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NZ to Take More Syrian Refugees According to UNHCR

Saturday, 5 September 2015, 5:48 pm | Oxfam NZ

Oxfam New Zealand’s Executive Director, Rachael Le Mesurier said: "This is a welcome indication that the government is willing to do more to help some of the millions of increasingly desperate Syrians who have fled for their lives. We hope ... More >>

Interview with Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy

Saturday, 5 September 2015, 5:37 pm | The Nation

Race Relations Commissioner makes new call for immediate one-off intake of refugees to NZ and a doubling of our quota in five years More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Red Cross spokesman Stephen Ryan

Saturday, 5 September 2015, 5:35 pm | The Nation

Ryan says it’s mostly family groups of refugees who have started walking across Hungary to try to reach Austria “I think it’s the type of situation that can only haunt you. If you see scenes like this, and especially if you’re a parent, ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews UNHCR spokesperson Ariane Rummery

Saturday, 5 September 2015, 11:39 am | The Nation

UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva Ariane Rummery says NZ plans to take extra Syrian refugees on top of existing quota. More >>

Q+A - Sunday September 6

Saturday, 5 September 2015, 10:41 am | TVNZ

1. The Government is under pressure to take more refugees as the crisis in Europe deepens. What can NZ do right now? For the first time, Labour Party leader Andrew Little and Green Party co-leader James Shaw will appear together to discuss a joint ... More >>

This weekend on The Nation...

Saturday, 5 September 2015, 10:32 am | The Nation

As the world faces the worst refugee crisis since World War Two we ask if New Zealand is doing enough. We’ll speak to the Red Cross’ Stephen Ryan from Hungary, the frontline of the crisis in Europe. And then we’ll cross to the UNHCR in Geneva ... More >>

Young Nats Call on Government to Review Refugee Quota

Friday, 4 September 2015, 5:44 pm | New Zealand Young Nationals

The Young Nats have today called on the Government to bring forward the review of New Zealand's annual refugee quota, and act to increase the number of refugees resettled here. More >>

'Time to raise age of fostercare in New Zealand,' says CPAG

Friday, 4 September 2015, 4:38 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group is supporting a campaign to raise the age of state care from 17 to 21 and says it is unrealistic to expect a 17 year old to be completely independent. More >>

The Refugee Crisis

Friday, 4 September 2015, 3:42 pm | NZ Psychological Society

“Psychologists cannot remain silent on the refugee crisis. To ignore this issue is in breach of our ethical principles that demand that we address and challenge social injustice in our broader society,” said Dr Kerry Gibson, President of the ... More >>

Change the NZ Flag: New Flag Copyright Clarified

Friday, 4 September 2015, 2:17 pm | Change the NZ Flag

While there are huge benefits to New Zealand and Kiwis from having a distinctive flag of our own, some are questioning what the three designers of the alternative flags stand to gain. More >>

Porirua Mayor says take more refugees

Friday, 4 September 2015, 1:57 pm | Porirua City Council

Porirua Mayor says take more refugees Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett is right behind New Zealand’s other Mayors in calling on Prime Minister John Key to double the quota for refugees. “When children are dying on the beach and we have space here ... More >>

New Zealand Mayors to seek increase in refugee quota

Friday, 4 September 2015, 12:00 pm | Wellington City Council

New Zealand Mayors will be asking Prime Minister John Key to double the quota for refugees. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says many key Mayors have supported a request asking Government to double the refugee quota from 750 to 1500 over the next ... More >>

Warehouse workers still striking after low wage offer

Friday, 4 September 2015, 11:56 am | First Union

After strikes at the Warehouse Manukau, Blenheim and New Lynn, workers at the Warehouse Rotorua will walk off the job at 12pm today says FIRST Union organiser Dennis Maga. More >>

Buying black market crays an expensive option

Friday, 4 September 2015, 11:27 am | Ministry of Primary Industries

Buying black market crays an expensive option Buying black market crayfish cost a Christchurch restaurant owner dearly when he appeared for sentencing in Christchurch District Court yesterday (3 September). Jianwen Li, 49, had earlier pleaded guilty ... More >>

UNICEF NZ calling on NZers to Stand with Children of Syria

Friday, 4 September 2015, 10:31 am | UNICEF

UNICEF NZ calling on New Zealanders to Stand with the Children of Syria Donate at: Devastating news reports and images of children circulating over the last few days are a solemn and stark reminder that even in New Zealand, ... More >>

Taungapeau elected Ngai Tāwake Hapū Kaikōrero representative

Friday, 4 September 2015, 10:02 am |

Adrianne Taungapeau has been elected Hapū Kaikōrero representative for Ngai Tāwake hapū following the withdrawal of the only other candidate, Raniera Tau. More >>

Commissioner Acknowledges Retiring Solicitor-General

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 5:15 pm | State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie acknowledged the contribution that Solicitor-General Mike Heron has made to the Public Service over the past three years. More >>

Collaboration strengthens Pacific detector dog capability

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 4:43 pm | New Zealand Police

Collaboration strengthens Pacific detector dog capability Six Fijian detector dog teams have completed their New Zealand training and graduated today in a ceremony at the NZ Police Dog Training centre in Trentham. Police and Customs staff in New ... More >>

Presbyterian Church urges Government to do more for refugees

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 4:42 pm | Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is calling for an urgent review of the country’s quota for accepting refugees for resettlement. More >>

Commission urges Kiwis to stand up for refugees

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 4:05 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is urging New Zealanders to open our hearts and minds to the plight of millions of people fleeing for their lives as the global refugee crisis worsens. More >>

Government Must Front Up on Refugees

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 3:41 pm | Christian World Service

Christian World Service is asking the government to stop hiding behind the promised review of the refugee quota and respond to the grim situation facing families fleeing war and persecution. It is supporting calls to Double the Quota . More >>

Cyclone Pam Funds Spent

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 2:32 pm | It's Not About Us

( It’s Not About Us is a small humanitarian organisation based in Alexandra, Central Otago. They have just completed their fourth project in Vanuatu providing water to those who were in desperate need following Cyclone Pam which caused widespread ... More >>

Bunnings workers vote for strike action

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 1:00 pm | First Union

Workers at Bunnings Mount Maunganui are walking off the job at 1pm today after learning that the company is proposing a change which will remove the right to determine their start and finish times, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay. More >>

Save the Children Calls on Key to Have a Change of Heart

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 12:11 pm | Save The Children

Save the Children is calling on Prime Minister John Key to have a change of heart over the government’s refusal to consider allowing some refugees to New Zealand under an emergency intake. More >>

Government Reluctance to Aid Cyclists

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 12:04 pm | NZ School Speeds

NZ School Speeds welcomes the announcement by Craig Foss, Associate Minister of Transport commitment to making cycling safer, but questions why "mandatory minimum passing distance is in the 'complex' bracket". More >>

CYF Systemic Failure Due to under-Resourced Services

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 10:47 am | Mothers Helpers

Founder of PND-support charity Mothers Helpers, Kristina Paterson says that one of the biggest contributing factors to the ongoing poor performance of CYFs is the lack of financial investment into community services that are working with families, and ... More >>

Sweep finds children’s websites could do more

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 10:32 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

An international project looking at websites and apps used by children has raised concerns over the personal information they collect. More >>

Man behind All Black silver fern offers to redesign flags

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 10:26 am | Dave Clark Design Associates

Man behind All Black silver fern offers to redesign shortlisted flags Dave Clark, the man responsible for designing the All Blacks silver fern as we know it today, has offered to redesign the ferns featured on three of the four shortlisted flag ... More >>

CPAG Summit - Welfare fit for families in a changing world

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 4:18 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

A Child Poverty Action Group summit in Auckland next week will look at what needs to change for New Zealand’s welfare and child policy to support all children and families in the 21st Century. More >>

Good news for Wellington’s economy

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 4:10 pm | Wellington City Council

Wellington’s economy is flourishing – with figures for the middle of the year showing strong performance across a range of sectors including retail, house sales and accommodation. More >>

Open Government Partnership: A chance to have your say

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 2:33 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

As you might know, the New Zealand government has signed up to the Open Government Partnership, a forum of countries working to promote government that is open, accountable and responsive to citizens. More >>

NZ urged to heed Pacific calls for stronger climate action

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 2:08 pm | Oxfam NZ

Pacific leaders, including New Zealand and Australia, are set to come together in Papua New Guinea next week for the most important annual political meeting for the region. More >>

LGNZ calls for proactive approach to mobilise regions

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 11:55 am | Local Government NZ

A proactive shared national approach to decision-making across the transport sector is crucial to lifting economic performance across New Zealand, says Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) President Lawrence Yule. More >>

Garnier Help Keep School Pools Afloat

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 11:03 am | Water Safety New Zealand

Water Safety New Zealand’s (WSNZ) campaign to save New Zealand’s school pools from closing has received a major boost thanks to global beauty brand Garnier. More >>

Guo v Minister of Immigration - Leave to Appeal deportation

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 10:39 am | 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 >>

Lack of silver fern flag option a ‘missed opportunity’

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 8:47 am | Ashley Church

Wednesday 2 September 2015 Business Leader believes lack of silver fern flag option a ‘missed opportunity’ Business leader, Ashley Church, is disappointed that the November flag referendum won’t include the traditional ‘silver fern on a black ... More >>

NZ launches a new scheme to review e-waste management

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 8:32 am | Big Market Research

NZ government launches a new scheme to review e-waste management programs in the country More >>

Flag panel not far away from public choice

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 4:24 pm | UMR Research Ltd

A UMR online survey shows that the top two public choices were picked by the panel. More >>

Work and Income union remembers Ashburton tragedy

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 12:56 pm | PSA

The Public Service Association (PSA) will be thinking of the family, friends and colleagues of the two Ashburton Work & Income workers killed at work one year ago. More >>

Final Four Flags Release Builds Momentum for Change

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 12:24 pm | Change the NZ Flag

The release of the final four flag designs builds the growing momentum for a new flag. More >>

Images, Video: Four alternative flags for referendum ranking

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 11:26 am | Flag Consideration Project

The Flag Consideration Panel announced today the four flag designs that eligible voters will rank in the first binding postal referendum this year, between 20 November and 11 December. More >>

PM’s refugee stance untenable

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 11:17 am | University of Waikato

Prime Minister John Key’s assertion that New Zealand is unable to accept more refugees until it can show it can first adequately house and supply education for them is an untenable excuse, one of New Zealand’s leading international law experts says. More >>

LGNZ calls for review on special licences regime

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 9:34 am | Local Government NZ

LGNZ and its member councils across New Zealand have confirmed support for the intent of the Bill passed in Parliament last week, to extend the licensing hours of businesses during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. However, the passing of this Bill highlights the ... More >>

Annual ASPG Conference, 30 September to 2 October 2015

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 7:43 am | Australasian Study of Parliament Group

New Zealand’s Parliament is hosting the 2015 Annual Australasian Study of Parliament Group Conference, 30 September – 2 October 2015 in the Legislative Council Chamber. More >>

Government tests market appetite for social housing

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 7:42 am | Chapman Tripp

The Government today released information memoranda to test market appetite for social housing transfers in Tauranga and Invercargill. More >>

Free Press: Popular Measure Passes

Monday, 31 August 2015, 4:53 pm | ACT New Zealand

Popular Measure Passes ACT’s Bill to extend pub and club licensing hours has passed into law in time for the Rugby World Cup. Parliament voted for the Bill five-votes-to-one so that people will be able to watch the rugby when games (held in the UK) fall outside ... More >>

Caregivers and nurses support midwives

Monday, 31 August 2015, 3:28 pm | NZNO

Momentum is building in New Zealand to address gender pay inequality says New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) caregivers, nurses and midwives. More >>

Monthly Economic Indicators August 2015

Monday, 31 August 2015, 2:47 pm | New Zealand Treasury

The August Monthly Economic Indicators (MEI) was published today on the Treasury Website at 2:00pm. The report provides a summary of recent economic events. More >>

A life sentence for vulnerable children?

Monday, 31 August 2015, 2:27 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says John Key’s suggestion that care for vulnerable children could be contracted out to private, for profit, corporations is dangerous and unacceptable. More >>

Action urged to improve water quality and aquatic life

Monday, 31 August 2015, 2:23 pm | Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

How to improve water quality and the social, cultural, and economic gains to New Zealand from doing so was the focus of the ECO conference. More >>

Pay Equity Coalition supports Midwives

Monday, 31 August 2015, 12:46 pm | Pay Equity Coalition

The Pay Equity Challenge Coalition today added its support to the College of Midwives claim of pay discrimination on the basis of gender. More >>

New Zealander to observe Trinidad and Tobago election

Monday, 31 August 2015, 12:13 pm | CommonWealth New Zealand

At the invitation of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, a team of Commonwealth election observers will arrive in Port of Spain this week ahead of the general election scheduled for 7 September 2015. More >>

SKYCITY Auckland agrees to new guaranteed minimum hours

Monday, 31 August 2015, 10:25 am | SKYCITY

SKYCITY Auckland agrees to new guaranteed minimum hours for staff SKYCITY Auckland, together with the Unite Union and the Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU), have struck a landmark agreement that will see all part-time staff on collective employment ... More >>

Stop selling our state houses – Protest Hikoi to parliament

Monday, 31 August 2015, 9:58 am | State Housing Action

SHAN (State Housing Action Network) is organising a protest hikoi to parliament to demand National MPs and their allies stop the sale of state houses. More >>

Postal Workers Union calls for Parliamentary Enquiry

Monday, 31 August 2015, 9:37 am | Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa

Following Friday's release of NZ Post's annual financial report the Postal Workers Union calls for Parliamentary Enquiry Following Friday's release of NZ Post's annual report the Postal Workers Union wants a Parliamentary Enquiry into what it calls ... More >>

Tribunal Claim: Too Many Māori in Prison And Reoffending

Monday, 31 August 2015, 9:14 am | Phoebe Monk

31 August 2015 Waitangi Tribunal Claim Filed Against Corrections Alleges Too Many Māori in Prison And Reoffending Tom Hemopo, a retired probation officer, has today filed an urgent claim to the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of himself and his iwi alleging ... More >>

Maize spill shows risks of GE seed escape

Monday, 31 August 2015, 9:07 am | GE Free NZ

New Zealand’s valuable GE-free status is under threat from biosecurity breaches, says the Soil & Health Association. Two spills in New Plymouth last week of maize imported from the USA show how it’s possible for genetically engineered seed to ... More >>

Q+A: David Seymour - Paid parental leave concessions costs

Sunday, 30 August 2015, 12:39 pm | TVNZ

CORIN Well, Sue Moroney’s bill to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks will be back in the house in a couple of weeks’ time. And this time, the Labour MP could just have the numbers. It, of course, all hinges on Peter Dunne. Now, one MP who ... More >>

National Drug Policy Fails to Address Harm From Drinking

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 4:19 pm | Alcohol Action NZ

The National drug policy released several days ago purports to address harms secondary to drugs that are “both proportionate to the harms and evidence based”. More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Helen Clark

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 3:55 pm | The Nation

Global commitments to greenhouse gas reductions ahead of Paris are not enough to tackle climate change and developed countries, including New Zealand, need “to do more” “We need New Zealand to act. We need everyone to act”. Asked about ... More >>


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