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Death of Professor Piri Sciascia, Government House Kaumatua

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 3:39 pm | Governor General

The Governor-General, HE Dame Patsy Reddy and Sir David Gascoigne were deeply distressed to receive the news that Government House’s Kaumatua, Professor Piri Sciascia died this morning. More >>

Ravensdown's Western Sahara story rebutted

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 12:21 pm | Western Sahara Campaign

Western Sahara Campaign-NZ enlisted the support of Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) to question and comment on Ravensdown’s stated position in its press release of the 11th of December 2019, “Two sides to the Western Sahara story”. More >>

Plunging DHB deficits prove the pie is too small

Friday, 17 January 2020, 6:36 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Reports that DHB deficits are set to plunge even further this year are yet more proof that underfunding is bringing hospitals to their knees, says the new Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Sarah Dalton. More >>

Anniversary of the War on Drugs - a young ACT statement

Friday, 17 January 2020, 3:14 pm | Young ACT

Today marks 100 years since America began waging a war on drugs. This war cannot be won; the effects of prohibition have long pointed this out. In fact, young ACT believes drug prohibition causes more harm than the precise drugs it aims to protect ... More >>

Action needed to improve youth justice system

Friday, 17 January 2020, 2:13 pm | University of Melbourne

Children and adolescents detained in the youth justice system experience poor health across a range of complex physical and mental health disorders, according to new research . More >>

Remuneration Authority loses credibility with 41% pay hike

Friday, 17 January 2020, 1:33 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The 41 percent pay hike for West Coast regional councillors will further erode taxpayers’ trust in the Remuneration Authority, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Pay rates for councillors should broadly ... More >>

$10.98 million of PGF funding announced

Friday, 17 January 2020, 1:11 pm | Kaikoura District Council

Kaikōura’s bright future received a $10.98 million endorsement from the Provincial Growth Fund today at Kaikōura District Council. More >>

All Take and No Give in the State Mismanagement of Care

Friday, 17 January 2020, 12:43 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party President Che Wilson is angry that yet another report has detailed "persistent and intergenerational" inequities in the treatment of Māori babies by the state. More >>

Youth-led climate advocates fundraising for fire help

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 3:26 pm | Generation Zero

Youth-led climate advocates School Strike 4 Climate, Generation Zero and WYMO are holding a fun-focused, community organised, collaborative fundraiser towards aid for the Australian Bushfires. More >>

Corrections a whānau affair

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 12:58 pm | Department Of Corrections

The old adage of not mixing family and work could not be further from the truth for mother and daughter Corrections Officers, Sarai and Latisha Morris. More >>

Time running out to have a say on proposed electorates

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 10:14 am | Representation Commission

The next stage of public consultation on the electorate boundary review is closing soon and time is running out for people to have their say. More >>

Beatrice Faumuinā appointed to Sport and Recreation Board

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 8:59 am | Sport and Recreation New Zealand

Beatrice Faumuinā is newly appointed to the Sports and Recreation New Zealand board (Sport NZ), Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage confirmed today. More >>

Government must deliver on PT fares

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 2:10 pm | Public Transport Users Association

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) is disappointed Auckland Transport is once again raising most fares from February and is calling on the government for action. More >>

Fightback withdraws from Organise Aotearoa

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 12:24 pm | Fightback

A statement approved by the Fightback Editorial Board and sent to the National Secretary of Organise Aotearoa, 14th January 2020. More >>

Climate Change Teaching Resource Not Based On Nutrition

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 12:20 pm | NZ Beef and Lamb

Climate Change Teaching Resource Not Based On Nutrition Science Beef + Lamb New Zealand is concerned at the new climate change teaching resource published by the Ministry for Education. The resource, Climate Change: Prepare Today, Live Well Tomorrow, ... More >>

Maori Council calls housing crisis a disgrace

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 12:07 pm | Maori Council

“These people need to get a hotel room and get the housing crisis sorted. Maori are sick and tired, as are all New Zealanders, of the incessant blame game of who didn’t do what when they said they were going to it.” Matthew Tukaki, Executive ... More >>

CEAC -National Party position on climate change is abysmal

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 10:07 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

CEAC supports Government for elevating clean ‘Rail Transport’ over truck transport, for moving more freight onto rail, thereby keeping our CO2 ‘climate emissions’ at a far lower levels, potentially stabilising climate changing weather events, saving ... More >>

Proposed whitebait rules are pitiful, won’t save native fish

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 5:27 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is calling on New Zealanders to demand better regulations for the endangered native fish that make up the whitebait catch. More >>

Federated Farmers: Mycoplasma bovis tax hit unfair

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 2:42 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is seeking Ministerial support for a change to tax legislation so farmers whose breeding stock are culled as part of the Mycoplasma bovis eradication effort are not disadvantaged by the tax regime. More >>

School trustees present options for future of schooling

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 2:20 pm | NZ School Trustees Association

The New Zealand School Trustees Association is calling on the government to extend the 6-week consultation period on the Education and Training Amendment Bill to ensure that school communities, including boards, staff, students and parents have the opportunity ... More >>

Simplistic climate change lessons counterproductive

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 2:02 pm | Federated Farmers

Introducing school children to the science underpinning climate change is positive and worthwhile but great care will be needed to ensure there is balance, Federated Farmers says. More >>

Government’s state housing targets out of touch with needs

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 12:23 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Figures showing that the housing waiting list has reached a record 14,500 households demonstrates that the Government’s investment towards building new state housing is inadequate and needs reviewing. Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on ... More >>

Climate change curriculum

Monday, 13 January 2020, 8:37 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Government’s new climate change educational material for year 7 and 8 students skirts close to taxpayer-funded propaganda, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The new taxpayer-funded curriculum ... More >>

New campaign to tackle low awareness of ACC’s role

Monday, 13 January 2020, 4:17 pm | Accident Compensation Corporation

ACC’s research indicates that almost half of New Zealanders and nearly 60% of Māori have low awareness of ACC’s role and services. To address this, ACC is launching an awareness campaign that will highlight the scale and range of services it delivers ... More >>

Unnecessary Waste of Resources on Firearms Ideology

Saturday, 11 January 2020, 10:17 am | New Conservative

Last night twelve armed police officers raided the home of a young family with a newborn child. More >>

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa Clarifies Position On Ōwairaka Issue

Friday, 10 January 2020, 11:54 am | Ngati Awa

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa wishes to clarify its position on the protests at Ōwairaka to clear up any confusion around our involvement in the matter. More >>

CPAG joins call for Govt to increase benefits urgently

Thursday, 9 January 2020, 7:28 pm | CPAG

CPAG joins call from budget advisors for Govt to increase benefits urgently Budgeting services cannot help people who do not have enough income to meet even their basic needs, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) . More >>

332 objections to proposed electorates

Thursday, 9 January 2020, 10:32 am | Representation Commission

The Representation Commission has received 332 objections to the proposed electorate boundaries and names for the next two general elections. More >>

District Court Judge Rob Ronayne

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 8:06 pm | Chief District Court Judge

The District Court is mourning the loss of Judge Rob Ronayne who died suddenly at his Auckland home on Tuesday, 7 January. More >>

Students For Liberty Condemn Escalating Violence

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 7:46 pm | Australia and New Zealand Students for Liberty

Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty Condemn Escalating Violence in the Middle East. Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty, part of Students For Liberty, the world’s largest libertarian activist organisation, boasting over 65,000 ... More >>

Socialists call for end of support to US wars

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 3:10 pm | Organise Aotearoa

Around 12:30pm, it was reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran has responded to escalating US aggression by targeting several US Military sites within Iraq. More >>

WEAG benefit increases urgently needed - budgeting expert

Tuesday, 7 January 2020, 12:15 pm | MoneyTalks

High call volumes from people on benefits over the holiday break show a need to increase core benefits says telephone budgeting service MoneyTalks. More >>

“No Body, No Parole” - A Common Sense Bill

Monday, 6 January 2020, 7:17 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust are putting their support behind Nationals 'Concealment of Location of Victim Remains Bill’ More >>

Incomes better but still a long way to go

Monday, 6 January 2020, 7:13 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions Together 2020 work survey results released today show more people are reporting that their income kept up with their cost of living in 2019 than previously, but there are still significant improvements needed. More >>

NZ Defence Force is now trespassing in Iraq

Monday, 6 January 2020, 1:10 pm | Organise Aotearoa

Community organisers at Organise Aotearoa say the New Zealand Defence Force must fully withdraw from Iraq, following the Iraqi parliament voting to expel all foreign troops. More >>

NZ Troops must leave Iraq

Monday, 6 January 2020, 11:25 am | Auckland Peace Action

“It is imperative that New Zealand Defence Force Troops still stationed in Iraq leave the country,” said Valerie Morse, member of Auckland Peace Action. More >>

Majority currently vote to enact End of Life Choice Bill

Saturday, 4 January 2020, 12:09 pm | Horizon Research Limited

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Large majority will currently vote to enact End of Life Choice Bill) More >>

Govt now needs to limit number of cigarette retailers

Thursday, 2 January 2020, 5:35 pm | Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand

“With the series of annual cigarette tax hikes now complete, the Government needs to keep driving the country’s smokefree ambition and that includes not punishing the most effective smoking cessation tool New Zealand has – vaping.” More >>

Firearm Ownership is a traditional right - Sporting Hunters

Wednesday, 1 January 2020, 4:44 pm | Sporting Hunters Outdoor Advocacy

The right to own a firearm, subject to safety checks, is part of the New Zealand heritage - no different from gaining the right to drive a motor vehicle - says a sporting hunters advocacy group. More >>

Kiwis Should Move Their Accounts to a NZ Owned Bank

Wednesday, 1 January 2020, 9:57 am | Social Credit

Kiwis should make a New Year’s resolution to move their bank accounts to Kiwibank, or one of the other wholly owned New Zealand banks, said Social Credit Leader Chris Leitch. More >>

Full New Year Honours List 2020

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 10:42 am | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Queen has been pleased, on the celebration of the New Year, to make the following appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit: More >>

Tobacco tax hikes a raid on the wallets of Māori

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 9:08 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

With tobacco tax from Māori taking more than what is paid in treaty settlements, tomorrow’s tobacco excise tax hike is being labelled ‘a raid on the wallets of Māori’ by the Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Wide-ranging strategies & leadership needed for Smokefree NZ

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 8:31 am | Hapai Te Hauora

Tobacco prices are set to go up by just over 11 per cent on January 1, in the last of a series of annual tax-based price rises announced in the 2016 budget. A 25-pack of cigarettes will cost more than $40. More >>

Social Credit Promises Action On Christchurch Rail Plan

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 8:24 am | Social Credit

The government’s recently released draft NZ Rail Plan totally ignores the need for passenger rail in Christchurch. More >>

Degraded Environment Reflects RMA Failure

Monday, 30 December 2019, 7:04 pm | Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ

New Zealand’s degraded and deteriorating environment reflects the failure of the Resource Management Act, the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations (CORANZ) recently told a parliamentary select committe. More >>

Queenstown vaping ban based on snobbery not science

Monday, 30 December 2019, 7:03 pm | Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand

“Queenstown Lakes District Council’s move to ban vaping on the popular beaches of Queenstown, Frankton, Wanaka and Glenorchy is sadly based on snobbery not scientific evidence,” says Jonathan Devery, spokesperson for the Vaping Trade Association ... More >>

Alarm at Foreign Takeovers of Farm and Forestry

Monday, 30 December 2019, 6:55 pm | Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ

An outdoor recreation organisation wants swift action from government to stem the flow of foreign ownership of farm land citing Marlborough examples of the takeover. Andi Cockroft chairman of the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ), ... More >>

Gummy Bears

Saturday, 28 December 2019, 4:36 pm | Gummy Bears

Vegan sticker activist group Gummy Bears have placed 38 stickers on STOP signs in and around Warkworth and adjacent north Auckland towns, urging locals to ‘STOP WARKWORTH RODEO’, referring to the annual event on public land managed by Auckland ... More >>

Animal Save Movement’s #WakeUpWorld campaign

Friday, 27 December 2019, 10:05 am | Animal Save Movement

Christmas is a time of goodwill towards men, and cruelty to animals. Tens of thousands of pigs, lambs and chickens were slaughtered in December to provide meals for New Zealanders. Dozens of activists in Auckland, Whanganui, Wellington and Christchurch ... More >>

Analysis shows 2019 a contentious year for NZ

Tuesday, 24 December 2019, 6:14 am | BlacklandPR

New Zealand had more challenging events and issues than it has experienced in a decade, according to an annual analysis by Blackland, a Wellington-based public relations company. More >>

Paraplegicwoman calling for immigration policy change

Monday, 23 December 2019, 6:39 pm | Juliana Carvalho

Paraplegicwoman dive with sharks and paraglide from a cliff in video calling for immigration policy change More >>

NZ can learn from BC's implementation of Indigenous rights

Monday, 23 December 2019, 10:39 am | The Conversation

British Columbia’s law should see First Nations’ people included in public decisions and economic development, especially in relation to natural resources. from More >>

Collectors reveal "deeply sad" loss of New Zealand history

Saturday, 21 December 2019, 6:42 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

Two Otorohanga collectors, Kath Arnold and Andrew Barker, have told the story of the loss of New Zealand and world history in firearm collections destroyed under the ban that came into force today. More >>

First Māori President For National Council of Women

Saturday, 21 December 2019, 11:15 am | National Council of Women

Nelson-based Lisa Lawrence (Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Ruapani) has been named the new President of the National Council of Women. More >>

Have your say on the Inquiry into the 2019 Local Elections

Friday, 20 December 2019, 4:40 pm | Justice Committee

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Have your say on the Inquiry into the 2019 Local Elections and Liquor Licensing Trust Elections, and Recent Energy Trust Elections) More >>

Have your say on the Land Transport (NZTA) Legislation

Friday, 20 December 2019, 3:59 pm | Transport and Infrastructure Committee

The Transport and Infrastructure Committee is calling for submissions on the Land Transport (NZTA) Legislation Amendment Bill. More >>

Poor timing for release of significant climate proposals

Friday, 20 December 2019, 3:47 pm | BusinessNZ

The Government has just launched a public consultation on draft settings and price controls for the Emissions Trading Scheme, with a February deadline. More >>

Delay to dolphin rescue plan irresponsible during extinction

Friday, 20 December 2019, 3:31 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace says further delays to the Māui and Hector’s dolphin Threat Management Plan (TMP) is an irresponsible move that could push the vulnerable species closer to extinction. More >>

Customs reminds travellers to declare cash

Friday, 20 December 2019, 2:41 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs is reminding everyone travelling internationally these holidays to declare if they are carrying more than NZ$10,000 or its foreign equivalent, to ensure they aren’t unintentionally left out of pocket. More >>

Federated Farmers questions ETS announcements

Friday, 20 December 2019, 2:24 pm | Federated Farmers

Major announcements on potential changes to the ETS, and a consultation period shortened by the summer break, are not a Christmas present farmers will appreciate. More >>





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