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Stand Up Issues Govt Termination Letter On 90th Day

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 3:55 pm | Stand Up

Stand Up, the youth union movement, today commemorated the Government’s 90th day in power by using its own new employment policy, the 90-day trial period, to issue Prime Minister Christopher Luxon with a termination letter outlining how his Government ... More >>

Another Missile Launched In Government’s War On Nature

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 2:59 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Government’s arrogant disregard for the natural world is again on display, this time threatening coastal waters and the ocean, as it plans to automatically extend the duration of all marine farm consents in the country. And it is giving ... More >>

OCR Shows National Need To Get Serious About Slashing Waste

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 1:50 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: “Kiwi families are struggling, but with the OCR looking likely to climb ... More >>

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The Repeal No One Asked For

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 1:46 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

As the Coalition Government rushes to repeal the Smokefree legislation today, Aotearoa’s largest Māori Public Health Organisation are just as concerned that they do not have an effective replacement to combat smoking in the future. Hāpai Te Hauora are ... More >>

Mental Health Foundation Opposes Urgent Move To Disestablish Māori Health Authority

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 11:56 am | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (the MHF) opposes the urgent passing of law changes to disestablish the Māori Health Authority, changes presented yesterday by Hon. Dr Shane Reti, and calls on the government to work harder than ever to meet ... More >>

The Hart Act And A Call To Arms

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 11:53 am | Ann Chapman

Let me tell you a story, one of fear, anguish, and medical miracles. Followed by a sequel of fear, anguish and medical heartlessness. It is a story about a Wellington boy who was sixteen when he got leukaemia, ten years ago. Three courses of chemotherapy ... More >>

Urgently Axing The Māori Health Authority Undermines Te Tiriti Partnership

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 11:19 am | Amnesty International

Responding to the news that legislation disestablishing the Māori Health Authority has been debated under urgency in Parliament, Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand’s Campaigns Director Lisa Woods said: "This use of urgency by Parliament ... More >>

Vaping Comments The "Understatement Of The Century"

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 10:33 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The Associate Minister’s comment that vaping "got away on us" is the understatement of the century, Asthma and Respiratory Foundation Chief Executive Letitia Harding says. Casey Costello told TVNZ’s Breakfast that they were slow ... More >>

Anguish About The Outdated, Non-responsive And Inadequate Ministry Funding For Disabled Students To Succeed Is Palpable

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 10:23 am | IHC New Zealand

IHC New Zealand says families of students with intellectual disability are at breaking point as more and more principals are being hamstrung by limited funding. “I am working with families and schools most days, and the frustration and anguish about ... More >>

Potential Changes To Trust Tax Hike Shows Government Is Lawmaking On The Hoof

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 10:12 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to reports that the Finance Minister wants to exempt some trusts from paying the new 39% trust tax rate, Taxpayers’ Union Campaigns Manager, Connor Molloy, said: “What is clear is that this tax hike has never been properly thought through ... More >>

Pou Tangata Appalled As Government Fast-track Te Pae Ora Legislation Without Due Process

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 9:25 am | Pou Tangata

“It is dishonourable when we come to learn about the rushed actions undertaken by the Government to pass the amendments to the Te Pae Ora Bill and accelerate the disestablishment of the Māori Health Authority,” says Rahui Papa, Co-Chair of ... More >>

Outrage At Undemocratic Use Of ‘Urgency’ By Government To Scrap The Maori Health Authority

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 9:09 am | ActionStation

Democracy lobby group, ActionStation, is outraged at the Government’s decision to introduce and pass under urgency, legislation disestablishing Te Aka Whai Ora - the Māori Health Authority, effectively bypassing due democratic process and ignoring ... More >>

Ngāti Kahungunu Slams The Disestablishment Of Te Aka Whai Ora

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 8:56 am | Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc

Ngāti Kahungunu Chair Bayden Barber has slammed the coalition government's moves to disestablish Te Aka Whaiora, The Māori Health Authority, “This is a rash move from the government, disestablishing a model that was designed to shift resources ... More >>

Submissions Extended For The Misuse Of Drugs (Pseudoephedrine) Amendment Bill 2024

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 3:43 pm | Office of the Clerk of the House of Representative

The Chairperson of the Health Committee has re-opened for written submissions on the Misuse of Drugs (Pseudoephedrine) Amendment Bill. Please note that only written submissions are being called for at this time. The purpose of the bill is to change ... More >>

Turning The Tables Back On The Government: 90 Day Trial Period Is Finished

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 3:42 pm | Extinction Rebellion Tamaki Makaurau

On February 28, the government has been in place for 90 days. Representing the people of Aotearoa Extinction Rebellion Tāmaki Makaurau and other groups such Stand Up Youth Union is giving them a 90 Day Letter of Termination of Employment. In Tāmaki ... More >>

Scrapping Māori Health Authority Tramples Over Te Tiriti O Waitangi

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 3:27 pm | Green Party

The Green Party condemns the Government’s latest trashing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in rushing through legislation, without any public input, that will see Te Aka Whai Ora scrapped and the health of Māori neglected. “Disbanding Te Aka Whai Ora will ... More >>

Govt GST-sharing Proposal Gets The Green Light From Councils

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 12:52 pm | Local Government NZ

Councils have welcomed the Infrastructure Minister’s comments today that the Government is considering sharing GST with councils. The comments come following extensive advocacy by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) to ensure councils have a range of funding ... More >>

Criminal Bar Association - Media Statement - Gang Proposals

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 12:21 pm | Criminal Bar Association

We need evidence-based justice policy that keeps our communities safe, while upholding a fair system of justice. The Government’s proposed new ban on gang insignia does neither of those things. “Banning gang insignia is a repeat policy that has already ... More >>

Govt Must Regulate To Protect Migrant Workers On Work Visas From Exploitation

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 12:17 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The NZ Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi is calling on Government to regulate greater protections for migrant workers including decoupling work visas from single employers, and for a comprehensive review into the policy settings of the Accredited ... More >>

Government Rips Off Motorists To Fund Truckers

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 11:50 am | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The government is considering moving away from the current fuel excise tax (FET) and move all vehicles into the same road user charge (RUC) system that all heavy and other diesel propelled vehicles use. We can only be hopeful that the oil companies ... More >>

Sex Buyers In The Spotlight In ‘Buying Her’ Film, Premieres In New Zealand

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 11:28 am | Stop Demand

As a nation that has decriminalised and normalised prostitution and the buying of sex, the film Buying Her is both powerful and relevant. A first-of-its-kind film/documentary, Buying Her explores the lives of men who buy sex and what drives them. First-hand ... More >>

Productivity Commission Releases Business By The Numbers

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 10:55 am | Productivity Commission

The New Zealand Productivity Commission | Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa has released Business by the numbers, a report looking at the performance of businesses that make up the economy. Businesses lie at the heart of the economy. They are the places where ... More >>

Review Into Administration Of Work Force Visa Scheme Released

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 10:43 am | Public Service Commission

Deputy Public Service Commissioner Heather Baggott has today released the findings of a review into the administration of the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) scheme. The independent review was led by Jenn Bestwick. The objective of the review was ... More >>

Wellington Council’s $5 Million Spin Doctor Spend Papering Over The Cracks

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 9:47 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to news that Wellington City Council has 54 members in its comms team, with a total annual budget of over $5 million, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Pipes are bursting, roads are crumbling, and ... More >>

Shutting Down Jurisdiction Of Waitangi Tribunal “Power Play” By Crown

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 9:20 am | Te Kohao Health

Purposely shutting down the jurisdiction of the Waitangi Tribunal through the calculated expediting of the Bill to disestablish Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority will not be the end of the matter. Lead claimants are resolute in the face of the ... More >>

New Zealand Flag To Fly At Half-mast To Mark The Funeral Of Fa'anānā Efeso Collins

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 9:18 am | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

At the request of the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, the Hon Paul Goldsmith, the New Zealand Flag is to be flown at half-mast on all Government and public buildings on Thursday, 29 February 2024 to mark the funeral of Fa’anānā Efeso Collins. ... More >>

IHC Calls For End To Discriminatory Benefit System

Monday, 26 February 2024, 3:19 pm | IHC

IHC says the benefit system is unfair and adding to intellectually disabled New Zealanders experiencing worse outcomes in most areas of life. Director of Advocacy, Tania Thomas, says there’s discrimination on the grounds of age or disability and ... More >>

Intellectually Disabled Community Hidden From Government Statistics

Monday, 26 February 2024, 3:00 pm | IHC

IHC New Zealand is calling on the Ministry of Health to specifically include data on the outcomes of people with intellectual disability in its reporting. In the latest New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS) , released in December 2023, disabled people (who ... More >>

CAPHRA Calls Out Who/FCTC's Disregard For Tobacco Harm Reduction And Transparency

Monday, 26 February 2024, 1:03 pm | CAPHRA

  In a striking critique of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) today voices profound concern over the organizations' ... More >>

Mānuka Charitable Trust Says Amendments To The Geographical Indications Act Are Self-sabotage

Monday, 26 February 2024, 9:05 am | Manuka Charitable Trust

26 February, NZ: The Mānuka Charitable Trust believes the hastily drafted and truncated hearing process for the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on the European Union Free Trade Agreement Legislation Amendment Bill, contravenes protections under ... More >>

Auckland Property Investors Association Reiterates Support For Residential Property Managers Bill

Monday, 26 February 2024, 8:42 am | Auckland Property Investors Association

The Auckland Property Investors Association (APIA) stands firmly behind its endorsement of the Residential Property Managers Bill, advocating for the exclusion of landlords from the proposed regulatory framework for property managers while endorsing the ... More >>

We Oppose Gang Patch Bans

Monday, 26 February 2024, 8:39 am | NZ Council for Civil Liberties

The Council views the government’s proposals to further undermine the civil liberties of New Zealanders accused of being gang members with concern. Proposed news laws will ban the wearing of gang patches and force people accused of being gang members ... More >>

Govt Focus On Gang Wardrobes Not Good Policy

Sunday, 25 February 2024, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government's re-announcement of its impractical policy on gang insignia isn't going to make it work any better, and will only put more pressure on already stretched frontline Police, justice spokesperson Duncan Webb and police spokesperson Ginny ... More >>

Kiingi Tuheitia To Attend Inaugural Meeting Of Pacific Traditional Leaders

Sunday, 25 February 2024, 11:19 am | Te Tari o te Kiingitanga

Kiingi Tuheitia Pootatau Te Wherowhero VII has accepted an invitation to meet with Pacific Traditional Leaders this week, to discuss their role in a world impacted by climate change, environmental degradation, economic development, and globalisation. ... More >>

National’s Own Advice Shows Aucklanders Will Pay More, Not Less

Sunday, 25 February 2024, 11:01 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The financial tales the Coalition Government told to get elected continue to unravel as advice from the Ministry of Transport shows removing the Regional Fuel Tax will end up costing Aucklanders more. “With very little in the Coalition agreements ... More >>

Agricultural Subsidy Distortions Must Be Addressed

Friday, 23 February 2024, 3:16 pm | Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand

As the world’s Trade Ministers head to a WTO meeting in Abu Dhabi, the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) is calling for an immediate capping of agricultural subsidies and urgency in reducing them to prevent and correct production and trade ... More >>

Border Security At Risk With Plans To Cut Staff At Customs

Friday, 23 February 2024, 11:04 am | Public Service Association

The Government’s plan to encourage workers at Customs to take voluntary redundancy puts at risk the vital work of the agency, facilitating a safe and smooth entry and exit through our border, supporting our exports, and keeping New Zealanders safe ... More >>

Highest Public Sector Wage Growth On Record Despite Lagging Productivity

Friday, 23 February 2024, 10:51 am | Taxpayers' Union

Responding to a report showing that public sector wage growth is the highest on record, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Despite a Government elected to trim the bureaucratic fat, public sector wage growth continues ... More >>

Wellington Councillors Need To Front Up Over $32 Million Corporate Handout

Friday, 23 February 2024, 10:02 am | Taxpayers' Union

Wellington City Council is set to decide in secret whether to use $32 million of ratepayers’ money to buy the land under the Reading cinema from its current owners - a multinational firm with real estate holdings valued at over half a billion dollars ... More >>

Government Haste Gives Unequal Access To Cultural Reports

Friday, 23 February 2024, 10:00 am | Community Law Centres

The Government has lost an opportunity to reduce the cost of funding cultural reports at sentencing, while retaining the critical role the information plays in rehabilitating offenders, says Community Law Centres Aotearoa (CLCA). “Rushing these cuts to funding ... More >>

Productivity Commission Releases Two Reports To Support Ongoing Work To Address Productivity Challenges In Aotearoa

Friday, 23 February 2024, 9:49 am | New Zealand Productivity Commission

The New Zealand Productivity Commission | Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa has recently completed two reports to support ongoing work to address the productivity challenge we face in Aotearoa New Zealand. Productivity Commission Chair, Dr Ganesh Nana says, ... More >>

War Museum Steps Up To Telling The Truth

Friday, 23 February 2024, 8:51 am | Peace Action Wellington

"The Auckland War Memorial Museum's move to a Te Tiriti-centred approach is about telling the truth of New Zealand's history. It is the right thing to do. It can't stay a dusty old colonial museum that repeats false myths about the glory of ... More >>

New Zealand Infrastructure Commission Publishes First Assessment Of The Value Of New Zealand's Infrastructure

Friday, 23 February 2024, 8:47 am | New Zealand Infrastructure Commission

With our roads, water pipes and other essential infrastructure wearing out, New Zealand needs to spend around 60% of its infrastructure investment to look after what we already have, rather than building more. This is a key finding of a new report ... More >>

Child Poverty Worsens; Retiree Liz Greive Urges Other Pensioners With High Incomes To Help.

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 1:58 pm | Share My Super

“The statistics released today show child poverty has worsened still further in New Zealand. The life and opportunities these children have are not what we, or even our children had. We must do better by them, which in turn, does better for the whole ... More >>

FACT Aotearoa Calls For Ministers To Boycott Outlets Promoting Extreme Racist Views

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 1:26 pm | FACT Aotearoa

Ministers should boycott Reality Check Radio for promoting Austrian far right activist with links to Christchurch terrorist. FACT Aotearoa is calling on Government Ministers including the Deputy Prime Minister who have appeared on Reality Check Radio to boycott ... More >>

CPAG: PM Luxon On Track To Break Election Promise On Child Poverty

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 12:39 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Latest child poverty statistics that show an extra 23,400 children are living in material hardship are a stark warning for New Zealand with progress made in recent years now going backwards, according to the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). Around ... More >>

Children With Intellectual Disability 7 Times More Likely To Be Uplifted

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 12:32 pm | IHC

IHC New Zealand echoes the Chief Ombudsman’s call for the Government to make changes to Oranga Tamaraki so that our most vulnerable children are protected. This follows a report released yesterday by Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier investigating a number ... More >>

Child Poverty Data Shows Govt Must Take Action

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff is calling on the Government to take action on poverty and the cost of living, in response to new data released today showing an increase in child poverty rates. The number of children living in poverty increased ... More >>

‘Deeply Concerned’ – KidsCan Says Worsening Child Poverty Shows Urgent Government Action Needed

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 11:43 am | KidsCan

The latest child poverty statistics – showing 36,000 more children living below the poverty line – are hugely concerning, but not surprising, KidsCan says. The figures mirror the demand the charity is facing, with more than 200 schools and early ... More >>

Thousands More Children Living In Poverty, With Even More At Risk Under New Government Initiatives: UNICEF

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 11:34 am | UNICEF NZ

Child poverty statistics out today show a marked increase in the number of children in Aotearoa living in poverty over the previous year, with UNICEF concerned recent and proposed changes to welfare payments could plunge even more children into poverty. ... More >>

Save The Children: "Liveable Incomes Crucial To Children’s Wellbeing Now And Their Futures"

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 11:24 am | Save The Children

Save the Children is calling on the Government to commit to investing in policies to lift more children and whānau out of poverty following the release of today’s latest child poverty statistics shows significantly more children experiencing material ... More >>

Commission Backs Outcome Of Leak Investigation

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 10:55 am | Public Service Commission

Deputy Public Service Commissioner Heather Baggott today said she totally supports the Ministry of Health’s action in dealing with a public servant who leaked government information. “The leaking of official information is unacceptable,” said Ms Baggott. ... More >>

We Must Urgently Reduce Poverty So Children Can Thrive

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 10:38 am | Mana Mokopuna

The latest official child poverty statistics show that concerted and urgent action is needed to reduce poverty affecting families, says Chief Children’s Commissioner Dr Claire Achmad. Child Poverty Statistics for the year ending June 2023 released ... More >>

Emergency Stop In Cape Town Exposes Deception In 'gold-standard' Promises

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:56 am | SAFE For Animals

The distressing emergency stop of the Al Kuwait in Cape Town has revealed a grim spectacle of suffering and neglect. With 19,000 cows aboard, this voyage has laid bare the cruel reality of live export by sea. Disturbing images have surfaced revealing ... More >>

Three Waters Chief Execs’ Golden Handshakes Equal To Almost 11x Median Salary

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to news that two Three Waters Chief Executives have received a combined $710,000 in redundancy payments, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Golden handshakes worth almost 11 times the annual median wage ... More >>

Maranga Mai A 'Distortion Of History'

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:42 am | Auckland University of Technology

An academic review has found that a Human Rights Commission (HRC) report, Maranga Mai , manipulates and distorts the historical record. Maranga Mai was released in November 2022 and looks at how Māori have been mistreated over the centuries. Its ... More >>

PMA Pays Tribute To Pacific Leader, Fa'anānā Efeso Collins

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 1:32 pm | Pasifika Medical Association

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) expresses heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Pacific leader and Member of Parliament, Fa'anānā Efeso Collins. <img src="" ... More >>

FIRST Union Statement On The Death Of Efeso Collins

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 12:59 pm | First Union

Dennis Maga, FIRST Union General Secretary, said staff and union members are devastated by the passing of Fa’anānā Efeso Collins and wish to offer their respect and admiration for a dedicated, kind and effective community leader. "Efeso was ... More >>

STATEMENT: Efeso Collins

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 11:05 am | Mayor Wayne Brown

It’s a sad day for Auckland. He was a good man; my heart goes out to his family. Efeso is someone I had a lot of respect for. The former Manukau ward councillor will be greatly missed by the Governing Body, and many people across the wider council ... More >>

NZCTU Statement On Fa’anānā Efeso Collins

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 10:56 am | NZCTU

The union movement is sending its love and condolences to the family of Fa’anānā Efeso Collins, said NZCTU President, Richard Wagstaff, today. “We are heartbroken for Efeso’s whānau, friends and community,” said Wagstaff. “This news is devastating. ... More >>




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