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2018 New Zealander of the Year announced

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:59 pm | New Zealander Of The Year Awards

2018 New Zealander of the Year announced Equal pay champion Kristine Bartlett has been named Kiwibank 2018 New Zealander of the Year. Bartlett received the award from the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern. Bartlett was also presented the Kiwibank ... More >>

"Absolute hero" Kristine Bartlett wins NZer of the year

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:49 pm | E tu Union

E tū is thrilled for our equal pay hero, Kristine Bartlett who tonight was named New Zealander of the Year. More >>

Decision Digest 22 Feb 2018 - Governing Body

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 5:29 pm | Auckland Council

Governing Body swears in new councillor and agrees to push for fireworks ban At today’s Governing Body meeting, Josephine Bartley was officially sworn in by Mayor Phil Goff as the Auckland councillor for the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki ward and the first ... More >>

Weapons brokering legislation changes recommended

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 4:40 pm | New Zealand Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society says some changes are needed to the Brokering (Weapons and Related Items) Controls Bill to improve the regulation of weapons brokering, consistent with New Zealand’s international treaty obligations. More >>

NETNZ and VLN Primary welcome Education Work Programme

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 4:35 pm | NetNZ

NetNZ and VLN Primary, organisations that work across schools, welcome the government's intention to conduct a root and branch review of the education legislation, systems and funding including ‘Tomorrow’s Schools’. More >>

Port workers hope action will make port company see sense

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 4:21 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Workers at Lyttelton Port have given notice of a second 24-hour strike to be held on 10 March, meaning the port will be shut down for two consecutive days. More >>

Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 4:00 pm | Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

MCANZ Coordinator Shane Le Brun, Center, with MCANZ Trustee Nichola Smith front left and various patients and supporters of MCANZ at parliament for the first reading of the Govt Medical Cannabis bill. More >>

Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora hearings commissioners appointed

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 3:43 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Four independent hearings commissioners have been appointed to the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora: Proposed Plan Change 1 hearings panel. More >>

Women not fooled by National Party’s zombie pay bill ploy

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 3:32 pm | Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff said today that the National Party was not fooling any women with the return of its intentionally flawed Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill through the members bill ballot process. "I ... More >>

Vigilant public servants the key to NZ's number-1 ranking

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 1:45 pm | Public Service Association

New Zealand’s public servants can take pride today that their free, frank and fearless work has again been recognised by Transparency International, the PSA says. More >>

Veterinarians support a ban on fireworks

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 12:58 pm | NZ Veterinary Association

The New Zealand Veterinary Association supports calls by Auckland City Councillors to lobby the government to ban the private sale and use of fireworks nationally. More >>

Statement on harrassment or bullying behaviour

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 12:47 pm | Criminal Bar Association

The Criminal Bar Association of New Zealand is absolutely committed to ensuring lawyers can carry out their professional obligations without being subject to harassment or bullying behaviour. More >>

Ngā Tangata celebrates 7 years of life-changing impact

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 12:41 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Ngā Tangata Microfinance (NTM) is thrilled to have the Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues, join its celebration in West Auckland on 23 February. More >>

Tourism spending data for January 2018 released

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 12:13 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today show that tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year ending January 2018. MBIE’s manager of Sector Trends Mark ... More >>

All major NZ supermarkets breaking up with cage eggs

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 12:07 pm | SAFE

SAFE is applauding retail outlets FreshChoice and SuperValue, owned by Countdown, for committing to move away from selling cage eggs. This latest move brings all major New Zealand supermarket chains together, united against the cruelty of cage eggs. ... More >>

US and Canada to drop ISDS from NAFTA. NZ should for TPPA

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:58 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

US and Canada to drop ISDS from NAFTA. NZ should insist on the same for TPPA-11 Canada and the US are set to agree on withdrawing the controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism from the North American Free Trade Agreement ... More >>

NZ’s largest pine-to-native forest regeneration project

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:53 am | Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust

The last pine trees have been felled in a major Hawke’s Bay conservation project that aims to convert a 4,000-hectare pine plantation back to regenerating native forest. More >>

MPI fails to notice major dolphin bycatch error

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:23 am | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says there are serious questions to be answered by the Ministry for Primary Industries after the agency confirmed that 39 dolphin captures reported last year was actually a coding error. More >>

Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2018

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:02 am | IPANZ

Public Sector organisations are encouraged to submit nominations for New Zealand’s longest-running and most prestigious public sector awards. More >>

Botched Mangroves Bill designed to bypass legal safeguards

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 10:12 am | Forest and Bird

Forest & Bird is releasing emails which show the Mangroves Management Bill is intended to completely override the safeguards of the Resource Management Act (RMA). More >>

TPP-11: It’s not worth it

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 9:57 am | Barry Coates

According to the government’s National Interest Analysis released today, there would be a very small economic benefit from TPP-11. The benefits will be only 0.3 – 1.0% growth in GDP by the time the TPP is fully implemented, in 20 years’ time. ... More >>

What does 2018 hold in store for NZ?

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 9:10 am | Make Lemonade

A leading economist says New Zealanders will have to wait until later in the year to see where the needle settles on the government’s ‘superficial change v substantive change’ spectrum. More >>

The D5 are meeting this week - does anybody know?

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 8:33 am | Peter Dunne

This week, New Zealand is hosting one of the most important international gatherings it will have been part of for some time. No, it is not a meeting of the Five Eyes intelligence and espionage partners. Nor is it anything to do with the Trans Pacific ... More >>

New Zealand #1 least corrupt public sector in the world

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 8:19 am | Transparency International NZ

New Zealand's public sector is ranked the least corrupt in the world, according to Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released globally today. More >>

NZ's public sector ranked least corrupt in the world

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 8:15 am | Serious Fraud Office

Transparency International has ranked New Zealand’s public sector again as the least corrupt in the world. More >>

What the heck is Sam Neill doing?

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 7:32 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

What the heck is Sam Neill doing? What the heck is Sam Neill doing with that plastic bag? More >>

Human Rights Commission supports review

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 6:32 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission supports the announcement from Minister of Justice Andrew Little for a review regarding internal sexual harassment claims. More >>

Chinese Students demand action on latest school scandal

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 5:31 pm | Migrant Workers Association

Justice for Chinese students- Migrant Lives Matter Meeting at UNITE Union headquarters 7:00pm this Thursday and protest 2:00pm Friday at 280 Queen St called by the Migrant Workers Association. More >>

FSC will engage with KiwiFund Bill

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 5:21 pm | Financial Services Council

The Financial Services Council welcomes the opportunity to engage with the KiwiFund Bill and the issues it raises, but questions whether the measures in the Bill are needed. More >>

ECC welcomes inclusive approach to education sector changes

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 5:11 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council (ECC) looks forward to participating in meaningful and inclusive discussions, meetings, and consultations on proposed changes to the education sector that affect early childhood education. More >>

CPAG welcomes new and improved Tomorrow’s Schools (amended)

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 5:08 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

A new Education Work Programme that focuses on inclusive education, reducing barriers to participation and improving children’s outcomes is welcomed by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) . More >>

TPPA-11 National Interest Analysis is recycled spin

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 5:03 pm | Professor Jane Kelsey

TPPA-11 National Interest Analysis is recycled spin, Labour squanders opportunity for real change ‘The revised National Interest Analysis (NIA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement minus the US (TPPA-11), released today, layers new spin onto ... More >>

CPAG welcomes new and improved Tomorrow’s Schools

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 4:35 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

A new Education Work Programme that focuses on inclusive education, reducing barriers to participation and improving children’s outcomes is welcomed by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) . More >>

Economist still concerned about TPPA-11’s implications

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 4:10 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions Economist Bill Rosenberg welcomed the release of the text of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP, or TPPA-11) this afternoon, but remains concerned about gaping holes in our understanding ... More >>

Revised TPP-11 text is largely unchanged:

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 3:35 pm | Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network

“The new text of the revised and rebranded Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership between Australia and 10 other countries without the US contains minor additional change since last November. Some other governments have demanded further ... More >>

Will poverty reduction targets measure up?

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 3:22 pm | KidsCan

KidsCan, the charity which provides food, clothing and basic health items in 700 schools nationwide, is urging caution that setting a target will not magically lift people out of poverty as the Government’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill heads to ... More >>

Statement on International Mother Language Day

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:33 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

ANZASW’s membership represents a diverse group of people, speaking many different languages, including a variety of mother tongues. More >>

CPTPP progress appreciated

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:31 pm | Export New Zealand

Exporters appreciate progress made towards signing the CPTPP and the transparency around the final version of the agreement, says ExportNZ. More >>

F&P Healthcare's long-standing CFO Tony Barclay to retire

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 1:56 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 21 (BusinessDesk) - Fisher & Paykel Healthcare's long-serving chief financial officer Tony Barclay will retire from the medical device maker at the end of May. More >>

New Zealanders’ right to democratic process

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 11:44 am | The Care Alliance

The Care Alliance calls on the Justice Select Committee to make an official media announcement about the extended submission period for the End of Life Choice Bill. Care Alliance Secretary, Dr Peter Thirkell, is concerned that the general public ... More >>

Foreign Control of NZ - Key Facts

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 11:10 am | Campaign Against Foreign Control Of Aotearoa

Note that there are often revisions to official data, leading to some changes to reported data for past years. More >>

Election Promise to Rare Disease Patients is “Off the Table"

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 10:34 am | NZORD

The New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders (NZORD) is stunned that the Government is not honouring its election promise to establish a separate fund which would allow rare disease patients to access vital, life-saving medicines. More >>

Sea level rise expected even with Paris Agreement - Experts

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 10:32 am | Science Media Centre

Even if all nations manage to stick to their Paris Agreement targets, we're still committed to sea level rise. More >>

Two hundred million dollars going unclaimed by Kiwis

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 10:15 am | Tax management New Zealand

Charity supporters and parents of school-aged children are missing out on $200 million that is sitting untouched and waiting to be claimed. More >>

EDS Welcomes Mackenzie Country Report but calls for action

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 10:07 am | Environmental Defence Society

EDS says that the Mackenzie Basin Agency Alignment Report , released yesterday, is an important step forward in the fight to save the Mackenzie Country from large-scale dairy intensification. More >>

"Bike the bridge" kicks off Zero Carbon Act Cycle Tour

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 9:49 am | Generation Zero

Generation Zero kicked off a cycle tour which will go from Auckland to Wellington starting with the “Bike the Bridge” event on Sunday 18th February. The cycle tour is the first of a number of initiatives that Generation Zero has planned before ... More >>

New $38 million Borrin Foundation launched

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 9:47 am | The Borrin Foundation

The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation was formally launched this evening at an event hosted by the Chief Justice, the Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, and attended by the Governor-General. The Foundation also announced its first grant recipients. More >>

Pokies causing growing harm

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 8:39 am | The Salvation Army New Zealand

New Zealanders who use pokies are being harmed through the targeting of vulnerable communities and machines deliberately designed to entice harmful gambling behaviour, The Salvation Army says. More >>

Free Spark WiFi throughout New Zealand

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 5:31 pm | Spark

With a state of emergency declared in Christchurch and the Buller District, and bad weather setting in across New Zealand, Spark has opened up its nationwide WiFi network. More >>

New Zealand aid charities have zero tolerance for abuse

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:53 pm | Council for International Development

New Zealand aid charities have zero tolerance for abuse 20 February 2018 It is deeply shocking to read of cases overseas where some aid workers have taken advantage of the people their organisations exist to help. More >>

Workers gutted as ABCorp confirms trans-Tasman move

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:35 pm | E tu Union

E tū is extremely disappointed with the confirmation today that the plastic card manufacturer, ABCorp is to close its Christchurch plant. More >>

EQC information for residents following ex-Cyclone Gita

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:10 pm | Earthquake Commission

EQC is encouraging homeowners to lodge a claim if their property has been damaged as ex-Cyclone Gita crosses the country. Chief Customer Officer Trish Keith says that although many people are still cleaning up and repairing damage caused by the remnants ... More >>

Council closer to closing tracks for kauri protection

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 3:56 pm | Forest And Bird

After months of calling for full closure of the Waitakere Ranges to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease, conservation groups are optimistic that the regional park will finally be closed in May. More >>

Mackenzie Basin Agency Alignment review report released

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 3:25 pm | Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury has today released a report commissioned by the five agencies with statutory responsibility for land and water management in the iconic Mackenzie Basin. More >>

Statement on world social justice day

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 3:08 pm | Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) today celebrates the World Day of Social Justice. More >>

Gamblers spent $125 million more in FY 2016/17

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 2:59 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Gamblers in New Zealand spent $2,334 million dollars on the four main forms of gambling in the 2016/17 financial year, $125 million (5.7 per cent) more than the previous year, according to figures compiled by the Department of Internal Affairs. Spending ... More >>

Government supports smoke security system

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 2:54 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

The government has recently supported new fog cannon technology to deter theft in small stores like dairies. This technology has come about in response to the raised level of tobacco and cash-related violence used to gain entry into shops. More >>

Trust Slams Tax Payer Funding of Wrestling on Maori TV

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 1:31 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust Manawatu spokesperson Scott Guthrie is calling for Maori television to withdraw the airing of WWE wrestling from its programme line up before its start date of the 24th of February. More >>

Weed Campaigner Calls for Decriminalisation of Meth

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 12:51 pm | David Tank

The news that methamphetamine is soon to overtake marijuana as New Zealand's number one drug matter before the Courts is of no surprise to Tauranga Legal Weed Campaigner David Tank. More >>

Bill English and Tourism NZ boss speaking to exclusive group

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 12:32 pm | Hurakia Lodge

Former Prime Minister Bill English and Tourism NZ boss speaking to exclusive group at a top NZ lodge Former Prime Minister Bill English and Director of Trade, PR and Major Events at Tourism New Zealand René de Monchy, will address investors and family ... More >>




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