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NZAC urges Government to prioritise youth mental health

Friday, 9 December 2016, 9:19 pm | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

News release: NZAC urges Government to prioritise youth mental health Youth mental health should be the Government’s priority in light of Youthline Wellington’s cries for help, says NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC) president, Bev Weber. The ... More >>

Mayor Dave Cull appointed LGNZ Vice President

Friday, 9 December 2016, 4:58 pm | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Friday, 9 December 2016) – Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull has been appointed Vice President of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ). More >>

Anadarko the latest company to cull search for oil in NZ

Friday, 9 December 2016, 3:56 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Friday, December 9: Texan oil giant Anadarko is the latest to join the growing list of companies to scale back or completely quit their search for oil in New Zealand. More >>

Investigation is proof WINZ’s toxic culture is lethal

Friday, 9 December 2016, 3:48 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Ministry of Social Development are being accused in an investigation into the death of Wendy Shoebridge for having monthly quotas to prosecute beneficiaries for benefit fraud. More >>

South African Court invalidates case cited by Seales

Friday, 9 December 2016, 2:23 pm | Euthanasia Free NZ

The Supreme Court of Appeal overturned a high court decision to grant a terminally ill man legal “medically assisted dying”. More >>

Organisational designs for MSD & Oranga Tamariki released

Friday, 9 December 2016, 2:20 pm | Public Service Association

The PSA has received the new organisational designs for the Future Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki. More >>

MCANZ Press release on Green Party Policy

Friday, 9 December 2016, 1:44 pm | MCANZ

Today the Greens have unveiled a comprehensive set of initiatives around the politically fraught policy area of drug law and reform, showing Moral courage on the issue of Medical Cannabis that has been lacking in parliament. More >>

Best environment for tax cuts in a generation

Friday, 9 December 2016, 1:07 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

"If the National Party-led Government fails to deliver meaningful tax cuts in Budget 2017, it is unlikely it ever will,” says Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union reacting to yesterday’s Half Yearly Budget Policy Statement. More >>

Today is Anti-corruption Day

Friday, 9 December 2016, 1:03 pm | Transparency International NZ

Friday 9 December marks International Anti-Corruption Day. This was established after the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in October 2003 and came into being because of the UN's concerns over the huge dangers corruption poses ... More >>

Bill English offered chance to stand with Pike

Friday, 9 December 2016, 12:33 pm | Stand With Pike

Pike River families congratulate Bill English on becoming Prime Minister of New Zealand, and have requested a meeting with him to discuss their new plan for re-entry of the mine’s drift. More >>

Margaret Harkema welcomes TV3 apology

Friday, 9 December 2016, 12:04 pm | Margaret Harkema

Hastings horse and dog breeder Margaret Harkema welcomes the broadcast of a fulsome apology to her by TV3 last night. More >>

Soda Tax Claims Post-Truth Virtue Signalling

Friday, 9 December 2016, 11:32 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling out those who are pushing for the implementation of a sugary drink tax as a ‘post-truth virtue signalling’ citing evidence that many of the claims being made about sugar taxes are demonstrably wrong. More >>

Trial finds behaviour to be corrupt

Friday, 9 December 2016, 11:08 am | Serious Fraud Office

A Serious Fraud Office (SFO) trial of two men on corruption and bribery and fraud charges has reached a verdict in the Auckland High Court today. More >>

New Zealand’s refugee quota misses humanitarian mark

Friday, 9 December 2016, 10:58 am | University of Waikato

New Zealand’s quota refugee policies are falling short, according to a Waikato University masters student. More >>

National Advisory: Potential Tsunami Threat CANCELLED

Friday, 9 December 2016, 8:42 am | Auckland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

Issued 08:30 9 December 2017 The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has cancelled the Tsunami Potential Threat advisory issued eralier this morning. More >>

Hardworking Kiwis need better public services, not neglect

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 5:35 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“The current Government’s priorities for next year’s Budget say nothing about improving public services, yet deteriorating public services hurt working people as much as a pay cut,” says CTU Economist, Bill Rosenberg. More >>

Savvy sniffers boost protection at NZ border and prisons

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 5:19 pm | Department Of Corrections

Today five Corrections, five Customs, and three Aviation Security Detector Dogs graduated in a ceremony at the Police Dog Training Centre in Trentham, Wellington. More >>

Corrections releases Crimes of Torture Act reports

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 3:28 pm | Department Of Corrections

Corrections releases COTA reports To be attributed to Chief Custodial Officer Neil Beales: The United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture establishes an international inspection system for places of detention. The Ombudsmen has responsibility ... More >>

Train Collision Reports: Melling and Raurimu

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:09 pm | Transport Accident Investigation Commission

Attached are the executive summaries of the two accident reports released by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission this morning. The full reports are on the home page at More >>

Exemplary Young Leader Named NZDF’s Person of the Year

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:05 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

A New Zealand Army chef setting high standards for all those around her has been named the 2016 New Zealand Defence Force Person of the Year. More >>

New Plymouth Man Wins NZDF Innovation of the Year Award

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Major Stuart Tylee has won the New Zealand Defence Force Innovation of the Year award for implementing an acoustic/electronic target system for New Zealand Army small-arms training. More >>

Cantabrian Named NZDF Volunteer of the Year

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:02 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Major Chris Allan has won the New Zealand Defence Force Volunteer of the Year award for his work empowering the youth of Christchurch and assisting with aid projects in Vanuatu. More >>

Review of Retirement Income Policies: Toys Talk Retirement

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:56 pm | Commission for Financial Capability

We promised we were going to do things differently with our 2016 Review of Retirement Income Policies and we don’t like to disappoint. More >>

SSC apologises to Derek Leask and Nigel Fyfe

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:46 am | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi welcomes the apology by the State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes to Derek Leask and Nigel Fyfe. More >>

SSC apologises to Derek Leask and Nigel Fyfe

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:44 am | State Services Commission

I have today apologised to Mr Derek Leask and Mr Nigel Fyfe for issues identified by the Ombudsman relating to the Investigation into the Possible Unauthorised Disclosure of Information Relating to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the ... More >>

Commissioner's statement of conduct expectations

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:42 am | State Services Commission

I need to be clear that while the Ombudsman identified issues with fairness and process in the investigation and release of the final report, these concerns relate to one section of a wider report. More >>

Striking ambos win meal break changes

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:21 am | FIRST Union

The union representing more than 900 ambulance officers says its members are pleased that St John has announced to staff it will begin interpreting the meal break provision differently, but they’re renewing their calls for more staff to help relieve escalating ... More >>

Youth Justice Decision Smells Fishy

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 9:22 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Rob Muldoon famously said, ‘When you find yourself in a hole the best thing to do is stop digging,’ but it would appear this Government is determined to dig harder and faster. McVicar More >>

Overseas investors not welcome to buy Christchurch state hou

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 9:15 am | State Housing Action

State Housing Action Network 7 December 2016 Media release: Overseas investors not welcome to buy Christchurch state houses The news that Housing New Zealand is holding an “invite-only” seminar in Sydney next week for potential buyers of state houses ... More >>

Taking 17 year olds out of adult justice system long overdue

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 5:14 pm | JustSpeak

Media Release: Taking 17 year olds out of the adult justice system was long overdue More >>

Resourcing Critical to Changes in Youth Justice Age

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 4:23 pm | NZ Police Association

The New Zealand Police Association says it is vital that the Government adequately resource its decision to extend the youth justice system to include lower-risk 17-year-old offenders. More >>

Chapman Tripp lawyer speaks at United Nations refugee event

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 3:44 pm | Chapman Tripp

A young Auckland lawyer, who was a refugee as a child, is speaking at a United Nations event in Switzerland with a theme of ‘Children on the Move’ . More >>

Cardinal Dew Challenges MPs on Euthanasia

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 2:57 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

Cardinal Dew spoke on behalf of the bishops of New Zealand to the written Submission to the Health Select Committee on their End of Life investigation, today at Parliament. More >>

Local Gov't Youth Project Fund 2017 recipients announced

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 2:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Sixteen councils up and down New Zealand will share $231,400 of funding under the Local Government Youth Project Fund 2017, Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley announced today. More >>

Improving safety for participants on community work

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 2:44 pm | WorkSafe NZ

The importance of good risk assessment and monitoring of offenders carrying out community work has been highlighted in today’s sentencing of the Corrections Department under the Health and Safety in Employment Act. More >>

Pike River and the new Prime Minister

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 2:33 pm | Stand With Pike

Pike River family members will be at Parliament on Tuesday to take a new plan for the mine’s ownership, and re-entry of the two kilometer drift, to the new Prime Minister. More >>

CYF reforms "risk another Stolen Generation"

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 1:53 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi supports the decision by the Māori Women’s Welfare League to take a Treaty of Waitangi claim calling for a halt to the reforms to Child Youth and Family and shares the concerns that ... More >>

SSC Apologises for handling of Rebstock Investigation

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 1:14 pm | Derek Leask

Former New Zealand High Commissioner in London Derek Leask welcomes the formal decision by the State Services Commission (SSC) to accept the Ombudsman’s findings and recommendations on the SSC’s flawed 2012-13 Inquiry into the leaking of MFAT papers. More >>

PSA welcomes would-be PM’s promise to properly fund health

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 12:55 pm | Public Service Association

"Better late than never" - PSA welcomes would-be PM Coleman’s promise to properly fund health More >>

Introducing the new Board for Rural Women New Zealand

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 12:19 pm | Rural Women New Zealand

The new Board for Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has been elected. The Board supersedes the Rural Women New Zealand National Council under new Rules and Bylaws ratified by the RWNZ membership at National Conference in 2015. More >>

National Standards have no place in Hutt Valley Schools

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 11:43 am | Susan Ruthven

“The Government’s experiment with National Standards is not helping our children thrive in school,” says Green Party Candidate for Hutt South, Susanne Ruthven. More >>

No More Seclusion In Schools!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 10:47 am | Autistic Collective

The Autistic Collective wholly supports the recent decision of the government to ban the practise of seclusion in schools. We also agree with statements made by Altogether Autism and the Human Rights Commission on the practise. More >>

EPA Petition Could Spell End of Fluoridation

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 10:36 am | fluoride Action Network

The New Zealand Government's proposal to take away legal responsibility for water fluoridation from local councils and give it to the District Health Boards could prove to be an exercise in futility. More >>

Prime Minister John Key resigns

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 10:31 am | Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand

There will be mixed feelings throughout the country about Key’s resignation says Peter Malcolm spokesperson for Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. -- Closing the Gap More >>

Sentencing "will bring closure" for victims' families

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 10:21 am | Public Service Association

The sentencing of the Ministry of Social Development for not protecting staff in Ashburton from violent clients will bring much-needed closure for the families of the women who died, the PSA says. More >>

Beyond the prison gate report

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 9:30 am | Salvation Army

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More >>

Government Financial Statements, 4 Months to 31/10/16

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 4:34 pm | New Zealand Treasury

Please find attached the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the four months ended 31 October 2016. More >>

Ministry of Social Development Prosecution

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 4:30 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Chief District Court Judge Jan Marie Doogue has entered a conviction against the Ministry of Social Development on a charge of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees. Judge Doogue declined an MSD application for ... More >>

Summary judgement in copyright case welcomed

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 4:27 pm | Jordan Williams

Jordan Williams welcomes District Court summary judgement and strike-out of Colin Craig copyright claim More >>

State Services Commissioner comments on MSD sentencing

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 3:56 pm | State Services Commission

The Public Service is working through the implications of the judgement and sentence in the prosecution of the Ministry of Social Development by WorkSafe New Zealand following the shootings in the Ashburton Work and Income Office in 2014. More >>

Applications open for $1m research fund

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 2:14 pm | Superu

The Fund provides researchers with an opportunity to explore and shape social policy that supports children and their families, whānau and communities. More >>

The Wind of Change

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 2:10 pm | NZ Seniors Party

Love him or hate him Prime Minister John Key’s resignation came as a big surprise to everyone yesterday and has opened the door to speculation as to who will step into his role as Prime Minister. Whoever is chosen they will have a hard act to follow, ... More >>

John Key putting Family First

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 1:18 pm | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party of NZ wants to congratulate John Key, firstly for the stable leadership he has given the country over the past 8 years through some very difficult times, and secondly for the courageous step he took in putting the leadership of ... More >>

ASA rejects challenge to Greenpeace’s "solar tax" campaign

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:44 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Tuesday, December 6: The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that a complaint about Greenpeace’s use of the word “tax” to describe an extra charge for solar power has no grounds to proceed. More >>

"Family package" something to look forward to?

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:17 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the latest comments from Prime Minister John Key around shaping budget surpluses into better support for families is heartening. More >>

2016 Roger Award Finalists Named

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:04 pm | CAFCA

The six finalists for the 2016 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand are: More >>

New Zealand’s history at risk in Ngā Taonga relocation plans

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 11:31 am | Public Service Association

Decades of institutional knowledge will be lost if the government presses ahead with plans to centralise New Zealand’s audio and video archives, the PSA says. More >>

Ethical food supplier anything but ethical

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 10:35 am | FIRST Union

Approximately 15 distribution centre workers at Ceres Organics, an ethical food supplier, are taking strike action today as the company refuses to negotiate over wages, redundancy and overtime rates. More >>

After John Key Era? Where to now for Aotearoa....

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 10:29 am | Socialist Aotearoa

Join a panel of union and movement activists this Thursday at 7pm Unite Union, 6a Western Springs Road, Kingsland - to discuss, "where now for politics in Aotearoa?" More >>

MANA says ‘Haere Ra’ to John Key

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 9:03 am | Mana Party

“The Dakota Access Pipeline has been stopped, the Prime Minister has resigned, and the Warriors are coming to Kaitaia … so it’s an awesome day to be alive” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira on hearing the news that the PM was stepping down. More >>


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