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Maritime Workers Welcome Statements From Mayor And Minister On Ports Of Auckland Health And Safety

Friday, 5 March 2021, 11:31 am | Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union has welcomed comments from the Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff and Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety, Michael Wood, that they expect major changes at the Ports when the new Auckland Council-commissioned safety report is ... More >>

Fallow Deer Being Bombarded With 1080 Poison

Friday, 5 March 2021, 10:06 am | Tony Orman

National Parks are being closed off to allow fallow deer to be bombarded with 1080 poison. The proposal has drawn strong criticism from the Australian hunting public and also New Zealand’s Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust. Laurie Collins, spokesman ... More >>

Threats To Christchurch Mosques

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 9:46 pm | Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand

The threats to use car bombs at the two mosques that were attacked on 15 March 2019 are especially cruel as we come up to the second anniversary of those attacks. It shows the need for a strong national security system, with clear leadership and direction ... More >>

Covicrat Civil War Means Time For A Reset

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 6:24 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Thanks to Labour’s bungling bureaucracy, hardworking New Zealanders are locked down with their livelihoods threatened, and the Prime Minister still isn’t telling the truth. It is time for a reset. We need a purpose built, Taiwan-style, Epidemic ... More >>

Rise For Lives-New Zealand Youth Standing Up For Yemen!

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 6:22 pm | Rise For Lives

On the 27 th of February, youth across 7 cities in New Zealand came out in full force to join city-wide marches organized by Rise for Lives (RFL), a youth movement focused on bringing awareness and action for humanitarian causes. Youth members of ... More >>

Climate Symposium Finds Gaps In National Adaptation Armour

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 3:34 pm | Local Government NZ

Over 170 scientists, researchers, local government elected members and officials gathered recently at the LGNZ Climate Change Adaptation Symposium. Discussions uncovered gaps in New Zealand’s adaptation policy and canvassed how the sector can find shared ... More >>

More Evidence Needed To Justify Proposed Firearms Prohibition Orders Regime

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 3:13 pm | New Zealand Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa appeared before Parliament’s Justice select committee today on the Arms (Firearms Prohibition Orders) Amendment Bill (No 2), a member's bill in the name of Simeon Brown. The bill proposes to allow ... More >>

Cows Put At Risk While Cabinet Ponders Live Export’s Future

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 1:45 pm | SAFE For Animals

The live export ship Ocean Ute is scheduled to arrive at Port Taranaki tomorrow to export thousands of cows. This is the second time Ocean Ute has exported animals from New Zealand this year. Radio New Zealand reported today that a paper has been ... More >>

More Work Needed To Get Arms Law Right

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 12:31 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

A proposed law making it possible to ban gang members from being near firearms highlights the problems with the changes to the Arms Act over the last two years, says the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO). Earlier today COLFO Chair Michael Dowling appeared ... More >>

Latest OIA, LGOIMA Data Released

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 11:45 am | Office of the Ombudsmen

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier today released his latest Official Information Act (OIA) and Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) data[1]. In the six months from 1 July to 30 December 2020, the Ombudsman received 667 OIA ... More >>

National's Proposal To Pay Full Wages For People Self-isolating Is A Welcome One, Says The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 11:16 am | Taxpayers' Union

National's proposal to pay full wages for people self-isolating is a welcome one, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “It's a version of what we proposed last year in our first COVID-19 briefing paper ... More >>

Making Sure Māori Count

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 10:55 am | Statistics New Zealand

A small Waikato town is pulling together to help improve how Māori are counted in the next census, Stats NZ said today. In Raahui Pookeka, members of a local marae are driving an initiative to improve engagement in the New Zealand census. The initiative, ... More >>

Making The Census Test Count

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 10:48 am | Statistics New Zealand

Hamilton residents are being asked to help make sure updated census methodology works by participating in the census test, Stats NZ said today. The test is being run to see how changes made to the collection model used in the New Zealand Census ... More >>

Living Wage For Crowne Plaza Auckland MIQ Workers

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 9:59 am | Unite Union

Unite congratulates Crowne Plaza Auckland, currently an MIQ facility, for making the move to paying their workers the living wage. The welcome increase will provide some relief to workers who are normally paid just above the minimum wage despite ... More >>

Truck Drivers Need To Be In Line For Vaccine

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 8:55 am | Road Transport Forum

To ensure continuity in the supply chain, the road freight industry needs to know when truck drivers will receive the COVID-19 vaccine, says Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett. Leggett wrote to Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: It's Time To Refresh Our Covid19 Approach

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 8:36 am | Peter Dunne

Last year the Prime Minister laid out an astonishingly simple but extremely effective plan for dealing with the threat Covid19 posed to New Zealand. It was basically to take advantage of our isolated location and seal our borders to keep the virus out ... More >>

Faith-based Institutions To Front Royal Commission On Redress For Abuse

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 7:59 am | Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry

Witnesses for faith-based institutions, including Archbishops and a Cardinal, will give evidence before the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry this month, on their processes for resolving historic and current abuse claims. Phase 2 of the Faith-based ... More >>

Statement Regarding Whale Oil Defamation Trial

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 10:12 pm | Food and Grocery Council

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council (NZFGC) is pleased to hear this long-running Court proceeding is effectively now at an end. However, NZFGC wishes to reiterate it did not pay anyone to write any stories on its behalf on Whale Oil, or any other ... More >>

Dirty PR Exposed In Whale Oil Defamation Trial

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 9:55 pm | Joint Press Release

Three public health advocates are relieved that their long-standing Whale Oil defamation trial against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham, Katherine Rich and the Food and Grocery Council has finally concluded and they are pleased that the truth has come out. Shane ... More >>

Our Response To Covid 19 Lockdown: Toddlers In The Sandpit!

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 4:24 pm | Lynley Tulloch

No doubt everyone 22 years of age and over was once 21. And in that golden and confusing year of being 21 we all stuffed up. We may not have contributed to a lockdown. But then maybe when we were 21 there wasn't a global pandemic. For everyone that is baying ... More >>

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Extension Announcement Good For Working People

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 2:57 pm | CTU

The Council of Trade Unions welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Finance today to extend the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme. The payment will protect jobs for businesses affected by the recent rise in alert levels. Applications to the Wage ... More >>

NZ Risks Being On The Wrong Side Of History On "vaccine Apartheid"

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 2:25 pm | FIRST Union

A response from the Minister of Trade to a letter from 42 organisations and noted experts regarding a proposed waiver to WTO intellectual property rules shows that New Zealand risks being on the wrong side of history. "88 percent of WTO members ... More >>

Prime Minister Led Move That Will Lead To Desecration Of Mataharehare - “It’s A Rich Man’s Game” Says Dame

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 12:45 pm | Protect Mataharehare

The decision where to place the Erebus National Memorial has been led by the Prime Minister – despite push back from the community, Erebus family members, Local Board, NZ Heritage Trust and Māori leadership. On Sunday, Dame Naida Glavish sent a letter ... More >>

Te Waihanga Looks At State Of Play Of Infrastructure In The Resource Recovery And Waste Sector

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Infrastructure Commission

New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga’s latest discussion document looks at the state of play of infrastructure in the resource recovery and waste sector. One of a series of reports into key infrastructure sectors, it highlights some of ... More >>

Support Grows For Workers To Be Paid 100% Through COVID Crisis

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 12:01 pm | E tu

E tū, the biggest private sector union in Aotearoa New Zealand, says that workers should not lose out on pay when they are required to self-isolate, or otherwise miss work, because of COVID-19. E tū has been calling for workers’ wages to lead the ... More >>

Tiny ‘flying Penguins’ Need Greater Attention On Land And At Sea

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 11:48 am | Department of Conservation

Critically endangered Whenua Hou diving petrels, or kuaka in Ngāi Tahu dialect, may need greater protection from lights on vessels in seas surrounding their breeding grounds, in addition to conservation management on land. Researchers from Te Herenga ... More >>

Jacinda Ardern And This Labour Government Ok With Leaving People Behind

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 11:15 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Over the weekend Jacinda Ardern appeared on Newshub The Nation and made some problematic comments about lifting people out of poverty, saying the Labour government has prioritised targeting families with children. “This is the problem - Jacinda Ardern and this ... More >>

Hutt City Council Matter Is Dirty Politics At Its Finest

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 10:20 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The public attacks and investigations against a Hutt City Councillor asking questions about allegations relating to the Mayor, look more like a vindictive witch hunt than a Council striving for good ethical standards, says the Taxpayers’ Union . “For ... More >>

Please Explain, PM

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 6:04 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Prime Minister has some serious explaining to do after her Government's Official COVID-19 Facebook Page contradicted her claim that Case J (Kmart worker) and Case L (KFC worker) were told to isolate. The Page replied to a member of the public saying ... More >>

Government's Planned Pharmac Review A Sideshow

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 3:34 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

The Government’s announcement of a review into Pharmac declares that its budget, and the total amount allocated to pharmaceuticals, will be out of scope. This ignores the most serious weakness with current arrangements: that no one really knows whether ... More >>

Tauranga Super City? Be Careful What You Wish For

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 3:23 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for calmer heads to prevail after former Tauranga Mayor Tenby Powell’s calls for an amalgamation of the district’s councils into a mini ‘super city’. “Intellectually, bigger might sound better or more efficient, ... More >>

Call For Ministers To Deliver Pollution Review

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 2:56 pm | Forest And Bird

Government Ministers need to review their decision to leave out nitrogen pollution limits from last year's freshwater law reform. Yesterday, Radio New Zealand revealed the Government ignored advice from the Freshwater Leaders' Group, Kaahui Wai Māori, ... More >>

EMA Echoes Calls For More Input Into Future Management Of COVID-19

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 1:29 pm | EMA

Calls by senior business leaders for more openness and cooperation around the Government’s plan for the ongoing management of COVID-19 are strongly supported by the EMA. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says business owners are being crippled by increasing pressure ... More >>

NZ Initiative Supports The Call For Greater Clarity At The Border

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 1:15 pm | New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Tuesday, 2 March 2021) – The New Zealand Initiative welcomes today’s call from business leaders for greater clarity about the border. The Initiative also urges the government to further strengthen the testing regime at the border. Making ... More >>

Petitioner Calls On Two Govt Doctors To Review Vape Flavour Ban

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 1:05 pm | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

The Ministry of Health has submitted a written submission to the Health Select Committee, dismissing a Parliamentary petition signed by 17,357 Kiwis supporting ongoing access to vape flavours. Petition organiser, Nancy Loucas, who is co-director of Aotearoa ... More >>

Police Association Says IPCA Bullying Report A Fair Assessment

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 12:24 pm | NZ Police Association

The New Zealand Police Association considers the IPCA report on bullying, culture and related issues within Police, to be a fair assessment of the current situation in that it identifies the key problem areas, the progress Police has recently been ... More >>

Te Rito Maioha Supports Renewed Calls For ECE Pay Parity

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 12:21 pm | Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood NZ

Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand (ECNZ) supports renewed calls for pay parity for all early learning teachers. Chief Executive, Kathy Wolfe says, “teachers want better pay and working conditions, and the message is coming through strongly ... More >>

Review Of Bullying And Culture Highlights Way Forward For Police

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 11:35 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

In a new report released today, Bullying, Culture and Related Issues in New Zealand Police , the Authority finds significant elements of bullying in some workplaces, and a related negative culture. “ This negative culture did not permeate every ... More >>

Maori Council Welcomes PHARMAC Review: Every New Zealander Should Have A Fighting Chance At Life

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 10:57 am | Maori Council

The New Zealand Maori Council welcomes the review announced by the Prime Minister into PHARMAC. Executive Director, Matthew Tukaki, has called for such a review over the course of the last two years with a particular emphasis on the ways and means ... More >>

Urgent Solution To Kiwi Housing Crisis

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 10:03 am | Wealth Morning

New Zealand has the highest rate of homelessness in the developed world — and this could be the only way to fix this shocking crisis. Wealth Morning , an Auckland-based research house focused on global finance, has just announced a parliamentary housing ... More >>

Pacific MP's Should Support Liveable Incomes For All

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 9:20 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Last week the government released their latest data on child poverty statistics and 1 in 4 children living in poverty in NZ are Pacific. Carmel Sepuloni, our Minister of Social Development also admitted that current benefit levels aren’t enough to ... More >>

New Information Suggests Far Higher Numbers Of Children, Adolescents Went Through Lake Alice Unit In 70s

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 8:29 am | Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry

A Royal Commission investigation into the Lake Alice Child and Adolescent Unit indicates a far higher number of patients were admitted than previously thought. The Abuse in Care Inquiry is investigating what happened at the Manawatu-based Unit, following ... More >>

Call For Improved Planning In Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout To Front Line Healthcare Workers

Monday, 1 March 2021, 3:54 pm | General Practice NZ

GPNZ (General Practice New Zealand) is calling for a more co-ordinated and planned approach to ensure that available Covid-19 vaccines are able to be accessed by those health care practitioners working within at-risk communities. “It’s easy to understand ... More >>

Current Emergency Housing Not A Solution For Teen Parents

Monday, 1 March 2021, 2:24 pm | E Tipu e Rea

E Tipu E Rea Whānau supports mātua taiohi (young parents) aged 14-22 in Auckland. Since October last year, nearly a third of our mātua taiohi have had to access MSD-funded immediate housing in motels. While the issue of youth homelessness has been publicised ... More >>

Our Intentions: Looking At The Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out

Monday, 1 March 2021, 2:05 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General has decided to carry out a review of the Covid-19 vaccination programme while it is being planned and through the early stages of roll-out. We want to provide an independent view to the public and Parliament about how the Government ... More >>

Nuclear Free And Independent Pacific Day 2021

Monday, 1 March 2021, 1:15 pm | Peace Movement Aotearoa

Today, 1 March, is Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Day - the 67th anniversary of the 'Bravo' nuclear bomb detonation by the United States close to the surface of Bikini Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, which blasted out a crater more than 200 ... More >>

Views Sought On Additional Proposals For The ETS Forestry Regulations

Monday, 1 March 2021, 8:32 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

Te Uru Rākau - Forestry New Zealand is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) Forestry Regulations that it hopes will encourage new planting of both indigenous and exotic forest. These latest proposals ... More >>

Why Are Police Stopping People Entering Auckland?

Monday, 1 March 2021, 7:04 am | ACT New Zealand

28 February “The Government needs to explain why people are being blocked from going IN to Auckland,” says ACT Leader David Seymour "People are beside themselves and ambulances have been reported rescuing people caught in a monumental traffic ... More >>

Democratic Process Ignored Again

Monday, 1 March 2021, 7:01 am | New Conservative

The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill has now passed through parliament. While there are many things that have caused consternation with people, like previously held referenda being disregarded, the process this bill ... More >>

FIANZ Sets Timeframe Deadlines For Royal Commission Recommendations

Monday, 1 March 2021, 6:16 am | Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand

In a well-researched and evidence-based submission, the Federation of Islamic Association of NZ which is the umbrella national Muslim organisation, has set the timeframe and work scope parameters for the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations. ... More >>

NZUSA Calls For Increased Student Support With Yo-yoing Alert Levels

Sunday, 28 February 2021, 11:20 am | NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students' Associations is calling for increased student support to ensure that students can continue to study amid fluctuating Alert Levels. "With this morning’s increase in COVID Alert Levels, students face yet more ... More >>

The Cost Of The Government’s Attitude Problem

Sunday, 28 February 2021, 7:09 am | ACT New Zealand

27 February “Unfortunately ACT predicted tonight’s plunge back into Level 3 lockdown for Auckland and the rest of New Zealand into Level 2,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “ I said yesterday the South Auckland cluster wasn’t under control ... More >>

Business Travel Register Open

Saturday, 27 February 2021, 9:29 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Businesses with workers needing to cross the Alert Level boundary near Auckland will need evidence of permitted activity or an exemption. Travel documents that were issued earlier this month remain valid. Any business with workers that have lost ... More >>

Aucklanders Know What To Do To Beat COVID-19, Mayor Goff Says

Saturday, 27 February 2021, 9:14 pm | Office of the Mayor of Auckland

Another cased of COVID-19 in the community was not the news anyone wanted to hear on a Saturday evening, Mayor Goff said tonight. “I understand Aucklanders’ frustration at having to return to Level 3 lockdown, with the disruption it causes to everyone’s ... More >>

Water New Zealand Welcomes New Taumata Arowai Board

Friday, 26 February 2021, 2:18 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says the establishment of the new Taumata Arowai board is an important milestone in the journey towards safer drinking water for all New Zealanders.    The Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta has announced that former ... More >>

RBNZ Governor Outlines Housing Direction

Friday, 26 February 2021, 1:16 pm | The Reserve Bank of New Zealand

In remarks for a Monetary Policy Statement presentation to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce today, Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr has elaborated on the direction received from the Minister of Finance, to have regard to house price sustainability ... More >>

There Is No Plan For Fortress New Zealand

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 3:32 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Every day we get more evidence that this Government is reluctant to even explore taking a proportionate risk-weighted approach to managing COVID-19,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “When I asked COVID-19 Response Minister in Parliament this afternoon ... More >>

Banks Support New Housing Remit For RBNZ

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 2:59 pm | New Zealand Bankers' Association

Banks welcome today’s announcement that the Reserve Bank will consider the impact of its monetary and financial policy decisions on the housing market. “Banks support today’s announcement and are keen to be involved in discussions around how to tackle ... More >>

Organic Products Bill A Major Boost For Exporters

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 2:58 pm | GE Free NZ

Legislation regulating New Zealand's organic sector is about to pass through its final stages in Parliament and will be a major boost for exporters meeting the global demand for safe, 'clean', GE-free organic products. The Organic Products Bill helps ... More >>

Union Calls On Air New Zealand To Rebuild Better

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 10:56 am | E tu

E tū is calling on the country’s national carrier to ensure it rebuilds better than before, after the half-year announcement of a profit loss of $185 million, before other significant items and taxation. E tū Head of Aviation, Savage, says the announcement ... More >>




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