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Government Spending Priorities

Friday, 21 January 2022, 5:13 pm | Andy Loader

The Government has set aside $150 million for an Auckland harbour crossing for cyclists. In October, the Government scrapped a proposed $785m cycling and walking bridge in Auckland, just three months after unveiling it. After a huge public outcry the Government ... More >>

Rising Food Demands Rising Incomes For Food Equity

Friday, 21 January 2022, 4:16 pm | Health Coalition Aotearoa

The highest grocery price rises in a decade reinforces a new report’s call for increased household revenue through government intervention to allow all families fair access to healthy food. The How healthy are Aotearoa New Zealand’s food environments ... More >>

Call For Government To Abandon Covid Measures While Summer

Friday, 21 January 2022, 2:57 pm | NZ Outdoors and Freedom Party

The NZ Outdoors and Freedom party is calling on the government to abandon the traffic light system and its threat of more extreme covid measures and let us all bask in enjoying a long hot summer. Co Leader Alan Simmons said "Nothing beats natural ... More >>

The Government Must Make Use Of Its Human Rights Toolkit To Tackle Food Insecurity

Friday, 21 January 2022, 2:41 pm | New Zealand Human Rights Commission

Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt has joined the call from community group Sunday Blessings for the government to tackle food insecurity by making better use of the tools available to it through international human rights law. On Thursday, ... More >>

Watercare Water Take Application Granted With Conditions

Friday, 21 January 2022, 12:42 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

A Board of Inquiry has granted an application from Watercare Services Ltd, an Auckland Council organisation, to draw an additional 150 million litres of water a day from the Waikato River for Auckland City’s water supply network. The application was ... More >>

UN General Assembly Votes On Holocaust Denial

Friday, 21 January 2022, 10:57 am | Holocaust Centre

A historic vote in the United Nations General Assembly urges the 193 member states “to reject without any reservation any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, in either full or in part, or any activities to this end.” The General Assembly ... More >>

Departures Lift Border Crossing Numbers

Friday, 21 January 2022, 10:48 am | Statistics New Zealand

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border went up in November 2021, mostly due to an increase in departures, Stats NZ said today. There were 28,700 border crossings in November 2021, made up of 12,300 arrivals and 16,400 departures. Arrivals and ... More >>

International Migration: November 2021 – Infoshare Tables

Friday, 21 January 2022, 10:48 am | Statistics New Zealand

International migration statistics give the latest outcomes-based measure of migration, which includes estimates of migrants entering or leaving New Zealand. Key facts The comparisons between the November 2021 and 2020 months and years use the latest provisional ... More >>

Punishment Of Licensed Firearms Owners Will Not Help Lower Crime Rates, Says COLFO

Friday, 21 January 2022, 8:36 am | COLFO

The Council of Licensed Firearms Owners (COLFO) says that punitive action from Police against legal firearms owners will not help reduce firearm thefts. Recently, Police Commissioner Andrew Coster indicated in the annual select committee review that licensed ... More >>

Omicron Outbreak Would Move The Country To Red - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 5:23 pm | Science Media Centre

  The Prime Minister has announced if Omicron cases spread into the community, the country will move to the traffic light system's Red setting within 48 hours. Jacinda Ardern also mentioned there will be changes to the country's testing regime, ... More >>

Revealed: Government's Media Pay-off For APEC Puff Pieces

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 2:55 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is condemning the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's decision to pay media outlets $93,578 for 'sponsored content' about APEC 2021. The spending information was made available in a response provided under the ... More >>

Response To David Seymour

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 2:18 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

David Seymour MP wrote to us asking us to inquire into the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s decision to spend money on analysis of the Prime Minister’s Facebook Live sessions. We have decided that the matter raised by Mr Seymour does ... More >>

More Job Opportunities, But Growth In Workers’ Earnings Remains Subdued

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 2:11 pm | Westpac

Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence, December quarter 2021 The Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index rose 1.2 points in the December quarter, to a level of 106.9. This was the sixth straight rise in the index since the Covid-19 ... More >>

Why Is New Zealand, A Rich Country, Facing A “food Crisis”?

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 11:29 am | Sunday Blessings

Parliament is coming under pressure from AUT Law students to ensure New Zealanders always have enough to eat, as advocates say the current food system is broken and foodbanks are a “poor ambulance at the bottom of the cliff”. Chief Human Rights ... More >>

Annual food price increase the highest in a decade

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 11:05 am | Statistics New Zealand

Annual food prices were 4.5 percent higher in December 2021 than they were in December 2020, Stats NZ said today. This is the biggest annual increase since September 2011, when annual food prices increased 4.7 percent. The main contributor to this increase ... More >>

Employment Indicators: Weekly As At 17 January 2022

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 10:57 am | Statistics New Zealand

The experimental weekly series provides an early indicator of employment and labour market changes in a more timely manner than the monthly employment indicators series. Key facts The 6-day series includes jobs with a pay period equal to or less than ... More >>

Call For Political Donation Reform & Consider Fully Funding Elections To Avoid Corruption

Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 3:43 pm | National Maori Authority

The chair of the National Maori Authority has told the Ministry of Justice that it is time to overhaul donations to political parties and to ensure that the New Zealand electoral system withstands the scrutiny of voters by ensuring they are protected ... More >>

Lessons To Be Learnt

Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 1:56 pm | Andy Loader

RNZ today reported that Supermarkets are already stockpiling and industries are crisis planning for Omicron to break into the community "any day now". They reported that “Countdown Supermarkets are already taking note of their sibling-stores ... More >>

Open Letter To Government From Non-bank Lenders: The Path Forward On CCCFA Changes

Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 12:44 pm | Financial Services Federation

Responsible lenders are not interested in telling the Government “I told you so” when it comes to unintended consequences of changes to lending laws that are now causing grief for everyday Kiwis seeking finance. The Financial Services Federation ... More >>

Former Minister Of Finance Joins Taxpayers’ Union Board

Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Hon Ruth Richardson onto its Board of Directors. “The quantity and quality of public expenditure again rears its head – it’s time to reapply the discipline of fiscal responsibility.” -Hon Ruth ... More >>

Horizon Poll Reveals Nearly 80% Of NZers Want Bottom Trawling Banned On Seamounts

Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 6:23 am | Greenpeace

Greenpeace Aotearoa is renewing its call for the New Zealand Government to ban bottom trawling on seamounts. A recent Horizon poll shows there is overwhelming majority support among the New Zealand public for our call to ban destructive bottom trawling ... More >>

Westpac NZ Warns About Sophisticated New Scam

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 2:34 pm | Westpac New Zealand

Westpac NZ is warning New Zealanders about a sophisticated new scam that involves a fake Westpac investment prospectus. The prospectus is formatted to resemble a Westpac document and includes professional-looking imagery. Westpac NZ Chief Risk Officer ... More >>

Regional And Unitary Councils Of New Zealand Appoint Inaugural Chief Science Advisor

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 2:03 pm | Local Government NZ

Te Uru Kahika, the Regional and Unitary Councils of Aotearoa New Zealand, have appointed Dr Chris Daughney as the sector’s inaugural Chief Science Advisor. Regional Chief Executive Officers representative Michael McCartney says the recruitment of Dr Daughney ... More >>

Dominick Stephens Appointed As Chief Economic Advisor

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 12:15 pm | The Treasury

Secretary to the Treasury Caralee McLiesh has announced the appointment of Dominick Stephens as Deputy Secretary, Chief Economic Advisor. "Dominick Stephens is a highly valued and respected member of the Treasury’s executive leadership team," ... More >>

Too Many Kiwi Workers Financially Vulnerable As Omicron Looms - Annual Workforce Survey

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 11:23 am | CTU

With New Zealand on the precipice of an Omicron outbreak and the economic upheaval that comes with it, the CTU’s annual Mood of the Workforce Survey shows the vast majority of kiwi workers do not have the financial resources to survive a period ... More >>

The Real Story Behind Firearms Misinformation

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 8:37 am | COLFO

The public is in fear of firearm violence because of deliberate misinformation, but the real story is that the 2021 statistics on firearms violence are no different to the previous three years. President of the NZ Police Association Chris Cahill ... More >>

Aotearoa Legal Workers’ Union Deeply Disappointed By Result In James Gardner-Hopkins Penalty Hearing

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 7:51 am | ALWU

The Aotearoa Legal Workers’ Union (ALWU) is deeply disappointed in the Lawyers & Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal’s decision to only suspend ex-Russell McVeagh partner James Gardner-Hopkins for a period of two years. The Tribunal released ... More >>

Taumata Arowai Seeks Feedback On New Drinking Water Guidance

Monday, 17 January 2022, 11:10 am | Taumata Arowai

The new water services regulator for Aotearoa New Zealand, Taumata Arowai, is consulting on proposed new Drinking Water Standards, Quality Assurance Rules, Aesthetic Values, Acceptable Solutions for Roof Water Supplies, Spring and Bore Water Supplies and ... More >>

5000 Hectare Huiarua Station Sale Invites Patagonia Fires To East Coast

Friday, 14 January 2022, 12:13 pm | Social Credit

Social Credit is calling on the government to step in and stop the sale of Huiarua Station on New Zealand’s East Coast. If the sale to foreign buyers gets overseas investment office approval, the 5000 hectare farm will be turned into pine trees, ... More >>

Singh And Smith Top Family Names For Babies In 2021

Friday, 14 January 2022, 11:55 am | Department Of Internal Affairs

Following on the trend from 2020, Singh has again topped the list of most common family names for babies born in Aotearoa in 2021. Smith takes second place on the list of top surnames countrywide. Historically the feminine counterpart to Singh ... More >>

Law Changes Locking Out Home Seekers, Urgent Meeting Sought With Government

Friday, 14 January 2022, 10:32 am | Financial Advice New Zealand

Recent changes in consumer finance law on top of Government policy changes are locking many home seekers out of finance options they would have qualified for just six weeks ago, says Financial Advice New Zealand. Chief Executive Katrina Shanks says financial ... More >>

Rapid Antigen Tests Essential To Coping With Omicron

Thursday, 13 January 2022, 4:22 pm | EMA

The EMA says it has looked at what is happening in Australia and other countries and concluded that Rapid Antigen Testing (RATs) is what is going to keep New Zealand open for business and avoiding the "big sick" for our workforce. Chief ... More >>

New Zealanders Will Pay More And Receive Less Under Three Waters

Thursday, 13 January 2022, 2:16 pm | Communities 4 Local Democracy

New Zealanders are likely to pay more and receive fewer benefits under the Government’s proposed Three Waters reform model, according to Communities 4 Local Democracy He hapori mō Manapori (C4LD), the local government action group formed to bring fresh ... More >>

Royalty A Theme Amongst Declined Baby Names For 2021

Wednesday, 12 January 2022, 11:46 am | Department Of Internal Affairs

King, Prince and Saint once again make the list of declined baby names for 2021. With no baby Covids, an eventful 2021 is nowhere to be seen in the list of 78 declined baby names revealed by the Registrar-General, Births, Deaths and Marriages every ... More >>

Human Rights Commission Chief Executive Resigns

Wednesday, 12 January 2022, 10:43 am | Human Rights Commission

Chief Executive Rebecca Elvy will be leaving the Human Rights Commission after almost 3 years in the role. She will be joining Tregaskis Brown in Wellington as a Consulting Partner in March. “We will very much miss her leadership and sharp intelligence. ... More >>

Forest And Bird Blaming Guilty Of “Hot Air” Over Wild Animals

Tuesday, 11 January 2022, 1:55 pm | Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust

A Forest and Bird claim that wild animals browsing foliage are hampering carbon sequestering has been strongly challenged by a recreational hunting advocacy. Laurie Collins, convenor of the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust (SHOT) and former Marlborough ... More >>

New Zealand Government To Reopen Schools Despite Omicron Threat

Tuesday, 11 January 2022, 10:51 am | Socialist Equality Group

John Braddock, Socialist Equality Group 10 January, 2022 Original url: With New Zealand’s new school term beginning in under three weeks, the Labour-Green Party government has declared that it wants students back in class full-time this ... More >>

Charlotte And Oliver Top The List Of Baby Names For 2021

Monday, 10 January 2022, 2:58 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

After two years at second place, Charlotte is back at the top of the list of the most popular baby names for girls in 2021. Oliver once again leads the list for boys, having held the spot since 2013. Manaia comes in as the most evenly-split gender-neutral ... More >>

Maori Authority Calls On MP To Resign; Calls On Mass Campaign To Alleviate Parental Fears Of COVID19

Sunday, 9 January 2022, 7:26 pm | National Maori Authority

The Chair of the National Maori Authority, Matthew Tukaki, has called on National Leader Christopher Luxton to sort out one of his MP’s and called on other political parties to get in behind the campaign for childhood vaccinations ahead of the expected ... More >>

PSNA Asks Fat Freddy’s Drop To Withdraw From Sydney Festival

Sunday, 9 January 2022, 2:12 pm | Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa

On Friday PSNA wrote to Fat Freddy’s Drop asking the Kiwi supergroup to withdraw from their scheduled 18 January performance at the Sydney Festival. So far more than 25 acts have either withdraw or distanced themselves from the festival in protest ... More >>

Call For Kiwibank To Drop Rates

Friday, 7 January 2022, 6:21 pm | Social Credit

Social Credit is calling on Kiwibank to drop its lending rates, particularly for first home buyers and small and medium businesses. As a bank owned by all New Zealanders Kiwibank has a responsibility to take into consideration social factors rather than ... More >>

Save The Children Calls To Retain New Zealand’s Children’s Commissioner

Wednesday, 5 January 2022, 6:37 am | Save The Children

Save the Children New Zealand is calling on the Government to retain the vital role of Children’s Commissioner as it considers a new bill proposing major changes to the office, including the removal of a named Children’s Commissioner. The child ... More >>

National Maori Authority Chair Calls On The Govt To Turn The Planes Around – Solution To Increased Gun Crime In Auckland

Monday, 27 December 2021, 8:11 am | National Maori Authority

“In my mind there is now only one solution left – turn the planes around and make a point to the Australian Government that New Zealand is not the dumping ground for your criminals. Australia should be used to that given what they did with the ... More >>

NZ Government Won't Immediately Lock Down If Omicron Appears In Community

Friday, 24 December 2021, 11:22 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters, Socialist Equality Group 23 December 2021, original url: On Tuesday, New Zealand’s Labour Party-led government announced that it is delaying plans to ease border restrictions, due to the threat posed by the extremely infectious ... More >>

Let Mr Santos And His Young Family Stay In Aotearoa

Friday, 24 December 2021, 7:52 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The decision by Immigration NZ to deport a young family back to the Philippines for forging food vouchers during lockdown last year is a punishment that is extremely over the top for such circumstances. “Mr Santos wasn’t eligible for the Covid ... More >>

QLDC Actively Opposes Three Waters Reform – An Open Letter

Thursday, 23 December 2021, 2:48 pm | Queenstown Lakes District Council

The Mayor and Councillors of Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) have today published an open letter to the Minister for Local Government opposing the move to mandate three waters reform. In the letter sent to Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, Council has ... More >>

More Than 1,000 People Become New Zealand Residents Before Christmas

Thursday, 23 December 2021, 10:21 am | Immigration NZ

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has granted residence to more than 1,000 people under the new 2021 Resident Visa category since phase one applications opened on 1 December 2021. As at 22 December, a total of 1,057 people have had their resident visa granted, ... More >>

Whakatōhea To Initial Deed Of Settlement

Wednesday, 22 December 2021, 2:30 pm | Whakatohea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust

Ōpōtiki, 22 December 2021: East Coast Iwi, Te Whakatōhea, will be initialling their Deed of Settlement today. This is a major milestone which will see Whakatōhea ratify their Settlement next year. The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, ... More >>

Have your say on the Ombudsman investigating complaints about people or organisations providing services to children and young people in the Oranga Tamariki system

Wednesday, 22 December 2021, 11:33 am | Social Services and Community Committee

Public submissions are now being called for on the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People's Commission Bill. The closing date for submissions is 11.59pm on Wednesday, 26 January 2022. The Social Services and Community Committee ... More >>

Corrections Head Office Staff Numbers And Salaries Balloon

Wednesday, 22 December 2021, 10:25 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“Official information data shows Corrections Head Office numbers and salaries have ballooned since 2017 while the frontline is still fighting for a pay rise and battling staff shortages,” says Darroch Ball Leader of Sensible Sentencing Trust. ... More >>

More Bodies Photographed After Sealing Of Pike River Mine

Wednesday, 22 December 2021, 9:55 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters, Socialist Equality Group December 21, original url: On December 19, New Zealand Police announced that “two sets of probable human remains and one set of possible human remains” have been seen in footage taken by a camera ... More >>

Keeping The Community At The Heart Of Three Waters Services

Wednesday, 22 December 2021, 9:35 am | Tauranga City Council

A Council submission sent to MBIE this week (20 December) highlights many of the concerns raised by Tauranga communities around the Government’s three waters reform. Now available on the Council’s website, the submission stresses that having rules ... More >>

Waitangi Tribunal Upholds New Zealand Māori Council’s COVID Claim

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 7:07 pm | New Zealand Maori Council

This morning, the Waitangi Tribunal released its report into the COVID-19 claim brought by the New Zealand Māori Council (NZMC). The report upholds the NZMC’s claim that the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic breached the Treaty ... More >>

Waitangi Tribunal Upholds New Zealand Māori Council’s COVID Claim

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 7:06 pm | New Zealand Maori Council

This morning, the Waitangi Tribunal released its report into the COVID-19 claim brought by the New Zealand Māori Council (NZMC). The report upholds the NZMC’s claim that the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic breached the Treaty ... More >>

Public Submissions Are Now Being Called For Budget Policy Statement 2021 (Budget 2022)

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 2:16 pm | The Finance and Expenditure Committee

The Budget Policy Statement 2021 (BPS) sets out the Government’s priorities for the 2022 Budget. It explains the approach being used to develop the Budget and the broad parameters within which decisions will be made. The BPS 2021 has five wellbeing ... More >>

$4.5 Billion Climate Emergency Response Fund - Is It Enough?

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 2:03 pm | Our Seas Our Future

  As part of its budget update on Wednesday, Minister of Finance Grant Robertson announced that the Government has created a $4.5 billion Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the Budget 2022. It also announced that it will be releasing ... More >>

Have Your Say On The Security Information In Proceedings Legislation Bill

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 11:18 am | Justice Committee

The Justice Committee is calling for submissions on the Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill. The bill seeks to provide a framework for dealing with security information in court proceedings. It would amend multiple pieces of legislation. ... More >>

New Zealand Defence Assessment Calls For More Aggressive Anti-China Stance

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 9:57 am | Socialist Equality Group

By John Braddock Socialist Equality Group. Original url: New Zealand’s Defence Ministry released a new Defence Assessment on December 8, its first since 2014, titled, in Maori and English, “He Moana Pukepuke e Ekengia ... More >>

Thousands Of Workers Call For A Liveable Minimum Wage

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 9:34 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions has presented a petition to Minister Michael Wood signed by thousand of workers calling on the Government to deliver a well earned pay rise for frontline workers this Christmas by raising the Minimum wage to $22.75 an hour ... More >>

Crown Is In ‘Active Treaty Breach’ In COVID Response Waitangi Tribunal Agrees With Claimants

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 6:45 am | NUMA

The 144 page Haumaru report released by the Waitangi Tribunal has found the Crown is currently in active breach of the Treaty because it pushed ahead on 15 December to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light system) even though it had failed ... More >>




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