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Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power

Friday, 19 September 2014, 5:06 pm | iPredict

Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led ... More >>

Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies

Friday, 19 September 2014, 4:58 pm | Gareth Morgan Foundation

Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues. More >>

The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary

Friday, 19 September 2014, 4:41 pm | Kiwi FM

Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or More >>

Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable

Friday, 19 September 2014, 4:27 pm | Beneficiary Advocacy Federation

Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.” More >>

UN Experience Beneficial

Friday, 19 September 2014, 4:24 pm | Acclaim Otago

Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has ... More >>

Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms

Friday, 19 September 2014, 4:23 pm | Race Relations Commissioner

With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday ... More >>

SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways

Friday, 19 September 2014, 4:10 pm | Ban 1080

Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal. More >>

NZ 2014 Election Index - 13-18 September

Friday, 19 September 2014, 3:59 pm | iSentia

Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used ... More >>

Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT

Friday, 19 September 2014, 3:55 pm | Adam Holland

For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we don't ... More >>

Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins

Friday, 19 September 2014, 3:12 pm | Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain extent ... More >>

Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone

Friday, 19 September 2014, 3:06 pm | Ngati Hine

The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati Hine, Waihoroi Shortland. More >>

Oceania voices on environment loud and strong

Friday, 19 September 2014, 3:04 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea levels. This ... More >>

Prime Time with Sean Plunket - Tonight

Friday, 19 September 2014, 2:05 pm | The Nation

No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald, Tim Murphy Former Labour President, ... More >>

Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing

Friday, 19 September 2014, 1:25 pm | Massey University

Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University. More >>

Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts

Friday, 19 September 2014, 12:44 pm | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only ... More >>

NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow

Friday, 19 September 2014, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Independent Coalition

“Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan. More >>

Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014

Friday, 19 September 2014, 12:04 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014 In This Issue • RMA reform the golden unicorn of policy | Jenesa Jeram More >>

Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:58 am | NIWA

One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea. More >>

Tourism operators urged to vote strategically

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:52 am | Tourism Industry Association

Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA). More >>

WGTN: March for free education

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:51 am | Fightback

We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education. More >>

Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:35 am | Internet Party

Internet Party leader Laila Harré will take evidence of corruption to international forums if there is not a full Royal Commission to investigate the growing evidence of the systematic use and abuse of democratic institutions and processes for political ... More >>

Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:32 am | NZEI

Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year. More >>

ACT Final Election Rally

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:31 am | ACT New Zealand

Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral choices for your ... More >>

Taxpayers on Hook Again for Solid Energy

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:07 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are extending another $103 million to keep Solid Energy afloat, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: More >>

Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures

Friday, 19 September 2014, 10:43 am | New Zealand Labour Party

People across New Zealand continue to express their disgust at the downgrading of Invermay, says Dunedin North MP David Clark, as the Save Invermay petition he instigated earlier this year topped the 10,000 signature mark just days before the 2014 General ... More >>

McVicar vows to continue fight for police

Friday, 19 September 2014, 10:35 am | Conservative Party

Garth McVicar stated at a public meeting last week that he would fight to retain a 24/7 Police Station in Napier and no reduction in the number of police staff for the Hawkes Bay region, some said he was simply politicking, but he is now vowing ... More >>

Party Vote Our Weapon in Fight Against Government Corruption

Friday, 19 September 2014, 10:26 am | Internet MANA

Internet MANA urges New Zealanders to use their party vote to confront corruption in any new government. More >>

Election day is tomorrow - make sure you're a part of it!

Friday, 19 September 2014, 9:44 am | Electoral Commission

Tomorrow, Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years. More >>

Is the Shape of our Government out of the hands of Voters?

Friday, 19 September 2014, 9:30 am | Fairfax Media

In the last / Ipsos Political Poll before Saturdays election, National is down 5.1% to 47.7% and Labour up 3.7% to 26.15%. These results are remarkably similar to the 2011 election where National received 47.3% of the vote and Labour ... More >>

Spirit of Suffrage a Call to Action for All Kiwi Women

Friday, 19 September 2014, 9:24 am | Internet MANA

Internet MANA is drawing on the courage and integrity of New Zealand women on Suffrage Day – Friday, September, 19 – to encourage them to pay tribute to the spirit of their foremothers who gained women the vote. More >>

Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 5:26 pm | Maori TV

Māori Television’s KOWHIRI 2014 – ELECTION SPECIAL kicks off at 7.00pm this Saturday with a five-hour broadcast focusing on the Māori electorates. More >>

Judge’s Decision Disappoints Fish & Game

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 4:07 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Today’s decision to give a Temuka man 100 hours of community service for selling sports fish to the public has disappointed Fish & Game, which believes the sentence handed down was “too lenient and will not go far enough to act as sufficient deterrent ... More >>

Cutting-Edge Graphics Fire up TV3’s Election Night Coverage

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 3:55 pm | Mediaworks

TV3’s Election Night coverage, hosted by John Campbell, will be enhanced by cutting-edge graphics that will showcase the night’s results. More >>

Govt rushes to open charter schools in New Year

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 3:03 pm | NZEI

The government’s decision to approve four new charter schools last week to open in January next year goes against the Minister of Education’s own advice that the schools ought to have at least a year’s preparation time. More >>

7 Days And Jono And Ben at Ten Hijack Election Weekend

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 1:46 pm | Mediaworks

The 7 Days and Jono and Ben at Ten (JABAT) comedians are running their own version of election coverage, with a schedule of entertainment and comedy across TV3, Kiwi FM, the web and social media this Friday and Saturday under the banner DERISION '14. More >>

Fewer Prisoners Equals Less Crime

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 1:45 pm | Rethinking Crime and Punishment

In its latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and other Crazy Stuff’,’ at , Rethinking Crime and Punishment urges government to rethink its approach to releasing prisoners. “The public expectation is that the excellent reductions in the crime ... More >>

McVicar slams his political opponents

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 1:34 pm | Conservative Party

I want a safe and prosperous society and that can only be achieved if we have strong and vi-brant families – McVicar More >>

Falling economic growth – wage rises overdue

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:30 pm | NZCTU

“The lower GDP growth in the three months to June is further evidence that growth has peaked. New Zealand’s economy is on the way down to mediocre growth rates,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “Yet wage rises are still weak with 43% of wage ... More >>

Get Out and Vote campaign a success

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Tens of thousands of workers from all around New Zealand have embraced the Get Out and Vote campaign and have created their own personalised voting plan, the CTU said today. “With three days of voting left in the 2014 General Election our campaign ... More >>

Animal Research Failing – So Do More Animal Research?

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:24 pm | NZ Anti-Vivisection Society

Victoria University of Wellington is about to host a lecture on why the success rates of pharmaceutical development is so low and what can be done about it. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) welcomes discussion on this important ... More >>

ALCP welcomes Prime Minister's cannabis comments

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:21 pm | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Mr Abbott's comments came on the same day as New South Wales and Victoria states announced they would be doing clinical trials of cannabis. More >>

Conservative Party Press Secretary Resignation

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:20 pm | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party is given to understand that this morning Press Secretary, Miss Rachel Macgregor resigned althought no formal advice of this has yet been received. More >>

By ACT’s logic, Epsom should vote for Conservative Candidate

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:58 am | Michael Wood

“Polling released late in the campaign shows that ACT is a busted flush and that by ACT’s own logic, centre-right Epsom voters should vote for the Conservative candidate”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood. More >>

New online medical system

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:56 am | Immigration NZ

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is seeking registrations of interest for a new onshore panel physician network to support an online immigration health processing system. More >>

Students, You Have a Choice, Vote!

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:53 am | NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) is imploring students to ensure they make their voices heard this election, and join the many thousands who have already heeded the call. More >>

Party vote ACT for three years of stability.

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:48 am | ACT New Zealand

Voters who are concerned that on the latest polls we may be heading for three years of instability have it in their hands to deliver a decisive result. More >>

Women’s Suffrage Movement – Get Out and Vote!

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:27 am | Mana Party

Tomorrow, Friday 19th September, MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will cast her vote at 12 noon at the Zen’s Building, Rotorua. This will follow a march through Rotorua that will assemble at 10am at City Focus, Rotorua. The purpose ... More >>

iPredict Daily Update

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:22 am | iPredict

David Cunliffe and Labour have made gains over the last 24 hours, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict, but John Key’s National is still strongly expected to lead the next government ... More >>

Conservative’s Proposal to Abolish Parole Fatally Flawed

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:47 am | Rethinking Crime and Punishment

The Conservative Party’s proposal to abolish parole doesn't stack up, however which way you look at it, concludes Kim Workman in Rethinking Crime and Punishment latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and Other Crazy Stuff’ at ... More >>

Special Edition : The letter 18 September 2014

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:43 am | ACT New Zealand

Dr Jamie Whyte has been giving thoughtful speeches largely unreported. So we thought we would put out an edited version on the speech he gave yesterday. The full speech is on the website. More >>

Differences in educational level reflected in voter choice

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:35 am | NZ Election Data Consortium

Differences in educational level reflected in voter preferences The Green party has the highest proportion of tertiary educated supporters and NZ First has the least according to an analysis by the Election Data Consortium. The Consortium is made ... More >>

Renters need assistance to improve poor housing conditions

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:08 am | University of Otago

Thursday 18 September 2014 Renters are living in poorer conditions than homeowners and are less empowered to improve their housing situation according to a study by medical students at the University of Otago, Wellington. The fourth year medical ... More >>

Pacific Island Affairs & NZ Police to work more closely

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:06 am | Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Chief Executive, Pauline Winter, and The Commissioner of Police, Mike Bush, are this afternoon signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry and the New Zealand Police. More >>

Te Hira Paenga sets the record straight

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 9:59 am | The Maori Party

In recent days there has been much speculation about my campaign in Te Tai Tokerau. Some commentators have suggested that I should step down or endorse the Labour candidate in an attempt to stop the Internet Party riding on the back of the Mana candidate. More >>

Last Chance to Enrol to Vote – Don’t Miss Out

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 9:35 am | Electoral Commission

Last Chance to Enrol to Vote – Don’t Miss Out If you’re not enrolled now, you need to hurry or you won’t be able to vote in this Saturday’s general election. “Election day is almost here, and it’s your last chance to enrol,” says Murray ... More >>

Stuart Nash voted against wishes of Napier Electorate

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 9:33 am | Conservative Party

Napier Conservative Party Candidate Garth McVicar says the recent decision by the Advertising Standards Authority in reply to a complaint laid by Stuart Nash’s campaign manager confirms that Nash voted against the wishes of the Napier electorate. Robert ... More >>

What price life asks Conservative Party

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 9:30 am | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party are asking what is the price of life if the killer of a defenceless homeless man who was viciously beaten and left to die was jailed for just 11 and a half years. More >>

National Stands To Lose Votes If Animal Welfare Is Ignored

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 9:23 am | SAFE

SAFE has presented Prime Minister John key with a 40,000 signature-strong petition calling for a farrowing crate ban. More >>

Statement From Kim Dotcom

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 9:20 am | Kim Dotcom

Tonight Third Degree broadcast issues raised by three former staff members who are in dispute with us. More >>

Three Internet-Mana Policies Blow the Bribe-O-Meter to Bits

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 9:14 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has received advice that the cost of just three Internet-Mana policies is $17.6 billion - higher than the entire policy packages of the three main political parties combined. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams ... More >>


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