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Amnesty Int calls on Gov not to rush Terrorism Bill

Friday, 18 October 2019, 3:01 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International is concerned that Justice Minister Andrew Little's Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill could have the potential to undermine human rights in New Zealand. The Bill would give the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to ... More >>

Statistics show Te Reo Māori protects against alcohol harm

Friday, 18 October 2019, 2:27 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Recently the Health Promotion Agency released a report into hazardous drinking in New Zealand. The report shows that Māori who drink alcohol and live in deprived circumstances are less likely to have a harmful relationship with alcohol if they ... More >>

Broadcasting Minister must rule out Mediaworks bailout

Friday, 18 October 2019, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi to rule out any taxpayer-funded purchase or bailout for Mediaworks’s channel Three. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “For the last few months Mediaworks ... More >>

Armed police patrols will cause American-style shootings

Friday, 18 October 2019, 1:13 pm | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

The Police Commissioner's announcement that squadcars of officers with automatic rifles will patrol New Zealand's streets is dangerous and unnecessary, according to the criminal justice community organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa. The ... More >>

CEAC support PM defence of climate activist Greta Thunberg

Friday, 18 October 2019, 12:47 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

In our defence of our coalition Government policy on climate change, we fully support Government plan to use rail funding for rail infrastructure upgrades to promote use rail infrastructure for freight around NZ. More >>

Women candidates win over voters in local elections

Friday, 18 October 2019, 12:09 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand today confirmed what many local election commentators have observed; that more of the voting public cast their ballots in favour of women candidates than ever before. More >>

Troubled Portugal Bad Example For Drug Advocates in NZ

Friday, 18 October 2019, 11:09 am | Family First

Portugal has been painted by pro-cannabis legalisation groups as a model to follow. Yet just last month, the mayor of Porto contradicted his previous pro-harm reduction position and endorsed reintroducing criminal penalties for drug use in public spaces. More >>

Cook Islands Inclusions to First World War Rolls of Honour

Friday, 18 October 2019, 11:06 am | New Zealand Defence Force

Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short announced today the inclusion of six Cook Island First World War soldiers in the New Zealand and Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s official rolls of honour. More >>

Falling smoking rates prove vaping’s value

Friday, 18 October 2019, 11:00 am | VTANZ

The latest statistics released by the Health Promotion Agency showing a dramatic fall in the numbers of cigarettes being sold in supermarkets, service stations, and liquor stores are being welcomed by the Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand (VTANZ). More >>

Citizens Assembly on Climate Change proposed for 2020

Friday, 18 October 2019, 9:40 am | Aotearoa Climate Emergency

Aotearoa Climate Emergency (ACE), a climate change network, will host a conference in Wellington on 11 November (Armistice Day) to promote holding a Citizens Assembly in 2020, as a way of breaking the current political deadlock on treating climate ... More >>

Think of animals on Guy Fawkes Day

Friday, 18 October 2019, 9:19 am | NZVA

This year, care for animals by going to a public fireworks display - and don’t buy fireworks from the shops. More >>

New stories, new partners, new ways of working needed

Friday, 18 October 2019, 8:36 am | Council for International Development

If we want to grow support for New Zealand’s aid, we need to get better at partnering with the ‘unlike-minded’ as well as the ‘like-minded’, and much better at telling people what we do with the money they give, says Josie Pagani, Executive ... More >>

E tū members welcome FPA progress

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:00 pm | E tu Union

E tū members in cleaning and security are welcoming the Government’s call for consultation on the development of Fair Pay Agreements. More >>

Youth take the lead on New Zealand-Asia relations

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 7:33 pm | Asia New Zealand Foundation

Twenty-five young people who represent the future of the Asia-New Zealand relationship have been acknowledged as ‘ones to watch’, by the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono. More >>

Vision New Zealand, Keeping New Zealand Kiwi

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 7:26 pm | Vision NZ

The taboo that surrounds immigration and our refugee qouta, are two issues rising in New Zealand that need to start being given attention to challenge the fruit loops of the far left. More >>

Annual Report highlights a pleasing year

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 2:10 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

In the Chief Ombudsman’s latest Annual Report, contacts for advice increased 29 percent, while more use was being made of guidance material, including the 23 new or updated guides that were published in the 2018/19 year. More >>

Will electronic voting provide the answer to participation?

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 1:13 pm | John Klaphake

Sadly it looks as though we have dived into another low in voter turnout in our local elections with Wellington leading the way in the nose dive. More >>

Statement re MfE/StatsNZ report on marine environment

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 12:51 pm | National Science Challenges

It is deeply concerning that the state of our marine environment has not improved in the last three years. Resilient coasts and oceans are essential to New Zealanders' health and wealth, so urgent action is needed to address the decline. More >>

Three inaugural distinguished Ruānuku appointed

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 11:49 am | Nga Pae o te Maramatanga

In a new initiative, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence is celebrating and recognising the careers of three Māori leaders and visionaries, who have a long history of bringing about major social change ... More >>

EDS calls for urgent action on marine management

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 11:47 am | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has welcomed the publication by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ of Our Marine Environment 2019 , the latest in the reports on the state of our environment. The report is available here . More >>

FPAs - progress made but more work needed

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 11:34 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Government has today released its discussion paper ‘ Designing a Fair Pay Agreements System ’ providing detail of what proposed law for Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) could include. More >>

Ecolabel evidence a boost for World Ecolabel Day

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 11:13 am | ECNZ

Today is World Ecolabel Day and to mark the occasion New Zealand’s premier ecolabel has released a study showing the powerful environmental effect of ecolabelled products. More >>

Family First In Court Of Appeal To Fight Deregistration

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 10:47 am | Family First

Family First's continued fight against attempts by the government's Charities Registration Board to deregister them is set to continue in the Court of Appeal in Wellington next week (Tues & Wed 22-23 Oct). In a significant development, the Charity Law ... More >>

F4PC welcomes ‘Healthy Water, Healthy Future' Statement

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 10:30 am | Farmers for Positive Change

Farmers for Positive Change (F4PC) congratulates environmental, recreation and public health groups for coming to a united position on the Government’s freshwater reform and finds significant areas of agreement with the Healthy Water, Healthy Future joint ... More >>

Citizens in the Provinces also have a Right to be heard!

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:43 am | Right To Life New Zealand Inc

Right to Life asks, why the Special Abortion Legislation Bill Committee is continuing to discriminate by refusing to hear the 2,740 submitters who have requested the right to make a ten minute oral submission on the highly contentious abortion Bill conceived ... More >>

Correction of Shotgun Cartridge Error aBittersweet Victory

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:16 am | COLFO

COLFO has described as a “bittersweet victory” its triumph in getting Police to correct a wording error that banned shotgun cartridges. More >>

Survey shows majority of Kiwis support banning animal test

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:56 am | SAFE

A campaign to ban the Forced Swim Test in New Zealand is in line with public opinion, according to a new survey commissioned by the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) and SAFE. More >>

Groups unite on freshwater policies for healthy water

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:52 am | Forest And Bird

Environment, health, recreation, and water infrastructure groups have come together to support four essential policies to save fresh water in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Public Health Association, Forest & Bird, Fish & Game New Zealand, Environmental ... More >>

Child Exploitation Material should be Prime Ministers focus

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:51 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

"So many of our children are being violently harmed. Their innocence stolen and their bodies used for the sexual gratification and financial gain of those involved in the dark world of paedophillia. These innocent children are voiceless; nobody ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Is this as good as it gets?

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:40 am | Peter Dunne

There must be consternation within the upper ranks of the Labour Party at the performance of some of the Ministers in the coalition government. Every time the government looks like making some positive progress, one or other of these errant Ministers can be ... More >>

Massey’s capitulation on feminist event disgraceful"

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:27 am | Free Speech Coalition

Responding to Massey University’s decision to cancel the upcoming ‘Feminism 2020’ event, Free Speech Coalition member Melissa Derby (who had been scheduled to speak at the event) says: More >>

Have your say on rates rebate applications

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 5:04 pm | Social Services and Community Committee

The Social Services and Community Committee is seeking submissions on the Rates Rebate (Statutory Declarations) Amendment Bill. This bill aims to improve the process of applying for rates rebates. It proposes: • Removing the requirement to make a statutory ... More >>

The Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Bill opens for submission

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 5:03 pm | Maori Affairs Committee

The Māori Affairs Committee is calling for submissions on the Te Ture Whenua Maori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Bill. More >>

Government Hindering Police from Core Duties

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 4:29 pm | New Conservative

The New Zealand Police have been used as a political pawn which is stretching their resources and seriously affecting their ability to address the real causes of crime, such as gang related supply of illicit drugs. More >>

Update - Police confirm ammunition allowed for hunters

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 4:11 pm | New Zealand Police

NZ Police wish to clarify that cartridges filled with steel or lead shot are not prohibited. They may still be used under the Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019 as shotgun cartridges are specifically excluded from the prohibition order. More >>

Police confirm ammunition allowed for recreational hunters

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 4:05 pm | New Zealand Police

NZ Police wish to clarify that cartridges filled with steel or lead shot are not prohibited. They may still be used under the Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019 as shotgun cartridges are specifically excluded from the prohibition order. More >>

“Fake News” re pay and performance bonuses for top managers

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 3:25 pm | Closing The Gap

Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th--there is very little evidence that says high pay and bonuses improve the performance of a company. Most ... More >>

Deputy Prime Minister Admits Pharmac Needs More Money

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 1:53 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Patient Voice Aotearoa welcomes the comments made by the Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters on ‘The Project’ on Friday last week. Peters stated “Right now…we know we are not spending nearly enough on pharmaceuticals and first world drugs…the ... More >>

Mike Tana should pay the money back

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 1:02 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on outgoing Porirua Mayor Mike Tana to repay money clocked up on his ratepayer-funded fuel card for personal travel. The Ernst and Young report released yesterday reveals that, within less than three ... More >>

CPAG and Ngā Tāngata Microfinance call for debt forgiveness

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 10:28 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Ngā Tāngata Microfinance endorse the Salvation Army’s call for tougher regulations on debt collectors and mechanisms to provide forgiveness or waivers for debts to private lenders and Government that are "effectively ... More >>

Workers of all stripes join Cotton On staff in picket

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 10:23 am | First Union

Cotton On members are currently negotiating a new Collective Agreement with their employer, but despite the company’s repeated claims that they will provide “a pathway to the living wage”, a “people first focus” and a “commitment to ... More >>

Prison conditions in decline - Howard League survey

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 10:18 am | The Howard League for Penal Reform

Today the Wellington Howard League releases the results of its fourth annual Wellington Howard League prison survey. The survey suggests a variation in the conditions experienced across prisons in New Zealand and an overall decline in most aspects surveyed. This ... More >>

Gaping shortage of hospital specialists in Northland

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 9:55 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

A staffing survey carried out by the senior doctors’ union, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, has found a gaping shortfall of hospital specialists at the Northland DHB. More >>

Live export ship due to berth at Napier Port today

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 9:33 am | SAFE For Animals

A live export ship is due to berth at Napier Port today, despite widespread calls to halt the live export trade while it is under review. More >>

CEAC supports Government policy to lower truck speed

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 9:12 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

Yes we fully support Minister of transport plan to use special speed cameras finally catching all speeding trucks, and other vehicles on our narrow single lane roads that are not fit to use as a speedway by any vehicle. More >>

Is steel shot now outlawed? Our lawyers respond to F&G

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 8:39 am | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

This afternoon Fish & Game posted a public statement responding to my email to supporters this morning – specifically rejecting our claim that steel shot is now deemed "enhanced penetration ammunition" and therefore possession of ... More >>

Duck hunting still going ahead next year

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 3:59 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Information spread by the Coalition of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) and picked up by ACT’s David Seymour is incorrect. More >>

Independent Māori Statutory Board Appointments

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 3:47 pm | Independent Maori Statutory Board

The nine members for the next three year term of the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) for Auckland have been appointed by the statutory Selection Body. Their appointments begin on 1 November 2019 and continue to 31 October 2022. Mana Whenua ... More >>

NZ Maori Council launches new program, “Eke Runga”

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 3:28 pm | Maori Council

“If we are truly to solve the challenge of poverty within the Te Ao Maori world we must lift our people from the low wage and low skills growth side of the economy. At the same time we must continue to ensure our people, no matter where they are, ... More >>

Election of CTU officers

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 3:13 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The 4 yearly elections for the Council of Trade Unions officers occurred today in Wellington. More >>

No more excuses on specialist shortages crisis

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 3:11 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Patients are increasingly being turned away for treatment and there can be no more excuses from the Government over properly funding district health boards to boost specialist numbers in public hospitals, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the ... More >>

FIRST Union supports CTU’s framework for Fair Pay Agreements

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 3:08 pm | FIRST Union

Today’s Council of Trade Unions’ report, Fair Pay Agreements: A Framework for Fairness , provides a much-needed pathway to fair wages and conditions across several major industries, and the Government must deliver on its promise to introduce FPAs ... More >>

Auditor-General's annual report and councillors' guide

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 2:16 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s Annual report 2018/19 was presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

A Right To Camp?

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 2:12 pm | Responsible Campers Association

In recent weeks Responsible Campers Association Incorporated (RCAi) has become involved in some high level discussions about our right to camp. This began out of discussion about the disabled who which to participate in Sport and Recreation activities. More >>

Ngāi Tahu responds to vocational education legislation

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 1:21 pm | Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu urges the Crown to ensure that the Establishment Board of the newly formed Institute of Skills and Technology meets its Treaty obligations and addresses the statutory role of iwi as Treaty partners in redesigning the education ... More >>

Casino strike and picket at SkyCity

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 11:11 am | Unite Union

SkyCity Casino workers will be on strike and picketing today as Rob Campbell, the Chair of SkyCity Casino talks to other employers about making pay fair at a “Wellbeing at Work” conference today. More >>

Paris Agreement on Climate Change - Threats to Food Security

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 9:26 am | Primary Land Users Group

One of the important parameters of the agreement’s aims was to ensure there was no threat to food production from the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change. More >>

Demand for Essentials as Strong as Ever on World Food Day

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 8:54 am | Salvation Army

The Salvation Army foodbank in Waitakere ran out of food last week; an indication of the strain many New Zealand whanau are under as they struggle to afford the cost of living. Wednesday, October 16 is World Food Day, and as demand for services offered ... More >>

Pet safe neighbourhood for Guy Fawkes

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 8:44 am | Ban the Boom NZ

Catherine Bindon from Ban the Boom has created these colourful and positive posters for you to use to show you don't support the use of fireworks in your neighbourhood over the next few weeks distressing our animals and birds. More >>

NZDF military hierarchy ‘spinning a web of lies’

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 8:34 am | Hit and Run Inquiry Campaign

On Tuesday morning the Operation Burnham inquiry hearing resumed after it was suspended three weeks ago. The hearing is being held at Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull St, Thorndon, Wellington on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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