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ADF CEO comments on passing of Justice Scalia

Sunday, 14 February 2016, 1:59 pm | Alliance Defending Freedom

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsel Alan Sears regarding the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: More >>

Zero-hours here to stay

Friday, 12 February 2016, 5:26 pm | Public Service Association

The government misled New Zealand workers when it promised to outlaw zero-hours contracts - and the Public Service Association’s deeply disappointed. More >>

Less Loving Correction Equals More Abuse

Friday, 12 February 2016, 4:47 pm | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party is horrified at the latest statistics brought to light in the Family First report "Defying Human Nature: An Analysis of New Zealand’s 2007 Anti-Smacking Law”. Alarming findings such as Police stats which show there ... More >>

Don’t fall for a catphish this Valentine's Day

Friday, 12 February 2016, 4:13 pm | NZ Bankers' Association

The New Zealand Bankers’ Association (NZBA) warns against being scammed by online romancers who might be more interested in your bank account than your stellar personality. What starts out as a budding online romance can quickly turn into devastating heartbreak ... More >>

Abduction Heightens Call for Data Base

Friday, 12 February 2016, 3:43 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

12 February 2016 “The abduction of an innocent 5 year old Palmerston North child highlights the importance for New Zealand to have a registered sex offender data base publicly available” More >>

Crush their damn cars and to hell with the PCIA

Friday, 12 February 2016, 3:25 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“Compare that with fleeing drivers that means of the 2300 drivers that flee the police every year only 230 will be prosecuted meaning that over 2000 dangerous drivers who pose a risk to public safety will escape any sort of punishment or consequences ... More >>

Kiwis Prep for Invictus Battle

Friday, 12 February 2016, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Twenty-one members of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) are preparing for battle, as they train to compete in the May 2016 Invictus Games, held in Orlando, Florida. More >>

NZDF Deploys Second Wave of Firefighters to Tasmania

Friday, 12 February 2016, 2:18 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is deploying a second wave of five firefighters to Tasmania this weekend as authorities there gear up for another month of battling the bushfires. More >>

Union Rat to Visit Nelson Foodstuffs Stores

Friday, 12 February 2016, 12:06 pm | First Union

The giant union rat will make an appearance at pickets organised by FIRST Union at the Nelson New World and Richmond Pak n Save this weekend. More >>

Refugees, conservation and science in one job

Friday, 12 February 2016, 11:09 am | University of Waikato

Andrea Dekrout’s job tackles two of the biggest issues the world is worried about right now – the refugee crisis and environmental conservation. More >>

GE: it’s our right to decide

Friday, 12 February 2016, 9:22 am | Soil and Health Association

GE: it’s our right to decide Communities should have the right to decide whether or not genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are released or field-trialled in their regions and, if so, whether any conditions should be placed on them, say the Soil ... More >>

Closing the Gap in Education

Friday, 12 February 2016, 9:16 am | Closing The Gap

The usual suspects reacted in their usual curmudgeonly ways to Labour’s recently announced policy of three free years of tertiary education. More >>

Locked out Wairoa Talley workers finally get justice

Friday, 12 February 2016, 9:13 am | Meat Workers Union

Yesterday’s Employment Court decision should see AFFCO Talley’s Wairoa locked out workers back at work in the next two weeks, says the NZ Meat Workers Union. More >>

NZDF Fitness App Wins International Award

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 5:25 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

NZDF Fitness App Wins International Award The New Zealand Defence Force ( NZDF) has won an international award for Force Fit, its innovative mobile app designed to encourage new recruits and the general public to get “Force Fit”. The Chief ... More >>

Navigation Safety Review raises big issues for the Govt

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 5:14 pm | NZSF

Navigation Safety Review raises big issues for the Government “Maritime New Zealand’s Coastal Navigation Safety Review Report is an important snapshot of the safety of large ships (SOLAS) around the New Zealand coast. It deals with the safety of people ... More >>

Activists convicted but receive no punishment

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 3:51 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

The five Greenpeace activists who stormed on board a New Zealand Government climate research ship that was found to be searching for oil have been discharged – and will receive no punishment – after being convicted at the Auckland District Court ... More >>

Report: Principles for co-governing natural resources

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 2:31 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

This afternoon the Auditor-General’s report Principles for effectively co-governing natural resources was presented to the House of Representatives. More >>

Vigil for asylum seeker murdered in Australian detention

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 12:38 pm | Doing Our Bit

A vigil to mark two years since the murder of an asylum seeker while under Australian protection will be held this Thursday in Wellington. More >>

Review finds “sound framework” in place for management

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 11:49 am | Maritime New Zealand

A review of coastal navigation safety by Maritime NZ has found that there is a sound framework in place to manage the movement of ships around the New Zealand coast, with measures in place to assess risk and adjust safety measures if required. More >>

Defying human nature with disastrous results

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 10:15 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

It is now official, more kids are commiting more crimes at a younger age than ever before. Why? As politicains and Justice sector officals struggle to find an answer the Sensible Sentencing Trust says the answer is not dificult to find. Garth McVicar, ... More >>

Analysis Shows Failure of Anti-Smacking Law

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 10:11 am | Family First

A report analysing the 2007 anti-smacking law has concluded that there is not a single social indicator relating to the abuse of children that has shown significant or sustained improvement since the passing of the law and that they’ve continued to ... More >>

Pride Board Decision "Shameful"

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 10:03 am | No Pride in Prisons

No Pride in Prisons : Pride Board’s Decision to Allow Police and Corrections in 2016 Pride Parade “Shameful” Queer and trans group No Pride in Prisons is condemning the Auckland Pride Board for choosing to allow Police and Corrections Officers to ... More >>

More Strikes Against the Credibility of Fluoride Free NZ

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 9:58 am | Making Sense of Fluoride

More Strikes Against the Credibility of Fluoride Free NZ as Whakatane Councillors reconsider their decision More >>

Students tell Parliament about their mouldy flats

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 9:50 am | VUWSA

Yesterday, Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association President, Jonathan Gee, and Welfare Vice President, Rory Lenihan-Ikin, gave an oral submission, supporting an earlier written submission to the Social Services Select Committee on theGovernment’s ... More >>

Registrations open for TPP roadshows

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 3:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay announced today the Government will be running nation-wide roadshows on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). “The roadshows are for interested members of the public to learn more about this important trade agreement, and to ... More >>

Fed Farmers Misguided in Push For GMOs

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 3:29 pm | GE Free NZ

The High Court appeal by Federated Farmers against local level oversight of GMOs is misguided and damaging to New Zealand's future export success. More >>

New Zealand Troops to Train with Korean And US Marines

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 3:27 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Around 60 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) soldiers will take part in a large-scale exercise in the Republic of Korea starting on 24 February. Major General (MAJGEN) Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said gunners from the New Zealand ... More >>

"Foolhardy" PM insists on tax cuts while services struggle

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 1:26 pm | Public Service Association

New Zealanders will end up paying the price for the Prime Minister’s insistence on delivering a pre-election tax cut bribe, the Public Service Association says. In his formal statement to parliament yesterday, John Key acknowledged the economy ... More >>

Cow pat presented to border staff

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 11:29 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

A dried cow pat presented by an arriving air passenger rates as one of the most unusual biosecurity interceptions of the summer so far, says the Ministry for Primary Industries. More >>

New PGP programme sets sights on strong wool

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 11:22 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

A new collaboration between The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), announced today, aims to deliver premiums for New Zealand's strong wool sector—a partnership that could see an additional $335 million contribution ... More >>

Corrections go by bike

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 11:18 am | Department Of Corrections

Corrections go by bike Corrections sites across the country are getting involved and supporting Bikewise national Go By Bike day. Wednesday 10 February marks the annual Go by Bike day - a one-day event where Kiwis ditch their cars, trains or buses ... More >>

Where Have All The Children Gone?

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 9:48 am | Right To Life

Nearly 50,000 5 year olds commenced their schooling in the first week of February, happy and laughing with the joy of living. Sadly there were 15,863 5 year olds missing. These are the children who were considered of little worth and whose lives were terminated ... More >>

Taxpayers' Union Applauds Gareth Morgan's Generous Offer

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is delighted that Gareth Morgan has today offered to top up the crowd sourcing campaign to purchase the beach adjacent to the Awaroa inlet in the South Island. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Bill's Pluses Far Outweigh the Minuses

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 2:40 pm | Natural Products

The industry umbrella group for New Zealand’s natural products manufacturers and marketers says consumers stand to lose in the long run if erroneous claims about the Natural Health and Supplementary Products (NH&SP) Bill end up stalling its ... More >>

Motorcycle riders over 40 at risk

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 1:55 pm | ACC

ACC and NZ Police are calling upon motorcyclists and drivers to do more to keep safe on the road. More >>

Closure of Governance Review Ushers in a New Way

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 11:57 am | Waikato Tainui Group

A three-year review of the governance and representation structure of Waikato-Tainui has been brought to a close with the announcement of a new name for its representation body. More >>

No further Tau flies found and restrictions now lifted

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 11:55 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that all restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables in Manurewa, Auckland, due to the Tau fly, have been lifted as of 2.26pm on Sunday 7 February. More >>

Dame Claudia Orange blasted for cultural insensitivity

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 11:41 am | David Rankin

Iwi leader threatens Police involvement Ngapuhi leader David Rankin has stated he will call the Police if necessary over sacred artefacts which he lent to the new Waitangi Museum, but which he claims have been treated “like items at a garage ... More >>

Unintentional Child Injuries Declining

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 11:36 am | Safekids

According to Safekids Aotearoa’s recently released report Child Unintentional Deaths and Injuries in New Zealand, and Prevention Strategies, overall unintentional injury death rates have declined by 19% between 2001 and 2010. Leading causes of ... More >>

Sexting as concerning for kiwi parents as cyberbullying

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:58 am | Vodafone

Teenagers sharing naked pictures of themselves has become a number one concern for kiwi parents – with sexting emerging as the most-viewed topic on the website. Since July last year, almost 10,000 people per month have visited ... More >>

Local lifeguards to assist in refugee crisis

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:13 am | Boyd PR

Local lifeguards to assist in refugee crisis On ANZAC weekend, six members of the Bethells Beach Surf Lifesaving Patrol will head to the Greek Island of Lesvos to assist current operations attempting to decrease the drowning rates for desperate ... More >>

Awaroa Beach: Little Restraint From Labour

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:13 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is telling politicians to butt out of the tremendous community effort to purchase a beach next to the Awaroa inlet in the Abel Tasman National Park after Labour Leader Andrew Little called upon the Government to stump up with taxpayer ... More >>

McCully’s Condemnation of Satellite Launch Sadly Predictable

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:41 am | NZ DPRK Society

Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s condemnation of North Korea’s launch of an earth observation satellite was predictable - he never strays far from American guidance. It was also sadly short-sighted. As a small country it is in our long-term interest ... More >>

Draft Chapter on Proposed Reform of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:34 am | Waitangi Tribunal


Treaty of Waitangi - Found in Translation

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:31 am | NZSTI

Wellington, New Zealand - Today, the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI) announces the launch of the Treaty Times Thirty project. More >>

Governor-General’s Waitangi Day Address

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:26 am | Government House

Kia ora huihui tātou katoa. To the many, many people who have come at our invitation to celebrate this sacred day for the Treaty of Waitangi, I welcome you to Government House Auckland. I extend my greetings to all who are gathered here. More >>

Are You Ready to Vote in the Final Flag Referendum?

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:10 am | Electoral Commission

Are You Ready to Vote in the Final Flag Referendum? The second referendum on the New Zealand flag is just a few weeks away, and the Electoral Commission wants to ensure all eligible New Zealanders are enrolled and ready to vote. “Voting papers ... More >>

Bledisloe Garden Reception cancelled at Government House

Saturday, 6 February 2016, 4:46 pm | Government House

Rain has forced Government House Auckland to cancel the Bledisloe Garden Reception, which was due to start at 4pm this afternoon. The Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, will still be marking Waitangi Day with a special citizenship ceremony for 25 people ... More >>

Call for Child Sex Abuse Inquiry

Saturday, 6 February 2016, 4:39 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

6th February 2016 “We just haven’t had a Rolf Harris or Jimmy Savile to bring our own dirty laundry out into the open but the time bomb is ticking and powder-keg will ignite.” McVicar More >>

Maori are amongst the biggest beneficiaries of TPP

Friday, 5 February 2016, 3:51 pm | Export NZ

In the lead up to Waitangi celebrations and the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership in New Zealand this week, much is being made of Maori opposition to the TPP due to a lack of consultation and a perceived loss of sovereignty, for New Zealand in general ... More >>

More than 27,000 new Kiwis in 2015

Friday, 5 February 2016, 2:40 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

This Waitangi Day, New Zealand will roll out the welcome mat to 24 new citizens at Government House, and acknowledge over 27,000 people who were granted citizenship last year. More >>

Demolition of 32 & 36 Glendevere Terrace

Friday, 5 February 2016, 2:23 pm | Land Information New Zealand

Demolition of 32 & 36 Glendevere Terrace Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Southern Response today announced that the demolitions of 32 and 36 Glendevere Terrace, Redcliffs, Christchurch will begin next week. More >>

Next step in 2GP process

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:57 am | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Friday, 5 February 2016) – The next step in the process of establishing a new Dunedin City District Plan will be underway when further submissions are called for from 10 February. More >>

Report into diplomat debacle shows Ministers’ failures

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:51 am | Green Party

The report into the treatment of a diplomat found guilty of indecent assault highlights a failure of Government Ministers to show political leadership over sexual violence, the Green Party said today. More >>

TPP Good News for New Zealand

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:47 am | IANZ

TPP Good News for New Zealand by Dr Llew Richards, chief executive of IANZ We all like to travel. We all buy stuff from overseas. But sometimes we pay up to twice the price for something in New Zealand that we would pay overseas. In some cases, ... More >>

Council seeks submissions on bylaw amendment

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:23 am | Palmerston North City Council

Palmerston North City Council is calling for submissions on a proposed amendment to the Signs and Use of Public Places Bylaw for Election Signs. More >>

Credit Ratings Agency Blackmails Christchurch City Council

Friday, 5 February 2016, 10:48 am | Keep Our Assets Canterbury

Credit Ratings Agency Blackmails Christchurch City Council on Asset Sales This story slipped by without comment from anyone in the Christmas rush. Better late than never. On December 8th the Press reported that: “Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s ... More >>

Ministry welcomes release of Whitehead Report

Friday, 5 February 2016, 10:00 am | Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has welcomed the public release of the Whitehead report. More >>

TPP Agreement bad for democracy

Friday, 5 February 2016, 9:26 am | ITUC

International Trade Union Confederation TPP Agreement bad for democracy, rights, public services and health Brussels, 4 February 2016 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) a major setback for employment ... More >>

Peru signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership in NZ

Friday, 5 February 2016, 9:20 am | Government of Peru

Thursday 4 February 2016 Press Release Peru's Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Magali Silva has signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in New Zealand's city of Auckland today along with her counterparts from 11 Pacific countries. The ... More >>


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