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Taxpayers’ Union Promotes The World’s Most Dangerous Addictive Drug

Friday, 3 December 2021, 8:45 pm | The Dog and Lemon Guide

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is effectively promoting substance abuse, says the car review website . editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, say calls by the Taxpayers’ Union to ... More >>

Timaru Port Workers Issue Fourth Strike Notice

Friday, 3 December 2021, 3:03 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) working at the Port of Timaru have this afternoon issued a fourth strike notice following on from the three issued earlier this week. RMTU South Island Organiser John Kerr says this gives notice of ... More >>

ALRANZ Says Oral Arguments On Mississippi Abortion Ban A Dark Day For Women Everywhere

Friday, 3 December 2021, 12:13 pm | ALRANZ

ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa deplores the apparent rolling back of the fundamental human right to bodily autonomy in the United States. ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa Executive Committee member Ella Shepherd said the arguments run in Dobbs v Jackson ... More >>

Kapuni Hydrogen Project Gives Ballance Fertiliser Green Light For Climate Crime

Friday, 3 December 2021, 12:02 pm | Greenpeace

Greenpeace has slammed the approval of a new wind turbine and hydrogen facility in Taranaki, saying the Government’s fast track process makes a mockery of climate change and environmental protection commitments. The Hiringa Energy wind turbines ... More >>

Hospo Workers Need To Put Safety Ahead Of Business As Usual With Vaccine Passes

Friday, 3 December 2021, 11:24 am | Unite Union

Unite Union is advising all hospitality workers to put the safety of workers and customers ahead of business as usual or expediency. “If not following your employers instructions is what it takes to stay safe then so be it” said National Secretary ... More >>

No Jab, No Job. Do NZ Workers Know Their Rights?

Friday, 3 December 2021, 10:32 am | Shine Lawyers

As lockdowns are lifted across New Zealand, workers have been left navigating a hard rule of law with little wriggle room for negotiations. According to Shine Lawyers’ employment rights expert, employees still have a right not to be discriminated against ... More >>

Have Your Say On The Māori Purposes Bill

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 4:04 pm | Maori Affairs Committee

The Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee is calling for submissions on the Māori Purposes Bill . This omnibus bill would amend the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993, Maori Purposes Act 1959, Maori Trust Boards Act 1955 and the Maori Community ... More >>

Timaru Port Workers Issue Third Strike Notice

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 3:05 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) working at the Port of Timaru have this afternoon issued a third strike notice following on from the two issued earlier this week. RMTU South Island Organiser John Kerr says this gives notice of ... More >>

Red Cross Shops Need Hundreds More Volunteers This HolidaySeason

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 2:47 pm | NZ Red Cross

With International Volunteer Day coming up on Sunday, New Zealand Red Cross Shops are putting a call out for hundreds more volunteers to help during the holiday season and beyond. Red Cross Shops up and down the country are desperate for help as many ... More >>

Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono Use Wayfinding To Plot A Course For 2022

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 2:19 pm | IACT

On Friday 26 November and Saturday 27 November, Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono (IACT) hosted the ‘Tāhono: He Wānanga Tuhonohono - Wayfinding for Belonging’ virtual event. The event brought together a range of individuals and organisations ... More >>

Giant Crowdfunded Note To PM On Climate Emergency Anniversary

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 12:09 pm | Greenpeace

On the one-year anniversary of Jacinda Ardern’s Climate Emergency declaration, Greenpeace has positioned a cheeky, four storey high, crowdfunded "climate emergency to-do list" on a wall near Parliament in Wellington. "Prime Minister Jacinda ... More >>

Chairperson Of National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee Appointed

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 11:49 am | Te Pukenga

Eastern Institute of Technology’s Professor Nat Waran has been appointed Chairperson of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) which provides independent advice on ethical and animal welfare issues on the use of animals in research, testing ... More >>

Shopless Press Release: Supporting Charities In The Christmas Season

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 11:29 am | Shopless

Entering the holiday season can put a strain on charities across New Zealand. In particular welfare organisations, and nonprofits that see an influx in need over the Christmas period. Shopless encourages continued support for local charitable ... More >>

Modern Slavery Exists In New Zealand – But This Revolutionary Tool Helps Flush It Out

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 11:16 am | Ask Your Team

 On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Ethical VOICE, powered by AskYourTeam, launches to replace “broken and dangerous” worker social practise accreditation systems · 100% anonymous participation – workers simply ... More >>

Youth Unemployment Rate Three Times National Average

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 10:45 am | Statistics New Zealand

The unemployment rate of young New Zealanders has decreased following initial COVID-19 impacts but is three times the national average, Stats NZ said today. In the September 2021 quarter, the unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) for people aged 15–24 ... More >>

Reserve Bank Responds To Climate Consultations

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 10:17 am | The Reserve Bank of New Zealand

To better understand and help mitigate financial risks of climate change, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua has made submissions to two climate-related consultations. The External Reporting Board (XRB) is seeking feedback on the Governance ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Can ACT's Dream Run Continue?

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 8:29 am | Peter Dunne

By most reckonings the ACT Party has had a very successful political year. Not only has its expanded Parliamentary team settled in well to its work, without controversy or scandal, but its leader has gained in community respect, and the party’s support, ... More >>

Preparing To Enter The Traffic Light System – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 5:37 pm | Science Media Centre

  How can New Zealanders make good decisions to lower risk and keep safe when we enter the new Traffic Light framework on Friday? The SMC asked experts to share the latest on how public health measures can help to keep the coronavirus at ... More >>

IHC Demands Government Response To Widely Known Abuse Experienced By Disabled People

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 2:57 pm | IHC

IHC wants to congratulate the Human Rights Commission for drawing attention to the staggeringly high rates of abuse and neglect that disabled people experience in Aotearoa. Trish Grant, IHC Director of Advocacy, says disabled people are significantly more ... More >>

Timaru Port Workers Issue Second Strike Notice

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 2:51 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) working at the Port of Timaru have this afternoon issued a second strike notice following on from the one issued yesterday. RMTU South Island Organiser John Kerr says this gives notice of a further ... More >>

Relief For Auckland Council Venues Is Insulting

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 12:51 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the newly-announced voucher scheme for Auckland Council venues as a slap in the face for private businesses and families that have risked financial ruin during lockdown. Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke ... More >>

Young New Zealand First Calls On Universities To Honour The Principles Of Equal Access To Education

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 12:31 pm | Young New Zealand First

Young New Zealand First is concerned with the increasing number of tertiary institutes that are requiring vaccination as a condition to attend on campus learning. Auckland University, Waikato University, and as announced today, Otago University will all ... More >>

Waitangi Week

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 12:25 pm | Waitangi National Trust

The Waitangi National Trust has decided there will be no in-person events at Waitangi Treaty Grounds during Waitangi Week 2022. Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework it would be practically impossible to safely proceed with the usual events of Waitangi ... More >>

Tāmaki Makaurau Welcomes Government’s Support Package

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 12:10 pm | Auckland Unlimited

Mayor Phil Goff welcomes the government’s Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Stimulus Package, which will help Aucklanders enjoy their region this summer and boost the city’s economic recovery after 106 days in lockdown. The $25.5-milllion funding will support ... More >>

Backpacking Industry Demanding Sweeping Changes As Industry Teeters On The Edge Of Total Collapse.

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 12:05 pm | Backpacker Youth and Adventure Tourism Association

The Backpacking Youth Travel Association of New Zealand (BYATA) is demanding sweeping changes to the governments recently announced plans to reopen New Zealand to the world, calling the plans impotent in revitalising the youth sector, pointing to the ... More >>

Have Your Say About The Future Of The Effects Of COVID-19 On Trade Release

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 12:01 pm | Statistics New Zealand

Stats NZ’s final Effects of COVID-19 on trade release for the year will be issued on Wednesday 22 December 2021, covering the period to Wednesday 15 December 2021. We are taking the opportunity over the seasonal break to consult with subscribers ... More >>

Kiwis Dump Cigarettes

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 10:59 am | ASH NZ

The New Zealand Health Survey, just released, shows that the rate of Kiwis smoking daily has plummeted to 9.4% from 11.9%. This is the largest decline in smoking ever recorded by the Survey and a significant drop from the 2019-2020 survey which had ... More >>

Consents Remain At Record Levels

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 10:43 am | Statistics New Zealand

There were 47,715 new homes consented in the year ended October 2021, up 26 percent compared with the year ended October 2020, Stats NZ said today. “The year ended October 2021 marks another record for the annual number of new homes consented,” ... More >>

Public Service Is Building Capability To Engage With Māori

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 10:39 am | Public Service Commission

Public servants are building their capability to engage with Māori and are supported by their agencies to do so, according to data from New Zealand’s inaugural Public Service Census. Carried out earlier this year, 40,000 public servants responded to ... More >>

Financial Statements Of The Government For The 4 Months Ended 31 October 2021

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 10:18 am | The Treasury

Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the 4 months ended 31 October 2021. More >>

Tis The Season For Supply Chain Issues And Cybercrime

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 9:45 am | Norton Lifelock

Supply chain issues have positioned cybercriminals to feast this holiday season. And the toys that top the hot lists will no doubt be the most dangerous deals to shop. Anyone looking for deals on everything from Rainbowcorns to Pixie Dolls to ... More >>

Human Error Leading Cause Of Privacy Breaches

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 9:13 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Human error is the leading cause of serious privacy breaches, according to a new report released today by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC). “We are seeing clear patterns emerging since mandatory reporting of serious privacy breaches ... More >>

Rotongaro Chicken Workers’ Wages Now Well Ahead Of The Flock

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 9:08 am | First Union

FIRST Union and Cobb Vantress New Zealand (CVNZ) have settled a collective agreement that will see workers’ starting wages at the chicken farm and hatchery in Rotongaro increase by 17%, to a minimum of $24.50 per hour; $1.75 above the current Living ... More >>

National Party’s New Conscience Not Representative Of Aotearoa’s Values

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 6:42 am | ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa

ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa notes the appointment of Christopher Luxon as new leader for the National Party, and Nicola Willis as deputy leader. ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa spokesperson Dr Tracy Morison said “Christopher Luxon’s well-publicised ... More >>

Taxpayers' Union Congratulates Chris Luxon

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 3:53 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union has congratulated Chris Luxon on his successful bid for the National Party leadership. Union spokesman Jordan Williams says, "It is to Chris Luxon’s credit that he is one of the few MPs to have taken a pay cut ... More >>

Freedom Campers Disappointed

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 3:26 pm | Responsible Campers

Responsible campers association inc, (RCAi) was today disappointed to learn that Tourism Minister Stuart Nash intends to push ahead with his ill-considered proposals to place the onus for responsible freedom camping on the mode of camping and not ... More >>

Timaru Port Workers Issue Strike Notice

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 3:19 pm | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) working at the Port of Timaru have this afternoon issued notice of a 24 hour full strike on 16th December. RMTU South Island Organiser John Kerr says the decision to issue notice follows on from ... More >>

NZ Killer Robots Policy Welcome At Critical Juncture

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

The Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots (ANZKRC) welcomes New Zealand’s new policy position on autonomous weapon systems (AWS), released by the Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control today, which states that New Zealand will push for ... More >>

NZNO Protests Cancelled After DHBs Agree To Pre-Christmas Pay Outs

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 12:48 pm | NZNO

Member-led protest action by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) at three district health board (DHB) head offices, planned for today, has been called off. The protest action at the corporate offices of Canterbury, West Coast and Waikato ... More >>

NZ Not Any Safer Following Legislation Against Firearm Owners

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 12:31 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

  Continuing firearm violence means New Zealanders are no safer despite the promises made of legislation passed against licensed firearm owners, according to COLFO. Note: See COLFO's stance on general Police arming here. COLFO spokesperson ... More >>

White Ribbon: Shining A Light On The Shadows Of Whānau Harm

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 11:35 am | Te Hiku Development Trust

In the wake of White Ribbon Day (November 25), Te Hiku whānau are being urged to continue to take courage and be vigilant in shining a light on whānau harm. Te Rarawa Chairman and Whiria Te Muka Iwi Leader Haami Piripi says whānau harm acts like a ... More >>

New Report Highlights ‘the Most Important Climate Policy You’ve Never Heard Of’

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 10:55 am | Energy Resources Aotearoa

A new report from Energy Resources Aotearoa is highlighting a fundamental change to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) which makes nearly every other climate policy redundant. "The ETS now has a cap on total emissions allowed. This is great ... More >>

Making Sure People Are Up To Play With Freedom Camping Changes - MBIE

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 10:50 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

People interested in finding out how the proposed improvements to freedom camping might affect them are being invited to an information-sharing webinar. The webinars, hosted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), will give people ... More >>

Improvements To Gross Domestic Product September 2021 Quarter – Methods Paper

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 10:44 am | Statistics New Zealand

This page provides technical users with information about upcoming changes to data and methods applied to the forthcoming release of Gross domestic product: September 2021 quarter (scheduled for 16 December 2021). It provides an early indication of ... More >>

Liz MacPherson Appointed As Deputy Privacy Commissioner To Manage Transition

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 10:16 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards is pleased to announce the appointment of Liz MacPherson as Deputy Privacy Commissioner, while the recruitment for his replacement takes place. This is the first time that a Deputy Privacy Commissioner has been appointed. ... More >>

Community Housing Supply Boosted By $200m Impact Investment Joint Venture

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 8:23 am | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community housing sector peak body, Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) is celebrating the news of a joint venture between Positive Capital, global investors Alvarium and KiwiSaver provider Pathfinder which will see 200 million dollars of funding become ... More >>

The Fire Trucks Will Always Turn Up For Our Communities

Monday, 29 November 2021, 3:55 pm | United Fire Brigades' Association

The United Fire Brigades’ Association represents 693 different brigades including urban and rural volunteers, defence, airport and industry brigades - supporting nearly 14,000 individuals. 89% of volunteers are vaccinated. Unvaccinated members of volunteer ... More >>

Green Building Council Response To Building Code Energy Efficiency Changes

Monday, 29 November 2021, 2:47 pm | Green Building Council

Today’s government announcement on warmer, healthier, energy efficient homes and buildings highlights is welcome, but the changes don’t require enough insulation for it to be warmly welcomed, say the Green Building Council today. The not-for-profit ... More >>

Aucklanders Are Less Concerned With Covid

Monday, 29 November 2021, 2:08 pm | Auckland University of Technology

In reaction to commentary that Aucklanders are at breaking point after more than 100 days in lockdown and that compliance with the rules is under threat, AUT Emeritus Professor of Sociology Charles Crothers says: “Systematic research of feelings ... More >>

National Library Reconsiders Agreement With Internet Archive

Monday, 29 November 2021, 1:56 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa National Library is reconsidering its plans for the Overseas Published Collections in light of concerns raised by interested parties, including issues associated with copyright. The National Library will not export ... More >>

Police Must Be Armed

Monday, 29 November 2021, 1:43 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“The shooting incident in West Auckland is just the latest in a string of firearms offences, shootings and gang-related aggression spiraling out of control across the country,” says Darroch Ball Leader of Sensible Sentencing Trust. “This should ... More >>

Have Your Say On A Bill That Would Reform The Health System

Monday, 29 November 2021, 1:17 pm | Pae Ora Legislation Committee

Submissions are being sought on a bill that seeks to provide a new structure for the health system. If passed, the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill will disestablish district health boards and create two new health entities: the Māori Health Authority ... More >>

Maritime Union Calls For Levy To Safeguard New Zealand’s Fuel Security

Monday, 29 November 2021, 12:28 pm | Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union says New Zealand needs to keep its own fuel tankers on the coast to ensure fuel security, paid for by a small fuel levy. Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison says the closure of Marsden Point refinery was ... More >>

Taxpayers Milked To The Tune Of $48K For Anti-dairy Propaganda

Monday, 29 November 2021, 10:55 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is challenging the New Zealand Film Commission’s funding criteria after it gave anti-dairy documentary Milked a $48,550 “finishing grant” . The film, currently screening in New Zealand cinemas, argues that the ... More >>

It’s Time For Sensible Climate Action

Monday, 29 November 2021, 10:51 am | Energy Resources Aotearoa

It’s time to simplify our climate action with proven tools to reduce net emissions, according to Energy Resources Aotearoa in their submission on the Government’s emissions discussion document. "We support the goal of net zero, but the pathway ... More >>

Help Crime Stoppers Combat Methamphetamine

Monday, 29 November 2021, 10:44 am | Crime Stoppers NZ

Crime Stoppers is after the public’s help to hold those responsible for distributing methamphetamine and serious drugs to account. It’s the eighth week of a series of Crime Stoppers’ crime awareness campaigns that will run until January next year. ... More >>

MPI Evaluate Body Worn Cameras For Frontline Staff In The Wellington Region

Monday, 29 November 2021, 10:34 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

Fishery Officers and Honorary Fishery Officers are taking part in an evaluation of body worn cameras to help keep them safe on the job. “These officers work hard to ensure our fisheries are sustainable and their safety in this important work is ... More >>

Is The ‘Team Of 5 Million’ Well Governed?

Monday, 29 November 2021, 6:09 am | University of Canterbury

A new book examines why all governments ‘stuff up’, why policies often fail and what practical steps we might take to improve policy-making in Aotearoa New Zealand. University of Canterbury Adjunct Professors Sonia Mazey and Jeremy Richardson lift ... More >>

Emissions Reduction Plan Falls Well Short

Monday, 29 November 2021, 6:03 am | The Wise Response Society

‘ The overall emissions budget proposed by the Ministry for the Environment is not nearly ambitious enough,’ says Chair of the Wise Response Society, Prof. Liz Slooten. ‘The IPCC requirement to keep global warming to 1.5ºC by 2030 means a ... More >>

Barnardos Early Learning And NZEI Reach Pay Parity Agreement

Friday, 26 November 2021, 3:02 pm | Barnardos

Barnardos Early Learning Services and NZEI Te Riu Roa achieve an historic step towards pay parity for ECE Teachers. Early childhood teachers working for Barnardos will receive significant pay increases as a result of a new collective agreement that ... More >>




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