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Factory farming debaters to look chicken in the eye

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 9:23 am | SAFE

MPs participating in a panel discussion about factory farming will come face-to-face with a real live hen, rescued from the claws of the intensive farming industry. Hettie the Hen will demonstrate to the MPs what little space is afforded to each of New ... More >>

Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 9:12 am | MANA Movement

“There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority of MANA members ... More >>

Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton

Monday, 1 September 2014, 6:47 pm | Matthew Hooton

Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment ... More >>

The Worm turns down for John Key

Monday, 1 September 2014, 6:22 pm | Roy Morgan Research

John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s ... More >>

The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent

Monday, 1 September 2014, 5:31 pm | Jessie Hume

The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. More >>

Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings

Monday, 1 September 2014, 5:21 pm | Government House

The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today. More >>

Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information

Monday, 1 September 2014, 5:05 pm | Inspector General of Intelligence and Security

In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals ... More >>

An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy

Monday, 1 September 2014, 4:56 pm | Public Good

The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil - have ... More >>

KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt

Monday, 1 September 2014, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Alliance Party

That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion. More >>

Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain

Monday, 1 September 2014, 4:43 pm | GE Free NZ

The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant risk from importations ... More >>

HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out

Monday, 1 September 2014, 4:08 pm | Race Relations Commissioner

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse. More >>

Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office

Monday, 1 September 2014, 3:35 pm | Southern District Health Board

Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been ... More >>

The Letter 1 September 2014

Monday, 1 September 2014, 3:23 pm | ACT New Zealand

Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party votes to get in Jamie Whyte. National needs ... More >>

Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids

Monday, 1 September 2014, 3:17 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending ... More >>

Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees

Monday, 1 September 2014, 2:50 pm | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service. More >>

EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy

Monday, 1 September 2014, 2:47 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years. More >>

Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising

Monday, 1 September 2014, 2:37 pm | ACT New Zealand

“A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the child poverty rate has ... More >>

Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues

Monday, 1 September 2014, 2:21 pm | Rotary New Zealand

Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs. ... More >>

Work & Income shooting a Tragedy

Monday, 1 September 2014, 1:41 pm | National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy Group

Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as to all W&I ... More >>

1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective - Farmers

Monday, 1 September 2014, 1:23 pm | Clyde Graf

Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park. More >>

Employment Charter will strengthen migrants' rights

Monday, 1 September 2014, 1:12 pm | First Union

Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has ... More >>

Global March For Elephants and Rhino

Monday, 1 September 2014, 1:09 pm | Gordon Consulting

It’s a trans-national business that funds terrorist organisations, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. The illegal wildlife trade is also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion ... More >>

New series of videos aimed at disengaged youth

Monday, 1 September 2014, 12:03 pm | Poor Sailors Arts Collective

From the people who brought you 'NZ Idle' (NZ's favourite web series about an artist on the dole) comes a new series about election time: Choice Lolz. More >>

Picket Of Leaders Christchurch Debate

Monday, 1 September 2014, 12:01 pm | CAFCA


Vega Auriga should be detained in NZ until problems fixed

Monday, 1 September 2014, 12:01 pm | Maritime Union of New Zealand

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says that the ship Vega Auriga should be detained in a New Zealand port until it is deemed seaworthy and crew issues have been fixed. More >>

Minor Parties Added to Election ‘Bribe-O-Meter'

Monday, 1 September 2014, 10:10 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union have added the Green, ACT, United Future and Conservative Parties to the ‘ Bribe-O-Meter ’ hosted at . Excluding ACT and New Zealand First, the total election ‘bribes’ - that is new spending not already ... More >>

Fiery Broadcasting Debate in Auckland

Monday, 1 September 2014, 9:50 am | Coalition for Better Broadcasting

Over 250 people turned out for the Auckland Broadcasting and Media Debate in Auckland City last night to hear politicians give their solutions to NZ’s media and broadcasting woes. More >>

Independent Epsom Candidate: Adam Holland

Monday, 1 September 2014, 9:44 am | Adam Holland

Today I am very proud to have been nominated to run as an independent candidate by the people of Epsom in order to work hard for the people of Epsom, Mount Eden, Newmarket and Remuera. More >>

Voters favour parties with factory farming policies

Monday, 1 September 2014, 9:16 am | SAFE

A Horizon Research poll shows that 64.7% of adults are more likely to vote for a political party with a policy against factory farming. More >>

Collins And Dirty Politics Drive The #nzpol Wordcloud

Monday, 1 September 2014, 9:01 am | Qrious

After Judith Collins' resignation as Minister from Cabinet on Saturday, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol and for approximately the 24 hours since the announcement to produced this wordcloud. More >>

Bill English: allegations against Judith Collins are serious

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:59 pm | TVNZ

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English told TV1’s Q+A programme that the allegations against Judith Collins are serious and that’s why an inquiry is needed. More >>

Culture Change Required

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:48 pm | Clinton Dearlove

"There are serious issues raised in an Employment Relations Authority judgement released this week. The culture within the Whangarei District Council (WDC) organisation must change. The culture of any organisation is defined by its leadership starting ... More >>

Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:19 pm | Rethinking Crime and Punishment

In Rethinking’s latest blog, it closely examines the current claim that reoffending in New Zealand has reduced by 12.5% since June 2011, and reveals how that figure has been achieved. It argues ... More >>

University economics team studying workers’ comparing wages

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:13 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury economics research team is looking at fairness of the job assignments and whether workers are sensitive to the wages of their co-workers. More >>

Statement by State Services Commissioner

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:00 pm | State Services Commission

30 August 2014 "The State Services Commission was contacted by the Prime Minister's Office over the last 24 hours on this issue." “Any activity that undermines, or has the potential to undermine, the trust and confidence in the public service ... More >>

Christchurch Council Circus … Continued

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:56 am | Hugh Pavletich

In 2010 the UK Daily Mail investigated the antics of a major bureaucratically bloated London Local Authority and reported with THE GREAT INERTIA SECTOR . More >>

The Nation Housing Debate

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:50 am | The Nation

Patrick It's the great Kiwi dream, but is owning the roof over your head now just a pipe dream for many Kiwis? Homeownership is at the lowest level in half a century. National's answer is to double subsidies to first-home buyers and let them raid their ... More >>

Time to Shine Light on Shadowy Spies

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:44 am | Internet MANA

Internet MANA has promised to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence agencies, with a view to transferring oversight of spying operations to a new, independent authority. More >>

New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues

Friday, 29 August 2014, 5:51 pm | Roy Morgan Research

New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election More >>

NZ 2014 Leaders Index - week ending 29 August

Friday, 29 August 2014, 5:19 pm | iSentia

Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three weeks on ... More >>

Judgment in Paki v Attorney General

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:58 pm | Tamati Cairns

Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its ... More >>

Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:56 pm | Woodward Hall

“ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for the benefit of Maori. ... More >>

Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:47 pm | Mediaworks

John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm. More >>

Credit unions in the political spotlight

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:15 pm | NZ Association of Credit Unions

Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand. More >>

Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people

Friday, 29 August 2014, 3:48 pm | ElderNet

Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders More >>

John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General

Friday, 29 August 2014, 3:19 pm | NZ Supreme Court


Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud

Friday, 29 August 2014, 3:11 pm | Qrious

Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud. More >>

Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics

Friday, 29 August 2014, 3:02 pm | Diversity Works

An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women. More >>

Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:59 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond doubt that ... More >>

"Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids"

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:55 pm | Closing The Gap

It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too. More >>

Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty - ALCP

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:45 pm | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says. More >>

2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:11 pm | Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election. More >>

New Zealand Shoppers- Demand Blue Tick Accredited Products

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:39 pm | SPCA

Following ongoing concerns surrounding the issue of animal welfare in farming, particularly in the layer and broiler chicken sectors, the RNZSPCA is now asking consumers to purchase only eggs, pork, turkey and chicken that have been Accredited by the Blue ... More >>

EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:27 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment. More >>

Candidate calls for an end to institutional racism

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:21 pm | The Maori Party

29 AUGUST 2014 Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean has spoken up in support of Irie Te Wehi-Takerei who was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a Warehouse store in Manukau. "Over the last month, two different supermarkets have been ... More >>

Making tertiary education more accessible to Māori

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:19 pm | The Maori Party

29 August 2014 The Māori Party launched its tertiary education policy today at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga, the national hui for the Māori Teritary Students Association in Palmerston North. Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Chris McKenzie says the ... More >>

NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:03 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language ... More >>

Abortion violates the Human Rights of Fathers

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:52 pm | Right To Life

Fathers1Right to Life is concerned at the glaring imbalance that exists in law, in regard to the rights of men to defend the lives of the children they have fathered. Fatherhood commences at conception. Children in the womb, just like children who ... More >>

Hundreds to join march against male violence in Auckland CBD

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:50 pm | Reclaim The Night

Hundreds of supporters are expected to join the 'Take Back the Night' march through central Auckland streets tomorrow night in solidarity with making the streets safe for women and the rainbow community to walk without fear of male violence. More >>

Classic example of need for Conservative policy

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:47 pm | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar believes the sentencing of killer Aaron McDonald is a classic example of why an overhaul of the parole and sentencing system is required.” More >>


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