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New website launches in response to police abuse of power

Saturday, 20 July 2019, 1:03 pm | Know Your Rights

A new website has launched in response to recent RNZ reporting about Police in Dunedin unlawfully entering people’s homes and breath-testing them. “I was disgusted when I saw what they cops were doing in Dunedin. Their behaviour undermines all of ... More >>

NZ Maori Council takes on global cosmetics giant

Saturday, 20 July 2019, 12:58 pm | Maori Council

The Head of the New Zealand Maori Council has called for the Government to hold an immediate investigation into the global cosmetics company Sephora after they were caught dumping waste hundreds and thousands of waste paper products embedded with ... More >>

Simon Shepherd interviews Maori leaders

Saturday, 20 July 2019, 12:58 pm | TVNZ

Hundreds of whanau and Maori leaders gathered at a hui in Mangere last weekend where they voted unanimously for an inquiry into Oranga Tamariki. The historic meeting called for a child welfare framework to be developed by Maori, for Maori. Chair of ... More >>

Simon Shepherd interviews Minister for Agriculture

Saturday, 20 July 2019, 12:57 pm | TVNZ

Simon Shepherd: The government says its agreement with farmers, that they should pay for agricultural emissions, is historic. But there's no agreement on how. One proposal says farmers should pay a 5 per cent emissions tax. Another suggests farmers ... More >>

Time to listen to Pro-flouridation agencies raising alarms

Saturday, 20 July 2019, 12:54 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

The O’Brien Institute for Public Health at Calgary University has just released their report on fluoridation. This institute has, up to now, been staunchly in favour of fluoridation. However, yesterday, with regards to fluoride’s effect on the brain, ... More >>

O'Connor looks to overhaul Biosecurity Act, improve tracing

Friday, 19 July 2019, 5:05 pm | BusinessDesk

July 19 (BusinessDesk) - The government is looking to tighten control and impose harsher penalties after the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak revealed cracks in the country's stock management system. More >>

Kia Anga Mua Step Closer to Negotiations

Friday, 19 July 2019, 1:37 pm | Kia Anga Mua Nga Hapu o Ngapuhi

Kia Anga Mua Ngā Hapū o Ngāpuhi (KAM) has reached a pivotal milestone following a hui yesterday at Waitangi with the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little. More >>

The $133,000 pricetag for the glossy Wellbeing Budget

Friday, 19 July 2019, 1:15 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that the Government spent $133,530 on producing its ‘Wellbeing Budget’ document, a cost blowout largely driven by spending on graphic design and photography. The $133,530 price tag compares to $86,268 ... More >>

Ngāti Kahungunu honours language revitalisation champions

Friday, 19 July 2019, 12:18 pm | Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc

Kahungunu Māori Language Awards. Nominations closed on 5 July 2019, and were judged by the Senior Management Team of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated. The judges wish to acknowledge the very high calibre of all nominations received making it a very ... More >>

Slow judgements vs correct judgements – lessons from Oz

Friday, 19 July 2019, 12:15 pm | University of Canterbury

High Court of Australia Judge, Justice Stephen Gageler, will address recent criticism of court judgment delays in Australia, at the University of Canterbury (UC) on 23 July at 6.15pm. More >>

Operation Burnham - Minute No 19 - 18 July 2019

Friday, 19 July 2019, 11:25 am | Inquiry into Operation Burnham

This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Inquiry’s proceedings but does not constitute the official record. The full Minute is available at the link below. More >>

TEC takes action on false statutory declarations

Friday, 19 July 2019, 10:38 am | Tertiary Education Commission

The Tertiary Education Commission is laying charges under section 292A of the Education Act 1989 against three individuals for making a false representation for the purpose of receiving, or continuing to receive, free tertiary education from a tertiary education ... More >>

Business solutions for food businesses

Friday, 19 July 2019, 9:31 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

New Zealand food businesses today welcomed a trio of new food safety tools, designed to make it faster, easier and more affordable to follow the rules and keep consumers safe. More >>

Research finds ethnic disparities in NZ child protection

Friday, 19 July 2019, 8:42 am | AUT University

AUT research shows that Māori children are almost four times more likely than those of European descent to be placed out of home by child protection services More >>

Promised heating grants for tenants cancelled

Friday, 19 July 2019, 8:31 am | NZ Property Investors Federation

The Government announced today that grants of up to $2,500 for energy efficient heaters are now available as part of the Government’s Warmer Kiwi Homes programme. More >>

Fonterra’s announcement a win for the climate movement

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 3:48 pm | 350 Aotearoa

Fonterra’s use of coal has been the target of numerous grassroots campaigns in recent years. Last year 350 Aotearoa affiliated groups, Fossil Free Aoraki and 350 Nelson launched a petition dismissing the dairy giant’s initial target of no new ... More >>

Information Sessions on Medicinal Cannabis Scheme

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 2:44 pm | Ministry of Health

Information sessions on proposals for The Medicinal Cannabis Scheme take place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch over the next fortnight. The sessions are open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the proposed scheme. More >>

Finally, the safety of our community will be considered

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 1:41 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“Our children are our most vulnerable, most innocent victims and we do not want to see any more children harmed by these ‘known sex offenders’. The safety of our community must be the paramount consideration.” More >>

Madness of trying to manage fisheries with property rights

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 1:32 pm | LegaSea

The Quota Management System has short-changed fish, mana whenua and the public since it was established in 1986. More >>

Fonterra decision stimulus for increased biomass fuel supply

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 12:05 pm | Bioenergy Association

“The announcement that Fonterra will immediately stop installing any new coal boilers or increasing capacity to burn coal is the signal that the biomass fuel supply industry welcomes” said Brian Cox, Executive Officer of the Bioenergy Association. More >>

Coal group welcomes Fonterra's coal exit

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 11:49 am | Coal Action Network

18 July 2019-- Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CANA) today welcomed Fonterra’s commitment to build no new coal plants, a “no brainer” for the climate crisis the world faces. The group has been urging this transition for six years now and says it is ... More >>

Increase in demand for cage-free eggs set to continue

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 10:12 am | SAFE

The increase in demand for cage-free eggs is set to continue according to animal rights organisation SAFE, who says the egg industry should expect this and prepare. More >>

Pacific calls on NZ leaders to Strengthen Climate Bill

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 8:58 am | 350 Pacific

Wellington, New Zealand – 350 Pacific made a formal submission to the New Zealand Government’s Environment Parliamentary Select Committee on the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, led by the Pacific Climate Warriors (PCWs) based in ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Pity the Poor Greens

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 8:40 am | Peter Dunne

There used to be a school of thought on the centre right side of politics that the best way to neuter the Greens as a political force would be to let them have a spell in government. Then, according to the argument, they would show themselves to be ... More >>

Mandela Day: Howard League calls on MPs to visit prisons

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 8:20 am | Wellington Howard League

Today (18 July) is Nelson Mandela International Day when the United Nations highlights the importance of humane conditions of imprisonment. In New Zealand our prisons are overcrowded and understaffed. At 214 prisoners per 100,000 people, we have the fifth ... More >>

NZEI Te Riu Roa to take legal action over delays in payments

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 3:34 pm | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa will take legal action over the lengthy delay in implementing pay increases for teachers. Novopay announced yesterday that teachers would have to wait until 11 September to see pay increases that they won when they settled their collective ... More >>

EDS submission on Zero Carbon Bill

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 2:40 pm | Environmental Defence Society

EDS has filed its submission on the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill. The Bill sets targets for greenhouse gas reductions, provides for the government to set a series of carbon budgets, and sets up a new, independent, Climate Change ... More >>

Council’s $20,000 bike light investigation is absurd

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has identified an absurd case of mission creep at Wellington City Council: the decision to spend $21,750 on two Consumer NZ investigations into different brands of bike lights. More >>

Better Driver Training must be part of Road to Zero

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 12:15 pm | Greg Murphy Racing

New Zealand driver safety advocate and motor sport legend Greg Murphy says better driver training must be part of Road to Zero. More >>

MTA welcome focus on vehicle safety

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 10:55 am | Motor Trade Association

The Motor Trade Association is welcoming the release of the Government’s new draft road safety strategy. MTA Chief Executive Craig Pomare says the association is pleased to see vehicle safety has been made a priority in the Road to Zero consultation document, ... More >>

Fonterra and shareholders' council respond to climate bill

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 10:45 am | Fonterra

Fonterra and the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council have today released their submissions on the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill. More >>

DOC Is Building An $11 mil Fortress

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 9:01 am | Alan Simmons

The Department of Conservation continue to repeat the same old story about attacks on staff and how it is affecting their role in protecting our precious wildlife. NZ herald More >>

Tweets trump government interest in Westland Milk

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 8:48 am | Social Credit

The government's silence on the fact that the country's second-largest milk processor is on the brink of becoming 25% Chinese Government owned has been deafening. More >>

SS4C NZ Response to New Proposed Rules

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 8:45 am | School Strike 4 Climate

School Strike 4 Climate NZ welcomes the coalition Government’s endeavour to take action on reducing agricultural emissions but is disappointed at the weak stance that the Government has taken on the issue. More >>

Leading NZ workplace provider issued with DIA formal warning

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 8:36 am | Department Of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has issued a formal warning under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act) to seven reporting entities within the Regus Management Limited (RNZML) designated business ... More >>

Regional Council Vote Leaves Northlanders Feeling Betrayed

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 8:28 am | GE Free NZ

The Northland Regional Council (NRC) has voted to exclude all GM/GE precautionary provisions in its regional plan, despite years of community engagement showing support for such protection. There is a sense of betrayal following the way the NRC Chairman ... More >>

Signs of a new way of working, as public donations static

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 7:13 pm | Council for International Development

New Zealand’s ‘mission-driven’ charities working in international aid are showing early signs of changing the way they work, in particular prioritising building the capacity and resilience of local communities to do their own development. More >>

Long delay in pay increase for teachers unacceptable

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 6:36 pm | NZEI

Teachers will have to wait until 11 September for pay increases won as part of their collective agreement negotiations settled in June, according to an update sent to schools today from Novopay. More >>

ICCC report: Mercury praises pragmatic approach and response

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 4:15 pm | Mercury Energy

Mercury welcomes the ICCC’s report “Accelerated Electrification” and supports the Government’s response to its findings. More >>

Govt won't "die in a ditch" for 100% renewable target

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 4:00 pm | BusinessDesk

July 16 (BusinessDesk) - Energy Minister Megan Woods says the government “won’t die in a ditch” if its goal of 100 percent renewable electricity generation isn't reached by 2035. More >>

Government response to Interim CCC Report

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 3:49 pm | Electricity Networks Association

The Electricity Networks Association (ENA) is welcoming the Government’s response to the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC) Report released today. Graeme Peters, chief executive of the ENA, said one of the key recommendations, endorsed by the ... More >>

Health boards past their use-by date

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 3:38 pm | Lincoln University

An article* published this month in the Journal of Health Organization and Management raises questions over the way health board members are elected and whether the boards are even needed. More >>

Kindergarten teachers to vote on proposed settlement

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 3:37 pm | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa's kindergarten teacher members will vote on a proposed settlement to their collective agreement after four days of negotiations with the Ministry of Education and kindergarten employers. More >>

Vector welcomes ICCC report, calls for ‘Ministry of Energy'

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 3:04 pm | Vector

Vector has today welcomed the ICCC’s report on Accelerated Electrification . Vector agrees that accelerating the electrification of transport and process heat will play a major role in reducing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Initiatives to ... More >>

Porirua should biff the “Lyle Lanley” Adventure Park

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 2:44 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Porirua City Council to cancel its underwriting of a proposed Canadian-led privately owned adventure park slated for public land after a similar project created a huge liability for Christchurch ... More >>

ICCC’S Work Highlights the Importance of Climate Commission

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 1:58 pm | Generation Zero

Youth climate change campaigners Generation Zero welcome the Interim Climate Change Committee’s (ICCC’s) reports: Accelerated Electrification and Action on agricultural emissions ; which were finally released by the Government today, almost three months ... More >>

Govt agriculture climate plan cautiously welcomed

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 1:53 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game New Zealand notes the announcement today that the Government and the intensive agriculture leadership have reached a ‘historic consensus’ and are exploring using a formal sector-government agreement instead of bringing agriculture ... More >>

Iwi leader to sue Govt over climate change

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 1:47 pm | Climate change Iwi Leaders Group

The Government is being sued for its failure to protect Māori from climate change, in a new High Court proceeding filed today. More >>

Committee calls for accelerated electrification

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 1:27 pm | Interim Climate Change Committee

The independent Interim Climate Change Committee’s report on Accelerated Electrification was released today by the Minister for Energy and Resources, Hon Dr Megan Woods. More >>

Time for action on reducing agricultural emissions

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 1:24 pm | Interim Climate Change Committee

The independent Interim Climate Change Committee’s report Action on agricultural emissions was released today by the Minister for Climate Change, Hon James Shaw and the Minister of Agriculture, Hon Damien O’Connor. More >>

Interim Climate Change Committee Statements

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 1:08 pm | Interim Climate Change Committee

Please find attached embargoed copies of two media statements from the Interim Climate Change Committee More >>

Govt at risk of capitulating to Dairy over climate pollution

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 1:03 pm | Greenpeace

Greenpeace Executive Director, Dr Russel Norman, has reacted with disbelief that the Government’s latest climate proposal includes an option for dairy to voluntarily deal with their emissions over the next six years. More >>

Piglets at the trough? Youth Parliament a waste of time

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

This week’s “Youth Parliament” is an expensive waste of time that promotes taxpayer-funded junketeering, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . “We shouldn’t be training kids on the joys of the trough,” says Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson ... More >>

VUWSA criticises Victoria University's ‘brand refresh'

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 11:23 am | VUWSA

VUWSA criticises the underhanded way in which the University is moving forward with the name change under the guise of a “brand refresh” More >>

Q+A: Minister Shane Jones interviewed by Jack Tame

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 8:29 am | TVNZ

Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones admitted on Q+A tonight that the state of New Zealand’s infrastructure planning is “dismal” and the government needs to get on with building “rather than writing more reports about it.” More >>

DairyNZ: Government’s methane target must change

Monday, 15 July 2019, 4:27 pm | DairyNZ

DairyNZ has released its submission on the Zero Carbon Bill and is calling on the Government to revise the methane target in the Bill to one that does not put at risk New Zealand’s world-leading dairy sector. Farm profit could go down by as much ... More >>

Peters to meet top US administration hawks in Washington

Monday, 15 July 2019, 3:30 pm | BusinessDesk

July 15 (BusinessDesk) - Foreign Minister Winston Peters will have bi-lateral meetings with two of US president Donald Trump's most hawkish defence and security advisers in a five day trip to Washington D.C. More >>

Zero Carbon Bill: an opportunity for political courage

Monday, 15 July 2019, 3:23 pm | Generation Zero

Youth climate change campaigners Generation Zero are calling for Members of Parliament to show political courage as the Zero Carbon Bill goes through the crucial Select Committee process. More >>

Migration remains high in 2018

Monday, 15 July 2019, 10:46 am | Statistics New Zealand

Annual net migration was provisionally estimated at 50,200 (± 800) in the year ended December 2018 compared with 52,600 in the previous year, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Submissions open for Review of Retirement Income Policies

Monday, 15 July 2019, 10:29 am | Commission for Financial Capability

New Zealanders have the opportunity to contribute to the government’s Review of Retirement Income Policies, including questions around Superannuation and KiwiSaver. Submissions are now open for the Review, being run by the Commission for Financial ... More >>




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