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Move To Level 1 – With Confidence And Certainty

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 4:15 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

A move to Level 1 is important for businesses currently either still closed or running at less than optimum levels because of space restrictions. “With no new cases it is understandable that a sense of fear prevails that the businesses may end up going ... More >>

First CouncilMARK™ Case Study Finds Excellence In Humble Local Authority

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 11:06 am | Local Government NZ

How does a small provincial and rural council, understated in demeanour, conservative in many areas including financial risk and investment, and humble in its dealings internally and externally, deliver industry best practice in key areas of leadership ... More >>

Elder Abuse Hits Close To Home

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 9:33 am | Age Concern

Age Concern New Zealand is raising awareness of elder abuse during Elder Abuse Awareness Week from 15-22 June 2020 which begins on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2020. FACT: 81% of alleged abusers are family members. "We need to face the ... More >>

Leadership Needed On Climate Change Consensus

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 8:52 am | Aotearoa Climate Emergency

Kiwis need the same kind of unified, non-partisan leadership for climate change that we achieved dealing the pandemic, says Aotearoa Climate Emergency (ACE) network. “Zero new cases today is excellent,” says Phil Saxby. “We need the same kind ... More >>

Labour Selects Nursing Leader For East Coast Bays

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 8:33 am | XTRA

Monina Hernandez Monina Hernandez has been selected to contest East Coast Bays for the Labour Party in the 2020 general election. “I am an infection control nurse specialist and have been an advocate for the general public and health workers during ... More >>

Why Does The Prime Minister Refuse To Be Accountable?

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 7:14 am | Right To Life

The Prime Minister made a commitment after the 2017 election that New Zealand would have the most accountable and transparent government we have ever seen. However this Labour led government has proven to be one of the most unaccountable and nontransparent ... More >>

Brunner ZIP 1080 Drop Exposes Ministers Lack Of Understanding

Monday, 1 June 2020, 5:49 pm | Tony Orman

Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage needs to take a basic biology lesson in the difference between a vegetarian herbivore and a carnivore predator, says a hunting and conservation advocacy. Laurie Collins, spokesman for the Sporting Hunters Outdoor ... More >>

After Aotea Square, We Must Have Level 1 Tomorrow.

Monday, 1 June 2020, 5:11 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Scenes of thousands of protesters shoulder to shoulder makes a mockery of the Government's COVID-19 restrictions and insults every New Zealander who's followed them," according to ACT Leader David Seymour "The Government is not committed ... More >>

Black Lives Matter March For Solidarity

Monday, 1 June 2020, 1:03 pm | Black Lives Matter Solidarity

Black Lives Matters Solidarity Auckland Group acknowledge the legitimate grievances that the black community have in the US and stand in solidarity with them. We will stand in Solidarity to demonstrate that #BlackLivesMatter, Monday 1 June at 3.30pm ... More >>

Māori Party Acknowledge Queen’s Birthday Honour Recipients

Monday, 1 June 2020, 12:20 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leaders, John Tamihere and Deb Ngarewa-Packer, are rapt to celebrate the distinctive and distinguished leadership of tangata whenua talent that has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours today. “We often say, Ehara taku toa ... More >>

Queen’s Honours For Whānau Ora Champions

Monday, 1 June 2020, 12:18 pm | Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu

“The Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island is thrilled to see so many whānau champions of Te Waipounamu recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours announced today,” said Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Pouārahi, Helen Leahy. ... More >>

Fire And Emergency Honours’ Recipients Congratulated

Monday, 1 June 2020, 11:45 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Fire and Emergency New Zealand Chief Executive, Rhys Jones has congratulated five firefighters and support personnel from Cromwell, Kaikoura, Ranfurly, Blackball (West Coast) and Taneatua (Bay of Plenty) who were named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours ... More >>

Defence Force Officer Receives Distinguished Service Decoration

Monday, 1 June 2020, 11:41 am | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Army Brigadier Michael Shapland has received a Distinguished Service Decoration in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his 35 years of service to the New Zealand Defence Force. Brigadier Shapland, who lives in Wellington, has served in ... More >>

Green Party Announce Celia Wade-Brown For Wairarapa

Monday, 1 June 2020, 9:59 am | Green Party

The Green Party have announced Celia Wade-Brown as their candidate for Wairarapa. Celia Wade-Brown QSO lives in the Mangatārere Valley. She was previously Mayor of Wellington for two terms, making the Council a Living Wage employer and starting ... More >>

Where The Bloody Hell Are Ya, Tourism New Zealand?

Sunday, 31 May 2020, 4:51 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Advertising by Tourism South Australia on New Zealand television shows the gulf in proactiveness between New Zealand and Australia when it comes to getting the economy restarted,” according to ACT Leader David Seymour. “While Tourism New Zealand ... More >>

Govt Has Chance To Advance World Smokefree Day

Sunday, 31 May 2020, 11:52 am | Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand

“Here’s hoping the Government’s bill to regulate vaping brings New Zealand’s ambition of Smokefree 2025 closer and helps us to better celebrate World Smokefree Day in the future,” says Jonathan Devery, spokesperson of the Vaping Trade Association ... More >>

Public’s Rivers - A Toxic Legacy

Sunday, 31 May 2020, 10:24 am | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

The Government’s recently announced freshwater reforms are a masterclass in rhetoric over substance, says a trout and salmon fishing advocacy, the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers. The widely held view is that while Government listened to ... More >>

Progressive Regulation Called For On World Vape Day

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 9:41 am | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

Today marks World Vape Day, with Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) joining the hundreds of consumers and consumer advocacy organisations worldwide in the celebration that we #LiveLifeSmokeFree. Saturday, 30 May will be celebrated around the globe ... More >>

JobStart Policy No Substitute For Tax Cuts

Friday, 29 May 2020, 4:53 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The National Party’s JobStart policy — under which businesses could claim $10,000 per new employee, for up to ten new employees — looks great on paper but would fail in practice, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Taxpayers’ Union spokeswoman ... More >>

Review Of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Management Plan To Restart

Friday, 29 May 2020, 3:57 pm | Department of Conservation

  The Department of Conservation (DOC) and Ngāi Tahu in consultation with the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board have agreed to start a new review of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Management Plan. The process for reviewing both the ... More >>

Minimum Wage Requirement Indicates Hamilton City Council Is Out Of Touch

Friday, 29 May 2020, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Hamilton City Council's move to a minimum wage of $20 per hour for employees of its contractors, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is labelling the decision tone-deaf. Taxpayers’ Union spokeswoman Islay Aitchison says, “Hamilton ... More >>

Lax reporting of wage subsidy audits will encourage fraud

Friday, 29 May 2020, 11:45 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government’s lax approach to monitoring wrongful wage subsidy claims sends a dangerous message, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The Government must regularly release figures highlighting how ... More >>

National Strategy For Careers And Employability Is The enduring Solution Grant Robertson Is Seeking

Friday, 29 May 2020, 11:38 am | CDANZ

In announcing the Covid Income Relief Payment this week the Hon. Grant Robertson stated the Government is also considering an “enduring solution” to support New Zealanders experiencing job loss beyond the current crisis. The Career Development ... More >>

There Is Enough Time For A Commuter Rail Trial

Friday, 29 May 2020, 10:14 am | Keep Dunedin Rail Rolling

Workers at Dunedin Railways have rejected Dunedin City Council claims there is not enough time for a feasibility study and commuter rail trial this year. Keep Dunedin Rail Rolling spokesperson Dave Kearns says workers at DRL were bitterly disappointed ... More >>

The Auditor-General’s Strategic Intentions To 2025

Friday, 29 May 2020, 9:13 am | Office of the Auditor-General

We’ve published The Auditor-General’s strategic intentions to 2025 . Our strategic intentions describe the outcomes and impacts we are ultimately working towards, and the strategy we have developed to help get us there. Every three years, we publish ... More >>

Queen’s Birthday Holiday Irrelevant

Friday, 29 May 2020, 8:47 am | New Zealand Republic

“Queen’s Birthday holiday is the most irrelevant public holiday on our calendar. It’s time for a holiday that actually reflects Aotearoa’s unique place in the world” said Lewis Holden, Campaign Chair of New Zealand Republic. New Zealand Republic ... More >>

Teacher Aides’ Pay Rise Helps Value Educating Disabled Students

Friday, 29 May 2020, 8:04 am | New Zealand Human Rights Commission

The milestone pay settlement for teacher aides is both good news for gender pay equity and for valuing the education of disabled children, says Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero. “The pay rates have negatively impacted women disproportionately ... More >>

Orr Challenged To Provide Evidence

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 6:04 pm | Social Credit

Social Credit leader Chris Leitch is calling for Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr to produce the specifics on why he claims current legislation governing the Bank would prohibit it from “money financing” - creating money to finance emergency ... More >>

College Of Midwives Calls For The Release Of The Heather Simpson Report

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 4:19 pm | NZ College Of Midwives

The New Zealand College of Midwives is calling on the Government to release details of the funding allocated to maternity services in this year’s budget, and is supporting their GP colleagues in asking the Minister of Health to immediately release Heather ... More >>

Public Health Units Waste Our Money. Don't Give Them More!

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 4:19 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The calls for public health specialists for more taxpayer funding could be taken more seriously if they stopped wasting money on pointless public relations campaigns under the guise of public health, says the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union . Union Executive ... More >>

Consultation On Proposed Measures For The Canterbury- Kaikōura Pāua Fishery

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 3:10 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking public feedback on a draft Pāua Fisheries Plan and a proposed subdivision of the pāua fishery along the Kaikōura and Canterbury coasts, known as the PAU3 quota management area. “Splitting the quota management ... More >>

Former Race Relations Commissioner’s Heart Bleeds For Judith Collins

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 1:58 pm | Gregory Fortuin

Former Race Relations Commissioner, Gregory Fortuin says he agrees with Judith Collins that no one should be superficially judge on skin colour and ethnicity . Fortuin was responding to Collins’ reported outburst about "sick of being demonised" ... More >>

Opinion Piece: Aaron Martin Immigration Lawyer At New Zealand Immigration Law

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Immigration Law

The government says it allowed the Avatar film crew back into New Zealand in spite of the current border closures because the making of the film offers “significant economic value” to our country. But this criterion is being applied unevenly. What ... More >>

NZDF Auckland Bases Embrace Water-saving Measures

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 1:50 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Defence Force bases in Auckland are attacking their water use as the region battles one of the worst droughts in recent history. The taps are being turned off at Devonport Naval Base, RNZAF Base Auckland at Whenuapai, Papakura Military ... More >>

Te Mana O Te Wai – Freshwater Reforms

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 1:43 pm | Kahui Wai Maori

The Kahui Wai Maori Advisory group welcomed the announcement made by the Hon David Parker, Minister for the Environment today of the new rules designed to clean up our waterways. At the heart of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management ... More >>

Sensible Plan For Freshwater Clean-up

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 1:40 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says the Government’s Action for Healthy Waterways package provides a sensible and realistic way forward and will result in much-needed improvements in freshwater quality. Acting CEO John Mackie says it’s vital that there is no ... More >>

Urgent RMA And OIA Reform Needed To Support Rebuilding Together Budget

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 1:04 pm | New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association

As companies in New Zealand’s property development and building sectors digest opportunities presented by the Budget, what they need most urgently to move forwards is Resource Management Act and policy reform in order to rebuild together, says the ... More >>

Action For Healthy Waterways - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 12:39 pm | Science Media Centre

  The Action for Healthy Waterways package sets higher standards around the cleanliness of swimming spots, includes a new bottom line for nitrogen toxicity, sets controls for farming practices like winter grazing and how much synthetic fertiliser ... More >>

Pleased That Govt Listened To Farming Sector In Freshwater Reform - But Impacts Remain Significant

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 12:37 pm | Irrigation NZ

“We are pleased to see that the Government’s freshwater reforms announced today respond to some of the issues raised, and recommendations made, by the irrigation sector,” says Elizabeth Soal, Chief Executive of IrrigationNZ. “But there is ... More >>

Freshwater Reforms Leave Too Much To Chance

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 12:35 pm | Forest and Bird

Our rivers, lakes, and wetlands will have better protection from new freshwater rules, but a few key omissions leave it to chance whether our freshwater can be brought back from the brink. A simple national bottom line for nitrogen and phosphorus pollution ... More >>

Crucial Policy Missing From Government’s Water Announcement, Say Campaigners

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 12:16 pm | Choose Clean Water

Freshwater campaigners are frustrated the Government has delayed a crucial decision on nitrogen pollution for a further 12 months until after the election. “We have urged the Government many times to put in place clear and unequivocal limits for ... More >>

COLFO Dossier: Citizen Made To Fly To NZ For Police Vetting

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 12:15 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

COLFO Dossier Real life examples of how arms administration does not match the legislation   Case #2: Citizen made to fly to NZ for police vetting, then Police decide not to allow licence for non-residents 28 May 2020 Situation A New Zealander living ... More >>

Freshwater Reforms Delivered Mostly As Promised

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 12:05 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has welcomed the announcement by Ministers David Parker, Damien O’Connor and James Shaw this morning of the much-awaited freshwater reforms. “This package of changes to the present regulatory settings largely delivers ... More >>

Targeted Measures To Improve Freshwater Welcomed

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 12:04 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a set of targeted tools to improve the quality of freshwater. LGNZ is the peak body representing New Zealand’s 78 local councils, providing a unified voice for ... More >>

Families Hit Hard Financially Urged To Seek Help

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11:56 am | Good Shepherd

Many families facing newfound financial hardship due to COVID-19 may not be seeking help – believing they should be able to manage on their own or unaware they qualify for support, according to Good Shepherd NZ. The charitable organisation provides ... More >>

Government Freshwater Package Responds To Rural Communities’ Anxiety

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11:49 am | Federated Farmers

Changes to central government Essential Freshwater regulations reflect farmer feedback, Federated Farmers says. "While we’re still working through the detail, the high level policy decisions indicate the government has heeded some of the rural ... More >>

Freshwater Reforms A Significant Step Forward

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11:47 am | Fish and Game New Zealand

Freshwater reforms a significant step forward The Government's policy announced today is a significant step forward in reducing pollution in our rural and our urban waterways caused by intensive farming and through council's neglect. However, there ... More >>

CTU Congratulates NZEI Teacher Aides

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11:47 am | Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions is congratulating teacher aides in achieving an historic pay equity offer from the government to settle their long standing concerns. "What this offer from the government does is acknowledge the historic under valuation of ... More >>

Nitrogen Fertiliser Poisoning Of Rivers To Face Cap, Says Greenpeace

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11:46 am | Greenpeace

Thursday, 28th May: Greenpeace is today welcoming the Government’s move to place a cap on synthetic nitrogen fertiliser, but says more controls are needed to protect freshwater. The fertiliser cap was announced today as part of the Government’s ... More >>

Kicking The Nitrogen Can Down The Road

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11:41 am | Better Futures Forum

Following today’s announcements on the government’s response to the future of freshwater, it appears that despite the chorus of calls for a change in how the post-COVID future of Aotearoa is shaped - and following many months of engagement, consultation ... More >>

Importance Of Horticulture Recognised In Government’s Freshwater Decisions

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11:35 am | Horticulture NZ

Horticulture New Zealand says the Government’s decisions around freshwater recognise the importance of growing fresh fruit and vegetables in this country. ‘We applaud the Government for the pragmatic approach it is taking to meeting the long-term freshwater ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Polls Show Grim Reality

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 9:14 am | Peter Dunne

Recent public opinion polls are revealing some very interesting, if somewhat contradictory, insights into New Zealanders’ current thinking about the Covid19 crisis and the national response. The most recent 1News Colmar Brunton poll reported that 92% of ... More >>

RTF Asks Again For RUC Relief

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 8:55 am | Road Transport Forum

Trucking companies have missed out on the Government’s Covid-19 money lolly scramble and this will mean increased costs across the already damaged economy, Road Transport Forum (RTF) chief executive Nick Leggett says. "Despite working through the ... More >>

Local Girl Stands Up To Be Counted: Dr Emily Henderson Is Labour Candidate For Whangarei

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 6:58 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Dr Emily Henderson Last night, the Labour Party named Whangarei Family Court lawyer, Dr Emily Henderson, as its candidate to contest the Whangarei seat in the September general election. Emily has lived in Whangarei since she was seven years old, attending ... More >>

Govt Undermines Democracy By Pushing 15 Bills In 17 Hours

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 6:18 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government is undermining democracy by progressing 15 bills in the space of just 17 hours,” according to ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Government has put Parliament into urgency this evening and asked it to consider 15 pieces of legislation ... More >>

MediaWorks Layoffs Call Into Question The Value Of Bailouts

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 5:27 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is urging the Government to urgently reassess its seemingly bottomless support for struggling media companies who take taxpayer money one day, and sack hundreds of staff the next.  MediaWorks has this week announced ... More >>

Government ‘whitewash’ Hides Migration Crisis From Public

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 3:38 pm | NZ Association for Migration and Investment

Immigration regulations newly-introduced by Government that applications from migrants trapped offshore with valid work visas need clearance through a Lead Agency (Government Dept responsible for a specific industry) are nothing but a political whitewash,” ... More >>

New Goal Of Zero Seabird Deaths On Fishing Boats

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 2:50 pm | Forest And Bird

The new National Action Plan for protecting seabirds from commercial fishing hooks and nets has made a big leap forward, with a new goal of reducing seabird deaths to zero. However, Forest & Bird is warning that without cameras on boats ... More >>

Thinking Outside The Box To Get More Deaf New Zealanders Into Work

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 2:43 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

A willingness to think differently, finding new ways to upskill Deaf people, and supporting businesses is a key priority for the employment team at Deaf Aotearoa. For many businesses, hiring a Deaf employee often presents their very first interaction ... More >>

Govt’s Seabird Plan Of Action Panders To Fishing Industry, Says Greenpeace

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 2:03 pm | Greenpeace

The National Plan of Action for Seabirds, released by the Government today, puts the fate of threatened species firmly in the hands of the fishing industry, says Greenpeace. Jessica Desmond, oceans campaigner at Greenpeace, says the action plan ... More >>





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