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Progressive alternatives needed as failed TPPA in force

Sunday, 30 December 2018, 7:38 pm | Professor Jane Kelsey

‘The Labour-New Zealand First government will be hoping that New Zealanders have got short memories as it celebrates the entry into force of the rebranded Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, minus the United States,’ says University of Auckland law ... More >>

Social crisis worsens under Labour Party-led government

Saturday, 29 December 2018, 10:36 am | Socialist Equality Group

When the Labour Party-led government was installed in October 2017, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that her priority would be to turn around homelessness and child poverty figures. Deputy Prime Minister and NZ First leader Winston Peters promised ... More >>

Nearly 16,000 children seek emergency aid over Christmas

Friday, 28 December 2018, 11:13 am | Salvation Army

Friday 28 December 2018 Nearly 16,000 children seek emergency aid over Christmas The Salvation Army releases key figures from 2018 Christmas Appeal The Salvation Army has helped 15,795 Kiwi children this Christmas with the support of donations ... More >>

The state of Maori Affairs, the things that kept Maori awake

Thursday, 27 December 2018, 7:45 pm | National Maori Authority

As we approach 2019 the National Maori Authority Ngangaru, wanted to find out what was both worrying Maori and where they saw the opportunities for change in the year ahead. Like many New Zealanders Maori struggle with the changing times and there ... More >>

Ngā hapū o Ngāpuhi hui, Kohewhata Marae

Monday, 24 December 2018, 10:14 am | Ngapuhi Hapu

Leaders of the Ngāpuhi hapū, Te Uri o Hua, TakotoKē, Ngāti Whakaeke, Ngāti Kura and Ngāti Tautahi whose hapū all voted against the evolved mandate proposal have put out a call to all the hapū teams of Ngāpuhi to meet together at Kohewhata marae ... More >>

National Hypocrites Over Surf Lifesaving Funding

Sunday, 23 December 2018, 1:59 pm | Social Credit

The National Party’s launch of a petition calling for government funding for surf lifesavers is one of the most hypocritical actions by a political party in recent memory. More >>

No Room at NZ’s Christmas Inn for Down syndrome?

Sunday, 23 December 2018, 1:55 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says it is deeply disturbed that a family is being turned away from New Zealand and torn apart because of one of the family members having Down syndrome . They are calling for the government to overturn this heartless decision immediately. ... More >>

Sandwiched and feeling the squeeze

Sunday, 23 December 2018, 1:25 pm | Public Trust

Sandwiched and feeling the squeeze The holiday season can be an especially challenging time, for a generation of New Zealanders caught in a costly caring trap. Silently squeezed between looking after an elderly family member and raising their own children, ... More >>

Govt urged to act on West Papua violence

Saturday, 22 December 2018, 3:56 pm | West Papua Action Auckland

Government urged to act on evidence of use of incendiary weapons in West Papua The latest reports from West Papua reveal a shocking escalation of violence in West Papua. Incendiary weapons - possibly white phosphorous - are being used to bomb villages ... More >>

Ngāti Rangitihi Signs Agreement in Principle with Crown

Saturday, 22 December 2018, 11:14 am | Te Mana o Ngati Rangitihi Trust

Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust (Te Mana) has today signed an Agreement in Principle (AIP) with the Crown at Rangitihi Marae in Matatā, which it says is a significant step towards achieving a comprehensive Treaty settlement for the iwi. More >>

Commission announces decision on representation arrangements

Friday, 21 December 2018, 12:27 pm | Local Government Commission

The Local Government Commission today announced its decision that existing representation arrangements for Bay of Plenty Regional Council will apply for the 2019 local authority elections. More >>

Sovereignty or Bust!

Friday, 21 December 2018, 11:45 am | New Conservative

New Conservative was the first political party to raise the issue of the secretive way that the Labour-led government was going about signing the UN Migration Pact. In the last week we still have no further information that suggests our national ... More >>

New agreement to protect fresh tomato industry

Friday, 21 December 2018, 11:04 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

Biosecurity New Zealand and Tomatoes New Zealand have reached an agreement on the pathway forward to better prepare for future biosecurity responses. More >>

Submissions open on Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Bill

Friday, 21 December 2018, 10:50 am | Maori Affairs Committee

The Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee, Rino Tirikatene, is calling for public submissions on the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill. The bill seeks to transfer the assets and liabilities of the New Zealand Māori Arts ... More >>

South Auckland communities ripped off twice by pokies scam

Friday, 21 December 2018, 9:38 am | Hapai Te Hauora

This week the Department of Internal Affairs achieved a successful prosecution of four men and an incorporated society for misusing the proceeds from pokie machines. They will be sentenced in the new year. More >>

Summer concert-goers warned of ticket scams

Friday, 21 December 2018, 9:04 am | New Zealand Police

Summer is always a high point for music lovers, with festivals, big-ticket stadium gigs and outdoor concerts galore. More >>

Cyber campaign attributed to China

Friday, 21 December 2018, 8:56 am | Government Communications Security Bureau

The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has established links between the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) and a global campaign of cyber-enabled commercial intellectual property theft. More >>

Judgment: S v The Queen

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 5:31 pm | NZ Supreme Court

In issue in this appeal is whether a miscarriage of justice arose because Mr S was denied the right to elect to be tried by a judge without a jury (a Judge-alone trial) under section 50 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011. More >>

Dotcom Extradition Appeal Eligibility: Ortmann v USA

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 5:04 pm | NZ Supreme Court

The United States of America has requested the extradition of the applicants. Judge Dawson, in the District Court, determined they were eligible for surrender under the Extradition Act 1999. The applicants appealed unsuccessfully against this finding ... More >>

New deal ratified by PSA members at Ministry of Justice

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 4:28 pm | Public Service Association

It was confirmed today that after one of the most drawn-out industrial disputes of 2018 a new collective agreement will be signed between the PSA and Ministry of Justice. More >>

Tobacco report confirms the harm of tax hikes

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 4:20 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

20 DECEMBER 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to Earnst & Young’s report on tobacco excise taxes, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “The single-minded focus on ’Smokefree 2025’ through higher ... More >>

Breach of human rights highlights need for right to privacy

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 4:13 pm | Human Rights Commission

The findings from State Services Commission’s Inquiry into the Use of External Security Consultants shows the need for stronger protections to safeguard human rights, especially privacy says Chief Legal Advisor Janet Anderson-Bidois. More >>

Silviculture is synonymous with low wages and exploitation

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 3:56 pm | First Union

Yesterday, migrant exploitation was exposed in the forestry industry. The Labour Inspectorate has penalised Silviculture Solution Ltd (SSL), an associated company of CNI Forestry Management Ltd, 35,000 dollars for an ‘illegal system of calculating ... More >>

Tracking New Zealand’s road safety performance

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 3:44 pm | Ministry Of Transport

A new regional road crash dashboard and factsheets make it easier for communities to understand their year-on-year road safety trends and monitor their performance. More >>

Deputy Director-General Population Health and Prevention

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 3:18 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has announced the appointment of Deborah Woodley to the role of Deputy Director-General Population Health and Prevention. More >>

Locals raise environmental risks from ‘Coromandel Gateway’

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 3:13 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is urging the government to consider the toxic heavy metals that would be released from seabed dredging for the Coromandel Gateway Proposal. More >>

TAIC media statements two Wanaka helicopter accidents

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 2:25 pm | Transport Accident Investigation Commission

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has authored two separate Interim Reports on ongoing inquiries into two recent fatal helicopter accidents near Wanaka. More >>

TAIC Interim Reports on two Helicopter accidents in 2018

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 2:22 pm | Aviation New Zealand

"We welcome the release of two interim reports on the Alpine Helicopters accidents earlier this year, but note they are interim and that the final reports are still some time away,’ said John Nicholson, Chief Executive of Aviation New Zealand. More >>

Police accept IPCA findings

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Police

Police accepts the findings of the IPCA report into complaints against Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha. More >>

Taxpayers’ Union responds to economic growth slowdown

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 1:18 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the reduced economic growth figures for the latest quarter, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “New Zealand needs more resilience to global economic downturn. The last thing the Government should do is put a dampener ... More >>

A new initiative that supports rangatahi to thrive

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 11:03 am | Te Puni Kokiri

“We are seeking innovative approaches to enhance learning and earning outcomes for rangatahi Māori aged 15-24 through a new initiative, Pae Aronui,” Te Puni Kōkiri spokesperson Nicky Birch announced today. More >>

More GP strikes likely in the new year

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 10:39 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Efforts to avert a full-day Christmas Eve strike have failed, and further strikes are now likely, after Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira again refused to engage with the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Families turned away as Mission is overwhelmed by need

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:54 am | Auckland City Mission

The Auckland City Mission is being forced to turn families away empty handed as demand outstrips supply in its pre-Christmas activities. More >>

National shows hypocritical Christmas Grinch approach

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:48 am | Dave Macpherson

The Chair of Hamilton City Council’s Growth & Infrastructure Committee, Dave Macpherson has responded strongly to an attack on the Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service, approved by the Government’s NZTA agency in the last few days. More >>

Red Cross welcomes Global Compact for Migration

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:41 am | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross welcomes the government’s decision to support the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The Compact is a rare opportunity to develop a new approach to migration that is more effective and humane, protects ... More >>

Maori Council on spying allegations

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:39 am | Maori Council

Maori Council calls on Government to get to the bottom of spying allegations & calls former Government Ministers to account More >>

Dunne Speaks: What I Want for Christmas

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:33 am | Peter Dunne

DUNNE SPEAKS I want a Christmas present I do not think Santa can, or will, deliver me. I am not being selfish or unreasonable, but just realistic, because what I want is a political party I can vote for at the next General Election. More >>

Report: complaints about Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:33 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

1. The Authority has received three complaints concerning the behaviour of Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha. More >>

We have to call child poverty what it is – family poverty

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:19 am | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

“We have to call child poverty what it is – family poverty” RACP responds to the Child Poverty Reduction Bill passing More >>

Report on Massey University Council a “shonky whitewash”

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 7:11 pm | Free Speech Coalition

Martin Jenkens' report for Massey University Council a “shonky whitewash” 19 December 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More >>

Putting a rocket under minimum wage is a moral failure

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 4:15 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government’s decision to increase the minimum wage to $17.70 will devastate businesses in regional New Zealand, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “The Prime Minister is clearly spending ... More >>

ANZASW statement on amendments to crucial social work bill

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 4:10 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) is pleased to learn that Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development, has proposed that the Social Work Registration Legislation Bill include a scope of practice to determine who is ... More >>

Provisional migration estimates by age-sex now available

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 4:08 pm | Statistics New Zealand

Provisional international migration estimates are now available by age group and sex, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Child Poverty Bill and Wellbeing Budget vital for change

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 3:22 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes both the Government’s first Wellbeing Budget and the passing into law of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill this week, saying that both are indicators of the intention for real and sustained change to come. More >>

Five found guilty for the misuse of grant funding

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 2:36 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Yesterday, in the Manukau District Court, a Jury found four individuals and one incorporated society guilty of 21 charges of criminal offences relating to the misuse of funding from gambling grants derived from Class 4 gambling (‘pokie machines’). More >>

Child Poverty Reduction Bill early Christmas present

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 2:34 pm | Green Party

The Green Party welcomes passage of the Government’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill, which lays the foundation for genuinely pulling New Zealand kids out of poverty. More >>

Raw deal for DHB admin and clerical workers getting worse

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 2:26 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) is stepping up its equal pay campaign for DHB administration and clerical workers, in the face of more evidence that these underpaid workers are a last line of underfunding in the health system. More >>

Unions urge Ora Toa Health to find compassion

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 2:17 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Unions urge Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira (Ora Toa Health) to find compassion this Christmas More >>

Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade appointed

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 1:13 pm | State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes today announced the appointment of Chris Seed as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Chief Executive, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. More >>

Taxpayers’ Union responds to approval of rail business case

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 12:45 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to NZTA’s approval of a business case for the proposed Auckland-to-Hamilton passenger rail service, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: More >>

Proposed immigration changes good for nursing workers

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 12:29 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

NZNO Industrial Adviser Aged Care David Wait said the changes, proposed by Minister for Immigration Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, will help stabilise the nursing workforce in aged care, , improve wages, encourage upskilling and help ensure we can provide ... More >>

E tū celebrates largest ever minimum wage increase

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 12:13 pm | E tu

The minimum wage is set to increase by $1.20 to $17.70 in April 2019 – the largest increase in the adult minimum wage in New Zealand history in dollar terms. More >>

Fuel Truck Drivers’ Strike Turns Into Lively Picket

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 12:03 pm | First Union

It’s day four of the fuel tanker strike and SouthFuel truck drivers are picketing their workplace. More >>

Ngāti Ruanui Assessing Options for Privacy Breach Complaints

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 12:01 pm | Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust

Taranaki Iwi Ngāti Ruanui is outraged but unsurprised to discover the Government has been using private investigators to spy on Iwi. More >>

Minimum wage announcement a huge relief for working Kiwis

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 11:51 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

After decades of working Kiwi’s incomes declining relative to the slice of income taken by shareholders , the Government has announced a plan that will help catch wages up, said Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff. More >>

Another assault on local democracy

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 11:26 am | Federated Farmers

The Government should back off local government in the Hauraki Gulf and let the people decide their futures, says Federated Farmers Auckland. More >>

NZ economy - onshore trumps offshore

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 10:43 am | Business NZ

New Zealand remains a relatively robust economy on a three percent growth trajectory, according to the BusinessNZ Planning Forecast for the December 2018 quarter . More >>

Taxpayer dosh paid to ministerial spouse’s firm

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 10:24 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that in the last year the Government has paid $356,466.61 to the consultancy firm of Peter Nunns – the partner of Associate Transport Julie Anne-Genter – without a single open tender process. More >>

Spying by companies for government agencies condemned

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 7:27 pm | Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

Spying by companies for government agencies condemned – major overhaul of NZ Petroleum and Minerals called for. More >>

How NZ gets crime, immigration, unemployment & climate wrong

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 5:26 pm | Ipsos

Crime, immigration, unemployment and climate change – how New Zealanders get it wrong: Ipsos ‘Perils of Perception’ study More >>




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