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Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress

Friday, 18 April 2014, 11:34 am | Joint Press Release

Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand ... More >>

Families before commerce at Easter

Friday, 18 April 2014, 11:19 am | First Union

Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each year we put community ... More >>

Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul

Friday, 18 April 2014, 10:45 am | ACT New Zealand

Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today. More >>

ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:35 pm | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use. More >>

Q+A This Week 20/4/14

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:22 pm | Television New Zealand

Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies, about trusting China, ... More >>

Community detention for pokie theft

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:56 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000. More >>

Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:15 pm | Maori Affairs Committee

The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014. More >>

Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries. More >>

Call for public enquiry into the future of farming

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:02 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”. More >>

Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:49 pm | NZMEA

“This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex ... More >>

Manufacturing policy makes sense but....

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:05 pm | Employers And Manufacturers Association

On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says. More >>

Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:50 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

“Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson, ... More >>

Change of approach to government procurement needed

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:29 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today. More >>

Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams, ... More >>

FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:55 pm | Wellington City Council

An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection of day and night games, on both week ... More >>

"Legitimate purpose" provides no protection under 167 form

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:49 pm | Acclaim Otago

On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or ... More >>

State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:19 pm | STATE Insurance

The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip. More >>

Govt plan for community input into residential red zone

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:15 pm | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone. More >>

Governor-General to visit Turkey

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:07 pm | Government House

The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations. More >>

Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 12:56 pm | Independent Police Conduct Authority

A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try and resuscitate ... More >>

New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 12:43 pm | Representation Commission

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate ... More >>

Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:58 am | Save The Children

Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights. More >>

Labour takes manufacturing seriously

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:21 am | EPMU

Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement ... More >>

Manufacturing policy welcomed

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:19 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining ... More >>

Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:15 am | New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend. More >>

Dunne Speaks

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:45 am | Peter Dunne

Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone affected ... More >>

Research announcement welcomed

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:40 am | University of Waikato

A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples. More >>

At Last: A Manufacturing Policy

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:24 am | First Union

At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company, ... More >>

Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:22 am | New Zealand Republic

"Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a long ... More >>

Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 8:23 am | ACT New Zealand

Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 5:01 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says: More >>

Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:52 pm | Law Commission

The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. More >>

Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:25 pm | Maritime Union of New Zealand

Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers More >>

Make the choice to stay safe on the road

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:13 pm | New Zealand Police

With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips. More >>

Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:12 pm | NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being ... More >>

Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:44 pm | National Foundation for the Deaf

Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do? More >>

Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:40 pm | Cameron Brewer

The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed for the forthcoming ... More >>

Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:35 pm | The Maori Party

Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation ... More >>

The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:33 pm | Slave Free Seas

Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was universally accepted by the fishing ... More >>

Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:37 pm | Oxfam NZ

Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and easy fundraising event ... More >>

1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:04 pm | Canstar

1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go More >>

Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:56 pm | CAFCA

Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance ... More >>

ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:50 pm | Acclaim Otago

On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people. More >>

Workers support plain packaging of tobacco

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:49 pm | CTU

The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better lives, ... More >>

Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:43 pm | Hugh Pavletich

Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke Hugh Pavletich Performance Urban Planning Christchurch New Zealand 16 April 2014 The Housing Accord entered in to today between the Government and the Christchurch City Council, can only be described as a joke. Christchurch ... More >>

Infographic : World Giving Index 2013

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:43 pm | Charities Aid Foundation

Infographic from Charities Aid Foundation World Giving Index 2013 A Global View Of Giving Trends (click to see full size version) More >>

Tranter questions CEO’s assurances

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:31 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

“There is a bizarre notion among bureaucrats, politicians and others that if they say something then it must be so - despite all evidence to the contrary” said David Tranter, Health spokesman for Democrats for Social Credit. More >>

UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:22 pm | UNICEF NZ

In its oral submission to the Health Select Committee today, UNICEF NZ expressed its strong support for the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill as a measure that will help reduce the uptake of smoking, and urged parliament ... More >>

Whitebait partners look for solutions

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:09 pm | Joint Press Release

Waikato-Tainui, local marae, councils and agencies are working together to better manage whitebait fisheries at Port Waikato following the compilation of a new report. More >>

NZ’s biggest killer fails to receive the Roger

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:09 pm | Smokefree Coalition

The Smokefree Coalition is disappointed Imperial Tobacco did not win the Roger Award for Worst Trans-national Company operating in New Zealand, despite manufacturing products that kill 5000 New Zealanders every year. More >>

Tukituki decision a win for water quality and farming

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:45 am | Fish and Game New Zealand

The draft decision by the Board of Inquiry (BOI) on the Tukituki Catchment proposal represents a significant win for freshwater management and the urgency of a transition to environmentally sustainable agriculture in New Zealand, says Fish & Game NZ. More >>

ACC reflects on passing of great Kiwi

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:41 am | ACC

Today is a very sad day for ACC, as news of the passing of Sir Owen Woodhouse has become public knowledge. More >>

Lincoln cleaners outsourced

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:00 am | Tertiary Education Union

Lincoln University will outsource its staff to an as yet undecided cleaning company, but TEU organiser Cindy Doull says it’s not worth it, and what money the university might save is negligible. More >>

New pipe ban will increase harm to cannabis consumers

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:54 am | National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana

The Government will increase harm by further restricting the sale, supply and importation of drug harm reduction equipment. “This National-led Government seems to be encouraging use of the more harmful synthetics over safer natural cannabis. More >>

Council can’t ban legal highs

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:48 am | Gisborne District Council

Under current law Gisborne District Council cannot ban the sale of legal highs (psychoactive substances) in our district. Council can restrict where these substances are sold. More >>

Online job vacancies pick up in March

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:45 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The number of jobs advertised online grew by 1.9 per cent in March 2014, following a 1.3 per cent decrease in February, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report. More >>

White Poppies for Peace Annual Appeal

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:32 am | Peace Movement Aotearoa

The White Poppies for Peace Annual Appeal, the main fundraiser for the White Poppy Peace Scholarships, starts tomorrow and runs through until Thursday, 24 April. More >>

Lawyers saddened at passing of Sir Owen Woodhouse

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:29 am | New Zealand Law Society

New Zealand has lost one of its greatest jurists with the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, New Zealand Law Society President Chris Moore said today. More >>

"Rock star economy’ throws hospital staff out the window

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:26 am | PSA

The Public Service Association says administrative staff at hospitals around the country are missing out on Bill English’s ‘rock star economy’, with the Government instructing pay rises be limited to just 0.7%. More >>

Sensible Sentencing backs call to ban legal highs

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:23 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Sensible Sentencing backs call to ban legal highs The Sensible Sentencing Trust is calling on the Government to take immediate action to ban legal highs. Trust Spokesman, Garth McVicar said he was appalled that the Government was so apathetic on an issue ... More >>

 

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