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Worst Suspicions of Saudi Sheep Deal Confirmed

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 5:30 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, to front up with the legal advice he says justified the $11.5 million Agri-hub deal which saw cash and a farm given to a Saudi businessman. This afternoon the Ministry ... More >>

PM Accepts Flag Change Challenge From Simon Barnett

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 4:00 pm | Mediaworks

Wednesday 4 August, 2015 PM Accepts Flag Change Challenge From More FM Host Simon Barnett More >>

Single cigarettes making us sick

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 3:43 pm | Tupeka Kore Action Group

Sick of seeing the underground trade thrive, hooking young people one single cigarette at a time from their local dairies Arnia Tamihana-Simich, Charlotte Mihaere and Tayla Albert-Jones have decided to make a stand. More >>

Successive Governments fail disability sector

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 1:59 pm | Disability Support Network

Disability service providers say consistent under-funding by successive Governments is the biggest contributor to the challenges facing the sector. More >>

Talley’s AFFCO workers to strike

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 1:30 pm | Meat Workers Union

1000 members of the New Zealand Meat Workers Union at eight AFFCO plants in the North Island have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action next week. More >>

Solid Energy a stranded asset – Coal Action Network

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 12:52 pm | Coal Action Network

Solid Energy is a stranded asset and the sooner the Government and the Labour Party realise this, the faster New Zealand can start seriously discussing a “Just Transition” away from fossil fuels, Coal Action Network Aotearoa said today. “Several commentators ... More >>

Support for tougher Measures Against family Violence

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 12:32 pm | Grey Power New Zealand

Chair of Grey Power’s Law and Order National Advisory Group, Graeme Faulkner of Blenheim, has commended an initiative by Justice Minister Amy Adams to take a tougher stance on family violence. More >>

New Zealand should be following US lead

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 11:45 am | Bioenergy Association

New Zealand should be following the lead of US President Barack Obama to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase renewable energy generation, says the Bioenergy Association More >>

Children harmed by 19th century approach to welfare debtors

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 11:21 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group says hundreds of young mothers with young children are being hounded for repayment of debt to Work and Income NZ when tax debt costs the country much more. More >>

Overseas Investment Office penalises investors

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 10:55 am | Land Information NZ

Investigation and enforcement action by the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has resulted in two south Canterbury farming syndicates being penalised $173,400 for breaches of the Overseas Investment Act. More >>

OIO takes action against Australian investor

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 10:54 am | Land Information NZ

4 August 2015 OIO takes action against Australian investor The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) is taking High Court action against Australian-owned Carbon Conscious New Zealand Limited and New Zealand-owned Katey LR Investments Limited for alleged ... More >>

Makeover for OVERSEER®

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 10:43 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

Makeover for OVERSEER® The owners of OVERSEER® are establishing a new not-for-profit company to manage, develop and license OVERSEER. OVERSEER is jointly owned by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand ... More >>

Breastfeeding and work – let’s make it work!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 10:12 am | UNICEF

4 August 2015 World Breastfeeding Week 2015: Breastfeeding and work – let’s make it work! More >>

Amnesty International releases report card on NZ performance

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 9:39 am | Amnesty International

New Zealand’s efforts to protect civilians in conflict and uphold women’s rights via the UN Security Council have been assessed in a report card released today by Amnesty International. More >>

Jane Kelsey on "The FIRE Economy"

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 7:49 am | New Zealand Fabian Society

I would also like to invite you to hear Professor Jane Kelsey speak about her new book "The Fire Economy" at 5:30pm onWednesday August 5th at Lecture Theatre 1, Old Government Buildings, Stout Street, Wellington. More >>

Government Should Let Solid Energy Fail

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 7:42 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the Prime Minister’s u-turn on Solid Energy, after he indicated at today's Post-Cabinet briefing that it was up to the banks as to whether the company went into liquidation. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, ... More >>

The Queen Appoints Prince Charles to New Military Positions

Monday, 3 August 2015, 5:17 pm | Monarchy NZ

Monarchy New Zealand is pleased to hear that, on the advice of the Prime Minister, the Queen of New Zealand has appointed Prince Charles to three positions: More >>

West Papua must be raised at the 46th Pacific Islands Forum

Monday, 3 August 2015, 5:15 pm | West Papua Action Auckland

We call on you to extend your support by prioritising the human rights issues in West Papua at the 46th Pacific Island Forum (PIF) meeting to be held in September 2015 in Papua New Guinea.We urge you to advance the gains made at the recent Melanesian ... More >>

Mistaken identity

Monday, 3 August 2015, 5:02 pm | New Zealand Police

All media are advised that the assertions made to a Radio Live host this afternoon about activities earlier this year of homicide victim, 21 year-old David Cerven of Slovakia, are entirely incorrect. More >>

Pacific magistrates visit New Zealand Family Court

Monday, 3 August 2015, 5:01 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Auckland, New Zealand – Senior magistrates and judges from the Pacific had the honour of visiting the Waitakere District Court in Auckland on Friday, hosted by Judge Lisa Tremewan, as they wrapped up discussions at the Pacific Regional Judges ... More >>

Chinese human rights set back by lawyer arrests

Monday, 3 August 2015, 2:45 pm | New Zealand Law Society

The recent mass arrests and detention of lawyers and law firm staff in China are a major setback to Chinese human rights, the New Zealand Law Society says. Law Society President Chris Moore says an independent legal profession is one of the cornerstones ... More >>

Monthly Economic Indicators July 2015

Monday, 3 August 2015, 2:15 pm | New Zealand Treasury

The July Monthly Economic Indicators (MEI) was published today on the Treasury Website at 2:00pm. The report provides a summary of recent economic events. More >>

MESSAGE FOR PM: NZ Supports te reo Māori – you should too

Monday, 3 August 2015, 1:56 pm | Maori Language Commission

As Māori Language Week celebrations and commemoration of 40 years draws to an end, the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, is once again hugely encouraged by the widespread support for Māori language from throughout the country ... More >>

Dignity, Equality and a Living Wage

Monday, 3 August 2015, 11:13 am | Living Wage Aotearoa

The Coalition of Selwyn Supporters will hold a public meeting Wednesday 5th August 7pm, at Pt Chevalier Primary School Auditorium to call on the Selwyn Foundation to lead the way in aged care by paying a Living Wage to their staff and ensuring that ... More >>

Hard Times in West Auckland

Monday, 3 August 2015, 10:24 am | Salvation Army

For 19 people in West Auckland, home is living and sleeping on the streets of Waitakere. Their story and the circumstances of their life is captured in the latest report of The Salvation Army, “Hard Times”. The report details an uncomfortable story ... More >>

The ‘game-changer’ we need is renewable

Monday, 3 August 2015, 10:07 am | Oil Free Otago

Oil Free Otago agrees with New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) CEO Andrew Knight, that his proposal to drill in 2017 off Oamaru would be a ‘game-changer’ (ODT 31 July 2015). More >>

Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

Monday, 3 August 2015, 9:48 am | Grey Power New Zealand

It is long past time the New Zealand Government took the people into its confidence and explained their position on the TPPA. There is a lot of information floating about through leaks on Wikileaks etc but our elected representative along with their ... More >>

Te Kaha And Endeavour Berth in Auckland

Monday, 3 August 2015, 9:26 am | New Zealand Defence Force

Te Kaha And Endeavour Berth in Auckland The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS TE KAHA and tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR returned to the Devonport Naval Base this morning after being deployed since early this year. The ships entered Auckland harbour shortly ... More >>

Chance For Government To Garner Support For TPPA

Monday, 3 August 2015, 9:19 am | Democrats for Social Credit

“The Prime Minister and the Trade Negotiations Minister have been handed a golden opportunity to shore up flagging support for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement”, says Democrats for Social Credit Deputy Leader, Chris Leitch. More >>

Call on Super Fund to quit Super Funding Apartheid

Monday, 3 August 2015, 9:14 am | Senior Citizens for Peace

In commemoration of the one year anniversary of the murder of nearly 2000 captive Palestinians in Gaza, taxpayers will today picket the NZ Superfund office to oppose the investment of New Zealanders money into companies which profit off Israel’s ... More >>

HRC to Intervene in Bible in Schools Case

Monday, 3 August 2015, 9:10 am | Secular Education Network

The Human Rights Commission is preparing to intervene in a Bible in Schools case in the High Court in Auckland, and this could even up the odds in what was shaping up to be a David v Goliath battle. More >>

Concerned Citizens Chained to Museum in TPPA Protest

Sunday, 2 August 2015, 6:21 pm | TPPA Auckland Call to Action Group

The stalling of yesterday’s TPPA negotiations in Maui provide light relief for the citizens of New Zealand, but we cannot be complacent in thinking that our Government will not continue on signing our country up to a deal that may be detrimental for ... More >>

Q+A: Justice Minister Amy Adams on domestic violence law

Sunday, 2 August 2015, 11:46 am | TVNZ

Q+A: Justice Minister Amy Adams - new family violence offences and tougher penalties are likely after a review of our domestic violence laws. More >>

Q+A: Tim Groser on the TPP

Sunday, 2 August 2015, 11:37 am | TVNZ

CORIN Mr Groser, can you give us a sense of how disappointing this is that you didn’t reach an agreement this week? More >>

Central Government Over-riding Locals on Genetic Engineering

Sunday, 2 August 2015, 10:42 am | Kelvin Davis

Everyone who has opposed the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into their districts needs to be alarmed at the way central Government is moving to over-ride local council regulations about this matter, says Kelvin Davis, Labour ... More >>

TPPA ministerial fails – time for NZ Govt. to cut losses

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 4:57 pm | Professor Jane Kelsey

‘The “final” ministerial meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Maui has failed. Not opting to stay another day shows the gridlock is serious and potentially intractable’, according to University of Auckland law professor ... More >>

Retailers Welcome Government Moves on Gst Threshold

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 11:41 am | Retail NZ

Retailers will be pleased by news reports that Revenue Minister Todd McClay is taking a paper to Cabinet this month that will allow New Zealand retailers to compete on a fair basis with foreign websites by substantially reducing the threshold at which ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Nancy Gibbs

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 11:03 am | The Nation

Lisa Owen: Now, changing tack now. Nancy Gibbs is the first woman to lead the iconic Time magazine. What's more, she's leading it into the digital age with her appointment in 2013, heralding a shake-up in the magazine's online offerings. And if that wasn't ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Superintendent Chris Scahill

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 11:01 am | The Nation

Headlines: Police say wider use of tasers will reduce violence against the public and assaults on police More >>

Tova O'Brien interviews Murray McCully

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 10:57 am | The Nation

Headlines: With sanctions being lifted on Iran, McCully says there are big opportunities for New Zealand businesses in Iran and some have been giving the market a lot of thought. “…the opportunities are significant in the short-term and even bigger ... More >>

Asian interest in Auckland property accounts for around 5%

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 10:22 am | Realestate.co.nz

Data indicates East Asian interest in Auckland property accounts for around 5% of those viewing online listings in the city More >>

Korero Mai Ki Ahau: Saturday 01 & Sunday 02 August 2015

Friday, 31 July 2015, 5:30 pm | Radio Waatea 603 AM

Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday More >>

On The Nation: Murray McCully, Police, US Elections

Friday, 31 July 2015, 5:27 pm | TV3's 'The Nation'

Foreign Minister Murray McCully talks to Tova O’Brien in New York about what opportunities the Iran deal creates for New Zealand, whether the families of the MH17 victims will ever get justice, and he has stern words for the world’s superpowers. More >>

Secrecy of TPPA documents heads to court

Friday, 31 July 2015, 5:16 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

A legal challenge to the secrecy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations will be launched in the High Court next week. More >>

Guild interested to learn more about TPPA details

Friday, 31 July 2015, 4:39 pm | Pharmacy Guild

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) is keen to learn more about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will impact New Zealand’s health sector if it is accepted by the Government. More >>

Secrecy of TPPA documents heads to court

Friday, 31 July 2015, 3:53 pm | Professor Jane Kelsey

Secrecy of TPPA documents heads to court A legal challenge to the secrecy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations will be launched in the High Court next week. An urgent application for judicial review will challenge Trade Minister ... More >>

Taxpayers condemned to a life sentence with Serco

Friday, 31 July 2015, 3:39 pm | Public Service Association

Public Service Association/Te Pukenga Here Tikanga Mahi (PSA) national secretary Erin Polaczuk and organisers Willie Cochrane & Nerinda Cropp will attend the privatisation protest outside Mt Eden Prison this Saturday, 1 August at 11am. More >>

A Free Trade Deal must include Free Trade

Friday, 31 July 2015, 2:38 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers says the Government must hold firm on a deal for agriculture at the Trans Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii. More >>

Navy Ships Arriving Home After Long Deployments

Friday, 31 July 2015, 1:41 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Navy Ships Arriving Home After Long Deployments The frigate HMNZS TE KAHA and tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR will arrive at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland at 10am this Sunday 2 August, after long overseas deployments. Over 1100 family and friends of ... More >>

Predictive Risk Observational Study

Friday, 31 July 2015, 1:31 pm | Social Services Providers Aotearoa

Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) is concerned about the potential for a proposed study on new born children to go awry unless the paramountcy principle of commitment to the Care and Protection of Children is upheld. This commitment means that the ... More >>

NZ must ‘walk the talk’ on Pacific Islands' security

Friday, 31 July 2015, 1:18 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

31 July 2015 New Zealand must ‘walk the talk’ on Pacific Islands' security, says Caritas More >>

Job Well Done? Councillors Set to Pocket Pay Rise

Friday, 31 July 2015, 11:57 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Responding to the report that Auckland’s Councillors and Mayor Len Brown look set for a 2.3 per cent pay increase, just days after voting to increase the average rates burden by 9.9 per cent, Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson, Carmel Claridge, says: More >>

Commissioner announces routine arming withTasers

Friday, 31 July 2015, 10:54 am | New Zealand Police

Police Commissioner Mike Bush today announced that frontline Police response staff will move to routine carriage of Tasers. More >>

Carrying Tasers will improve public and police safety

Friday, 31 July 2015, 10:46 am | Police Association

"Arming all frontline police officers with Tasers will improve safety for police officers and the public," Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today. More >>

Government's Discriminatory Red Zone

Friday, 31 July 2015, 9:54 am | Quake Outcasts

After 3 years of legal battle the government has now agreed to make full offers to commercial and vacant land owners whose properties were illegally red-zoned. However it decided to single out self-insured homeowners and offers nothing for their homes. More >>

Strong response to Draft Transition Recovery Plan

Friday, 31 July 2015, 9:41 am | CERA

Strong response to Draft Transition Recovery Plan The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) has started analysing more than 2500 written comments received on the transition of recovery arrangements in greater Christchurch. The Recovery Plan ... More >>

Hone Harawira's Open Letter to Barack Obama

Friday, 31 July 2015, 9:19 am | Hone Harawira

Heard you were able to get back to your dad’s turangawaewae last week. Mean … hope you had a good catch up with the whanau. I also hear you’re getting ready to endorse the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), and I’m asking that ... More >>

Ongoing cost reason Mayor won’t reject pay increase

Friday, 31 July 2015, 8:26 am | Cameron Brewer

The main reason Auckland Mayor Len Brown won’t reject his latest pay rise is because he remains angry his fortnightly pay continues to get docked thanks to his past indiscretions, says Auckland Councillor for Orakei, Cameron Brewer. More >>

Lecretia Seales' Family Will Not Appeal Decision

Friday, 31 July 2015, 8:19 am | Lecretia's Choice

The family of Lecretia Seales has decided not to appeal the High Court decision in the case of Seales v. Attorney General released to the public by Justice Collins last month on June 5th. Ms Seales passed away several hours after her family received ... More >>

Freeze Council Pay Rises

Friday, 31 July 2015, 7:58 am | Affordable Auckland

Auckland’s only centre-right Mayoral candidate Stephen Berry says in light of massive rates increases it is inappropriate for the Mayor or any Councillors to be accepting a pay increase. “I propose that until such time as the Council passes a budget ... More >>

 

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