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Parliament dismisses doctors, Hospices after farcical debate

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:16 am | Euthanasia Free NZ

Euthanasia-Free NZ is appalled that Parliament spent so little time debating Part 2 of the End of Life Choice Bill and voted to leave it full of holes. More >>

Government must shut down Phil Goff’s attack on local Gov

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 5:12 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Jordan Williams, a spokesman for the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance and its nationwide sister group the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Mayor Phil Goff for his comments today that John Tamihere would need the Government’s support to ... More >>

Feds’ message to the government on water quality

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 4:33 pm | Federated Farmers

A ‘one size fits all’, inflexible and punitive regulatory regime for water quality just gets backs - and costs - up and most importantly will not work, Federated Farmers says. More >>

Secondary principals to vote on offer

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 3:34 pm | PPTA

Mediation yesterday between secondary principals and the government has resulted in a deal that the principals' negotiating team is recommending to its members. More >>

Bill to open bars to World Rugby Cup viewers welcomed

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 3:21 pm | Clubs New Zealand

Clubs New Zealand welcomes the decision of Justice Minister Andrew Little to put forward a bill amending the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act to allow all licensed premises to remain open for Rugby World Cup matches. More >>

Dental Association backs government review on sugar labels

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 3:17 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has ordered a review looking at labelling of added sugars in food and drinks. An option under investigation is ‘a pictorial approach applied to sugary beverages / sugar-sweetened beverages’ ... More >>

Government must take the handbrakes off, deliver equal pay

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 3:11 pm | Public Service Association

Labour market data released by Statistics New Zealand today indicates that a gender pay gap persists in New Zealand, despite improvement in some areas. More >>

I Will Never Vote To Poison You

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 2:25 pm | Stop Trashing Our Planet

In the midst of the 6th Great Extinction Event the coalition, STOP Trashing Our Planet is urging voters to take full responsibility for the legacy we are leaving our children. More >>

Sunsonics Solar Tour Goes To Parliament

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 1:48 pm | Sunsonics

In support of Ollie Langridge on his 100th day outside Parliament asking for a 'Climate Emergency Declaration'. More >>

Wellington Electricity Network should be in NZ ownership

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 12:57 pm | Social Credit

Social Credit is calling for the Wellington electricity network to be returned to New Zealand ownership. More >>

Tamihere’s fuel tax promise will require waste cuts

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 12:35 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Tamihere’s fuel tax promise will require waste cuts 21 AUGUST 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More >>

LGNZ welcomes a fresh look on urban development policy

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 12:14 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ will carefully consider the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) to assess if it meets the Government’s aim of enabling urban development or simply adds more red tape to the planning process. More >>

Gender Pay Imbalance - call for PM to take action

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 12:05 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Statistics out today from the Government show that the gender wage imbalance, or gap, in the average wage is 11.9%, a strong 2 percentage point improvement from 13.9% last year. The gender pay imbalance in the median wage is 9.3%. More >>

Auckland contenders go head to head

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 11:44 am | New Zealand Media and Entertainment

Newstalk ZB Drive host and Herald on Sunday columnist Heather du Plessis-Allan is taking on the challenge of keeping 2019 Auckland Mayoral contenders Phil Goff and John Tamihere in line and on point in tonight’s live NZ Herald Newstalk ZB debate. More >>

NZTA CEO office deny OIA request to affected residents

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 11:25 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

After twenty years Napier residents have endured heavy sleep and health disruptive noise and air pollution from freight trucks gridlock operations to and from the Napier port and other regions. More >>

Strong Infrastructure Commission has tough task

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 10:05 am | Employers And Manufacturers Association

The EMA says much is riding on the board and chief executive of the new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) announced by Infrastructure Minister Hon Shane Jones today, with a difficult task ahead to deliver on its purpose. More >>

Public servants deserve a safe working environment

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 9:57 am | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association welcomes the introduction of workplace standards by the State Services Commission that make it clear public services should expect positive and safe workplaces. More >>

Financial services and community join forces

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 9:16 am | FinCap

The Financial Services Federation (FSF) - the voice of responsible lenders and leasing companies - and FinCap - working with consumers facing financial hardship - are signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this Thursday 22 August in Auckland. It will ... More >>

The Public Transport Debate in Christchurch Needs An MRI

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 8:28 am | Anthony Rimell

That’s the vision of Anthony Rimell, Chair of the Christchurch Tenants’ Protection Association, and Riccarton Ward City Council Candidate. More >>

Lawyers support amendments to ELOC Bill

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 4:58 pm | Botica

Wellington, 20 August 2019 — Lawyers for Vulnerable New Zealanders (LVNZ) has lent its support to the amendments proposed by MP Chris Penk to better protect vulnerable people from being coerced to end their lives under the End of Life Choice Bill, currently ... More >>

Independent Parliamentary Budget Office is a victory

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 4:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government’s decision to establish and independent Parliamentary Budget Office, outside of Treasury, is a taxpayer victory and will improve democracy, says the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union . Taxpayers' Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “It's ... More >>

Advice on clean car scheme is seriously flawed

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:46 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that the cost-benefit analysis prepared by Ministry of Transport and used to advise Ministers on the Government’s Clean Car Standard and ‘Feebate’ policies has serious flaws which undermine justifications for the ... More >>

Real prison justice requires more than punishment

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:24 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes new proposals for prison reform put forward by the Minister of Corrections and non-government organisations recently. More >>

Racism is alive and well in NZ

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:20 pm | Maori Council

The New Zealand Maori Council has called on the nation to address all forms of racism and not to shy away from an honest conversation about where it’s taking hold. The call comes after the Nelson Club decided to keep a member after his comments became ... More >>

NZ Initiative praises Government for fiscal watchdog

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:18 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (20 August 2019): The New Zealand Initiative enthusiastically welcomes the Coalition Government’s announcement of an Independent Parliamentary Budget Office. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw ... More >>

Doctors are not in a position to detect euthanasia coercion

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 2:31 pm | Doctors Say No

Drs Say No agree with Chris Penk’s amendment to protect vulnerable patients from coercion, although the organisation still maintains that no safe euthanasia legislation can ever be drafted and continues to urge MPs to defeat the End of Life Choice Bill. More >>

Unintended consequences for prisoners

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 2:25 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says the Northland Regional Corrections Facility is persisting with policies that are preventing it from achieving its full potential. More >>

Kiwis oppose implications of euthanasia process

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 2:23 pm | Euthanasia Free NZ

Euthanasia-Free NZ urge MPs to consider concerns relevant to tomorrow’s debate on Part 2 of the End of Life Choice Bill . More >>

Clarification on Queenstown update

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 1:41 pm | New Zealand Police

A 20-year-old Otago man detained by Police when entering Australia yesterday evening did not have a warrant to arrest when he left New Zealand. More >>

Second National Māori Hui Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 12:02 pm | Whanau Ora

The second national hui in the Māori-led Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki concluded yesterday ahead of schedule after a capacity audience formally ratified the terms of reference that determines the scope and purpose of the independent investigation ... More >>

BSA releases decisions on coverage of mosque attacks

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:48 am | Broadcasting Standards Authority

The Authority has today released decisions on four complaints about New Zealand broadcast coverage of the 15 March 2019 mosque attacks. More >>

Ministry response to NZEI Te Riu Roa Ballot Result

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:42 am | Ministry of Education

The Ministry is pleased that primary principals have voted to settle their collective agreement out to 25 August 2022. More >>

Don’t gamble with last 60 Māui dolphins

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:38 am | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says WWF-NZ's plan for protecting Māui dolphins is based on testing unproven methods on a species that is almost extinct, and is urging the Government to reject the proposal. More >>

Primary and intermediate principals vote to accept new offer

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:33 am | NZEI

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More >>

Police repeatedly broke the law while investigating RawShark

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:24 am | Nicky Hager

Nicky Hager welcomes today’s Independent Police Conduct Authority report upholding a complaint by the Green Party. More >>

Police response to IPCA findings

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:20 am | New Zealand Police

Police acknowledge the findings of the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) report into the 2014 search of a property belonging to Nicky Hager. More >>

Breach of 'journalistic privilege' during unlawful search

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:18 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer. Police policy at the ... More >>

Sanford’s Māui plan labelled ineffective

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 9:33 am | Greenpeace

Tuesday, August 20: Greenpeace has labeled an overnight announcement by fishing company Sanford as a danger to Māui and Hector’s dolphins, and is calling on the Government to reject the ‘Sanford Plan’ immediately. More >>

Sanford gambit a bid to protect profits, not dolphins

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 9:29 am | World Animal Protection

World Animal Protection describes an overnight announcement (19 August, embargoed until 6am 20 August), by fishing company Sanford as a cynical move to undermine growing support for full habitat protection for Māui and Hector’s dolphins. They called ... More >>

Government deserves blame on petrol prices too

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 9:17 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

When the combined tax on fuel hits over 50 percent in some parts of the country, it is hypocritical for the Government to blame corporates, says the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union . More >>

MPs urged not confuse suicide with assisted dying

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:52 am | TaylorMade Training and Consulting

A leading expert in suicide prevention has urged MPs not to confuse suicide with assisted dying as they consider the second reading of the End of Life Choice Bill. More >>

Building up the Bureaucracy undermines Whanau Ora

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:44 am | The Maori Party

Over the weekend Māoridom arrived in the Waikato for the annual Koroneihana Celebrations. Yesterday almost 300 attended a Hui in Hamilton to continue the Oranga Tamariki Review led by an independent Māori panel to coincide with the Koroneihana. The Hui confirmed ... More >>

More than 350 banned firearms: compensation costs will rise

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:33 am | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The Council of Licenced Firearm Owners (COLFO) says the newly issued ‘price list’ for compensation of banned firearms reveals that haste in preparing the ban has led to an underestimation of the number of affected firearms and their value. More >>

Q+A: Minister Kelvin Davis interviewed by Jack Tame

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:21 am | TVNZ

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has admitted parts of the prison system are “extremely racist” and says that’s why the Government is asking Māori to work with it to make changes. More >>

Ongoing drug-test sanctions contradicts Govt’s rhetoric

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:06 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Ongoing drug-test sanctions contradicts Government’s rhetoric on drugs Reports that two-thirds of beneficiaries who fail drug tests are still having their benefit sanctioned contradicts the Government’s so-called health approach to drugs. Auckland ... More >>

New homelessness measures a positive step forward

Monday, 19 August 2019, 2:23 pm | Housing First Auckland

An Auckland Homelessness Collective is optimistic extra government support for sustaining tenancies signals a commitment to a multi-pronged approach to tackling homelessness. More >>

ONE SUMMIT returns with six days of events

Monday, 19 August 2019, 2:18 pm | One New Zealand Foundation

Wanaka-based trust ONE New Zealand will be hosting six days of talks, workshops and hands-on activities with local and national experts to educate, inspire and enable grassroots action towards a sustainable future. More >>

Politics in Full Sentences – 19 August 2019

Monday, 19 August 2019, 2:02 pm | ACT New Zealand

In last week’s episode of Politics in Full Sentences, David, Brooke and Ruwan discussed why Jacinda Ardern has been lecturing our friends overseas, why Andrew Little called ACT's three strikes law “fascism”, whether he will give prisoners the right to ... More >>

Common Sense needed in Corrections approach

Monday, 19 August 2019, 1:46 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“Community safety must be the paramount consideration when releasing an offender, and the only way for that to be achieved is for the offender to acknowledge their crimes.” More >>

Little progress in distributed clinical leadership

Monday, 19 August 2019, 12:53 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“District Health Boards are failing to foster a culture of distributed clinical leadership, despite its demonstrated benefits to the sector,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

More than a bit rich for Goff to talk about honesty

Monday, 19 August 2019, 11:26 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Ratepayers around Auckland were spitting out their morning coffees listening to Phil Goff’s incredible claims on breakfast radio today that this election is about ‘honesty’ and that Aucklanders can trust him on his promises. Auckland Ratepayers’ ... More >>

New Corrections plan for Māori “repeat of failed policies"

Monday, 19 August 2019, 10:05 am | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

The Hōkai Rangi plan for reducing Māori reoffending announced today fails to fulfil the Waitangi Tribunal’s recommendations, says justice organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa. Minister Kelvin Davis announced the plan this morning, which aims ... More >>

Waatea Livestreams Second Historic Māori Hui

Monday, 19 August 2019, 9:18 am | Waatea News

Waatea News at the invitation of the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency will exclusively broadcast the next Māori-led Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki starting today at 1pm. More >>

Government support for homeless a welcome step

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:39 am | Public Service Association

Staff at the Ministry of Social Development say they are enthusiastic about the government’s $54 million investment in housing the homeless, with many describing it as a welcome change. More >>

Exposed: ANZ sponsors of fossil fuel lobby group?

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:37 am | 350 Aotearoa

Today posters have gone up outside ANZ branches across New Zealand to expose ANZ’s sponsorship of an exclusive oil industry group, ‘The Petroleum Club’. The satirical posters play on ANZ’s recent ad campaigns, replacing the banks’ tagline ‘healthy ... More >>

2019 Toitū Hauora Māori Leadership Summit

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:32 am | Toitu Hauora

Te Rau Ora will host their annual Toitū Hauora Māori Leadership Summit at Te Papa in Wellington on the 21st and 22nd of August 2019. More >>

‘Road to Zero’ Values New Zealand Lives

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:27 am | TRAFINZ

Imagine a country where children look forward to walking or cycling to school, parents arrive home safely, and the journeys we take for work or pleasure do more than leave us alive or uninjured, they also improve our lives. This is happening now in countries ... More >>

Children’s Commissioner calls on government to consult

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 6:48 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

30 years of child rights: Children’s Commissioner calls on government to consult with children and young people More >>

Call For Inquiry Into Southern Response

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 6:47 pm | Ali Jones

A light must be shone into every crack and crevice of government-owned Southern Response. More >>

Race to save Māui dolphins to land on Parliament steps

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 3:25 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Sunday, 18 August, 2019 - Environmental groups and well known New Zealanders are preparing to deliver a 55,000 strong petition to the steps of Parliament tomorrow, calling on the Government to protect the world’s smallest dolphin. More >>




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