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Government humiliated by Papua New Guinea’s abuse of aid

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 10:25 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Government humiliated by Papua New Guinea’s abuse of aid money More >>

LGNZ welcomes drinking water reform

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 10:04 am | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the Government’s focus on drinking water reforms, but is urging officials not to shut the door on innovation by pursuing a policy of mandatory aggregation as a silver bullet fix to challenges in the three ... More >>

Studying the microplastics pollution of Auckland beaches

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 9:40 am | Scion

A Scion-led study is applying a New Zealand lens to the worldwide ecological impact of plastics by examining the extent of microplastics pollution of Auckland waterways and coastlines. More >>

Need for higher disability allowances

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 9:35 am | CCS Disability Action

A new article in the Policy Quarterly journal shows that if the Government is serious about tackling child poverty, it needs to increase the payment rate for disability allowances. More >>

Auckland Pride Parade statement from Vodafone Rainbow Whanau

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 9:32 am | Vodafone NZ

Following a consultation process, Vodafone New Zealand’s Rainbow Whānau, our LGBTQI+ employee network, has decided not to participate in this year’s Auckland Pride Parade in light of a decision by the Pride Board to ban police participation in uniform. More >>

Auckland Pride remains committed

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 9:13 am | Auckland Pride Festival

The Auckland Pride Board remains committed to creating a space for our rainbow communities to feel safe celebrating their gender and sexual identity, despite some institutions pulling out from the Parade in recent days. More >>

Sustainable hydrogen or oxymoron

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 7:17 pm | Climate Justice Taranaki

Yesterday, 150 scientists and researchers made this stark warning: A disastrous future for humanity if we continue our current path of “rampant consumerism and endless economic growth”. In an open letter, they demand that the government “meets its ... More >>

Govt must embrace localism to improve community wellbeing

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 7:09 pm | Local Government NZ

Government must embrace localism to improve community wellbeing Local Government New Zealand is pleased the Government is starting a discussion to reinvigorate local decision making, but says a bold localist approach is needed to drive meaningful ... More >>

DOC sides with Forest & Bird on wetland mining decision

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 5:32 pm | Forest And Bird

The Department of Conservation has sided with Forest & Bird in a bid to protect a significant wetland from being mined without public notification, and Forest & Bird says they are delighted to see DOC take a stand. More >>

Chief Coroner and Police meet with Pike River families

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 3:21 pm | Joint Media Statement

Officials from the Pike River Recovery Agency, Police and the Chief Coroner met with families of Pike River victims in Greymouth today. More >>

Time to address the dry topic of water

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 2:56 pm | EMA

The Government’s plan to hold strategic conversations with local government about proposals to overhaul the regulation of water is well due, says the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA). More >>

Need for water sector reform reflected in proposals

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 2:30 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says the Government’s “road-map” proposals for the future of drinking, waste and stormwater recognises the need for significant change in the way water services are regulated and delivered. More >>

Right time to discuss the role of local government

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 2:21 pm | Infrastructure New Zealand

“Long overdue reform of the water sector has created the opportunity for a first principles discussion of what local government can and should do and with what resources, so it is very pleasing to see the Government kick-starting this process,” says ... More >>

Public demand more ambition than bag ban - Greenpeace

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 2:19 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

The Ministry for Environment (MfE) has reported today that of 9,300 submissions received, 92 per cent support the Government's proposed mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags. MfE has further noted that many submitters "support the proposal ... More >>

Mobilising for Women’s Rights

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 1:00 pm | Suffrage 125

The Report on the Role of Women in New Zealand (1975) was a groundbreaking document. Listen to Margaret Wilson and Adrienne von Tunzelmann share their experiences and insights from the inquiry during a moderated discussion at Tauranga City Library ... More >>

Police detention was unlawful but reasonable

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 12:39 pm | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances. More >>

Police maintains high level of public trust and confidence

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 11:01 am | New Zealand Police

The results from this year’s Police Citizens’ Satisfaction Survey show that public trust and confidence in Police nationally remains high and stable at 78% - just up from the previous year’s result of 77%. More >>

Video project to amplify the voices of beneficiaries

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 10:44 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and We Are Beneficiaries have teamed up to amplify the voices of those who have experienced first hand that Aotearoa’s current system of welfare is not always the supportive safety net that it was built to be. More >>

Teachers can help children make their voices heard

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 9:56 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Primary teachers now have a simple way to encourage their students to know and learn about their rights under the Children’s Convention. A new resource from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner can help teachers encourage children to speak their ... More >>

Zonta commends new Family Violence legislation

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 9:46 am | Zonta International

Zonta commends the passing of the Family Violence Act and related Family Violence (Amendments) Act. Zonta made a submission in favour of this new legislation and is committed to supporting its implementation. More >>

Hāpai Te Hauora joins the Health Not Handcuffs Coalition

Monday, 19 November 2018, 7:10 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora joins the Health Not Handcuffs Coalition to petition the Prime Minister to invest $150m in drug harm reduction More >>

Rapid rent increases a product of bipartisan inaction

Monday, 19 November 2018, 6:52 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The median nationwide rent has gone up $20 a week over the past two month , a rapid increase that is part of an upward trend overseen by both Labour and National Governments. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns successive National and Labour Governments ... More >>

87% of Speed Limits Unsafe

Monday, 19 November 2018, 4:36 pm | Movement

A new study by the NZ Transport Agency has revealed that 87% of our road network has speed limits that exceed the safe and appropriate speed. More >>

International Govts call on NZ to protect Māui dolphins

Monday, 19 November 2018, 4:18 pm | WWF

At the recent International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting, governments highlighted the plight of Māui dolphins, expressed concern over their lack of protection, and called on New Zealand to do more. The just-released formal record of the meeting ... More >>

Bus drivers begin to share their stories on the picket line

Monday, 19 November 2018, 3:46 pm | First Union

The 120 Waikato bus drivers who’ve started picketing the Go Bus lockout today have begun to tell their harrowing employment stories. More >>

Violent Thug Gets ‘Get Out of Jail Early’ Opportunity

Monday, 19 November 2018, 3:11 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Kiwi’s, who have shown in a recent poll to be 68% in favour of the Three Strikes Law, are appalled that yet another Judge has engaged in judicial activism by subverting the will of the NZ Parliament and invoking the ‘manifestly unjust’ clause in ... More >>

World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse

Monday, 19 November 2018, 2:19 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

It is World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) today thank colleagues and members who are active in protecting the nation’s children / tamariki. More >>

Government wasting millions on failed motorbike training

Monday, 19 November 2018, 1:24 pm | Dog And Lemon guide

The government must bring in tough motorbike awareness tests immediately, says car review website . More >>

PNG’s government is not fit to receive foreign aid

Monday, 19 November 2018, 12:44 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Winston Peters’ should have withheld aid for Papua New Guinea in light of the record of waste and corruption within that country’s government, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Why are ratepayers funding Tinder for old folks?

Monday, 19 November 2018, 12:42 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Why are ratepayers funding Tinder for old folks? 19 NOVEMBER 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is swiping left on Orakei Local Board’s decision to grant $2,000 to educational programmes including an “ online dating workshop ... More >>

Top academics call on government to take climate action

Monday, 19 November 2018, 11:05 am | UNITEC

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent ... More >>

Time to Double-Down on Cutting CEO Salaries

Monday, 19 November 2018, 10:59 am | Closing The Gap

With reports of a slow-down in CEO pay rises last year, it’s time for Kiwi corporates to double down on cutting excessive salaries to ensure this is a trend not an accident, said Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality project Closing the Gap. More >>

Helping prevent sexual assault in Wellington

Monday, 19 November 2018, 10:42 am | Hospitality New Zealand

More than 50 Wellington hospitality businesses have signed up to the Don’t Guess The Yes campaign, sending out a clear message that sexual assault isn’t tolerated in the capital. Media Release: Wellington, 19 November 2018 Hospitality New Zealand ... More >>

Calf is trampled in trailer

Monday, 19 November 2018, 10:36 am | SAFE

MPI fails to take action to protect animal welfare, as calf is trampled in trailer More >>

Anti-Chinese campaign escalates in New Zealand

Monday, 19 November 2018, 10:28 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters, Socialist Equality Group 17 November 2018, (original url More >>

Māori language champions to be celebrated at national awards

Monday, 19 November 2018, 10:24 am | Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori

Kua pānuitia i te rā nei ngā whiringa toa o te tekau mā rima o Ngā Tohu Reo Māori a Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori. More >>

Ngā Kōrero 4: Prison Reform – Getting to the heart of it

Monday, 19 November 2018, 10:14 am | St Peters Church Wellington

The final in our Ngā Kōrero series for the year is on the topical subject of Prison Reform. More >>

Minister's Door Closed on Waste-to-Energy Plants

Monday, 19 November 2018, 10:05 am | Social Credit

Despite attempts for months by experts in waste-to-energy technology to get an appointment to see her, Green’s Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage has refused all approaches, claiming WtE plants “don’t fit with the government’s waste reduction ... More >>

Tenancy fee shows failure of letting-fee ban

Monday, 19 November 2018, 9:43 am | Stop the War on Tenancies

The speedy appearance of tenancy fees shows that the attempt to legislate letting fees out of existence has failed, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. More >>

PR machine on overdrive as unpopular slow tram costs triple

Monday, 19 November 2018, 9:07 am | NZ Transport

It’s difficult to remember an occasion when a senior government official (in this case NZTA boss Fergus Gammie) climbed in the ring to slug it out in the newspaper columns with a politician (veteran Auckland councillor Mike Lee) but these are unusual ... More >>

Salvation Army Supports Māori Housing Unit

Monday, 19 November 2018, 8:59 am | Salvation Army

The Salvation Army supports the appointment of the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as new Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development (Māori Housing) and the establishment of the unit as an valuable step to addressing the housing crisis. More >>

One in Five Can't Afford to Celebrate Christmas

Monday, 19 November 2018, 8:49 am | Salvation Army

A survey commissioned by The Salvation Army shows that a large proportion of Kiwis can’t afford to celebrate Christmas. More >>

Birthday Celebrations for 80,000 Lives Changed

Sunday, 18 November 2018, 12:24 pm | Salvation Army

The Salvation Army supports the appointment of the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as new Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development (Māori Housing) and the establishment of the unit as an valuable step to addressing the housing crisis. More >>

The Nation: Shane Jones

Saturday, 17 November 2018, 2:09 pm | The Nation

• Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said he takes responsibility for the mulching of $160,000 worth of seedlings destined for Ngati Hine Forestry Trust. He said while it was a slip up between the "advisers and the actual officials" ... More >>

The Nation: Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker

Saturday, 17 November 2018, 1:18 pm | The Nation

• Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker says New Zealand is trying to position itself as the bridge between the United States and China. “We have a bit of a reputation for the honest broker, and it’s times like this that we should draw upon that reputation”. More >>

Musicians join call to stop incarcerating children on Nauru

Saturday, 17 November 2018, 12:53 pm | Mums 4 Refugees

"Children Don’t Belong in Jail" is a new protest song released today by New Zealand musicians Luke Buda and Don McGlashan in response to the plight of the refugee children still detained on the island of Nauru. Don and Luke felt they ... More >>

NZUS Council Mike Moore Congressional Interns depart

Friday, 16 November 2018, 8:24 pm | NZ US Council

The New Zealand United States Council today farewells four interns on their way to work in Washington DC courtesy of the NZUS Council Mike Moore Internship Programme. The programme is conducted in partnership with the University of Canterbury, Victoria ... More >>

Ministry of Education offers $10,000 to most teachers

Friday, 16 November 2018, 3:28 pm | Ministry of Education

It is hard to understand why the teaching unions are threatening further campaigns before the NZEI members get the opportunity to vote on the settlement offer, and while the PPTA is still in active bargaining with the Ministry. More >>

Trout Anglers Want Whitebait and Eels “De-commercialised”

Friday, 16 November 2018, 3:10 pm | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

A trout and rivers advocacy group the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers want native fish in whitebait and eels largely de-commercialised. Federation president Graham Carter spoke out in support of the Forest and Bird Society who recently said whitebait ... More >>

Questions Remain for Justice Select Committee

Friday, 16 November 2018, 3:01 pm | The Care Alliance

Significant questions remain for the Justice Select Committee as it finishes hearing oral evidence from more than 2,000 New Zealanders on the End of Life Choice Bill. More >>

Israel Institute condemns hate speech at Music Awards

Friday, 16 November 2018, 2:30 pm | Israel Institute

Israel Institute of New Zealand director, Dr David Cumin, has condemned a speech given at the recent Vodafone Music Awards by the lead of New Zealand hip-hop music group Upper Hutt Posse calling it ‘blatant incitement to violence’. More >>

TOP Leadership Election Candidates announced

Friday, 16 November 2018, 1:05 pm | The Opportunities Party

The Opportunities Party has announced candidates for the Leadership and Member Representative roles in the party elections to be held in early December. More >>

Hamilton-Auckland rail plan would cost $185 per person

Friday, 16 November 2018, 12:33 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

A passenger service between Auckland and Hamilton requiring a reported $57.7 million in ratepayer and taxpayer subsidies works out as at least $185 per passenger per trip, calculates the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

Blind people significantly under employed around the world

Friday, 16 November 2018, 11:12 am | Blind Foundation

Toronto, Ont. – People with sight loss are significantly less employed full-time than their sighted counterparts, according to a recent survey from the CNIB Foundation, Vision Australia and the Blind Foundation of New Zealand. The results were nearly ... More >>

Tauranga rough sleeping ban vote callous

Friday, 16 November 2018, 10:47 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Tauranga council voted in favour of a bylaw banning begging and rough sleeping within 5m of public entrances to retail and hospitality premises in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Greerton. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns the move by the ... More >>

NZBA calls for resolution to court strike

Friday, 16 November 2018, 10:40 am | NZ Bar Association

The country’s professional body for barristers, the New Zealand Bar Association, says the current dispute between the Ministry of Justice and court staff should be resolved as quickly as possible because of safety considerations. More >>

Firearm Breaches Need Three Strikes Legislation

Friday, 16 November 2018, 9:50 am | New Conservative

New Conservative is calling for firearm offences to be subject to three strikes legislation in light of the three incidents in 36 hours involving firearms in South Auckland. When 50 people are walking the streets with 3 or more firearms convictions, then ... More >>

Scroogey Auckland Council Spoils Kids’ Santa Parade

Friday, 16 November 2018, 8:49 am | Family First

A Family First NZ is labelling a decision by Auckland Council’s events group (ATEED) to defund the Auckland Santa Parade as scroogey and a politically correct hijack of one of the city’s most iconic annual events. More >>

Bus commuters in Waikato ride for free as protest continues

Friday, 16 November 2018, 8:46 am | FIRST Union

Christmas comes early for bus commuters in the Waikato this year as around 120 bus drivers will refuse to accept payment from passengers. Passengers will be receiving free rides on services provided by Go Bus in Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Otorohanga and ... More >>

Education unions' combined executives to meet

Friday, 16 November 2018, 8:38 am | NZEI

The combined National Executives of NZEI Te Riu Roa and the PPTA Te Wehengarua are meeting today (Friday, 16 November) at 4pm to discuss possible joint campaigning next year, should members reject the offers from the Ministry of Education. More >>




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