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The Nation 28/11/15: Key, Police, US Ambassador to NZ

Friday, 27 November 2015, 4:25 pm | TV3's 'The Nation'

Prime Minister John Key on the highs and lows of 2015. Lisa Owen asks him about Australian detainees, poverty, polls and u-turns. And are we at war with Islamic State? More >>

Red Cross to Support Refugee Resettlement in Dunedin

Friday, 27 November 2015, 3:41 pm | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross welcomes the Government’s announcement of Dunedin as the new refugee resettlement location. More >>

Experts speak out about what climate change actually means

Friday, 27 November 2015, 3:09 pm | Bridget Williams Books

On Monday next week the 21st annual Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will begin in Paris. Over the two weeks of CoP21, 147 heads of state will attempt to negotiate a global agreement to ... More >>

Award for Auditor-General’s outstanding contribution

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:15 pm | Controller and Auditor-General

The Controller and Auditor-General, Lyn Provost, last night received an award for her outstanding contribution to public administration in New Zealand from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). More >>

Built Environment support for People's Climate March

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:53 pm | Joint Press Release

The impact of climate change will be of enormous significance for our built environment and how we live in the future. More >>

Water NZ Supports 4th LAWF Report

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:50 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand today announced its support for the 4th Land and Water Forum Report and urges government to complete implementing the Forum’s recommendations as soon as possible. More >>

Caritas Director to speak at Paris Climate Conference

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:40 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Director, Julianne Hickey, will bring the voices of Pacific peoples affected by climate change to a global audience at the historic Paris Climate Change conference (COP 21) in December. More >>

Review of NZ Emission Trading Scheme is an opportunity

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:19 pm | NZSF

The NZ Shipping Federation sees the review of the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as an opportunity to put things right, says Annabel Young, Executive Director. More >>

Sentencing Of Predatory Teacher Welcomed

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:13 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is welcoming the sentencing of teacher Stacey Reriti to more than 10 years in jail for sexually violating and manipulating a 10-year old pupil at her school, but is also calling for rape laws to be updated. More >>

Incremental changes to RMA welcome

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:13 pm | NZCID

Incremental changes to RMA welcome, but first principles review of New Zealand's planning laws still needed More >>

Milestone for Whanganui Prison Drug Treatment Programme

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:35 am | Department Of Corrections

Whanganui Prison’s Drug Treatment Programme marked the completion of its 50th three month drug and alcohol programme recently, with a graduation of 10 prisoners. More >>

LGNZ welcomes contribution to water policy

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:30 am | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes the release of the report and recommendations of the Land and Water Forum. Stephen Woodhead, Chair of LGNZ’s Regional Sector Group, a participant in the Forum, says the Forum continues to contribute to the ... More >>

Health professionals march for healthy climate solutions

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:26 am | NZ Climate And Health

Health professionals will be among thousands of New Zealanders out on the streets this weekend calling for solutions to climate change. The NZ-wide marches are part of thousands of People’s Climate events around the world – ahead of the United ... More >>

A safer climate means better health for everyone

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:20 am | NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation members will be among thousands marching in 34 locations around the country this weekend, for a safer climate and better health outcomes. More >>

Gender Equality is a human right we must all fight for

Friday, 27 November 2015, 10:57 am | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is welcoming today’s launch of the United Nation’s “He for She” gender equality campaign in New Zealand. More >>

New disability event brings people together

Friday, 27 November 2015, 10:16 am | ImagineBetter

Disabled people, families and organisations are now equipped with the ideas, enthusiasm and skills to build connections in their communities, after attending the ImagineBetter Assemblies. More >>

Kiwi expats oppose flag chang

Friday, 27 November 2015, 10:14 am | Colmar Brunton

The campaign to change New Zealand’s flag is unlikely to get much of a boost from Kiwis living overseas, a new ‘global census’ suggests. More >>

Commission welcomes Māori language plan for Auckland

Friday, 27 November 2015, 9:57 am | Maori Language Commission

The Māori Language Commission has welcomed plans to get everyone in Auckland speaking the Māori language. “This is music to our ears because it is our vision to hear and see this country’s indigenous language resonate across Aotearoa. And what better ... More >>

RISE Launched to Empower Leadership for Indigenous Women

Friday, 27 November 2015, 9:53 am | Passion PR

A new global coaching programme aimed at elevating Maori, Pacific Island and Asian women into leadership roles in the next decade was launched in parliament this week under a partnership between Maori Womens Development Inc and internationally recognised ... More >>

Cancel Comet Language Strategy

Friday, 27 November 2015, 9:45 am | Affordable Auckland

CANCEL COMET LANGUAGE STRATEGY Affordable Auckland Mayoral and Albany candidate Stephen Berry says CCO COMET should be disbanded. “The Auckland Council’s foray into education costs ratepayers $580,000 annually and goes well outside the basic ... More >>

Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women

Friday, 27 November 2015, 9:31 am | Zonta

The Zonta Club of Rotorua is asking the local community to “Imagine a World Free From Violence”, as part of its annual ‘Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women’ campaign. Clubs members are riding 16 k’s for 16 days to highlight the 16 days ... More >>

Social Media Thunderclap Planned in Solidarity

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 5:22 pm | Jennifer Shields

On the 27th of November over 100 social media accounts will post, tweet, and share the same hashtag, #transsolidarity, reaching over 140,000 people. More >>

Forest & Bird identifies cause for concern in RMA reforms

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 5:08 pm | Forest And Bird

The long-awaited RMA reforms were introduced to Parliament today, after a long period of negotiations by the National-led government was required to secure sufficient support for the changes. While it is pleasing to see that no changes are proposed ... More >>

PSA calls for better remuneration across the public sector

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 5:02 pm | Public Service Association

The release of the remuneration of public service and state sector chief executives has been welcomed by the PSA as great example of transparency but one that reveals a large gap between the senior managers and other staff in the state sector. More >>

High Court can’t make Groser provide TPPA information faster

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 4:46 pm | Professor Jane Kelsey

High Court says it can’t make Groser provide TPPA information faster ‘for now’ ‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement ... More >>

RMA changes could do some good

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 4:18 pm | BusinessNZ

Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says business is disappointed that the political landscape has made it impossible to change the Act substantively to make it more fit for its purpose of promoting sustainable development. More >>

Human Rights Commission welcomes survey

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 4:04 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the State Services Commission’s 2015 Human Resource Capability (HRC) Survey. More >>

Property Institute supports RMA reforms

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Property Institute

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive, Ashley Church, has applauded Government plans to overhaul the Resource Management Act (RMA) but says that the changes being proposed don't go far enough to quickly resolve the Auckland housing crisis. More >>

Many positives but RMA reforms don’t go far enough

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 3:54 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers cautiously welcomes the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill introduced at Parliament today, but is concerned that proposed reforms do not go far enough. More >>

Wasp Menace Making Outdoors Hell

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 3:33 pm | Outdoors Party

The high population of wasps in the outdoors is making outdoor recreation outings a horror story says a noted outdoorsman and leader of the new Outdoors Party. More >>

Revised ETS may boost carbon forestry

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 3:32 pm | NZ Forest Owners' Association

“The discussion document is refreshing in its candour. It clearly states that New Zealand needs to reduce its carbon emissions and for this to happen, policy settings need to change,” says Forest Owners Association chief executive David Rhodes. “It ... More >>

Fish & Game Vows to Fight to Protect Environment Law

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 3:19 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game says it will carefully review the government’s proposed changes to the Resource Management Act to ensure its existing environmental protections aren’t compromised. The Environment Minister Nick Smith has just announced the Government ... More >>

Successful campaign

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 3:17 pm | Kay Brereton

Successful campaign enables around 20,000 people to claim back their day from W&I More >>

RMA Reform Underwhelming And a Broken Promise

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 3:17 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“Underwhelming” sums up the initial impression of the Taxpayers’ Union to the Government’s reform legislation of the Resource Management Act, introduced this afternoon. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Workers reject Greater Wellington’s bargaining offer

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 2:48 pm | Public Service Association

Public Service Association (PSA) and Central Amalgamated Workers Union (CAWU) have voted overwhelmingly to reject Greater Wellington Regional Council’s bargaining offer. More >>

Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group welcomes introduction of Bill

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 2:38 pm | Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group

The Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group (ILG) today welcomes the introduction of the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. More >>

EMA pushes for legislative reform of RMA

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 2:17 pm | Employers And Manufacturers Association

EMA pushes for legislative reform of RMA Confirmation a bill has been introduced to Parliament to overhaul the Resource Management Act has been hailed as step in the right direction, by the EMA. “More than 35% of our members say the current ... More >>

Progress with women in the state sector

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 2:16 pm | National Council of Women

The National Council of Women says it's pleasing to see more women in leadership roles in the public service. More >>

LGNZ welcomes more streamlined planning options

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 1:58 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ welcomes more streamlined planning options for councils and communities Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes the Government’s announcement of amendments to the Resource Management Act (RMA) and related statutes. LGNZ Vice President Brendan ... More >>

Property Council welcomes Government’s timely RMA overhaul

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 1:55 pm | Property Council Of New Zealand

Property Council supports the Government’s overhaul of the Resource Management Act announced today, calling for it to be supported by all political parties across the spectrum. More >>

EDS cautiously welcomes Resource Legislation Amendment Bill

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 1:43 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, introduced in Parliament earlier today has been cautiously welcomed by the Environmental Defence Society. More >>

Chief of Defence Force to Visit Singapore

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 1:19 pm | New Zealand Police

CHIEF OF DEFENCE FORCE TO VISIT SINGAPORE The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, leaves today for a visit to Singapore where he will meet with his counterpart and visit Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) facilities. “The ... More >>

iPredict to Wind Up Operations in NZ

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 11:57 am | iPredict

Over the past seven years, the team at Victoria Link have been running New Zealand's only prediction market, iPredict. It is one of only three "commercial" prediction markets operating globally. We've really enjoyed turning it from research ... More >>

Latest SSC report confirms Govt clinging to surplus

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 11:54 am | PSA

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 2015 Human Resource Capability Survey (HRC), released today by the State Services Commission, shows that the Government is continuing to take money from public servants in a desperate attempt to cling ... More >>

New and returned Kiwis flock to Auckland

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 11:46 am | Kea New Zealand

New and returned Kiwis flock to Auckland Auckland is the main landing point for new and returning New Zealanders but many would prefer to live elsewhere in the country, a new survey reveals. The 2015 Kea/Colmar Brunton Every Kiwi Counts survey included ... More >>

Household Economic Survey (Income): Year ended June 2015

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 11:44 am | Statistics New Zealand

The Household Economic Survey (HES) measures annual income and housing expenses from a sample of New Zealand households. See Household Economic Survey (Income): Year ended June 2015 on our website or download the attached Excel tables for the latest ... More >>

Huge protest against Craddock egg farm this morning

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 11:42 am | Stop Craddock Farms

This morning in Auckland animal rights activists and locals from the community of Patumahoe held a large protest outside the Environment Court. Around 70 people held placards and chanted “Craddock Farms! Shut them down!” for an hour outside the ... More >>

Friends of NZ give glowing endorsement

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 11:39 am | Kea New Zealand

Friends of NZ give glowing endorsement People from overseas with Kiwi connections have an overwhelmingly positive view of New Zealand, according to a ‘global census’ by Kea and Colmar Brunton. The 2015 Kea/Colmar Brunton Every Kiwi Counts survey is ... More >>

More Women Senior Leaders in State Sector

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 11:36 am | State Services Commission

MORE WOMEN SENIOR LEADERS IN STATE SECTOR, WHILE CE PAY REMAINS IN CHECK The number of women in senior leadership roles in the State sector has grown from 16% to 44.2% since 2008, and 38% of current or acting Chief Executives in the Public Service are ... More >>

Did you get your voting papers for the flag referendum?

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 11:12 am | Electoral Commission

DID YOU GET YOUR VOTING PAPERS FOR THE FLAG REFERENDUM? Voting papers for the first referendum on the New Zealand flag have now been posted to voters, and replacement voting papers are available for eligible voters who need them. “If you are on the ... More >>

Charter School Funding: The (Updated) Facts

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 10:58 am | Save Our Schools NZ

This time last year the Ministry of Education published a shamefully misleading publication, ironically called “State and Partnership Schools: The Facts”. More >>

Barbara Stuart returns to the NZWAC board

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 10:20 am | New Zealand Walking Access Commission

Nelson farmer and outdoor-access supporter Barbara Stuart has been appointed to the Board of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission. More >>

StudyLink’s cruel and unusual punishment

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 8:58 am | NZUSA

Students with only one parent due to death should not be repeatedly tested by StudyLink to check if their loved one is still dead, the national student union says. More >>

Craddock Farms colony cage farm should not be built

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 4:46 pm | RNZSPCA

SPCA New Zealand says the proposed Craddock Farms colony cage chicken farm in Patumahoe, South Auckland, should not be built because keeping chickens in cages is unethical and inhumane. More >>

When Standing Up Changes Lives

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 2:53 pm | Human Rights Commission

Earlier this month some incredibly brave New Zealanders did what so many of us never do: they told the world they had been raped, sexually abused and violated. One knew her abuser, another was attacked in a taxi by a stranger, another’s abuser was ... More >>

Police statement on academic research applications

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 1:50 pm | New Zealand Police

Police place a high value in academic research which provides evidence to improve Police policy and practice. More >>

Friday the 13th quiz raises more than $3,000

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 1:23 pm | GB Pensions

HURRAH! GBPensions’ and BlackCatConsulting’s Friday the 13th quiz raises more than $3,000 Here’s proof that Friday the 13th is lucky for some! A charity quiz night raised $3,115 for the Humane Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming Charitable ... More >>

Cut down on red meat, buy an EV and reduce your emissions

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 12:54 pm | Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

New research has identified where households can make a real difference to their greenhouse gas emissions – and cutting down on red meat and purchasing an electric vehicle are top of the list. More >>

International Day for the Elimination of Violence

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 12:43 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: NZ women and families can’t wait More >>

Chris Brown Nowhere Near A Role Model Yet

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 12:31 pm | Family First Lobby.

Family First NZ is calling on Immigration NZ to reject a working visa for Chris Brown, and are rejecting claims by some Maori woman leaders that Chris Brown is ‘someone who young people can relate to’ and that he ‘atoned’ for what he did. More >>


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