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Historic discharge without conviction for Greenpeace head

Friday, 21 September 2018, 3:01 pm | Greenpeace

Friday 21st September: Greenpeace Executive Director, Dr Russel Norman, and climate activist Sara Howell, have been discharged without conviction following action they took to stop the world’s largest oil and gas exploration ship searching for fossil ... More >>

Legal profession identifies key areas for improving access

Friday, 21 September 2018, 2:44 pm | NZ Bar Association

Authors of a New Zealand Bar Association Access to Justice Report are calling on greater involvement from the country’s barristers combined with more support for Legal Aid to enable a fairer system of legal representation. The Report notes that ... More >>

High Court Judge Praised For Intelligent Recommendation

Friday, 21 September 2018, 2:24 pm | Graeme Moyle

Justice van Bohemen has been commended for calling for an independent inquiry into the mental health care and discharge of killer Gabrielle Yad-Elohiim prior to murdering Michael Mulholland in September last year. More >>

Retail NZ Welcomes Darroch Ball Shoplifting Bill

Friday, 21 September 2018, 1:58 pm | Retail NZ

Retail NZ says it welcomes an announcement by NZ First MP Darroch Ball that he has proposed a Member's Bill that will allow Police to issue instant fines to shoplifters. More >>

Fair Pay Agreements too risky to rush

Friday, 21 September 2018, 1:56 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (21 September 2018): The New Zealand Initiative warned today that government must heed Treasury’s warnings about rushing Fair Pay Agreements. More >>

Maniapoto and the Crown agree to a deferred timeline

Friday, 21 September 2018, 1:49 pm | Maniapoto Maori Trust Board

As you will recall, in December 2016, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) received the mandate to represent Maniapoto in Treaty settlement negotiations. Since then, significant progress was made with the signing of the Agreement in Principle with ... More >>

Professor Evans appointed new Chief Science Advisor to MBIE

Friday, 21 September 2018, 1:48 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today announced the appointment of Professor Gary Evans to the role of Chief Science Advisor for MBIE. More >>

NZEI welcomes plan to support vulnerable children

Friday, 21 September 2018, 1:27 pm | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Government’s plan for a Learning Support Coordinator in every school to work with our most vulnerable children and to get them the support that they need as part of a draft disability and learning support action plan published ... More >>

Civic co-founders embrace #nakedpolitics

Friday, 21 September 2018, 1:25 pm | Civic

Former TOP candidates Dr Jenny Condie and Jessica Hammond are completely naked in an audacious fundraising video released yesterday for their new political action group Civic . The theme of the video is “naked politics” - tackling the too-hard ... More >>

Improved resources needed for diverse learners

Friday, 21 September 2018, 1:21 pm | IHC

IHC has welcomed the government’s draft plan to provide individualised support for every child who needs it in the classroom, but cautions it will only succeed if the wider education system becomes more inclusive. More >>

Whaitiri demotion leaves worrying gap

Friday, 21 September 2018, 11:46 am | SAFE

Animal rights group SAFE is pressing the Government to reassign responsibility for animal welfare, after the role was stripped from outgoing Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri. More >>

Capital taxes threaten prosperity

Friday, 21 September 2018, 11:38 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Either of the Tax Working Group’s proposed taxes on capital would damage investment, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Economist Joe Ascroft says, “One of New Zealand’s key economic challenges is the lack of entrepreneurial ... More >>

Trout Are Now in Eugenie’s Crosshairs

Friday, 21 September 2018, 11:31 am | Outdoors Party

The NZ Outdoors Party is strongly encouraging all freshwater anglers to submit to the Environment Select Committee on the Indigenous Freshwater Fish Amendment Bill. With absolutely no consultation with Fish & Game, the Minister of Conservation ... More >>

Government Wrong Again. Return Authority to Teachers

Friday, 21 September 2018, 9:23 am | New Conservative

You never asked to have your parental authority suppressed...and the government suppressed your authority as parents. More >>

Pasifika women effectively working for free

Friday, 21 September 2018, 8:33 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff said that today marks ‘working for free day’ for Pasifika women because of the gender pay imbalance. More >>

Pocket money offer for HNZ evicted tenants deeply cynical

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 7:31 pm | State Housing Action

The “pocket money” offer to state house tenants wrongly evicted from their homes based on bogus meth testing is deeply cynical and insulting. More >>

UNHCR Praises NZ Refugee Quota Increase

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 6:45 pm | UNHCHR

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, praised New Zealand today for increasing the country’s longstanding refugee resettlement quota. Speaking in Wellington, Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern formally announced the increase. “This is the right ... More >>

Taxation Group Report A Major Disappointment

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 5:43 pm | Social Credit

It is bereft of innovative ideas, signals increasing bureaucracy, and is a regurgitation of outdated tax concepts. More >>

Oxfam statement: Tax Working Group interim report

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 4:41 pm | Oxfam

“While the interim report has a lot of positive recommendations, there is no mention of making multinational corporations publish key financial information from each country they operate in. This is essential for countries to be able to assess exactly ... More >>

Tax Working Group Report a Good Start

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 4:40 pm | Salvation Army

The Salvation Army believes that the Tax Working Group’s Interim Report is on the right track for reducing inequality and making New Zealand a more prosperous society. More >>

Report shows signs of extending the tax net

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 4:36 pm | Public Service Association

The options put forward for taxing capital income interim report delivered by the Tax Working Group (TWG) today show good potential for extending the tax net, says the PSA. More >>

Lessons must be learnt from meth report

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 3:42 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The report into Housing New Zealand’s response to so-called methamphetamine contamination contains hard lessons for the government and its agencies on how to properly address complex drug issues, and reveals the harms caused by HNZ’s action were more widespread ... More >>

David Seymour’s twerking raises over $50K for Kidsline

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 3:40 pm | Kidsline

REMUERA, AUCKLAND, September 20, 2018 – ACT Party Leader, David Seymour has generated over $50,000 for Kidsline, following Mr Seymour’s appearance on TVNZ’s Dancing with the Stars earlier this year. The donation was specifically generated from the ... More >>

‘Idiotic’ Physical Restraint Rules Placing Children At Risk

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 3:31 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says that some school classrooms are becoming unsafe and abusive environments which will be emotionally harmful to children in the class who just want to enjoy school in an atmosphere of safety, and the Ministry of Education are ... More >>

No “showstoppers” in first stage risk assessment process

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 3:28 pm | Pike River Recovery Agency

No “showstoppers” in first stage risk assessment process 20 September 2018 The rigorous process to look at the risks around the three re-entry options being considered for the Pike River Mine has turned up no “showstoppers”, Pike River Recovery ... More >>

Third prosecution following SAFE exposé

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 3:17 pm | Save Animals From Exploitation

SAFE welcomes the sentencing today of the owner of a slaughterhouse where bobby calves were brutally beaten and abused. More >>

The end of freshwater sports fishing

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 2:50 pm | New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers

The New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers is aghast over plans by Greens MP Eugenie Sage to introduce a bill (Conservation [Indigenous freshwater Fish] Act Amendment). More >>

E tū welcomes High Court ruling on steel dumping

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 2:34 pm | E tu Union

E tū says its support for NZ Steel’s complaint of steel-dumping by China has been vindicated by a High Court ruling directing MBIE to reinvestigate. More >>

Tax Working Group makes “sensible and pragmatic” proposal

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 2:16 pm | Institute of Chartered Accountants

Chartered Accountants says Tax Working Group makes “sensible and pragmatic” proposal on taxing capital gains More >>

Sailor And Soldier to Be Repatriated From Korea

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 2:12 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Sailor And Soldier to Be Repatriated From Korea The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will begin repatriating next week a sailor and soldier buried in South Korea. This is the fourth tranche of project Te Auraki (The Return), under which the NZDF is ... More >>

Dental Association ‘cautiously optimistic’

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 2:01 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is pleased a sugary drinks tax has formed part of the Tax Working Group’s Interim Report released today. More >>

Taxpayers’ Union warns South Africa on property rights

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 1:51 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Taxpayers’ Union and Property Rights Alliance warn South African High Commission about taking property without compensation More >>

Māori Climate Commissioner Announced

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 1:11 pm | Maori Carbon Foundation

The Chairman on the Māori Carbon Foundation, Sir Mark Solomon, has announced the establishment of an Office of the Māori Climate Commissioner (OMCC) to provide independent Māori-focused research and advice that will contribute to Aotearoa meeting its obligations ... More >>

Tax Working Group proposes capital gains tax in all but name

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 12:44 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Extending the net of capital income taxation will still hit taxpayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

EEO Commission comment on Equal Pay Amendment Bill

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 12:41 pm | Human Rights Commission

“It is encouraging that pay equity moved a step forward with the introduction to Parliament of the Equal Pay Amendment Bill on the day the country celebrated 127 years of women’s suffrage. Pay equity is a right that the suffragists pressed for ... More >>

New Zealand must take global lead in ocean plastic crisis

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 12:05 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird has told Parliament’s Environment Committee this morning that New Zealand must become a global leader in tackling the oceans plastic crisis. More >>

Latest appointment to Treasury board bizarre

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 11:53 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

In light of recent concerns over a lack of economic expertise, it’s odd that Treasury has appointed a brand and marketing expert to its board , says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

Tax fixes not rocket science

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 11:53 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions today welcomed the interim report of the Tax Working Group which pointed to some obvious fixes to make New Zealand more fair and equal. More >>

What New Zealanders think of Refugees and Immigration

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 11:41 am | Ipsos

Most New Zealanders want to keep accepting refugees, but a growing number perceive that immigration is putting too much pressure on public services. More >>

Tax Working Group publishes Interim Report

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 11:17 am | Tax Working Group

The Tax Working Group is updating the public on its progress and thinking with the publication of its Interim Report today. More >>

HiFX Data Update - NZ Q2 GDP Release

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 11:09 am | HiFX

The NZ GDP for Q2 has just been released. The GDP for Q2 came stronger than forecast (and as predicted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern): Adjusted GDP Q2/ Annual : GDP +1.0% / +2.8% Consensus +0.8% / +2.5% NZ GDP over the last 12 months has increased ... More >>

Review finds meth standard not improperly influenced

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 10:58 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

An independent review commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has found the development of NZS 8510 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties (NZS 8510) was not improperly influenced by any particular interests or ... More >>

Meth eviction compensations don’t account for social harm

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 10:27 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Housing Minister Phil Twyford, alongside HNZ officials, announced this morning that people wrongly penalised for meth contamination in their state home are to be given compensation and a formal apology. The compensation is to be between $2,500-$3,000 ... More >>

WWF NZ CEO Livia Esterhazy appointed to Treasury Board

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 10:20 am | WWF

Secretary to the Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf has appointed Livia Esterhazy as a new non-executive director on the Treasury’s Board. More >>

Alternative Facts are Not Helpful

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 10:14 am | Frack Free Kapiti

The following is a response to the misinformation reported here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/107177207/government-urged-to-hold-hearings-on-oil-and-gas-changes-in-taranaki More >>

Livia Esterhazy appointed to Treasury Board

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 9:31 am | The Treasury

Secretary to the Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf has appointed Livia Esterhazy as a new non-executive director on the Treasury’s Board. More >>

The Government's Performance is the Problem, not MMP

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 9:26 am | Peter Dunne

Much of the commentary about the recent ructions within the coalition government has settled on MMP as either the explanation or the blame for what has been going on. In reality, it is neither. MMP is but an electoral system. The blame or explanation ... More >>

Kate Sheppard Memorial Trust Award

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 8:40 am | Kate Sheppard Memorial Trust

Kate Sheppard Memorial Trust Announces Successful Applicant on the 125th anniversary of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s suffrage More >>

Changes to the 1972 Equal Pay Act will make it easier

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 4:53 pm | Public Service Association

Changes to the 1972 Equal Pay Act will make it easier for women to achieve equal pay More >>

Industrial action by PSA members’ at Ministry of Justice

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 3:53 pm | Public Service Association

Around 1500 Ministry of Justice staff walked off the job for two hours today, with rallies held outside Courts across the country. More >>

Judgment: NZ Steel v Minister of Consumer Affairs

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 3:32 pm | New Zealand High Court

The High Court has found in favour of NZ Steel... It has quashed the Minister’s decision and directed that it be reconsidered. More >>

E tū welcomes Suffrage Day equal pay bill

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 3:30 pm | E tu

E tū has welcomed the introduction to parliament today of the Equal Pay Amendment Bill, which the union believes will ease the way for women pursuing equal pay claims. More >>

Professor Thomas' story simply does not add up

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 3:23 pm | Free Speech Coalition

While Massey University Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas claims to have "been prepared to allow the event to go ahead under conditions the students had signed up to", email correspondence retrieved under the Official Information Act tells a very different ... More >>

Skyrocketing tahr numbers destroying rare alpine plants

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:34 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says skyrocketing tahr numbers has clearly shown that hunting organisations are not able to adequately control the goat species' population. More >>

New Zealand Red Cross pleased by quota announcement

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:16 pm | NZ Red Cross

Today’s announcement that New Zealand’s refugee quota will be raised to 1500 has been welcomed by New Zealand Red Cross. More >>

125 years on – Still Striving for Equality

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:11 pm | Human Rights Commission

Auckland, 19 September 2018 Today the Human Rights Commission premieres its Suffrage 125 video – Still Striving for Equality , which features a former Prime Minister, a former Governor General, and a Supreme Court Judge. More >>

Legislation another milestone in pay equity journey

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:02 pm | NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says it is incredibly pleased at today’s announcement that pay equity legislation has come before Parliament. More >>

Amnesty International reaction: refugee quota increase

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 1:51 pm | Amnesty International

In response to Prime Minister Ardern’s announcement today that New Zealand’s refugee quota would be lifted to 1500 people per year by July 2020, Meg de Ronde, Campaigns Director for Amnesty International said, More >>

Judgment: Solicitor-General v Heta - sentencing discount

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 1:48 pm | New Zealand High Court

[1] Rachael Heta pleaded guilty on two charges, one of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one of common assault. Judge Moala sentenced Ms Heta on those charges to three years, two months imprisonment. This ... More >>

Double the quota campaigner praises government

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 1:48 pm | Doing Our Bit

The Doing Our Bit campaign praises the coalition government for their commitment to increase the refugee quota to 1500 places. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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