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Press Conference on Operation Burnham

Monday, 27 March 2017, 5:42 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating & Director of Defence Legal Services, Colonel Lisa Ferris More >>

Critically endangered sea lion dead in trawl net

Monday, 27 March 2017, 4:14 pm | Forest And Bird

Only seven weeks into the squid fishing season, a female sea lion has been killed in a trawl net, despite the fishing industry and Ministry of Primary Industries' assurances that squid boats don’t endanger the New Zealand sea lion population. ... More >>

Huge turnout for final public investigation

Monday, 27 March 2017, 3:53 pm | ActionStation

Over 140 people packed a school hall in Mt Eden, Auckland yesterday to take part in the final event of the People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media - a crowdfunded public inquiry into the state of public broadcasting and media in ... More >>

Auckland Council needs to accept facts

Monday, 27 March 2017, 3:47 pm | Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Auckland Council’s proposed $28 million targeted rate on commercial accommodation would have massive unintended consequences for the city and must be dropped, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. More >>

Second NZ China Mayoral Forum to strengthen relationship

Monday, 27 March 2017, 3:40 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand is delighted to be hosting the second New Zealand China Mayoral Forum in Wellington this year, following the successful inaugural event of 2015. More >>

Dan Rosewarne - Campaign Launch

Monday, 27 March 2017, 3:33 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

On Saturday Kaiapoi residents headed down to 12 Carew St to hear Dan Rosewarne’s campaign launch speech. Dan said that 12 Carew St is a symbolic location to mark the start of his campaign. This was the house Ex-Prime Minister, Norman Kirk built ... More >>

Justin Lester's Gloating Extraordinary And Unjustified

Monday, 27 March 2017, 3:23 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Taxpayers’ Union staff had to check it wasn’t April-fool’s day when they received Wellington Mayor Justin Lester’s media release about rate hikes in wellington of “just” 3.3% this afternoon. Reacting to Mr Lester’s media statement, the Executive ... More >>

Ministry For Vulnerable Children

Monday, 27 March 2017, 3:19 pm | Family First

Family First NZ has appeared before the Select Committee today considering the bill to establish the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children to replace Child, Youth and Family, and has called for a fully independent Complaints Authority as a watchdog ... More >>

Salvation Army calls for extra help

Monday, 27 March 2017, 1:57 pm | Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is offering people the chance to enlist for an hour or more to support its fight to help vulnerable New Zealanders. More >>

Submissions open on Employment Relations Amendment Bill

Monday, 27 March 2017, 1:49 pm | Transport and Industrial Relations Committee

The bill proposes to amend the Employment Relations Act 2000 to allow employees with an annual gross salary over $150,000 to contract out of the personal grievance provisions. More >>

NZ US Council to take Trade Agenda 2030 to Washington DC

Monday, 27 March 2017, 1:08 pm | NZ US Council

The New Zealand United States Council welcomes the Government’s Trade Agenda 2030 and will push the new strategy in Washington this week. More >>

Labour and Greens fiscal management rules offer no change

Monday, 27 March 2017, 1:00 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Labour and Greens new Budget Responsibility Rules for fiscal management demonstrates a lack of commitment to the low paid and unemployed. Their commitment is to change nothing More >>

New book studies war, myths and fairy tales

Monday, 27 March 2017, 11:43 am | University of Auckland

Two University of Auckland academics have used their friendship and complementary academic interests to co-edit a series of books on war. More >>

Wellington sisters 'shout out' another message

Monday, 27 March 2017, 11:38 am | Nopesisters

Here's the follow-up to this story recently published about us. .. the NOPESISTERS - Wellington sisters' who created a MastectoTee social enterprise project. In our daily lives we work as a barista (Brit) and actor (Johanna) and what began as an ... More >>

Hit and Run authors say latest NZDF denials incorrect

Monday, 27 March 2017, 11:35 am | Nicky Hager

Hit and Run co-authors Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson stand by the facts in their book. They say the NZDF response to the book issued on Sunday night is bizarre and a continuation of seven years of cover up. It seems, they said, to be nothing more ... More >>

Bracket creep costing average Kiwi worker $500/year

Monday, 27 March 2017, 10:14 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government’s failure to index tax brackets to inflation since 2010 now costs the average Kiwi income earner almost $500 each year according to a new report released today by the Taxpayers’ Union . The report, " 5 Options for Tax Relief in ... More >>

National picks 2017 Whanganui candidate

Monday, 27 March 2017, 9:53 am | New Zealand National Party

Harete Hipango has been selected by local party members as National’s new Whanganui candidate for the 2017 General Election. More >>

NZDF Statement on Hager/Stephenson Book

Sunday, 26 March 2017, 10:11 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The central premise of Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s book, Hit and Run, is incorrect, says the Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating. More >>

Vigil for the victims of the Tirgiran Valley Raid

Sunday, 26 March 2017, 5:07 pm | Adrian Leason

A pre-cabinet meeting plea will be made at Parliament on tomorrow morning 27 March requesting that the Government hold an open and independent inquiring into the NZ SAS attacks on two Afghan villages in 2010. More >>

Ex-cop expresses concern at police budget cuts

Sunday, 26 March 2017, 4:57 pm | Dog And Lemon guide

A proposal to axe 26 police from the Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit[1] has exposed deep flaws in police management, says the car review website . More >>

NZ First Repeal Of Anti-Smacking Law Welcomed

Sunday, 26 March 2017, 3:40 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is welcoming NZ First’s pledge to repeal the anti-smacking law, and will be clarifying with the party as to whether it is a non-negotiable bottom line for any coalition agreement after the election. In a speech on Friday in Northland, ... More >>

Even the IMF Thinks We Need a Capital Gains Tax

Sunday, 26 March 2017, 3:29 pm | Closing The Gap

Even the IMF Thinks We Need a Capital Gains Tax New Zealand’s disturbing levels of inequality will only deepen unless all candidates contesting this year’s election commit to a tax system that treats income and wealth fairly, Peter Malcom of the ... More >>

Q+A: Economist Rodney Jones interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 26 March 2017, 3:24 pm | TVNZ

Beijing based, NZ economist Rodney Jones – urges a ‘careful’ approach to China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy ‘Well, I think we have to be a little bit careful here. How will we gain. We— The world needs China to do the next step of reforms, ... More >>

Q+A: ActionStation National Director Marianne Elliott

Sunday, 26 March 2017, 3:22 pm | TVNZ

Human Rights lawyer calls for an independent inquiry into the NZ SAS raid in Baghlan, Afghanistan in 2010. Lawyer and National Director of ActionStation Marianne Elliott who has worked for the UN in Afghanistan is not surprised by the NZ Defence Force’s ... More >>

Q+A: Trade Minister Todd McClay interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 26 March 2017, 3:20 pm | TVNZ

Trade Minister Todd McClay – not ruling out a conversation around Chinese workers coming to New Zealand to work on infrastructure projects as part of trade talks. ‘Yeah, well, that’s not something that’s on the table at the moment, but, look, ... More >>

National’s Napier candidate selected

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 8:53 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s Napier candidate selected David Elliott has been selected as National’s 2017 General Election candidate for Napier. Mr Elliott currently works as a pilot for Cathay Pacific, and formerly flew for the Royal New Zealand Air Force for 12 ... More >>

Rein in Population Growth says Outdoor Recreation Group

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 1:10 pm | Outdoor Recreation New Zealand

Reports that migration is being tipped to soon push New Zealand’s population to 5 million underlines the urgent need for a population control policy, says an outdoor recreation organisation. Andi Cockroft, co-chairman Council of Outdoor Recreation ... More >>

The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Todd McClay

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 1:08 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Todd McClay The US is part of the Govt’s plan to get 90% of goods covered by FTAs by 2030 - but McClay acknowledges that with Trump’s protectionist policies it’s going to be a hard road. “We’re going ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Deborah Manning

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 12:51 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Deborah Manning Headlines: A group of lawyers including Roger Harrison QC says the New Zealand Government is obliged under international law to hold an inquiry into a 2010 SAS raid in Afghanistan. Lawyer Deborah Manning ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews James Shaw

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 12:48 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews James Shaw Headlines: Labour and the Green Party have launched a joint set of ‘Budget Responsibility Rules’. But despite Labour promising no tax increases, Greens co-leader James Shaw says his party hasn’t settled ... More >>

Ethical Investment in People And the Planet

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 12:43 pm | Robert Howell

How can we make a difference in a world threatened by ecological disaster, global inequality and human tragedy? How can we ensure that public funds are not used to invest in cluster bombs and the like? More >>

Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group welcomes changes to the RMA

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 12:34 pm | Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group

The Freshwater and Natural Resources Iwi Leaders Groups supports the gains that the Maori Party has achieved to amend the Resource Management Act this week. Selwyn Parata, Chair of the Natural Resources Iwi Leaders group says “The Maori Party ... More >>

Hagaman Response: Apology Was Due More than a Year Ago

Friday, 24 March 2017, 4:52 pm | Lani Hagaman

The media statement released today by New Zealand Labour Party leader Andrew Little in relation to allegations made against Earl Hagaman, the founder of Scenic Hotel Group, has come as “a surprise”, says Earl’s wife Lani Hagaman. More >>

NZ Women’s Peace Organisation Supports Call for SAS Inquiry

Friday, 24 March 2017, 4:39 pm | Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

The oldest women’s peace organisation in New Zealand is supporting calls for a full inquiry into allegations that New Zealand soldiers were involved in a serious military attack on civilians in Afghanistan in 2010 while on duty there. More >>

A responsible Budget = spending more on public services

Friday, 24 March 2017, 4:36 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

"The Budget Responsibility Rules announced by Labour and the Greens today demonstrates a commitment to maintaining much needed Government spending. But more investment is needed," said CTU President, Richard Wagstaff. More >>

Cross-party agreement positive

Friday, 24 March 2017, 4:34 pm | BusinessNZ

The Labour Greens Budget agreement announced today is a welcome development in election year, says BusinessNZ CEO Kirk Hope. More >>

10 years in the ‘can’ for importing tins of ‘chicken stock’ meth

Friday, 24 March 2017, 4:32 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A Hong Kong man received a sentence of 10 years and 5 months’ imprisonment today in the Auckland District court for importing two kilograms of methamphetamine, worth approximately $2 million on the street, disguised as chicken stock powder. More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Welcome Labour/Green Fiscal Pact

Friday, 24 March 2017, 3:52 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming this morning’s Budget Responsibility Rules announced by the Labour and Green Parties. The rules, which commit a future Labour/Green Government to, among other things, reduce the government’s net debt ... More >>

Condolence book to open

Friday, 24 March 2017, 3:22 pm | British High Commission

A Book of Condolences will be opened at the Australian High Commission, 72-76 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington on Monday 27 March between 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm. More >>

10 Questions for Bill English on NZ’s ‘longstanding policy’

Friday, 24 March 2017, 1:58 pm | Shalom.Kiwi

After months of evasion , the New Zealand Prime Minister has finally admitted, in response to another question from Winston Peters about UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in Parliament earlier this week, that the resolution was not put to cabinet ... More >>

Toothless Youth Law won’t Punish Gutless Violent Youth

Friday, 24 March 2017, 1:52 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

24th March 2017 “These young louts knew exactly what they were doing was wrong, they just don't care because they know the law won’t or can't touch them”. “When will the government wake up and realise the liberal experiment has been a disaster.” ... More >>

Another Step towards Pay Equity

Friday, 24 March 2017, 1:49 pm | BPW NZ

The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) is pleased that Parliament now have another tool for gender equity in the workplace. More >>

National betrays supporters by letting Māori Party rewrite RMA

Friday, 24 March 2017, 1:21 pm | ACT New Zealand

National Party supporters will be incensed to see how Nick Smith’s deal with the Māori Party grants iwi new rights to interfere with resource consent applications. More >>

Easter trading has Aucklanders worried

Friday, 24 March 2017, 12:36 pm | First Union

A union representing thousands of working people in retail says Auckland Council’s decision to consult on possible Easter trading changes is putting retail workers offside. More >>

Jon Stephenson’s back story in Hit and Run revealed in book

Friday, 24 March 2017, 12:23 pm | Maria Armoudian

After a member of the country’s Special Forces was killed during a raid in Afghanistan, Jon Stephenson, co-author of Hit and Run , sought to fact-check what he believed was propaganda disseminated by the New Zealand government. More >>

NZNO step out into Auckland YesWeCare action

Friday, 24 March 2017, 12:01 pm | NZNO

Hundreds of NZNO members have stepped out across the nation to Shout Out for health and join the PSA YesWeCare heath funding campaign. Members are now on the Auckland roadshow with the missing in action, life-size health worker cut-out figures. New ... More >>

Family Violence Summit 'Empty Gesture' Ahead of Election

Friday, 24 March 2017, 11:44 am | The Backbone Collective

The Backbone Collective says the Government’s Family Violence Summit adds insult to injury as it fails to recognise the voices of women and children who have already been critically failed by the system. More >>

NZ's unmet health needs "appalling, but not surprising"

Friday, 24 March 2017, 9:40 am | Public Service Association

A pilot study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today found at least a quarter of adults were unable to get the primary health care they required. More >>

Despatches from the Auckland housing crisis

Friday, 24 March 2017, 9:37 am | Public Service Association

Heartbreaking stories from key workers in Auckland will be on display in Aotea Square today, in a public event hosted by the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi. More >>

WAI 2521 Urgency - Media Statement 24 March 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017, 9:32 am | Nga Hapu o te Moutere o Motiti

Nga Hapu o te Moutere o Motiti have been granted an urgent hearing by the Waitangi Tribunal. More >>

Simeon Brown National’s Pakuranga candidate

Friday, 24 March 2017, 8:39 am | New Zealand National Party

Simeon Brown has been selected by local party members as National’s Pakuranga candidate for the 2017 General Election. More >>

Already 10,000 Signatures Calling For Inquiry On Porn

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 4:26 pm | Family First Lobby

The petition calling on politicians to investigate the public health effects and societal harms of pornography has reached almost 10,000 signatures, with still another week for petitions to be signed. More >>

Scrapping VSO's dangerous and short-sighted

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 3:44 pm | NZ Police Association

The Police Association is deeply concerned that the jobs of the country’s 26 Vehicle Safety Officers (VSOs) are to be axed at a time when New Zealand’s road toll is unacceptably high, and climbing. More >>

Response on strandings and rescue success rates

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 2:29 pm | Project Jonah

There is a story in the news today regarding strandings and rescue success rates in New Zealand. More >>

Equal pay legislation to go before parliament

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 2:22 pm | Public Service Association

A bill which will help New Zealand women secure equal pay will go before parliament - and the PSA calls on all parties to support it. More >>

MANA Opposes the Ture Whenua Maori Bill

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 1:15 pm | Mana Party

“The Ture Whenua Maori Bill is an ugly and crude attempt to cut away the remaining protections over Maori land” says MANA leader Hone Harawira “and we want it thrown out - now” More >>

New Zealand's endangered species still sold for profit

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:20 pm | Freshwater for Life

Today the team at Freshwater for Life submitted a petition to the House of Representatives asking for a ban on the commercial fishing and sale of whitebait. Over 3,000 people have signed the petition. More >>

‘Save Our Kauri’ arrest “Not exceptional”

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:04 pm | Michael Tavares

Michael Tavares, who occupied a significant kauri tree on private land in Titirangi two years ago has had his New Zealand citizenship denied because of his resulting Trespass conviction. More >>

Water lessons filtered through on World Water Day

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 11:38 am | Watercare Services

Children at one Auckland primary school celebrated World Water Day [22 March] by creating and testing their own water filters. More >>

Education for All Rally

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 11:20 am | Education for All

Disabled people, families, educators and service providers are rallying at The Hao Room, Te Hapua, Halswell Centre,341 Halswell Road More >>


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