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IHC Calls For End To Discriminatory Benefit System

Monday, 26 February 2024, 3:19 pm | IHC

IHC says the benefit system is unfair and adding to intellectually disabled New Zealanders experiencing worse outcomes in most areas of life. Director of Advocacy, Tania Thomas, says there’s discrimination on the grounds of age or disability and ... More >>

Intellectually Disabled Community Hidden From Government Statistics

Monday, 26 February 2024, 3:00 pm | IHC

IHC New Zealand is calling on the Ministry of Health to specifically include data on the outcomes of people with intellectual disability in its reporting. In the latest New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS) , released in December 2023, disabled people (who ... More >>

CAPHRA Calls Out Who/FCTC's Disregard For Tobacco Harm Reduction And Transparency

Monday, 26 February 2024, 1:03 pm | CAPHRA

  In a striking critique of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) today voices profound concern over the organizations' ... More >>

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Mānuka Charitable Trust Says Amendments To The Geographical Indications Act Are Self-sabotage

Monday, 26 February 2024, 9:05 am | Manuka Charitable Trust

26 February, NZ: The Mānuka Charitable Trust believes the hastily drafted and truncated hearing process for the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on the European Union Free Trade Agreement Legislation Amendment Bill, contravenes protections under ... More >>

Auckland Property Investors Association Reiterates Support For Residential Property Managers Bill

Monday, 26 February 2024, 8:42 am | Auckland Property Investors Association

The Auckland Property Investors Association (APIA) stands firmly behind its endorsement of the Residential Property Managers Bill, advocating for the exclusion of landlords from the proposed regulatory framework for property managers while endorsing the ... More >>

We Oppose Gang Patch Bans

Monday, 26 February 2024, 8:39 am | NZ Council for Civil Liberties

The Council views the government’s proposals to further undermine the civil liberties of New Zealanders accused of being gang members with concern. Proposed news laws will ban the wearing of gang patches and force people accused of being gang members ... More >>

Govt Focus On Gang Wardrobes Not Good Policy

Sunday, 25 February 2024, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government's re-announcement of its impractical policy on gang insignia isn't going to make it work any better, and will only put more pressure on already stretched frontline Police, justice spokesperson Duncan Webb and police spokesperson Ginny ... More >>

Kiingi Tuheitia To Attend Inaugural Meeting Of Pacific Traditional Leaders

Sunday, 25 February 2024, 11:19 am | Te Tari o te Kiingitanga

Kiingi Tuheitia Pootatau Te Wherowhero VII has accepted an invitation to meet with Pacific Traditional Leaders this week, to discuss their role in a world impacted by climate change, environmental degradation, economic development, and globalisation. ... More >>

National’s Own Advice Shows Aucklanders Will Pay More, Not Less

Sunday, 25 February 2024, 11:01 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The financial tales the Coalition Government told to get elected continue to unravel as advice from the Ministry of Transport shows removing the Regional Fuel Tax will end up costing Aucklanders more. “With very little in the Coalition agreements ... More >>

Agricultural Subsidy Distortions Must Be Addressed

Friday, 23 February 2024, 3:16 pm | Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand

As the world’s Trade Ministers head to a WTO meeting in Abu Dhabi, the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) is calling for an immediate capping of agricultural subsidies and urgency in reducing them to prevent and correct production and trade ... More >>

Border Security At Risk With Plans To Cut Staff At Customs

Friday, 23 February 2024, 11:04 am | Public Service Association

The Government’s plan to encourage workers at Customs to take voluntary redundancy puts at risk the vital work of the agency, facilitating a safe and smooth entry and exit through our border, supporting our exports, and keeping New Zealanders safe ... More >>

Highest Public Sector Wage Growth On Record Despite Lagging Productivity

Friday, 23 February 2024, 10:51 am | Taxpayers' Union

Responding to a report showing that public sector wage growth is the highest on record, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Despite a Government elected to trim the bureaucratic fat, public sector wage growth continues ... More >>

Wellington Councillors Need To Front Up Over $32 Million Corporate Handout

Friday, 23 February 2024, 10:02 am | Taxpayers' Union

Wellington City Council is set to decide in secret whether to use $32 million of ratepayers’ money to buy the land under the Reading cinema from its current owners - a multinational firm with real estate holdings valued at over half a billion dollars ... More >>

Government Haste Gives Unequal Access To Cultural Reports

Friday, 23 February 2024, 10:00 am | Community Law Centres

The Government has lost an opportunity to reduce the cost of funding cultural reports at sentencing, while retaining the critical role the information plays in rehabilitating offenders, says Community Law Centres Aotearoa (CLCA). “Rushing these cuts to funding ... More >>

Productivity Commission Releases Two Reports To Support Ongoing Work To Address Productivity Challenges In Aotearoa

Friday, 23 February 2024, 9:49 am | New Zealand Productivity Commission

The New Zealand Productivity Commission | Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa has recently completed two reports to support ongoing work to address the productivity challenge we face in Aotearoa New Zealand. Productivity Commission Chair, Dr Ganesh Nana says, ... More >>

War Museum Steps Up To Telling The Truth

Friday, 23 February 2024, 8:51 am | Peace Action Wellington

"The Auckland War Memorial Museum's move to a Te Tiriti-centred approach is about telling the truth of New Zealand's history. It is the right thing to do. It can't stay a dusty old colonial museum that repeats false myths about the glory of ... More >>

New Zealand Infrastructure Commission Publishes First Assessment Of The Value Of New Zealand's Infrastructure

Friday, 23 February 2024, 8:47 am | New Zealand Infrastructure Commission

With our roads, water pipes and other essential infrastructure wearing out, New Zealand needs to spend around 60% of its infrastructure investment to look after what we already have, rather than building more. This is a key finding of a new report ... More >>

Child Poverty Worsens; Retiree Liz Greive Urges Other Pensioners With High Incomes To Help.

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 1:58 pm | Share My Super

“The statistics released today show child poverty has worsened still further in New Zealand. The life and opportunities these children have are not what we, or even our children had. We must do better by them, which in turn, does better for the whole ... More >>

FACT Aotearoa Calls For Ministers To Boycott Outlets Promoting Extreme Racist Views

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 1:26 pm | FACT Aotearoa

Ministers should boycott Reality Check Radio for promoting Austrian far right activist with links to Christchurch terrorist. FACT Aotearoa is calling on Government Ministers including the Deputy Prime Minister who have appeared on Reality Check Radio to boycott ... More >>

CPAG: PM Luxon On Track To Break Election Promise On Child Poverty

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 12:39 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Latest child poverty statistics that show an extra 23,400 children are living in material hardship are a stark warning for New Zealand with progress made in recent years now going backwards, according to the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). Around ... More >>

Children With Intellectual Disability 7 Times More Likely To Be Uplifted

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 12:32 pm | IHC

IHC New Zealand echoes the Chief Ombudsman’s call for the Government to make changes to Oranga Tamaraki so that our most vulnerable children are protected. This follows a report released yesterday by Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier investigating a number ... More >>

Child Poverty Data Shows Govt Must Take Action

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff is calling on the Government to take action on poverty and the cost of living, in response to new data released today showing an increase in child poverty rates. The number of children living in poverty increased ... More >>

‘Deeply Concerned’ – KidsCan Says Worsening Child Poverty Shows Urgent Government Action Needed

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 11:43 am | KidsCan

The latest child poverty statistics – showing 36,000 more children living below the poverty line – are hugely concerning, but not surprising, KidsCan says. The figures mirror the demand the charity is facing, with more than 200 schools and early ... More >>

Thousands More Children Living In Poverty, With Even More At Risk Under New Government Initiatives: UNICEF

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 11:34 am | UNICEF NZ

Child poverty statistics out today show a marked increase in the number of children in Aotearoa living in poverty over the previous year, with UNICEF concerned recent and proposed changes to welfare payments could plunge even more children into poverty. ... More >>

Save The Children: "Liveable Incomes Crucial To Children’s Wellbeing Now And Their Futures"

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 11:24 am | Save The Children

Save the Children is calling on the Government to commit to investing in policies to lift more children and whānau out of poverty following the release of today’s latest child poverty statistics shows significantly more children experiencing material ... More >>

Commission Backs Outcome Of Leak Investigation

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 10:55 am | Public Service Commission

Deputy Public Service Commissioner Heather Baggott today said she totally supports the Ministry of Health’s action in dealing with a public servant who leaked government information. “The leaking of official information is unacceptable,” said Ms Baggott. ... More >>

We Must Urgently Reduce Poverty So Children Can Thrive

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 10:38 am | Mana Mokopuna

The latest official child poverty statistics show that concerted and urgent action is needed to reduce poverty affecting families, says Chief Children’s Commissioner Dr Claire Achmad. Child Poverty Statistics for the year ending June 2023 released ... More >>

Emergency Stop In Cape Town Exposes Deception In 'gold-standard' Promises

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:56 am | SAFE For Animals

The distressing emergency stop of the Al Kuwait in Cape Town has revealed a grim spectacle of suffering and neglect. With 19,000 cows aboard, this voyage has laid bare the cruel reality of live export by sea. Disturbing images have surfaced revealing ... More >>

Three Waters Chief Execs’ Golden Handshakes Equal To Almost 11x Median Salary

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to news that two Three Waters Chief Executives have received a combined $710,000 in redundancy payments, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Golden handshakes worth almost 11 times the annual median wage ... More >>

Maranga Mai A 'Distortion Of History'

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:42 am | Auckland University of Technology

An academic review has found that a Human Rights Commission (HRC) report, Maranga Mai , manipulates and distorts the historical record. Maranga Mai was released in November 2022 and looks at how Māori have been mistreated over the centuries. Its ... More >>

PMA Pays Tribute To Pacific Leader, Fa'anānā Efeso Collins

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 1:32 pm | Pasifika Medical Association

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) expresses heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Pacific leader and Member of Parliament, Fa'anānā Efeso Collins. <img src="" ... More >>

FIRST Union Statement On The Death Of Efeso Collins

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 12:59 pm | First Union

Dennis Maga, FIRST Union General Secretary, said staff and union members are devastated by the passing of Fa’anānā Efeso Collins and wish to offer their respect and admiration for a dedicated, kind and effective community leader. "Efeso was ... More >>

STATEMENT: Efeso Collins

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 11:05 am | Mayor Wayne Brown

It’s a sad day for Auckland. He was a good man; my heart goes out to his family. Efeso is someone I had a lot of respect for. The former Manukau ward councillor will be greatly missed by the Governing Body, and many people across the wider council ... More >>

NZCTU Statement On Fa’anānā Efeso Collins

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 10:56 am | NZCTU

The union movement is sending its love and condolences to the family of Fa’anānā Efeso Collins, said NZCTU President, Richard Wagstaff, today. “We are heartbroken for Efeso’s whānau, friends and community,” said Wagstaff. “This news is devastating. ... More >>

Taxpayers' Union Pays Tribute To Efeso Collins

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 10:44 am | Taxpayers' Union

Commenting on the news of the death of Green MP, Efeso Collins, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams said: “While we may have had different politics, Efeso was always a councillor I - and the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance - could ... More >>

Museum’s War On 'colonial' History Is Divisive And Disrespectful

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 9:02 am | ACT New Zealand

“Auckland War Memorial Museum’s plan to transform into a tikanga-led ‘social impact organisation’ stinks of the politically-correct mission creep that already besets too many of our public institutions,” says ACT Veterans spokesman Mark Cameron. ... More >>

Yes To More Breast Cancer Screening, But What About The Blokes?

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 1:37 pm | Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation congratulates the coalition Government on delivering its promised extension of free breast screening, the most common cancer among New Zealand women. The extension will save lives. But Kiwi men are wondering why it’s ... More >>

Road Lobby Give False Picture Of Road User Charges While Government Impulsively Axes Rail Ferries

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 12:52 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

TRAC believes that motorists need to know the truth about road funding as transport costs in New Zealand may not be what they seem! Don Kalasih, the interim chief executive of Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand, which is the new pretentious name for ... More >>

Hearing For Reassessment Of Kiwifruit Spray

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 12:41 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

A public hearing for the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) reassessment of hydrogen cyanamide will be held from 26 February to 1 March 2024. Hydrogen cyanamide is widely used in the kiwifruit industry to help buds form and ensure even fruiting. ... More >>

Apology To The Survivors Of Lake Alice

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 12:25 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists offers our deepest apology to the survivors, their whānau, and all those impacted by the abuses perpetrated at Lake Alice Child and Adolescent Unit by Dr Selwyn Leeks and staff. It is a shameful ... More >>

Dept Of Internal Affairs Lose At High Court On Pokies Relocations

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 12:15 pm | Feed Families Not Pokies

There are too many pokies in Aotearoa New Zealand says Colin Bridle, Deputy Chair of Feed Families Not Pokies Aotearoa, but that could be about to change thanks to a landmark judgement at the High Court. “If a local authority has a sinking lid ... More >>

Productivity Commission Report Shows Need For Income Insurance At Redundancy

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 11:53 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Productivity Commission report released today on the impact that redundancy has on New Zealand workers shows the need for the protection that income insurance provides, said CTU President Richard Wagstaff The report, using a detailed study ... More >>

Government’s Blunt Approach To Public Service Cuts Laid Bare In Last Productivity Commission Report

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 11:48 am | Public Service Association

As it embarks on a deep and widespread attack on the public service, the Government should heed warnings in the last Productivity Commission report about the impacts of layoffs on workers and families. The report deals with the impacts of economic ... More >>

Known Policy Challenges Must Be Tackled Head-on To Strengthen Economic Resilience

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 11:46 am | Productivity Commission

The New Zealand Productivity Commission Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa (the Commission) has released its report on the Improving Economic Resilience inquiry. The inquiry found clear and strong connections between the challenges of building resilience, ... More >>

MAKE CHANGE to Support School Strike For Climate Change

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 10:26 am | Make Change

New fundraising platform MAKE CHANGE is planning to raise thousands of dollars for the School Strike For Climate Change (SS4CC) on 5 April. The platform will call for donations from across the country to support the thousands of students that are expected ... More >>

Boycott Americarna - Taranaki Community Rejects Car Festival In The Middle Of A Climate Crisis

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 10:17 am | Climate Justice Taranaki

Climate Justice Taranaki, Palestinian Solidarity Taranaki and Better Streets Project are calling on the public and local schools to boycott this week’s Americarna. Spanning four days from 21-24th February this year, Americarna will penetrate not ... More >>

Complaints From Public Rise As Boats, Jetskis Get Too Close To Ocean Animals

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 10:04 am | Department of Conservation

An increase in risky, potentially harmful encounters with marine mammals is prompting a call from Department of Conservation to the public to give dolphins and whales space on the water. DOC’s Marine Technical Advisor, Hannah Hendriks says DOC has ... More >>

Waitangi Tribunal Proceeds With Urgent Inquiry Into Disestablishment Of Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 9:14 am | Te Kohao Health

The prejudice arising from Māori unable to have tino rangatiratanga over their health due to the move by the Government to remove Te Aka Whai Ora will now be formally investigated. The Waitangi Tribunal after adjourning to receive submissions from ... More >>

Nationwide Rallies To Be Held To Protest Government's Live Export Plan

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 9:08 am | End Live Export NZ

Concerned citizens across New Zealand are uniting to resist the proposed rollback of the nation's historic ban on live animal exports by sea. The government, facing pressure from industry lobbyists, is considering lifting the ban, raising serious ... More >>

Kick Back: Youth Organizations Fears Sanctions Will Increase Risks For Homeless Youth

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 9:05 am | Kick Back

Youth Development Organisation, Kick Back, is concerned that the Government's approach to young people in need of financial support will increase hardship for young people and result in greater risks for those experiencing homelessness. "We are particularly ... More >>

Growing Concern About Misleading Information On The Internet

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 8:42 am | InternetNZ

The number of New Zealanders concerned about misinformation has increased significantly, a new study shows. 65% of New Zealanders surveyed said they were either extremely or very concerned about information that is misleading or wrong, up from 59% in the ... More >>

Internet NZ Survey Results Support Netsafe’s Call For Changes To Harmful Digital Communications Act

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 8:42 am | Netsafe

Key findings in the latest Internet NZ Survey are welcomed by Netsafe as it supports their mission and challenge to help New Zealanders create safer and more positive on-line spaces. The survey found most Kiwis (63%*) spend two to four hours a day ... More >>

ACT MPs Host Ukraine Fundraiser For Two-year Invasion Anniversary

Monday, 19 February 2024, 5:34 pm | ACT New Zealand

Epsom MP David Seymour and Tāmaki MP Brooke van Velden are hosting a fundraising event on Friday in St Heliers to mark two years since Vladimir Putin’s troops invaded Ukraine. Tickets can be purchased at . “Since the launch ... More >>

Wayne Brown Rates Shocker – Proposals Include 38% Rates Hike

Monday, 19 February 2024, 3:13 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance will go to war with Wayne Brown unless he backs down on putting an option to councillors to increase rates by 37.94% over three years, as contained in the Mayoral options in the proposed consultation document to the ... More >>

Local MPs Set To Front Questions From Business Audience About Their First 100 Days In Government

Monday, 19 February 2024, 12:39 pm | Waikato Chamber of Commerce

Local National MPs will front a business audience at an interactive event on March 4 to discuss their first 100 days in Government. The Waikato Chamber of Commerce is hosting Grow Waikato – A Discussion on National’s 100 Day Plan. In attendance ... More >>

ACT Leader Blurring The Lines

Monday, 19 February 2024, 12:02 pm | Prof Margaret Mutu

“ACT party leader David Seymour who is also Associate Minister of Justice, is blurring the lines of these two roles,” said National Iwi Chairs Forum spokesperson Professor Margaret Mutu. “He is using his Parliamentary funded party website to ... More >>

NZTA Must Be Clearer With Speed And Traffic Camera Plans

Monday, 19 February 2024, 11:04 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Commenting on NZTA’s proposal to expand the stock of its road safety cameras from 150 to potentially 800 over the next ten years, Taxpayers’ Union, Researcher, Alex Murphy, said: “There’s no doubt that having safer roads is critically important, ... More >>

Residential Property Management Regulation Takes Centre Stage: REINZ Submits Verbal Testimony

Monday, 19 February 2024, 10:35 am | Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

19 February 2024: As the discussion around residential property management regulation intensifies, today the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand ( REINZ ) stepped forward to provide crucial insights and recommendations to the Social Services and Community ... More >>

NZ Landcare Trust And Bupa Foundation Join Forces For A Sustainable Future

Monday, 19 February 2024, 10:34 am | Bupa

The Bupa Foundation and NZ Landcare Trust are pleased to announce a new partnership to champion nature regeneration and address eco-anxiety and mental wellbeing for New Zealanders. The nationwide programme called Junior Landcare will be a cornerstone ... More >>

Capitalism Leads To Genocide And War—youth And Students Must Fight For World Socialism!

Monday, 19 February 2024, 9:17 am | Internatl Youth and Students for Social Equality

Students are returning to classes amid a massive crisis of world capitalism. Many recognise that this system offers nothing but environmental destruction, war, fascism, social crisis and mass illness. We have reached a turning point in history. It is ... More >>




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