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Scare-mongering Whanganui Chronicle opinion piece

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 10:11 am | Hapai Te Hauora

Community members and the smoke-free sector are calling into question a Whanganui Chronicle opinion piece for giving a misleading and misguided stance on vaping. More >>

Q+A: Minister Tracey Martin interviewed by Corin Dann

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 9:58 am | TVNZ

Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin has deferred a bill that would make it easier for people to self-identify their gender. She told Q+A tonight, there was no pressure from her New Zealand First colleagues to put the bill on hold. More >>

Make PGF "a risk worth taking" - new research

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 9:39 am | Maxim Institute

One year into the $3B Provincial Growth Fund, Maxim Institute’s new analysis shows that it needs a significant course correction in order to make sure the money is well spent and can actually make a lasting positive difference. Maxim CEO Alex Penk ... More >>

The Lifewise Big Sleepout is back

Monday, 25 February 2019, 8:47 pm | Big Sleepout

The 2019 Lifewise Big Sleepout will take place on New Zealand’s iconic Eden Park, on one of the coldest, longest nights of winter – Thursday 20th June, 2019. The event will see businesses, entrepreneurs and community leaders coming together to ... More >>

Healthy Home Standards means better houses for vulnerable

Monday, 25 February 2019, 5:20 pm | NZ Council of Christian Social Services

Healthy Homes Standards will mean better houses for the most vulnerable More >>

Sex Offender walks free after 4 years of 11 year sentence

Monday, 25 February 2019, 4:47 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

"No one with a conviction for serious violent offending such as this should be released until they can guarantee the offender is no longer a risk, and then they should not release them until the offender’s sentence is completed – full-stop" More >>

Tax Working Group should not venture into retirement policy

Monday, 25 February 2019, 4:33 pm | Retirement Policy and Research Centre

The Retirement Policy and Research Centre (RPRC) cautions against tinkering with retirement savings policies to solve problems of introducing a comprehensive capital gains tax (CGT). “Retirement incomes policies are complex and should be reviewed ... More >>

OCS/DHB service workers’ strikes cancelled

Monday, 25 February 2019, 2:17 pm | E tu

The strikes scheduled for tomorrow by OCS contracted service workers at Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa DHBs have been cancelled. More >>

‘Automating Inequality’ author to visit NZ in March

Monday, 25 February 2019, 2:08 pm | Tohatoha

‘Automating Inequality’ author set to speak in Auckland and Wellington on the impact of technology, data and algorithms on the poor and working-class More >>

Race Relations Day 2019 activities

Monday, 25 February 2019, 1:58 pm | Multicultural New Zealand

Our people, our cultures, our languages - O tātou iwi, ō tātou ahurea, ō tātou reo Race Relations Day, 21 March 2019: Te Rā Whanaungatanga More >>

Fuel taxes increase must be ruled out by Simon Bridges

Monday, 25 February 2019, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

FEBRUARY 25 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Plans by the Blue-Greens to campaign on more electric vehicle subsidies and higher fuel taxes need to be vetoed by the National Party leadership, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

Westpac not smarter than IMF:CGT will worsen affordability

Monday, 25 February 2019, 1:51 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

In contrast to the claims by Westpac’s Chief Economist, the World Bank is right: capital gains taxes that exclude the family-home will encourage gold-plating of the housing market and drive up property prices, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

New Rental Home Standards Good News, But a Long Wait Away

Monday, 25 February 2019, 1:48 pm | Manawatu Tenants' Union

The Manawatu Tenants’ Union welcomes the Government’s release of Healthy Homes Standards, but warns that it will be a long wait for many tenants until the standards are applied. More >>

The government must regulate e-scooters

Monday, 25 February 2019, 1:35 pm | Dog And Lemon guide

The government needs to urgently regulate the introduction of new technology such as e-scooters, says the car review website . More >>

National's Environment Discussion Document

Monday, 25 February 2019, 12:22 pm | Maori Climate Commissioner

Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, says the latest Environment Discussion Document by National misses the enormity and threat of climate change. More >>

Aged Care Commissioner

Monday, 25 February 2019, 12:16 pm | Grey Power New Zealand

Grey Power has welcomed the support of media commentator Mark Sainsbury for Grey Power’s long running campaign to have an Aged Care Commissioner appointed. More >>

Judgment: R v Refugee and Protection Officer

Monday, 25 February 2019, 11:25 am | NZ Supreme Court


Healthy Homes Standards welcomed

Monday, 25 February 2019, 11:11 am | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) supports the recently released Healthy Homes Standards. More >>

Minority view on extending taxation of capital gains [21/2]

Monday, 25 February 2019, 10:44 am | BusinessNZ

Three of the eleven members of the Tax Working Group do not favour the Group’s recommendations on capital gains tax. More >>

U.S. Sale of War Planes to NZ Faces Popular Resistance

Monday, 25 February 2019, 9:55 am | David Swanson

The U.S. State Department uses public funds and public employees to market private products designed for mass killing to foreign governments. Few corporations have benefitted more from this socialism for the oligarchs than Boeing. In one recent ... More >>

Strike at Fuji Xerox

Monday, 25 February 2019, 8:50 am | E tu

E tū members at Fuji Xerox offices around the country will take strike action today (Monday, 25 February) in support of a decent pay offer. More >>

Fuji Xerox NZ disappointed by union’s conduct

Monday, 25 February 2019, 8:48 am | Fuji Xerox

Auckland, New Zealand, 25 February 2019 – Fuji Xerox New Zealand has today expressed disappointment at the decision taken by a union representing 45 of its engineering staff to go on strike during the middle of ongoing collective agreement negotiations. More >>

Fake news is no solution to Metlink driver shortage

Monday, 25 February 2019, 8:44 am | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Wellington train drivers say they are quitting their jobs due to low morale and company mismanagement. More >>

Swift Action by Ngāti Paoa Leadership

Monday, 25 February 2019, 8:39 am | Ngati Paoa Trust

The Ngāti Paoa Trust Board has moved swiftly to remove Morehu Wilson as their Negotiator. More >>

Anglers Sceptical about National’s "Blue Green” Policy

Monday, 25 February 2019, 8:36 am | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

A New Zealand trout and rivers advocacy is sceptical the National Party’s recently released Blue-Green environmental and conservation charter. More >>

National’s Environmental Policy Lacks Any Credibility

Sunday, 24 February 2019, 3:07 pm | Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations

The National Party’s “Blue-Green” environmental policy document lacks integrity and credibility says an outdoor recreation council. More >>

Government Rental Homes Standards: Green Building Council

Sunday, 24 February 2019, 2:10 pm | Green Building Council

New Government Rental Homes Standards | Green Building Council response 24 February 2019 New Government Rental Homes Standards | Green Building Council response Responding to today’s government announcement about the healthy homes standards, intended ... More >>

Bad time for costly rental property standards

Sunday, 24 February 2019, 1:59 pm | Stop the War on Tenancies

A housing shortage is the wrong time to whack rental property owners with thousands of dollars of additional compliance requirements, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. More >>

Warm dry rentals are good

Sunday, 24 February 2019, 1:57 pm | NZ Property Investors Federation

The NZ Property Investors Federation is supportive of quality standards in rental properties, fully supporting the Minimum Standards legislation of 2016. However, tenants ultimately pay for these improvements so they need to be cost effective. More >>

China retaliates over New Zealand government’s Huawei ban

Saturday, 23 February 2019, 12:46 pm | Socialist Equality Group

The Chinese government last week initiated an apparent series of retaliatory measures against the New Zealand Labour Party government’s move to ban the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from supplying hardware for a new generation 5G mobile technology upgrade. More >>

Whakatōhea Trust acknowledges Minister’s approach

Friday, 22 February 2019, 7:14 pm | Whakatohea Pre-settlement Trust

Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust (the Trust) is pleased with the statement today from the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon Andrew Little, to engage with the Trust around important issues that emerged from the Whakatōhea voting ... More >>

In response to three more Hector’s Dolphin deaths

Friday, 22 February 2019, 3:45 pm | World Animal Protection

Global animal welfare organisation World Animal Protection, is calling for a moratorium on trawl and set net fishing in Māui and Hector’s dolphin habitat after a spate of dolphin deaths, continued this week with three more Hector’s killed near Banks ... More >>

Press release on the TWG final report

Friday, 22 February 2019, 3:35 pm | Closing The Gap

Income Equality Aotearoa Inc—“Closing the Gap”-- is pleased with the Tax Working Group final report but it does not go far enough says Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the group. More >>

CGT a lost opportunity to explore solutions to inequality

Friday, 22 February 2019, 2:54 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Tax Working Group’s (TWG) final report and acknowledges the huge amount of time, effort and expertise involved in developing a comprehensive Capital Gains Tax (CGT). More >>

New law represents a historic milestone for social workers

Friday, 22 February 2019, 1:07 pm | Public Service Association

The passing of the Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill is being greeted as an historic milestone for the profession of social work by the Public Service Association (PSA). More >>

ANZASW on Social Work Registration Legislation Bill

Friday, 22 February 2019, 12:08 pm | ANZASW

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) recognises that an historic milestone for social work has been reached with the Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill passing Third Reading by a unanimous vote. Registration of social ... More >>

Holiday home sector at risk if CGT includes baches

Friday, 22 February 2019, 11:51 am | Bachcare

A capital gains tax that included the family bach could have a detrimental impact on the amount of accommodation available for domestic and international visitors, says holiday home management company Bachcare. More >>

Government seeks public views on charities legislation

Friday, 22 February 2019, 11:39 am | Department Of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs today launched the government’s public consultation on the Charities Act 2005. More >>

Prisoners with no toilets at Auckland Prison

Friday, 22 February 2019, 10:29 am | The Howard League for Penal Reform

The Howard League for Penal Reform has been alerted by a prisoner to a situation at Auckland Prison where prisoners, who are locked in the day room, have no access to toilet facilities. A prisoner from Auckland Prison has written to the Howard League ... More >>

Grey Power Press Release- Aged Care Commissioner

Friday, 22 February 2019, 10:24 am | Grey Power New Zealand

Grey Power has welcomed the support of media commentator Mark Sainsbury for Grey Power’s long running campaign to have an Aged Care Commissioner appointed. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Tax Working Group no more than Cullens stooges

Friday, 22 February 2019, 10:16 am | Peter Dunne

So, the details of Labour’s long-awaited capital gains tax have been revealed, and now the speculation begins as to how the government will go about implementing Sir Michael Cullen’s long-cherished dream. One thing that is near certain is that ... More >>

New water tax is needed

Friday, 22 February 2019, 9:50 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

The environmental impacts of business activities of water bottling in NZ are currently not being considered by “The Tax Working Party” group, as to the environmental impacts these foreign overseas companies are causing to our residential communities ... More >>

WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA Carbon Offset Initiative

Friday, 22 February 2019, 9:34 am | Warbirds Over Wanaka

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow has announced a new Carbon Offset initiative as part of its overall Sustainability Programme. Visitors to the next airshow at Easter 2020 will have the option of adding $1 to their ticket price to go toward ... More >>

SPCA Reveals Most Shocking Cases of Animal Abuse in NZ

Friday, 22 February 2019, 9:16 am | SPCA

Two elderly poodles, neglected to the point where they no longer looked like dogs, have topped this year’s SPCA List of Shame. More >>

Auditor-General right to investigate Maggie Barry allegation

Friday, 22 February 2019, 9:16 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the investigation into allegations that Maggie Barry used Parliamentary funding for political party purposes. “There is a clear line between the work of Parliamentary staff and those that hold private allegiance ... More >>

Civil Contractors welcome NZ Infrastructure Commission

Friday, 22 February 2019, 8:17 am | Civil Contractors NZ

Civil Contractors New Zealand welcomes a Government proposal to create Te Waihanga – The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission as the new Autonomous Crown Entity to deliver long term strategy and coordination of infrastructure planning. More >>

Oxfam’s reaction to the Tax Working Group’s final report

Friday, 22 February 2019, 8:16 am | Oxfam NZ

Responding to the release of the Tax Working Group’s final report, Oxfam New Zealand’s executive director Rachael Le Mesurier said: More >>

It’s not about a bus driver shortage

Friday, 22 February 2019, 8:03 am | First Union

“The government already knows the solution to the problem, they talked about it in opposition, it’s simple: scrap the PTOM tendering model that got us in this mess and implement Fair Pay Agreements to lift the standards back to where they should ... More >>

REINZ warns about lifestyle block family homes

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 9:54 pm | REINZ

If the proposals announced by the Tax Working Group proceed a significant number of lifestyle block owners in New Zealand may have to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on their family home after 1 April 2021 warns the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand ... More >>

New legislation recognises mana of social work profession

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 9:51 pm | Social Workers Registration Board

The new Social Workers Registration Act recognises the value and mana of the social work profession says Sarah Clark, Chief Executive for the Social Workers Registration Board: Kāhui Whakamana Tauwhiro (SWRB). More >>

Tax Working Group Final Report – 99 not out!

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 5:45 pm | KPMG

The Tax Working Group (TWG) has made 99 recommendations in its Final Report. The recommendations reflect the wide ranging and detailed nature of the TWG’s work. As we said with the Interim report, that work is good and valuable. More >>

Tax Recommendations - Response from Financial Advice NZ

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 4:14 pm | Financial Advice New Zealand

Tax Working Group Recommendations - Response from Financial Advice New Zealand More >>

Capital Gains Tax bare minimum to start reducing wealth gap

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 3:57 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Tax Working Group recommendations, which include a revenue-neutral Capital Gains Tax, are the absolute bare minimum changes the Government should introduce if it is serious about starting to reduce the gap between the rich and poor. Auckland Action ... More >>

Capital gains tax plan not geared for capital losses

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 3:48 pm | Stop the War on Tenancies

The fact that the Tax Working Group wants to ring-fence capital losses shows that they haven’t come to grips with how a proposed capital gains tax would work when assets are losing value, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. More >>

A new water tax would affect everyone

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 3:29 pm | Irrigation NZ

IrrigationNZ says a proposed nationwide water tax would affect all Kiwis, and there needs to be more discussion about how this would impact households, farmers and businesses. More >>

Tax review fails to heed calls for urgency on alcohol tax

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 3:12 pm | Alcohol Healthwatch

Alcohol Healthwatch warns a business as usual approach to alcohol harm in our country represents a lost opportunity to significantly improve the mental health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. Executive Director Dr Nicki Jackson says “with the increasing ... More >>

Tax Working Group Report: The Good, The Bad, the Predictable

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 3:07 pm | The Opportunities Party

Let’s start with the good stuff, and there is a bit of that, mainly around the environmental tax proposals. The Tax Working Group has acknowledged that the notion of a ‘circular economy’ has informed their recommendations. More >>

Environment and Water Pollution Tax Proposals Welcomed

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 2:34 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish and Game is welcoming recommendations for environment, pollution and water extraction taxes, saying New Zealanders want change now. More >>

Greenpeace supports environmental taxation

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 2:31 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Thursday, 21 February: Greenpeace is calling on the Government to accept recommendations made by the Tax Working Group about environmental taxation and the capital gains tax. More >>

TWG recommendations start of long process

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 2:29 pm | Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

The Tax Working Group today gave the Government a clear indication that a lot more work needs to be done in designing and implementing a Capital Gains Tax, said Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Tax Leader John Cuthbertson. More >>




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