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Best solution critical for Manawatu Gorge alternative

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 4:47 pm | Road Transport Forum

While the deferral of a decision on the alternative Manawatu Gorge route is disappointing to the road transport industry it is critical that the best option is found, says Road Transport Forum Chief Executive Ken Shirley. “Many freight operators active ... More >>

Seymour Bill A ‘Political Stunt’ - Minister of Health

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 3:26 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is welcoming media comments made by the new Minister of Health during the election campaign regarding David Seymour’s euthanasia bill, including the commitment that he will vote against it. More >>

Conservative Party to Get New Name

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 3:20 pm | Conservative Party

Members of the Conservative Party of New Zealand voted to look at a name change at the party’s AGM held in Auckland in November. More >>

New Zealand media ownership: History and obfuscation

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 2:17 pm | Wayne Hope

This year’s New Zealand Media Ownership report written by Merja Myllylahti and published by the Journalism, Media and Democracy research centre (JMAD ) recounts how two attempted mergers failed. The Sky TV–Vodafone and NZME–Fairfax mergers ... More >>

Open letter to Restaurant Brands over alternative holidays

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 2:06 pm | Unite Union

It is with great concern that the manipulation of rosters to deny staff alternative holidays at Restaurant Brands has been confirmed to be so widespread that it must have been company policy at a senior level. More >>

Promises, promises broken again!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 2:00 pm | NZ Seniors Party

Since helping form a Government, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has been silent on many of the promises he made to get elected. Both on their website and at meetings throughout the country Mr Peters told pensioners that if elected he would: More >>

Inquiry Already Confirms We Can Live Without Euthanasia

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 1:33 pm | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ is calling on politicians to reject ACT MP David Seymour’s private members bill to legalise euthanasia. The recent parliamentary inquiry sounded a clear warning that changing the law on assisted suicide could be seen as normalising suicide, ... More >>

Costs flying further than the fox

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 12:37 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

It would be incredible if Christchurch City Council spent $1000 removing a flying fox, but spending $26,600 at Muka Park to remove a flying fox because of noise complaints displays an impressive approach to wasteful spending, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ ... More >>

Ending Our Reliance on the Oil and Gas Industry

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 11:58 am | Fossil Fuels Aotearoa Research Network

It’s got to happen sooner or later - the end of the coal and petroleum industries. The sooner the better according to climate scientists. Unthinkable for decades say industry representatives. More >>

Setting a standard for a welcoming community

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 11:28 am | New Zealand Immigration

Around the world Kiwis are renowned for being friendly, hospitable and inclusive – qualities highlighted in a new two-year pilot programme which launched its Welcoming Communities Standard (the standard) today. More >>

Chief Ombudsman's Coalition Document Investigation Ongoing

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 10:16 am | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier’s inquiry is continuing into Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision to refuse Official Information Act requests for a coalition negotiation document. More >>

Safe H2O Urges Councils to Invest in Emergency Water Filters

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 10:10 am | Safe H2O

Safe H2O Urges Local Councils to Invest in Emergency Water Filtration Systems Before Another Disaster Hits More >>

EPA wins judicial review application

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 10:09 am | Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Authority has won the case brought against it for a judicial review of its cost recovery process. More >>

Children in Poverty Deserve Christmas Presents Too

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 10:05 am | Auckland City Mission

8,000 children living in poverty would not receive Christmas presents this year if not for the Auckland City Mission. More >>

Six hundred March for Life in New Zealand's Capital

Monday, 11 December 2017, 7:13 pm | March for Life

Six hundred people from all over New Zealand joyfully walked the streets of Wellington on Saturday, marching in defence of human life from conception. More >>

Government name calling doesn’t help vulnerable kids

Monday, 11 December 2017, 5:34 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

MEDIA RELEASE Government name calling doesn’t help vulnerable kids 11 DECEMBER 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More >>

Have your say on the inquiry into honey

Monday, 11 December 2017, 4:19 pm | Office of the Clerk

Have your say on the inquiry into honey Do you want to help shape the future of honey in New Zealand? Parliament wants to hear your voice – public submissions are now open on the Primary Production Committee’s inquiry into honey. The inquiry ... More >>

Politicisation of the public service needs urgent action

Monday, 11 December 2017, 2:58 pm | Public Service Association

Government ministers need to be well-informed to make good decisions for New Zealand - and urgent action’s needed to ensure they get the best advice, the PSA says. More >>

Why is Labour supporting investment rules in WTO?

Monday, 11 December 2017, 1:33 pm | Professor Jane Kelsey

If Labour wants to ‘tame globalised capital’ why is it supporting investment rules in WTO? More >>

Tax indexation just as important as welfare increases

Monday, 11 December 2017, 1:00 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Judge Andrew Becroft's comments on TVNZ's Q&A that child welfare payments should be indexed to inflation apply just as much to tax thresholds says the Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

Keep Your Christmas Safe From Burglars

Monday, 11 December 2017, 10:58 am | Insurance Council

The Insurance Council of New Zealand is urging New Zealanders to take steps to protect their homes from thieves this Christmas. “Burglaries are a problem all year round, but they’re particularly prevalent at Christmas,” says ICNZ Chief Executive, ... More >>

Fed-up truckies working 70 hour weeks - union

Monday, 11 December 2017, 8:56 am | First Union

The union representing the country’s truck drivers says low wages are forcing some truck drivers to clock working weeks up to 70 hours long. More >>

Undue panic created around meth contamination of properties

Sunday, 10 December 2017, 8:34 pm | NZ Property Investors Federation

"The NZ Property Investors' Federation (NZPIF) agrees with the Minister of Housing’s comments that there has been undue panic created around meth contamination of properties." says Andrew King, executive officer of the NZPIF While the Government ... More >>

Q+A Grant Spencer interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 10 December 2017, 1:13 pm | TVNZ

Acting Reserve Bank Governor says interest rates are set to stay low This week, in a rarely-granted interview, acting Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer sat down with our political editor Corin Dann and cast the net forward, looking at a continued ... More >>

Forum’s Efforts Thanked by Ministers

Sunday, 10 December 2017, 10:32 am | South-East Marine Protection Planning Forum

The Minister of Conservation, Hon Eugenie Sage, was in Dunedin yesterday at Otakou Marae, attending the last meeting of the South-East Marine Protection Forum. (SEMPF). Also attending, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, the Hon Stuart Nash, was ... More >>

Govt Ignoring Student Screentime Health Concerns

Saturday, 9 December 2017, 1:12 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says that Government plans to add digital technology to the school curriculum are ignoring the growing concerns with excessive screentime for young people, accompanied by a lack of guidelines by education and health ministries. “Although ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Bill English

Saturday, 9 December 2017, 12:45 pm | The Nation

Headlines: National Party leader Bill English admits that despite aiming to, his government wasn’t able to stop the increase in prison population. More >>

International Anti-Corruption Day 2017

Saturday, 9 December 2017, 11:19 am | Transparency International NZ

Today - 9 December 2017 - is a good day for reflection and resolve International Anti-Corruption day is a good day for New Zealanders' to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a country with low levels of corruption. More >>

The Nation: Judge Andrew Becroft

Saturday, 9 December 2017, 10:50 am | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Judge Andrew Becroft Headlines: The Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft says he’s recommended to the new government that they index benefits to average wages or inflation for any household including children. ... More >>

Aucklanders show their support for rail workers

Friday, 8 December 2017, 4:05 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Auckland rail workers have received a huge outpouring of support from Auckland commuters after they took strike action today over safe staffing levels on the rail network. More >>

Fifty Years From the Woodhouse Report

Friday, 8 December 2017, 3:06 pm | AUT University

In December 1967 the Woodhouse Report was released, recommending a no-fault accident compensation scheme for New Zealand. 50 years later, ACC remains operates largely intact, an uncommon feat amongst New Zealand public policy initiatives. More >>

Global Climate Leaders to Discuss Path for NZ

Friday, 8 December 2017, 1:42 pm | 350 Aotearoa

350 Aotearoa is proud to host international executive director, May Boeve, and Hon James Shaw at their Wellington event, ‘ Building Our Fossil Free Future: A national and international perspective’. More >>

Seymour Accuses Medical Profession of Serious Crimes

Friday, 8 December 2017, 1:09 pm | Right To Life

David Seymour on the Breakfast show on Newshub on Thursday 30th November claimed in support of his End of Life Choice bill that doctors were already providing patients with a lethal injections and were assisting in their suicide. His words were, “It’s ... More >>

RSA Thanks Minister for Veterans for Increasing Support

Friday, 8 December 2017, 12:12 pm | NZ Returned and Services Association

RSA National President BJ Clark thanks Minister of Defence and Minister for Veterans Hon Ron Mark, for carrying through with the commitment of support he made during a speech at the RSA’s 101st National Council, in Wellington last month. More >>

March for Life highlights support for pregnant women

Friday, 8 December 2017, 11:08 am | March for Life

New Zealanders from all over the country will March for Life in Wellington this Saturday to mark the passing of the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 40 years ago. In addition, organisers wish to express to politicians and the nation ... More >>

Gender pay gap worse for some groups of women

Friday, 8 December 2017, 11:06 am | Gender Equal NZ

National Council of Women President and Gender Equal NZ spokesperson Vanisa Dhiru says we cannot hope to achieve true gender equality when we are leaving some groups of women behind. More >>

Commission’s challenges not met by free tertiary policy

Friday, 8 December 2017, 11:03 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the release of the Tertiary Education Commission’s briefing to the incoming minister, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, said, “The Government is putting ideology over sound advice." More >>

Public money still being spent on polluting rivers

Friday, 8 December 2017, 10:54 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Friday, 8th December: Greenpeace is seeking urgent clarification from the Agriculture and Environment Ministers Damien O'Connor and David Parker on a media report today that irrigation is still being publicly funded. More >>

Proposed Changes to Legislation Act & Interpretation Act

Friday, 8 December 2017, 10:42 am | Justice Committee

The Legislation Bill proposes to rewrite and replace the Legislation Act 2012 and to update and re-enact the Interpretation Act 1999. It aims to improve public access to the law by making secondary legislation easier to find and access, and provide ... More >>

Have Your Say on Changes to the Law About Trusts

Friday, 8 December 2017, 10:40 am | Justice Committee

The Trusts Bill will replace the Trustee Act 1956 and the Perpetuities Act 1964. It aims to clarify and simplify trust law and trustee obligations, and preserve the flexibility of the common law by allowing trust law to continue to evolve through ... More >>

Q + A Sunday December 10

Friday, 8 December 2017, 10:15 am | TVNZ

Q + A Sunday December 10 This Sunday viewers can look forward to a revealing insight into how the country feels about the new political landscape with the first 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll coming out since the Labour-led coalition came to power. Which ... More >>

Passengers Asked to Support Rail Strike for Safety

Friday, 8 December 2017, 9:37 am | Public Transport Users Association

The Public Transport Users Association would like to remind passengers that the strike by railway staff in Auckland tomorrow is caused by both Auckland Transport and multi-national corporation Transdev attempting to cut costs instead of increasing ... More >>

Game Animal Council Condemns Threats by Anti 1080 Group

Friday, 8 December 2017, 9:04 am | Game Animal Council

“Those making threats to people’s lives, to aircraft and to contaminate our meat and milk should be pursued with the full force of the law and brought to justice” said Don Hammond, Chairman of the Game Animal Council. More >>

Prisoner attempts suicide after solitary confinement

Friday, 8 December 2017, 8:56 am | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

Spring Hill Correctional Facility plans to transfer a suicidal prisoner from Hamilton to Wellington, says prisoner advocacy group People Against Prisons Aotearoa. The move would place him more than 7 hours away from his family. More >>

Perils of Perception: Things Not As Bad As They Seem in NZ

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 4:35 pm | Ipsos

Auckland, 7 December 2017 – Ipsos’ latest Perils of Perception survey highlights how wrong the online public across New Zealand and 37 other countries are about key global issues and features of the population in their country. More >>

Treasury urges govt not to rush on tax review

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 4:35 pm | BusinessDesk

Dec. 7 (BusinessDesk) - The Treasury warned the government's planned review of the tax system will be too rushed and suggested it extend the timeframe along with other reviews of New Zealand's monetary and fiscal policy settings. More >>

A socially caring economic model to follow

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 3:40 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that successful ethical lending schemes such as Nga Tangata Microfinance (NTM) that are designed to empower families in hardship and reduce the effect of debt, should be a model for adoption nationwide. More >>

Public sector gender pay gap - still much work to do

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 3:04 pm | Public Service Association

A slight decrease in the gender pay gap is heartening, but it’s too early to break out the champagne, the PSA says. More >>

Pay gap reducing efforts need to be redoubled

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 1:38 pm | Human Rights Commission

7 December 2017: A concerted effort to eliminate ethnic pay gaps will be required if we are to achieve the Prime Minister’s and the Minister for Women’s goal of closing the gender pay gap in the core public services over the next four years, ... More >>

More Progress Coming for Women in the Public Sector

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 11:50 am | New Zealand Government

State Services Minister Chris Hipkins and Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter have welcomed the State Services Commission’s 2017 Human Resource Capability (HRC) Survey published today. More >>

New Zealand Can And Must Do More for Refugees

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 11:38 am | Changemakers Refugee Forum

Wellington - The world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is proud of New Zealand’s commitment to assist the UNHCR to build a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced and stateless people in New Zealand. ... More >>

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Paoa agree to work together

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 11:34 am | Joint Press Release

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Paoa have reached an historic agreement to work together to establish and support each other’s lead interests in Tāmaki Makaurau and cease current litigation between them. More >>

More Voices for a Visitor Levy

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 10:37 am | Hammond Robertson

David Hammond and Lyn Cheyne, specialist Destination Management consultants, endorse Regional Tourism New Zealand’s call for a national discussion on tourism tax. Working with several New Zealand councils, both David and Lyn agree any advice provided from ... More >>

EDS calls for an independent inquiry into fisheries

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 10:05 am | Environmental Defence Society

In response to the release of the Future Catch report by the New Zealand Initiative earlier this week, EDS has called for a wide-ranging public inquiry into New Zealand’s fisheries management system. More >>

Canterbury Drinking Water Reference Group Responds to Report

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 9:29 am | Environment Canterbury

The Canterbury Drinking Water Reference Group welcomes the Government Inquiry’s Report of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry: Stage 2 and will examine the findings carefully to fully understand the outcomes and recommendations. The Canterbury ... More >>

Child Poverty Monitor 2017: Sustainable Improvements Needed

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 8:30 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The growth in child poverty has been halted and relevant indicators are dropping, says the Children’s Commissioner on release of the latest Child Poverty Monitor data. However, sustained progress is needed so that all children have the same opportunities ... More >>

Risk to public drinking water result of ‘quick buck’ policies

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 8:28 am | Choose Clean Water

In the wake of the latest report on the state of New Zealand’s drinking water, Labour, NZ First and the Greens have the opportunity to do what National never did; look after our people, say freshwater campaigners. More >>

Trending Downwards in Child Poverty Is Encouraging

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 8:19 am | Anton Blank

The latest Child Poverty Monitor, which will be launched in Auckland tomorrow, shows a slight decrease in the numbers of New Zealand children living in poverty. More >>

Decline in child poverty numbers prompts plea from KidsCan

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 8:19 am | KidsCan

KidsCan hopes the slight decline in child poverty rates in this year’s Child Poverty Monitor won’t stop Kiwis from keeping the significant issue of children living in hardship at the top of their minds. The just released 2017 Child Poverty Monitor ... More >>

New child poverty numbers should be viewed cautiously

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 8:17 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the new Child Poverty Monitor 2017 report shows some improvements in rates and number of children in material hardship, but the figures should be viewed with a degree of caution. More >>




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