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Electricity Authority Fought For Generators To Pocket $130 Million During Power Blackout

Fri, 1 Mar 2024 15:13:24 +1300 | Draper Cormack Group

The High Court has ruled against the Electricity Authority's imposition of scarcity pricing on 9 August 2021. Scarcity pricing meant that electricity generators stood to gain a windfall profit of $130 million dollars from New Zealanders on the same ...More >>

WorkSafe Statement On Sentencing Of Whakaari Defendants

Fri, 1 Mar 2024 12:44:05 +1300 | WorkSafe NZ

Steve Haszard, Chief Executive, WorkSafe New Zealand: “Just over four years ago when Whakaari erupted many lives were changed. The Court has now delivered sentences to those who failed their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act ...More >>

29 FEBRUARY 2024 IPCA PUBLIC REPORT - Non-fatal Shooting In Stratford Justified

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 09:59:04 +1300 | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was justified in deciding to shoot at an armed man during a siege in Stratford in March 2023. On the evening of 27 March 2023, a man (Mr X) Police were seeking to arrest was involved ...More >>

Retirement Village Operators In The Firing Line After Consumer NZ And RVResidents Complaints

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 09:03:51 +1300 | Consumer NZ

Following complaints by Consumer NZ and the Retirement Village Residents Association of New Zealand (RVResidents), retirement village operators have come under fire from the Commerce Commission for their care claims and contract terms. “The Commission ...More >>

Amputation Follows Forklift Trauma At Trade Depot

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 13:22:23 +1300 | WorkSafe NZ

Businesses that contend with on-site traffic must learn from a collision that cost a woman her lower leg, WorkSafe New Zealand says. The woman was waiting to collect whiteware from the customer collections area outside Trade Depot in Onehunga, when ...More >>

Employers Who Exploit Workers Should Face Effective Consequences, Says Te Kāhui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 18:01:34 +1300 | Human Rights Commission

EEO Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo has called for effective consequences for worker exploitation, and remedies for impacted workers. Dr Sumeo was responding to today’s release of the review report into administration of the Accredited Employer ...More >>

More Than 180 Personal Grievances Claims Lodged Against NIWA For Discrimination

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 15:41:15 +1300 | PSA

More than 180 PSA members have today lodged Personal Grievance claims against NIWA claiming they are being discriminated against because they are union members. PSA members, who are bargaining for a new Collective Agreement, have been denied access ...More >>

Government Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 11:24:36 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than ...More >>

Residents Of Retirement Villages Need Stronger Protection, Says New Advocate

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 18:22:34 +1300 | Capital NZ

Minimum time for operators to repay capital of 9-12 months Independent dispute resolution service funded by operators Standardised Occupation Rights Agreements for all operators A newly formed advocacy group for residents of retirement villages is calling for ...More >>

Tribunal Hearing On Te Aka Whai Ora Must Go Ahead

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 17:34:01 +1300 | PSA

Bypassing a Waitangi Tribunal hearing that challenges the closure of Te Aka Whai Ora and its work would show a lack of credibility and accountability from the Government, said the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi. Stuff reports ...More >>

Plain English Allergen Labelling Good News For Consumers

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 09:44:20 +1300 | NZ Food Safety

New requirements to make it easier for people to find information about common allergies on food labels come into effect on Sunday. New Zealand Food Safety (NZFS) deputy director-general Vincent Arbuckle says the changes are good news for people with ...More >>

Chief Ombudsman Calls For Changes To Oranga Tamariki 'On Scale Rarely Required’

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 19:28:24 +1300 | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is calling on the Government to make changes to Oranga Tamariki on a scale rarely required of a government agency. "I am making this call because I regret to say I cannot yet provide reassurance that Oranga Tamariki’s ...More >>

GE Watchdog Decision Risks Compromising Protection Of The Environment And Health

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 19:26:07 +1300 | GE Free NZ

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released its decision on “null segregants” (APP204173) defining them as "not genetically engineered organisms". In February, Plant and Food applied to the EPA to determine if “null segregants” ...More >>

Identifying Imperial Venality: Day One Of Julian Assange’s High Court Appeal

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 19:10:06 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

On February 20, it was clear that things were not going to be made easy for Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who infuriated the US imperium, the national security establishment, and a stable of journalists upset that he had cut their ill-tended ...More >>

CAPHRA Highlights Flaws In Tobacco Control And Rise Of Black Market

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 15:04:16 +1300 | CAPHRA

  The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) today issued a stark warning about the unintended consequences of current tobacco control policies, including the alarming rise in the illicit tobacco trade and the ...More >>

Safety Boost For Police Speed Camera Operators

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 13:47:33 +1300 | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe has accepted a binding commitment from the New Zealand Police to improve safety for speed camera operators, after one was critically injured in a high-speed collision on Auckland’s North Shore. The operator was thrown from his parked van ...More >>

Dept Of Internal Affairs Lose At High Court On Pokies Relocations

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:15:08 +1300 | Feed Families Not Pokies

There are too many pokies in Aotearoa New Zealand says Colin Bridle, Deputy Chair of Feed Families Not Pokies Aotearoa, but that could be about to change thanks to a landmark judgement at the High Court. “If a local authority has a sinking lid ...More >>

Pharmacist Breaches Code For Failing To Check Correct Medication Dispensed

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 14:03:46 +1300 | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has found a pharmacist breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for failing to check the correct medication was dispensed to a consumer. Rose Wall found the pharmacist had ...More >>

Sporting Shooters Association Of New Zealand Point Out That ‘High Risk’ Firearms Are Already In Circulation

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 20:17:17 +1300 | Sporting Shooters Assn of NZ

SSANZ stands by Niru Wijesundara’s petition, and the comments made by COLFO in support of it. SSANZ stands by the fact that there are currently high risk’ firearms in circulation that pose no issue. Licensed firearms owners have access to a variety ...More >>

Department Of Internal Affairs Holds SkyCity Accountable For AML/CFT Compliance

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 18:34:25 +1300 | Department Of Internal Affairs

Department of Internal Affairs, Te Tari Taiwhenua (DIA) has filed civil proceedings against SkyCity Casino Management Limited (SkyCity) under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act), in order to help uphold ...More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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