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Budget win for the Taxpayers’ Union

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2:54 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is celebrating that a policy it has pushed for since 2014 has been adopted by the Government. More >>

PSA: Budget shows promise but more courage needed

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2:53 pm | Public Service Association

The Labour-led Government’s first Budget shows promise, the PSA says - but there are still many in the public and community service who will wonder when their turn is coming. More >>

Labour delivers predictable budget in sweet economic times

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2:52 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

From the Budget 2018 lock-up, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s adherence to its pre-election ‘fiscal rules’ despite delivering significant Labour-Party style sweeteners in the Budget delivered today. Taxpayers’ Union Chairman, Barrie ... More >>

First Government Budget hits all the right notes

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2:50 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff says the Government’s first budget shows it backs the right priorities, and could achieve even more by raising revenue and freeing fiscal constraints. More >>

Megan Woods breaks word – gives into Callaghan self-interest

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2:48 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

17 MAY 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Taxpayers’ Union is fuming that Minister for Research, Science and Innovation Megan Woods has broken her word and capitulated to Callaghan Innovation’s pressure to keep its precious corporate welfare grant ... More >>

Treasury predict average working paying top tax rate by 2022

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2:47 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

17 MAY 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Budget 2018 projections show that the average worker will be in the top income tax bracket by 2022 unless urgent changes are made to tax thresholds to adjust them to wage inflation. Taxpayers’ Union Economist Joe Ascroft ... More >>

Extra Stats NZ funding will improve child poverty data

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2:44 pm | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealanders can expect to see a clearer picture of child poverty as thousands more people are asked about how they are getting by, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Deloitte - Budget 2018: The gift that keeps on giving

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2:41 pm | Deloitte

Deloitte - Budget 2018: The gift that keeps on giving – our economy Underlying economic indicators strong as Government pivots to ensuring Kiwi wellbeing Wellington, 17 May 2018 – Deloitte CEO Thomas Pippos says that the rivers of gold may have ... More >>

Harnessing Digital Accessibility

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 1:12 pm | Access Alliance

The digital world is an increasingly vital part of our lives. Here we are, right now. You, me, and your device. You, me, your device, and millions of other kiwis perusing online spheres for information, love, consumer items, friendship, or education. More >>

Unite Union to join rally against Israeli massacres

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 12:45 pm | Unite Union

Unite Union is calling on all supporters of human rights to join the rally at 2pm this Saturday in Auckland's Aotea Square to protest Israel's crime against the Palestinian people. More >>

Programme brings new refugees to Christchurch

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 10:29 am | Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

An inspiring new people-powered initiative is bringing refugees to settle in Christchurch for the first time since its resettlement programme was put on hold eight years ago. Under the new community sponsorship programme, up to 35 refugees will be resettled ... More >>

Children’s Village closures send a sad signal

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 9:55 am | PSA

This week’s confirmed closure of two Children’s Villages run by Stand Children’s Services sends a signal that provision of funding for vital services to ensure the well-being of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children, families and whānau needs ... More >>

Looking for feedback about local council services

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 9:27 am | CTMA

A great opportunity for customers all over New Zealand to have their say about their council’s response to their requests for service. More >>

Students and staff protest against university restructure

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 8:41 am | A New University

Today at 12pm students and staff will protest the closure of specialist libraries, job losses, and lack of public funding for tertiary education. In response to the failures of university managers and government ministers, they will demand a new ... More >>

Hate speech in the age of the Internet

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 8:38 am | Internet NZ

The first of InternetNZ’s popular Speaker Series for 2018 Hate and the Internet will open the floor for a conversation on Internet trolls and hateful comments - from race and religion, to sexual orientation, disability, and gender and our right ... More >>

Māori Public Health Budget 2018 Wishlist

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 8:42 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora, the largest Māori public health collective in Aotearoa, outlines key priority areas for Budget 2018 which we believe will have the biggest impact on whānau: More >>

Hearing exposes health risks for vulnerable workers

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 5:25 pm | E tu

The health risks of insecure work have been exposed during Select Committee submissions today on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. More >>

Ritchies drivers in Auckland join bus strikes

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 4:03 pm | First Union

Around 70 Ritchies Murphy drivers are to strike tomorrow morning as disputes over work and pay conditions roll to a stop. More >>

REINZ calls for housing shortage to be tackled in budget

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 2:18 pm | REINZ

New Zealand currently has a significant housing shortage across the country, and the Auckland shortage is around 60,000 properties alone. Until we’re able to start to back-fill some of that shortage, houses are only going to continue to remain unaffordable ... More >>

The Ration Challenge Journey: With Not Against

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 2:03 pm | Nicky Subono

Wellington, New Zealand, 16 May 2018 – The Ration Challenge has partnered with Oxfam New Zealand to launch for the first time in New Zealand, giving Kiwis a powerful way to come together, take action and show refugees we’re with them not against ... More >>

BAS’ Vision for Beneficiaries (part 4): Individuals

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 12:24 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

This is our fourth segment in our series of suggestions for the future based on our vast experience helping people on benefits. More >>

Forest & Bird congratulates Beef + Lamb NZ

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 11:41 am | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is aplauding Beef + Lamb NZ for its new commitment to a carbon neutral industry by 2050. More >>

Interest free mortgage scheme is bananas

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 11:39 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government's plans to provide interest free mortgages to low income, first home buyers is the sort of nutty government intervention which led to the GFC, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

Law must change to stop the race to the bottom

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 11:05 am | NZ Tramways Union

Just a month ahead of the first change of contracts for Wellington’s bus service, Tramways Union members spoke at select committee this morning to make it clear to MPs that bus drivers shouldn’t pay the price for competitive tendering. More >>

‘Critical Safety Roles Operate without Access to Basic Need'

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 10:20 am | New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association

Many of the country’s Air Traffic Controller (ATCs) men and women are carrying out their essential safety-critical roles without the certainty of even taking a regular toilet break, the union representing the country’s ATCs told the Education ... More >>

The Hope Centre launching and ready to change lives

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 8:53 am | Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

The Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust is beyond excited to announce the opening of The Hope Centre at 3 Albion Place on the 1st of June. More >>

NZFOI urges Hamas to withdraw from Border

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 6:21 pm | Friends Of Israel

15 May 2018, Christchurch. Today the NZ Herald published an unconfirmed report that up to 52 people having been killed by Israeli Defence Forces as the crowd numbering several tens of thousands, stormed the border dividing the two territories. More >>

By-Election Candidates And Voting Places Announced

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 4:51 pm | Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission has released the names of the candidates standing in the Northcote by-election, along with a list of voting places for when voting starts. More >>

Canterbury academic receives Critic and Conscience Award

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 4:46 pm | Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara

Canterbury academic receives Critic and Conscience of Society Award On 22 February 2011, Dr Ann Brower’s life was changed by the Canterbury earthquake. More >>

"Think beyond Band-Aids", PSA urges Government

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 4:22 pm | Public Service Association

The Labour-led Government must urgently relax its Budget Responsibility Rules to tackle the $2.7 billion hole in the health budget, the PSA says. More >>

Embassy of Israel in Wellington - Gaza border

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 3:24 pm | Embassy of Israel in Wellington

Make no mistakes - There is no valid connection between the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem and the weeks’ old Hamas-orchestrated violent confrontation campaign already taking place in the Gaza Strip. More >>

Weak Analyses Plus Political Bias

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 3:15 pm | The Opportunities Party

Weak Analyses Plus Political Bias: Failure Inevitable for the Tax Working Group? The TWG has been set an impossible mission – improve the tax regime, make it more efficient and fair, but don’t recommend any changes to the tax treatment of owner ... More >>

Bus Drivers to ask for law change

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 2:54 pm | NZ Tramways Union

Wellington Bus Drivers will address the Education and Workforce Select Committee tomorrow morning to argue for a law change to protect drivers’ terms and conditions. More >>

Funding increase excludes many front-line services

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 2:49 pm | National Network of Stopping Violence Services

Last week’s announcement by the Prime Minister of a $76m increase in funding for family violence services was unlikely to ease the financial burden on many specialist front-line services, a leading national family violence network said today. More >>

Informed debate on judicial decision making is good

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 2:44 pm | NZ Bar Association

New Zealand Bar Association says open and informed debate on judicial decision making is good for justice More >>

Fuel tax gets massive thumbs down in survey

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 2:19 pm | Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Main points • Only 14 percent of respondents support a proposed Government fuel tax • More than half are happy with the amount of income tax they currently pay • 44 percent support a capital gains or a wealth tax A poll out today shows New ... More >>

Human Rights Commission welcomes report

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 2:11 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) says it accepts all the recommendations Judge Coral Shaw has made, and is already actioning some of the changes she suggests. More >>

Government facing over $2.5 billion health funding gap

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 2:09 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

New figures released today by Council of Trade Unions Economist Dr Bill Rosenberg and the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Director of Policy Lyndon Keene show the health funding gap since 2009/2010 has grown to $2.7 billion. This amount ... More >>

PSA response to report into Human Rights Commission

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 1:43 pm | Public Service Association

-- The PSA welcomes the report by Judge Coral Shaw into the Human Rights Commission (HRC)’s handling of sexual harassment claims. More >>

Trout Fishers Urge Restoring Full ECAN elections

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 12:51 pm | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

A national trout and rivers advocacy the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers has urged the new government to restore fully democratic elections to Environment Canterbury “as soon as possible”. More >>

ERANZ agrees – improving NZ homes is key to warmth

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 12:35 pm | Energy Retailers Association of New Zealand

ERANZ agrees – improving NZ homes is key to being able to lock in the warmth More >>

Government to blame for worsening cost of living

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

With Stats NZ data showing housing costs, tobacco taxes, and petrol costs are driving up the cost of living for low income households, it’s clear the Government is worsening poverty, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Paid partner leave would help to achieve gender equality

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 12:11 pm | Gender Equal NZ

Gender Equal NZ supports claim that paid partner leave would help to achieve gender equality In response to: More >>

Crowded housing highest among Pacific peoples

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 11:13 am | Statistics New Zealand

Around 4 in 10 Pacific people live in crowded homes in New Zealand and the rate is highest for people with Tuvaluan or Tongan ethnicity, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Māori population estimates: Mean year ended 31 December 2017

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 10:53 am | Statistics New Zealand

Māori population estimates provides estimates of the Māori ethnic population of New Zealand by age and sex. See Māori population estimates: Mean year ended 31 December 2017 on our website or download the attached Excel tables for the latest statistics. More >>

Majority of NZ's wild-caught seafood certified sustainable

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 10:48 am | Deepwater Group

With half of New Zealand’s total seafood production certified to the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) sustainability standard and 70 percent of the deep water catch certified, New Zealand’s Deepwater Group (DWG) welcomes yesterday’s inaugural ... More >>

Pavlovich bus drivers to strike in Auckland tomorrow

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 10:35 am | First Union

Pavlovich drivers are again taking strike action as disputes over bus driver pay and work conditions continue to heat up with a handful of companies. Around 60 drivers will strike tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 16th May), and will instead be picketing ... More >>

Doc Edge film interrupted in Wellington

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 10:17 am | Peace Action Wellington

Today marks 70 years since the newly-formed state of Israel ‘ethnically cleansed’ Palestinian people and stole their lands. Yesterday in Palestine, tens of thousands of Palestinian people marked this anniversary. More than 55, including children, ... More >>

National final of the Race Unity Speech Awards held

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 9:34 am | New Zealand Police

Year 13 student Hena Dugh of Hastings’ Girls High School has won the national final of the Race Unity Speech Awards. More >>

Growing Up in New Zealand welcomes funding announcement

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 9:31 am | Growing Up in New Zealand

Growing Up in New Zealand has welcomed today’s announcement from the Minister for Social Development, the Honourable Carmel Sepuloni, that it will restore funding of more than $1.9 million to the child development study. More >>

Wedding Gift to be given to Pillars New Zealand

Monday, 14 May 2018, 6:39 pm | Pillars

Pillars New Zealand is delighted to be the recipient of the New Zealand Government’s gift for the marriage of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle this Saturday. More >>

Vaping regulation: Risk-proportionate

Monday, 14 May 2018, 6:37 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

The Ministry of Health are making moves to regulate vapes, e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. This is supported by Hāpai Te Hauora who hopes that the Ministry do their best to provide effective and sustainable regulation. "Regulation is ... More >>

Government u-turns on transparency for taxpayers

Monday, 14 May 2018, 4:09 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The abandonment of Labour’s commitment to reform the Official Information Act makes of mockery of the Government’s commitment to be the ‘most transparent and open’ in New Zealand’s history. Responding to Minister of Justice Andrew Little’s backdown, ... More >>

Budget 2018: Best opportunity to benefit all children

Monday, 14 May 2018, 3:46 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says Budget 2018 is an opportunity for the new Government to take further bold action for families and children affected by structural socio-economic disadvantage. More >>

Organisations unite to fight plastic

Monday, 14 May 2018, 3:23 pm | Kiwi Bottle Drive

Zero Waste campaigners are excited for the celebration launch tomorrow of an open letter addressed to the beehive and calling for strong action on ocean plastics. The Kiwi Bottle Drive has teamed up with ocean campaigners, Auckland Zoo, community ... More >>

Triangular Bill should not proceed

Monday, 14 May 2018, 1:57 pm | EMA

A proposed Bill which seeks to add further regulation to New Zealand’s industrial framework in the labour hire sector should not proceed says the EMA. More >>

Call to abolish capital charges on DHBs

Monday, 14 May 2018, 1:28 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Capital charges on the country’s district health boards should be scrapped, says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research for the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Israel Institute repeats falsehoods on Iran

Monday, 14 May 2018, 1:26 pm | Palestine Human Rights Campaign

In a Press Release dated 12 May 2018 , the Israel Institute's director, Dr David Cumin, welcomed US President Trump's reckless and destabilising decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of world powers. The Institute's Press ... More >>

Hidden Building Pollution Exposed: New Report

Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:27 pm | Green Building Council

Much more must be done to tackle the amount of climate change pollution produced by New Zealand’s buildings, suggests a new report released today by a team of international independent sustainability consultants. The new report by thinkstep, who work with ... More >>

NZ'ers Choose Sustainable Seafood For Future Generations

Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:11 pm | Marine Stewardship Council

In a new study, 83 percent of New Zealand respondents reported they believe we need to protect fish so our children and grandchildren can enjoy seafood. The research was produced by independent body, Globescan, commissioned on behalf of NGO the Marine ... More >>




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