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Peter Dunne – tax haven label ‘extremely damaging’

Sunday, 1 May 2016, 12:37 pm | TVNZ

Former Revenue Minister Peter Dunne told TV One’s Q+A programme, ‘if the label ‘tax haven’ is being bandied about now as it is, sticks, then that’s extremely damaging. You think of the way we perceive other countries that we’ve historically ... More >>

Closing Down Gang Businesses – Police Minister

Sunday, 1 May 2016, 12:31 pm | TVNZ

Police and Corrections Minister Judith Collins told TV One’s Q+A programme “that people like the Head Hunters are now running people like the Black Power and the Mongrel Mob so that they actually use a franchise business model.” More >>

Q+A: Arthur Grimes interviewed by Michael Parkin

Sunday, 1 May 2016, 12:07 pm | TVNZ

Q+A: Arthur Grimes interviewed by Michael Parkin Inbox x Fiona Cumming 11:59 AM (3 minutes ago) More >>

EDS questions motivation of fisheries companies

Friday, 29 April 2016, 5:04 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society has responded to the media release and High Court proceedings filed today by the Fishing Industry Association and a number of fishing companies challenging the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary. More >>

Fishing industry legal challenge a step too far

Friday, 29 April 2016, 4:49 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling the fishing industry’s legal challenge against the Kermadec Sanctuary self-serving and a step too far. More >>

Brits should register to vote in EU Referendum

Friday, 29 April 2016, 4:40 pm | British High Commission

On the 23rd of June 2016, the United Kingdom will vote to either remain inside or to leave the European Union. More >>

Kiwis Lose Out as More Land Goes to Foreigners

Friday, 29 April 2016, 3:51 pm | New Zealand First Party

It’s not just Auckland houses being snapped up by foreign money - sales of large tracts of New Zealand land to foreigners continue unabated, says New Zealand First. More >>

Govt’s Rumoured Cuts to Insulation Bitter Blow for Northland

Friday, 29 April 2016, 3:48 pm | New Zealand First Party

The health of Northland’s most vulnerable citizens will suffer if the government cuts the home insulation scheme, Homes Te Tai Tokerau, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Fishing industry attempts to derail Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary

Friday, 29 April 2016, 3:09 pm | WWF

WWF-New Zealand has criticised the fishing industry’s attempt to derail the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary. More >>

Local government supports fire services reform

Friday, 29 April 2016, 2:47 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) supports the reform announced today by Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne which will merge and modernise New Zealand’s fire services. More >>

Schools’ Peace Week 2016: Dialogues for Peace

Friday, 29 April 2016, 1:48 pm | New Zealand Peace Foundation

Auckland, 27 April 2016 – The Peace Foundation, Aotearoa/New Zealand is organizing its 16th Schools’ Peace Week event for schools across New Zealand and abroad. It is aimed to engage the younger generation in Peace Education, to foster global citizenship ... More >>

Government’s Next Steps for Freshwater ‘Unambitious’

Friday, 29 April 2016, 1:41 pm | New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers

The Government's Next Steps for Freshwater lacks any ideas or direction on addressing our continuing freshwater decline according to the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA). More >>

Killers in waiting: Special patients need special monitoring

Friday, 29 April 2016, 1:00 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Fourteen years ago Richard Hawkins murdered his brother. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and detained as a “special patient” in a secure mental hospital. That status was lifted in 2011, and Hawkins was discharged into the community. ... More >>

Fire Service changes welcome - ENA

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:50 pm | Electricity Networks Association

The Electricity Networks Association welcomes the changes made by the Fire Services Review and in particular the repeal of the Forests and Rural Fires Act 1977 which often placed unfair costs on our members. More >>

Babies and parents mobilise for 26 weeks paid parental leave

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:42 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Babies and parents mobilise for 26 weeks paid parental leave in park near John Key's house on 4 May More >>

Generation Zero Launches Better Buses Report

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:38 pm | Generation Zero

Public Transport lobby group Generation Zero are today releasing a report criticising the failings of the Auckland Bus network and proposing urgent solutions. More >>

Government Finance Statistics Year ended June 2015

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:18 pm | Statistics New Zealand

Government Finance Statistics (Central Government): Year ended June 2015 – Statistics NZ Information Release More >>

Planning for new organisation under way

Friday, 29 April 2016, 11:32 am | The Fire Service

Today’s announcement on funding for the country’s new fire and emergency response organisation will allow transition planning to begin in earnest, says Paul Swain, Chair of the New Zealand Fire Service Board. More >>

Join the Biggest Coffee Break on Earth

Friday, 29 April 2016, 11:25 am | Passion PR

Next month will mark the first global World Fairtrade Challenge, where coffee lovers around the world are being urged to get together to drink a record amount of Fairtrade coffee and show their support for farmers hit by climate change. More >>

New Zealand Filmmakers Release UN-Funded Documentary

Friday, 29 April 2016, 11:21 am | Thirty Million Film

A documentary set for global release at the end of May 2016 explores the threat sea-level rise poses to 30 million Bangladeshis over the coming decades. More >>

Sea Shepherd Did to a Swimming Pool What Humans Do to Oceans

Friday, 29 April 2016, 11:12 am | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Plastic pollution is recognized as a massive, global environmental issue, responsible for the deaths of over a million marine animals each year. More >>

Freshwater plans must go further, says association

Friday, 29 April 2016, 11:10 am | New Zealand Recreation Association

The New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) has expressed concern about a consultation document that sets out the government’s proposals to improve the management of fresh water, saying the document doesn’t go far enough. NZRA recently made a submission ... More >>

PSA pleased with Minister’s promises

Friday, 29 April 2016, 11:07 am | Public Service Association

Fire service staff across the country have had a promise their jobs are safe - and the PSA wants their voices heard loud and clear throughout the transition to the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand. More >>

Climate Minister’s Challenge Accepted

Friday, 29 April 2016, 10:33 am | IPWEA

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) NZ President, Peter Higgs, has accepted the invitation and challenge from Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett who recently signed New Zealand's commitments to the Paris Climate Change Agreement. ... More >>

Time to close down rogue car rental firms, says campaigner

Friday, 29 April 2016, 9:22 am | Dog And Lemon guide

The government should set higher standards for rental vehicles, including appearance and safety, says the car review website . More >>

Wicked Campers vans classified as objectionable

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 5:12 pm | Office of Film and Literature Classification

In March 2016 Police submitted a number of campervans to the Classification Office following public concern. More >>

Announcement from Ta Mark Solomon

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 4:54 pm | Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

“Today I am announcing publicly that I will not seek re-election as the Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Representative for Kaikoura. I appreciate that by the end of this year, this will result in my role as Kaiwhakahaere of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu coming to ... More >>

Breach by EPA and AgResearch on GE Animal Experiments

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 3:42 pm | GE Free NZ

The Honourable Steven Joyce, Minister of Science and Innovation, opened the NZ Scientists Conference at Te Papa saying it was important that sufficient data be provided to allow a Minister to evaluate the effectiveness of research and the publication of ... More >>

Commissioner calls for bold leadership on climate change

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 3:27 pm | Parliamentary Commissioner For The Environment

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has called for bold leadership on climate change. More >>

World Hot Sauce Award winners making Northland ‘Hot’

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 2:50 pm | Northland Inc

Two 2016 World Hot Sauce Award winners are making Northland ‘hot’ for more than its climate, and they are to be congratulated for their success in the American-based competition, says Northland Inc Business Growth Manager David Templeton. More >>

Property Institute cautions against price-to-income cap

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 2:47 pm | New Zealand Property Institute

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive, Ashley Church, has responded with concern to suggestions that the Government may be considering the introduction of a price-to-income cap to address house price inflation. More >>

Students support recent study calling for Rental WoF

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 2:25 pm | VUWSA

Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) supports recent research that recommends strengthening the Residential Tenancies Act to include a rental Warrant of Fitness (WoF). More >>

Kiwi Values: is the political landscape shifting?

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 2:06 pm | New Zealand Fabian Society

When a rich body of data becomes accessible it is not just the academics who become interested. There is food for thought here for everyone. We now have a good deal of recent survey data and analysis on ‘Kiwi values’. It gives us the basis to ... More >>

E tū welcomes win for Tiwai smelter workers

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 12:46 pm | E tu

The E tū union has welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling which brings to an end a four-year dispute over in-lieu payments for statutory holidays at the Tiwai Aluminium Smelters. More >>

INZBC and NZIRI co-hosts public lectures focussing on TPP

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 11:45 am | India NZ Business Council

India New Zealand Business Council and The New Zealand India Research Institute co-hosted public lectures at Victoria University of Wellington on 21st April, 2016. These public lectures focused on Trans-Pacific Partnership and its impacts for both New Zealand ... More >>

MyMSD puts clients in the driving seat

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 11:16 am | Ministry of Social Development

Fifty thousand people have already signed up to MyMSD, the Ministry of Social Development’s new online service which is making it faster and easier for its clients to get the services they need. More >>

Notification of Extension to Submissions Closing Date

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 11:13 am | Te Ropu o Tuhoronuku

The Ngāpuhi Engagement Group released its draft report on Friday 1 April 2016, in response to the Waitangi Tribunal’s September 2015 Ngāpuhi Mandate Inquiry Report. The group is comprised of representatives from Te Kotahitanga o Ngā Hapū ... More >>

Genesis “about to face the climate fight of 2016”

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 11:10 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Thursday, April 28: This morning it’s been revealed that Genesis Energy will be keeping the coal burners on at New Zealand’s last coal-fired power station until at least 2022, despite promising to turn them off by 2018. More >>

Local government Gains Key Operational Insights

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 10:25 am | Society of Local Government Managers

The New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers, SOLGM, is encouraging more New Zealand councils to take part in an Operational and Management Effectiveness Programme that benchmarks council’s performance against other councils, in New ... More >>

NZ and Aus e-government responsiveness scores poorly

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 10:04 am | University of Otago

Central government agencies on both sides of the Tasman have scored poorly in a University of Otago study of e-government responsiveness published online by Government Information Quarterly, the top ranked journal in the field. More >>

Drug Testing Law Loophole Risks Lives

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 9:07 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“Whether an offender is on strict Release Conditions, Parole, bail or serving a community based sentence, mandatory random drug testing should be compulsory “. Scott Guthrie More >>

Poll shows Govt seen to be handling tax haven issue “poorly”

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 5:12 pm | ActionStation

Community campaigning group ActionStation says the Government needs to act to close loopholes that have allowed New Zealand to become a tax haven. The group today released UMR polling data showing more than half of New Zealanders are concerned about New ... More >>

Water accord report highlights non-compliance

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 4:48 pm | Forest And Bird

While it is good to see progress being made by dairy farmers on many environmental issues, the Water Accord report released today also highlights that this good work is being let down by persistently high non-compliance by large numbers of farmers ... More >>

Fraud accused looks to be determined unfit to stand trial

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 2:37 pm | BusinessDesk

April 27 (BusinessDesk) - A person facing fraud-related charges is seeking to be determined unfit to stand trial on medical grounds, the High Court in Wellington heard today. More >>

Toxic Reaction to Government's “State Control” of 1080

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 2:36 pm | Tony Orman

Government proposals announced by Environment Minister Nick Smith to relieve local regional council of controls of resource consents for 1080 have been met with fiery opposition. Government proposals proposals transfer the public notification process ... More >>

Organic farming will revitalise waterways

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 2:18 pm | Organic NZ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The two most crucial moves we can make to improve New Zealand’s sadly degraded waterways are to stop dairy expansion, and to transition towards truly sustainable farming, according to the Soil & Health Association. Organic farmers ... More >>

Inner City Women’s Group develops App

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 2:07 pm | Inner City Women's Group

Inner City Women’s Group develops App to screen for relationships for abuse and connect with support services Inner City Women’s Group have developed a unique App to enable women throughout New Zealand to screen their relationships for abuse ... More >>

Plans to slash council budgets will hit Aucklanders hard

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 1:00 pm | Public Service Association

A pledge to slash half a billion dollars from Auckland Council’s budget is short term thinking that will hit communities hard, the Public Service Association says. More >>

Gazza’s death preventable

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 12:40 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“Gazza’s death and the injuries to the Police Officer and the death of Tekira himself are a direct result of a veiled attempt to send fewer criminals to prison in a deceitful covert cost-cutting exercise.” McVicar More >>

Government not doing enough for rental properties

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 12:38 pm | Jennian Homes

Government not doing enough for rental properties, says building expert It was announced earlier this week that Nelson City Council may implement a compulsory warrant of fitness (WoF) for rental properties, which Aidan Jury of Jennian Homes says signifies ... More >>

Improvements to infringements process

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 12:19 pm | New Zealand Police

From today, Police are streamlining the process for the way infringement notices are issued for driving offences at the roadside. More >>

Stay on the downward trend

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 11:45 am | NZMEA

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand should move to continue to lower the OCR in response to continued low inflation and a high exchange rate, as well as continuing to implement financial stability measures in mortgage lending, say the New Zealand Manufacturers ... More >>

99 Kiwis killed at work

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 11:05 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

This Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, we remember the 99* New Zealanders who went to work and never came home, the 99 New Zealanders who were killed at work. More >>

Govt Should Have All Options on Table to Deal with Kiwifail

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 11:03 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says that Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Todd McClay, is in dream land telling Kiwirail not to change its structure but to rely less on taxpayer funded handouts amounting to hundreds of millions per year. Taxpayers’ ... More >>

ERA rules in favour of NZEI on support staff annualisation

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 9:16 am | NZEI

The Employment Relations Authority has ruled that the Ministry of Education was incorrect in its decision to cut the fortnightly pay of around 6000 school support staff. More >>

Women’s Refuge welcomes Joint Police Leadership Statement

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 5:14 pm | Women's Refuge

Women’s Refuge welcomes Joint Police Leadership Statement A call by NZ and Australian Police Commissioners for the community to challenge behaviour that turns a blind eye to family violence and attitudes which condone sexism and disrespect of women ... More >>

Medicines New Zealand has never threatened New Zealand

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 4:44 pm | Medicines New Zealand

Recent statements in the media misrepresent the Medicines New Zealand position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and are not helpful to New Zealanders waiting for better access to innovative medicines. “Medicines New Zealand has never threatened New ... More >>

Supreme Court Decision: 22nd April 2016

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 3:29 pm | NZ Supreme Court

Derek Nicholas Blackwell and Charles Basil Blackwell as Executors and Trustees of the Estate of Ross Winston Blackwell v Edmonds Judd More >>

EU Meat Producers Launch Farm-to-Fork Initiative

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 2:42 pm | Union of Producers and Employers of Meat Industry

A new initiative from European Beef and Pork has been launched to help give New Zealand consumers transparency over the food safety and ethical standards of the imported products. More >>

Animal welfare public meetings begin this week

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 2:09 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on proposed animal welfare regulations, designed to improve the already strong requirements we have around animal welfare in New Zealand. More >>


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