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150 coastal area claims advertised

Monday, 1 May 2017, 10:06 am | Hobson's Pledge

Notification of 150 claims for ownership of thousands of kilometres of our coastline filed in the High Court were advertised over the past week with 20 days for anyone to object. More >>

First of 375 marches around the world

Monday, 1 May 2017, 9:52 am | 350 Christchurch

Playwright and narrator Simon Brown with the cast of 'Earthy Earth and the forces of Doom' From left: 2 Eco kids, Earthy Earth, Eco Warrior Princess, 2 Eco nurses, Mr Fossil Fuel Man and Stinky Methane Cow; Photo credits: Lauri Lee In-Jung Shore More >>

A baby step when we could have had a giant leap forward

Monday, 1 May 2017, 9:48 am | New Zealand Hemp Industries Association Inc

The Chairman of the NZHIA, Mack McIntosh expresses his extreme disappointment following an agreement on Friday 28th April between New Zealand and Australian food safety authorities that see hemp seed legalised as food in New Zealand. More >>

Forum: Building Resilience around Natural Disasters

Monday, 1 May 2017, 9:40 am | Fullbright NZ

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, 21 April, 2017 --- Recent events, like the Kaikoura earthquake and Cyclones Debbie and Cook, have shown that natural disaster can strike at any time with potentially devastating results. Experience has shown that every aspect ... More >>

Significant Support For Porn Safeguards - Poll

Sunday, 30 April 2017, 9:08 pm | Family First

A nationwide poll has found high levels of concern around the effects of online pornography and its link to sexual violence, and the easy access that young people have to offensive material, and significant support for action from government and internet providers ... More >>

Kea recovery plan welcome, but more funding needed

Sunday, 30 April 2017, 8:52 pm | Forest And Bird

30 April 2017 Forest & Bird is welcoming a proposal from the Department of Conservation to develop a recovery plan for kea, but warns it will fail without new money for conservation. More >>

Q+A: Murray McCully interviewed by Jessica Mutch

Sunday, 30 April 2017, 2:40 pm | TVNZ

Q+A: Murray McCully interviewed by Jessica Mutch Murray McCully exit interview – we weren’t pressured by US over UN’s Israel resolution Outgoing Foreign Minister Murray McCully says there was no pressure from the US for New Zealand to co-sponsor ... More >>

Conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun: Adrienne Staples

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 9:41 pm | Embassy of Japan

The Conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette upon Mrs. Adrienne Staples More >>

Conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun upon Phillip Gibson

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 9:40 pm | Embassy of Japan

The Conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star upon Ambassador Phillip Gibson More >>

National completes 2017 candidate selection

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 1:23 pm | New Zealand National Party

National completes 2017 candidate selection National has finished selecting its candidates for the 2017 General Election with the list ranking process now underway, Party President Peter Goodfellow says. “National has had great success refreshing ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interview Hekia Parata

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 1:03 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interview Hekia Parata Headlines: In answer to suggestion that more Maori and Pasifika NCEA students are doing skills-based unit standards instead of academic standards, the outgoing Education Minister Hekia Parata says ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Rukmini Callimachi

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 12:59 pm | The Nation

Lisa Owen: Donald Trump has reached the 100-day mark in his presidency, and it’s been an interesting 100 days, to say the least. Despite bold promises during his campaign, Trump’s Mexican wall is off the cards, Obamacare hasn’t been repealed, ... More >>

People’s Mental Health Report Gathers Support

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 12:45 pm | ActionStation

People’s Mental Health Report Gathers Support Press Release 27 April, 2017 The People’s Mental Health Report was launched last Wednesday (19 April) and since then support for the recommendations in the report has been gathering momentum. New ... More >>

Govt's water plan will drive species to extinction

Friday, 28 April 2017, 8:13 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says the Government is ignoring the needs of the threatened species that live in our waterways and misleading the country with claims it will make rivers swimmable again. In a submission today on the Clean Water Package, Forest & Bird ... More >>

Statement from Jordan Williams

Friday, 28 April 2017, 4:40 pm | Jordan Williams

Lawyers for Jordan Williams are appealing the judgment setting aside last year’s jury verdict in the Williams v Craig defamation proceedings. More >>

European Union Has Better Swimmable Water Standards

Friday, 28 April 2017, 3:54 pm | Outdoors Party

The NZ Outdoors Party, who formed in 2015 to protect the rights of Kiwis to enjoy our outdoors heritage, today submitted their response to the Government’s Clean Water proposals. A central theme of the submission was highlighting that Nick Smith’s ... More >>

Pacific Youth MPs present their Act

Friday, 28 April 2017, 3:43 pm | Pacific Youth Parliament

One hundred young Pasifika people have presented an Act outlining legislation they believe will enhance Pacific Peoples development, in a strong push to be heard in election year. The Act, titled Pacific Youth Parliament (Our Movement) Act 2017 is ... More >>

Rental housing in poor shape

Friday, 28 April 2017, 3:42 pm | Science Media Centre

Rental housing is older, colder, damper and twice as likely to be poorly maintained as owner-occupied homes, says a new BRANZ report. More >>

Rusty Kane To Contest Tauranga Seat

Friday, 28 April 2017, 3:36 pm | Rusty Kane

I will contest the Tauranga seat as an independent in September's General Election 2017. More >>

National selects Bala Beeram in Kelston

Friday, 28 April 2017, 3:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

Bala Beeram has been selected to contest the Kelston electorate for National at the 2017 General Election. More >>

National’s Mana candidate selected

Friday, 28 April 2017, 3:16 pm | New Zealand National Party

Mr Murrell is proud to be a longstanding local resident in the Mana electorate. He has significant experience in business and real estate, currently working as the Principal of Esplanade Reality in Paremata. He formerly served on the Porirua City ... More >>

Meeting to discuss plight of people on work and student visa

Friday, 28 April 2017, 2:45 pm | Unite Union

The government changes to the immigration rules are creating a great deal of misery for many workers and students in this country from overseas who have come under different rules and have had their hopes and dreams for the future dashed. More >>

NZNO Kaiwhakahaere calls again for a Māori nursing workforce

Friday, 28 April 2017, 2:12 pm | NZNO

In New York this morning NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku addressed the United Nations forum of the United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). Ms Nuku repeated her message that without a Māori nursing workforce strategy, the ... More >>

NZDF Helps Train More Iraqi Troops for Offensive

Friday, 28 April 2017, 1:41 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

A combined New Zealand and Australian task group will be training about 2000 Iraqi Security Forces in the next fortnight as the Iraqi military continue the campaign to expel Daesh from their country. More >>

Prison overcrowding confirms ministers must listen to workers

Friday, 28 April 2017, 12:07 pm | Public Service Association

A report into prison overcrowding shows what happens when politicians take a "tough on crime" stance without thinking through the consequences, the PSA says. More >>

Seismic Surveying in NZ Waters Criticized at UN Forum

Friday, 28 April 2017, 11:42 am | Te Ikaroa

Seismic surveying and oil extraction along the eastern seaboard of the North Island of New Zealand are a violation of indigenous rights, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues heard today. More >>

Bar Assn supports statement by Principal Family Court Judge

Friday, 28 April 2017, 11:09 am | NZ Bar Association

The NZBA fully supports the comments made by Principal Family Court Judge Ryan in response to allegations against the Family Court and its judges made by The Backbone Collective. More >>

Medicinal Marijuana Laws Leads To Dope Abuse – US Study

Friday, 28 April 2017, 10:03 am | Family First Lobby

Family First NZ says that a new study on medicinal marijuana in the US should sound a clear warning to our government to continue to take a cautious approach based on extensive research and appropriate safeguards around medicinal marijuana. More >>

No Pride in Prisons condemns use of isolation

Friday, 28 April 2017, 9:34 am | No Pride in Prisons

Prisoner abolitionist organisation No Pride in Prisons is appalled by the findings of the Human Rights Commission’s report into the use of isolation and restraint. More >>

Too many Kiwis are being killed at work

Friday, 28 April 2017, 9:25 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

In the last two weeks seven New Zealanders went to work and never came home. They were killed at work. This Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, we remember them and other working people who were killed at work. More >>

Māori unionists call for iwi-union collaboration

Friday, 28 April 2017, 8:55 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) Rūnanga, the body representing 60,000 Māori union members, is marking Workers Memorial Day today with a call for iwi and unions to work together to help end workplace deaths. More >>

Roy Morgan Poll April 3-16

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 8:50 pm | Roy Morgan Research

New Zealand First in the box seat to decide next NZ Government as National Party neck-and-neck with Labour/ Greens More >>

Carolyn Dare Wilfred’s Good Friday crucifixion

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 4:53 pm | Hugh Steadman

Appropriately, Good Friday was chosen by the National government to hammer another nail into Carolyn Dare Wilfred’s crucifix. Carolyn is a Canadian citizen now living in Germany. She has been exiled from her husband, Harmon, and their home in Lincoln, ... More >>

Water report backs ‘tackle the hotspots’ approach

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 4:16 pm | Federated Farmers

A new fresh water report sets a robust, independent baseline on water quality indicators as well as pointers on where we should concentrate efforts to gain improvements. More >>

Open Letter to Sir Professor Peter Gluckman

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 4:15 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

We would like to take you up on your commendable offer to “make yourself available” at this crucial time to discuss fluoridation of the public drinking water supply across New Zealand before the second reading of the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking ... More >>

A welcome commitment to transport infrastructure

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 3:25 pm | Road Transport Forum

The Government’s announcement today to fund $11 billion of new capital infrastructure over and above existing projects is a welcome response to New Zealand’s infrastructure pressures, says Road Transport Forum Chief Executive Ken Shirley. More >>

Property Industry welcomes $11 billion infrastructure boost

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 3:11 pm | Property Council Of New Zealand

Property Council New Zealand welcomes the Government’s announcement of $11 billion of new funding for infrastructure across New Zealand over the next four years. More >>

Ratepayers Tell Councillors to Stick to Pledges

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 2:40 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Submitting to Auckland Councillors yesterday, the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance, on behalf of its 16,000 members, said that those who vote for Phil Goff’s proposed Accommodation Targeted Rate would be in breach of their commitments to keep rate ... More >>

Tearfund Wants Kiwis in the Poverty Cycle

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 2:22 pm | Tearfund

Tearfund is calling on Kiwi athletes, schools, businesses, churches and celebrities to join the Poverty Cycle, to break the cycle of poverty for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. More >>

Good progress on infrastructure investment

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 1:59 pm | Employers And Manufacturers Association

Today’s announcement that infrastructure investment is to be boosted by $11billion over the next four years is good news for business, says the EMA More >>

Govt's $11bn infrastructure commitment a big step forward

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 1:33 pm | Infrastructure NZ

"The announcement that Budget 2017 will allocate a further $11 billion in new capital infrastructure is very welcome. It will be essential that this new funding unlocks local and private capital to accelerate much needed infrastructure investment," ... More >>

Time the Government woke up to its own advice on freshwater

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 12:42 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace says it’s time the Government woke up to its own advice on freshwater and stopped making matters worse. More >>

New Defence Minister a mercenary in US wars

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 12:36 pm | Auckland Peace Action

National MP Mark Mitchell, newly appointed as Defence Minister, was a mercenary fighter in Iraq during the bloodiest period of the US occupation. His appointment signals what a pro-war, pro-US empire government this National Party really is," said Auckland ... More >>

Out of the Labs petition handover

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 12:28 pm | NZ Anti-Vivisection Society

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) and Helping You Help Animals (HUHA) presented their ‘Out of the Labs’ petition to Greens MP Mojo Mathers at Parliament today. More >>

First visit of the Tibetan Prime Minister to New Zealand

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 11:21 am | Friends of Tibet

Tibetan Prime Minister Dr. Lobsang Sangay will visit New Zealand for the first time from 30th April to 5th May 2017. Dr. Sangay is the first democratically elected political leader after His Holiness the Dalai Lama stepped down from his political role in ... More >>

NZMSA Concerned by Consequences of Waikato Medical School

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 10:41 am | New Zealand Medical Students' Assn

The New Zealand Medical Student’s Association (NZMSA) has significant concerns regarding the ability of the health system to accommodate the increase in medical students proposed by the potential Waikato Medical School. More >>

NZ now second biggest importer of plundered phosphate

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 10:33 am | Western Sahara Campaign

The Western Sahara Campaign-NZ expresses its disappointment that New Zealand is now the second biggest importer of plundered Western Sahara phosphate. The illegally exploited phosphate rock is the Moroccan government’s main source of income from ... More >>

UN-funded report another reason to stop locking children up

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 9:48 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says a new United Nations-funded report is more compelling evidence why New Zealand should stop locking children in police cells. More >>

Environment laws undermined in “sneaky backdoor attack”

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 9:40 am | Fish and Game New Zealand

The government is being accused of a ”sneaky backdoor attack” on one of the core principles of New Zealand’s cornerstone environment laws. More >>

Bail changes to blame for new billion dollar prison

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 9:10 am | Just Speak NZ

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was mulling over what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. What happened? A JustSpeak report out today ... More >>

Something badly wrong at Immigration New Zealand

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 8:34 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Sensible Sentencing Trust has learned that Afghani sex offender Sultan Ali Abdul Ali Akbari has, since his release on parole at the end of February, been convicted and sentenced to community detention for harassing women at shopping malls. That ... More >>

Urgent need for action on seclusion and restraint practices

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 8:26 am | Human Rights Commission

A new independent report has outlined a number of serious concerns about New Zealand’s seclusion and restraint practices, says the Human Rights Commission. More >>

Focus on what journalists write not their ethnicity

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 9:30 pm | Race Relations Commissioner

Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy says NZ First leader Winston Peters needs to focus on what is relevant. More >>

Delay in decision on transmission price increases welcomed

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 5:00 pm | Counties Power

Counties Power is pleased that the Electricity Authority’s current transmission pricing review has been delayed, a proposal which saw local consumers paying $3m more per annum in transmission charges, but also cautions that fundamental issues ... More >>

Civilian NZDF staff strike action

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 4:35 pm | Public Service Association

Civilian staff working for the New Zealand Defence Force will conduct a picket tomorrow morning at the Devonport Ferry Terminal in support of a nationwide campaign for improved pay and conditions. More >>

PSA statement on sexual harassment allegations

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 2:18 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi is aware of allegations made against a councillor at Kapiti Coast District Council. More >>

Hospitalisations linked to poverty must be reduced

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 1:52 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that high rates of childhood bronchiectasis evidenced in the latest report from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation , should provide the motivation for Government to prioritise spending with children’s health ... More >>

New Political Party for New Zealand

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 1:39 pm | GOdsownNZ

Another new political party has sprung up, this time, from the West Coast of the South Island! GOdsownNZ identifies as a Christian political party however they want to reach all New Zealand voters that have felt let down by their previous parties ... More >>

Dunne accepts hundreds of postcards on refugee labels

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 1:28 pm | ActionStation

Minister Peter Dunne today accepted over 800 postcards calling for convention refugees to have the same entitlements as quota refugees at a LUSH store in Wellington. More >>

OECD Report Misleading: NZ paying too much tax

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 1:05 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Peter Malcolm – spokesperson for the left wing lobby group “Closing the Gap” – would do better had he actually read the report he was commenting on , says the Taxpayers’ Union head Jordan Williams. More >>

 

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