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A cruel trick on the poor

Monday, 30 March 2015, 4:13 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

Social workers are appalled to learn that state houses may be sold to commercial landlords with no guarantee that they would remain available for those in most need. More >>

Quicker, easier way to register births online

Monday, 30 March 2015, 2:50 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Thousands of parents are using a new Births Deaths and Marriages online service to register the birth of their child. More >>

Vanishing Nature: facing NZ’s biodiversity crisis

Monday, 30 March 2015, 12:57 pm | Environmental Defence Society

New Zealand’s remarkable indigenous biodiversity is fragile and in decline. The latest publication by EDS is Vanishing Nature: facing New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis . More >>

Don’t Cry for Me Aotearoa

Monday, 30 March 2015, 12:36 pm | ACT New Zealand

The weekend’s election shows how crucial ACT and Epsom are to stable centre right government. More >>

Privacy Act supports aviation safeguards in New Zealand

Monday, 30 March 2015, 12:00 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Reports that German privacy laws may have contributed to the Germanwings air crash have prompted New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner to reassure the public that the Privacy Act is no impediment to medical practitioners notifying appropriate authorities ... More >>

Bennett Now Clear Favourite to Succeed Key

Monday, 30 March 2015, 11:54 am | iPredict

Paula Bennett is now the clear favourite to succeed John Key as leader of the National Party after Steven Joyce’s prospects plunged to just 13%, only one point ahead of Jonathan Coleman, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders ... More >>

Parents and children know how to manage challenging content

Monday, 30 March 2015, 11:35 am | Broadcasting Standards Authority

Parents and children know how to manage challenging content The majority of New Zealanders take steps to manage their children’s media use, according to independent research released today. More >>

National environmental report topics announced

Monday, 30 March 2015, 11:31 am | Statistics New Zealand

Secretary for the Environment Dr Paul Reynolds and Government Statistician Liz MacPherson today announced the topics that will be the focus of the Environment Aotearoa 2015 and Environmental indicators Te taiao Aotearoa reports. More >>

Pilot Assistance Programme for potentially stressed members

Monday, 30 March 2015, 11:22 am | NZ Air Line Pilots' Association

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association has approved a Pilot Assistance Programme which uses Psychologist trained and supervised volunteers to provide members with advice and triage support for mental health issues. More >>

Consultation on Campylobacter performance targets open

Monday, 30 March 2015, 11:17 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is asking for feedback on a range of proposed options for testing of Campylobacter in poultry. More >>

"Another colossal leap in the wrong direction"

Monday, 30 March 2015, 11:14 am | Oil Free Wellington

Oil exploration sites now almost twice the size of New Zealand. Oil Free Wellington says, "Block Offer 2015 is yet another colossal leap in the wrong direction" More >>

New Zealand funding boost for Pacific region development

Monday, 30 March 2015, 10:08 am | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

New Zealand funding boost for Pacific region development 30 March 2015 Noumea, New Caledonia – Pacific Islands development has received a boost from New Zealand, with a new funding commitment to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to ... More >>

Block Offer 2015: More of our Seas for Sale

Monday, 30 March 2015, 9:57 am | Oil Free Otago

At midday today Oil Free Otago will be at the office of Dunedin North MP Michael Woodhouse to deliver a message to his government. More >>

Statement From Craddock Farms Limited Re Protest Allegations

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 11:55 pm | Craddock Farms Limited

“The allegations made by the protesters are laughable, ridiculous and totally untrue. More >>

Auckland City Shaken By Thousands Of Protest Drummers

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 10:24 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland, 29 March, 2015: Thousands of people from around the country brought drums along to a protest march in order to bang home a message to visiting oil executives that deep sea oil drilling is not acceptable in New Zealand. More >>

Ngapuhi settlement negotiators appointed

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 9:49 pm | Tuhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority

Three prominent Ngapuhi have been appointed as negotiators for the historic Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlement negotiations to begin soon between the Tuhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tuhoronuku IMA) – representing all Ngapuhi - and the Crown. ... More >>

Egg farm owners get violent during peaceful protest

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 9:39 pm | Stop Craddock Farms

This morning around 30 animal activists from 'STOP Craddock Farms' confronted egg farmers at Craddock Farms, a cage egg producer in Pukekohe. More >>

Activists will confront egg farmers in Pukekohe today

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 9:34 pm | Stop Craddock Farms

This morning around 30 animal activists from 'STOP Craddock Farms' will stage a protest at Craddock Farms, a cage egg producer in Pukekohe. More >>

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Steven Joyce

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 3:02 pm | TV3's 'The Nation'

Winston Peters said, ‘Send them a message.’ What message have you heard? Oh, well, obviously, you know, we lost the election. And so there is a number of messages. I actually thought he campaigned pretty well. He got out in front at the start and ... More >>

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Auckland mayor Len Brown

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 2:59 pm | TV3's 'The Nation'

Len Brown wants Ports of Auckland to delay the start of its wharf extensions so there’s some “breathing space” after public protests against their construction. “I've indicated to our councillors and to the port that I want over the next few ... More >>

Patrick Gower interviews Steven Joyce

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 2:58 pm | The Nation

Patrick Gower: Now, to National’s campaign manager, Steven Joyce. Good morning, and thank you for joining us. Steven Joyce: Good morning, Paddy. No worries. More >>

Maori Party Demands More Help for the Homeless

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 2:42 pm | TVNZ

The Maori Party says homelessness in the regions is an issue now, unlike before, and is vowing to use its new power in the House to tackle it. More >>

We Will Fight Harder in 2017 – Steven Joyce

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 1:34 pm | TVNZ

We Will Fight Harder in 2017 – Steven Joyce The National Party’s campaign manager Steven Joyce told TV One’s Q+A programme he has not experienced a loss in 10 years after a disastrous result last night in the Northland by-election. “You learn a ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews incoming Northland MP Winston Peters

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 1:31 pm | The Nation

Tell me, is it any different waking up this morning with a new job as an electorate MP? More >>

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Andrew Charlton

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 1:08 pm | The Nation

That’s a really complicated question. We built the two-person rule to address situations other than this situation. We also built the incredibly secure cockpit rule to address a completely different situation as well. The incredibly secure cockpit that we’ve ... More >>

Mayoral Forum backs runway extension plan

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 1:06 pm | Wellington City Council

The Wellington region Mayoral Forum has given a significant boost to planning for a 350-metre extension to Wellington Airport’s runway. More >>

Kiwis chance to break silence on ISDS

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 10:55 am | It's Our Future

The Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade committee is now accepting public submissions on the NZ-Korea Free Trade Agreement, providing Kiwis with a rare chance to break the silence on the controversial investor-state dispute settlement provisions in ... More >>

Korero Mai Ki Ahau: Sturday 28 & Sunday 29 March 2015

Friday, 27 March 2015, 4:08 pm | Radio Waatea 603 AM

Saturday 28th March: Waioho Papamoana is the call to arms hiikoi in Auckland city this Sunday protesting against Norwegian state oil company Statoil's exploration programme off Northland. Greenpeace says not only Statoil but other operators need ... More >>

On Balance - Gender equality news

Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:58 pm | National Council of Women

Roastbuster issue wider than individual Police practice The Independent Police Conduct Authority released its report on Police handling of the “Roastbusters” case . National Council of Women of New Zealand stated the report highlighted “continued ... More >>

Methodist Mission decide on collaboration over ownership

Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:29 pm | Methodist Mission

Following government plans to transfer more responsibility for housing low income and vulnerable tenants by selling a portion of its housing stock to community providers, Methodist Mission Aotearoa have also chosen not to participate in the transfer, instead ... More >>

New Zealand Business at Risk From Bribery and Corruption

Friday, 27 March 2015, 2:17 pm | Transparency International

Deloitte's 2015 Bribery and Corruption survey is a wake up call for NZ businesses operating here and overseas as they are at risk of being caught up with bribery and corruption scandals. More >>

Peters Triumphant; Key Weakens; Shaw Emerges

Friday, 27 March 2015, 1:34 pm | iPredict

NZ First leader Winston Peters is expected to win the Northland by-election tomorrow with a majority of 1394 , according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Prime Minister John Key’s ... More >>

IPCA identifies significant problems in Police custody

Friday, 27 March 2015, 1:22 pm | Independent Police Conduct Authority

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More >>

Oil Free Wellington Delivers Message to Norwegian Consulate

Friday, 27 March 2015, 12:58 pm | Oil Free Wellington

Oil Free Wellington Delivers Message to Norwegian Consulate as Government Prepares to Announce 2015 Oil and Gas Block Offer. Stop Statoil – No deep sea oil. More >>

Public conned over anti-speeding strategy

Friday, 27 March 2015, 12:45 pm | Dog And Lemon guide

The police are continuing to use phony science to justify a failed anti-speeding campaign, says the car review website dogandlemon.com . More >>

TPPA leak suggests more challenges for NZ sovereignty

Friday, 27 March 2015, 12:33 pm | Bridget Williams Books

As a document leaked yesterday demonstrates the potential effect of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement upon sovereign rights, Professor Margaret Wilson at Waikato University says that changes to the structure of the state are already affecting ... More >>

Counties Manukau Police Respond to IPCA Report

Friday, 27 March 2015, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Police

Counties Manukau Police accept the findings of today’s report from the Independent Police Conduct Authority following the death of 20 year old Sentry Taitoko while in Police custody in February 2014, and say recommendations following the tragedy ... More >>

Police accept Authority findings

Friday, 27 March 2015, 12:15 pm | New Zealand Police

Police accepts the findings of two Independent Police Conduct Authority reports released today highlighting issues with the management of people in custody, and is continuing to work with the responsible agencies to address them. More >>

Crown delivers historic apology to Ngāruahine

Friday, 27 March 2015, 12:12 pm | Ngaruahine Iwi

Crown delivers historic apology to Ngāruahine Ngāti Waewae hosts Taranaki iwi Treaty Settlement Apology More >>

Sunday Selfies Send Minister A Message

Friday, 27 March 2015, 10:17 am | WagePeaceNZ

This Sunday New Zealanders and MPs are being asked to make a selfie sign, post it on their social networks, then email it to Minister Michael Woodhouse ( m.woodhouse@ministers.govt.nz ) to give voice to the New Zealand government’s silence on Australian refugee imprisonment. More >>

Summer road safety research shows continued support on speed

Friday, 27 March 2015, 10:08 am | New Zealand Police

Independent research released today into Police's recent summer road safety campaign has revealed continued public support for speed enforcement, with a majority of road users finding the summer campaign easy to understand. More >>

Key rules out cannabis decriminalisation

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:32 pm | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Prime Minister John Key has ruled out relaxing cannabis laws while campaigning for the Northland by-election. More >>

Inquiry into allegations of GCSB interception in Pacific

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:09 pm | Inspector General of Intelligence and Security

Inquiry into allegations of GCSB interception of communications in the South Pacific - 25 March 2015, 3.00pm More >>

Record Renewables in 2014

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:09 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today released the December quarter 2014 edition of the NZ Energy Quarterly. This publication showed that renewable electricity generation contributed almost 80% of New Zealand’s electricity during ... More >>

Judgment: Helu v Immigration and Protection Tribunal

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:04 pm | NZ Supreme Court

SAMUELA FALETALAVAI HELU v IMMIGRATION AND PROTECTION TRIBUNAL AND MINISTER OF IMMIGRATION (SC 72/2013) More >>

Council's Cultural Heritage? a Rubbish Dump

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:32 pm | Democracy Action

Responding to the Auckland Council's media release confirming the Council's support for the controversial Cultural Impact Assessment regime in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, Democracy Action Chairman, Lee Short, says: More >>

Some good changes but who is going to enforce them?

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:06 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“The package of changes to minimum employment standards is a good start but doesn’t address the elephant in the room” says CTU Secretary Sam Huggard. More >>

Royal succession laws come into force

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 1:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Legislation modernising rules applying to Royal succession to the throne came into force today in New Zealand and in the 16 Realms that share the Queen as Head of State. More >>

Challenges to school boards’ decisions rare

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 1:19 pm | NZSTA

The President of NZ School Trustees Association, Lorraine Kerr, says challenges to schools’ decisions arising from student disciplinary cases are quite rare. More >>

New TPPA Investment Leak Confirms NZ Surrender to US

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 12:24 pm | Professor Jane Kelsey

The controversial investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has just been posted by Wikileaks , along with an analysis by Washington-based Public Citizen. Dated 20 January 2015, at the start of the negotiating round in New York, ... More >>

Northland Candidate's Foreign Policy to Boycott the USA

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 12:23 pm | Adam Holland

In recent decades, criminal elements of The United States of America have been breaching international law by committing war crimes, imposing absurd trade sanctions on dozens of countries for no apparent reasons, without reasonable excuse and have even been ... More >>

Monarchy Succession Updated

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 11:01 am | Monarchy NZ

Chair of Monarchy New Zealand, Dr Sean Palmer, welcomes the enactment of the Royal Succession Act. More >>

TV3 & Radiolive Announce ‘Northland Decides’ Coverage

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 11:00 am | Mediaworks

Patrick Gower, Duncan Garner and Lisa Owen will lead 3News’ comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Northland By-Election on TV3, RadioLIVE and online. More >>

SSC Pay Hike Makes MPs Look Selfless

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 10:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the Dominion Post report that average salaries at the State Services Commission hit $126,000 in 2014, up $13,000 in a year and 15 per cent more than any other department, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says: More >>

Official Information Act – still fit for purpose?

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 10:21 am | IPANZ

The once ground-breaking Official Information Act is now open to ‘game-playing’ and variations in how it’s applied, says an article in the AprilPublic Sector journal). The article considers whether the Act itself is weak or if improvements can be made ... More >>

NZDF Continues Vanuatu Aid Effort

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 10:07 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) sealift and amphibious support ship HMNZS CANTERBURY has arrived in Port Vila carrying further aid to support Vanuatu’s recovery from the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam. More >>

SST Congratulates NZ First on Name Suppression proposal

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:56 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust congratulates NZ First for acting on the issue of post-conviction name suppression with their new Bill put forward by Winston Peters. More >>

Government closes door on local businesses

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:27 am | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

New Zealanders will not get a say on the government’s decision to ratify an international agreement which removes the right to protect local jobs, says Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson. More >>

Bribery and corruption a real and growing issue in NZ

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:24 am | Deloitte

Domestic bribery and corruption is both a real and growing issue in New Zealand that organisations ignore at their peril, according to a Trans-Tasman survey released to business audiences in Wellington and Auckland today. More >>

Public submissions refused on Government Procurement deal

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:12 am | Council of Trade Unions

“Parliament has refused to hear public submissions on an international agreement the Government has signed that locks in future rules for government purchasing,” says CTU Secretary, Sam Huggard. “This should have been the one and only opportunity ... More >>

 

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