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Justice for Pike a step closer

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 3:13 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions Justice for Pike a step closer Cross-party political agreement to establish an agency to take ownership of the Pike River mine has been reached today. The goal to recover human remains and evidence means that justice is a step ... More >>

SST calls for transparency in Youth Justice

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 3:12 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“The lack of transparency in the youth system has allowed a hard-core of youth offenders to maintain their anonymity and offend at will with many insiders denying a problem existed.” SST founder Garth McVicar today said: “By introducing the ... More >>

Calls for a Homes Accord to ensure all NZers well housed

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 3:07 pm | Community Housing Aotearoa

At the recent 2017 CHA Impact Conference members of the opening plenary panel each supported All New Zealanders well housed as a fundamental right. Yet there are a number of barriers, they say, to achieving this. Discussing all New Zealanders well ... More >>

Super Fund’s $950m fossil fuel divestment an “aha” moment

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 2:52 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Tuesday, August 15: Greenpeace is calling the New Zealand Superannuation Fund’s just-announced $950 million divestment from big polluters an “aha” moment for the country’s economy. More >>

Listen Up: A Youth Voice on Youth Offending

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 2:48 pm | The Maori Party

“This is why we, as Maori Party, need to be in parliament because our voice needs to be heard on youth offending, especially when it significantly affects our people.” Hohaia states following the National Party’s policy on boot camps for young offenders ... More >>

Super Fund divestment shows real climate leadership

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 2:31 pm | 350 Aotearoa

350 Aotearoa is calling the news of the NZ Superannuation Fund, “an outstanding example of people-power pushing organisational leadership for New Zealand on climate change”. Today The NZ Superannuation Fund announced that it will be moving NZ$950 ... More >>

A-G's report: Ministry of Social Development

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 2:12 pm | Controller and Auditor-General

Auditor-General’s report, Ministry of Social Development: Using a case management approach to service delivery – Progress in responding to the Auditor-General's recommendations More >>

Boot Camps Won’t Work, our Boot Farms Will

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 2:00 pm | Conservative Party

The Conservative Party applauds the National Party for seeking solutions that will address youth crime. We are in agreement that Youth Crime is a serious epidemic that needs to be addressed. More >>

Kiwis Count shows growing satisfaction with govt services

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 1:55 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Kiwis are giving government services a big thumbs up – including those that are able to be done online, such as renewing a passport, licensing a vehicle or registering a birth. More >>

Money week: Stop the stress of high interest debt

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 1:20 pm | Nga Tangata Microfinance Trust

Ngā Tangata Microfinance supports this year’s Money Week focus, which asks the question of a cross section of New Zealanders "what does debt do for you?" More >>

The future of New Zealand’s mobility

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 1:17 pm | Transport and Industrial Relations Committee

The Transport and Industrial Committee has presented its report to the House on its inquiry into the future of New Zealand’s mobility. The inquiry sought to investigate how changing transport technology and social and economic trends could enhance productivity ... More >>

Kiwis Count highlights satisfaction with public services

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 1:13 pm | State Services Commission

The State Services Commission has today published the latest Kiwis Count survey results and launched an interactive information portal where New Zealanders and government agencies can see how important public services are being received by the public. More >>

Freshwater reform opponents accused of ‘scaremongering’

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 1:11 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game has dismissed as “scaremongering” claims that imposing a royalty on commercial use of water will hurt the public. More >>

Pike Families ecstatic over historic political agreement

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 1:09 pm | Stand With Pike

Pike River families are over the moon with the signing of a cross-party political agreement for an agency to take ownership of Pike River mine and reclaim the drift to recover remains and evidence. More >>

No excuse for denying mental health workers equal pay

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 12:40 pm | Public Service Association

A leaked letter from the Ministry of Health to DHBs warning them not to extend equal pay to mental health support workers confirms that the Government is wilfully ignoring the current crisis in mental health, which the Public Service Association considers ... More >>

Prevent youth crime by ending poverty, says CPAG

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 12:33 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that the Government must focus its efforts on the causes of youth offending, as a bootcamp programme is an unwelcome and unhelpful ambulance at the bottom of the cliff . More >>

Setting the record straight on seabed mining decision

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 12:31 pm | Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

In the wake of the EPA’s decision to grant a marine licence to a company to dig up 50 million tonnes of the South Taranaki Bight seabed every year for 35 years, there have already been a number of factually inaccurate statements made by both ... More >>

Prevent youth crime by ending poverty, says CPAG

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 12:31 pm | CPAG

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that the Government must focus its efforts on the causes of youth offending, as a bootcamp programme is an unwelcome and unhelpful ambulance at the bottom of the cliff . More >>

Yes to Sallies – Labour will build more state houses

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Salvation Army’s latest report ‘Taking Stock’ shows why New Zealand needs a Labour-led Government committed to a massive house building programme, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Sound bites v policy

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 12:10 pm | ACT New Zealand

"Gresham's law is a monetary principle stating that "bad money drives out good". When the government debases the currency by say adding copper to gold, then all the pure gold coins disappear. More >>

Waitangi Tribunal Grants Urgent Hearing for Whakatōhea

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 11:41 am | Te Ringahuia Hata

Waitangi Tribunal Deputy Judge Savage has granted an urgent hearing to the applicants of Whakatōhea from Ngai Tamahaua, Ngāti Ira, Ngāti Patu, Ngāti Rua and claimants of whānau whose claims are part of the wider impacts of Raupatu within Whakatohea ... More >>

Heavy-handed orders to DHBs rejected by DHB member

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:46 am | Dave Macpherson

An elected member of the Waikato DHB has sharply criticised a Ministry of Health instruction to DHBs for them NOT to ensure pay equity increases are provided for mental health workers in their areas. More >>

Trans Tasman's Political Pulse - August 15, 2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:34 am | TransTasman

INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS - The Govt is full of cheer about electric vehicles, announcing on Saturday one in three cars in the 15,500-strong Govt will be electric by 2021. Its annual target of 4000 EV registrations in NZ was reached at the end of July and ... More >>

Better financial support for students is good all round

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:27 am | NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) is welcoming public support for increased financial assistance for students. A Newshub-Reid Research poll released last night showed that 68% agreed that students should get more support from the ... More >>

Opposition Parties Promise $60.6b – Government Parties $3.4b

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 9:39 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

15 AUGUST 2017 - Opposition parties - consisting of Labour, New Zealand First, the Greens and The Opportunities Party - have promised $60.6 billion in new spending according to the Taxpayers’ Union election policy costing Bribe-O-Meter . In comparason ... More >>

Jonathan Coleman “disingenuous” about Equal Pay Agreement

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 9:31 am | E tu

E tū says it is disingenuous of Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman to assert that unions involved in the Equal Pay Settlement agreed to exclude mental health support workers. More >>

Te Ikaroa Demands Governments Answer Spy Allegations

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 9:27 am | Te Ikaroa

Indigenous rights advocacy group Te Ikaroa stand with Greenpeace New Zealand in decrying the violation of campaigners' privacy by the oil industry. More >>

Young Talks Important for Whangarei Says Ash Holwell

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 9:20 am | Green Party

14 August 2017 - "There are 90,000 young people not in education, employment or training right now. Our system is ignoring them. This is why such a powerful set of speakers will join us for Young Talks this week." says Ash Holwell, Whangarei ... More >>

More Social Housing Needed

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 9:05 am | Salvation Army

New Zealand needs to build a minimum of 2000 social houses a year to fix the situation that has left Kiwi families living in unsanitary, unsafe and unhealthy housing, The Salvation Army says. Seeing Kiwi kids in such conditions has caused the Army to ask: ... More >>

More Homes Needed

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 8:59 am | NZ Council of Christian Social Services

The Salvation Army’s call for 2,00 to 2,500 more State and social houses per year is strongly supported by the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). The Salvation Army report “Taking Stock; The Demand for Social Housing in New Zealand” ... More >>

Our Pacific dream and thank you Māori Party!

Monday, 14 August 2017, 8:47 pm | One Pacific

Our Pacific dream and thank you Māori Party! Aiiloilo Dr. Elise Puni, Co-Leader of One Pacific, in his speech at the Maori Party campaign launch on Saturday 12th August, said that…“our Pacific dream is to progress, live in dignity, and prosper ... More >>

Labour cannot be trusted to defend and protect Māori rights

Monday, 14 August 2017, 8:17 pm | The Maori Party

MEDIA STATEMENT 14 August, 2017 Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox Māori Party co-leaders Labour cannot be trusted to defend and protect Māori rights – again The Māori Party condemns Labour’s arrogant proposal to tax commercial water use and says ... More >>

Boot Camp policy is an Old Army Truck at Bottom of Cliff

Monday, 14 August 2017, 8:14 pm | New Zealand Association Of Psychotherapists

NZAP Press Release: Boot Camp policy is an Old Army Truck at the Bottom of the Cliff The Prime Minister, Bill English has offered a policy to send young serious offenders to Waiouru Military camp as an alternative to jail. New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists ... More >>

Gareth Morgan Open Letter To NZME

Monday, 14 August 2017, 4:09 pm | The Opportunities Party

Dear Shayne, I write in response to an online “editorial” posted by one of your staff on Monday August 14th. More >>

RTF welcomes Labour’s driving skills commitment

Monday, 14 August 2017, 3:42 pm | Road Transport Forum

Road Transport Forum Chief Executive Ken Shirley has welcomed the commitment from the Labour Party to provide driving lessons for secondary school students. More >>

Taurima: Bootcamps, prison not the answer for our rangatahi

Monday, 14 August 2017, 1:41 pm | The Maori Party

Plans to impose boot camps and imprison rangatahi who have ‘lost their way’ will not work and will not be supported under the Māori Party’s watch, says Māori Party candidate for Tāmaki Makaurau Shane Taurima. More >>

Horticulture New Zealand Responds to Scaremongering Claims

Monday, 14 August 2017, 12:08 pm | Horticulture NZ

Reacting to claims yesterday from Labour’s water tax spokesperson David Parker that its level of "scaremongering around this would make Donald Trump blush", Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says this is a disappointing ... More >>

Te Wai Me Te Whenua - A Case for Bottled Water

Monday, 14 August 2017, 12:06 pm | John Bevan-Smith

In 2016, bottled water exports from Aotearoa New Zealand had a water footprint of 35.40 million litres or 0.000235 per cent of dairying’s export water footprint of 15.04 trillion litres. Bottled water is also said to have the lowest carbon and ... More >>

Trans Tasman's Political Pulse - 14 August 2017

Monday, 14 August 2017, 11:54 am | TransTasman

INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS - NZ First Leader Winston Peters has always been dismissive of polls, arguing they do not reflect the voting public’s mood. He has even called for them to be banned because of the influence they have shaping that mood. More >>

Unwanted, Unknown, Unnecessary - Labour's New Water Tax

Monday, 14 August 2017, 11:39 am | Chris Penk

The water tax recently proposed by Labour would deliver a sharp blow to the economy of Auckland's rural northwest, says National's candidate for Helensville, Chris Penk. More >>

Half of population growth in 15–39 age group

Monday, 14 August 2017, 11:05 am | Statistics New Zealand

Over the last five years New Zealand’s population grew by nearly 390,000, more than the population of Christchurch city, to reach 4.79 million in June 2017, Stats NZ said today. Last year’s growth of 100,400 came from 28,100 natural increase ... More >>

Winston Peters - the charred pot who calls the kettle black

Monday, 14 August 2017, 10:58 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Winston Peters’ bemoaning of policy costings and a lack of detail in Labour’s 'water tax' would be credible if Mr Peters’ own party had any idea how it will pay for the $23 billion lolly scramble exposed by the Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter ... More >>

UN examines NZ performance on racial discrimination

Monday, 14 August 2017, 10:44 am | Peace Movement Aotearoa

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the independent body of human rights experts which monitors state party compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), will ... More >>

NZ Wood Processing under Threat From Lack of Action

Monday, 14 August 2017, 10:31 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says it will bring in a Canadian-style law to ensure log exports don’t destroy the New Zealand wood processing industry. More >>

The Opportunities Party Criminal Justice Policy

Monday, 14 August 2017, 9:53 am | The Opportunities Party

New Zealand’s burgeoning prison industry is a political crime that has been aided and abetted by successive governments, according to The Opportunities Party. More >>

Election interactive offers all election policies together

Monday, 14 August 2017, 9:47 am | Policy

Policy , a non-partisan tool built to inform and engage New Zealanders ahead of the election, launches today on The Spinoff. More >>

CBB Does Not Support Mike Hosking Moderating TVNZ Leader Debates

Monday, 14 August 2017, 9:44 am | Coalition for Better Broadcasting

Contrary to a media report, the Coalition for Better Broadcasting does not support Mike Hosking to moderate TVNZ’s leader’s debates. More >>

Grandmother blocking mine road

Monday, 14 August 2017, 9:02 am | Protect Karangahake Group

This morning local Karangahake resident Linda Gilmore is refusing to let New Talisman Gold Mines vehicles access their mine site on Mt Karangahake. Gilmore, a local business owner, has lived in the area for 35 years and was forced to sell her home in Waihi ... More >>

More than 16,000 New Zealanders Say 'No' to Ge Trees

Monday, 14 August 2017, 8:26 am | GE Free Northland

Pressure on the Ministry for Primary Industries over the last two years has resulted in MPI removing controversial clause 6.4 (GE trees) from the new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry. More >>

Minister selling war

Monday, 14 August 2017, 8:19 am | Auckland Peace Action

Sunday, 13 August “Minister of Defence Mark Mitchell has become a Weapons Industry spokesperson this week. The Minister issued a statement on Friday advocating for private companies to cash in on the $20 billion being pumped into the military budget,” ... More >>

Councils retain right to regulate GE trees

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 9:40 pm | Soil and Health Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 13 August 2017 The Soil & Health Association is thrilled that newly released standards for forestry no longer include a controversial clause that would have allowed the planting of genetically engineered (GE) trees across ... More >>

Morgan Slams National’s Military Bootcamp

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 9:31 pm | The Opportunities Party

Opportunities Party Leader Dr Gareth Morgan has slammed National’s brutal boot camp solution for recidivist youth offenders as a great leap backwards for the criminal justice system. More >>

SOUL challenging Government racism at the UN

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 9:25 pm | SOUL

SOUL challenging Government racism at the UN New Zealand’s reputation is on the line. SOUL, the mana whenua-led campaign working to protect confiscated Māori land at Ihumātao from commercial development, is meeting with the United Nations in Geneva, ... More >>

Youth offenders and parents to finally be held to account

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 9:22 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Youth offenders and parents to finally be held to account 13th August 2017 This will now give the youth of New Zealand better opportunities to improve their future, it is a massive step in the right direction, and an exciting opportunity for New Zealand. ... More >>

‘Value Your Vote’ Election Resource Launched

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 9:17 pm | Family First

For the fourth successive election, Family First NZ has launched their Value Your Vote resource to inform voters leading up to the September election. “ Value Your Vote records how existing MP’s have voted over the past five terms on controversial ... More >>

Greg O’Connor – Plenty of work still to be done

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 5:38 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Greg O’Connor – Plenty of work still to be done “The latest poll results are encouraging, but I’d be presumptuous to take reassurance about them this far out from Election Day,” says Ōhāriu Labour candidate Greg O’Connor, speaking about ... More >>

Q+A: David Parker interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 12:39 pm | TVNZ

Labour: Farmers must pay to clean up our water ways Labour’s water spokesman David Parker’s standing by the party’s plan for farmers to pay for water, and says critics who say produce prices will go up are scaremongering. Speaking on TVNZ 1’s ... More >>

Q&A: Steven Joyce: ‘We are about three points shy"

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 12:26 pm | TVNZ

Steven Joyce: ‘We are about three points shy of where want to be and need to be’ Finance Minister and National’s campaign manager, Steven Joyce, says his party wants to be three points higher than in recent political poll results. More >>

Q+A Colmar Brunton snap poll shows Labour ahead in Ohariu

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 12:22 pm | TVNZ

Candidate support – Ōhāriu electorate “Thinking about your electorate vote, for your local MP in the Ōhāriu electorate, who would you vote for with your electorate vote? More >>

Mei Reedy-Taare up for the challenge

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 9:36 pm | The Maori Party

Mei Reedy-Taare up for the challenge Te Tai Tonga candidate, Mei Reedy-Taare, is fighting fit with enthusiasm after a dynamic Māori Party launch at Manurewa Marae in Auckland today. “I was moved by the passionate kōrero of one of our young Māori ... More >>




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