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Registrations open for TPP roadshows

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 3:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay announced today the Government will be running nation-wide roadshows on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). “The roadshows are for interested members of the public to learn more about this important trade agreement, and to ... More >>

Fed Farmers Misguided in Push For GMOs

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 3:29 pm | GE Free NZ

The High Court appeal by Federated Farmers against local level oversight of GMOs is misguided and damaging to New Zealand's future export success. More >>

New Zealand Troops to Train with Korean And US Marines

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 3:27 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Around 60 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) soldiers will take part in a large-scale exercise in the Republic of Korea starting on 24 February. Major General (MAJGEN) Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said gunners from the New Zealand ... More >>

"Foolhardy" PM insists on tax cuts while services struggle

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 1:26 pm | Public Service Association

New Zealanders will end up paying the price for the Prime Minister’s insistence on delivering a pre-election tax cut bribe, the Public Service Association says. In his formal statement to parliament yesterday, John Key acknowledged the economy ... More >>

Cow pat presented to border staff

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 11:29 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

A dried cow pat presented by an arriving air passenger rates as one of the most unusual biosecurity interceptions of the summer so far, says the Ministry for Primary Industries. More >>

New PGP programme sets sights on strong wool

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 11:22 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

A new collaboration between The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), announced today, aims to deliver premiums for New Zealand's strong wool sector—a partnership that could see an additional $335 million contribution ... More >>

Corrections go by bike

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 11:18 am | Department Of Corrections

Corrections go by bike Corrections sites across the country are getting involved and supporting Bikewise national Go By Bike day. Wednesday 10 February marks the annual Go by Bike day - a one-day event where Kiwis ditch their cars, trains or buses ... More >>

Where Have All The Children Gone?

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 9:48 am | Right To Life

Nearly 50,000 5 year olds commenced their schooling in the first week of February, happy and laughing with the joy of living. Sadly there were 15,863 5 year olds missing. These are the children who were considered of little worth and whose lives were terminated ... More >>

Taxpayers' Union Applauds Gareth Morgan's Generous Offer

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is delighted that Gareth Morgan has today offered to top up the crowd sourcing campaign to purchase the beach adjacent to the Awaroa inlet in the South Island. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Bill's Pluses Far Outweigh the Minuses

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 2:40 pm | Natural Products

The industry umbrella group for New Zealand’s natural products manufacturers and marketers says consumers stand to lose in the long run if erroneous claims about the Natural Health and Supplementary Products (NH&SP) Bill end up stalling its ... More >>

Motorcycle riders over 40 at risk

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 1:55 pm | ACC

ACC and NZ Police are calling upon motorcyclists and drivers to do more to keep safe on the road. More >>

Closure of Governance Review Ushers in a New Way

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 11:57 am | Waikato Tainui Group

A three-year review of the governance and representation structure of Waikato-Tainui has been brought to a close with the announcement of a new name for its representation body. More >>

No further Tau flies found and restrictions now lifted

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 11:55 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that all restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables in Manurewa, Auckland, due to the Tau fly, have been lifted as of 2.26pm on Sunday 7 February. More >>

Dame Claudia Orange blasted for cultural insensitivity

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 11:41 am | David Rankin

Iwi leader threatens Police involvement Ngapuhi leader David Rankin has stated he will call the Police if necessary over sacred artefacts which he lent to the new Waitangi Museum, but which he claims have been treated “like items at a garage ... More >>

Unintentional Child Injuries Declining

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 11:36 am | Safekids

According to Safekids Aotearoa’s recently released report Child Unintentional Deaths and Injuries in New Zealand, and Prevention Strategies, overall unintentional injury death rates have declined by 19% between 2001 and 2010. Leading causes of ... More >>

Sexting as concerning for kiwi parents as cyberbullying

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:58 am | Vodafone

Teenagers sharing naked pictures of themselves has become a number one concern for kiwi parents – with sexting emerging as the most-viewed topic on the website. Since July last year, almost 10,000 people per month have visited ... More >>

Local lifeguards to assist in refugee crisis

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:13 am | Boyd PR

Local lifeguards to assist in refugee crisis On ANZAC weekend, six members of the Bethells Beach Surf Lifesaving Patrol will head to the Greek Island of Lesvos to assist current operations attempting to decrease the drowning rates for desperate ... More >>

Awaroa Beach: Little Restraint From Labour

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:13 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is telling politicians to butt out of the tremendous community effort to purchase a beach next to the Awaroa inlet in the Abel Tasman National Park after Labour Leader Andrew Little called upon the Government to stump up with taxpayer ... More >>

McCully’s Condemnation of Satellite Launch Sadly Predictable

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:41 am | NZ DPRK Society

Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s condemnation of North Korea’s launch of an earth observation satellite was predictable - he never strays far from American guidance. It was also sadly short-sighted. As a small country it is in our long-term interest ... More >>

Draft Chapter on Proposed Reform of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:34 am | Waitangi Tribunal


Treaty of Waitangi - Found in Translation

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:31 am | NZSTI

Wellington, New Zealand - Today, the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI) announces the launch of the Treaty Times Thirty project. More >>

Governor-General’s Waitangi Day Address

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:26 am | Government House

Kia ora huihui tātou katoa. To the many, many people who have come at our invitation to celebrate this sacred day for the Treaty of Waitangi, I welcome you to Government House Auckland. I extend my greetings to all who are gathered here. More >>

Are You Ready to Vote in the Final Flag Referendum?

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:10 am | Electoral Commission

Are You Ready to Vote in the Final Flag Referendum? The second referendum on the New Zealand flag is just a few weeks away, and the Electoral Commission wants to ensure all eligible New Zealanders are enrolled and ready to vote. “Voting papers ... More >>

Bledisloe Garden Reception cancelled at Government House

Saturday, 6 February 2016, 4:46 pm | Government House

Rain has forced Government House Auckland to cancel the Bledisloe Garden Reception, which was due to start at 4pm this afternoon. The Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, will still be marking Waitangi Day with a special citizenship ceremony for 25 people ... More >>

Call for Child Sex Abuse Inquiry

Saturday, 6 February 2016, 4:39 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

6th February 2016 “We just haven’t had a Rolf Harris or Jimmy Savile to bring our own dirty laundry out into the open but the time bomb is ticking and powder-keg will ignite.” McVicar More >>

Maori are amongst the biggest beneficiaries of TPP

Friday, 5 February 2016, 3:51 pm | Export NZ

In the lead up to Waitangi celebrations and the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership in New Zealand this week, much is being made of Maori opposition to the TPP due to a lack of consultation and a perceived loss of sovereignty, for New Zealand in general ... More >>

More than 27,000 new Kiwis in 2015

Friday, 5 February 2016, 2:40 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

This Waitangi Day, New Zealand will roll out the welcome mat to 24 new citizens at Government House, and acknowledge over 27,000 people who were granted citizenship last year. More >>

Demolition of 32 & 36 Glendevere Terrace

Friday, 5 February 2016, 2:23 pm | Land Information New Zealand

Demolition of 32 & 36 Glendevere Terrace Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Southern Response today announced that the demolitions of 32 and 36 Glendevere Terrace, Redcliffs, Christchurch will begin next week. More >>

Next step in 2GP process

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:57 am | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Friday, 5 February 2016) – The next step in the process of establishing a new Dunedin City District Plan will be underway when further submissions are called for from 10 February. More >>

Report into diplomat debacle shows Ministers’ failures

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:51 am | Green Party

The report into the treatment of a diplomat found guilty of indecent assault highlights a failure of Government Ministers to show political leadership over sexual violence, the Green Party said today. More >>

TPP Good News for New Zealand

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:47 am | IANZ

TPP Good News for New Zealand by Dr Llew Richards, chief executive of IANZ We all like to travel. We all buy stuff from overseas. But sometimes we pay up to twice the price for something in New Zealand that we would pay overseas. In some cases, ... More >>

Council seeks submissions on bylaw amendment

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:23 am | Palmerston North City Council

Palmerston North City Council is calling for submissions on a proposed amendment to the Signs and Use of Public Places Bylaw for Election Signs. More >>

Credit Ratings Agency Blackmails Christchurch City Council

Friday, 5 February 2016, 10:48 am | Keep Our Assets Canterbury

Credit Ratings Agency Blackmails Christchurch City Council on Asset Sales This story slipped by without comment from anyone in the Christmas rush. Better late than never. On December 8th the Press reported that: “Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s ... More >>

Ministry welcomes release of Whitehead Report

Friday, 5 February 2016, 10:00 am | Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has welcomed the public release of the Whitehead report. More >>

TPP Agreement bad for democracy

Friday, 5 February 2016, 9:26 am | ITUC

International Trade Union Confederation TPP Agreement bad for democracy, rights, public services and health Brussels, 4 February 2016 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) a major setback for employment ... More >>

Peru signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership in NZ

Friday, 5 February 2016, 9:20 am | Government of Peru

Thursday 4 February 2016 Press Release Peru's Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Magali Silva has signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in New Zealand's city of Auckland today along with her counterparts from 11 Pacific countries. The ... More >>

Protesters project giant message onto SkyCity

Friday, 5 February 2016, 9:09 am | ActionStation

Community organisations representing more than five and a half million people around the world have united to take joint action and express global opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as Trade Ministers sign the deal at SkyCity in Auckland. More >>

Reserve Bank highlights importance of market discipline

Friday, 5 February 2016, 8:52 am | Reserve Bank

Reserve Bank highlights importance of market discipline The Reserve Bank today highlighted the importance of market discipline as one of three pillars that help maintain the stability of financial institutions. In a speech this evening hosted by the NZ Bankers ... More >>

Infrastructure to underpin development of Northland

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 5:22 pm | NZ Council for Infrastructure Development

“The release today of the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan is strongly endorsed by the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) and will drive much needed employment, investment and growth in the region,” says NZCID ... More >>

Kiwis reject the TPPA

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 5:19 pm | It's Our Future

Around 15,000 Kiwis marched down Queen Street today to protest against the signing of the TPPA. The march was loud, diverse, family-friendly, peaceful and passionate in its opposition to the TPPA. More >>

NZ-US Council welcomes the signature of the TPP

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 5:15 pm | NZ US Council

NZ-US Council welcomes the signature of the TPP The Executive Director of the NZ-US Council, Fiona Cooper Clarke, has welcomed the signature of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in Auckland today. “We are delighted that the TPP has been signed, ... More >>

Let Quake Outcasts Move on Says Human Rights Commissioner

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 4:34 pm | Human Rights Commission

Let Quake Outcasts Move on Says Chief Human Rights Commissioner The Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford is calling on the Government yet again to settle the Quake Outcasts case following yesterday’s announcement that the Outcasts have ... More >>

Kiwifruit winner in TPP Agreement

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 2:32 pm | Zespri

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement will generate significant value for the New Zealand kiwifruit industry and Zespri welcomes the signing of the Agreement today in Auckland. Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager explains the TPP will eliminate ... More >>

Waihi Dam Update

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 2:06 pm | Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Waihi Dam Update Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is hopeful the discharge of sediment from the Waihi Dam into the Waiau River will cease by the end of next week. HBRC staff met with Eastland Group staff and contractors yesterday to discuss a forward ... More >>

Campaigners vow “final battle” to prevent massive deal

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 1:36 pm | OpenMedia

As TPP is signed in Auckland casino, campaigners vow “final battle” to prevent massive deal being ratified More >>

Paddling Cape to Cape for a Cause

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 1:22 pm | Pete Ralph

A mission that will see him spend three week on stand up paddle board, paddling from the South Cape to the top of the East Cape of the North Island. More >>

Trust applauds $4m government funding for art centre

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 1:20 pm | Whangarei Art Museum

Today's announcement of central government support, made by Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce, provides a key step forward in funding for Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre & Wairau Maori Art Gallery. More >>

Horticulture Welcomes TPP Signing

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 12:20 pm | Horticulture NZ

New Zealand’s peak body for commercial fruit and vegetable growers, Horticulture New Zealand, has welcomed the official New Zealand signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement today. Horticulture is New Zealand’s fourth largest export earner, sending ... More >>

Attitude change to sexual violence needed, council says

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 12:07 pm | National Council of Women

The National Council of Women of New Zealand says the commentary around Malaysian diplomat Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail's assault on Tania Billingsley should be a wakeup call for New Zealanders to change their attitudes to violence. More >>

Hundertwasser Art Centre receives Government boost

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 11:58 am | Prosper Northland Trust

Prosper Northland has welcomed today’s announcement of a $4 million contribution by Central Government to the Hundertwasser Art Centre (HAC) project in Whangarei. More >>

National Policy Statement a powerful tool under the RMA

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 11:32 am | Property Council Of New Zealand

Property Council believes there is an urgent and pressing need for a National Policy Statement (NPS) on urban development under the Resource Management Act (RMA). More >>

TPPA - The People Prefer Accountability

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 11:11 am | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party are by no means opposed to trade agreements with other countries, but the secrecy surrounding the negotiations and the lack of disclosure of real detail with regard to the TPPA, accompanied by the fobbing off of serious questions by Government ... More >>

TPP casino signing gambles with our future

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:59 am | Council of Canadians

OTTAWA – Trade ministers from 12 nations have chosen a casino and convention centre for the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), leading to criticism from fair trade advocates like the Council of Canadians that governments are gambling ... More >>

TPPA Still Needs an Independent Health Impact Assessment

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:48 am | New Zealand Medical Students' Association - NZMSA

TPPA Still Needs an Independent Health Impact Assessment The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) urges the Government to facilitate an independent Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on the recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement ... More >>

Neo-Kalashnikovs join TPPA protest

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:33 am | SugarLumps Productions

Auckland indie band The Neo-Kalashnikovs are issuing a challenge to all others bands to stand up in protest against the TPPA. They performed at the Protestival on 31st January and will be on the protest march down Queen St. More >>

Federated Farmers welcomes TPP signing

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:19 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers welcomes today's signing in Auckland of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as a significant milestone for the New Zealand economy and a positive deal for the agriculture sector. More >>

Rail and maritime workers’ condemn TPPA signing

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:13 am | FIRST Union

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) puts the rights and wellbeing of working people at risk, says Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) General Secretary Wayne Butson. More >>

Protesters Plan to Blockade TPPA Signing Ceremony

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 9:21 am | Real Choice

Today, hundreds of New Zealanders are joining pro-democracy group ‘Real Choice’ in a planned demonstration at SkyCity in Auckland, to shut down the signing ceremony of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and create a TPPA Free Zone around ... More >>

Skycity Workers vote against TPPA

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 9:06 am | Unite Union

"Skycity workers may have to watch the TPPA being signed, but they have voted overwhelmingly against it" said Joe Carolan, Convenor of the Skycity Employees Association of Unite Union. More >>

Thousands expected to march against signing the TPPA

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 8:35 am | It's Our Future

Despite disruption to Auckland’s buses, It’s Our Future, organisers of the march down Queen St are confident that thousands will turn out to register their opposition to the government signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). More >>


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