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Overwhelming support for net zero target

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 8:12 pm | WWF

Overwhelming support for Zero Carbon Act setting net zero target WWF-New Zealand today welcomed the release of the over 15,000 submissions that New Zealanders made on the proposed new climate law, the Zero Carbon Bill. More >>

Deaf Action on withdrawal of NZSL interpreters

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 8:10 pm | Deaf Action NZ

Deaf Action NZ expresses disappointment over the withdrawal of NZSL interpreters for Parliament Question time. More >>

Charities Act review public consultation taking place

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 8:04 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Charities Act review public consultation taking place March 2019 At the Charities Services annual meeting in Auckland today, the Community and Voluntary Sector Minister, Hon Peeni Henare, announced that public consultation for the Charities Act review ... More >>

ANZASW statement on the new Carers’ Strategy Action Plan

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 8:02 pm | ANZASW

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes the development of a new Carers’ Strategy Action Plan, announced by the government this week. Although the details of the Plan are yet to finalised, it raises our hopes that carers will ... More >>

Bill risks entrenching failed Social Investment approach

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 7:42 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The National Party has come out in support of the Labour’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill, which is supposed to help the Government measure poverty better by setting measures that the Government would be held accountable to over a period of years. ... More >>

How does NZ's resettlement process compare to Australia?

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 1:34 pm | ARMS

With the recent decision by the New Zealand government to increase the annual refugee quota to 1500, it’s important to ensure that New Zealand is prepared to take on the influx of people; looking at the resettlement process. Benchmarking New Zealand’s ... More >>

GCSB: Malicious cyber activity attributed to Russia

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 1:06 pm | Government Communications Security Bureau

Malicious cyber activity attributed to Russia The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has established clear links between the Russian government and a campaign of malicious cyber activity targeting overseas political institutions, businesses, ... More >>

Treasury Staff Insights: Stats NZ’s Integrated Data

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Treasury

Treasury Staff Insights: Rangitaki article details how the creation of Stats NZ’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) has been revolutionary for the research community in New Zealand. “In its combination of administrative data, Census data, and sample ... More >>

Parliament to end Sign Language interpretation of questions

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:14 pm | Joint Press Release

Parliament will work with Deaf Aotearoa to make more of Parliament accessible to the widest possible section of the Deaf community. New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpretation of oral questions will cease, to allow better use of limited NZSL ... More >>

Higher rates of serious injuries for Māori

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:05 am | Statistics New Zealand

Māori are more likely to suffer serious non-fatal injuries from vehicle crashes and assaults, but less likely from falls, compared with the total population, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Serious injuries from falls, self-harm, and vehicle crashes

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:03 am | Statistics New Zealand

The rates of serious non-fatal injuries from falls and from self-harm were at record highs in 2017, Stats NZ said today. The rate for motor-vehicle crashes was also the highest for 16 years. More >>

Climate action should prioritise the poor – Caritas Report

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 10:19 am | Caritas

Leaders from the Oceania region have gathered in Wellington today for the launch of the fifth State of the Environment report for Oceania. The Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania Report: Waters of Life, Oceans of Mercy is being released ... More >>

Lucy Lawless’ trans-Tasman challenge

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 10:07 am | Greenpeace

Thursday, October 4: Actor Lucy Lawless has laid down a trans-Tasman challenge from on board the Rainbow Warrior, calling on Australians to help protect New Zealand’s whales. More >>

New Zealand First's Three Strikes Against Diversity

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:12 am | Peter Dunne

Over the last few weeks there have been three subtle but deliberate moves from New Zealand First which, while on the face of it are apparently unrelated, nonetheless, when taken together amount to a significant attempt to limit diversity and debate ... More >>

No decision made on tahr control

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 7:41 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation has made no decision on the detail of an operational control plan to reduce the tahr population over the next eight months, despite recent hunter commentary. More >>

New Police dog teams set to patrol

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 5:33 pm | New Zealand Police

Three new sets of paws and their human partners are graduating from the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre tomorrow (Thursday, 4 October), set for operational duties in Tasman, Southern and Tamaki Makaurau Districts. More >>

Free Speech Coalition claim against Phil Goff

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 4:54 pm | Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition has amended its original statement of claim to include new actions against the Auckland City Council and Mayor Phil Goff for banning Canadian speakers Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern from hosting event in a council owned ... More >>

Hapu critical of Whakatohea Maori Trust Board inquiry

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 4:31 pm | Ngai Tamahaua

"The Ministerial inquiry by Mr Heron QC into the issues of election irregularities and malgovernance at the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board (WMTB) - released last week - clearly identifies that the general allegations of inappropriate conduct and improper ... More >>

Scams and fraud: We need to stop blaming the victims

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 4:07 pm | Commission for Financial Capability

A fraud educator says the stigma carried by victims of scams worsens the crime’s far reaching effects, and blame for this type of fraud needs to shift to the offenders. Bronwyn Groot, Fraud Education Manager at the Commission for Financial Capability ... More >>

Go Bus forces members to strike to hold meeting

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 4:03 pm | First Union

Over 100 bus drivers in the Waikato region had to take strike action today in order to meet to discuss the wage negotiations. Their employer, Go Bus, denied the drivers time away from work to meet regarding facilitated negotiations in Auckland despite ... More >>

Why don’t trashed tenancies lead to jail time?

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 3:22 pm | Stop the War on Tenancies

A series of high-profile cases of trashed rental properties raises the question of why the perpetrators manage to avoid jail time for wilful damage, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. More >>

Government decision on R&D tax incentives delivers

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1:45 pm | MetService

Government decision on R&D tax incentives to deliver a wealth of benefits Source: MetService More >>

Family Planning welcomes resolution on sexual health

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 12:46 pm | Family Planning

Family Planning New Zealand is thrilled with a landmark resolution which recognises the need for comprehensive sexuality education, and accessible sexual healthcare and services, including safe abortion. More >>

Government weaponises Human Rights Commission for politics

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 12:06 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government’s appointment of a Jeremy Corbyn loyalist as Chief Human Rights Commissioner is political weaponisation of a position that should be neutral, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke ... More >>

Political event aims to get millennials engaged

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 11:51 am | Seed Waikato

More than a hundred people are set to attend Seed Waikato's Political Punch event next week, aimed at increasing youth engagement in politics. More >>

Good tax policy reflects business voice, enhances innovation

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 11:30 am | EMA

New research and development tax incentives announced by the Government earlier this morning are an encouraging start to help lift productivity for business in New Zealand, says the EMA. More >>

Mental health and public health nurses to vote on pay offer

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 11:28 am | Public Service Association

Around 3500 DHB mental health nurses, public health nurses, and mental health support workers are preparing to vote on a new pay offer this month. More >>

Primary school children struggling with period poverty

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 11:12 am | KidsCan

Girls as young as eight are getting their period, new figures reveal. It comes as demand for KidsCan sanitary products in primary schools increases, as many parents on low incomes struggle to afford the essential items for their children. More >>

Two new Commissioners for the Human Rights Commission

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 5:06 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the appointment of two new Commissioners, announced today by Justice Minister Andrew Little. More >>

Petition for adoption law reform – adoption and surrogacy

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 4:02 pm | Adoption Action

Adoption Action agrees that the Adoption Act 1955 is long overdue for review. The Law Commission stated this very strongly in 2000. More >>

Extra funding secured for 9000 allied health PSA members

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 3:44 pm | Public Service Association

Around 9000 allied, public health, and technical PSA members employed at DHBs around the country will be voting soon on whether to accept a significant new pay settlement. More >>

Secondary teachers reject government’s offer

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 3:39 pm | PPTA

Today at the PPTA annual conference, delegates representating over 17,000 secondary teachers expressed strong concerns about the impact on secondary teacher recruitment and retention if the government doesn’t make significant improvments to their offer. More >>

No concessions agreed on tahr cull

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 3:13 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird has written to the Department of Conservation and the Deerstalkers Association regarding inaccurate media reports that the hunting lobby has gained concessions on the upcoming tahr cull. More >>

Go Bus Says Passengers’ Being Needlessly Inconvenienced

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 2:52 pm | Go Bus

Go Bus says that it is disappointed that Hamilton bus passengers are once again being inconvenienced by industrial action, with a short-notice strike to run between 10am and 12.30pm on Wednesday the 3rd of October (tomorrow). More >>

Cruise ship L’Austral grounding – fines total $100,000

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 2:38 pm | Maritime New Zealand

A French cruise company and ship’s Master have been fined $70,000 and $30,000 respectively for endangering human life and entering a prohibited zone following an incident in the remote New Zealand Subantarctic islands. More >>

Sharing Extraordinary Stories at TEDxChristchurch 2018

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 2:28 pm | Tedx

International educational disruptor Hamish Brewer and ActionStation Director Laura O'Connell Rapira head the list of the talented speakers taking the TEDxChristchurch stage this Saturday. More >>

Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust pleased with findings

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 2:25 pm | Whakatohea Pre-settlement Trust

The Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust (the Trust) welcomes the findings and recommendations noted in the Ministerial Investigation into the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board (the Trust Board). More >>

Taranaki climate defenders challenge oil companies at sea

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 2:12 pm | Climate Justice Taranaki

2nd October 2018 The Rainbow Warrior continues its journey off the Taranaki coast today carrying crew from 11 nations and Taranaki kuia Kura Niwa from Pukerangiora Hapū and Agnes Wharehoka from Parihaka alongside Emily Bailey from Climate Justice ... More >>

Waitangi Day Garden Reception ballot closes soon

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 12:58 pm | Government House

The ballot to attend the 2019 Waitangi Day Garden Reception at Government House is set to close on Friday at midnight (5 October, 2018). More >>

Judgment: Dotcom Privacy Request Damages Overturned

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 12:39 pm | New Zealand High Court

[10] This case involves issues arising from an “everything” request made by Mr Dotcom and addressed to every Cabinet Minister and almost all Government departments (some 52 entities in all). The requests were made between 17 and 31 July 2015. Although ... More >>

Govt should heed rental property owners selling up

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 11:59 am | Stop the War on Tenancies

A headline today saying “Bay of Plenty landlords pull out of property market over new tenant rights” is evidence of the likely impact of new requirements in tenancy law and standards, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. More >>

By gum: tiny wasp may protect mighty eucalyptus trees

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:37 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is considering an application to release a parasitoid wasp to control the eucalyptus tortoise beetle. More >>

Call For Removal Of Fuel Taxes

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:17 am | Social Credit Party

In an address to a meeting in Whanganui last night, party leader Chris Leitch said the high price of fuel was strangling small to medium sized businesses and putting undue pressure on the budgets of low and middle income families. More >>

Chicken industry conning people into buying into cruelty

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:07 am | SAFE

Animal rights group SAFE is taking aim at the misleading labels on the packaging of chickens bred for meat. More >>

Whakatōhea Board welcomes completion of investigation

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 9:54 am | Whakatohea Maori Trust Board

The Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board (the Trust Board) is pleased the Ministerial Investigation into its 2017 elections and matters relating to governance and management, has now been completed. More >>

Secondary teachers meet to discuss government’s offer

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 9:22 am | PPTA

Secondary teachers from around the country meet in Wellington today to discuss a recommendation that they reject the government’s offer for their collective agreement. More >>

New donation bins provide emergency relief for animals

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 9:18 am | SPCA

2 October 2018 – Countdown supermarkets nationwide are encouraging customers to donate much-needed pet food to a new SPCA Community Pet Pantry initiative, which will help SPCA feed animals in need. More >>

Our Seas Our Future welcomes Countdown decision

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 8:43 am | Our Seas Our Future

The decision today by Countdown to no longer sell packs of single-use straws has been welcomed by the non-profit marine conservation organisation Our Seas Our Future (OSOF). More >>

Ministry of Education addresses teachers’ key concerns

Monday, 1 October 2018, 7:59 pm | Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education has offered primary principals and teachers a 9.3 per cent wage increase to settle their collective agreements and is urging teachers and principals to say no to further industrial action. More >>

Teachers decide to hold second strike ballot

Monday, 1 October 2018, 6:11 pm | NZEI

Teachers and principals will vote in the first week of Term 4 on whether to hold a national week of one-day strike actions in November, NZEI Te Riu Roa announced today. More >>

Taxpayers’ Union welcomes Bridges’ “no new taxes” promise

Monday, 1 October 2018, 5:35 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

This morning, National Leader Simon Bridges made a clear promise of “no new taxes” in a first-term National Government – a promise that has been welcomed by the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Celebrations as Tegel mega factory scrapped by OIO

Monday, 1 October 2018, 5:31 pm | Direct Animal Action

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has scrapped Tegel's plans to buy 200 hectares of land at Arapohue, near Dargaville. More >>

Tearfund Launches Indonesia Earthquake And Tsunami Appeal

Monday, 1 October 2018, 5:28 pm | Tearfund

Tearfund has launched an appeal to meet the desperate needs of the millions affected by the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and 5-and-a-half-metre tsunami which hit Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Friday evening. More >>

New campaign launched on oil and gas exploration halt

Monday, 1 October 2018, 4:35 pm | PEPANZ

"Giving a voice to the people" - New campaign launched on oil and gas exploration halt More >>

More ambition needed in plan to support te reo Māori

Monday, 1 October 2018, 4:13 pm | ActionStation

A people-powered report released today is pushing the government to be more ambitious in its five year plan for supporting te reo Māori to flourish. More >>

Hapu Reject Flawed Waitangi Tribunal Voting Process

Monday, 1 October 2018, 4:05 pm | Ngai Tamahaua

"We oppose the voting process recommended by the Waitangi Tribunal in their report into the Whakatohea/Pre-Settlement Claims Trust mandate (April 2018) and which is proposed to commence today (1st October 2018) and run to 26 October 2018. The ... More >>

Police intervene during strike action at Whangarei Court

Monday, 1 October 2018, 3:11 pm | Public Service Association

The PSA is calling into question an unprecedented use of Police officers to act in place of Court Security Officers at Whangarei District Court today during a legitimate strike action by PSA members. More >>

Comparison of benefit policy to America’s Cup is delusional

Monday, 1 October 2018, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson’s comparison of the cost of her Party’s policy to increase benefits and remove sanctions to that of hosting the America’s cup is completely delusional, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayers’ ... More >>

Ministry of Social Development here to help on housing needs

Monday, 1 October 2018, 1:32 pm | Ministry of Social Development

With the launch of the new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development today, the Ministry of Social Development retains its core role of helping those in need of accommodation or housing, says chief executive Brendan Boyle. More >>

NZEI 3pm announcement delayed

Monday, 1 October 2018, 1:17 pm | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa has delayed its 3pm announcement on the next steps in the Kua Tae Te Wā campaign. Last week, primary teachers and principals, who are in the middle of collective agreement negotiations, overwhelmingly rejected offers from the Ministry ... More >>




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