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Have your say on proposed changes to Superannuation

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 5:24 pm | Social Services and Community Committee

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Have your say on the proposed changes to New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension) More >>

Bus drivers continuing free fares protest in South Auckland

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 2:18 pm | First Union

Go Bus drivers in South Auckland will continue refusing to collect fares tomorrow as their protest continues with the intent of avoiding disruption to passengers while highlighting the need for fair wage negotiations with their employer, FIRST Union ... More >>

Free bus fares in South Auckland tomorrow

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 11:24 am | FIRST Union

South Aucklanders from Mangere to East Tamaki will be riding their Go Bus services to work for free tomorrow morning, as FIRST Union bus drivers opt out of collecting fares for their employer in an industrial action designed to show the wider public ... More >>

SmartStart expands service

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 10:05 am | Department Of Internal Affairs

SmartStart has expanded its service to include information and resources for children up to 6 years old! More >>

CEAC support

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 9:33 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

This was a very good policy that considered the health ,safety and wellbeing of citizens. More >>

E tū: changing times as Air NZ cuts London services

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 9:07 am | E tu

E tū says it’s not surprised by Air New Zealand’s decision to pull out of its London base and cease flights between Los Angeles and London. More >>

On the Ardern government's class-based immigration

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 8:23 am | Socialist Equality Group

On October 7, New Zealand’s Labour Party-led coalition government announced draconian class-based restrictions on immigration. From February 2020, the government will reopen the Parent Category visa nearly four years after the previous National Party ... More >>

Rally held in Wellington in support of Chilean protesters

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 8:22 am | Organise Aotearoa

Organise Aotearoa joined a rally held by the Chilean expatriate community on Tuesday outside the Chilean Embassy in Wellington, following widespread repression and brutality against protesters by President Sebastián Piñera’s armed forces. More >>

Where is the rainbow PM now?

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 5:06 pm | Vision NZ

“The Prime Minister must publicly support an immediate ban on Gay Conversion Therapy . If I was Jacinda I would feel morally obligated to give more confidence on where I stand, when I have asked for, and received, support from that community.” More >>

New abortion law marks significant and needed progress in NZ

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:52 pm | Amnesty International

New abortion law marks significant and needed progress for reproductive rights in New Zealand Amnesty International has today made its submission to the Abortion Legislation Committee in Wellington. The rights at stake in the legislation include the rights ... More >>

CTV Families Group Open Letter to the Government

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:38 pm | CTV Families

Crisis of Safety and Confidence in our Engineering, Building and Construction Industries Please find attached a copy of an Open Letter from Professor Maan Alkaisi, Spokesperson CTV Families Group. This was sent a short time ago to the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, ... More >>

AT’s Safer speeds a step change for NZ

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:02 pm | Movement

Safe speed limits are survivable speed limits and this is what AT has endorsed in its step change decision today. This decision is a landmark that sets the scene for a new focus on road safety in New Zealand. More >>

DHBs must act on patient safety risks

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 3:44 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) says the inadequate treatment of urology patients in Southern District Health Board is distressing and should serve as a broad reminder to DHB management to listen when specialists raise concerns. More >>

Inquiry whitewashes Kiribati government over ferry disaster

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 10:04 am | Socialist Equality Group

By John Braddock, Socialist Equality Group 21 October 2019, original url: More >>

Zhang v R - New Sentencing Guidlelines

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 10:03 am | NZ Court of Appeal

This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment and reasons ... More >>

School support staff begin union meetings over pay equity

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 9:47 am | NZEI

More than 10,000 school support staff around the country have begun two weeks of paid union meetings to discuss progress on pay equity, and next steps following the Ministry of Education's failure to present a collective agreement offer. More >>

Police Commissioner announces independent review

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 9:13 am | New Zealand Police

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has today announced an independent review of the systems and processes NZ Police has in place to address complaints of bullying. More >>

Royal Commission signs MOU with Police

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 9:08 am | Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry has formalised an integrated pathway for survivors to seek justice for the abuse they suffered in State care or in the care of faith-based institutions. More >>

Revamp of guidelines for meth sentencing welcomed

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 8:56 am | NZ Bar Association

The New Zealand Bar Association welcomes a Court of Appeal decision which gives detailed guidance on sentencing people convicted of offences related to the importation, manufacture and supply of methamphetamine. More >>

Meth Dealers to be rewarded

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 8:32 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Methamphetamine (meth) dealers who can prove their own addiction caused their drug offending could have their sentences cut by 30 per cent, according to a landmark judgement released by the Court of Appeal. The role of an offender in a drug network ... More >>

NZ Post’s failure to maintain adequate postal voting

Monday, 21 October 2019, 2:42 pm | Postal Workers Union

NZ Post’s failure to maintain an adequate postal voting infrastructure has been the subject of two submissions to Parliamentary Select Committees by the Postal Workers Union since the last Local Authority postal vote in 2016. The union maintained that ... More >>

Botany Deserves More in 2020

Monday, 21 October 2019, 10:36 am | New Conservative

Botany is an electorate that deserves a representative who is committed to their community which is the reason New Conservative has confirmed Elliot Ikilei as the candidate for the 2020 election. More >>

Ten Days left to make submissions to Oranga Tamariki Inquiry

Monday, 21 October 2019, 9:45 am | Whanau Ora

Anyone who would like to submit an account of their experience of state care to the Māori Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki has 10 days left before submissions close. More >>

EDS: Second working paper on resource management reform

Sunday, 20 October 2019, 6:30 pm | Environmental Defence Society

Media Release: EDS releases second working paper in Phase 2 of its Resource Management Reform project More >>

Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts

Sunday, 20 October 2019, 2:32 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

“Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines. We at CEAC also ... More >>

The Nation: Simon Shepherd Interviews Golriz Ghahraman

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 12:18 pm | The Nation

The prospect of ISIS fighters returning home to New Zealand is becoming more likely by the day. More >>

The Nation: Wellington Mayor-elect Andy Foster

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 11:46 am | Newshub Nation

Andy Foster scraped into the Wellington mayoralty with a tiny majority on a lead of 62 votes. More >>

Amnesty Int calls on Gov not to rush Terrorism Bill

Friday, 18 October 2019, 3:01 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International is concerned that Justice Minister Andrew Little's Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill could have the potential to undermine human rights in New Zealand. The Bill would give the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to ... More >>

Statistics show Te Reo Māori protects against alcohol harm

Friday, 18 October 2019, 2:27 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Recently the Health Promotion Agency released a report into hazardous drinking in New Zealand. The report shows that Māori who drink alcohol and live in deprived circumstances are less likely to have a harmful relationship with alcohol if they ... More >>

Broadcasting Minister must rule out Mediaworks bailout

Friday, 18 October 2019, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi to rule out any taxpayer-funded purchase or bailout for Mediaworks’s channel Three. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “For the last few months Mediaworks ... More >>

Armed police patrols will cause American-style shootings

Friday, 18 October 2019, 1:13 pm | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

The Police Commissioner's announcement that squadcars of officers with automatic rifles will patrol New Zealand's streets is dangerous and unnecessary, according to the criminal justice community organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa. The ... More >>

CEAC support PM defence of climate activist Greta Thunberg

Friday, 18 October 2019, 12:47 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

In our defence of our coalition Government policy on climate change, we fully support Government plan to use rail funding for rail infrastructure upgrades to promote use rail infrastructure for freight around NZ. More >>

Women candidates win over voters in local elections

Friday, 18 October 2019, 12:09 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand today confirmed what many local election commentators have observed; that more of the voting public cast their ballots in favour of women candidates than ever before. More >>

Troubled Portugal Bad Example For Drug Advocates in NZ

Friday, 18 October 2019, 11:09 am | Family First

Portugal has been painted by pro-cannabis legalisation groups as a model to follow. Yet just last month, the mayor of Porto contradicted his previous pro-harm reduction position and endorsed reintroducing criminal penalties for drug use in public spaces. More >>

Cook Islands Inclusions to First World War Rolls of Honour

Friday, 18 October 2019, 11:06 am | New Zealand Defence Force

Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short announced today the inclusion of six Cook Island First World War soldiers in the New Zealand and Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s official rolls of honour. More >>

Falling smoking rates prove vaping’s value

Friday, 18 October 2019, 11:00 am | VTANZ

The latest statistics released by the Health Promotion Agency showing a dramatic fall in the numbers of cigarettes being sold in supermarkets, service stations, and liquor stores are being welcomed by the Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand (VTANZ). More >>

Citizens Assembly on Climate Change proposed for 2020

Friday, 18 October 2019, 9:40 am | Aotearoa Climate Emergency

Aotearoa Climate Emergency (ACE), a climate change network, will host a conference in Wellington on 11 November (Armistice Day) to promote holding a Citizens Assembly in 2020, as a way of breaking the current political deadlock on treating climate ... More >>

Think of animals on Guy Fawkes Day

Friday, 18 October 2019, 9:19 am | NZVA

This year, care for animals by going to a public fireworks display - and don’t buy fireworks from the shops. More >>

New stories, new partners, new ways of working needed

Friday, 18 October 2019, 8:36 am | Council for International Development

If we want to grow support for New Zealand’s aid, we need to get better at partnering with the ‘unlike-minded’ as well as the ‘like-minded’, and much better at telling people what we do with the money they give, says Josie Pagani, Executive ... More >>

E tū members welcome FPA progress

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:00 pm | E tu Union

E tū members in cleaning and security are welcoming the Government’s call for consultation on the development of Fair Pay Agreements. More >>

Youth take the lead on New Zealand-Asia relations

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 7:33 pm | Asia New Zealand Foundation

Twenty-five young people who represent the future of the Asia-New Zealand relationship have been acknowledged as ‘ones to watch’, by the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono. More >>

Vision New Zealand, Keeping New Zealand Kiwi

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 7:26 pm | Vision NZ

The taboo that surrounds immigration and our refugee qouta, are two issues rising in New Zealand that need to start being given attention to challenge the fruit loops of the far left. More >>

Annual Report highlights a pleasing year

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 2:10 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

In the Chief Ombudsman’s latest Annual Report, contacts for advice increased 29 percent, while more use was being made of guidance material, including the 23 new or updated guides that were published in the 2018/19 year. More >>

Will electronic voting provide the answer to participation?

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 1:13 pm | John Klaphake

Sadly it looks as though we have dived into another low in voter turnout in our local elections with Wellington leading the way in the nose dive. More >>

Statement re MfE/StatsNZ report on marine environment

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 12:51 pm | National Science Challenges

It is deeply concerning that the state of our marine environment has not improved in the last three years. Resilient coasts and oceans are essential to New Zealanders' health and wealth, so urgent action is needed to address the decline. More >>

Three inaugural distinguished Ruānuku appointed

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 11:49 am | Nga Pae o te Maramatanga

In a new initiative, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence is celebrating and recognising the careers of three Māori leaders and visionaries, who have a long history of bringing about major social change ... More >>

EDS calls for urgent action on marine management

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 11:47 am | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has welcomed the publication by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ of Our Marine Environment 2019 , the latest in the reports on the state of our environment. The report is available here . More >>

FPAs - progress made but more work needed

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 11:34 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Government has today released its discussion paper ‘ Designing a Fair Pay Agreements System ’ providing detail of what proposed law for Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) could include. More >>

Ecolabel evidence a boost for World Ecolabel Day

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 11:13 am | ECNZ

Today is World Ecolabel Day and to mark the occasion New Zealand’s premier ecolabel has released a study showing the powerful environmental effect of ecolabelled products. More >>

Family First In Court Of Appeal To Fight Deregistration

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 10:47 am | Family First

Family First's continued fight against attempts by the government's Charities Registration Board to deregister them is set to continue in the Court of Appeal in Wellington next week (Tues & Wed 22-23 Oct). In a significant development, the Charity Law ... More >>

F4PC welcomes ‘Healthy Water, Healthy Future' Statement

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 10:30 am | Farmers for Positive Change

Farmers for Positive Change (F4PC) congratulates environmental, recreation and public health groups for coming to a united position on the Government’s freshwater reform and finds significant areas of agreement with the Healthy Water, Healthy Future joint ... More >>

Citizens in the Provinces also have a Right to be heard!

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:43 am | Right To Life New Zealand Inc

Right to Life asks, why the Special Abortion Legislation Bill Committee is continuing to discriminate by refusing to hear the 2,740 submitters who have requested the right to make a ten minute oral submission on the highly contentious abortion Bill conceived ... More >>

Correction of Shotgun Cartridge Error aBittersweet Victory

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:16 am | COLFO

COLFO has described as a “bittersweet victory” its triumph in getting Police to correct a wording error that banned shotgun cartridges. More >>

Survey shows majority of Kiwis support banning animal test

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:56 am | SAFE

A campaign to ban the Forced Swim Test in New Zealand is in line with public opinion, according to a new survey commissioned by the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) and SAFE. More >>

Groups unite on freshwater policies for healthy water

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:52 am | Forest And Bird

Environment, health, recreation, and water infrastructure groups have come together to support four essential policies to save fresh water in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Public Health Association, Forest & Bird, Fish & Game New Zealand, Environmental ... More >>

Child Exploitation Material should be Prime Ministers focus

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:51 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

"So many of our children are being violently harmed. Their innocence stolen and their bodies used for the sexual gratification and financial gain of those involved in the dark world of paedophillia. These innocent children are voiceless; nobody ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Is this as good as it gets?

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:40 am | Peter Dunne

There must be consternation within the upper ranks of the Labour Party at the performance of some of the Ministers in the coalition government. Every time the government looks like making some positive progress, one or other of these errant Ministers can be ... More >>

Massey’s capitulation on feminist event disgraceful"

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:27 am | Free Speech Coalition

Responding to Massey University’s decision to cancel the upcoming ‘Feminism 2020’ event, Free Speech Coalition member Melissa Derby (who had been scheduled to speak at the event) says: More >>

Have your say on rates rebate applications

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 5:04 pm | Social Services and Community Committee

The Social Services and Community Committee is seeking submissions on the Rates Rebate (Statutory Declarations) Amendment Bill. This bill aims to improve the process of applying for rates rebates. It proposes: • Removing the requirement to make a statutory ... More >>

The Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Bill opens for submission

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 5:03 pm | Maori Affairs Committee

The Māori Affairs Committee is calling for submissions on the Te Ture Whenua Maori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Bill. More >>




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