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Police Dog Training Centre unveils Wall of Remembrance

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 9:06 am | New Zealand Police

Police have today unveiled a new Wall of Remembrance at the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre commemorating the 24 police dogs who have been killed on duty since 1972. More >>

White Ribbon welcomes family violence changes

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 8:31 am | White Ribbon

White Ribbon Committee Chair Cam Ronald welcomes the changes to the family violence system, and commends all those who have been advocating and providing evidence to help ensure New Zealand’s response to violence continues to improve. “Having ... More >>

Sexual Violence and Personal Information

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 8:29 am | Rape Crisis

Two Wellington-based sexual violence agencies were relieved to hear the news today that sexual violence agencies have been exempted from having to provide personal data to government from 1 July. More >>

Conflict of interest awareness important

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 5:19 pm | BusinessDesk

A future emergency response agency would need to focus on raising awareness about declaring conflicts of interest, with an investigation into the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority ongoing, says the Office of the Auditor-General. More >>

Te Awa Tupua passes in to law

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 5:16 pm | Nga Tangata Tiaki o Whanganui

Whanganui Iwi have today closed the book on over a century-and-a-half of struggle for appropriate recognition for the Whanganui River, and appropriate acknowledgement of their longstanding relationship with it. More >>

Women’s Refuge welcomes Family and Whānau Violence Bill

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 5:13 pm | Women's Refuge

The introduction of the much anticipated Family and Whānau violence legislation has been warmly welcomed by family violence organisation Women’s Refuge. The legislation introduced to parliament today places a far greater emphasis upon victim safety – ... More >>

Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 4:56 pm | Maori Affairs Committee

Submissions are now open on the Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill, a piece of legislation that would settle the historical Treaty of Waitangi Claims of the iwi and hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa. More >>

Holiday park sector joins predator free effort

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 3:07 pm | Holiday Parks NZ

Hundreds of holiday parks in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations may soon be free of rats, stoats and possums after the organisation that represents them signed up to Predator Free New Zealand today. More >>

Double the quota campaign brings back telethon zest

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 2:27 pm | Doing Our Bit

The earthquake cordon is down on Tory St, the election year has begun and it is time to dig deep to welcome more refugees to New Zealand. More >>

Systems and resources need to match ambitions

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 11:51 am | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

SSPA’s submission on the Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill is being presented to the select committee today by the organisation’s chair Shane Murdoch and national manager Brenda Pilott. More >>

Technical efficiency not enough for children

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 11:40 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) urges Prime Minister Bill English not to trifle with Working for Families (WFF), but to deliver meaningful change for those who most need it in his promised family package. More >>

Public Meeting to discuss the state of RNZ’s Funding

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 11:12 am | Fund RNZ

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 Media Release: Public Meeting to discuss the state of Radio New Zealand’s Funding! By Jo Bond – Fund RNZ Organiser More >>

Women Having Abortions Risk Mental Health - Poll

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 10:54 am | Family First

A poll has found that half of NZ’ers in the 18-40 age bracket believe that women risk harming their mental health as a result of having an abortion. More >>

Housing should be the Governments No 1 Priority!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 10:13 am | NZ Seniors Party

We listen to all our politicians telling us what they are going to do for us in this election year but in reality when voted in the majority do little or nothing. New Zealand is in a crisis, there are simply not enough houses being built to cater for ... More >>

GE-Free Zones under Threat From RMA Amendment

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 10:07 am | Soil and Health Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 March 2017 The Government seems hell-bent on denying the rights of communities to have GE-free zones, which are under threat from a ‘dictator clause’, says the Soil & Health Association. “We are continuing to stand ... More >>

Prisoners being kept in 22-hour lockdown

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 9:50 am | No Pride in Prisons

An entire unit at Spring Hill Corrections Facility has been on 22-hour lockdown for months now, according to information received by the prisoner advocacy organisation No Pride in Prisons. More >>

Sensible Sentencing Trust Congratulates Justice Toogood

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 9:32 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“Sentencing Stephen Roger Williams to 10 years’ imprisonment and preventative detention is finally a step in the right direction and shows the message may just be getting through that the public have had enough”. Guthrie More >>

TOP Policy #7: UBI & Thriving Families

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 9:15 am | The Opportunities Party

On Tuesday March 14th at 5.30pm in Christchurch's The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts we will launch TOP Policy #7: UBI & Thriving Families. You will be able to find more information on the policy from noon onwards on this page: ... More >>

Local govt pushes billion dollar bog fund for tourism

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 5:26 pm | BusinessDesk

March 14 (BusinessDesk) - Local Government New Zealand estimates the country needs to plan for $1.38 billion of new public toilets, carparks, freedom camping facilities, footpaths and other basic infrastructure if the tourism industry is to keep up with ... More >>

More than 1000 submissions on Healthy Rivers Wai Ora plan

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 4:10 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council has received just over 1000 submissions on Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora: Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1. More >>

Hunter Safety Research Report

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 1:58 pm | New Zealand Mountain Safety Council

Following the release of their first insights publication late last year called 'There and Back' which was a national look at outdoor recreation incidents, The Mountain Safety Council (MSC) has now finished a deeper look into hunting incident data. The ... More >>

Waka Hourua

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 12:26 pm | Te Rau Matatini

Waka Hourua: National Māori and Pasifika suicide prevention programme has released a document it hopes will support and invoke whānau and rohe in their efforts to prevent suicide amongst Tāne Māori. More >>

Support for save our water

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 12:00 pm | Gisborne District Council

The Government has released a new discussion document with proposals on clean water measures and swimmability in rivers. More >>

Depth of tourism infrastructure needs revealed

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 11:28 am | Local Government NZ

The full extent of the infrastructure investment needed so communities can keep up with unprecedented tourism growth has been highlighted through a recent survey of local government. More >>

LGNZ launches Water 2050 to develop cohesive water policy

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 11:26 am | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand has launched a new piece of work to create a comprehensive framework that brings freshwater issues and water infrastructure into a coherent policy. More >>

New group to work on big issues in local government

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 11:26 am | Local Government NZ

A new policy group to advise local government on the big issues facing communities nationwide will bring together a diverse and capable team. More >>

AUSA Supports TEU Strike

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 10:03 am | AUSA

The Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) is standing in solidarity with University staff in the upcoming Tertiary Education Union strike at the University of Auckland. More >>

Whangarei Waterways in Crisis

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 9:58 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The sale of the Poroti Springs water is yet another example of government neglect in Northland, and its failure to properly engage with Maori values and local people, says Labour’s Whangarei candidate, Tony Savage. More >>

Petition to Save Our Water arrives at Parliament

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 8:02 am | NZ Water Forum

A 15,000 strong petition that calls on the government to place a moratorium on freshwater exports is being presented to parliament today. At the same time, thousands of New Zealanders will rally outside local councils nationwide to demand that public access ... More >>

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Just Wait Until Tomorrow

Monday, 13 March 2017, 4:27 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“Are tax cuts tomorrow, or in the never never on Planet National?” Asks Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Jordan Williams. Prime Minister Bill English’s suggestion that any tax cuts would have to wait until 2018 to be implemented, rather than introduced ... More >>

CAA targets accidents caused by carelessness with fuel

Monday, 13 March 2017, 2:05 pm | Civil Aviation Authority

The Civil Aviation Authority is targeting the high rate of air accidents, nationwide, due to polluted fuel, insufficient fuel, or blocked fuel lines. More >>

Tertiary students call for change in rape culture protest

Monday, 13 March 2017, 12:49 pm | NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) and Thursdays in Black today stand in solidarity with students from three Wellington high schools as they take their protest against rape culture to Parliament. More >>

Tax cuts talk is irresponsible electioneering

Monday, 13 March 2017, 12:41 pm | Public Service Association

Any personal income tax cuts offered by National this election will come at the expense of our desperately underfunded public services, the PSA says. More >>

Government Must Hit Re-Set at Chile Trade Meeting

Monday, 13 March 2017, 10:29 am | Closing The Gap

The post-TPPA trade meeting in Chile later this month is a chance for the government to show it has listened to its own people, who want trade deals to put their well-being first, not that of multinationals, Closing the Gap spokesman Peter Malcom said today. ... More >>

Rochelle Surendran is Green Candidate for Invercargill

Monday, 13 March 2017, 10:24 am | Green Party

Invercargill, New Zealand (Sunday 12 March 2017) - It’s women running for office in the south as Rochelle Surendran joins three other women campaigning for the four largest political parties. More >>

Mayoral Cronyism Hides in Plain Site in Rotorua

Monday, 13 March 2017, 9:49 am | Rotorua District Residents and Ratepayers

Wikipedia defines cronyism as giving favours to friends or trusted colleagues, especially in politics and between politicians and supportive organizations. At Rotorua Council’s Operations and Monitoring (O&M) Committee Meeting on 9 March 2017, a nominee ... More >>

Labour Wants To Remove Abortion Safeguards

Monday, 13 March 2017, 9:41 am | Family First

Family First NZ is concerned that the Labour party wants to remove safeguards in the current abortion law which are there to protect women and children and introduce extreme abortion laws which has been shown overseas to place women at risk. More >>

PM's Ignorance on Abortion Law Shows Need for Reform

Sunday, 12 March 2017, 9:14 pm | ALRANZ

Prime Minister's Ignorance on Abortion Law Shows Need for Reform The Prime Minister's support for New Zealand's outdated abortion laws is deeply disappointing and shows how badly reform is needed, ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa says. Bill English and ... More >>

Greens ignore race-based waste

Sunday, 12 March 2017, 9:12 pm | Hobson's Pledge

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei is blissfully unaware of the appalling waste of money and self-serving, like the Auckland Maori Statutory Board, that has come about through a race-based approach to local government, Hobson’s Pledge spokeswoman ... More >>

OIO Hunter Valley Decision ‘Extraordinary'

Sunday, 12 March 2017, 8:58 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

The Otago Fish and Game Council is critical of the Overseas Investment Office decision on the sale of the Hunter Valley Station to a foreign buyer, describing it as “extraordinary” and gives the whole process a bad name. The station controls access along Lake Hawea ... More >>

TVNZ 1 Q+A: Andrew Little and Jacinda Ardern

Sunday, 12 March 2017, 12:55 pm | TVNZ

Abortion law does need to be reviewed and upgraded – Labour leader Andrew Little Andrew Little was responding to comments made earlier on Q+A by Prime Minister Bill English. ‘He is a social conservative. He’s deeply conservative on an issue like ... More >>

Time for a Different Approach with Sex Offenders

Sunday, 12 March 2017, 12:41 pm | Kim Workman

Dominion Post’s excellent article ‘Alarm spreads as molester paroled’, (Saturday, March 11) describes behaviour that is played out in communities all over New Zealand whenever a sex offender is released from prison, says Dr Kim Workman, Adjunct Research ... More >>

TVNZ 1 Q+A: Prime Minister Bill English

Sunday, 12 March 2017, 12:26 pm | TVNZ

I wouldn’t support changing abortion law – Prime Minister Bill English The Abortion Supervisory Committee has recommended updating our abortion laws but Prime Minis t er Bill English told Corin Dann he’s not in favour of the move. ‘That’s right, ... More >>

Protest Against Rape Culture in Secondary Schools

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 12:37 pm | Joint Press Release

A group of students from Wellington East Girls’ College are organising a protest at Parliament on Monday 13 March at 4.30pm. Recent events have highlighted, in secondary schools, the existence of rape culture and disrespectful attitudes towards women. ... More >>

The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Gareth Morgan

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 12:23 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Gareth Morgan Headlines: Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan says he doesn’t support raising the age of superannuation but does want means testing. Under his policy everyone would get a Universal Basic ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Andrew Little

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 12:21 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says he’s not planning any tax changes for this election year. He says “We are not planning on any tax changes for the 2017 election. We will finely calibrate what ... More >>

Northland and Auckland say NO to Arrogant Power Grab

Friday, 10 March 2017, 10:11 pm | GE Free Northland

Whangarei, Far North, and Auckland communities are calling on the Maori Party to deny the Government the votes required to pass controversial changes to the RMA that would be used to put an end to GE Free zones. On Monday, the Local Government and ... More >>

Lower Hutt Mayor to make living wage recommendation

Friday, 10 March 2017, 10:02 pm | Hutt City Council

At next Tuesday’s full Hutt City Council meeting Mayor Ray Wallace will make a recommendation that Hutt City Council “supports in principle” the living wage and will ask the Chief Executive to investigate paying the living wage to its staff. More >>

Payments for Auckland Council CIAs should be refunded

Friday, 10 March 2017, 4:57 pm | Democracy Action

Pro-democracy group, Democracy Action , says the High Court's dismissal this week of the appeal by the Independent Maori Statutory Board against the decision by Auckland Councillors to accept the Independent Hearings Panel’s recommendation to remove ... More >>

End of rail for Northland

Friday, 10 March 2017, 3:38 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

“The multi million dollar, four lane highway carrot dangled in front of voters to show that National really does care about the North spells the death knell for rail transportation in Northland”, according to Democrats for Social Credit deputy ... More >>

Opposition grows to Govt’s water policy

Friday, 10 March 2017, 1:26 pm | Choose Clean Water

The withdrawal of the second major national organisation in a week from the Minister for the Environment’s Land and Water Forum is a further sign that the Government’s new water policy is unacceptable to ordinary Kiwis. More >>

New report on gambling available

Friday, 10 March 2017, 1:16 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

A new report providing key information about non-casino pokie gambling is now available on the Department’s website . More >>

Positive result with New Zealand bee colony losses in 2016

Friday, 10 March 2017, 12:39 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The release of a second survey on beehive losses is helping build a better picture of the state of New Zealand’s honey bees and the challenges beekeepers are facing. Ministry for Primary Industries Director Spatial, Forestry and Land Management, Oliver ... More >>

Incoming turbulence: tax proposals target multinationals

Friday, 10 March 2017, 12:20 pm | Chapman Tripp

The New Zealand Government took another big step last week toward implementation of the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting ( BEPS ) project – releasing three discussion documents. More >>

Minister's Plan Threatens Economic Sabotage

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:28 am | GE Free New Zealand

The government’s Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (RLA) threatens changes to environmental legislation. [1] The manipulations by Nick Smith pave the way for destruction of New Zealand’s economic advantage and further loss of valuable habitat. [2] More >>

Corrections being failed by Government and Courts – SST

Friday, 10 March 2017, 10:58 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust says that prisoners are making a mockery of a liberal prison and Court system and costing tax payers millions of dollars. More >>

Race Relations Commissioner concerned at recent attacks

Friday, 10 March 2017, 10:56 am | Human Rights Council

The Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is concerned at attacks suffered by Indian New Zealanders in recent weeks. More >>

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to appeal High Court decision

Friday, 10 March 2017, 10:53 am | Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust says it is disappointed that the High Court has today declined to hear its case seeking to clarify the Crown’s process in negotiating Treaty of Waitangi settlements in Auckland. More >>

Caution urged over publication of Taser camera footage

Friday, 10 March 2017, 10:50 am | NZ Police Association

The Police Association has appealed to media outlets to show judgement and fairness if they publish Taser camera footage from a recent trial of four Hawkes Bay police officers. The officers were acquitted of assaulting Gregory McPeake by using either ... More >>

Students Can Recognise Porn Harm, But Govt Won’t

Friday, 10 March 2017, 10:27 am | Family First Lobby

Family First NZ says that admissions made by students at an Auckland school regarding the prevalence and harms of the increasing consumption of online pornography highlight the urgent need for an expert inquiry to determine appropriate solutions to reduce ... More >>


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