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NZ unions condemn arrests in Philippines

Friday, 15 November 2019, 7:19 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) is condemning the All Saints Day evening raid on 31 October. With the arrest of over 60 union organisers, human rights defenders and activists in the Philippines province of Negros. The 16th of November is an international ... More >>

New Zealand Police win World Class Policing Award

Friday, 15 November 2019, 3:43 pm | New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police has won a prestigious World Class Policing Award for its ‘more street than station approach’ Mobility programme, which has saved millions of hours of officers’ time. More >>

Rocket Lab CEO lacks gratitude toward taxpayers

Friday, 15 November 2019, 2:45 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck’s appearance on Morning Report today, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: More >>

SkyCity union members striking this weekend

Friday, 15 November 2019, 2:32 pm | Unite Union

SEA-Unite SkyCity workers are expected to strike this weekend after 50 called in sick with symptoms linked to smoke inhalation from the convention centre fire. More >>

Labour goes back to the future on asset sales

Friday, 15 November 2019, 2:04 pm | Social Credit

The party that sold off the BNZ, NZ Rail, Petrocorp, Postbank, the Shipping Corporation, Air New Zealand, the State Insurance Office, the Tourist Hotel Corporation and a host of other New Zealand assets is at it again – with the assistance of its coalition ... More >>

Supermarket workers on path to living wage

Friday, 15 November 2019, 12:50 pm | FIRST Union

FIRST Union members at Countdown have ratified a new agreement that will set their supermarket team on a path towards a living wage, and significantly raise the pay of 15,000 workers across the country. More >>

Already hard for landlords to protect neighbours

Friday, 15 November 2019, 11:17 am | NZ Property Investors Federation

After more than seven months of trying to end a tenancy to protect neighbours, a Rotorua property manager has finally received approval from the High Court to end the tenancy. More >>

CEAC finds lack of respect for environmental stewardship

Friday, 15 November 2019, 10:15 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

We agree with the Ombudsman Peter Boshier in his new report on councils QUOTE ; “leaders, officials lack of action to "ensure an approach is adopted that is consistent with openness and transparency" Un-quote. ... More >>

Proposal will have positive impacts but inequality remains

Friday, 15 November 2019, 9:46 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) commends the Government’s proposal to take school zoning responsibilities out of the hands of school boards and principals and instead have these taken up by a new Education Service Agency. More >>

Global BioLife to Present 3F Antimicrobial Fragrance

Friday, 15 November 2019, 8:50 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Nov 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Global BioLife Inc, the U.S. subsidiary of Singapore eDevelopment Ltd (SeD), will present its 3F Antimicrobial Fragrance as a new method to prevent and treat Tuberculosis at the ASM Biothreats Conference, ... More >>

SAFE to protest at Wairarapa rodeo event tomorrow

Friday, 15 November 2019, 8:36 am | SAFE

Animal rights organisation SAFE will be protesting at the annual Martinborough Bucking Bulls rodeo event in the Wairarapa tomorrow. More >>

PM must explain taxpayer-funded Chinese propaganda

Friday, 15 November 2019, 8:31 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to news that the Screen Production Grant handed a $243,000 subsidy to a propaganda film produced by Chinese state-owned enterprises, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Louis Houlbrooke says: “Taxpayers have all been made complicit ... More >>

More Coloured Recycling Bins to the Regions

Friday, 15 November 2019, 8:28 am | The Packaging Forum

The campaign to take more colour coded bins into the regions has been developed by The Packaging Forum which promotes recycling under the Government’s Love NZ brand and The Auckland Litter Prevention Steering Group which manages the Be a Tidy Kiwi ... More >>

Ministers call for effort in addressing period stigma

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 6:00 pm | The Period Place

The Period Poverty Solution Petition: The Health and Wellbeing Implications was presented by the Positive Periods campaign team, of which The Period Place is a part of, at a cross-party breakfast, thanks to Louisa Wall MP and Joanne Hayes MP in Parliament ... More >>

KickStart Breakfast programme reaches 10-year milestone

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 4:41 pm | Ministry of Social Development

The KickStart Breakfast programme will tomorrow celebrate 10-years as the only national breakfast programme of its kind in Aotearoa, serving more than 30 million breakfasts since 2009. More >>

Anglers unimpressed with justification for water extraction

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 3:39 pm | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

The recent decision to allow massive amounts of Otago’s Lindis River to be extracted for irrigation and intensive farming has been labelled environmental vandalism by a national angling organization. More >>

Council Chief Executive welcomes review findings

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 2:39 pm | Christchurch City Council

New Chief Executive Dawn Baxendale says Christchurch City Council has moved swiftly to address concerns raised by the Chief Ombudsman about the organisation’s official information practices. More >>

Mental Health Foundation says ART trials must stop

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 2:35 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation strongly opposes the introduction of armed police to Aotearoa New Zealand due to well-founded concerns that guns will disproportionately be used against individuals experiencing mental health crises. More >>

Chief Ombudsman: new report wakeup call for council leaders

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 2:27 pm | Office of the Ombudsmen

The Chief Ombudsman says his latest report into official information practice at local authorities is a wakeup call for all council leaders about the importance of an open and transparent workplace culture-and their accountability for achieving ... More >>

Royal Commission welcomes new Chairperson

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 1:32 pm | Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry welcomes Judge Coral Shaw as its new Chairperson to lead it through the delivery phase of the Inquiry. Inquiry Executive Director Mervin Singham said Judge Shaw brings significant experience to her new ... More >>

Whitebait rules needed to save fish from extinction

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 1:20 pm | Forest And Bird

As whitebait season ends, Forest & Bird is calling for action to protect endangered native fish before it’s too late. Four of the fish species in the whitebait catch are in trouble. They are īnanga (at risk - declining), kōaro (at risk - declining), ... More >>

Northtec teaching staff want a little respect

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 12:48 pm | Tertiary Education Union

After bearing the brunt of underfunding for over five years, Northtec academic staff are saying no more. More >>

Release of Annual Report 2018/19

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 12:28 pm | Inspector General of Intelligence and Security

The Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has released its annual report for 2018-19. More >>

Independent review of prisoner mail management released

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 12:24 pm | Department Of Corrections

Thursday 14 November 2019 Independent review of prisoner mail management released The independent review into the prisoner mail system has today been released, with Corrections accepting all 13 recommendations and making a number of changes to strengthen ... More >>

IPCA releases reports on the unlawful detention of teenager

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 12:12 pm | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that former Inspector Hurimoana Dennis unlawfully detained an Auckland teenager in 2015, and improperly influenced the outcome of a criminal investigation into his own son in 2014. Inspector Dennis ... More >>

Police acknowledge findings of IPCA

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Police

Police acknowledge the two reports released today by the Independent Police Conduct Authority in relation to misconduct by a now former Police officer and the unlawful detention of a young person. More >>

Incentivising good behaviour best for road safety

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:55 am | Road Transport Forum

Carrot works better than stick when it comes to applying road safety regulations, says Road Transport Forum (RTF) chief executive Nick Leggett. More >>

ASA throw out attempt to shut down criticism

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:45 am | Right To Life New Zealand Inc

The New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has thrown out a complaint against Right To Life UK. More >>

Early Childcare Education needs action, not debate

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 9:51 am | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council is calling on the government to not take their eye off the ball while working on the future of education. More >>

A cautious welcome for potential public media model

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 9:03 am | Better Public Media

Better Public Media cautiously welcomes the news that the government is considering establishing a multi-platform public media provider. More >>

Dunne Speaks: How sustainable is Sustainable New Zealand?

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 8:55 am | Peter Dunne

The newly launched Sustainable New Zealand Party’s first and biggest challenge is to prove that it is in fact sustainable, and not just another flash in the new party pan. More >>

Ag Proud NZ encourage positive not provocative actions

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 8:12 am | Ag Proud

Ahead of the 50 Shades of Green march on parliament today, Jon Pemberton – chairman of the Ag Proud NZ Trust – urges members of the rural community to avoid confrontation and focus on rebuilding the relationship with our urban friends. “Ag Proud NZ understands ... More >>

Parliament Passes Bill Lacking Important Safeguards

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 9:22 pm | Euthanasia Free NZ

"It's highly concerning that Parliament has voted for the End of Life Choice Bill to become law, pending a referendum," says Renée Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ . More >>

End-of-Life Choice Society is pleased

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:54 pm | End of Life Choice Society

The End-of-Life Choice Society is pleased MPs have recognised that the majority of voters across a wide spectrum of society want a law change to allow the terminally ill to die free of intolerable pain and suffering, its president Dr Mary Panko said ... More >>

End of Life Choice Bill: The Other Side

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 5:14 pm | Geneva Healthcare

The option of requesting assisted dying for people with terminal illness as provisioned by the proposed End of Life Choice Bill has all but divided the country. More >>

Extensions must be across all responses to mosque attack

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 4:39 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The extension of the Royal Commission report to 30 April 2020 means all other government responses to the mosque attack should be equally delayed, according to the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO). More >>

Who will pick up Essential Freshwater’s $80b price tag?

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 4:13 pm | DairyNZ

Excessively stringent freshwater policies that won’t achieve significantly better water quality outcomes will cost New Zealanders more than $80 billion over the next thirty years, says DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle. “The water quality limits ... More >>

Have your say on Supplementary Order Paper 408

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 3:20 pm | Finance And Expenditure Select Committee

The Finance and Expenditure Committee has opened for submissions on Supplementary Order Paper No 408 to the Arms Legislation Bill. Submissions can be made online and close on Friday 29 November 2019 at midnight. Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) 408 ... More >>

MPs delivered copies of Frédéric Bastiat’s “The Law”

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 2:23 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has today delivered copies of Frédéric Bastiat’s 1950 classic The Law to every Member of Parliament. More >>

CPAG Summit puts the spotlight on welfare reform

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 2:07 pm | CPAG

It’s time for our leaders to harness their power to take action on meaningful and sustained welfare policy changes, so that all children can have the opportunity to live good lives and to experience a happy, healthy childhood, says Child Poverty ... More >>

Billion dollar deficits at DHBs show need for sector reforms

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

DHBs need significant reforms to ensure the future health of taxpayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Stronger commitment needed from National on fees-free

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Taxpayers deserve a stronger commitment from National to scrap the fees-free policy, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “On one hand, National correctly called fees-free an ‘expensive failure’. ... More >>

Richard Henry’s conservation legacy lives on

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 12:07 pm | Department of Conservation

Pioneering conservationist Richard Henry’s crucial contribution to saving our endangered native birds is remembered today, 13 November 2019, the 90th Anniversary of his death. More >>

Budget investigation shut down and new inquirer appointed

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 12:02 pm | State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today terminated the investigation into how Budget-sensitive material was accessed at the Treasury and appointed a new inquirer. More >>

EQC’s important year of reflection

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 11:18 am | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission’s Annual Report 2018-19 has been tabled in Parliament today. The Annual Report summarises progress being made on EQC’s mission “to reduce the impact on people and property when natural disasters occur.” More >>

Killers sentence will not bring peace for family of Victim

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 10:11 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“At the end of the day when you commit a brutal act such as murder a ‘difficult upbringing’ will never explain why someone chose to take another’s life.” More >>

Kindness-based prison programme is a recipe for success

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 10:04 am | Department Of Corrections

The Department of Corrections is marking World Kindness Day today (13 November) by acknowledging the work Good Bitches Baking does spreading kindness through baked goods to those who need it most. More >>

United against the End of Life Choice Bill

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 9:00 am | Joint Press Release

United against David Seymour’s euthanasia and assisted suicide bill, representatives from all walks of life will gather peacefully on Parliament's lawn on Wednesday 13 November between 12 and 2 pm. Over 39,000 submissions have been written and heard. ... More >>

DHB bailouts symptomatic of underfunding

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 7:12 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Emergency cash injections for DHBs are a symptom of a woefully inadequate budget planning process that is increasingly an exercise in futility, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Executive Director Ian Powell says. More >>

Water, water everywhere, and not a cow to be seen

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 4:38 pm | Beca International

12 November 2019 Water and infrastructure professionals from across the public and private sectors attended a panel discussion on 4 November, focused on the Government’s proposed water reforms and most particularly the potential impacts on our urban environments. More >>

FinCap welcomes increased protections for consumers

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 3:33 pm | FinCap

Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee has made key amendments to the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill, giving borrowers more protection from harmful high cost consumer credit contracts. The changes indicate that the Select Committee ... More >>

Listen to experts, evidence on firearms registry failures

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 3:14 pm | NZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) is urging politicians to heed evidence from respected international experts on why a proposed firearms registry in New Zealand is doomed to fail. More >>

Go Bus drives South Auckland bus drivers to full strike

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 2:55 pm | FIRST Union

Go Bus drivers in Auckland will be taking full strike action from tomorrow as relations reach a new low with their employer following a week where the company has cancelled regular wage bargaining, arbitrarily suspended union-affiliated drivers, rejected ... More >>

March on Parliament deliberately created confusion

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 2:27 pm | NZ Forest Owners' Association

Large and small scale and Māori foresters say the 50 Shades of Green march on parliament on Thursday (eds 14 November) highlights deliberately created confusion about the true nature and recent scope of forestry expansion. More >>

Ngāpuhi Not Surprised by Oranga Tamariki Review Outcomes

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 2:13 pm | Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi

Te Rūnanga ā Iwi o Ngāpuhi CEO, Lorraine Toki, is not surprised by the findings following the release of the review into Oranga Tamariki. More >>

Government negligence driving high road toll

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 2:03 pm | Dog And Lemon Guide

The government has utterly failed to take effective action to lower the road toll, says the car review website, . More >>

Massey deprives students with new policy

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:50 pm | Free Speech Coalition

Responding to the launch of Massey University's new policy and code regarding free speech and external speaker, Free Speech Coalition spokesman Dr David Cumin says: More >>

Moving port will cost Government, consumers and environment

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:42 pm | National Road Carriers

Making Northport Auckland’s main port will require massive investment in rail and road and will increase carbon emissions and the cost of goods says National Road Carriers Association CEO David Aitken. More >>

DairyNZ claim of economic ruin "misleading"

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:32 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

New research from independent economic consultancy NZIER shows that DairyNZ's economic analysis and conclusion are misleading New Zealanders. More >>

EPA releases OMV’s "deceptive" oil spill modelling

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:26 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Tuesday, November 12: After months of mounting pressure, the Environmental Protection Authority has now publicly released oil giant OMV’s application to drill a high risk oil well off the Otago Coast. More >>




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