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Parliament Passes Bill Lacking Important Safeguards

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 9:22 pm | Euthanasia Free NZ

"It's highly concerning that Parliament has voted for the End of Life Choice Bill to become law, pending a referendum," says Renée Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ . More >>

End-of-Life Choice Society is pleased

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:54 pm | End of Life Choice Society

The End-of-Life Choice Society is pleased MPs have recognised that the majority of voters across a wide spectrum of society want a law change to allow the terminally ill to die free of intolerable pain and suffering, its president Dr Mary Panko said ... More >>

End of Life Choice Bill: The Other Side

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 5:14 pm | Geneva Healthcare

The option of requesting assisted dying for people with terminal illness as provisioned by the proposed End of Life Choice Bill has all but divided the country. More >>

Extensions must be across all responses to mosque attack

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 4:39 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The extension of the Royal Commission report to 30 April 2020 means all other government responses to the mosque attack should be equally delayed, according to the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO). More >>

Who will pick up Essential Freshwater’s $80b price tag?

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 4:13 pm | DairyNZ

Excessively stringent freshwater policies that won’t achieve significantly better water quality outcomes will cost New Zealanders more than $80 billion over the next thirty years, says DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle. “The water quality limits ... More >>

Have your say on Supplementary Order Paper 408

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 3:20 pm | Finance And Expenditure Select Committee

The Finance and Expenditure Committee has opened for submissions on Supplementary Order Paper No 408 to the Arms Legislation Bill. Submissions can be made online and close on Friday 29 November 2019 at midnight. Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) 408 ... More >>

MPs delivered copies of Frédéric Bastiat’s “The Law”

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 2:23 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has today delivered copies of Frédéric Bastiat’s 1950 classic The Law to every Member of Parliament. More >>

CPAG Summit puts the spotlight on welfare reform

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 2:07 pm | CPAG

It’s time for our leaders to harness their power to take action on meaningful and sustained welfare policy changes, so that all children can have the opportunity to live good lives and to experience a happy, healthy childhood, says Child Poverty ... More >>

Billion dollar deficits at DHBs show need for sector reforms

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

DHBs need significant reforms to ensure the future health of taxpayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Stronger commitment needed from National on fees-free

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Taxpayers deserve a stronger commitment from National to scrap the fees-free policy, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “On one hand, National correctly called fees-free an ‘expensive failure’. ... More >>

Richard Henry’s conservation legacy lives on

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 12:07 pm | Department of Conservation

Pioneering conservationist Richard Henry’s crucial contribution to saving our endangered native birds is remembered today, 13 November 2019, the 90th Anniversary of his death. More >>

Budget investigation shut down and new inquirer appointed

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 12:02 pm | State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today terminated the investigation into how Budget-sensitive material was accessed at the Treasury and appointed a new inquirer. More >>

EQC’s important year of reflection

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 11:18 am | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission’s Annual Report 2018-19 has been tabled in Parliament today. The Annual Report summarises progress being made on EQC’s mission “to reduce the impact on people and property when natural disasters occur.” More >>

Killers sentence will not bring peace for family of Victim

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 10:11 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“At the end of the day when you commit a brutal act such as murder a ‘difficult upbringing’ will never explain why someone chose to take another’s life.” More >>

Kindness-based prison programme is a recipe for success

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 10:04 am | Department Of Corrections

The Department of Corrections is marking World Kindness Day today (13 November) by acknowledging the work Good Bitches Baking does spreading kindness through baked goods to those who need it most. More >>

United against the End of Life Choice Bill

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 9:00 am | Joint Press Release

United against David Seymour’s euthanasia and assisted suicide bill, representatives from all walks of life will gather peacefully on Parliament's lawn on Wednesday 13 November between 12 and 2 pm. Over 39,000 submissions have been written and heard. ... More >>

DHB bailouts symptomatic of underfunding

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 7:12 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Emergency cash injections for DHBs are a symptom of a woefully inadequate budget planning process that is increasingly an exercise in futility, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Executive Director Ian Powell says. More >>

Water, water everywhere, and not a cow to be seen

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 4:38 pm | Beca International

12 November 2019 Water and infrastructure professionals from across the public and private sectors attended a panel discussion on 4 November, focused on the Government’s proposed water reforms and most particularly the potential impacts on our urban environments. More >>

FinCap welcomes increased protections for consumers

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 3:33 pm | FinCap

Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee has made key amendments to the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill, giving borrowers more protection from harmful high cost consumer credit contracts. The changes indicate that the Select Committee ... More >>

Listen to experts, evidence on firearms registry failures

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 3:14 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) is urging politicians to heed evidence from respected international experts on why a proposed firearms registry in New Zealand is doomed to fail. More >>

Go Bus drives South Auckland bus drivers to full strike

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 2:55 pm | FIRST Union

Go Bus drivers in Auckland will be taking full strike action from tomorrow as relations reach a new low with their employer following a week where the company has cancelled regular wage bargaining, arbitrarily suspended union-affiliated drivers, rejected ... More >>

March on Parliament deliberately created confusion

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 2:27 pm | NZ Forest Owners' Association

Large and small scale and Māori foresters say the 50 Shades of Green march on parliament on Thursday (eds 14 November) highlights deliberately created confusion about the true nature and recent scope of forestry expansion. More >>

Ngāpuhi Not Surprised by Oranga Tamariki Review Outcomes

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 2:13 pm | Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi

Te Rūnanga ā Iwi o Ngāpuhi CEO, Lorraine Toki, is not surprised by the findings following the release of the review into Oranga Tamariki. More >>

Government negligence driving high road toll

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 2:03 pm | Dog And Lemon Guide

The government has utterly failed to take effective action to lower the road toll, says the car review website, . More >>

Massey deprives students with new policy

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:50 pm | Free Speech Coalition

Responding to the launch of Massey University's new policy and code regarding free speech and external speaker, Free Speech Coalition spokesman Dr David Cumin says: More >>

Moving port will cost Government, consumers and environment

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:42 pm | National Road Carriers

Making Northport Auckland’s main port will require massive investment in rail and road and will increase carbon emissions and the cost of goods says National Road Carriers Association CEO David Aitken. More >>

DairyNZ claim of economic ruin "misleading"

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:32 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

New research from independent economic consultancy NZIER shows that DairyNZ's economic analysis and conclusion are misleading New Zealanders. More >>

EPA releases OMV’s "deceptive" oil spill modelling

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:26 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Tuesday, November 12: After months of mounting pressure, the Environmental Protection Authority has now publicly released oil giant OMV’s application to drill a high risk oil well off the Otago Coast. More >>

Public & Work WiFi Should Block Porn

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 10:52 am | Family First

Family First New Zealand has proposed a number of bills to the government regarding the access to pornography in both public places, including schools and the work place. “There has been an important national conversation around consent and ‘rape culture’. ... More >>

More than 500 Plastic-filled parcels mailed to MPs

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 10:18 am | plastic2parliament

More than 500 letters and parcels filled with nonrecyclable single-use plastics have now been mailed to MPs in Parliament via freepost. More >>

Parliament Petition calls for Affordable/Effective Sunscreen

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 9:53 am | Kylie Findlay

A Parliamentary Petition has been issued, calling for the regulation of sunscreens in New Zealand as well as funding of effective sunscreens for low income and high risk populations. More >>

As NZ votes on euthanasia bill, a historical perspective

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 9:34 am | The Conversation

As NZ votes on euthanasia bill, here is a historical perspective on a 'good death' More >>

Deadline Approaching for Public Submissions on Broadcasting

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 9:10 am | Broadcasting Standards Authority

At 5:00pm on 22 November 2019, the period closes for public submissions regarding the changes BSA is proposing to the Election Programmes Code of Broadcasting Practice (Election Programmes Code). More >>

Rachel Boyack Labour’s 2020 candidate for Nelson

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 9:04 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Rachel Boyack was confirmed as the Labour Party candidate for Nelson for the 2020 General Election at a meeting of Party members held in Nelson tonight More >>

New poll illustrates confusion about euthanasia bill

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 8:52 am | Euthanasia-Free New Zealand

A new nationwide Curia Market Research poll shows the vast majority of New Zealanders are confused about what the End of Life Choice Bill aims to legalise. More >>

Ten ways to tackle hate

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 8:43 am | Helen Clark Foundation

A Helen Clark Foundation project to reduce online harm will be presented today in competition at the Paris Peace Forum. 'The Christchurch Principles' full report is available for download here . The Forum is a prestigious international event, initiated ... More >>

In the year of delivery, where is the compassion?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 8:36 am | CultureSafe

The year of delivery hasn’t delivered any justice for the victims of workplace bullying, at all. More >>

Firearms Prohibition Orders and why they may make a change

Monday, 11 November 2019, 5:43 pm | White Ribbon

White Ribbon Manager Rob McCann says Firearms Prohibition Orders could make a real difference if guns are kept out of the hands of people with a history of family harm. More >>

DoC Asks Outdoors People to Swallow More Dead Rats

Monday, 11 November 2019, 5:34 pm | Outdoors Party

Hundreds of dead animals, birds and sea life washed up on a West Coast beach will also be leaving a legacy of thousands of poison laden time bombs for 140 kilometres on the way downriver from the mountains to the Sea according to Alan Simmons, leader ... More >>

COLFO ammo court battle "a test for all Kiwis"

Monday, 11 November 2019, 4:11 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) has asked the High Court to review the new regulation banning several classes of firearms ammunition. More >>

App connects Corrections staff with language and culture

Monday, 11 November 2019, 3:24 pm | Department Of Corrections

The Department of Corrections (Ara Poutama Aotearoa) is encouraging more of its staff to learn te Reo Māori through a handy mobile application. More >>

Deerstalkers Back Firearm Law Public Awareness Campaign

Monday, 11 November 2019, 2:54 pm | New Zealand Deerstalkers Association

The New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association is backing the firearm owners’ public awareness campaign designed to inform New Zealanders about proposed new firearm laws. More >>

Waikato DHB commissioners should demand training money back

Monday, 11 November 2019, 2:22 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to r eports that a former Waikato DHB member undertook a $5,000 taxpayer-funded training course after she was sacked, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: More >>

Call for calm and a plan when it comes to Oranga Tamariki

Monday, 11 November 2019, 1:30 pm | New Zealand Maori Council

NZ Maori Council calls for calm and a plan when it comes to Oranga Tamariki More >>

How NZ government misused laws to crush non-violent dissent

Monday, 11 November 2019, 9:42 am | The Conversation

This week, Māori in the Taranaki region remembered the “ day of plunder ” – the 1881 government invasion of Parihaka, the small settlement that had come to symbolise peaceful resistance to the confiscation of Māori land . More >>

Fonterra Open Gates Protest Turns into Amicable Dialogue

Monday, 11 November 2019, 8:30 am | Mothers Against Dairy

Differing points of view were amicably shared today between protestors and farmers at Stewart Dairylands during the Fonterra Open Gates, 2019. More >>

Nicola Grigg National’s new candidate in Selwyn

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 5:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

Former reporter and political adviser Nicola Grigg will contest Selwyn for National in the 2020 General Election. More >>

Moving ceremony at Waitangi

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 3:41 pm | Tuia 250

A gunshot that rang out a quarter of a Century ago has been remembered on Te Tii Beach (Waitangi), but this time in a spirit of gratitude and healing. More >>

Doctors’ letter opposing euthanasia gets 1,500th signature

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 3:34 pm | Doctors Say No

The ‘Doctors Say No’ Open Letter opposing euthanasia has recently received its 1,500th signature, appealing to MPs at this final hour, to vote down the euphemistically titled “End of Life Choice” bill. More >>

Socialism 2.0 - 30 years after the Wall

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 12:10 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Tonight, and probably on my own in New Zealand, I am celebrating a geopolitical anniversary. On this 9th of November, 30 years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. More >>

The Nation: Children's Minister Tracey Martin

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 2:07 pm | The Nation

Its been a year of reckoning for the Children's Ministry, Oranga Tamariki - from the Newsroom investigation of the botched removal of a newborn from the arms of its teen mother to the apology of its chief executive Grainne Moss this week and promises ... More >>

The Nation Simon Shepherd interviews Ben Brooks

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 11:52 am | The Nation

New Zealand incarcerates more people than almost any other country in the OECD. It costs our society as much as $12 billion per year. Ben Brooks has worked in justice, including Corrections, for 15 years. And he recently returned from Texas, where - ... More >>

New Zealand military to expand Pacific presence

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 11:11 am | Socialist Equality Group

By John Braddock, Socialist Equality Group 8 November 2019, original url: More >>

Ambulance unions concern over St John Ambulance funding

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 11:10 am | Joint Press Release

NZAA/AWUNZ, the unions with the majority of ambulance officers in New Zealand, have today expressed their concerns at the delay in releasing short-term funding promised in the May Budget for the St John Ambulance Service. More >>

Zero Carbon Act is NZ’s welcome step up for poor countries

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 11:00 am | Oxfam

In response to the passing of the Zero Carbon Bill into law, Oxfam New Zealand Advocacy and Campaigns Director Jo Spratt said: More >>

Collusion between Oranga Tamariki & Family Court called out

Friday, 8 November 2019, 2:49 pm | Whanau Ora

Whānau Ora Commissioning Chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait says a fish rots from the head and Oranga Tamariki leadership needs to take responsibility for its systemic failures - not throw its staff under the bus. More >>

Bible in schools on the line as High Court hearing confirmed

Friday, 8 November 2019, 12:52 pm | Secular Education Network

The Auckland High Court has confirmed this week that it will hear the case against school-based religious instruction in October next year. The Secular Education Network is appealing to the High Court for a ruling that these classes are discriminatory ... More >>

Policing Strategy Co-Designed & Led by Māori

Friday, 8 November 2019, 12:06 pm | Whanau Services

Within the last 24 hours the New Zealand Police have launched, ‘Te Huringa o Te Tai’ A Whānau Ora Crime and Crash Prevention Strategy as part of its vision for reducing offending by 25 percent by 2025. More >>

A Live export ship has covertly berthed at Timaru Port

Friday, 8 November 2019, 12:01 pm | SAFE

A live export vessel has covertly berthed at Timaru Port, bringing this year’s shipments of live animals up to a total of eight. More >>

Government Living Wage: If Not Now Then When?

Friday, 8 November 2019, 11:49 am | Living Wage Aotearoa

The Living Wage West team met today with the Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni at her electorate office in Glen Eden West Auckland. The team want the Government to deliver on the commitment of candidates at the 2017 election to: More >>




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