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Telecom Workers Given Two Choices - Hundreds of Telecom computer workers are under threat to sign contracts with a new employer which will end their rights to redundancy payouts. Around 600 workers have been given less than a week to sign new contracts with EDS a multi-national company, which will manage part of Telecom’s information system. A Telecom spokesperson says workers have a choice of accepting the deal or taking redundancy.

Urban Maori Call For Sir Tipene’s Resignation - A push from urban Maori for a cleanout of the Waitangi Fisheries Commission starting at the top. Nominations for the commission close today. The body is heavily criticised by urban Maori for only distributing fisheries assets to traditional iwi. The issue has been the subject of a Court of Appeal case, but the court reserved its decision. Willie Jackson of the Manukau Urban Maori Authority says the problems lie with the Fisheries Commission’s chairman Sir Tipene O’Regan. Mr Jackson says the members of the three urban Maori authorities want Mr O’Regan to leave his position so change of thinking can be achieved.

Airport Share Sale Put on Hold - It’s a moratorium of sorts for the sale of Auckland City’s Airport shares. Auckland City Council decided last night not to consider a possible sale of its Auckland International Airport shares until after the release of its strategic plan in mid 2000.

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PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

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Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

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Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

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Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

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