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Hackathon focus on restricted licence drivers skills

Sunday, 18 March 2018, 6:12 pm | NZTA

A concept to improve the driving skills of 15 to 19 year olds has won the NZ Transport Agency’s first ever Hackathon. More >>

Q+A: Rodney Jones interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 18 March 2018, 1:36 pm | TVNZ

Kiwi in Beijing says New Zealand needs a rethink on doing business with China Beijing-based economist Rodney Jones told Corin Dann on TVNZ’s Q+A programme that China was changing and New Zealand’s approach with the global super power was no longer the right ... More >>

Q+A: James Shaw interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 18 March 2018, 1:29 pm | TVNZ

Green Party leader admits move to gift parliamentary questions seems a bit ‘weird’ James Shaw told Corin Dann on TVNZ’s Q+A programme this morning his party would gift its so-called ‘patsy’ questions to opposition parties as a way of holding ... More >>

Q+A: Jacinda Ardern interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 18 March 2018, 1:19 pm | TVNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is unsure when free trade talks with Russia will resume The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Corin Dann on TVNZ’s Q+A this morning that a nerve agent attack in the UK this month had “changed everything” in terms of ... More >>

Will Fightback Continue? You Decide!

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 6:50 pm | Fightback

Since 2012, Fightback has produced media for the socialist and radical Left in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Our work has alsoreached outside this country; some of our material has been translated into other languages , and republished as far afield as Austria and ... More >>

Gareth Morgan Answers Public Call to Give His NZ Super Away

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 12:08 pm | Dr Gareth Morgan

Philanthropist and Opportunities Party Founder Gareth Morgan is pledging his taxpayer- funded superannuation to charity after asking the public what he should do with it. More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Jacinda Ardern

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 11:42 am | The Nation

Jacinda Ardern: Our focus in the immediate aftermath of, of course, has been making sure that we put the right mechanisms in place, but, yes, we absolutely accept mistakes have been made and from a range of different people involved. But, look, if everyone ... More >>

Indonesian President Widodo: PM must address West Papua

Friday, 16 March 2018, 8:36 pm | West Papua Action Auckland

Visit of Indonesian President Widodo: Prime Minister Ardern must address West Papua human rights crimes More >>

Limiting freedom of expression

Friday, 16 March 2018, 4:20 pm | University of Auckland

A panel of academics and students will be joined by an international human rights lawyer to discuss the implications for society of placing limits on freedom of expression. More >>

Green bonds only part of the solution

Friday, 16 March 2018, 4:12 pm | Simpson Grierson

Simpson Grierson partner Simon Vannini sees Auckland Council’s recent move to establish a green bond framework as positive but only part of the overall solution to fund new infrastructure. More >>

Child Abuse Must Stop And So Must the Right to Silence

Friday, 16 March 2018, 3:54 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“The question must be asked, what are we actually doing to reduce the violent abuse of our children in New Zealand?” says Scott Guthrie, the Sensible Sentencing Trust National Spokesperson on Child Abuse. More >>

Loyalty no excuse in child abuse

Friday, 16 March 2018, 3:26 pm | Child Matters

Every adult who is part of a child's life needs to take responsibility for the wellbeing and safety of that child, according to child advocacy group Child Matters. More >>

Making value capture financing work for NZ

Friday, 16 March 2018, 3:23 pm | Simpson Grierson

Simpson Grierson is encouraged that the Government is open to moving beyond traditional funding sources and structures to pay for infrastructure projects – including consideration of value capture funding models. More >>

Southern Response inquiry details announced

Friday, 16 March 2018, 2:04 pm | State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today announced the appointment of Doug Martin to investigate whether a government agency and one of its contractors may have breached the State Services Standards of Integrity and Conduct. More >>

Vestas 11th Hour Racing Meets World Renowned Orca Researcher

Friday, 16 March 2018, 2:01 pm | Vestas 11th Hour Racing

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (March 16, 2018) Ahead of the start of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race from New Zealand to Brazil, Vestas 11th Hour Racing team members gathered at the Weiti River, just outside Auckland, to spend the morning exploring the estuary ... More >>

Bat Conservation Group Pushes for Better Protection

Friday, 16 March 2018, 11:20 am | NZ Bat Conservation Network

A group of bat conservationists are banding together to save New Zealand’s endangered native bat species. Recently, bat ecologists and educators from all over the country came together at the 5th New Zealand Bat Conference in Taranaki, to discuss the management ... More >>

“Mangrove Destruction” Bill is a license to bulldoze

Friday, 16 March 2018, 11:08 am | Forest and Bird

A proposed law that would give two district councils the right to destroy coastal mangrove forests has met strong opposition from Forest & Bird, who say the Mangrove Management Bill is really a license for the two councils to destroy native habitats. More >>

Right To Silence Rules Hiding Abusers, Call For Review

Friday, 16 March 2018, 9:26 am | Family First

Family First NZ is repeating its call for a review of ‘right to silence’ laws which is effectively hindering investigations into child abuse. Family First has previously made this plea as a result of the Coroner’s report into the death of ... More >>

Govt inquiry into spy agency should include MBIE

Friday, 16 March 2018, 9:23 am | Greenpeace

Friday, March 16: Greenpeace has asked the State Services Commission to expand its investigation into the use of Thompson and Clark by a government agency to include Ministry for Business, Innovation & Employment, after OIA requests revealed the ... More >>

Jobs and wealth for Māori in regions from MSD

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 6:57 pm | Ministry of Social Development

Māori whānau in areas where jobs are more scarce will benefit from a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Miro Limited Partnership, a Māori-owned berry fruit company. More >>

Bring back the old Ron Mark!

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 5:24 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Ron Mark’s use of NH90 helicopters for his home commute is stunning in light of previous comments that the aircraft in question are ‘unreliable money guzzlers’, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke ... More >>

Law Society supports legislation to clear complaints backlog

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 4:28 pm | New Zealand Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society has welcomed legislation to give the Legal Complaints Review Office new powers that will assist in clearing a backlog of complaints involving lawyers. More >>

Lyttelton port strike action to proceed from next Tuesday

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 3:26 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Mediation between the the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) and Lyttelton Port was unsuccessful today due to employer intransigence and the workers will reluctantly resume strike action from midnight Tuesday 20 March. More >>

Treasury corrects coding error in child-poverty projections

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 3:13 pm | New Zealand Treasury

The Treasury has revised the child-poverty projections it provided to the Government in December 2017. More >>

Students rally to call out sexual violence in the workplace

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 3:02 pm | VUWSA

Students rally to call out sexual violence in the workplace and demand firms do better More >>

Largest petition in five years handed in to Parliament

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 2:37 pm | SAFE

Over 100,000 people – and a live pig - ask for pigs to be protected from cruelty. More >>

Taxpayers' Union welcomes service stations' call for vaping

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The fact service stations have now joined calls to legalise nicotine e-cigarettes shows how much harm current tobacco policies are causing, says the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union. More >>

Seymour’s Shameful attempt to Discredit Submissions Opposed

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 1:20 pm | Right To Life

David Seymour’s Shameful attempt to Discredit Submissions Opposed to His bill David Seymour claims that submissions opposing his bill are the result of a campaign of “Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt” from an anti –assisted dying lobby spouting ... More >>

Police Right To Investigate Promotion & Enabling of Suicide

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 12:51 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says police are absolutely correct to be investigating, shutting down and prosecuting the promotion of suicide in New Zealand, and especially the operations of Philip Nitschke. More >>

Operation Painter: Findings in privacy investigation

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 12:29 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says a Police checkpoint in 2016 unlawfully and unfairly collected personal information, harming some of the people affected. More >>

The End-of-Life Choice Society wants an apology from police

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 12:12 pm | End of Life Choice Society

The End-of-Life Choice Society wants an apology from the police for an illegal roadside checkpoint and assurances that its campaign for a law change will not be targeted with unwarranted surveillance and intervention, its President Maryan Street said ... More >>

INZ strengthening verification processes against fraud

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 12:09 pm | Immigration NZ

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is boosting its risk and verification processes in the ongoing battle against visa fraud. More >>

Police response to IPCA report

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 12:02 pm | New Zealand Police

Police accept the findings of the Independent Police Conduct Authority report into the use of a vehicle checkpoint in Lower Hutt on 2 October 2016. More >>

Complaint about the Police use of vehicle checkpoint

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 11:59 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were not justified in stopping vehicles at a vehicle checkpoint to identify individuals who had attended an “Exit International” meeting in Lower Hutt on 2 October 2016. More >>

Victory for Hamilton ratepayers as name-change bid collapses

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 11:53 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union this morning delivered a petition to Hamilton City Council and Mayor Andrew King urging against wasting ratepayer money on a non-essential name change. The petition statement reads: I oppose the use of ratepayer resources ... More >>

GDP rises on strength in services

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 10:56 am | Statistics New Zealand

The economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), grew 0.6 percent in the December 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Growth was driven by increases in the service industries but was tempered by falls in the primary sector. More >>

Palestine, Politics, Performance and the BDS!

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 10:32 am | Palestine Solidarity Network

Huwaida Arraf is an international human rights lawyer and founding member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) while living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. At the ISM, she has participated in the training of thousands of volunteers ... More >>

Largest petition in five years to be handed in to Parliament

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 9:57 am | SAFE

112,844 people have signed SAFE’s petition to ban the use of cruel farrowing crates, believed to be the largest petition to be handed in to Parliament in five years. The petition will be delivered to Green MP and spokesperson for animal welfare Gareth ... More >>

Priority issues for disabled New Zealanders welcomed

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 9:49 am | Human Rights Commission

Priority issues for disabled New Zealanders welcomed by Disability Rights Commissioner The List of Issues about New Zealand’s compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been welcomed by the Human Rights ... More >>

Celebrities sign letter urging PM to end oil exploration

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 9:48 am | Greenpeace

Thursday, March 15: Dame Jane Campion and the 2017 New Zealander of the Year, Taika Waititi, are the latest in a long line of leading New Zealanders to sign an open letter urging Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern end oil and gas exploration. More >>

Digital Transformation to Contribute US$7 Billion to NZ GDP

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 9:41 am | Microsoft New Zealand

• IDC study commissioned by Microsoft predicts that approximately 55% of New Zealand’s GDP will be derived from digital products or services by 2021 More >>

Assessment of money laundering and terrorism financing risks

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 9:18 am | New Zealand Police

This week the New Zealand Police Financial Intelligence Unit (the FIU) published an updated assessment of the money laundering and terrorism financing risks that the country faces, called the National Risk Assessment. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Labour's Summer Camp Goings-on

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 9:09 am | Peter Dunne

It is funny how it is often unexpected things that trip us up. Prime Minister Adern will surely be reflecting on that after the success of her Pacific Mission was pushed firmly into the background by Labour's summer camp revelations. Instead of not unreasonably ... More >>

Union agrees to extending withdrawal of strike notices

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 4:40 pm | Lyttelton Port Company

LPC is pleased that the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) has this afternoon agreed to the Company’s request to extend the withdrawal of strike notices through to Tuesday 20 March. More >>

Progressive company tax would be a nightmare

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 3:50 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is alarmed that the Tax Working Group is floating a progressive company tax. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Sir Michael Cullen has floated opening the same loophole that Australia ... More >>

Debt is bigger obstacle to home ownership than supply

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 3:41 pm | LoanPlan Mortgages and Finance

Debt is a bigger obstacle to first home ownership than housing supply Getting rid of debt should be a greater priority than saving for a house deposit, says longstanding Auckland mortgage adviser Christine Lockie. The director of LoanPlan Limited , Ms ... More >>

Your chance to decide what’s fair - Tax Working Group

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 2:02 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard says participation by working people and users of public services is vital for a fair outcome in the Government’s Tax Working Group consultation process . "People in paid work make up a huge proportion ... More >>

Shamefully short deadline for scrutiny of CPTPP

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 1:41 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The absurdly short deadline for submissions on an international trade deal with far-reaching implications for health delivery in New Zealand shows the Government is not serious about scrutinising the deal properly,” says Ian Powell, Executive ... More >>

LPC asks Union to extend withdrawal of strike notices

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 12:17 pm | Lyttelton Port Company

LPC has asked the Rail and Transport Union (RMTU) to extend the withdrawal of its strike notices through to Tuesday 20 March. More >>

‘March For Māui’ this Sunday highlights Government failure

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 11:20 am | Maui and Hector's Dolphin Defenders

A ‘March for Māui’ and Hector’s dolphins this Sunday from Silo Park, Auckland, will highlight government inaction and failure to protect endemic dolphins and other species from the indiscriminate and wasteful impacts of trawling. More >>

Current account deficit widens to $2.0 billion

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 11:16 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand's seasonally adjusted current account deficit widened to $2.0 billion in the December 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today. The $407 million increase in the deficit was mainly driven by New Zealand importing aircraft and other transport equipment, ... More >>

Unionists calls for intervention from Auckland Transport

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 11:15 am | FIRST Union

An international union leader is calling on Auckland Transport (AT) to review its’ operating model and engage in talks with unions to avoid a pending dispute. More >>

Council has reserves to meet emergencies

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 11:06 am | Marlborough District Council

Marlborough residents can be assured that Council has structured its reserve funds in a way that will ensure it is in a strong position to meet future emergencies, says Councillor Mark Peters. More >>

10 year plan out for feedback

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 11:03 am | Dunedin City Council

The Dunedin City Council is keen for feedback on ideas to keep Dunedin moving ahead. More >>

Community support for a GE-free New Plymouth

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 10:59 am | The Soil and Health Association of NZ

The Soil & Health Association is encouraging the New Plymouth District Council to adopt precautionary provisions in the New Plymouth District Plan for any genetically engineered (genetically modified) organisms that may be trialled or used commercially. More >>

Dean - Petition for improved maternity services in Wanaka

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 10:46 am | Jacqui Dean

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says she will support Wanaka mothers as they petition Parliament for improved midwife services in the area. More >>

Plain cigarette packaging has arrived in New Zealand

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 10:41 am | Hapai Te Hauora

From today New Zealand legislation prevents the tobacco industry from using branding on their cigarette packaging. This marks the first day of a 12 week ‘wash out’ period in cleansing the market of existing stock and introducing plain packaging. ... More >>

Lyttelton port workers to picket meeting of Board

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 10:24 am | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Workers employed by Lyttelton Port Company are calling on the Christchurch City Council’s holding company to step in and resolve the ongoing dispute. More >>

Freedom camping: Community input and funding options needed

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 10:15 am | Local Government NZ

Community input and funding options needed to address freedom camping issues A working party led by local and central government on freedom camping is a positive step towards finding solutions for a complex problem, Local Government New Zealand. A working ... More >>

Review of national parks general policy put on hold

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 10:12 am | NZ Conservation Authority

The New Zealand Conservation Authority has decided to put its proposed review of the general policy for National Parks on hold for the time being to focus on providing support and advice on the conservation priorities of the new Government. More >>




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