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Climate change is here - we all need to do our part

Sunday, 22 September 2019, 4:02 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

“Climate change is here - we all need to do our part.” Monday 23rd September 2019. Press Release: Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre Climate change is happening. CEAC – compendium facts tribute to ‘Climate Change Week’ ... More >>

Criminal law needs to be protected from populist governments

Sunday, 22 September 2019, 3:55 pm | Ted Faleauto Johnston

Criminal law changes are now increasingly being used by politicians as a vote gathering tool pandering to lynch mob special interest groups. To look tough against crime, govts constantly increase penalties, create new crimes, and make it harder to get ... More >>

The Nation: NZ Initiative's Oliver Hartwich

Saturday, 21 September 2019, 12:32 pm | The Nation

On Newshub Nation: Simon Shepherd Interviews The New Zealand Initiative's Executive Director Oliver Hartwich More >>

The Nation: Simon Shepherd Interviews James Shaw

Saturday, 21 September 2019, 12:05 pm | The Nation

It has been two years since Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called climate change her generation's nuclear free moment. And on Monday, against a backdrop of global climate protest, she will give the opening speech at the United Nation's climate ... More >>

The Nation: Simon Shepherd Interviews Grant Robertson

Saturday, 21 September 2019, 11:59 am | The Nation

Finance Minister Grant Robertson is under intense scrutiny. New figures show economic growth has slowed to levels not seen for six years. And he has chosen not to answer questions about when he heard about serious allegations of a sexual assault cover-up ... More >>

NZDF Attends Commemorations in East Timor

Friday, 20 September 2019, 6:54 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

NZDF Attends Commemorations to Mark International Mission in East Timor A New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) contingent participated today in the 20th anniversary commemorations of the International Force East Timor (INTERFET) mission in Dili. The commemoration ... More >>

The Good Fund - Period Poverty - real impact

Friday, 20 September 2019, 6:49 pm | The Good Fund

They’ve only been up and running for a few months, but a New Zealand not-for-profit has already made a big impact on period poverty in New Zealand. More >>

District Court Addresses Remand Prisoners Sentencing Delays

Friday, 20 September 2019, 1:40 pm | Office of the Chief District Court Judge

The District Court has taken steps to address the high number of prisoners awaiting sentence. More >>

Public funded election broadcasting should be turned on head

Friday, 20 September 2019, 10:29 am | Social Credit

The allocation of money for publicly funded broadcasting for election campaigns should be turned on it's head according to Massey University professor of communication design Claire Robinson. More >>

Have your say on wellbeing reporting requirements

Friday, 20 September 2019, 9:47 am | Finance And Expenditure Select Committee

The Finance and Expenditure Committee is seeking submissions on the Public Finance (Wellbeing) Amendment Bill. More >>

Ihumātao Failure Costs Us All

Friday, 20 September 2019, 9:19 am | New Conservative

Disappointment expressed by Fletcher Building CEO, Ross Taylor, reflects the increasing frustration held by many with this Government’s failure to protect private property rights.[1] More >>

Government Should Own Economic Downturn

Friday, 20 September 2019, 8:51 am | New Conservative

GDP figures out today show a shrinking economy and the general outlook is negative rather than positive. More >>

Interim Climate Change Committee Call for evidence launched

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 8:47 pm | Interim Climate Change Committee

The independent Interim Climate Change Committee today launched an eight-week, nationwide call for evidence on options available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More >>

Complaint to Ombudsman over OIO’s Failure

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 7:25 pm | Social Credit

Social Credit has lodged a complaint with the Ombudsman over the way the Overseas Investment Office is handling its official information request for disclosure of documents on the sale of Westland Milk Products to Chinese company Inner Mongolian ... More >>

Sodastream Announces Shut Down in Solidarity

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 7:20 pm | SodaStream

This Friday in Solidarity with the Global Climate Strike All of the SodaStream’s e-commerce platforms and head office operations will be closed to kick-off the week-long event, and employees will march the #CLIMATESTRIKE in Auckland on 27 September. More >>

Feds: Extremely timely water report from Auditor-General

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 6:57 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers congratulates the Auditor-General’s office on its release today of its report Managing Freshwater Quality: Challenges and Opportunities. More >>

Most New Zealanders back stronger gun laws

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 2:31 pm | Gun Control NZ

A new opinion poll released today by Gun Control NZ shows that 70% of Kiwis support strengthening New Zealand’s existing gun laws. More >>

Climate Change group sees “political deadlock”

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 2:12 pm | Aotearoa Climate Emergency

AOTEAROA CLIMATE EMERGENCY CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOPS Venue/Date: James Cook Hotel, Wellington, 11 November 2019 Media Statement: 19 September 2019 More >>

Managing freshwater quality: Challenges and opportunities

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 2:11 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s report Managing freshwater quality: Challenges and opportunities was presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

Kiwi economic growth slows. We need fiscal caffeination

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 12:02 pm | Kiwibank

Growth has now slowed to a 6-year low, and downside risks are dominating. June quarter GDP growth came in at 0.5%qoq, in line with our expectation, and slightly above consensus. Although there were a few sensational reports of the chance of a negative print. ... More >>

NCCRA a start but local focus needed

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 11:25 am | LGNZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is calling the release of the National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA) framework a good first step in balancing New Zealand’s response to climate change. More >>

Latest Colorado Report Shows Ongoing Disaster of Marijuana

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 11:23 am | Family First

Family First NZ says that a new Colorado report compiled by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area finds marijuana-positive traffic fatalities, hospitalisations, marijuana use, and illegal market activity have exploded since marijuana legalization. ... More >>

Weakening economic growth shows need for tax cuts

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 11:09 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

With economic growth softening, the Government needs to let taxpayers keep more of what they earn, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

Judgment: Craig v MacGregor

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 10:44 am | New Zealand High Court


Vaping Epidemic Is Big Dream For Big Marijuana

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 10:39 am | Family First

Family First NZ says that the health concerns and costs around vaping will be far greater if cannabis is legalised. More >>

Revealed: New Zealand’s most (and least) indebted councils

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 10:36 am | Joint Press Release

This year’s Ratepayers’ Report , local government league tables released yesterday, reveals which local councils owe the most and which owe the least. More >>

Rachel MacGregor Welcomes Today’s Court Decision

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 10:14 am | Rachel MacGregor

Rachel MacGregor welcomes the decision released today by Justice Hinton. The key issue on which all the various litigation has been based is the question, did Colin Craig sexually harass Rachel. That question has been answered – he did. Justice ... More >>

Rail Union Ratifies Ground Breaking Pay Deal

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 10:08 am | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) has today ratified a ground breaking pay deal with Dunedin Railways which will see all union members being paid a living wage and the lowest paid receiving an 18% wage increase. Higher paid RMTU members ... More >>

National Council of Women votes to include all genders

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 9:12 am | National Council of Women

Inclusion for trans women/men and non-binary peoples has today been announced as the cornerstone of a new resolution for the National Council of Women New Zealand (NCWNZ). More >>

Dunne Speaks: Anyone Seen Simon Bridges?

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 8:39 am | Peter Dunne

It took a testy Morning Report interview this week to remind me that Simon Bridges was still the Leader of the Opposition. Until then, he had been largely invisible as the events of recent weeks unfolded. More >>

Government purchase of Kate Sheppard’s home welcomed

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 8:19 am | National Council of Women

The National Council of Women NZ has today welcomed the news that the Government has purchased Kate Sheppard’s house in Christchurch, the base for the NZ suffrage campaign. More >>

Māori Party calls for PM to cross the bridge to Ihumātao

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 8:16 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party supports mana whenua of Ihumātao and acknowledges their coming together to reach consensus on the future of their whenua. “We also acknowledge the leadership of the Kīngitanga who have played an important role in supporting ... More >>

PM wants to hear from business – but only those she controls

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 5:52 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is questioning why, for the second time, Jacinda Ardern has appointed a Crown-owned company Chief Executive to Chair her “Business Advisory Council”, following her announcement that Mercury CEO Fraser Whineray ... More >>

Taxpayers the victim in international bidding war for LOTR

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 3:45 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Government’s decision to give around $300 million to Amazon as a sweetener for filming a TV series in New Zealand, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “As a matter of simple waste, this is striking, ... More >>

Statement about Air New Zealand Backdown

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 3:40 pm | Maori Council

I am very pleased with Air New Zealand’s Decision to backdown and withdraw their application to trademark into a logo Kia Ora. I said at the time that it was an ill conceived idea and poorly thought out – more importantly it should never have been ... More >>

Educators' pay equity claims in spotlight for Suffrage Day

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 3:08 pm | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa members will be joining with others across the union movement by wearing black and white in support of pay equity on Suffrage Day tomorrow, and urging the Government to commit to a settlement for teacher aides this year. More >>

Changes to working visas

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 2:59 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Yesterday’s announcement from the Minister for Immigration, to improve temporary work visas for migrant workers, provides some positive changes but more detail is needed. The Council of Trade Unions fundamentally supports the principle of making ... More >>

Action on bank gender pay gap must begin at the bottom

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 2:54 pm | First Union

FIRST Union today welcomed Westpac’s public admission of the significant gender pay gap in its workforce and reiterated its call for employers to work with unions to close this disparity, arguing that this work must begin at the bottom of the pay ... More >>

Latest changes to work visas not all positive

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 2:41 pm | NZAMI

Changes to the work visa system announced by the Minister of Immigration are not all positive for employers or migrants, comments Ms June Ranson, chair of the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI) , a leading voice in the ... More >>

Dairy Union welcomes great step forward on parental leave

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 2:06 pm | Dairy Workers Union

The Dairy Workers Union (DWU) has welcomed the announcement from dairy company, Synlait, that they will be boosting parental leave entitlements significantly for working parents. More >>

Scope of review into Oranga Tamariki care and protection

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 1:19 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Scope of review into Oranga Tamariki’s care and protection practice for tamariki Māori announced More >>

Scope of review into Oranga Tamariki’s care and protection

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 12:30 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

In June, the Children’s Commissioner announced a thematic review into Oranga Tamariki’s policies, processes and practice relating to care and protection issues for tamariki Māori aged 0-3 months. Today the Children’s Commissioner has released the full ... More >>

More equal societies work better for everyone

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 12:00 pm | Closing The Gap

“Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues of the Western Bay region. We believe that this is ... More >>

DairyNZ's selective memory in support of polluters

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 11:46 am | Fish and Game New Zealand

In response to DairyNZ's attempt to dismiss an economic report that highlighted dairy's role in the New Zealand economy is only three per cent of GDP, Fish & Game New Zealand Chief Executive Martin Taylor says: "If DairyNZ wishes to reject a report ... More >>

Ihumaatao must be returned to mana whenua says Kiingitanga

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 11:36 am | Senate SHJ

Kiingi Tuuheitia Pootatau Te Wherowhero VII has successfully guided the mana whenua of lhumaatao to reach a consensus on the future of their whenua. More >>

Activists disrupt gold mining AGM

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 11:08 am | Protect Karangahake Group

Two activists disguised as shareholders interrupted the AGM of a gold mining company in central Auckland this morning to inform shareholders their plans to mine for gold in conservation estate in the Karangahake Gorge were unwelcome. More >>

DHB has just 1.4 staff for child patient mental health

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 8:48 am | Letitia Isa

The Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) has been labelled ‘NATO’ (no action, talk only) when it comes to child mental health, with just 0.6 full time staff (24 hours per week) for inpatient child psychology and just 0.8 full time staff ... More >>

Youth Climate Groups Receivie Ambassador of Conscience award

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 8:43 am | Amnesty International

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL has awarded three New Zealand climate youth groups with its Ambassador of Conscience award, its highest recognition for human rights work, previously given to the likes of Nelson Mandela, Ai Weiwei and Malala Yousafzai. More >>

2019 Ratepayers’ Report released, methodology explained

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 8:28 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union , in partnership with the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance , has today published this year's Ratepayers' Report – online local government league tables – at . More >>

NZUS Council welcomes news PM to meet with Trump

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 8:03 pm | Business New Zealand

NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small welcomes the news New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will meet with US President Donald Trump in New York next week. More >>

Economic report an inaccurate, trivial attack on farmers

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 5:40 pm | DairyNZ

The recent NZIER report trivialises the significant role the dairy sector plays in New Zealand’s economy – and fails to look at the specifics of the Government’s freshwater package, according to DairyNZ. DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle said ... More >>

NZ Parliament and IPU hold security seminar for Pacific

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 5:10 pm | Office of the Speaker

This week, the New Zealand Parliament and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will jointly host a seminar on tackling the global spread of illicit weapons. More >>

Business welcomes Ardern – Trump bilateral

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 4:38 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

The bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and US President Donald Trump will be an opportunity to strengthen trade ties. More >>

Southern Response Concealment Class Action

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 4:29 pm | GCA Lawyers

In a landmark judgment issued this morning, the Court of Appeal confirmed that the Southern Response Concealment Class Action will proceed issued on an "opt out” basis. More >>

What Happened to Balanced Reporting?

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 4:05 pm | New Conservative

Mainstream media, as the purveyors of truth and source of balanced information, took another backward step today with the announcement by Stuff that most New Zealand organisations had joined 170 media outlets from around the world in the “Covering ... More >>

Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 4:03 pm | The Maori Party

The goal of one million Kiwis having basic conversations in te reo by 2040 is unrealistic if more is not done to get serious about reo acquisition says the Māori Party. “While small steps have been taken to bolster efforts to increase the numbers of speakers, ... More >>

Temporary work visa improvements a welcome start

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 3:50 pm | Business Central - Wellington

Changes announced today by the Immigration Minister to employer-assisted visas will help businesses, but more work is needed to boost economic growth says Business Central. More >>

DairyNZ welcomes immigration changes

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 3:20 pm | DairyNZ

DairyNZ Chief Executive Dr Tim Mackle is welcoming today’s announcement that the Government will be streamlining the employer assisted work visa process to help businesses and farms fill skills shortages. More >>

Auditor-General's letter and intentions published

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 2:54 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

Lawrence Yule MP wrote to our Office with concerns about the Department of Corrections' approach to procuring design and build services for rapid deployment of prison accommodation. We have published our response to Mr Yule on our website . More >>

Pay Equity for Midwives Must Be Fast-tracked

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 2:47 pm | NZ College Of Midwives

That from the chair of the Wellington Region of the College of Midwives, Siobhan Connor, following the news that Hutt Valley District Health Board is targeting midwives from overseas to help fill gaps in maternity units. More >>




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