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MANA Opposes the Ture Whenua Maori Bill

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 1:15 pm | Mana Party

“The Ture Whenua Maori Bill is an ugly and crude attempt to cut away the remaining protections over Maori land” says MANA leader Hone Harawira “and we want it thrown out - now” More >>

New Zealand's endangered species still sold for profit

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:20 pm | Freshwater for Life

Today the team at Freshwater for Life submitted a petition to the House of Representatives asking for a ban on the commercial fishing and sale of whitebait. Over 3,000 people have signed the petition. More >>

‘Save Our Kauri’ arrest “Not exceptional”

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:04 pm | Michael Tavares

Michael Tavares, who occupied a significant kauri tree on private land in Titirangi two years ago has had his New Zealand citizenship denied because of his resulting Trespass conviction. More >>

Water lessons filtered through on World Water Day

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 11:38 am | Watercare Services

Children at one Auckland primary school celebrated World Water Day [22 March] by creating and testing their own water filters. More >>

Education for All Rally

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 11:20 am | Education for All

Disabled people, families, educators and service providers are rallying at The Hao Room, Te Hapua, Halswell Centre,341 Halswell Road More >>

Government can’t rely on ISAF report into civilian casulties

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 10:46 am | Amnesty International

Amnesty International’s Grant Bayldon says the New Zealand Government must act now to swiftly launch an independent inquiry into allegations of civilian deaths in Afghanistan. More >>

Shanan Halbert selected as Labour’s candidate for Northcote

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 10:10 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Shanan Halbert has been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Northcote for the 2017 General Election. More >>

Report ignores immediate climate change opportunities

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 9:21 am | Bioenergy Association

The Bioenergy Association says it’s disappointed that the report for GLOBE-NZ, Net zero in New Zealand - Scenarios to achieve domestic emissions neutrality in the second half of the century ignores the immediate opportunities for climate change ... More >>

Increases to retirement age: impact on residence eligibility

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 4:13 pm | Lane Neave

The New Zealand Government announced on 6 March 2017 the intention to begin progressively raising the age of superannuation in 20 years’ time (from 1 July 2037) from 65 to 67.  Increased life expectancy, longer lasting health and sustainability of the ... More >>

Denise Lee by-Election to Sting Ratepayers Over $100k

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 3:16 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance can reveal that the likely by-election for Denise Lee’s Council seat in the Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward will cost ratepayers at least $115,000, according to official figures revealed under the Local Government Official ... More >>

Oil conference delayed by hours after doors blockaded

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 2:36 pm | The People's Climate Rally

Taranaki locals and people from across Aotearoa, New Zealand peacefully disrupted New Zealand’s annual Petroleum Conference from dawn this morning and blockaded all entrances into the building, shutting it down for hours. More >>

Pacific Quota registrations open

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 2:18 pm | Immigration NZ

Citizens of Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Fiji are encouraged to register for this year’s ballot under the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category, which takes place between 3 and 28 April. More >>

Rewrite of child protection legislation recommended

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 1:16 pm | New Zealand Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society says proposed legislation introducing a child-centred care and protection system needs a complete rewrite if it is to achieve the objective of protecting vulnerable children and young people. More >>

Support for UCAN NZ Health Charter

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 11:23 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG ) supports and endorses the Health Charter by the United Communities Action Network New Zealand (UCAN) that says "everyone deserves the right to health". More >>

2017 Block Offer petroleum tender launched

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 10:56 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is well-placed to take advantage of the economic benefits of oil and gas exploration, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins announced today at the launch of the 2017 Block Offer petroleum tender. More >>

Amnesty International responds to ‘Hit & Run’ release

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 10:31 am | Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

Following the release of Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s book ‘Hit & Run’, Grant Bayldon Executive Director of Amnesty International New Zealand released the following statement: More >>

NZDF Response To Book

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 10:14 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force stands by the statement it made dated 20 April 2011. More >>

Zero tolerance for white supremacy

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 9:40 am | Migrant And Refugee Rights Campaign MARRC

A Wellington Central electoral candidate says that a recently announced white supremacist group in Wellington cannot be tolerated. The so-called ‘Western Guard’ announced yesterday that they have a Wellington chapter. More >>

Political Forum to Challenge Parties on Key Planning Issues

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 9:27 am | NZPI

New Zealand’s main political parties and their planning reform policies will be challenged at the New Zealand Planning Institute’s (NZPI) Annual Conference next month. More >>

No Pride in Prisons to present submission on ‘racist’ Bill

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 8:58 am | No Pride in Prisons

Today on Wednesday, 22nd of March, members of No Pride in Prisons will present a submission at parliament on the Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill. More >>

Elderly Tāmaki tenant continues her struggle despite odds

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 8:53 am | Tamaki Housing Group

Ioela (Niki) Rauti who has been fighting her eviction has vowed to keep the fight against the gentrification and privatisation of her community as she is declined a re-hearing. More >>

Oil conference in lockdown as protesters blockade entrance

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 8:20 am | The People's Climate Rally

Tangata Whenua and people from all over New Zealand are currently blockading the Petroleum Summit in New Plymouth, to prevent government and oil industry delegates from entering the TSB Showplace. More >>

Hager-Stephenson book on tragic SAS actions in Afghanistan

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 5:38 pm | Nicky Hager

Author and investigative journalist Nicky Hager and war correspondent Jon Stephenson have teamed up, in a book released today, to tell the story of a dark and guilty secret of New Zealand's recent history. The book is about what the New Zealand military ... More >>

NZ's first Anti Racism campaign reaches more than 2m people

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 4:15 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission’s That’s Us anti-racism campaign has reached almost 2 million people (1.9 million) and engaged with more than 600,000 people since its launch on the 1st September 2016. That’s Us is New ... More >>

OECD & Productivity Commission Report: The Missing Link

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 3:35 pm | NZ Manufacturers and Exporters Association

Today, the Productivity Commission published its final report on the Tertiary Sector. At the same time, the OECD Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand strongly highlighted the need for a fundamental change in our approach to building wealth ... More >>

Have your say on changes to protect domestic violence victim

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 3:07 pm | Justice and Electoral Committee

The Justice and Electoral Committee want to hear what New Zealanders think of a new bill proposing changes to workplace laws, to better protect victims of domestic violence. The committee is inviting submissions for the next six weeks. More >>

OECD Report – Pathways for improvement

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 3:03 pm | Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

The OECD international peer review of New Zealand’s environmental performance shows we are doing much less than we could to improve the environment, the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ said. More >>

Evidence supports roll-out of home safety measures

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 2:41 pm | University of Otago

New evidence from the University of Otago, Wellington, shows that government social investment in safer housing would be justified to prevent falls. More >>

Greenpeace response to OECD and Vivid reports

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 2:30 pm | Greenpeace

International reports out today point to reducing cow numbers as a possible answer to two environmental dilemmas facing New Zealanders. More >>

Concerns Over the Outcome of New Approach for Troubled Youth

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 2:19 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

On Friday night in Kaikohe a large number of youths - the youngest believed to be 11 years old, attempted to break into a service station. They were unsuccessful but caused damage estimated at $1000. A grandmother of one of the youths recognised her ... More >>

Climate report highlights opportunity for Zero Carbon Act

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 1:26 pm | Generation Zero

A new climate change report released today shows New Zealand can get to net zero emissions and highlights the opportunity for cross-party legislation to make it happen, said youth climate advocacy organisation Generation Zero. More >>

Educators call on Police Minister to waive vetting charge

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 1:02 pm | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling on the Minister of Police to instruct her officials to abandon plans to charge schools and ECE services for safety vetting of adults who work around children. More >>

Euthanasia ‘Elephant In The Room’ - Healthcare Costs

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 1:00 pm | Family First Lobby

Family First NZ says that the example of a cancer patient being turned away because of her potential healthcare costs is a disturbing development which will only be exacerbated by allowing euthanasia in to our laws. The woman with terminal cancer ... More >>

OECD report recommends commercial water charges

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 12:44 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says the OECD’s report on New Zealand's environmental performance makes clear that the Government must act to protect the country's water, native species, and climate, and stop favouring short-term private interests over environmental health. More >>

Newshub Political Poll to Be Released Today

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 12:39 pm | Mediaworks NZ Ltd

The results of its first Newshub-Reid Research poll of the year will be released from midday today - marking six months to go until the Election. More >>

Defence Force Skills in Demand for United Nations Training

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) experience and skills have again been sought out to help train future United Nations peacekeepers. More >>

Environmental pressures rising in New Zealand, says OECD

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 12:13 pm | OECD

New Zealanders enjoy a high environmental quality of life and access to pristine wilderness. However, New Zealand’s growth model, based largely on exploiting natural resources, is starting to show its environmental limits with increasing greenhouse ... More >>

NZ business welcomes cross-party climate change report

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 12:08 pm | BusinessNZ

A new cross-party report setting out scenarios for a zero net emissions New Zealand paves the way for the first public discussion on how New Zealand can meet its Paris commitments, say BusinessNZ and the Sustainable Business Council. More >>

E tū urges change to tax on redundancy pay

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 11:36 am | E tu

E tū says if the government wants to help the Cadbury workers who have lost their jobs, they should abolish tax on redundancy pay. More >>

Protest Demonstration Against Fluoride Bill

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 11:35 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

People opposed to fluoridation will hold a demonstration outside Parliament on Wednesday 22nd March, starting at 1pm, after the oral presentations to the Health Select Committee. The Select Committee received over 1,200 written submissions, of which over 90% were ... More >>

100 years after the February Revolution - Forum Thu 7pm

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 11:25 am | Socialist Aotearoa

In 1917, Russia was a vast empire covering much of modern-day Poland in the west, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the south, and Kazakhstan and Siberia in the east. It had been ruled for centuries by an autocratic monarchy that gave little space to any ... More >>

Race Relations Day 2017: Stand up for each other

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 11:08 am | Human Rights Commission

This year for Race Relations Day the Human Rights Commission has urged New Zealanders to stand up for one another and to stand up for what we believe in. More >>

EDS commends OECD Environmental Performance Review

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 10:32 am | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society has lauded the OECD's Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand 2017, which was released earlier today. More >>

Free Press: ACT’s regular bulletin

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 10:27 am | ACT New Zealand

RMA Schemozzle Continues The Resource Management Legislation has hit the wall, with the Māori Party severely overplaying their hand. More >>

Sleeping rough to end homelessness

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 10:19 am | Lifewise

The annual Lifewise Big Sleepout is taking place on Thursday 6th July 2017. Social development agency Lifewise wants business and community leaders to sign up and take part in the event which will see them experience life on the streets and raise critical ... More >>

Oranga Tamariki Bill doesn’t do enough for our people

Monday, 20 March 2017, 5:20 pm | Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi

Ngāpuhi says Oranga Tamariki Bill doesn’t do enough for our people Today, the voices of Ngāpuhi tamariki and whānau were heard in the corridors of parliament, as Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi (the Rūnanga) presented their position to the Social ... More >>

“Bioenergy Burns Forests”

Monday, 20 March 2017, 2:50 pm | Global Forest Coalition

March 20, 2017: The UNFAO’s [1] “Forests and Energy” theme for this year’s International Day of Forests on March 21 [2] misleadingly promotes bioenergy from burning wood from forests as well as from monoculture tree plantations as “sustainable” ... More >>

Eyes set on a Vegan Aotearoa/New Zealand

Monday, 20 March 2017, 1:45 pm | A Vegan Future Hui

Thirty vegan advocates and animal rights activists, many of them leading figures in the movement, converged on Wellington over the weekend. The long anticipated event was entitled the ‘A Vegan Future’ Hui, and delegates from various groups and ... More >>

Time to Stop Pussyfooting Around with Youth Crime!

Monday, 20 March 2017, 1:37 pm | Conservative Party

What incentive is there for youth to not commit a crime? In New Zealand, there is next to none. More >>

Miracle water poses biosecurity risk

Monday, 20 March 2017, 12:39 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries is asking travellers from Fiji to stop bringing “miracle water” into New Zealand if they want to avoid a stiff fine or treatment costs. More >>

Experts discuss improving governance for a better future

Monday, 20 March 2017, 12:20 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies is bringing together a range of experts for a one-day symposium at Parliament, to discuss how societies can exercise good governance not merely for today, but for ... More >>

Crayfish survey defies Ministry spin

Monday, 20 March 2017, 11:59 am | LegaSea

A landmark survey of people who pot and dive for crayfish on the northeast coast between Pakiri and East Cape defies Ministry for Primary Industries’ assurances that the fishery is doing well. More than three quarters (78.6%) of the 822 survey ... More >>

Reality Check Needed for Public Service Reoffending Target

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:49 am | Kim Workman

“Government’s review of the Better Public Service Goals (1) is an opportunity to come up with a ‘reducing reoffending’ target that is both evidence-based and realistic” says Dr Kim Workman, Adjunct Research Associate, with the Institute ... More >>

Time for the Minister of Education to stop dodging

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:41 am | Public Service Association

Eternally embattled Minister of Education Hekia Parata must step up, front up and stop dodging questions regarding the future of Salisbury School, says the PSA. More >>

Groups ready to disrupt oil summit in New Plymouth

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:38 am | The People's Climate Rally

People from all over Aotearoa are gathering in Taranaki from Tuesday to begin The People’s Climate Rally, which aims to blockade the NZ Petroleum Conference at the TSB Showplace. More >>

Whanganui River becomes a ‘person’

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:31 am | Hobson's Pledge

If there was ever a moment when you thought New Zealand had drifted into the twilight zone, that moment could be when a Minister of the Crown with a straight face said that the Whanganui River had become a person. More >>

Countdown encourages customers to give generously

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:27 am | Countdown Supermarket

20 March 2017: For the next two weeks (Monday 20 March until Sunday 5 April) Countdown is offering a range of cheaper sanitary products at $4 each, and encouraging customers to donate a pack to The Salvation Army, either in-store or online via The Foodbank ... More >>

Iwi clauses a stab-in-the-back for non-iwi NZ

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:27 am | Hobson's Pledge

Hostility to the inclusion of mana whakahono a rohe/iwi participation clauses in the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill has prompted Environment Minister Nick Smith to issue a memo to advise caucus how to respond to criticism. More >>

Ngàti Hikairo youth to suggest 'Hikairo dividend'

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:12 am | Ngati Hikairo

Te Putahitanga Rangatahi o Ngáti Hikairo will float a proposal Monday for Ngati Maniapoto and Waikato iwi to provide its share of fisheries payouts. More >>

Australian retail giant treating Kiwis unfairly

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:11 am | SAFE

SAFE is accusing Australian corporation Woolworths Group of double standards for refusing to phase out all cage eggs at their New Zealand Countdown stores, whilst already having committed to phasing out cage eggs in their Australian supermarkets. ... More >>


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