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Class sizes set to increase

Sunday, 26 June 2016, 10:17 pm | Green Party

Increases in class sizes look to be on the cards, after Education Minister Hekia Parata can't guarantee her proposed education funding model will result in no increase in class sizes, the Green Party said. More >>

Yazidi MP Vian Dakhil Addresses Human Rights Council

Sunday, 26 June 2016, 9:57 pm | UN Watch

Yazidi MP Vian Dakhil Addresses Human Rights Council In Response to New Report Finding Genocide More >>

UN experts urge Knesset not to adopt pending legislation

Sunday, 26 June 2016, 9:14 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Israel: UN experts urge Knesset not to adopt pending legislation that could target critical NGOs More >>

Brexit vote costs NZ effective EU voice

Saturday, 25 June 2016, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Despite being extremely close the result of the referendum in Britain reflects the majority voice, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. More >>

Letter to Solicitor General on plea bargain debacle

Friday, 24 June 2016, 5:30 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Below is a self explanatory letter to the Solicitor General giving her an opportunity to explain the situation that enabled Moko's killers to plead guilty to manslaughter. To date we have had not even had an acknowledgement! More >>

Police torch relay underway after dawn ceremony

Friday, 24 June 2016, 5:28 pm | New Zealand Police

The nationwide torch relay to celebrate 75 years of women in policing has begun, with the North Island relay setting off from Cape Reinga early this morning. More >>

Minister called on to protect public access to high country

Friday, 24 June 2016, 3:18 pm | Otago Fish and Game

Otago Fish and Game Council is calling on the Minister of Lands Louise Upston to intervene in the tenure review of a Crown-owned Otago station until public access to the property is better protected. More >>

NPM Urges Cabinet Not To Adopt Ministry Advice

Friday, 24 June 2016, 2:20 pm | Nga Pae o te Maramatanga

The Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Primary Industries are currently seeking Cabinet’s agreement to adopt a bottom line position that nobody owns freshwater and that there should be no national settlement favouring iwi/hapū over other users. More >>

Auckland Students’ Association celebrates 125th birthday

Friday, 24 June 2016, 11:50 am | Auckland University Students Association

June 24th 2016 is a special day for Auckland University Students’ Association – it’s the day it turns 125. More >>

CIGA programme and the GPG’s work with government agencies

Friday, 24 June 2016, 11:04 am | GPG

The Retail Anchor project is an integral part of the plan to bring Christchurch back to prosperity. Each of the four buildings leased by Crown agencies will have retail space on the ground floor. By committing to long-term leases, developers are guaranteed ... More >>

Double Murderer Gets Half the Sentence

Friday, 24 June 2016, 10:10 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

A man who killed his ex-partner and her three-year-old daughter before burying their bodies under a bridge has only been jailed for 21 years. More >>

New campaign aims to eliminate discrimination in New Zealand

Friday, 24 June 2016, 9:59 am | Multicultural New Zealand

A new campaign called “OWDSocks” will be launched on Saturday 25th June, 2016 at Multicultural New Zealand’s annual general meeting in Auckland. The OWDsocks campaign seeks to raise awareness and eliminate all forms of discrimination in New ... More >>

Inquiry into MFAT Leaks: ‘A Witch hunt’

Friday, 24 June 2016, 9:52 am | Michelle Wanwimolruk

A former diplomat says that the Ombudsman’s Report about the Rebstock MFAT leaks inquiry shows that Derek Leask and Nigel Fyfe were unjustly singled out during what was effectively a ‘witch hunt’. The Ombudsman has made it clear that the State ... More >>

Cabinet paper proposes Treaty of Waitangi breaches

Friday, 24 June 2016, 9:47 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A paper prepared for Cabinet proposing the introduction of a freshwater allocation work programme would breach the Treaty of Waitangi and ignores recent Waitangi Tribunal and Supreme Court decisions in relation to Māori rights to freshwater, say two academics ... More >>

Time to Get Ready for the Local Elections

Friday, 24 June 2016, 9:16 am | Electoral Commission

The local elections are on their way, and from Monday New Zealanders will be asked to check whether they’re enrolled and ready. More >>

PSA welcomes Ombudsman’s findings on MFAT inquiry

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 3:06 pm | Public Service Association

Natural justice needs to come first in all government inquiries, regardless of how embarrassing their findings may be, the Public Sector Association says. More >>

Ring-fencing supported as SeaCert submissions flow in

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 2:52 pm | Maritime New Zealand

Maritime NZ has received around 350 submissions on proposed changes to rules on seafarer certification that would allow holders of many older certificates to continue working without transitioning to the new SeaCert system. More >>

Targeting Double Grammar Zone apartments, grossly unfair

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 2:41 pm | Alexandra Park

Calls to toughen school enrolment zone rules by targeting the likes of families living in newly built apartments would be grossly unfair, says chief executive of Alexandra Park Dominique Dowding. More >>

Candidate Week a chance to get informed ahead of election

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 1:23 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is encouraging potential candidates in the 2016 local elections to make the most of the resources available to them before they start their campaign. More >>

Road transport industry supports Government’s investment

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 12:43 pm | Road Transport Forum

“The Government’s announcement of a $600 million commitment to a nationwide road safety programme has the full support of the Road Transport Forum and wider road freight industry,” says RTF Chief Executive Ken Shirley. “Anything that ... More >>

NZCCSS Vulnerability Report Highlights Pressure on Community

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 11:43 am | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

Social Service Providers Aotearoa shares the concerns of the NZ Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) that the community-based social services sector is under pressure. More >>

Response to Ombudsman’s Report

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 11:34 am | State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has acknowledged the release of Ombudsman Professor Ron Paterson’s findings following a complaint from Mr Derek Leask. More >>

Vulnerability: an ongoing story

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 11:20 am | Anglican Action

“We applaud the work of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services in the launch of their final Vulnerability Report today. These reports have kept issues of poverty and the range of pressing issues that those living in poverty are facing ... More >>

Turning up the heat on climate change strategies

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 11:03 am | Lincoln University

Lincoln University is bringing a New Zealand perspective to an international study on how urban planners and designers are dealing with the threat of climate change. More >>

Ambulance at the bottom of the cliff is full

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 10:55 am | Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is gravely concerned that the depth and breadth of poverty currently in the spotlight is becoming seen as inevitable, normal and permanent. More >>

New rural highway safety programme will save lives - AA

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 10:16 am | Automobile Association

The Government’s significant new investment in improving New Zealand’s highest risk rural highways is a great day for road safety, says the Automobile Association. More >>

State Services Commission Got MFAT Investigation Badly Wrong

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 9:53 am | Derek Leask

Derek Leask, a former Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and New Zealand High Commissioner in London, has welcomed the Ombudsman’s findings on the investigation by the State Services Commission into the leaking of Foreign Affairs papers in 2012 and 2013. ... More >>

State Services Commission Inquiry into leaked MFAT documents

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 9:45 am | Office of the Ombudsman

Ombudsman Ron Paterson has today published his opinion on an investigation into a complaint by Derek Leask, a former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, about the State Services Commission's inquiry into leaked MFAT documents, undertaken by ... More >>

Close Detention Centres banner near Australian Embassy

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 9:18 am | Peace Action Wellington

On the 100th day of protests on Nauru and the national day of civil disobedience in Australia against their detention centres for refugees a large banner calling for the end of detention centres, and the closing of the Manus Island and Nauru detention ... More >>

Wellingtonians protest treatment of refugees

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 8:29 am | Peace Action Wellington

Today, Peace Action Wellington (PAW) will blockade the Australian High Commission in Wellington, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More >>

E tū heads to court

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 8:23 am | E tu

E tū will be in the Court of Appeal today, to oppose an appeal against the minimum wage for respite carers. More >>

Stressed Families: Overstretched Services

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 8:20 am | NZ Council of Christian Social Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress”, says Trevor McGlinchey, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) Executive Officer. “The support demanded from ... More >>

Police Association supports undercover technique

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 5:38 pm | Police Association

“The fact that the bodies of two homicide victims were recovered and their killer was convicted is vindication of the innovative and legal method used by police to obtain a confession from the offender,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor ... More >>

Park up at Parliament

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 3:58 pm | NZ Council of Christian Social Services

The Park up for homes: Parliament park up is on Saturday 25th June near Parliament. Join the protest and send a message for greater focus on building more homes for those with the least. See the message below or go to the CPAG Website ( www.cpag.org.nz ... More >>

New Zealand Defence White Paper under the microscope

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 2:50 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington’s Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) and the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs are hosting a one-day symposium to examine the 2016 New Zealand Defence White Paper. More >>

MSD makes its services ‘cheap as’ for clients

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 2:01 pm | Ministry of Social Development

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has removed cost as a factor for its clients to access its services off any digital device on a mobile network, by providing “Cheap As Data.” More >>

Notice of hearing for insecticide application method change

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 1:52 pm | Environmental Protection Agency

A hearing is scheduled on an application to allow the insecticide Exirel to be applied aerially. Exirel is an insecticide whose active ingredient – cyantraniliprole – controls caterpillars and aphids in brassica crops used as fodder Exirel was initially ... More >>

NZDF Air Transport Team Gets Down to Work in the Middle East

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 1:52 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) C-130 Hercules aircraft has completed its first set of sustainment flights to Afghanistan as part of an Australian-led air task group supporting coalition operations in the Middle East. More >>

Back civilian experts in Iraq as well as military

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 1:23 pm | Council for International Development

Defeating ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) on the battlefield is important, but without New Zealand stepping up with investment in long-term reconstruction and reconciliation, Iraq will remain fertile ground for terrorist and other violent armed ... More >>

Ngāpuhi Mourns Loss of Ngāti Hine Leader

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 1:22 pm | Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi

Te Runanga-A-Iwi O Ngapuhi wish to express their thoughts, prayers and aroha of the passing of a great Ngati Hine leader, Robin John Cooper CNZM. More >>

Cannabis starts great town-hall conversation

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:55 am | Cannabis Party

Key public figures are set to assemble at the Auckland Town Hall next week to host a public discussion on the impacts of cannabis laws in New Zealand communities. More >>

Greenpeace launches legal challenge against $1b dam plan

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:38 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Wednesday, June 22: Greenpeace NZ is launching a legal challenge against a controversial plan to build a dam that’s set to cost close to $1 billion and will pollute a region’s rivers. More >>

Prime Minister must back working Kiwis

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:38 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Prime Minister needs to reassess his priorities and move urgently to stop working Kiwis losing up to a million dollars a day says CTU Secretary Sam Huggard. More >>

Climate Justice Taranaki seek oil/gas prohibition

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:34 am | Climate Justice Taranaki

Climate Justice Taranaki seek oil/gas prohibition in sensitive areas to protect human health and safety More >>

People in casual jobs need govt to save their holiday pay

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:33 am | Tertiary Education Union

It is likely that thousands of people working in universities, polytechnics and wānanga have had holiday pay taken from them, says TEU national secretary Sharn Riggs. More >>

1080 Poison Film Screens at International Film Festival

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:17 am | Clyde Graf

A New Zealand documentary has been selected to play at the international film festival Culture Unplugged . The festival shares and plays films from USA, Indonesia, India, and New Zealand. More >>

Report highlights lack of government vision with new tech

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:15 am | Sustainable Electricity Association NZ

SEANZ (Sustainable Electricity Association New Zealand) supports the call issued today for further changes to pricing signals consumers receive from power companies for their electricity that impact emerging technologies in the electricity and transport ... More >>

It's about student safety not a school's reputation

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 9:13 am | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission says New Zealand schools must call the Police when students suffer serious assaults. More >>

E tū wins holiday arrears back-pay for workers

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 9:10 am | E tu

E tū has won back-pay for holiday and other pay arrears possibly affecting dozens of night-shift workers at bacon processor, Premier Beehive in Carterton. More >>

Urgent action needed to prevent workers losing millions

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 9:05 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Government must take action urgently to prevent working people losing up to a million dollars a day in unpaid holiday pay while the multi-billion dollar payroll problem is fixed, says CTU Secretary Sam Huggard. More >>

We can all do our part to stop elder abuse

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 3:38 pm | Age Concern Auckland

Cornelius Wiley is an 86-year-old man who lived for years as a slave in his own home. More >>

Government Transport Funding Package Cautiously Welcomed

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is cautiously welcoming the Interim Report on the Auckland Transport Alignment Project, released this afternoon by Finance Minister, Bill English and Transport Minister, Simon Bridges. Jordan Williams, the T axpayers' Union Executive ... More >>

The Importance of Being Auckland

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 3:30 pm | The Treasury

Speech delivered at the Committee for Auckland Advisory Group Summit by the Secretary to the Treasury, Gabriel Makhlouf, 21 June 2016. More >>

RNZ Scoops Five New York Festival Awards

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 2:44 pm | Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand has won five awards for excellence competing against the best in the world at the prestigious New York Festival Radio Awards announced in New York today. More >>

Urgent action needed at Te Puna Wai

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 12:44 pm | Public Service Association

Young people and staff at Christchurch’s Te Puna Wai youth justice facility are at serious risk every day, and urgent action must be taken to improve safety there, the Public Service Association says. More >>

Report Calls for Government to Make Time for SDGs

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 11:39 am | Volunteering New Zealand

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) have today released their summary of the UN State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (2015) which presents how volunteering helps communities at local and international levels, and ties in to a universal agenda ... More >>

New Working Paper on Tax Policy Modelling

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 11:38 am | New Zealand Treasury

Optimal Timing of Tax Policy in the Face of Projected Debt Increases is written by Christopher Ball, John Creedy and Grant Scobie. This paper examines the optimal time path of the tax rate, in a model where an increasing ratio of government debt ... More >>

Stricter rules for quarantine facilities

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 11:36 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

Stricter new rules for approved quarantine facilities will reduce the chance of unwanted pests or diseases arriving in New Zealand from imported goods, says the Ministry for Primary Industries. MPI released new rules earlier this month for New ... More >>

Don’t Get Spoofed by Phone Scams

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 11:12 am | Immigration NZ

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has become aware of a new wave of scam phone calls from individuals claiming to be working for INZ. More >>

Greenpeace gears up to fight NZ’s first-ever “solar tax”

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 10:24 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace gears up to fight NZ’s first-ever “solar tax” with launch of hot desk More >>

 

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