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Q + A 30/11/14: Spying, Family Violence, Texts

Friday, 28 November 2014, 5:20 pm | Television New Zealand

We'll debate why the State needs new powers to spy on Kiwis and the controversial laws that are being rushed through Parliament. More >>

Arrival of Phillip Smith in New Zealand

Friday, 28 November 2014, 4:35 pm | New Zealand Police

On arrival with his police escort at Auckland Airport tomorrow morning Phillip Smith will be met by other police staff and complete customs and immigration formalities. More >>

UNICEF Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles

Friday, 28 November 2014, 3:53 pm | UNICEF

UNICEF NZ Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles UNICEF NZ has once again launched its nationwide search for six new Youth Ambassadors and is calling on enthusiastic young people to apply before Friday, 12 December 2014. Jacqui Southey, ... More >>

Kiwifruit Claim Filed in High Court in Wellington

Friday, 28 November 2014, 3:51 pm | The Kiwifruit Claim

The Kiwifruit Claim’s statement of claim has been filed in the High Court in Wellington this afternoon. More >>

Judgment: John Banks Dotcom Donation Appeal

Friday, 28 November 2014, 2:50 pm | NZ Court of Appeal

A The application to adduce the evidence of Messrs Schaeffer and Karnes is granted. B The application to adduce evidence of Mr Dotcom’s driving conviction is declined. C The appeal is allowed. D The conviction is set aside and a new trial ordered. More >>

Doctors support call for independent health assessment

Friday, 28 November 2014, 2:40 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Senior doctors and dentists are formally throwing their weight behind growing calls for a formal independent health assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). A recommendation about the TPPA was put to 134 public hospital specialists ... More >>

Korero Mai Ki Ahau: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014, 2:33 pm | Radio Waatea 603 AM

Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday Saturday 29 November 2014 | The new Minister for Maori Development is taking a fresh look at the Te Reo Maori Bill drafted by ... More >>

Anti-speeding campaign based on phony science

Friday, 28 November 2014, 1:40 pm | Dog And Lemon guide

Ticketing ordinary motorists will have no effect on the groups who cause most road deaths, says the car review website . More >>

Human Rights lawyers' concerns over Terrorist Fighters Bill

Friday, 28 November 2014, 12:57 pm | Aotearoa Human Rights Lawyers Association

The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill will dramatically erode human rights and civil liberties if passed in its current form, said the Human Rights Lawyer’s Association Aotearoa New Zealand (HRLA). More >>

Privacy Commissioner’s naming policy

Friday, 28 November 2014, 12:52 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Following a period of public consultation, the Privacy Commissioner is implementing a new policy on naming agencies that are in breach of the Privacy Act. The change takes effect on 1 December 2014. More >>

Need for whole-of-government approach to family violence

Friday, 28 November 2014, 12:05 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says The People’s Blueprint report by the Glenn Inquiry makes a strong case for a whole-of-government approach to combatting family violence, and highlights some of the ways we could do things better. More >>

Stop Fracking in Our Big Blue Backyard - Frack Free Kapiti

Friday, 28 November 2014, 11:45 am | Frack Free Kapiti

Evidence given at the EPA hearing of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at sea blows the industry accepted line that fracking is not happening offshore in New Zealand right out of the water. More >>

Solidarity with West Papua on 1 December

Friday, 28 November 2014, 11:23 am | Peace Movement Aotearoa

Below are the details of the solidarity events in Aotearoa New Zealand to mark West Papua Independence Day, 1 December - there are four events this year: one in Christchurch, one in Wellington and two in Auckland. If you are not able to get to one of the solidarity ... More >>

No charges laid over piggeries investigations

Friday, 28 November 2014, 11:01 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

No charges laid over piggeries investigations 28 November 2014 The Ministry for Primary Industries did not have sufficient evidence to lay charges following two animal welfare investigations into incidents at piggeries earlier this year. The investigations ... More >>

Deep Sea Drilling in Rising Seas

Friday, 28 November 2014, 10:52 am | Oil Free Wellington

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report on the effects of rising sea levels and climate change adds another argument against this Government's expansion of fossil fuel exploration. More >>

Slower population growth in the long term

Friday, 28 November 2014, 10:50 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand's population will likely grow by 1.4–1.8 percent a year during 2014–16, but growth will be lower in the long term, Statistics New Zealand said today. More >>

Big Buddy on the Glenn Inquiry People's Blueprint

Friday, 28 November 2014, 10:27 am | Big Buddy

November 28, 2014 The inclusion of robust screening as a tool to prevent child abuse, highlighted in the Glenn Inquiry’s People’s Blueprint, is welcomed by Big Buddy CEO Richard Aston. “It’s heartening to see this high-calibre report come out ... More >>

People’s Blueprint for tackling Family Violence

Friday, 28 November 2014, 10:25 am | Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence

The recently Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence (DCAFV) is pleased to support the fundamental changes in the way our legal system deals with family violence that the report calls for. We need to do more to support victims, and ensure that ... More >>

People’s Blueprint – Both Good News and a Wake-Up Call

Friday, 28 November 2014, 10:25 am | Glenn Inquiry

The Patron of the Glenn Inquiry, Dame Catherine Tizard, says there is some good news in The People’s Blueprint, after the shocking picture painted six months ago in The People’s Report. More >>

Glenn Inquiry Funder Keeps His Promise

Friday, 28 November 2014, 10:18 am | Glenn Inquiry

The founder and funder of the Glenn Inquiry, Sir Owen Glenn, said today he has kept the promise he made when he set up the independent inquiry in 2012. “I set up the Glenn Inquiry because it was clear to me that there is no more urgent issue facing ... More >>

Support for Blue Print call for a stand-alone agency

Friday, 28 November 2014, 10:09 am | Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commissioner lead on family violence, Dr Jackie Blue welcomes the Glenn Inquiry, ‘The People’s Blue Print’, which places at its heart that being safe and free from violence is a fundamental human right. More >>

People’s Blueprint Offers Solutions to Family Violence

Friday, 28 November 2014, 9:55 am | Glenn Inquiry

New Zealand has a fresh opportunity to reduce child abuse and family violence and save and restore lives under a powerful new model for combating the problem proposed by the Glenn Inquiry. More >>

Submission: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill

Friday, 28 November 2014, 9:41 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

My three key areas of concern relate to: • The duration of visual surveillance warrants; • The controls around warrantless surveillance powers; • Clarifying the continuation of controls around access to Passenger Name Record (PNR) data under ... More >>

The case is clear for climate action that supports health

Friday, 28 November 2014, 9:32 am | NZ Climate And Health

The need for rapid action on climate change in New Zealand in order to protect health is clear, according to a group of climate and health experts. Countries elsewhere in the world are already taking significant action, while New Zealand is lagging ... More >>

EDUCANZ Debate Ignores Teachers

Friday, 28 November 2014, 9:28 am | New Zealand Principals' Federation

The legislation for the creation of the new EDUCANZ to replace the former Teachers’ Council body is now undergoing its second reading. Without warning, it was promoted to the top the queue this week. More >>

Phillip Smith en-route back to New Zealand.

Friday, 28 November 2014, 8:59 am | New Zealand Police

Police confirm that Phillip Smith has been deported from Brazil and is en-route back to New Zealand. More >>

Scaremongering and Showing Contempt for Democracy

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 10:10 pm | David Small

The government has been accused of fabricating an increased risk to New Zealand security to justify new invasive powers in the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. And its decision to allow just 48 hours for public submissions on the Bill has been ... More >>

Legislation “a travesty of democratic process"

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 10:01 pm | Peace Movement Aotearoa

Peace Movement Aotearoa today called on the government to put the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill on hold - pending a comprehensive review of existing legislation - in a written submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee, ... More >>

Bill needs amending to better protect human rights

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 5:46 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee this afternoon on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill makes specific recommendations relating to passport denial; increasing safeguards around visual ... More >>

NZ’s gender equality issues in international forum

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 5:32 pm | National Council of Women of NZ

New Zealand faces similar gender equality issues and opportunities to those of its neighbouring countries, according to the latest international conference on women’s empowerment. More >>

Countering human trafficking is an ongoing challenge for NZ

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 5:29 pm | LexisNexis

At first glance, it is difficult to believe that human trafficking is an offence that is taking place in New Zealand. It is a harsh reminder that the rule of law sometimes does not reach far enough. More >>

Government must allow further scrutiny of bill

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 5:19 pm | Amnesty International

As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation ... More >>

Calling on anti-violence activists to step up

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 5:13 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party co-leaders believe every individual, whānau, hapū and iwi can help stop the high level of family violence that exists in our country. More >>

More effective social services inquiry update Nov 2014

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 5:00 pm | Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission’s More effective social services inquiry aims to shed light on how commissioning and contracting influence the quality and effectiveness of social services, and to suggest actions government agencies and others could take ... More >>

Keith Locke presentation on Countering Foreign Fighters Bill

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 4:33 pm | Keith Locke

It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to members of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee again, and remember my 12 years on your committee. However, I don’t wish my submission today to be taken as endorsement of the completely unnecessary ... More >>

Significant issues for NZ in sea level rise report

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 4:19 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has recognised findings of Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright’s report released today on the impact of rising seas as significant for coastal areas of New Zealand, aligning well with work the ... More >>

White Ribbon Campaign Shocked at Fatal Stabbing

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 4:10 pm | White Ribbon

The White Ribbon Campaign extends its condolences to the family of a women fatally stabbed in Auckland's North Shore. More >>

One Plan signing is “historic moment” for the environment

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 4:06 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

The signing of the Horizon Regional Council’s One Plan after a decade of debate, legal action and controversy is being hailed by Fish & Game as a landmark in the battle to protect the nation’s water quality. Horizons councillors approved ... More >>

Look at the Road, Not the Speedo

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Fairfax article that police will be issuing tickets over the summer to anyone driving 1km/h or more over the speed limit, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: More >>

Worker immunity critical to safety in Meat Industry

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 3:37 pm | Meat Workers Union

The Meat Workers Union has today urged the Select Committee hearing submissions on the Health & Safety Reform bill to strengthen provisions that protect the rights of workers to be involved and speak out, saying that it’s becoming increasingly ... More >>

PCE report brings home impacts of climate change

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 2:52 pm | Generation Zero

Youth climate organisation Generation Zero has welcomed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's ' Changing Climate and Rising Seas ' report and says it demonstrates climate change will affect all of us. More >>

Law Society urges reduction of terrorist fighter bill powers

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society says powers proposed in the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill should be reduced to ensure they are strictly limited to countering the threats that have arisen. More >>

Sea level rise won’t only affect infrastructure

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 1:27 pm | Forest And Bird

The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is asking the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) to widen the focus of her next report on climate change-driven sea level rise. More >>

Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 1:21 pm | Parliamentary Commissioner For The Environment

During my seven years as Commissioner, I have consistently said that climate change is the biggest environmental issue we face. This investigation has provided an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of what is causing climate change and one of its ... More >>

Council refuses to take part in farcical submissions process

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 1:16 pm | NZ Council for Civil Liberties

The New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties refuses to take part in the submissions process around the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. More >>

Laws of War to Be Debated at Wellington Event

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:56 pm | NZ Red Cross

The political and human consequences of war and civil unrest are widely covered in themedia but International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the body of law which exists to protect all parties to armed conflict, rarely gets attention. More >>

Forum Compact Development Partner Peer Review of New Zealand

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:38 pm | Pacific Islands Forum

Following the completion of the first leg of the review of New Zealand’s development cooperation in the Pacific, the Forum Compact Review Team is now visiting Kiribati to assess the effectiveness of New Zealand’s assistance in the small island developing ... More >>

YWCA Auckland award for long-time women’s role model

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:06 pm | YWCA

New Zealand’s first female Governor General and Mayor of Auckland has been granted a Lifetime Achievement Award by YWCA Auckland, for her services to the Auckland community and acting as a role model for Kiwi women nationwide. More >>

Government Urged Not To Miss Cosmetics Win For Animals

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 10:46 am | SAFE

Animal advocacy organisation SAFE is urging the Government not to let animals down and vote for an amendment to the Animal Welfare Bill. The amendment would ban cosmetics testing on animals forever. The Bill had it’s second reading in Parliament last ... More >>

Police pursuit results in serious injury of innocent man

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 10:15 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

A report released today by the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found Police failed to comply with policy during a pursuit in Auckland in 2013 which left an innocent man with serious injuries. More >>

US Warning against GMO threat

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 9:38 am | GE Free NZ

An international warning about the impact of GMOs has been released. It comes just as Parliament's Primary Production Committee is to hear the response of the Ministry of Primary Industries to the 1700 signature "Freeze on GMO" petition that ... More >>

Fish & Game wants more than lip service from agriculture

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 5:12 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game wants to know how the government will ensure the agriculture sector protects the environment after the Primary Industries Minister warned primary sector leaders that environmental sustainability is no longer a “nice to have.” More >>

Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 4:15 pm | Office of the Clerk

Public submissions are being invited on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Thursday, 27 November 2014. More >>

Ngā Aho Whakaari Questions TMP Handling of TVNZ Contract

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 4:05 pm | Nga Aho Whakaari

Television New Zealand (TVNZ) recently announced that internal production of its iconic Māori programmes ‘Waka Huia’ and ‘Marae Investigates’ would cease and that it would outsource the production of these programmes for the duration of ... More >>

Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence And Security

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 3:54 pm | Inspector General of Intelligence and Security

Statements from the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (x2) 1. In response to questions about particular contents of the report: Ms Gwyn said that - as she had said yesterday when releasing the report - the report, including the factual ... More >>

Health (Protection) Amendment Bill

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 3:11 pm | Office of the Clerk

Public submissions are being invited on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 13 February 2014. More >>

SIS Scandal Leaves Key Unscathed

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 2:35 pm | iPredict

Prime Minister John Key has been almost entirely unscathed by the SIS scandal, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. The probability Mr Key will remain leader of the National Party ... More >>

Lawyer jailed for fraud against loyal clients

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 1:37 pm | Serious Fraud Office

John David Milne (79) has been sentenced to eight years and one month of imprisonment today in the Christchurch District Court following a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecution. More >>

MFaT CEO To Announce Resignation

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 1:18 pm | Trans Tasman

NZ's leading Political publication Trans Tasman can reveal Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade chief executive John Allen will announce his resignation on Monday. Allen, who was controversially recruited to head up the Ministry in 2009 after a stellar ... More >>

Rotorua White Ribbon Ride urges stand against violence

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 11:37 am | Rotorua District Council

Dave Donaldson will never forget the story of a woman who escaped her violent partner by going to jail. Some years ago while the Rotorua deputy mayor was still a police officer, he escorted a woman to Auckland to serve jail time for dishonesty offences. More >>


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