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Bill English: allegations against Judith Collins are serious

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:59 pm | TVNZ

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English told TV1’s Q+A programme that the allegations against Judith Collins are serious and that’s why an inquiry is needed. More >>

Culture Change Required

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:48 pm | Clinton Dearlove

"There are serious issues raised in an Employment Relations Authority judgement released this week. The culture within the Whangarei District Council (WDC) organisation must change. The culture of any organisation is defined by its leadership starting ... More >>

Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:19 pm | Rethinking Crime and Punishment

In Rethinking’s latest blog, http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/08/th-bps-reducing-crime-and-reoffending.html it closely examines the current claim that reoffending in New Zealand has reduced by 12.5% since June 2011, and reveals how that figure has been achieved. It argues ... More >>

University economics team studying workers’ comparing wages

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:13 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury economics research team is looking at fairness of the job assignments and whether workers are sensitive to the wages of their co-workers. More >>

Statement by State Services Commissioner

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:00 pm | State Services Commission

30 August 2014 "The State Services Commission was contacted by the Prime Minister's Office over the last 24 hours on this issue." “Any activity that undermines, or has the potential to undermine, the trust and confidence in the public service ... More >>

Christchurch Council Circus … Continued

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:56 am | Hugh Pavletich

In 2010 the UK Daily Mail investigated the antics of a major bureaucratically bloated London Local Authority and reported with THE GREAT INERTIA SECTOR . More >>

The Nation Housing Debate

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:50 am | The Nation

Patrick It's the great Kiwi dream, but is owning the roof over your head now just a pipe dream for many Kiwis? Homeownership is at the lowest level in half a century. National's answer is to double subsidies to first-home buyers and let them raid their ... More >>

Time to Shine Light on Shadowy Spies

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:44 am | Internet MANA

Internet MANA has promised to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence agencies, with a view to transferring oversight of spying operations to a new, independent authority. More >>

New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues

Friday, 29 August 2014, 5:51 pm | Roy Morgan Research

New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election More >>

NZ 2014 Leaders Index - week ending 29 August

Friday, 29 August 2014, 5:19 pm | iSentia

Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three weeks on ... More >>

Judgment in Paki v Attorney General

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:58 pm | Tamati Cairns

Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its ... More >>

Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:56 pm | Woodward Hall

“ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for the benefit of Maori. ... More >>

Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:47 pm | Mediaworks

John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm. More >>

Credit unions in the political spotlight

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:15 pm | NZ Association of Credit Unions

Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand. More >>

Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people

Friday, 29 August 2014, 3:48 pm | ElderNet

Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders More >>

John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General

Friday, 29 August 2014, 3:19 pm | NZ Supreme Court

JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010) More >>

Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud

Friday, 29 August 2014, 3:11 pm | Qrious

Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud. More >>

Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics

Friday, 29 August 2014, 3:02 pm | Diversity Works

An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women. More >>

Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:59 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond doubt that ... More >>

"Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids"

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:55 pm | Closing The Gap

It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too. More >>

Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty - ALCP

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:45 pm | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says. More >>

2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:11 pm | Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election. More >>

New Zealand Shoppers- Demand Blue Tick Accredited Products

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:39 pm | SPCA

Following ongoing concerns surrounding the issue of animal welfare in farming, particularly in the layer and broiler chicken sectors, the RNZSPCA is now asking consumers to purchase only eggs, pork, turkey and chicken that have been Accredited by the Blue ... More >>

EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:27 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment. More >>

Candidate calls for an end to institutional racism

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:21 pm | The Maori Party

29 AUGUST 2014 Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean has spoken up in support of Irie Te Wehi-Takerei who was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a Warehouse store in Manukau. "Over the last month, two different supermarkets have been ... More >>

Making tertiary education more accessible to Māori

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:19 pm | The Maori Party

29 August 2014 The Māori Party launched its tertiary education policy today at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga, the national hui for the Māori Teritary Students Association in Palmerston North. Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Chris McKenzie says the ... More >>

NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:03 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language ... More >>

Abortion violates the Human Rights of Fathers

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:52 pm | Right To Life

Fathers1Right to Life is concerned at the glaring imbalance that exists in law, in regard to the rights of men to defend the lives of the children they have fathered. Fatherhood commences at conception. Children in the womb, just like children who ... More >>

Hundreds to join march against male violence in Auckland CBD

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:50 pm | Reclaim The Night

Hundreds of supporters are expected to join the 'Take Back the Night' march through central Auckland streets tomorrow night in solidarity with making the streets safe for women and the rainbow community to walk without fear of male violence. More >>

Classic example of need for Conservative policy

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:47 pm | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar believes the sentencing of killer Aaron McDonald is a classic example of why an overhaul of the parole and sentencing system is required.” More >>

Greens & Labour Politicising Bullying in Schools

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:43 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says that both the Greens and Labour are wanting to politicise and sexualise school children under the guise of bullying programmes rather than deal with the school bullying issue as it should be dealt with. More >>

Wellington National Is Not Our Future Rally 30/8/14

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:42 pm | TPPA Action - Wellington

Thousands of people will march and rally at National is not our Future events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa ... More >>

EPA grants marine consent for OMV exploration well

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:11 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority has granted a marine consent to OMV New Zealand Ltd for its Whio-1 exploration well in the Taranaki Basin. More >>

First anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria

Friday, 29 August 2014, 11:39 am | Syrian Solidarity NZ

Members of the Syrian Community and friends are commemorating the first anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria, in Aotea Square on Saturday 30 August 2014, between 11-3 pm. The Assad regimes chemical attacks on al Ghouta were responsible ... More >>

Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa

Friday, 29 August 2014, 11:30 am | Pacific Collective

Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special relationship between Samoa ... More >>

Submissions sought on mosquito repellent

Friday, 29 August 2014, 11:27 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family. More >>

Spot the difference - the leaders debate

Friday, 29 August 2014, 9:54 am | ACT New Zealand

I watched the Leaders' debate last night and was struck by the fact that John Key accepted all of David Cunliffe's basic assumptions. For example, he did not say that the government should not tell farmers who they could sell their land to; he said ... More >>

Colin Craig’s tax figures do not add up and are dishonest

Friday, 29 August 2014, 9:50 am | ACT New Zealand

“Colin Craig’s tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The Conservative tax promises are ... More >>

Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support

Friday, 29 August 2014, 9:19 am | Fairfax Media

Media Release – For Immediate Release Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support Support for National has dropped by 4.3% to 50.8%, the latest stuff.co.nz / Ipsos political poll shows. More >>

Labour’s environment policy welcomed

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 5:21 pm | Forest And Bird

The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says that overall the Labour Party’s newly released environment policy would go a long way towards protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage. More >>

National: Not our Future Marches across New Zealand

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 4:54 pm | Joe Carolan

Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National's ... More >>

Tune in to tonight’s debate from 7pm

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 4:44 pm | New Zealand National Party

The countdown is on! You can watch the first leader’s debate for 2014 tonight, 7pm, on TV One . More >>

Gamblefree Day 1 September

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 3:54 pm | Problem Gambling Foundation

It's Gamblefree Day this Monday 1 September, the national awareness day for problem gambling in New Zealand. While traditionally celebrated on the first day of September, many events and activities are held both before and after this day to raise awareness ... More >>

Success through captioning should be a given as a Right

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 3:46 pm | Olivia Young

Success through captioning should be a given as a Right per the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities More >>

Alcohol Marketing Committee Questions Government's Motives

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 3:17 pm | Alcohol Action NZ

An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS). More >>

How Much Higher Can Auckland Prices Go?

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 2:34 pm | PrimeTime

National's plan to liberalise the use of Kiwisaver funds and its proposal to raise ts cheap "Welcome Home" loan thresholds to help buyers purchase a new home has been welcomed by home building companies but attacked as a "welfare scheme for property ... More >>

OPC submission period extended

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 2:34 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

We have extended the submission period for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides (APP202142). More >>

Vinay Deobhakta struck off roll of barristers and solicitors

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 2:09 pm | New Zealand Law Society

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered former Tauranga lawyer Vinay Deobhakta to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors. More >>

Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 2:03 pm | Climate Voter Initiative

New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3. More >>

Family violence… too big to be ignored

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 1:13 pm | Annah Stretton

As Annah Stretton gears up for her New Zealand Fashion Week show on Thursday she is utilizing her spotlight to help change the face of family violence in this country saying “the problem is far too big to ignore”. More >>

Candidate’s SOS to northern Maori voters: Save our seats!

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 12:35 pm | The Maori Party

(Extract from address by Rev Te Hira Paenga to Kura Hourua Maori Political Leaders hui, in Whangarei this evening). More >>

Mary O’Neill to Stand for the Alliance in Napier

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Alliance Party

The Alliance Party has confirmed Mary O’Neill as the Alliance candidate in the Napier Electorate for the 2014 election. More >>

TONIGHT [28/8/14]: The Great Political Comedy Debate

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 12:22 pm | Bats Theatre

It's a night for debating. You could stay home frowning at tonight's Leaders debate, or laugh it up with us at BATS! More >>

Cunliffe against personal responsibility over billboards

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 11:52 am | Conservative Party

The accusation by David Cunliffe that the Conservative Party is subscribing to a surveillance society by protecting its billboards via the use of motion sensor cameras reveals an anti-personal responsibility position by the about-to-be-retired Leader ... More >>

Groundbreaking health and climate conference

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 11:46 am | New Zealand Climate and Health Council

The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its first conference on climate change and health at its headquarters in Geneva this week, with New Zealand health experts in attendance. More >>

Te Tai Tokerau Party

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 11:42 am | Te Tai Tokerau Party

Last night at the Leadership Academy of Company A debate Clinton Dearlove announced the creation of a new political party supported by Whanau and Hapu. More >>

Significant fallout from Dirty Politics allegations

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 11:18 am | Horizon Research Limited

Dirty politics ... costing National up to 3.8% of its pre-publication support Large numbers of New Zealanders are aware of and talking about the issues raised as a result of the publication of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, according to results ... More >>

Colin Craig is "deluded and dangerous" - Act

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 10:48 am | ACT New Zealand

“Colin Craig is proposing a radical transformation of our constitution. The Conservatives are proposing to overthrow of one hundred and fifty odd years of parliamentary democracy and replace it with binding referenda” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte. More >>

WoF law will evict the poor and students from their houses

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 10:45 am | ACT New Zealand

The Green warrant of fitness law will evict the poor and students from their houses, if they’re lucky enough to find a place to rent in the first place More >>

Police response to IPCA report on 'out of control' parties

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 10:30 am | New Zealand Police

Police accept today's Independent Police Conduct Authority report recommendations regarding the handling of 'out of control' parties and has already improved its policies and practices for managing these complex and sometimes violent situations. More >>

 

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