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111 Support: Govt Axes Mental Health Pilot

The Government’s decision to axe a universally-supported pilot to improve the response to 111 mental health calls is nothing short of disgraceful, especially after Labour pledged to make mental health a priority, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

“It has been revealed that Labour has scrapped a pilot in which a mental health nurse would attend mental health incidents alongside police and paramedics to ensure that people in distress receive timely responses that are tailored to their needs.” More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Nurses Strike

If we’re really looking at the big picture, the claims by nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants are part of a wider struggle... More>>

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'First Steps': Summit, Advisory Group For 'Broken' Justice System

Justice Minister Andrew Little has revealed the first steps in fixing our broken criminal justice system, so we can make communities safer... More>>

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Housing: Renters Group Pushes For Tougher Laws For Landlords

Dozens of tenants sick of mouldy, cold and outright dangerous homes are backing a campaign for tougher laws for landlords. More>>

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Environment Commissioner: 'Confusion' On Biodegradable Plastics

The problem is that whatever impact biodegradable plastics may have on the environment depends very much on what they are made from and, critically, how and where they are disposed of. More>>

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Public Media: New 'Innovation Fund' Announced

“The new Innovation Fund will see RNZ commissioning content in a joint venture with NZ On Air. The multi-media content developed with this funding will air on RNZ platforms and be commissioned from the independent production sector using NZ On Air’s existing funding processes,” says Clare Curran. More>>

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Two-Thirds Subsidy: New Insulation Programme Launched
The country has been hit with a series of cold snaps this winter but low-income homeowners can now warm up with grants covering two thirds of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: Five Reasons Not To Spend Billions Replacing The Orions
There’s a pattern here. Centre-left governments will give Defence whatever it says it needs, for fear that a “No” will result in them being labelled a bunch of peaceniks... More>>

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Statistics: Big Gaps In Digital-First Census
National's Nick Smith “Census 2018 has turned into a shambles with the lowest participation rate in over fifty years. The Government must figure out what went so wrong and how the serious flow on problems for the public sector can be rectified.” More>>

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Auckland City Mission: New Shelter Gives Homeless Women A Safe Place
The Auckland City Mission’s Te Whare Manaaki Wāhine women’s shelter provides safe, welcoming, and temporary accommodation for women starting from Sunday 1 July. More>>

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winston peters, ron markPost-Cabinet Press Conference: Expensive Airplanes, 'Free' Speech
At today's post-cabinet press conference the government confirmed plans to purchase four P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and simulators. ... More>>

The sTOP Party: Opportunities Party To Wind Up
“I’d like to thank all those involved with TOP. We had fun and we challenged people and for the more than 60,000 people really interested in best practice policy, we appealed.” More>>

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Potential Serious Misconduct: MPI Refers Former Staffers To SFO
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has referred evidence of potential serious staff misconduct to the Serious Fraud Office... MPI said the conduct of concern did not involve the contracting of Thompson & Clark by MPI. More>>

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"Out of Control: Dame Margaret Bazley's Report On Russell McVeagh
In February 2018, the law firm Russell McVeagh asked me to review claims that five summer clerks were sexually harassed over a three-week period in the summer of 2015-16 by a partner and solicitor from one team in the firm’s Wellington office...
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Appeal Court Ruling: Kim Dotcom Eligible To Be Extradited To US
Internet mogul Kim Dotcom has lost his bid to avoid extradition to the United States... The decision on extradition now rests with the Minister of Justice Andrew Little, according to the Extradition Act. More>>

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IGIS Report: GCSB Intelligence Activity In Relation To The South Pacific
The inquiry found no evidence that GCSB acted outside the relevant authorisations and statutory prohibitions to any significant extent... There was no evidence that any complainants’ private communications were deliberately targeted... More>>

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Treaty Claim: Māori Not Consulted On Charter School Closure
Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi yesterday lodged a Treaty of Waitangi claim alleging that the Crown’s actions in closing Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua will have a disproportionately detrimental effect on Māori. More>>

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NZEI: Primary Teachers And Principals Vote To Strike
Primary teachers and principals vote to strike 3 July 2018 Frustrated primary teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a three-hour work stoppage on 15 August, and are now discussing whether to extend the strike to a full day. More>>

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High Court Rules Against MSD: Solo Mum's Loans Were Not Income
The Ministry was trying to recover $109,852 from the woman, who has name suppression and can only be identified as 'Ms F'... The ruling is likely to have a wide-reaching impact as the High Court has given direction on what can and cannot legally be classified as income.More>>

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Policing Appointments: Acting PM's Press Conference
A planned review of the appointment of Deputy Commissioner of Police Wally Haumata, focusing on whether all relevant information was made available to, and considered by, the State Services Commission in the appointment, and whether the information was made available to cabinet. More>>

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Weekend Interviews: Warning On Chinese Influence In NZ, Australia
Speaking on TVNZ 1’s Q+A Peter Jennings, from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, told Corin Dann that a law passed across the Tasman this week to prevent foreign interference by foreign governments had been passed with China in mind. More>>

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'Had Seen' The Numbers: Minister 'Hadn't Seen' Prison Numbers Report
“My comments this morning were intended to convey that I simply had not read the public version of the report on the projections, which was published last week. Of course I’ve seen dozens of official reports based on the information in the projections,” Kelvin Davis said. More>>

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Loans Uncapped: Student Loan Borrowing Limit To Be Extended
The Coalition Government will extend the current student loan borrowing limit for those students in long undergraduate programmes, such as medicine, from the start of 2019, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>

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Lit Fam: Families Package Kicks In
From today 384,000 families will be an average of $65 a week better off – $75 by the time the Package is fully rolled out in two years – as the Government begins to rebalance the economy in favour of everyday families. More>>

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New Offer: Nurses’ Strike Averted
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation and the country’s District Health Boards today agreed a revised offer that will be taken to NZNO nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants next week. More>>

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