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Loan shark net tightens, but holes still remain

Monday, 15 October 2018, 7:32 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Ngā Tangata Microfinance (NTM) welcomes the new measures announced by Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi, that will strengthen the net of protection for vulnerable consumers in the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA). More >>

Shakti calls for pay equity for NGO sector

Monday, 15 October 2018, 4:05 pm | Shakti Community Council

Shakti calls for pay equity for NGO sector With the recent pay equity settlement for Oranga Tamariki workers, Shakti echoes the distressed concerns of Anglican Trust for Women and Children and Barnados. The widening of the pay gap between the NGO ... More >>

Animal welfare in rodeo practices report released

Monday, 15 October 2018, 3:39 pm | National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), the independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations ... More >>

University lecture tackles housing crisis head-on

Monday, 15 October 2018, 3:29 pm | University of Auckland

Frontline social housing worker Bernie Smith will look at how to restore secure housing for all New Zealanders in the Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture hosted by Faculty of Arts on October 23. More >>

Shakti calls for pay equity for NGO sector

Monday, 15 October 2018, 3:13 pm | Shakti Community Council

With the recent pay equity settlement for Oranga Tamariki workers, Shakti echoes the distressed concerns of Anglican Trust for Women and Children and Barnados. The widening of the pay gap between the NGO sector and government will result in further ... More >>

Submissions on recent proposals

Monday, 15 October 2018, 2:12 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

15 October 2018: The Auditor-General has provided submissions to the State Services Commission and the Treasury on proposals to reform the State Sector Act 1988, to set up an Independent Fiscal Institution, and to embed a focus on wellbeing in the ... More >>

Govt must also do more to increase early childhood teachers

Monday, 15 October 2018, 1:46 pm | Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood NZ

Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand says the government must also do more to increase early childhood teacher numbers. More >>

Rail union urges govt to keep promise, save electric trains

Monday, 15 October 2018, 1:44 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Rail union urges government to keep promise, save electric trains The Rail & Maritime Transport Union calls on the government to honour it’s campaign pledge of maintaining electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk. Almost a year ... More >>

Teachers set to vote on strike action

Monday, 15 October 2018, 1:05 pm | NZEI

Primary teachers and principals are set to begin voting tomorrow on whether to undertake a week of strike action in November. More >>

Organise Aotearoa condemns NZDF culture of abuse

Monday, 15 October 2018, 1:01 pm | Organise Aotearoa

A North & South magazine article released today details the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) involvement in war crimes, and reveals a culture of sexual abuse and homophobia. More >>

NZTA compliance review necessary

Monday, 15 October 2018, 12:34 pm | Road Transport Forum

The decision by NZTA to review its compliance files and toughen up its enforcement is necessary to restore confidence in the Agency’s compliance functions says Road Transport Forum CEO Ken Shirley. More >>

Search begins for next Kiwi delegate to 'plant their path'

Monday, 15 October 2018, 12:11 pm | Bayer NZ

Auckland, 15 October 2018 – Now’s the time to step up and share your ideas with the world – that’s the call from Bayer New Zealand, which is on the lookout for a Kiwi delegate to represent New Zealand at the Youth Ag Summit in Brasília, Brazil ... More >>

Action against NZDF crimes & toxic culture tomorrow

Monday, 15 October 2018, 11:51 am | Auckland Peace Action

“Auckland Peace Action and Organise Aotearoa are holding a demonstration outside the NZDF recruiting office at 284 Great North Road tomorrow, Tuesday, 16 October at 12:30 to demand justice and an end to the war in Afghanistan. People are invited ... More >>

Pohokura gas shutdown exposes urgent need for solar

Monday, 15 October 2018, 11:16 am | Greenpeace

Monday, October 15: Skyrocketing power prices linked to a shutdown at the offshore Pohokura gas field are just another reminder that we need to fast-track the rollout of solar energy, says Greenpeace. More >>

NZTA getting tough on enforcement

Monday, 15 October 2018, 11:09 am | NZTA

The NZ Transport Agency has an extensive review of compliance files underway and is toughening up its enforcement regime. An increase in the number of suspensions and other legal action is expected to follow as a result of review findings to date. More >>

Understanding gay – a public lecture

Monday, 15 October 2018, 10:42 am | Massey University

Differences between gay and non-gay people is not about sex according to School of Social Work Professor Mark Henrickson, who will propose in a lecture next month that it is more about the ways we understand the world and decide what is true. More >>

Public conversation on criminal justice & reform

Monday, 15 October 2018, 10:40 am | Manukau Urban Maori Authority

Several hundred expected at first public conversation on criminal justice & reform before Government advisory panel hosted by Manukau Urban Māori Authority More >>

Tenancy reforms miss the main point -- unpaid rent

Monday, 15 October 2018, 10:23 am | Stop the War on Tenancies

Evidence obtained on Friday under the Official Information Act shows that Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s tenancy law tinkering misses the main issue, which is unpaid rent, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. More >>

James Shaw agrees Gov should formally apologise over Mesh

Monday, 15 October 2018, 10:11 am | Mesh Down Under

The leaders of New Zealand mesh patient advocacy group Mesh Down Under Charlotte Korte, Carmel Berry and Patricia Sullivan wrote to the Associate Health Minister James Shaw to request that an apology is made by the New Zealand Government to people ... More >>

North & South alleges heinous crimes in our armed forces

Monday, 15 October 2018, 9:50 am | Bauer Media

Disturbing new allegations of war crimes and sexual violence inside New Zealand’s armed forces – alongside dangerous binge drinking, bullying and a crisis of post-deployment mental health problems – are revealed in investigative journalist Nicky Hager’s ... More >>

Government’s 100-day Pledge could slip to 1000 days

Monday, 15 October 2018, 9:24 am | Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

Documents released to MCANZ under the official information act show that the regulations associated with the government medical cannabis bill could take years, with a planned go-live of mid-2020. This go-live date is subject to change and with the current ... More >>

Women’s Refuge Examines Reproductive Coercion in New Zealand

Monday, 15 October 2018, 9:21 am | Women's Refuge

Women’s Refuge has today released a study that examines reproductive coercion. While some research on reproductive coercion has been undertaken in other countries, like the United States, to date there has not been a comprehensive study of reproductive ... More >>

Medical cannabis regulations require urgency

Monday, 15 October 2018, 9:10 am | Hikurangi Cannabis Company

New Zealand’s first licensed medicinal cannabis company says a Government plan for regulations to be set by mid-2020 could backfire politically. More >>

Reproductive coercion report shows tragic reality of abuse

Monday, 15 October 2018, 8:54 am | Family Planning

Women’s Refuge has published New Zealand’s first ever report on reproductive coercion and Family Planning says the courage of the women who responded to the study needs to be met with an equally courageous response from agencies working in the ... More >>

Minimal Support For Removing Abortion From Crimes Act

Sunday, 14 October 2018, 6:26 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says that information received from the Law Commission under the Official Information Act reveals that the Law Commission received almost 3,500 submissions regarding the abortion law review, and of those submissions, just 18% - less than ... More >>

Steps to fix teacher shortage are welcome but...

Sunday, 14 October 2018, 1:42 pm | NZEI

Steps to fix teacher shortage are welcome but class sizes and pay must be addressed to keep teachers More >>

Key challenges of jobs, climate change on agenda

Sunday, 14 October 2018, 12:05 pm | Professor Jane Kelsey

Key challenges of jobs, climate change on agenda at alternative trade strategy hui 19-20 October Discussions on trade strategy in New Zealand usually focus on market access for primary products. Yet today’s free trade agreements have 20-plus chapters ... More >>

Waitangi Tribunal's troubled Whakatohea vote

Sunday, 14 October 2018, 11:23 am | Ngai Tama Haua Hapu

Tribunal's finding of unfair, bad faith mandate at odds with pro-govt, anti-Hapu vote process More >>

The Nation: Tim McKinnel and Nick Chisnall

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 12:42 pm | The Nation

On Newshub Nation: Emma Jolliff interviews private investigator Tim McKinnel and criminal barrister Nick Chisnall More >>

The Nation: Energy Minister Megan Woods

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 12:37 pm | The Nation

• Energy Minister Megan Woods says regulating the price of petrol is one of the options that will be considered but no decisions would be made until the Commerce Commission comes back with their market report. More >>

Maori Crime will reduce - If Maori are in Charge

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 12:32 pm | Manukau Urban Maori Authority

All four Iwi/Community Panel providers came together today to look at how successful their work was in dealing with Maori and other crimes within Metro Auckland. The Iwi Community Panels known as Te Pae Oranga was launched 4 years ago in partnership ... More >>

Greenpeace launches trainings to confront oil driller OMV

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 12:09 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Saturday, October 13: Greenpeace has launched the first of a series of national training workshops to prepare for the arrival of oil giant, OMV. More >>

US ambassador to NZ continues public attacks on China

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 12:07 pm | Socialist Equality Group

US ambassador to New Zealand continues public attacks on China By Tom Peters, Socialist Equality Group More >>

Israel Institute rejects fine on kiwi BDS activists

Friday, 12 October 2018, 8:29 pm | Israel Institute

Israel Institute rejects fine on kiwi BDS activists Support for the rights of Boycott, Divest and Sanctions’ (BDS) advocates’ to have their say has come from a surprising source with Israel Institute of New Zealand co-director, Dr David Cumin, defending ... More >>

Corporate welfare for brewers is hypocrisy

Friday, 12 October 2018, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Corporate welfare for brewers is a hypocritical policy, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayer’s Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The Ministry of Primary Industry’s decision to throw money at research for ‘top tier’ beer markets ... More >>

Climate groups protest ANZ roadblock to real climate action

Friday, 12 October 2018, 3:33 pm | 350 Aotearoa

Climate groups protest ANZ as “roadblock to real climate action” in light of IPCC 1.5°C report More >>

Free Speech Coalition responds to Israeli court order

Friday, 12 October 2018, 3:32 pm | Free Speech Coalition

Responding to an Israeli court order for damage payments from New Zealanders who campaigned to cancel a Lorde concert, Free Speech Coalition spokesman Dr David Cumin says: More >>

New Zealanders want full access to cigarette alternatives

Friday, 12 October 2018, 3:01 pm | Silvereye Communications

Nine out of ten New Zealanders believe adult smokers should have access to alternative products if shown to have the potential to reduce the risk of smoking compared to cigarettes, according to a new survey*. More >>

Crisis in the New Zealand Racing industry

Friday, 12 October 2018, 2:43 pm | Crowe Horwath

Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Racing, recently presented the Messara Report, to the New Zealand Racing Industry(NZRB). The report made 17 recommendations. Many of these recommendations are not new. But the failure to implement ... More >>

One Week Left: Tell Government your Thoughts on Renting

Friday, 12 October 2018, 2:30 pm | Auckland Disability Law

At Auckland Disability Law (ADL) we see a lot of people having problems renting homes, both in the private rental market and with Housing New Zealand. The Government is looking to change the law around renting with the reform of Residential Tenancies ... More >>

Criminal Justice Advisory Group to visit South Auckland

Friday, 12 October 2018, 12:17 pm | Ministry of Justice

The Government’s Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group – Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – will visit South Auckland on October 15 and 16 as part of its nationwide consultation to gather information on the criminal justice system. More >>

RainbowYOUTH reaches $75,000 target with help from HELL

Friday, 12 October 2018, 12:13 pm | RainbowYOUTH

RainbowYOUTH’s joint initiative with HELL Pizza, which saw 3,000 T-shirts up for sale in support of LGBTQIA+ rights in Aotearoa, has raised a “game-changing” $75,000 and increased awareness of the issues facing one of the country’s more ... More >>

TÜV Rheinland signs MoU with Environmental Choice NZ

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:59 am | Environmental Choice New Zealand

TÜV Rheinland, a global leader for independent inspection services, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the New Zealand Government’s official ecolabelling programme, Environmental Choice New Zealand (ECNZ). More >>

Biosecurity Award finalists reflect huge national effort

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:51 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

There is a heartening national effort taking place to safeguard the country’s biosecurity, says New Zealand Biosecurity Awards judging panel Chair, Dr John Hellstrom. More >>

Millennials turn out in force for political panel

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:29 am | Seed Waikato

WAIKATO Political Punch , a panel event spearheaded by Seed Waikato to get more millennials engaged in politics, was attended by nearly 100 people. More >>

Te Puoho (TP) Katene joins the Board at Ākina Foundation

Friday, 12 October 2018, 9:47 am | Akina Foundation

The Ākina Foundation announces a new addition to their governance team, welcoming new Board of Trustees member, Te Puoho (TP) Katene. More >>

NZ government bans “foreigners” from buying houses

Friday, 12 October 2018, 9:12 am | Socialist Equality Group

New Zealand government bans “foreigners” from buying houses By Sam Price, Socialist Equality Group 11 October 2018 (original url: ) More >>

Half a million people in debt with Ministry

Friday, 12 October 2018, 9:01 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Reports obtained through the Official Information Act revealed that as of March 2018, half a million people are in debt with the Ministry of Social Development, with the total debt being $1.5 billion. Most of the debt comes from overpayments and recoverable ... More >>

Academics urge united response to achieve 1.5°C limit

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 8:20 pm | The Wise Response Society

Academics urge united response to achieve 1.5°C limit The IPCC's long anticipated report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C says that Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate and ... More >>

Ministers vote for effective pregnancy warning labels

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 7:26 pm | Alcohol Healthwatch

The wellbeing of future generations of Kiwi and Australian children has finally been placed ahead of alcohol industry profits following a decision on alcohol and pregnancy warning labels in Australia. More >>

MPs agree there’s much more to do on safety in forestry

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 4:34 pm | First Union

Politicians have responded with shock to revelations from forestry and wood processing workers at a symposium on the future of work in the industry. More >>

Have your say: ComVoices State of the Sector Survey 2018

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 4:19 pm | Comvoices

ComVoices biennial survey on the state of the community and voluntary sector in New Zealand is now open. First run in 2014 and then again in 2016, the survey has become a key source of information about the wellbeing of community organisations working ... More >>

Problem definition for light rail solution still unclear

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 3:45 pm | Infrastructure NZ

“Lingering debate over the form of rapid transit to Auckland Airport reveals a lack of clarity about the role for light and heavy rail and this issue must be resolved when the business case is released,” says Infrastructure NZ CEO Stephen Selwood. More >>

Minister for Climate Change Meets with Te Arawa

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 3:31 pm | Te Arawa

Te Arawa is ready to begin adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change. More >>

Revealed: The most extravagant mayoral vehicles

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt drives the most expensive ratepayer-funded mayoral vehicle in the country, the New Zealand Taxpayers Union can reveal. More >>

Weapons Expo protest road closed by Council and Police

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 2:52 pm | Peace Action Wellington

Palmerston North Council have announced that they will block roads and restrict access to the area around the Central Energy Trust Arena during the Weapons Expo at the end of this month. Earlier this week Palmerston North Manager of Venues, John Lynch, ... More >>

Future of Work for NZ's Forestry and Wood Processing

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 12:47 pm | First Union

A symposium to start a discussion on the future of work in forestry and wood processing has shown New Zealand is sitting on a mountain of un-tapped opportunity. More >>

VicNats Oppose Victoria University of Wellington Name Change

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 11:05 am | VicNats

Today the Victoria University branch of the NZ Young Nationals (VicNats) have called for a halt on the proposed name change and rebranding of Victoria University of Wellington. More >>

Will the Government Govern?

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 10:18 am | Frack Free Network

The Government say they are stopping new petroleum exploration, but they are not. If passed as is, the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill would cement the legal rights of private oil companies to drill baby drill, right into the 2050’s. More >>

SAFE takes Tegel to task in complaint to ASA

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 10:05 am | SAFE

SAFE has laid an official complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority over a Tegel ‘free-range’ chicken advertisement, which it says is grossly misleading. More >>




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