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OECD report recommends commercial water charges

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 12:44 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says the OECD’s report on New Zealand's environmental performance makes clear that the Government must act to protect the country's water, native species, and climate, and stop favouring short-term private interests over environmental health. More >>

Newshub Political Poll to Be Released Today

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 12:39 pm | Mediaworks NZ Ltd

The results of its first Newshub-Reid Research poll of the year will be released from midday today - marking six months to go until the Election. More >>

Defence Force Skills in Demand for United Nations Training

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) experience and skills have again been sought out to help train future United Nations peacekeepers. More >>

Environmental pressures rising in New Zealand, says OECD

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 12:13 pm | OECD

New Zealanders enjoy a high environmental quality of life and access to pristine wilderness. However, New Zealand’s growth model, based largely on exploiting natural resources, is starting to show its environmental limits with increasing greenhouse ... More >>

NZ business welcomes cross-party climate change report

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 12:08 pm | BusinessNZ

A new cross-party report setting out scenarios for a zero net emissions New Zealand paves the way for the first public discussion on how New Zealand can meet its Paris commitments, say BusinessNZ and the Sustainable Business Council. More >>

E tū urges change to tax on redundancy pay

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 11:36 am | E tu

E tū says if the government wants to help the Cadbury workers who have lost their jobs, they should abolish tax on redundancy pay. More >>

Protest Demonstration Against Fluoride Bill

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 11:35 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

People opposed to fluoridation will hold a demonstration outside Parliament on Wednesday 22nd March, starting at 1pm, after the oral presentations to the Health Select Committee. The Select Committee received over 1,200 written submissions, of which over 90% were ... More >>

100 years after the February Revolution - Forum Thu 7pm

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 11:25 am | Socialist Aotearoa

In 1917, Russia was a vast empire covering much of modern-day Poland in the west, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the south, and Kazakhstan and Siberia in the east. It had been ruled for centuries by an autocratic monarchy that gave little space to any ... More >>

Race Relations Day 2017: Stand up for each other

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 11:08 am | Human Rights Commission

This year for Race Relations Day the Human Rights Commission has urged New Zealanders to stand up for one another and to stand up for what we believe in. More >>

EDS commends OECD Environmental Performance Review

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 10:32 am | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society has lauded the OECD's Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand 2017, which was released earlier today. More >>

Free Press: ACT’s regular bulletin

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 10:27 am | ACT New Zealand

RMA Schemozzle Continues The Resource Management Legislation has hit the wall, with the Māori Party severely overplaying their hand. More >>

Sleeping rough to end homelessness

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 10:19 am | Lifewise

The annual Lifewise Big Sleepout is taking place on Thursday 6th July 2017. Social development agency Lifewise wants business and community leaders to sign up and take part in the event which will see them experience life on the streets and raise critical ... More >>

Oranga Tamariki Bill doesn’t do enough for our people

Monday, 20 March 2017, 5:20 pm | Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi

Ngāpuhi says Oranga Tamariki Bill doesn’t do enough for our people Today, the voices of Ngāpuhi tamariki and whānau were heard in the corridors of parliament, as Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi (the Rūnanga) presented their position to the Social ... More >>

“Bioenergy Burns Forests”

Monday, 20 March 2017, 2:50 pm | Global Forest Coalition

March 20, 2017: The UNFAO’s [1] “Forests and Energy” theme for this year’s International Day of Forests on March 21 [2] misleadingly promotes bioenergy from burning wood from forests as well as from monoculture tree plantations as “sustainable” ... More >>

Eyes set on a Vegan Aotearoa/New Zealand

Monday, 20 March 2017, 1:45 pm | A Vegan Future Hui

Thirty vegan advocates and animal rights activists, many of them leading figures in the movement, converged on Wellington over the weekend. The long anticipated event was entitled the ‘A Vegan Future’ Hui, and delegates from various groups and ... More >>

Time to Stop Pussyfooting Around with Youth Crime!

Monday, 20 March 2017, 1:37 pm | Conservative Party

What incentive is there for youth to not commit a crime? In New Zealand, there is next to none. More >>

Miracle water poses biosecurity risk

Monday, 20 March 2017, 12:39 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries is asking travellers from Fiji to stop bringing “miracle water” into New Zealand if they want to avoid a stiff fine or treatment costs. More >>

Experts discuss improving governance for a better future

Monday, 20 March 2017, 12:20 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies is bringing together a range of experts for a one-day symposium at Parliament, to discuss how societies can exercise good governance not merely for today, but for ... More >>

Crayfish survey defies Ministry spin

Monday, 20 March 2017, 11:59 am | LegaSea

A landmark survey of people who pot and dive for crayfish on the northeast coast between Pakiri and East Cape defies Ministry for Primary Industries’ assurances that the fishery is doing well. More than three quarters (78.6%) of the 822 survey ... More >>

Reality Check Needed for Public Service Reoffending Target

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:49 am | Kim Workman

“Government’s review of the Better Public Service Goals (1) is an opportunity to come up with a ‘reducing reoffending’ target that is both evidence-based and realistic” says Dr Kim Workman, Adjunct Research Associate, with the Institute ... More >>

Time for the Minister of Education to stop dodging

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:41 am | Public Service Association

Eternally embattled Minister of Education Hekia Parata must step up, front up and stop dodging questions regarding the future of Salisbury School, says the PSA. More >>

Groups ready to disrupt oil summit in New Plymouth

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:38 am | The People's Climate Rally

People from all over Aotearoa are gathering in Taranaki from Tuesday to begin The People’s Climate Rally, which aims to blockade the NZ Petroleum Conference at the TSB Showplace. More >>

Whanganui River becomes a ‘person’

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:31 am | Hobson's Pledge

If there was ever a moment when you thought New Zealand had drifted into the twilight zone, that moment could be when a Minister of the Crown with a straight face said that the Whanganui River had become a person. More >>

Countdown encourages customers to give generously

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:27 am | Countdown Supermarket

20 March 2017: For the next two weeks (Monday 20 March until Sunday 5 April) Countdown is offering a range of cheaper sanitary products at $4 each, and encouraging customers to donate a pack to The Salvation Army, either in-store or online via The Foodbank ... More >>

Iwi clauses a stab-in-the-back for non-iwi NZ

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:27 am | Hobson's Pledge

Hostility to the inclusion of mana whakahono a rohe/iwi participation clauses in the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill has prompted Environment Minister Nick Smith to issue a memo to advise caucus how to respond to criticism. More >>

Ngàti Hikairo youth to suggest 'Hikairo dividend'

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:12 am | Ngati Hikairo

Te Putahitanga Rangatahi o Ngáti Hikairo will float a proposal Monday for Ngati Maniapoto and Waikato iwi to provide its share of fisheries payouts. More >>

Australian retail giant treating Kiwis unfairly

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:11 am | SAFE

SAFE is accusing Australian corporation Woolworths Group of double standards for refusing to phase out all cage eggs at their New Zealand Countdown stores, whilst already having committed to phasing out cage eggs in their Australian supermarkets. ... More >>

Human Rights Commission urges Kiwis to stand up

Sunday, 19 March 2017, 8:28 pm | Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commission urges Kiwis to stand up for each other – Race Relations Day 2017 The Human Rights Commission has paid tribute to a Kiwi businesswoman who has gone public on the eve of Race Relations Day 2017 after online trolls said “Asians” ... More >>

Fight for rural health a key election issue

Sunday, 19 March 2017, 12:25 pm | Make Lemonade

Fight for rural health a key election issue March 19, 2017 New Zealand is potentially at risk of damaging its economy, unless the government does not act on improving rural health services, a national rural leader says. Michelle Thompson, chief executive ... More >>

Q+A: Mark Mitchell interviewed by Jessica Mutch

Sunday, 19 March 2017, 12:11 pm | TVNZ

LINZ Minister: We are closely monitoring foreign land sales Minister for Land Information NZ, Mark Mitchell, says the process of foreign owners buying New Zealand land is robust and investors have to show how they can benefit our country. “I don’t ... More >>

Q+A: Sir Lockwood Smith interviewed by Emma Keeling

Sunday, 19 March 2017, 12:07 pm | TVNZ

Outgoing HC urges Kiwi farmers to work with British counterparts Sir Lockwood Smith said on Q+A this morning that Kiwi farmers should not worry about a free trade deal with Britain. The 68-year-old has been in London for three years and will shortly ... More >>

How New Zealand pushed a trophy resolution

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 8:57 pm | Shalom.Kiwi

How New Zealand pushed a trophy resolution through and scored an own goal Since the passing of anti-Israel UN Resolution 2334 on Christmas Eve last year, co-sponsored by New Zealand, there have been questions about what kind of mandate the Foreign ... More >>

Prime Minster to attend ASB Polyfest this morning

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 2:49 pm | ASB Polyfest

New Zealand Prime Minster Bill English will attend the ASB Polyfest at the Manukau Sports Bowl from 11am – 1pm today. More >>

Oranga Tamariki Bill Discussions Positive

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 2:47 pm | Whanau Ora Iwi Leaders Group

Oranga Tamariki Bill Discussions Positive • Whanau Ora Iwi Leaders Group Consultation with Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has eased concerns held by the Whanau Ora Iwi Leaders Group over aspects of the proposed Children, Young Persons, and Their ... More >>

The Nation: The Generation Debate

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 2:42 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: The Generation Debate Lisa Owen: The recent debate of superannuation and rising house prices is fuelling a generation war. Millennials say they’re being shut out of the Kiwi dream of home ownership and baby boomers are to blame. Boomers ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Jonathan Boston

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 2:37 pm | The Nation

Headlines: Calls for a four year fixed parliamentary term, and for no early elections unless in extreme circumstances Wants a parliamentary select committee to look at long-term policy making, to incentivise the government to consider creeping issues ... More >>

Prison literacy and numeracy programme getting results

Friday, 17 March 2017, 4:48 pm | Department Of Corrections

A programme designed to lift prisoner literacy and numeracy rates is achieving promising results. Six prisoners at Rimutaka Prison today were presented with certificates for completing the Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Everyday Skills programme, delivered ... More >>

Police support Wellington Pride Parade

Friday, 17 March 2017, 4:05 pm | New Zealand Police

Tomorrow’s Wellington Pride Parade will be attended by a contingent of off-duty Police staff supporting the event. More >>

Animal advocates say, “It’s time to talk Vegan.”

Friday, 17 March 2017, 3:33 pm | A Vegan Future Hui

Subject: Animal advocates say, “It’s time to talk Rights. It’s time to talk Vegan.” More >>

Thriving Families reinforces CPAG campaign

Friday, 17 March 2017, 1:17 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the "Thriving Families" policy of The Opportunities Party (TOP) announced on Tuesday recognises New Zealand desperately needs a fundamental re-envisioning of the welfare and income redistribution systems. More >>

Sensible Sentencing Trust warned over suppression breach

Friday, 17 March 2017, 11:01 am | Crown Law

A Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) press release published after a recent high-profile case breached suppression orders made by the High Court. Although the Solicitor-General concluded that a prosecution for contempt of court was not warranted, she warned ... More >>

Playing loan sharks at their own game

Friday, 17 March 2017, 10:13 am | Commission for Financial Capability

The Commission for Financial Capability has unveiled an unusual tactic after hearing stories from young people about being fleeced by loan sharks and the impact this has had on their lives and their futures. Some didn’t know their rights; others ... More >>

Petition to abolish Auckland Council’s Maori Statutory Board

Friday, 17 March 2017, 10:03 am | David Rankin

An online petition calling for the abolition of Auckland Council’s Maori Statutory Board has been launched by Ngapuhi leader and Auckland property developer David Rankin, who has been heavily critical of the group of unelected Maori. The petition’s statement ... More >>

Rejection of Crown’s proposed Vulnerable Children Legislation

Friday, 17 March 2017, 9:30 am | Ngati Raukawa

At a gathering today of forty people at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Ōtaki, eight Māori organisations presented strong concerns about the proposed amendments to the Oranga Tamariki Bill to Minister for Children, Hon. Anne Tolley. More >>

“Hairpiece” Human Rights Ludicrous

Friday, 17 March 2017, 9:26 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Sensible Sentencing (SST) is astounded and appalled by the ruling by High Court Judge Edwin Wylie that denying paedophile and murderer – and prison escaper – Philip John Smith the ‘right’ to wear his hairpiece breaches Smith’s right to “freedom ... More >>

E tū disappointed with Cadbury closure

Friday, 17 March 2017, 9:18 am | E tu

E tū says it is extremely disappointed though not surprised by Mondelez International’s decision to close the Dunedin Cadbury factory. More >>

Maori Party Must Protect Future of GE-free Regions

Friday, 17 March 2017, 9:05 am | GE Free NZ

The second reading of the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill passed with the conditional support of the Maori Party. More >>

The Great Kiwi Poll Results

Friday, 17 March 2017, 8:43 am | Conservative Party

A new political poll carried out by the Conservative Party finds Labour's new deputy Jacinda Ardern could potentially carry Labour to victory if she took over from Andrew Little as leader. More >>

Collins' Comments: 16 March 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017, 8:26 am | Judith Collins

Last week was tough throughout Auckland and particularly in the South East, with many people reeling as a result of terrible flooding. I want to pass on my deepest sympathies to everyone who has been affected by it. More >>

Action and Collaboration are Critical for the Future

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 4:54 pm | Social Enterprise Auckland

Concerns have been raised about the future of New Zealand’s not-for-profit sector following a report from JBWere that reveals how many organisations are operating in the area. Traditional not-for-profits demand heavy support from their donors in ... More >>

Select Committee Says No Defective Repair Inquiry Warranted

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 4:14 pm | Duncan Webb

The Finance and Expenditure Select Committee has rejected the Petition of activist and Christchurch Central Labour Candidate Duncan Webb and 3054 others seeking an inquiry into defective EQC repairs on the basis that the majority of the Committee ... More >>

Nurses’ trademark resilience can only last so long

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 4:00 pm | NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s fifth biennial employment survey of its nurse membership reveals a steady decline of overall morale with specific concern about safe staffing levels, workload and pay. In addition there is an increasing ... More >>

Weak GDP growth not helping working people

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 3:09 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“The weak growth in economic activity, coupled with more people not in work, in the three months to December, have a significantly negative impact on the incomes of working people,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “The growth in spending ... More >>

Leaders ignore calls for fairer trade deals

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 2:10 pm | AFTINET

Representatives from all TPP countries except the US missed an opportunity to strive for fairer trade deals when they praised the dead TPP in a statement following a meeting today in Viña del Mar, Chile. The meeting was held on the sidelines of a ... More >>

Tribute to Heartland New Zealand and Murray Ball

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 12:59 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Race Relations Commissioner has paid tribute to New Zealanders who are behind a series of events in provincial and urban communities to celebrate Race Relations Day throughout the month of March. More >>

Doctors and families embrace free Dr visits for under-13s

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 12:34 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that significantly reducing the number of hospital admissions for preventable illness among children should be a national goal. More >>

NZ's National Statement supports workplace gender equality

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 12:30 pm | Ministry for Women

The increasing appetite for achieving gender equality in the workforce was the key theme of New Zealand’s National Statement at the Sixty-First Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61) delivered today in New York. More >>

Call to halt the current data collection process

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 12:03 pm | Comvoices

ComVoices, a network of national social service providers, has today written to the Prime Minister and the Social Development Minister calling on them to halt the current process which will see all MSD-contracted providers required to share personal client ... More >>

Gov should defer collecting personal data for social services

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 10:44 am | COMVOICES

ComVoices welcomes the announcement today that the sexual violence service providers have been exempted from providing MSD with identifiable data on clients for a year. More >>

Confusion but food for thought in Charities Report

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 10:06 am | Social Equity and Wellbeing Network - SEWN

“Confusion over figures and sectors should not obscure some useful insights contained in the recently-released JBWere report The New Zealand Cause Report: Shape of the Charity Sector ”, says Social Equity and Wellbeing Network (SEWN) Kaituiora, Sharon ... More >>

 

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