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It’s time the NZ Media stood up to be counted

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 4:42 pm | NZ Seniors Party

NZ Media It’s time the NZ Media stood up to be counted. Government controlled ????? The NZSP is tired of having its media releases consistently ignored and blocked by the total NZ media. Why when every other party can have air time on radio and TV ... More >>

Forest & Bird to defend New Zealand’s conservation land

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 4:12 pm | Forest And Bird

26 February 2017 Environmental organisation Forest & Bird will argue in New Zealand’s highest court that specially protected conservation land belongs to New Zealanders and to nature, and can’t be traded away for commercial development. More >>

Uninspired Voters a No Show

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 9:51 am | The Opportunities Party

Uninspired Voters a No Show For Immediate Release 25 Feb 2017 The Opportunities Party would like to thank the people of Mt. Albert for engaging with our candidate, Geoff Simmons, and with our ideas in this by-election. The people we have met during the ... More >>

Mt Albert by-Election Preliminary Results

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 9:50 am | Electoral Commission

Saturday 25 February 2017 Electoral Commission Te Kaitiaki Take Kōwhiri Mt Albert by-Election Preliminary Results The Electoral Commission has released the preliminary results for the 25 February 2017 Parliamentary by-election in the electorate of Mt ... More >>

Zionists incite hatred towards UNWRA

Saturday, 25 February 2017, 1:20 pm | Palestine Human Rights Campaign

Zionists incite hatred towards UNWRA A Shalom Kiwi Press Release UN agency continues to incite anti-Semitic violence claims that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is guilty ofinciting Jihadist terrorism and anti-Semitism. ... More >>

No Pride in Prisons says NZ Police “nothing to be proud of”

Saturday, 25 February 2017, 1:17 pm | No Pride in Prisons

Prison abolitionist organisation No Pride in Prisons opposes the inclusion of the New Zealand Police in tonight’s Auckland Pride Parade. More >>

Prime Minister makes official visit to New Zealand

Saturday, 25 February 2017, 1:13 pm | Government Of Timor-Leste

The Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo, is undertaking an official visit to New Zealand, leaving Díli on the 25th of February and returning on the 4th of March. The visit is being conducted in response to an invitation from the Government ... More >>

Nick Smith’s water policy a washout

Friday, 24 February 2017, 4:05 pm | Choose Clean Water

Clean water campaigners say Minister for the Environment Nick Smith has failed to provide evidence that he is not worsening water quality standards. “Nick Smith has let New Zealanders and New Zealand down,” says Choose Clean Water spokesperson ... More >>

Tony Savage selected as Labour’s candidate for Whangarei

Friday, 24 February 2017, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Tony Savage has been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Whangarei for the 2017 General Election. More >>

Angie Warren-Clark selected as Labour’s candidate for BoP

Friday, 24 February 2017, 3:49 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Angie Warren-Clark has been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Bay of Plenty for the 2017 General Election. More >>

Target more trees- by not eating animal products

Friday, 24 February 2017, 3:07 pm | Peter Wakeman

Most of us are very busy in our day to day things, we appear unaware of so many things including what by-elections and general elections can mean. More >>

Good and bad in new swimmable rivers target

Friday, 24 February 2017, 2:47 pm | New Zealand Recreation Association

The New Zealand Recreation Association has welcomed yesterday’s announcement that the government will work towards ensuring 90 per cent of New Zealand's lakes and rivers reach swimmable water quality standards by 2040. However, it has criticised ... More >>

More than words on Housing

Friday, 24 February 2017, 1:51 pm | Peter Wakeman

How can people not owning a house get ahead with 15% GST, rents and other living costs when wage increases do not keep up? More >>

Historical abuse a major human rights & race relations issue

Friday, 24 February 2017, 12:50 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission says the Prime Minister’s refusal to meet commissioners to discuss the abuse of New Zealanders held in state run institutions is deeply disappointing. Last week the Commission wrote to the Prime Minister inviting him to meet to discuss ... More >>

St John proud to get Rainbow Tick

Friday, 24 February 2017, 12:23 pm | St John

Many St John staff will literally show their pride in the organisation’s recently acquired Rainbow Tick through their participation in the upcoming Pride Parade along Auckland’s Ponsonby Rd on February 25. More >>

“Torture in New Zealand Prisons” booklet released

Friday, 24 February 2017, 10:53 am | No Pride in Prisons

The prisoner advocacy organisation No Pride in Prisons has today released its report into torture, cruel and inhumane treatment in New Zealand prisons. More >>

Local Boards Spend $27k Throwing Parties for Neighbours Day

Friday, 24 February 2017, 10:49 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

It has been reported that eight local boards in Auckland are spending $27000 of ratepayers' money on treating a few lucky locals to a BBQ. $200 grants are being offered so that 114 residents can get to know their neighbours better during ‘Neighbours Day’. ... More >>

Minister will give forest industry a greater voice

Friday, 24 February 2017, 10:34 am | NZ Forest Industry Council

The Forest Owners Association says it’s looking forward to a higher profile in government with the appointment of Hon Louise Upston as holder of the forest portfolio in her role as Associate Minister for Primary Industries. More >>

School funding freeze drives support staff to union meetings

Friday, 24 February 2017, 10:19 am | NZEI

The government’s freeze on school funding and its impact on their pay negotiations will drive teacher aides and other school support staff to nationwide paid union meetings in March. More >>

Clean Water Document an improvement, long way to go

Friday, 24 February 2017, 10:17 am | Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group

Freshwater Iwi Leaders say Clean Water Document an improvement, but there is still a long way to go. More >>

Human rights is the new business risk

Friday, 24 February 2017, 10:10 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Globalisation has sharpened debate on the responsibility of corporations for their human rights footprint but the question of how they can be held liable for human rights violations remains. More >>

Insurance Council asks Dunne to come clean on funding FENZ

Friday, 24 February 2017, 9:43 am | Insurance Council

The Insurance Council of New Zealand is asking Internal Affairs Minister and United Future Leader to come clean about how he would fund a national emergency response service. More >>

Police to march with pride

Friday, 24 February 2017, 9:04 am | New Zealand Police

A strong contingent of off-duty Police staff will participate in the annual Pride Parade on Saturday 25 February in celebration of the diverse communities we are part of. More >>

Gov't Criticised for Lack of Ambition in Cleaning up water

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 4:36 pm | NZ Fish and Game Council

The government is being criticised for not being ambitious enough in its just-announced plan to improve water quality in the country’s rivers, lakes and streams. More >>

Swimmable rivers: Greenpeace says look below the surface

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:57 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace is encouraging voters to look below the surface of the Government’s new announcement on swimmable rivers. More >>

Mt Albert by-election: Wakeman view of media

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:51 pm | Peter Wakeman

Mt Albert by-election for a new MP on the 25/2/17 Wakeman view of media More >>

“Swimmable” rivers five times more likely to make you sick

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:13 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river. More >>

Sexual Violence sector partners with ACC

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:09 pm | Toah-Nnest

Sexual violence is highly prevalent in New Zealand; we know that at least 1 in 5 Kiwis will experience sexual violence at some time in their lives. There are serious and long-term impacts on the physical and mental health of survivors. Te Ohaakii ... More >>

EDS welcomes freshwater announcements

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:52 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has welcomed the Government’s announcement of the latest round of freshwater reforms. More >>

Final Milestone in Iwi Settlement Process

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:43 pm | Te Atiawa Trust

Today marks the conclusion of the Treaty Settlement process for Taranaki Iwi, Te Atiawa, Ngāruahine. Each iwi will receive the remainder of their treaty settlements formalising the transfer of all redress from each respective Iwi deeds of settlement. More >>

Nicky Hager files case in the Human Rights Review Tribunal

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:35 pm | Felix Geiringer

Nicky Hager has filed a case against Westpac with the Human Rights Review Tribunal. This is yet another step in Mr Hager’s response to the unlawful search of his home and private information by Police. More >>

Gamblers spent $118 million more in FY 2015/16

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:23 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Gamblers in New Zealand spent $2209 million dollars on the four main forms of gambling in the 2015/16 financial year, $118 million (5.6 per cent) more than the previous year, according to figures compiled by the Department of Internal Affairs. More was ... More >>

Thumbs up to gas that will help keep global warming at bay

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:56 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Plans to import a new class of refrigerant gas that won’t harm the ozone layer have been given the thumbs up by the Environmental Protection Authority. More >>

Greg O’Connor supports council purchase of Forest of Tane

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:52 pm | Greg O'Connor

“After spending time walking through the ‘Forest of Tane’ on Tawa’s western hills, and attending a large public meeting of concerned citizens, I am absolutely convinced that the council should purchase the so called ‘Forest of Tane’ to ... More >>

Energy Policies of IEA Countries - New Zealand 2017 Review

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:43 pm | International Energy Agency

Since the last IEA in-depth review in 2010, New Zealand has further developed its energy policy, as reflected in its energy strategy to 2021 and new rules for more competitive electricity markets. With its unique resource base, New Zealand is a ... More >>

Clean energy and electricity security at centre of NZ visit

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:41 pm | International Energy Agency

The International Energy Agency’s executive director, Dr Fatih Birol, visited New Zealand this week where he presented with Judith Collins, the Minister of Energy and Resources, the IEA’s latest in-depth review of New Zealand energy policies. More >>

Service at Bougainville Peace Talks Qualifies for Medal

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:36 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealanders who served at the Bougainville peace talks in 1990 are now eligible for the New Zealand Operational Service Medal. More >>

Māori activism & hidden achievements online

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:02 pm | Karaitiana Taiuru

A new online publication outlining 20 years of activism and achievements by Māori who have fought for the right to be to be fairly represented in the New Zealand Internet Domain Name System is now available. More >>

New sanctions useful but much more needed

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:36 am | Mike Treen

The new sanctions involving banning employers temporarily from sponsoring visas to import labour to New Zealand is a useful, but very small step, given the scale of the migrant labour exploitation that exists in New Zealand More >>

Campaigners will fight National's new freshwater policy

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:19 am | Choose Clean Water

Clean river campaigners say the government’s changes to freshwater policy to be announced today are yet another blow to New Zealand’s declining rivers and lakes and a slap in the face to the public who have resoundingly called for a swimmable ... More >>

Clampdown on Rogue Employers Good First Step!

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:39 am | Human Trafficking Research Coalition

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More >>

Kauri Tree Sitter to Stand for The Greens

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:30 am | Michael Tavares

Michael Tavares, the 34 year old who occupied a threatened West Auckland kauri tree in March 2015 has put his name forward to be a candidate for the Green Party in this year’s election in the Auckland electorate of Northcote. More >>

Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive of Te Mātāwai

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 4:36 pm | Te Matawai

I whakapuakina e te Poari o Te Mātāwai i te rangi nei, ko Te Atarangi Whiu, nō Ngāpuhi, nō Ngāti Ranginui, nō Ngāti Maniapoto hoki, hei Tumu Whakarae tuatahi māna, kua kopoua nei hei whakatū i te whare o Te Mātāwai, hei ārahi hoki i āna ... More >>

E tū forced to withdraw from Mayoral meeting on Cadbury

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:57 pm | E tu

E tū was forced to withdraw from today’s Mayoral forum on the proposed closure of Dunedin’s Cadbury factory, citing legal concerns. More >>

Hauraki Gulf Forum dysfunctional

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:12 pm | Democracy Action

The ongoing divisions and infighting within the Hauraki Gulf Forum need to stop if the group has any hope in protecting and enhancing the Hauraki Gulf, says pro-democracy group Democracy Action. The first meeting of the newly constituted Forum on Monday ... More >>

Howard League CEO Crime at ACT conference

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2:13 pm | ACT New Zealand

Former Labour President and Howard League CEO Mike Williams on Crime: Last Chance to Register this Week More >>

Joyce’s Commitment to Mum And Dad Taxpayers Welcomed

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Steven Joyce’s commitment to Mum and Dad taxpayers and more efficient public services in his speech yesterday to the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand is being welcomed by the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Little Expectations - By Kieran Kelly

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 12:54 pm | Kieran Kelly

It does not matter what lies in his heart. It does not matter that he is severely uncharismatic. It does not even matter that he looks eerily like the animated plasticine character Wallace (I keep half-expecting him to reveal his latest contraption for ... More >>

Judge's Comments Suggest Bribery More Widespread

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 11:59 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the sentencing of Stephen Borlase and Murray Noone for bribery , Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union says: “Justice Fitzgerald’s has made very clear that illegal gift-giving and backhanders were ... More >>

High Court Sentencing – Auckland Transport Statement

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 11:01 am | Auckland Transport

In 2013, Auckland Transport began an investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption within the road corridor maintenance area and subsequently handed the matter over to the Serious Fraud Office. More >>

Last Chance to Enrol for Mt Albert by-Election

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 10:58 am | Electoral Commission

Voters in the Mt Albert electorate need to enrol now if they haven’t already done so to be able to take part in the Mt Albert by-election. More >>

Multicultural NZ supports call to collect data on hate crime

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 10:21 am | Multicultural New Zealand

Multicultural New supports the Human Rights Commission and the NZ Jewish Council in their call for the Police to collect data on the incidence of hate crime. More >>

Fun Police fail to Crop TOP

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 10:09 am | The Opportunities Party

The Electoral Commission has this afternoon cleared The Opportunities Party (TOP) of any wrong doing in their campaign for the Mt Albert by-election after failing to uphold a complaint by David Seymour of ACT. More >>

2020 Vision?

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 10:05 am | E tu

E tū, the union which covers contract cleaners, security guards, and catering and hospitality workers today welcomed the increase in the Living Wage to $20.20 an hour. More >>

National selects Yule for Tukituki

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 8:59 am | New Zealand National Party

Lawrence Yule has been selected as National’s candidate for the Tukituki electorate for the 2017 General Election. More >>

Un agency continues to incite anti-Semitic violence

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 3:53 pm | Shalom.Kiwi

A recent report presented by UN Watch to the United States congress has uncovered more than 40 alarming new cases of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) school teachers in Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria inciting Jihadist ... More >>

PM defers to Foreign Minister on UNSC resolution questions

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 3:49 pm | Shalom.Kiwi

In the last days of 2016, an open letter was sent to Prime Minister Bill English , signed by 28 organisations and 858 Jewish and non-Jewish Kiwis, condemning New Zealand’s decision to co-sponsor and vote for the biased anti-Israel United Nations ... More >>

Jailed for betrayal of colleagues and taxpayers

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 3:17 pm | Serious Fraud Office

Joanne Harrison appeared in the Manukau District Court today and has received a sentence of imprisonment of three years and seven months in relation to a fraud committed during her employment at the Ministry of Transport. More >>

Release of second tranche of investor confidence rating

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 2:15 pm | The Treasury

The Treasury has today released the results of the second tranche of the Investor Confidence Rating (ICR), which examines the investment management practices of five District Health Boards (DHBs). More >>

Retirement Commissioner failing to act on a FTT?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 12:54 pm | Peter Wakeman

The Retirement Commissioner acknowledges your interest in potentially using a financial transaction tax to fund superannuation costs; however, such a tax is one of many potential funding options (eg. increasing superannuation costs could equally be funded ... More >>

 

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