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Major changes at one of NZ’s largest trade unions

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 9:22 am | FIRST Union

FIRST Union, the union representing 27,500 New Zealanders in retail, finance and transport and logistics, is undergoing major changes as its President, General Secretary and Retail and Finance Secretary deliver their retirement speeches in Auckland this ... More >>

Youngest Kiwis to Benefit From Government’s First 100 Days

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 9:18 am | New Zealand Plunket Society

Plunket says the Government’s decision to bring in its Families Package by 1 July 2018 and to set targets to reduce child poverty are steps forward in giving the welfare of New Zealand’s young children the priority it deserves. The plans were confirmed ... More >>

Dunne Speaks

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 8:24 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealand is at times an unlikely and certainly uncomfortable colonial overlord. When former Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand referred in his speeches to countries of the "realm of New Zealand", his language was often mocked as grandiloquent, ... More >>

ACT Stands Alone Against Expansion of Entitlement Culture

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 8:22 am | ACT New Zealand

Tonight the ACT Party stood alone in Parliament voting 1-119 against The Government's Paid Parental Leave and Employment Protection amendment Bill. The Bill would raise the entitlement to Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks by 2020. More >>

No New Mines on Conservation Land Welcomed

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 8:21 am | ECO

Conservation and environmental announcements in the government’s agenda outlined in the Speech from the Throne are very welcome, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations, ECO. More >>

A new era signalled for education

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 5:21 pm | NZEI

Today’s Speech from the Throne could herald a new era, in which children’s health, welfare and education are truly valued, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. NZEI President Lynda Stuart said it was a pleasure to hear the new government’s clear focus on doing ... More >>

Public Policy Institute will address key policy issues

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 1:51 pm | University of Auckland

The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Arts is launching a comprehensive Public Policy Institute (PPI) to foster independent, critical research on key policy issues affecting New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific and the broader global community. More >>

Call for abuse inquiry going to the Prime Minister

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 1:38 pm | Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust Aotearoa

The Prime Minister is to be presented with a resolution calling for an inquiry into all institutional abuse of children in New Zealand from attendees at an international conference in Christchurch organised by the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust ... More >>

Pastor sentenced over lying to Immigration New Zealand

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 1:27 pm | Immigration NZ

A dual Samoan New Zealand pastor and his church have been sentenced on charges relating to lying to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) to sponsor a Samoan police officer who was offered work as a youth pastor even though they had no money to pay him. More >>

TOP Congratulates New Government on Cannabis Stance

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 1:17 pm | The Opportunities Party

Cannabis law reform is finally gaining momentum under the Labour/ NZ First Government. TOP’s policy on this issue – advocating legal, regulated and taxed cannabis, a grow-your-own allowance and a legal use age of 20 – was one of the most clearly ... More >>

Attitudes and Assumptions

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 1:15 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

Last month, Rebecca Occleston of Beneficiary Advisory Service released an article entitled Working and Welfare. As a follow up to this, she is now presenting Attitudes and Assumptions. More >>

5 steps governments can take to stop another #ParadisePapers

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 12:04 pm | Oxfam

Governments must take five immediate steps to stop corporations and the super-rich cheating poor countries out of over $170 billion in tax revenues every year, said Oxfam today in the wake of the Paradise Papers leak. More >>

Navigating the Oil and Mining Debate in New Zealand

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 11:58 am | Bridget Williams Books

There is a deep dysfunction in the way we talk about oil and mining. Oil and mining developments in New Zealand are always contentious. From the 40,000 people who marched through Auckland in 2010 to protest mining in conversation areas, to protests against ... More >>

RBNZ Changes Mean More Inflation And More Tax

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 11:04 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government's plan to amend the Reserve Bank Act in an effort to "maximise employment" is likely to lead to more taxation by stealth, says the Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Bullying is a criminal issue, not an employment matter

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 9:19 am | CultureSafe

The Employment Relations Authority is not the place where workplace bullying should be ruled on according to an employee advocate. More >>

Tūhoe leader Tāmati Kruger to deliver Bruce Jesson Lecture

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 5:20 pm | Bruce Jesson Foundation

A leader of the Tūhoe people’s drive for self-determination, Tamati Kruger, will give the 2017 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture on 31 October. More >>

Treasury: Monthly Economic Indicators for October

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 4:22 pm | New Zealand Treasury

The Monthly Economic Indicators report for October 2017 is now available: Key points: • An easing in surveyed business activity and soft agricultural production points to slower growth in the September quarter than forecast in the Pre-election ... More >>

Time to set a new direction around data

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 2:20 pm | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

Social service providers have welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, that the previous government’s requirement for community organisations to forward personal data on their clients will be scrapped. More >>

Employees must be offered extra hours before new staff hired

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 2:07 pm | Unite Union

In a determination of the Employment Relations Authority released yesterday, it was held that Wendy’s was required to offer Rosemary Williams additional hours of work before it hired new staff. It had failed to do so over a 3-month period which disadvantaged ... More >>

E tū acknowledges Vector as Living Wage leader

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 12:21 pm | E tu

E tū would like to congratulate Vector on joining the Living Wage Employer Accreditation programme and would encourage the firms in Vector’s supply chain to do likewise. More >>

Kudos on Zero Carbon Commitment

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 11:50 am | The Opportunities Party

Labour has begun to make its way through their list of promises for the first 100 days in office. So far we have been somewhat underwhelmed by the policy announcements made; you can see our thoughts on Labour’s minimum wage increases and their foreign ... More >>

NZITF Partners with Cyber Smart Week 2017

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 11:11 am | NZITF

The New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF) has signed up as an official partner of Cyber Smart Week - a nationwide cyber security awareness campaign being run during the last week of November. More >>

Mum and baby bond gets help to establish

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 11:00 am | NZNO

NZNO welcomes the increase in paid parental leave and points out that breast feeding for the first six months of life, as recommended by the world health organisation (WHO), is a better start for babies. Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku says extending paid ... More >>

Renewed Policy Targets Agreement signed

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 10:14 am | Reserve Bank

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer today signed an unchanged Policy Targets Agreement (PTA) , which sets out specific targets for maintaining price stability. More >>

Vector spot-on to adopt the Living Wage

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 9:09 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The announcement that Auckland electricity and gas provider Vector has become a fully-accredited Living Wage employer is a landmark move says Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff. More >>

Three strikes a great success

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 8:56 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Andrew Little says that the three strikes law has caused a lot of harm. Sensible Sentencing says this is absolute nonsense and that on the contrary, three strikes has worked exactly as intended, and is a great success. More >>

Greenpeace calls on Govt to stand up for the Pacific

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 8:41 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Tuesday, November 7: Greenpeace is calling on the new Government to stand alongside New Zealand’s Pacific neighbours during the COP23 climate change summit, which kicked off last night. More >>

Paid Parental Leave Puts Value on Parenting

Monday, 6 November 2017, 6:46 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is welcoming the government’s commitment to raising paid parental leave to 26 weeks, saying that it recognises and puts a value on the benefit of investing in hands-on parenting for babies, especially in middle- to low-income families. It ... More >>

Paid Parental Leave extension announcement welcomed by HRC

Monday, 6 November 2017, 6:24 pm | Human Rights Commission

6 November 2018: The Human Rights Commission has today welcomed news that the Government will be introducing legislation to extend the amount of Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks by 2020. More >>

Australian Ministers warned against travel to NZ

Monday, 6 November 2017, 4:48 pm | Auckland Peace Action

“A day after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull again rejected New Zealand’s offer to resettle some refugees held in prison gulags on Manus Island, he has been warned not to visit New Zealand as he may face arrest on charges of crimes against ... More >>

NZ’s littlest citizens finally given full 26 weeks

Monday, 6 November 2017, 4:38 pm | 26 for Babies

The 26 for Babies coalition was ecstatic to receive the news today that paid parental leave will be extended to 22 weeks next year and to the full 26 weeks by 2020. Spokesperson Rebecca Matthews-Heron described the coalition as ‘over the moon’ when they heard ... More >>

Parents can focus on the important things with new policy

Monday, 6 November 2017, 4:12 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Mums, dads and other caregivers in paid work around the country will breathe a sigh of relief at the announcement of better paid parental leave today. More >>

Public Health Association widely misrepresented

Monday, 6 November 2017, 3:18 pm | Public Health Association

“The Public Health Association strongly supports facilities for families of children in hospital with serious conditions receiving publicly funded health care. Our criticism is of the undesirable marketing of the fast food industry arising from the naming ... More >>

Does the New Government Mean Open Government?

Monday, 6 November 2017, 3:09 pm | Max Rashbrooke

In one of her first major interviews after becoming prime minister, Jacinda Ardern told Checkpoint that she wanted to not just do more with government but also change the way it operated. “I also want this government to feel different, I want people ... More >>

Paradise Papers: NZ Govt urged to demonstrate leadership

Monday, 6 November 2017, 1:36 pm | Oxfam NZ

The New Zealand Government has a huge opportunity to demonstrate leadership on the global stage in reforming the worlds rigged and unjust global tax system, Oxfam said today. More >>

Māori language champions to be celebrated at national awards

Monday, 6 November 2017, 1:26 pm | Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori

Ko te kaitirikohu waehere ki te reo Māori, ko te tangata whakatū wānanga mō ngā ritenga ture reorua i roto i ngā tau, ko te tangata kua whakapau tautini i ōna kaha ki te whakaora i te reo Māori, koia nei ētahi o ngā whakahirahira kua eke ... More >>

NZPFA aiming for world-beating agreement for women members

Monday, 6 November 2017, 12:48 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The New Zealand Professional Footballers Association (NZPFA) has the support of union members as they go into bargaining with New Zealand Football this week. "I think it’s expected by most people now that women receive equal treatment and respect ... More >>

TransTasman Political Pulse

Monday, 6 November 2017, 12:32 pm | TransTasman

INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS - Finance Minister Grant Robertson says he is not “especially concerned” at the sharp fall in the dollar. Against the greenback, it has slid about 3.5% since Oct 19. The TWI is at a 17-month low. More >>

Crowdfunded Billboards Play on Labour Slogan to Protest TPPA

Monday, 6 November 2017, 11:21 am | ActionStation

Hundreds of people have crowdfunded nine giant billboards around the country in a protest against the TPPA11. More >>

Commonsense bans all single use shopping bags NOW

Monday, 6 November 2017, 10:59 am | Commonsense Conservation Council

Commonsense is phasing out single use shopping bags – starting from now! ‘We were really delighted that both the major supermarkets announced they were introducing a ban – in a year’s time. We haven’t used plastic shopping bags for over a ... More >>

An Aotearoa New Zealand Where Every Child Shines Brightly

Monday, 6 November 2017, 10:19 am | Barnardos

An Aotearoa New Zealand Where Every Child Shines Brightly – Barnardos Briefing to the Incoming Government More >>

Statement by Dave Macpherson regarding Board Chair

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 6:20 pm | Dave Macpherson

Statement by Waikato DHB elected member Dave Macpherson regarding Board Chair's position There have been a number of public calls in recent days for the resignation of Waikato DHB Board Chair Bob Simcock, arising out of the $218,000 expenses claimed ... More >>

Time to ban deadly electronic distractions

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 4:40 pm | Dog And Lemon guide

It’s time to ban all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, from using cellphones or wearing earphones, says the car review website . editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says: “Electronic ... More >>

Mana: The Movement Rolls on

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 1:31 pm | Mana Party

The Movement Rolls on Press Release: Sun 5 Nov 2017 “Let me start by congratulating Jacinda Adern. She hauled the Labour Party out of the morgue, slapped some life into them and blew away the tired old National government to become Prime Minister of ... More >>

Q+A: Tracey Martin interviewed by Jessica Mutch

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 1:28 pm | TVNZ

The new Minister for Children says she’ll be a "brave minister" NZ First MP and Minister for Children Tracey Martin told TVNZ 1’s Q+A that she will be “brave” when it comes to protecting children and her responbilities within Oranga Tamariki. ... More >>

Q+A: HSBC Chief Economist for Australia and NZ

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 1:25 pm | TVNZ

Q+A: HSBC Chief Economist for Australia and NZ Paul Bloxham interviewed by Jessica Mutch More >>

Q+A: Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 1:21 pm | TVNZ

The Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter is vowing to close the gender pay gap in the public sector ‘within four years.’ ‘Well, the gender pay gap still exists, and it’s particularly bad for women of colour – Maori and Pacific women, it’s ... More >>

Time for Waikato DHB Chair to show accountability

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 12:52 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Waikato District Health Board Chair Bob Simcock has to demonstrate accountability by resigning in order to help end the embarrassment over the excessive expenditure by the DHB’s former chief executive, ... More >>

Taxis over ride-sharing apps cost taxpayers

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 12:35 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Bureaucrats picking taxis over ride-sharing apps cost taxpayers at least $9.8m 5 NOVEMBER 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New research by the Taxpayers’ Union shows that bureaucrats choosing more expensive taxi services over ride-sharing apps like ... More >>

Gilbert meets with Russian Children's Rights Commissioner

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 12:23 pm | I Am Adopted

Alex Gilbert meets with Children's Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation More >>

Historic Inauguration Ceremony Welcomes Te Pou Tupua

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 11:59 am | Nga Tangata Tiaki o Whanganui

Historic Inauguration Ceremony Welcomes Te Pou Tupua In a historic first, Dame Tariana Turia and Whanganui Iwi Poukōrero (tribal historian) Turama Hawira were inaugurated as Te Pou Tupua at a pre-dawn ceremony at the Whanganui River in Taumarunui this ... More >>

Trust Welcomes Local Government Support of Te Pou Tupua

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 11:58 am | Nga Tangata Tiaki o Whanganui

Ngā Tāngata Tiaki O Whanganui Trust Welcomes Local Government Support of Te Pou Tupua Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust Chairman Gerrard Albert has welcomed statements of support for Te Pou Tupua from local government this weekend. More >>

State Broadcaster Competes With Porn Sites For Content

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 1:53 pm | Family First

Family First NZ is writing to the new Minister of Broadcasting Clare Curran asking why the state broadcaster is broadcasting a show saturated with full front nudity and adult sexually-charged discussions throughout the programme and screened on a ... More >>

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Derek Handley

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 12:58 pm | The Nation

Entrepreneur Derek Handley has been back in the country identifying more young people to join his Aera fellowship. The programme assigns what it calls 'socially transformative' projects to those heading overseas to study. Handley encourages young people to chase ... More >>

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Lauren Duca

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 12:56 pm | The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Lauren Duca Well, playing against type, Teen Vogue magazine has become a major voice in the anti-Trump resistance that’s been led by columnist Lauren Duca. I spoke to her from New York and asked her what exactly ... More >>

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Phil Twyford

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 12:54 pm | The Nation

Housing Minister Phil Twyford says about 16,000 of the 100,000 Kiwibuild houses will be built in the first three years, leaving 84,000 to be built in the seven years after that. He says the average of 10,000 a year will be hit in the third year. More >>

Chen Palmer's GPS (Government Positioning System)

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 12:42 pm | Chen Palmer

Chen Palmer Partners is pleased to announce it will be publishing Chen Palmer’s GPS (Government Positioning System): Who’s Who in Wellington. This Report is by the Firm’s leading public lawyers who specialise in government relations - Mai ... More >>

Government Takes First Baby Steps On Foreign Control

Friday, 3 November 2017, 6:33 pm | CAFCA

The Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) congratulates the Government on taking its first baby steps on the major issue of foreign control. Of course we are pleased that it is going to ban foreign speculators from buying houses. But, ... More >>

PM urged to protect health in TPPA negotiations

Friday, 3 November 2017, 6:31 pm | Joint Press Release

In a letter today to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, three health organisations set out major concerns on the Trans Pacific Partnership 11. The three groups, Doctors for Healthy Trade, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, and OraTaiao: New Zealand ... More >>

Gambling sector rejects claims that gambling is on increase

Friday, 3 November 2017, 4:50 pm | Bruce Robertson

A spokesman representing societies and venues involved in raising funds for the community from gaming machines in pubs and clubs says claims made today by Professor Peter Adams from the University of Auckland Gambling studies unit are not supported by ... More >>




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