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Housing First funding a great step forward

Friday, 29 July 2016, 4:54 pm | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa is applauding the Government’s move to invest $9 million over the next two years into two internationally recognised models aimed at curbing homelessness. More >>

Greater Wellington welcomes progress on Wairarapa governance

Friday, 29 July 2016, 3:37 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

GWRC Chair Chris Laidlaw has welcomed the Local Government Commission’s decision to explore in detail the possibility of a single district council for the Wairarapa. More >>

Household Labour Force Survey release delayed

Friday, 29 July 2016, 3:28 pm | Statistics New Zealand

Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) data, which was due to be published on 3 August as part of the Labour Market Statistics: June 2016 quarter release, has been delayed for two weeks until 17 August, Statistics New Zealand said today. More >>

Strengthening the Wellington region – a progress update

Friday, 29 July 2016, 3:14 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

The Local Government Commission today reports that good progress has been made on its work with councils and communities to strengthen local government in the Wellington region, following the decision in June 2015 not to proceed with a proposal for a ... More >>

Imagine my disappointment - Kim's Workman's open letter

Friday, 29 July 2016, 2:38 pm | JustSpeak

I want to congratulate you for the role you have played in developing the Social Investment in the Justice Sector initiative. It has real potential to bring an evidence-based approach to the sector, through the use of the Integrated Data Infrastructure and ... More >>

World’s largest carbon producers ordered to respond

Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:30 pm | Greenpeace

World’s largest carbon producers ordered to respond to allegations of human rights abuses from climate change More >>

Flexible fund to help homeless welcomed

Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:25 pm | Salvation Army

Social Housing Minister the Hon. Paula Bennett’s announcement of $9 million in a flexible fund to support people in severe housing need is very welcome says Lieut-Colonel Ian Hutson, Director of The Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit. More >>

Relentless online scams still hurting Kiwis

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:48 am | Moratti and Associates

A New Zealand private investigations company is calling for more to be done about protecting Kiwis from online scammers because despite some publicity the problem appears to be ongoing or worsening. More >>

On behalf of the Rangitāne Settlement Negotiations Trust

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:44 am | Rangitane Settlement Negotiations Trust

Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua have today confirmed they have received sufficient support from their iwi members to allow their Treaty of Waitangi Settlement to go ahead. More >>

Local government bill poses threat to local democracy

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:42 am | LGNZ

Local Government New Zealand says current proposals to reform the Local Government Act have the potential to threaten local democracy and the ongoing sustainability of some councils if enacted. Submissions on the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment ... More >>

Lifewise delighted with investment into Housing First

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:36 am | Lifewise

Social development agency Lifewise are delighted that Housing First is being recognised as a preferred approach to ending homelessness, under today’s announcement of the Government’s investment into supporting better housing outcomes. More >>

The People’s Project Welcomes Endorsement of Housing First

Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:59 am | Wise Group

Today’s announcement by Government of a $9 million investment over two years to support the most vulnerable New Zealanders’ housing needs, has been warmly welcomed by The People’s Project. More >>

E tū extends condolences after Waihi mining fatality

Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:57 am | E tu

The mining union, E tū has extended its condolences to the family of the young miner who died while working in the Correnso mine in Waihi. More >>

Making Sanitary Products Accessible to Students

Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:33 am | Young Labour

New Zealand Young Labour was pleased to be a part of the launch of the Foodbanks project to make sanitary items available to students who cannot afford them along with Countdown, the Salvation Army and Manuwera MP and Labour Youth Affairs spokesperson ... More >>

New Zealand Law Society Should Be Renamed

Friday, 29 July 2016, 9:24 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

New Zealand Law Society Should Be Renamed Criminal Leniency Society 28th July 2016 “The Law Society has turned its back on the law abiding majority of New Zealanders and is instead writing in support of child sex offenders and serious offenders” ... More >>

DSC challenges CEO to defend claim

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 5:09 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

The latest Canterbury/West Coast DHB responses to OIA requests by the Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) have descended from evasive and time-wasting to complete farce, according to DSC Leader Stephnie de Ruyter and Health Spokesman David Tranter. More >>

Iwi select their member on Te Mātāwai

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 5:06 pm | Te Puni Kokiri

Te Waipounamu, Rēkohu/Chatham Islands/Wharekauri select their member on Te Mātāwai. 28 July 2016 Iwi from Te Waipounamu, Rēkohu/Chatham Islands/Wharekauri have selected Nuki Tākao to be on Te Mātāwai, the new organisation set to lead the revitalisation ... More >>

Briefing Paper: Mt Pisa, Doc & the Hunting Issue

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 4:29 pm | Mt Pisa Station

Earlier this year, historic Mt Pisa Station closed public access gates that run through its property to the adjacent DOC-managed conservation estate. More >>

War on predators: capture collective wisdom, Trust says

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 3:57 pm | Forest Lifefore Restoration Trust

Hawke’s Bay-based conservation group Forest Lifeforce Restoration (FLR) Trust has welcomed the Predator-Free by 2050 initiative announced by the government earlier this week. It says the target is achievable but that success will rely on collaboration ... More >>

Athletes receive 1-month banfor overusing asthma medication

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 3:47 pm | Drugree Sport NZ

Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) says the cases of a softball player and football player being banned from all sport for one month highlights the need for all athletes to make sure they exercise caution when taking medications. More >>

Time to honour those who fought for gay New Zealanders

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:59 pm | Human Rights Commission

Thirty years since the Homosexual Law Reform Bill became law, the Human Rights Commission says it’s time to honour those who fought for the human rights of gay New Zealanders. More >>

Animal Cruelty Investigation Leads to Conviction

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:48 pm | SAFE For Animals

Justice has been belatedly served for the calves brutalised by a slaughterhouse worker, according to animal advocacy charity SAFE. The worker was today sentenced to 10 months home detention and community service. SAFE says animal rights groups can take the ... More >>

New regulations on live animal export rules announced

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:24 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

New rules that will give the Ministry for Primary Industries greater visibility of the welfare of animals being exported from New Zealand will come into force on 25 August 2016, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced today. More >>

The Women’s Debate 2016: More Women in Parliament

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:05 pm | Zonta

In a democratic and gender equal society, we should expect that 50% of MPs would be women. The introduction of MMP in 1996 increased the number of women MPs to 35%; in 2008 it was 41% and by the 2014 election, the number had declined to 38%. So there ... More >>

State houses are for living in, not selling off

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 12:37 pm | Public Service Association

Today’s meeting to try to sell more than 364 state houses is an appalling decision by the Government given the current housing crisis, says Glenn Barclay, national secretary of the Public Service Association. More >>

New Ministry missing the vital role of family

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 11:57 am | Public Service Association

The announcement of a new Ministry for Vulnerable Children risks removing the vital focus on whānau and communities, says the union of nearly 2,500 people who currently work at the Ministry’s predecessor, Child Youth and Family (CYF). More >>

Pacific researchers challenged to be useful

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 11:40 am | Massey University

Pacific researchers are being challenged to ensure their studies will contribute to Pacific communities and not just to academic knowledge production. More >>

CYPF Amendment Bill must provide better for children

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 11:37 am | Child Poverty Action Group

More must be done to improve services for children in order to fulfil Government’s stated commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC), and to ensure a safety net that provides for New Zealand’s most vulnerable children, ... More >>

Bishop of Auckland to highlight social justice week

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 10:39 am | Caritas Aotearoa

At a time when the number of international migrants is growing faster than the world’s population (according to the UN), the theme of migration for the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ annual Social Justice Week is very pertinent. More >>

Making New Zealand

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 10:00 am | Making New Zealand

Making New Zealand The politically unaligned Making New Zealand blog was launched yesterday by an independent group of professionals who want to raise the level of public debate and understanding about housing, infrastructure, cities and planning. ... More >>

Make adequate funding available for affordable housing

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 4:21 pm | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community housing groups are saying that desperately needed social housing in New Zealand must be delivered by both Housing New Zealand and social housing providers if it is to succeed. More >>

Social agencies support Unitary Plan’s intensification

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 3:36 pm | Airedale Property Trust and Lifewise

Social development agencies Airedale Property Trust and Lifewise are in favour of higher density housing, as was announced in the Unitary Plan today. The two agencies view the development of more high-density housing as a key aspect to ending homelessness ... More >>

Problem Gambling Foundation CEO resigns

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 2:56 pm | Problem Gambling Foundation

Problem Gambling Foundation CEO resigns After eight and a half years at the helm Graeme Ramsey will step down as CEO of the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF) in January. “This has been a momentous but also deeply satisfying role. It has been an honour ... More >>

Vigil for Murdered Disabled in Japan

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 2:14 pm | The Disability Clothesline

The murder of 19 disabled Japanese people in their beds by a man who thought disabled people should be killed has left disabled New Zealanders aghast, and tonight they will hold a vigil for them at Wellington’s Frank Kitts Park at 5 -6 pm. More >>

Put Female Sanitary Products on Your Foodbank Shopping List

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 2:05 pm | Louisa Wall - Countdown - The Salvation Army

A joint release from: MP Louisa Wall, Countdown and The Salvation Army Wednesday 27 July 2016 — WELLINGTON Put Female Sanitary Products on Your Foodbank Shopping List “Female sanitary products are not a luxury, but for young Kiwi women on tight ... More >>

Insurance can help meet surgical shortfall - HFANZ

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 1:28 pm | Health Funds Association of NZ

The Health Funds Association (HFANZ) says tens of thousands more New Zealanders could be getting timely access to surgery each year if the Government looked seriously at measures to boost health insurance coverage. More >>

The value of investing in human rights

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:10 am | Human Rights Commission

27 July 2016: The Human Rights Commission has said a report, launched today by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), serves as a timely reminder of the value of investing in human rights for New Zealand businesses. More >>

Ruataniwha Environmental Benefits - Yeah Right!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 10:22 am | Outdoors Party

The New Zealand Outdoors Party, the newly formed political party, is challenging pro-dam organisations to substantiate claims that the proposed Hawkes Bay Ruataniwha dam is good for the environment. "Rural News and Andrew Curtis of IrrigationNZ ... More >>

Grey Power comes out in support of local authorities

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 9:46 am | Grey Power New Zealand

Delegates to the Local Government New Zealand Conference in Dunedin last week sounded a warning about what they believe is a covert push for the amalgamation of councils into bigger units. More >>

Murderer Walks Away with Manslaughter Conviction

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 9:23 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Paul Edward Harris was sentenced in the Whangarei High Court on Friday after pleading guilty to an alternative charge of manslaughter which was entered halfway through his High Court trial. Harris had originally been charged with the murder but after ... More >>

E tū hopeful of resolving Maori TV pay dispute

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 8:36 am | E tu

E tū says it heads into talks with Maori TV today, hoping for a deal which will stave off industrial action. More >>

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 >>

 

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