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New Rules Letting Councils Nationalise Bus And Ferry Networks

Monday, 15 August 2022, 1:26 pm | Bus and Coach Association

The Minister of Transport’s announcement this morning of the new rules that will allow councils to take over and run public transport services themselves rather than contract them to private companies, was another clear example of this government’s ... More >>

Free Speech Union Releases First Annual Universities Ranking Report

Monday, 15 August 2022, 12:47 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union has released the first Annual Universities Ranking Report , taking a critical look at the policies and practices of New Zealand’s universities with regards to free speech, and “grading” them on whether they suppress or encourage ... More >>

End Private Healthcare Worker Covid Mandates Now

Monday, 15 August 2022, 11:10 am | New Zealand Chiropractors' Association

The New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA) is again calling for the government to end COVID-19 mandates for private primary healthcare practices, as the continuing restrictions are unjust and unsubstantiated now that the Omicron variant is at large ... More >>

Public Input Sought To Inform Privacy Rules For Biometrics

Monday, 15 August 2022, 10:38 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on the use of biometric information in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner today launched its consultation paper, Privacy Regulation of ... More >>

Exclusive View Of The Very Real Threat Of Losing St James Theatre, Auckland

Sunday, 14 August 2022, 1:20 pm | Green Party

Green Party MP for Auckland Central, Chlöe Swarbrick has released an exclusive video showing for the first time the extent of the damage done to St. James Theatre during a recent break-in. “We are one Government decision, one budget commitment, ... More >>

Aucklanders Now Have A Clear Choice

Friday, 12 August 2022, 12:19 pm | Wayne Brown

Aucklanders now have a clear choice between continuing the failing status quo or choosing a candidate who can fix Auckland, Mayoral candidate Wayne Brown says. “They can choose more of the same from current councillor Efeso Collins, or a new proactive ... More >>

Te Pāti Māori Celebrating 40-years Of Anthem, Poi E

Friday, 12 August 2022, 12:04 pm | Te Pati Maori

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, Te Pāti Māori co-leader and list MP based in Te Tai Hauāuru will this weekend share in the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Pātea Māori club anthem, Poi E. “Iwi of Taranaki and Ngāti Ruanui will be reminiscing ... More >>

Extinction Rebellion Whakatū Announce Their Candidate For This Year's Local Body Election

Friday, 12 August 2022, 11:51 am | Extinction Rebellion

Today, XR Whakatū are blocking the Trafalgar St to launch “The People” in the form of Te Tiriti based peoples assemblies as their candidate for this year's local body elections. “The climate and ecological crisis proves our political system ... More >>

Catholic Church’s Redress Not Fit For Purpose

Friday, 12 August 2022, 11:25 am | SNAP

A sexual abuse survivor group SNAP says the Government’s decision to allow faith-based institutions like the Catholic Church to continue providing redress to survivors would just re-traumatise Catholic Church survivors. SNAP’s national leader, Christopher ... More >>

Additional $99,999 Available In The 2022 Round Of The Rainbow Wellbeing Legacy Fund

Friday, 12 August 2022, 11:11 am | Rainbow Wellbeing Legacy Fund

The 2022 round of the Rainbow Wellbeing Legacy Fund (RWLF) will see $299,999 in grants being distributed to programmes with a focus on mental health in rainbow communities thanks to a partnership with Foundation North. Foundation North, the community trust ... More >>

A Slap In Face To Natural Justice

Friday, 12 August 2022, 11:07 am | Wairarapa Moana

The Government continuing to push through a Wairarapa treaty settlement without addressing serious flaws in it, is a slap in the face to natural justice and rank hypocrisy from the Crown. That’s the submission today to Parliament’s Maori Affairs ... More >>

Rental Price Indexes: July 2022

Friday, 12 August 2022, 10:48 am | Statistics New Zealand

The rental price indexes measure the changes in prices that households pay for housing rentals. Key facts Monthly change In July 2022 compared with June 2022: the index for the stock measure of rental property prices rose 0.2 percent the index for the ... More >>

Minister Unable To Back Claims Farmers Are Harming The Climate

Friday, 12 August 2022, 10:45 am | Groundswell NZ

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has been found wanting, after his response to a letter from Groundswell NZ lacked any evidence that New Zealand agriculture is contributing to climate warming, Groundswell NZ emissions spokesperson Steve Cranston ... More >>

Kiwis Feel The Crunch: Over Half Of New Zealanders Have Changed Their Usual Food Purchases Due To Rising Cost Of Living

Friday, 12 August 2022, 10:21 am | Hello Fresh

New research from HelloFresh bites into the nation’s changing diets and reveals what’s impacting the way we eat Leading meal-kit provider, HelloFresh serves up fresh research that explores New Zealand’s changing diets, revealing how eating ... More >>

Time To Throw The Book At Out Of Control Youth

Friday, 12 August 2022, 10:19 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“The marked increase in violent youth crime has been long predicted and is being met by a chorus of excuses instead of admitting the soft youth system is a demonstrable failure,” says Darroch Ball Leader of Sensible Sentencing Trust. “Its time to ... More >>

Government Inquiry Offers Chance For Rail Reset

Friday, 12 August 2022, 9:15 am | Save Our Trains

Save Our Trains Campaign says the launch of an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand by the Transport and Infrastructure Committee offers a chance to reset decades of decline in our rail system. Save Our Trains spokesperson, ... More >>

Transport Inquiry Chance To Get Regional Rail Back On Track

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 6:05 pm | Green Party

The Greens will continue to push for climate friendly, affordable transport options as part of a new cross-party Parliamentary inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. “Investing in rail is a great way to connect our ... More >>

Local Businessman Decides Not To Run For Council: Endorses Ali Jones For Council Seat

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 5:21 pm | Ali Jones Public Relations

David Timbs from Peter Timbs Butchers has decided not to run in this year’s local body election. Mr Timbs initially said he would be running for council but has now put his support behind independent candidate Ali Jones who is running for the Innes ... More >>

Govt’s Smokefree Proposals Must Be Enforced, Say Vapers

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 3:04 pm | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

The Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) is encouraging Kiwis to make a submission on the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill by 24 August. They say getting tough on tobacco is well overdue. Now with Parliament’s ... More >>

A New Zealand Built Solution To Lift Voter Engagement

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 2:05 pm | Engage Me

An award-winning Rotorua-based app development company Salt + Tonic have released its voter engagement solution to the public, enabling all local district councils to bring a future-focused and technology driven solution to voter engagement to their ... More >>

COVID-19 Now Leading Cause Of Death In New Zealand

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 1:15 pm | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters, Socialist Equality Group 10 August 2022 Original url: COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in New Zealand, equal with heart disease. The New Zealand Herald reported on August 7 that in the week ending 17 July, 120 ... More >>

Grassroots Sport Doesn’t Rely On Alcohol Company Sponsorship

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 11:13 am | Alcohol Healthwatch

Grassroots sports on Saturday afternoon with the family - it’s a key weekend ingredient for many New Zealanders and one we want to enjoy free from the advertising of harmful, addictive substances. The recently drawn Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Harm Minimisation) ... More >>

New Zealanders Recognise The Environmental Benefits Of Cycling, But Cars Are Still Heavily Favoured

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 11:09 am | Ipsos

The latest Ipsos Global Advisor study found that the vast majority of New Zealanders recognise that cycling plays an important role in the reduction of carbon emissions (84%) and traffic reduction (73%). However, 42% of New Zealanders are still more ... More >>

Net Migration Loss Continues

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 10:56 am | Statistics New Zealand

There was a provisional net migration loss of 11,500 people in the 12 months ended June 2022, the 16th month in a row that an annual net migration loss has occurred, Stats NZ said today. There were 49,200 migrant arrivals and 60,700 migrant departures ... More >>

NZ Should Steer Clear Of AUKUS

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 9:25 am | Cancel RIMPAC Coalition

“The peace movement is deeply concerned about rumours that the Labour Government is considering joining the US military alliance with Australia and the UK, called AUKUS,” said Valerie Morse, a member of the Cancel RIMPAC Coalition. The visit ... More >>

New Workshops Helping Students Become Climate Ready From Their Classrooms

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 2:44 pm | Keep NZ Beautiful

Flexible workshops designed to help students understand the impacts of climate change, and how they can make a difference Keep New Zealand Beautiful, an iconic not-for-profit organisation that this year celebrates its 55 year milestone, has today launched ... More >>

Coming To The Defence Of Our Defence Force

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 2:31 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Numbers are dropping in the New Zealand Defence Force as personnel are faced with poor pay, poor dwellings, and poor leadership from the Minister,” says ACT’s Defence spokesperson Dr James McDowall. “NZDF is experiencing increasing attrition ... More >>

Urgent Letter To Select Committee To Save 65,000 Submissions

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 1:44 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has written to the Finance and Expenditure Committee on behalf of the more than 65,000 New Zealanders who took the time to submit on the Water Services Entities Bill (Three Waters) through our submission tool. “We learnt ... More >>

Government Doubles Down On SNA Backdown

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 10:05 am | ACT New Zealand

“James Shaw has doubled down on his Government’s assurance that existing land use will continue on Significant Natural Areas (SNAs),” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron. “Responding to written parliamentary questions from ... More >>

Workbridge Urges Disabled Community To Take Charge Of Its Own Future

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 9:51 am | Workbridge

To celebrate 90 years of supporting disabled people into employment opportunities, Workbridge has launched a new book, Taking Charge: The Story of Workbridge. Workbridge has a proud history as an independent disability-owned and led organisation, delivering ... More >>

Predator Free Hero Sets His Sights On Wellington Mayoralty

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 9:39 am | Kelvin Hastie

Kelvin Hastie – best known for starting New Zealand's first predator free community – has announced that he will run for the mayor of Wellington. "What we need now is unity," says Hastie, something that he ignited in the community when ... More >>

Sam Uffendell Should Be Sacked And A New Election Held At Nationals Expense

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 6:28 am | NZ Outdoors and Freedom Party

Sam Uffendell should resign or be sacked and a new election held at National's expense. The NZ Outdoors & Freedom Party demand the National Party sack newly elected Sam Uffendell and pay for a new election giving the people of Tauranga a fair vote ... More >>

Statement From Sam Uffindell MP

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 6:23 am | New Zealand National Party

When I was a student at Otago I enjoyed a student lifestyle, which included drinking and, at times, smoking marijuana. While in second year a number of flatmates fell out – and two of the flatmates left midway through the year. I reject any accusation ... More >>

Winston Peters: Challenge To Willie Jackson To Debate His Co-governance Diatribe

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 3:02 pm | New Zealand First Party

Yesterday Maori Development Minister Willie Jackson decided to write an opinion piece in the NZHerald that tries to justify the Labour Party’s push for apartheid in our country via co-governance. The fact that Willie loudly announced that New ... More >>

Petition Asking To Expel Ambassador Of Russian Federation To Be Presented To NZ Parliament

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 1:58 pm | Friends of Ukraine

Petition requesting that Parliament urge the Government to expel the ambassador of the Russian Federation and sever diplomatic relations with Russia will be submitted 11 August, 1.30pm for presenting by Dr Gaurav Sharma MP to NZ House of Representatives. ... More >>

Climate Emergency Or Climate Hypocrisy? ANZ Government Continues To Issue Exploration Permits Despite Ban

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 12:24 pm | Our Seas Our Future

Last week, a groundbreaking hearing between Students for Climate Solutions and the Minister of Energy and Resources began. The Victoria University group is suing Minister Megan Woods for her decision to grant permits for onshore oil and gas exploration ... More >>

Police Taking A Year To Renew A Firearms Licence

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 11:06 am | Sporting Shooters Association of New Zealand Inc

Why is it taking so long (12 months or more) for police to renew a firearms licence? Could it be that Police are swamped in a mess of their own making. A more important question is why is it the job of Police to renew a licence? These questions are being ... More >>

Big Push For More Local Government Nominations – LGNZ

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 10:57 am | Local Government NZ

Local Government NZ (LGNZ) is concerned that some roles won’t be filled, or key roles will go uncontested at this year's local body elections unless more candidates throw their hat in the ring before nominations close on Friday. Last election saw ... More >>

Tūpuna Maunga Authority Begins Integrated Management Plan Amendment Process

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 10:25 am | Tupuna Maunga Authority

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority has called for public submissions on the proposed amendment to its award-winning Integrated Management Plan 2016. The new section details proposed ecological restoration projects (including the planting of native species and removal ... More >>

AG’s Verdict Should Sink Three Waters

Monday, 8 August 2022, 5:42 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Auditor-General’s comments on Labour’s divisive Three Waters should be the final nail in the coffin for the widely-rejected reforms,” says ACT’s Local Government spokesperson Simon Court. “The Auditor-General raised serious concerns ... More >>

Government Have Ignored Kiwis, But Auditor General Echoes Concerns

Monday, 8 August 2022, 3:59 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government must listen to the concerns of the Auditor General in his submission on the Water Services Entities Bill, Taxpayers' Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says. "The concerns of the Auditor General echo those made by the more than ... More >>

Auditor-General's Submission On The Water Services Entities Bill

Monday, 8 August 2022, 2:04 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

We have published our submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee on the Water Services Entities Bill. Because water services are critical to everyone, our focus is on how the public and Parliament are able to influence the performance of ... More >>

FPHANZ Calls For Increased Funding Of Primary And Community Care

Monday, 8 August 2022, 1:45 pm | Federation of Primary Health

A gaping hole. That’s how the Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand Executive Director is describing the lack of primary and community care funding in the current health reform programme. Angela Francis says the Federation board and ... More >>

National Party Youth Unemployment Policy Out Of Touch

Monday, 8 August 2022, 1:23 pm | E Tipu e Rea

E Tipu E Rea Whānau Services are deeply concerned with recent policy announcements in regard to youth unemployment and benefits over the weekend. As an organisation that works with marginalised rangatahi every day, we are always concerned when we ... More >>

Be. Leadership In Governance Programme 2022

Monday, 8 August 2022, 11:28 am | Be.

Be. announce an exciting new Leadership Development Programme to foster a community of disabled and access leaders equipped with the skills for 21st century governance, and to embed accessibility at a strategic level in the board agenda. Over the past ... More >>

Are Not For Profits Ready For Their Reserves To Be Made Public?

Monday, 8 August 2022, 11:10 am | Grant Thornton

Recommendations from the recent Charities Act Review could mean registered charities with operating expenses over $140,000 per year will be required to disclose information about the reserves they hold, and why they hold them, says Barry Baker, Partner and ... More >>

Manaaki Rangatahi Concerned Punitive Approach To Welfare Increases Harm For Rangatahi Experiencing Homelessness

Monday, 8 August 2022, 10:38 am | Manaaki Rangatahi

Manaaki Rangatahi are concerned that punitive approaches to welfare, such as National's latest policy announcement, and current sanction policies for young people in need of financial support from MSD, run the risk of increasing harm for young people and ... More >>

Euthanasia Or Palliative Care?

Monday, 8 August 2022, 6:43 am | New Conservative

One of New Conservative’s core principles is a commitment to the sanctity of life. We believe human life is sacred, from conception to natural death. These principles are not held by the ruling Labour/Greens coalition; neither are they held by National ... More >>

Commemorations Remember Guadalcanal 80 Years On

Monday, 8 August 2022, 6:27 am | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Defence Force personnel have remembered all those who served in Solomon Islands during World War II, as they attended commemorations to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal today. A group of personnel from the Royal New Zealand ... More >>

Welfare Is About Support, Not Sanctions

Sunday, 7 August 2022, 2:23 pm | Green Party

The Greens are the only party with a comprehensive plan to support people on low incomes so everyone in and out of work has enough to make ends meet and provide for their families. “It is clearer today than ever before that thousands of families ... More >>

Sylvia Wood Elected President Of The National Party

Sunday, 7 August 2022, 1:20 pm | New Zealand National Party

Sylvia Wood has been elected President of the National Party by the Party’s board of directors at its annual conference in Christchurch. Ms Wood has been on the board since 2021 and will serve as National’s 18th President after the retirement of ... More >>

Nationwide Rallies To Protest Israel's Ethnic Cleaning In Masafer Yatta

Saturday, 6 August 2022, 5:45 am | Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa

PSNA is holding nationwide rallies on Saturday August 6th in solidarity with Palestinians resisting ethnic cleansing in Masafer Yatta, an area of the South Hebron hills which is home to over 1200 Palestinians living in 20 villages. “Many of these people ... More >>

Consumers Deserve To Know The Painful Truth Behind Food Delivery Companies

Friday, 5 August 2022, 2:03 pm | Animals Aotearoa

First-of-its-kind ranking report highlights food delivery companies taking important steps to improve chicken welfare in New Zealand and those lagging behind. Animals Aotearoa has today released a ranking report of food delivery service businesses ... More >>

Plumbing A Public Poo Problem

Friday, 5 August 2022, 1:38 pm | Responsible Campers Association

There’s a small hole in current law which a responsible camping group wants plugged. Often publicly blamed for fouling our natural environment, freedom campers and van travellers have been the target of a lot of poo-slinging lately. Tourism Minister ... More >>

Ngāti Ruanui Supports Bill To Ban Seabed Mining, Chance To Take Urgent Action

Friday, 5 August 2022, 12:16 pm | Ngati Ruanui

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui are this morning welcoming yesterday’s news that a members bill to ban seabed mining will finally enter the parliamentary process. “Ngāti Ruanui is thrilled to hear that Debbie Ngarewa-Packers bill to ban seabed mining ... More >>

Housing Crisis - Government Must Get Out Of The Way

Friday, 5 August 2022, 12:13 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government’s meddling is driving up the cost of land and contributing to the ongoing housing crisis, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says. “The ‘huge upfront’ purchase of land at Ferncliffe Farms is setting off major ... More >>

Have Your Say On The Child Protection Amendment Bill And Supplementary Order Paper No 175

Friday, 5 August 2022, 10:16 am | Justice Committee

The Justice Committee is seeking submissions on the Child Protection (Child Sex Offender Government Agency Registration) (Overseas Travel Reporting) Amendment Bill and Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) No 175. The bill and SOP would amend the Child ... More >>

Statement On The Green Party Co-leadership Election

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 8:13 pm | Green Party

Nominations for co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand closed tonight, Thursday 4 August. James Shaw was the only nomination received. In line with the Green Party’s constitution and its long-standing commitment to member-led decision ... More >>

Greenpeace Welcomes Members Bill To Ban Seabed Mining

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 4:59 pm | Greenpeace

A members bill from Te Pāti Māori Co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer has been drawn from the ballot at Parliament today proposing legislation that would ban seabed mining in Aotearoa - a move Greenpeace is heralding as an opportunity to stop a highly destructive ... More >>

Have Your Say On The Family Court (Family Court Associates) Legislation Bill

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 4:44 pm | Justice Committee

Tell the Justice Committee what you think The Family Court (Family Court Associates) Legislation Bill aims to improve outcomes for people who participate in Family Court proceedings, particularly children, by reducing delays. It would do this by creating ... More >>




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