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How Fast-track Consenting Might Impact The Environment – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 4:32 pm | Science Media Centre

Submissions on the Fast-track Approvals Bill close at the end of Friday. The law would allow major infrastructure projects to bypass lengthy resource consenting processes – being assessed instead by an expert panel , with Ministers ultimately having ... More >>

NZDSN Opinion: Organisations Must Do Better For Disabled New Zealanders

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 3:58 pm | NZ Disability Support Network

We at New Zealand Disability Support Network applaud the Commerce Commission for filing proceedings against One NZ for their latest failure on 111 Contact Code. It doesn’t take much to think of harmful or fatal scenarios for people with disabilities ... More >>

Caviar Before Children

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 3:53 pm | Tai Tokerau Principals' Association

"Caviar before children is what has happened today!” says Pat Newman spokesperson for Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association "The cuts to day to both the Ministry of Education and Oranga Tamariki, point to a government hell bent on delivering tax ... More >>

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Inspectorate Report Shows Prisoners Denied Entitlement To Daily Time Out Of Cells

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 3:04 pm | Office of the Inspectorate

A report from the Office of the Inspectorate shows that prisoners in three units at Auckland Prison were not able to leave their cells every day for many months. For up to nine months (until mid-July 2023), prisoners in three units were denied ... More >>

Brutal Day Of Govt Cuts, Axing Support For Children And Young People

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 1:53 pm | Public Service Association

Oranga Tamariki and Ministry of Education propose scrapping 1012 jobs More >>

Large Scale Cuts At Education Ministry Will Have Negative Impacts On Schools And Children

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 1:35 pm | NZEI Te Riu Roa

The cuts will affect both the daily running of schools and early childhood education services, and will make support for students even more difficult to access. More >>

NEW POLL: Strong Support For Inflation Adjustment Of Tax Brackets To End The Stealth Tax

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 1:16 pm | Taxpayers' Union

A new Taxpayers’ Union — Curia poll has revealed that New Zealanders – at a ratio of five to one – support inflation adjustment of income tax brackets. 67% of respondents supported inflation adjustments while just 13% were opposed. More >>

Time For Associate Minister Of Education To Reveal His School Lunches Magic Trick

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 1:15 pm | Health Coalition Aotearoa

It’s time for him to explain how he will do this, what the consequences will be and what evidence he has that these changes will achieve the same results. More >>

Letter From Te Hunga Roia Maori o Aotearoa / NZ Maori Law Society Re Cabinet Breach

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 1:06 pm | Te Hunga Roia Maori o Aotearoa Maori Law Society

Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa | the New Zealand Māori Law Society are concerned about recent comments made by Minister Shane Jones in respect of the Waitangi  Tribunal. We consider that his comments breach the principle of the separation of  powers More >>

Tolerate Online Abuse Or Resign: How The Law Fails Women MPs

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 12:26 pm | University of Canterbury

As women MPs face social media vitriol, where are the plans to combat it? Human rights law expert Dr Cassandra Mudgway explores the global issue in a free talk. More >>

Inflation Data Shows Need For A Plan On Climate And Population

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Data today shows headline CPI inflation at 4%, continuing the fall begun in March 2023. Rises are concentrated in particular sectors – especially services. This data also shows that that the minimum wage increase will be half the rate of inflation ... More >>

Government Spending Still Driving Cost Of Living Skyward

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 11:00 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to today’s release of the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Domestic inflation is still punishing Kiwis, with non-tradeable inflation – the aspect most ... More >>

Annual Inflation At 4.0 Percent

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 10:57 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand's consumers price index increased 4.0 percent in the 12 months to the March 2024 quarter, according to figures released by Stats NZ today. The 4.0 percent increase follows a 4.7 percent increase in the 12 months to the December 2023 quarter. ... More >>

Women MPs Acknowledge Report Highlighting Increased Harassment Of MPs

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 9:26 am | Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians NZ Group

“The research reflects the real experiences of women in politics, and I would like to acknowledge the mahi by the researchers in highlighting this,” Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Cushla Tangaere-Manuel said. More >>

Expanding Coal Mining In 21st Century An “absurd, Selfish Decision” Says WWF

Tuesday, 16 April 2024, 1:52 pm | WWF-New Zealand

Resources Minister Shane Jones announced today that the Government will ease the consenting process for setting up new coal mines or expanding existing ones. More >>

Labour Productivity Falls 0.9 Percent

Tuesday, 16 April 2024, 11:00 am | Statistics New Zealand

Labour productivity fell 0.9 percent in the year ended March 2023, according to figures released by Stats NZ today. The 0.9 percent fall in labour productivity was the largest fall since 2009. It follows a rise of 1.0 percent in the year ended March ... More >>

Shane Jones Throws A Lump Of Coal To The Mining Lobbyists

Tuesday, 16 April 2024, 10:31 am | Coal Action Network

Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CANA), the national organisation campaigning for an end to coal mining and coal use, says Resources Minister Shane Jones needs to understand the world has moved on from the industrial revolution, and coal - and siding with ... More >>

More WorkSafe Cuts Will Put Workers’ Health And Safety At Risk

Monday, 15 April 2024, 3:03 pm | Public Service Association

Moves by WorkSafe to start planning for further job cuts risks making New Zealand workplaces less safe, and New Zealand’s already poor worker safety record even worse, the PSA says. In November 2023 WorkSafe disestablished 113 roles , putting ... More >>

New Paper On A Framework For Assessing The Economic And Fiscal Impacts Of Climate Change

Monday, 15 April 2024, 2:46 pm | The Treasury

More fully understanding the impacts of climate change to New Zealand is a critical step in evaluating the potential threats or opportunities posed to New Zealanders’ living standards. More >>

Pet Refuge Charitable Trust Welcoming Introduction Of Pet Bonds

Monday, 15 April 2024, 2:21 pm | Pet Refuge

Pet Refuge hopes the introduction of Pet Bonds will lead to more families finding safe homes for themselves and their pets after fleeing family violence. The government has today announced it will make changes to the Residential Tenancies Act to make ... More >>

Charges Laid Against Fraudulent Immigration Agent In Thailand

Monday, 15 April 2024, 2:01 pm | New Zealand Immigration

Charges have been laid against two visa agents in Thailand after Immigration New Zealand identified they were providing fake documents for visitor visa applicants. More >>

Finding Neutral: Estimates Of New Zealand’s Nominal Neutral Interest Rate

Monday, 15 April 2024, 12:00 pm | The Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Due to New Zealanders’ high inflation expectations, the Official Cash Rate (OCR) would currently need to be about 3.9 percent to neither tap the brakes nor push on the accelerator of the economy, the Reserve Bank’s new Bulletin article shows. More >>

International Migration: February 2024

Monday, 15 April 2024, 11:41 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 Annual migration Provisional estimates for the February 2024 year compared with the February ... More >>

Owner Of Liquidated Auckland Restaurant Ordered To Pay Former Chef Almost $100,000

Monday, 15 April 2024, 10:56 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The former owner of an Auckland restaurant business has been heavily sanctioned by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for multiple breaches of minimum employment standards even though the business is no longer trading and was liquidated in 2022. ... More >>

Disability Support Zero For Three In Government Priority Lists

Monday, 15 April 2024, 10:33 am | Disability Support Network

Support for disabled New Zealanders is yet to appear on a government action point list, missing from November’s 100 day plan, the 2 April 36 point plan or the nine government 2030 targets released on 8 April. “The government has set out its priorities ... More >>

New Zealand Strengthens Military Alliance With US

Sunday, 14 April 2024, 2:09 pm | Socialist Equality Group

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Judith Collins visited the United States this week for talks to further integrate New Zealand into the expanding US-led military alliance in the Indo-Pacific region. More >>

NEW POLL: Kiwis want Nicola Willis to hold firm on tax relief

Friday, 12 April 2024, 7:44 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

A new Taxpayers’ Union – Curia poll has revealed that 53% of New Zealanders believe that the Government should continue to deliver the tax relief that was promised by the National Party during the election campaign. 29% of respondents thought that ... More >>

Government Spending Cuts Force DIA To Contract Out Critical Legal Work

Friday, 12 April 2024, 4:00 pm | PSA

Commercial work undertaken by a Department of Internal Affairs’ legal team will be fully outsourced to private law firms under proposed job cuts to meet the Government’s drive for spending cuts. "How does fattening the profits of law firms make sense ... More >>

Public Submissions Open On Te Korowai O Wainuiārua Claims Settlement Bill

Friday, 12 April 2024, 2:52 pm | Maori Affairs Committee

This bill seeks to give effect to certain matters contained in the deed of settlement signed on 29 July 2023 by the Crown and Te Korowai o Wainuiārua. More >>

EDS Calls For Fast-track Approvals Bill To Be Abandoned In Submission To Select Committee

Friday, 12 April 2024, 1:44 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has filed its final substantive submission on the Fast-track Approvals Bill. More >>

Manawatū Tenants Union Condemns Proposed Residential Tenancies Act Amendments

Friday, 12 April 2024, 11:40 am | Manawatu Tenants' Union

The Manawatū Tenants Union has expressed deep concern over the proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act put forward by Housing Minister Chris Bishop. The changes, aimed at revitalising the rental property market, have raised significant ... More >>

Annual Food Price Inflation Slows To 0.7 Percent

Friday, 12 April 2024, 10:51 am | Statistics New Zealand

Food prices increased 0.7 percent in the 12 months to March 2024, the smallest increase since April 2021, according to figures released by Stats NZ today. The 0.7 percent increase followed a 2.1 percent increase in the 12 months to February 2024, and is ... More >>

Public Submissions Open On The Te Pire Whakatupua Mō Te Kāhui Tupua/Taranaki Maunga Collective Redress Bill

Friday, 12 April 2024, 10:47 am | Maori Affairs Committee

The Māori Affairs Committee is calling for public submissions on the Te Pire Whakatupua mō Te Kāhui Tupua/Taranaki Maunga Collective Redress Bill. This bill would give effect to certain matters contained in Te Ruruku Pūtakerongo/the Taranaki Maunga ... More >>

Master Plumbers Support Government Plans To Cut Red Tape

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 4:05 pm | Master Plumbers

Master Plumbers was pleased to hear how the Government is focused on making it quicker and easier to build. Speaking at the NZ Plumbing Conference in Wellington today, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk said the Government wants to remove ... More >>

Women Bearing Brunt Of Job Cuts At Tertiary Education Commission

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 3:01 pm | Public Service Association

Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) staff were told yesterday (April 10) by their Chief Executive that the organisation is cutting 28 roles including administration and clerical roles like Executive Assistants, Administrators, Executive Officers ... More >>

NEW POLL: New Zealanders Oppose Taxpayer-funded Bailouts For Private Media Companies

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 2:27 pm | Connor Molloy

Labour voters were the only demographic in support of media bailouts (+7% net support), while those aged under 40 were split evenly. A majority or plurality in every other demographic opposed taxpayer-funded media bailouts. More >>

Minister Of Finance Admits To New Borrowing Need

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 2:00 pm | Jack McDonald

At Finance and Expenditure Committee today the Minister of Finance admitted that the Government will have to borrow to make ends meet in the forthcoming Budget. More >>

Hidden Long COVID Crisis Deepens In New Zealand

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 1:47 pm | Socialist Equality Group

Initially, with strict border controls and lockdowns imposed by the Jacinda Ardern-led Labour Party government, New Zealand was largely successful keeping the pandemic at bay. More >>

Improved Privacy, Security In Wellington Service Centre Upgrade

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 1:40 pm | Ministry of Social Development

The Ministry of Social Development’s Work and Income Service Centre at Wellington will close for renovations for four weeks from 5pm Thursday 2 May 2024. MSD Regional Commissioner Gagau Annandale-Stone says plans are in place to ensure clients are ... More >>

Prominent American Journalist And Author To Tour New Zealand Universities With Free Speech Union

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 12:56 pm | Free Speech Union

Prominent American journalist and author Jonathan Rauch will visit New Zealand with the Free Speech Union next month to discuss the importance of academic freedom, says Jonathan Ayling, Chief Executive of the Free Speech Union. More >>

Household Saving Remains Positive For Third Consecutive Quarter

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 11:21 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand household saving was $424 million in the December 2023 quarter as household net disposable income exceeded spending for the third consecutive quarter, according to figures released by Stats NZ today. Household net disposable income increased ... More >>

April 10 Is A Dramatic Day In New Zealand’s History

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 8:48 am | Peter Dunne

On April 10, 1919, the preliminary results of a referendum showed that New Zealanders had narrowly voted for prohibition by a majority of around 13,000 votes. However, when the votes of soldiers still overseas after World War I were later added in, ... More >>

DOC Job Cuts Will Have Long-term Consequences For Nature

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 4:28 pm | Forest and Bird

Forest & Bird is warning of long-term consequences for nature and the economy following today’s announcement of 131 proposed jobs losses at DOC. This comes on top of proposed redundancies in other government organisations that have roles to ... More >>

TVNZ’s Consultation Process Legally Challenged By E Tū

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 3:39 pm | E tu

E tū has filed a claim with the Employment Relations Authority against TVNZ, as the company did not follow their consultation requirements that are guaranteed for workers in their collective agreement. The filing comes as TVNZ makes formal announcements ... More >>

Sexual Orientation Should Be Protected Under Hate Speech Laws

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 3:31 pm | Human Rights Commission

Te Kāhui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission addressed whether New Zealand’s hate speech law is discriminatory, in court yesterday. The Court of Appeal heard the case brought by Russell Hoban, who is seeking a declaration from the Court that ... More >>

Govt Forces DOC To Shed 130 Jobs Despite Fragile State Of Natural Environment

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 3:16 pm | PSA

The reckless nature of the Government’s cost cutting drive has again been exposed with DOC forced to make big cuts at a time when it is struggling to protect the conservation estate - the jewel in our tourism crown. DOC told staff today the Government had ... More >>

Greenpeace Slams Government’s Fast-track Advisory Panel Announcement

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 2:51 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace says that today's announcement of a fast-track advisory group with no discernible environmental expertise adds insult to injury and shows just how little regard the Luxon Government has for the environment. The coalition Government claims ... More >>

OCR 5.50% - Official Cash Rate Remains Unchanged

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 2:12 pm | The Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The Monetary Policy Committee today agreed to leave the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 5.50 percent. More >>

Sky-high Interest Rates Show Kiwi Families Need Government To Show Some Fiscal Responsibility

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 2:12 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s decision to hold the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 5.5%, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “High interest rates stifle growth and punish Kiwi families. They’re ... More >>

Government Must Clamp Down Harder On Managerial Class With Public Service Cuts

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to concerns from public servants that managers seem to be ‘immune’ from staffing cuts, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman, Alex Murphy, said: "The whole point of the Government's spending cuts was to axe the back-office bureaucracy and ... More >>

Midwifery Petition Presented To Parliament on 09 April

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 11:40 am | Women's Rights Party

Mrs Hayes said the replacement of the words “woman” and “mother” with the broader term “whānau” was among other changes to the current midwifery scope of practice opposed by 90% of respondents in a feedback document released by the ... More >>

New Report Highlights Importance Of Natural Assets And Infrastructure To People And The Economy

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 11:37 am | Statistics New Zealand

Our communities and economies are at risk if we do not protect our natural ecosystems and landscapes. That is a key message of the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) and Stats NZ’s latest, three-yearly update about the state of land in Aotearoa New ... More >>

Autism New Zealand’s Autism Acceptance Month Breakfast At Parliament

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 11:15 am | Autism NZ

The Autistic and wider Autism communities will be represented en masse at parliament on April 11th, 2024. This year the annual World Autism Acceptance Month Parliamentary breakfast will focus on housing for Autistic people. Recent research completed by ... More >>

‘Our Land’ Report Highlights Dire State Of NZ’s Freshwater

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 10:53 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace Aotearoa is calling on the Luxon Government to stop the rollback of freshwater protections following the release of the Ministry for the Environment’s Our Land 2024 report. Greenpeace spokesperson Amanda Larsson says, "Rivers, wetlands, ... More >>

Understanding The Data - Benefits Are Being Cut In Value In Real Terms - But Why?

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 10:18 am | Mike Treen

It seems that there is no direct relationship between the level of benefits (or minimum wages for that manner) and the number of people unemployed. New Zealand benefit levels (and minimum wages) were much higher when unemployment was low from the period after ... More >>

Heritage Homeowners Make Plea Direct To RMA Minister

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 9:43 am | Voluntary Heritage Group

The Voluntary Heritage Group has formally issued a “plea for help” to the RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop, asking him to enshrine in law the right to refuse heritage designation. Following Wellington City Council dropping heritage status on disputed ... More >>

Kiwis Asked To Have Their Say On New Draft Rules For Using Biometrics

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 9:10 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has developed draft rules for the use of biometric technologies and is now asking what people think of those. Biometrics is the automated processing of physical and behavioural characteristics (face scans, ... More >>

NZDF Personnel Commemorate Sinking Of HMNZS Moa In Solomon Islands

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 4:15 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealanders have gathered for a moment of reflection in Solomon Islands to commemorate the Second World War sinking of HMNZS Moa in Tulagi Harbour. <img src="" width="720" height="491"> Personnel from three New Zealand ... More >>

KASM Taking Complaint Over Seabed Miner Misleading Australia’s ASX

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 3:56 pm | KASM

Kiwis Against Seabed Mining, Inc. (KASM) is lodging a complaint to the Australian Securities Investment Commission about the seabed mining company Tran Tasman Resources’ parent company Manuka Resources Ltd for misleading the ASX. "That TTR's owner ... More >>

New Campaign Confronts Culture Of Silence On Abuse, Empowering Children To Speak Out

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 3:33 pm | Save The Children

A new campaign designed to empower the "brave voices" of children by encouraging them to speak out and find help if they experience abuse will launch today. Supported by Life Education Trust , Save the Children , and Women’s Refuge , the campaign ... More >>




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