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Auditor-General's annual report and councillors' guide

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 2:16 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s Annual report 2018/19 was presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

A Right To Camp?

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 2:12 pm | Responsible Campers Association

In recent weeks Responsible Campers Association Incorporated (RCAi) has become involved in some high level discussions about our right to camp. This began out of discussion about the disabled who which to participate in Sport and Recreation activities. More >>

Ngāi Tahu responds to vocational education legislation

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 1:21 pm | Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu urges the Crown to ensure that the Establishment Board of the newly formed Institute of Skills and Technology meets its Treaty obligations and addresses the statutory role of iwi as Treaty partners in redesigning the education ... More >>

Casino strike and picket at SkyCity

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 11:11 am | Unite Union

SkyCity Casino workers will be on strike and picketing today as Rob Campbell, the Chair of SkyCity Casino talks to other employers about making pay fair at a “Wellbeing at Work” conference today. More >>

Paris Agreement on Climate Change - Threats to Food Security

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 9:26 am | Primary Land Users Group

One of the important parameters of the agreement’s aims was to ensure there was no threat to food production from the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change. More >>

Demand for Essentials as Strong as Ever on World Food Day

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 8:54 am | Salvation Army

The Salvation Army foodbank in Waitakere ran out of food last week; an indication of the strain many New Zealand whanau are under as they struggle to afford the cost of living. Wednesday, October 16 is World Food Day, and as demand for services offered ... More >>

Pet safe neighbourhood for Guy Fawkes

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 8:44 am | Ban the Boom NZ

Catherine Bindon from Ban the Boom has created these colourful and positive posters for you to use to show you don't support the use of fireworks in your neighbourhood over the next few weeks distressing our animals and birds. More >>

NZDF military hierarchy ‘spinning a web of lies’

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 8:34 am | Hit and Run Inquiry Campaign

On Tuesday morning the Operation Burnham inquiry hearing resumed after it was suspended three weeks ago. The hearing is being held at Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull St, Thorndon, Wellington on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. More >>

Union movement launches Framework for good Fair Pay law

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 8:14 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions has today released its report - Fair Pay Agreements: A Framework for Fairness . The report details the six key principles needed for Fair Pay Agreements to deliver real change for working people, and democratic agreements ... More >>

Fair Pay Agreements will improve the lives of working people

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 8:11 am | Public Service Association

Too many New Zealanders endure poor working conditions in jobs that don’t pay enough and offer few opportunities for career progression, and the union movement is calling for change. More >>

Government policy in 2019 stalled by bureaucrats

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 8:01 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

Since the beginning of this Government’s “year of delivery“2019 we have sadly seen a ‘slow snail pace’ on policy occur, so why? More >>

Inquiry into Operation Burnham reporting date extension

Monday, 14 October 2019, 6:42 pm | Inquiry into Operation Burnham

The Inquiry has today published Minute No 21. This Minute sets out how the Inquiry intends to proceed given that the Attorney-General the Hon David Parker has agreed to extend the Inquiry’s reporting date by three months to 31 March 2020. More >>

No transparency in National Policy on Urban Development

Monday, 14 October 2019, 4:54 pm | Craig Palmer

Everyone needs to be concerned about the draft National Policy Statement on Urban Development that the Ministry for the Environment has released. It is incompatible with the spirit of transparency and inclusiveness. More >>

Record number of new mayors and young members revealed

Monday, 14 October 2019, 4:16 pm | Local Government NZ

Voters in the 2019 local elections have elected the largest number of new mayors in 30 years, with 26 candidates set to don mayoral chains for the first time later this month. More >>

Funding to support Christchurch Call – Expert Reaction

Monday, 14 October 2019, 4:02 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government will spend $17m to help protect Kiwis from harmful digital content, in response to the March mosque attacks in Christchurch. More >>

COLFO plans court action over ammo ban

Monday, 14 October 2019, 3:15 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) is recommending members hold on to potentially illegal shotgun shells containing steel shot until the law banning certain types of ammunition is clarified. More >>

CEAC accuses NZTA management of extravagance

Monday, 14 October 2019, 2:07 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

National's claim that things only went south when Phil Twyford took charge of transport is not supported by us at CEAC and we see that this begun in 2008 as we witnessed the change then while working as a partnership group with NZTA then. More >>

NEXT Woman of the Year Winner on Digital Inclusion

Monday, 14 October 2019, 10:24 am | Digital Wings

For Dianne Daniels, winning the Education Category of the 2019 NEXT Woman of the Year Awards is more than a personal accolade. More >>

Smarter cities needed to achieve government ambitions

Monday, 14 October 2019, 8:43 am | Make Lemonade

With the government recently announcing a desire to help our cities grow up and out, leading New Zealand IoT expert Kriv Naicker today questioned whether New Zealand is falling behind in the use of smart city technology to help achieve this goal. ... More >>

Dear Jacinda, this is an emergency

Monday, 14 October 2019, 8:40 am | Extinction Rebellion

You famously said climate change was this generation’s nuclear-free moment. But when Extinction Rebellion uses the tactics of the Nuclear Free movement, you say you aren’t impressed. More >>

Under pressure

Monday, 14 October 2019, 7:52 am | Porter Novelli

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Under pressure: research reveals why New Zealand leaders need to stick their head above the parapet) More >>

Māori Party exhilarated by the vote for the future

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 6:39 pm | The Maori Party

The Māori Party is excited by some of the electoral trends emerging from the 2019 Local Government elections. More >>

Arms Bill a Legislative Colander

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 1:42 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

Arms Bill a Legislative Colander: Must Be Rewritten SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER 2019 The Arms Bill has been written so poorly than it must be abandoned and rewritten, according to the Council of Licenced Firearm Owners, COLFO. More >>

Māori Party select Debbie Ngarewa-Packer

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 6:14 pm | The Maori Party

The Māori Party has selected Debbie Ngarewa-Packer to win back the Te Tai Hauāuru seat in next year’s general election, it announced at its AGM in Whangaehu today. More >>

The Nation: Sir Roger Douglas and Susan St John

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 12:17 pm | The Nation

So, is it really a surplus? And if it is, should we spend it? And what should we spend it on? More >>

Support for Global Day of Action against Turkish invasion

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 12:03 pm | Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

Press Release ---------------------- Support for the Global Day of Action against Turkish invasion on Oct. 12 We are calling up on all New Zealanders to make a stand against the Turkish invasion of Rojava. More >>

Gangs Promise to Sign up to Firearm Registry

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 12:01 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) is calling on New Zealand’s growing gangland community to front up and tell police how many firearms they possess and how many of their members are licenced to own and use them. More >>

The Nation: PM of the Netherlands Mark Rutte

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:52 am | The Nation

This week saw the first visit by a Dutch PM in 22 years. Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte was here to announce a bilateral collaboration on modern agriculture and climate change. More >>

Think Of Us - School Strike 4 Climate NZ

Friday, 11 October 2019, 5:41 pm | School Strike 4 Climate

170,000 New Zealanders took to the streets on September 27th to demand an ambitious Zero Carbon Bill with cross party consensus. School Strike 4 Climate NZ (SS4C NZ) say, "Our fate is now in the hands of the politicians. They must #ThinkOfUs ... More >>

Economic Misdirection At it’s Finest

Friday, 11 October 2019, 2:07 pm | Primary Land Users Group

A report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) has suggested that the government's proposed clean-up of waterways will not harm New Zealand's overall economy. More >>

Bureaucratic Madness

Friday, 11 October 2019, 2:06 pm | Primary Land Users Group

What is this article all about you may ask and the headline would suggest that you should ask that question. So let’s look at some facts behind this headline. More >>

Why do NZ First and the Ministry of Health seem anti NZ?

Friday, 11 October 2019, 1:46 pm | Hemp Foundation

NZFirst and MoH are stopping NZ from out competing some of the biggest industries in the world. More >>

Royal tour won't make Prince Charles popular

Friday, 11 October 2019, 11:24 am | New Zealand Republic

"The latest Royal tour of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla won't fix the next in line for the British throne's popularity problem in New Zealand" said Lewis Holden, campaign chair of New Zealand Republic. More >>

Sonny Fatupaito - Response to Minister of Police

Friday, 11 October 2019, 9:22 am | Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom

In response to the comments made by the Minister of Police, Stuart Nash this week, that “he did not buy into PR stunts such as a patched women’s chapter or the Mongrel Mob guarding mosques”, the President of the Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom ... More >>

Young New Zealand Women Do Not Feel Equal

Friday, 11 October 2019, 9:05 am | YWCA

Just one in three young Kiwi women feel they have equal opportunities to their male peers and that their opinions are valued by society, a YWCA survey has shown – and not a single question in the survey got a pass mark. More >>

Proposal to favour ‘indigenous’ procurement is wrong

Friday, 11 October 2019, 8:32 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters to veto Cabinet’s proposal to give special preference to iwi and ‘indigenous firms’ during procurement processes. More >>

Dr Salman Abu Sitta to visit NZ

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 7:34 pm | Palestine Solidarity Network

The most significant Palestinian representative to visit New Zealand in 20 years is here for two days next week The Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa is delighted to announce that esteemed Palestinian scholar and member of the Palestine National ... More >>

Stakeholder collaboration critical to urban policy

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 7:32 pm | Property Council Of New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand, 10th October 2019: “Mandating strategic planning between local authorities, central government and industry is critical to the success of the government’s proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development,” according ... More >>

Industrial Dispute Settled at Port Otago

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 4:11 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union and the Maritime Union of New Zealand have settled their two month long running dispute with Port Otago. More >>

Parent Visa Category Scam!

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 3:54 pm | Migrant Workers Association

National government closed the parent visa category in 2016 claiming that it was a temporary measure to bring the numbers under control. More >>

Short film captures loneliness research

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 2:52 pm | University of Auckland

University of Auckland research into loneliness and social isolation among older New Zealanders has helped create an animated short film running in the Show Me Shorts film festival. More >>

Internal Affairs urges New Zealanders to be mindful

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 2:37 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Jolene Armadoros, Director Digital Safety, says footage of the recent attack in Germany has been deemed objectionable under New Zealand law. More >>

The SIS unlawfully targeted Nicky Hager on behalf of NZDF

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 2:14 pm | Nicky Hager

The Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security has upheld a complaint by investigative journalist Nicky Hager against the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service for unlawfully attempting to uncover his journalistic sources. More >>

Doctors’ patience wearing thin

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 2:03 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The patience of senior doctors at Midcentral District Health Board is wearing thin as they sound serious warnings around inadequate and failing hospital infrastructure, says Angela Belich, Acting Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical ... More >>

Farmers to Come to Wellington

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 12:24 pm | 50 Shades of Green

Chair, Andy Scott said the conservation group’s message needed to be told to a larger audience. More >>

Smoking is a dying habit

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 12:03 pm | Statistics New Zealand

One in eight adults (close to half a million people) are regular cigarette smokers in New Zealand, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Young tractor driver tasered after pursuit

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 11:55 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer's use of a Taser on a young person who had stolen a small tractor and led Police in a pursuit, was an unreasonable and excessive use of force. More >>

World Sight Day sees People struggling to afford glasses

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 11:00 am | Salvation Army

On World Sight Day (Thursday, October 10) many New Zealanders are unable to afford a basic tool to see clearly – glasses. More >>

Local vape industry is fighting only to stop tobacco

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10:39 am | Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand

For several years New Zealand’s vape industry has been calling for regulation. It was somewhat frustrating then when Leader of the Opposition, Simon Bridges, issued a media statement recently claiming that vape companies were “coming together to ... More >>

CEAC supports Minister Twyford reset of NZTA

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 9:25 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

CEAC brief on Government media today regarding their concerns about ‘NZTA’ activities. Minister of Transport Phil Twyford is now appropriately putting the heat on NZTA quote; 'obstructive tactics" “CEAC supports Minister Twyford reset of NZTA" ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Taxing Superannuation? Oh no, not again!

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:43 am | Peter Dunne

In 1984 when the fourth Labour Government introduced its now infamous tax surcharge of 25 cents in the dollar on additional income above $100 a week for those in receipt of National Superannuation, it was claimed that about only a quarter of superannuitants ... More >>

95% Of Submitters Being Muzzled On Abortion

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:31 am | Family First

Family First NZ says that the Select Committee considering radical changes to our abortion laws has admitted that it’s muzzling almost 95% of submitters who want to speak in person to the committee on the issue. “This means that more than 2,700 ... More >>

“Once Were Students” ains at engaging young voters

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 3:45 pm | Salient

Once Were Students is an online news show, produced by Victoria University’s Salient TV, which aims to get 18-24-year-olds engaged with politics. Stripping away discussions about policy and legislation; Once Were Students is focused on connecting with youth, ... More >>

MBIE welcomes findings of review

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 3:03 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today welcomed the findings of an independent review of the process used by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) to prepare files for decision-makers who make residence deportation ... More >>

Family Violence "a get out of jail free card" say SST

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 3:03 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of child abuse and family violence in the developed world. It is a shameful statistic we have all known for years and yet the violent harm continues; the fear, the intimidation, the terror and the scars. More >>

Language skills – a critical component of patient care

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 2:29 pm | Occupational English Test

A whitepaper from Occupational English Test (OET) and Joint Commission International shows effective communication between healthcare providers and patients is essential for safe, quality care as poor or missing communication between providers and patients ... More >>

NZ Rugby receives call to drop AIG sponsorship over coal

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 2:01 pm | 350 Aotearoa

Climate change campaigners met with New Zealand Rugby today to deliver a 35,000 strong petition, calling for the All Blacks to drop its major global partner, insurance giant AIG. AIG is an insurer of the controversial Adani Carmichael coal mine in Australia.The ... More >>

Free Julian Assange! Protest in Wellington

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 12:29 pm | Socialist Equality Group

Free Assange NZ, supported by the Socialist Equality Group, is holding a protest in Wellington this Friday October 11 at 1pm, to demand freedom for Julian Assange. More >>

NZTA to adopt "safety first"?

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 11:42 am | Movement

We welcome the findings of the Martin Jenkins report into the failings of NZTA to deliver a safe roading environment, says MOVEMENT Spokesperson and Transport Planner Bevan Woodward. More >>

Update on hearings on the Abortion Legislation Bill

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 10:31 am | Abortion Legislation Committee

The Abortion Legislation Committee has received more than 25,000 submissions on the Abortion Legislation Bill. About 2,890 submitters have indicated that they wish to make an oral submission on the bill. The committee is now hearing from some of ... More >>




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