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Groundswell of demand for medicinal cannabis, reveals poll

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 3:44 pm | Helius

Over 400,000 New Zealanders say they would definitely seek out medicinal cannabis products when they become widely available from 2020, according to a large independent survey and the first of its kind, just released. More >>

Whanau First call on Minister for Children for discussion

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 3:40 pm | Whanau First

Whanau First call on Minister for Children for discussion on the housing crisis and child removal More >>

New Zealand PM leads global Internet censorship campaign

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 3:31 pm | Socialist Equality Group

The so-called “ Christchurch Call ” summit in Paris on Wednesday, led by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, marked a significant escalation of the drive by governments throughout the world to censor ... More >>



New poll shows less support for euthanasia

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 10:48 am | Euthanasia Free NZ

A new nationwide Curia Market Research poll shows the gap between supporters and opponents of euthanasia is narrowing, and that many people withdraw their support when asked to consider some of the details involved in the End of Life Choice Bill, ... More >>

International Student reputation dragged through the mud

Saturday, 18 May 2019, 5:26 pm | NZISA

The recently published article by TVNZ is yet another piece of over sensationalised journalism that drives a wedge into New Zealand society. International Students are an integral party of what makes New Zealand a diverse and unique country in the world. ... More >>

The Nation: Privacy Commissioner John Edwards

Saturday, 18 May 2019, 12:50 pm | The Nation

Jolliff: The Privacy Commissioner says MSD’s powers to investigate have been taken too far. I asked him how serious the breaches have been. More >>

The Nation: Minister for Children Tracey Martin

Saturday, 18 May 2019, 12:43 pm | The Nation

Simon Shepherd: Minister for Children Tracey Martin, Thanks for your time this morning. So, we’ve seen this jump in the number of newborn Maori babies being taken from their parents in the last three years. Is that because it’s a directive from Oranga ... More >>

Young people are the world's greatest untapped resource

Saturday, 18 May 2019, 12:28 pm | Family PLanning Association

Recently I was talking with a group of people about the growing issue of internet harassment, and in particular, gender based online abuse. We talked about how online violence directed at women is a symptom of deep-seated gender inequality, and just ... More >>

Whanau First call for Urgent Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki

Saturday, 18 May 2019, 11:26 am | Whanau First

Former Hawke’s Bay woman Lou Hutchinson, who has this week been setting up action group Whanau First in response to a meeting she staged in Raglan on Sunday to challenge Oranga Tamariki child removal strategies, said she’s not surprised by disturbing ... More >>

Ghahraman’s smear tactics truly appalling

Saturday, 18 May 2019, 11:01 am | ACT New Zealand

Golriz Ghahraman’s attempts to smear her political opponents as racist are truly appalling, according to ACT President Ruwan Premathilaka. More >>

How biochar fits into the NZ Climate Change Response Bill

Friday, 17 May 2019, 5:29 pm | Australia NZ Biochar Initiative

How biochar fits into the New Zealand Climate Change Response Amendment Bill More >>

Aquaculture could be central part of climate plan

Friday, 17 May 2019, 4:37 pm | New Zealand King Salmon

New Zealand King Salmon says aquaculture could be central part of action plan following ‘State of Climate Emergency’ More >>

Disappointment at lack of pay transparency mechanism in bill

Friday, 17 May 2019, 3:55 pm | New Zealand Human Rights Commission

Disappointment at lack of pay transparency mechanism in Equal Pay Amendment Bill More >>

Public invited to have their say on access to the outdoors

Friday, 17 May 2019, 1:45 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

New Zealanders with an interest in the outdoors are being invited to have their say on legislation that helps them access nature throughout the country. More >>

Mayor Supports Random Roadside Drug Testing

Friday, 17 May 2019, 1:08 pm | South Taranaki District Council

Mayor Supports Random Roadside Drug Testing South Taranaki District Mayor Ross Dunlop urges the Government to take immediate action on the introduction of random roadside drug testing. Mayor Dunlop makes the call for action after reading the coroner’s ... More >>

Fish & Game welcome investigation into ORC RMA practices

Friday, 17 May 2019, 1:04 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish and Game New Zealand welcomes the decision by Environment Minister David Parker to appoint a formal investigator to assess Otago Regional Council’s performance of their RMA functions in relation to freshwater management. More >>

Travellers to Tanzania

Friday, 17 May 2019, 12:35 pm | Stuart Batty

PRESS RELEASE “Tanzania has been at the forefront of cleaning up their environment of plastic waste in recent years” says Stuart Batty, Honorary Consul for the United Republic of Tanzania . The Government have announced that Effective 1 June 2019, ... More >>

Forest industry says Te Uru Rākau expansion vital

Friday, 17 May 2019, 12:28 pm | Joint Press Release

Forest industry leaders say the pre-Budget announcement by Forestry Minister Shane Jones of additional regional resources for Te Uru Rākau is potentially of great benefit to regional New Zealand. More >>

Eight regions to receive $14M to expand 3D mapping

Friday, 17 May 2019, 11:24 am | New Zealand Information Network

Eight Regional Councils, in partnership with their Territorial Authorities and others, have applied for and will receive $14 million of co-funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to obtain, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) elevation datasets. More >>

Majority of New Zealanders want a New Zealand head of state

Friday, 17 May 2019, 10:34 am | New Zealand Republic

"The latest opinion poll results are in, and 55% of New Zealanders want a New Zealander as our next head of state, only 39% want the next British monarch. This is the third poll in the past three years showing a majority support for an independent ... More >>

KFC, Carl’s Jr and Pizza Hut workers to strike this weekend

Friday, 17 May 2019, 10:26 am | Unite Union

KFC is off the menu this weekend as hundreds of Fast Food workers employed by Restaurant Brands and members of Unite Union take strike action this weekend. More >>

ESR supports calls for a saliva test for roadside drug tests

Friday, 17 May 2019, 10:24 am | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) who conduct drug tests on blood samples for a range of government organisations is supporting the introduction of a roadside saliva (oral fluid) test for drug-impaired drivers. ESR forensic toxicologist ... More >>

ANZASW observes the International Day Against Homophobia

Friday, 17 May 2019, 10:12 am | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

Today, we celebrate sexual and gender diversity in our communities and welcome the fact that more people than ever are free to identify their gender and love whom they choose. We welcome the progress that has occurred, both in Aotearoa New Zealand and ... More >>

New research announced at Rainbow Excellence Awards

Friday, 17 May 2019, 9:22 am | New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards

The first New Zealand Workplace Equality Study has just been released at the inaugural Rainbow Excellence Awards, being held at SkyCity today. More >>

Nga Aho Whakaari response to Maori Media Review report

Friday, 17 May 2019, 9:13 am | Nga Aho Whakaari

Māori screen organisation Ngā Aho Whakaari says Māori screen practitioners are having to wait until the end of the year for decisions to be made about the promised overhaul of the Māori Media sector in the review being conducted by Te Puni Kōkiri. More >>

Staff walking out from Access Community Health today

Friday, 17 May 2019, 8:58 am | Public Service Association

Up to 120 PSA and E tu union coordinators, contact centre workers and administrators at Access Community Health will be walking off the job from 9:00am as part of a nationwide walk-off. More >>

AAAP calls on MSD CEO and deputy CEO to resign

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:14 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the CEO and deputy CEO of the Ministry of Social Development to resign following a report by the Privacy Commissioner, which found that the Ministry was unlawfully breaching beneficiaries’ privacy. The report ... More >>

Sustainable whitebait fishery survey – Expert reaction

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 4:30 pm | Science Media Centre

Public survey about whitebait fishing finds 90 per cent of respondents support efforts to make the fishery sustainable. Almost 2,900 people completed the survey put forward by the Department of Conservation , including iwi, recreational and commercial whitebait ... More >>

Commissioner welcomes Select Committee’s Privacy Bill report

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 3:55 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards today [ 13 May ] welcomed the Justice Select Committee’s report on the Privacy Bill. More >>

Public overwhelmingly support changes to whitebait fishing

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 3:11 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is heartened that 90% of respondents to a Department of Conservation survey support changes to whitebaiting regulations. More >>

Fish & Game welcomes the Government’s Tourism Strategy

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 3:08 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game New Zealand welcomes the Government’s New Zealand-Aotearoa Government Tourism Strategy, which sets out a plan to better manage the challenges of growth on the environment. However, we are concerned with the lack of focus on protecting ... More >>

Air Force Band Helps Musician Live His Dream

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 2:04 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Royal New Zealand Air Force Band drummer Corporal Jeremy Richardson is in Italy marking the 75th anniversary of the Battles of Cassino. More >>

New resources focused on children in State Care

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Maori Council

Maori Council launch new resources focused on children in State Care – “end violence; change the system” More >>

Public calls for changes to ensure sustainable whitebait

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 1:27 pm | Department of Conservation

Changes are needed to make New Zealand’s whitebait fishery sustainable, according to 90% of respondents to a Department of Conservation (DOC) survey. More >>

Deployment should end amidst Iran tensions

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 12:40 pm | Auckland Peace Action

“The Coalition Government must move to withdraw NZ troops out of Iraq as the US threatens a new war on Iran,” said Valerie Morse from Auckland Peace Action. More >>

Appropriate responses needed to address Māori homelessness

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 12:34 pm | Ira Mata Ira Tangata

The full report from last year’s first Auckland-wide Point in Time count was released today by Auckland Council and the Housing First Auckland Collective. The additional findings highlight the overrepresentation of Māori among those who were homeless ... More >>

Environment Canterbury declares climate emergency

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 12:18 pm | Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury has today declared a climate emergency, highlighting both the urgent need to address the issue, and the work already being done to help the region respond. More >>

Zero Carbon Bill - right direction, wrong methane target

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 11:39 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is right on board with the purpose and framework of the Zero Carbon Bill but not a methane target that has no grounding in science or economic sense. More >>

Project Jonah’s State of Marine Mammals in Aotearoa

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 11:37 am | Project Jonah

New Zealand has always been a nation where ordinary people play a key part in caring for our environment and native species. However, it’s important that those of us who are committed to preserving New Zealand’s wildlife are up-to-date with the ... More >>

Report shows organisations failing to deal with cyber abuse

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 10:30 am | Massey University

With Pink Shirt Day being marked tomorrow, it’s important to understand the developing nature of cyber abuse and bullying. In a report funded byNetSafe’s Online Safety Partnership Grant, Massey’s Healthy Work Group analysed data from 205 victims to ... More >>

MSD systematically misused its investigatory powers

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 10:22 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

An Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) inquiry has found the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) systematically misused its investigatory powers while pursuing benefit fraud, unjustifiably intruding on the privacy of many beneficiaries. More >>

Christchurch Call emphasizes human rights but more needed

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 10:12 am | Access Now

Today, a group of governments led by New Zealand, and major tech companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Twitter, signed and published the “ Christchurch Call ,” a voluntary pledge with commitments aimed at eliminating terrorist and ... More >>

Major internet providers endorse Christchurch Call to Action

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:53 am | Joint Press Release

The chief executives of Spark, Vodafone NZ and 2degrees, the three internet companies which took the unprecedented step of temporarily suspending access to web sites hosting the Christchurch gunman’s video, have today given their support to the Christchurch ... More >>

Challenge to Finance Minister

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:51 am | Social Credit

Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s claim that ‘there is simply no more money to go into the [education] sector” is a lie, according to Social Credit Party Leader, Chris Leitch. More >>

Christchurch Call outcome is a vital first step

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:42 am | InternetNZ

Christchurch Call outcome is a vital first step in addressing terrorism and violent extremism online More >>

Privacy Commissioner report shows Govt breaching privacy

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:38 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Privacy Commissioner report shows Govt unlawfully breaching privacy of thousands of beneficiaries More >>

Auckland rail workers suspended; an employer trend?

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:21 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard is calling on Auckland Transport, part of Auckland Council to intervene, and "remove the suspensions which are preventing the people who keep Auckland’s trains safe, from doing their work." More >>

MSD accepts Privacy Commissioner's recommendations

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:16 am | Ministry of Social Development

The Ministry of Social Development has made changes in its approach to cases of high risk fraud investigations. More >>

Negotiation the best way forward say secondary teachers

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 6:29 pm | PPTA

“We are disappointed that the Ministry of Education has rejected the PPTA’s offer to return to the negotiating table or go back to mediation. More >>

Will we lose what we died for?

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 5:45 pm | New Conservative

The current prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, continued our new journey into fear and growth of state control when she met with one of her political allies, Emmanuel Macron, himself facing weekly protests over the last 6 months for implementation ... More >>

Drug driver testing - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 3:57 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government is seeking public feedback on how drug driver testing can improve road safety. Drug testing behind the wheel isn't as simple as it is for alcohol because the current drug tests can only detect the presence of drugs or medication - not ... More >>

Drug driving policy needs to focus on saving lives

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 3:39 pm | Road Transport Forum

No matter how long, or what method it takes to road-side drug test, if it saves one life it is worth it, says Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett. More >>

Letter and report published on OAG website

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 2:21 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

Insights and reflections: Our 2017/18 central government audit work We’ve published a letter setting out our observations from our 2017/18 central government work. We sent this letter to all chief executives of government departments and Crown entities ... More >>

Strong Community Response to NZDF’s Dental Mission in Samoa

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 2:02 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

A 13-member dental team from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has been seeing a constant stream of patients since they started providing treatment in Samoa late last week. More >>

AT Must Keep Trains Moving

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 12:38 pm | Public Transport Users Association

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) is concerned train passengers will suffer through potential mass train cancellations due to the employment dispute between train maintenance staff and their Spanish employer Construccones y Auxilliar de Ferrocarriles ... More >>

Another study shows levies on sugary drinks work

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 12:37 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

New research shows sugary drink sales dropped 38 per cent in Philadelphia one year after the introduction of a levy on soft drinks and other sugary drinks. More >>

National Treasure Not Stock Food!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 12:12 pm | Geoscience Society of NZ

The Geoscience Society of New Zealand calls on the Government and Dunedin City Council to stop the proposal to mine away New Zealand’s most important terrestrial fossil site at Foulden Hills, near Middlemarch, Otago. More >>

Call for the NZ government to declare a climate emergency

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 11:43 am | Vegan Society

We call upon the government to live up to the climate agreements it has made internationally. By making methane a special case in the Zero Carbon Bill, we are creating a loophole for our dairy industry to carry on “business as usual”. A 10% reduction by 2030 ... More >>

Maori Council Calls for a National Infrastructure Commission

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 10:37 am | Maori Council

The New Zealand Maori Council has backed the establishment of New Zealand Infrastructure Commission calling the idea long overdue and who’s day has come. Councils Executive Director Matthew Tukaki has said that Infrastructure is the corner stone of a future ... More >>

CEAC Calls for NZTA ‘wellbeing’ rules to be ‘reset’

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 10:31 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

16th May 2019. CEAC Calls for NZTA ‘wellbeing’ rules to be ‘reset’ by NZ govt The latest truck fire on an NZTA operated ‘Napier Port roading network’ shows that NZTA are still lacking responsible actions to avoid truck accidents yet ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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