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COLFO Confirms Number of Banned Firearms in NZ

Sunday, 15 December 2019, 4:22 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

COLFO Confirms Number of Banned Firearms in New Zealand at Upper End of Police Estimates SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER 2019 More >>

Reefton gold mine subsidy undermines DOC land

Sunday, 15 December 2019, 11:59 am | Coromandel Watchdog

The Provincial Growth Fund giving $13 million to a gold mining project under DOC land on the West Coast is a disgraceful waste of public money says Coromandel Watchdog, a group fighting gold mining in Hauraki. More >>

CEAC are strongly in support of Government rail funding plan

Sunday, 15 December 2019, 11:55 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

CEAC reviewed the NZTA National Land Transport Programme “2021–24 NLTP development” plan to see the support for rail funding was there, and NZTA is now seen as ‘anti-rail’ in their NLTP plans, contrary to Government policy to use rail - heads must roll. More >>

Apology to Alexandra Allan

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 7:20 pm | The Scoop Team

This contained incorrect information regarding the remuneration of Alexandra Allan. The item has now been deleted and Scoop unreservedly apologises to Ms Allan for the distress caused due to this publication. More >>

Māori Injustice Issues Will Have More Visibility

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 12:08 pm | National Urban Maori Authority

Māori Injustice Issues Will Have More Visibility Thanks to New Panel Advising Ombudsman A prominent Māori leader, Lady Tureiti Moxon believes Māori injustice issues will be seen much more now thanks to Pūhara Mana Tangata, a first-time Māori panel appointed ... More >>

PM pays tribute to Ngāti Awa

Friday, 13 December 2019, 6:42 pm | Ngati Awa

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has acknowledged Ngāti Awa for their role as tangata whenua (people of the land) in leading and caring for affected whānau (family members), following the Whakaari / White Island eruption and recovery operation earlier today. More >>

Have your say on the Urban Development Bill

Friday, 13 December 2019, 5:43 pm | Environment Committee

The Environment Committee has opened for public submissions on the Urban Development Bill. The bill follows on from the Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities bill, which disestablished Housing New Zealand and set up a Crown entity in the same name. More >>

NZ First praised for rejecting Māori seat entrenchment

Friday, 13 December 2019, 4:18 pm | Democracy Action

Pro-democracy lobby group Democracy Action welcome New Zealand First’s commitment to hold firm rejecting the Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene’s bill to entrench the Māori seats. The Bill, which would require any changes to the seats to require the ... More >>

Timing right to borrow our way to a stronger economy

Friday, 13 December 2019, 1:49 pm | Nikko AM

Timing right to borrow our way to a stronger economy in 2020 The Government’s announcement of its intent to invest significantly in the county’s infrastructure could turbo charge an economic recovery that was already showing positive signs for ... More >>

Financial stress impacts on spirit of the season

Friday, 13 December 2019, 12:51 pm | NZ Compare

New Zealanders during Christmas: Financial stress of Christmas impacts on the spirit of the season More >>

Public consultation open for fisheries sustainability

Friday, 13 December 2019, 12:22 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Fisheries New Zealand starts consultation today on proposed changes to catch settings for rock lobster and scallops for the new fishing year beginning 1 April 2020. More >>

A little snip and a tiny chip makes a huge difference

Friday, 13 December 2019, 12:01 pm | SPCA

SPCA has been working flat out to desex more than 80 animals a day over the last year, which is the most desexing SPCA has done since recording the figures. More >>

Good homes essential to addressing child poverty

Friday, 13 December 2019, 11:46 am | Community Housing Aotearoa

“The fact so many families are struggling to pay the rent and put food on the table must be addressed urgently if we’re to provide the foundations for a good life for the next generation of New Zealanders,” says Scott Figenshow, Chief Executive ... More >>

Infrastructure funding welcomed

Friday, 13 December 2019, 11:38 am | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community housing providers are welcoming the Government’s announcement of new funding for essential infrastructure. More >>

Don’t Misrepresent the Federation

Friday, 13 December 2019, 11:24 am | NZ Shipping Federation

The Federation is concerned that we are being misrepresented as to issues surrounding the location of the Auckland port. We are neutral. More >>

Staying safe online this holiday season

Friday, 13 December 2019, 10:55 am | Department Of Internal Affairs

This holiday season Te Tari Taiwhenua, Department of Internal Affairs wants to offer parents and caregivers some advice on how to help keep your family safe online. More >>

Independent Victim body needs urgent action

Friday, 13 December 2019, 10:18 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

A report released by the Chief Victims advisor Kim McGregor advising there needs to be an Independent Victims body is being welcomed by Victim Rights lobby group Sensible Sentencing Trust. National spokesperson Jess McVicar says the trust have ... More >>

Addiction Practitioners Applaud Rollout of Drug Courts

Friday, 13 December 2019, 9:21 am | Addiction Practitioners' Association Aotearoa

The Executive Director of Dapaanz (Addiction Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa New Zealand), Sue Paton says the announcement that Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment court would become permanent immediately, following successful pilots in Auckland ... More >>

Midwives Petition Hits Over Ten Thousand Signatures

Friday, 13 December 2019, 8:18 am | NZ College Of Midwives

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition launched a week ago, calling for better support and funding for community midwives. The 10k figure was reached after the first four days. Chief executive of the College of Midwives, Alison Eddy, said last ... More >>

Rodeo organisers refuse to follow recommended best practice

Friday, 13 December 2019, 8:17 am | SAFE For Animals

Information obtained by animal rights organisation SAFE has revealed rodeo organisers are refusing to halt calf-roping events in rodeo, despite the Government’s animal welfare advisors’ recommendation that they do so. More >>

Government must stop being stymied by MBIE bureaucrats

Friday, 13 December 2019, 8:13 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

Subject; Deputy PM said quote; “New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has challenged his Cabinet colleagues for the delay over a Northport decision, criticising it as "paralysis by analysis". More >>

Productivity Commission Recommends Milking Ratepayers More

Friday, 13 December 2019, 8:09 am | Social Credit

If the Productivity Commission's report on local government funding, released yesterday, had been relied on by NASA as the basis for getting astronauts to the moon, its greatest achievement by now would have been launching a $2 skyrocket 40 feet into the air ... More >>

Arms Bill changes admission of deep flaws

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 5:10 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) says the announcement today of three changes to the Arms Bill should be the start of a large-scale rewrite, or even eventual abandonment. More >>

Business endorses Productivity Commission call

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:55 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

The failure of high-growth councils to supply enough infrastructure to support housing development has led to some serious social and economic problems, the NZ Productivity Commission states in a local government funding and financing report released today. More >>

Evidence of poverty relief lacked in Budget Policy Statement

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:42 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that while the Budget Policy Statement 2020 promises to extend Budget 2019’s 'Wellbeing' framework and states "reducing child poverty and improving child wellbeing" as a priority, spending plans don’t ... More >>

Prod Comm hamstrung by playing it too safe

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:22 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is lamenting the lack of courage shown in the Productivity Commission’s Local Government Funding Report, saying that while it makes many worthy recommendations, its play-it-safe-approach relegates the report ... More >>

Government’s Infrastructure Investment Welcomed

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:10 pm | Connexis

Wellington 12 December 2019: The Government’s announcement to future-proof New Zealand with a $12billion investment in infrastructure is a positive sign for the country’s future. More >>

Council votes to intervene on NZ Bus driver suspensions

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 3:30 pm | FIRST Union

Today, at a meeting of Auckland Council’s Governing Body, councillors voted unanimously for a series of resolutions that will require greater direct involvement in resolving the ongoing dispute between unions and NZ Bus from Auckland Transport and the Minister ... More >>

New Infrastructure Tools for a Decade of Delivery

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 3:06 pm | Infrastructure NZ

“Important policy and legislative developments have landed today which could enable a bolder, more streamlined way of delivering new infrastructure for the benefit all New Zealanders,” says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Paul Blair. More >>

New approach to criminal justice will make communities safer

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 3:03 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association welcomes the announcement of a new strategic direction for the justice system, but says union members want to be properly included in designing the system they will eventually implement. More >>

Just 8 days to hand in prohibited firearms

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 2:26 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are reminding all firearms owners there is just eight days to go to hand in their prohibited firearms and parts. More >>

"The Best Christmas present ever"

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 1:15 pm | Wellington Howard League

Today's release of  Turuki Turuki  will be welcome news for people in prison and all those working in the criminal justice system.  But its most important message is that all sides need to come together.   Turuki Turuki  is a call for political ... More >>

Robertson Rivals Scrooge at Christmas

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 12:11 pm | Social Credit

New Zealanders waiting for hip and knee surgery and other medical procedures, and families struggling to put food on the table will be funding increased profits for banks and corporate investors following Finance Minister Grant Robertson's $12 billion ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman announces advisory group of rangatira

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 12:05 pm | Office of the Ombudsmen

Chief Ombudsman, Peter Boshier, announced today the establishment of a panel of Māori advisers made up of prominent experts and rangatahi leaders. More >>

Kāpiti Councillor backs call for $415 million rail upgrade

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:25 am | Kapiti Coast District Council

A Kāpiti Coast District Councillor has backed a call for greater investment in rail in the Wellington region. More >>

Bereavement leave for parents of stillbirths & miscarriages

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 10:47 am | CTU

The first step in making things fairer, for those that have experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth, got closer with the passing of the first reading of Labour MP Ginny Anderson’s Holidays Act (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill on Tuesday. More >>

New report from Global Fleet Champions

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 10:35 am | Brake NZ

All over the world, driver error and risk-taking is a leading cause of road crashes [1]. For many employees, driving is the riskiest activity they undertake at work. Organisations looking to encourage and manage safe driving behaviours will benefit ... More >>

Greenpeace response to Regional Emissions profile

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 10:03 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Thursday, 12 December: Great South has today released a profile of Southland’s emission sources for the 2018 calendar year. It shows that agricultural-related emissions were identified to be the largest emission source for Southland, representing 69% ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Corbyn Spectre and New Zealand

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:49 am | Peter Dunne

Britain votes today in an election brought on by the ongoing failure of the House of Commons to approve any of the Brexit deals put before it over the last couple of years by successive Prime Ministers, Theresa May and now Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson ... More >>

NZ Vegetarian Society asks for understanding this Christmas

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:21 am | NZ Vegetarian Society

The NZ Vegetarian Society is asking meat-eaters to give the gift of understanding to vegetarians and vegans this Christmas. More >>

CEAC – climate change issues for rail transport plans

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:11 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

Climate change crisis; - “transport emissions are a major culprit causing horrendous weather events.” At CEAC; we will watch with interest of how the transport funds will be used to improve our transport infrastructure and lower our climate change ... More >>

EDS proposes transformational Resource Management Reform

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 8:31 am | Environmental Defence Society

The Minister for the Environment, Hon David Parker, has this evening launched EDS’s final report on its Resource Management Law Reform Project at a function in Wellington. The project took a first-principles look at how New Zealand’s resource management ... More >>

Government’s power to order decryption must respect privacy

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 8:28 am | Joint Press Release

The power of government to order users and companies to decrypt encrypted data and devices needs stronger privacy protections and additional safeguards, according to a study published by researchers at the University of Waikato. More >>

Mayor welcomes government’s $12b infrastructure announcement

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 5:51 pm | Office of the Mayor of Auckland

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says he welcomes the government’s announcement of $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment, including $6.8 billion for new transport projects, and looks forward to working with the government to ensure that a fair ... More >>

Infrastructure Spending Welcome but Relies on a Step Change

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 5:17 pm | Infrastructure New Zealand

“We’re delighted with today’s announcement of $12 billion in new capital investment by the Government,” says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Paul Blair. More >>

Climate organisations commend Crown Research Institute

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 5:14 pm | 350 Aotearoa

Climate action organisations 350 Aotearoa and Coal Action Network Aotearoa commend New Zealand’s Crown Research Institutes’ phase-out of coal burning in their operations, with the final two users, Plant and Food Research and Landcare Research decommissioning ... More >>

Taumata Arowai - a critical step to drinking water safety

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:08 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand has welcomed the introduction of the long-awaited legislation to establish a new drinking water regulator, Taumata Arowai. More >>

Greater restrictions on use of paraquat

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 3:42 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is placing greater controls on the use of the herbicide paraquat. Paraquat is the first active ingredient on our priority chemicals list, announced in October 2018, to be reassessed. More >>

“Where is the water infrastructure?” asks IrrigationNZ

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 3:41 pm | Irrigation NZ

Today the Government revealed its plan to spend an extra $12bn on infrastructure projects following public pressure for them to do more. Irrigation New Zealand supports government investment to ensure New Zealand is future-ready however, the organisation ... More >>

'Tis the Season of Child Poverty And Hardship

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 3:09 pm | Closing The Gap

The grim statistics set out in the Child Poverty Monitor report issued this week underscore yet again the need for bolder action to reduce entrenched inequality, Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality project Closing the Gap, said ... More >>

All workers deserve bereavement leave following miscarriages

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 3:05 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association strongly supports Labour MP Ginny Andersen’s bill to give three days paid leave to parents who experience a miscarriage or stillbirth. More >>

Infrastructure spending good news for SMEs

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 2:46 pm | EMA

Today’s major infrastructure spending announcement is good news for members in the EMA’s upper North Island region. More >>

Broadcasts of Nationally Significant Games Bill Pulled

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 2:19 pm | New Zealand First Party

The Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill will not be considered by the House at this time. More >>

CTU welcomes Government investment into infrastructure

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 2:12 pm | Council of Trade Unions

"The Government’s announcement that an additional $12 billion capital will be available to address backlogs in our deteriorating schools, hospitals and rail infrastructure and for regional development is welcome news and sensible policy", ... More >>

NZ Government’s half-year economic and fiscal update

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 2:04 pm | XE Money Transfer

The NZ Government’s half-year economic and fiscal update has just been released. More >>

No excuse for an election-year deficit

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 1:36 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Minister of Finance’s  Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update , which includes a $900 million deficit for the next financial year,  New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union  spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says:   “At at time of high commodity ... More >>

Have your say on the boundary review

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 1:29 pm | Representation Commission

Time is running out to make an objection to the proposed electorates for the next two general elections. More >>

Maniapoto Mandate Inquiry Report released

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 1:28 pm | Maniapoto Maori Trust Board

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) is pleased the Waitangi Tribunal’s report has agreed that the Crown was correct to recognise it as the appropriate body to hold the settlement mandate for Maniapoto. More >>

Labour MP Bill Rejects Women With Post-Abortion Grief

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 12:50 pm | Family First

A Labour MP’s private members bill which allowed for bereavement leave for a miscarriage has been withdrawn and resubmitted , in seemingly a deliberate attempt to exclude post-abortive women who may also be suffering grief and loss. It will receive its ... More >>

Helensville Candidate Selection Announcement

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 12:42 pm | Social Credit

Social Credit has chosen a 21 year old as their candidate for the new Helensville electorate. More >>





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