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Navy Celebrates Five New Commanding Officers

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 4:23 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

There will be five changes of command, including two women commanding officers, in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in May and June. More >>

Recreational Fishing in Quota System Opposed

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 1:50 pm | CORANZ

A national outdoor recreation body has opposed a government move aimed at absorbing recreational fishing into the Fisheries Quota Management System (QMS). More >>

Fifth Rotation of NZDF Troops Heads to Iraq

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 1:11 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. The NZDF’s Senior National Officer in Taji, Iraq, said the 106-member team was under no illusions about the task ahead. More >>

Housing and healthcare the clear cut top priorities

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 12:50 pm | Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

New poll – housing and healthcare the clear cut top priorities for Kiwis ahead of Budget An exclusive new poll has revealed the top issues New Zealanders believe the Government must address inThursday’s Budget. It also gives insights into attitudes ... More >>

Gareth Morgan response to Judith Collins and Paula Bennett

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 12:46 pm | The Opportunities Party

The Opportunities Party had a pretty good idea of how the old establishment politicians would react to the release of our Real Deal Cannabis reform last week. More >>

Become a "hero" and work in NZ Prisons is a joke

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 12:09 pm | Whanau Ora Community Clinic

Become a "hero" and work in NZ Prisons is a joke according to George Ngatai QSM More >>

Request for change to non-smoking rule for DHB mental health

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 11:57 am | Dave Macpherson

Waikato DHB elected member Dave Macpherson is to ask the DHB Board meeting tomorrow to consider changing its rigid non-smoking policy at Waikato Hospital's Henry Bennett mental health facility. More >>

Lecture explores trust in an age of political discontent

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 10:41 am | Massey University

As New Zealand moves closer to its general election in September, many are asking if the wave of political discontent seen overseas will also play out here. More >>

Positive Changes to the NZ Migrant Investment Categories

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 10:10 am | Lane Neave

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has implemented changes to both the Investor Plus and Investor 2 Resident Visa categories. More >>

PSA hopes for "a budget that shows NZ has come of age"

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 9:52 am | Public Service Association

Equal pay for mental health support workers, a better future for our mokopuna, job security and creating science’s next "big wins" - PSA members have set out their hopes for Budget 2017. More >>

TOP gives Greens full marks for trying on parental support

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 9:37 am | The Opportunities Party

At The Opportunities Party (TOP) we’re so glad the Greens are joining us in choosing to address child poverty with policy that is supported by high-quality scientific evidence. More >>

Ban1080 Political Party Annual General Meeting

Monday, 22 May 2017, 9:00 pm | Ban 1080

The Ban1080 Political Party held it’s Annual General Meeting at the Bushman’s Centre in Pukekura in South Westland on Saturday 20th May. The meeting was well attended, an Executive Committee of Mary Molloy, Peter Salter, Jim Hilton, Bill Wallace, Carol ... More >>

Remembering the 18th of May 2009

Monday, 22 May 2017, 8:55 pm | Wellington Tamil Society

Remembering the 18th of May 2009 May 18th 2009 marked the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka. The cost of this end was the loss of tens of thousands of lives and suffering of hundreds of thousands more. Eight years later there have been no answers or accountability. ... More >>

English doubts Navy caught by fraudster 'Fat Leonard'

Monday, 22 May 2017, 8:52 pm | BusinessDesk

May 22 (BusinessDesk) - Prime Minister Bill English says he doubts any New Zealand public servants would have got involved in shenanigans with Leonard Glenn Francis, the Malaysian defence contractor known as Fat Leonard who has been jailed in the ... More >>

Three tribes put aims for Treaty Settlement before Minister

Monday, 22 May 2017, 8:47 pm | Uenuku Charitable Trust

The treaty settlement aspirations of the central North Island tribes Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki were heard by Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris FinlaysoninRaetihi last week (May 16). More >>

Trans Tasman's Political Pulse - 22 May 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017, 8:45 pm | Trans Tasman

Trans Tasman's Political Pulse - 22 May 2017 Who’s Won The Battle Of The Deputies - Bennett or Ardern? INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS - National and Labour both have women in the Deputy Leader role, following the Greens and the Maori Party, but which dynamic ... More >>

Just five days until Pink Shirt Day!

Monday, 22 May 2017, 5:13 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Pink Shirt Day is on Friday 26 May! It’s a day where New Zealanders are asked to celebrate, Speak Up, Stand Together and Stop Bullying. More >>

SSC investigation should be wide and thorough

Monday, 22 May 2017, 4:27 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says that the State Services Commission's investigation into the Transport Ministry’s handling of warnings about fraudster Joanne Harrison's behaviour while the current Auditor General, Martin Matthews, was Chief Executive ... More >>

Navy Celebrates Five New Commanding Officers

Monday, 22 May 2017, 4:12 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

There will be five changes of command, including two women commanding officers, in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in May and June. More >>

PSA supports independent inquiry into MoT fraud

Monday, 22 May 2017, 4:03 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi supports calls for an independent inquiry into how the Ministry of Transport handled a fraudulent employee. More >>

Gov't of Tonga & Waikato to collaborate on cyber security

Monday, 22 May 2017, 3:07 pm | University of Waikato

The University of Waikato and the Government of the Tonga have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that sets out a framework to work collaboratively on cyber security issues. More >>

Child Poverty Action Group annual Post Budget events

Monday, 22 May 2017, 2:33 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Find out what the impact of Budget 2017 will be for families and children, in Child Poverty Action Group’s 2017 Post Budget presentations. More >>

TOP Thanks Public for Supporting REAL DEAL Cannabis policy

Monday, 22 May 2017, 2:02 pm | The Opportunities Party

I just wanted to thank you all for your support and input into the party’s Real Deal Cannabis Reform Policy . This was our first experiment in working with members and the evidence to create a policy and it was hugely successful. More >>

Canadian minister exposes National’s political spin

Monday, 22 May 2017, 1:48 pm | Professor Jane Kelsey

Prime Minister Bill English and Trade Minister Todd McClay are spinning the outcome of Sunday’s meeting of the eleven remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Hanoi for short-term electoral purposes, according to University of ... More >>

At 1:43pm today Kiwis finally stop working for the gov't

Monday, 22 May 2017, 1:41 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Today is 2017 “Tax Freedom Day”. At 1:43pm the average New Zealanders will stop working for the government and for the first time this year begin working for themselves. Jordan Williams, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, said, "Tax Freedom Day ... More >>

WTF: Even VUW are calling for tax cuts

Monday, 22 May 2017, 1:24 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Professor Norman Gemmell, Chair in Public Finance at Victoria University of Wellington, has today called on Steven Joyce to simplify income taxes and provide tax relief. Hear hear, says the Taxpayers Union . More >>

Students release Budget wishlist

Monday, 22 May 2017, 12:50 pm | NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has released a list of changes it says will begin to restore access to tertiary education ahead of this Thursday’s Government Budget announcement. The desired changes come amid findings ... More >>

Talking about tax minus the spin this Budget week

Monday, 22 May 2017, 11:51 am | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association is proud to present Progressive Thinking: ten perspectives on tax, an edited booklet featuring ten leading authors, academics and campaigners writing on a broad range of topics on tax policy in theory and practice. More >>

Netsafe’s advice for parents on Bullying-Free NZ Week

Monday, 22 May 2017, 11:34 am | Netsafe

22 MAY 2017 - As the second Bullying-Free NZ Week launches, online safety organisation Netsafe reminds parents about the importance of teaching kids positive online behaviours. More >>

Government should Cease Electoral Rorts

Monday, 22 May 2017, 11:29 am | Right To Life

Right to Life believes that the manipulation of the electoral process in Epsom and Ohariu-Belmont is a distasteful rort and a breach of democracy. The result is that there are two Members in Parliament who are there solely because of the manipulation ... More >>

Survey reveals business priorities for Budget 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017, 11:18 am | MYOB

With the budget fast approaching, a survey of small-to-medium sized businesses has revealed their thoughts on a range of economic policy issues. More >>

Hon Heather Roy wins Women in Governance Award

Monday, 22 May 2017, 10:38 am | Utilities Disputes

"Utilities Disputes congratulates our Governance Board Chair Heather Roy on winning the 2017 Governance Inspirational Excellence Award," said Commissioner Nanette Moreau. More >>

Nominations open for Labour’s candidate in Hamilton West

Monday, 22 May 2017, 10:26 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Nominations have re-opened for those who wish to be the Labour candidate for the Hamilton West electorate in this year’s General Election. More >>

Nominations open for Labour’s candidate in East Coast Bays

Monday, 22 May 2017, 10:24 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Nominations have re-opened for those who wish to be the Labour candidate for the East Coast Bays electorate in this year’s General Election. More >>

Total lifetime tax bill for average NZ household $1.48m

Monday, 22 May 2017, 8:47 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

As Steven Joyce prepares to deliver his first budget on Thursday, the Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that the average household pays $1.48 million in tax over a lifetime - equivalent to 15 years of earnings. More >>

MPI & industry keep quiet on two more NZ sea lion deaths

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:47 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says the Ministry for Primary Industries and the fishing industry is once again playing un derhanded games, this time over two newly reported NZ sea lion deaths. The environmental organisation says MPI and the fishing industry appear ... More >>

Q+A: Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:44 pm | TVNZ

The Green Party announces “budget for all mothers” “Parents need more time and more money to be able to do a great job of taking care of their kids,” said Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei. Speaking to Greg Boyed on Q+A this morning Ms ... More >>

Q+A: Prime Minister Bill English

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:42 pm | TVNZ

Prime Minister Bill English told Q+A’s Corin Dann that New Zealanders shouldn’t be too concerned about what’s happening politically in the United States. ‘But hour by hour following it would distract, I think, the government from our critical ... More >>

Health budget a test of Government’s commitment

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:28 pm | Joint Press Release

“In a few days we will find out if the Government is prepared to let public health care funding slide even further or if it’s going to give our public hospitals the resources they actually need to look after the health of New Zealand’s communities,” ... More >>

NZ setting the scene for US to demand more in TPPA

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:24 pm | Professor Jane Kelsey

NZ setting the scene for US to demand more in TPPA ‘The hype leading into the meeting of ministers from the eleven remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement countries in Hanoi today assumes they can bring the US back to the fold by implementing the ... More >>

Little’s decision to shaft his Maori MPs

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:22 pm | Mana Party

Little to Suffer Big for Shafting Maori Press Release: Sun 21 May 2017 “Andrew Little’s decision to shaft his Maori MPS will come back to haunt him” More >>

Govt to Prove Ownership of Foreshore

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:20 pm | Mana Party

Govt to Prove Ownership of Foreshore Press Release: Sun 21 May 2017 “Ngati Kahu seem to be always in the news these days, what with their refusal to play ball with government’s rip-off treaty settlement process, and Chris Finlayson trying to blackmail ... More >>

Working people support Greens announcement

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Working people support Greens announcement of more paid sick leave Working people are welcoming today’s announcement from the Green Party that they will increase the legal minimum entitlement of paid sick leave from five days per year to ten. ... More >>

$1.1b for health won't help those already missing out

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:14 pm | Joint Press Release

The extra $1.1b required to maintain current health services won't help those already missing out, says health coalition. More >>

$2.3 billion health funding gap shows nurses' concern

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:10 pm | NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is calling for $2.3 billion to be put back into health funding at this year’s budget on Thursday. NZNO President Grant Brookes says the figure released today by the Council of Trade Unions shows the cumulative ... More >>

Vote Health needs $1.1 billion increase

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:08 pm | Joint Press Release

Vote Health needs $1.1 billion increase to pay for rising population, costs and commitments More >>

Islamic Women’s Council's Netball Tournament in Auckland

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 8:13 pm | Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand

The Auckland region of the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand is running a netball tournament today, as it has many, many times in the past. The tournament is a private event, by invitation only, at Zayed College. It has previously been ... More >>

International Health Community Rejects TPP Revival

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:46 pm | Public Health Association

International Health Community Rejects TPP Revival in Open Letter to Trade Ministers meeting in Hanoi More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Phil Twyford

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:20 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Phil Twyford [Corrected] Headlines: Housing Spokesperson Phil Twyford says Labour would purchase private land if necessary for its Kiwibuild programme. Twyford can’t name specific sites for its 100,000 houses, ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Susan Faludi

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:18 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Susan Faludi Lisa Owen: In 2004 Susan Faludi received an email from her estranged father, simply titled ‘Changes’. It detailed her father’s gender reassignment surgery and set her on a path of writing her latest ... More >>

The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Bill English

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:16 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Bill English Headlines: Prime Minister Bill English has made his strongest criticisms yet of Donald Trump and says the US Government needs to bring its focus back from what its President is doing, to economic growth ... More >>

Alfred Ngaro outbursts nothing short of disgraceful

Friday, 19 May 2017, 5:20 pm | Tamaki Housing Group

"Politics in this country has really scraped the bottom of the barrel this past weekend," says a spokesperson for the Tamaki Housing Group, Sue Henry. More >>

Bar Association calls for calm

Friday, 19 May 2017, 4:59 pm | NZ Bar Association

The New Zealand Bar Association deplores any form of violence and abuse against members of our society. More >>

PSA statement on resignation of Murray Edridge

Friday, 19 May 2017, 4:55 pm | Public Service Association

The PSA acknowledges Murray Edridge’s decision to step aside as acting deputy Chief Executive, Corporate Solutions at the Ministry of Social Development. More >>

International Health Community Rejects TPP Revival

Friday, 19 May 2017, 3:03 pm | AFTINET

Prominent public health, advocacy and professional organisations have called on trade ministers from eleven remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership countries not to attempt to resurrect the deal at their meeting in Hanoi tomorrow. More >>

Protestors to brave icy blast

Friday, 19 May 2017, 2:16 pm | Oil Free Otautahi

On the 20th of May 2017, protestors will brave the elements to stand up against deep sea oil drilling off New Zealand's coastline in the international Hands Across the Sand event organized by Oil Free Otautahi. More >>

Home support workers feeling pressure of increasing workload

Friday, 19 May 2017, 2:08 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association welcomes the publication of the 2016 Aged Care Workforce Survey, which provides practical insight into the challenges facing home support workers. More >>

Closure of Taranaki trust yet another sign of neglect

Friday, 19 May 2017, 2:05 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The closure of a Taranaki trust set up to pay for surgery for people who have been turned down by the public health system highlights yet another example of the Government’s failure to address high levels of unmet health need,” says Ian Powell, ... More >>

MSD Deputy Chief Executive steps aside from duties

Friday, 19 May 2017, 12:14 pm | Ministry of Social Development

Ministry of Social Development Chief Executive, Brendan Boyle today announced that Murray Edridge will be stepping aside from his current duties as acting Deputy Chief Executive in the organisation. More >>

Net migration figures measure up well

Friday, 19 May 2017, 11:08 am | Statistics New Zealand

Annual net migration figures based on arrival and departure cards lined up well with what migrants actually did, Stats NZ said today. More >>

 
 
 
 
 

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