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TPP laws risk creative handbrakes

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 4:21 pm | InternetNZ

InternetNZ has released its submission to Parliament on the TPP Amendment Bill. The submission sets out ways to update the draft legislation to deliver the most fair possible copyright laws for all New Zealanders. More >>

Proposed Pricing a Regional Tax by Stealth

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 4:17 pm | Employers And Manufacturers Association

EMA is calling the Electricity Authority’s (EA) proposed pricing regime changes a regional tax by stealth. More >>

An Aggressive Unitary Plan Won't Be Enough

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 3:57 pm | Mark Thomas

Auckland Mayoral Candidate Mark Thomas said unlike his opponent Labour MP Phil Goff, he had a housing action plan in place irrespective of the outcome of the Unitary Plan. The Hearings Panel recommendations are being made public tomorrow. "Even ... More >>

Customised Careers Advice a Solution Long Time Coming

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 3:53 pm | NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations applauds the moves of the Labour Party to acknowledge the need for good careers advice. More >>

Labour’s careers policy encouraging

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 3:49 pm | Road Transport Forum

Labour’s careers policy encouraging The road transport industry welcomes the policy announcement today from Labour to boost the role of careers advisors in schools, says Road Transport Forum Chief Executive Ken Shirley. “Like many other OECD nations ... More >>

Armed Forces Keen to Be Part of Local Communities

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealanders who serve their country in uniform are making a valuable contribution to local communities, New Zealand’s top military officer has reminded community leaders. More >>

Labour's plan to boost skills development refreshing

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 1:43 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The future of work needs to be one where working people have good, satisfying jobs with decent incomes, and Labour's announcements today on boosting skills are welcome, the CTU said today. More >>

Government reforms need stronger protections for democracy

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 1:03 pm | Hutt City Council

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace has warned that local democracy will be undermined unless specific provision for it is included in the Government’s Better Local Services reforms. More >>

Beam Me up Maggie!!!!!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 12:34 pm | NZ Seniors Party

Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry announced yesterday that the Government has set a target to make New Zealand ‘predator free’ by 2050. In her statement she went on to say that this was going to be achieved by using technology that had not ... More >>

Feds disappointed with Local Government’s 8 Point Programme

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 12:30 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers congratulates Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) for producing a paper that seeks to provide a document for the future but is disappointed that it misses the mark. More >>

Unitary Plan Vote Could Be Constitutional Disgrace

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 11:41 am | Democracy Action

It would be a constitutional disgrace if Auckland Council delegated the adoption of the Unitary Plan to its Development Committee. According to an NBR report the Council is considering delegating the decisions to its Development Committee, which ... More >>

What About the Predators Killing Our Kids

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 10:39 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“It is ironic that the same day the Government announces a plan to eradicate predators to protect our natural heritage an even more despicable predator has appealed his sentence for killing a defenceless and vulnerable child.” McVicar More >>

Avalanche Near Miss Prompts Fresh Warnings

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 10:27 am | NZ Mountain Safety Council

Recent events in the Remarkables Range have highlighted the risks of winter backcountry use. The Mountain Safety Council is keen to remind those going into unpatrolled terrain to check the conditions carefully. Chief Executive Mike Daisley is concerned the ... More >>

Designing a future-focused resource management system

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 10:21 am | LGNZ

A proposed resource management system with an emphasis on early decision-making and placing greater value on natural eco-systems was launched at the Local Government New Zealand 2016 Conference today. More >>

Feds congratulates government on ambitious project

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 10:10 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers fully backs the target to completely eradicate introduced predators from New Zealand by 2050 announced by the government today and agrees with the government that emerging technologies is now making such an ambitious target possible. More >>

Rakiura Maori Lands Trust Applauds Predator Free Plan

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 9:24 am | Rakiura Maori Lands Trust

Rakiura Maori Lands Trust (RMLT) chair Simon Gomez says the Trust welcomes the government’s announcement to make NZ Predator Free by 2050. More >>

Worksafe's Attitude to Accuracy Astonishing

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 9:06 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has made a complaint to the State Services Commissioner against WorkSafe NZ chief executive Gordon MacDonald in relation to public comments which appear to justify his agency misleading the public in relation to advertisements ... More >>

Predator free NZ entirely possible by 2050

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 8:56 am | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says Predator Free NZ should become a cross-party objective for the country, like our Nuclear Free NZ policy. More >>

New Zealand to be predator-free by 2050 – welcome news

Monday, 25 July 2016, 5:15 pm | WWF-New Zealand

Today’s announcement by Prime Minister John Key to make New Zealand predator-free by 2050 is welcomed by conservation organisation, WWF New-Zealand. More >>

Pea growers work with MPI to rid Wairarapa of weevil pest

Monday, 25 July 2016, 5:13 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), and local pea growers, are planning urgent action to eradicate a small Wairarapa population of a newly discovered weevil that damages pea crops. More >>

Mururoa Nuclear Veterans Group Reply to Radiation Report

Monday, 25 July 2016, 4:28 pm | Mururoa Nuclear Veterans Group

The Mururoa Nuclear Veterans Group (MNVG Inc) has unequivocally rejected the findings of last year’s report commissioned by Veteran Affairs and undertaken by Crown research agency Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR) which was released in October ... More >>

Lack of Realism in Predator Free Announcement

Monday, 25 July 2016, 4:18 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The lack of economic rigour in John Key’s new signature policy announced this afternoon in Wellington is ‘scary’ according to the Taxpayers’ Union . Reacting to the Government’s announcement, the lobby group’s Executive Director, Jordan Williams, ... More >>

Free Press 25/7/16

Monday, 25 July 2016, 3:57 pm | ACT New Zealand

David vs Jacinda This week David Seymour takes aim at the teacher unions’ bullying tactics, and Jacinda Ardern is a pyromaniac in a field of strawmen. The full Sunday Star Column is here . The Labour Party need to show they are capable of criticising ... More >>

Local Government in Need of Fresh Ideas

Monday, 25 July 2016, 3:34 pm | BusinessNZ

Local Government Business Forum has called the New Zealand Initiative’s latest report a breath of "fresh ideas" in the often stale debate about what is the right size for local authorities. More >>

Trade Me leads NZ transparency reporting

Monday, 25 July 2016, 2:54 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Trade Me today revealed it received 1508 requests for customer information from Police and 15 requests from the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) in the 2016 financial year. More >>

E tū challenging school job losses

Monday, 25 July 2016, 2:30 pm | E tu

E tū is challenging the termination of three long-standing school cleaners by a franchise company after it took over the school’s cleaning contract. More >>

Continuing to strengthen New Zealand borders

Monday, 25 July 2016, 1:48 pm | Immigration NZ

All travellers flying to, from or through New Zealand will now be checked against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database in a move that will make the border even safer. More >>

NZ levies one of the world’s lowest property purchase taxes

Monday, 25 July 2016, 1:46 pm | UHY Haines Norton

New Zealand levies one of the world’s lowest property purchase taxes on prime real estate - global UHY study reveals More >>

Homebuilding to reach an all-time record by 2018

Monday, 25 July 2016, 11:39 am | Infometrics

New analysis by economic consultants Infometrics shows the supply response to the housing crisis is on its way, with homebuilding consents forecast to hit record levels by 2018. More >>

Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections

Monday, 25 July 2016, 11:29 am | JustSpeak

This Wednesday the public have the chance to discuss the crisis of mass imprisonment, and its disproportionate impact on Māori, with leading experts Moana Jackson and Kim Workman at Wellington Cathedral at 6pm. More >>

Stressed tertiary education staff struggling with work

Monday, 25 July 2016, 11:21 am | Tertiary Education Union

People working in universities, polytechnics and wānanga are stressed about their future, according to a new survey by the Tertiary Education Union. More >>

Looking to the past for solutions to Auckland's crises

Monday, 25 July 2016, 11:12 am | Massey University

Can we learn from past crises to inform current solutions? That’s the theme behind this year’s Vaughan Park Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture being delivered by historian Professor Michael Belgrave. The lecture at Massey University next Thursday July 28 ... More >>

Future proofing project launched at LGNZ conference

Monday, 25 July 2016, 11:10 am | LGNZ

How New Zealand faces up to dramatic changes over the next 30 years is the focus of a major programme of work launched by Local Government New Zealand at its 2016 Conference today. More >>

NZDF Career Turns Dream to Reality for Matamata Man

Monday, 25 July 2016, 10:25 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) Petty Officer Diver (PODR) Shaun Heaslip, from Matamata, is living out a childhood dream: diving in warm Hawaiian waters - as part of the world’s largest international maritime exercise. More >>

IOC not protecting the integrity of sport

Monday, 25 July 2016, 9:55 am | Drug Free Sport NZ

Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) is not holding back in its criticism of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision not to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics despite overwhelming evidence of state-sponsored doping. More >>

Manawatu Judge Gives Serial Paedophile Leniency

Monday, 25 July 2016, 9:41 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Paul Rodger Herrick preyed on vulnerable children before indecently assaulting them for sexual gratification. He committed crimes against children as young as 9 years of age and had been offending for over 30 years. More >>

NZDF-Led Projects Boost Drought Resilience

Monday, 25 July 2016, 9:32 am | New Zealand Defence Force

NZDF-Led Projects Boost Drought Resilience of Tongan Communities Community projects undertaken by a multi-national task group led by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) are expected to reduce the vulnerability of remote communities to the impact of drought, ... More >>

Grant Robertson interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 24 July 2016, 10:44 pm | TVNZ

CORIN I wonder if you could give us a sense of how a future Labour government would navigate its way through its economic issues in a world of post-Brexit, of potentially a Donald Trump presidency. It’s a pretty scary place. What would be your priorities? More >>

We must stop blaming foreigners – ACT Party leader

Sunday, 24 July 2016, 10:41 pm | TVNZ

“We are a free-trading liberal democracy which is enriched by our interactions with foreigners,” says ACT Party leader David Seymour. More >>

Sir Geoffrey Palmer – New Zealand must maintain position

Sunday, 24 July 2016, 10:31 pm | TVNZ

The architect of our anti-nuclear legislation and former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer told TV One’s Q+A programme that New Zealand must maintain its on-the-fence position. More >>

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Eva Orner

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 12:24 pm | The Nation

But as the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat grew in the 1990, successive governments fought back with harsher and harsher laws. More >>

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews John Tamihere

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 11:56 am | The Nation

John Tamihere says Te Whanau o Waipareira pulled out of a deal to set up a charter school because the contract gave the Education Minister too much power to close the school, and the Government would not include a reference to the trust as a Treaty ... More >>

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Kendal Unruh

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 11:53 am | The Nation

Patrick Gower: Kendal Unruh, one of the leaders of the Never Trump movement. You tried to stop Donald Trump. You tried out here on this floor to stop Donald Trump. Why? Why did it matter so much to you to stop him becoming the Republican nominee? More >>

Q + A - Sunday July 24

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 11:24 am | TVNZ

1. A US naval ship will visit later NZ this year, the first in 30 years. Is this a victory for New Zealand? The architect of our anti-nuclear legislation, former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer is interviewed by Political Editor Corin Dann. More >>

This weekend on The Nation...

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 11:16 am | The Nation

West Auckland's Waipareira Trust has been one of the biggest supporters of charter schools, but they've just pulled the plug on plans for one with more than 100 kids already signed up. Why, and what next for the Act Party's signature policy? Lisa ... More >>

Māori Television calls on E Tū union to settle pay dispute

Friday, 22 July 2016, 4:25 pm | Maori Television Service

Māori Television has called on the E Tū Union to bring to a close a prolonged collective bargaining process in the interest of its staff. More >>

Housing crisis to blame for people living in garages

Friday, 22 July 2016, 4:18 pm | Public Service Association

The housing crisis and continued inaction by the Government is to blame for people in Auckland being forced to live in unapproved garages, sheds and other unsustainable situations, the Public Service Association says. More >>

Peace Activists intimidated by police

Friday, 22 July 2016, 2:24 pm | Peace Action Wellington

Media Release: Peace Activists intimidated by police From: Peace Action Wellington activists Date: 22 July 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More >>

NZDF Air Transport Team a Workhorse in the Middle East

Friday, 22 July 2016, 2:20 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) air transport team sent to support coalition operations in the Middle East has completed the equivalent of three months’ worth of flying in just six weeks. More >>

Response to Chief Ombudsman's Report into OIA Practices

Friday, 22 July 2016, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Treasury

The Treasury has released its response to the Chief Ombudsman's report into OIA practices. More >>

A new mayor for Auckland: Having the answers

Friday, 22 July 2016, 11:34 am | Mark Thomas

Len Brown and Phil Goff are similar. Both have no large, private sector experience. Both have never directly run complex organisations. In addition Phil has no experience of local government or Auckland Council. Fear not, help is at hand You can ‘check ... More >>

NZ Defence Force Tests Amphibious Capability

Friday, 22 July 2016, 11:10 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The NZDF Amphibious Task Force conducts the first iteration of Exercise Joint Waka in the Canterbury area earlier this year. More >>

Wifi in Auckland district courts

Friday, 22 July 2016, 11:07 am | Ministry of Justice

Lawyers, judges, media and other people working in Waitakere and Manukau district courts can access to Ministry-supported wifi from their mobile devices in a new initiative. More >>

Ethnic differences in wellbeing of Kiwi familes

Friday, 22 July 2016, 10:16 am | Superu

Superu has just released its latest Families and Whānau Status Report, which explores the wellbeing of New Zealand’s families and whānau. More >>

Nominations for District Health Board Elected Members Open

Friday, 22 July 2016, 9:15 am | Ministry of Health

Nominations for the seven elected members on New Zealand's District Health Boards (DHBs) are now open. More >>

Kids care passionately about hens

Friday, 22 July 2016, 8:54 am | SAFE

Kiwi children are demonstrating their passion and commitment towards protecting animals by bravely standing up to supermarket giant Countdown. From creating video messages to Countdown’s CEO to starting up a nation-wide petition demanding Countdown ... More >>

Trust Asks Crown Law Just What is a Childs Life Worth

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 5:31 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“ Head injuries equivalent to a car accident is not manslaughter its murder and it’s about time Crown law prosecutors woke up to that fact and stopped worrying about how quickly they can get a prosecution and start concentrating on getting justice ... More >>

Coastal battler throws hat in ring for Heretaunga

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 5:22 pm | Ann Redstone

Ann Redstone has a long history of battling for change in the Heretaunga Electorate, most recently challenging the Police commander around the lack of adequate policing in the area alongside her seven-year campaign to Save the Cape Coast. More >>

Parkupforhomes Hamilton: correction statement

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 4:23 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Further to the press release from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) on 18 July 2016, the following is an amendment to details about Fairfield Enderley Resilience Network (FERN) which were stated in error: More >>

Peace Action Wellington: oppose the warship visit

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 4:13 pm | Peace Action Wellington

Peace Action Wellington is opposed to the upcoming US warship visit, and the ongoing building of military ties with the United States of America to bolster their illegal wars. We join Auckland Peace Action in their mobilisation of public opposition to ... More >>

 

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