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Mayor welcomes government’s $12b infrastructure announcement

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 5:51 pm | Office of the Mayor of Auckland

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says he welcomes the government’s announcement of $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment, including $6.8 billion for new transport projects, and looks forward to working with the government to ensure that a fair ... More >>

Infrastructure Spending Welcome but Relies on a Step Change

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 5:17 pm | Infrastructure New Zealand

“We’re delighted with today’s announcement of $12 billion in new capital investment by the Government,” says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Paul Blair. More >>

Climate organisations commend Crown Research Institute

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 5:14 pm | 350 Aotearoa

Climate action organisations 350 Aotearoa and Coal Action Network Aotearoa commend New Zealand’s Crown Research Institutes’ phase-out of coal burning in their operations, with the final two users, Plant and Food Research and Landcare Research decommissioning ... More >>

Taumata Arowai - a critical step to drinking water safety

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:08 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand has welcomed the introduction of the long-awaited legislation to establish a new drinking water regulator, Taumata Arowai. More >>

Greater restrictions on use of paraquat

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 3:42 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is placing greater controls on the use of the herbicide paraquat. Paraquat is the first active ingredient on our priority chemicals list, announced in October 2018, to be reassessed. More >>

“Where is the water infrastructure?” asks IrrigationNZ

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 3:41 pm | Irrigation NZ

Today the Government revealed its plan to spend an extra $12bn on infrastructure projects following public pressure for them to do more. Irrigation New Zealand supports government investment to ensure New Zealand is future-ready however, the organisation ... More >>

'Tis the Season of Child Poverty And Hardship

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 3:09 pm | Closing The Gap

The grim statistics set out in the Child Poverty Monitor report issued this week underscore yet again the need for bolder action to reduce entrenched inequality, Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality project Closing the Gap, said ... More >>

All workers deserve bereavement leave following miscarriages

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 3:05 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association strongly supports Labour MP Ginny Andersen’s bill to give three days paid leave to parents who experience a miscarriage or stillbirth. More >>

Infrastructure spending good news for SMEs

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 2:46 pm | EMA

Today’s major infrastructure spending announcement is good news for members in the EMA’s upper North Island region. More >>

Broadcasts of Nationally Significant Games Bill Pulled

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 2:19 pm | New Zealand First Party

The Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill will not be considered by the House at this time. More >>

CTU welcomes Government investment into infrastructure

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 2:12 pm | Council of Trade Unions

"The Government’s announcement that an additional $12 billion capital will be available to address backlogs in our deteriorating schools, hospitals and rail infrastructure and for regional development is welcome news and sensible policy", ... More >>

NZ Government’s half-year economic and fiscal update

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 2:04 pm | XE Money Transfer

The NZ Government’s half-year economic and fiscal update has just been released. More >>

No excuse for an election-year deficit

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 1:36 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Minister of Finance’s  Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update , which includes a $900 million deficit for the next financial year,  New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union  spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says:   “At at time of high commodity ... More >>

Have your say on the boundary review

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 1:29 pm | Representation Commission

Time is running out to make an objection to the proposed electorates for the next two general elections. More >>

Maniapoto Mandate Inquiry Report released

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 1:28 pm | Maniapoto Maori Trust Board

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) is pleased the Waitangi Tribunal’s report has agreed that the Crown was correct to recognise it as the appropriate body to hold the settlement mandate for Maniapoto. More >>

Labour MP Bill Rejects Women With Post-Abortion Grief

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 12:50 pm | Family First

A Labour MP’s private members bill which allowed for bereavement leave for a miscarriage has been withdrawn and resubmitted , in seemingly a deliberate attempt to exclude post-abortive women who may also be suffering grief and loss. It will receive its ... More >>

Helensville Candidate Selection Announcement

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 12:42 pm | Social Credit

Social Credit has chosen a 21 year old as their candidate for the new Helensville electorate. More >>

Chief Ombudsman revisits Not a game of hide and seek

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:52 am | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman is launching a new inquiry into whether central government agencies have addressed any weaknesses identified in a landmark investigation five years ago. More >>

Further evidence of doctor burnout and workload pressures

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:26 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The senior doctors’ union, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, is welcoming a report from the Medical Protection Society which provides further evidence of doctor burnout and high workload pressures. More >>

New Plymouth’s rates surplus should be given back

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 10:45 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to reports of New Plymouth District Council’s $1.6 million rates surplus, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “A rates surplus means the Council has taken more from the people of New Plymouth than it needs. It ... More >>

Police intimidation adverts irresponsible - COLFO

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 10:22 am | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) is calling out Police for stepping up their intimidation campaign of licenced firearms owners as the deadline for firearms compensation draws near. More >>

Call for New Zealand government to do more for refugees

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:51 am | Belong Aotearoa

Belong Aotearoa alongside leading organisations working in the resettlement (refugee background) sector is calling on the New Zealand Government to play a greater role in responding to the international refugee crisis, ahead of the Global Refugee Forum ... More >>

Protest tomorrow of "Blood phosphate" shipment

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:42 am | Environmental Justice Otepoti

Protest groups and human rights supporters are preparing to “unwelcome” bulk carrying cargo ship ‘Federal Crimson’ as it arrives in Dunedin on Wednesday. The ship has carried over 50,000 tonnes of ‘conflict phosphate’ from the non-self ... More >>

Petition to get e-scooters off footpaths

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:26 am | Footpaths4Feet

A petition to Government that would see e-scooters and other personal transport devices banned from New Zealand footpaths is to be presented to the Honorable Tracey Martin, Minister for Children and Seniors on Thursday, 12th December, at 1.00 pm on the steps ... More >>

Auckland Rotuman Group makes a Human Rights complaint

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:19 am | Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group

The Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Incorporated (ARFGI) is marking today’s International Human Rights Day to draw attention to the NZ Government’s discriminatory policy of only supporting selective Pacific Island languages. More >>

Statement from End-of-Life Choice Society

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:13 am | End-of-Life Choice

Western Australia’s move to legalise voluntary assisted dying continues a worldwide trend supported by a clear majority of New Zealanders, the End-of-Life Choice Society’s President, Dr Mary Panko, said on Wednesday. More >>

School support staff vote to accept Living Wage payrise

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:05 am | NZEI

School support staff have voted to accept collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education, with the Living Wage of $21.15 as the new minimum pay rate. More >>

Immigration NZ outreach plan gets thumbs up

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:34 am | Waitakere Indian Association

Immigration New Zealand has embarked on an outreach programme with migrant communities to explain the recent changes in visa rules. More >>

Wellington Party welcomes ‘double the tunnel’ campaign

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:30 am | Wellington Party

Wellington’s newest local body political party, the Wellington Party , welcomes the news that if returned to Government, the National Party will accelerate the construction work on the proposed duplicate Mt Victoria tunnel. Party President, David Lloyd, ... More >>

Organisations call on Govt to act on growing refugee crisis

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:09 am | Amnesty International

A collective of former refugee leaders, resettlement, human rights, faith-based and humanitarian organisations have signed and sent an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The letter asks the Government ... More >>

Summary of public feedback on Charities Act released

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 5:42 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs today released a summary of public submissions made during consultation to modernise the Charities Act 2005. More >>

Heartfelt Aroha to Whanau Impacted by the Whakaari Tragedy

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 5:15 pm | The Maori Party

Hū ana te whenua, ngārue ana te moana. He aituā! He aituā! E tangi ana i āhua o te parekura i Whakaari inanahi. E aroha ana ki te whānau pani me ngā iwi e honohono kau ana ki te tipua maunga kei te Moana-a-Toi. “The Māori Party expresses its ... More >>

Barnardos welcomes 10 Year Early Learning Action Plan

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 3:06 pm | Barnardos

Barnardos welcomes He taonga te tamaiti - the 10 Year Early Learning Action Plan recently published by the Ministry of Education. Barnardos particularly welcomes the theme of the Action Plan: every child a taonga. The plan recognises that every ... More >>

Social Work and Human Rights

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 3:02 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

It is International Human Rights Day 2019. To explore the close connection between social work and human rights and to highlight social work activity in this field, the Association asked Neil Ballantyne, a social work academic at the Open Polytechnic ... More >>

Whakaari / White Island Eruption

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 1:50 pm | New Zealand Muslim Association

The New Zealand Muslim Association is saddened for those effected by the impact of Whakaari / White Island eruption.  We share their pain and sorrow and are concerned for those still missing. Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims of this tragic ... More >>

Reminder - two weeks until firearms amnesty ends

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 1:42 pm | New Zealand Police

There are less than two weeks to go until the amnesty and buy-back for prohibited firearms and parts ends on 20 December 2019.  More >>

Flag half-masting directive - Whakaari White Island eruption

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 1:13 pm | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

At the request of the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Flag is to be flown at half-mast on all Government and public buildings with immediate effect as a mark of mourning and respect for the victims of the Whakaari/White ... More >>

Action on reducing unsafe speed welcomed

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 9:41 am | Kapiti Coast District Council

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has welcomed the recent government announcement of changes to improve road safety in communities. More >>

Health equity still ‘under construction’ say Doctors

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 9:35 am | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Wellbeing may be at the centre of government strategy, but too many children and whānau are remaining on the outer, cautions The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). In a series of report cards released today, the RACP’s Aotearoa NZ President, ... More >>

Revolutionary approach to reducing harmful crashes

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 9:27 am | EROAD

Innovative use of technology can now predict where road crashes may occur, enabling more efficient interventions. More >>

CEAC – Supports ‘Dog & Lemon call for median barriers’

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 8:26 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

Trucks are now far too fast and large for our narrow winding roads in NZ, something needs to be done. More >>

Jake Bezzant National’s new candidate in Upper Harbour

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 8:21 am | New Zealand National Party

Local party members have today selected Jake Bezzant as National’s candidate in Upper Harbour for the 2020 Election. Mr Bezzant is replacing Paula Bennett, National’s Campaign Chair, who isn’t seeking re-election in Upper Harbour but will stand as ... More >>

Government Praised for Decisive Leadership on Port Issue

Monday, 9 December 2019, 5:14 pm | Waterfront 2029

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters are to be commended for their leadership on the Upper North Island port issue, Waterfront 2029 Spokesperson Michael Goldwater said today. The Prime Minister today announced that ... More >>

Child Poverty Monitor: Big, bold, permanent change needed

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:34 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

In partnership with the JR McKenzie Trust and University of Otago, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft has today released the annual Child Poverty Monitor at  which shows more bold and sustainable action is needed. More >>

Border integrity and anti-corruption focus for Aus visit

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:31 pm | Office of the Speaker

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Border integrity and anti-corruption focus for Australian visit to New Zealand) More >>

Child Poverty Figures show need for tax relief

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:29 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Today’s child poverty figures , revealing that nearly 150,000 children are living in material hardship in New Zealand, show the need for tax relief says the Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

2019 Child Poverty Monitor: There's more to be done

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:02 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the 2019 Child Poverty Monitor report , and says more can be done to help families who have need of welfare assistance. More >>

Auckland Strike Action

Monday, 9 December 2019, 3:58 pm | Bus and Coach Association

Auckland bus operators are enraged at the inconvenience to passengers affected by continued bus driver strike action. Even those operators not directly affected by strikes are appalled at the behaviour of First Union and Tramways Union and their ... More >>

Child poverty efforts must be escalated

Monday, 9 December 2019, 3:51 pm | Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers

The publication of the Child Poverty Monitor 2019, released today, is a reminder of the need to accelerate efforts to lift our children / tamariki out of poverty. More >>

Innocent people die because of unsafe roads

Monday, 9 December 2019, 3:27 pm | Dog And Lemon Guide

The recent accident near Kaikoura, where two Malaysian children and their parents were killed in a head-on collision with a truck, was easily preventable, says the car review website . More >>

To move or not to move

Monday, 9 December 2019, 2:58 pm | Generation Zero

Central and local government, including Auckland Council, have been debating the future of the Ports of Auckland but there seems to be something missing in the debate - how much more greenhouse gases will Aotearoa emit if we move the port from the ... More >>

Racing Kills Four Horses On Track In Three Weeks

Monday, 9 December 2019, 12:51 pm | Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses

"Youllbefine, Rockmaster, Cossack Warrior and now Valtteri are the four horses who have been killed on New Zealand race tracks in just three weeks" said Frances Baker, Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) spokesperson. More >>

Grant Duncan: Ardern still has much work to do

Monday, 9 December 2019, 11:13 am | The Conversation

Left-leaning Australians may look to New Zealand with envy, but Ardern still has much work to do More >>

Child poverty figures show much more needs to be done

Monday, 9 December 2019, 11:04 am | Maori Council

The New Zealand Maori Council has called the latest childhood poverty statistics released by the Children’s Commissioner as appalling for a first world nation and has called upon the Government to do more. Matthew Tukaki, the Councils Executive ... More >>

Packaging Forum urges Gov support to advance war on plastic

Monday, 9 December 2019, 10:42 am | The Packaging Forum

The country’s leading packaging member-based organisation is eager to work with Government to bring an end to plastic waste in New Zealand. More >>

Body armour for specialist Police vehicles

Monday, 9 December 2019, 9:50 am | New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police has taken delivery of three Armoured Special Purpose Vehicles. The vehicles are unmarked and look like standard Toyota Land cruisers. More >>

Lower Hutt street cleaners receive the living wage

Monday, 9 December 2019, 9:20 am | Hutt City Council

All workers contracted by InterGroup to carry out street cleaning and litter control for Hutt City Council are now receiving the living wage as a minimum. More >>

Sustainable NZ Welcomes Waste Announcement

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 4:34 pm | Sustainable New Zealand Party

Sustainable New Zealand Welcomes the Government’s Announcement on Phasing Out Waste But Wants to See More Action on Building and Construction Waste More >>

Our Seas Our Future welcomes second phase of plastics ban

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 12:55 pm | Our Seas Our Future

Our Seas Our Future welcomes Prime Minister Jacinda Arden’s announcement that the Government is aiming to phase out another round of single-use hard plastics, made of PVC and Polystyrene. More >>

The Fraudster: Life and crimes of a million dollar conwoman

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 11:47 am | Stuff

The Fraudster exposes the life and crimes of a million dollar conwoman Award-winning investigative team Stuff Circuit’s latest documentary exposes the cautionary tale of a woman who ripped off New Zealand businesses and government agencies, and a justice ... More >>





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