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‘Static’ gender pay gap holding NZ women back

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:24 pm | YWCA

The organiser of the annual YWCA Equal Pay Awards has expressed her disappointment with the latest Gender Pay Gap figure for New Zealand workers. The figure rose slightly from 9.2% in 2018 to 9.3% for the quarter ended 30 June 2019. More >>

Extension of Christchurch Attack Inquiry submissions welcome

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 5:25 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The Council of Licenced Firearm Owners (COLFO) is urging firearms owners to pass on information to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Attack on Christchurch Mosques now that the period for submissions has been extended to 27 September. More >>

Injunction application filed by Nurses Organisation President against NZNO

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 4:19 pm | NZNO President Grant Brookes

An application was filed in the Employment Relations Authority in Wellington today, seeking an injunction to prevent the Board of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation from removing the President from office. More >>

A welcomed investment for employer-led training

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 3:24 pm | Canterbury Employers' Chamber Of Commerce

The Government’s commitment to support literacy and numeracy training in the workplace is a strong signal from Government on recognising the importance of upskilling, reskilling and increasing productivity alongside their commitment to address the challenges ... More >>

Infrastructure Commission has a $multi-billion opportunity

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 3:06 pm | Infrastructure NZ

“The infrastructure sector sees a major role for the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission/Te Waihanga in lifting the nation’s sagging infrastructure performance,” says Paul Blair, incoming CEO of Infrastructure NZ. More >>

Light rail delay creates highway opportunities

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 2:59 pm | Automobile Association

The AA is calling on the Government to bring forward critical highway projects while time is spent properly developing the plans for a rapid transit system in Auckland. More >>

Adverse drug reactions cost taxpayers quarter of a billion

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 2:37 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Between 2015/16 and 2017/18, DHBs spent $280 million treating patients due to adverse drug reactions, reveals the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union in its latest briefing paper on health productivity . More >>

Small Decrease in Gender Pay Gap shows Need for Legislation

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 2:11 pm | Pay Equity Coalition

The Pay Equity Coalition Auckland (PECA) is pleased the gender pay gap has decreased slightly. Statistics released today show the gap is now 11.9%, nearly 2 percent less than last year. More >>

Firearm Owners Urged to Submit to Inquiry

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 1:48 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The Council of Licenced Firearm Owners (COLFO) is urging firearms owners to make sure they pass on any information they have to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Attack on Christchurch Mosques before submissions close tomorrow (Friday). More >>

Big power companies competing unfairly against local energy

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 12:52 pm | Molly Melhuish

The big electricity companies consider solar energy “disruptive” and want pricing to suppress it. In contrast, advocates of local energy say that solar, energy efficiency, and other local energy solutions are the cheapest ways to reduce carbon emissions. More >>

EQC and Shine Lawyers reach agreement with ‘test case’

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 12:03 pm | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission and Shine Lawyers are delighted to announce that EQC has reached an agreement with the Gibling family, agreeing to cover the cost of repairs of remaining earthquake damage on their property. More >>

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Mosque Attacks

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 11:44 am | Royal Commission of Inquiry into Attack on ChCh

Four months into the inquiry, the Royal Commission is gathering significant information and continues to receive valuable submissions from the public, from current and former State servants, experts and community groups. More >>

Fed Farmers message misses some crucial facts

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 11:32 am | Fish and Game New Zealand

While Fish & Game New Zealand is pleased to see Federated Farmers Environment Spokesperson Chris Allen say that 'we all want good, fresh water', he conveniently overlooks some key facts. More >>

Wellington demo “Save the Amazon Forest/Salve a Amazônia!”

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 11:10 am | Save the Amazon Forest

What: Wellington demo “Save the Amazon Forest/Salve a Amazônia!” When: Friday, 6 September 2019 from 12:30-13:30 Where: Embassy of Brazil in Wellingtona More >>

New Zealand Speaker welcomes Portuguese counterpart

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 9:48 am | Office of the Speaker

Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, welcomes the visit of His Excellency Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal. More >>

Politicians begin to take action on mental health, addiction

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 9:22 am | Platform Trust

A cross political Mental Health and Addictions Wellbeing group will be launched on Wednesday 28 August hosted by Sir John Kirwan and Moe Milne (ONZM) who have both been at the forefront of our country’s often difficult conversations about mental ... More >>

Independent policy costings a great step forward - Feds

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 9:06 am | Federated Farmers

Confirmation that the government will be progressing an independent Parliamentary Budget Office is great news for democracy and transparency, Federated Farmers says. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Independent scrutiny a good idea

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:35 am | Peter Dunne

At first glance, Simon Bridges’ strident opposition to the government’s proposal to establish an independent office to cost political parties’ election spending plans looks childish and petty. More >>

Parliament dismisses doctors, Hospices after farcical debate

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:16 am | Euthanasia Free NZ

Euthanasia-Free NZ is appalled that Parliament spent so little time debating Part 2 of the End of Life Choice Bill and voted to leave it full of holes. More >>

Government must shut down Phil Goff’s attack on local Gov

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 5:12 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Jordan Williams, a spokesman for the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance and its nationwide sister group the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Mayor Phil Goff for his comments today that John Tamihere would need the Government’s support to ... More >>

Feds’ message to the government on water quality

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 4:33 pm | Federated Farmers

A ‘one size fits all’, inflexible and punitive regulatory regime for water quality just gets backs - and costs - up and most importantly will not work, Federated Farmers says. More >>

Secondary principals to vote on offer

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 3:34 pm | PPTA

Mediation yesterday between secondary principals and the government has resulted in a deal that the principals' negotiating team is recommending to its members. More >>

Bill to open bars to World Rugby Cup viewers welcomed

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 3:21 pm | Clubs New Zealand

Clubs New Zealand welcomes the decision of Justice Minister Andrew Little to put forward a bill amending the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act to allow all licensed premises to remain open for Rugby World Cup matches. More >>

Dental Association backs government review on sugar labels

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 3:17 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has ordered a review looking at labelling of added sugars in food and drinks. An option under investigation is ‘a pictorial approach applied to sugary beverages / sugar-sweetened beverages’ ... More >>

Government must take the handbrakes off, deliver equal pay

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 3:11 pm | Public Service Association

Labour market data released by Statistics New Zealand today indicates that a gender pay gap persists in New Zealand, despite improvement in some areas. More >>

I Will Never Vote To Poison You

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 2:25 pm | Stop Trashing Our Planet

In the midst of the 6th Great Extinction Event the coalition, STOP Trashing Our Planet is urging voters to take full responsibility for the legacy we are leaving our children. More >>

Sunsonics Solar Tour Goes To Parliament

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 1:48 pm | Sunsonics

In support of Ollie Langridge on his 100th day outside Parliament asking for a 'Climate Emergency Declaration'. More >>

Wellington Electricity Network should be in NZ ownership

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 12:57 pm | Social Credit

Social Credit is calling for the Wellington electricity network to be returned to New Zealand ownership. More >>

Tamihere’s fuel tax promise will require waste cuts

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 12:35 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Tamihere’s fuel tax promise will require waste cuts 21 AUGUST 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More >>

LGNZ welcomes a fresh look on urban development policy

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 12:14 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ will carefully consider the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) to assess if it meets the Government’s aim of enabling urban development or simply adds more red tape to the planning process. More >>

Gender Pay Imbalance - call for PM to take action

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 12:05 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Statistics out today from the Government show that the gender wage imbalance, or gap, in the average wage is 11.9%, a strong 2 percentage point improvement from 13.9% last year. The gender pay imbalance in the median wage is 9.3%. More >>

Auckland contenders go head to head

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 11:44 am | New Zealand Media and Entertainment

Newstalk ZB Drive host and Herald on Sunday columnist Heather du Plessis-Allan is taking on the challenge of keeping 2019 Auckland Mayoral contenders Phil Goff and John Tamihere in line and on point in tonight’s live NZ Herald Newstalk ZB debate. More >>

NZTA CEO office deny OIA request to affected residents

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 11:25 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

After twenty years Napier residents have endured heavy sleep and health disruptive noise and air pollution from freight trucks gridlock operations to and from the Napier port and other regions. More >>

Strong Infrastructure Commission has tough task

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 10:05 am | Employers And Manufacturers Association

The EMA says much is riding on the board and chief executive of the new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) announced by Infrastructure Minister Hon Shane Jones today, with a difficult task ahead to deliver on its purpose. More >>

Public servants deserve a safe working environment

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 9:57 am | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association welcomes the introduction of workplace standards by the State Services Commission that make it clear public services should expect positive and safe workplaces. More >>

Financial services and community join forces

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 9:16 am | FinCap

The Financial Services Federation (FSF) - the voice of responsible lenders and leasing companies - and FinCap - working with consumers facing financial hardship - are signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this Thursday 22 August in Auckland. It will ... More >>

The Public Transport Debate in Christchurch Needs An MRI

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 8:28 am | Anthony Rimell

That’s the vision of Anthony Rimell, Chair of the Christchurch Tenants’ Protection Association, and Riccarton Ward City Council Candidate. More >>

Lawyers support amendments to ELOC Bill

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 4:58 pm | Botica

Wellington, 20 August 2019 — Lawyers for Vulnerable New Zealanders (LVNZ) has lent its support to the amendments proposed by MP Chris Penk to better protect vulnerable people from being coerced to end their lives under the End of Life Choice Bill, currently ... More >>

Independent Parliamentary Budget Office is a victory

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 4:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government’s decision to establish and independent Parliamentary Budget Office, outside of Treasury, is a taxpayer victory and will improve democracy, says the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union . Taxpayers' Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “It's ... More >>

Advice on clean car scheme is seriously flawed

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:46 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that the cost-benefit analysis prepared by Ministry of Transport and used to advise Ministers on the Government’s Clean Car Standard and ‘Feebate’ policies has serious flaws which undermine justifications for the ... More >>

Real prison justice requires more than punishment

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:24 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes new proposals for prison reform put forward by the Minister of Corrections and non-government organisations recently. More >>

Racism is alive and well in NZ

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:20 pm | Maori Council

The New Zealand Maori Council has called on the nation to address all forms of racism and not to shy away from an honest conversation about where it’s taking hold. The call comes after the Nelson Club decided to keep a member after his comments became ... More >>

NZ Initiative praises Government for fiscal watchdog

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:18 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (20 August 2019): The New Zealand Initiative enthusiastically welcomes the Coalition Government’s announcement of an Independent Parliamentary Budget Office. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw ... More >>

Doctors are not in a position to detect euthanasia coercion

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 2:31 pm | Doctors Say No

Drs Say No agree with Chris Penk’s amendment to protect vulnerable patients from coercion, although the organisation still maintains that no safe euthanasia legislation can ever be drafted and continues to urge MPs to defeat the End of Life Choice Bill. More >>

Unintended consequences for prisoners

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 2:25 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says the Northland Regional Corrections Facility is persisting with policies that are preventing it from achieving its full potential. More >>

Kiwis oppose implications of euthanasia process

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 2:23 pm | Euthanasia Free NZ

Euthanasia-Free NZ urge MPs to consider concerns relevant to tomorrow’s debate on Part 2 of the End of Life Choice Bill . More >>

Clarification on Queenstown update

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 1:41 pm | New Zealand Police

A 20-year-old Otago man detained by Police when entering Australia yesterday evening did not have a warrant to arrest when he left New Zealand. More >>

Second National Māori Hui Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 12:02 pm | Whanau Ora

The second national hui in the Māori-led Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki concluded yesterday ahead of schedule after a capacity audience formally ratified the terms of reference that determines the scope and purpose of the independent investigation ... More >>

BSA releases decisions on coverage of mosque attacks

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:48 am | Broadcasting Standards Authority

The Authority has today released decisions on four complaints about New Zealand broadcast coverage of the 15 March 2019 mosque attacks. More >>

Ministry response to NZEI Te Riu Roa Ballot Result

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:42 am | Ministry of Education

The Ministry is pleased that primary principals have voted to settle their collective agreement out to 25 August 2022. More >>

Don’t gamble with last 60 Māui dolphins

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:38 am | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says WWF-NZ's plan for protecting Māui dolphins is based on testing unproven methods on a species that is almost extinct, and is urging the Government to reject the proposal. More >>

Primary and intermediate principals vote to accept new offer

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:33 am | NZEI

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More >>

Police repeatedly broke the law while investigating RawShark

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:24 am | Nicky Hager

Nicky Hager welcomes today’s Independent Police Conduct Authority report upholding a complaint by the Green Party. More >>

Police response to IPCA findings

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:20 am | New Zealand Police

Police acknowledge the findings of the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) report into the 2014 search of a property belonging to Nicky Hager. More >>

Breach of 'journalistic privilege' during unlawful search

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:18 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer. Police policy at the ... More >>

Sanford’s Māui plan labelled ineffective

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 9:33 am | Greenpeace

Tuesday, August 20: Greenpeace has labeled an overnight announcement by fishing company Sanford as a danger to Māui and Hector’s dolphins, and is calling on the Government to reject the ‘Sanford Plan’ immediately. More >>

Sanford gambit a bid to protect profits, not dolphins

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 9:29 am | World Animal Protection

World Animal Protection describes an overnight announcement (19 August, embargoed until 6am 20 August), by fishing company Sanford as a cynical move to undermine growing support for full habitat protection for Māui and Hector’s dolphins. They called ... More >>

Government deserves blame on petrol prices too

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 9:17 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

When the combined tax on fuel hits over 50 percent in some parts of the country, it is hypocritical for the Government to blame corporates, says the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union . More >>

MPs urged not confuse suicide with assisted dying

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:52 am | TaylorMade Training and Consulting

A leading expert in suicide prevention has urged MPs not to confuse suicide with assisted dying as they consider the second reading of the End of Life Choice Bill. More >>

Building up the Bureaucracy undermines Whanau Ora

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:44 am | The Maori Party

Over the weekend Māoridom arrived in the Waikato for the annual Koroneihana Celebrations. Yesterday almost 300 attended a Hui in Hamilton to continue the Oranga Tamariki Review led by an independent Māori panel to coincide with the Koroneihana. The Hui confirmed ... More >>




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