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Energy scenarios help in NZ’s energy investment planning

Monday, 29 August 2016, 4:44 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

A new report to support long-term investment in New Zealand’s electricity transmission grid was released today. The Electricity Demand and Generation Scenarios (EDGS), published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), explores ... More >>

Talks to strengthen ties between NZ and Timor-Leste

Monday, 29 August 2016, 4:29 pm | Asia New Zealand Foundation

Talks to strengthen ties between New Zealand and Timor-Leste A new Asia New Zealand Foundation initiative aims to build understanding between young people in Timor-Leste and New Zealand. More >>

Rob McCann selected as candidate in the Otaki electorate

Monday, 29 August 2016, 2:49 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Rob McCann selected as Labour’s 2017 candidate in the Otaki electorate Rob McCann has been selected as the Otaki Labour Party candidate for the 2017 General Election. More >>

Overwhelming support for medical cannabis law change

Monday, 29 August 2016, 11:54 am | NORML

A new poll conducted for cannabis campaigners shows New Zealanders want the law changed now, says NORML. More >>

Survey shows many Kiwis support rodeo ban

Monday, 29 August 2016, 11:30 am | SPCA New Zealand and SAFE

The ongoing campaign to ban rodeos in New Zealand is very much in tune with public opinion, according to a new survey commissioned by SPCA New Zealand and SAFE. More >>

NZ children’s family lives often complex and fluid

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:56 am | University of Otago

Conventional notions of family life that underpin New Zealand’s social policies do not match the reality of many young New Zealanders’ lives, new University of Otago research suggests. More >>

Three horses dead from jumps races in three weeks

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:42 am | SAFE

The death toll in New Zealand jumps racing continues to mount with three horses killed in three weeks, bringing the total for the jumps racing season so far to seven. Twentythirtyfour was euthanised after he fractured a hind leg in a gruelling 4200 ... More >>

Housing supply, affordability and homelessness

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:33 am | Phil Goff

Mayoral candidate Phil Goff wants the new council to focus on faster and cheaper building consents as part of the drive to increase housing supply, more affordable housing schemes, and a co-ordinating role to tackle homelessness. More >>

New Rules Ensure Prisons Safe for Visiting Children

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:29 am | Department Of Corrections

New rules for children visiting prisoners will ensure children’s safety is paramount. The new rules come into effect on 1 September 2016 and will require that all visits to prisons by children under 16 are pre-approved by their guardian and Corrections. More >>

Trust Labels Hamilton Judge Offender Friendly

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:18 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“This sentence doesn’t even come close to fitting the crime let alone punishing the offender. Justice Ailsa Duffy should be ashamed of herself and she should be removed from the bench. If cumulative sentences had been used Tipene could very well ... More >>

Q&A: Twyford - A State of Emergency in Housing

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:14 am | TVNZ

State of Emergency in Housing Should Be Declared: Twyford The Government should declare a state of emergency to deal immediately with the housing crisis, according to Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Collins: Courts Need to Do More

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:11 am | TVNZ

Collins: Courts Need to Do More About Keeping Sex Offenders From the Public. The Minister of Corrections , Judith Collins, says Public Protection Orders should be used more by the courts to keep sex offenders away from potential victims in the ... More >>

Phil Goff out of ideas

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:10 am | Vic Crone

Auckland Mayoral Candidate, Vic Crone, says Phil Goff's housing policy announcement today shows he's out of ideas and is taking from others . More >>

Inquiry essential into payments to minister’s constituents

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:10 am | Minto for Mayor

Christchurch mayoral candidate John Minto is calling for an independent investigation into last week’s revelations that the National government paid out four of National MP Gerry Brownlee’s wealthy constituents $595,000 each when they were entitled ... More >>

Special Family Holiday Is Not ‘Truancy’

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:02 am | Family First

Family First is rejecting claims that family holidays during the term are ‘unjustifiable’ absences and a form of truancy. More >>

Increased support for medicinal cannabis law reform

Monday, 29 August 2016, 9:57 am | Start the Conversation

Hot on the heels of the NZ Drug Foundation cannabis poll, a new poll by UMR shows increased support for medicinal cannabis law reform, including strong support for treating it as a herbal remedy. More >>

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Philip Rucker

Monday, 29 August 2016, 9:29 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Now, there are just over 70 days to go until America elects a new president. Despite the ongoing meltdown, which is otherwise known as Donald Trump’s campaign, some pundits do say anything could happen. So just what is going on in the polls, and ... More >>

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Nick Smith

Monday, 29 August 2016, 9:23 am | The Nation

Smith denies the Government has been missing in action over landbanking in Auckland, saying he can’t force private developers to spend money. More >>

Safer Hours Mediation between NZRDA and DHBs set down

Friday, 26 August 2016, 4:37 pm | NZRDA

Mediation between the NZ Resident Doctors Association and the District Health Boards has been set down for Monday, September 12. More >>

“An Army of Poets’ Voices” Raised Loudly for Justice

Friday, 26 August 2016, 4:35 pm | Tearfund

A massive “poetry slam” aimed at all voices united on justice, is to be held on Thursday 27th October, 2016 at St Paul’s Crypt (Auckland) [ announced today, NZ’s National Poetry day .] More >>

Easter trading law change boost for tourism

Friday, 26 August 2016, 3:57 pm | Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Easter trading law change boost for tourism The new Easter Sunday trading law will benefit both the tourism industry and local economies, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. TIA has long advocated for Easter trading laws to be liberalised, and is welcoming ... More >>

Select Committee Told To Scrap Greater Powers

Friday, 26 August 2016, 2:51 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

Adding yet another layer of legislation to the statute books will not improve local government performance, infrastructure provision, nor enhance local democracy, Democrats for Social Credit Deputy Leader and Local Government Spokesperson, Chris Leitch told ... More >>

Drugged driving initiative welcomed by Road Safety Education

Friday, 26 August 2016, 12:56 pm | Road Safety Education

The governments recent announcement to crack down on drugged driving is welcomed by Road Safety Education. (5) More >>

Ruataniwha Dam must be scrapped

Friday, 26 August 2016, 12:47 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Friday 26 August - The shambles that is water management in Hawke’s Bay is another reason the Ruataniwha Dam must be scrapped, says Greenpeace. More >>

Flexible” Drone Regulations Add Concern for NZ Pilots

Friday, 26 August 2016, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Airline Pilots' Association

The concerns of New Zealand pilots and air traffic controllers about the ‘woeful inadequacy’ of safety regulation around the commercial use of drones, or Unmanned Aerial System/Vehicles (UAS), are yet to be taken seriously, the New Zealand Air ... More >>

Air New Zealand staff recognised for record profit

Friday, 26 August 2016, 12:10 pm | E Tu

E tū and FARSA members at Air New Zealand will be celebrating a $2500 bonus today as the airline announces a record profit. The bonus is recognition of the role Air New Zealand employees working through their union have played in achieving a fantastic ... More >>

Communities given choice with Shop Trading Hours Bill

Friday, 26 August 2016, 11:53 am | LGNZ

Local Government New Zealand says letting local communities determine whether shops can open on Easter Sunday is a win for local decision-making. The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament last night. The Bill enables ... More >>

Easter Trading: Next Stop - Christmas and Anzac Day

Friday, 26 August 2016, 11:36 am | Family First

Family First NZ says that the justification for liberalising Easter trading laws will be used as justification for changing the laws around Christmas Day, Anzac Day morning, and Good Friday trading laws. “It is disturbing that National MPs pushed ... More >>

Money Spent on Gun Registration Will Not Affect Criminals

Friday, 26 August 2016, 10:09 am | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The Council of Licenced Firearms owners are disappointed at the comments suggested in Parliament to enact registration of all firearms. COLFO’s Chairman Paul Clark has previously advised the Law & Order Select Committee that registration of ... More >>

New Easter trading laws bad for families

Friday, 26 August 2016, 9:23 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“Today the National Government voted to make regional authorities responsible for deciding whether people get to spend time with the families on Easter Sunday or not. This was a bad decision by the National Government,” CTU Secretary Sam ... More >>

ECO NZ statement on marine mining

Friday, 26 August 2016, 9:11 am | Eco NZ

Marine Mining re-applications because government is changing law to exclude minerals and mine wastes from “dumping” Renewed applications for seabed mining, by TransTasman Resources and another pending from Chatham Rise Resources, probably reflect environmentally ... More >>

Easter Trading: Govt gives working people the middle finger

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 5:29 pm | FIRST Union

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. More >>

Corrections decision on Scott Watson meeting quashed

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 5:06 pm | New Zealand High Court

IN THE MATTER OF an application for judicial review of the refusal to allow a meeting between a victim with a journalist present More >>

Plan to boost coal burning at Huntly “regressive”

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:04 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Thursday, August 25: The newly appointed CEO at Genesis Energy has said a third coal-burning unit could now be returned to service, in a move that has stunned Greenpeace New Zealand. More >>

Six new homes for every thousand Kiwis

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:01 pm | Statistics New Zealand

The number of new homes consented per capita has doubled over the past five years, but is only half the level seen at the peak of the 1970s building boom, Statistics New Zealand said today. More >>

Bobby calf improvements noted this season

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 3:53 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The calving season for dairy farmers is now in full swing and improvements in calf welfare have been noted across the bobby calf supply chain. More >>

Ranfurly community to rally in support of Westpac workers

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 3:38 pm | First Union

Ranfurly community to rally in support of Westpac workers The Ranfurly community will take a stand tomorrow afternoon against Westpac’s proposal to shut the town’s only bank. “Westpac is consulting on a proposal to close 19 bank branches across ... More >>

Decision - Rock Morning Rumble stunt featuring John Key

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 3:19 pm | Broadcasting Standards Authority

Where fields have dotted lines beneath them, you can call up other decisions with the same information. More >>

Child Sex Offender Register Must Be Public

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 1:26 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“The public have the right to know that their children are safe in their own homes and in the community but our politicians think the protection of the offender is more important” Guthrie. On Tuesday National and Labour along with the Greens stopped ... More >>

Update on Police Front Counter Safety Review

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 1:23 pm | New Zealand Police

"Update on Police Front Counter Safety Review" Attribute to Acting Deputy Commissioner Resource Management, Allan Boreham: More >>

The King’s call for MANA MAORI

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:11 pm | Mana Movement

The King’s call for MANA MAORI Press statement for immediate release Hone Harawira Leader of the MANA Movement Mon 22 August 2016 More >>

HRC invites Government better engage disabled New Zealanders

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:05 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has invited the Ministry of Education to work with them to better engage disabled New Zealanders and their families in the design of policies that impact their learning and quality of life. “Instead of merely consulting disabled ... More >>

Kia Puawai Rangatira Ngāti Whātua

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 11:08 am | Ngati Whatua

The Ngāti Whātua Tertiary Summit is an aspirational education event which brings together Ngāti Whātua secondary students, alumni and leaders to advance Ngāti Whātua. Organiser and Ngāti Whātua manager Antony Thompson explains “there is ... More >>

Contractor Bill defeated

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 10:49 am | BusinessNZ

BusinessNZ supports the decision by Parliament today to defeat the Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill. More >>

Double standard on weapons investment

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 10:41 am | Auckland Peace Action

Lockheed Martin, a company that has been banned for investment by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and ACC because it manufacturers nuclear weapons, holds a current NZ Navy contract for $446 million and is sponsor of this year’s NZ Navy 75th birthday. More >>

NZ Police honoured by Diversity Awards wins

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 10:27 am | New Zealand Police

NZ Police is proud and honoured to be the winner of the Diversity Works NZ 2016’s Empowerment Award, and the overall Supreme Award, in recognition of our innovative responses to improving gender balance in the workforce. More >>

When is a Child not a Child?

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 10:15 am | Right To Life

Right to Life Asks Why Does the Children’s Covenant Exclude Our Most Vulnerable Children? More >>

NZ SuperFund deepens investment in Israeli banks

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 10:12 am | Palestine Solidarity Network

The Palestine Solidarity Network says the New Zealand Superannuation Fund must exclude Israeli banks from its investment portfolio, instead of increasing the Fund’s links with them. The PSN has referred to the Fund a Human Rights Watch Report into the ... More >>

Euthanasia Advocates Having A ‘Trump Tantrum’?

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 10:05 am | Not Dead Yet Aotearoa

Wendi Wicks, convener of Not Dead Yet Aotearoa, says it’s astounding but sadly predictable unsurprising that the 75% plus opposition to assisted suicide can be dismissed as “insignificant” by a submitter at yesterday’s first day of oral ... More >>

Kiwi contractors need better laws at work

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 5:13 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Kiwi contractors need better laws at work Working people are pleased that today politicians will be discussing the Minimum Wage (Contractor’s Remuneration) Bill. “We are calling on political parties who care about working people, and their families, ... More >>

All views on assisted suicide matter

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 4:56 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

Director of The Nathaniel Bioethics Centre, Dr John Kleinsman, is surprised and appalled at the disingenuous tactics being employed by assisted suicide supporters. Both Matt Vickers and Act MP David Seymour have in recent days described the unprecedented ... More >>

Union offers 11th hour solution on Easter trading

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 4:55 pm | FIRST Union

The union representing working people in retail is calling on the Government to withdraw the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill and convene a cross-sector working group to develop Easter trading laws the country can agree on. More >>

New $2M fund for research on information challenges

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 4:39 pm | The New Zealand Law Foundation

A new, independent $2 million research fund is now available for projects that will better prepare New Zealand for the challenges of the information age. More >>

Governor-General’s speech at the State Farewell Luncheon

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 4:35 pm | Government House

At my swearing-in ceremony in 2011, I spoke about the extraordinary honour that had been bestowed upon us. At the same time, I acknowledged just a little trepidation about what the next five years might bring. More >>

Forestry industry must remain vigilant

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 3:44 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Forestry industry must remain vigilant about health and safety WorkSafe New Zealand says the latest forestry death in Hawkes Bay is a sad reminder to the industry of the need to remain vigilant about health and safety. Monday’s death follows three ... More >>

The 'justus' system for Māori not good enough

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 3:13 pm | JustSpeak

Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More >>

Irrigation not linked to drinking water concerns

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 2:35 pm | Irrigation NZ

Irrigation not linked to drinking water concerns Greenpeace is out of order suggesting irrigation schemes increase the risk of drinking water concerns, says IrrigationNZ. “They’ve well and truly stepped over the line this time and should be discredited,” ... More >>

Save the Children launches search-and-rescue

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 2:25 pm | Save the Children New Zealand

Save the Children launches search-and-rescue ship in deadly Mediterranean Save the Children is launching a new search-and-rescue effort in the Mediterranean. The vessel will be operational from September with the aim of saving lives at sea, with facilities ... More >>

Most homeless people working or studying

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 1:54 pm | University of Otago

Most homeless people working or studying More than half of all homeless adults in New Zealand are working or studying, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers. UOW researcher Dr Kate Amore, from the Health Research Council-funded He Kainga Oranga/Housing ... More >>

NZDF Hosting Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 1:01 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force is hosting a visit by the Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Rear Admiral (RADM) Viliame Naupoto over the next few days. More >>


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