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NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:10 pm | Equity New Zealand

NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal to restore fairness and certainty for NZ workers Equity New Zealand today welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party that if elected, it would restore the right of film and television workers to collective ... More >>

Tear Fund’s Obsession: Food And Sex (Trafficking)

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:56 pm | TEAR Fund

Food and sex have always been kindred bedfellows; both are sensory experiences that ignite the passions. For TEAR Fund, however, the relationship is less savoury and more complex. We work in the darkest brothels of Southeast Asia where young girls ... More >>

Poll July 14-27: Nat 46% Lab 30% Gr 12% NZ1 5%

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:56 pm | Roy Morgan Research

National (46%) lead over Labour/ Greens (42%) cut significantly as Key rules out deal with Conservative Party but says National would consider a deal with NZ First (5%) More >>

Study could be used to counter high suicide rates

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:52 pm | Mosh Social Media

Should social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter be subject to moral obligations with regards to their customers' mental health? In the wake of the furore following the “Emotional Contagion” study carried out by Facebook themselves, the question ... More >>

Labour’s Minimum Wage Proposal a Backward Step

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:50 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

Democrats for Social Credit finance spokesperson Chris Leitch has attacked Labour’s proposals to increase the minimum wage labelling it ”a backward step for low and middle income earners”. More >>

Sealord applauds passing of Fisheries FCV Bill

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:47 pm | Sealord

Sealord Group has welcomed the passing of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels) Amendment Bill as a move that will safeguard workers and protect New Zealand’s sustainable fishing reputation. More >>

Liam Butler interviews Hon David Cunliffe

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:43 pm | ElderNet

With older Kiwis comprising a growing proportion of New Zealand's population we all need to recognise the significant contribution they make to society - not only as taxpayers and consumers, but as employers, paid workers and volunteers. More >>

GC Star Supports Beyer

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:06 pm | Mana Movement

Star of reality TV series The GC, Alby Waititi, has thrown his support behind Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer. More >>

New ACC Executive appointments announced

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 2:45 pm | Accident Compensation Corporation

ACC Chief Executive Scott Pickering today announced appointments to the ACC Executive Team effective from 1 September. The new Executive, which contains new roles and responsibilities, contains five members of the existing Executive and two new appointments. More >>

Ministry CEO Hides in Office for Award Ceremony

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 2:42 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Following this morning’s coverage of the extravagant expenditure by Pauline Winter, the CEO of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Porky the Taxpayers’ Union mascot visited the Ministry’s Wellington Office to present the Union’s first “Troughing ... More >>

Students' first-in-family policy needs support

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 2:06 pm | Tertiary Education Union

Free education for the first person in a family to undertake tertiary study is a creative, innovative and transformative proposal from New Zealand students, says TEU vice-president Sandra Grey. More >>

Fishing Bill a major step towards fixing industry problems

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 2:01 pm | Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union says the passing of a bill reforming the fishing industry is a major step in fixing serious problems. More >>

Waikato-Tainui marae to receive $15 million top up

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:25 pm | Waikato Tainui

Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui marae are set to receive a one-off grant worth more than $15 million. Following the call from Te Kauhanganui, sixty-six marae will receive a base grant of $150,000 and an additional per capita grant based on the Waikato-Tainui ... More >>

Outdoor Council Backs Fish and Game in Minister Smith Stoush

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:16 pm | Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations

A national outdoor recreation council has backed Fish and Game in the wake of an argument with Conservation Minister Nick Smith over the organisation's advocacy role for cleaning up New Zealand's rivers from a deteriorating state. More >>

Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. - Closing the Gap

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:03 pm | Closing The Gap

Simon Bridges says increasing the minimum wage will cost us at least 6000 jobs, hurt businesses and reduce growth. Rubbish, says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. More >>

Call on Pauline Winter to Front up Or Resign

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:43 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Fairfax report that taxpayers are footing the bill for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs’ Chief Executive and to fly to Auckland most weekends, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: More >>

Petition generates progress for new nurses

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:39 am | NZNO

Last week the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) launched a petition to get a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) programme for every new graduate nurse. This week, and more than 7,000 signatures later, we are very pleased to hear the Government’s ... More >>

NZ Parliament backs media freedom in West Papua

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:20 am | West Papua Action Auckland

West Papua Action Auckland applauds the decision of the New Zealand Parliament to give its backing to genuine media freedom for local and international journalists in West Papua. More >>

Wellington protest rally to march for Gaza

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:18 am | Students for Justice in Palestine

“Marchers from Wellington Students for Justice in Palestine intend to lay memorials at the Rabin memorial in Harris Street during a protest rally on Saturday. The names of some child victims of the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip will be written in ... More >>

ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte calls Dame Susan Devoy to resign

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:10 am | ACT New Zealand

Dame Susan Devoy has responded to my speech calling for racial equality by publicly condemning it as “grotesque and inflammatory". More >>

WW1 anniversary: Peace vigils on 4 August

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:04 am | Peace Movement Aotearoa

Monday, 4 August, is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, "the war to end all wars". Peace Movement Aotearoa, in association with Quakers, is coordinating nation-wide candle-lit vigils on 4 August, in conjunction with peace ... More >>

Making It Easier for Disabled Voters to Have Their Say

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:01 am | Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission is making it easier for disabled New Zealanders to enrol and vote, with the confirmation that telephone dictation voting will be in place for the 2014 general election. More >>

AA welcomes lower drink-driving limit

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 8:59 am | Automobile Association

Lowering the adult drink driving limit is one good step forward in making our roads safer, says the Automobile Association. Parliament voted last night to reduce the blood alcohol limit to .05 for drivers aged 20 or over. The AA supports the change, ... More >>

RSA welcomes Veterans Support Act

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 8:57 am | Returned Services Association

The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association welcomes the passage of the Veterans Support Act into law tonight. RSA National President, Don McIver, says that while it has taken a long time to get to this point, and there is disappointment ... More >>

Political debate Thursday July 31st at Whanau Centre

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 5:36 pm | Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust

Waipareira will host a political debate on Thursday at Whanau Centre, Henderson, starting at 7pm. Hosted by broadcaster Willie Jackson, candidates will be asked the tough questions about Whanau Ora, the future of the Maori Seats, Housing, Child Poverty ... More >>

They Can’t All Win Off the Race-Card

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 5:28 pm | Mana Party

“They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First Leader Winston Peters, that they wouldn’t ... More >>

New Zealanders Being Gouged by Electricity and Liquid Fuels

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 5:26 pm | Climate change Iwi Leaders Group

New Zealand consumers of electricity are being price gouged to the tune of about $1.388 million while the companies pocket the profits, a new economic analysis released today by the Iwi Leaders Forum reveals. More >>

Push For Gender Confusion In Schools

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 4:31 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is warning schools about an agenda to bring gender confusion in to schools in areas such as changing rooms, sports teams and school uniforms. More >>

Labour work and wages policy good for working people

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 3:26 pm | Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union says Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand. More >>

Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 3:15 pm | Joint Media Statement

Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation (PARC) by High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully More >>

Time to lift unliveable wage rates

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:51 pm | Service And Food Workers Union

The Service and Food Workers Union has welcomed Labour’s determination to lift New Zealand’s unliveable wage rates. The Labour Party today announced their Work and Wages policy. More >>

Judith Collins and Women’s Refuge – ‘Doing a Katie Bradford’

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:47 pm | Rethinking Crime and Punishment

In Rethinking’s latest blog; http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/judith-collins-and-womens-refuge.html Kim Workman suggests that Ms Collins treatment of the Women’s Refuge in a recent Q and A interview, could spark a new slang term in the national lexicon – ‘Doing ... More >>

Independent candidate advocates monetary paradigm shift

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:42 pm | Amanda Vickers

Waikanae veterinarian Dr Amanda Vickers is standing as an independent for the Otaki electorate, with a view to modernise monetary policy. More >>

Review of Radiocommunications Act 1989

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:21 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today published a discussion document reviewing New Zealand’s Radiocommunications Act 1989. The discussion document looks at issues including competition regulation, technical parameters on ... More >>

Unite Union welcomes Labour Party increase to minimum wage

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:11 pm | Unite Union

Unite Union welcomes the announcement today by the Labour Party to increase the minimum wage by $2 per hour by early 2015. More >>

Taxing Struggling Families to Boost Bureaucrats Shameful

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:05 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement that a Labour Government would ensure public servants would receive at least the Living Wage, significantly more than their private sector counterparts, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director ... More >>

Labour reforms show commitment to tackling inequality

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:00 pm | First Union

The NZ Labour Party’s just-announced industrial relations agenda demonstrates a clear commitment to tackling the growing inequality in New Zealand and restore democracy to our workplaces, according to FIRST Union. More >>

Debacle shows danger of contracting out public services

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:41 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Novopay debacle shows core public services are best provided in-house. More >>

Public servants welcome Labour’s living wage announcement

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:39 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says Labour’s commitment to ensure all core public service workers are paid at least the living wage will be welcome news to thousands of hard working New Zealanders. More >>

Commission urges politicians to stick to the major issues

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:34 pm | Human Rights Commission

In the run up to the general election Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging politicians to “do the right thing and stick to those major issues that will help make New Zealand a better place for all our children to grow up in.” More >>

Statement on behalf of Rochelle Crewe

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:28 pm | New Zealand Police

Rochelle Crewe has lived a life of anonymity. The tragic killing of her parents in 1970, when she was only 18 months old, has understandably been the subject of much media attention in this country in the four decades since. More >>

All parties need to help save Maui’s dolphins

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:01 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is urging all political parties to adopt the recommendations of scientists - and the International Whaling Commission - in order to save to save the Maui’s dolphin from extinction. More >>

Navigating Our Future Conference: Leaders’ Dialogue

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:54 pm | Environmental Defence Society

As pre-election positioning heats up and the environment has emerged as a key issue, the Leaders’ Dialogue at EDS’s annual conference next week will be an opportunity to interrogate the main parties. More >>

Labour’s policy promises a return to fairness at work

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:51 pm | EPMU

Workers across New Zealand will benefit from the Labour Party’s work and wages policy, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. “Labour’s policy is a comprehensive package which will lift wages, lower unemployment, and build a ... More >>

Labour’s policies a step change for working people

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:47 pm | Council of Trade Unions

“After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labour's Industrial Relations policy package,” CTU President Helen Kelly said. More >>

Tear Fund Launches Emergency Appeal for Gaza

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:08 pm | TEAR Fund

As the death toll surpasses 1000 in Gaza, TEAR Fund has launched an appeal to help civilians caught up in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. TEAR Fund CEO and chairman of the NGO Disaster Relief Forum Ian McInnes said, the loss of civilian ... More >>

Democrats for Social Credit Party celebrates 60 years

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 11:58 am | Democrats for Social Credit

Monetary reformers from across New Zealand will celebrate the Democrats for Social Credit Party’s (DSC) 60th anniversary at its annual conference at Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch this weekend. More >>

100-Gun Salute to Commemorate Beginning of WW1

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 11:51 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), with WW100, New Zealand’s First World War centenary programme, will commemorate the beginning of the First World War for New Zealand next Monday, 4 August. More >>

Better care for transgender youth

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 11:31 am | Auckland University

A fact sheet on ways to improve the wellbeing of transgender youth in New Zealand has been developed at the University of Auckland. A study team from the University’s Adolescent Health Research Group, has put forward recommendations, together with ... More >>

Politicians Should Take Lead From Commonwealth Games Heroes

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 11:28 am | Internet Party

Internet Party Calls on Politicians to Take Lead From Commonwealth Games Heroes The Internet Party is challenging other political parties not to turn back the clock to the old election campaigns where Kiwis are played off against other Kiwis. “No ... More >>

Māori Privilege

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 10:35 am | Aaryn Niuapu

Contrary to what some may believe, Māori aren't privileged citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr (yes this guy is learned) Jamie Whyte and Winston Peters would obviously beg to differ, as their recent remarks clearly propagate a narrative that belongs ... More >>

We need a civilised discussion about racial law

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 10:19 am | ACT New Zealand

Yesterday I published the speech that I gave to the ACT Party Waikato Conference on Saturday. It concerned a fundamental principle of Western civilisation. More >>

Returns Not Royal Treatment Will Lead to Investment

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 10:13 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the NZ Herald’s reporting of a $240,000 bill for taxpayers to wine and dine eleven oil executives - including four nights' luxury accommodation, a sailing trip, and two Rugby World Cup games, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ ... More >>

SFO Must Examine Disappearance of Tuwharetoa's $20m

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 10:07 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the NZ Herald’s report into suspected financial irregularities at Tuwharetoa since its Treaty Settlement in 2008, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union , says: More >>

ACT leader’s race-based privilege claims “preposterous”

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 9:13 am | Auckland University of Technology

Historian Professor Paul Moon has blasted ACT leader Jamie Whyte’s recent policy announcement on so-called race-based legislation. More >>

Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 6:27 pm | Internet Party

Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville Internet Party Leader Laila Harré will stand in John Key’s Helensville electorate because “the Prime Minister has some explaining to do”. Ms Harré wants to debate Mr Key at candidate meetings in his own electorate ... More >>

Ministers condemned for failing to meet Papuan journalist

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 5:50 pm | West Papua Action Auckland

West Papua Action Auckland is shocked that that Ministers Coleman and Tolley have decided against giving even a brief time to meet with visiting Papuan journalist Victor Mambor (Chair of the Papua Chapter of the Association of Independent Journalists ... More >>

Cliff Curtis Apolitical

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 5:33 pm | Cliff Curtis

While I respect my cousin Annette Sykes commitment in engaging in the political process, I do not endorse or support any political party. I respect all candidates who make the commitment to stand for political office. It requires and takes a dedication ... More >>

National getting students into science

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 2:41 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Hutt South candidate Chris Bishop today supported the government’s launch of A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara, a programme to boost community involvement in the science sector. More >>

NZ NGOs respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 2:07 pm | NGO Disaster Relief Forum

NZ NGOs are responding to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip with news today of an upsurge in violence and an increasing number of civilian casualties. More >>

 

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