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Government's Planned Pharmac Review A Sideshow

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 3:34 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

The Government’s announcement of a review into Pharmac declares that its budget, and the total amount allocated to pharmaceuticals, will be out of scope. This ignores the most serious weakness with current arrangements: that no one really knows whether ... More >>

Tauranga Super City? Be Careful What You Wish For

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 3:23 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for calmer heads to prevail after former Tauranga Mayor Tenby Powell’s calls for an amalgamation of the district’s councils into a mini ‘super city’. “Intellectually, bigger might sound better or more efficient, ... More >>

Call For Ministers To Deliver Pollution Review

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 2:56 pm | Forest And Bird

Government Ministers need to review their decision to leave out nitrogen pollution limits from last year's freshwater law reform. Yesterday, Radio New Zealand revealed the Government ignored advice from the Freshwater Leaders' Group, Kaahui Wai Māori, ... More >>

EMA Echoes Calls For More Input Into Future Management Of COVID-19

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 1:29 pm | EMA

Calls by senior business leaders for more openness and cooperation around the Government’s plan for the ongoing management of COVID-19 are strongly supported by the EMA. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says business owners are being crippled by increasing pressure ... More >>

NZ Initiative Supports The Call For Greater Clarity At The Border

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 1:15 pm | New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Tuesday, 2 March 2021) – The New Zealand Initiative welcomes today’s call from business leaders for greater clarity about the border. The Initiative also urges the government to further strengthen the testing regime at the border. Making ... More >>

Petitioner Calls On Two Govt Doctors To Review Vape Flavour Ban

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 1:05 pm | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

The Ministry of Health has submitted a written submission to the Health Select Committee, dismissing a Parliamentary petition signed by 17,357 Kiwis supporting ongoing access to vape flavours. Petition organiser, Nancy Loucas, who is co-director of Aotearoa ... More >>

Police Association Says IPCA Bullying Report A Fair Assessment

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 12:24 pm | NZ Police Association

The New Zealand Police Association considers the IPCA report on bullying, culture and related issues within Police, to be a fair assessment of the current situation in that it identifies the key problem areas, the progress Police has recently been ... More >>

Te Rito Maioha Supports Renewed Calls For ECE Pay Parity

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 12:21 pm | Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood NZ

Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand (ECNZ) supports renewed calls for pay parity for all early learning teachers. Chief Executive, Kathy Wolfe says, “teachers want better pay and working conditions, and the message is coming through strongly ... More >>

Review Of Bullying And Culture Highlights Way Forward For Police

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 11:35 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

In a new report released today, Bullying, Culture and Related Issues in New Zealand Police , the Authority finds significant elements of bullying in some workplaces, and a related negative culture. “ This negative culture did not permeate every ... More >>

Maori Council Welcomes PHARMAC Review: Every New Zealander Should Have A Fighting Chance At Life

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 10:57 am | Maori Council

The New Zealand Maori Council welcomes the review announced by the Prime Minister into PHARMAC. Executive Director, Matthew Tukaki, has called for such a review over the course of the last two years with a particular emphasis on the ways and means ... More >>

Urgent Solution To Kiwi Housing Crisis

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 10:03 am | Wealth Morning

New Zealand has the highest rate of homelessness in the developed world — and this could be the only way to fix this shocking crisis. Wealth Morning , an Auckland-based research house focused on global finance, has just announced a parliamentary housing ... More >>

Pacific MP's Should Support Liveable Incomes For All

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 9:20 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Last week the government released their latest data on child poverty statistics and 1 in 4 children living in poverty in NZ are Pacific. Carmel Sepuloni, our Minister of Social Development also admitted that current benefit levels aren’t enough to ... More >>

New Information Suggests Far Higher Numbers Of Children, Adolescents Went Through Lake Alice Unit In 70s

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 8:29 am | Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry

A Royal Commission investigation into the Lake Alice Child and Adolescent Unit indicates a far higher number of patients were admitted than previously thought. The Abuse in Care Inquiry is investigating what happened at the Manawatu-based Unit, following ... More >>

Call For Improved Planning In Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout To Front Line Healthcare Workers

Monday, 1 March 2021, 3:54 pm | General Practice NZ

GPNZ (General Practice New Zealand) is calling for a more co-ordinated and planned approach to ensure that available Covid-19 vaccines are able to be accessed by those health care practitioners working within at-risk communities. “It’s easy to understand ... More >>

Current Emergency Housing Not A Solution For Teen Parents

Monday, 1 March 2021, 2:24 pm | E Tipu e Rea

E Tipu E Rea Whānau supports mātua taiohi (young parents) aged 14-22 in Auckland. Since October last year, nearly a third of our mātua taiohi have had to access MSD-funded immediate housing in motels. While the issue of youth homelessness has been publicised ... More >>

Our Intentions: Looking At The Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out

Monday, 1 March 2021, 2:05 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General has decided to carry out a review of the Covid-19 vaccination programme while it is being planned and through the early stages of roll-out. We want to provide an independent view to the public and Parliament about how the Government ... More >>

Nuclear Free And Independent Pacific Day 2021

Monday, 1 March 2021, 1:15 pm | Peace Movement Aotearoa

Today, 1 March, is Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Day - the 67th anniversary of the 'Bravo' nuclear bomb detonation by the United States close to the surface of Bikini Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, which blasted out a crater more than 200 ... More >>

Views Sought On Additional Proposals For The ETS Forestry Regulations

Monday, 1 March 2021, 8:32 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

Te Uru Rākau - Forestry New Zealand is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) Forestry Regulations that it hopes will encourage new planting of both indigenous and exotic forest. These latest proposals ... More >>

Why Are Police Stopping People Entering Auckland?

Monday, 1 March 2021, 7:04 am | ACT New Zealand

28 February “The Government needs to explain why people are being blocked from going IN to Auckland,” says ACT Leader David Seymour "People are beside themselves and ambulances have been reported rescuing people caught in a monumental traffic ... More >>

Democratic Process Ignored Again

Monday, 1 March 2021, 7:01 am | New Conservative

The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill has now passed through parliament. While there are many things that have caused consternation with people, like previously held referenda being disregarded, the process this bill ... More >>

FIANZ Sets Timeframe Deadlines For Royal Commission Recommendations

Monday, 1 March 2021, 6:16 am | Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand

In a well-researched and evidence-based submission, the Federation of Islamic Association of NZ which is the umbrella national Muslim organisation, has set the timeframe and work scope parameters for the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations. ... More >>

NZUSA Calls For Increased Student Support With Yo-yoing Alert Levels

Sunday, 28 February 2021, 11:20 am | NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students' Associations is calling for increased student support to ensure that students can continue to study amid fluctuating Alert Levels. "With this morning’s increase in COVID Alert Levels, students face yet more ... More >>

The Cost Of The Government’s Attitude Problem

Sunday, 28 February 2021, 7:09 am | ACT New Zealand

27 February “Unfortunately ACT predicted tonight’s plunge back into Level 3 lockdown for Auckland and the rest of New Zealand into Level 2,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “ I said yesterday the South Auckland cluster wasn’t under control ... More >>

Business Travel Register Open

Saturday, 27 February 2021, 9:29 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Businesses with workers needing to cross the Alert Level boundary near Auckland will need evidence of permitted activity or an exemption. Travel documents that were issued earlier this month remain valid. Any business with workers that have lost ... More >>

Aucklanders Know What To Do To Beat COVID-19, Mayor Goff Says

Saturday, 27 February 2021, 9:14 pm | Office of the Mayor of Auckland

Another cased of COVID-19 in the community was not the news anyone wanted to hear on a Saturday evening, Mayor Goff said tonight. “I understand Aucklanders’ frustration at having to return to Level 3 lockdown, with the disruption it causes to everyone’s ... More >>

Water New Zealand Welcomes New Taumata Arowai Board

Friday, 26 February 2021, 2:18 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says the establishment of the new Taumata Arowai board is an important milestone in the journey towards safer drinking water for all New Zealanders.    The Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta has announced that former ... More >>

RBNZ Governor Outlines Housing Direction

Friday, 26 February 2021, 1:16 pm | The Reserve Bank of New Zealand

In remarks for a Monetary Policy Statement presentation to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce today, Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr has elaborated on the direction received from the Minister of Finance, to have regard to house price sustainability ... More >>

There Is No Plan For Fortress New Zealand

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 3:32 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Every day we get more evidence that this Government is reluctant to even explore taking a proportionate risk-weighted approach to managing COVID-19,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “When I asked COVID-19 Response Minister in Parliament this afternoon ... More >>

Banks Support New Housing Remit For RBNZ

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 2:59 pm | New Zealand Bankers' Association

Banks welcome today’s announcement that the Reserve Bank will consider the impact of its monetary and financial policy decisions on the housing market. “Banks support today’s announcement and are keen to be involved in discussions around how to tackle ... More >>

Organic Products Bill A Major Boost For Exporters

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 2:58 pm | GE Free NZ

Legislation regulating New Zealand's organic sector is about to pass through its final stages in Parliament and will be a major boost for exporters meeting the global demand for safe, 'clean', GE-free organic products. The Organic Products Bill helps ... More >>

Union Calls On Air New Zealand To Rebuild Better

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 10:56 am | E tu

E tū is calling on the country’s national carrier to ensure it rebuilds better than before, after the half-year announcement of a profit loss of $185 million, before other significant items and taxation. E tū Head of Aviation, Savage, says the announcement ... More >>

Why Is David Parker Commissioning Voodoo Economics From Treasury?

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 10:29 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Treasury’s research on the ‘economic income’ of high-wealth individuals is voodoo economics, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “David Parker has commissioned research from Treasury estimating ... More >>

RBNZ Supports Focus On Housing

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 9:57 am | The Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The Reserve Bank – Te Pūtea Matua welcomes the direction it has received today from the Minister of Finance. The Bank is tasked with considering how it can contribute to the Government’s housing policy objectives, consistent with its financial stability ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: An Unpopular View?

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 9:18 am | Peter Dunne

This is likely to be an unpopular column. But there are some things that need to be said, and some debates that need to take place. Over a year into the Covid19 crisis there is an unnatural air abroad where it is still not at all acceptable to question ... More >>

Te Pāti Māori Celebrate Māori Wards Bill, Vow To Continue Fight For Māori Rights In Local Government

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 6:34 am | Te Pati Maori

Te Pāti Māori is celebrating the third reading of the Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill and vowing to continue the fight for guaranteed tangata whenua representation in local government. “The passage ... More >>

Green Party Accept Petition Calling For Equal Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccine Globally

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 6:23 am | Green Party

Green Party spokesperson on Human Rights and Foreign Affairs Golriz Ghahraman will today accept a petition from Oxfam calling on a fair and equitable global distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. “If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that in order ... More >>

Misrepresentation Of Israel’s Covid 19 Vaccination Programme

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 3:42 pm | Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa

It is unacceptable to have Israel’s vaccination programme constantly misrepresented in the New Zealand media. Israel is regularly being paraded as the world leader in vaccination rates but this hides an ugly, racist truth. Israel is refusing to vaccinate ... More >>

Consultation On The Overseas Investment Regime Fee Structure Opens Today

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 3:25 pm | Land Information New Zealand

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is consulting on funding options to cover the cost of the overseas investment regime. The Overseas Investment Office (OIO), which is part of LINZ, is the regulator of overseas investment into New Zealand. The costs ... More >>

Corrections Minister Must Focus On Issues At Hand

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 1:28 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International Executive Director Meg de Ronde: The Minister needs to focus on the issues at hand: the portfolio he is responsible for, Corrections, has committed grave human rights violations and broken New Zealand and international law. And this ... More >>

Political Accusations A Distraction From Systemic Failures In Prison System

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 12:56 pm | JustSpeak

Justice advocacy group JustSpeak is calling on Minister Davis to show leadership and focus on his commitments to meaningful change in Corrections policy, following his accusations against Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi and People Against ... More >>

Corrections Minister Deflecting Torture Criticism Say Prisoner Advocates

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 11:40 am | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

Prisoner advocacy group People Against Prisons Aotearoa says it’s confused as to why Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis alleged its newsletter was inciting riots. Responding to the allegations made yesterday during oral question time in Parliament, ... More >>

Methanex Decision Disappointing For Taranaki

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 11:30 am | PEPANZ

The mothballing of a Methanex plant at Waitara Valley is disappointing for the workers, their families and Taranaki, according to the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ). "This reinforces how important a secure ... More >>

Community Funding Alternative Without Pokie Machines

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 10:36 am | PGF Group

A long overdue and simple alternative to pokie funding is getting the thumbs up from the Problem Gambling Foundation. The new initiative called CommUnity, launches on 17 March and is designed to connect shoppers, merchants and community groups in ... More >>

Heart Kids First New Zealand Charity To Accept Donations In Cryptocurrency

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 10:29 am | Heart Kids

  Heart Kids has become the first charity in the country set up to accept donations in a range of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, responding to the impact of Covid-19 on traditional fundraising. The charity, which supports children and ... More >>

Franks: Government's Use Of Police Action To Silence Political Activists Chilling

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 10:25 am | Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition is slamming the Minister for Corrections' referral to the Police of overblown claims of 'incitement to violence' related to a political pamphlet published by prison reform group People Against Prisons Aotearoa. Free Speech ... More >>

New Child Poverty Stats Not Reflective Of Current Situation On The Ground

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 10:24 am | Monte Cecilia Housing Trust

New child poverty statistics from Stats NZ paint an optimistic picture for the period before the 2020 Covid lockdowns, Monte Cecilia Housing Trust CEO Bernie Smith says, but the months since then have been brutal for low income earners and government ... More >>

Rescuing Simpson From Simpson

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 10:06 am | Ian Powell

(Originally published at The Democracy Project )  Will the health reforms proposed for the Labour Government make the system better or worse? Health commentator Ian Powell (formerly the Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical ... More >>

Huge Public Support For Binding Referendum On Maori Wards In Northland

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 6:34 am | Democracy Northland

Democracy Northland has delivered the largest ever paper petition to three of Northland's council's proposing to introduce Maori wards. Former regional councillor and one of the petition organisers, John Bain said, "The response has been huge. It ... More >>

Corrections Minister Misrepresented Prison Newsletter Say Prisoner Advocates

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 6:23 am | People Against Prisons Aotearoa

Prisoner advocacy group People Against Prisons Aotearoa says it’s confused as to why Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis alleged its newsletter was inciting riots. Responding to the allegations made during oral question time in Parliament, the group’s ... More >>

ALRANZ: NZ Needs Safe Areas

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 6:20 am | ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa

ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa welcomes the first reading of Louisa Wall’s member’s bill, the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill 2020. First reading is expected to occur today. “ALRANZ supports the creation of ... More >>

Licencing Admin Mess Bigger Than Gang Members

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 4:27 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) has released details of the ongoing delays in processing licence renewal applications, that is forcing owners to pass their firearms to others while they wait for licences to be renewed. Police have ... More >>

Climate Change Commission Extends Date For Submissions

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 4:18 pm | Climate Change Commission

He Pou a Rangi the Climate Change Commission is extending the period that it will receive submissions on its draft advice to allow the public more time to make their submissions. Consultation opened on February 1, with submissions initially due by ... More >>

Holidays Act Overhaul Short-term Pain For Long-term Gain

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 2:13 pm | EMA

The EMA says its business members will welcome the overhaul of the Holidays Act, although it will potentially be challenging for them to implement. "We’re looking forward to working further with the Government on the new Act, which is expected ... More >>

Greenpeace Calls For Govt To Lower Nitrate Limit In Drinking Water

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 12:54 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace has today launched a petition calling on the Minister of Health and the Government’s new water regulating body to lower the recognised ‘safe’ limit for nitrates in drinking water to one thirteenth of its current level, from 11.3mg/L ... More >>

"Shocking, Disappointing" Child Poverty Statistics Show Incrementalism Isn’t Working

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 12:54 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Incrementalism isn’t working: Child Poverty Action Group says that’s the lesson from the latest child poverty statistics released today. "Although not surprising, these pre-Covid statistics overall are deeply disappointing. For families with disabilities, ... More >>

Release Of Child Poverty Stats Show Some Progress, But Not Enough In Light Of Covid-19

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 12:41 pm | Barnardos

Children’s advocacy collective Five to Thrive is calling for immediate increases to income support, in the wake of the release of the official annual Child Poverty statistics by Stats NZ today. Dr Claire Achmad, General Manager Advocacy at Barnardos, ... More >>

Guns & Gangs - We Question The Police Commissioner's Comments

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 12:27 pm | Sporting Shooters Association of New Zealand Inc

The recent announcement by the Commissioner of Police that they have launched a nationwide operation to target illegal firearms in the hands of the gangs is “great news” says SSANZ President Neville Dodd. “Many of the firearms in the hands of ... More >>

Fewer Children Living In Poverty But More Work Needed

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 11:57 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The CTU is welcoming the fall in child poverty recorded by Statistics New Zealand and released today. Craig Renney, the Economist and Director of Policy for the CTU comments, "More is needed to deliver the transformational change that the government ... More >>

Child Poverty Statistics For Households With Disabled People Released For The First Time

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 10:57 am | Statistics New Zealand

The statistics show that disabled children and children in households where someone is disabled are more likely to be in poverty according to the nine child poverty measures, Stats NZ said today. New data from the household economic survey reports ... More >>

Big, Bold Action Needed To Continue Gains For Children

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 10:55 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Bold action will be needed on incomes and housing if the Government wants to continue making progress on child poverty and material hardship, Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft said today. Stats NZ released the latest child poverty statistics ... More >>




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