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Tax change bad news for tenants

Monday, 10 December 2018, 5:30 pm | NZ Property Investors Federation

Tax change bad news for tenants - a media release from the NZ Property Investors' Federation More >>

Kind hearted Kiwis used to prop-up Government under-funding

Monday, 10 December 2018, 3:26 pm | CCS Disability Action

“Charitable dollars should not be used to subsidise under-funded Government services,” says CCS Disability Action Chief Executive David Matthews. “The generous donations Kiwis give should be used to enhance basic services and also provide for badly needed ... More >>

Major energy costs in trying to replace natural gas

Monday, 10 December 2018, 2:54 pm | PEPANZ

A new report today warns there will be major costs to New Zealanders in trying to replace the role of natural gas, according to the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ). More >>

PSA: World Human Rights Day an opportunity to reflect

Monday, 10 December 2018, 2:50 pm | Public Service Association

This year’s World Human Rights Day is an opportunity to reflect on the state of the world 70 years after the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, says the PSA. More >>

Completion of the West Coast Inshore Fisheries Trawl Survey

Monday, 10 December 2018, 2:25 pm | Joint Press Release

An inshore trawl survey commissioned by Fisheries New Zealand and undertaken by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) was completed on Sunday, 2 December. More >>

Multiple risks of legalising euthanasia

Monday, 10 December 2018, 2:18 pm | The Care Alliance

A new information campaign highlighting the risks of legalising euthanasia was launched today at a public meeting in Christchurch. More >>

Significant increase in opposition to euthanasia

Monday, 10 December 2018, 2:16 pm | The Care Alliance

There has been a significant increase in opposition to the legalisation of euthanasia, according to Peter Thirkell, Secretary of the Care Alliance. More >>

School audits results and two media announcements published

Monday, 10 December 2018, 2:07 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

We have published the results of the 2017 school audits . This includes the types of audit opinions we issued and the matters we identified from our audits. We have provided this information to the Secretary for Education. More >>

Anti-bullying message a winner for prison youth

Monday, 10 December 2018, 12:31 pm | Department Of Corrections

An anti-bullying project has won a group of young prisoners from Hawkes Bay Regional Prison a national award, along with a host of accolades. More >>

Consumer NZ calls out chicken meat producers

Monday, 10 December 2018, 11:26 am | SAFE

SAFE is demanding the chicken meat industry stops misleading people, after Consumer NZ calls out Tegel, Ingham and Pams chicken for their misleading “cage-free” labelling on chicken meat products. More >>

Transparency of ministerial meetings is a victory

Monday, 10 December 2018, 10:24 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has welcomed the Government’s commitment to proactively release details of ministerial meetings. More >>

Māori and Pasifika children more vulnerable

Monday, 10 December 2018, 10:16 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Child Poverty Monitor 2018 released today shows one in five kids are facing food deprivation. The report also highlights that Māori and Pasifika families are at least twice as likely to have kids facing food deprivation. While only about 15% ... More >>

NZers want medicinal cannabis bill to go further

Monday, 10 December 2018, 10:12 am | Helius

A new survey of more than 2,000 Kiwi adults finds they overwhelmingly want doctors and nurse practitioners to be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis as they see fit, on a patient by patient basis, and for it to be treated like any other medicine in ... More >>

Q+A: Housing Minister Phil Twyford interviewed by Corin Dann

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:31 am | TVNZ

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford is refusing to be drawn on reports that the Chief Executive of the KiwiBuild programme has left his job after just 5 months. More >>

Q+A: Sir John Key interviewed by Corin Dann

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:29 am | TVNZ

ANZ Bank Chair Sir John Key defends criticism of the ANZ’s $2 Billion dollar profit. More >>

Parents’ top online concerns

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:26 am | Netsafe

New research on New Zealand parents’ views and experiences of digital parenting reveals their concerns about risks related to online sexual content and behaviour. More >>

Food poverty due to inadequate incomes and high cost housing

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:21 am | Child Poverty Action Group

CPM 2018: Inadequate incomes and high cost housing to blame for rise in food poverty More >>

160,000 hungry kids need your help today - KidsCan

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:11 am | KidsCan

KidsCan is urging more action after this year’s Child Poverty Monitor found one in five New Zealand children – more than 160,000 kids - live in households without access to either enough food, or enough healthy food. More >>

Child poverty report a call for urgent welfare reform

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:06 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Child Poverty Monitor 2018 report points out one in five kids are living without access to food. People on the benefit were disproportionately affected, with the report highlighting many were spending more than half of their income on rent, leaving ... More >>

Strong Public Support for Medical Cannabis Cards

Sunday, 9 December 2018, 7:18 pm | Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

With the final reading of the Medical Cannabis bill likely to be early this coming week, it outlines strong support across the political spectrum for significantly more reform than what was offered in the Govt Cannabis Bill. More >>

Israel Institute demands answers to NZ abstention

Sunday, 9 December 2018, 6:28 pm | Israel Institute

Israel Institute of New Zealand director, Dr David Cumin, is demanding to know who was responsible for a ‘bizarre’ decision by New Zealand to abstain on an important procedural vote at the UN which helped pave the way for ‘a small degree of balance ... More >>

Disabled NZers at risk due to underfunding, new report shows

Sunday, 9 December 2018, 12:53 pm | Disability Support Network

A new Deloitte report released today by the New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) shows support services for disabled New Zealanders are significantly underfunded by the Government – and the situation is getting worse. More >>

Climate action, Formula E is an obvious fit

Saturday, 8 December 2018, 12:23 pm | Formula E

If New Zealand is to take urgent climate action, Formula E is an obvious fit More >>

NZ needs to speak up on "broken" UN drug policy system

Saturday, 8 December 2018, 12:06 pm | Hikurangi Foundation

NZ needs to speak up on "broken" UN drug policy system UN Headquarters, Vienna. 8th December 2018 – – – A New Zealand medical cannabis company is calling on the government to show international leadership in what it says is a broken UN ... More >>

Secondary teachers welcome bold thinking

Friday, 7 December 2018, 1:04 pm | PPTA

Secondary teachers welcome the Tomorrow’s Schools taskforce report and are excited to see bold and fresh thinking about the education system. More >>

PSA: Carolling for Equal Pay

Friday, 7 December 2018, 12:11 pm | Public Service Association

PSA's nationwide networks of equal pay advocates are putting solidarity behind an equal pay claim for DHB administration and clerical workers into song for Christmas. More >>

New Zealand must not sign UN Global Compact on Migration

Friday, 7 December 2018, 11:46 am | Free Speech Coalition

Objective 17 of the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration poses serious risk to the freedom of expression and press in New Zealand and should not be signed by the Government, says the Free Speech Coalition. More >>

Criminal Justice Activists Support Auckland Pride Board

Friday, 7 December 2018, 11:27 am | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) offers its congratulations to the Auckland Pride community, which at a Special General Meeting last night rejected a motion to remove its board. The vote was called by a group opposed to Pride’s decision ... More >>

Wage Claim Disruption Easily Fixed

Friday, 7 December 2018, 11:12 am | Social Credit

The government could head off the avalanche of wage claims that will cause significant disruption for the public and drive up inflation, by scrapping GST and replacing it with a transactions tax. More >>

Mediation after Air NZ engineers strike vote

Friday, 7 December 2018, 10:39 am | E tu

Aviation unions say they are very disappointed with the misleading information released by Air New Zealand in response to a strike notice by its aviation engineers. More >>

Karel Sroubek and the Compact on Migration

Friday, 7 December 2018, 10:36 am | New Conservative

Is Karel Sroubek a sign of things to come if the government signs the UN’s Global Compact on Migration? More >>

SAFE blows the whistle on failings of Protected Disclosures

Friday, 7 December 2018, 10:23 am | SAFE

7 December 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE SAFE blows the whistle on failings of Protected Disclosures Act More >>

National Iwi Chairs Forum Delegation at COP24 UNCCC Katowice

Friday, 7 December 2018, 10:21 am | Iwi Chairs Forum

Kiwi’s can be proud of the New Zealand delegation in attendance at the UN Climate Change Conference COP24 meeting in the city of Katowice, says Mike Smith, who is leading the Iwi Leaders Group on Climate Change. More >>

Whanau Ora at risk of incompetence

Friday, 7 December 2018, 10:14 am | National Maori Authority

The Head of the Ministry of Maori Development (Te Puni Kokiri) must go as incompetence that led to a $600,000 payment to a private shareholder was exposed in Parliament. More >>

Culture of climate change denial

Friday, 7 December 2018, 9:42 am | Maori Climate Commissioner

The Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata has called on New Zealanders to challenge the culture of climate denial. More >>

NZers must Challenge the Culture of Climate Denial

Friday, 7 December 2018, 9:26 am | Maori Climate Commissioner

The Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Aware Huata has called on New Zealanders to challenge the culture of climate denial. More >>

New accessibility work programme an important step

Friday, 7 December 2018, 9:07 am | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the announcement of a new government work programme focussing on accessibility. More >>

All we want for Christmas is a fair deal say Sistema workers

Friday, 7 December 2018, 8:34 am | E tu

Sistema workers have walked off the job again. More >>

How much can changing land use fight climate change

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 7:11 pm | Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

How much can changing the way we use land fight climate change? A Motu Media Release New research from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research looks at whether New Zealand can change the way we use land to achieve our emissions target in the lowest cost ... More >>

Update: Police arrest four in major organised crime op

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 5:36 pm | New Zealand Police

Police can now detail the items restrained in an overnight Police operation targeting organised crime in Rotorua. More >>

President Moon’s visit – a lost opportunity

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 5:33 pm | NZ DPRK Society

Whilst we welcome President Moon Jae-in’s recent visit to New Zealand we are disappointed that the Government has failed to make full use of the opportunity to promote peace on the Korean peninsula and between the United States and the DPRK (North Korea). More >>

18 months imprisonment for illegal pāua haul

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 3:43 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

A jail sentence for a Porirua pāua poacher will send a strong message that stealing from our fisheries will not be tolerated, says Ministry for Primary Industries. More >>

GP strike to go ahead after employer refuses to budge

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 3:40 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Twenty-one doctors at five Iwi health provider practices will take the first ever strike action by New Zealand general practitioners tomorrow (Friday) after efforts to avert the strike failed. More >>

Major accessibility work programme announcement

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 3:18 pm | Blind Foundation

In relation to Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni’s announcement today, Government signs off on major accessibility work programme, please find below a statement from the Blind Foundation’s Chief Executive Sandra Budd. More >>

Report on biological emissions

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 2:57 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

A new report shows many farmers want to take action to reduce emissions, but need more information about what steps they can take. More >>

Court of Appeal confirms AFFCO workers must be paid

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 2:50 pm | Meat Workers Union

Three years after the Employment Court ruled that AFFCO workers were unlawfully locked out, the Appeal Court has delivered a decision confirming that workers at the Wairoa plant who were without pay for up to five months should be paid lost wages under ... More >>

Marking another step forward in Parihaka reconciliation

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 2:47 pm | Te Puni Kokiri

Te Puni Kōkiri looks forward to supporting the Parihaka Papakāinga Trust to achieving its vision of rebuilding the mana and legacy of Parihaka. Te Puni Kōkiri will host Parihaka whānau at the signing ceremony of the Parihaka Fund Agreement in Wellington ... More >>

IGIS 2017/18 Annual Report released

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 1:46 pm | Inspector General of Intelligence and Security

The Annual Report of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) for the 2017-18 year has been tabled in Parliament by the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. More >>

NZ Young Nats stand by Keep It 18

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Young Nationals

Today the NZ Young Nationals have called on the Government to reject the recommendation made by the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction to raise the drinking age from 18 to 20. More >>

Snapshots of the timeliness of reporting

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 1:16 pm | Controller and Auditor-General

Snapshots of the timeliness of reporting In late November, we wrote to the Finance and Expenditure Committee, providing an update on our 2015 report about the timeliness of reporting by public organisations during 2013/14. You can read the full letter ... More >>

CPAG welcomes He Ara Oranga: Report

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 12:34 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) applauds the newly released He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction , and says it a comprehensive and substantive response to the wide ranging submissions, with commendable focus ... More >>

The vulnerable shouldn’t shoulder sea-level rise burden

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 11:02 am | Local Government NZ

A report released this morning by the Deep South National Science Challenge supports LGNZ’s call for a national framework to deal with sea-level rise, saying that New Zealand’s youngest and most vulnerable are at risk of shouldering the burden if ... More >>

Coroner’s Call To Raise Drinking Age Welcomed

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 10:15 am | Family First

Family First NZ is applauding Coroner David Robinson for his call to raise the drinking age, which echoes previous calls by the NZ Medical Association to raise the drinking age. More >>

Living Standards Framework Dashboard Inadequate

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 10:12 am | Hauora Coalition

Yesterday The Treasury released its Living Standards Framework Dashboard. This dashboard attempts to take deep dive into the overall wellbeing of New Zealanders all with the aim of informing Budget 2019 - billed as a Wellbeing Budget. More >>

Education needed to reduce impact of pornography

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 10:09 am | Sexual Abuse Prevention Network

Sexual Abuse Prevention Network says the release of the Office of Film and Literature Classification’s research on New Zealand young people and pornography is an opportunity to look at how New Zealand is educating and talking to young people about pornography ... More >>

Sea Shepherd pays out reward for Leopard seal killers

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 9:52 am | Sea Shepherd NZ

Sea Shepherd New Zealand have confirmed $5000 was paid out for information that led to the capture of the Leopard seal killers in late July this year in Northland. More >>

Provocative billboards target Ravensdown and Ballance

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 9:40 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Thursday 6th December: Greenpeace is pulling no punches in its new campaign to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser and save New Zealand’s rivers. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Mental Health Challenges only just beginning

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 8:56 am | Peter Dunne

Congratulations David Clark! In a Government where initiating a review has been a substitute for doing anything, he has become the first Minister to have both established a major review - into Mental Health - and to have received the final report of the ... More >>

Uniform protest for St John Ambulance Professionals

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 8:15 am | First Union

From tomorrow, over one-thousand St John Ambulance Professionals will be taking an unusual form of strike action; they will be swapping out their regular St John uniforms for mufti and orange high-vis vests that read, ‘ Shift Our Pay’ . More >>

NZNO welcomes Employment Law improvements

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 7:27 pm | NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes Employment Law improvements that will bring fairer and safer work. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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