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On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Eva Orner

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 12:24 pm | The Nation

But as the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat grew in the 1990, successive governments fought back with harsher and harsher laws. More >>

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews John Tamihere

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 11:56 am | The Nation

John Tamihere says Te Whanau o Waipareira pulled out of a deal to set up a charter school because the contract gave the Education Minister too much power to close the school, and the Government would not include a reference to the trust as a Treaty ... More >>

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Kendal Unruh

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 11:53 am | The Nation

Patrick Gower: Kendal Unruh, one of the leaders of the Never Trump movement. You tried to stop Donald Trump. You tried out here on this floor to stop Donald Trump. Why? Why did it matter so much to you to stop him becoming the Republican nominee? More >>

Q + A - Sunday July 24

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 11:24 am | TVNZ

1. A US naval ship will visit later NZ this year, the first in 30 years. Is this a victory for New Zealand? The architect of our anti-nuclear legislation, former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer is interviewed by Political Editor Corin Dann. More >>

This weekend on The Nation...

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 11:16 am | The Nation

West Auckland's Waipareira Trust has been one of the biggest supporters of charter schools, but they've just pulled the plug on plans for one with more than 100 kids already signed up. Why, and what next for the Act Party's signature policy? Lisa ... More >>

Māori Television calls on E Tū union to settle pay dispute

Friday, 22 July 2016, 4:25 pm | Maori Television Service

Māori Television has called on the E Tū Union to bring to a close a prolonged collective bargaining process in the interest of its staff. More >>

Housing crisis to blame for people living in garages

Friday, 22 July 2016, 4:18 pm | Public Service Association

The housing crisis and continued inaction by the Government is to blame for people in Auckland being forced to live in unapproved garages, sheds and other unsustainable situations, the Public Service Association says. More >>

Peace Activists intimidated by police

Friday, 22 July 2016, 2:24 pm | Peace Action Wellington

Media Release: Peace Activists intimidated by police From: Peace Action Wellington activists Date: 22 July 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More >>

NZDF Air Transport Team a Workhorse in the Middle East

Friday, 22 July 2016, 2:20 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) air transport team sent to support coalition operations in the Middle East has completed the equivalent of three months’ worth of flying in just six weeks. More >>

Response to Chief Ombudsman's Report into OIA Practices

Friday, 22 July 2016, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Treasury

The Treasury has released its response to the Chief Ombudsman's report into OIA practices. More >>

A new mayor for Auckland: Having the answers

Friday, 22 July 2016, 11:34 am | Mark Thomas

Len Brown and Phil Goff are similar. Both have no large, private sector experience. Both have never directly run complex organisations. In addition Phil has no experience of local government or Auckland Council. Fear not, help is at hand You can ‘check ... More >>

NZ Defence Force Tests Amphibious Capability

Friday, 22 July 2016, 11:10 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The NZDF Amphibious Task Force conducts the first iteration of Exercise Joint Waka in the Canterbury area earlier this year. More >>

Wifi in Auckland district courts

Friday, 22 July 2016, 11:07 am | Ministry of Justice

Lawyers, judges, media and other people working in Waitakere and Manukau district courts can access to Ministry-supported wifi from their mobile devices in a new initiative. More >>

Ethnic differences in wellbeing of Kiwi familes

Friday, 22 July 2016, 10:16 am | Superu

Superu has just released its latest Families and Whānau Status Report, which explores the wellbeing of New Zealand’s families and whānau. More >>

Nominations for District Health Board Elected Members Open

Friday, 22 July 2016, 9:15 am | Ministry of Health

Nominations for the seven elected members on New Zealand's District Health Boards (DHBs) are now open. More >>

Kids care passionately about hens

Friday, 22 July 2016, 8:54 am | SAFE

Kiwi children are demonstrating their passion and commitment towards protecting animals by bravely standing up to supermarket giant Countdown. From creating video messages to Countdown’s CEO to starting up a nation-wide petition demanding Countdown ... More >>

Trust Asks Crown Law Just What is a Childs Life Worth

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 5:31 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“ Head injuries equivalent to a car accident is not manslaughter its murder and it’s about time Crown law prosecutors woke up to that fact and stopped worrying about how quickly they can get a prosecution and start concentrating on getting justice ... More >>

Coastal battler throws hat in ring for Heretaunga

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 5:22 pm | Ann Redstone

Ann Redstone has a long history of battling for change in the Heretaunga Electorate, most recently challenging the Police commander around the lack of adequate policing in the area alongside her seven-year campaign to Save the Cape Coast. More >>

Parkupforhomes Hamilton: correction statement

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 4:23 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Further to the press release from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) on 18 July 2016, the following is an amendment to details about Fairfield Enderley Resilience Network (FERN) which were stated in error: More >>

Peace Action Wellington: oppose the warship visit

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 4:13 pm | Peace Action Wellington

Peace Action Wellington is opposed to the upcoming US warship visit, and the ongoing building of military ties with the United States of America to bolster their illegal wars. We join Auckland Peace Action in their mobilisation of public opposition to ... More >>

Nearly Naked Christchurch Beauties Take on Annah Stretton

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 2:41 pm | PETA

Christchurch - Wearing nothing more than black briefs and holding a banner that read, “Compassion Is Always in Fashion – Go Fur-Free”, sexy supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia today descended on fashion ... More >>

Stand for the Environment

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 2:34 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

New Zealanders are being urged to do their bit for the environment by standing in October’s local body elections. More >>

Union applauds Green’s manufacturing announcement

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 2:34 pm | First Union

A union representing working people in the wood, textile and food sections of the manufacturing industry is applauding Green co-leader James Shaw’s announcement that the party will appoint a Minister for Manufacturing in a future government the ... More >>

Clinton vs. Trump and the impact on New Zealand

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 1:58 pm | University of Canterbury

An upcoming UC Connect free public lecture will focus on the raucous 2016 Presidential election in the United States, which is causing headlines around the world. More >>

NZ Government “must move fast” to ban killer microbeads

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 1:40 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Thursday, July 21: Environment Minister Nick Smith is set to hold a meeting to discuss options for banning noxious microbeads from personal care products in New Zealand. More >>

Voting opens for $100M Wairoa Treaty Settlement

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 1:27 pm | Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa

Voting is open for the Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa to have a say on whether their Treaty of Waitangi Settlement goes ahead. More >>

Future focus to Local Government New Zealand conference

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 12:22 pm | Local Government NZ

New Zealand is poised for a period of enormous change in the coming 30 years and initiatives to tackle the major shifts will be launched at the Local Government New Zealand 2016 Conference this weekend. More >>

Testing NZDF Combat Capability at Rimpac

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 11:49 am | New Zealand Defence Force

Ships and aircraft of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) have joined forces to hunt down an “enemy” submarine and attack it with torpedoes. More >>

E tū supports Green Party manufacturing initiatives

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 11:28 am | E tu

E tū says it supports in principle the initiatives released by the Green Party today, to support high value manufacturing. E tū’s National Director of Industries, Ged O’Connell says E tū has previously endorsed all the policies, including the ... More >>

Green Party’s plan to boost manufacturing a winner

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 11:25 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Today’s announcement from the Green Party to boost manufacturing in New Zealand is supported by working people. “Increasing and improving manufacturing in New Zealand is a specific way to create more quality jobs which is crucial,” CTU President, ... More >>

US ship decision a victory for people power - Greenpeace

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 10:31 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Tuesday 21 July, Auckland - The US Government’s decision to send a warship to New Zealand is a huge victory for people power, Greenpeace said today. More >>

Activists plan to block US warship

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 10:29 am | Auckland Peace Action

Auckland Peace Action (APA) is planning a protest flotilla against warships visiting NZ as part of the NZ Navy’s 75th birthday. More >>

Battle for our Birds 2016 operations begin

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 10:23 am | Department of Conservation

The largest pest control operation in New Zealand’s history has been launched today by Conservation Minister Maggie Barry. More >>

New home deposit rules could turn off 22% of investors

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 4:45 pm | Horizon Research Limited

The Reserve Bank’s move to increase the deposit needed for investors to buy a home above 30% will have a significant impact on the market. More >>

Community and health issues up for debate at AGM

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 3:26 pm | LGNZ

The local government sector will vote on seven significant issues when it gathers for its annual AGM in Dunedin on July 24. There is a strong focus on community and health issues in this year’s remits, including police resourcing, housing standards ... More >>

Seniors Party Moves Ahead with a Web Site Launched

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 1:12 pm | NZ Seniors Party

Paul Rea, interim Chairperson of the NZ Seniors Party announced today that the Party had launched its new web site z More >>

New Zealand “must act fast” in wake of new temperature data

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 12:29 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Wednesday, July 20: In the wake of today’s revelation by one the world’s foremost climate institutes that the planet has just experienced the hottest six months on record, the Executive Director of Greenpeace New Zealand is calling on the NZ Government ... More >>

New Zealand “must act fast” in wake of new temperature data

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 12:28 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Wednesday, July 20: In the wake of today’s revelation by one the world’s foremost climate institutes that the planet has just experienced the hottest six months on record, the Executive Director of Greenpeace New Zealand is calling on the NZ Government ... More >>

Commission welcomes new 1 in 3 Be Free app

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 12:20 pm | Human Rights Commission

20 July 2016: The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the launch of a new app, which is set to empower more women to deal with, or escape, abusive or controlling relationships. More >>

Drugged up Father Gets Life for Murder

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 12:06 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Troy Solomon, 25, told police he had just got high when he found his baby girl drowning in two inches of water in the bath. However, a post-mortem examination revealed Aaliyah Izabella Betty Solomon had died from two blunt force injuries to her skull and could ... More >>

Live cattle export to Indonesia disaster for animals

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 11:05 am | SAFE

Government moves to export live cattle to Indonesia will see horrific suffering of New Zealand animals says animal advocacy group SAFE. New Zealand’s intentions to invest in cattle breeding programs in Indonesia could see a large number of New ... More >>

Treasury vindicates Cannabis Party

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 10:15 am | Cannabis Party

Figures released by Treasury prove the economic viability of The Cannabis Party's policy, while destroying the credibility of police claims about cannabis harms. More >>

Vacancies rose in June – MBIE Jobs Online Report

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 10:05 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Vacancies rose in June – MBIE Jobs Online Report The number of job vacancies rose by 1.2 per cent in June 2016, and by 13.5 per cent over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report. ... More >>

Study Shows Online Harassment At Epidemic Proportions

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 10:03 am | Norton

Norton Study Shows Online Harassment At Epidemic Proportions for Young New Zealand Women 72% of Kiwi women under 30 experience online harassment; 52% of all Kiwi women More >>

Don’t leave a toxic legacy – give up on the TPPA

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 9:05 am | It's Our Future

Joe Biden’s visit to New Zealand comes amongst desperate moves to try to rescue the deeply unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Citizens opposed to the TPPA will be at Auckland Airport today to call for an end to the TPPA. More >>

Corporate Welfare for RLWC Shows Government Priorities

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 3:49 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says health, education and fixing New Zealand’s housing crisis would be a much better use of the $1.35 million of taxpayer money that the Government will use to subsidise the 2017 Rugby League World Cup , which New Zealand ... More >>

Welfare Law must become more child-centred

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 3:23 pm | NZ Council of Christian Social Services

This is a vital opportunity for politicians to move to a more child-centred approach to social welfare. That is a key message from NZCCSS today to MPs at Parliament’s Social Services Select Committee hearing on the Social Security Legislation Rewrite ... More >>

AVCA issues Bill of Consumer Rights for Vapers in NZ

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 2:55 pm | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

The Aotearoa Vape Community Advocacy (AVCA) group has issued a “Bill of Consumer Rights in New Zealand” ( ) that they hope will highlight the issues surrounding the legality and availability of nicotine containing ... More >>

Poverty affects children at all stages of life, says CPAG

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 2:16 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Findings of a new study released by the University of Auckland this week show that almost one in five secondary school students and nearly half of all Pacific school students in New Zealand are living in poverty. More >>

A Student Friendly Wellington helps students thrive

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 1:47 pm | VUWSA

Today, Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) launched the Student Friendly Wellington website, as part of their Student Friendly Wellington campaign – an initiative that will help make Wellington a place where students ... More >>

The start of an equal and accessible New Zealand?

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 12:55 pm | Blind Foundation

On the 19th and 20th of July 2016, 121 youth MPs will take over Parliament to debate the mock Bill titled “Accessible Web Pages and Apps”. More >>

Landfarming – Toxic waste disposal or recycling of rocks?

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 11:30 am | Climate Justice Taranaki

Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ) Chief Executive Cameron Madgwick said, “landfarming is nothing more than taking the ground-up rocks, mud and minerals left over from drilling activities and recycling them by placing ... More >>

NZ's lack of action on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 11:28 am | Independent Maori Monitoring Mechanism

Iwi Māori have taken the government to task about their lack of implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Members of the Monitoring Mechanism, an independent working group of the National Iwi Chairs Forum ... More >>

Calls for Maori to “Mind Our Kids Ourselveves"

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 10:27 am | The Maori Party

In her address to the annual general meeting on Saturday of the Maori Party, of which she had been president for the past three years, Rangimarie Naida Glavish, ONZM, promoted the formation of a new organisation, MOKO (Mind Our Kids Ourselves) ... More >>

Give Ashley Peacock the life he deserves

Monday, 18 July 2016, 3:35 pm | Disability Support Network

Disability support providers are calling on the Ministry of Health to end Ashley Peacock’s seclusion and fund the real support plan on offer. More >>

Agreement reached over multi-million dollar Tiwai arrears

Monday, 18 July 2016, 3:10 pm | E tu

E tū and New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) met in Wellington on Tuesday 12 July 2016 to discuss the way forward in the Lieu Day dispute. More >>

Community and Voluntary Sector snapshot survey

Monday, 18 July 2016, 2:01 pm | Comvoices

Since its first survey in 2014, ComVoices has continued to receive feedback from community organisations that say they are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. More >>

Protecting animals at Rio Olympics 2016

Monday, 18 July 2016, 1:10 pm | World Animal Protection

Rio de Janeiro, July 20, 2016 – International charity, World Animal Protection and the Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games have announced a partnership to keep the city’s animals safe in the run up to and during the Games. More >>

Park Up For Homes in Hamilton and Napier on July 23

Monday, 18 July 2016, 12:59 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

In the height of winter, as wind lashes and rain pours, the #ParkUpForHomes movement is going to extra lengths to show that it is not tolerable for whānau to be braving this kind of weather without adequate housing to keep them safe and warm. More >>

New push to cope with winter need

Monday, 18 July 2016, 12:37 pm | Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is launching its first ever winter appeal as front-line staff prepare for one of their busiest times of the year. More >>


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