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Information sheets on suicide prevention, in Samoan, Niue, Cook Islands Maori and Tongan, were blessed in a ceremony on Sunday at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Henderson.

The information material were developed by Suicide Prevention Information NZ. The information sheets are available from SPINZ by emailing and will also be distributed through Pacific health agencies.


What kind of Labour-led government?

The last time we had a Labour Government it sold Air New Zealand, PostBank, banks, forests etc. Unemployment rose, as did welfare, crime and substance abuse.

On May Day 1989, Jim Anderton and many others of us had enough of that little game and we formed a new independent-of-Labour progressive party and the progressive Left has been represented in Parliament ever since - these days in coalition government with Labour.

Last night, Progressive members selected well-known Auckland broadcasting personality, Tommy Tay, as our candidate in Auckland Central. Suki Amirapu, also well known in Auckland for his work in business and the community, was selected for Mt. Roskill.

Progressive candidates are campaigning for peoples' party vote this year as your pro-economic development and anti-drugs insurance policy. If you support increased investment in higher education, favour the economic development of our regions and want tough decisions on youth binge drinking and other drug problems, then our candidates' message is Party Vote Progressive so we can keep the next Helen Clark-led government forward-looking and progressive.


BZP needs age restrictions

The Press ran a story yesterday about a 15-year old schoolgirl who suffered a seizure after taking with BZP party pills obtained from a half price sale. It is completely wrong that children are being sold these party pills and I look forward to Parliament moving to restrict the sales of BZP pills to adults as a first precautionary measure.


Doctor rubbishes "safe" Nos claim

Using nitrous oxide (or ‘Nos’) to get high can starve the brain of oxygen, interfere with metabolism, suppress the immune system and cause permanent organ damage. That is the verdict of the Society of Anaesthetists in the wake of the Crown Law's legal opinion that the sale of Nos for inhaling is illegal under the Medicines Act.


Multifaceted approach to fighting drugs

Thanks to Progressive, the coalition government has a sophisticated strategy to reduce the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. We are committed to reducing demand through community and school initiatives.

We are committed to investing more in treatment services to help the victims of the drug peddlers get back on to their feet with a second chance to lead drug-free lives. We are also investing more in scientific research into the effects of drugs so that we can pursue a genuinely evidenced-based anti-drugs strategy.

And one part of our strategy also involves getting tough on the peddlers of dangerous drugs, like those gangsters that sell P to the young. The government this week announced that the Serious Fraud Office will handle asset seizures under new Proceeds of Crime legislation.


Jim Peron, Asians, Iraqis - who is the next victim?

If Peters’ innuendo wasn’t so dangerous he would be a laughing stock. But if Peters is looking for another candidate, David Bishop (Church of the Militant Elvis) who is standing in this week’s UK election, would be perfect for NZ First. He promises to put giant photos of celebrities at Heathrow and Gatwick airports "to discourage undesirable foreigners from entering Britain.”

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Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


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Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

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Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

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Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




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