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A Call To Reshape The Way We Think About Volunteering

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 10:57 am | Volunteering New Zealand

In the wake of lockdown, Volunteering New Zealand is calling on people to reshape the way they think about volunteering. To unite with whānau, friends and workmates to make a group commitment to a community or cause that matters to them. Covid-19 ... More >>

Time To Call Out The Dog Whistles

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 11:16 am | Gregory Fortuin

Former Race Relations Commissioner Gregory Fortuin has called out National MP Hamish Walker for his racist comments towards people of colour. This follows Walker's press release objecting to people from Pakistan, India and Korea potentially being quarantined ... More >>

Safeguarding The Rights Of Children In Secure Detention Centres

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 3:26 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

On 03 July Children’s Commissioner was given additional responsibility by the Minister of Justice which extended its role as the independent monitor of the conditions and treatment of children and young people in secure detention centres. The Children’s ... More >>

New Foreign Nationals Package Inadequate

Friday, 3 July 2020, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Human Rights Commission

A new package to help foreign nationals stuck in New Zealand due to Covid-19 is inadequate and needs to be supplemented with the emergency benefit, say Community Law Centres O Aotearoa (CLCA) and the Human Rights Commission (HRC). The assistance ... More >>

Colorado Has Just Banned Caged Eggs - New Zealand Should Be Next

Friday, 3 July 2020, 4:01 pm | SAFE For Animals

Colorado’s cage ban will free six million hens from a lifetime of confinement in cages. The State’s Governor signed the bill into law yesterday. Colorado joins Washington, Oregon, Michigan and California as the fifth state in the United States ... More >>

Feds Applauds Labour's Pledge To Protect Productive Farmland

Friday, 3 July 2020, 3:08 pm | Federated Farmers

A commitment from Labour to protect productive farmland from blanket afforestation if re-elected is a step in the right direction, Federated Farmers Meat & Wool Chairperson William Beetham says. "We’re really pleased there is now ... More >>

National Day Of Protest Against Israeli Plans To Annex (steal) More Palestinian Land

Friday, 3 July 2020, 2:40 pm | Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa

Tomorrow, 4 July, will see protests in at least nine centres around New Zealand against Israeli plans to steal more Palestinian land (Details are at the end of this media release) “Virtually the entire international community is standing together ... More >>

We Need A Plan To Open Our Borders

Friday, 3 July 2020, 2:01 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

While we’re growing in confidence that we are in the enviable position of basically eliminating Covid-19, our trading nation at the bottom of the world is also in the unenviable position of locking off our economy to the world. “No is not an answer ... More >>

Lights, Camera, Spending!

Friday, 3 July 2020, 1:36 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the scale and value of the Government’s $230m screen industry recovery package. Union spokesperson Jordan Williams says: “The official justification for this ‘recovery package’ is the impact of COVID-19 ... More >>

CEAC Warns - National Party Position On Climate Change Is Still Abysmal

Friday, 3 July 2020, 12:35 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

CEAC pre-election review of National Party ‘climate change policy’, is lacking in substance without any clear policy, that will leave voters with no idea of what National Party plans for saving our climate, and glancing at their ‘Transport plans’, ... More >>

Govt Unveils Plans For 'once In A Generation' Green Building Reform | Council Response

Friday, 3 July 2020, 12:05 pm | Green Building Council

The Government’s plans to transform the building sector to slash emissions is a huge step towards tackling climate change, the New Zealand Green Building Council says. For years the NZGBC and its 500 strong membership throughout the sector have ... More >>

Law Changes Treat The Symptoms, Not The Cause Of Tobacco Black Market

Friday, 3 July 2020, 11:42 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Customs and Excise (Tobacco) Amendment Bill that came into effect Wednesday barring the import of tobacco products without a permit is putting a band aid on the gaping wound that is the tobacco black market, caused by extortionate tobacco ... More >>

Down Syndrome Community Urges Government To Ignore Health And Disability Review

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:51 am | New Zealand Down Syndrome Association

The New Zealand Down syndrome community is urging the Government to ignore the recommendations in the recent Health and Disability Sector Review. “New Zealand has made terrific progress to enhance the quality of life for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities ... More >>

If Border Opens Soon, NZ Can Minimise The Economic Consequences Of Covid-19

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:46 am | Covid Plan B

The Covid Plan B group says New Zealand can minimise the economic consequences of Covid-19 if it opens its borders following the rest of the world. The group, which has critiqued the Government's lockdown response since March, has today added its ... More >>

Hunters Ask Conservation Authority To Work For All New Zealanders

Friday, 3 July 2020, 9:26 am | Tahr Foundation

The Tahr Foundation is asking the Conservation Authority to represent all New Zealanders and their recreational pursuits in National Parks, including the tens of thousands of hunters who flock to them every year. The Foundation’s plea is in response to ... More >>

Council Debt Cap Increase Means Community Investment, Not Cutbacks

Friday, 3 July 2020, 9:22 am | Public Service Association

Councils can now borrow money equivalent to 300% of annual revenue, and the Public Service Association says this will allow them to maintain operational expenditure, invest in important community services and proceed with long-overdue infrastructure ... More >>

Mayor Boult Responds To Government Feasibility Work

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 4:58 pm | Queenstown Lakes District Council

Earlier today, Minister Megan Woods announced early feasibility work was underway to investigate the use of hotels within Dunedin and Queenstown for managed isolation and quarantine facilities. Please find Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult’s ... More >>

'This Is The Last Straw' - Maori Leaders Demand Dismissals

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 4:16 pm | Wahine Maori

Wāhine Māori are calling for the immediate sacking of Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive Ms Grainne Moss and the Minister Tracey Martin following more damning media reports about Oranga Tamariki. Dame Naida Glavich, Chair of the Governance Group for the ... More >>

Family Lawyers Critical At Early Stages Of Care Disputes

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 4:07 pm | NZ Bar Association

The New Zealand Bar Association welcomes the re-establishment of access to lawyers at the start of disputes about the care of children. From 1 July 2020, parties will be able to get legal advice at the beginning of the process. The Bar Association ... More >>

LGNZ Invite Discussion On Councils’ Finances

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 2:45 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is inviting the New Zealand Maori Council to have an open-book discussion on the financial positions of five councils, to set right the misguided impression that they are potentially insolvent. This is in response ... More >>

NZCA Supports Tahr Control In National Parks

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 2:31 pm | NZ Conservation Authority

The New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) strongly supports the Department of Conservation’s Tahr Control Operational Plan 2020-2021, and gives full support to the implementation National Parks Act’s policy of extermination of tahr, as ... More >>

Māori Party Announce Policy To Uphold Māori Freshwater Rights And Interests

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 1:53 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leader and Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Debbie Ngarewa-Packer has today announced her party’s policy on freshwater that will uphold Māori rights and interests and protect and restore waterways from pollution and overallocation. “The Māori ... More >>

New Research Reveals Large Number Of Kiwis Are Experiencing Unequal Pay

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 11:55 am | Human Rights Commission

Many New Zealanders have reported being paid less for doing the same job as another person, according to new research released today by the Human Rights Commission. The report “Opinions and Experiences of Unequal Pay and Pay Transparency” reveals ... More >>

Taxpayer Victory! David Clark Resigns

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 11:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Welcoming the resignation of Health Minister David Clark, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Jordan Williams says:  “Clearly David Clark has listened to the 2,800 New Zealanders who signed our petition calling for his sacking.” “Dr ... More >>

Korean War Veterans Commemorate 70th Anniversary Of Start Of War

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 11:31 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The service and sacrifice of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel in the Korean War was remembered at a commemoration in Wellington yesterday to mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the war. Ten Korean War veterans were joined by Prime Minister ... More >>

Victim Support Welcomes Bill To Strengthen Rights For Victims Of Insane Offenders

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 10:59 am | Victim Support

The passing of the first reading of MP Louise Upston’s Rights of Victims of Insane Offenders Bill is welcome news for victims, says Victim Support. The Bill aims to ensure victims of legally insane offenders are treated the same as other victims ... More >>

Lack Of Consultation By Government Shows And Public Get Behind Tahr

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 10:32 am | New Zealand Deerstalkers Association

New Zealand Deerstalkers Association Inc (NZDA) are disappointed to receive a final Himalayan tahr control operational plan from the Department of Conservation (DOC) for the coming 2020/21 operational period that ignores any advice and input from ... More >>

Overwhelming Public Support To Stop Mass Killling Of Tahr

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 10:13 am | Tahr Foundation

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders are signing a petition to stop DOC’s plans for a mass killing of tahr in the Southern Alps. The petition was started on Monday evening, shortly after revelations the Department of Conservation was planning ... More >>

Groundbreaking 501 Decision In Auckland Court

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 10:12 am | Richard Major

For the first time, a 501 returned offender has successfully challenged a Special Conditions Order in the Waitakere district court. Richard Major, self-represented, opposed the special supervision order request imposed by the Chief Executive of the ... More >>

LGNZ Recovery Fund To Sponsor New Sector Development Initiative

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 10:08 am | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand’s National Council has announced the creation of an LGNZ Covid Recovery Fund, which will be used to deliver free digital training to support mayors, chairs and elected members in their post-Covid decision-making. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Scott Watson Case Goes Back To Court

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 9:59 am | Peter Dunne

Over 20 years after the event, the Scott Watson murder case continues to attract public attention. Last week’s decision by the Governor-General to refer the case back to the Court of Appeal is but the latest step in this long saga. The Watson ... More >>

Mass Killing Of Tahr Devastating For Tourism Industry

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 9:33 am | Professional Hunting Guides Association

Tourism industry operators are pleading for the government to halt DoC’s plan for a mass killing of Himalayan Tahr, saying the animals provide hundreds of jobs and a multi-million dollar benefit to the country. More >>

Māori Party Co-leader Calls On The PM To Sack Tracey Martin And Grainne Moss

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 6:50 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party is calling on the Prime Minister to sack Minister of Children, Tracey Martin, and instruct a new minister to replace CEO of Oranga Tamariki, Grainne Moss, in light of the most recent reports about their incompetence in leading the ... More >>

EPA Gains New Enforcement Powers

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:28 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

  Changes to the Resource Management Act which allow the EPA to provide greater support to local councils in RMA enforcement actions come into effect today. The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) is New Zealand’s main piece of legislation ... More >>

AAAP Calls For WINZ Debt Cancellation As Debt Doubles In 5 Years.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:13 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on all debt to the Ministry of Social Development to be cancelled to stop people from missing out on essentials such as rent, food and bills. Official Information Act figures acquired by Auckland Action ... More >>

Police Must Come Clean On Gang Access To Firearms

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:11 pm | Fair And Reasonable

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) says Police are not giving the whole story behind their claims that licenced firearms owners are the source of firearms for violent criminal gangs. The claim was made this morning by Detective Superintendent ... More >>

Greenpeace Response To Infrastructure Funding Announcement

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:02 pm | Greenpeace

"It looks like there are good investments on the table in the Government’s Covid recovery infrastructure announcement today. But the devil will be in the detail, which has not yet been made available. It remains to be seen whether the Government ... More >>

Maori Strongly Support Cannabis Reform Ahead Of Referendum

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:01 pm | Helius Therapeutics

Nearly three-quarters of Maori support legalising cannabis for personal use, with 84% believing prohibition has failed to limit cannabis access and use, according to an independent survey. Less than 12 weeks out from the General Election, 72% of ... More >>

Whitireia And WelTec Welcomes Infrastructure Announcement

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 3:47 pm | WelTec and Whitireia

Whitireia and WelTec CE Mark Oldershaw welcomed today’s announcement of a $185 million investment in and job creation in the Wellington region. The Government has outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the COVID Response and Recovery ... More >>

IHC Calls On Government To Abandon Force In Schools

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 3:38 pm | IHC

IHC is calling on the Government to heed the wave of anti-brutality sentiment sweeping the world, and move away from the use of force and restraint in schools. The Education and Training Bill, currently before the Committee of the whole House, includes clause ... More >>

NZ Is Being Shown Up By Australia’s Family Tax Credit System, Says CPAG

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 3:07 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

CPAG’s latest background paper, Family tax credits: Do children get the support in New Zealand that they would get in Australia? published today, finds that Australia’s family tax benefits system is significantly more generous than New Zealand’s Working ... More >>

Shovel-ready Projects: Nice Entrée, Now Time For Main Course

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Automobile Association

The AA is keenly waiting for the full list of infrastructure projects in the Covid-19 recovery package to be revealed, following today’s initial announcement. The Government today identified 12 of the more than 150 projects from around the country that will ... More >>

Anger At DOC's "Sham Consultation" Over Tahr Slaughter Plans

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:34 pm | Tahr Foundation

The Tahr Foundation is condemning the Department of Conservation for what it describes as DOC’s “sham consultation” over plans to kill thousands of Himalayan tahr. DOC’s kill operation is due to start today but the final version of its plan was ... More >>

Public Contempt For Government Inaction On Fishing Boat Cameras

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:34 pm | LegaSea

Six years after the Government first promised cameras onboard commercial fishing boats to prevent dumping and protect vulnerable species, there are fewer than 100 vessels outfitted with the technology. A Newshub investigation broadcast last night ... More >>

Vaping Bill Deserves To Fail At Second Reading

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill, due for its second reading this week, would undermine smokers’ attempts to quit and sustain punitive taxes on low-income communities. The New Zealand Taxpayers Union is calling ... More >>

Once Again, Wellington Misses Out

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:25 pm | Wellington Chamber Of Commerce

Today’s infrastructure investment announcement from the Government will see Wellington receive just $185 million, missing out yet again on desperately needed funds to fix the region’s infrastructure deficits. While the broader investment package includes ... More >>

COVID-recovery Infrastructure Investment Will Support Central New Zealand

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:21 pm | Business Central

Today’s infrastructure investment announcement from the Government will see Central New Zealand receive $625 million in the first tranche of targeted funding. The investment package includes about $210 million for climate resilience and flood protection projects, ... More >>

Farm Debt Mediation A Useful Backstop - Federated Farmers

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:21 pm | Federated Farmers

The Farm Debt Mediation laws that take effect today [July 1] govern a scheme that farmers would hope never to have to use, but it’s a very useful backstop if a farm’s finances do go pear-shaped. "We strongly supported this legislation as it was ... More >>

Shovel Ready Announcement Welcome, But Money Needs To Start Flowing

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:20 pm | Infrastructure NZ

“Today’s announcement that the bulk of the $3 billion shovel ready infrastructure fund has been finalised is welcome, but to avoid major lay-offs in the engineering, design, consulting and construction sectors, projects must be urgently brought to ... More >>

It’s Time To Stop Treating Our Pacific Family As Cheap Hired Help

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 12:40 pm | Vision New Zealand

“It is time to stop treating our Pacific family as cheap hired help” said Hannah Tamaki of Vision New Zealand. She went on to say, “Many of our Pacific people enter New Zealand on an Essential Skills Work Visa and are in jobs which do not provide ... More >>

SST Supports Vote Nope To Dope Campaign

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 12:18 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

There is a major push to legalise cannabis in New Zealand and all the while, drug addiction problems are growing. Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) have joined with SAM-NZ in their Vote Nope to Dope campaign. SST National Spokesperson Jess McVicar ... More >>

Infracom Welcomes Infrastructure Investment Announcement

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 11:29 am | New Zealand Infrastructure Commission

Infracom (NZ Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga) welcomes the Government’s infrastructure investment announced today to help kick-start the post-COVID recovery. "We’re acutely aware of the challenges faced by both local government and ... More >>

Health And Disability System Review Highlights Greater Need For Sustainable General Practice

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 11:27 am | General Practice Owners Association

The interim Board of GenPro, the General Practice Owners Association, whose objectives include supporting the productivity and efficiency of the New Zealand health and disability system, have today welcomed the focus on addressing inequalities and moving ... More >>

Hunting & Fishing New Zealand Calls For Genuine Government Consultation Over Tahr Cull

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 10:37 am | Hunting and Fishing NZ

New Zealand’s largest outdoor recreation retailer, Hunting & Fishing New Zealand, today called on the Government to get back around the table and genuinely work with the hunting community to develop a pragmatic and long-term solution for ... More >>

Infrastructure Spend Good Start For Regions

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 10:14 am | EMA

The shovel ready projects infrastructure programme will inject almost $1 billion dollars into the EMA’s region in the Upper North Island, and generate important employment opportunities. Funds allocated for as yet un-named projects will see $970 ... More >>

Bread And Roses: New Policies Support Better Work, More Life

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 10:07 am | Public Service Association

Public Service Association members this week celebrate new milestones in the struggle for gender equality and dignity for working people, with the introduction of 26 weeks paid parental leave and the commitment by core government agencies to support flexible ... More >>

New Index Shows Activity Down In April And May

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 9:38 am | Statistics New Zealand

The New Zealand Activity Index (NZAC) has been launched to provide a more granular and timely signal of movements in the New Zealand economy. It has been constructed by staff at the Treasury, Stats NZ, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. The NZAC ... More >>

New Zealand Red Cross Scaling Up To Assist Foreign Nationals Affected By COVID-19

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 9:25 am | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross is scaling up at speed to address the urgent needs of people on temporary visas in Aotearoa New Zealand who are experiencing serious hardship due to COVID-19. From 1 July, people who are in need and on temporary visas can check ... More >>

Millennials Holding Fast To Core Values In A Constantly Changing World

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 9:21 am | Deloitte

Deloitte survey of over 18,000 millennials and Gen Z respondents across 43 countries reveals a values-driven cohort, managing high levels of anxiety and stress with an increasingly low opinion of traditional institutions. Shaped by the trying circumstances ... More >>

NZ’s ‘Vote NO’ Campaign Is A NZ-Funded Effort

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 7:48 am | Say Nope to Dope

New Zealand’s Vote Nope to Dope campaign is rubbishing claims that the Vote NO campaign is being bankrolled by or controlled by US organisations. “An alliance of community organisations and leaders (including ex-addicts, educators, ex-police, ... More >>





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