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Beef + Lamb New Zealand welcomes NAIT Act amendments

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 7:33 pm | Beef And Lamb NZ

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) welcomes the Government’s passing of amendments today to improve the National Animal Identification and Tracing Act. More >>

On the primary teachers' strike

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 6:27 pm | Socialist Equality Group

Around 29,000 public primary school teachers and principals across New Zealand struck for 24 hours on Wednesday over pay and conditions. It was the first nationwide strike called by the trade union, the NZ Educational Institute (NZEI), since 1994 and only ... More >>

Native forests provide key to ETS success

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 4:44 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says the Government’s plan to use the Emissions Trading Scheme to encourage more native forests is a smart move and will help protect farms, towns and infrastructure from extreme weather events. More >>

Ngāi Tahu seeking direct engagement on freshwater

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 4:43 pm | Ngai Tahu

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has confirmed to Ministers of the Crown that we are seeking direct engagement regarding freshwater and want to begin a discussion immediately. More >>

Annual Vietnam War Commemoration this Saturday

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 4:36 pm | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

The annual commemoration for the Vietnam War will be marked on Saturday 18 August with a remembrance service at the National War Memorial, says Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive Paul James . More >>

MP accused of being rude and aggressive in select committee

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 4:18 pm | End of Life Choice Society

The End-of-Life Choice Society has lodged a formal complaint about MP Maggie Barry, accusing her of being rude and aggressive in select committee hearings on assisted dying. More >>

Spinoff TV Memorial Bill deserves broad support

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 3:29 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

16 AUGUST 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has endorsed Melissa Lee’s Broadcasting Amendment Bill , which would make NZ on Air more transparent about the performance of taxpayer-funded programmes. “This could be called the ... More >>

Ngāi Tahu seeking direct engagement on freshwater

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 3:25 pm | Ngai Tahu

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has confirmed to Ministers of the Crown that we are seeking direct engagement regarding freshwater and want to begin a discussion immediately. More >>

Hunters Gearing for a Battle for the Game Animal Council

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 2:50 pm | Outdoors Party

Eugene Sage has had a hatred for introduce game animals since her many years working as a Forest and Bird campaigner and her anti deer zealotry shows no sign of letting up as she puts the Game Animal Council on notice. More >>

Teachers look forward to negotiations

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 1:25 pm | NZEI

Support for teachers and principals in rallies all over the country yesterday was overwhelming, says NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart. More >>

CAFCA Says Don't Expect Much And You Won't Be Disappointed

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 1:15 pm | CAFCA

CAFCA Says Don't Expect Much And You Won't Be Disappointed The Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) congratulates the Government for passing the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill, which will become law within weeks. At least ... More >>

District Court responds to high incidence of disabilities

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 12:34 pm | Ministry of Justice

The District Court is to consider adopting a different approach to young adult offenders to take account of the high incidence of neurodisabilities among those appearing in court. More >>

Absurd Collection Rate for Winter Energy Payment

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 11:16 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

New figures show that the Government’s so-called Winter Energy Payment is welfare for the rich, and a massive waste of taxpayer money, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Better Public Media reaction to Melissa Lee Member’s Bill

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 11:14 am | Better Public Media

Better Public Media Trust warns that the Member’s Bill from Melissa Lee is really an attack on low-rating public media content – especially Māori content. More >>

Say no to the Israel Institute's call

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 11:10 am | Palestine Human Rights Campaign

Israel Institute of New Zealand director, Dr David Cumin, is calling on the Government “to distance itself from a decision by Labour MP, Dr Duncan Webb, to host a meeting featuring Unite Union National Director Mike Treen in which Mr Treen will be speaking ... More >>

Select committee urged to stop spread of ISDS under CPTPP

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 10:49 am | It's Our Future

“A range of labour, health and environmental organisations are calling for a clause to be inserted into the CPTPP Amendment Bill that would prevent future governments from extending investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) to countries seeking to join ... More >>

Three simple steps to fix Wellington’s bus fiasco

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 10:45 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Bus drivers, their union, and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions addressed Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) this morning with the request it makes good on its promise to fix the region’s bus problems. More >>

Compliance approaches to dairying

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 9:58 am | Local Government NZ

A Forest and Bird report released this week regarding Regional Council compliance, monitoring and enforcement (CME) of the dairy sector in 2016/17 shows the potential benefits of a national methodology for reporting in order to better understand CME ... More >>

Equal Pay activists in Wellington not celebrating yet

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 9:30 am | Pay Equity Coalition

The spokesperson for The Pay Equity Coalition Wellington, Sue O Shea, said today that there was little to celebrate in the latest gender pay gap statistics. “Progress continues to be painfully slow or stalled, whichever measure is used,” she said. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Teachers' Strike

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 9:23 am | Peter Dunne

This week around 30,000 primary and intermediate school teachers have been on strike, closing nearly 2,000 schools for a day. To date, there appears to have been general public support for the industrial action, but the jury is still out as to whether ... More >>

REINZ is disappointed foreign buyer ban passes third reading

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 8:07 pm | REINZ

Bindi Norwell, Chief Executive at the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) says: “We are disappointed that the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill has passed its third reading today; particularly in light of the fact that the latest Statistics ... More >>

Legislative changes needed on political participation bill

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 6:36 pm | New Zealand Law Society

Legislation seeking to facilitate disabled people’s participation in elections and standing for political office needs to be changed to make it clear and workable, the New Zealand Law Society says. More >>

National Iwi Chairs Forum rejects Kāhui Wai Māori proposal

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 6:22 pm | Iwi Chairs Forum

The Pou Taiao Iwi Leaders Group has announced that it will not be participating in the Government’s Kāhui Wai Māori process. More >>

Project Crimson welcomes promise of millions more natives

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 4:21 pm | Project Crimson

The Project Crimson Trust has been successfully restoring and protecting New Zealand native trees for almost 30 years. Trees That Count is the charity’s newest venture and is New Zealand’s only native tree marketplace - increasing planting rates by ... More >>

PSA shows solidarity to striking NZEI members

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 3:31 pm | Public Service Association

Primary school teachers deserve a fair go, and PSA members stand together with them in their strike action today. More >>

Better wage rules needed to catch Kiwis up

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 2:35 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

"Wage growth was still slow over the last year, and though for some it picked up a little from the year before, it is uneven," says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg commenting on the Labour Markets (Income) statistics released by Statistics New Zealand this ... More >>

Palmy Peace Group to Oppose Weapons Expo

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 2:29 pm | Peace Action Manawatu

“Peace Action Manawatū will coordinate opposition to the annual NZ Defence Industry Association Forum due to come to Palmerston North in late October.” More >>

Increased hunger in the land of plenty could be solved

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 2:25 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Increased hunger in the land of plenty could be easily solved Families going without food on a regular basis is dangerously on the verge of becoming normal in Aotearoa-New Zealand - and the problem doesn’t seem to be easing since recent tax credit and ... More >>

They do not speak for us

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 1:41 pm | NZ Lesbians Social Group

Many lesbians in Aotearoa New Zealand are very disturbed at the recent publicity given to a group calling itself Lesbian Rights Alliance Aotearoa, and in particular that group’s opposition to moves to make it easier for people to change the gender ... More >>

Ngāti Hine walks from the Andrew Little hui

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 1:28 pm | Ngati Hine

“Two Ngāti Hine hapū speakers were denied speaking rights at a meeting hosted by the Minister of Treaty Negotiations Andrew Little on Sunday at Te Tii Mangonui” says Rowena Tana. More >>

Boost for tourism infrastructure in hotspot regions

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 12:49 pm | LGNZ

Local Government New Zealand welcomes this morning’s announcement from the Government that $8.5 million in responsible camping infrastructure and initiatives will be implemented ahead of the 2018/19 peak season, as recommended by the Responsible Camping Working ... More >>

Freedom Camping – Enough is Enough!

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 12:14 pm | Outdoors Party

NZ OUTDOORS PARTY 15 AUGUST 2018 Local residents’ outrage at the volume of freedom campers and their waste has reached a point which can no longer be ignored by central and regional government, says the NZ Outdoors Party. Ahuriri Bridge and the Shotover ... More >>

Average gender pay imbalance increasing

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 11:45 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions Acting President Rachel Mackintosh said that updated figures out today from Statistics New Zealand show that women are still not being paid their worth and employers are not complying with current equal pay law. The latest average ... More >>

Ratepayers left with enormous costs after film museum fiasco

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 10:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Wellington ratepayers will be footing the bill for up to $3 million every year in lost rent as the Council loses the key tenant in its planned convention centre , warns the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

SAFE calling for farming industry to protect whistle-blowers

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 10:50 am | SAFE

Animal advocacy group SAFE is calling for farming groups to develop whistle-blower programmes, after revelations workers are receiving death threats for reporting abuse. More >>

It’s no good expanding suburbs if you can’t feed people

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 9:37 am | Federated Farmers

A recent report is a valuable tool in the fight for New Zealand to maintain its ability to feed itself, says Federated Farmers national president Katie Milne. More >>

It’s time for teachers to shine

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 8:28 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard said today that union members and officials around the country would be turning out to support NZEI Te Riu Roa industrial action to protect quality public education and the teaching profession. More >>

Reform or Transform: RMLA Conference 2018

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 5:29 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Resource Management Law Association’s annual conference Reform or Transform is being held this year at Te Papa in just 5 weeks. EDS is supporting this important opportunity for resource management professionals to network and upskill. More >>

‘Birth Day’ of New Zealand’s Largest-Ever Navy Ship

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 5:15 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The keel-laying ceremony for the future HMNZS Aotearoa has been held at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. More >>

CTU celebrates settlement for education support workers

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 5:09 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions today congratulated education support workers for achieving pay equity, with the signing of terms of settlement for workers who provide support to young children with additional learning needs. More >>

Minister not aware of her own Ministry’s failings

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 5:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

Minister for Children Tracey Martin is clearly out of her depth after admitting she’s not aware of high profile cases of children who are being abused, National’s Children spokesperson Alfred Ngaro says. More >>

Your home is your castle

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 4:25 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“A member of my family was attacked in their own home. Two vicious attackers who forced their way into what should have been our place of safety. Two men who for 45 minutes chose to do ALL the nasty crimes that are covered by the words ‘Home ... More >>

Commercial trade in whitebait needs to end

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 4:02 pm | Forest and Bird

Whitebait season is opening around the country, and Forest & Bird says commercial whitebaiting needs to stop while four of the five native fish species are in danger of extinction. Forest & Bird’s Freshwater Advocate, Annabeth Cohen says ending ... More >>

Quarry workers win fair pay deal!

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 3:50 pm | First Union

Around 20 quarry workers and concrete truck drivers who began striking at the start of the month near the Brynderwyn Hills have today reached a settlement with Atlas Quarry that gives the group between $2 and $4 dollars more an hour. More >>

Pay equity settlement for support workers within reach

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 3:32 pm | Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement with NZEI Te Riu Roa to address a pay equity claim for 329 staff providing support to young children with additional learning needs. The Terms were also signed by three Ministry staff who ... More >>

Pay equity settlement reached for support workers

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 3:21 pm | NZEI Te Riu Roa

Four Ministry of Education Support Workers enjoyed a celebratory cup of tea with the Prime Minister this afternoon, to mark the historic signing of the education sector's first pay equity settlement. More >>

Bus & Coach Association NZ

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 2:47 pm | Bus and Coach Association

The serious allegations being made by Unions about the safety of bus operations in the Wellington, Waikato and Auckland regions are not supported by the findings of either the NZTA or the police, who check vehicle and working time requirements at ... More >>

Conviction of repeat offenders justifies MPI spending

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 2:16 pm | Ministry of Primary Industries

LegaSea and the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council welcome the prosecution of Hawke’s Bay Seafood after the longest running district court case on record. More >>

Cannabis Referendum Coalition Launches Givealittle

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 1:47 pm | Cannabis Referendum Coalition

The Cannabis Referendum Coalition has been set up to campaign around the government referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis. The Coalition has launched a Givealittle page to raise funds to educate Kiwis, promote a good turnout and change ... More >>

EPA calls for neonicotinoid information

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 12:55 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for information about three specific neonicotinoids – pesticides which can impact bees and other pollinators if not used correctly – to understand how and where they are being used within ... More >>

ACT and NZ First Missing the Point

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 12:49 pm | New Conservative

New Conservative congratulates David Seymour for copying long-held New Conservative policy on key elements of the way government should be structured (as did NZ First in the run up to the last election). More >>

Hundreds of Patients Unfairly Missing Out

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 12:46 pm | Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

Pharmac is being urged to change its “unfair and outdated” rules to allow better access to funded drugs for Multiple Sclerosis or MS, a chronic illness affecting over 4000 New Zealanders. More >>

Nationwide rallies and marches tomorrow

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 12:36 pm | NZEI Te Riu Roa

About 29,000 primary teachers, principals and their supporters will be taking to the streets in public events around New Zealand tomorrow. More >>

$100,000 for assessments of Whakaki catchment land

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 12:30 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will provide $100,000 for cultural, land use and economic impact assessments to be done of the Whakaki catchment area. More >>

NZ Young Nats call on Youth Wings to oppose Waka Jumping

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Young Nationals

The Young Nats today have called on all political youth wings to collectively oppose the anti-democratic ‘Electoral (Integrity) Act Amendment Bill 2018’, more aptly known as the ‘Waka Jumping’ legislation. More >>

Strike at Pacific Steel

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 11:52 am | E tu

Members at BlueScope Pacific Steel in Auckland will strike for 24 hours on Wednesday, 15 August. More >>

Little Proposal Could Empower Ngāpuhi Hapū

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 11:20 am | Ngapuhi

A series of regional hui across Ngāpuhi over the weekend where Andrew Little, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, presented a new model to progress Ngāpuhi settlement negotiations. The proposal provided fresh hope to hapū leaders for a ... More >>

Migration drives high population growth

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 11:13 am | Statistics New Zealand

The estimated resident population of New Zealand reached 4,885,300 at 30 June 2018, Stats NZ said today. More >>

New MBIE chief executive appointed

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 11:10 am | State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today announced the appointment of Carolyn Tremain as Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). More >>

More women are over 30, and more men are under 30

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 10:59 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand’s population is growing in most age groups, with the latest estimates showing more women than men are aged over 30, Stats NZ said today. More >>




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