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Lisa Owen interviews Tony Blair's former press secretary

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 12:55 pm | The Nation

Lisa Owen: You're back with The Nation, and my next guest is Britain's most famous political spin doctor. Alastair Campbell was former Prime Minister Tony Blair's press secretary and confidante. So how does the man who helped mastermind Labour's landslide ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 12:36 pm | The Nation

Makhlouf says main issue for Auckland housing is a lack of supply Questioned about this week’s Reserve Bank comments, he says he’s “quite sceptical” that a capital gains tax will help curb house price rises because it hasn’t in other countries. ... More >>

Governor-General's speech for opening of Pukeahu

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 11:53 am | Government House

Rau Rangatira mā, kua huihui mai i tēnei rā - whakamaumāhara, nau mai, haere mai, ki roto i te wairua o maumaharatanga. Tēnā tātou katoa. More >>

Q + A - Sunday April 19

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 10:32 am | TVNZ

1. The Government is in negotiations with iwi leaders over water rights – what do Maori really want? Michael Parkin interviews Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell. More >>

This weekend on The Nation 18 & 19 April 2015

Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:38 pm | The Nation

A rare interview with Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf about the impact of the international economic recovery on New Zealand and the main opportunities and threats now facing the country. More >>

Chinese rail engineers have a right to NZ conditions

Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Chinese rail engineers currently working in New Zealand are being short-changed their rightful wage entitlements under New Zealand labour law, the Council of Trade Unions said today. More >>

Four nominees confirmed for Green Party male Co-leader

Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:12 pm | Green Party

Four nominees have put their hats in the ring to replace Russel Norman as Green Party male Co-leader, the party announced today. More >>

iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update

Friday, 17 April 2015, 3:38 pm | iPredict

TV3’s Campbell Live appears doomed, with a 77% probability it will be cancelled before 1 January 2016 , according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. John Key’s position as ... More >>

Activist Academics Repeat Call for Soda Tax

Friday, 17 April 2015, 2:24 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the call for soda taxes from University of Auckland Professor Boyd Swinburn, and University of Otago Associate Professor, Nick Wilson, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Proactive property investors provide healthy homes

Friday, 17 April 2015, 2:16 pm | NZ Property Investors Federation

“Our members are actively taking steps to ensure their properties are warm and healthy,” said Terry le Grove President of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF). “We are aware of the Housing Improvement Regulations of 1947 which come ... More >>

Government has let quarry workers down

Friday, 17 April 2015, 2:13 pm | NZCTU

Unions are dismayed at the second death of a worker in a quarry within less than a month. “Our hearts go out to the families and co-workers of Scott Baldwin, who was killed on 19 March in South Timaru, and the yet-unnamed worker, who died yesterday ... More >>

Allegations not supported at KiwiRail

Friday, 17 April 2015, 1:41 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Labour Inspectorate in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has concluded an investigation into allegations by Labour MP Trevor Mallard around Chinese workers at KiwiRail and could not identify any welfare issues or find evidence of ... More >>

Most in advanced age rely on pension

Friday, 17 April 2015, 1:28 pm | University of Auckland

Most in advanced age rely on pension Media Release - University of Auckland - 15 April 2015 More >>

Commission calls for cross party accord on housing

Friday, 17 April 2015, 12:02 pm | Human Rights Commission

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford today supports calls for all political parties to agree to a cross party accord to address the “very serious” issues facing New Zealand with respect to adequate housing. More >>

Obama’s Fast Track Bill a last-ditch move to rescue TPPA

Friday, 17 April 2015, 11:41 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

‘With less than two months until the window is likely to close for President Obama to get a deal in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) under his watch, the administration has put a bill before Congress to grant him “fast track” authority’, ... More >>

Judgment: DH v R, KOHAI v R

Friday, 17 April 2015, 10:08 am | NZ Supreme Court

This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment and reasons ... More >>

Simon Bridge's bridges may cost lives

Friday, 17 April 2015, 9:55 am | Dog And Lemon guide

The government should cancel the planned $70 million spendup on Northland one-lane bridges and divert the money into desperately needed safety projects, says the car review website . More >>

Chickens will protest today

Friday, 17 April 2015, 9:32 am | Stop Craddock Farms

17/04/2015 Today animal rights activists dressed as chickens will gather outside Yovich & Co in Whangarei. The directors of Yovich & Co are funding what will be New Zealand's largest caged hen factory farm. "Walter Yovich, a director ... More >>

Pacific tsunami warning system turns 50

Friday, 17 April 2015, 9:20 am | Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

The warning system which provides coordinated tsunami threat information to countries throughout the Pacific marks its 50th anniversary next week. New Zealand will play a part in an International Tsunami Symposium in Hawaii on April 20 and 21 to commemorate ... More >>

Reducing the impact of alcohol on family violence

Friday, 17 April 2015, 9:05 am | Superu

Today Superu published the paper Reducing the impact of alcohol on family violence. Previously little focus has been given to bringing together research on the role of alcohol in family violence. More >>

Apology to Hon Peter Dunne

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 4:59 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union wishes to apologise to Hon. Peter Dunne, in response to his criticism of the Taxpayers’ Union for missing an example of government waste in yesterday’s edition of the Dominion Post. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, ... More >>

NZ welcomes UNSC resolution on Yemen

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 4:45 pm | New Zealand Government

NZ welcomes UNSC resolution on Yemen Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s resolution on Yemen and called for the resumption of political dialogue between all parties involved in the conflict. “We are deeply ... More >>

Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki Rule Out Taniwha Tax

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers Union is welcoming comments by James Brown, Chairman of Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki, indicating that spiritual elements will not be included in Cultural Impact Assessments provided by his iwi. Yesterday the Taxpayers’ Union launched its briefing ... More >>

Advance Care Planning Day

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 3:59 pm | Euthanasia Free NZ

Euthanasia-Free NZ supports the national Advanced Care Planning initiative, Conversations That Count Day on Thursday 16 April. More >>

SFWU submits counter-proposal to SDHB plan

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 2:30 pm | Service And Food Workers Union

The union representing the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) food service workers has submitted a counter-proposal to plans to outsource food production for meals on wheels and hospital meals. The SDHB are considering a proposal from Health Benefits ... More >>

Sensible Sentencing Group Trust registered as a charity

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 2:22 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The independent Charities Registration Board has registered the Sensible Sentencing Group Trust (SSGT) as a charity. More >>

Heritage Policy Submission And City Centre Upgrades

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 1:56 pm | Auckland City Council

The Auckland Development Committee met today and discussed the council’s response to Heritage New Zealand’s policy consultation and the latest City Centre Integration progress update. The following is a digest of decisions made. More >>

New TEI Council Members Appointed

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 1:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced eight council appointments to five tertiary education institutions, which include three new council members. More >>

Death of Child is Punishment Enough

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 1:36 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is calling on the police to use their discretion and to drop the charges against a mother who left her pre-schooler in a car, saying that the death of her son is punishment enough. More >>

Intervention Not the Solution to Housing Crisis

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 9:32 am | Affordable Auckland

Intervention Not the Solution to Housing Crisis “A thinly-veiled call by the Reserve Bank to examine the tax status of property investors is not the solution to fixing the housing hyperinflation crisis,” says Affordable Auckland Mayoral candidate ... More >>

RBNZ right to suggest tax changes for housing

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 3:52 pm | NZMEA

In a speech today, Reserve Bank of New Zealand Deputy Governor Grant Spencer suggested fresh consideration is needed on policy to address the tax-preferred status of housing, particularly for investors. We support this call to correct tax imbalances which ... More >>

Simplistic Euthanasia Poll Ignores Obvious Harms

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 2:36 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says that a Research NZ poll on euthanasia misrepresents the real effect of decriminalising euthanasia and is far too simplistic. More >>

Our health not optional, students tell reluctant landlords

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 2:25 pm | NZUSA

The national student union is calling for the Government to urgently introduce minimum heating and insulation standards for rentals off the back of reports by Radio New Zealand that some landlords are not willing to insulate cheaper properties. More >>

Blue: Open Letter on Feminism to Paul Henry

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 2:11 pm | Human Rights Commission

You are wrong. Feminism hasn’t come further than Hillary Clinton and Helen Clark, feminism will only ever go as far as they and other women go. More >>

No zero hours at Work & Income either

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 1:01 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Any new law on zero hours contracts must make it absolutely explicit that beneficiaries are not to be work tested for jobs where there are no guaranteed minimum hours and days of work. This morning Workplace Minister Michael Woodhouse outlined potential ... More >>

DOC and New Zealand Fur Council agreement a win-win

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 12:46 pm | Joint Press Release

Greater conservation and economic benefits will follow an agreement signed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and New Zealand Fur Council (NZFC) today. DOC already works with individuals who wish to hunt and trap on conservation land, but this Memorandum ... More >>

Action needed to reduce housing imbalances

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 12:43 pm | Reserve Bank

The Reserve Bank today urged greater attention be given to reducing housing market imbalances that are presenting an increasing risk to financial and economic stability. More >>

McDonald's statement over zero hours

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 12:06 pm | McDonalds

A McDonald's spokesperson this morning issued qa brief updated statement on the recent negotiations with Unite Union. “Whether it's scheduled or worked hours, we're committed to moving away from zero hours contracts and we're committed to bargaining ... More >>

Purchasing social housing tenancies

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 11:49 am | Ministry of Social Development

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has today released information on its social housing purchasing intentions. More >>

Bill English to outline social services plan at FINZ

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 11:31 am | Fundraising Institute of New Zealand

On May 11, to kick off this year’s annual Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) Conference, Hon. Bill English will address a CEO Forum to outline his social services plan. More >>

Launch of 'Taniwha Tax' Briefing Paper

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 11:17 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union , with support from the Auckland Property Investors’ Association , Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance and Democracy Action today launched a briefing paper on Auckland Council’s new Mana Whenua Cultural Impact Assessment provisions. ... More >>

EDS welcome appointment of new Secretary for the Environment

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 10:41 am | Environmental Defence Society

EDS has welcomed the appointment of Vicky Robertson as Chief Executive of the Ministry for the Environment. More >>

Boost for innovative recycling projects

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 10:23 am | Keep NZ Beautiful

For the third year running, this Keep New Zealand Beautiful led initiative will see nearly $180,000 injected into community initiatives across the country, to educate and encourage people to recycle more, thanks to the Coca-Cola Foundation Grants Programme. More >>

The Pandora’s Box of Local Government Reform

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 10:19 am | rimpac

Does the Napier City Council quarrel with the Local Government Commission (LGC) confirm that financial facts are being misrepresented, to sway public opinion in favour of the Government’s Local Body Reform agenda? More >>

Minister Meets Four-Legged Border Protectors

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 9:29 am | New Zealand Government

Minister Meets Four-Legged Border Protectors Customs Minister Nicky Wagner acknowledged the valuable assistance the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) Detector Dog Breeding and Training Centre has provided New Zealand Customs, on a ... More >>

Workers to go ahead with strikes at McDonald's today

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 8:53 am | Unite Union

Workers to go ahead with strikes at McDonald's today. BK agree to end zero hour contracts. More >>

Petition numbers convert into ratings for Campbell Live

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 8:32 am | ActionStation

Almost 70,000 New Zealanders have signed local campaign group ActionStation’s petition to save TV3 current affairs show Campbell Live and overnight those same people raised $10,000 to fund a creative petition delivery that will be, according to Campaign ... More >>

Navy Man Proud to Represent NZ in Samoa on Anzac Day

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 4:51 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Auckland-based Royal New Zealand Navy Able Rate Marine Technician (AMT) Jaytee Tuatama is proud to be representing New Zealand and Samoa on Anzac Day this year. More >>

NZ Governor-General Tests his Flying Skills at CTC Aviation

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 4:00 pm | HMC Communications

Hamilton, NZ - New Zealand Governor-General, Lt Gen, The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, visited CTC Aviation’s airline pilot training centre in Hamilton yesterday. More >>

increased funding in R & D Welcomed

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 2:56 pm | Business NZ

Executive Director of ManufacturingNZ and ExportNZ, Catherine Beard welcomes the increase in R&D funding from Government. “We have been urging the Government to keep on increasing investment in R&D. It’s one of the key ways our businesses ... More >>

Budget boost to R&D funding welcome though underwhelming

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 2:40 pm | Employers And Manufacturers Association

Boosting New Zealand's business investment in R&D and innovation is a top priority and today's announcement though welcome is not entirely persuasive, says Kim Campbell, chief executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association. More >>

$80 Million More on Corporate Welfare

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 2:38 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is shocked that the Government is wasting the last $80 million of the ‘Future Investment Fund’ on corporate welfare through Callaghan Innovation’s 'R&D grants’. More >>

Former Hamilton West MP and city councillor passes away

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 2:33 pm | Hamilton City Council

Former Hamilton city councillor and Labour MP for Hamilton West, Dorothy Jelicich, has died, aged 87. Mrs Jelicich served as a Labour MP for Hamilton West from 1972 to 1975 and had a brief spell on Hamilton City Council after winning a bi-election ... More >>

NZ Mainstream media can do better - Human Rights Commission

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 12:19 pm | Human Rights Commission

New Zealand’s mainstream media need to make sure they include the voices of the very people they report on says the Human Rights Commission. More >>

Ministry for the Environment Chief Executive Appointed

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 11:09 am | State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has today announced the appointment of Vicky Robertson as Secretary for the Environment and Chief Executive of the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). More >>

Information Forum on Māori Electoral Ward

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 10:47 am | New Plymouth District Council

Information Forum on Māori Electoral Ward What would be the benefits of having a Māori electoral ward in New Plymouth District? Join former Race Relations Commissioner Joris De Bres and other speakers next week at a public forum on Māori representation ... More >>

GOVT: One Day, Sometime, in the Future, We'll Hit Surplus

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 9:40 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Prime Minister’s comments in today’s post-Cabinet press conference indicating that the Government will “be in cooee” of surplus, but not necessarily in surplus come Budget Day, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, ... More >>

Showdown looming over cannabis documentary

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 9:33 am | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago has threatened to charge a university club hundreds of dollars if it 'promotes illegal activity' at the premiere of the documentary Druglawed. More >>

New report shows “prefabs” to be fast fix for crisis

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 9:21 am | Pure Advantage

Pure Advantage releases investigative report on its new digital hub promoting ideas for greener, healthier NZ More >>

Iwi leaders’ water claim “nothing but corporate greed”

Monday, 13 April 2015, 2:38 pm | David Rankin

As iwi leaders from around the country meet to discuss claiming commercial rights to all the country’s lakes, rivers, reservoirs, dams and any other fresh water, Ngapuhi academic David Rankin has questioned their motives. More >>


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