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Gregory selected by National in Dunedin South

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 3:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

Matt Gregory has been selected as National’s Dunedin South candidate for the 2017 General Election. More >>

Don Brash promotes “flat earth economics”

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 3:51 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

In his comment on Bryan Gould’s article on the Reserve Bank, Don Brash continues to perpetuate his “flat earth economics” view of the way the banking system operates. More >>

Prices of necessities rising

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 3:30 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“Not only is the 1 percent overall rise in prices this quarter larger than expected, but it is concentrated mainly in necessities that hit the budgets of low and middle income households hardest,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg, responding to today’s ... More >>

Lack of Democracy Undermines Education Council

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 3:11 pm | New Zealand Principals' Federation

'A huge rise in teacher registration fees is mooted and principals feel ownership of their own Education Council's decisions is being undermined through having no democratically elected members,' says Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand ... More >>

Proposed funding model could do more harm

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 2:31 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that axing the current decile funding system on the basis that it is too crude, only to replace it with another that is already said to to be unreliable, may have the result of seriously disadvantaging schools ... More >>

HMNZS Te Kaha Plays Key Role in Southeast Asia Exercise

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 1:58 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigate HMNZS Te Kaha and its Commanding Officer will play a leading role in a three-week warfighting exercise held by the world’s second-oldest military partnership. More >>

Yankee Go Home

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:36 pm | Hone Harawira

“Labour is flying in Trump supporters to tell Maori how to vote” said MANA leader Hone Harawira when told of Labour Party plans to bring in large numbers of Americans to help target voter areas where Labour is struggling to get attention. More >>

Access to data about disabled people improves

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:25 pm | Statistics New Zealand

Today, Stats NZ launched a user-friendly online tool to make information about disabled people more accessible. More >>

Law Society backs Principal Family Court Judge statement

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:16 pm | Family Law Society

Comments made by Principal Family Court Judge Laurence Ryan about questions being posed by The Backbone Collective group are absolutely appropriate, New Zealand Law Society Family Law Section chair Michelle Duggan says. More >>

Grocer fined $12,000 for attempt to exploit migrant worker

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:09 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

An Auckland grocer has been penalised $12,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) after a Labour Inspectorate investigation uncovered attempts to charge a migrant worker a premium. More >>

National’s new candidate for Palmerston North

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 11:45 am | New Zealand National Party

Adrienne Pierce has been selected as National’s Palmerston North candidate for the 2017 General Election. More >>

‘Unskilled migrant’ changes bound to keep work insecure

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 10:32 am | Migrant And Refugee Rights Campaign MARRC

The Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign has come out against proposed changes to the rights of ‘lower-skilled’ migrants. The group says that setting a maximum duration of three years for ‘lower skilled’ work, and further shaping seasonal ... More >>

Family Court - Backbone's response to Judge Ryan's statement

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 10:15 am | The Backbone Collective

The Backbone Collective co-founders are surprised and alarmed by Judge Ryan's public statement in response to their recent report on the Family Court. More >>

Wounded Warrior new RSA patron

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 9:20 am | Returned Services Association

The past patrons of the Auckland RSA have included a prime minister, commanders and captains of industry, even a fashion icon, but today Auckland RSA is proud to welcome Afghanistan veteran and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Invictus team captain, Jason ... More >>

National picks 2017 Rangitata candidate

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 8:51 am | New Zealand National Party

National has chosen Andrew Falloon to contest the Rangitata electorate at the 2017 General Election. More >>

Lift wages, enforce rights for migrant workers

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 5:12 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Lifting wages and improving the quality of work for workers in industries with large number of temporary migrant workers need as much attention as modifications announced today, the CTU says. More >>

Debate about the Family Court

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 5:01 pm | Office of the Principal Family Court Judge

In recent weeks criticism of the Family Court has been aired publicly based on anecdotal experiences of a sample of people who have sought the intervention of the court to help resolve disputes in their personal relationships. Some of the accounts contain ... More >>

Immigration changes good – and not fair

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 4:49 pm | Malcolm Pacific

Immigration changes good – and not fair A one-off pathway to residence for around 4000 migrant workers in the South Island should be offered to those in the North Island in the same boat. Malcolm Pacific’s David Cooper says the deal offered to ... More >>

NZDF civilian strike "a last resort"

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 4:33 pm | Public Service Association

Civilian staff at the New Zealand Defence Force will begin a round of industrial action tomorrow, over the NZDF’s refusal to negotiate their pay as part of a new collective employment agreement. More >>

Cross-Tasman Simultaneous Immigration Policy Changes

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 3:59 pm | IMMagine Immigration Specialists

The world is waking up to news that both Australia and New Zealand have made announcements regarding significant policy changes around temporary work visas and their likelihood to progress to Permanent Residency in either country. Interestingly, the changes ... More >>

CCC Subsidising housing demand misses the point

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 1:59 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Christchurch City Council’s decision to spend $3 million of ratepayers’ money to join the Government in establishing a second mortgage scheme for home ownership misses the point in New Zealand’s housing crisis, says the Taxpayers’ Union . ... More >>

Immigration thresholds to focus on skills

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 11:42 am | BusinessNZ

Changes to immigration settings will help get higher skilled migrants while also safeguarding the positon of New Zealand workers, says BusinessNZ. More >>

Budget funds must be allocated for pay equity claims

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 11:30 am | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling on the government to show good faith to women working in public sector jobs by allocating Budget funds to cover upcoming pay equity claims. More >>

AUT Students Object To ‘Irresponsible' Toilet Policy

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 9:18 am | Family First

The AskMeFirst campaign which was launched in February has released its second YouTube video highlighting the decision of Auckland University of Technology (AUT) to reassign over 165 toilets to be All-Gender toilets – a decision labelled by a group of current ... More >>

Equal Pay Settlement is Great News for Carers

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 7:56 pm | NZ Council of Christian Social Services

Today's announcement of a settlement of the Equal Pay case is a welcome step towards recognising the vital work of those doing care work in this country and for work done mainly by women. It also recognises the importance of older people and others ... More >>

Government’s Equal Pay Announcement a Giant Leap Forward

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 7:50 pm | Pay Equity Coalition

The news that the Government is close to an historic pay equity settlement is a giant leap forward for women says the Pay Equity Coalition. More >>

Prison Population is a ‘P’ Problem

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 5:28 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“ The Police, Judges or Department of Corrections cannot be a ‘One-Stop-Shop for all New Zealand’s social ills. The fact a criminal was on drugs, alcohol or from a violent home cannot be blamed on anyone but the offender or his or her family.” More >>

Select Committee failed to identify the target

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Deerstalkers Association

The Parliamentary Select Committee set up to address illegal possession of forearms has fired at the wrong target, says Bill O’Leary, President of the New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association. More >>

FIRST Union congratulates care workers, prepares new claim

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 4:25 pm | First Union

FIRST Union is congratulating care workers, their unions - E tū, NZNO and the PSA - and pay equity champion Kristine Bartlett for securing an offer of a historic pay equity settlement. More >>

Historic day as caregivers offered equal pay settlement

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 4:17 pm | NZCTU

Unions representing care and support workers are pleased to be jointly announcing with government a proposed equal pay settlement to 55,000 workers across the aged residential, disability and home support sectors. More >>

Equal Pay Announcement a Welcome Relief for Women

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 4:00 pm | NZ Federation of Business and Professional Women

The news that the Government have reached an historic pay equity settlement is great news for women says the New Zealand Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW NZ) More >>

Celebrating global change for young women at a local level

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 3:43 pm | YWCA

World YWCA Day on Monday 24 April not only brings to the fore the positive global contribution made by YWCA, but also marks a life changing local milestone for young kiwi girls and women. More >>

Carer’s Pay Increase Response from Geneva Healthcare

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 2:57 pm | Geneva Healthcare

The work of a Caregiver is a challenging journey, an immense responsibility, and is quite simply one of the most honourable jobs one can possibly do in a lifetime. More >>

Attacks on taxi drivers highlight need to rethink new rules

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 2:55 pm | Taxi Federation

Two violent attacks on taxi drivers in the last two weeks highlight the need for the Government to rethink health and safety issues in new laws for small passenger service vehicles now before Parliament More >>

NZDF Engineers Hard at Work in Hot And Cold

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 2:36 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

From the extreme cold of Antarctica to the heat of Sinai Peninsula, New Zealand Defence Force engineers are proving their ability to excel in any conditions. More >>

Clampfish mural fourth in pollution awareness tour

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 2:25 pm | Make Lemonade

A Queenstown based artist is just about finished her fourth giant mural on a five-city New Zealand pollution awareness tour dubbed; New Zealand’s Worth Loving. More >>

Chamber of Commerce applauds pay equity settlement

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 2:10 pm | Auckland Chamber of Commerce

The many businesses that do not have a gender pay gap have no reason to be alarmed by the pay equity settlement reached in government-funded care service sectors which employ mainly women on low rates. Applauding the reported move to pay equity for ... More >>

Should we regulate car window washers?

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 1:31 pm | Office of the Clerk

The Land Transport (Vehicle User Safety) Amendment Bill is a member’s bill that proposes an enforcement regime against window washing. More >>

Environment Court calls for pause on tenure review

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 1:27 pm | Environmental Defence Society

On Thursday last week the Environment Court issued its long-awaited decision on plan change 13 to the Mackenzie District Plan. The purpose of PC13 is to insert provisions into the district plan to protect the Mackenzie Basin’s outstanding natural landscapes ... More >>

Don’t Blame NZ Men For Women’s Low Wages

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 12:13 pm | Whitehead Group

The new Pay Equity Bill is about to enter parliament. Many people believe it is about correcting discrimination by men against women. This is simply not the case. More >>

An Open Letter to Sonny Bill Williams

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 10:29 am | Multicultural New Zealand

I write to you in the mist of your harshest criticism to date to offer and express my appreciation for what you have achieved in the past two weeks. This letter is to commend you for being true to yourself; for identifying who you are and believing ... More >>

Candlelight Vigil for Chechnya Injustice

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 9:14 am | Candlelight Vigil for Chechnya Injustice

Join us for a candlelight vigil to show support and solidarity for those affected by the atrocities in Chechnya, and to urge our government to take action. We are standing for LGBTQIA+ rights worldwide, we want humans everywhere to be safe and ... More >>

New WWF report: Illegal wildlife trafficking

Monday, 17 April 2017, 7:57 pm | WWF

A new WWF report published today urges for additional and immediate measures to halt the worrying trend in illegal trafficking for international trade of CITES-listed species in the world’s most ecologically important places, including World Heritage ... More >>

Blaming Maori for Crime is Racist

Monday, 17 April 2017, 6:09 pm | Mana Party

“Saying Maori are to blame for ending up in prisons is like saying chickens are to blame for ending up as our Christmas Dinner” said MANA Leader about the Sensible Sentencing Trusts statement that Maori criminal offending is a Maori problem. More >>

Top NZ Scientist Set to Face Fluoridation Expert

Monday, 17 April 2017, 2:14 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

Dr Michelle Dickinson, Auckland University Professor and nanotechnologist has agreed to debate Professor Paul Connett, Senior Advisor to the Fluoride Action Network. She will be inviting Sir Peter Gluckman to join her in this debate with Professor ... More >>

Maori criminal offending is a Maori problem

Monday, 17 April 2017, 8:21 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Lately Uncle Tom Cobley and all have opined about the causes of the high rate of Maori criminal recidivism. The Waitangi Tribunal says it’s the government’s fault. The Maori Party says it’s down to “institutional racism”. A retired Maori probation ... More >>

Election needs to address consenting costs

Sunday, 16 April 2017, 2:20 pm | Century 21 Real Estate

The New Zealand boss of the largest real estate company in the world, Century 21, says the country’s politicians could help housing affordability simply by adopting a renewed focus this election on dramatically dealing to the many costs associated ... More >>

LegaSea renews calls for a full inquiry into MPI activity

Friday, 14 April 2017, 8:18 pm | LegaSea

When the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) failed to prosecute industrial fishing boat captains for dumping catch it blamed legal advice for the decision. More >>

Children Out of Control

Friday, 14 April 2017, 9:03 am | Conservative Party

Recent reports of excessive violence, amongst school children, towards teachers should come as no surprise, but more as a wake up call to parents and caregivers New Zealand wide. Violence by children in primary schools has reached breaking point for principals. ... More >>

PETA Statement Regarding Otago Easter Bunny Hunt

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 5:18 pm | PETA

By perpetuating this cruel and ineffective killing cycle each Easter, the Central Otago region will only exacerbate its environmental problems. Science tells us that lethal control doesn't provide a long-term solution to invasive animal populations ... More >>

Sam McDonald selected as Labour candidate in Tāmaki

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 4:23 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Sam McDonald has been selected as the Tāmaki Labour Party candidate in the 2017 General Election. More >>

RMA reforms out of step with international best practice

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 3:43 pm | BerrySimons

A team from Berry Simons attended a symposium on Environmental Adjudication organised by the Principal of the Environment Court, Laurie Newhook and Associate Professor Ceri Warnock of Otago University. More >>

Have your say on country of origin food labelling

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 3:04 pm | Primary Production Committee

Submissions are now open on the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill. The purpose of the bill is to ensure labelling of single-ingredient food is compulsory. This member’s bill requires fruit, vegetables, meats, seafood, and ... More >>

Hope That Report Will Bring Smarter Research Investment

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 2:19 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming yesterday’s release of MBIE’s Marsden Fund Assessment Report , and hopes that its recommendations will bring about smarter investment in research. Taxpayers’ Union Researcher Matthew Rhodes says, “In the last round ... More >>

Immigration New Zealand: Delivering transformational change

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 2:12 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s report Immigration New Zealand: Delivering transformational change was presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

Pretrial ruling: Fouda v Minister of Internal Affairs

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 2:07 pm | New Zealand High Court

[ The following is based on automatic text recognition and may contain errors. Please refer to the original document . More >>

Collins' Comments: 13 April 2017

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 1:47 pm | Judith Collins

It was a great day when the Pulman Arena opened a couple of weeks ago. I must congratulate and thank Bruce Pulman, his family and his team who have worked to make this amazing space available to the community of Papakura and beyond. It is a huge gift for the ... More >>

Bill English crying “crocodile tears” over flood devastation

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 1:37 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Thursday, 13 April: As the country braces for Cyclone Cook, the latest and the most devastating in a series of extreme weather events, Greenpeace NZ has slammed Prime Minister Bill English for crying “crocodile tears”. More >>

Brooke Loader selected as Labour’s candidate for Waikato

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 1:36 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Brooke Loader has been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Waikato for the 2017 General Election. More >>

Parliament must act to limit extreme weather impacts

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 1:28 pm | Forest and Bird

· Parliament has a chance this afternoon to do something to prevent more of the destructive storms that have been lashing the country, says Forest & Bird. “In the past month we’ve had three huge storms that have left hundreds of people homeless, ... More >>


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