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Q + A: Winston Peters Interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 12:22 pm | TVNZ

CORIN John Key, on this programme a short time ago, said you haven’t got a show – you can't win this. More >>

Winston Peters on standing in Northland

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 12:19 pm | TVNZ

NZ First leader Winston Peters told TV One’s Q+A programme this morning he can win the Northland by-election on 28th March 2015. More >>

National selects Mark Osborne as Northland candidate

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 1:39 pm | New Zealand National Party

National selects Mark Osborne as Northland candidate The National Party has announced Mark Osborne as its candidate for the Northland by-election. Mr Osborne was selected at a large meeting of party members in Kerikeri today, pledging to work to maintain ... More >>

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Winston Peters

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 1:06 pm | The Nation

Patrick Gower: Well, believe it or not, Winston is in. On Friday, the New Zealand First leader announced he is standing in the Northland by-election. I spoke to him just before we came on air and yet again tried to figure out what exactly he is up ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Julie Bishop

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 12:58 pm | The Nation

Headines Bishop says it’s “not useful” to put a time frame on how long it’s going to take the Western coalition to beat Islamic State after John Key says New Zealand won’t commit for longer than two years. “That would just play into the ... More >>

The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews John Key

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 12:51 pm | The Nation

Headlines Prime Minister is categorical that New Zealand will stay in Iraq two years and no more: “I think this is about making a contribution and leaving… We could be in the Middle East forever if we don’t take that approach.” Key at odds with ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews a British foreign fighter

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 12:49 pm | The Nation

Headlines Says New Zealand and other Western nations wrong to arm and supply the Iraqi army, who ran from battle last year; should be arming the Kurds. More >>

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Tony Abbott and John Key

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 11:53 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP and Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key met in Auckland on 28 February 2015 for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting. More >>

Ex-Hostage Returning to Iraq amid Current Crisis

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 11:23 am | Christian Peacemaker Team

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. He will join a CPT project that is supporting local bodies managing the humanitarian ... More >>

Rally against TPPA in Hastings

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 10:35 am | Grey Power New Zealand

With the final negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) expected to be taking place in March, and with widespread community concern about threats this secret deal poses to New Zealand’s sovereignty, a rally is being held onSaturday, ... More >>

Local government debate is far from over

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 10:31 am | NZ Chambers of Commerce

Regional business surveys shows local government debate is far from over Regional business surveys conducted in advance of submissions closing on the Local Government Commission’s draft proposal show that the debate on the right model for Wellington ... More >>

Crocodile Tears From Members of Parliament

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 10:06 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Despite public comments bemoaning yesterday’s back-dated pay hike, not a single member of Parliament intends to reject their pay rise, according to responses received by the Taxpayers’ Union . This morning the Union emailed every MP asking whether ... More >>

Politicians' pay increases

Friday, 27 February 2015, 5:08 pm | Closing The Gap

“An increase of 3.5% in the minimum wage compared with 5.5% increase for politicians is appalling. It is another example of the wealthy looking after themselves and showing no regard for the poor” says Peter Malcolm, National Secretary of Income Equality ... More >>

Invade Mexico for Guacamole Reserves Instead

Friday, 27 February 2015, 5:01 pm | WagePeaceNZ

#WagePeaceNZ, founded yesterday, along with all 7 of its Twitter followers, demands that New Zealand invade Mexico for its Guacamole reserves in lieu of sending 143 troops to Iraq. More >>

Australian Prime Minister to thank New Zealand fire crews

Friday, 27 February 2015, 4:30 pm | The Fire Service

The contribution of more than 400 New Zealand firefighters in helping battle bushfires across the Tasman over the past 14 years will be acknowledged tomorrow during a visit by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to an Auckland fire station. More >>

A simple question for Winston Peters: Where do you live?

Friday, 27 February 2015, 4:17 pm | ACT New Zealand

"Winston Peters has set a new record, being economical with the truth only hours into his campaign," claims Northland ACT candidate Robin Grieve. More >>

Northland doesn't need yesterday's man

Friday, 27 February 2015, 3:41 pm | ACT New Zealand

"It's great that Winston Peters is finally taking an interest in Northland. But frankly we don’t need yesterday’s ideas from yesterday’s men in our region," ACT Northland candidate Robin Grieve said today. More >>

Children’s Day – 365 days a year

Friday, 27 February 2015, 3:09 pm | Barnardos

Barnardos wants New Zealanders to celebrate Children’s Day on 1 March, and to recognise the effort it takes to raise great kids over all 365 days of the year. More >>

Will MPs Put Taxpayers' Money Where Their Mouth is?

Friday, 27 February 2015, 12:48 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling the bluff of MPs and has written to each one asking whether they will be accepting the backdated pay increases announced yesterday. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Fonterra Sneaks Round The Corner

Friday, 27 February 2015, 12:39 pm | Coal Action Network

Fonterra’s subsidiary Glencoal has put its plans for an open cast mine on SH2 at Mangatangi on hold indefinitely. The local community is celebrating. They worked very hard with submissions on all the impacts of coal mining that you are allowed ... More >>

How Free Is Free Speech?

Friday, 27 February 2015, 12:18 pm | Noel Cheer

How Free Is Free Speech: Do we recommend unconstrained freedom of expression? The Chief Human Rights Commissioner, David Rutherford, will be In Conversation with Noel Cheer at St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington on Tuesday 3 March 2015 from 12:15pm ... More >>

No military deployment in Iraq: Nationwide peace vigils

Friday, 27 February 2015, 11:21 am | Peace Movement Aotearoa

Peace vigils calling for increased humanitarian assistance and diplomatic support for Middle East peace processes, and opposing the military deployment to Iraq, will be held around the country at 5pm on Thursday, 5 March, coordinated by Peace Movement ... More >>

Message of Nationwide Day of Action :‘TPPA? No Deal!’

Friday, 27 February 2015, 11:05 am | It's Our Future

“An amazing 22 towns and cities across New Zealand have rallied to the call for a nationwide day of action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on 7 March”, according to Chantelle Campbell who is coordinating the national events ... More >>

New Group Against Amalgamation

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:34 am | Best Little Capital

A group of Wellingtonians have launched a campaign to resist the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s scheme to amalgamate Wellington’s existing councils. The group, Best Little Capital, has been formed by Wellingtonians Michael Moughan and Digby ... More >>

Stark contrast between benefit increase & MPs’ pay rise

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:27 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Stark contrast between benefit increase & MPs’ pay rise Media release Friday 27 February 2015 Earlier this week Social Development Minister Anne Tolley announced that benefits will increase by 0.51% on 1 April. Yesterday MPs were granted a 5.5% ... More >>

Sensible Sentencing challenges MPs to refuse pay rise

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:19 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“I realise this will take courage and we extend an open challenge to all MPs – or any MP from any party – to have the courage to be the first to stand up and publicly denounce this nonsense and refuse to accept the pay rise.” - Garth McVicar More >>

Labour Party President Elected

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:17 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Party President Elected Nigel Haworth has been elected as Labour Party President following a vote conducted among the constituent organisations and elected representatives of the Party. This follows the resignation of Moira Coatsworth in December 2014. ... More >>

Maori Party Focus On 2017

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:11 am | The Maori Party

President Naida Glavish has announced that the Māori Party will not be fielding a candidate in the upcoming Northland by-election. More >>

Council to undertake major ‘stage two’ study on port

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 5:26 pm | Office of the Mayor of Auckland

Mayor Len Brown says he does not expect the port will make any application for reclamation until after the unitary plan becomes operative. More >>

Government GST U-Turn

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 5:08 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Revenue Minister Todd McClay’s announcement of a Government U-turn in relation to requiring bodies corporate to register for GST. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

MP Pay Rise Unjustified

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 4:53 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is sickened with the confirmation that the Remuneration Authority has approved a 5.4 percent annual pay rise for backbench MPs, backdated to July last year, and is calling for changes to the Remuneration Authority. Taxpayers’ Union ... More >>

New Zealand celebrities help shine a light on domestic abuse

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 4:27 pm | Shine

New Zealand stars have shown their support for national domestic abuse charity Shine by starring in a series of commercials for the organisation’s annual appeal month in March. More >>

Local government: Results of the 2013/14 audits

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 4:21 pm | Controller and Auditor-General

Challenging times continued for local authorities in 2013/14. Elected members, many in office for the first time, are being asked to respond to matters of growing complexity, urgency, and consequence. Decisions about significant infrastructure investments ... More >>

Dairy funding for predator control welcomed

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 4:14 pm | Forest And Bird

The announcement that the dairy industry will join an initiative to tackle the predators decimating New Zealand’s native wildlife is another positive step on the way to achieving the long term goal of a predator-free New Zealand, Forest & Bird said ... More >>

More Wellington City Council Dummies?

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 3:51 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the announcement that Wellington City Council is now a UNICEF ‘Child Friendly City’ , Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman, Ben Craven, says: “It’s bad enough that we have a ratepayer funded 'youth council' which is more about photo ... More >>

‘Insulting’: MPs’ pay up $192 a week – students’ up 90c

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 2:43 pm | NZUSA

Media Release: New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations Students are outraged that the same week the Government announced a 90 cents-a-week increase to student support – well behind rising housing costs-, MPs are in line to give themselves ... More >>

Abbott and Key must take the relationship forward

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 1:53 pm | Oz Kiwi

The ANZAC Centenary year presents an opportunity for Australia and New Zealand to take their relationship to the next level. More >>

Te Ata Tino Toa position on new flag panel

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 1:51 pm | Te Ata Tino Toa

By the time the flag is adopted, it wants NZ to have a ‘two flag’ policy. - - - The new NZ flag should fly at all times alongside the Maori flag, as is done in Australia (indigenous alongside non-indigenous). - - - The two flags will represent ... More >>

Predator Free New Zealand excited by new investment

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 1:20 pm | Predator Free NZ

Predator Free NZ is excited about the announcement today that Fonterra, and other dairy companies, will invest $5 million in Zero Invasive Predators, or ZIP. This investment in predator control technologies by one of New Zealand’s biggest companies ... More >>

MP pay rise points the way for teachers

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 1:11 pm | PPTA

While teacher salaries have fallen well behind inflation over the last five years, MPs’ pay has kept much closer to the cost of living. More >>

Our Place: An Invitation to Contribute

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 12:07 pm | Inclusive NZ

Our Place – a joint conference hosted by Inclusive NZ , Inspiring Communities and Be.Institute - will explore the possibilities of what can happen when we step outside of our ‘sectors’ and think about building accessible, inclusive communities ... More >>

A Step Closer to Unravelling Child Poverty

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:09 am | Growing Up in New Zealand

More than half of New Zealand mothers experience some level of hardship between late pregnancy and when their child is 9 months old and many parents have to cope with a drop in family income after having children. More >>

MP's pay rise ten times that of minimum wage worker

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 10:40 am | Unite Union

The pay rise approved for MP's is ten times that of a full-time minimum wage worker. More >>

Long running Auckland dispute ends in win for workers

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 9:40 am | International Transport Workers' Federation

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is joining its affiliate the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) in celebrating the signing of a new collective agreement for workers at the Ports of Auckland. MUNZ had been locked in a dispute ... More >>

UNICEF putting Child Friendly Cities on the agenda

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 9:27 am | UNICEF

UNICEF putting Child Friendly Cities on the agenda in New Zealand At the national Child Friendly Cities forum co-hosted by UNICEF NZ and Wellington City Council today (26 February), attendees will hear about the importance of ensuring that children’s ... More >>

Auckland Council's Ten Very Expensive Tickets

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 9:26 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that Auckland Council’s economic development agency, ATEED, has gifted $50,000 of ratepayer money to the Remuera Golf Club for the Holden PGANZ Championship. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, ... More >>

Carmel Sepuloni should not have been stood down

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 9:13 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Carmel Sepuloni should not have been stood down from Labour’s social development portfolio over her mother’s benefit fraud charges. “It is hard to see how conflict of interest applies when Carmel is neither a Minister nor even a member of a governing ... More >>

Politicians Put Prostitution Harm in ‘Too Hard Basket’

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 9:32 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says that politicians are living in ‘la-la land’ when it comes to the concerns of families regarding the ongoing harms of street prostitution and residential brothels, after they voted down a bill authorising Auckland Council to ... More >>

Consumer, Cancer Society call for outright ban on sunbeds

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 5:11 pm | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ and the Cancer Society are calling for an outright ban on commercial sunbeds. More >>

An opportunity to mobilise nationwide action

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 3:00 pm | Lifewise

With more than 30,000 New Zealanders severely housing deprived and rough sleeping on the rise, homelessness is creating substantial health, social and economic consequences. On February 26, the New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness (NZCEH) will gather ... More >>

Goodfellow acknowledges passing of Dame Thea Muldoon

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 2:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party President Peter Goodfellow has today acknowledged the contribution of Dame Thea Muldoon to the National Party and expressed sadness at her passing. “While best known for supporting her husband and long-serving Prime Minister Sir ... More >>

SST welcomes Parole Amendment Bill

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 2:41 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) is pleased to hear the Parole Amendment Bill has passed its final hearing, so the Parole Board will now have the ability to impose a maximum of an up to 5 year postponement order where they deem there is no opportunity ... More >>

Sailor convicted after biosecurity ramp-up in Northland

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 2:24 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

A sailor who appeared in the Kaikohe District Court last week (17 February) has become the first person convicted for deliberately concealing biosecurity goods on a visiting yacht. More >>

Auckland Queensland fruit fly - Operations update 2

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 1:41 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The total number of adult Queensland fruit flies detected in Auckland stands at five. Following the detection yesterday of a male fly in a trap, fruit from the property with the trap and a neighbouring property has been examined and there were no signs ... More >>

Support for Family First court action encouraged

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 12:49 pm | New Zealand Christian Network

NZ Christian Network (NZCN) is encouraging people to support Family First in its upcoming High Court case with the Charities Commission. More >>

Deaf & Hard of Hearing New Zealanders left guessing

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 12:38 pm | National Foundation for the Deaf

It’s billed as one of the biggest sporting events in the world and heralded as great for Godzone. More >>

Minimum wage increase useless without end to zero hours

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 12:12 pm | Unite Union

Unite Union has welcomed the 50 cent an hour increase in the minimum wage but says that no matter what level the minimum wage reached it is of little benefit unless it is combined with an end to zero hour contracts. More >>

Minimum wage now the maximum wage for thousands

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 11:38 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

"The announcement today of a fifty cent per hour increase for the thousands of workers now completely reliant on it as the pay setting mechanism shows a disrespect for the families of this country," says CTU President Helen Kelly. More >>

Druglawed documentary accepted into festival circuit

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 11:16 am | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

The Cannabis Party is welcoming the launch of a new documentary about New Zealand's continuing involvement in the failed War on Drugs. More >>

Whanau Still Can’t Cope with Legal Dope

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 11:09 am | Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua

West Aucklanders will get their say in psychoactive drugs this Friday when Auckland Council will hear submissions on the Local Approved Products Policy (LAPP). More >>

 

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