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Sexual Violence Concerns around Data Sharing

Friday, 10 March 2017, 10:24 am | Toah-Nnest

TOAH-NNEST, as a national network of Sexual Violence agencies, opposes the new expectation of NGO contractors to supply MSD with individual client level data. The sharing of individual client data threatens to undermine what the Sexual Violence sector believes ... More >>

Billboard says more poo in rivers and in Govt’s water policy

Friday, 10 March 2017, 10:12 am | Choose Clean Water

Freshwater campaigners say New Zealanders have noticed the poo in their rivers and in the Government’s new standards. They are sending that message to the Prime Minister via a 12-metre long crowd-funded billboard in downtown Wellington. More >>

Dunedin’s citizens urged to speak up about Cadbury

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 3:41 pm | E tu

Organisers of Saturday’s rally to save Dunedin’s Cadbury factory are urging Dunedinites to turn out in numbers and voice their anger over the proposed closure by Cadbury owner, Mondelez International. More >>

Racist Pamphlet Outrages Dunne

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 3:32 pm | United Future NZ Party

Ohariu MP Hon Peter Dunne has condemned pamphlets being distributed in the Ohariu electorate by a group called the Rolling Thunder as “disgraceful, despicable racist bigotry.” He says two pamphlets about Treaty of Waitangi issues have been dropped ... More >>

Thinktank releases new narcotics policy proposal

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 3:09 pm | New Zealand Powerhouse Institute

The New Zealand Powerhouse Institute, a classical liberal think tank, has released a new policy proposal to address the issues with New Zealand’s existing legislative and regulatory framework for dealing with drug issues. More >>

Laurence Yule Leadership Welcomed by the Taxpayers' Union

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 3:02 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Hastings Mayor, and National Party Tukituki candidate, Laurence Yule’s commitment to stand down as Mayor and not have “a bob each way if he did not succeed in his parliamentary ambitions”, as quoted in ... More >>

Denise Lee is Paid to Do a Job - So Which One is It?

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 2:46 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is calling on National Party Parliamentary candidate Denise Lee to stand down as an Auckland Councillor while she campaigns for a new job in Wellington as an MP. More >>

Women’s Voices Add to Call for Country of Origin Labelling

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 2:43 pm | BPWNZ

Research shows that the need for country of origin labelling of single ingredient foods is stronger than ever says the New Zealand Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW NZ). More >>

BPW NZ Joins the Huge Support for Green Party Bill

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 2:40 pm | BPWNZ

The New Zealand Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW NZ) are pleased that Parliament chose to support women workers who are victims of violence. More >>

Superannuation - A good start but more to be done.

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 2:05 pm | Workplace Savings

Workplace Savings New Zealand Council today welcomed the proposed changes to New Zealand Superannuation announced by Prime Minister Bill English, but says more needs to be done to prepare Kiwis for retirement. More >>

Further changes recommended to modernised border legislation

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society has urged Parliament to consider its recommended changes to New Zealand’s border legislation to ensure the law remains fit for purpose in future. More >>

Immigration policy based on ‘alternative facts’

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 1:35 pm | Migrant And Refugee Rights Campaign MARRC

Information released this morning shows that recent immigration policy is based on ‘alternative facts’, says Gayaaal Iddamalgoda, Wellington Central candidate for the Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign. More >>

Treaty Minister and Uenuku Charitable Trust sign Terms

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 1:30 pm | Uenuku Charitable Trust

The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, the Hon Chris Finlayson, and Uenuku Chair, Aiden Gilbert, have signed the Terms of Negotiation for the negotiation of Te Korowai o Wainuiārua historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. More >>

Poll tax on immigrants could generate $1 billion a year

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 1:20 pm | Mark Keating

A tax expert is calling for the introduction of a poll tax on immigrants to help fund the extra infrastructure and public service costs associated with New Zealand’s growing population. More >>

Bill gives free reign to subdivision

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 12:36 pm | Environmental Defence Society

EDS has reviewed the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill that was reported back to Parliament earlier this week. More >>

Clash probably unavoidable

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 11:56 am | Grey Power New Zealand

The chances of avoiding a head on clash between Grey Power and the Government over raising the age of national superannuation are fading as the organisation’s 65000 members prepare for political war. More >>

“Break Free” Handbook to be launched

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 11:52 am | Shakti Community Council

Shakti Youth Unit is celebrating International Women’s Day this year by launching the “Break Free” handbook for migrant and refugee youth experiencing family violence. The handbook, which is the first of its kind, will be launched at an event hosted ... More >>

Don’t revive dead TPP, say 200 organisations in 15 countries

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 11:48 am | AFTINET

Two hundred organisations from 15 countries have urged trade ministers meeting in Chile next week not to use the failed TPP as a model for future agreements. The ministers from some of the 12 TPP countries plus China, Korea and Columbia are meeting on the ... More >>

Police response to IPCA report on use of Taser

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 10:30 am | New Zealand Police

Police accept a finding by the Independent Police Conduct Authority that an officer’s use of a Taser on a man was contrary to policy and unjustified. More >>

Surgeons want quad bikes banned for under 16s

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 10:23 am | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is urging the New Zealand and Australian Governments to ban the use of quad bikes by children, following the latest death of a six year old girl in New South Wales. More >>

Use of a Taser on a mentally unwell man was unjustified

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 10:17 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a sergeant’s use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Auckland man, while he was in a small cubicle at Counties Manukau Police station, was contrary to policy, excessive and unjustified. More >>

Commission welcomes support of Domestic Violence Bill

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 10:09 am | Human Rights Commission

8 March 2017: The Human Rights Commission has welcomed news that a Members Bill seeking to improve legal protections for victims of domestic violence will get the consultation it deserves, after passing it’s first reading. More >>

Consumers want country of origin labelling on fruit and veg

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 9:54 am | Horticulture NZ

More than 70 percent of New Zealanders want mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) for fruit and vegetables, a joint Consumer NZ and Horticulture New Zealand survey shows. More >>

Delight with support for domestic abuse survivors

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 9:45 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Working people congratulate Green MP Jan Logie on successfully getting her proposed law, which will make a real difference to the lives of people who are experiencing domestic violence, over the first hurdle. More >>

Conservatives Will Attend AoU Debate

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 9:28 am | Conservative Party

Although canned from the University of Auckland Debating Society's Political debate, New Zealand's 5th most popular party at the last election will attend this Thursday night's debate to answer questions from interested voters. More >>

Winston Peters still banging old xenophobic drum

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 4:48 pm | Migrant And Refugee Rights Campaign MARRC

Winston Peters’ comment this morning that the National Party are “addicted to immigration ” is just yet more banging of his old xenophobic drum, says Gayaal Iddamalgoda, Wellington Central candidate for the newly formed Migrant and Refugee ... More >>

Golf tournament funding a hole-in-one for corporate welfare

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 4:34 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to today's announcement that $5.5 million will be invested into golfing events, the Taxpayers' Union is questioning the Government's continued support of the tournaments despite previously-funded tournaments failing to meet the expected ... More >>

New book on governing in an uncertain world

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 4:09 pm | Bridget Williams Books

We live in a complex and uncertain world, one that poses unprecedented challenges for governments in democratic societies. Short electoral cycles, impatient voters, populist movements, ‘alternative facts’, 24/7 news cycles and powerful vested ... More >>

Migrant women say “No Equality Without Diversity”

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 3:16 pm | Shakti Community Council

Press release: Migrant women say “No Equality Without Diversity” to mark International Women’s Day 2017 More >>

New Restorative Justice Coordinator, Family Works Wairarapa

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 2:45 pm | Family Works

Wairarapa’s new Restorative Justice Coordinator, Barbara Jones, says the out-of-court process can help the victims of crime find peace and give offenders the opportunity to truly take responsibility for their actions. More >>

Recommendations improve clarity and workability

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 2:02 pm | Simpson Grierson

On Monday, the Local Government and Environment Committee announced its recommended changes to the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill with several recommendations that improve the clarity and workability, partner Sarah Scott says. More >>

Better mentors needed to combat rape culture

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 12:54 pm | Big Buddy

Boys need better mentors to look up to if we want them to have better attitudes towards women say the authors of a new book on raising boys More >>

Financial Services Council welcomes changes to NZ Super

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 12:15 pm | Financial Services Council

The Financial Services Council (FSC) today welcomes the New Zealand Superannuation changes proposed by Prime Minister Bill English. “The package of changes announced on Monday is good policy,” says FSC Chief Executive Officer, Richard Klipin. More >>

Medium-term planning report, AgResearch business case letter

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 12:03 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s report Medium-term planning in government departments: Four-year plans was presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

Grand RLA co-governance scheme bad law

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 11:24 am | Hobson's Pledge

The iwi participation clauses included in the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill show that Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith has put his desire not to work with NZ First leader Winston Peters above sound legislation, Hobson’s Pledge spokesperson ... More >>

Lawyers can redress gender leadership balance

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 11:15 am | New Zealand Law Society

Women will outnumber men in the legal profession later this year but there is still a noticeable imbalance in women in leadership roles, New Zealand Law Society President Kathryn Beck says. More >>

Women and girls, every day

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 10:53 am | Volunteer Service Abroad

Today is International Women's Day - and while there are reasons to celebrate, the World Economic Forum has estimated that the global inequalities between women and men in education, health, income and more, will not be closed until 2186. More >>

Dream retirement out of reach if you rely on NZ Super

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 9:54 am | AMP Financial Services

AMP Financial Services Managing Director Blair Vernon says the debate around the age of eligibility for New Zealand Superannuation is the tip of the retirement savings iceberg and we have to go further. More >>

Petition to save Cadbury goes global

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 9:52 am | E tu

The petition to save the Dunedin Cadbury factory and the jobs of its workers has gone global. More >>

Impact of family violence on employment

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 9:17 am | Women's Refuge

Women’s Refuge has today released the findings of a first of its kind study in New Zealand which examines the impact of economic abuse on women. One of the key findings revealed in ‘ What’s Hers is Mine and What’s Mine is Mine: Women’s ... More >>

Pressing Need For Action On Porn Harm

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 7:53 am | Family First

Family First NZ says that the example of Wellington College students posting offensive comments on social media relating to rape and consent are the tip of the iceberg, and that this incident highlights the pressing need for experts to formally investigate ... More >>

16,000 Voices Show Kiwis Say No to Euthanasia

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 6:51 am | Every Life Research Unit

Today marks the launch of the campaign 16,000 Voices – Kiwis say no to euthanasia . The campaign gives voice to a sampling of the 16,000 people who wrote in to the Health Select Committee expressing their opposition to euthanasia. More >>

Lee to run for National in Maungakiekie

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 5:19 am | New Zealand National Party

Denise Lee has been selected by National as its Maungakiekie candidate for the 2017 General Election. More >>

New research reveals "appalling" bias against women

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 4:01 pm | Public Service Association

Bias against female employees is overwhelmingly the reason New Zealand women are paid around 12 per cent less than their male counterparts, and the PSA says this needs urgent change. More >>

National’s support for family violence victims a huge step

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 3:59 pm | Public Service Association

Victims of domestic violence are a step closer to getting the support they need at work, with National announcing it will support Jan Logie’s members bill at its first reading tomorrow. More >>

Call for a New Women’s Charter

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 3:44 pm | UN Women NZ

Feminist and writer Sandra Coney is calling for a new Women’s Charter that would spell out an agreed agenda for change for women and girls in New Zealand. More >>

Call for a New Women’s Charter on International Women’s Day

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 3:36 pm | Zonta International

Feminist and writer Sandra Coney is calling for a new Women’s Charter that would spell out an agreed agenda for change for women and girls in New Zealand. More >>

Lecture series focuses on medium density housing

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 3:34 pm | University of Auckland

Experts in the fields of architecture, planning and urban design will debate what makes good medium density housing at the upcoming Fast Forward lecture and discussion series starting at the University of Auckland next week. More >>

Government Launches Reti Rescue Package

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 3:17 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

Government Launches Reti Rescue Package “The $400 million, four lane highway carrot, dangled in front of voters is a cynical attempt to shore up flagging support for National in Whangarei in the run up to this year’s general election”, according ... More >>

Tobacco Theft Hurting Retailers, Profitting Big Tobacco

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 3:09 pm | ASH NZ

ASH NZ strongly agree there needs to be a focus on retailer safety in light of the increased media reporting of tobacco being taken during recent retailer robberies. More >>

Easter Trading Laws A ‘Shambolic Mess’

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 3:05 pm | Family First

Family First NZ says that amendments to Easter trading laws thrust upon local councils has resulted in rushed decisions, often against the majority views of submissions, and inconsistencies across the country. More >>

Ratepayers Not Hornswoggled by PNCC Rates Hike Spin

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 2:41 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Palmerston North ratepayers won't accept their City Council’s proposed 3.1% rates hike in 2017/2018 , and will not be influenced by their spin doctors’ claim that this is good news for them. More >>

ComVoices calls for pause on demand for personal information

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 2:31 pm | Comvoices

From July 2017 Community Organisations provider contracts with Government are to include the requirement to gather and share identifiable data about clients accessing services. More >>

Gender pay imbalance needs urgent action

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 1:30 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Research released today by the Ministry for Women ‘Empirical evidence of the gender pay gap in New Zealand’ makes a useful and timely contribution to understanding the factors causing the gender pay imbalance. More >>

Mayor’s Auckland accommodation tax a backward step

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 1:20 pm | Auckland Chamber of Commerce

7 March 2017 Media Release Mayor’s Auckland accommodation tax a backward step for the city Targeting Auckland’s accommodation sector with a tax designed to raise $28 million to cover tourism and event promotion creates more problems than it solves ... More >>

Police Association questions Shooting Club ban

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 12:49 pm | NZ Police Association

The Police Association is alarmed that a Wairarapa shooting club has banned police from using its firearms training facility in a bid to force Police National Headquarters to change its attitude on certain gun policies and procedures. More >>

Open letter on asylum-seekers

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 12:45 pm | Umesh Perinpanayagam

We are calling for the New Zealand Government to bring approximately two dozen people currently held at an immigration detention centre in Kapung, Indonesia, to New Zealand to assess their asylum claims in New Zealand itself. More >>

National’s Pension Plans will NOT solve the problem!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 12:22 pm | NZ Seniors Party

Prime Minister Bill English announced yesterday the National Party’s plans to raise the pension age to 67 over the next 20 years along with increasing the qualifying period to 20 years for immigrants. More >>

Discussion about Retirement Must Address Student Debt

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 12:02 pm | NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) says that any discussion about retirement must address the issue of student debt. More >>

Reserve Bank outlines plans for bank capital review

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 11:40 am | Reserve Bank

An upcoming review of banks’ capital requirements will continue to ensure confidence in the solvency of the New Zealand banking system, while encouraging efficiency, Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Grant Spencer said today. More >>


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