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Political debate Thursday July 31st at Whanau Centre

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 5:36 pm | Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust

Waipareira will host a political debate on Thursday at Whanau Centre, Henderson, starting at 7pm. Hosted by broadcaster Willie Jackson, candidates will be asked the tough questions about Whanau Ora, the future of the Maori Seats, Housing, Child Poverty ... More >>

They Can’t All Win Off the Race-Card

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 5:28 pm | Mana Party

“They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First Leader Winston Peters, that they wouldn’t ... More >>

New Zealanders Being Gouged by Electricity and Liquid Fuels

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 5:26 pm | Climate change Iwi Leaders Group

New Zealand consumers of electricity are being price gouged to the tune of about $1.388 million while the companies pocket the profits, a new economic analysis released today by the Iwi Leaders Forum reveals. More >>

Push For Gender Confusion In Schools

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 4:31 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is warning schools about an agenda to bring gender confusion in to schools in areas such as changing rooms, sports teams and school uniforms. More >>

Labour work and wages policy good for working people

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 3:26 pm | Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union says Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand. More >>

Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 3:15 pm | Joint Media Statement

Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation (PARC) by High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully More >>

Time to lift unliveable wage rates

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:51 pm | Service And Food Workers Union

The Service and Food Workers Union has welcomed Labour’s determination to lift New Zealand’s unliveable wage rates. The Labour Party today announced their Work and Wages policy. More >>

Judith Collins and Women’s Refuge – ‘Doing a Katie Bradford’

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:47 pm | Rethinking Crime and Punishment

In Rethinking’s latest blog; http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/judith-collins-and-womens-refuge.html Kim Workman suggests that Ms Collins treatment of the Women’s Refuge in a recent Q and A interview, could spark a new slang term in the national lexicon – ‘Doing ... More >>

Independent candidate advocates monetary paradigm shift

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:42 pm | Amanda Vickers

Waikanae veterinarian Dr Amanda Vickers is standing as an independent for the Otaki electorate, with a view to modernise monetary policy. More >>

Review of Radiocommunications Act 1989

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:21 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today published a discussion document reviewing New Zealand’s Radiocommunications Act 1989. The discussion document looks at issues including competition regulation, technical parameters on ... More >>

Unite Union welcomes Labour Party increase to minimum wage

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:11 pm | Unite Union

Unite Union welcomes the announcement today by the Labour Party to increase the minimum wage by $2 per hour by early 2015. More >>

Taxing Struggling Families to Boost Bureaucrats Shameful

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:05 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement that a Labour Government would ensure public servants would receive at least the Living Wage, significantly more than their private sector counterparts, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director ... More >>

Labour reforms show commitment to tackling inequality

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:00 pm | First Union

The NZ Labour Party’s just-announced industrial relations agenda demonstrates a clear commitment to tackling the growing inequality in New Zealand and restore democracy to our workplaces, according to FIRST Union. More >>

Debacle shows danger of contracting out public services

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:41 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Novopay debacle shows core public services are best provided in-house. More >>

Public servants welcome Labour’s living wage announcement

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:39 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says Labour’s commitment to ensure all core public service workers are paid at least the living wage will be welcome news to thousands of hard working New Zealanders. More >>

Commission urges politicians to stick to the major issues

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:34 pm | Human Rights Commission

In the run up to the general election Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging politicians to “do the right thing and stick to those major issues that will help make New Zealand a better place for all our children to grow up in.” More >>

Statement on behalf of Rochelle Crewe

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:28 pm | New Zealand Police

Rochelle Crewe has lived a life of anonymity. The tragic killing of her parents in 1970, when she was only 18 months old, has understandably been the subject of much media attention in this country in the four decades since. More >>

All parties need to help save Maui’s dolphins

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:01 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is urging all political parties to adopt the recommendations of scientists - and the International Whaling Commission - in order to save to save the Maui’s dolphin from extinction. More >>

Navigating Our Future Conference: Leaders’ Dialogue

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:54 pm | Environmental Defence Society

As pre-election positioning heats up and the environment has emerged as a key issue, the Leaders’ Dialogue at EDS’s annual conference next week will be an opportunity to interrogate the main parties. More >>

Labour’s policy promises a return to fairness at work

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:51 pm | EPMU

Workers across New Zealand will benefit from the Labour Party’s work and wages policy, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. “Labour’s policy is a comprehensive package which will lift wages, lower unemployment, and build a ... More >>

Labour’s policies a step change for working people

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:47 pm | Council of Trade Unions

“After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labour's Industrial Relations policy package,” CTU President Helen Kelly said. More >>

Tear Fund Launches Emergency Appeal for Gaza

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:08 pm | TEAR Fund

As the death toll surpasses 1000 in Gaza, TEAR Fund has launched an appeal to help civilians caught up in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. TEAR Fund CEO and chairman of the NGO Disaster Relief Forum Ian McInnes said, the loss of civilian ... More >>

Democrats for Social Credit Party celebrates 60 years

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 11:58 am | Democrats for Social Credit

Monetary reformers from across New Zealand will celebrate the Democrats for Social Credit Party’s (DSC) 60th anniversary at its annual conference at Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch this weekend. More >>

100-Gun Salute to Commemorate Beginning of WW1

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 11:51 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), with WW100, New Zealand’s First World War centenary programme, will commemorate the beginning of the First World War for New Zealand next Monday, 4 August. More >>

Better care for transgender youth

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 11:31 am | Auckland University

A fact sheet on ways to improve the wellbeing of transgender youth in New Zealand has been developed at the University of Auckland. A study team from the University’s Adolescent Health Research Group, has put forward recommendations, together with ... More >>

Politicians Should Take Lead From Commonwealth Games Heroes

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 11:28 am | Internet Party

Internet Party Calls on Politicians to Take Lead From Commonwealth Games Heroes The Internet Party is challenging other political parties not to turn back the clock to the old election campaigns where Kiwis are played off against other Kiwis. “No ... More >>

Māori Privilege

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 10:35 am | Aaryn Niuapu

Contrary to what some may believe, Māori aren't privileged citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr (yes this guy is learned) Jamie Whyte and Winston Peters would obviously beg to differ, as their recent remarks clearly propagate a narrative that belongs ... More >>

We need a civilised discussion about racial law

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 10:19 am | ACT New Zealand

Yesterday I published the speech that I gave to the ACT Party Waikato Conference on Saturday. It concerned a fundamental principle of Western civilisation. More >>

Returns Not Royal Treatment Will Lead to Investment

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 10:13 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the NZ Herald’s reporting of a $240,000 bill for taxpayers to wine and dine eleven oil executives - including four nights' luxury accommodation, a sailing trip, and two Rugby World Cup games, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ ... More >>

SFO Must Examine Disappearance of Tuwharetoa's $20m

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 10:07 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the NZ Herald’s report into suspected financial irregularities at Tuwharetoa since its Treaty Settlement in 2008, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union , says: More >>

ACT leader’s race-based privilege claims “preposterous”

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 9:13 am | Auckland University of Technology

Historian Professor Paul Moon has blasted ACT leader Jamie Whyte’s recent policy announcement on so-called race-based legislation. More >>

Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 6:27 pm | Internet Party

Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville Internet Party Leader Laila Harré will stand in John Key’s Helensville electorate because “the Prime Minister has some explaining to do”. Ms Harré wants to debate Mr Key at candidate meetings in his own electorate ... More >>

Ministers condemned for failing to meet Papuan journalist

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 5:50 pm | West Papua Action Auckland

West Papua Action Auckland is shocked that that Ministers Coleman and Tolley have decided against giving even a brief time to meet with visiting Papuan journalist Victor Mambor (Chair of the Papua Chapter of the Association of Independent Journalists ... More >>

Cliff Curtis Apolitical

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 5:33 pm | Cliff Curtis

While I respect my cousin Annette Sykes commitment in engaging in the political process, I do not endorse or support any political party. I respect all candidates who make the commitment to stand for political office. It requires and takes a dedication ... More >>

National getting students into science

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 2:41 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Hutt South candidate Chris Bishop today supported the government’s launch of A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara, a programme to boost community involvement in the science sector. More >>

NZ NGOs respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 2:07 pm | NGO Disaster Relief Forum

NZ NGOs are responding to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip with news today of an upsurge in violence and an increasing number of civilian casualties. More >>

ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 1:57 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement David Seymour, ACT Candidate for Epsom 29/07/2014 More >>

Colin Craig (sic) Launches New Website

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 1:13 pm | Joint Press Release

Colin Craig today advised that his web presence was not large enough, especially when compared to similarly polling parties such as the Internet/Mana Party. “After extensive discussion and advice from my full time legal team, and my IT part timer ... More >>

Spat between Minister Smith and Fish and Game overdue - ACT

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 1:08 pm | ACT New Zealand

With the latest spat between Minister Nick Smith and Fish and Games Bryce Johnston hitting fever pitch, ACT Primary Industry Spokesman Don Nicolson says a review of the Fish and Game legislation will be an ACT ambition in the next parliament. More >>

Maori King challenges Ngapuhi leader to front up

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 12:55 pm | David Rankin

Following his strong condemnation of the Maori King, Tuheitia yesterday, Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has received a challenge this afternoon from prominent Kingitanga [King Movement] supporter Mamae Takerei. More >>

ACT Speech to Waikato Conference: Race has no place in law

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 12:47 pm | ACT New Zealand

David Cunliffe recently apologised to a Women’s Refuge symposium: “I don't often say it – I'm sorry for being a man … because family and sexual violence is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men.” The Prime Minister accused Cunliffe of being insincere. Maybe ... More >>

Greg Campbell Chief Executive of Wellington Regional Council

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 12:38 pm | Wellington Regional Council

Chair of Wellington Regional Council, Fran Wilde today announced the appointment of Greg Campbell as Chief Executive of the Council. Greg Campbell will take up the role in September following the departure of outgoing Chief Executive David Benham ... More >>

We are going to campaign harder

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 10:42 am | ACT New Zealand

“It was great news to learn that John Key says I am his recommendation for Epsom. While the Prime Minister is an important person and he is my pick to remain Prime Minister, John Key is just one voter. I am not going to stop my old fashioned door-knocking ... More >>

Why Green isn’t the best colour for water

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 10:33 am | Federated Farmers

Why Green isn’t the best colour for water Ian Mackenzie is Federated Farmers Environment spokesperson and was on the reference group for the National Objectives Framework. An opinion is also running in the New Zealand Herald. The Green Party recently launched ... More >>

Rainbow Wellington General Election Candidates Forum

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 10:32 am | Rainbow Wellington

In many ways the transgender community is in a similar position now to that faced by lesbians and gay men a generation ago. It is having to face many of the same difficulties, often based on the same ignorance and prejudice, including from some who deny their ... More >>

Defence Lawyer Disgust!!!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 10:30 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“ The Sensible Sentencing Trust is horrified by Defence Lawyer Steven Zindel's comments at the Sentencing of a Man Jailed for the Rape of his 4 year old daughter .” More >>

Ōhāriu deserves better than a rort

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 10:21 am | Virginia Andersen

The National Party's deal with Peter Dunne is a rort and shows the people of Ōhāriu are being taken for granted, Labour candidate Virginia Andersen says. "Peter Dunne has been placed on political life support by the National Party. His political blunders ... More >>

FMC Backs Fish and Game's Role on Freshwater

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 9:15 am | Federated Mountain Clubs

Federated Mountain Clubs today reinforced its strong support for the New Zealand Fish and Game Council's statutory role in advocating for anglers and hunters interests in freshwater. FMC President Robin McNeill stated that the Federation's 17,000 members ... More >>

The Letter: Key Gives Nod for Seymour in Epsom

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 9:13 am | ACT New Zealand

This afternoon the PM acknowledged the importance of Epsom to National’s re-election prospects when said he wanted National’s supporters in Epsom to vote for ACT’S David Seymour. We always thought David could win Epsom, for which he has been campaigning ... More >>

Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy

Monday, 28 July 2014, 5:17 pm | Forest And Bird

The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality. More >>

Time for Epsom to say “no deal”

Monday, 28 July 2014, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood. More >>

Petition for release the of seven Bahá'í leaders in Iran

Monday, 28 July 2014, 4:45 pm | Baha'i NZ

At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran ... More >>

Capital gains in the capital city

Monday, 28 July 2014, 3:44 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha ... More >>

Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner

Monday, 28 July 2014, 3:29 pm | Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga

Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men ... More >>

iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28

Monday, 28 July 2014, 12:50 pm | iPredict

The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22% of GDP, ... More >>

TPPA is a bad idea

Monday, 28 July 2014, 12:04 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

“Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep ... More >>

Getting privacy right in our data future

Monday, 28 July 2014, 12:04 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report. More >>

Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good

Monday, 28 July 2014, 11:57 am | Public Good

Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly by the St Andrews ... More >>

Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible

Monday, 28 July 2014, 11:33 am | New Zealand Data Futures Forum

New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today. More >>

Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King

Monday, 28 July 2014, 11:13 am | David Rankin

Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed. More >>

 

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