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Stereotyping ethnic groups as irresponsible pet owners wrong

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 6:36 pm | Human Rights Commission

Sweeping claims by an SPCA spokesman stereotyping entire races as irresponsible people who don’t care about their pets are “unhelpful, wrong and incredibly offensive to a lot of people” says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. More >>

Amy Adam shows her ignorance about medical cannabis

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 4:55 pm | ALCP

Justice Minister Amy Adams has no ministerial responsibility for medical cannabis, despite her uneducated comments about the issue in the Taranaki Daily Mail. More >>

GG attending ceremony of condolences for HM King Abdullah

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 7:05 pm | Governor General

Governor-General attending ceremony of condolences for HM King Abdullah At the invitation of the Prime Minister, the Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae will travel to Saudi Arabia to represent New Zealand at the ceremony of condolences ... More >>

Korero Mai Kia Ahau: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 January 2015

Friday, 23 January 2015, 3:11 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 More >>

Let’s Talk About Race – Dame Susan Devoy

Friday, 23 January 2015, 11:46 am | Race Relations Commissioner

At the weekend columnist Fran O’Sullivan described my statements on Race Relations Day 2015 as “breathtakingly naïve”. The reality is that my statements were made more than a year ago and were solely about Race Relations Day 2014. Not 2015. However ... More >>

Government Financial Statements to 30/11/14

Friday, 23 January 2015, 10:09 am | New Zealand Treasury

Core Crown tax revenue was $94 million below forecast. GST, source deductions and corporate tax together were collectively $138 million lower than forecast, partly offset by higher-than-forecast customs and excise duties. However, year-on-year growth ... More >>

Changes won't cure house prices, will undermine protections

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 5:18 pm | Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

Major changes to Resource Management Act (RMA) proposed by the Minister for the Environment will weaken environmental safeguards and will not solve housing affordability issues, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ, ECO. More >>

Chief Archivist's Government Recordkeeping and Audit Reports

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 4:49 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

The Chief Archivist’s two reports to the Minister of Internal Affairs on the state of recordkeeping in public offices, and on the audits carried out for 2012/2013 and 2013/2014, were presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

The Treaty has to take centre stage

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 4:09 pm | The Morgan Foundation

Is the Treaty of Waitangi done and dusted when the last iwi claim is settled? – not according to Gareth Morgan. Today at Ratana Pa Gareth explained that despite the historic settlements, New Zealand has yet to honour the Treaty. Gareth says Pakeha ... More >>

The Enduring Legacy of Neo-Liberalism

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 3:59 pm | New Zealand Fabian Society

Sir Ted Thomas will discuss "The Enduring Legacy of Neo-Liberalism" on Wednesday 11 February at Connolly Hall, Guildford Street, Wellington at 5:30pm. Sir Edmund argues that the gross inequality in income and wealth which besets New Zealand ... More >>

Caritas cautions against undermining RMA

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 3:05 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

The proposed Resource Management Act changes must keep promotion of sustainable environmental management as the main purpose of the Resource Management Act, and not use affordable housing as camouflage for significant changes, says Caritas. More >>

Stepping up for the LGBTIQ Youth Leaders Conference

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 2:56 pm | US Embassy

Leading LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) youth advocates from New Zealand and the Pacific will come together at the NXT15 Youth Leaders Conference in February to empower the rights of rainbow youth. More >>

RMA changes welcome, but problem bigger than housing

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 11:47 am | The New Zealand Initiative

The New Zealand Initiative has welcomed the overhaul of the Resource Management Act, in particular the focus on housing affordability and the restoration of property rights, but is still concerned about the ambiguity surrounding Section 5. More >>

Smith Could Deliver National's Largest Ever Tax Cut

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 10:53 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the Government’s acknowledgement of the size of the RMA regulatory tax. Responding to the report by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, and last night’s speech from Environment Minister Nick Smith, Jordan ... More >>

Expert appeals for caution in the holiday road toll debate

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 10:13 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury expert has appealed for caution in finding answers to the jump in the holiday road toll. More >>

EDS responds to Hon Dr Nick Smith’s speech

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 7:20 pm | EDS

The Environmental Defence Society is responding to Hon Dr Nick Smith’s announcements today regarding RMA reforms. More >>

Court case reconfirms QEII covenants’ clout

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 3:57 pm | QEII National Trust

For the second time in less than 12 months the durability of QEII National Trust covenants has been confirmed by the High Court. More >>

New Court Provisions on Restorative Justice

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 3:34 pm | Rethinking Crime and Punishment

“Contrary to popular assumptions”, says Professor Chris Marshall, who holds the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice at Victoria University, “restorative justice is primarily about meeting the needs of victims, not about being soft on ... More >>

EDS seeks moderation in RMA reforms

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 1:15 pm | EDS

EDS notes that the Minister for the Environment, Hon Dr Nick Smith, is to set out his evolving thinking on the vexed issue of RMA reforms in a speech this evening to the Nelson Rotary Club. More >>

Low inflation but high housing costs

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 12:07 pm | Council of Trade Unions

“Rising housing costs are a big worry for households, despite the fall in the CPI in the three months to December”, says Bill Rosenberg, CTU Economist. More >>

DOC to develop new guidelines

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 10:45 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation says it is taking steps to ensure a more consistent approach to its handling of applications for commercial concessions in national parks in response to an opinion released last month by the Ombudsman. More >>

5-Year Passports Continue to Clip Kiwis' Wings

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:21 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is renewing calls for a return to 10-year passports in 2015 after Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne’s failure to address New Zealand’s expensive passport regime that sees New Zealanders pay more but get less. More >>

Access to Births, Deaths, Marriages records reviewed

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:15 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Internal Affairs Hon Peter Dunne today announced a review of access to Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) records. More >>

Pasifika Mentoring Programme's first graduation

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 11:25 am | PARS

The first five participants of PARS’ (People At Risk Solutions) Toe Feso’ota’I Mentoring Programme graduated on Wednesday the 17th of December, marking the beginning of an innovative and culturally responsive mentoring programme that’s already helped ... More >>

Teen births on the way down in New Zealand

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 11:06 am | Superu

This is one of the findings of the latest research from the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu, formerly known as the Families Commission). The research, released today and based on 2013 data, shows that: More >>

Tolley bitches about beneficiaries growing pot

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 10:52 am | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Anne Tolley's bitching about beneficiaries being too well off because they grow cannabis is a gross generalisation which highlights the government's failed drug policy. More >>

Korea–NZ Friendship Advisory Group Established

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 10:35 am | Embassy of the Replic of Korea

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea today announced that it has established a Korea-New Zealand Friendship Advisory Group in order to further deepen relationships between the two countries in business, trade, culture and people to people exchanges. The ... More >>

Young Kiwis admit to unauthorised streaming and downloads

Monday, 19 January 2015, 2:20 pm | Wright Communications

Almost half of young New Zealanders admit to unauthorised streaming of TV programmes and almost a third indulge in unauthorised downloading of movies. More >>

Review of cost of food safety and biosecurity services

Monday, 19 January 2015, 11:58 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries is looking for feedback on proposed updates to fee rates needed to maintain the safety of New Zealand’s food and protect New Zealand from biosecurity risks. More >>

New Zealand's voice at the Security Council

Sunday, 18 January 2015, 11:33 am | Palestinian Human Rights Campaign

In a statement to the United Nations Security Council on 15 January 2015, New Zealand's Permanent Representative to theUN, Jim McLay, admitted that, “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has endured for too long, and its resolution is overdue.” However, healso ... More >>

Charity sites are being targeted by credit card fraudsters

Friday, 16 January 2015, 11:48 am | Netsafe

NetSafe is warning New Zealand charities taking online donations to be on the alert after receiving two reports this week of cyber criminals launching automated attacks that attempt to validate large numbers of stolen credit cards. More >>

Waihopai Spybase Protest Saturday January 24th

Friday, 16 January 2015, 9:55 am | Anti Bases Campaign

People from all around New Zealand will be converging on the super-secret Waihopai satellite interception spybase, in Marlborough, on Saturday January 24th . More >>

Dangerous Fishing Methods Kill Endangered Species

Friday, 16 January 2015, 9:30 am | Sea Shepherd NZ

The recent deaths of a Hector’s Dolphin calf at Wakefield Quay and an adult at Richmond Bay cause concern regarding the lack of protection in the Tasman Bay area. Set netting in areas that are habited by Hector’s Dolphin are dangerous to the ... More >>

111 TXT service now working

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 9:19 am | New Zealand Police

People with hearing and speech difficulties, and who are registered, can continue to contact emergency services through the service. More >>

Antarctic Toothfish Pirate fishing: The rule book is slim

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 5:39 pm | Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

The national environmental alliance ECO NZ has congratulated the New Zealand Navy and government for monitoring unauthorized and unreported fishing in Southern Ocean. More >>

Government apathy behind dolphin deaths

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 4:22 pm | Maui's and Hector's Dolphin Education Action

Dolphin Defenders are blaming Governmental apathy and complacency for the death of an adult female Hector’s Dolphin, and calf, in a recreational set-net near Nelson last week. More >>

Outage to 111 TXT service- Ring 111 in an emergency

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 2:07 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are working to resolve an outage to the national 111 text service which allows those with hearing or speech difficulties to contact emergency services by text. More >>

Air Force on Display at Wairarapa Air Show

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 12:40 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) will be putting on a grand display on January 17 and 18 with several of its aircraft at the ninth Wings Over Wairarapa air show in Masterton. More >>

Commissioner acknowledges feedback on road safety campaign

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Police

The Commissioner of Police, Mike Bush, today said he had listened to the public feedback in relation to the summer road safety campaign and that Police would learn from the experience. More >>

New opinion – Information Regarding Treaty Negotiations

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 9:52 am | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman has released her opinion on a complaint about the withholding of information relating to Whanganui River Iwi Treaty of Waitangi negotiations. While some information was released during the investigation because of progress in the ... More >>

Young Kiwi named as Queen’s Young Leader

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 9:40 am | Commonwealth Youth New Zealand

Commonwealth Youth New Zealand congratulates 60 inspiring young Commonwealth citizens, including New Zealander, Tabby Besley, who were named overnight as the inaugural winners of The Queen’s Young Leaders Award. The awards celebrate the achievements ... More >>

Minister Throws Drivers & Bobbies under the Bus

Tuesday, 13 January 2015, 5:11 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling on the Minister of Police, Michael Woodhouse, to apologise to frontline police and the public for the failed Reach the Beach campaign that has massively confused Kiwis over road safety. More >>

Email Spammer Fined $12,000

Tuesday, 13 January 2015, 4:54 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs has welcomed the announcement today of the $12,000 penalty plus costs imposed on an Auckland man for sending spam emails in breach of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007. More >>

Minister Must Take Responsibility for Holiday Speed Backlash

Tuesday, 13 January 2015, 11:47 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming what looks set to be a U-turn by Police Minister Michael Woodhouse on the lowered summer speed tolerance. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

RBNZ Chair Comments on Central Bank of the Year Award

Tuesday, 13 January 2015, 9:26 am | Reserve Bank

The Central Bank of the Year award given to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is recognition of innovative work undertaken by the Bank to enhance its contribution to the New Zealand economy, Reserve Bank Chair, Dr Rod Carr, said today. More >>

Humanists call for strengthening of free speech

Monday, 12 January 2015, 12:37 pm | Humanist Society

New Zealand – The Humanist Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists are calling on politicians to repeal New Zealand’s Blasphemy Law. The terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo offices have highlighted the need ... More >>

Free GP visits

Monday, 12 January 2015, 12:26 pm | Grey Power New Zealand

Grey Power has welcomed a New Zealand First Bill which would see people with the Super Gold card and who draw national superannuation get three free visits to their GP per year. With about 600,000 Super Gold card holders the Bill, if it became law, ... More >>

EDS will not seek leave to appeal the Ruataniwha decision

Monday, 12 January 2015, 11:13 am | Environmental Defence Society

Late last year the High Court found substantially in favour of the environmental groups that lodged appeals relating to the proposed Ruataniwha Irrigation Dam in Hawke's Bay. More >>

Canterbury symposium to look at the future of the Antarctic

Sunday, 11 January 2015, 9:52 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury postgraduate symposium will later this month raise issues relating to crucial decisions which will impact on the future of the Antarctic. More >>

Transgender advocates march in support of Leelah Alcorn

Saturday, 10 January 2015, 7:23 pm | Joint Press Release

Approximately 50 transgender advocates and allies marched up Queen Street to Aotea Square earlier today, in memory of Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old trans woman who took her life late last year. More >>

Pinkwash - baleage wrap conceals true cause of rural cancer

Saturday, 10 January 2015, 12:03 pm | Food Matters Aotearoa

Have you noticed the eye-catching pink wrap now appearing in paddocks around you? Agpac’s admirable action in donating a percentage of the price of each roll to the Sweet Louise breast cancer charity highlights the health problems facing rural ... More >>

Wellington Jews, Christians, Muslims denounce killings

Friday, 9 January 2015, 4:13 pm | Wellington Council of Christians and Jews

Wellington Jews, Christians, and Muslims denounce the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris as an attack on the basic freedoms which enable us to practice our religions and coexist in a democratic society. More >>

Many families struggle to meet funeral costs

Friday, 9 January 2015, 11:45 am | University of Canterbury

Many families struggle to meet funeral costs and grants do not cover basic funeral costs More >>

Twelve steps to safety

Friday, 9 January 2015, 11:00 am | Dog And Lemon guide

A prominent road safety campaigner has outlined a twelve-step a plan to halve the road toll in five years. More >>

Federated Farmers also want overseas investment audit and register

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 6:05 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers has added its support to Labour MP Stuart Nash’s call for an audit of overseas investment in New Zealand. President William Rolleston says the Federation supports direct overseas investment in New Zealand, but for sensitive ... More >>

Wellington Mayor expresses sympathy to France

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 5:43 pm | Wellington City Council

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown expresses the Capital City's sympathy to the French Ambassador - and our solidarity HE Laurent Contini Ambassador of France More >>

Fakes fail at the border

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 5:42 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs made over 400 interceptions of counterfeit goods last year, totalling over 43,000 branded items. The most common fakes were branded sports clothes and caps, clothing, smartphones and accessories, footwear and toys from children’s films. More >>

EPMU condemns attack against Charlie Hebdo

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 5:39 pm | Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

The union for New Zealand journalists stands in solidarity with the victims of the attack on Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris. "We condemn the use of violence to intimidate and silence journalists, whether they are reporters, photographers or cartoonists," ... More >>

Crocodile skull stopped at border

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 2:58 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Christchurch biosecurity staff have started the new year with the bizarre seizure of a crocodile skull designed to be worn as a giant pendant. More >>

Maori Muslim Prays for Paris - #PriezPourParis

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 7:55 am | TeRata Rangi Hikairo

Ka whakapono matou o Ngai Iharaima ki nga matapono o te Aroha, te Rangimarie me te Ngakau nui. I tenei wa Pouri, ka tukuna matou o matou aroha ki nga whanau kei Paris. Kua taki, kua tukuna nga karakia ki a Allah mo ratou, mo a ratou orange, mo a ratou ... More >>

 

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