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GDP growth eases slightly

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 11:23 am | Statistics New Zealand

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.5 percent in the March 2018 quarter, Stats NZ said today. This followed a 0.6 percent increase in the December 2017 quarter. Growth in service industries more than offset a fall in construction activity. More >>

NZ Q1 GDP Release

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 11:15 am | HiFX

The NZ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for Q1 has just been released. More >>

Post Budget health analysis shows reverse in downwards trend

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 11:03 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions Economist Dr Bill Rosenberg and the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Director of Policy Lyndon Keene today jointly released detailed analysis of the 2018/2019 health budget which shows $2.5 billion would need to be ... More >>

University Library Restructures condemned

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 10:38 am | A New University

A New University, a group committed to the democratisation of the University of Auckland, strongly condemns the decision made by Stuart McCutcheon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland, to restructure the University's Libraries and Learning ... More >>

"Winston's Dowry" - policy costing tracker

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 9:14 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

With Winston Peters now the Prime Minister, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is launching a new policy cost tracking project – to calculate the cost of Mr Peters and his Party in forming the coalition Government. More >>

Dunne Speaks: I am almost feeling sorry for the Greens

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 8:30 am | Peter Dunne

I am almost feeling sorry for the Greens. The self-proclaimed party of principle has struggled with the reality of Government, ever since it joined the unholy alliance with Labour and New Zealand First last October. They are the awkward members at the ... More >>

$91,000 spent to kill zero goats

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 4:13 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson Jo Holmes responds to Auckland Council’s spend of $91,000 on a goat hunt that didn’t kill any goats : More >>

DHBs across the country prepare for industrial action

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 2:56 pm | District Health Boards

District Health Boards have begun implementing contingency plans following notice to strike by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. More >>

Honouring our refugees

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 1:56 pm | Race Relations Commissioner

REFUGEES who have resettled in New Zealand should be acknowledged as some of the bravest, kindest and most resilient people amongst us, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says. More >>

ANZASW celebrates World Refugee Day

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 1:14 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

Today we honour the invaluable work that social workers across the world do to assist refugees to overcome trauma, build self-esteem and develop their lives. Social workers are active both in camps for the displaced and in the nations to which refugees are ... More >>

Regional Fuel Tax becomes contagious

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 12:57 pm | Road Transport Forum

It comes as no surprise to learn that 14 councils around the country are seeking a regional fuel tax similar to Auckland’s, says Road Transport Forum Chief Executive Ken Shirley. More >>

Majority support all-party action on climate change

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 12:23 pm | Horizon Research Limited

A majority of New Zealanders support all parties in Parliament agreeing on plans to act on climate change. More >>

One in Three Teens Keep Abortion A Secret

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 11:55 am | Family First


Abortion Stats Show Rate Continues to Decrease

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 10:56 am | ALRANZ

ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa MEDIA RELEASE 19 June 2018   Abortion Stats Show Rate Continues to Decrease   Statistics New Zealand reports 13,285 induced abortions were provided in 2017, compared with 12,823 in 2016.  More >>

Significant Interest in Abortion Law Review

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 10:43 am | Family First New Zealand

According to information received from the Law Commission by Family First under the Official Information Act, the Law Commission has received almost 3,500 submissions regarding the abortion law review. 58 submissions were from organisations and the ... More >>

Research shows Swim Reaper cutting through

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 10:39 am | Water Safety New Zealand

New research by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) shows the Swim Reaper water safety campaign appears to be changing attitudes and behaviour. More >>

New report: Wage data debunks public sector union claims

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 8:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Over the last 25 years, public sector incomes have grown much faster than the private sector, while public sector employees also enjoy a higher rate of sick leave costing taxpayers $173 million, according to Public Sector Wage Gap: The taxpayer-funded ... More >>

Red Cross urges action on refugee quota on World Refugee Day

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 6:44 pm | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross urges action on refugee quota on World Refugee Day, 20 June This World Refugee Day, New Zealand Red Cross is acknowledging the resilience of the 22.5 million refugees across the world. Of those, less than 1% will ever be resettled ... More >>

Cycling advocates call for urgent action on road safety

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 5:02 pm | Cycling Action Network

Ten years after the death of Police Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald while cycling home, cycling advocates are calling for urgent action on road safety. More >>

NGOs call for more support for countries hosting refugees

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 4:51 pm | Council for International Development

NGOs call for more support for countries hosting the most refugees - World Refugee Day 19 June 2018 (World Refugee Day is Wednesday June 20) There are more people displaced by conflict, hunger or persecution than ever before, and New Zealanders want to help. ... More >>

WHO moves on transgender classification welcomed

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 4:16 pm | Human Rights Commission

AN INTERNATIONAL health agency’s removal of transgender identities from its list of mental disorders should be reflected in legislation currently before the New Zealand Parliament, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) says. More >>

MERAS Lodges Pay Equity Claim

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 4:07 pm | New Zealand College of Midwives

The union that represents the majority of employed midwives (DHB midwives) has lodged a pay equity claim with DHBs. More >>

ACC adds insult to injury

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 3:48 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“ACC has added insult to injury by planning to cut medical advisory staffing and then responding in a very cavalier way to our members’ quite reasonable requests for improvements to their collective employment agreement,” says Lloyd Woods, Senior ... More >>

MPI Statement on SSC inquiry

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 3:40 pm | Ministry of Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries has uncovered evidence of potential serious staff misconduct relating to events that occurred some years ago. This involved several employees who no longer work for MPI More >>

External security consultants’ inquiry broadened

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 3:37 pm | State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has widened an inquiry into the use of external security consultants to cover all of the State services. More >>

Refugee Crisis Not Over – Five Things You May Not Know

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 3:18 pm | Save The Children

Refugee Crisis Not Over – Five Things You May Not Know About Refugees On World Refugee Day Save the Children NZ would like to highlight the fact that the refugee crisis is not over. Save the Children NZ CEO Heidi Coetzee said, “While the refugee ... More >>

Do we even need a Chief Technology Officer?

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Government having to look overseas for its proposed Chief Technology Officer, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says: “The Government hasn’t actually proven the need to fork out $500,000 per year for a ... More >>

Abortion Stats Up for Year Ended December 2017

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 11:45 am | Voice For Life

“Today we mourn the 13,285 unborn lives lost, and the even more thousands of women and men whose lives have been touched by abortion," says Voice for Life National President Jacqui de Ruiter. More >>

Abortion statistics: Year ended December 2017

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 11:33 am | Statistics New Zealand

The number of abortions performed in New Zealand rose slightly in 2017, Stats NZ said today. A total of 13,285 induced abortions were performed, compared with 12,823 in 2016. However, the number of abortions has been generally decreasing since 2003. More >>

Low Abortion Rate Will Be Welcomed By All

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 11:27 am | Family First

Family First NZ is welcoming the lowest rates of abortion since 1990 - but is sounding a warning that this positive trend will be reversed if Parliament removes the safeguards in the current abortion law and introduce extreme abortion laws which has been shown ... More >>

REINZ welcomes softened stance on Overseas Investment Bill

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 10:55 am | REINZ

REINZ welcomes softened stance on Overseas Investment Amendment Bill but still believes ban won’t solve housing price issues More >>

Rally today at Parliament against Waikeria expansion

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 10:38 am | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

Prisoner advocacy organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) has organised a rally outside Parliament, to be held today at 1pm to oppose the government’s decision to build a new 600 bed unit at Waikeria Prison. More >>

New leadership at the United Nations Association

Monday, 18 June 2018, 4:12 pm | United Nations Association of New Zealand

The United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ) welcomes the appointment of Mr Peter Nichols as the new National President of the United Nations Association of New Zealand. Peter was appointed National President at the recent Annual General ... More >>

Māori still in shock at Green Party “water rape" decision

Monday, 18 June 2018, 4:07 pm | Raewyn Bennett

A kuia and Māori environmentalist says so many Māori are still in shock from the Green Party’s decision last week to support a foreign company to bottle and export even more water from Otakiri Springs near Whakatāne. More >>

Fundraiser launched for filmmakers’ defence fund

Monday, 18 June 2018, 3:34 pm | ActionStation

Community campaigning organisation ActionStation have launched a Givealittle fundraising campaign in support of filmmaker and mum Renae Maihi. More >>

Smoke alarms save lives

Monday, 18 June 2018, 2:49 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is urging people to ensure they and their family and friends have working smoke alarms following the death of a 68-year-old male in a house fire in Mangere Bridge on Sunday 10 June. More >>

Health bosses need to step up

Monday, 18 June 2018, 2:30 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“It’s up to health bosses now to put aside their point-scoring and knuckle down to the task of reaching an agreement with nurses to avoid national strikes,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

It’s My Life, But is It My Death?

Monday, 18 June 2018, 2:09 pm | The Message

The public debate between senior Central Otago/Lakes school students, and the Upper Clutha Anglican Church parish, on the controversial issue of voluntary euthanasia, will be held this coming Sunday afternoon in Wanaka. More >>

NZNO seeking urgent mediation

Monday, 18 June 2018, 1:29 pm | NZNO

NZNO seeking urgent mediation Media Release STRICT EMBARGO 1.05pm 18 June 2018 NZNO seeking urgent mediation The latest revised DHB MECA offer has been strongly rejected by NZNO members. However, Industrial Services Manager Cee Payne says that as nursing ... More >>

Nurses’ vote shows frustration has reached tipping point

Monday, 18 June 2018, 1:28 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff said that today’s vote from New Zealand Nurses Organisation members to reject the latest agreement offer from District Health Boards showed the cumulative strain of nine years of health ... More >>

Renewed calls for sugar, tobacco and alcohol taxes

Monday, 18 June 2018, 1:11 pm | Massey University

A Massey University professor is among an international group drawn from academia and international agencies, including the Word Bank, United Nations (UN) and World Health Organisation (WHO), calling for taxes on sugar, tobacco and alcohol in order ... More >>

Sit down unionists: MBIE, IRD officials already overpaid

Monday, 18 June 2018, 12:45 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

State Services Minister Chris Hipkins needs to demonstrate that he is not a pushover for self-serving unionists, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “First it was nurses, and now it’s ... More >>

Home ownership dream, a reality for Ngā Potiki families

Monday, 18 June 2018, 11:07 am | Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust

Treaty settlement tribe Ngā Potiki a Tamapāhore Trust formally launched the Ngā Potiki Housing Shared Equity Scheme in partnership with Westpac New Zealand on Friday 15 June, that will see Ngā Potiki families assisted to realise their dreams of home ... More >>

University criminologist to speak at anti-prison rally

Monday, 18 June 2018, 10:39 am | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

Victoria University criminology professor Dr. Liam Martin will be speaking at a rally organised by People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) in Wellington to oppose the building of a 600 bed unit for Waikeria prison. More >>

Public servants at IR and MBIE poised for industrial action

Monday, 18 June 2018, 9:26 am | Public Service Association

More than 4000 public service workers are poised to take industrial action, with two stoppages at MBIE and Inland Revenue planned for next month. More >>

Party Changes Name and Elects New Leader

Sunday, 17 June 2018, 7:38 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

At the party conference in Christchurch this weekend, delegates voted to reclaim the name under which the Party achieved 21 percent of the nation wide vote at its peak. More >>

Tourist Tax must address more than toilets, car parks

Sunday, 17 June 2018, 2:51 pm | Rural General Practice Network

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network said a Tourist Tax needed to reflect that tourism was now placing real stress on delivery of rural health services. More >>

Q+A: Simon Bridges interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 17 June 2018, 12:19 pm | TVNZ

“Tricky trade-offs and balances” on climate change says Simon Bridges. National’s leader says the party is committed to tackling climate change but it says there are some scientific questions that needed to be answered about carbon dioxide versus ... More >>

Third striker not just a bottom pincher

Sunday, 17 June 2018, 11:21 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Third striker not just a bottom pincher 17th June 2018 Raven Campbell, the first third striker under the “three strikes” regime, has been highlighted in a piece in the left wing blog “The Spinoff”, and portrayed as a poor harmless lad who ... More >>

The Nation: Justice Minister Andrew Little

Saturday, 16 June 2018, 1:16 pm | The Nation

Lisa Owen: The Government must reduce the prison population by the end of next year or face complete failure of the prison system, according to Justice Ministry advice released to Newshub Nation. That advice also says those reductions will require significant ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Phil Goff

Saturday, 16 June 2018, 12:49 pm | The Nation

Lisa Owen: Nine out of nineteen councillors signed a letter expressing concern over a $930,000 stadium report. They say Mayor Phil Goff kept it from them. I sat down with Mr Goff and asked if he had heard of any issues before he received the letter. ... More >>

Conservation land saved from coal mine

Saturday, 16 June 2018, 12:47 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is congratulating the Government on today’s announcement protecting pristine conservation land from the proposed opencast Te Kuha coal mine. “This is a hugely significant, forward-thinking decision, that future generations of New ... More >>

Te Kuha protection a victory for the people, climate change

Saturday, 16 June 2018, 12:20 pm | Coal Action Network

Te Kuha protection a “victory for the people, climate change, and great spotted kiwi" The decision to protect a section of the West Coast’s Mt Rochfort Conservation area from becoming a coal mine - announced today by the Government - will come as ... More >>

Labour government to extend bans on strikes

Saturday, 16 June 2018, 12:12 pm | Socialist Equality Group

New Zealand’s Labour Party-led government is preparing to overhaul the country’s industrial laws, further restricting the right to strike for broad sections of workers. More >>

Coal Mining Rejection is a Win for People-Power

Saturday, 16 June 2018, 11:57 am | 350 Aotearoa

Coal Mining Rejection is a Win for People-Power 350 Aotearoa commends Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage, and Energy and Resources Minister, Megan Woods on their decision to decline the application to mine coal on the conservation land that is ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Jacinda Ardern

Saturday, 16 June 2018, 11:53 am | The Nation

Lisa Owen: The Labour led Government is committed to reducing the prison population by 30 per cent in 15 years. But this week, its first step toward justice system reform turned into a bit of a stumble – with the Deputy Prime Minister Winston peters ... More >>

CPAG urges immediate action on sanctions

Friday, 15 June 2018, 5:00 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

CPAG urges immediate action on sanctions where there are children Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says New Zealand must take heed of UK studies into the ineffectiveness and negative outcomes of welfare sanctions. More >>

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Friday, 15 June 2018, 3:55 pm | ANZASW

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. At ANZASW we believe that elder persons should be honoured, celebrated and, where necessary, protected. On days such as this, we should all be mindful of the struggles that many of our elders face. More >>

Kepes and Porou join the Board at Ākina Foundation

Friday, 15 June 2018, 3:37 pm | Akina Foundation

The Ākina Foundation is announcing changes in their governance team. The organisation is welcoming two new trustees to the board; Ben Kepes from Canterbury and Tina Porou from Ngati Porou and Ngati Tuwharetoa. More >>

BusinessNZ welcomes climate thaw

Friday, 15 June 2018, 3:34 pm | BusinessNZ

BusinessNZ has welcomed today’s announcement that the National Party has taken a significant step toward a bipartisan approach to climate change policy. More >>




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