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Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Paoa agree to work together

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 11:34 am | Joint Press Release

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Paoa have reached an historic agreement to work together to establish and support each other’s lead interests in Tāmaki Makaurau and cease current litigation between them. More >>

More Voices for a Visitor Levy

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 10:37 am | Hammond Robertson

David Hammond and Lyn Cheyne, specialist Destination Management consultants, endorse Regional Tourism New Zealand’s call for a national discussion on tourism tax. Working with several New Zealand councils, both David and Lyn agree any advice provided from ... More >>

EDS calls for an independent inquiry into fisheries

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 10:05 am | Environmental Defence Society

In response to the release of the Future Catch report by the New Zealand Initiative earlier this week, EDS has called for a wide-ranging public inquiry into New Zealand’s fisheries management system. More >>

Canterbury Drinking Water Reference Group Responds to Report

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 9:29 am | Environment Canterbury

The Canterbury Drinking Water Reference Group welcomes the Government Inquiry’s Report of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry: Stage 2 and will examine the findings carefully to fully understand the outcomes and recommendations. The Canterbury ... More >>

Child Poverty Monitor 2017: Sustainable Improvements Needed

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 8:30 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The growth in child poverty has been halted and relevant indicators are dropping, says the Children’s Commissioner on release of the latest Child Poverty Monitor data. However, sustained progress is needed so that all children have the same opportunities ... More >>

Risk to public drinking water result of ‘quick buck’ policies

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 8:28 am | Choose Clean Water

In the wake of the latest report on the state of New Zealand’s drinking water, Labour, NZ First and the Greens have the opportunity to do what National never did; look after our people, say freshwater campaigners. More >>

Trending Downwards in Child Poverty Is Encouraging

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 8:19 am | Anton Blank

The latest Child Poverty Monitor, which will be launched in Auckland tomorrow, shows a slight decrease in the numbers of New Zealand children living in poverty. More >>

Decline in child poverty numbers prompts plea from KidsCan

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 8:19 am | KidsCan

KidsCan hopes the slight decline in child poverty rates in this year’s Child Poverty Monitor won’t stop Kiwis from keeping the significant issue of children living in hardship at the top of their minds. The just released 2017 Child Poverty Monitor ... More >>

New child poverty numbers should be viewed cautiously

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 8:17 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the new Child Poverty Monitor 2017 report shows some improvements in rates and number of children in material hardship, but the figures should be viewed with a degree of caution. More >>

A fresh start for climate change mitigation in New Zealand

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 4:56 pm | Robert McLachlan

The election of the sixth Labour-led government heralds a new direction for climate change policy in New Zealand. More >>

Graduate Women NZ Supports Paid Parental Leave Bill

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 4:48 pm | Graduate Women New Zealand

Graduate Women New Zealand [GWNZ] supports the 30 November 2017 passing of the Paid Parental Leave Bill. This Bill will bring paid parental leave up to 26 weeks by 1 July 2020. This will be done in two stages, with the first stage in effect from 1 ... More >>

Auckland rail workers to strike over safety concerns

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 3:53 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Auckland rail workers will go on strike this Friday after their employer, French owned multi-national Transdev, refused to back down on its proposal to introduce driver-only operation on the city’s passenger trains. More >>

IPWEA supports recommendations of Havelock Inquiry

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 3:35 pm | IPWEA

IPWEA NZ supports the recommendations of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry 6 December 2017. The Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry has raised significant issues about the way water supplies are managed and delivered in NZ. Safe potable ... More >>

Government just as much to blame for motorists’ pain

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the MBIE report released today that investigated surging fuel prices, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Economist, Joe Ascroft, said: More >>

Time to call Chorus to account over UFB contracting

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 11:39 am | E tu

E tū says Chorus must be called to account after revelations about the work practices at Frontier Communications - a subcontractor to Chorus UFB cabling contractor, Visionstream. More >>

Peter Dunne's Valedictory Address at Victoria University

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 11:23 am | Peter Dunne

Wednesday 6 December 2017 - I am extremely grateful to Victoria University for the opportunity to make this valedictory statement in this historic Chamber, on this occasion. More >>

Local Authority Statistics: September 2017 Quarter

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 11:00 am | Statistics New Zealand

This release provides the latest data on the performance of core non-trading activities of local authorities: More >>

Don't give to landfill this Christmas

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 10:11 am | The Packaging Forum

During the festive season, we kiwis generate 30% more waste. There is a 400% increase in waste in our favourite holiday destinations. More >>

Forgotten Communities Heard at Parliament

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 8:53 am | Salvation Army

The voices of people in some of New Zealand’s low income communities, who feel forgotten by Government, Councils and other people in their cities will be heard at Parliament today. More >>

Free Press - ACT’s Regular Bulletin

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 8:22 am | ACT New Zealand

Website statistics show that last week’s Free Press was the most widely read ever. You can still read it here. We blew the lid off the ‘sealed section’ of the Labour-New Zealand First coalition agreement, showing why they don’t want it revealed. It ... More >>

Hundreds of messages in bottles hit Beehive

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 6:47 pm | Kiwi Bottle Drive

Hundreds of messages in bottles hit beehive this morning in bid to curb plastic waste Community organisation The Kiwi Bottle Drive and supporters gathered on the steps of parliament this morning to deliver hundreds of messages in bottles, calling ... More >>

Free industry training will promote trades

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 6:41 pm | E Tu

The Government’s policy of a year’s free tertiary education for eligible students will benefit workers and business alike, says E tū. More >>

Corrections celebrates International Volunteer Day

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 4:15 pm | Department Of Corrections

Corrections is thanking more than 1,700 volunteers who give their time to help prisoners and offenders turn their lives around for International Volunteer Day. More >>

Ombudsman releases follow-up prison inspection reports

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 2:47 pm | Office of the Ombudsmen

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier today released follow-up inspection reports of Arohata, Manawatu and Rolleston Prisons, noting that more than half the original recommendations had been fully or partly achieved. More >>

Culture and capitalism – what’s going on?

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 2:44 pm | Massey University

Cultural Studies experts are gathering in Wellington to share ideas at a conference about capitalism’s impact on contemporary life and forms of expression. Addressing everything from skateboarding, surfing and reality TV to the marketing of real estate, ... More >>

Auditor-General's report

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 2:19 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s report Getting the right information to effectively manage public assets: Lessons from local authorities was presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

DOC appalled at latest 1080 threats to staff

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 1:57 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) confirms that it has asked New Zealand Police to investigate after receiving a second threatening letter from an anti-1080 protestor in Taranaki. More >>

Home Invasion needs Harsher Sentences - Heke

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 1:17 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

A man welding a crow bar forced his way into a Tokoroa couple’s home in the early hours of Sunday morning, committing a cowardly unprovoked attack with a crowbar. This is the home they have lived in for over 50 years! Heke says ““How can this ... More >>

Greenpeace Launches Legal Challenge Against Amazon Warrior

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 12:33 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Tuesday, December 5: A legal challenge against the world’s largest seismic oil exploration ship will be launched at a public rally today on Parliament Lawn. More >>

Our Seas Our Future Welcomes Govt Decision on Microbeads

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 11:57 am | Our Seas Our Future

The decision yesterday by the New Zealand Government to ban the sale and manufacturing of plastic microbeads has been welcomed by the non-profit marine conservation organisation Our Seas Our Future (OSOF). More >>

Greenpeace Calls Out Shane Jones on Irrigation

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 10:53 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Tuesday 5th Dec, Greenpeace is calling out the new labour-led government for muddying the waters on its promise to end state funding of irrigation and clean up rivers. More >>

Wintec CEO using public money to hide from media

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 10:37 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

In response to reports that Wintec CEO, Mark Flowers, spent $175,000 hiring lawyers to protect him from media questioning, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers' Union said: More >>

NZ Government Financial Statements for 4 Months (ended Oct)

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 10:34 am | New Zealand Treasury

Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the four months ended 31 October 2017 More >>

Instagram acts to stop animal cruelty

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 9:14 am | Instagram

Today, Instagram is taking action to inform its users about the cruelty of taking selfies with wild animals, following an investigation by international NGO, World Animal Protection. More >>

Ngāti Paoa Hopes Korero Will Resolve Settlement Issues

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 8:13 am | Ngati Paoa Trust

Ngāti Paoa hopes un-resolved issues with its claims settlement with the Crown can be resolved outside of the court room. More >>

Kauri Dieback in the Waitakeres a National Problem

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 8:07 am | Forest And Bird

4th December 2017 - Auckland Councillors have the opportunity on Tuesday to vote to save the region’s kauri forests, the Council should not have to do this alone and needs more support from central government, says Forest & Bird. More >>

New Maniapoto negotiator appointed

Monday, 4 December 2017, 4:47 pm | Maniapoto Maori Trust Board

Maniapoto, e te Iwi, a new negotiator has been appointed to join the settlement team for our Treaty of Waitangi claims. More >>

Commissioner thanks Director-General of Health for service

Monday, 4 December 2017, 4:38 pm | State Services Commission

Commissioner thanks Director-General of Health for public service State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes today thanked the Director-General of Health Chai Chuah for his public service. Mr Chuah has been the Director-General of Health since November ... More >>

Director-General of Health decides to finish term early

Monday, 4 December 2017, 4:34 pm | Ministry of Health

The Director-General of Health Chai Chuah has decided today to conclude his term early. More >>

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to consider going to Supreme Court

Monday, 4 December 2017, 3:17 pm | Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust

4 December 2017 Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to consider going to Supreme Court More >>

Homeless can feel unsafe too

Monday, 4 December 2017, 2:47 pm | Lifewise

The 2016/17 Police Citizen Satisfaction Survey shows a decrease in people's sense of public safety at night in cities, town centres, and local neighbourhoods, which some have linked to increased homelessness in the Auckland city centre. Lifewise, ... More >>

Pasifika and Maori Betrayed yet Again by Labour

Monday, 4 December 2017, 2:46 pm | Conservative Party

As we come to the end of the year, many students are looking forward to the holidays with friends and family, secure in the knowledge that they will have a school to come back to next year. More >>

Focus on NZ brands needed in face of trade uncertainty

Monday, 4 December 2017, 2:13 pm | Lincoln University

Uncertainty over Brexit means New Zealand needs to urgently focus on developing brands and differentiating our agricultural exports. More >>

MP Golden Handshakes a bigger issue than (de)Barclay

Monday, 4 December 2017, 12:45 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“What other fixed term job do you walk away with a $40,000 golden handshake?” asks the Taxpayers’ Union, responding to the media reports of Todd Barclay going on holiday with an entitlement of $3,000 per week until 23 December. More >>

Work-for-the-Dole Will Fail to Address Unemployment

Monday, 4 December 2017, 11:56 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Work-for-the-dole schemes will not lead to training and upskilling of youth, they will instead instill in our young people the idea that low wages and exploitation is all they are worth. More >>

Six steps needed to make climate refugee visas work

Monday, 4 December 2017, 9:49 am | Nina Hall

Six things New Zealand's new government needs to do to make climate refugee visas work More >>

Q+A: Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones

Sunday, 3 December 2017, 12:30 pm | TVNZ

‘There will be no more sitting on the couch’ – Shane Jones on his work-for-the-dole scheme. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones told TVNZ 1’s Q+A programme that he wants to announce four projects before Christmas aimed at getting young people ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Phil Goff

Saturday, 2 December 2017, 12:31 pm | The Nation

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says ratepayers will not pay a hosting fee for the Americas Cup regatta. But he says there is infrastructure needed for the Cup and some projects that are going to happen anyway could be brought forward. More >>

Insanity Acquittals Continue to Rise

Saturday, 2 December 2017, 12:15 pm | Graeme Moyle

Killer Simon Frank has joined the ranks of those acquitted of murder by reason of insanity, a group of offenders that are steadily on the rise. More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Andrew Little

Saturday, 2 December 2017, 11:57 am | The Nation

Justice Minister Andrew Little says the government needs to look at the way bail laws are being applied. He says there are too many people in jail that needn’t be there, and inconsistency in judges’ rulings may be a reason. More >>

The End of Life Choice bill a Poison Chalice

Friday, 1 December 2017, 9:41 pm | Right To Life

David Seymour MP leader of ACT, is endeavouring to entice Members of Parliament to support his highly contentious End of Life Choice bill that may have its first reading before Christmas. Last week, the Victorian Lower House passed the controversial and ... More >>

New Farmland Restrictions on Foreign Buyers Welcome

Friday, 1 December 2017, 9:12 pm | CAFCA

New Farmland Restrictions on Foreign Buyers Welcome First Step CAFCA Urges Government To Go Much Further & Faster The Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) is very pleased that the Government announced that, as of December 2017, ... More >>

True Collaboration: Partnerships for the future of housing

Friday, 1 December 2017, 9:09 pm | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa welcomes Minister for Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford’s call to sit down with the community housing sector and agree a multi-year plan for how we can work together to grow the sector in a way that is both ambitious ... More >>

Decline in motorcycle deaths in 2017

Friday, 1 December 2017, 4:33 pm | Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council

December marks the official start of summer. With the longer days and the warmer weather, also comes 50% more motorcycles on New Zealand roads. More >>

Accessible Properties - keen to work with Government

Friday, 1 December 2017, 4:27 pm | Accessible Properties

1 December 2017 Accessible Properties welcomes the news that the Government is keen to work closely with Community Housing Providers to do more. More >>

PSA welcomes Waikato DHB probe

Friday, 1 December 2017, 3:10 pm | PSA

The Auditor-General’s inquiry into Waikato District Health Board’s spending on SmartHealth is a welcome development, the PSA says. More >>

Public consultation on the Property (Relationships) Act 1976

Friday, 1 December 2017, 3:03 pm | Law Commission

We are almost half way through our public consultation period on the Property (Relationships) Act. We have met many interesting and interested people who have helpfully shared their views. This consultation is an invaluable source of information for us and ... More >>

Time to make world-leading family group conferences reality

Friday, 1 December 2017, 1:38 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Time to make world-leading family group conferences a reality: Children’s Commissioner The Children’s Commissioner has called for significant change and improvement in the way Family Group Conferences (FGCs) are prepared for and conducted for both care ... More >>

Auditor-General asked to look into Waikato DHB investment

Friday, 1 December 2017, 12:15 pm | State Services Commission

Auditor-General asked to look into Waikato DHB investment The State Services Commissioner has formally requested that the Auditor-General conduct an inquiry into the Waikato District Health Board’s SmartHealth product and the procurement process from HealthTap. ... More >>

Robertson Says Govt Will Cancel Tax Cuts to Fund Policies

Friday, 1 December 2017, 11:24 am | BusinessDesk

Dec. 1 (BusinessDesk) - The government will cancel the previous administration's tax cuts, slow debt repayment and weed out low-priority spending to fund its policies, with the details to be set out in the Dec. 14 Budget update, says Finance Minister ... More >>




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