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New programme launched to inspire conservation volunteers

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 12:48 pm | Department of Conservation

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand is teaming up with the Department of Conservation to inspire more volunteers to get involved with practical on the ground work to help with the recovery of our threatened species. More >>

No substance to allegations against three former CERA staff

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 12:42 pm | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

An investigation by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet into three former staff members of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) has found no evidence of inappropriate conflicts of interest. More >>

Social Investment Package a Welcome for Families in Need

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 12:25 pm | Whanau Ora Community Clinic

Whanau Ora Community Clinic Director George Ngatai says the $68.8m to support children most at risk of long term disadvantage is well overdue and looks forward to seeing how this resource will benefit the grass roots Whanau and communities it has been ... More >>

Greenpeace & Family First Warn of ‘Chilling Effect’

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 11:55 am | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ says that comments made by Greenpeace’s Russell Norman on the deregistration of Family First are correct and when charities from opposite sides of the social divide are sounding the warning, NZ’ers and politicians should be concerned. More >>

More guidance counsellors not nurses, NZAC says

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 10:49 am | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Employing a nurse in every secondary school to address New Zealand’s lamentable youth suicide problem is ignoring and bypassing already existing resources, says the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC). More >>

Aged Care Survey Results Ring True for E Tū Members

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 9:50 am | E tu

The findings of the 2016 Aged Care Workforce Survey have been released today and paint a picture of an industry plagued by stress, insecure hours, and inadequate pay. More >>

Housing Policy Conservative Party

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 9:41 am | Conservative Party

Today the Conservative Party has released both its Housing Video and its full Housing Policy. More >>

Health priorities for a NZ where children can flourish

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 9:22 am | Child Poverty Action Group

CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) says that with a government election impending, it is crucial to bring in policies that have the wellbeing of all New Zealand’s children. More >>

MSD review doesn’t resolve the client data problems

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:44 pm | Comvoices

An independent report released today into a recent data breach at MSD shows the problems created by a project with an unrealistic timeframe being imposed on a complex and sensitive area. More >>

Charities Board Still Plans To Censor Family First

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:38 pm | Family First

Family First NZ has been told by media that the government’s Charities Board still wants to deregister us despite the board being rebuked in an earlier decision in the Wellington High Court in 2015 where they were told that “…. Members of the ... More >>

Consumers' Right to Know Bill

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 5:29 pm | Soil and Health Association

Kiwis want to take off the blindfold we have when it comes to buying food. That’s the message of the Soil & Health Association, which welcomes the Consumers’ Right to Know (Labelling of Country of Origin of Food) Bill currently before a parliamentary ... More >>

Step change in infrastructure needed to support new housing

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 4:26 pm | Infrastructure NZ

"News that the Government will build 34,500 new homes in Auckland over the next decade is to be applauded, but a step change in infrastructure funding and investment will be required to ensure Auckland networks can accommodate this growth," says ... More >>

High Court decision Silver v Strang [2017]

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 3:51 pm | New Zealand High Court

This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment and reasons ... More >>

Seafood companies and iwi slam EPA

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 1:38 pm | Fisheries Inshore New Zealand - FINZ

The Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) handling of the application to mine 50 million tonnes of iron sand from the ocean floor off the coast of Taranaki, each year for 35 years, is being slammed by seafood companies and local iwi. More >>

Announcement of decision to seek to re-try Malcolm Rewa

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 1:20 pm | New Zealand Police

Statement from the Commissioner of Police, Mike Bush: In 1998 Malcolm Rewa was tried twice for the murder of Susan Burdett. In both trials the jury was unable to reach a verdict. After the second trial the Solicitor-General stayed further prosecution ... More >>

DairyNZ undermining environmental efforts of dairy farmers

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 1:14 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace is calling on DairyNZ and other dairy leadership to stop undermining the efforts of dairy farmers to clean up waterways. More >>

Care of terminally ill prisoners not good enough

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:20 pm | The Howard League for Penal Reform

The Howard League is calling on the Department of Corrections to fix its treatment of terminally ill prisoners. It is a fundamental human right and a requirement under the Corrections Act that prisoners receive the same medical care as members of the ... More >>

DOC refutes Oparara “developer” claims

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:09 pm | Department of Conservation

Contrary to recent media reports, DOC has not committed to any “theme park” style development in the Oparara Basin, and commentary that suggests this in the media is inaccurate and misleading. More >>

‘’Culture of blame’’ prompts action to combat stalking

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 11:40 am | ANZCA

Harassment and stalking of politicians, legal figures and public health officials has prompted a leading forensic psychiatrist to call for greater international awareness of the issue. More >>

New Zealand Abridged Period Life Table: 2014–16

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 10:52 am | Statistics New Zealand

Abridged period life tables for the total New Zealand male and female populations provide an indication of the trends in life expectancy between the construction of complete period life tables. See New Zealand Abridged Period Life Table: 2014–16 ... More >>

Unitec survey renews calls for urgent support increase

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 10:07 am | NZUSA

A recent survey by Unitec Institute of Technology has renewed calls by the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) for an urgent increase in student support. More >>

Nowhere for Labour to hide on TPPA in election year

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:49 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

As Prime Minister Bill English heads off to Japan with trade minister Todd McClay in their quest to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) minus the USA, ‘the silence from Labour is deafening’, Auckland University law professor ... More >>

Trans Tasman's Political Pulse - 15 May, 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:15 pm | Trans Tasman

INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS - Ministers are growing more concerned about a widening “disconnect” between rural and urban communities. Some environmental groups and MPs (mainly the Green Party, but also some in Labour) are keen to paint the rural ... More >>

Government is eroding access to environmental justice

Monday, 15 May 2017, 5:11 pm | Berry Simons Environmental Law

Leading environment legal firm Berry Simons has published a paper in the Resource Management Journal criticising two recent legislative initiatives as being symptomatic of the continuing decay of New Zealand’s Resource Management framework and institutions, ... More >>

Judgment and gender in New Zealand

Monday, 15 May 2017, 4:27 pm | University of Canterbury

The Feminist Judgments Project Aotearoa is exploring how the law might play out differently if it were interpreted through a feminist or mana wahine lens. More >>

New Zealand needs more EVs and smart grids

Monday, 15 May 2017, 3:32 pm | The PR Company

The New Zealand Government could significantly reduce its carbon footprint and improve public health outcomes simply by ensuring its own vehicle fleet is electric, an international expert suggests. Andres Carvallo, also known internationally as The Godfather of ... More >>


Monday, 15 May 2017, 3:03 pm | NZSTA

On Friday, NZSTA included Education Minister, Hon. Nikki Kaye in the list of keynote speakers for the NZSTA annual conference. More >>

National Party passes remit for an Binding Donor Register

Monday, 15 May 2017, 2:44 pm | GiveLife

The professional arm of the National Party were successful at this weekends party conference in getting a remit passed for organ donation registration on driving licences to be legally binding. More >>

Outdoors Party Calls for Quality Not Quantity Tourism

Monday, 15 May 2017, 12:51 pm | Outdoors Party

The recent Government announcement of $102M, of which $60M is new money, for funding regional tourism infrastructure and the $67M for a new Great Walk are welcomed but completely miss the point according to the NZ Outdoors Party. More >>

Mike King Resigns Suicide Advisory Role

Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:33 am | Mike King

Mike King has been a member of NZ Suicide Prevention External Advisory Panel since December 2015. The panel's role is to help shape the NZ Suicide Prevention Strategy for the next 10 years. More >>

Labour Policy: Higher Rents and Reduced Incentive to Build

Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:20 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“The Labour Party’s new policy to remove negative gearing will see rents go up and reduce the incentive to build new houses”, says Taxpayers Union’ economist Mac Mckenna. More >>

WannaCry Ransomware in large scale international attacks

Monday, 15 May 2017, 10:59 am | CERT NZ

Earlier today a massive international ransomware campaign hit computer systems of private companies and public organisations around the world. This incident is being reported as the largest ransomware campaign to date. The Ransomware in question has ... More >>

Kiwis living rurally need the standard ambulance service

Monday, 15 May 2017, 10:30 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Yesterday’s announcement, from the Government, that extra funding will be allocated to fund rural ambulance services needs to closely examined. More >>

Internet is the Number One Safety Concern Among NZ Women

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:58 am | Next magazine

New research by NEXT magazine has found the internet has become the number one safety concern of Kiwi women, with overwhelming numbers believing they are more at risk online than they are out in their community. An in-depth survey of over 1000 New ... More >>

The looming election: a union perspective - Wed 17 May

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:39 am | New Zealand Fabian Society

Working people in unions made a major advance recently with pay equity. Unions make the difference winning rights for workers, secure hours and being heard in the economy. There is still much to be done though, and many workers are missing out on decent ... More >>

NO to National selling local parks for housing

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:12 am | Save Our Reserves

Community opposition to a Government plan to sell off nearly 12 hectares of public reserve land for housing intensification is growing, with about 200 people attending a community rally on Saturday afternoon at Point England Reserve. More >>

Boosting resilience key to future wellbeing

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:07 am | Deloitte

A Deloitte and Victoria University of Wellington report finds the resilience of New Zealand households should be an explicit focus of government policy More >>

Ministry welcomes State of Care report

Monday, 15 May 2017, 8:54 am | Ministry of Social Development

The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki welcomes the report of the Children’s Commissioner assessing the state of care in secure residences. More >>

Time to start moving on outdated children’s residences

Monday, 15 May 2017, 8:51 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The conditions for children in many of New Zealand’s secure residences are prison-like, dated and bleak, and it’s time to move on better alternatives, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says. More >>

What sort of relationship does New Zealand want with Israel?

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 9:25 pm | Shalom.Kiwi

Both Prime Minister Bill English and new Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee have said they want to repair the relationship with Israel in the wake of New Zealand co-sponsoring anti-Israel UNSC Resolution 2334 . However, they seem to disagree on what that relationship ... More >>

Labour Fiddles While National Turns a Blind Eye on Housing

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 9:23 pm | The Opportunities Party

The Opportunities Party says Labour’s promise to ban negative gearing on rental properties is a purely symbolic move that won’t get a single kiwi family from a car or garage into a real home. More >>

Property Institute slams ‘cynical’ Labour Housing policy

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 9:15 pm | New Zealand Property Institute

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church says that the proposal, by Labour, to remove the ability for property investors to claim tax losses is a cynical electoral ploy and risks making the countries housing crisis significantly ... More >>

Investors' tax benefits overstated

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 9:06 pm | NZ Property Investors Federation

Labour has announced that they are removing the ability of rental property providers to offset losses. They call it a speculation tax loophole, but it is a tax provision available to all investments. “Labour sees the policy as helping first home buyers ... More >>

Q+A: Andrew Little interviewed by Jessica Mutch

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 1:58 pm | TVNZ

Labour leader Andrew Little on balancing politics and family Labour leader Andrew Little is standing by his party’s stance on repealing the charter schools legislation if his party comes to power, but he’s left the door open for existing charter schools. ... More >>

CPAG stands behind figures showing $2.8 billion cuts

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 12:30 pm | CPAG

CPAG stands behind figures showing $2.8 billion cuts to Working for Families Source: Child Poverty Action Group -- Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is standing behind figures it has published which show the Government has cut over $2.8 billion out ... More >>

Mother’s Day protest to grill Bill

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 12:28 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Mother’s Day protest to grill Bill on housing, welfare and work Welfare activists will be protesting outside the National Party Northern Regional Convention today to demand universal access to state housing and a livable income. “On Mother’s ... More >>

Ambulance service needs trained ambulance officers

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 12:22 pm | Unite Union

Ambulance service needs trained ambulance officers, not assistants Ambulance Professionals First, the union representing the majority of New Zealand’s ambulance professionals, is calling on the Government to end single-crewing by directing funding to help train ... More >>

St John welcomes Government funding boost

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 12:20 pm | St John

St John welcomes today’s news that more than $100 million will be included in this year’s budget to provide double crewing of all emergency ambulance responses over the next four years. More >>

Sunday Star Times publishes vile Sharon Murdoch cartoon

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 3:50 pm | Shalom.Kiwi

Sunday Star Times publishes vile Sharon Murdoch cartoon Fairfax media outlet, Stuff, published fake news in January 2017 , which led to a stream of anti-Semitic comments on social media . Now, the most recent edition of Fairfax’s Sunday Star Times has ... More >>

Film Auckland applauds Budget boost for the screen sector

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 3:48 pm | Film Auckland

Film Auckland Inc. applauds the Budget boost for the screen sector. Bravo! Film Auckland Inc. acknowledges the support of the Government for our screen sector. The announcement by the Minister for Economic Development, Simon Bridges and Minister ... More >>

National Party Silences Community to Sell Sports Fields

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 3:31 pm | Save Our Reserves

National Party Silences Community to Sell Sports Fields The National Party is planning to pass a Bill that silences the local community so it can sell sports fields and a large section of Reserve land at Point England. “We are trying to protect our ... More >>

The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Andrew Little

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 2:07 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Andrew Little Headlines: Labour leader Andrew Little confirms Labour would cut immigration by tens of thousands, and says those numbers would come from cutting thousands of student visas and works visas. He singles ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Judge Peter Boshier

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 2:05 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Judge Peter Boshier Headlines: The chief ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier says he wants to lead inspections into privately run secure dementia units. Currently only publicly run units are inspected. More >>

Water is a Taonga

Friday, 12 May 2017, 4:48 pm | Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc

Ngāti Kahungunu agrees with findings from the inquiry into the Havelock North gastro outbreak and welcomes the Inquiry’s recommendation that resources could be better used to investigate the status of the Heretaunga Aquifer. More >>

Chief of Defence Force to Attend EU Meeting

Friday, 12 May 2017, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, leaves this weekend for a visit to Europe that will include participation in a meeting of European Union (EU) Chiefs of Defence and a call on his Irish counterpart. More >>

Visual protest at National ambulance funding announcement

Friday, 12 May 2017, 3:24 pm | YesWeCareNZ

Visual protest with 200 cut-outs of missing qualified ambulance professionals and health workers due to underfunding. More >>

Welfare activists to grill Bill English this Mother's Day

Friday, 12 May 2017, 2:14 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Welfare activists will protest outside the National Party Northern Regional Convention this Mother’s Day to demand universal access to state housing and a livable income. More >>

Have your say on changes to New Zealand’s arbitration law

Friday, 12 May 2017, 1:06 pm | Justice and Electoral Committee

The bill is a member’s bill sponsored by National MP Paul Foster-Bell. It proposes changes to the Arbitration Act 1996, which sets rules for resolving private and commercial disputes by arbitration in New Zealand. The bill aims to bring greater clarity and ... More >>

“We are the Stolen Generation” in New Zealand

Friday, 12 May 2017, 12:52 pm | Te Ringahuia Hata

A number of claimants have applied to the Waitangi Tribunal for an urgent hearing into Māori children that were placed in state care between the 1950s and 1990s. Paora Crawford Moyle has been a social worker for some 25 years advocating for the ... More >>

Equal pay bill "a backward step" for working women

Friday, 12 May 2017, 12:41 pm | Public Service Association

National’s equal pay bill is a huge disappointment to working women in New Zealand - and makes a mockery of its much-vaunted commitment to pay equity, the PSA says. More >>


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