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What Does "Mother of All Bombs" Have to Do with Christchurch

Monday, 24 April 2017, 8:57 pm | Anti Bases Campaign

What Does "Mother of All Bombs", Dropped on Afghanistan, Have to Do with Christchurch Airport? In the week that the Five Eyes spy bosses are holding their secret meeting in Queenstown, thus reminding us that the Waihopai spy base is NZ's ... More >>

Michael Cullen and Mike O’Brien: Menace of social investment

Monday, 24 April 2017, 4:57 pm | New Zealand Fabian Society

Sir Michael Cullen and Mike O’Brien - The menace of the social investment approach! - Thurs May 4th - Auckland More >>

Whakatōhea Pre-settlement entity failing the People

Monday, 24 April 2017, 4:49 pm | Whakatohea Raupatu Working Party

Mr Kiwara says claimants of a leading claim before the Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 87) have sent in evidence to outlining areas of an invalid Mandate Strategy that Whakatōhea Pre-settlement entity (PSE) is now trying to implement. More >>

Working together to improve risk assessment

Monday, 24 April 2017, 4:25 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury (UC) research is paving the way towards improved accuracy in risk assessment and better informed treatment approaches to ultimately contribute to reducing harmful sexual behaviour in the community. More >>

Bringing rural experience to Civil Defence role

Monday, 24 April 2017, 4:01 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers congratulates Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy for his increased ranking and taking on the Civil Defence portfolio as part of the cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Bill English this afternoon. More >>

CID welcomes new minister of Foreign Affairs

Monday, 24 April 2017, 3:58 pm | Council for International Development

The Council for International Development (CID) welcomes the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as the new minister of Foreign Affairs. More >>

IDEA support staff to strike this Thursday

Monday, 24 April 2017, 2:28 pm | E tu

24 April 2017 MEDIA RELEASE IDEA support staff to strike this Thursday 3000 IDEA services support and administration workers will strike for one hour on Thursday the 27th of April to protest the lack of progress in bargaining for a new collective ... More >>

Wreath laying for Afghan civilians

Monday, 24 April 2017, 12:40 pm | Peace Action Wellington

Peace Action Wellington and friends will be joining 2017 ANZAC events in Wellington to remember six civilians killed in Afghanistan in 2010, allegedly by the New Zealand SAS. Peace Action Wellington and friends will honour the civilians who were killed ... More >>

Remembrance for Navy Chaplain on Western Front

Monday, 24 April 2017, 12:00 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Chaplain Pete Olds has officiated in Anzac Day services in China, Timor and New Caledonia and New Zealand, and now he has added France and Belgium to the list. More >>

Global military spending increases again

Monday, 24 April 2017, 11:48 am | Peace Movement Aotearoa

According to figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today, during the Global Days of Action on Military Spending, world military expenditure in 2016 totalled an estimated US$1,686 billion, an increase of 0.4 per ... More >>

Seabed mining hearing has “gone off the rails”

Monday, 24 April 2017, 11:27 am | Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

The Environmental Protection Authority’s hearings on a seabed mining application have “gone off the rails,” environmental groups Kiwis Against Seabed Mining and Greenpeace have told the EPA. The EPA has requested a wide range of new information ... More >>

Salvation Army sets out to end poverty

Monday, 24 April 2017, 10:07 am | Salvation Army

New Zealand has a reputation as a beautiful and prosperous country that’s a great place to live and raise children. But for thousands of families living in poverty, the reality is very different, says Salvation Army head of social services Major ... More >>

Open letter to the British Government

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 7:02 pm | Leslie Bravery

Open letter to the British Government With regard to the UK Government's response to the petition UK must apologise for the Balfour Declaration & lead peace efforts in Palestine from Leslie Bravery, a signatory to the petition. The Government response ... More >>

Q+A: Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 6:31 pm | TVNZ

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee – North Korean regime has ‘evil intent’ Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee told Corin Dann on TVNZ 1’s Q+A programme, ‘that it will be sanctions and continued diplomacy that should be first called upon to try and ... More >>

Q+A: CTU President Richard Wagstaff

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 6:28 pm | TVNZ

Q+A: CTU President Richard Wagstaff interviewed by Corin Dann Council of Trade Unions calls for a national standards system for setting wages. CTU president Richard Wagstaff told Corin Dann on TVNZ 1’s Q+A programme that, ‘we want something that’s fit ... More >>

Stop the Otago Animal Lab march today

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 7:10 pm | NZAVS

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) were supported by international and national organisations for their march in protest of the new $50 million Otago animal lab today. More >>

Bold action needed for Napier Port expansion

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 7:08 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

Napier Port directors must lobby government for expansion funding from the Reserve Bank, Democrats for Social Credit Party Leader Stephnie de Ruyter today told a meeting of Hawke’s Bay members in Napier. More >>

Pacific Youth MPs challenge Parliament

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 7:06 pm | PYP

Pacific Youth MPs challenge Parliament Saturday 22 April Young Pacific MPs have made a bold challenge to parliamentarians in election year at the PYP: Our Movement – Pacific Youth Parliament. The event, which is being hosted at St Bede’s College ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Steven Joyce

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 1:35 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Steven Joyce Headlines: Finance Minister Steven Joyce says there will be increased investment in infrastructure and public services - health and education - to keep up with immigration in next month’s budget. Joyce ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Anna Fifield

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 1:32 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Anna Fifield Lisa Owen: The war of words between America and North Korea is ramping up, with Pyongyang talking of a ‘super mighty pre-emptive strike’ that would wipe out the US mainland. And the United States ... More >>

We are at War!!

Friday, 21 April 2017, 5:24 pm | Conservative Party

WE ARE AT WAR 21 April 2017 Conservative Party Leader, Leighton Baker’s Anzac message to New Zealand. More >>

"Nanogirl" Dr Michelle Dickinson Reneges on Fluoride Debate

Friday, 21 April 2017, 4:46 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

The question has to be asked - why after denigrating opponents of fluoridation and claiming that she has the science on her side, will Dr Dickinson not front up to a public debate like she agreed? More >>

Resignation of Councillor Ella Lawton

Friday, 21 April 2017, 4:41 pm | Queenstown Lakes District Council

Queenstown Lakes District Council Chief Executive Mike Theelen has today accepted the resignation of Wanaka Ward Councillor Ella Lawton. Dr Lawton has resigned from her position effective immediately, having indicated her intention to stand for the ... More >>

Conservative Party Youth Crime and BOOT Farm Policy

Friday, 21 April 2017, 4:16 pm | The Corrective Party

The Conservative Party believes that our preoccupation with “rights”, with very little reference to “responsibilities”, has left us in a situation where some young people have realised that they can do whatever they like, with little or no ... More >>

New Zealand scientists first to march in global event

Friday, 21 April 2017, 3:49 pm | Public Service Association

New Zealand scientists will be the first in the world to take part in the Global March for Science tomorrow. More >>

NZDF undermining tactics continue

Friday, 21 April 2017, 3:46 pm | Public Service Association

Civilian staff in the New Zealand Defence Force continue to be subjected to undermining tactics in their attempts to bargain for a pay increase, the PSA says More >>

NZEI calls for removal of Pay Equity Bill stumbling blocks

Friday, 21 April 2017, 3:29 pm | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling on the Deputy Prime Minister, Paula Bennett, to demand Ministers change a draft Pay Equity Bill and remove stumbling blocks that undermine her commitment to fix unfair pay for women. More >>

Leading broadcaster slams Government land grab

Friday, 21 April 2017, 2:13 pm | Save Our Reserves

Leading sports broadcaster Peter Montgomery has strongly condemned Government plans to rezone part of a major Auckland reserve into residential housing as a ‘land grab’ that if allowed to proceed will “set a dangerous precedent for all reserves ... More >>

Alan Johnson - ‘Off the Track’ - State of the Nation report

Friday, 21 April 2017, 1:47 pm | New Zealand Fabian Society

'Off the Track' is the 10th State of the Nation Report from The Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit. It draws on the picture of the tramping tracks so familiar to many Kiwis. Walking these tracks requires frequent checking of maps and track markers ... More >>

What is the Domestic Violence - Victims' Protection Bill?

Friday, 21 April 2017, 1:42 pm | Simpson Grierson

The Domestic Violence - Victims' Protection Bill ( Bill ) was introduced in March this year to offer greater protection in employment to victims of domestic violence. The Bill is a member's bill, put forward by Jan Logie of the Greens. It passed its ... More >>

E tū: proposed Equal Pay bill is not justice for women

Friday, 21 April 2017, 1:26 pm | E tu

E tū says the equal pay settlement announced this week may be the last unless the government changes its draft bill related to future equal pay claims. More >>

Clean Water draft submission consultation document released

Friday, 21 April 2017, 12:24 pm | Environmental Defence Society

EDS has released its draft submission on the clean water consultation document for public comment & feedback before finalising it. More >>

Action Groups work jointly on Child Poverty

Friday, 21 April 2017, 12:20 pm | UCAN

UCAN, United Community Action Network’s Health Charter has received endorsement from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). More >>

More restrictions on firearms not the answer

Friday, 21 April 2017, 10:45 am | Federated Farmers

Further restrictions on semiautomatic firearms is not the answer to the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand, Federated Farmers says. More >>

Aging population will need increased levels of care

Friday, 21 April 2017, 10:38 am | University of Auckland

New Zealand’s aging population will lead to a substantial increase in the need to provide daily and weekly care for the elderly, a University of Auckland study has found. More >>

KFC, Pizza Hut, Carls Jr and Starbucks workers to strike

Friday, 21 April 2017, 10:07 am | Unite Union

“Yesterday Restaurant Brands announced profits of $26 million and they have paid their CEO a million dollar bonus. Tomorrow the workers who actually make and sell their products have to go on strike to get a few cents above the minimum wage” ... More >>

Ideological recklessness to resurrect a TPPA-minus-US

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:57 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

‘Ideological free trade dogma will hit new heights if New Zealand joins a rumoured plan to resurrect the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) without the US. If Trade Minister Todd McClay commits New Zealand to this path, he will guarantee ... More >>

Fluoridation: NZ’s go to local government obsession

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:52 am | Making Sense of Fluoride

When University of Waikato student Luke Oldfield turned on the news in 2013 to discover Hamilton city council (HCC) was ending community water fluoridation, he was baffled by the decision. The moment not only led Oldfield to examine the global anti-fluoride ... More >>

Delay in ambulance funding review putting patients at risk

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:41 am | First Union

The union representing approximately 1000 ambulance professionals in New Zealand is outraged at excessive delays to the Health Funding Review. More >>

Further Investigations into Helicopter Engine Issue

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:26 am | New Zealand Defence Force

Following the emergency landing of a Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopter near Blenheim on Sunday, the RNZAF has been working hard to understand the technical issues involved. More >>

Immigration “tweaks” that will actually have a major impact

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:22 am | Lane Neave

The Government announcement yesterday on the proposed changes to Immigration New Zealand ( INZ ) policy may have been interpreted as minor tweaks to resolve some of the recent issues identified in the policy and in some circles not gone far enough ... More >>

Yet Another Example of Government Inertia

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:16 am | Aotearoa Students' Alliance

The oblivious response from Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith on 1 News last night to calls from the Aotearoa Students’ Alliance to improve students’ welfare is yet another example of the Government’s callous ... More >>

Grave concerns about equal pay exposure draft

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 5:12 pm | Public Service Association

Two days after the historic proposed settlement for care and support workers, draft equal pay legislation is a disappointment, the PSA says. More >>

Huge stake money increases for the racing industry

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 4:22 pm | Greyhound Protection League NZ

The New Zealand Racing Board has announced huge stake money increases for the racing industry, and animal welfare advocates are crying foul. More >>

Gregory selected by National in Dunedin South

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 3:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

Matt Gregory has been selected as National’s Dunedin South candidate for the 2017 General Election. More >>

Don Brash promotes “flat earth economics”

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 3:51 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

In his comment on Bryan Gould’s article on the Reserve Bank, Don Brash continues to perpetuate his “flat earth economics” view of the way the banking system operates. More >>

Prices of necessities rising

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 3:30 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“Not only is the 1 percent overall rise in prices this quarter larger than expected, but it is concentrated mainly in necessities that hit the budgets of low and middle income households hardest,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg, responding to today’s ... More >>

Lack of Democracy Undermines Education Council

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 3:11 pm | New Zealand Principals' Federation

'A huge rise in teacher registration fees is mooted and principals feel ownership of their own Education Council's decisions is being undermined through having no democratically elected members,' says Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand ... More >>

Proposed funding model could do more harm

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 2:31 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that axing the current decile funding system on the basis that it is too crude, only to replace it with another that is already said to to be unreliable, may have the result of seriously disadvantaging schools ... More >>

HMNZS Te Kaha Plays Key Role in Southeast Asia Exercise

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 1:58 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigate HMNZS Te Kaha and its Commanding Officer will play a leading role in a three-week warfighting exercise held by the world’s second-oldest military partnership. More >>

Yankee Go Home

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:36 pm | Hone Harawira

“Labour is flying in Trump supporters to tell Maori how to vote” said MANA leader Hone Harawira when told of Labour Party plans to bring in large numbers of Americans to help target voter areas where Labour is struggling to get attention. More >>

Access to data about disabled people improves

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:25 pm | Statistics New Zealand

Today, Stats NZ launched a user-friendly online tool to make information about disabled people more accessible. More >>

Law Society backs Principal Family Court Judge statement

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:16 pm | Family Law Society

Comments made by Principal Family Court Judge Laurence Ryan about questions being posed by The Backbone Collective group are absolutely appropriate, New Zealand Law Society Family Law Section chair Michelle Duggan says. More >>

Grocer fined $12,000 for attempt to exploit migrant worker

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:09 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

An Auckland grocer has been penalised $12,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) after a Labour Inspectorate investigation uncovered attempts to charge a migrant worker a premium. More >>

National’s new candidate for Palmerston North

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 11:45 am | New Zealand National Party

Adrienne Pierce has been selected as National’s Palmerston North candidate for the 2017 General Election. More >>

‘Unskilled migrant’ changes bound to keep work insecure

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 10:32 am | Migrant And Refugee Rights Campaign MARRC

The Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign has come out against proposed changes to the rights of ‘lower-skilled’ migrants. The group says that setting a maximum duration of three years for ‘lower skilled’ work, and further shaping seasonal ... More >>

Family Court - Backbone's response to Judge Ryan's statement

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 10:15 am | The Backbone Collective

The Backbone Collective co-founders are surprised and alarmed by Judge Ryan's public statement in response to their recent report on the Family Court. More >>

Wounded Warrior new RSA patron

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 9:20 am | Returned Services Association

The past patrons of the Auckland RSA have included a prime minister, commanders and captains of industry, even a fashion icon, but today Auckland RSA is proud to welcome Afghanistan veteran and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Invictus team captain, Jason ... More >>

National picks 2017 Rangitata candidate

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 8:51 am | New Zealand National Party

National has chosen Andrew Falloon to contest the Rangitata electorate at the 2017 General Election. More >>

Lift wages, enforce rights for migrant workers

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 5:12 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Lifting wages and improving the quality of work for workers in industries with large number of temporary migrant workers need as much attention as modifications announced today, the CTU says. More >>

 

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