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The Nation: Simon Shepherd Interviews Paula Bennett

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 1:59 pm | The Nation

National's Deputy Leader Paula Bennett spent the week claiming a serious cover-up in the Prime Minister's office. She used parliamentary privilege to name three of the Prime Minister's closest advisors who, she says, knew about the sexual assault ... More >>

The Nation: Al Noor Mosque spokesperson Anthony Green

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 1:57 pm | The Nation

Six months on from the worst terrorist attack in New Zealand history, Simon Shepherd asked Al Noor Mosque spokesperson Anthony Green how the Christchurch Muslim is community faring. More >>

The Nation: Simon Shepherd Interviews Dr Sylvia Nissen

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 1:55 pm | The Nation

Despite a hedonistic and, at times, boozy image – New Zealand has had a rich history of student protest. More >>

The Nation: Mental health campaigner Jazz Thornton

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 1:52 pm | The Nation

Jazz Thornton is a suicide survivor who has gone on to form the mental health support group Voices of Hope. More >>

The Nation: Health Minister David Clark

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 1:51 pm | The Nation

One was a new suicide prevention strategy, which the Māori Council has labelled a ‘kick in the guts’. More >>

Firearms legislation must be fair to hunters

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 9:54 am | Game Animal Council

“The Game Animal Council is concerned that the Government’s second tranche of firearms legislation released today may contain unreasonable provisions that will unfairly impact hunters,” says Game Animal Council Chair Don Hammond. More >>

BNNZ Government Agency briefing - Wellington, 11 September

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 9:45 am | Biochar Network New Zealand

Government policy work on the Carbon Zero bill highlights connections between climate change, carbon sequestration and agriculture. Water quality and allocation are also topical with the release of the Draft Policy Statement for Freshwater Management ... More >>

Thanks for listening Minister, but bit longer would be nice

Friday, 13 September 2019, 6:52 pm | DairyNZ

DairyNZ Chief Executive Dr Tim Mackle is welcoming this afternoon’s announcement that consultation on Essential Freshwater has been extended by two weeks - but is calling on the Minister to go further. More >>

Government must extend Freshwater consultation

Friday, 13 September 2019, 5:17 pm | DairyNZ

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle is calling on the Government to move swiftly to extend the six-week timeframe of the Essential Freshwater consultation. More >>

Measured and reasonable approach to gun register

Friday, 13 September 2019, 3:58 pm | Police Association

The Police Association welcomes the latest steps being taken by the Government to tighten gun laws in New Zealand and set up a gun register. More >>

Funding needs to be spent closer to home

Friday, 13 September 2019, 3:45 pm | NZ Association for Migration and Investment

Immigration New Zealand could really benefit from an large investment of money, comments Ms June Ranson, chair of the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI) , a leading voice in the immigration sector. “Instead of spending $25m ... More >>

Be careful how loudly we blow this whistle, says DLA Piper

Friday, 13 September 2019, 3:40 pm | DLA Piper

In recent times there has been no shortage of commentary regarding whistleblowers, with the proposed amendments to the Protected Disclosures Act 2000. These are aimed at strengthening the protection available to whistleblowers in New Zealand. That ... More >>

New gun law bill will reduce violence

Friday, 13 September 2019, 3:09 pm | Gun Control NZ

Gun Control NZ strongly welcomes the comprehensive gun law reform bill and calls on all political parties to support it. Gun Control NZ encourages New Zealanders to let their MPs know they support this Bill, submit to the Select Committee, and ... More >>

Firearms proposals slightly off target - Feds

Friday, 13 September 2019, 2:54 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers agrees with most of the steps by government to protect people from illegal or irresponsible firearms use. But concerns about pest control and the effectiveness of a register remain. More >>

An open letter to Apple from Ōtautahi Christchurch

Friday, 13 September 2019, 2:40 pm | Christchurch NZ

ChristchurchNZ didn’t want to just follow suit during this year’s Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. More >>

Recommendations for cannabis Bill released today

Friday, 13 September 2019, 2:34 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Today at Parliament the NZ Drug Foundation released Taking control of cannabis: A model for responsible regulation, a new report that shows how we can take back control of cannabis from organised crime. More >>

Fed Farmers fight against new rules

Friday, 13 September 2019, 12:56 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

In the face of overwhelming public opinion that farmers need to clean up after themselves, Federated Farmers has mounted an offensive to try and stop some of its members having to do just that. More >>

Crackdown on vape flavours will keep smokers smoking

Friday, 13 September 2019, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to reports that Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa plans to restrict flavoured e-cigarette liquid, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: More >>

“Ask Me Anything”

Friday, 13 September 2019, 11:30 am | NZFOI

In the aftermath of the Christchurch Massacres, it’s clear that there is a lack of knowledge about some ethnic minorities. More >>

Cultural values important to forest stakeholders

Friday, 13 September 2019, 10:10 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

Māori and non- Māori value different aspects of plantation forestry, which owners should bear in mind if they want to maximise their social licence to operate, a new study shows. More >>

Healthy Homes Initiative wins Spirit of Service’ Award

Friday, 13 September 2019, 9:44 am | State Services Commission

The Prime Minister’s Award in the first annual Spirit of Service Awards has been won by the Ministry of Health and five agencies who teamed up on the Healthy Homes Initiative. More >>

Commentary on Jenny Salesas statement on flavour restriction

Friday, 13 September 2019, 9:05 am | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

Smoking kills 5,000 Kiwis each year, so any government policies to help reduce smoking are a good thing. However, the current approaches are not working nor will the proposed limit on flavoured e-liquid that Associate Minister Salesa announced on the news ... More >>

Petition a game changer for the New Zealand economy

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:51 am | Positive Money NZ

A petition, that promises a significant and dramatic improvement for the New Zealand economy, was handed to Dr Deborah Russell, the MP for New Lynn today. The petition, signed by over 5,000 New Zealanders addresses our crippling level of debt as well ... More >>

NZMA Applauds Appointment of Commission

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:39 am | New Zealand Medical Association

The New Zealand Medical Association welcomes the announcement of an Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. We look forward to working with the newly appointed Chair Hayden Wano and the Commission. “It is vital that the steps to mental health ... More >>

Do we really value our local democracy?

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:19 am | John Klaphake

For anyone who even randomly follows the news will know that Hong Kong has been embroiled in demonstrations for months. These sometimes bloody demonstrations initially started as a result of a proposed Extradition Bill whereby there would be special ... More >>

Limiting vaping flavours, a knee-jerk reaction

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:15 am | Alt New Zealand

“Banning most vaping flavours is like banning flavours in low-calorie drinks and food. It makes no sense whatsoever and won’t help anyone.” More >>

Freshwater proposals a blunt instrument for complex issues

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 4:42 pm | Meat Industry Association

The Government’s freshwater proposals represent a blunt instrument for complex water problems, according to the Meat Industry Association (MIA). More >>

$100,000 CEO pay Rise a slap in the face, say Port Workers

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 3:14 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

The release yesterday of Port Otago’s financial result for 2019, outlining a 12% increase and profits, including the news that the Chief Executive had received a $100,000 pay increase taking his remuneration to between $610,000-620,000, is like ... More >>

Maori Council warns Minister not to proceed with appointment

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 3:13 pm | Maori Council

“ I continue to be amazed at the incompetence of this Government when it comes to suicide prevention and mental health. Not only is this Government about to appoint a regional coroner who has a history of under reporting suicides amongst children ... More >>

Inspection finds Tongariro Prison ‘safe, well managed’

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 2:30 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

An unannounced inspection at Tongariro Prison has found a safe and well-managed prison, with a clear sense of purpose and striving for continuous improvement. More >>

Public accountability: A matter of trust and confidence

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 2:20 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s discussion paper Public accountability: A matter of trust and confidence was presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

Young Reporters for the Environment winners announced

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 12:27 pm | Keep New Zealand Beautiful

Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) are proud to announce the winners of the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) – Litter Less 2019 competition. More >>

New Zealand rescue recognised at international awards

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 11:19 am | Coastguard New Zealand

A dramatic rescue off the Port Waikato bar has earned New Zealand search and rescue agencies international recognition. More >>

Community Support for Councils' appeal on GMO's

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 11:17 am | GE Free NZ

The Far North District Council (FNDC) and the Whangarei District Council (WDC) have lodged a joint appeal against the Northland Regional Council’s (NRC) omission of precautionary rules in its plan. [1] More >>

Second tasering unjustified following disorder in Picton

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 11:13 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer was not justified in tasering a man for a second time during an arrest in Picton on 23 June 2018. More >>

Chairman to assist Hong Kong IPCC

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 11:12 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Chairman of the Authority, Judge Colin Doherty, has agreed to assist the Hong Kong Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) as a member of an international panel to provide high level advice to the IPCC in relation to its proposed "Thematic ... More >>

Genuinely affordable homes are the answer to housing crisis

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 10:53 am | Community Housing Aotearoa

“Putting families into motels is a temporary fix for desperate situations, rather than a sustainable solution to problems of poverty and homelessness,” says Scott Figenshow, Chief Executive of Community Housing Aotearoa. He was commenting on media ... More >>

DHB psychologists strike – home-grown solution needed

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:59 am | NZ Psychological Society

The New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) says the current partial strike by 600 psychologists working in district health boards is a sign that temporary fixes to ongoing workforce shortages in the profession are not working. More >>

National Commemoration for Malaya and Malaysia Operations

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:57 am | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

New Zealand’s contribution to military operations in Malaya and Malaysia from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s will be commemorated in a national service held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park at 11.00am on Monday 16 September. More >>

Police Procedures Allowed Tarrant Gun Licence And Firearms

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:25 am | COLFO

The Christchurch mosque attack might not have occurred had police had the resources to enforce firearms restrictions they control, according to the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO). More >>

Dunne Speaks: The End of the PM's Golden Weather

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:20 am | Peter Dunne

The resignation of the President of the Labour Party over the sex pest allegations was inevitable. It was inevitable because of his appalling handling of the situation so far; and, because in situations like this where there has to be a “fall guy” ... More >>

Parliament rejects accountability safeguards for euthanasia

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:16 am | Euthanasia-Free New Zealand

“It’s disappointing that Parliament failed to address the accountability issues in the End of LifeChoice Bill ,” says Renée Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ . More >>

CEAC support “Wellbeing to be enshrined in law”

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:15 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

Yesterday Hon Grant Robertson Minister of Finance issued a welcome ‘clear directive’ in the press to ensure every Government considers the wellbeing of New Zealanders when creating future budgets . More >>

Winston Peters urged to condemn Israeli plans

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:10 am | Palestine Solidarity Network

The Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa has written to Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters today urging that New Zealand condemn the Israeli Prime Minister’s planned annexation of vast tracts of the occupied West Bank of Palestine. More >>

NZ’s first comprehensive local election info site launches

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 8:51 am | The Spinoff

A groundbreaking tool launched today at The Spinoff will help voters across New Zealand see who’s running for local government election in their area and what they stand for. More >>

Te Arotahi - Whānau Ora And Imprisonment

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 8:45 am | Nga Pae o te Maramatanga

Today Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence (NPM) releases its next Te Arotahi paper calling on government to pay even closer attention to the issues of whānau and whakapapa within the criminal justice system. ... More >>

Time to prepare for the future of work, but no time to waste

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 8:27 am | Productivity Commission

“Technology adoption supports higher productivity growth, higher income growth and increased resources to pay for the things New Zealanders’ value. But the main problem facing New Zealand today isn’t too much technology, it’s not enough,” ... More >>

DairyNZ: Minister’s data grab a step too far in NAIT review

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 8:07 am | Dairy NZ

DairyNZ Biosecurity Manager, Dr. Liz Shackleton, will be appearing before Parliament’s Primary Production Select Committee today to submit on the National Animal Identification and Tracing Amendment Bill (No 2). More >>

Concerns about speed of the freshwater consultation process

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 4:07 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is asking nicely - please can the Government immediately extend the timeframe of the Essential Freshwater consultation so we can find a pathway forward that provides for both the health of the water, the health of people and the health ... More >>

Youthline urges swift action

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 3:27 pm | Youthline

Youthline applauds the Government’s commitment to boosting mental health and addiction programmes and its intention to establish a Suicide Prevention Office but we urge swifter action in relation to implementing the programmes announced in the last budget ... More >>

Suicide prevention strategies must address social causes

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 3:22 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

ANZASW welcomes the release of Every Life Matters , the government’s newly-announced strategy and action plan for suicide prevention, which contains many much-needed initiatives. More >>

New Executive Director appointed

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 2:48 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Sarah Dalton has been appointed Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), effective 1 January 2020. More >>

Statement from Nigel Haworth: Resigning as Labour President

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 1:13 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“I’ve come to the conclusion that regardless of the outcome of the appeal process into complaints about a Party member, fresh leadership will be required to take forward any recommendations from that process. More >>

CEAC say staff are undermining Government

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 11:29 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

The latest ‘firestorm’ over the Labour Party accusations over staff bullying/ abuse and now police bullying are now showing a similar pattern of ‘staff coverups’ and a pattern of ‘mental abuse’ and bullying. More >>

CEAC supports $6 Billion for infrastructure

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 11:27 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

CEAC supports ‘Infrastructure NZ’ (INZ) CEO Paul Blair to seek an increase in more ‘transformation rather than incremental’ change to promote ‘national’ community wellbeing so that is a positive step forward if increased use of rail is ... More >>

National offer NZ to globalist’s with money

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 11:25 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

Now National has shown their plan to offer NZ to globalist’s with money, so will foreign finance conglomerates run our country in future? More >>

Kiwi wellbeing holds up despite economic headwinds

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 9:46 am | BNZ

Today Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) shared findings from its second Wellbeing Index showing that Kiwis continue to enjoy relatively high levels of personal wellbeing despite concerns of a slowing global economy and its impacts on New Zealand. More >>

High-risk live export ship due to berth at Napier Port

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 9:07 am | SAFE

The high-risk live export ship Yangtze Fortune, due to berth at Napier Port this weekend, is currently embroiled in an investigation into a biosecurity breach in Australia. More >>

CEAC say staff are undermining Government

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 9:01 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

The latest ‘firestorm’ over the Labour Party accusations over staff bullying/ abuse and now police bullying are now showing a similar pattern of ‘staff coverups’ and a pattern of ‘mental abuse’ and bullying. More >>

Lifeline says Every Life Matters could be a turning point

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:44 am | Lifeline Aotearoa

AUCKLAND, September 10, 2019 – Lifeline says the Government’s acknowledgment that suicide is not exclusively a mental health problem could be a turning point for suicide prevention in Aotearoa New Zealand. Lifeline Aotearoa Clinical Manager ... More >>




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