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Liberalisation Of Genetic Engineering Threatens The Environment, Farmers And New Zealand

Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 8:56 am | GE Free NZ

The coalition governments’ move to loosen biotechnology (GE) regulation is set to let down farmers and consumers and put New Zealand's export reputation at risk. New Zealand's strict genetic engineering laws, under the Hazardous Substances and ... More >>

Government By Cliché

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 4:14 pm | Keith Rankin

The new government is making a weak start to its tenure. On Morning Report (RNZ, 28 Nov 2023, Prime Minister Luxon to lead first cabinet meeting ), Mr Luxon repeated a comment such as he has made several times before: "The number one job is to ... More >>

Art Is Political – Free Expression Through Art Must Be Protected

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 2:58 pm | Free Speech Union

An art gallery housing an anti-Israel exhibition in Tauranga has been told to remove any public facing art from its front windows by a real estate agent. More >>

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Rare Disorders NZ Wants New Minister For Pharmac To Act Swiftly To Remove Pharmac Chair

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 2:14 pm | Rare Disorders NZ

Rare Disorders NZ has today written to the new Minister for Pharmac, David Seymour, reiterating their call for the removal of Pharmac’s Chair, Steve Maharey. Rare Disorders NZ is appalled no action has been taken against the CEO of Pharmac, Sarah ... More >>

Age Concern New Zealand Welcomes The Hon Casey Costello, As The New Minister For Seniors

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 2:12 pm | Age Concern

Age Concern New Zealand extends a warm welcome to the newly appointed Minister for Seniors, the Hon Casey Costello. As an organisation dedicated to advocating for the rights and well-being of older New Zealanders, Age Concern looks forward to collaborating ... More >>

Call For National-led Government To End Ableist Immigration Health Standards

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 1:47 pm | MAASHA

As the National-led Government takes office, Migrants Against the Acceptable Standard of Health Aotearoa (MAASHA) reiterates calls to treat all migrants with dignity and especially to end the discriminatory Acceptable Standard of Health requirements. ... More >>

Urgent Need For Certainty In The Water Sector

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 1:19 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand is urging the government to quickly address the uncertainty over the future of the three waters sector and support the urgent need for investment to address the infrastructure deficit. Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian ... More >>

NZ’s Civil Contractors Welcome Incoming Government

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 1:08 pm | Civil Contractors NZ

New Zealand’s civil contractors welcome the formation of New Zealand’s next government and congratulate the incoming Ministers across the three coalition partners. Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Alan Pollard said businesses responsible ... More >>

Statement Of Love And Solidarity

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 10:57 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

This is a statement of love and solidarity with mana whenua here in Aotearoa and worldwide as we continue to call for, believe in and support Tino Rangatiratanga. We will continue to advocate for our people on the frontlines. We will continue to ... More >>

National Party U-Turn Will See Kiwi Families Punished By Stealth Tax Hikes

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 10:42 am | Taxpayers' Union

The National Party’s admittedly soft touch promise to index income tax brackets to inflation every three years has failed to make it into either of their coalition agreements. Indexation would ensure that working New Zealanders keep paying the same ... More >>

Animal Advocacy Alliance Calls On New Government To Stand Behind New Zealand’s ‘world-leading’ Animal Welfare Reputation

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 10:40 am | SAFE For Animals

In an historic move, fifteen of New Zealand’s leading animal advocacy groups have united to urgently call on the new Government to establish an independent Commissioner for Animals. The Alliance partner advocacy groups work across the spectrum of animal ... More >>

Second Arrest Of Protestor Shows Concerning Pattern Of Police Disregard For Free Speech

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 10:35 am | Free Speech Union

In addition to the arrest of a peaceful silent protestor on Saturday, Lucy Rogers, at a pro-Palestinian rally in Auckland, another protestor has contacted the Free Speech Union after being arrested for 'obstruction' after standing peacefully near ... More >>

Force Used Upon A Young Person At Taupō Not Justified

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 10:29 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer at Taupō (Officer A) used unjustified and unnecessary force during the arrest of a 17-year-old female (Ms Z). During the late afternoon on 5 November 2020, officers attended a vehicle ... More >>

Health Professionals Condemn Changes To Smoking And Vaping Laws

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 10:22 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

A group of clinical leaders is urging the Government to seriously re-consider changes to smoking and vaping legislation after hearing of its plans to axe laws put in place to protect the health of New Zealanders. Respiratory and cardiology clinicians from ... More >>

Coalition Agreement Sheds Light On Gender Ideology That Has Captured Policy And Law Making

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 9:30 am | Women's Rights Party

“Ring the bells, ring the bells that still can ring; forget your perfect offering; there is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.” So sang Leonard Cohen in his 1992 “Anthem” which sums up Women’s Rights Party members’ reaction ... More >>

Fridays For Future Protest First Day Of Government

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 9:24 am | Fridays for Future

Local climate action group Fridays for Future held an extraordinary demonstration on Parliament grounds on Monday, 27 November. <img src="" width="720" height="327"> Fridays for Future Te Upoko ... More >>

The Metals Company Threatens Greenpeace With Injunction But Activists Continue Pacific Protest

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 9:20 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Wannabe deep sea miner, The Metals Company (TMC) has attempted to silence Greenpeace International’s ongoing protest in the Clarion Clipperton Zone by threatening the organisation with an injunction on Saturday, November 25. Undeterred by the threats ... More >>

New Zealanders Call For More Climate Action As Urgency Grows, Survey Finds

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 9:04 am | Westpac

Around half of New Zealanders are more worried about climate change following this year’s severe weather events, and the majority are looking for affordable ways to take action in their own lives, according to new research from Westpac NZ. A survey ... More >>

"No New Ideas" - FIRST Union Verdict On Coalition Agreements

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 8:59 am | First Union

FIRST Union has today responded to the coalition agreements between the new Government of the National Party, ACT and New Zealand First; describing the proposed policy programmes as regressive and the next Government as potentially the most self-interested ... More >>

AMA Applauds Minister For Manufacturing Appointment

Monday, 27 November 2023, 3:52 pm | EMA

Advanced Manufacturing Aotearoa (AMA) applauds the appointment of Andrew Bayly as Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Minister for Small Business and Manufacturing, and Minister of Statistics. AMA Chief Executive, Catherine Lye, says it cements the ... More >>

Woman Arrested For Peaceful Counter-protest: New Zealand’s Police Must Protect Right To Peaceful Protest

Monday, 27 November 2023, 12:32 pm | Free Speech Union

  At the pro-Palestinian protest on Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday, a peaceful counter-protestor was arrested for silently holding a sign. New Zealand’s Police must not fall into the trap of using “breach of the peace” laws to silence ... More >>

Designing An Inclusive Citizenship Model Guided By Te Tiriti O Waitangi

Monday, 27 November 2023, 11:12 am | University of Waikato

Rapidly growing ethnic communities are projected to be about 30% of the population of Aotearoa New Zealand by 2043. So, how can we engage with these communities to be part of a new pluralistic citizenship model? A trans-disciplinary research project ... More >>

VOYCE Whakarongo-mai: New Government Must Uphold Parental Responsibility To Children In Care.

Monday, 27 November 2023, 10:26 am | VOYCE Whakarongo Mai

VOYCE - Whakarongo-Mai welcomes the new Government and looks forward to working with them to ensure that all tamariki and rangatahi live with love and mana. Tamariki in care are some of our most structurally marginalized children. VOYCE would like ... More >>

Plans To Reverse Ban On Live Export By Sea Labelled As "Disgraceful" By SAFE

Monday, 27 November 2023, 10:11 am | SAFE For Animals

Animal rights organisation SAFE is outraged that the incoming Government plans to bring back the cruel live export by sea trade. The coalition agreements between National, ACT and New Zealand First published on Friday commit to reversing the live export ... More >>

Women’s Rights Party Supports #NoExcuses Campaign To Combat Violence Against Womenwomen's rights

Monday, 27 November 2023, 10:08 am | Women's Rights Party

The Women’s Rights Party wholeheartedly supports the United Nations 16-day #NoExcuse media campaign, launched on November 25 to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The campaign launch coincided with White Ribbon Day in ... More >>

Gun Control NZ Expresses Grave Concerns About Coalition Government Commitments On Firearms

Monday, 27 November 2023, 9:42 am | Gun Control NZ

David Seymour’s admission on Sunday’s episode of Q&A that ACT wants to bring back semi-automatic guns demonstrates the party cannot be trusted with firearms policy, say Gun Control NZ co-founders Philippa Yasbek and Nik Green. The ACT Party ... More >>

Westpac NZ Steps Up Efforts To Stop Abusive Payments

Monday, 27 November 2023, 9:32 am | Westpac New Zealand

Westpac NZ has updated its banking terms and conditions to help protect customers from abusive language in payments. Today is International Economic Abuse Awareness Day, and Westpac NZ Manager of Customer Vulnerability and Financial Inclusion Louisa ... More >>

New Government Ignores Health Evidence And Moves To Repeal Smokefree Legislation

Monday, 27 November 2023, 9:29 am | Hapai Te Hauora

National Māori Public Health Organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, calls on the new government to reconsider repealing critical, world-leading ,smokefree legislation. The proposed repeal by National, New Zealand First (NZ First), and ACT Government is an unconscionable ... More >>

Unprecedented Nitrate Contamination Map Of NZ Launched By Greenpeace With Challenge To New Agriculture Minister

Monday, 27 November 2023, 9:25 am | Greenpeace

Greenpeace has today launched a groundbreaking interactive map indicating nitrate contamination levels of drinking water across New Zealand, warning of health risks from the higher nitrate concentrations. The launch comes with a challenge to the ... More >>

NZCTU Presents Briefing For The Incoming Government

Monday, 27 November 2023, 9:20 am | NZCTU

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has today provided its briefing for the incoming government. NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff said since 2017, the country has made significant progress on a range of economic and social issues.  ... More >>

Unions To Hold Government To Account Over Persistent Pay Gap

Sunday, 26 November 2023, 2:55 pm | NZCTU

November 26 marks the day women effectively begin working for free, say the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. NZCTU National Secretary Melissa Ansell-Bridges said that despite continued wage growth and low unemployment, the pay gap for women ... More >>

NANZ'S Dumping OF NZs World Leading Anti-smoking Legislation

Sunday, 26 November 2023, 2:42 pm | Progressive Party Aotearoa NZ

“Your actions reveal your ideology” The NANZ govt (National, Act, New Zealand First) has nailed its discredited neoliberal colours to its capitalist mast by dumping New Zealand’s world leading anti-smoking legislation. This legislation would have ... More >>

Press Release In Response To New Government Coalition Agreement

Sunday, 26 November 2023, 2:31 pm | Resist Gender Education

Resist Gender Education (RGE) welcomes the Coalition agreement to “Refocus the curriculum on academic achievement and not ideology, including the removal and replacement of the gender, sexuality, and relationship-based education guidelines.” “There ... More >>

Sporting Shooters Association Of New Zealand Is Optimistic For The Future Of Firearms Ownership With Coalition Formation

Sunday, 26 November 2023, 2:28 pm | Sporting Shooters Association of New Zealand Inc

Friday November 24, 2023 at 630pm Today is the beginning of what will be a significant period for Law Abiding Firearms Owners as a whole. The Sporting Shooters Association of New Zealand (SSANZ) wholeheartedly supports the selection of Nicole Mckee as the ... More >>

NZ First Coalition Gain a Threat to the Environment and Public Participation

Saturday, 25 November 2023, 2:12 pm | Coromandel Watchdog

The NZ First has already threatened the environment and communities with their “fast track” law change plan that will give Ministers unilateral powers to issue mining consents without public processes, says Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki spokesperson ... More >>

Hāpai Te Hauora Warns of Catastrophic Impact on Māori Communities Following Incoming Government's Recent Decisions

Saturday, 25 November 2023, 1:50 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

In response to the New Zealand Government's recent coalition announcement, Hāpai Te Hauora's CEO Jason Alexander, expresses profound concern regarding the potential detrimental effects on Māori communities. Hāpai as the leading Māori public health ... More >>

Open Letter To PM Elect Christopher Luxon

Friday, 24 November 2023, 3:58 pm | Amnesty International

Dear Prime Minister Elect, Christopher Luxon, We all deserve to live in a world free of violence, where we can put our children to bed at night knowing they’ll wake up safely the next day. But right now in Gaza, the lives of over two million ... More >>

NZJC Statement On Bomb And Death Threats In New Zealand

Friday, 24 November 2023, 3:44 pm | Jewish Council

The New Zealand Jewish Council, along with the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, is dismayed that Jewish Synagogues, Temples and centres in New Zealand have been the target of bomb and death threats. The organisations call on all parties to de-escalate ... More >>

Clubs New Zealand Welcomes New Coalition Government

Friday, 24 November 2023, 3:18 pm | Clubs New Zealand

Clubs New Zealand welcomes today’s announcement of the new coalition Government and looks forward to working with incoming ministers across a range of portfolios. “We look forward to pursuing productive working relationships with a number of ... More >>

Hobson's Pledge Are Delighted

Friday, 24 November 2023, 3:16 pm | Hobson's Pledge

“I’m sure I speak for all those who have supported Hobson’s Pledge since our formation in 2016 when I say how absolutely delighted we are that Casey Costello has not only been elected to Parliament but has stepped right into a ministerial ... More >>

ACEM Congratulates Christopher Luxon And NZ Coalition On The Formation Of New Government

Friday, 24 November 2023, 3:13 pm | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM; the College) congratulates Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and the New Zealand National, NZ First and ACT NZ Coalition on forming a new government, and looks forward to working together on measures ... More >>

Future Role For Gas Welcomed

Friday, 24 November 2023, 2:55 pm | GasNZ

GasNZ welcomed today’s announcement of Simeon Brown and Shane Jones’ ministerial positions in the energy portfolios in the new coalition government together with the confirmation that gas in its many forms has a critical role to play in New Zealand’s ... More >>

The New Zealand Outdoors & Freedom Party Congratulates The New Coalition Government

Friday, 24 November 2023, 2:52 pm | NZ Outdoors and Freedom Party

“We are pleased to see policies to address some of the many concerns we have raised over the last few years” says Co-leader Sue Grey. “We made a huge commitment to exposing law reforms by the Ardern government that undermined fundamental rights ... More >>

Climate Change And Environment Out Of Cabinet: A Big Risk

Friday, 24 November 2023, 2:47 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird today warned that placing the climate change and environment portfolios outside of cabinet is a big risk when New Zealand’s trade with Europe hinges on climate action, Fonterra’s biggest customer is demanding climate action, ... More >>

Free Speech Union Welcomes Government’s Early Steps To Defend Free Speech

Friday, 24 November 2023, 2:21 pm | Free Speech Union

Policy objectives announced today by the Incoming-Government will strengthen free speech in New Zealand. The Free Speech Union welcomes these early steps to once again protect free speech as the foundation of our human rights framework, says Jonathan ... More >>

NZNO Member Meetings Put Te Whatu Ora On Notice

Friday, 24 November 2023, 2:16 pm | NZNO

The collective agreement ratified in August by members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) who work for Te Whatu Ora will expire in less than a year and the union says these members have unfinished ... More >>

Coalition Agreement Threatens Services New Zealanders Rely On And Risks Racial Division

Friday, 24 November 2023, 2:07 pm | PSA

The incoming Government’s coalition agreements are a blueprint for slashing the public and community services New Zealanders rely on and risk setting back race relations. "The plans unveiled today represent an attack on public and community services, ... More >>

Union Says New Government Adopting Radical Aims Of ACT Will Not Serve Tamariki

Friday, 24 November 2023, 1:24 pm | New Zealand Educational Institute

Before National allows ACT to determine a radical direction of change in education, they should listen to teachers and parents about what is needed for tamariki, says New Zealand’s largest education union, NZEI Te Riu Roa. The union says that it ... More >>

Federated Farmers Say New Government Will Restore Farmer Confidence

Friday, 24 November 2023, 1:20 pm | Federated Farmers

The new Government have set out a clear and credible plan to get farming back on track and restore farmer confidence, says Federated Farmers President Wayne Langford. "The last six years have been incredibly challenging for farmers and rural communities ... More >>

Coalition Agreements Threaten The Well-being Of New Zealanders

Friday, 24 November 2023, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The coalition agreements set out by the incoming government are nothing less than an attack on working Kiwis, their rights, and their needs said the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff said, “The programme provided ... More >>

New Govt Must Address NZ's Revenue Gap

Friday, 24 November 2023, 12:37 pm | Tax Justice Aotearoa

New Zealand's growing revenue deficit needs urgent attention from its new Finance and Revenue Ministers, says Tax Justice Aotearoa. "We congratulate the new Ministers of the incoming government - specifically Nicola Willis as Finance Minister and Simon ... More >>

Energy Sector Welcomes New Ministers

Friday, 24 November 2023, 12:29 pm | Energy Resources Aotearoa

Energy Resources Aotearoa welcomes the announcement of new ministers for the sector, following the announcement of the National-ACT-New Zealand First coalition ministry. Simeon Brown will become Minister for Energy and Minister of Transport, while Shane ... More >>

Freight Industry Bodies NRC And NTA Welcome New Transport Minister Simeon Brown

Friday, 24 November 2023, 12:16 pm | Joint Press Release

Freight industry bodies National Road Carriers Association (NRC) and NZ Trucking Association (NTA) have welcomed the appointment of Simeon Brown as Transport Minister in incoming Prime Minister Christopher Luxon’s newly announced Cabinet line-up. ... More >>

Transporting New Zealand Welcomes Appointment Of Simeon Brown As Transport Minister

Friday, 24 November 2023, 12:02 pm | la Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand

The announcement that Simeon Brown is to be the new Minister of Transport has been welcomed by road freight peak body Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand. "The Incoming Minister has been a strong advocate for fixing roads and potholes, restarting ... More >>

EMA Welcomes Announcement Of New Coalition Government; Urges It To Get To Work

Friday, 24 November 2023, 12:00 pm | EMA

The EMA today welcomed the announcement of the new coalition government and says it looks forward to working with closely with incoming Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Minister of Regulation David Seymour. ... More >>

Greenpeace Slams Poor Coalition Appointments For Oceans And Agriculture Portfolios

Friday, 24 November 2023, 11:58 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace is slamming the decision to give the important Oceans and Fisheries portfolio to New Zealand First after Shane " the apostle for industry" Jones landed the Oceans and Fisheries Minister appointment today - and says Christopher Luxon ... More >>

Public Education Should Be The Focus Of Government Investment

Friday, 24 November 2023, 11:36 am | PPTA

“Charter Schools are an expensive distraction from the important work of public education in Aotearoa” says PPTA Acting-President Chris Abercrombie “The vast majority of students in Aotearoa are in the public education system and this is where ... More >>

Coalition Agreements Reflect Election Promises - Now To Delivery

Friday, 24 November 2023, 11:24 am | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming today’s Coalition Agreements as reflective of what kiwis voted for last month, and an endorsement for reform. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams said: “If we have learned anything from the ... More >>

Yes Minister – The Federation Is Looking Forward To Working With You

Friday, 24 November 2023, 11:21 am | Federation of Primary Health

The country’s leading primary and community health body, The Federation of Primary Health (FPHANZ), is looking forward to working with the incoming Minster of Health. Federation Chair, Steve Chadwick, says they are eager to continue the work with government, ... More >>

College Supports Solution Focussed Approach For New Health Minister

Friday, 24 November 2023, 11:19 am | NZ College Of Midwives

“We know the challenges, we have the solutions.” That from the College of Midwives as they welcome the new Health Minister announced today. College Chief Executive, Alison Eddy, says workforce pressure continues to be at the top of the list of health ... More >>




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