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Q+A: Bill English

Sunday, 5 July 2015, 12:46 pm | TVNZ

Greek Crisis: It’s not like this is a shock Bill English says New Zealand's Finance Minister is "not particularly concerned" about whether Greece's financial crisis will roll on to New Zealand. Greeks will vote in a referendum tonight on whether ... More >>

The Nation: Ron Mark

Saturday, 4 July 2015, 1:46 pm | The Nation

Denies any division in NZ First over the vote that saw him replace Tracey Martin as deputy leader and then a three-day wait before it was announced. “Nobody abstained, and the fact that that’s even a conversation is absolutely quite bizarre” Mark ... More >>

The Nation: Steven Joyce

Saturday, 4 July 2015, 1:44 pm | The Nation

Steven Joyce dismisses fears of a recession in the next two years, “unless we talk ourselves into it” but admits “the job isn’t done in the economy”. Will present a new foreign investment strategy to Cabinet on Monday that involves partnering with ... More >>

Press council rules against Herald ethics on 'Ponygate'

Saturday, 4 July 2015, 12:56 pm | Pacific Media Centre More >>

Continued Threat of a Failed Financial and Banking System

Saturday, 4 July 2015, 10:44 am | New Zealand Fabian Society

I would like to invite you to hear Dr Robert Howell discuss this subject on Friday 10 July at 5:30pm at Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace Wellington . More >>

Q+A - Sunday July 5

Saturday, 4 July 2015, 10:39 am | TVNZ

1. Ahead of a Greek referendum on whether to accept a new austerity plan, we ask Finance Minister Bill English whether we should be concerned about the European situation – or whether the real risk is elsewhere. And what does he make of a top economist’s ... More >>

Time for Sonny Tau to Go

Friday, 3 July 2015, 4:27 pm | Rudy Taylor

Raniera (Sonny) Tau should resign immediately from all positions of responsibility, after being charged for allegedly hunting and possessing protected Kereru, says Te Kotahitanga o Nga Hapu o Ngapuhi co-chair Rudy Taylor. Mr Taylor says “the concept ... More >>

We should not have homelessness in a country with empty home

Friday, 3 July 2015, 3:59 pm | Glen Innes Defence Committee

There is a direct link between the increase in homelessness and the government’s neoliberal housing agenda. More >>

Youth organisation disappointed with fast tracked housing

Friday, 3 July 2015, 3:22 pm | Generation Zero

Youth organisation, Generation Zero, is disappointed with the latest announcement of greenfield Special Housing Areas, which promote further urban sprawl at a time when Auckland is desperately short of more central housing choices. More >>

National Council of Women News

Friday, 3 July 2015, 1:28 pm | National Council of Women

• New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse released its 2015 family violence data summaries . New Zealand Police data showed that while there is a rise in reported cases, fewer are actually being resolved. Spokespeople from Women’s Refuge and ... More >>

Auckland housing market similar to Sydney

Friday, 3 July 2015, 12:15 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released the latest edition of the New Zealand Housing and Construction Quarterly today. This quarter’s report looks at how the Auckland housing market resembles international cities more than ... More >>

Addressing the Science?

Friday, 3 July 2015, 11:39 am | GE Free NZ

Will Federated Farmers new “Reclaiming choice” lobby groups look at the science that is not provided by industry? More >>

Helen Clark wins Kea World Class New Zealand Award

Friday, 3 July 2015, 9:02 am | KEA

Helen Clark has added to her lengthy list of accolades by winning the Supreme Award at Kea’s 2015 World Class New Zealand Awards. More >>

National Standards no model for Social Services delivery

Friday, 3 July 2015, 8:32 am | Martin Thrupp

It was astonishing to see Social Development Minister Anne Tolley recently suggest on the Q+A programme that National Standards provided a model for public service targets for the delivery of social services. Actually it’s the limitations of the ... More >>

Represent New Zealand at Commonwealth Youth Parliament 2015

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 9:01 pm | Jacqui Dean

Waitaki MP and Chairperson of the New Zealand CPA Branch, Jacqui Dean said she was excited to announce that the nominations for Commonwealth Youth Parliament 2015, in Darwin, are open. More >>

Public urged to have their say on fire services

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 4:44 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

The Hon Paul Swain has endorsed the discussion document released recently on options for modernising New Zealand’s fire services. Mr Swain wants people to have their say on how fire services should be managed and run to ensure they meet the needs ... More >>

Second-class certainty: sticky plaster tax policy?

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 4:27 pm | Community Housing Aotearoa

Second-class certainty: sticky plaster tax policy? The Government’s announcement about tax provisions to remedy issues over the charitable status of community housing providers is causing concern in the sector, according to Scott Figenshow, Director ... More >>

Christchurch’s changes must involve a clear vision

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 3:48 pm | Property Council Of New Zealand

Property Council supports the Government’s commitment to equip the private sector with the confidence it needs to invest in Christchurch’s rebuild. More >>

Auckland fee rises unfair and will hurt many

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 3:38 pm | Funeral Directors Assn of NZ

Many grieving Auckland families will be hit hard by the council’s new fees for burial plots, ash plots and interments which came into effect on Wednesday, says the Funeral Directors Association of NZ (FDANZ). Fees for burial plots across the ... More >>

Community housing provider concerned at Government

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 2:27 pm | Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand is concerned that an announcement to establish a new tax exemption category for potentially deregistered housing charities misses the mark. Reliant on a misreading of the relevant case law, the government’s announcement ... More >>

Insurance & Savings Ombudsman Scheme: Canterbury update

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 2:02 pm | Insurance And Savings Ombudsman Commission

The Insurance & Savings Ombudsman Scheme has dealt with 1,542 complaint enquiries and 138 complaint investigations about the Canterbury earthquakes since 2010. More >>

Housing Trust welcomes resolution to tax issue

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 2:01 pm | Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust

Yesterday the Government announced plans to introduce new tax legislation to give certainty to community housing providers assisting low-income families into home ownership. The new legislation will provide tax exemption for approved community ... More >>

Death Toll Continues to Climb for Sheep Shipped to Mexico

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 1:45 pm | SAFE

252 sheep destined for the controversial live export shipment to Mexico died before they even went on board. The animals died in preparation for the journey, recent figures reveal. This is in addition to the 192 animals that perished on the ship. ... More >>

Public feedback sought on transition

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 1:01 pm | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

The acting chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), John Ombler, says he expects a healthy level of public feedback on the Draft Transition Recovery Plan for greater Christchurch, which was released today. More >>

EPMU National Conference endorses merger with SFWU

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 12:25 pm | EPMU

Delegates of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union have today voted in favour of a proposal to merge with the Service and Food Workers Union. The merger will now be subject to a vote of all EPMU members through a postal ballot. “This ... More >>

Time to wave the white flag on TISA secrecy

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:31 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

Less than a month ago, Wikileaks posted 17 documents leaked from the secretive negotiations for a Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). New Zealand is part of the group of countries calling themselves ‘the Really Good Friends of Services’ who are trying to negotiate ... More >>

Collectible explosive detector dog cards hit airports

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 9:40 am | Civil Aviation Authority

To educate the public about its work, the Aviation Security Service (‘Avsec’) on Tuesday launched collectible cards detailing each of the its highly trained explosive detector dogs (EDD) working to protect our nation’s airports and skies. More >>

Reinstating family court counselling to help violence issues

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 9:21 am | The PR Company

A reinstatement of family court counselling could help mitigate the harrowing family violence statistics in the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse report released on Tuesday. More >>

192 lives lost on export shipment

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 5:28 pm | Save Animals From Exploitation

Animal advocacy organisation SAFE is appalled that 191 sheep and one cow perished on board a controversial live export shipment to Mexico. The shipment of a reported 45,000 sheep and 3,200 cattle was the largest cargo of animals ever to leave New ... More >>

Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust funding round now open

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 5:22 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Members of the public are invited to apply to the current funding round of the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust before applications close on 30 September 2015. More >>

191 sheep deaths "compares favourably" says MPI

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 3:55 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed the 45,000 sheep and 3,200 cattle, exported to Mexico are now at a holding farm following their 15-day journey from Timaru. More >>

Response to recent interception of the freedom flotilla III

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 3:21 pm | Israeli Embassy

Recent pronouncements and interviews concerning the Marianne ship have deliberately obscured some basic facts: 1. Gaza is open to all humanitarian aid through the crossings from Israel. 2. Every day about 550 truckloads of goods carrying everything from ... More >>

AA gives national transport plan “nine out of ten”

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 2:39 pm | Automobile Association

1 JULY 2015 AA gives national transport plan “nine out of ten” The AA believes New Zealand’s transport network is in good shape for the next three years, following yesterday’s release of the 2015-18 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP). The ... More >>

Comment on suspended student Anela Pritchard

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 1:00 pm | The Parenting Place

Napier student Anela Pritchard has been stood down by her school for a speech criticising her school. She has received both support and criticism in the media and on Facebook. More >>

Human Rights Commission to monitor Cyberbullying Law

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 12:57 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission welcomes new laws to address cyber-bullying and supports a review in a year’s time to check whether the objectives of the legislation are being met. More >>

KiwiRail must upgrade its electric fleet

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 12:30 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) is voicing its support for demonstrators who are rallying at the Cenotaph steps outside of Parliament calling for KiwiRail to reinvest in an electric fleet says RMTU organiser Todd Valster. More >>

NZ needs to make climate change a priority

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 11:53 am | WWF

(Wellington, 1 July) As New Zealand takes up the presidency of the UN Security Council today it needs to make climate change a top priority at the council and at home, said WWF-New Zealand. More >>

Ngati Hine Stance

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 11:28 am | Ngati Hine

Many people have asked me to speak up on Ngati Hine's position in the wake of recent events regarding Sonny Tau and questions about his conduct and ability to continue to lead Ngāpuhi in any capacity. Our position is no different now from that prior ... More >>

Time to speak out on Nauru situation, says Law Society

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 11:24 am | New Zealand Law Society

The rule of law is seriously under threat in Nauru and the Nauruan government’s recent actions need to be highlighted, the New Zealand Law Society said today. More >>

Give Road Users Protection Before Mindless Road Building

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 11:20 am | NZ School Speeds

NZ School Speeds welcomes further Government funding of urban cycleways, but spokesperson Lucinda Rees has reservations for vulnerable road user safety, unless there is an enforced change of culture with laws that protect them. More >>

Statement by Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngapuhi

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 10:02 am | Nga Taitamariki ki o Nga Puhi

Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngapuhi board met yesterday, and recommitted to going forward to achieve its vision: Kia tu Tika ai te whare tapu o Ngapuhi – that the sacred house of Ngapuhi stands firm. More >>

Family First Wins Appeal Against Deregistration

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 9:37 am | Family First Lobby.

Family First NZ is welcoming a decision in the Wellington High Court to allow its appeal against deregistration by the Charities Board. Justice Collins has directed the Charities Board to reconsider its decision to deregister Family Firsts in light ... More >>

Govt Gives with One Hand, Takes with Other

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 8:32 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is accusing the Government of taking with one hand while taking credit for giving with the other regarding changes to fuel excise taxes and ACC levies introduced today. On the same day ACC levies reduced by 3c, petrol excise has increased ... More >>

ACC lying over levy blunders, says safety campaigner

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 8:04 am | The Dog and Lemon Guide

The Accident Compensation Commission’s attempt to blame multiple mistakes in setting vehicle levies on a computer ‘coding error’ is a blatant mistruth, says the car review website . More >>

UNFPA Pacific shares lessons with New Zealand

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 8:45 pm | UNFPA

UNFPA Pacific shares lessons with New Zealand Parliamentarians: Engaging boys and men in sexual and reproductive health and rights work More >>

Women’s Refuge Votes for Teuila Blakely as Ambassador

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 5:32 pm | National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges

“Teuila Blakely has done herself, her family and friends and Women's Refuge proud with her fabulous performances during Dancing with the Stars," says Women's Refuge Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury. More >>

Free Contraception For Teens Flawed & Harmful

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 4:26 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says that calls for free contraceptives to be made available to teens is flawed, morally bankrupt, and will actually do more harm than good. It will also undermine the important and protective role of parents and ignore their valid concerns. ... More >>

Organisations ‘unaware’ of new rules on child protection

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 4:20 pm | Safeguarding Children Initiative

Thousands of organisations ‘unaware’ that new rules on child protection apply to them from July 1st More >>

Keeping Government to account on Human Rights

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 3:58 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission launched an online tool to monitor the Government’s human rights record today, the first of its kind in the world. More >>

Amnesty International Press Release

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 3:58 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International says it is urgent for New Zealand to use their Security Council presidency to do more to protect civilians trapped in conflict More >>

Groser’s attack shows criticism of TPPA is hitting home

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 3:46 pm | Professor Jane Kelsey

30 June 2015 For immediate release Minister Groser’s attack shows criticism of TPPA is hitting home More >>

Iraqis Trained in New Techniques to Fight Daesh

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 2:30 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Australian and New Zealand trainers are teaching Iraqi Security Forces sophisticated new techniques to fight Daesh (ISIS) and survive on the battlefield. More >>

Iraqi Security Forces March Out

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 2:28 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Iraqi Security Forces March Out Soldiers of the Iraqi 76th Brigade are the first to graduate from New Zealand and Australian Defence Force training, with the group leaving Taji Military Camp to join the fight against Daesh. More than 700 soldiers ... More >>

Statement by Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 2:26 pm | Tuhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority

An extraordinary meeting of Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tūhoronuku IMA) last night confirmed the appointment of Deputy Chair, Sam Napia as Acting Chair. Moana Tuwhare was elected Deputy Chair. More >>

Conservative Party on the Right Track says Colin Craig

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 2:25 pm | Colin Craig

“The Conservative Party is on the right track” says Colin Craig, who says he received email advice from the Membership Manager over the weekend that there would be an election of a new board. More >>

Strengthening transport links across New Zealand

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 2:22 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes the announcement a $13.9 billion investment partnership in New Zealand’s land transport system over the next three years. More >>

Auditor-General's Annual Plan 2015/16 published

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 2:15 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s Annual Plan 2015/16 was presented to the House of Representatives this afternoon. It can be viewed on our website: Our Office plays an important part in strengthening accountability, integrity, and ... More >>

Campaign to make plastic extinct

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 1:27 pm | Marae Para Kore

An international 'Plastic-free July' campaign starts this month that aims to raise awareness about the destructiveness of plastics and send plastics into extinction. The Marae Para Kore (zero waste) network has launched a competition with a $350 prize ... More >>

Māori TV crew returning safely from Israel

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 12:14 pm | Maori Television Service

A Māori Television crew will be flown back from Israel after their boat was detained by the Israeli Navy while attempting to break the Gaza blockade. More >>

Fact sheet on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 10:58 am | AFTINET

MYTH: ISDS supporters claim that it is an independent and impartial international arbitration system which foreign investors can use against nationalisation or discriminatory actions against them by governments. More >>


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