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10-Year Passports Welcome But Cost Still Above Average

Monday, 25 May 2015, 4:18 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The  Taxpayers’ Union  is delighted with today's announcement from Minister of Internal Affairs, Peter Dunne, that New Zealand passports will have a ten-year validity from the end of the year. More >>

Judd and Fox presenting at Māori Governance Hui

Monday, 25 May 2015, 3:52 pm | Maori Council

New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd and Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox are the latest to join an exciting line up of speakers and presenters attending this weekend’s Te Tatau Pounamu Maori Governance and Representation Conference in Palmerston North. More >>

Sri Lanka bans Glyphosate imports

Monday, 25 May 2015, 3:23 pm | GE Free NZ

The President of Sri Lanka has banned the importation of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH) [1] due to the increased incidence of chronic kidney disease associated with the use of these glyphosate formulations. Argentina [2] has also published evidence ... More >>

iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update

Monday, 25 May 2015, 2:45 pm | iPredict

Budget Boosts National And Key, But PM Still Expected to Retire by End of 2017 More >>

Nurses say no to District Health Boards’ offer

Monday, 25 May 2015, 1:08 pm | NZNO

Nurses, midwives and health care assistants working in the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) around the country have voted overwhelmingly not to accept the DHBs’ proposed multi-employer collective agreement. More >>

Taxpayers' Union Urge Car Owners to Avoid ACC Over-Payment

Monday, 25 May 2015, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is urging car owners to be careful renewing motor vehicle licences before lower ACC levy rates come into effect on 1 July and is encouraging the public not to follow the New Zealand Transport Agency’s default option of 12-month ... More >>

Kenia Serrano to visit Auckland, June 10-12

Monday, 25 May 2015, 12:38 pm | First Union

Kenia Serrano is president of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), which organises solidarity activities between Cuba and organisations and individuals around the world. She is a member of Cuba’s parliament. More >>

NZ Publishers Call for Economic Evidence in TPP Discussions

Monday, 25 May 2015, 12:02 pm | Copyright Licensing Ltd

Leaked documents suggest that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement may result in an extended copyright term. New Zealand’s current provision, as required as a minimum by the Berne Convention, is ‘life of the author plus 50 years’, ... More >>

‘Don’t be taken in’ by extra $25 GRG Founder warns

Monday, 25 May 2015, 10:49 am | Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

"Don’t be taken in by the Budget announcements for an extra $25 for beneficiaries with children if you are a full-time grandparent or whanau/kin carer,” warns Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust New Zealand Founder Diane Vivian in the wake of last ... More >>

Minister Joyce is Wrong Again

Monday, 25 May 2015, 10:44 am | New Zealand Medical Students' Association - NZMSA

Today Minister Joyce commented on our push to reinstate student loan for postgraduate students in the final year, in some cases, two years of medical school. Minister Joyce’s suggestion was that we use our Trainee Intern Grant to pay for our fees. More >>

Claims That NZ is Good for Sex Workers ‘Laughable’

Monday, 25 May 2015, 9:41 am | Family First

Family First NZ says that  claims  by the Prostitutes Collective that New Zealand is the best place on earth to be a prostitute are laughable and from ‘fantasyland’.   “Even the architect of the bill to decriminalise prostitution has  admitted ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Northland GP Lance O'Sullivan

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 2:02 pm | The Nation

2014 New Zealander of the Years say National’s benefit increases are “a step in the right direction”, but calls on Government to do more Backs Government’s move to require beneficiaries to start working when their child turns three; “that’s ... More >>

Budget Prevents Doctors from Graduating

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 1:39 pm | New Zealand Medical Students' Association - NZMSA

The release of Budget 2015 confirms the fears of medical students with future hopes of joining the medical workforce in New Zealand. They won't have the opportunity to finish their degrees. A Medical degree in New Zealand requires 6 years of study, ... More >>

NZ can afford the future cost of superannuation - English

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 1:32 pm | TVNZ

Hon Bill English told TV One’s Q+A programme that anti-poverty campaigners like Jonathan Boston and the Children’s Commissioner use “a set of measures which you’ll never be able to satisfy.” More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Grant Robertson

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:54 pm | The Nation

Robertson says Labour will “definitely” look at changing the beneficiaries work obligation back to when their child turns five. More >>

Patrick Gower interviews Finance Minister Bill English:

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:41 pm | The Nation

Finance Minister says he doesn’t know what difference his tax on capital gains will make to housing affordability and admits it may not have an impact on Auckland house prices. More >>

The Politics of Love

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 11:48 am | Max Harris and Philip McKibbin

Around the world, progressive-minded people are struggling to articulate an end-goal for politics. The Right, in most places, remains committed to the tight logic of neoliberalism (and its ideals of private property, liberty, and efficiency). The ... More >>

KCDC Councillors Faced Legal Threat Over New CE Vote

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 11:16 am | Jackie Elliott and David Scott

In a joint statement, Crs David Scott and Jackie Elliott would like to reassure the Kapiti public that we played no part whatsoever in the re employment of KCDC Chief Executive Pat Dougherty as CE of KCDC for a further five years. More >>

NZ should take in our share of stranded Rohingya

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 10:22 am | Refugee Council of New Zealand

Asia’s refugee crisis, a shared crisis: New Zealand should take in our share of stranded Rohingya More >>

This weekend on The Nation...

Friday, 22 May 2015, 8:39 pm | TVNZ

3News political editor Patrick Gower sits down with Finance Minister Bill English to talk about u-turns and new taxes, housing development in Auckland, and benefit increases. Is this New National or just cunning politics? More >>

Guild disappointed but not surprised at lack of funding

Friday, 22 May 2015, 7:53 pm | Pharmacy Guild

Guild disappointed but not surprised at lack of funding allocated to pharmacy in Budget 2015 More >>

Police disappointed by protesters at Sky City

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are disappointed with the behaviour of protesters at Sky City today who continually tried to force their way into the building. More >>

Stopping the bullying everyone’s responsibility

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:55 pm | UNITEC

Unitec today marked Pink Shirt Day event in what is becoming a strong tradition for its Mt Albert and Waitakere Campuses. More >>

Balance Budget with Buds

Friday, 22 May 2015, 2:23 pm | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

The Government would be guaranteed to reach a budget surplus if they decided to make cannabis legal in New Zealand, according to the Cannabis Party. More >>

2015 Budget Should Have Cut Welfare Payments

Friday, 22 May 2015, 2:03 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

Rather than fiddling with the country’s one serious savings scheme, or pissing off overseas travellers with a nonsense exit and entry levy, the government should have made major cuts to a special class of welfare payments, according to Democrats ... More >>

Community Housing: Govt needs to step on the accelerator

Friday, 22 May 2015, 1:46 pm | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community housing organisations say the government’s budget initiatives on housing are too timid – and won’t deliver the results needed. “We need to speed up the stock regeneration process for all areas of the country, and ensure the new rent ... More >>

Kiwi Contingent Settling into Taji Task

Friday, 22 May 2015, 1:29 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

2 May 2015 Kiwi Contingent Settling into Taji Task New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) trainers and supporting Force elements are now established in their base in Taji and have begun the task of training Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in a range of military ... More >>

Joining together to get ahead of bullying

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:45 pm | Human Rights Commission

Releasing the updated 2015 Bullying Prevention Guidelines on Pink Shirt Day at Silverstream School, Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Mr David Rutherford said he is confident that the drive to stop bullying across New Zealand schools is really gaining ground. More >>

Budget delivers small change not real change for children

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:41 pm | UNICEF NZ

Budget delivers small change but not real change for children UNICEF NZ says the Budget did not deliver the comprehensive package promised by Government but the small increase in benefit rates is an important acknowledgement of the importance of incomes ... More >>

Focus on poverty urged as aid budget increases

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:38 pm | Oxfam

Increases to New Zealand’s international aid budget announced yesterday are welcome, but there is concern about whether the money will reach the most vulnerable, says international development agency Oxfam. More >>

Benefit increase a step in the right direction

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:37 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas has welcomed yesterday’s Budget announcement of an increase in base rates for beneficiaries with children as a long overdue step in the right direction towards addressing the poverty experienced by too many Kiwi families. More >>

Bus and Coach Industry supports childcare changes

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:31 pm | Bus and Coach Association

The Bus and Coach Association President, Andrew Ritchie, praised the government’s budget boost to child care. He said that the 20 hours of free early childhood education is a great benefit not only to the parents, but to employers and the economy in general. More >>

Waitangi Tribunal legal action aims to stop Statoil

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:42 am | Taikaha Communications

A new Waitangi Tribunal claim is alleging breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi due to the New Zealand Government’s failure to actively seek the prior and informed consent of Maori tribes in relation to the issuing of deep sea oil drilling permits. More >>

Budget response: New Zealand needs to up its game on ODA

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:54 am | Council for International Development

Budget response: Aid Agencies say New Zealand needs to up its game further on ODA More >>

Legal issues at stake in Lecretia Seales’ court case probed

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:25 am | University of Otago

There is a very strong case that existing New Zealand law does not preclude a doctor providing a mentally competent, terminally ill patient with the means to achieve a peaceful death, according to a University of Otago law professor and a US lawyer ... More >>

Budget signals change in approach to child poverty

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:19 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group says it is heartening to see the first real increase in beneficiary incomes since 1972 announced in Budget 2015. CPAG is pleased to see the government begin to honour its commitment to tackling New Zealand's high rates ... More >>

More childcare the focus for early education budget

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:16 am | Child Forum

This year’s Budget announcement shows the Government is focussed on getting more children into early childhood education, especially babies and toddlers and for longer hours. More >>

Budget a lost opportunity - Grey Power

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:03 am | Grey Power New Zealand

Grey Power Federation National President Terry King has labelled the Government’s budget as a lost opportunity. He said there was little in the Government’s seventh budget which addressed some of the serious issues face by retired New Zealanders. ... More >>

Important first steps but more needed to end child poverty

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:33 am | Every Child Counts

Every Child Counts welcomes measures in the budget designed to improve child wellbeing and reduce child poverty, such as an increase in benefit rates. More >>

Budget does nothing for Generation Rent

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:23 am | NZUSA

The national student union NZUSA has welcomed moves by the Government to reduce the fee increases institutions can charge students, but has warned that two major student problems remain unresolved: rent and debt. More >>

Government just scraping by on Police Budgets

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:20 am | NZ Police Association

Police budgets have been frozen for five years and today’s Budget announcement doesn’t come close to undoing the damage those freezes have done, New Zealand Police Association Vice President Luke Shadbolt said. More >>

123,000 Kiwis taking a stand against poverty this weekend

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:14 am | World Vision New Zealand

Swimming non-stop for 40 hours, squeezing into a room with 40 other people for the weekend, going without food and sleeping without a roof over their heads are just a few of the challenges Kiwis are taking on to raise funds for this year’s World ... More >>

Solo parents forced to work; but where are the quality jobs?

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:11 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Government is increasing the expectations of paid work from solo parents without any thought as to where the jobs will be, the Council of Trade Unions said today. “There are already 100,000 part time workers who are wanting more secure hours ... More >>

Budget positive but more needed to end child poverty

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 7:29 pm | Every Child Counts

Tick for Kids* welcomes measures announced in the budget aimed at improving child wellbeing and reducing child poverty, such as increasing benefit levels. Government policy has the single-biggest impact on social and economic wellbeing and the Government ... More >>

Budget 2015 cold comfort for early childhood education

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 7:07 pm | Early Childhood New Zealand

Budget 2015 has disappointed early childhood education (ECE) providers who received no increase to funding rates. More >>

John Campbell to leave MediaWorks

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 7:06 pm | Mediaworks

MediaWorks is launching a new current affairs show to be broadcast in the 7pm slot, Mondays-Thursdays on TV3. More >>

Budget 2015; Ngati Whakaue; Rotorua

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 7:03 pm | Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Iho Ake Trust

“Budget planning for any of us is a process of compromise and reality checks. And for the country, Budget 2015 is no different” said Ms Roana Bennett, General Manager of Ngati Whakaue’s Te Taumata Trust. More >>

Child hardship package – a very modest start

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 7:01 pm | NZCCSS

Thanks to the widespread public concern about New Zealand’s appalling child poverty levels the government has taken a few small but positive steps towards addressing some aspects of this critical social problem. More >>

Campbell Live demise ‘a sad day’

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:57 pm | Massey University

Journalism commentator and educator, Associate Professor Jim Tully, says MediaWorks' changes to TV3’s current affairs slot at 7pm suggests New Zealand’s two main networks have opted out of providing serious prime time current affairs. More >>

Universities a key part of the solution

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:50 pm | Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara

Vice-Chancellors have welcomed today’s Budget funding increase as further recognition that universities are key drivers of New Zealand’s economic growth and social well-being. More >>

Cyclists gather ‘crumbs from Transport Budget table’

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:49 pm | Cycling Advocates Network

Cycling advocates today welcomed the funding set aside for cycling projects, while bemoaning its small proportion relative to overall transport funding. More >>

Budget 2015 robs Peter to pay Paul

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:31 pm | NZNO

This years’ Budget does not provide enough funding to meet the health needs of New Zealanders, say nurses. More >>

Budget Responsible but Lacking Vision

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:06 pm | Employers And Manufacturers Federation

The Government’s 2015 Budget provides New Zealand businesses with financial certainty, and tackles a number of politically sensitive issues, but fails to deliver on some of the big issues facing the country says the Employers and Manufacturers Association ... More >>

Tourism industry opposes border clearance levy

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:00 pm | Tourism Industry Association

The tourism industry is disappointed by the Government’s surprise plans to impose a travel tax on New Zealanders and international visitors. More >>

Plunket welcomes steps to help families living in poverty

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:58 pm | New Zealand Plunket Society

Plunket is welcoming the child hardship package of $790 million over four years in today’s budget as a step forward in helping children in New Zealand’s poorest families. More >>

Budget 2015 introduces new 'travel tax' on Kiwi families

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:20 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is set to launch a campaign on the border clearance levy, or ‘Travel Tax’ the Government has announced as part of Budget 2015. The Travel Tax is expected to take effect from 1 January 2016, and will add around $20 to the ... More >>

National deliver Labour-Green Budget

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:19 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is awarding Bill English’s seventh budget a “2 out of 10” describing it as what voters would have expected from a Labour-Green Government. More >>

Taxpayers' Union welcome changes

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:14 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming removal of the $1,000 KiwiSaver kick-start, as announced in Budget 2015 today. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union , says: More >>

Budget a disappointment for Auckland transport

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:09 pm | Generation Zero

Youth organisation, Generation Zero, is disappointed to find that the government has refused to allocate money for urgent public transport improvements in today's Budget. More >>

Jonathan Boston: child hardship package

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:00 pm | Bridget Williams Books

Jonathan Boston: child hardship package will have only a marginal impact on child poverty The child hardship package in the 2015 Budget is a welcome initiative by the National-led government. However, the modest increases in benefit rates and tax ... More >>


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