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Support for cannabis law reform remains high

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 8:12 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Public support for cannabis law reform is as strong as ever, a new poll conducted for the NZ Drug Foundation shows. The Drug Foundation is urging political parties to make firm commitments to health-focused drug law during this election campaign. More >>

Flawed Public Private Partnership model

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 8:00 pm | ASMS

“A new public hospital for Dunedin is long overdue and very welcome but it needs to be fully funded by the Government instead of allowing private investors to profit at the expense of patient care,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association ... More >>

Horticulture New Zealand also threatened on water tax

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 1:31 pm | Horticulture NZ

Farmers in Ashburton are not the only group that has been threatened by Labour over its water tax, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says. More >>

On The Nation: Housing Debate

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 1:21 pm | The Nation

A Salvation Army report says 2,000-2,500 new social houses are needed every year just to keep pace with demand. Neither National nor Labour will commit to that figure - Phil Twyford says Labour will build enough social houses to have a net increase ... More >>

Māori Party Housing Strategy brings HOPE for Pasefika Aiga

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 1:02 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party Housing Strategy brings HOPE for Pasefika Aiga to Own a Home. A Pasefika Perspective ‘Pasefika and Māori aiga and whānau have the lowest rates of home ownership; the highest rates of homelessness; and the highest rates of poverty’… ... More >>

The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Martin O'Malley

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 1:01 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Martin O'Malley Patrick Gower: OK, welcome back. Well, racism is well and truly back on the political agenda in the United States of America, with President Donald Trump roundly criticised this week for his lack ... More >>

MPs Want Birth Certificates Based on Feelings, Not Biology

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 12:27 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says that politicians have deemed birth certificates meaningless as a result of a decision by the Government Administration select committee to recommend that birth certificates be based on the choice of the person. “By choosing your ... More >>

Protest at Prime Minister’s Dunedin Hospital visit

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 11:31 am | YesWeCareNZ

YesWeCare.nz Press release for immediate release Saturday 19 August 930am Protest at Prime Minister’s Dunedin Hospital visit 100 life-sized cut-outs of missing health workers will greet Prime Minister Bill English and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman ... More >>

Dotcom and others at Internet Party #AntiSpyBill Event

Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:25 pm | Internet Party

Acclaimed CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou and other special guests will join tech entrepreneur and Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom on the panel of the next #AntiSpyBill live event this Sunday night. More >>

Roy Morgan Poll July 31 to Aug 13

Friday, 18 August 2017, 8:52 pm | Roy Morgan Research

Jacinda Ardern’s ascension to leadership revitalises Labour, up 2% to 32.5%; Turei scandal costs Greens support, down 4.5% to 9% More >>

Seven years of National Standards and nothing to show

Friday, 18 August 2017, 4:32 pm | NZEI

18 August 2017 National Standards should be scrapped because results released today show that they make no difference to student achievement, NZEI Te Riu Roa says. More >>

National Government Wimps Out to Giant Multinationals

Friday, 18 August 2017, 3:50 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 18 AUGUST 2017 National Government Wimps Out to Giant Multinationals More >>

Protect Hawke’s Bay’s Ngaruroro River

Friday, 18 August 2017, 3:41 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

The clock is ticking for New Zealanders wanting to ensure Hawkes Bay’s Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers are protected by a rarely-issued Water Conservation Order. More >>

Eliminating Child Poverty in Northland

Friday, 18 August 2017, 2:45 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group in Whangarei are hosting a political forum next Wednesday 23 August, to hear from local candidates standing in the Whangarei General Electorate, Northland General Electorate and Tai Tokerau Maori Electorate, about their vision ... More >>

Whakatōhea signs Agreement in Principle with Crown

Friday, 18 August 2017, 2:14 pm | Whakatohea

Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust has today signed an Agreement in Principle with the Crown at Parliament, which it says is a positive step towards settling its historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. More >>

New Zealand First announces its candidates

Friday, 18 August 2017, 1:16 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 18 AUGUST 2017 Public meeting Red Square, Central Business District, Tauranga 12.30pm More >>

Labour’s Let's do this election hoardings unveiled

Friday, 18 August 2017, 1:12 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The New Zealand Labour Party has released its new hoarding designs today, ahead of the campaign launch on Sunday. More >>

PSA Launches Progressive Thinking on Housing Booklet

Friday, 18 August 2017, 1:10 pm | PSA

WHAT: The launch of the PSA’s Progressive Thinking: ten perspectives on housing; a booklet featuring ten leading authors, academics and campaigners writing journalistically on a range of topics in housing. It includes contributions from Alan Johnson (Salvation ... More >>

NZ First Announces More Candidates

Friday, 18 August 2017, 1:09 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Announces Tauranga, Rotorua, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and East Coast Candidates CLAYTON MITCHELL MP TO CONTEST TAURANGA FOR NEW ZEALAND FIRST AGAIN Tauranga-based list MP and businessman, Clayton Mitchell , will again contest the ... More >>

Opening the Election - Scoop Launches New Q&A Website

Friday, 18 August 2017, 11:55 am | Opening The Election

Scoop is launching the Any Questions website for the 2017 election today. Any Questions is a Q & A website where New Zealanders can ask the questions of political parties in the lead up to the election. This is part of our “ Opening the Election ” ... More >>

Social Worker Registration Costs a Concern

Friday, 18 August 2017, 11:01 am | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

Social Service Providers Aotearoa national manager Brenda Pilott has welcomed the Social Worker Registration Bill being referred to a select committee. The Bill had its first reading on the last sitting day of Parliament. More >>

Complaint laid for Andy Foster’s use of WCC resources

Friday, 18 August 2017, 10:38 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Complaint laid for Andy Foster’s use of Wellington Council resources for NZ First campaigning More >>

TPP agreement will give New Zealand a competitive edge

Friday, 18 August 2017, 10:24 am | Federated Farmers

A long awaited Trans Pacific Partnership(TPP) agreement can’t come quick enough with approval for a mandate to negotiate good news says Federated Farmers. More >>

"Saying goodbye to what has been my life for so many years"

Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:52 am | New Zealand National Party

Last week I made my valedictory statement to Parliament. After 12 years as an MP, firstly for Aoraki and then Rangitata, it is an odd feeling saying goodbye to what has been my life for so many years. More >>

NZ Government Fails! No Answers over Injustices at Ihumātao

Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:47 am | Save Our Unique Landscape

The New Zealand Government delegation to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination in Geneva yesterday failed to answer multiple questions about the development of a Special Housing Area on confiscated Māori land at Ihumātao ... More >>

RACP: make healthy housing the norm

Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:45 am | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is calling for politicians to take urgent action to make ‘healthy housing’ the norm. More >>

Social Housing Minister stifles debate on critical issues

Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:25 am | State Housing Action

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams is refusing all requests to front up and justify the National government’s plan to sell 2,500 state houses in Christchurch after the election. More >>

Armed Robber Gets Hand Smacked

Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:10 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Douglas Roake committed six aggravated robberies and shot two innocent members of the public during an armed home invasion – gets smack on the hand.SST More >>

Local Government Leaders failing New Zealand

Friday, 18 August 2017, 8:31 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

It is a sad coincidence that newly elected head of Local Government New Zealand is facing his own water crisis in North Dunedin – with it being exactly one-year since his predecessor's Council killed three people and caused 6,000 to become ill in Havelock ... More >>

DoC Missing In Action - Again

Friday, 18 August 2017, 8:25 am | Outdoors Party

The NZ Outdoors Party is reminding the Minister of Conservation of her statutory duty of protecting and preserving our public conservation estate and wild places as there have been two particularly disturbing instances where Department of Conservation ... More >>

CBB welcomes NZ First Broadcasting and ICT policy

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 7:14 pm | Coalition for Better Broadcasting

17 August 2017 The Coalition for Better Broadcasting (CBB) welcomes the NZFirst Broadcasting and ICT policy . More >>

ANZASW expresses its appreciation of Turei's contribution

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 5:16 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers wishes to place on record its appreciation of Metiria Turei’s contribution, both at the political and grassroots level. Throughout her 15 years in Parliament Metiria has been an advocate for the ... More >>

The Battle for Te Tai Hauaru

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 4:40 pm | Te Wero

Te Tai Hauauru MP Adrian Rurawhe hasn’t put himself in the spotlight in his first term, but how will that translate into votes against two high profile opponents? More >>

Microbead policy a “good start”

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 4:10 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace is welcoming the Government’s latest announcement on microbeads as a good start. More >>

Cheaper to stay at The Langham than emergency housing motels

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 4:02 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour’s comprehensive plan to fix the housing crisis and ensure there’s enough state housing, means we won’t be paying through the nose for emergency accommodation like the current Government has to, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson ... More >>

Labour And National Fiddling While Housing Crisis Burns on

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 3:33 pm | The Opportunities Party

After Labour’s announcement yesterday that it would look to conduct a “review” of taxation mechanisms to deal with the housing crisis, it is now obvious that both old establishment parties have zero commitment to deal with the root causes of the ... More >>

National Scheming to Lock in TPPA

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 3:31 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 17 AUGUST 2017 National Scheming to Lock in TPPA So Future Govt Has No Influence More >>

Local Government stepping stone to Parliament sting

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 3:04 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Ratepayers should not be paying councillors for one job while they are out campaigning for another, says the Taxpayers’ Union. At least four candidates in the three main centres are still enjoying salaries over $90,000 while they campaign for seats in ... More >>

Oranga Tamariki’s staff exodus

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 2:30 pm | Public Service Association

The number of social workers leaving Child, Youth and Family during the formation of Oranga Tamariki was largely down to the expertise of long-serving staff being ignored in the review process and a costly and wasteful Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) ... More >>

Volunteers collect shoes for suicide prevention

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 2:27 pm | YesWeCareNZ

Volunteers are collecting hundreds of shoes across the country to draw attention to our alarming suicide rates, says YesWeCare.nz . More >>

The success of Te Taka Keegan – a modern day tohunga

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 2:24 pm | The Maori Party

Te Reo Māori in a Changing World: The success of Te Taka Keegan – a modern day tohunga More >>

Earlier ban on microbeads welcomed

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 2:24 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand welcomes the earlier than expected ban on the manufacture and sale of wash-off products containing microbeads. More >>

Garner, Gower And Owen to Front Decision17

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 12:59 pm | Mediaworks

Duncan Garner will be hosting Three’s election night special from 7:00pm on September 23rd, 2017. With close to 20 years press gallery experience and host of The AM Show, Garner will be joined by Newshub Political Editor Patrick Gower and The Nation host, ... More >>

Labour Party spot on – not government’s role to own hotels

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 12:54 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union agree with Labour: the use of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money for the Government’s desperate attempts to pepper over the housing crisis by buying its own hotels, is ridiculous. Responding to Carmel Sepuloni's comments ... More >>

Tourism supports call for better biodiversity management

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 12:25 pm | Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Protection of New Zealand’s unique biodiversity is imperative to our social and economic future, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. More >>

Addressing the Freshwater Crisis - It’s Time for Action

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 12:24 pm | The Maori Party

Water is a hot topic at the moment. The Māori Party has long been advocating for water to be recognised as a taonga, not just at election time. We have always said that the absolute priority is for all New Zealanders, including our private sector, ... More >>

Rahui Papa - why criticize Metiria Turei?

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 12:23 pm | The Maori Party

The status quo is not working for our people – we need a higher level of care More >>

Ministry of Defence Major Projects Report 2016 Published

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 11:46 am | Office of the Auditor-General

In 2008, the Office of the Auditor-General identified a need for the Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force to report better and more complete information to show how well they manage projects to acquire new defence capability. More >>

Why will the least swimmable rivers receive less funding?

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 11:43 am | Irrigation NZ

IrrigationNZ is continuing to challenge the logic of Labour’s water tax proposal, after finding that regions with more swimmable rivers will receive more funding from the water tax, while those with the least swimmable rivers will receive less funding ... More >>

REINZ applauds voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 10:56 am | REINZ

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) applauds moves by the Wellington City Council today to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington. The Council has partnered with the University of Otago to ... More >>

How low can the Health Minister sink?

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 10:21 am | Democrats for Social Credit

The on-going performance of Jonathan Coleman as health minister is no longer a major concern but a complete disaster for the New Zealand public health system, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter. More >>

Interactive Webinars on Living and Dying

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 9:50 am | Euthanasia Free NZ

Parliament’s Health Select Committee suggested in their recent report on public attitudes to ‘assisted dying’* that “greater communication between health professionals and the general public is required to explain the dying process and alleviate fear” ... More >>

ACC Fails to Implement Will of Parliament

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 9:11 am | ACC Advocacy

A matter has come to my attention that I have a duty to inform the New Zealand public about. In my role as ACC advocate I have obtained information that raises serious concerns about the conduct of the Accident Compensation Corporation. Readers will ... More >>

Is a WOF for rental properties the answer?

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 9:05 am | NZ Property Investors Federation

Wellington Council is introducing a voluntary Warrant of Fitness for rental properties that they intend to make compulsory in three years. The council says that they want to raise standards and that "every Wellingtonian deserves a warm dry home". More >>

Community Letter Demands Inquiry into Family Courts

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 8:43 am | Community In Action

A letter calling for an Inquiry into the NZ Family Courts goes to Parliament on Thursday 17 August at 12.30pm. More >>

National selects Clutha-Southland candidate

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 9:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

National selects Clutha-Southland candidate Hamish Walker has tonight been selected by local party members as National’s 2017 Clutha-Southland candidate. Mr Walker, 32, lives in the Clutha-Southland electorate with his partner Penny and has a strong ... More >>

Government pays twice the price for emergency housing motels

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 5:33 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Government pays twice the price for emergency housing motels – with two more on the way More >>

Search for Rollie Heke extends nationally

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 5:26 pm | New Zealand Police

The response to the events of Sunday night have now been split into two phases. More >>

National Commemoration of the Vietnam War

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 5:15 pm | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

Vietnam Veterans’ Day will be commemorated on Friday at the National War Memorial, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Chief Executive Paul James said. More >>

Concerning comments made in online video

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 5:10 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are investigating a video posted online which shows an individual making very concerning comments about members of our community. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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