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Call for pay transparency in the vocational education sector

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 4:56 pm | Tertiary Education Union

Change is afoot in New Zealand’s vocational education system and staff want to ensure that the changes include embedding principles around pay transparency. More >>

EMA welcomes practical help for small businesses

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 4:52 pm | EMA

The EMA was pleased to see the practical measures included in the Government’s Small Business Strategy, which will improve the cash flow of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) because they will get paid more promptly. More >>

Cannabis Control Bill ticks the boxes

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 4:49 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

New Zealanders will know exactly what they are voting on at next year’s cannabis referendum with the release of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill (‘Cannabis Control Bill’) by Justice Minister Andrew Little today. The Government has outlined ... More >>

HCF reiterates support for yes vote in Cannabis Referendum

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 4:46 pm | Helen Clark Foundation

The Helen Clark Foundation today reiterated its support for a yes vote in next year’s cannabis referendum, following today’s announcement by Justice Minister Andrew Little setting out the proposed cannabis law reform to be voted on in 2020. More >>

Councils in next round of LGOIMA practice investigations

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 4:19 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Tauranga and Porirua City Councils in next round of LGOIMA practice investigations) More >>

Karen O'Leary stars in new early childhood fair pay video

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 3:30 pm | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa has launched a new video campaign to get the public behind fixing the huge pay gap between qualified early childhood teachers and other teachers. The video features Karen O'Leary, early childhood teacher and star of Wellington Paranormal. More >>

Take Trout Farming Off Agenda Says Trout Federation

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 3:12 pm | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

Trout farming should not be a part of government’s plan to strengthen the allocation and transfer process in the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004 says a trout and rivers advocacy the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA). More >>

Auditor-General releases report on “functional leadership"

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 2:13 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s report Using “functional leadership” to improve government procurement was presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

Privacy breach of Police’s online notification platform

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Police

Enquiries into the privacy breach of Police’s online notification platform for the firearms buy-back programme are ongoing. More >>

Would ban on foreign donations apply to party ‘foundations'?

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 12:41 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Justice Minister Andrew Little to clarify whether the ban on foreign donations to political parties will also prevent foreign donations made via ‘foundations’ connected to political parties. More >>

CEAC - PM must attend COPS 25 Climate Change Conference.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 12:34 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

PM Ardern must attend COPS 25 Climate Change Conference beginning today in Madrid with 125 other countries. More >>

International Volunteer Day

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 11:14 am | Vegan Society

Every year over a million Kiwis devote their time, a national average of 13 minutes per day, the highest of OECD countries, to a cause or community they care about. They contribute around $3.5 billion to the national GDP annually! Amazing stuff and ... More >>

Rotary Encourages Giving Tuesday to be a Sharing Tuesday

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 10:25 am | Rotary New Zealand

Today, 3 December 2019 has been designated “Giving Tuesday”. Maybe it should more suitably be “Sharing Tuesday”. The needs of people throughout the world continue to be unprecedented. Thankfully, it is human nature that people generally ... More >>

Calling it quits with Colin Craig

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 10:20 am | Jordan Williams

Last week I signed an agreement apologising to Colin Craig, and agreed to pay him a confidential amount in full and final settlement of the civil litigation matters between us. A copy of the statement is below. More >>

New Zealand Government 1080 Poison Tests Flawed

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 9:45 am | Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa

Clean Green New Zealand and Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa are not affiliated in any way with any political parties, commercial sponsors or ‘anti-1080’ groups. Our objectives in raising awareness of the potential harm from widespread use of poisons ... More >>

NZ undercutting the Pacific on key climate issue

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 9:22 am | Oxfam NZ

The New Zealand government’s negotiating position is set to undercut a key priority of Pacific Island nations at the UN Climate Summit, Oxfam says. More >>

Can democracy survive?

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 9:17 am | University of Auckland

The rise of populism and nationalism in some of the world’s leading democracies, along with declining trust in political institutions, has led to questions over whether democracy can survive. More >>

Community housing sector welcomes low-cost funding option

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 9:14 am | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) is welcoming the arrival of a low-cost funding avenue for community organisations working to provide good homes for New Zealanders. More >>

Testing night on the barricades at OMV

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 8:57 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

It’s been a challenging night on the barricades for the climate protestors blocking entrances to OMV - New Zealand’s last major offshore oil exploration company. More >>

Young leaders assemble to represent NZ on world stage

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 8:55 am | SWY NZ

A diverse and passionate group of young leaders have been chosen to form the New Zealand delegation to the 32nd Ship for World Youth programme. The annual programme is organised and funded by the Cabinet Office of the Japanese Government and brings ... More >>

Free Speech Almost Gone!

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 8:31 am | New Conservative

At the Labour Party conference, Andrew Little finally admitted what many have suspected for months. More >>

There’s nothing wrong with me!

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 8:13 am | CCS Disability Action

As a person who uses a wheelchair it’s a question I hear on an almost daily basis, “What’s wrong with you?”. The assumptions behind that question speak to the attitudinal barriers I, and other disabled people in New Zealand really should not ... More >>

Living with Earth in mind

Monday, 2 December 2019, 5:33 pm | Lynley Tulloch

The time is ripe to start talking rights. Not just human rights, but environmental and animal rights as well. Human use and exploitation of both animals and the wider environment has led to devastating global ecological decline and animal suffering. ... More >>

Access to justice for suicide bereaved families and whānau

Monday, 2 December 2019, 4:28 pm | Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

A petition by Corinda Taylor from the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust will be presented on Tuesday the 3rd December at 1pm at the Wellington Cenotaph next to Parliament. The petition will be handed over to Green MP Chloe Swarbrick. More >>

Greenpeace calls on OMV to leave NZ as blockade continues

Monday, 2 December 2019, 4:12 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Monday, 2 December: Climate protesters are eight hours into a planned 72 hour blockade of the OMV building in New Plymouth. More >>

Mediation fails: Woburn Masonic members to strike

Monday, 2 December 2019, 3:18 pm | E tu

E tū members at Woburn Masonic Village have likened their rosters to zero-hour contracts ahead of strike action from tomorrow in support of a collective agreement. More >>

Monthly Economic Indicators report for November 2019

Monday, 2 December 2019, 2:50 pm | The Treasury

The Monthly Economic Indicators report for November 2019 is now available on the Treasury website. More >>

Lemuel Misa v The Queen - Appeal dismissed

Monday, 2 December 2019, 2:34 pm | NZ Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed Mr Misa’s appeal. There was no real dispute about the interpretation of s 232(2)(c) in this case. The Court confirmed that the starting point should be the statutory language. More >>

Police Firearm Data Breach Update #3: Images Now Available

Monday, 2 December 2019, 2:05 pm | COLFO

COLFO has released images in which the Police online database revealed full contact and bank details of all 37,125 owners and each of the 280,000 prohibited items they own or owned before hand-in. More >>

Police Firearm Data Breach UPDATE #2

Monday, 2 December 2019, 1:06 pm | COLFO

The Police firearm database breach has revealed that 37,125 owners have registered 280,000 individual newly prohibited items, COLFO says. More >>

Caritas participates in international conference

Monday, 2 December 2019, 1:02 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

This week, Julianne Hickey, the Director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, is attending a conference in Bangkok to discuss issues surrounding child protection, human trafficking and labour migration in Asia and Oceania. The conference, focused on “The Future ... More >>

Want to help prepare your community for an emergency?

Monday, 2 December 2019, 12:36 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is calling on people to join one of initial seven Local Advisory Committees which will help make New Zealand communities more resilient in an emergency More >>

Potential privacy breach for firearm buy-back programme

Monday, 2 December 2019, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have been made aware today of a potential privacy breach involving the online notification platform for the firearm buy-back programme. More >>

Data Breach Alert on Firearm Hand-in Scheme

Monday, 2 December 2019, 12:23 pm | COLFO

COLFO has learned within the past hour of a massive data breach on the Police database for firearm hand-in and compensation. More >>

Thumbs up for school property announcement

Monday, 2 December 2019, 11:15 am | NZ School Trustees Association

The New Zealand School Trustees Association is giving the thumbs up to the government’s announcement of between $50,000 and $400,000 per school for immediate repairs and upgrades to school property, saying it will help to ease the load for schools right ... More >>

Clayton Park School showcase of Labour’s policy laziness

Monday, 2 December 2019, 11:00 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Clayton Park School’s totally unnecessary $238,000 cash injection announced yesterday by the Prime Minister is demonstrative of money not being targeted to where it is most needed, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Protests Against Arrival of Blood Phosphate Ship

Monday, 2 December 2019, 10:49 am | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU), representing port workers at Napier port, has today handed a letter of protest to the captain of a ship carrying Blood Phosphate mined in the Western Sahara that arrived at the port this morning. More >>

Opinion - Mount Erebus

Monday, 2 December 2019, 10:47 am | Dr Richard Waugh

It’s about time Erebus families got what they requested with a national memorial where all 257 names of New Zealand’s worst peacetime disaster can be honoured and remembered. Most Kiwis think, “Why has it taken so long?” Why indeed. The accident ... More >>

CEAC wants funding for rail freight/passenger services

Monday, 2 December 2019, 10:05 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

Letter to – Grant Robertson Labour finance Minister. Dear Grant, - Our NGO has represented the community since 2001 on issues of community environmental and residential public health and wellbeing; quote; “In association with other Community Groups, ... More >>

NZEI Te Riu Roa welcome gov education spending announcements

Sunday, 1 December 2019, 10:05 pm | New Zealand Educational Institute

NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes the Government's announcement today of a $396m capital injection to upgrade schools, and applauds the Prime Minister's commitment to extend the Living Wage to all school staff. More >>

CEAC - Gov't fund NZ rail freight/passenger services

Sunday, 1 December 2019, 12:24 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

“CEAC - Gov't fund NZ rail freight/passenger services.” Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre Incorporated (CEAC) Press release 1st December 2019. Letter to - Labour party MPs at Labour party conference. IMPORTANT Today 1st December 2019, at ... More >>

Tracking survey: Support lifts for personal cannabis use

Sunday, 1 December 2019, 12:11 pm | Helius

Support for legalising personal cannabis use has risen by 9% in the past quarter, according to the country’s only 12-month tracking survey on how New Zealanders would vote in the Government's binding referendum next year. More >>

Generation Zero stand with the Tūpuna Maunga Authority

Sunday, 1 December 2019, 11:55 am | Generation Zero

Generation Zero supports the Tūpuna Maunga Authority in its plan to restore native bush to Ōwairaka. The Authority has decided to remove 345 exotic trees on Ōwairaka in order to plant 13,000 native trees and plants. This decision forms part of the ... More >>

The Nation: Tova O'Brien interviews PM Jacinda Ardern

Saturday, 30 November 2019, 12:37 pm | The Nation

The Labour Party's annual conference opened in Whanganui last night, a chance for party members to reflect on 2019, and plan for Election 2020. So, how is this year of delivery going for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern? Political Editor Tova O'Brien ... More >>

Top Calls for Royal Commission into Australian-Owned Banks

Saturday, 30 November 2019, 12:14 pm | The Opportunities Party

TOP began a guerilla campaign against New Zealand’s Australian-owned banks last night, stickering over a hundred ATMs in Auckland and Wellington. More >>

Politics in Full Sentences, 29 November 2019

Saturday, 30 November 2019, 11:14 am | ACT New Zealand

The Podcast This week on the podcast, we heard from former ACT MP and Federated Farmers President Owen Jennings about the Government’s attacks on the rural sector, why ACT was right to oppose the Zero Carbon Act, and why the National Party has been ... More >>

Support staff set to receive significant pay increase

Saturday, 30 November 2019, 11:09 am | Ministry of Education

Over 30,000 school support staff, kaiārahi, and therapists are set to receive a significant pay increase if they accept an offer made by the Government. More >>

Recent Climate Reports Underscore Genuine Emergency

Friday, 29 November 2019, 6:37 pm | The Wise Response Society

The Wise Response Society is anxious the underlying message in a suite of recent reports about the evolving climate crisis is fully recognised and heeded. While the New Zealand Government has been making big efforts to address national climate risks, ... More >>

Hundreds to descend on OMV in New Plymouth

Friday, 29 November 2019, 3:47 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Friday, 29 November: Hundreds of climate protesters are expected to descend on New Plymouth this coming Monday, 2 December. They’ll be surrounding the headquarters of Austrian Oil Company - OMV - for a three day ‘climate uprising occupation’ ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union congratulates NZ First

Friday, 29 November 2019, 3:21 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to New Zealand First’s decision to oppose January’s hike in tobacco excise, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Jordan Williams says: More >>

The Hidden Trucking Industry Subsidy

Friday, 29 November 2019, 2:56 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

This US based article shows we ‘public’ give an exorbitant unfair amount of subsidy to the trucking industry. More >>

National Emergency Management Agency to replace MCDEM

Friday, 29 November 2019, 1:25 pm | National Emergency Management Agency

The new National Emergency Management Agency will become operational on 1 December 2019. On this day all of the existing functions and staff of the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management will transfer into the new National Emergency ... More >>

Amazon tax must be delayed in light of service shutdowns

Friday, 29 November 2019, 1:21 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to delay the introduction of the ‘Amazon tax’ in light of reports Amazon will withdraw its international websites while it processes how to comply with new GST rules, says the New Zealand ... More >>

Time to move e-scooters off footpaths

Friday, 29 November 2019, 12:48 pm | Dog And Lemon Guide

The decision to ban certain brands of e-scooter doesn’t mean the remaining e-scooters are safe, says the car review website . More >>

We have something to say… Don't drink and drive.

Friday, 29 November 2019, 12:44 pm | New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police, the NZ Transport Agency, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, and Wellington Free Ambulance are joining forces on the road tonight to remind people not to drink and drive. More >>

Panguru wins new colour coded recycling bins

Friday, 29 November 2019, 12:10 pm | Joint Press Release

Te Kura Taumata o Panguru School has today been awarded a set of colour coded recycling and rubbish bins as winners of a national competition to help communities around Aotearoea combat litter and increase recycling. More >>

Police Trash Basic Rule of Law Principle

Friday, 29 November 2019, 11:53 am | Fair And Reasonable

A Police announcement today of an exemption for firearm owners stuck in a long queue for Police approval omits to mention a serious change in the rules for compensation. More >>

Honour The Maunga slams culturally inappropriate comments

Friday, 29 November 2019, 11:52 am | Honour the Maunga

The tree protection group occupying Ōwairaka / Mt Albert has strongly spoken out against culturally inappropriate comments made at yesterday’s Tūpuna Maunga Authority hui. Following consultation with tangata whenua whanau, Honour The Maunga decided ... More >>

Yawning trans-Tasman salary gap for medical specialists

Friday, 29 November 2019, 11:06 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

New research reveals medical specialists in New Zealand’s public hospitals are, on average, earning as much as 60 percent less than their Australian counterparts. More >>

Grow up New Zealand

Friday, 29 November 2019, 10:52 am | Curtis Nixon

It’s time for us to grow up and move on as a country. That is why I support changing our flag and becoming a republic. More >>





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