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Time to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth

Friday, 29 May 2015, 3:47 pm | UndergroundRepublic

“Bye Bye Liz” …. Let’s elect our own President as a figurehead, like other modern democratic countries do… a kiwi who makes us proud to be a New Zealander.” More >>

Nurses head to mediation with District Health Boards

Friday, 29 May 2015, 3:35 pm | NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation and District Health Boards were unable to reach a settlement at their negotiations for a collective agreement yesterday. More >>

Using land for housing

Friday, 29 May 2015, 3:28 pm | Productivity Commission

The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to review the local planning and development systems of New Zealand’s fastest-growing urban areas and identify leading practices that are effective in making land and development capacity available ... More >>

Union and local community unite to keep open Ruatōria bank

Friday, 29 May 2015, 1:15 pm | First Union

Bank workers union and local community unite to keep open Ruatōria’s last bank More >>

Promotion of Wellington’s Town Belt Bill in Parliament

Friday, 29 May 2015, 12:30 pm | Wellington City Council

Promotion of Wellington’s Town Belt Bill in Parliament Wellington City Council formally notifies its intention to promote the Wellington Town Belt Bill in Parliament. Councillor Helene Ritchie, Natural Environment Portfolio Leader, Council’s Environment ... More >>

Auditor-General's inquiry terms of reference published

Friday, 29 May 2015, 10:56 am | Controller and Auditor-General

The Auditor-General has decided to carry out an inquiry into how the Queenstown Lakes District Council and its chief executive, Mr Adam Feeley, have managed the chief executive’s interest in land owned by his family being considered by the Council ... More >>

Taxpayers' Union Back Legal Challenge

Friday, 29 May 2015, 10:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is backing the Wellington Chamber of Commerce in its effort to seek formal legal advice on the Council’s decision to expand the ‘living wage’ to council controlled organisations and contractors. Taxpayers’ Union Executive ... More >>

Wally Yovich denies chickens freedom of speech

Friday, 29 May 2015, 10:10 am | Stop Craddock Farms

Today Wally Yovich will be called on by a group of friendly protesting chickens not to fund a cruel colony cage egg factory farm. More >>

Schools Will Reject ‘Extreme’ Sex Ed Guidelines

Friday, 29 May 2015, 10:02 am | Family First

Family First NZ says that most schools along with the parents in the school community will rightly reject the extreme elements of the new sexuality education guidelines , and that resources should be targeted at parents to help them educate their own ... More >>

Taxpayers Union Welcome Remuneration Authority Determination

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:55 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Remuneration Authority’s determination on the salaries for Members of Parliament, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams says: More >>

Med student crisis wake-up call

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:28 am | NZUSA

The national student NZUSA is putting its full weight behind the growing calls by the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association, political parties, youth wings and professional associations for the Government to immediately reinstate access to the ... More >>

EMA Supports Need to Get the Health and Safety Bill Right

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 4:27 pm | EMA

With New Zealand facing the biggest changes to health and safety laws in 20 years, the EMA supports the Governments delay of the Health and Safety Reform Bill if it means getting the right result for employers and workers. More >>

Relationships Aotearoa meets with transition providers

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 3:38 pm | Relationships Aotearoa

Relationships Aotearoa met this morning (Thursday, 28 May) with representatives of four of the five providers appointed by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to transition RA clients. More >>

‘Count human health in your climate calculations’

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 2:55 pm | Auckland University

The government may be asking for public input on New Zealand’s planned action to address climate change in the lead-up to global negotiations this year in Paris, but health is left out of the equation, health groups say. Doctors, nurses, public ... More >>

Mccully Must Disclose Legal Advice

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 2:41 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, to publicly release the legal advice relating to the Saudi sheep deal. More >>

Salaries for Members of Parliament

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 1:18 pm | The Remuneration Authority

The Remuneration Authority has issued its determination on the salaries for Members of Parliament following amendments to the provisions in the Remuneration Authority Act 1977 earlier this year. More >>

Government must not abandon health and safety reform

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 12:46 pm | First Union

While resistance in the National Party caucus delays the passage of the Health and Safety Reform Bill, FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid says there should be no health and safety law exceptions for small businesses and farmers. More >>

MasSiVe Hikoi welcomed by Human Rights Commission

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 12:06 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is welcoming this week’s MasSiVe hikoi led by Kiwi men who oppose sexual violence. More >>

Ongoing celebrations for Supreme Court ruling

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 11:50 am | LegaSea

Recreational fishers are celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that changed the fisheries management landscape in New Zealand. In a landmark decision in 2009 the Supreme Court confirmed the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, ... More >>

Banks investigation "not subject to political interference"

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 11:17 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

A report released today by the Independent Police Conduct Authority found that the Police investigation into John Banks’ return of expenses and donations at the conclusion of the 2010 Auckland Super City Mayoral election was thorough and robust and was ... More >>

Using racism to win means you've already lost

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 11:00 am | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is urging everyday New Zealanders to stand up to racist sports fans and players. More >>

Jim Butterworth

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 10:30 am | EPMU

Jim Butterworth was the elder statesman of our great union. He served to protect and advance the interests of New Zealand working people over many years of union organising and leadership. Jim led the northern region of the Engineers’ Union ... More >>

Closure of Relationships Aotearoa

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 10:27 am | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) Chief Executive Lucy Sandford-Reed is concerned about the closure of a national service which provides a wide range of services to rural and urban communities throughout New Zealand.  More >>

Three Years Since Villaggio Fire

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 10:24 am | Jane And Martin Weekes

Jane and Martin Weekes, the parents of the two-year-old triplets, New Zealand citizens, who were killed in the Villaggio mall fire in Doha, Qatar, on 28 May 2012 will be reflecting on the short lives of Lillie, Jackson and Wilsher today while the people ... More >>

PSA welcomes Hawke’s Bay DHB’s decision on food services

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 11:07 pm | PSA

The PSA welcomes Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s decision to reject Health Benefits Limited’s proposal to outsource food services to multi-national company Compass Group. More >>

Overseas Trade Indexes (Prices and Volumes)

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 5:05 pm | Statistics New Zealand

We are combining the Overseas Trade Indexes (Prices) and Overseas Trade Indexes (Volumes) into one release as of next week’s 2 June publication. More >>

Core government cap disappointing and disingenuous

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 4:44 pm | PSA

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Government’s continued focus on capping the size of core government administration is counter to providing New Zealanders with the services they need and depend on. More >>

Saudi 'Compensation' Not in Full And Final Settlement

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 4:26 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is has uncovered that despite building a $7.5 million ‘Agri-hub’ and paying $4 million to the Al Khalaf Group, no settlement agreement or liability waiver was secured in relation to the apparent claim the Government is using to justify ... More >>

SkyCity still holds winning hand

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 4:22 pm | Problem Gambling Foundation

SkyCity still holds winning hand despite having to pay more for Convention Centre The Problem Gambling Foundation says it is not surprising SkyCity was prepared to put more money into the Convention Centre considering the Casino has been granted ... More >>

Doctor, I’ve got a 7 year itch

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 4:19 pm | Young Labour

Young Labour supports the campaign by the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association to have the 7 year lifetime limit on student loans scrapped. “This policy by the National Government makes no sense. It means that medical school students may be ... More >>

Vulnerable people will be most affected by closure

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 3:42 pm | NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that vulnerable clients are being left in the lurch in the wake of the abrupt closure of Relationships Aotearoa. More >>

Young Nats call for Govt to back Med Students

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 2:56 pm | New Zealand Young Nationals

The Young Nats support the New Zealand Medical Students Association’s campaign to exempt medical students from the seven year equivalent full time study cap on borrowing for course costs, and want the cap extended to nine years for this group ... More >>

Review of fire services a major opportunity for future

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 12:52 pm | United Fire Brigades

Wellington, Wednesday 27 May 2015 - Rural and urban volunteer firefighters make up 80 percent of New Zealand’s fire services. Their representative organisation, the United Fire Brigade’s Association (UFBA), says the Minister for Internal Affairs, ... More >>

Fire Service review rules out fairest option

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 12:01 pm | Insurance Council

Insurance Council Chief Executive Tim Grafton says “the Government has made a mockery of genuine consultation by ruling out the fairest, most cost effective and sustainable way of funding the Fire Service” in its release of the Fire Services review discussion ... More >>

NZMA supports students' call on loans

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 12:00 pm | NZMA

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) supports the call by the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) for the Government to urgently address the impact of time restrictions on the student loans of many medical students currently ... More >>

No Rights of Access to $11.5 Million Dollar Saudi Farm

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 11:03 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Exclusive: No Rights of Access to $11.5 Million Dollar Saudi Farm WEDNESDAY 27 MAY 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Taxpayers’ Union has uncovered that despite taxpayers forking out $11.5 million to build an ‘Agri-hub' in Saudi Arabia, officials failed ... More >>

Abduction attempt blamed on lax politicians

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 9:38 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Commenting after yesterday's attempted abduction of a five year old boy outside a Hastings school the Sensible Sentencing Trust has lashed out at politicians for “putting our kids at an undue and totally unacceptable risk”. More >>

Press Release from SuperGrans Aotearoa

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 9:35 am | Supergrans

SuperGrans applaud the government for providing an extra $25 per week for low income families and further supporting Whanau Ora, Children’s Teams and CYF. These are all initiatives that will enhance collaborative effort to support our precious and ... More >>

Relationships Aotearoa welcomes discussion

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 9:08 am | Relationships Aotearoa

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) advised by phone this afternoon (26 May) that five agencies have been selected to undertake the work Relationships Aotearoa (RA) had been contracted to provide for MSD. “Since 15 May, RA has been working ... More >>

Human Rights Commission welcomes Rotorua partnership model

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 9:05 am | Race Relations Commissioner

Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy has welcomed news that Rotorua District Council has agreed to a modified version of the Te Arawa Partnership model. More >>

Final nail in coffin for Solid Energy workers

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 5:14 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Today’s confirmation of job losses at Solid Energy’s Stockton and Spring Creek mines shows the urgent need for new economic opportunities on the West Coast, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. More >>

Comments sought on Takapūneke Reserve

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 5:12 pm | Christchurch City Council

Comments sought on Takapūneke Reserve Christchurch City Council wants public input into a plan that could help make Banks Peninsula's Takapūneke Reserve a National Reserve. The Council is currently seeking written suggestions to help draft a Reserve ... More >>

What the Dickens is going on at SDHB?

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 3:20 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

What the Dickens is going on at SDHB? Problems at the financially-strapped Southern District Health Board appear to stretch to its HR department with information obtained by Labour showing it still records staff leave entitlements using manual book-keeping ... More >>

Maori Party Labels One Man, One Vote Supporters as Racist

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 3:15 pm | Democracy Action

The Maori Party’s approach of bullying and intimidation against those who have stood up for one person, one vote, in Rotorua, is a dishonourable act by Members of Parliament that should know better. Democracy Action, a pressure group which champions ... More >>

Government proses weakening the Health and Safety law

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 2:27 pm | Hazel Armstrong

“The Government’s suggestion that the new workplace health and safety laws will be weakened is very disappointing”, says Hazel Armstrong health and safety lawyer and member of the Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel. More >>

Giving faces to the faceless

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 2:19 pm | Human Rights Commission

Powerful films and unforgettable documentaries can highlight human rights in ways speeches and documents never will says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. More >>

Deaf Aotearoa applaud NZ On Air funding announcement

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 2:16 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with the announcement that NZ On Air will be providing additional funding for captioning on TV One, TV2, TV3 and FOUR. Independent captioning and audio description service Able will receive $400,000 more in the coming year, ... More >>

Scott Technology lays off Christchurch workers

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 2:09 pm | EPMU

Thirteen workers at Scott Technology, which manufactures, services and installs equipment for the appliance industry, were informed last week that they have been made redundant. This announcement, which came as a shock to the workers, comes after ... More >>

Smaller Convention Centre Should Mean Less Pokies

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 1:06 pm | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ says that with the downsizing of the SkyCity Convention Centre, the legislative concession for allowing an increased number of pokie machines should be significantly reduced, if not scrapped. “As we said from the outset, this deal ... More >>

Parliament missing in action on RMA reform

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 12:21 pm | Business NZ

Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said recent indications of ‘no change’ to sections 6 and 7 of the Act means it is now clear that after six years Parliament is incapable of delivering anything more than the lowest common denominator – process changes. More >>

Government wants safer workplaces… or does it?

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 11:18 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Government wants safer workplaces… or does it? Today a widow and a mother sit together in the High Court in Wellington fighting for justice for the men that were killed at work in the Pike River Mine disaster of 2010, at the same time the Government ... More >>

New Zealanders reckon they’re doing pretty well

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 11:16 am | Statistics New Zealand

The majority of New Zealanders say they’re highly satisfied with their lives, and slightly more rate their sense of purpose highly, Statistics New Zealand said today. These are the first results from Statistics New Zealand’s survey of nearly 9,000 ... More >>

Rural hospitals’ services vulnerable

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 11:12 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Southern District Health Board’s efforts to tighten its financial belt are clearly going to have very serious consequences for rural hospitals,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

Settlement and iwi unity overwhelmingly important to Ngāpuhi

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:37 am | Te Ropu o Tuhoronuku

The settlement of historical Te Tiriti Waitangi grievances and iwi unity are growing in importance to Ngāpuhi, says a Horizon Research survey report released on 24 May. More >>

Protecting workers’ lives is not “onerous”

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:34 am | EPMU

26 May 2015 Media Release Protecting workers’ lives is not “onerous” The government must not water down changes to health and safety legislation which are vital for New Zealand workers, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. “The ... More >>

Taxpayers Short-Changed by Skycity Deal

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:27 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is outraged over the latest details of the SkyCity convention centre released today, specifically that the number of delegates the centre will be able to hold has been reduced for a second time. Taxpayers’ Union Executive ... More >>

Parental Notification Supported by Parents & Teens

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:42 am | Family First

Family First NZ is calling on politicians to reflect the concerns and wishes of parents and also teenagers, and ensure that young pregnant girls in a crisis situation receive the family support they deserve and need. More >>

Integrated approach needed for Māori economic development

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:20 am | Te Whare Wananga

Business and asset development, employment opportunities and wealth creation must contribute to Māori well-being, according to iwi at the launch of a Māori economic development research report in Whakatāne. More >>

Unions stand together on rejection of poor pay offer

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:17 am | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) supports the decision by New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) members to reject the settlement offer made by DHBs in their Multi-Employer collective agreement, announced earlier today. More >>

Government forces closure of Relationships Aotearoa

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:12 am | Relationships Aotearoa

Negotiations between Relationships Aotearoa (RA) and government agencies failed late yesterday afternoon (25 May 2015) when the negotiation’s lead agency, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), broke good faith provisions. More >>


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