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Have Your Say On The Introduction Of The Youth Demerit Points System

Friday, 7 August 2020, 1:44 pm | NZ Social Services Committee

The Social Services and Community Committee is calling for public submissions on the Oranga Tamariki (Youth Justice Demerit Points) Amendment Bill, which was referred to the committee on 21 July 2020. This Member’s Bill would introduce a youth demerit ... More >>

“Celebrating World Indigenous Day The Māori Way”

Friday, 7 August 2020, 1:23 pm | The Maori Party

The Māori Party is celebrating World Indigenous Day the Māori way, surrounded by friends and whānau at a Meet-the-Candidates at the Third Place Café in Rotorua this weekend. To mark World Indigenous Day, the Māori Party wants to remind Aotearoa ... More >>

Parties Must Declare Stance On Mining On Conservation Land

Friday, 7 August 2020, 12:22 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is calling for all political parties to back an end to mining conservation land, after a permit was issued to mine the home of a critically-endangered native animal. This week Oceana Gold was granted a 40-year mining permit from the ... More >>

Cuisine From Peddlethorp Architects’ Cancelled Black-tie Party To Feed Vulnerable And Homeless

Friday, 7 August 2020, 11:56 am | Peddlethorp

Peddlethorp calls on other businesses that cancelled events due to Covid to donate now when need is greatest Peddlethorp Architects is calling on businesses that cancelled events due to Covid-19 to donate event catering or funding to those in need, if circumstances ... More >>

How Judith Collins stopped the bleeding

Friday, 7 August 2020, 10:47 am | Horizon Research Limited

Horizon Research includes questions on voting from time to time in its surveys – for both forthcoming referenda and general elections. More >>

Mining Permit On DOC Land An Utter Betrayal

Friday, 7 August 2020, 8:35 am | Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki

Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki says the Government has utterly betrayed the public by allowing MBIE to grant a 40 year mining permit to Oceana Gold on Dept of Conservation land at Wharekirauponga near Whangamata this week. " It is appalling that this ... More >>

Protestors Urge Parties To Commit To Prioritize Climate Justice

Friday, 7 August 2020, 5:36 am | VOTE CLIMATE 2020

Young climate protestors are holding a sit-in today outside the Dunedin offices of the two largest political parties, Labour and National, maintaining that no parties are doing enough on the climate crisis. Vote Climate 2020 spokesperson Adam Currie ... More >>

Subsequent Provisions Of Oranga Tamariki Act To Change

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 8:57 pm | Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is relieved to see the announcement made today at the Iwi Leaders Forum that Cabinet has decided to repeal the subsequent children provisions of the Oranga Tamariki Act. The subsequent children provisions came into ... More >>

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Anniversary Must Spur Efforts To End Nuclear Weapons

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 8:54 pm | ITUC

This week’s 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with 250,000 killed and many more suffering terrible effects on their health, is a sombre reminder of the appalling destruction of nuclear weapons and should spur international efforts ... More >>

RMA Should Be Scrapped, Panel Finds

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 8:24 pm | InfraNews

The Resource Management Review Panel has recommended replacing the Resource Management Act with two new acts, but can they succeed where the RMA failed? The 29 year old Resource Management Act (RMA) would be repealed and replaced with two new pieces ... More >>

Political Rabbits Put In Charge Of The Lettuce

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 8:15 pm | InfraNews

A combined plea from three key infrastructure associations garners a partial response from a government accused of using shovel-ready projects for politicking ahead of the election Details of 59 projects were released on July 27 by the government’s ... More >>

A Tale Of Two Politicians

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:31 pm | Jordan Williams

This was the last week of Parliament before the election and departing politicians had the opportunity to offer final thoughts in their valedictory speech. The stark contrast between the careers and speeches of two Labour ex-Ministers, Hon Ruth Dyson ... More >>

SFO Welcomes Court Decision Enforcing Its Secrecy Requirements

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 4:40 pm | Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office has welcomed a court decision confirming the confidentiality of material that was inadvertently disclosed by the agency to the defendants in the National Party donations case. The material was disclosed recently during the course ... More >>

Cancer Society Welcomes Vaping Legislation

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 4:38 pm | Cancer Society

The Cancer Society is pleased to see the new vaping legislation passed with general cross-party support as it will help protect people from the harms of e-cigarettes and nicotine addiction while also supporting those who use vaping to quit smoking. ... More >>

Vaping Law Stubs Out Options For Smokers

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 4:29 pm | Imperial Brands

Imperial Brands says it is excited that a new law will allow it to sell vapes but is disappointed that the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill has made vapes harder to get than cigarettes. Imperial Brands spokesperson Kirsten ... More >>

Loader Driven By Russell Smith Recovered

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 3:57 pm | Pike River Recovery Agency

A loader driven by former miner Russell Smith at the time of the Pike River Mine explosion has now been recovered from 1581m up the 2.3km drift access tunnel. The recovery of the loader went smoothly and to plan. Pike River families were able to ... More >>

“This Is Now Very Real” - Pike Families

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 3:55 pm | Stand With Pike

The removal of a 20 tonne loader that has blocked the Pike River drift since the day the mine exploded marks the start of the forensic recovery of a crime scene that has been locked away for ten years. Russell Smith was driving the loader when the ... More >>

Privately-run Border Quarantine Would Put New Zealanders At Risk

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 3:06 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association strongly opposes allowing privately-run quarantine facilities to open for international travelers, and the union says it would put all New Zealanders in danger. PSA members work in the government agencies spearheading ... More >>

Newborn Removal Without Notice ‘more By Routine Than Exception’

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 2:38 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children has been using its powers to remove newborn pēpi from their parents under a without notice Court order more by routine than exception, says Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier. Mr Boshier today released He Take ... More >>

Apolitical Cutz Special - What Is ‘a Government’?

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 2:13 pm | Political Cutz

A hairdressers casual approach to conversation allows for a story to be told in an authentic fashion. This approach allows Political Cutz to create unique discussions with the intent of communicating important subjects. We have been producing pop up ... More >>

Newborn Removal Without Notice ‘more By Routine Than Exception’ - Chief Ombudsman

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 2:04 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children has been using its powers to remove newborn pēpi from their parents under a without notice Court order more by routine than exception, says Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier. Mr Boshier today released He Take ... More >>

Fight For #safestaffingnow Continues Around The Country

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 12:42 pm | E Tu

The joint campaign to push the Government to commit to safer staffing levels in aged care continues around the country with two North Island actions. E tū members and delegates will be holding two photo opportunities in Gisborne on Thursday to ... More >>

Legislation Passed To Extend Reporting Time Frames

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 12:36 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

6 August 2020: We have written to the chief executives of public organisations with 30 June balance dates about the extended reporting time frames for 2020. Kia ora koutou katoa As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the amount of work that will be ... More >>

Fuel Industry Bill “an Opportunity Missed”

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 12:05 pm | Motor Trade Association

The Motor Trade Association says the Government has failed independent service station operators and missed the opportunity to create to truly competitive fuel market. “Sadly for New Zealand motorists, the Bill passed last night is not going to make ... More >>

Overseas Visa Suspensions Signal The Death Knell Of The Immigration System

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 11:46 am | New Zealand Immigration Law

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has been the death knell of New Zealand immigration as we know it, it also presents a much-needed opportunity for improvement. What might the new immigration system look like? Aaron Martin , principal lawyer at New Zealand ... More >>

Vaping Law Will Harm The Public, Gives In To Big Tobacco

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 11:24 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Smokefree Environments (Vaping) Amendment Bill passed into law last night will help keep people smoking cigarettes, and caves into big tobacco interests, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Jordan Williams says, “The vaping ... More >>

Expect Increased Rates Costs From New Government Freshwater Laws

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 11:11 am | Federated Farmers

The government’s new freshwater laws, signed off this week, have the potential to create significant unnecessary costs for ratepayers, farmers and entire communities, Federated Farmers says. "We all want good water quality, that’s why farmers ... More >>

Human Rights Commission Welcomes Repeal Of Offensive Part 4A Law

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 10:39 am | Human Rights Commission

Disabled people and their families have been returned the right to complain to the Human Rights Commission or seek redress through the Courts about discriminatory family funding policies they may face. Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero said ... More >>

Child Advocates: Tenancy Protection Increases Wellbeing For Vulnerable Families

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 10:10 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Whānau and families will sleep better at night knowing their homes can’t be taken away from them without good reason thanks to the new residential tenancies law, says the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). "Worry about keeping a roof over their ... More >>

ASH NZ Welcomes Vaping Legislation

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 9:13 am | ASH

In one of the final acts of this Government, late last night Parliament passed the long-awaited Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act. In so doing, it has ensured a significant opportunity to help 500,000 New Zealanders ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Will Labour's "No Policy" Campaign Work?

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 8:44 am | Peter Dunne

Cynical and disconcerting as his comments may appear to be, Labour and advertising guru Sir Bob Harvey is probably correct when he says that Labour does not need to campaign to win this year’s election. By taking the position that managing the ... More >>

Beware Brooke Van Velden’s EOLC Misinformation

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 7:36 am | Euthanasia-Free New Zealand

Brooke van Velden – newly-minted Deputy Leader of the Act Party – spoke at a community event last Monday night in Epsom, Auckland, which was attended by several Euthanasia-Free NZ supporters. Unfortunately Ms van Velden’s presentation was heavy ... More >>

Labour’s Win-at-all-costs Plan

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 7:12 am | ACT New Zealand

“Labour’s plan is to win the election at all costs by politicising the border and keeping New Zealanders in a state of fear,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “It’s putting politics above people by locking the border and wrecking the economy ... More >>

Sad Day For Tenants And Landlords

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:13 am | NZPIF

Parliament has passed under urgency the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill. This bill has some major changes for both tenants and landlords alike, and none of them are good news. A primary concern is the removal of the 90-day no-cause termination ... More >>

New Service Provider For Digital Child Exploitation Filter

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 4:01 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua, Department of Internal Affairs, has announced Allot Limited as the new service provider for the Digital Child Exploitation Filter (DCEF) from 1 August 2020. The filter operates as a service provided to most New Zealand Internet ... More >>

Freshwater Reforms Gazettal A Significant Step Forward

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 3:48 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

The new National Policy Statement and National Environmental Standard for Freshwater, gazetted by the Government today, is a significant step forward in reducing pollution in our rural and urban waterways caused by intensive farming and through regional ... More >>

National Pledge To End Family Violence Heads To Parliament Grounds

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 3:23 pm | Safe Man Safe Family Charitable Trust

Men from all over New Zealand are invited to join prominent violence-prevention voices in a show of solidarity and call for national change. This will culminate in a group pledge at Parliament grounds on 06 August 2020 from 10am-12noon. The pledge ... More >>

Covid-19 Funding Support Welcomed

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 1:10 pm | Community Law Centres

Community Law Centres welcome the additional Government funding announced to help address increased demand for free legal services due to COVID-19. Minister of Justice Andrew Little today announced an additional $3.47m over three years for Community ... More >>

Change In Abatement Threshold Needed To Lift Underemployed Out Of Poverty

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 12:13 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Government to increase abatement thresholds and lift benefits to liveable levels to support people affected by the growth of unemployment due to COVID-19. “Unemployment numbers do not tell us whether ... More >>

More Public Drinking Fountains Needed To Address Poor Health Stats

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 12:02 pm | RefillNZ

A national survey of public drinking fountains around Aotearoa, recently undertaken by RefillNZ , has shown that, on average, there is only one drinking fountain for every 3,303 people and as few as one fountain for every 17,000 people in the worst-affected ... More >>

COVID-19 lockdown has widespread effects on labour market

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 11:45 am | Statistics New Zealand

In the June 2020 quarter, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.0 percent, down from 4.2 percent last quarter, while underutilisation rose, Stats NZ said today. More >>

XE Data Update - NZ Employment Release

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 11:22 am | XE Money Transfer

The NZ Employment numbers for 2Q have just been released. They came in considerably better than expected: NZ Employment data for 2Q was: - Employment (Q/Q) -0.4% (consensus -2.0%) - Employment (Y/Y) +1.2% (consensus -1.2%) - Unemployment Rate 4.0% (consensus ... More >>

Overdue Tax Bracket Indexation Still On The Cards

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 10:07 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is welcoming confirmation from the National Party that income tax bracket indexation remains party policy. However, suggestions that the National Party has no plans to cut income taxes will come as a major disappointment ... More >>

Scapegoated Firearms Licence Holders Take To Streets Again In Ashburton

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 9:29 am | Stewart Hydes

Aggrieved members of the Firearms Community - from all over Canterbury and beyond - will once again take to the streets of Ashburton in good numbers this Saturday, 8th August. They continue to protest against the government’s Firearms Law Firearms ... More >>

Unemployment Tipped To Rise – Maori Unemployment Tipped To Skyrocket

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 9:10 am | Maori Council

The Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council, Matthew Tukaki, has said unemployment in New Zealand will rise significantly over the next quarter and the figures out today are just the tip of a very fast-moving iceberg. Tukaki has said ... More >>

Have Your Say On The Introduction Of The Youth Demerit Points System

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 7:42 am | Social Services and Community Committee

The Social Services and Community Committee is calling for public submissions on the Oranga Tamariki (Youth Justice Demerit Points) Amendment Bill, which was referred to the committee on 21 July 2020. This Member’s Bill would introduce a youth demerit ... More >>

Brown Voices Matter - But Not To TVNZ

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 9:56 pm | The Maori Party

The Board of Television New Zealand and its senior management determined last week that the Māori Party would not be able to participate in any of the political debates being broadcast on the state-owned TV channel. Māori Party Co Leader John Tamihere ... More >>

Parliament Is Revamping Its Rules

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 4:19 pm | Office of the Speaker

Today, the Standing Orders Committee’s report on the review of Standing Orders was presented to the House. The Speaker of the House, the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, chairs the committee. He said today that the 2020 review will make our rules more ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Damning Report On Provincial Growth Fund

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming a damning report from the Auditor-General which identifies the Provincial Growth Fund’s numerous failings in process surrounding the approval of grants, managing conflicts of interests, and tracking of performance. ... More >>

New Zealand’s Wealthiest People Can Afford To Pay More Tax

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 3:36 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association supports calls by Tax Justice Aotearoa for a more progressive tax system, with increased taxes on the wealthiest New Zealanders used to fund services that benefit all New Zealanders. Decades of systemic underfunding ... More >>

Money for Kauri Urgently Needed

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 3:32 pm | The Tree Council Inc

The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Forest & Bird have written to Ministers O’Connor, Sage, Jones and Parker this week to request urgent funding for Regional Councils to implement essential work to protect kauri. More >>

Canterbury DHB Chief Executive Put In Untenable Position

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 3:18 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says Canterbury DHB Chief Executive David Meates was put in an untenable position and the people of Canterbury should be angry and upset over his resignation. Mr Meates’ resignation from both the Canterbury ... More >>

Primary Health Care Strike Ballot Underway

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 3:04 pm | NZNO

More than 3400 Primary Health Care nurses and medical receptionists/administrators across more than 500 practices and accident and medical centres will commence a ballot for strike action today. The ballot will run until Wednesday 12 August and is for ... More >>

Your Vote 2020: Bringing Election Coverage To Viewers Across TVNZ Channels And Platforms

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 2:43 pm | TVNZ

As New Zealand gets ready to head to the ballot box this September, 1 NEWS is bringing voters comprehensive coverage and analysis of this year’s General Election. TVNZ’s coverage will draw on the depth of experience held across the 1 NEWS team, says Graeme ... More >>

REINZ Warns Tenants Without An ‘excellent’ Record May Struggle To Find Tenancies

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 2:18 pm | REINZ

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) is today warning that tenants without an ‘excellent’ rental history may struggle to find tenancies as the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill is due to have its second reading today. More >>

Maori Carbon Collective Calls On The Government To Establish A Climate Adaption Fund

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 1:06 pm | Maori Carbon Collective

New Government Report Shows Maori to be greatly impacted The CEO of the Maori Carbon Collective, Matthew Tukaki, has called on the Government to act when it comes to the risks of climate change on Maori. The call comes just 24 hours after the Government ... More >>

Oral Nicotine Pouches, Snus, PM and Hon Nicky Wagner's SOP

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 10:57 am | NZ Smokefree Tomorrow

With the current lack of understanding and fake news circulating around the Vaping Bill and Hon Nicky Wagner's SOP to regulate tobacco-free Nicotine Pouches, NZ Smokefree Tomorrow (NZSFT), who are the subject matter experts, think it is fair to ‘clear ... More >>

CEAC Support James Renwick Advice Using Rail Not More Roads.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 8:33 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

James Renwick claim today on TV one Breakfast show with John Campbell that NZ is failing on climate change is valid, and since James has been for 20 years studying climate change, we at CEAC agree, climate Change as the most significant shift in ... More >>

The Issue Ardern Doesn’t Want To Talk About

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 8:28 am | ACT New Zealand

“Jacinda Ardern is running scared from a debate about the debt,” according to ACT Leader David Seymour. “Elections are supposed to be a contest of ideas, but Kiwis aren’t getting one because we don’t know what Labour’s economic plan ... More >>

PGF Creates More Than 10k Jobs, Success Stories Across NZ

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 8:08 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Shane Jones Minister of Regional Economic Development More than 13,000 people have been employed so far thanks to the Coalition Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has today announced. The More >>





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