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ACC’s sexuality education won’t protect young Māori

Friday, 3 August 2018, 11:06 am | Te Whariki Takapou

Māori sexual and reproductive health promotion organisations Te Whāriki Takapou is highly critical of the decision by ACC to spend $18.4m on the ‘Mates and Dates’ programme rather than invest in culturally appropriate teacher-led sexuality education ... More >>

EU Decision on Gene Editing Tech Supports NZ legislation

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:30 am | GE Free NZ

Organisations and individuals concerned about the risks posed by GMOs applaud the ruling by the European Court of Justice that the new advanced gene-editing technologies, called ‘GMO 2.0,' are genetically modified organisms and should go through the ... More >>

Outdoor Council Agrees Nelson Marlborough Mining “Crazy"

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:24 am | CORANZ

A government decision to call for prospecting mining permits for public lands in Nelson Marlborough is not only short-sighted and disrespectful to the environment but treachery says the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ). More >>

BP has foot on the gas towards cage-free future

Friday, 3 August 2018, 8:43 am | SAFE

SAFE is applauding BP for being the first petrol and retail outlet in New Zealand to jump on board with the international cage-free egg movement. Being quick off the mark, whole cage eggs are already off the shelves across all 98 stores nationwide. ... More >>

Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust funding round now open

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 5:55 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Members of the public are invited to apply to the current funding round of the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust. Applications close on 26 September 2018. More >>

Legislated health targets not the answer

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 2:34 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Legislated health targets would be a clunky, heavy-handed way to monitor public hospitals and could end up putting patients at risk,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Greens’ gaming policy is just corporate welfare

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

2 AUGUST 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE It’s disappointing to see the Greens abandon their long-held position on corporate welfare for gaming industry subsidies, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Ngāpuhi Hapū Reject Group's Proposal to Settle Claims

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 1:21 pm | Ngapuhi Hapu

Ngāpuhi hapū formally rejected a Ministerial technical groups’ proposal to settle their Tiriti o Waitangi claims at a hui held at the Korokota marae in Titoki, just outside of Whangarei on Tuesday this week. More >>

Prisoner advocates to join peaceful rally against racism

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 12:59 pm | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

Prisoner advocacy organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) will be joining the Tāmaki Anti-Fascist coalition in Aotea Square this Friday to mobilise against a public talk by Canadian white supremacists, Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern. More >>

‘Double-bunking’ changes inconsistent with UN Rules

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 12:46 pm | New Zealand Law Society

A proposed law change making prison cell sharing or ‘double bunking’ the norm is inconsistent with New Zealand’s obligations under UN Rules relating to treatment of prisoners, the Law Society says. More >>

High calibre candidates for High Country Advisory Group

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 11:24 am | Land Information New Zealand

The Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) today announced the members of the new South Island High Country Advisory Group. More >>

Tour leader found with fruit fly

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 11:18 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

Fruit fly larvae carried by a tour party leader could have devastated New Zealand’s horticulture industry, says Biosecurity New Zealand. More >>

Family Court review welcomed

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 11:10 am | New Zealand Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society welcomes the announcement of an independent panel to review the 2014 changes to the Family Court. More >>

Whānau join with teachers and principals

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 11:08 am | NZEI Te Riu Roa

Educators will be hitting the streets tomorrow before and after school, hosting a range of events in a day of community action. More >>

They spent WHAT on a mirror?!

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 10:03 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff needs to front up and explain how he can justify introducing new taxes and levies when the Council has $260,000 to spend on a 2.4-metre-diameter mirror to hang above a CBD street . More >>

ACC medical advisors cancel strikes as talks progress

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 9:40 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“ACC’s medical advisors have called off planned strikes as significant progress has been made on two issues greatly concerning them,” says Lloyd Woods, a Senior Industrial Officer with the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Medical Cannabis Patients Plan Rally

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 9:28 am | NORML

Medicinal cannabis patients are tired of politicians playing games while they suffer and remain at risk of prosecution. More >>

Dunne Speaks: The PM is back, but things have changed

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 9:23 am | Peter Dunne

The Prime Minister returns from her maternity leave today, but not to lead the same government she was just a few weeks ago. Over recent weeks, the Labour/New Zealand First coalition, supported by the Greens, has undergone a subtle but perceptible ... More >>

MPI sets the record straight with Forest & Bird

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 9:12 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

MPI is disappointed that Forest and Bird thinks it necessary to make inaccurate claims about combined efforts to prevent the spread of Kauri dieback. More >>

Hauraki Iwi Don’t Sign Hauraki Settlement!

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 9:08 am | Ngati Paoa

Ngāti Paoa are one of many Iwi from Hauraki who will not be signing the Hauraki Settlement with the Minister today. More >>

CPAG calls for a legal limit on the total cost of credit

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 5:20 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) endorses the Nga Tangata Microfinance (NTM) submission on the Review of Consumer Credit. More >>

PSA members’ commitment may break IR strike deadlock

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 5:08 pm | Public Service Association

Around 3000 Inland Revenue Department (IR) staff walked off the job in a half-day strike today, showing commitment which may have broken the deadlock between IR and PSA members. More >>

Shortland Street highlights need for balanced information

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 4:26 pm | Human Rights Commission

1 August 2018: Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says the current storyline on New Zealand drama Shortland Street emphasises the need for balanced information about Down syndrome. More >>

Council set to erode democracy with unelected members

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 2:56 pm | Democracy Action

Hamilton City Council’s plan to appoint non-elected members to Council committees will erode local democracy, says Democracy Action. More >>

PAROLE - A Modern Day Faery story

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 2:22 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

PAROLE - A Modern Day Faery story A time consuming charade designed to advance government policy 1st August 2018 Once upon a time the saying ‘do the crime, do the time’ was understood by ordinary people to mean the consequences of one’s actions had ... More >>

Media statement from Toni Waho on High Court Judgment

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 1:23 pm | Felix Geiringer

Kātahi anō Te Kōti Teitei i whakatau i tētehi wero ā-ture a Toni Waho ki Te Poari Matua o te Tarati ā-motu o ngā Kōhanga Reo. Tērā te wā he Kaitiaki a Waho mō taua Poari. He mea ōkawa mārika tā te Kōti, ko tā Te Poari Matua pana ... More >>

Rising wages show ability to deliver better lives

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 12:33 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard today welcomed the news that wages are finally being actively lifted out of long-term stagnation with the release of new data by Statistics New Zealand . More >>

New Zealand ratifies nuclear ban treaty

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 12:31 pm | iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand

New Zealand's instrument of ratification for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was deposited by Ambassador Craig Hawke, Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, in a ceremony at 5pm on 31 July - 9am today NZ time. Congratulations ... More >>

Community to rally against racism

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 12:16 pm | Tamaki Anti-Fascist Action

“Members of Auckland’s diverse communities are uniting against racism and the politics of hate at Aotea Square at 5.30pm this Friday, 3 August,” said Sina Brown-Davis, spokesperson for Tāmaki Anti-fascist Action (TAFA). More >>

DHB Chair should front up over $90,000 for legal challenge

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 12:02 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

MEDIA RELEASE DHB Chair should front up over $90,000 for legal challenge to ‘angled shelves’ More >>

Inadequate Superannuation

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 12:01 pm | Grey Power New Zealand

The Grey Power Federation has called on the Government to act swiftly to avoid a looming crisis for people who are solely dependent on national superannuation. More >>

NZDF Mentors Fiji Peacekeeping Trainers

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 11:59 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is mentoring Fiji Peacekeeping School personnel, who are training about 150 troops due to be posted as peacekeepers in the Middle East. More >>

Non-compliant Landlords could pay penalties to their tenants

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 11:59 am | IAONZ

The Insulation Association of New Zealand is a non-profit organisation whose primary role is to establish nationwide performance benchmarks for the supply and installation of residential insulation. More >>

E tū demands action over AFFCO boiler

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 11:34 am | E tu

E tū has written to WorkSafe asking it to urgently respond to a second incident involving the boiler at AFFCO’s Moerewa meat works, which seriously injured a boilerman in an incident last month. More >>

Gloriavale funding is par for the course under Shane Jones

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 11:28 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Taxpayer funding for the likes of Gloriavale is an inevitable outcome of Shane Jones’ billion-dollar slush fund, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “When the $3 billion slush fund was set ... More >>

Time to measure Nation’s Well-being on Quality of Life

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 11:17 am | CORANZ

A national outdoor recreation forum wants New Zealand to ditch the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measurement of New Zealand’s progress and replace it with Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). Andi Cockroft, chairman of the Council of Outdoor Recreation ... More >>

HiFX Data Update - NZ Q2 Employment Release

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 11:15 am | HiFX

The NZ Employment numbers for Q2 have just been released. They came in somewhat mixed compared with expectations: NZ Employment data for Q2 was: - Employment (Q/Q) 0.5% (consensus 0.4%) - Employment (Y/Y) 3.7% (consensus 3.6%) - Unemployment Rate 4.5% ... More >>

Slight rise in unemployment and underutilisation rates

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 11:02 am | Statistics New Zealand

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.5 percent in the June 2018 quarter, up from 4.4 percent last quarter, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Minimum wage pushes up private sector pay rates

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 10:59 am | Statistics New Zealand

The rise in the minimum wage helped lift private sector salary and wage rates 2.1 percent in the June 2018 year, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Employment highest ever for women

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 10:57 am | Statistics New Zealand

The seasonally adjusted employment rate for women rose to 62.8 percent in the June 2018 quarter, Stats NZ said today. This follows an employment rate of 62.6 percent last quarter. More >>

Netsafe to tackle child sexual abuse material online

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 10:29 am | Netsafe

New Zealand online safety organisation Netsafe is voted on to the Board of global INHOPE network, as it ramps up its work to tackle child sexual abuse material online. More >>

When is a worker a contractor versus an employee?

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 10:21 am | First Union

FIRST Union plans to seek a determination in the Employment Court as to whether courier drivers are employees and therefore covered by employment legislation. The decision to do so follows a two-week long exposure by John Campbell on Radio New Zealand’s ... More >>

Inland Revenue keen for bargaining to recommence

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 10:11 am | New Zealand Inland Revenue

Commissioner of Inland Revenue Naomi Ferguson is calling for a resumption of talks with the union that represents about half the agency’s staff. More >>

Pike River Recovery Agency starts risk assessments

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 9:45 am | Pike River Recovery Agency

On 19 July 2018 the Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-Entry, Andrew Little, signed off the Agency’s baseline Concept Plan as the basis for further detailed planning and preparatory work on required equipment and infrastructure. More >>

Primary teachers and principals vote for full-day strike

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 9:37 am | NZEI Te Riu Roa

NZEI Te Riu Roa principal and teacher members have both voted for full day strike action on August 15. More >>

Another seabed mining permit lapses

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 9:35 am | KASM

The news that seabed mining company Trans Tasman Resources Ltd (TTR) has let yet another New Zealand mining permit lapse was heralded today by Kiwis Against Seabed Mining. More >>

The heading ‘CRIMINAL JUSTICE SUMMIT’ says it all

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 5:15 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Justice Minister Andrew Little has said the upcoming Criminal Justice Summit is for victims as well as offenders, but Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) Youth Advocate Jess McVicar disagrees “The summit is meant to be about reforming our justice system ... More >>

Further strike action at IRD tomorrow

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 4:21 pm | Public Service Association

WHERE: Rallies and events at various locations around NZ - see below PSA members at the Inland Revenue Department (IR) will hold a 4-hour strike tomorrow (1 August), because their employer is refusing to come back to the table to discuss pay and pay ... More >>

New paper on role of culture in Living Standards Framework

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Treasury

A new paper called Future work on the role of culture in the Treasury’s Living Standards Framework has been published by the Treasury today. It is part of the Living Standards Series of discussion papers aimed at promoting and supporting conversations ... More >>

Reflections on the case of Ruby Knox

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 3:44 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) believes that the review into the murder of Ruby Knox by her mother in 2016, published this month, raises serious issues that should be urgently addressed. More >>

Tweaks Don’t Hit the Mark

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 3:22 pm | Financial Advice New Zealand

Katrina Shanks, CEO of Financial Advice New Zealand says the Select Committee review of the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill (FSLAB) has fallen short of the mark for both Kiwis and the advice profession. More >>

New Zealand children’s exposure to alcohol marketing

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 3:05 pm | University of Otago

Innovative camera research has revealed that New Zealand children are exposed to alcohol marketing on average 4.5 times per day. The collaborative research by the Universities of Otago and Auckland, found children were exposed to alcohol marketing ... More >>

CPAG calls for review of all benefit debts

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 2:48 pm | CPAG

Urgent changes must be made following the d ecision by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) not to appeal the High Court’s ruling that loans are not income for benefit purposes, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). More >>

Judgment: New public interest defence to defamation claims

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 2:32 pm | NZ Court of Appeal

1. The Court of Appeal today released a judgment recognising the existence of a new public interest defence to defamation claims arising from mass publications. The elements of the new defence are that the subject matter of the publication must be ... More >>

Māori Television calls on E Tū union to settle pay dispute

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 2:11 pm | Maori Television

Māori Television has called on the E Tū Union to ratify and bring to a close a prolonged collective bargaining process in the interest of its staff. Since initiation of negotiations 10 meetings have been held with a view to seek a resolution. More >>

Inland Revenue managers run for cover as strike action looms

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 1:53 pm | Public Service Association

Senior management at the Inland Revenue Department (IR) have decided to cancel a two-day conference in Auckland, rather than front up to a small group of workers tomorrow. More >>

Ministry and NZEI enter mediation

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 12:47 pm | Joint Press Release

The Ministry of Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa have agreed to enter into mediation today over primary teacher negations for their collective agreement. More >>

Appeal over angle of shelves appalling waste of public money

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 12:43 pm | NZABC

An appalling waste of public time, money and energy is how the Alcohol Beverage Council is describing a decision by the Manawatu Medical Officer of Health to appeal to the High Court over the angle of shelving in a Dannevirke supermarket. More >>

Boats to Gaza a Violation of International Law

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 12:24 pm | Embassy of Israel

The flotilla to Gaza, which is in direct violation of international law, is a cynical publicity stunt designed to divert the attention from the fact that Hamas, with its brutal ruling of Gaza since 2007, invested in terror instead of the welfare of its ... More >>

Mike Treen repeatedly tasered by Israeli Occupation Forces

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 11:58 am | Unite Union

We have now received a direct report from Mike in Givon Prison. More >>




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