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Road toll for motorcyclists drops

Friday, 28 July 2017, 4:06 pm | Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council

Fewer motorcyclists have been killed on New Zealand roads so far this year than in 2016, the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) says. More >>

Brownlee's challenger Raf Manji pitches for 2026 Games

Friday, 28 July 2017, 1:49 pm | BusinessDesk

July 27 (BusinessDesk) - Christchurch should bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games both as a way to kickstart the city's stalled post-quakes rebuild and to ensure its nationally strategic potential is restored, says Raf Manji, the Christchurch City ... More >>

People First NZ backs Human Rights Commission report

Friday, 28 July 2017, 1:20 pm | People First

People First New Zealand Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi welcomes the Human Rights Commission and Donald Beasley Institute report ‘Institutions are places of abuse’ that was released yesterday. Many of our older members grew up and spent significant parts ... More >>

Kiwis to Join Momentum Against Human Trafficking

Friday, 28 July 2017, 12:33 pm | Tearfund

Kiwis to Join Momentum Against Human Trafficking Following Landmark Thai Court Case Hundreds of Kiwis will be joining the momentum in the fight against human trafficking and exploitation following news of Thailand’s largest ever human trafficking trial ... More >>

ECO welcomes call for climate commission

Friday, 28 July 2017, 12:07 pm | Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

ECO welcomes call for climate commission and carbon budgeting The Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO) today welcomed the carbon emissions reduction report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and her recommendations ... More >>

Canadian Indigenous Rights Case Could Block Oil Exploration

Friday, 28 July 2017, 11:36 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Friday, July 28: A David vs Goliath court case in Canada that has seen an indigenous community triumph in the country’s highest court to block oil exploration could have a ripple effect in New Zealand. More >>

Outdoors Party Calls into Question Ospri 1080 Protocols

Friday, 28 July 2017, 11:01 am | Outdoors Party

The NZ Outdoors Party is calling on OSPRI to test all animal carcasses found on Waianakarua beach, Otago, following its recent aerial 1080 drop upstream. Both Waitaki District Council and 1080 Paw Patrol have released photographs on Facebook of several deer, ... More >>

Over $1 million granted for research about children

Friday, 28 July 2017, 10:12 am | Superu

Over $1 million has been granted to a mix of academic, public and private researchers from the Superu Children and Families Research Fund. More >>

Call for Climate Commission & Carbon Budgeting Welcomed

Friday, 28 July 2017, 9:27 am | Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

The Environment and Conservation Organistions of NZ (ECO) today welcomed the carbon emissions reduction report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and her recommendations to establish a Climate Commission and that New Zealand institute ... More >>

Ōhāriu deal same old same old – Greg O’Connor

Friday, 28 July 2017, 9:09 am | Greg O'Connor

“The same tired message to Ōhāriu voters to vote for Peter Dunne will produce the same result,” Labour Party Ōhāriu Candidate Greg O’Connor said today. He was responding to Bill English’s plea to Ōhāriu voters to vote for Peter Dunne. ... More >>

Call for climate commission and carbon budgeting welcomed

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 8:32 pm | Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

Call for climate commission and carbon budgeting welcomed The Environment and Conservation Organistions of NZ (ECO) today welcomed the carbon emissions reduction report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and her recommendations to establish ... More >>

Govt has listened to tourism industry concerns

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 5:52 pm | Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Govt has listened to tourism industry concerns about work visa changes New Zealand’s fast growing tourism industry is pleased the Government has listened to its concerns about the proposed changes to temporary work visas. Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief ... More >>

Immigration: Disappointing but there’s hope, says DairyNZ

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 5:50 pm | Dairy NZ

Immigration announcement: Disappointing but there’s hope, says DairyNZ DairyNZ is disappointed that today’s announcement by Government has not addressed the concerns raised about migrant staff. However, DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says there ... More >>

LGNZ welcomes call for independent climate change commission

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 4:58 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ welcomes call for independent climate change commission Local Government New Zealand agrees with the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s statement today that climate change is the “ultimate intergenerational issue” and requires ... More >>

National’s Proposed New Equal Pay Law Disappoints

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 4:46 pm | Pay Equity Coalition

Media release: Pay Equity Coalition (Wellington) National’s Proposed New Equal Pay Law Disappoints The Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill tabled yesterday by the Government doesn’t do what the Government promises it would do, says the ... More >>

Government’s Fiddling With Immigration Doesn’t Help Rural NZ

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 4:32 pm | Federated Farmers

Calls from a united primary sector for the government’s latest round of immigration changes to address significant labour shortages in rural areas have obviously fallen on deaf ears. More >>

Democracy – Yeah Right

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 4:12 pm | NZ Seniors Party

When does a job become an occupation? The answer is when you are employed by the NZ Government. Under Section 70 Social Security Act 1964, Government occupational pensions are not subject to direct deduction whereas overseas jobs that have self-funded ... More >>

Feds Finds Useful Suggestions in PCE Report

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 3:47 pm | Federated Farmers

-- The report released today suggesting New Zealand needs a Climate Change Commission, like the UK’s, has qualified support from Federated Farmers. More >>

Next Parliament must heed call for new climate law

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 3:40 pm | Generation Zero

Youth organisation Generation Zero is calling for Parliament to heed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s recommendations to establish a historic new climate change law, which align very closely with the group’s Zero Carbon Act proposal ... More >>

Thames firm facing up to 100 job losses

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 3:38 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

The loss of up to 100 jobs at one of Thames' oldest engineering businesses, A & G Price, has seen the communities and agencies swinging into action quickly to support those affected. More >>

ETS review may reduce forest planting

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 3:18 pm | Woodco

Forest owners and wood processors say they appreciate the government needs to fine tune the Emissions Trading Scheme, but they believe present uncertainty in the ETS might lead to a reduction in forest planting, just when it needs to increase. The ... More >>

EDS strongly supports call for Climate Commission

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 3:15 pm | Environmental Defence Society

EDS strongly supports call for Climate Commission The Environmental Defence Society has strongly endorsed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s call for the establishment of a Climate Commission. More >>

Fishing company to pay $122,252 for breaches in NZ Waters

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 3:09 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

A Japanese fishing company must pay $122,252 for breaching employment law while in New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), following a Labour Inspectorate investigation. More >>

Conservation organisations welcome PCE call

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 3:07 pm | Joint Press Release

WWF-New Zealand, Forest & Bird and Oxfam New Zealand welcome the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's (PCE) report, ‘Stepping Stones to Paris and Beyond’, released today. The PCE report identifies an historic opportunity for the next New Zealand ... More >>

Z urges business, cross-party support for Climate Act

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 3:02 pm | Z Energy

Z Energy today urged businesses and all political parties to back a recommendation to enshrine carbon reduction targets in law and set carbon budgets to enable clear measurement. More >>

Carbon budgets would provide ‘certainty’ for dairy sector

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 2:59 pm | Dairy NZ

DairyNZ has welcomed the release today of a report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, which recommends New Zealand approach climate change in a similar manner to the United Kingdom. Dr Jan Wright recommends Government set up an independent ... More >>

Meridian welcomes advocacy for action on climate change

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 2:57 pm | Meridian Energy

Meridian Energy today welcomed Stepping stones to Paris and beyond: Climate change, progress, and predictability, a report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment that outlines opportunities to strengthen New Zealand’s action on climate ... More >>

How NZ Adapts to Climate Change Needs Stronger Push

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 2:54 pm | Insurance Council

The Insurance Council of New Zealand says the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s recommendations on long-term planning for climate change fell short in not dealing with how New Zealand should adapt to climate change. More >>

Time to take a historic step for climate change: PCE

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 2:36 pm | Parliamentary Commissioner For The Environment

Time to take a historic step for climate change, says Environment Commissioner The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, has issued a rallying call to MPs of all parties: it’s time to come together to tackle climate change. ... More >>

Pragmatic response to employers call for temporary work visa

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 1:49 pm | EMA Central

Pragmatic response to employers call for temporary work visas -- The setting of more realistic bands for temporary work visas is a pragmatic response for employers struggling to find staff. More >>

Making Rail Great Again

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 11:48 am | TransTasman

It seems politicians lose their grip on economic reality at election time. Already they are pouring out pledges of what they will do if they are in a coalition governing after the Sept 23 poll. More >>

Green Party adopts fake "left" posture ahead of election

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 11:16 am | Socialist Equality Group

New Zealand’s establishment political parties have recently begun releasing their policy statements ahead of the September 23election. More >>

Immigration Needs Long Term Strategy, Not Knee Jerk Reaction

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 11:01 am | Conservative Party

While many parties are advocating for higher immigration numbers, there are some valid reasons to curb immigration, not the least of these being that we haven’t got the houses for them to live in. 2 + 2 does not equal 3, and until we have sufficient ... More >>

Rising prices for essentials hit beneficiaries the hardest

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 10:57 am | Statistics New Zealand

Higher prices for housing and household utilities and food are hitting beneficiaries the hardest, while overall prices are dipping slightly for top earners, Stats NZ said today. More >>

REINZ Welcomes Healthy Homes Bill moving to Next Stage

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 10:51 am | REINZ

Real Estate Institute welcomes Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill moving to next stage The Real Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) welcomes the announcement that the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (No. 2) has passed its second reading last night, as the organisation ... More >>

Submissions sought on state sector productivity

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 10:33 am | Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission is seeking submissions on its inquiry into measuring and improving state sector productivity. More >>

Greens Launch Manawatū – Hawke’s Bay Rail Plan

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 10:16 am | Green Party

The Green Party today launched a plan to trial a new twice-daily passenger train from Palmerston North to Napier, while the Manawatū Gorge is closed to road traffic, as well as a commitment to increase funding to reduce fares on the Capital Connection ... More >>

E tū seeks answers over Prices Foundry closure

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 9:46 am | E tu

E tū which represents workers at Prices Foundry in Thames says it will be working alongside its members as they deal with the aftermath of yesterday’s closure. More >>

The True Story About Synthetic Cannabis and Drugs

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 9:14 am | Conservative Party

“My husband and I see the damage done to youth from synthetic cannabis and drugs first hand. We don’t read about it, we don’t hear about it, we’ve lived with it for over 15 years”, says Conservative Party Candidate for Northland - Mel Taylor. More >>

Shocking History of Chemical Herbicide Use Published

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 8:56 am | Weed Management Advisory

Years of unremitting and insidious manoeuvres to deflect and suppress community wishes and deliberately fudge, sidestep and evade implementing adopted policy are exposed in a shocking history of the use of chemicals for weed and vegetation control in ... More >>

Kiwis with Intellectual Disabilities Faced Systemic Abuse

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 8:27 am | Human Rights Commission

The release of a new report into state abuse shows the mistreatment was systemic, enduring and an everyday reality for New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities who lived in institutions and special schools. More >>

Twyford & Genter 31 July - Peter O'Connor 27 July

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 5:17 pm | New Zealand Fabian Society

Remiinder - Prof. Peter O’Connor - Resetting the focus and values of New Zealand Education - 27 July - AKL More >>

Women will fight hurdles to equal pay

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 3:49 pm | NZEI

26 July 2017 Women in education will fight the Government's attempt to create new hurdles that make it harder for us to achieve fair pay, NZEI Te Riu Roa says. The Government released the text of its Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill today. More >>

Serious concerns with Nationals proposed new equal pay law

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 3:45 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Government has today tabled the Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill with the first reading expected next week. CTU Vice President Rachel Mackintosh has serious concerns about the content and direction of this Bill, “we are carefully examining ... More >>

Immigration New Zealand encourages plain English in new award

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 2:29 pm | Immigration NZ

Immigration New Zealand will be sponsoring this year’s Best Plain English Turnaround Award as part of the WriteMark Plain English Awards. The Awards celebrate New Zealand’s clearest communicators and encourage the use of plain English as a common practice ... More >>

Kiwi school leavers not equipped to engage with Asia

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 2:19 pm | Asia New Zealand Foundation

Research released today by the Asia New Zealand Foundation has found less than 10 percent of school leavers are ‘Asia-ready’ and only 36 percent are ‘in the zone’ when it comes to Asia readiness*. More >>

Manurewa Candidate Hohaia: Let’s get legal on homelessness

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 1:34 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party candidate for Manurewa Tasha Hohaia will be supporting the hīkoi for homelessness happening this Saturday in the local community. Hohaia notes “As with all movements that raise awareness though, we need to consider what we can make happen ... More >>

Migration, diversity and the changing face of New Zealand

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 1:26 pm | University of Auckland

The changing face of migration in an increasingly diverse society will be the focus of this year’s University of Auckland Winter Lecture series, Nation Transformed: the place of migration in 21st century Aotearoa-New Zealand. Marking 30 years since ... More >>

Emissions Trading Scheme review - Expert reaction

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 1:13 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government has announced a package of changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) following a review of the system. More >>

Animal Testing Would Not Prevent Synthetic Cannabis Deaths

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 12:52 pm | NZ Anti-Vivisection Society

In relation to the recent deaths in Auckland caused by synthetic cannabis use, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has stated that ‘…the testing regime is now in place, but it is not functional because the Government banned the use of animal testing ... More >>

WINZ Needs to Get Off The Couch and Go See Fraudster MP

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 12:29 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

26 JULY 2017 - Taxpayers want to know why WINZ hasn't sat down with Metiria Turei yet and worked out how much she owes the taxpayer or pressed charges? More >>

Gold Fever Comes In Many Forms

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 12:07 pm | TransTasman

INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS - A “massive find of quality gold” valued in the tens of millions of dollars in NZ might be greeted by some with as much enthusiasm as Team NZ winning the America’s Cup. Instead, the headlines were made by anti-mining ... More >>

Labour Force Survey Estimated Working-age Population

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 10:54 am | Statistics New Zealand

This table provides the working-age population estimate of the usually resident, non-institutionalised, population of New Zealand aged 15 years and over. This estimate is the benchmark figure for the number of people in the labour market each quarter ... More >>

LGNZ Set to Use Ratepayer Money to Lobby for "Cat Tax"

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 10:46 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

LGNZ set to use ratepayer money to lobby for "cat tax" ratepayers don't want More >>

New Tools to Help Meet Climate Change Targets

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 9:16 am | New Zealand Government

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett is today announcing a package of changes that the Government will make to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to ensure it puts New Zealand in the best possible position to achieve its ambitious 2030 emissions ... More >>

Voluntary Suspension of Fuji Xerox NZ from AoG Contracts

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 9:07 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Fuji Xerox New Zealand (FXNZ) has agreed a voluntary suspension from all current All-of-Government contracts. More >>

Facelift not enough for Wainuiomata High School

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 9:04 am | Ginny Anderson

The government is announcing that Wainuiomata High School is due for a facelift, but anything less than a total rebuild will not be enough, claims Ginny Andersen, Labour candidate for Hutt South. More >>

Rural Recycling Needs Collection, Minister!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 9:00 am | Product Stewardship Council More >>

Chris Leitch Calls for Gang Hui in Whangarei

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 8:51 am | Democrats for Social Credit

The gangs who were involved in the boxing night in Whangarei on Saturday should be invited back for a series of hui to address the issues that contribute to gang involvement like unemployment, poor education, and a family environment of alcohol, ... More >>

Research Association NZ Political Polling Guidelines

Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 5:14 pm | Research Association

With the election only two months away the noise around political polling is getting understandably louder. So Research Association New Zealand (RANZ) is providing a helpful little guide on reading and reporting polls for journalists which you can ... More >>




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