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Davidson and Ghahraman show selective concern

Friday, 20 April 2018, 1:43 pm | Shalom.Kiwi

Green MPs Marama Davidson and Golriz Ghahraman demonstrated selective outrage last week, suggesting that their concern for human rights in the Middle East extends only so far as Israel can be blamed. More >>

Regional fuel tax coming to a town near you!

Friday, 20 April 2018, 12:56 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

All New Zealanders should brace themselves for a regional fuel tax as Christchurch City Council seeks to expand the Government’s bill, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Taxes are like ... More >>

$19,000 for cultural advice is tokenism at its worst

Friday, 20 April 2018, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Local councils need to stop wasting money on expensive ‘cultural advice’, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Public lecture on eve of ANZAC day

Friday, 20 April 2018, 11:04 am | Canterbury Socialist Society

Christchurch-based political organisation the Canterbury Socialist Society will be hosting a public lecture on the eve of ANZAC day to acknowledge and commemorate the efforts of workers who actively resisted the First World War both at home and abroad. More >>

State sector reform may undermine governance

Friday, 20 April 2018, 10:53 am | Institute Of Directors

State sector reform may undermine governance in Crown entities, warns Institute of Directors Embargoed until 5am, Friday 20 April 2018 The Institute of Directors (IoD) warns proposed state sector reforms may undermine good governance in Crown ... More >>

NZNO members now vote whether or not to strike

Friday, 20 April 2018, 9:29 am | NZNO

The majority of NZNO DHB members, who are party to the DHB Nurses and Midwifery MECA, receive their strike ballot paper by post and email from Monday 23 April to vote on proposed strike action. The action will occur if the MECA impasse is not ... More >>

Preparing for the end of the Queen's reign

Friday, 20 April 2018, 8:39 am | New Zealand Republic

The Commonwealth heads of government are discussing and possibly deciding who will be the next symbolic head of the Commonwealth after Queen Elizabeth. More >>

Over 10,000 sign against mega egg farm in Waikato

Friday, 20 April 2018, 8:34 am | Direct Animal Action

A petition to Waikato District Council demanding they decline a proposed mega egg farm has reached over 10,000 signatures. More >>

NZ preventive detention violates human rights: UN experts

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 6:16 pm | UNHCHR

Preventive detention in New Zealand violates human rights, UN experts find GENEVA (19 April 2018) – New Zealand violated its obligations under the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights by keeping two men convicted of rape in exceptionally ... More >>

Grave concerns for future of social work - PSA

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 4:46 pm | Public Service Association

The future of social work could be gravely affected by a rushed and short-sighted Select Committee report, the PSA says. More >>

BAS’ Vision for Beneficiaries

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 4:21 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

We have been noticing positive change recently in society’s attitude towards beneficiaries. This more positive view of the previously maligned group will lead to some much-needed changes in the benefit system. Things will only improve for beneficiaries with better ... More >>

ANZASW Response to Report on Registration Legislation Bill

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 4:10 pm | ANZASW

ANZASW Response to the Social Services Select Committee’s Report on the Social Work Registration Legislation Bill: More >>

Urgent action needed after report’s sobering wake up call

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 3:20 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game has called for urgent government action on what it describes as a “sobering” official report showing wetlands, forests and waterways are coming under increasing pressure from unsustainable development. More >>

Auckland nursing teams to rally at hospital

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 3:12 pm | NZNO

NZNO Auckland members are gathering outside the Auckland Hospital this Thursday at 1.30pm to add their voice to the nations’ DHB nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants. More >>

Southern Response Hunger Strike Update

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 3:02 pm | Released via Ali Jones PR Ltd

Peter Glasson, the Southern Response earthquake claimant who started a hunger strike at midnight on Monday 16 April is continuing to refuse all food, 3 days on. More >>

Wake up call on NZ land use - Greenpeace

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 2:41 pm | Greenpeace

The Ministry for the Environment has released Our Land 2018 which reveals that the large scale conversion and intensification of dairying is a key driver of environmental degradation. More >>

Portal walk marks new chapter in Pike story

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 1:14 pm | Stand With Pike

Today Pike River families walked further into the mine’s drift than they have ever been allowed to. More >>

Questions to answer over PM’s recruitment choice

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 12:02 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Taxpayers deserve an assurance that the Prime Minister’s Office followed all appropriate steps in appointing a recruitment agency linked to the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff to recruit the replacement to the Prime Minister’s Chief Press Secretary, ... More >>

R&D tax incentive discussion document - Expert reaction

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:52 am | Science Media Centre

Minister for Research, Science and Innovation Megan Woods and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash have released a discussion document on a proposed Research and Development tax incentive. More >>

Nature is paying the price for poor economic strategy

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:51 am | Forest and Bird

Forest & Bird says a major environmental report out today confirms nature is in serious trouble in New Zealand, and is paying the price for an economic strategy that prioritises the production of low value commodities. More >>

Taxpayer Hero: Dr Megan Woods

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:49 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The eradication of Callaghan Innovation’s controversial Growth Grants in favour of a rules-based R&D tax incentive is a major victory for taxpayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams ... More >>

We Are Growing Houses Instead of Food - Feds

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:48 am | Federated Farmers

We are losing our most productive land to houses - that’s the most significant point Federated Farmers takes from the ‘Our Land 2018’ report released today. More >>

Report is a call for action on environment

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:24 am | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society has commended the Ministry for the Environment and Stats New Zealand for their latest environmental report, Our Land 2018. More >>

Select Committee unwilling to travel on Cannabis Bill

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:23 am | Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ Select Committee unwilling to travel to meet those who need Medical Cannabis the most. More >>

Why Fairtrade can help CHOGM build a true common wealth

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:22 am | Fairtrade

Increasing trade between Commonwealth nations can lead to shared prosperity – but only if five key issues are prioritised. More >>

Land report highlights issues with soil degradation

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:16 am | Statistics New Zealand

An environmental report released today has found we are damaging and losing our soils and our native plants and animals. More >>

L’Oréal celebrates a decade of changing lives

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 9:44 am | L'Oreal

Reach for the stars is the message that has been shared with hundreds of care-experienced young people who have been through the innovative social impact programme L’Oréal Face Your Future. More >>

Sensible Sentencing disgusted with Sex Slavery sentence

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 9:27 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

A mother who kept her teenage daughter as a sex slave, pimping her out more than one thousand times, has been jailed for less than four years. More >>

Mark Middleton’s deportation a Human Rights violation

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 9:10 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The lawyer of pending deportee, Mark Middleton, says Immigration NZ’s deportation notice is a violation of Human Rights. More >>

Post-split parents on financial back foot

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 8:19 am | AUT University

The financial fallout of relationship failure hits women with children hard, with a 19% fall in their income after a break-up, according to new research from AUT. More >>

RSA Poppy Appeal funds having a real impact

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 8:14 am | Returned Services Association

RSA Poppy Appeal funds having a real impact; changing lives of veterans and their families A Trentham service family and a Masterton father-of-two are among a growing number who have received financial support from the RSA Poppy Appeal during the past ... More >>

Pilots Call for Prohibition on Possession of Laser Devices

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 6:36 pm | NZ Air Line Pilots' Association

“We’ve Had Enough” NZ Pilots Call for the Complete Prohibition on Possession of Laser Devices The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) today called for the prohibition of high-powered laser pointers following two more reported incidences ... More >>

Tourism industry solution focused on freedom camping

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:45 pm | Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Tourism industry solution focused on freedom camping A new body to consider freedom camping must create a broad consensus on the solutions that will address community concerns, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has announced ... More >>

Call for cap on tourism numbers in New Zealand high country

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 3:44 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game is calling on the Government to curb tourism numbers in the South Island high country, saying the pressure is now so high, it’s harming the environment and Kiwis’ traditional outdoor experiences. More >>

DHB admin and clerical workers raise claim for Equal Pay

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 3:21 pm | Public Service Association

Around 7000 DHB workers are standing together to raise a claim for equal pay for administration and clerical employees. More >>

Union members from yet another bus company to strike

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 2:33 pm | First Union

Pavlovich drivers are the latest to take part in strike action as disputes over bus driver pay and work conditions continue to heat up. More >>

Tobacco tax zealots are now changing their tune

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 1:45 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

It is clear we have reached a sea-change on tobacco policy, with long-standing champions of tobacco tax hikes now changing their tune, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. On the AM Show this morning, Hāpai Te Hauora CEO Lance Norman admitted that tobacco ... More >>

National Environment Spokesman Caned Over Water Hypocrisy

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:42 am | Outdoor Recreation New Zealand

The newly appointed National Party spokesman for the Environment Scott Simpson recent claim the previous National-led government’s efforts had led to improved river water quality standards has been torpedoed by river advocates. More >>

REINZ welcomes International Monetary Fund’s stance

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:22 am | REINZ

In its recent media briefing the International Monetary Fund has criticised New Zealand’s proposed “discriminatory” ban on home sales to foreigners, saying it’s unlikely to improve housing affordability. More >>

Israel Folau a Hero not a Villain!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:10 am | Conservative Party

The vicious and draconian crackdown on free speech that has coursed through the media, in regards to comments made by rugby player Israel Folau, shows just how far some people will go to crush free speech. Mr Folau did not encourage aggression or ... More >>

Regional councils must adopt new fish passage guidelines

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:06 am | Fish and Game New Zealand

Forest & Bird is welcoming new guidelines released today that aim to reduce obstacles to fish in our streams, rivers and lakes. “Our native freshwater fish need to migrate up and down stream in order to feed and breed, especially those that ... More >>

Treasury publishes four new papers and updates Insights tool

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:08 am | The Treasury

The Treasury has published two Working Papers and two Analytical Papers today, covering the impact of student mobility on under-achievement, gender budgeting, parental leave in the public sector, and population change in New Zealand. More >>

Shine awards DVFREE Tick for Ministry of Justice

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 9:57 am | Shine

The Ministry of Justice has become the first public sector organisation to receive the DVFREE Tick from Shine, New Zealand’s specialist domestic violence prevention charity. The certification is the second DVFREE Tick awarded in New Zealand (Westpac ... More >>

Black Friday continues for NZ Law Society

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 9:29 am | Families 4 Justice

Another protest is scheduled this week by Families 4 Justice outside the NZ Law Society in Auckland following last Fridays event. More >>

Slaughterhouse Plays Cat and Mouse with Activists

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 8:53 am | Christchurch Animal Save

Over the weekend Christchurch Animal Save hosted their first ever vigil to encourage the public to boycott animals products, outside Silver Fern Farms in Christchurch. Over 30 people attended the peaceful demonstration. More >>

KiwiBuild meets IwiBuild

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 5:13 pm | Te Matapihi

The Auckland Māori Housing Summit will be held on Monday 23 April, convened jointly by Te Matapihi and the Independent Māori Statutory Board. More >>

Why are Immigration looking to deport Mark Middleton

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 4:44 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Why are New Zealand Immigration looking to deport Mark Middleton? 17th April 2018 Last Tuesday Mark Middleton was snatched from his work place and arrested by New Zealand Immigration officers. Mark arrived in New Zealand as a 4-year-old in 1962; ... More >>

Generation Zero welcomes Interim Climate Change Committee

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 4:36 pm | Generation Zero

Today, youth climate change campaigners Generation Zero welcomed the announcement of the Interim Climate Change Committee, and congratulated the six experts selected to lay the groundwork for progressing a Zero Carbon Act for Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

Te Kahika claimants elated with Tribunal Report

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 4:34 pm | Te Kahika

“We won!” says Joseph Kahika, the lead claimant for Te Whānau a Te Kahika, who were one of the claimants in opposition to the Whakatōhea mandate and whose claim was not even listed in the Wai claims list until late 2016 without any consultation ... More >>

Ngāti Ira claimants over the moon

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 4:33 pm | Ngati Ira

The Waitangi Tribunal has released its 120-page report in the Whakatōhea Mandate Inquiry today which has found that the Crown’s recognition of the Pre-settlement Trust mandate was not fair, reasonable nor made in good faith and that the Crown ... More >>

Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust welcomes release

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 4:31 pm | Whakatohea Pre-settlement Trust

Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust (the Trust) has welcomed today’s release of a Waitangi Tribunal report inquiring into the Trust’s Deed of Mandate to settle the Treaty claims of the Whakatōhea iwi. More >>

Report on Whakatōhea Mandate Claims

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 4:07 pm | Waitangi Tribunal

The Crown breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi when it recognised the mandate of the Whakatōhea Pre-settlement Claims Trust to enter into settlement negotiations on behalf of Whakatōhea, the Waitangi Tribunal has found. More >>

NZ can take credible steps to action on climate change

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 3:33 pm | Meridian Energy

Meridian Energy today welcomed the announcement of the new Interim Climate Change Committee as a defining first step in the country’s move to take action on climate change. More >>

Operation of lawyers standards committees clarified

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Law Society

Each of New Zealand’s 24 lawyers standards committees is required to make its own decisions based on the particular facts before it and after considering the views of the parties, the New Zealand Law Society says. More >>

Comments on the judiciary by lawyers

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 2:31 pm | New Zealand Law Society

Lawyers are quite entitled to express views publicly which are critical of judicial decisions made in cases where they have not appeared, but they are expected to be careful not to do so in a way that may undermine public confidence in the judicial ... More >>

Fish & Game rejects ‘nonsense’ claims on irrigation schemes

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 2:21 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game has dismissed as “nonsense” Irrigation New Zealand’s claims that irrigation is good for the environment. More >>

90-day trial & rest break proposals concern tourism industry

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 12:29 pm | Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Abolishing the 90-day trial period and stipulating specific times for rest breaks is impractical for tourism employers, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. More >>

New biofouling guides

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 11:20 am | Ministry of Primary Industries

MPI has released guidance on how international vessels can comply with strict new biofouling rules. More >>

Fonterra is right to reduce payment times

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 9:29 am | Road Transport Forum

Road Transport Forum Chief Executive Ken Shirley acknowledges the action taken by Fonterra to reduce its payment times to small and medium suppliers and contractors. More >>

PEPANZ searching for analysis on offshore ban

Monday, 16 April 2018, 5:18 pm | PEPANZ

The Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ) has lodged a series of Official Information Act requests with Government agencies today seeking the analysis behind the ban on offshore exploration for oil and gas. More >>




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