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Gordon Campbell:
On The M Bovis Outbreak

As the public keeps on being told, there is no risk at all to human health from cows infected with Mycoplasma bovis. In that respect, it is not at all like mad cow disease.

Even so, the M bovis outbreak is still doing the head in of Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, who will be announcing on Monday whether the government intends going down the ‘eradication’ or the ‘management’ path with respect to the outbreak. More>>

 

RNZ: Fishing Industry Lies Revealed In Leaked Report

Some of the country's biggest fishing companies have been under-reporting their hoki catch by hundreds of tonnes, according to a leaked fisheries report. The report has been kept secret from the public for seven years and environmentalists say it casts doubt on industry claims that lucrative hoki is being fished sustainably. More>>

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Uni Cuts: VCs At Risk Of Opting Out Of Government’s Vision

Vice-Chancellors need to accept that cutting jobs to meet narrow performance metrics will do nothing to help rebuild an inclusive tertiary education sector that meets the needs of all New Zealanders, the Tertiary Education Union said today. More>>

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DBHs v Nurses: Independent Panel Reports On Collective Agreement

The Independent Panel, which was set up to help reach a Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) between the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation and the 20 District Health Boards, has made a series of recommendations to address issues impacting settlement. More>>

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Cannabis: Legalisation Referendum Could Happen Sooner

The Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand says any decision to hold a referendum on legalising cannabis use in 2019, rather than in an election year, would be a welcome one because the issue is too important to be treated like a political football. More>>

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Decile Changes Kicked For Touch: Focusing School Funding On Equity For Kids

The Government is expanding work done on replacing school deciles to look more broadly at what’s needed to ensure all children, including learners from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds, get the support they need to learn. More>>

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Kevin Short New CDF: Defence Deployments Online

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the release today of further information on where NZDF personnel are deployed overseas... “Defence will also be proactively releasing their advice to Cabinet following future decisions on deployments and mandate.” More>>

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PM On Mycoplasma Bovis, Prisons: Working On It
At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave an update on the response to the spread of Mycoplasma bovis in New Zealand cattle. More>>

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Alarm Bells: Teacher Shortages Worst Since Surveys Began
PPTA: “There is a wave of teachers about to retire and I’m embarrassed to say that we have reached the point where we are begging them to stay on… Young graduates no longer want to enter the profession, the pay is far too low compared to what they earn in other careers and, of the new teachers who do enter the profession, nearly half burn out and leave within five years.” More>>

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Peters Returns: Visit Reinforces New Zealand-Japan Relationship
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has departed Tokyo following a productive three-day visit to Japan. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Regressive Taxes
The headlines would have you believe that inflation is safely under control, but a Statistics NZ press release indicates that isn’t the reality being experienced by the poor, given how the steeply rising costs of smoking, petrol, rent etc are falling disproportionately on low to middle income earners. More>>

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Overlapping Treaty Claims: ‘You Are Taking Us To War’
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little was speaking about the treaty process and the importance of communication when he was challenged by a kaumatua from Tauranga Moana. More>>

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Workplace Harrassment: Rights Body's Policy Inadequate
"Judge Coral Shaw’s report confirms what our members at the HRC have told us: that the workplace culture at the HRC needs to be addressed," PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay says. More>>

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Newshub Nation: Kiwirebuild
This week, the government admitted it’s had to tinker with its KiwiBuild policy to make it work. A three-bedroom home in Auckland will now cost $50,000 more than Labour promised during the election campaign. More>>

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Budget 2018: Govt To Invest $42 Billion In Capital Spending
The Coalition Government will invest $42 billion in net capital spending over the next five years to support our plan to rebuild New Zealand’s infrastructure and critical public services, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said ... More>>

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Auckland Light Rail: Procurement Approved
A modern, rapid transit light rail network to transform Auckland is a step closer with Cabinet agreeing to launch a procurement process, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced. More>>

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Your Voice, Your Data. Your Say: Investing For Social Wellbeing
Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has announced the Government is seeking New Zealander’s views on social wellbeing and how to best protect and use people’s personal information. More>>

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New CPAG Report: Implications For Oral Health
Every year, New Zealand hospitals see over 40,000 admissions for poverty-related and potentially preventable health issues in children. Chronic poor physical health in children can lead to problems lasting into adulthood, and poor dental health is ... More>>

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