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Q+A: Andrew Little - Mt Roskill Win is Proof Labour Can Win

Sunday, 4 December 2016, 1:56 pm | TVNZ

Andrew Little: Mt Roskill Win is Proof Labour Can Win General Election Speaking to Jessica Mutch on Q+A this morning, in wake of a significant Labour victory in the Mt Roskill by-election, Labour Leader Andre little the party proved it was able ... More >>

Q+A: Paul Foster-Bell - Tamaki’s Comments Prompted Me

Sunday, 4 December 2016, 1:54 pm | TVNZ

Paul Foster-Bell: Brian Tamaki’s Comments Prompted Me to Come Out First-term National list MP Paul Foster-Bell says recent comments by Brian Tamaki about homosexuality causing the Kaikoura earthquakes were amongst several factors prompting him to ‘come ... More >>

Q+A: Michael Wood

Sunday, 4 December 2016, 1:51 pm | TVNZ

Michael Wood: Simple Message Behind Labour Win in Mt Roskill Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging. More >>

Mt Roskill win confirms public desire for extra police

Sunday, 4 December 2016, 11:02 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Mt Roskill win confirms public desire for extra police – McVicar 4th December 2016 The Founder of the Sensible Sentencing Trust says Labours overwhelming win in the Mt Roskill by-election proves once and for all that public safety is an issue people ... More >>

Young New Zealanders leading the way forward

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 11:50 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission says young New Zealanders growing acceptance and celebration of Maori language and culture shows how bright the future for race relations can be. More >>

New Zealand Wins 2018 ILGA World Conference Bid

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 1:18 pm | Joint Press Release

LGA International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association New Zealand Wins 2018 ILGA World Conference Bid Release Date: Friday, 02 December 2016 [IMMEDIATE RELEASE] More >>

High risk killers should not be released

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 1:11 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Twenty one years ago, then prostitute Jan Yorke killed lover’s estranged wife in what a detective who investigated the case described as “the most premeditated homicide I ever worked on”. It was only by a miracle that Yorke and her lover Mark ... More >>

The Nation: who’s been naughty and who’s been nice

Friday, 2 December 2016, 5:29 pm | The Nation

This weekend on The Nation... Lisa Owen and Patrick Gower have made their lists, checked them twice, now you can decide who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. More >>

Unjustified hurtful attack on southern radiologists

Friday, 2 December 2016, 4:22 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The criticism of radiologists at Southern District Health Board was an unjustified attack,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

FairWay welcomes more flexiblity on childcare disputes

Friday, 2 December 2016, 4:20 pm | FairWay Resolution

FairWay Resolution has welcomed changes to the way family dispute resolution services are provided in New Zealand, providing more flexibility for families. More >>

Message to Mt Roskill voters before Election Day

Friday, 2 December 2016, 3:39 pm | New Zealand National Party

“This is the last column you’ll read from me before the Mt Roskill by-election tomorrow. As I sat down to write this, I found myself presented with a lot of different things I wanted to talk about. More >>

Three strikes and you're out, EPA

Friday, 2 December 2016, 2:40 pm | Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust

Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust (Ngati Ruanui) are shocked and appalled to find yet another stuff up by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). More >>

Governor-General accepts Patronage of Arthritis New Zealand

Friday, 2 December 2016, 2:37 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Peter Larmer, President of Arthritis New Zealand, was delighted to announce to the attendees at the organisation’s AGM, that the Governor-General, Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy has agreed to become the Patron of Arthritis New Zealand. More >>

Minimal Interest for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

Friday, 2 December 2016, 2:12 pm | Family First

Three years on from the definition of marriage being changed, statistics show that the demand has been insignificant, and has had to be boosted by overseas couples which represent almost half of all same-sex ‘marriages’ during this period. More >>

Higher housing costs eat into household budgets

Friday, 2 December 2016, 1:18 pm | Statistics New Zealand

A growing proportion of households are spending more than a quarter of their household income on housing, Statistics NZ said today. From the year ended June 2007 to June 2016, the proportion of households spending one-quarter or more of their total household ... More >>

Waipukurau Woman Wins Inaugural Soldier of the Year Award

Friday, 2 December 2016, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Lance Corporal (LCPL) Amber-Lee Nui, who hails from Waipukurau, has been named the New Zealand Army’s inaugural Soldier of the Year. As Soldier of the Year, LCPL Nui is now in the running for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Person of the ... More >>

Many Kiwis still not getting a fair go ten years on

Friday, 2 December 2016, 12:32 pm | CCS Disability Action

It appears that while most New Zealanders follow the road code, a very large percentage of our population does not follow a moral code when it comes to the rights of disabled people. The latest research into mobility parking abuse indicates that about one ... More >>

Wage rises aren’t meeting housing costs – striking worker

Friday, 2 December 2016, 12:30 pm | First Union

Approximately 20 distribution centre workers at Blackwoods Protector, a company supplying industrial equipment, are taking strike action today as workers worry about how the company’s poor pay offer will impact their ability to sustain a family. More >>

Need for better ways to invest in NZ’s water services

Friday, 2 December 2016, 12:11 pm | Water New Zealand

The devastating effect of the 2011 Canterbury earthquake has led to a major project which could save ratepayers billions of dollars on the cost of replacing vital water pipes. More >>

ANZ and Westpac Customers Leave for Good.

Friday, 2 December 2016, 10:13 am | 350 Dunedin

This morning hundreds of ANZ and Westpac customers across New Zealand are moving their money to new banks which do not invest in fossil fuels. Both ANZ and Westpac have climate change policies, however they include no timelines for stopping investment ... More >>

Dame Fiona Kidman stands with Pike

Friday, 2 December 2016, 10:00 am | Stand With Pike

Dame Fiona Kidman will be joining the protest against the sealing of the Pike River mine tomorrow morning. More >>

Cuban ambassador joins Auckland Fidel Castro commemorateion

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 5:31 pm | Auckland Cuba Friendship Society

The Cuban ambassador Mario Alzugaray will be joining a group of Aucklanders on Saturday to celebrate the life of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro who died this week at age 90. More >>

Commission supports call for state-care abuse inquiry

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 5:10 pm | Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commission supports call for independent inquiry into the abuse of New Zealanders under state care More >>

Top Sailor Sets Course For Further Honour

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 5:01 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

A busy 12 months for Marlborough woman Leading Chef (LCH) Alexis Gray after being named the Royal New Zealand Navy’s Sailor of the Year in 2015 could culminate in further recognition: LCH Gray is the Navy’s nomination for the New Zealand Defence ... More >>

Online schools will create more disparity

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 4:57 pm | IHC

IHC is calling for the Government to guarantee rights for children to attend their local school over online schools. More >>

Transgender prisoner put at risk of suicide by Corrections

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 4:50 pm | No Pride in Prisons

Following four simultaneous actions at Department of Corrections offices nationwide last week, prison advocacy group No Pride in Prisons reaffirms its commitment to advocating for a suicidal transgender woman in 23-hour lockdown. More >>

Do right by family violence victims, support members’ bill

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 4:38 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi is delighted parliament will debate a bill giving greater protection to family violence victims in the workplace. More >>

Women’s Refuge urges support of Domestic Violence Bill

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 4:31 pm | Women's Refuge

Women’s Refuge encourages Parliament to support MP Jan Logie’s Bill that calls for a law change to provide paid leave for victims of family violence. The Bill was drawn from the Ballot today and will shortly come before Parliament. More >>

Councillors unqualified to make anti-fluoride pronouncements

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 3:25 pm | Water New Zealand

The extraordinary outburst by a newly elected Hamilton City Councillor over fluoride in water is another example of why decisions over water fluoridation should be made by District Health Boards and not local councils. More >>

Auditor-General's reports published today

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 3:11 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s reports Governance of the National Security System and Assessing the performance of the Office of the Auditor-General against International Standards were presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

Te Puna Foundation launch

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 2:14 pm | Te Puna Foundation

School students will be among the first to benefit from Te Puna Foundation, a new charity launched last night at an event hosted by the National Library, attended by Prime Minister John Key and Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne. More >>

App reveals New Zealand’s best and worst seafood choices

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 2:08 pm | Forest and Bird

Forest & Bird has released today a powerful free mobile app which ranks the sustainability of more than 117 commercially harvested New Zealand seafood varieties. More >>

Working people support better laws around domestic violence

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 1:52 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Today, Green MP Jan Logie has had a proposed law drawn from the ballot which, if supported by other political parties, will make a real difference to the lives of people who are experiencing domestic violence. “The law needs to be changed. We ... More >>

Child Abuse and Family Structure

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 1:46 pm | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party of New Zealand welcomes the report from Lindsay Mitchell on Child Abuse & Family Structure. More >>

Government Competition

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 12:51 pm | NZ Seniors Party

I was driving along behind a very large truck when I noticed a sign on the back of it that read “Don’t steal - the Government hates competition”. This statement in just a few words tells the reader a true fact that affects every New Zealander. More >>

Graeme Wheeler is wrong

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 12:49 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

Democrats for Social Credit Finance Spokesman Chris Leitch is calling on Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler to correct statements made in the Bank’s Financial Stability Report released yesterday. More >>

Nominations open for Public Sector Excellence Awards 2017

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 12:14 pm | Institute of Public Administration New Zealand

Nominations for New Zealand’s longest-running and most prestigious public sector awards are now open, including a new category to recognise growing diversity within the public sector. More >>

WorkSafe leads the way in “Future Directors” Programme

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 12:04 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand will be the first public sector agency to participate in the “Future Directors in the State Sector” programme starting early next year, the Chair of the WorkSafe Board, Professor Gregor Coster, said today. More >>

NZ girl honoured by The Queen for fighting online bullying

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 11:56 am | Commonwealth Youth New Zealand

Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director Aaron Hape today congratulated Maniototo Area School student Ashleigh Smith on being named as New Zealand's Queen's Young Leader award winner for 2017. More >>

Time to break up with our banks - 2 December

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 11:54 am | Oil Free Otago

We asked ANZ nicely ages ago to take our invested money out of big coal, oil and gas projects in Australasia and the Pacific, and they ignored us. More >>

Earthquake Rebuild Supported by UK Scaffolding Manufacturer

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 11:04 am | St Helens Plant Limited

New Zealand contractors are facing many factors – the main one being a lack of skilled workers to install scaffolding, provide management and dismantling services, during the earthquake rebuild. More >>

Minister should not short-circuit democratic process

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 10:24 am | Taxi Federation

The Minister of Transport should not short-circuit the democratic process in his enthusiasm to help an overseas taxi operator who deliberately and openly flouts New Zealand law and pays little or no tax in this country. More >>

Bishop backs big boost for live organ donors

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 9:50 am | New Zealand National Party

Chris Bishop National List MP based in the Hutt Valley Media statement 30 November 2016 Bishop backs big boost for live organ donors More >>

Solid Energy’s position an insult to Pike Families

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 3:52 pm | Stand With Pike

Pike River families will continue to protest at the mine gates tomorrow morning following Solid Energy’s total refusal to discuss re-entry of the drift to recover bodies and evidence. More >>

Life Unlimited Welcomes Refreshed Disability Strategy

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 2:58 pm | Life Unlimited

29 November, 2016 - Life Unlimited chief executive Mark Brown today welcomed the update and refresh to the New Zealand Disability Strategy. More >>

Rat Plague Erupts on Stewart Island – What Do They Eat?

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 2:55 pm | The Graf Boys

Rats are fast breeders. Mess with their population balance, give them a suitable environment – with abundant food and low predator numbers - and they will thrive, and often in plague proportions. This phenomenon often follows pest control operations ... More >>

Juggling of people and staff to meet health targets is risky

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 2:34 pm | NZNO

NZNO chief executive Memo Musa is calling for a stock-take of operations at Waikato Hospital to be assured that nurses and their care of patients is not at risk because of there being too many pressure points at risk of bursting. More >>

Forest & Bird slams credibility of 'independent' review

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 1:43 pm | Forest and Bird

Forest & Bird has slammed the credibility of an ‘independent’ Hawke’s Bay Regional Council review into the controversial Ruataniwha dam and irrigation scheme. It has emerged today that, as part of the review, council staff have sought legal ... More >>

NZ On Air steers a calm course against tide of international

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 1:08 pm | NZ On Air

Against a backdrop of rapid media change and a flood of international content NZ On Air’s report to Parliament on its achievements in the 2015/16 year shows ongoing commitment to getting local content to New Zealand audiences. More >>

New Disability Strategy ignores justice for all

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12:36 pm | IHC

The Government’s new Disability Strategy makes great promises but remains lightweight on securing fair outcomes for those with intellectual disabilities who find themselves in the justice system. More >>

10,000 people in prison today should be a wake up call

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12:32 pm | JustSpeak

For the very first time we have over 10,000 people locked in prison in our country, 5 months before the Government's own predictions. More >>

Youth Offending debate misguided – media ‘Trumped’ again

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12:24 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

As the furore over a youth offender having been held in police cells rages a Victim Advocacy organisation says the debate is badly misguided. More >>

New interactive crime data reporting tool goes live

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12:10 pm | New Zealand Police

From today (30 November), a new user-friendly online tool is available for the public to access Police crime data. More >>

Chief Censor publishes research on sexual violence in media

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12:07 pm | Office of Film and Literature Classification

Teenagers think that inaccurate depictions or misrepresentations of sexual violence in entertainment media are potentially harmful. Harms identified included normalisation, perpetuation of harmful stereotypes, negative impacts on victim/survivors, and being ... More >>

Cannabis Party announce guided cannabis tours to California

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12:06 pm | Cannabis Party

The Cannabis Party is pleased to announce an exclusive guided tour of California to buy legal cannabis. More >>

Abortions Dramatically Increase Rate of Preterm Deliveries

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12:03 pm | Right To Life

The rate of preterm births in New Zealand is 8 per cent a rate that has increased 2.1 per cent in the last 20 years. This rate has increased dramatically in the developed world and is correlated with the abortion rate. More >>

Pike River families to meet with Solid Energy today

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 10:50 am | Stand With Pike

More than two weeks after protest action and support from contractors and businesses stalled the sealing of the Pike River mine, Solid Energy is meeting with families today in Greymouth. More >>

Three Taranaki iwi complete treaty settlement

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 10:31 am | Te Atiawa Trust

Today Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki reached a significant milestone with the third and final readings of each of the Iwi’s Historical Treaty settlement bills being heard in Parliament. The passing of the Taranaki Iwi Claims Settlement Bill, ... More >>

For Giving Tuesday, help #KeepItOn

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 10:05 am | Access Now

Tomorrow is the last day you can buy a limited edition “Error 404” bath bomb to fight internet shutdowns! It's sparkling gold on the outside, blue on the inside, and a fizzy disruption fighter. For just $7 you can own one -- and you'll be supporting ... More >>

Bail-out of GWRC must come with appointment of commissioners

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 9:23 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

If Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Chairman Chris Laidlaw is to be believed and the Council is talking to the Government about a taxpayer-funded bailout as a result of earthquake damage to CentrePort and its property developments, the Government ... More >>


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