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Business and parliament need to step up

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 7:57 pm | Transparency International NZ

Business and parliament need to step up to stronger integrity systems says TINZ roadmap It is beyond time for serious and urgent action to protect and extend integrity in New Zealand The National Integrity System Assessment 2018 update (NIS 2018) was launched ... More >>

Targets overlook the 174000 children living in worst poverty

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 5:36 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group is pleased to see the Government set ambitious 10-year targets for child poverty reduction , but we are disappointed not to see a target set for improving thousands of young lives where the worst of poverty is found. More >>

ANZASW on funding to tackle family and sexual violence

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 4:14 pm | ANZASW

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) strongly welcomes the government’s pledge to increase funding to tackle family and sexual violence. The government estimates that around a million people including 300,000 children ... More >>

Hurunui well placed to meet newly released standards

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 3:42 pm | Hurunui District Council

The Government has recently released mandatory planning standards for councils to meet. The new standards address the structure and form of plans, as well as setting national definitions and requiring plans to be accessible and interactive online ... More >>

Media statement by Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 3:33 pm | Commission for Financial Capability

Statement by Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell in response to the report of the investigation into allegations made against her of bullying: More >>

Budget needs to close the community social worker pay gap

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 2:47 pm | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

Social workers employed by community organisations are hoping next week’s wellbeing budget will help bridge the pay gap with their colleagues in Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Children. More >>

Directors personally liable for $100,000 owed to cabbies

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 2:43 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has determined that former Dunedin taxi company directors are personally liable for leaving former employees nearly $100,000 out of pocket by treating them as contractors. More >>

Protesters disrupt petroleum meeting

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 2:11 pm | 350 Aotearoa

Twelve activists from climate action group 350 Aotearoa have disrupted a Petroleum Club meeting in New Plymouth. The group targeted event sponsors, ANZ, in a bid to highlight the discrepancies between the bank’s public statements on climate change ... More >>

Over 11,000 calls to 105 non-emergency number in 12 days

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 1:43 pm | New Zealand Police

On Friday 15 May Commissioner of Police Mike Bush launched 105 (“ten five”), Police’s new number for reporting non-emergency situations. More >>

Zero Carbon Bill

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 1:36 pm | School Strike 4 Climate

Yesterday was the first reading of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill in Parliament. More >>

The CHANGE ONE Challenge

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 12:28 pm | Change One

The Change One Challenge is your chance to join a community of change makers. This annual event challenges Kiwis to 'change one thing' in their daily lives to reduce waste and live more sustainably. More >>

Wellbeing Budget Could Be a Breath of Fresh Air

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 10:13 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The Wellbeing budget could be a turning point for community health NGOs, says Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ CE Letitia O’Dwyer. ARFNZ has provided resources, education, and support for the 700,000 New Zealanders living with respiratory conditions ... More >>

No surprises in threat to sue Oranga Tamariki

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 7:00 pm | Whanau First

A man’s threat to sue Government children’s agency Oranga Tamariki over false claims by department staff comes as no surprise to new action group Whanau First. More >>

The Zero Carbon Bill passes its first reading 119 votes to 1

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 5:00 pm | Forest And Bird

The Zero Carbon Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament today, and Forest & Bird is welcoming the progress on this landmark legislation to make Aotearoa carbon neutral. "We're very pleased to see the Zero Carbon Bill pass its first ... More >>

Successful first reading a critical step for climate bill

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 4:32 pm | Generation Zero

Successful first reading a critical first step to creating effective Zero Carbon Bill More >>

Statement on behalf of E tū members employed at Parliament

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 3:32 pm | E tu

We broadly support the findings and recommendations of Debbie Francis’ independent review into Bullying and Harassment in the New Zealand Parliamentary Workplace. We want to thank staff for taking the difficult and brave step of making their voices ... More >>

Minister Not Listening Say Northland Principals

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 3:26 pm | New Zealand Principals Federation

"The Minister is talking in platitudes but saying nothing new!" according to Leanne Otene, Principal of Manaia View School in Whangarei and executive member of Te Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association. More >>

Pike Families welcome opening of drift

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 2:24 pm | Pike River Family Reference Group

The group representing 29 of the Pike River Families - the Pike River Family Reference Group - has welcomed the unsealing of the mine at a private family event this morning. More >>

Forfeiture of assets leads to $620,000 recovered

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 1:55 pm | New Zealand Police

A Police Asset Recovery Unit investigation into the misappropriation of funds from a government department is leading to the recovery of about $620,000. More >>

Ambitious plan to secure Maori jobs in the economy

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Maori Council

Robots are taking Maori jobs: New Zealand Maori Council releases ambitious plan to secure Maori jobs in the economy: ā mua mahi; Future of Work More >>

Funding and reform needed to make a kinder workplace

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 12:39 pm | Public Service Association

The PSA is saddened but not surprised by the Francis Review’s findings of ‘systemic’ bullying and harassment in the Parliamentary workplace. More >>

Survivor Advisory Group appointed

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 12:36 pm | Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in Care has announced the appointment of a Survivor Advisory Group. The group will represent survivors of abuse in State care and those from faith-based institutions. Commission Chair Sir Anand ... More >>

ITF condemns suspension of union members in Auckland

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 11:59 am | International Transport Workers Federation

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) strongly condemns the 30-day suspension without pay of union members by the Spanish employer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) in Auckland, New Zealand. More >>

#DefendNZ representatives arrive in Wellington

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 11:47 am | DefendNZ

We all have a stake in the End of Life Choice Bill conversation, but for some people, this Bill is more than a thought experiment – it is a clear and present danger. For this reason, some of the people featured in the #DefendNZ documentaries are in ... More >>

Public transport reform welcomed

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 11:10 am | Wellington Tramways Union

Wellington bus drivers are welcoming reform of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) says their union. More >>

Rabbit numbers in red zone require pest control

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 11:02 am | Land Information NZ

Land Information New Zealand will release calicivirus K5 in some areas of the Residential Red Zone to manage a significant increase in rabbit numbers. More >>

PTOM fix a welcome reform of a ridiculous system

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 11:01 am | Council of Trade Unions

Minister Twyford’s announcement this morning of reform of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) will be a timely fix for bad legislation that has cost jobs and pay for drivers and left public transport systems broken says New Zealand Council ... More >>

Perceived conflicts should not undermine Predator Free NZ

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 9:53 am | Game Animal Council

A report claiming that Predator Free NZ could be derailed by conflict over how to maintain biodiversity should not discourage New Zealanders from getting involved in conservation, says Game Animal Council Chair Don Hammond. More >>

Deepfake and the law - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 9:48 am | Science Media Centre

Deepfake and other 'synthetic media' will be the next wave of online content causing concern, but there's no need to rush to create new laws to cope. More >>

Duck left to die a slow and painful death

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 9:37 am | SAFE

A Paradise duck was the victim of stray shotgun pellets this weekend and required urgent veterinary treatment to prevent further suffering. More >>

3 days to go until thousands of students strike from school

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 9:26 am | School Strike 4 Climate

There are now only three days until May 24th, when thousands of school students across the country and the world will strike from school to demand the Government treat climate change as the crisis that it is. More >>

Israel Institute says NZ taxpayers are funding extremism

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 9:20 am | Israel Institute

Israel Institute of New Zealand co-director, Dr David Cumin, is calling for a moratorium on any further Kiwi taxpayer funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) until serious issues of corruption, antisemitism and extremism within that ... More >>

Over 1,000 prisoners sign voting petition

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 9:19 am | Wellington Howard League

The Wellington Howard League's "Let Prisoners Vote" petition, presented to Parliament by Wellington Central MP, the Hon. Grant Robertson, will be tabled in the House on Tuesday 21 May before question time. More >>

Resist rushing to new “deepfake” law, study finds

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 9:08 am | The New Zealand Law Foundation

Government should be cautious about moving to new law for “deepfake” audio and video, a new Law Foundation-backed study released today says. More >>

Over 65s should receive KiwiSaver employer contributions

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 9:06 am | Martin Hawes

Chair of the Summer KiwiSaver Investment Committee Martin Hawes has urged the Government to change the law so that employers are required to continue to make KiwiSaver contributions to workers over 65 years old. More >>

Q+A: Louisa Wall and David Seymour interviewed by Jack Tame

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 9:05 am | TVNZ

Labour MP Louisa Wall believes tighter hate speech laws could have prevented the Christchurch mosque attacks. More >>

Millennial and Gen Z confidence in the economy declines

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 8:48 am | Deloitte

Wellington, 21 May 2019 – Facing continuous technological and societal disruption, millennials and Gen Zs are disillusioned with traditional institutions, skeptical of business’ motives and pessimistic about economic and social progress, according ... More >>

Trout Farming Rears its Ugly Head at Taupo

Monday, 20 May 2019, 6:40 pm | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

The spectre of trout farming has reared up from the murky shadows of the previous National government’s treaty deals. Māori owners of Lake Rotoaira near Turangi are reported to be backing an attempt to allow trout farming. More >>

Free Press, 20 May 2019

Monday, 20 May 2019, 5:17 pm | ACT New Zealand

Our education system is a slowly unfolding disaster. Too many kids leave school without basic literacy and numeracy skills. In 2014, the Tertiary Education Commission found about half of Year 11 students achieved the international reading and numeracy benchmarks. ... More >>

Q + A - Monday May 20

Monday, 20 May 2019, 4:47 pm | TVNZ

Free speech or hate speech? When do words go too far? We debate whether New Zealand needs new hate speech laws with ACT leader David Seymour and Labour MP Louisa Wall. More >>

Hauraki Gulf Forum votes to increase marine park protection

Monday, 20 May 2019, 4:44 pm | Hauraki Gulf Forum

The Hauraki Gulf Forum, the statutory body tasked with progressing integrated management of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, today recommended two significant goals for the important and much-loved marine park. More >>

Minister talks in Platitudes but says nothing new!

Monday, 20 May 2019, 4:38 pm | Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association

“I was very disappointed that last night all my Minister could do when confronted with the reality of teaching, was to mouth the same old clichés and platitudes. More >>

Barnardos welcomes new gov family and sexual violence budget

Monday, 20 May 2019, 3:27 pm | Barnardos

Barnardos welcomes new government family and sexual violence Wellbeing Budget package More >>

Children’s Commissioner slammed for Colonialism comments

Monday, 20 May 2019, 3:27 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust say the Children’s Commissioner is guilty of riding the ‘Colonialism’ bandwagon by blaming racism and colonialism after Oranga Tamariki removed a child from its mother’s care. Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew ... More >>

Dual names proposed for Fiordland’s sounds and inlets

Monday, 20 May 2019, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Geographic Board

The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) is inviting submissions on proposals to create dual Māori–English names for 16 sounds and inlets in Fiordland. The NZGB says restoring traditional Ngāi Tahu names alongside ... More >>

Who would you trust?

Monday, 20 May 2019, 2:42 pm | Ministry of Social Development

Few of us want to think about something happening to us that might impact on our ability to make sound decisions. The reality is, we can’t predict what’s going to happen in life that may impact on our health or wellbeing. More >>

Racism Underpins the Prisoner Voting Blanket Ban

Monday, 20 May 2019, 2:13 pm | Joint Media Statement

Former retired Probation officer Tom Hemopo and Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere-Huata are due to give evidence this afternoon at the Māori Prisoner’s Voting Inquiry at the Waitangi Trbunal in Wellington. More >>

National sticks to bob-each-way on US-China relations

Monday, 20 May 2019, 1:45 pm | BusinessDesk

May 20 (BusinessDesk) - The National Party proposes ambitious new trade targets for New Zealand's relations with both China and the United States in a foreign affairs discussion document released this morning for public consultation. More >>

NZ Jewish Council criticizes Christchurch Central MP

Monday, 20 May 2019, 1:21 pm | Jewish Council

Christchurch Central Labour MP Dr Duncan Webb has been criticized by the NZ Jewish Council for his promotion of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement directed at Israel. More >>

Meeting with PM “Best hope” for Nicky Stevens whanau

Monday, 20 May 2019, 12:31 pm | Dave Macpherson

The highly publicised case of Nicky Stevens who died in 2015 while in the legal care of the Waikato DHB is to be put before the Prime Minister next week. More >>

NZ's first shelter for pets affected by family violence

Monday, 20 May 2019, 12:20 pm | Womens Refuge

New Zealand's first shelter dedicated to housing pets affected by family violence is being built. Pet Refuge will provide a temporary safe haven for pets, while their owners escape abuse. The initiative comes as new research from Women’s Refuge reveals ... More >>

Auckland Council Monitoring Report Robust Science

Monday, 20 May 2019, 10:51 am | Protect Our Kauri

Forest and Bird, The Tree Council and the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society are dismayed but not surprised at the recent attacks on the scientific credibility of the Auckland Council Monitoring Report that describes the increased spread of kauri ... More >>

Kiwibuild turning into a corporate welfare racket

Monday, 20 May 2019, 10:05 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Kiwibuild is turning into a corporate welfare racket, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union in response to news that none of the seven Kiwibuild homes marketed in Christchurch have sold, and therefore the Government is likely to pay out the private developers ... More >>

Robertson’s Budget $6 Billion Short

Monday, 20 May 2019, 10:04 am | Social Credit

Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s budget later this month could have contained an additional $6 billion in spending without costing taxpayers a single cent more, Social Credit Party Leader, Chris Leitch told the party’s Canterbury Regional conference ... More >>

Sexual Violence Initiative Welcomed

Monday, 20 May 2019, 9:33 am | TOAH-NNEST

New Zealand’s specialist sexual violence service sector is heartened to hear today that the government has demonstrated its commitment to the Well-Being of its citizens by announcing a significant injection of money into the work the sector undertakes ... More >>

Trout Farming Rears its Ugly Head

Monday, 20 May 2019, 8:48 am | John McNab

The spectre of trout farming has reared up from the murky shadows of the previous National government’s treaty deals. Māori owners of Lake Rotoaira near Turangi are reported to be backing an attempt to allow trout farming. More >>

New lawyers union calls for change in the legal sector

Monday, 20 May 2019, 8:17 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Aotearoa Legal Workers’ Union (ALWU) launches today to advocate for all legal workers and to improve working conditions for junior lawyers in the legal sector. More >>

Struggling Kiwi family becomes a homeowner through KiwiBuy

Monday, 20 May 2019, 8:14 am | Joint Press Release

Tammy Ngawhika has recently achieved her dream of becoming a homeowner, together with her four children. She attained her goal through Progressive Home Ownership. Progressive Home ownership is one of the KiwiBuy products the Government is being ... More >>

Budget focus on family violence prevention a big step

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 3:49 pm | National Network of Stopping Violence Services

The National Network of Stopping Violence Services today welcomed the Ardern Government’s Family Violence and Sexual Violence Package announcement, part of its Wellbeing Budget. More >>

Whanau First in support of Grandmother

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 3:47 pm | Whanau First

A distressed and traumatized grandmother from the Rodney Electorate will meet with Rodney Electorate MP Mark Mitchell on Monday, May 20, 10am at the Rodney Electorate Office, Tamariki House, 7 Tamariki Avenue, Orewa. The Rodney Electorate MP has been ... More >>




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