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Taxpayer-funded Homeopathy Courses Are An Embarrassment

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 1:43 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is perplexed at the prospect of the continued funding of homeopathy courses by the government and is calling on the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins to immediately cease any further funding to the subject. ... More >>

National Party’s Minimum Wage Bluster Helps No One At All

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 1:27 pm | FIRST Union

  FIRST Union General Secretary Dennis Maga says that this morning’s comments from National Party Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith that the party would consider scrapping the Government’s proposed minimum wage increases if elected ... More >>

Government’s Homelessness Action Plan Misses The Mark In The Face Of Rising House Prices

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 1:23 pm | State Housing Action

The State Housing Action Network (SHAN) is deeply disappointed that the Government’s recently announced Aotearoa Homelessness Action Plan fails to provide for increases in the state housing stock which are essential for addressing the homelessness crisis. ... More >>

SFO Commences Investigation In Relation To NZ First Foundation

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 12:05 pm | Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office has today commenced an investigation in relation to the New Zealand First Foundation. ENDS More >>

Takeaway Throwaways Campaign Launches To Tackle New Zealand’s Waste Crisis

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 12:01 pm | Joint Press Release

Zero waste campaigners are petitioning the Government to take a more active stance in tackling Aotearoa New Zealand’s waste crisis, with a comprehensive ban on single-use disposable plastic food and drink serviceware, and a phasing in of accessible, reusable ... More >>

Why are taxpayers paying to design an electric ferry?

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 11:19 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“Callaghan Innovation’s $440,000 grant for an electric ferry design is pure corporate welfare,” says New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke. “If EV Maritime’s ferries present such good value, then why didn’t it get private ... More >>

Overseas Investors Required To Sell Twizel Properties

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 10:41 am | Land Information New Zealand

The owners of three properties in Twizel will have to sell-up after they failed to seek consent from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO). Vanessa Horne, Group Manager for the OIO, says a group of overseas investors bought the three properties, which ... More >>

Tenancy Bill Supports Fairness And Safer Communities, Tenants’ Union Says

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 8:47 am | Manawatu Tenants' Union

The Manawatu Tenants’ Union’ (MTU) celebrates yesterday’s release of the Residential Tenancies Act Reform Bill, but challenges the Minister to stil go further to improving tenancy rights. The Bill would remove the ability for landlords to terminate a tenancy ... More >>

Referendum To Put The Spotlight On Cruelty

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 8:29 am | Friends of Sherwood

Friends of Sherwood are asking that the following question be put to all voters: “ Should New Zealand stop using all cruel and inhumane poisons, such as 1080, brodifacoum, and PAPP, to kill wildlife because these toxic substances inflict intense and prolonged, ... More >>

Organise Aotearoa Supports Nationwide Rallies For Abortion Rights

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 8:26 am | Organise Aotearoa

Organise Aotearoa will be joining rallies for abortion law reform, scheduled today in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin. The National Day of Action is hosted by Fem Force - Feminist Action Aotearoa. “Nobody should be pressured to ... More >>

The Government’s Coronavirus Impacts Response – “welcome And What’s Needed”

Monday, 17 February 2020, 7:50 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

The $11 million tourism package announced after today’s Cabinet is a positive response. Auckland Business Chamber head Michael Barnett said possibly more important in the Prime Minister’s announcement was that further support was possible, as ... More >>

Perpetual Guardian Backs Age Concern New Zealand With New Platinum Sponsorship

Monday, 17 February 2020, 4:41 pm | Age Concern

New Zealand’s trusted service for ageing well, Age Concern New Zealand, is receiving a New Year boost after inking an agreement with Perpetual Guardian to have the nation’s largest and most dominant trustee services company as the platinum sponsor of Age ... More >>

Bridges’s economic ambitions underwhelming

Monday, 17 February 2020, 2:56 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

It’s not worth putting much credence in Simon Bridges’s complaints about the current Government’s piling on hikes in petrol taxes until he commits to reversing them, says the Taxpayers’ Union . Spokesman Louis Houlbrooke said, “It’s not ... More >>

Wellington’s Water Woes Reflect National Problem

Monday, 17 February 2020, 2:48 pm | Water New Zealand

Water utilities right across the country face major challenges to upgrade and maintain their underground three waters network. Water New Zealand’s Technical Manager, Noel Roberts says Wellington’s waste water woes are not unique to the capital city. ... More >>

ALRANZ Co-sponsors National Day Of Action

Monday, 17 February 2020, 2:33 pm | ALRANZ

ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa is co-sponsoring a National Day of Action – Our Bodies, Our Choices, with Fem Force, Victoria University Feminists Organisation, NCW, and HELP. “Now is the time for people who care about women and pregnant people ... More >>

Ngati Porou Share Their Journey Towards Te Tiriti Settlement

Monday, 17 February 2020, 12:47 pm | Ministry of Culture and Heritage

Today’s launch of the Ngati Porou treaty settlement documentary is significant for the iwi and for all New Zealanders as we further our understanding of the journey to Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlements, Bernadette Cavanagh CE Manatū Taonga Ministry ... More >>

The profits of porn: how can we keep children safer?

Monday, 17 February 2020, 12:20 pm | Dr Caroline Keen

Why don’t Western democratic governments typically regulate the porn industry, internet service providers (ISPs) or other internet services who make pornographic content accessible to children? And how is a change in the idea of what it means ... More >>

Taxpayers Fund Ridiculous Study Claiming A Weekly Lotto Ticket As Costly As An Amputated Leg

Monday, 17 February 2020, 11:53 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Ministry of Health to demand back the $319,000 of taxpayers spent on a flawed study suggesting a weekly lotto ticket is as harmful as an amputated leg and that occasional gambling is comparable to having a heart ... More >>

Dispute Over Urban Development Bill Caused By Twyford’s Failure On RMA

Monday, 17 February 2020, 10:45 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“The Government’s current dispute with councils regarding the Urban Development Bill is the result of Phil Twyford’s failure to cut red tape on a broader basis,” says New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke. “In Opposition, ... More >>

Anti-poverty Campaigner Ricardo Menendez-March Selected As Green Party Candidate For Maungakiekie

Sunday, 16 February 2020, 12:40 pm | Green Party

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has confirmed anti-poverty campaigner Ricardo Menendez March as their candidate for Maungakiekie in this general election. Ricardo Menendez March has been working as the Coordinator for Auckland Action Against Poverty, ... More >>

Government’s Homelessness Action Plan Misses The Mark

Saturday, 15 February 2020, 10:52 am | State Housing Action

The State Housing Action Network (SHAN) is deeply disappointed that the Government’s recently announced Aotearoa Homelessness Action Plan fails to provide for increases in the state housing stock which are essential for addressing the homelessness crisis. ... More >>

Save The Date! Food For Our Future

Friday, 14 February 2020, 6:51 pm | Environmental Defence Society

5 & 6 August 2020 (pre-conference workshop on 4 August) Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland New Zealand has an exceptional reputation internationally for the food it produces, exporting premium quality produce to meet the growing demands of ... More >>

Media Statement by Renae Maihi

Friday, 14 February 2020, 3:47 pm | Renae Maihi

This has always been about highlighting the harm and impact that racist language has, both now and historically. It is important for us all to remember that language and articles of this nature, whether intentional or not, can and do cause hurt. More >>

PSA Welcomes Increased Government Funding For Homeless Support

Friday, 14 February 2020, 3:33 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association welcomes the government’s announcement it will invest $300 million in transitional housing, and says union members will want to make the plan a success. The campaign for housing justice is a key priority of the ... More >>

ALRANZ Welcomes Select Committee Report

Friday, 14 February 2020, 2:55 pm | ALRANZ

ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa welcomes the Abortion Legislation Select Committee’s report, released today. The select committee made a few significant changes to the bill. “A section had been added creating a positive duty on the part of the Minister ... More >>

Abortion Legislation Bill Report Presented To The House

Friday, 14 February 2020, 2:42 pm | Abortion Legislation Committee

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services. The committee has recommended, ... More >>

Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon Gets Behind Anti-bullying Message

Friday, 14 February 2020, 2:03 pm | CultureSafe

Not everyone is feeling the love this Valentine’s Day in their workplace. The workplace bullying statistics are alarming and worrying. The effects are deep and traumatic for the victim. Allan Halse, the director of Culturesafe, an anti-workplace ... More >>

E Tū: NZ First Photographs Deeply Worrying

Friday, 14 February 2020, 12:32 pm | E tu

The journalists union, E tū is seeking an assurance from New Zealand First on behalf of its journalist members, that it is not involved in tracking journalists as they go about their work. Reports that coalition member New Zealand First took photographs ... More >>

New Political Poll Shows National Scraping Into Power And NZ First Out Of Parliament

Friday, 14 February 2020, 10:55 am | RNZ

The first 1 News Colmar Brunton poll of the year shows National just scraping in to power and New Zealand First out of Parliament. The results of the first 1 News Colmar Brunton poll of 2020. Photo: 1 News The poll shows National and ACT pulling ... More >>

New Report A Pathfinder For Affordable Housing

Friday, 14 February 2020, 10:33 am | Local Government NZ

A report released today by LGNZ provides a roadmap for councils finding their way through the complex policy, regulatory and market tools available to help enable more affordable housing developments for New Zealanders. With demand soaring, rents ... More >>

EDS Submission On The Urban Development Bill Calls For Stronger Environmental Safeguards

Friday, 14 February 2020, 9:26 am | Environmental Defence Society

  EDS has filed its submission on the Urban Development Bill. The Bill is a companion piece to last year’s Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities Act, which established Kāinga Ora as a government developer and landlord. What the Urban ... More >>

Right To Silence Rules Hiding Abusers, Call For Review

Friday, 14 February 2020, 8:43 am | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ is repeating its call for a review of ‘right to silence’ laws which is effectively hindering investigations into child abuse. The call comes following the case of the Flaxmere four-year-old child who was seriously injured in a beating ... More >>

Rio Tinto: Clean Up Your Own Bluff Smelter Mess And Bugger Off

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 7:13 pm | CAFCA

For as long as the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) has existed – more than 45 years now – we have called for the closure of the Bluff aluminium smelter, owned by giant transnational corporation, Rio Tinto. There are numerous ... More >>

Protecting Aotearoa’s Democracy With AccountGuard

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 7:07 pm | Microsoft

In view of the upcoming general elections in New Zealand, called by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for 19 September 2020, Microsoft is making AccountGuard available to all of New Zealand’s political parties and eligible NGOs that conduct political ... More >>

Government Homelessness Announcement Is The Turning Point We’ve Been Waiting For

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 2:52 pm | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community housing providers are welcoming the Government’s announcement of a homelessness action plan backed by $300 million of extra funding. “In 10 years’ time New Zealand will look back on this announcement as a turning point in how we bring an end to ... More >>

Signing Of Historic Deed Of Settlement With The Crown

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 2:14 pm | Moriori Imi Settlement Trust

On 14 February 2020, Moriori will sign an historic deed of settlement with the Crown. Moriori first petitioned the Crown in July 1862 for restoration of their land rights and release from slavery. It has taken 158 years but at last Moriori will receive ... More >>

Government Needs To Tell SkyPath Trust Where To Go, Not Write A Cheque For $1.8m

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 2:10 pm | Taxpayers' Union

A payment of $1.8 million of taxpayers' money to a private lobby group, apparently for intellectual property of the cycleway and walkway over the Auckland Harbour bridge, is a direct subsidy for a political campaign rather than good value for money, says ... More >>

Community Law Welcomes Housing Support – More Needed

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 1:57 pm | Community Law Centres Aotearoa

Community Law today welcomed the Government’s cross-agency package to address homelessness but warned that further work is needed to improve the complex processes used to address housing needs. “Our 24 Community Law Centres are frequently supporting ... More >>

Dentists Call On Government To Adopt Chile’s Sugar Reduction Success

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

A study published in the journal PLOS Medicine shows that consumption of sugary drinks in Chile dropped almost 25% after adopting tough new measures. The changes included advertising restrictions, warning labels and restricting sugary-laden food ... More >>

Taxpayer Victory: Hipkins Confirms Tuturumuri Closure!

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 12:00 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

After pressure from the Taxpayers’ Union , Education Minister Chris Hipkins has now confirmed he will close Tuturumuri School – a taxpayer-funded school with a roll of zero. Last week, the Taxpayers’ Union visited Tuturumuri and made inquiries ... More >>

Double Jeopardy Or Double Advantage? Ethnic Women In New Zealand Politics

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 11:34 am | University of Auckland

  Where are all the ethnic women leaders in the stories we tell ourselves about Aotearoa New Zealand, past and present? “Ethnic minority women New Zealanders (defined as non-Pakeha, non-Māori, non-Pacific) have been involved in politics since ... More >>

Wealthy People Waste More Food - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 11:28 am | Science Media Centre

Global food waste estimates are "grossly underestimated" because we haven't been properly factoring in how much food affluent people throw out, reports a new study. The team of Dutch researchers believe that our food waste possibly tops out ... More >>

Labour productivity grows 0.5 percent

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 11:11 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand’s labour productivity rose 0.5 percent in the year ended March 2019, Stats NZ said today. More >>

David Parker Is Right To Skewer Bludging Rio Tinto

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 10:57 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Environment Minister David Parker is right to slam Rio Tinto for linking its delayed clean-up of hazardous waste with its internal strategic review, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “In Opposition, Minister ... More >>

MOH/Big Pharma Fight Kiwi Hemp Hero

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 10:43 am | The Hemp Foundation

Chris Woodney Mr Christopher Woodney is a father, husband, and small businessman in Rotorua. His life is now in tatters after having his business, Hemp Brokers effectively destroyed by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry appears to have done this to defend ... More >>

Government Must Honour Promise To Clean Up Rivers

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 10:11 am | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

The NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers has called on the Labour-Greens-NZ First coalition government to honour its 2017 election promise to clean up deteriorating rivers. NZFFA president Dr Peter Trolove said In 2017 the Government was elected ... More >>

A Musician's Plea: my letter to the Prime Minister

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 10:00 am | Tony Chen Lin

I am a Chinese New Zealand pianist from Christchurch currently based in Budapest, Hungary. Like thousands of other Kiwis, I am deeply distressed to hear about the drastic changes being proposed to RNZ Concert. I would like to add to the plethora ... More >>

Powering up the Regions

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 9:56 am | Cities and Regions

Dr David Wilson has released a report today that calls for a regionally led approach to realise regional potential in New Zealand. He says that for too long regional development has been top-down and centrally driven and that if we are to achieve ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Unacceptably Weak Leadership

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 9:21 am | Peter Dunne

The Labour part of this government is extremely weak when it comes to dealing with difficult situations. They are simply letting their bureaucrats and coalition partners run rings around them, more and more often. After over two years in office, they ... More >>

Disabled People Need To Be Included In The 2020 Wellbeing Budget

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 4:55 pm | Disabled Persons Assembly

A focus on wellbeing in the budget presents a real opportunity to make a difference to disabled people’s lives, but only if disabled people are explicitly included, the Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) says. At the Budget Policy Statement 2020 hearing ... More >>

Arms Bill Endangers Public

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 4:07 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The Arms Bill reported back to Parliament from Select Committee amounts to legislative endangerment of the public, according to Nicole McKee, spokesperson for the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO). McKee said today that the Bill maintained the ... More >>

New Zealand's Horrific Violence Must Stop!

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 2:37 pm | Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) is urging all New Zealanders to speak out if they see or suspect there is any possibility of a child being abused.  National Spokesperson Jess McVicar said “Heartbreakingly, absolutely nothing has changed ... More >>

Government Fails Conservation Land

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 2:33 pm | Coromandel Watchdog

The Government has betrayed Conservation Land in going back on its pronouncement that it would allow No New Mines on Conservation land. Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki is disgusted.   "This is a complete failure on the part of our Government. ... More >>

Green Party Selects Teanau Tuiono For The Palmerston North Electorate; Joe Boon For Rangitikei

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 2:24 pm | Green Party

Former mayoral candidate and climate campaigner Teanau Tuiono has been selected as Green Party candidate for the Palmerston North electorate. Speaking after the selection event held last night Tuiono said, “I look forward to taking the momentum ... More >>

Deep Sea Coral Protection At Stake As Fisheries Meeting Starts

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 1:36 pm | Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

The New Zealand Government’s defence of our destructive bottom trawling industry at the expense of ocean protection will be put to the test at a regional fisheries meeting starting this week. The 2020 South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management ... More >>

Don’t Let Cupid Scam You This Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 1:07 pm | Norton Cyber Security

Looking for love can be thrilling, but don’t get duped in the process. As Valentine’s Day approaches, it pays to be extra careful if you’re looking online for that perfect somebody, as blind love nowadays can get costly in unexpected and heart-breaking ... More >>

Sallies Report Confirms Urgent Need For Benefit Increase

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 10:49 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Salvation Army State of the Nation report calling for benefit level increases and public housing confirms what frontline advocates, unions, Government groups, and faith groups have been saying for years. Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling ... More >>

Sallies Issue “Can Do Better” Report Card In Election Year

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 10:40 am | Salvation Army

This year’s State of the Nation report by The Salvation Army offers a mixed bag of outcomes, with some significant headline progress - but also an ambitious list of “can do better”. Government action is delivering limited ... More >>

Creating Inclusive Cities Among Top Planning Challenges For 2020

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 10:28 am | New Zealand Planning Institute

  New Zealand needs to up its game on building inclusive cities that reflect our increasingly diverse communities, claims the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). The challenge of responding to changing demographics is one of the key topics at ... More >>

Using Road Funds For Rail "highway Robbery"

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 9:48 am | Road Transport Forum

The Government’s plan for "user-pays" road funding to further subsidise KiwiRail is highway robbery, Road Transport Forum (RTF) chief executive Nick Leggett says. "The RTF opposes funding rail from the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF), ... More >>





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