan to make sure that ... More >>

Permanently temporary: the Gig Trap

Saturday, 10 November 2018, 11:43 am | University of Auckland

The first ever study to track thousands of people through different work arrangements over time has revealed that the gig track can quickly become a gig trap. More >>

Prince Charles "won't intervene", so what's the point?

Friday, 9 November 2018, 4:28 pm | New Zealand Republic

“In an interview to air tonight on the BBC, Prince Charles states that he won’t “interfere with the affairs of state” if he becomes King. This is a huge admission and confirms his earlier statement in New Zealand that he did not want to intervene ... More >>

Justice system at risk of creaking to a halt

Friday, 9 November 2018, 4:18 pm | Public Service Association

With no date in place for a return to the bargaining table, PSA members at the Ministry of Justice have voted to continue work-to-rule alongside a new set of bans on work that could see Court operations creak to a virtual halt. More >>

Human Rights Commission welcomes Supreme Court judgment

Friday, 9 November 2018, 2:57 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the Supreme Court’s judgment in the landmark case of the Attorney-General v Taylor. More >>

Statement on further NZEI strike action

Friday, 9 November 2018, 2:25 pm | Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education has received notification that next week’s rolling strike action by primary school principals and teachers is going ahead. More >>

High Court Judgment - Three Strikes Case

Friday, 9 November 2018, 1:14 pm | New Zealand High Court

Mandatory maximum penalty of 14 years imposed, but manifestly unjust for that to be without parole. More >>

Consensus needed to catalyse transition to low emission cars

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:58 am | Infrastructure NZ

“The Government should move quickly to develop an agreed roadmap with the opposition, councils and business to replace the conventional vehicle fleet with electric and renewable fuel vehicles,” says Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive of Infrastructure ... More >>

Attorney General v Taylor Decision

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:55 am | NZ Supreme Court

BETWEEN ATTORNEY-GENERAL Appellant AND ARTHUR WILLIAM TAYLOR First Respondent HINEMANU NGARONOA, SANDRA WILDE, KIRSTY OLIVIA FENSOM AND CLAIRE THRUPP Second to Fifth Respondents Hearing: 6 and 7 March 2018 Court: Elias CJ, William Young, Glazebrook, O’Regan ... More >>

Northland Environmental Protection Society Decision

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:43 am | NZ Supreme Court

Court: William Young, Glazebrook, O’Regan, Ellen France and Arnold JJ JUDGMENT OF THE COURT More >>

New report on people’s experiences of welfare

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:22 am | ActionStation

Between 18 and 31 October 2018, 267 people contributed their perspectives, insights and experiences of the welfare system through a 17-question online survey hosted by ActionStation. The survey findings show an overwhelming trend of negative experiences ... More >>

Government in Danger of Breaching H&S Act

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:17 am | New Conservative

As PCBUs, government ministers are responsible to ensure that they eliminate, isolate or minimise hazards. Where they deliberately INCREASE the risk of serious harm from a significant hazard then they are in breach of the Act. More >>

RMA reform to address key concerns for local government

Friday, 9 November 2018, 10:58 am | Local Government NZ

LGNZ supports the Government’s proposal to wind back a number of Resource Management Act changes that excluded public consultation requirements, a move councils strongly opposed when they were introduced in 2017. More >>




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