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Open letter to Gerry Brownlee

Friday, 12 May 2017, 11:39 am | Te Tau Ihu Palestine Solidarity - TeTIPS

We the undersigned were dismayed and alarmed when you, as a newly appointed Foreign Minister, described Aotearoa’s co-sponsorship of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 (UNSCR 2334) as “premature”. Moreover we find your retraction ... More >>

Compassion is Not a Crime, Says Euthanasia Campaigner

Friday, 12 May 2017, 11:26 am | Voluntary Euthanasia Society

“Compassion should not be a crime,” Maryan Street, President of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, said Friday, commenting on Suzy Austen’s appearance in court charged with aiding a suicide. More >>

Promotion & Enabling of Suicide Always A Crime

Friday, 12 May 2017, 11:22 am | Family First

Family First NZ says that it is disturbing that a group is campaigning for a woman charged with importing a drug linked to euthanasia and charged with assisting suicide. More >>

Scrap Draft Employment (Pay Equity Equal Pay) Exposure Bill

Friday, 12 May 2017, 11:07 am | Coalition for Equal Value Equal Pay - CEVEP

The government’s draft pay equity bill should be scrapped, says the Coalition for Equal Value Equal Pay. The government says it wants to make it easier for women to claim pay equity without going to court. But this Bill would do the opposite. More >>

PHARMAC budget increase welcome news for Pharma

Friday, 12 May 2017, 11:06 am | Dr George Laking

Trade Minister Todd McClay has said, correctly, that the legislation implementing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will not come into force unless and until the agreement does. On its face, the government’s move today to ratify the ... More >>

Smoking policy in DHB mental health units

Friday, 12 May 2017, 10:53 am | Dave Macpherson

Dear Minister – you will be aware of the recent death of a young Palmerston North woman who was given leave from that Hospital’s Mental Health Unit to ‘go outside for a smoke’, due to the policy of all DHB’s to ban smoking on their precincts, ... More >>

Government Has an Opportunity to Get Equal Pay Right

Friday, 12 May 2017, 9:40 am | Pay Equity Coalition

Given the lack of support for equal pay from the Government that voted against pay transparency, they have at least one last opportunity to put things right says the Pay Equity Coalition. More >>

Withdraw the Draft Employment (Pay Equity & Equal Pay) Bill

Friday, 12 May 2017, 9:29 am | Women's Studies Association

The Women's Studies Association (NZ)/Pae Akoranga Wāhine calls for the draft Employment (Pay Equity & Equal Pay) Bill to be withdrawn. More >>

Protests at ANZ Branches

Friday, 12 May 2017, 9:14 am | 350 Dunedin

Over the last 24 hours, there have been several actions at ANZ branches throughout Dunedin, because of ANZ's investments in coal, oil and gas. This is a part of a global wave of climate action between May 5th and 13th calling on institutions to stop funding ... More >>

What Next? Have your say on New Zealand's future

Friday, 12 May 2017, 9:02 am | TVNZ

What Next? Have your say on New Zealand's future TVNZ invites New Zealand to visit and join the conversation on what our country should look like in 2037. More >>

Report confirms Govt weakening water standards

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 10:06 pm | Choose Clean Water

Report confirms Govt weakening water standards 11 May 2017 For Immediate Release A NIWA report released today has confirmed that the Government’s water policy is weakening swimming standards for rivers and lakes, which campaigners say will only ... More >>

Altogether Autism applauds Education Amendment Bill

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 10:05 pm | Altogether Autism

11 May 2017 - New Zealand’s leading provider of research-based autism information today acknowledged the historic passing of the third and final reading of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill, which prohibits the use of seclusion in schools and early ... More >>

Water standards consultation a shambles

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 9:57 pm | Forest And Bird

Water standards consultation a shambles 11 May 2017 Forest & Bird is calling the Government’s consultation process for freshwater standards a complete shambles, in the face of new scientific analysis that shows the new proposed standard for swimmability ... More >>

Divestment from fossil fuels

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 4:55 pm | 350 Aotearoa

A climate change skeptic has been appointed head of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The Australian government has made the development of so-called ‘clean coal’ a priority, despite coal dust contaminating sensitive Queensland wetlands ... More >>

Tourism infrastructure funding a step in the right direction

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 4:19 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand says the Tourism Infrastructure Fund of $102m over four years announced today is a welcome contribution towards meeting the country’s tourism infrastructure needs. More >>

Annual protest against Deep Sea Oil Drilling

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 2:21 pm | Oil Free Otautahi

On the 20th of May, protesters will be standing up together against Deep Sea Oil Drilling at the 7th consecutive Hands Across the Sand event at New Brighton Pier. More >>

Debt to Income Caps Recommended

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 1:53 pm | NZMEA

Debt to Income caps (DTI) have been highlighted in a recent IMF report as an important measure to build resilience in our banks and housing market to protect financial stability. The Government needs to be willing to give the RBNZ the power to implement ... More >>

Petition delivery at MP Grant Robertson’s office

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 1:46 pm | ActionStation

A combined petition of over 6300 signatures, signed by 1399 Wellingtonians, urges dramatically increased funding for healthcare services and will be delivered tomorrow carried on a hospital stretcher in time for this month's budget. More >>

DOC’s tourism money welcome, but needed for saving species

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 1:22 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says more funding for the Department of Conservation to deal with the impacts of tourism is a useful start, but it’s not enough and it won’t help our struggling threatened species. More >>

Seymour package affordable, even without cuts

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 12:46 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to ACT Party Leader David Seymour's announcement of the Party's 2017 tax policy, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union , says: More >>

BPS not the answer to inequality or families in trouble

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 12:05 pm | Closing The Gap

“The leaked Government line on social spending in this month’s budget is just another Band-Aid solution designed to defend the status quo”, said Peter Malcolm, spokesman for the income equality project Closing the Gap. More >>

2 Sets of Urgent Recommendations for Recent Inquiries

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 11:33 am | Transport Accident Investigation Commission

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has published interim reports with urgent recommendations relating to two different inquiries opened recently: AO-2017-001, collision with terrain, Eurocopter AS350-BA, ZK-HKW, Port Hills, Christchurch, 14 ... More >>

Havelock North report provides useful guidance

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 10:44 am | LGNZ

Local Government New Zealand says the report into the Havelock North water contamination inquiry released yesterday makes an important contribution to water management practice in New Zealand. More >>

Stats NZ lease deal ‘astronomical’

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 10:23 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Statistics New Zealand’s new lease with Wellington’s Chow Brothers for offices at 318 Lambton Quay signs up taxpayers for $794 per square metre per year – an ‘astronomical’ amount for office space according to the New Zealand Taxpayers’ ... More >>

Variable subsidies must be ruled out

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 10:04 am | NZ Union of Students' Associations

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) is urging the Government to rule out a ‘variable subsidies’ model for tertiary education, in response to comments made by outgoing MP Maurice Williamson and the Productivity Commission. More >>

Trampers alarmed at proposals by big tourism

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 8:51 pm | Federated Mountain Clubs

The Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand (FMC) is deeply disappointed in the Tourism Industry Aotearoa's (TIA) call to weaken the law that protects New Zealand's conservation estate.from private profit. More >>

Long-Terms Plans, But What About The ETS Now?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 8:42 pm | Trans Tasman

INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS - Away from the headlines of political confrontation a remarkable process of political consensus is forming around long-term climate change policy direction. However, businesses are worried about policy stability in the near to ... More >>

Water sector needs to embrace learnings from Havelock North

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 4:52 pm | Water New Zealand

The Havelock North Water Inquiry’s report into last August’s water contamination highlights a number of failures by all parties charged with the delivery of safe drinking water. More >>

Code of Conduct Breach Confirmed

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 4:50 pm | Stratford District Council

A number of breaches of Stratford District Council’s code of conduct by Councillor Graham Kelly have been confirmed at the Policy and Services Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 9 May 2017. More >>

Response to Govt Inquiry into water contamination

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 4:18 pm | Hastings District Council

The Hastings District Council has welcomed the findings of the Government Inquiry into the contamination event that affected Havelock North’s water supply in August 2016. More >>

Govt’s Threatened Species Strategy given 4 out of 10

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 4:03 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird has given the Government’s new Threatened Species Strategy a four out of ten, saying it will not do enough to reverse the crisis affecting New Zealand’s native species. More >>

Dr Kim Workman - Prisoners need to be heard

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 2:53 pm | Massey University

Unwillingness by the state to include prisoners in discussions about rehabilitation is one of the factors that has contributed to New Zealand’s dire crime statistics, says leading social justice advocate Dr Kim Workman. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate ... More >>

Havelock contamination scandal not a one off

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 2:37 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Wednesday, May 10: Greenpeace is warning of more Havelock North’s if New Zealand doesn't start managing the intersection between industrial agriculture and water. More >>

We must be in surplus: New 'Goldsmith Grants' announced

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 1:41 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming this afternoon’s announcement by Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith of an additional $74.6 million in Budget 2017 for Callaghan Innovation’s corporate welfare “Growth Grants”. More >>

Free Press: ACT’s regular bulletin

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 1:26 pm | ACT New Zealand

Tax firm Staples Rodway calculate Tax Freedom Day every year. How many days do you have to work to pay tax and rates before you can work for yourself for the rest of the year? Last year, you were in the clear on May 1st. This year it is May 8th. Good ... More >>

Inland Revenue proposals "fundamentally flawed"

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 12:19 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi is in dispute with Inland Revenue over proposals to radically reduce the size of its workforce. More >>

Threatened Species Draft Strategy

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 11:49 am | Department of Conservation

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has issued a "call to action" for the nation to get behind efforts to protect New Zealand's threatened native plants and animals. More >>

Crown accounts exploding – time for tax relief

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 11:43 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Financial Statements of the Government for the nine months ended 31 March 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $1.5 billion, compared to the HYEFU forecast surplus of $147 million, demonstrate that the $3 billion tax relief package (talked about ... More >>

What kind of a mum visits the Mission for a food parcel?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:48 am | Auckland City Mission

The average mum visiting the Auckland City Mission for a food parcel has $23.75 left in her bank account to spend per person, per week on grocery items. That’s just $3.39 per person, per day. This is after rent, utilities and any debt repayments ... More >>

Gov't of NZ Financial Statements: 9 months ended 31 March

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:46 am | New Zealand Treasury

The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the nine months ended 31 March 2017 were released by the Treasury today. The statements are compared against forecasts based on the 2016 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) published ... More >>

Bethune & Navy Special Forces capture Pirate Fishing Vessel

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:18 am | Earthrace

Kiwi Captain Pete Bethune and a group of Philippine Navy Special Forces recently apprehended a pirate fishing vessel while allegedly fishing illegally with “Danish Seine” trawling equipment. Such active fishing gear was banned in 2014 in the Philippines ... More >>

E tū joins Australian manufacturing workers

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:11 am | E tu

Members of E tū will join a delegation of Australian manufacturing workers for a protest in Auckland today against a bid by Fletchers to cut working conditions for its Melbourne workforce. More >>

Call on Australian Govt to stop climate catastrophe

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 9:56 am | 350 Aotearoa

AUCKLAND 10 May, 2017 -- 350 Aotearoa climate activists will gather in Auckland this morning at the Australian Consulate-General to protest the Australian Government’s support for the coal industry. More >>

PSA challenges politicians to take next step for equal pay

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 9:51 am | Public Service Association

A crucial part of the equal pay jigsaw will go before parliament tomorrow, and the PSA is urging all parties to vote for it to go to select committee. More >>

No Pride in Prisons condemns ‘Māori prisons’

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 9:25 am | No Pride in Prisons

Calls by the Labour, Green, and Māori Parties for ‘Māori prisons’ would be deeply harmful to Māori communities, says prisoner advocacy organisation No Pride in Prisons. More >>

Law Student’s Sentence for Sexual Offence Totally Inadequate

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 9:22 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that a 26 year old post graduate law student – a man who knows the intricacies of the criminal law far better than most – has received a sentence of 100 hours community service for paying a 13 year old girl ... More >>

Call for agency overhaul on eve of threatened species summit

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 5:26 pm | Forest and Bird

Forest & Bird calls for agency overhaul on eve of threatened species summit 9 May 2017 More >>

Nuclear weapons ban negotiations

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 4:32 pm | Disarmament and Security Centre

Four New Zealanders representing civil society will be at the United Nations in New York next month, to help negotiate a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Unlike chemical and biological weapons, nuclear weapons have not yet been outlawed internationally, ... More >>

IPANZ Auckland Event: Data, Evidence & The Public Discourse

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 2:23 pm | Transparency International NZ

We are bombarded by market data, whereas social data is less visible in the public sphere. It is of course the interpretation of data which lends it any meaning or value so it is often the analysts and commentators which shape public opinion and ... More >>

Man jailed for 15 years for smuggling $176 million meth

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 1:31 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 20-year-old Hong Kong man was sentenced to 15 years and 5 months’ imprisonment in the Auckland District Court today for importing 176 kilograms of methamphetamine, with a street value of around $176 million, which Customs seized from shipping containers ... More >>

IMF Sounds Alarm: Cut Taxes To Get Debt Under Control

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 1:16 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Excessive tax on Kiwi households is reducing their ability to pay down debt, is the message from the IMF reports released today. The IMF projects household debt will amount to 168% of disposable income by 2022, leaving the New Zealand economy ... More >>

Call for UN Nation States to be Earth trustees

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:35 am | University of Auckland

An environmental law expert and academic from the University of Auckland is calling for the United Nations to adopt the idea of Earth trusteeship to protect the planet from further environmental degradation. More >>

Call for repeal of New Zealand’s outdated blasphemy law

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:17 am | Humanist Society

The Humanist Society today renewed calls to repeal New Zealand’s outdated blasphemy law. The group cites the blasphemy investigation by Garda Síochána in Ireland against Stephen Fry as an example of how blasphemy laws are used to limit free speech and ... More >>

Statement from Solid Energy re Pike River Mine

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:11 am | Solid Energy NZ

Solid Energy responds to recent inaccurate media commentary about the Pike River mine in a repeated attempt to put the record straight. More >>

NZ’s Distortionary Tax System Contributes to Housing Crisis

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10:04 am | Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

NZ has one of the most distortionary tax environments for housing of any country in the OECD. More >>

IMF NZ FSAP Assessment 2017

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 8:39 am | Financial Markets Authority

The FMA today welcomes the publication of the International Monetary Fund’s Financial Sector Stability Assessment (FSSA) for New Zealand. More >>

Wellington activists call on Australia to stop coal mine

Monday, 8 May 2017, 5:03 pm | 350 Aotearoa

WELLINGTON, 8 May, 2017 -- 350 Aotearoa will launch their Global Divestment Mobilisation campaign tomorrow in Wellington, calling on governments, banks, universities and other institutions to take their money out of fossil fuels. More >>

Councillors At Risk of Breaking Pre-Election Pledge on Rates

Monday, 8 May 2017, 4:56 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Mayor Phil Goff's revised proposal for a targeted rate on motels and hotels, expected to raise $17-18 million, is equivalent to a rates increase of 1.1% across the whole of Auckland, according to analysis by the Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance. More >>

Nothing new in Ruataniwha review

Monday, 8 May 2017, 4:54 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Monday, May 8: The review of the Ruataniwha irrigation dam confirms Greenpeace New Zealand’s view that the dam will pollute local rivers, heighten the risk of further water contamination and is a huge economic gamble. More >>

Reports of Tax Freedom Day Premature

Monday, 8 May 2017, 4:06 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Public statements by ACT's David Seymour and accounting firm Staples Rodway that "Tax Freedom Day" is today, are premature according to the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . It cites the OECD’s Total Government Outlays as a proportion of the economy ... More >>


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