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NZNO Urges Government And Health Employers To Adopt He Kete Tapuhi Ora Response Package

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 5:22 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

NZNO urgently needs the Government and all health employers to commit to a comprehensive ‘He Kete Tapuhi Ora response package’ to assist all nurses, midwives, health care assistants and kai mahi hauora in this exceptional fight against the COVID-19 ... More >>

Introduction Of A Universal Basic Income (UBI) Now Is Totally Unaffordable And Wrong

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 4:47 pm | Closing The Gap

The introduction of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) now is totally unaffordable and wrong says Peter Malcolm spokesperson for Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc. A UBI or Universal Basic Income is a Government payout to all adults and some say for children ... More >>

New Report: Government’s Current Wage Subsidy Scheme May Insufficiently Protect Kiwis

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 1:21 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington, 7 April - The Government’s current wage subsidy scheme may insufficiently protect Kiwis from the worst effects of the Covid-19 crisis, according to a new report from the New Zealand Initiative. Comparing New Zealand with Australia and Canada, ... More >>

Government Rushing Through Prisoners Right To Vote Bill Is Unethical

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 12:21 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is calling on the Government to postpone the report due date for Minister Andrew Little’s Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill. This Bill would allow prisoners with a sentence of three years or ... More >>

No Council Drinking-water Provider Left Unsupported

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 12:06 pm | Local Government NZ

The local government sector has banded together to open a helpline for all council drinking and waste water technicians, providing an accessible source of advice for small suppliers across New Zealand to lean on. While drinking and waste water infrastructure ... More >>

Boards, Top Executives And Politicians Need To Take A Cut Too

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 11:32 am | Social Credit

He Waka Eke Noa – We are all in this together, according to the Prime Minister. Except that we’re not…………………….. After pressure from employees, Fletcher Building executives have shown the way with their decision to take a 30 ... More >>

Donation From HelloFresh Helps KiwiHarvest To Manage Increased Demand

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 11:30 am | HelloFresh

New Zealanders in need during the COVID-19 lockdown are set to further benefit from a food charity’s distribution programme. KiwiHarvest, a national food rescue charity which collects food from retailers before it goes to waste and distributes it to ... More >>

ATEED's New ‘digital Content’ Role Flies In Face Of Economic Reality

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 11:26 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is slamming ATEED as completely out of touch with the economic reality of Aucklanders after the agency posted a job advertisement for a newly created role: a “Digital Content Specialist” . “ATEED should be ... More >>

Vaping Bill Could Create More Community Harm

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 10:56 am | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

The Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) will challenge Parliament’s Health Select Committee tomorrow morning, saying the Government’s vaping bill in its current form runs the risk of protecting Big Tobacco. Director of AVCA, Nancy Loucas, says ... More >>

Statement From The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 10:48 am | New Zealand Airline Pilots' Association

Today New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) President Captain Andrew Ridling said: “Yesterday NZALPA met several times with Air New Zealand CEO Mr Greg Foran and his executive team to continue our discussions on cost-cutting measures ... More >>

AWUNZ Calls For Provincial Growth Fund To Be Radically Dissected

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 10:30 am | AWUNZ

Mr Davis, AWUNZ spokesman, said; “The Provincial Growth Fund needs a Union heart not only a commercial mind. Shane Jones needs to accept that work creation is the only goal. I don't mean generously-paid jobs either for the Wellington insiders" ... More >>

BSA releases guidance note for reporting on terrorism

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 10:26 am | Broadcasting Standards Authority

BSA has today released a guidance note which it has prepared with a working group of broadcasters to guide broadcasters when reporting on terrorism, violent extremism and crisis events. The guidance note follows the issue of decisions by the BSA last ... More >>

Iwi Chairs Welcome Clarity Of Police Powers

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 10:16 am | Iwi Chairs Forum

The National Iwi Chairs Forum welcomes the further clarity and guidance on Alert Level 4 rules during lockdown, issued by Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield over the weekend. Speaking from the Wellington base of the National Iwi Chairs Forums ... More >>

CEAC – Government - Stop NZTA Being Anti-rail.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 9:26 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

CEAC again reviewed the NZTA National Land Transport Programme “2021–24 NLTP development” plan and CEAC is shocked that NZTA has assumed itself as “Transport Agency” - but is only a Gov’t designated “Road controlling authority” (RTA) ... More >>

Message From Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth To The People Of New Zealand

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 9:11 am | Government House

As people across New Zealand and the Commonwealth are experiencing unprecedented changes to their lives, concerns for family and friends, and financial uncertainty, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I send my enduring thanks to those who continue ... More >>

Time To Recognise Good Lockdown Neighbours

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 8:57 am | Neighbourhood Support

As New Zealanders lockdown in their bubbles, Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is launching the Good Neighbour Awards, recognising those who are helping others while staying safe. Launching today, the weekly Good Neighbour Award is about celebrating ... More >>

KidsCan Launches Urgent Appeal To Fund 3,000 Food Parcels For Isolated Families

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 8:51 am | KidsCan

Thousands of children and their families living in poverty in towns and rural communities across New Zealand will soon be receiving emergency food relief packages from KidsCan. The charity usually supplies food to 787 schools and 55 early childhood centres across ... More >>

First Working For Families Payments For The New Tax Year

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 8:22 am | Inland Revenue Department

Today (Tuesday 07 April) Inland Revenue’s Working for Families customers receive their first payment for the new tax year and for some the amount they get may be different. The amount may have changed from what they received last month, based ... More >>

IR Easter Shutdown For System Changes, COVID-19 Support Will Continue

Monday, 6 April 2020, 4:26 pm | Inland Revenue Department

Inland Revenue (IR) will turn off its computer systems for seven days from this Thursday to implement the latest round of planned transformation changes. All phone and online services will be unavailable from 3pm on 9 April until 16 April. That ... More >>

Government Must Pull Breaks On Electoral Amendment Bill

Monday, 6 April 2020, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is urging the Government to halt its non-essential legislative agenda, including the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Bill, until the worst of COVID-19 has passed. Taxpayers' Union spokesperson Islay ... More >>

SkyCity Redundancies: Union Leader Loses Job

Monday, 6 April 2020, 3:58 pm | Unite Union

SkyCity has broken the law by sacking hundreds of workers as of today with no consultation or discussion. Salaried managers at SkyCity were told on Friday that their jobs would finish today. Their letter of notice states clearly that the decision has already ... More >>

Conservation Board Welcomes Seabed Mining Case Victory

Monday, 6 April 2020, 3:11 pm | Taranaki Whanganui Conservation Board

The Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board (TWCB) has welcomed its latest victory in a long-running court battle to prevent seabed mining off the Taranaki coast. The TWCB has been working with iwi, seafood and other environmental organisations to ... More >>

COVID-19: Important Governance Matters To Consider

Monday, 6 April 2020, 2:16 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

3 April 2020: The Auditor-General has written to the chief executives of a range of public agencies about important governance matters to consider during the response to the pandemic. The contents of this letter are useful matters for all chief executives ... More >>

Scare-mongering Over Pests Defies Basic Science

Monday, 6 April 2020, 2:12 pm | Sporting Hunters' Outdoor Trust

Cries that coronavirus lockdown was interfering with “essential pest control” were scare-mongering not unlike supermarket panic buying says a hunting organisation the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust. The comment was in response to an Auckland University ... More >>

Auckland And Wellington City Councils Must Follow Christchurch On Rates Freeze

Monday, 6 April 2020, 12:39 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is calling on Phil Goff and Andy Foster to follow the lead of Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, who has reportedly asked council staff to plan for a rate freeze . Taxpayers' Union spokesman Jordan Williams says, "Mayor More >>

Rioting In The Streets Or Paradise In The Great Outdoors

Sunday, 5 April 2020, 4:46 pm | Outdoors Party

Alan Simmons co-leader of the NZ Outdoors Party says tensions are at breaking point around New Zealand. “I cannot keep up with the calls and messages from New Zealanders who are extremely stressed, distressed and frustrated by dramatic changes imposed ... More >>

Māori Party Welcome Seabed Mining Decision And Push For Nationwide Ban

Friday, 3 April 2020, 4:36 pm | The Maori Party

During the challenges associated with lockdown, the Māori Party are congratulating Ngāti Ruanui and South Taranaki on the decision of the Court of Appeal, announced today, to stop Trans-Tasman Resources plans for risky seabed mining off the South ... More >>

South Taranaki Iwi Celebrating Court Of Appeal Decision To Stop Seabed Mining

Friday, 3 April 2020, 3:27 pm | Joint Press Release

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui and Te Kaahui o Rauru are celebrating the decision of the Court of Appeal, announced today, to stop Trans-Tasman Resources plans for risky seabed mining off the South Taranaki Bight. The Court of Appeal found that there ... More >>

Government Support Package For Pharmacists

Friday, 3 April 2020, 2:04 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand is delighted that the government has moved quickly to provide an initial financial support package for pharmacy. The $15 million package was paid this week to pharmacy contract holders. Pharmaceutical Society president ... More >>

Wellington City Council's Borrowing Plans Are Immoral

Friday, 3 April 2020, 12:52 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Wellington Mayor Andy Foster’s plan to cover revenue shortfalls through borrowing without cutting low priority spending is immoral, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . “Businesses and households across the country are meeting financial challenges ... More >>

Call To Bring Forward Cyclist Passing Gap Following Death

Friday, 3 April 2020, 10:23 am | NZ School Speeds

Just after midday a cyclist was killed on a straight road on a clear day, after being hit by a van in North Canterbury. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds is asking for the mandatory cyclist/vulnerable road user passing gap, which is in consultation, ... More >>

Policy Watch 4 April 2020: Covid-19

Friday, 3 April 2020, 8:39 am | NZCCSS

“So do not fear, I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”  Isaiah 41:10 COVID-19 - Lock down: one week on Welcome to the latest Policy Watch ... More >>

Lyttelton Port Workers Resist Introduction Of Casual Workers During COVID19 Crisis

Friday, 3 April 2020, 8:17 am | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Workers at the Port of Lyttelton are resisting the introduction of casual cargo handlers due to concerns about COVID19. RMTU South Island Organizer John Kerr says there is concern about a Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) proposal to "bring in ... More >>

Fixing Wellington’s Infrastructure Deficit Should Be Top Of Government’s To-do List

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 4:48 pm | Business Central

The Government’s call for infrastructure projects that are ‘ready to go’ is welcome news for Wellington, given the stalled progress to date of ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’, says the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. "The whole ‘Let’s ... More >>

Tourism Industry Welcomes International Visitor Repatriation Plan

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 4:35 pm | Tourism Industry Association

Tens of thousands of visitors to New Zealand will be relieved that they now have some chance of returning home before the lockdown ends, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. “We welcome today’s announcement by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman Continues To Monitor Treatment Of Detainees

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:51 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says all New Zealanders have the right to be treated fairly during the COVID-19 emergency including those under lock and key. "My role as an independent watchdog will continue during the lockdown period and beyond," ... More >>

Fletcher CEO And Board Out Of Touch

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:48 pm | Amalgamated Workers Union

Amalgamated Workers Union New Zealand (AWUNZ) has described a take it or leave it offer from Fletcher Building Management to staff as disgraceful. AWUNZ National Secretary Maurice Davis said the union was more than disappointed with the scheme Fletcher ... More >>

Amnesty International Releases Human Rights Briefing To COVID-19 Committee

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:38 pm | Amnesty International

Essential moves have been made to manage the impact of COVID-19 in New Zealand. This means significant changes to how society is operating. These unprecedented measures limit liberties and physical freedoms in order to protect the right to health and ... More >>

Come On Fletchers! Do The Right Thing!

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:30 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions is calling on Fletchers Building Limited to do the right thing and reverse their decision to cut the pay for their employees by up to 70%. "We are calling on one of New Zealand's biggest companies to do the right thing ... More >>

Concerns About Rights Of People In Detention During Response To COVID-19

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:19 pm | Human Rights Commission

Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Paul Hunt, is calling on the Government to respect the rights of people it is holding for detention purposes in its response to COVID-19. People detained by the authorities have a heightened risk of infection due to living ... More >>

Government Shuts Down Scrutiny With Fatal Blow To Bauer Media

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:04 pm | Free Speech Coalition

Responding to the closure of Bauer Media, Free Speech Coalition spokesperson David Farrar says: "The loss of the New Zealand Listener, North & South Magazine, and more is a sickening blow to the diversity of our media environment." "The ... More >>

95,000 Support Rent And Housing Relief In Petition Delivery

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 1:34 pm | ActionStation

WHAT: An online delivery event for two petitions with a combined 95,000 signatures. The petitions call for a number of changes including for the New Zealand Government to suspend rent and mortgage payments, and to buy unoccupied homes for the homeless. ... More >>

Sue Grey, Co-leader Of Nz Outdoors Party Supports A Ban On Rates Increases

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 10:58 am | Outdoors Party

Sue Grey, Co-leader Of Nz Outdoors Party Supports A Ban On Rates Increases And Challenges All Politicians And Candidates To Support This The NZ Outdoors Party co-leader Sue Grey supports the call for councils to operate without rates increases at least for ... More >>

Sue Grey Challenges Politicians & Candidates To Support Ban On Rate Increases

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 10:55 am | Outdoors Party

The NZ Outdoors Party co-leader Sue Grey supports the call for councils to operate without rates increases at least for the coming financial year, and challenges all politician and candidates to unite behind this. “Our Council’s spending and increase ... More >>

Police Acknowledge IPCA Findings Into Arrest Incident

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 10:22 am | New Zealand Police

Police acknowledge the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) into an incident where an officer used excessive force following an arrest in Auckland City in 2018. On 24th August, 2018, the Police officer was called to ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Covid 19 - We Were Warned

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 9:49 am | Peter Dunne

A recurring theme in contemporary literature is of the plague that appears suddenly from nowhere and takes hold of the world, destroying or severely damaging life in the process. In 2003 acclaimed author Margaret Atwood’s novel Oryx and Crake was ... More >>

CEAC – “Gov't Lower Virus From Road Freight Service Using Rail.”

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 9:29 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

NZ Gov't must lower road freight use because truck drivers will widely carry Covid 19 virus to our communities through open assess community transmission, and using rail less staff are used to move the same freight by comparison. Facts; Our Government ... More >>

Government Called On To Pay The Country’s Next Rates Bill

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 9:20 am | Social Credit

The government needs to step up and pay the next rates instalment to councils on behalf of property owners and businesses as part of its economic support package. People are facing unprecedented financial stress directly due to the measures implemented ... More >>

How Long Will Lockdown Last?

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 6:58 am | New Conservative

This is the question burning in most New Zealanders' minds: What are the key indicators for decision making? How many new cases are required for the lockdown to continue? How many deaths? What is the plan when the lockdown ends? We understand that the ... More >>

The Pressure Of Quarantine On Family Violence – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 7:38 pm | Science Media Centre

Support services have raised alarm bells over the lockdown, saying it could spark more cases of family violence in New Zealand.   Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this afternoon that nearly half of the $27 million allocated for NGOs and community ... More >>

Low Income Families Are In Crisis

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 5:24 pm | Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand

Helping Low Income Families cope in this time of crisis is critical to their survival says Peter Malcolm Spokesperson for Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc—“Closing the Gap” Families on low incomes need and deserve all the financial help they can ... More >>

New Zealand Initiative Criticises Government For Rushing New Vaping Legislation During Lockdown

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 2:33 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington, 1 April - Rushing to deal with new vaping legislation during an unprecedented economic lockdown is not just folly, it is anti-democratic, according to a public submission by the New Zealand Initiative. While most businesses and public services ... More >>

Covid Shows Now Is The Time To Strengthen Environmental Protections

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 2:23 pm | Greenpeace

As the Covid-19 pandemic takes its toll on the New Zealand economy, Greenpeace is pushing back on industry lobbyists and politicians arguing for weakening and delaying environmental protections. The environment group says that now more than ever, we ... More >>

Race-based Pandemic Funding Disgraceful

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 1:51 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is slamming today’s announcement of $25 million — $10 million for local iwi groups and $15 million for Whānau Ora providers — and says that funding based on skin colour at a time when the nation needs to come ... More >>

Cross-party Consensus That Councils Must Turn Minds To Cutting Rates Welcomed

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the comments from Finance Minister Grant Robertson, and National Party MP Gerry Brownlee, calling on councils across New Zealand to look at their books and see what is possible to reduce the rates burden on New Zealanders. ... More >>

Millionaire Digital Child Sex Offender Released

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 10:06 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) are in absolute shock at the early release of multi-millionaire child sex offender Martin Lawes, after only a mere 18 months into his 4 year and 6 month jail term. SST National spokesperson Jess McVicar said the ... More >>

“We Wellington” Waste Should See CCO Funding Frozen

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 9:39 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Wellington City and Wellington Regional Councils to freeze the funding of their economic and tourism promotion agency after its ill-judged “We Wellington” campaign - wasting tens of thousands in ratepayer ... More >>

Access Now Releases Recommendations On Privacy And Data Protection In The Fight Against Covid-19

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 8:22 am | Access Now

Since late 2019, the world has been fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In response to the pandemic, governments around the world have been using data and technology in their efforts to contain the spread of the virus. Access Now puts forward ... More >>

More Equal Societies Are Better For All

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 9:54 pm | Equality Network

We can be justifiably proud of our Government’s approach to the Covid 19 virus crisis. It has acted quickly recognising the WHO recommendations. The country “lock-down’ will do much to stop the spread of the virus and the Government support for people ... More >>

PPE Victory For Frontline Health Workers

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 9:52 pm | E tu Union

Frontline health workers in aged care, home care, and community support are relieved by the Ministry of Health announcement that proper PPE will now be made available to them through DHBs. E tū member Pam King, a support worker in Invercargill, congratulated ... More >>





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