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The simple graph that explains the road toll

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 11:43 am | Dog And Lemon guide

The simple graph that explains the road toll A simple graph, published by the car review website , shows how New Zealand’s road toll has consistently followed the ups and downs of the economy. More >>

Solitary confinement in Australian youth prison

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 9:16 am | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

NZ-based prisoner advocacy group People Against Prisons Aotearoa is outraged by the treatment of Māori-Australian teen Jason Rewiti. Rewiti has been held in solitary confinement in an Australian youth prison for more than 300 days. According to his ... More >>

Beneficiaries short changed

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 8:53 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The small accommodation supplement increases made under National’s 2017 budget are finally being implemented by the Labour Government. But beneficiaries are still left wanting for basic items such as food. More >>

Commonwealth Games: majority of nations republics

Monday, 2 April 2018, 1:59 pm | New Zealand Republic

Our message for the games is simple. Becoming a republic and having our own Head of State does not require a change to Commonwealth membership. The majority of member states are already republics and six have their own Monarchy (15 have someone else's). ... More >>

1300 people write letters to stop Waikeria mega-prison

Monday, 2 April 2018, 1:41 pm | ActionStation

1300 people write letters to stop Waikeria mega-prison The Labour-led government are close to making a decision about whether or not to go ahead with building a new billion-dollar prison in Waikeria. The prison, 30 kilometres north of Otorohanga, ... More >>

Cyclists call for safer spaces

Monday, 2 April 2018, 9:50 am | Cycling Action Network

A new survey from the Cycling Action Network reveals the biggest concern among more than a thousand cyclists is safety. More >>

“More Extreme, Deviant & Violent” Porn

Saturday, 31 March 2018, 11:38 am | Family First

The Ministry of Health, in its submission to the Select Committee which is considering a 22,334-written petition calling on an expert panel to investigate the public health effects and societal harms of pornography, says that “ the content of pornography ... More >>

Royal Commission calls for public submissions on draft Terms

Friday, 30 March 2018, 3:34 pm | Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care is welcoming submissions from the public on the draft Terms of Reference. More >>

Gareth Morgan - Jonathan Colman resignation an insult

Friday, 30 March 2018, 12:19 pm | The Opportunities Party

National MP and former Minister of Health Jonathan Colman has decided to step down from his role as Northcote MP in order to take up a position in the private sector. Mr Colman maintained it was a hard decision, “ But when you get offered opportunities ... More >>

MPI drags the chain on goat welfare

Friday, 30 March 2018, 12:09 pm | Goat Welfare

Goat Welfare NZ The habitual tethering of goats on and off roadsides is still not being addressed by the new animal welfare regulations. More >>

No good outcome from ring-fencing losses

Friday, 30 March 2018, 11:58 am | NZ Property Investors Federation

Stuart Nash announced today that “In conjunction with the recently announced extension to the bright-line test, ring-fencing losses from rental properties would make property speculation less attractive and level the playing field between property investors ... More >>

New campaign gears up fast to mobilise support

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 7:39 pm | NZNO

Media Release 29 March 2018 New campaign gears up fast to mobilise support After the rejection of the latest DHB Nurses and Midwifery Multi Employer Collective Agreement pay offer, NZNO launched a campaign to mobilise NZNO members and the wider public ... More >>

Employment changes not good for flexibility, productivity

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 7:36 pm | BusinessNZ

Employment changes not good for flexibility, productivity BusinessNZ says proposed changes to employment law should be carefully scrutinised to ensure the strengths of the current employment relations framework are not lost. More >>

Employment changes not good for flexibility, productivity

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 5:40 pm | BusinessNZ

BusinessNZ says proposed changes to employment law should be carefully scrutinised to ensure the strengths of the current employment relations framework are not lost. More >>

Have your say on the Crimes Amendment Bill

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 4:52 pm | Office of the Clerk

Have your say on the Crimes Amendment Bill You have until 10 May 2018 to have your say on the Crimes Amendment Bill. The Justice Committee is now inviting submissions on the Bill. More >>

Have your say on changes to the Psychoactive Substances Act

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 4:25 pm | Office of the Clerk

This Bill amends the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 to increase the penalty for selling or supplying psychoactive substances that are not approved products. More >>

REINZ welcomes the bright-line passing its third reading

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 4:03 pm | REINZ

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) welcomes the fact that the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2017–18, Employment and Investment Income, and Remedial Matters) Bill passed its third reading in parliament last night in relation to the bright-line ... More >>

England's vow to tackle plastic pollution inspiring

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 4:03 pm | Kiwi Bottle Drive

Zero-waste campaigners say they are excited to hear England is going to introduce a bottle deposit scheme and are calling on the New Zealand government to follow suit. More >>

$2.6 billion boost to the economy

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 3:32 pm | Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

A report released today in Parliament by Hon Willie Jackson, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, BERL and Tokona Te Raki shows that if current inequalities in education, employment and income for Māori are alleviated there would be a $2.6 billion per year boost ... More >>

Workplace Bill proposes changes to union access

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 3:07 pm | EMA

EMA is encouraging business to look at proposed changes in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill relating to union access to workplaces. More >>

Murray apology latest sign of much-needed change at Waikato

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 1:59 pm | Public Service Association

The apology from acting Waikato DHB chair about the actions of former CEO Nigel Murray is a sign of a long-overdue culture change, the PSA says. More >>

CPP is a slap in the face

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 12:36 pm | Grey Power New Zealand

The decision by the Commerce Commission to approve the application by PowerCo for a Customised Price Path (CPP) is no surprise, but is a slap in the face for the ordinary customer. More >>

Is the prison system working?

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 12:32 pm | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

The Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor has released a report entitled “Using evidence to build a better justice system: The challenge of rising prison costs.” The report is embargoed until 0400 on Thursday 29th March. More >>

Greens welcome chief science advisor’s prisons report

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 11:21 am | Green Party

The Green Party is welcoming a report released by the Prime Minister’s Chief Scientist, Sir Peter Gluckman, which acknowledges our justice system is broken and incarcerating more New Zealanders won’t fix it. More >>

Nominations open for Labour’s candidate in Northcote

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 11:10 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Nominations have opened for those who wish to be the Labour candidate for the upcoming Northcote by-election. More >>

Evidence-Informed Approach Would Improve Prison Outcomes

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 10:29 am | Chief Science Advisor

The Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor has released a report entitled “Using evidence to build a better justice system: The challenge of rising prison costs.” The report is embargoed until 0400 on Thursday 29th March. More >>

Employment law plans not fit for this era

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 10:13 am | Horticulture NZ

Proposed employment law changes are a step backwards, and could destroy trust relationships between employers and employees and result in lower productivity, the horticulture industry says. More >>

Office drinking water providers to strike

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 10:08 am | First Union

Gossip around the water filter just became about the water filter itself. More >>

Net migration predicted to fall

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 9:49 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

A new report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is predicting that net migration will fall to around 65,000 in June next year under current immigration settings - compared with the June 2017 figure of 72,300. More >>

Taxpayers forced to subsidise “Tax is love” propaganda

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 5:29 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The IRD’s use of taxpayer money to sponsor a series of articles pushing the message that ‘tax is love’ flies in the face of hundreds of years of constitutional precedent of Her Majesty’s revenue service being above politics, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ ... More >>

Coleman’s early exit betrays taxpayers (and his voters)

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 5:10 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says that electorate MPs should sign pledges confirming they intend to serve a full three-year term, instead of sparking a by-election like Jonathan Coleman has. Taxpayers' Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “If ... More >>

Technical advice and pathway tracing reports released

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 5:02 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Technical advice and pathway tracing reports released following compliance searches 28 March 2018 The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has today released reports by a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to its Mycoplasma bovis response and an internal ... More >>

Spies and Government need to Apologise to Our Community

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 4:56 pm | Coromandel Watchdog

The environmental group Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki is furious that emails reveal spy firm Thompson and Clark were trying to use their relationships with MBIE officials to contact mining companies in the Hauraki region. More >>

COOLS To Be Frozen Out of Legislation

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 4:31 pm | New Zealand Principals' Federation

'Today we celebrate that another unwelcome policy will be removed from legislation,' said Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand Principals' Federation (NZPF). More >>

LGNZ’s referenda stance serves politicians over people

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 3:50 pm | Democracy Action

In response to Local Government New Zealand’s recent call for changes to Māori wards legislation , Democracy Action founder Lee Short says, “Local Government New Zealand is supposed to be about protecting and enhancing local democracy, but ... More >>

Moving on from Oil and Gas

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 2:28 pm | Joint Press Release

What is a sacrifice community? Why is a fresh water ecologist speaking at a community information day on oil and gas? More >>

Janet the 17m blue whale makes oil conference debut

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 2:22 pm | Greenpeace

Wednesday, March 28: After a whirlwind trip around the country to raise awareness about the dangers of oil and gas exploration, a 17 metre blue whale called Janet has made a special appearance at the annual oil industry conference in Wellington. More >>

Managing public sector information and why it matters

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 1:20 pm | Archives New Zealand

The Chief Archivist’s 2016/17 annual report to the Minister of Internal Affairs on the state of government recordkeeping was presented to the House of Representatives today. The report is required by the Public Records Act 2005. More >>

Hospital rot uncovers need to reassess government funding

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 12:01 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff today said the mould that has been rotting the walls inside Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) buildings for the last six years is just one example of the urgent need for Government ... More >>

Kim Dotcom and the Human Rights Review Tribunal

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 10:49 am | Binoy Kampmark

“It’s really quite incredible how, at nearly every turn the New Zealand government has managed to mess up the legal case against Kim Dotcom.” More >>

Don’t get all hot and cross, drive safely this Easter

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 10:25 am | New Zealand Police

Kia mataara, kia āta haere i ngā rori hei ngā rā o Te Aranga – be cautious and courteous on the road this Easter – that is the message from NZ Police, the NZ Transport Agency, and ACC. More >>

The $40,000 price tag for Justin Lester’s rainbow crossing

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 10:20 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The $40,000 price tag for Justin Lester’s proposed ‘rainbow crossing is a slap in the face for Wellington ratepayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers Union . The Union has obtained the figure under the Local Government Official Information and ... More >>

The Government's New 'Employment' Contract

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 10:07 am | Keith Rankin

The government has got it badly wrong with the new Policy Targets Agreement , its contract with the Reserve Bank about monetary policy. Perhaps inadvertently, the emphasis is now on maximising employment, not living standards. Maximising employment ... More >>

Aucklanders still not sold on regional fuel tax – AA survey

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 9:08 am | New Zealand Automobile Association

Aucklanders are yet to be convinced about the merits of a regional fuel tax, according to a new survey of more than 2300 Auckland AA Members. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Phew, the Russians are not coming

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 9:06 am | Peter Dunne

Are we seeing a subtle act of international defiance from the New Zealand Government, or just another example of its naiveté? According to the Prime Minister, there are no Russian spies operating in New Zealand at present, so therefore there is no need ... More >>

National calling for Northcote candidates

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 5:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

National is on the hunt for its candidate to fight the Northcote by-election, with nominations officially opening today. More >>

A day of action for climate justice

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 4:03 pm | Oil Free Wellington

People representing a diverse range of community groups rallied for climate justice and blockaded the Oil Industry Summit at the TSB Arena in Wellington today. More >>

Inquiry terms of reference widened

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 3:29 pm | State Services Commission

The State Services Commission today announced it will broaden the terms of reference for the investigation into allegations a government agency and one of its contractors may have breached the State Services Standards of Integrity and Conduct . More >>

Third Strike murderer deserves LWOP

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 3:26 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

Dylyn Davis is a violent thug with a long history of violence, including two “strike” offences. He has now pleaded guilty to his third strike – the brutal murder of a young woman whose only crime was to tell a friend she was frightened of him. He ... More >>

Stolen holiday leave needs repaying now says Unite Union

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 2:49 pm | Unite Union

Unite Union wants answers from the government as to why hundreds of thousands of workers are still waiting to have the annual leave stolen from them in the past restored. More >>

PSA stands with nurses as industrial action looms

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 2:21 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi supports NZNO members’ decision to reject the pay offer advanced by District Health Boards in negotiations for a multi-employer collective agreement (MECA). More >>

SuperGrans vs Super-grans

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 1:49 pm | Supergrans

We heard yesterday on Radio New Zealand that ‘Super-grans’ will be wearing yellow capes in protest at the Oil and Gas conference in Wellington. More >>

LGNZ call to end Maori wards vote out of touch

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 12:56 pm | Hobson's Pledge

LGNZ call to end Maori wards vote out of touch In calling on Parliament to deny ratepayers the right to veto council decisions to create racially-based political structures, Local Government New Zealand reveals just how totally out of touch they ... More >>

Congratulations for America’s Cup Village decision

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 12:35 pm | Stop Stealing Our Harbour

Stop Stealing Our Harbour congratulates Minister David Parker and the decision makers involved in the waterfront location of the 2021 America’s Cup bases. More >>

Pacific Quota Registrations Open

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 11:31 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Pacific Quota Registrations Open Citizens of Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Fiji are encouraged to register for this year’s ballot under the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category, which takes place between 3 and 30April. Immigration Instructions ... More >>

Unions ready to start just transition to low carbon economy

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 11:10 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard welcomed the announcement today of Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods that the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) would be facilitating a tripartite approach with workers, business ... More >>

Missing piece in social worker registration bill

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:57 am | Social Services Providers Aotearoa

Social Service Providers Aotearoa will tomorrow tell the social services select committee that some changes are necessary if the Bill on mandatory social worker registration is to achieve its purpose. More >>

Hushed-up waste management plan will be challenged today

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:41 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has been overwhelmed with submissions against proposals in Auckland Council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) to run private waste pickup operators out of the market in favour of an inefficient, ... More >>

SKYCITY pledges to pay $20 minimum wage by 2020

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:32 am | SKYCITY

SKYCITY Entertainment Group has unveiled plans to pay its New Zealand-based staff at least $20 an hour by 2020; a move that will significantly increase the take-home pay of around 1750 people in Auckland, Hamilton, and Queenstown. More >>

Activists demand climate justice at rally and blockade

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 8:46 am | Oil Free Wellington

People from across Aotearoa are rallying together in a call for climate justice today outside the Oil Industry Summit at TSB Arena in Wellington. Approximately 120 people have joined the rally and blockade, which was moved to a start time of 5am. More >>




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