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Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister

Saturday, 1 November 2014, 6:13 pm | The Nation

Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ. More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell

Saturday, 1 November 2014, 6:10 pm | The Nation

Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections. More >>

David Parker event - the future of work, Sun 2 Nov

Saturday, 1 November 2014, 11:52 am | MAXNET

Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address ... More >>

Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action

Friday, 31 October 2014, 4:46 pm | The Parenting Place

People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in guiding ... More >>

Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement

Friday, 31 October 2014, 4:19 pm | PSA

The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014. More >>

NZ Diversity Survey - benchmarking workplace diversity

Friday, 31 October 2014, 3:51 pm | AUT University

AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces. More >>

Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill

Friday, 31 October 2014, 3:36 pm | Office of the Clerk

Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014. More >>

ERA amendments a mixed bag

Friday, 31 October 2014, 2:40 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is ... More >>

Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism

Friday, 31 October 2014, 2:19 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament. More >>

Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1

Friday, 31 October 2014, 1:51 pm | Joint Press Release

The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm. More >>

Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?

Friday, 31 October 2014, 1:27 pm | Coalition for Better Broadcasting

When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David Fisher in the Herald, Andrea Vance at ... More >>

Safer roads are better for everyone

Friday, 31 October 2014, 1:01 pm | Living Streets

Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes. More >>

Law change creates more flexible labour market

Friday, 31 October 2014, 12:59 pm | Chapman Tripp

The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit. More >>

Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours

Friday, 31 October 2014, 12:55 pm | First Union

A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today. More >>

Count down to lowered alcohol limit

Friday, 31 October 2014, 12:43 pm | New Zealand Police

With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change. More >>

WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings

Friday, 31 October 2014, 12:03 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive, ... More >>

CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations

Friday, 31 October 2014, 11:51 am | Council of Trade Unions

The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said. More >>

Turia: Women's Refuge Conference 2014

Friday, 31 October 2014, 11:15 am | The Maori Party

This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader, wahine, to take the party forward. More >>

Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’

Friday, 31 October 2014, 11:11 am | SAFE

Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called ... More >>

Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag

Friday, 31 October 2014, 11:02 am | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand psyche. More >>

Walk the Talk - Opposing violence against women

Friday, 31 October 2014, 10:59 am | Soroptimist International of Auckland

Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness for the ... More >>

Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties

Friday, 31 October 2014, 10:39 am | Law Commission

The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in ... More >>

Every worker will be affected by employment law changes

Friday, 31 October 2014, 9:21 am | Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU. More >>

Shameful attack on all workers

Friday, 31 October 2014, 9:18 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which ... More >>

Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology

Friday, 31 October 2014, 9:17 am | First Union

The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight. More >>

CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 4:04 pm | Council of Trade Unions

Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again now. More >>

Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 3:50 pm | Alcohol Healthwatch

Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol. More >>

New code of welfare for rodeos released

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 3:25 pm | National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy. More >>

IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:45 pm | Blockade The budget

A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA. More >>

CT v The Queen - indecency convictions quashed

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:37 pm | NZ Supreme Court

This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment and reasons ... More >>

Rameka v The Queen - murder convictions quashed

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:34 pm | NZ Supreme Court

This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment and reasons ... More >>

Auckland Council Out of Control

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per cent will come ... More >>

Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:39 pm | Public Service Association

Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been taking ... More >>

Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:11 pm | Wellington Rape Crisis

Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise for many who work in this area, ... More >>

Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:01 pm | Independent Police Conduct Authority

Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found. More >>

NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:53 am | New Zealand Defence Force

A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend. More >>

Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:51 am | Council of Trade Unions

“The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it. More >>

2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:29 am | Rethinking Crime and Punishment

Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University. More >>

What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics'

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:26 am | Thornton Communications

On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history. But what was Key ... More >>

Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 10:55 am | GE Free NZ

The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed. More >>

CTU announces election of new Secretary

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 10:51 am | Council of Trade Unions

The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to workers and their ... More >>

Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 10:15 am | Victoria University of Wellington

The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice, ... More >>

TPPA causing concern

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:55 am | Joint Press Release

Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the ... More >>

Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:08 am | ActionStation

Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga. More >>

New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4:42 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone. More >>

Consultation to close on proposed place names

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4:28 pm | New Zealand Geographic Board

The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island). More >>

Operation Clover - Statement from Police Commissioner

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Police

I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been the primary ... More >>

Better policy would have protected children from recession

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:31 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession. More >>

Outcome of Operation Clover investigation

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:14 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls ... More >>

False birth registration brings home detention

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:43 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today. More >>

Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:04 pm | Kelvin Ellis

The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder. More >>

Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 1:30 pm | NZ Federation of Business and Professional Women

The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal. More >>

Labour leadership candidates in Invercargill

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 1:25 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Invercargill on Friday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as a key ... More >>

Public now needs to have its say over new tolls

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 1:22 pm | Cameron Brewer

“I welcome the likes of new tolls and fuel taxes going out for public consultation after these matters have been talked about for 20 years. However the timing is not ideal as it comes on top of the likes of imminent rates rises, fireplace bans, and ... More >>

Kiwis to fight back against TPPA 'corporate trap'

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 12:56 pm | It's Our Future

New Zealanders in at least sixteen different locations around the country are organising for an International Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on 8 November, co-ordinated by It's Our Future NZ. This is part of an international ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes NZ First MP’s Resignation

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 12:37 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming NZ First MP, Clayton Mitchell’s resignation from the Tauranga City Council, despite Party Leader Winston Peters' public comments in July that Mr Mitchell would do both jobs if elected to Parliament. The Union's ... More >>

Stopping unnecessary roading projects solution to transport

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 12:30 pm | Generation Zero

Today Auckland Council released the Funding Auckland’s Transport Future report which claims Aucklanders need to choose higher rates, petrol taxes or tolls to pay for future transport projects, when the real issue is the prioritisation of unnecessary ... More >>

Fixing Auckland’s transport

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 12:28 pm | Auckland Council

Today marks a critical step in the most important funding debate Auckland has ever had: whether or not Aucklanders are willing to pay for the transport system this city desperately needs to keep it moving, says Mayor Len Brown. More >>

The New Zealand Gazette Moves into the Digital Age

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 12:19 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

On Monday 20 October, the New Zealand Gazette was published completely online bringing to a close 173 years as a purely printed publication. First published in 1841 as the official government newspaper, the Gazette website gazette.govt.nz , replaces ... More >>

International report shows NZ struggling with child poverty

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 12:17 pm | Every Child Counts

A report by UNICEF International shows that child poverty rates in New Zealand have scarcely changed since 2008 – this stands in contrast to a number of other countries that managed to significantly reduce child poverty in this time, including Australia. More >>

 

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