Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


The Independent, 2/8/00

front page:

1/ "Back to the Thirties" headline - return of ERB is "a defeat for employers and business in general" the paper says. Auckland Chamber of Commerce head Michael Barnett urges businesspeople not to be distracted by "the re-emergence of a union vs employer environment that the ERB locks into place";

2/ Singapore free trade deal close - more comprehensive than CER and hailed by NZ officials as a world leader. Other reports that Treaty issues were holding up progress have been denied;

In the rest of the paper:

3/ First investment by Auckland Uni-linked venture capital fund set to invest $4 million in another Auckland Uni-linked bio-tech company, NeuronZ, undertaking research into drugs to treat central nervous system disorders;

4/ Commerce Commission takes Telecom to court alleging anti-competitive behaviour in its 0867 Internet arrangements;

5/ Open skies agreement with Australia is in the offing, but the change of heart in Canberra appears to come with strings attached;

6/ Chief Justice Sian Elias rules that an Auckland High Court Master, John Faire, was wrong to order the destruction of notes taken in court by a reporter for The Independent;

7/ Passage of ERB sees emergence of a new kind of "off-the-shelf" union which will negotiate collective contracts for one-off fees and aimed at the single workplace level;

8/ Statutory manager for failed investment group IMI Pacific seeking to bankrupt its two directors unless they pay court costs of $52,000;

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.

US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. More>>


Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>


Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>


Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels