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UnitedFuture Supported Government Gives More Back

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 5:23 pm | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture is giving more back to New Zealanders as Budget measures begin to take effect. More >>

TV2 Right To Cancel Cringeworthy ‘Sex Box’

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 5:20 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is welcoming the decision by state broadcaster TV2 to cancel the screening of the live sex show ‘Sex Box’ in New Zealand. “It should never have been considered in the first place. Suggestions by the state broadcaster that it ... More >>

Whānau Ora delivering positive outcomes

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 5:19 pm | Pasifika Futures Limited

Pasifika Futures is pleased with the results of tracking Whānau Ora outcomes leading up to the third year of commissioning work. More >>

Government must intervene to help Lifeline continue

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 4:19 pm | Public Service Association

Lifeline must not become the latest casualty of New Zealand’s mental health crisis, the Public Service Association says. More >>

Government in knots on GST

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 4:12 pm | Booksellers NZ

The Government seems to be tying itself in knots over the collection of GST on small value goods including books bought from overseas online retailers, according to Booksellers NZ. More >>

Health professionals back call for a New Zealand Climate Act

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 3:49 pm | OraTaiao

Health professionals support the call for a legal framework that accelerates New Zealand’s action to address climate change. More >>

Young New Zealanders announce plan to write Zero Carbon Act

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 3:09 pm | Generation Zero

Fed up with politicians’ failure to meaningfully tackle climate change, youth organisation Generation Zero is announcing plans today to draft a law that commits New Zealand to being zero carbon by 2050: the Zero Carbon Act. More >>

Public reporting needed to address gender pay gap

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 3:05 pm | Human Rights Commission

30 June 2016: The Human Rights Commission’s Tracking Equality at Work tool, which has been recently updated with 2015 data, illustrates the urgent need for public reporting on gender pay gaps. More >>

Auditor-General's Annual Plan 2016/17 published

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 2:23 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s Annual Plan 2016/17 was presented to the House of Representatives this afternoon. More >>

Manawatu-Whanganui councils share insights

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 2:19 pm | Local Government Commission

The Local Government Commission says the Manawatu-Whanganui councils are working well on taking a longer term view of the future. More >>

Gen Zero climate legislation gets Wise Response endorsement

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 2:16 pm | The Wise Response Society

The Wise Response Society strongly supports the proposal by GenZero to write a Zero Carbon Act themselves. More >>

Government Right to Be Cautious on Border Threshold Changes

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 1:23 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government is right to be taking a cautious approach with potential changes to the threshold upon which GST is collected at the border for low value goods, says theTaxpayers’ Union. In response to Customs Minister Nicky Wagner’s comment this ... More >>

Call on Government to prioritise child sexual violence

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 1:14 pm | Toah-Nnest

TOAH-NNEST strongly supports the call for the new Children’s Commissioner to place particularly focused attention on the issue of Sexual Violence against children and youth. Outgoing Children's Commissioner Russell Wills has described the manslaughter ... More >>

Retail NZ “Deeply Disappointed” By Government Failure

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 12:59 pm | Retail NZ

Retail NZ “Deeply Disappointed” By Government Failure To Implement Easy Solution To Low Value Goods Issue More >>

Blog launches petition to repeal the financial veto

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 12:46 pm | No Right Turn

In the wake of last night's veto of Sue Moroney's bill to extend paid parental leave, the No Right Turn blog has launched a petition to repeal the veto from parliament's Standing Orders. More >>

Government in denial over growing poverty and inequality

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 12:31 pm | E tu

The union, E tū says the government is in denial over growing poverty and has been directly responsible for driving down wage growth. More >>

SuperGold card free public transport

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 12:04 pm | Grey Power New Zealand

National Grey Power Federation president Tom O’Connor said it was disappointing that Auckland Transport had gone ahead and undermined the Government’s promise to SuperGold card holders of free public transport in off peak times anywhere in ... More >>

Living Wage employers unveiled today as number surges to 58

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 12:01 pm | Living Wage Aotearoa

The 2016 list of fully accredited New Zealand Living Wage Employers will be released tomorrow, as the number surges to 58. More >>

Chief of Defence Force to Visit Fiji

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 11:51 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, is in Fiji today and tomorrow holding a counterpart visit with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. More >>

Restorative justice figures not credible

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 11:49 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust says the restorative justice figures released by Justice Minister Amy Adams are not credible. Jock Jamieson who is the Public Awareness and Education spokesman for SST says he ... More >>

Punitive welfare a blight on NZ’s poor

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 11:47 am | Massey University

The stresses and struggles of the poor are being intensified by a punitive welfare system, say authors of a hard-hitting new book on the causes of poverty and associated health inequalities. More >>

Courts rule against employer in discrimination case

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 11:43 am | Out at Work

In a wake-up call for employers, the court ruled yesterday that Dakota Hemmingson was unjustifiably fired from her job as a hair dresser. More >>

House consents up, but total dwellings trend flat

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 11:24 am | Statistics New Zealand

Building consents for new dwellings are at a higher level than in 2015, but there has been little growth in recent months, Statistics New Zealand said today. More >>

Lifeline Aotearoa fighting for survival

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 9:31 am | LifeLine

Lifeline Aotearoa today announced it only has enough money to run for one more year. More >>

Stats used to fudge unemployment level: Nats desperate

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 4:00 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

National is now resorting to tricks with employment statistics to make the economy look healthier than it is. More >>

PCE’s report on Enviroment Aotearoa 2015 welcomed

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 2:53 pm | Statistics New Zealand

Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry for the Environment today welcomed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s commentary on Environment Aotearoa 2015. More >>

Commissioner for the Environment's report welcomed

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 2:36 pm | WWF

WWF-New Zealand today welcomed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's (PCE) commentary on the Government’s State of the Environment (SoE) report. More >>

Fur Council Backs recommendation to increase possum control

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 2:29 pm | New Zealand Fur Council

In the state of New Zealand’s environment report released today, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has found that pests are among the high priorities for action. More >>

Commissioner sends ‘please explain’ note to Government

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 1:47 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has sent a ‘please explain’ note to the Government over its woeful record on climate change, rivers and oceans. More >>

EDS supports PCE review of 'Environment Aotearoa'

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 1:28 pm | Environmental Defence Society

EDS welcomes the release of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s review of New Zealand’s first national environmental report in 9 years More >>

Feds on board with Environment Commissioner's Report

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 1:26 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is on board with challenges laid down by Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment today. More >>

Commissioner releases mixed report card on environment

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 1:18 pm | Parliamentary Commissioner For The Environment

29 June 2016 The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released a mixed report card in her assessment of the state of New Zealand’s environment . “We are lucky to live in an exceptionally beautiful country, but we have some big issues ... More >>

Greenpeace, Green Party, Right On Ruataniwha Dam

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 12:45 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is joining the Green Party, Greenpeace and local community groups calling for ACC not to risk taxpayers’ money on the Ruataniwha Dam in Hawke’s Bay. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Govt Veto Puts Needs of Parents As Low Priority

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 12:41 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says that the government in exercising its veto against paid parental leave is prioritising funding for the childcare industry over democracy and giving parents real choice and support. More >>

English's Mistake Shows Need For Independent Policy Costing

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is renewing calls for the establishment of an independent policy costing officer of Parliament, following the admission by the Minister of Finance that he got the numbers wrong for Sue Moroney’s private member’s bill ... More >>

More Waste Incompetence From Auckland Council

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 10:47 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Auckland Council has spent tens of thousands of ratepayer dollars sending leaflets to nearly 100,000 households in Rodney and Albany to notify residents of changes to Council rubbish collection days despite the Council not having any refuse collection ... More >>

‘Out of touch’ Government blocks Easter trading petition

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 9:59 am | FIRST Union

The union representing retail workers is warning that the Government is out of touch with working people after passing the second reading of the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, a law handing local authorities the power to permit trading on Easter Sunday. More >>

No Surprises in Statistics NZ Data

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 9:30 am | NZUSA

The Household Net Worth Statistics released yesterday by Statistics New Zealand are no surprise to the New Zealand Union of Students Associations. More >>

U.S. Abortion Victory Will Protect NZ Women’s Rights

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 5:32 pm | Abortion Law Reform Association NZ

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a Texas anti-abortion law should stop activists in New Zealand trying to cut abortion access on spurious health grounds, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand says. More >>

Airline of the Year awards recognise Air NZ workers

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 5:06 pm | E tu

E tū, the union for aviation workers, is celebrating Air New Zealand winning Airline of the Year in both the domestic and international categories of the Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards on Monday night. More >>

Trade deal will increase health inequities

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 4:39 pm | Doctors for Healthy Trade

“The TPPA is riddled with provisions that will widen already unacceptable health disparities” says Dr Erik Monasterio, a spokesperson for Doctors for Healthy Trade. An analysis of the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on health equity ... More >>

Assessing the economic value of probabilistic forecasts

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 4:38 pm | Reserve Bank

Inflation targeting central banks devote considerable resources to modelling and assessing the future path of inflation, and to understanding previous forecast errors. Nearly all monetary policymakers also issue periodic ex ante inflation event warnings ... More >>

Another Week, Another Corporate Welfare Jolly

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 4:31 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Steven Joyce’s latest announcement of recipients of taxpayer-funded corporate welfare , Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Moko case establishes dangerous precedent - McVicar

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 4:24 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Founder of the Sensible Sentencing Trust believes the Moko case has established a dangerous precedent for all future murder cases. More >>

Wage gap remains at Foodstuffs stores in Nelson

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 3:42 pm | First Union

More than six months after the union representing retail workers started recruiting members at New World Nelson and Pak’n Save Richmond, the local owners of the two supermarket giants are digging their heels in and refusing to negotiate fair pay ... More >>

NZBA supports considered approach to inquiry recommendations

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 3:33 pm | New Zealand Bankers' Association

The New Zealand Bankers’ Association (NZBA) supports the Government’s announcement today that it will take a considered approach to implementing recommendations on anti-money laundering legislation, which were highlighted in its Inquiry into Foreign ... More >>

New Approach to Increasing Electoral Participation

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 3:01 pm | Electoral Commission

Increasing engagement and participation in New Zealand’s elections is a shared responsibility, and the Electoral Commission and Pasifika Futures, the Pacific Whānau Ora commissioning agency have committed to working together to increase Pacific participation ... More >>

AG's report published, Energy sector: 2014/15 audits

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 2:28 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s report Energy sector: Results of the 2014/15 audits was presented to the House of Representatives today. This is the first report that the Office has published that focuses on the audits of public entities in the energy sector. More >>

LC begins joint review of Search and Surveillance Act 2012

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 2:25 pm | Law Commission

The Minister of Justice has requested that the Law Commission and the Ministry of Justice review the operation of the Search and Surveillance Act 2012 and whether any amendment should be made to it. More >>

Jetstar workers out of pocket

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 2:22 pm | E tu

About 300 Jetstar employees are out of pocket as a technical issue has interrupted Jetstar’s payroll system. More >>

Student loans are contributing to growing inequality

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 12:58 pm | Tertiary Education Union

Statistics New Zealand released data today showing that the top ten percent of households now own over half of the country’s total wealth. More >>

Moko Sentence Slammed

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 12:22 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“If New Zealand’s Justice System is so flawed that it has allowed killers like Shailer and Haerewa to get away with murder the Attorney General should be fixing it, not defending it.” Moko’s tragic death has exposed numerous flaws within ... More >>

MP Marama Fox stubs out Big Tobacco in plain packs debate

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 12:08 pm | Action On Smoking And Health

ASH NZ congratulates Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox on her strong words in her debate with Imperial Tobacco spokesperson Axel Gietz on TV3’s The Nation. More >>

Top 10% of households have half of total net worth

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 10:57 am | Statistics New Zealand

The average New Zealand household was worth $289,000 in the year to June 2015, Statistics New Zealand said today. However wealth was not evenly distributed, with the top 10 percent accounting for around half of total wealth. In contrast, the bottom 40 percent ... More >>

Out of town and out of touch

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 10:13 am | Irrigation NZ

Hawke’s Bay farmer Hugh Ritchie said today if Greenpeace acutally understood the big environmental issues facing New Zealand, such as climate change, it wouldn’t need to interfere in a local water storage project like Ruataniwha. More >>

NZ's shocking level of child rape

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 10:13 am | Stop Demand

Stop Demand Foundation, which calls for action to stop sexual violence against women and children, is calling on the incoming Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft to address, as a priority, New Zealand’s shameful litany of sex crimes being committed ... More >>

Talks begin today on key Metals Agreement

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 9:51 am | E tu

The Agreement, or Metals as it is known, is E tū’s oldest and biggest manufacturing industry agreement and covers more than 600 workers across more than 80 employers. More >>

NZ Defence Force to March in Bastille Day Parade in France

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 9:49 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will march in the French Bastille Day military parade in Paris on 14 July. More >>

Royal Commonwealth Society statement on UK referendum

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 9:22 am | Royal Commonwealth Society

Royal Commonwealth Society statement on UK voting to leave the European Union PRESS RELEASE: After a long campaign the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union through a historic referendum. As the UK reacts to the implications ... More >>

Government must act on Shewan Review recommendations

Monday, 27 June 2016, 4:59 pm | ActionStation

Press Release: Government must act on Shewan Review recommendations - ActionStation Monday 27 July, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More >>


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