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PSNA Issues Notice To The Government For Complicity In Israel’s Genocidal War In Gaza

Thursday, 20 June 2024, 1:08 pm | Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa

The Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa (PSNA) has issued the government a "letter of demand" for complicity with Israel’s genocidal war in Gaza. More >>

Govt Cuts Teams Digitising Public Services & Safeguarding Privacy

Thursday, 20 June 2024, 1:00 pm | Public Service Association

Cuts come as technology companies call for Govt to provide leadership More >>

New Human Rights Data Show Ongoing Harm To Māori

Thursday, 20 June 2024, 12:24 pm | Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

Criminal justice advocacy group JustSpeak and human rights movement Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand are raising alarm bells about the social justice issues highlighted in this year’s data. More >>

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Ambulance Officers Query NZ First’s Broken Promise Of Better Funding For St John

Thursday, 20 June 2024, 11:23 am | FIRST Union

FIRST Union members at St John have voted to take further strike action that commences today, with the aim of seeking public support for a fully functioning ambulance service before industrial action intensifies to the point of withdrawing labour. More >>

Celebrating World Refugee Day

Thursday, 20 June 2024, 11:10 am | New Zealand Immigration

Established by the United Nations in 2001, the theme for this year’s World Refugee Day is “a world where refugees are welcomed”. More >>

Chickens Coming Home To Roost For LGNZ

Thursday, 20 June 2024, 10:57 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Christchurch City Council has become the latest council to vote to withdraw from Local Government New Zealand. More >>

Air Traffic Controller Trainees Now Considered Employees After Labour Inspectorate Intervention

Thursday, 20 June 2024, 10:46 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

New Zealand air traffic controller trainees who previously spent up to 18 months training without being treated or paid as employees will now be considered employees More >>

Budget Cuts To Climate Funding Mean NZ May Now Struggle To Meet Its International Obligations

Wednesday, 19 June 2024, 6:34 pm | The Conversation

The government’s priorities are shifting towards adaptation to protect communities, jobs and industries. But the longer we wait to cut emissions, the more the costs of climate change will compound. More >>

Chinese Community Disappointed About Timeframe Of Five-year Parent Visitor Visa

Wednesday, 19 June 2024, 6:04 pm | RNZ

Chinese families are disappointed Immigration New Zealand will only start to work on the five-year parent visitor visa next year. More >>

Govt Cuts Will Expose Kiwis To More Extremist Content, Scams And Sexual Harm

Wednesday, 19 June 2024, 3:34 pm | Public Service Association

One in five frontline workers axed from Digital Safety and Anti-Money Laundering groups More >>

Government Policies Failing Our Environment

Wednesday, 19 June 2024, 3:10 pm | Environmental Defence Society

A key theme that emerged from the discourse was that we shouldn’t silo our climate and biodiversity responses: we need to address them together and transition our energy systems without causing environmental harm. More >>

Previous Govt To Blame For ETS Auction Failure

Wednesday, 19 June 2024, 12:26 pm | Climate Forestry Association

The blame for the failure of today’s Emission Trading Scheme auction can be laid squarely at the feet of the Climate Change Commission along with the previous Labour Green Government, reflecting a series of manufactured crises rather than a fundamental ... More >>

Conservation Minister Slammed For Branding Marine Protection Commitments “An Aspiration, Not An Obligation”

Tuesday, 18 June 2024, 7:12 pm | WWF-New Zealand

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) New Zealand has hit back at Conservation Minister Tama Potaka’s outrageous claim that protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030 is purely “an aspiration”. More >>

The Truth About The Shadowy ‘Migration 5’

Tuesday, 18 June 2024, 5:49 pm | RNZ

Gill Bonnett , Reporter 17 June 2024 What started as a scheme to check the identities of a few thousand asylum seekers has spiraled into a vast network of data about everyone who comes and goes from the ‘Five Eyes’ nations. On the third floor of a central ... More >>

Granny Flats: Do They Pay Off? Investors Run The Numbers

Tuesday, 18 June 2024, 5:41 pm | RNZ

It is set to get easier to put in a granny flat, but does it pay off? More >>

Bonuses For Public Sector Mediocrity Need To Be Taken Off The Table

Tuesday, 18 June 2024, 1:53 pm | Taxpayers' Union

KPIs might force public servants to pull their thumbs out, but performance bonuses should only be for Chief Execs delivering exceptional value for taxpayers’ money. More >>

Wellington Chief Exec Crosses A Line, Must Be Sacked After Latest Power Grab

Monday, 17 June 2024, 2:05 pm | Taxpayers' Union

For the second year in a row, and despite being a major political debate, Wellington City Council Chief Executive Barbara McKerrow has denied elected councillors access to ratepayer-funded legal advice surrounding the sale of the airport shares. More >>

Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson Announces Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Monday, 17 June 2024, 1:31 pm | RNZ

Green MP Marama Davidson says she will stay on as co-leader once her treatment is complete and "will be returning with fierce determination" More >>

Pākiri Community, Sand Mining Company At Odds At Fast-track Approval Hearings

Monday, 17 June 2024, 1:08 pm | RNZ

A battle over sand mining at a north Auckland beach has found a new arena at select committee hearings into the government's proposed law. More >>

National Promised A 'Strong And Stable' Carbon Market - Then It Crashed

Monday, 17 June 2024, 12:36 pm | RNZ

National promised a 'strong and stable' carbon market - but that's not how it's worked out. More >>

Disabled New Zealanders Must Have A Seat At The Cabinet Table

Monday, 17 June 2024, 11:06 am | NZDSN

Politicians and parties were challenged to give disabled New Zealanders winnable positions on party lists, and seats at the cabinet table in the opening address of the New Zealand Disability Support Network national conference this morning. More >>

Chinese Premier Li Visits New Zealand To Counter US War Drive

Sunday, 16 June 2024, 8:06 pm | Socialist Equality Group

Li’s visit to New Zealand was the first by a Chinese premier since 2017. He held talks with Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and business leaders, highlighting New Zealand’s heavy dependence on trade with China, which took about 27 percent of ... More >>

Media Cop Flak For Airing Data Misuse Allegations

Sunday, 16 June 2024, 6:04 pm | RNZ

Colin Peacock , Mediawatch Presenter Everyone seemed to agree the allegations of census information misused for political purposes were serious - and serious enough for the prime minister to launch an independent inquiry on top of official investigations ... More >>

Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry: Crown Accused Of 'Gaslighting' Māori Through te reo Policy

Sunday, 16 June 2024, 4:21 pm | RNZ

The government will be judged on its actions, rather than words, in its approach to te reo in the public sector, lawyer says. More >>

Review Of Health And Safety Law Long Overdue, Businesses Say

Saturday, 15 June 2024, 2:04 pm | RNZ

"There are all sorts of inconsistencies that this consultation could help with," the chair of a think tank says. More >>

Transport Minister Stops Short Of Saying New Roads Of National Significance To Be Tolled

Saturday, 15 June 2024, 1:54 pm | RNZ

Chris Bishop said on Thursday Simeon Brown had "already signalled that each of our new Roads of National Significance will be tolled". But will they? More >>

Boot Camp Changes Welcomed, But Military Style 'Still A Concern'

Friday, 14 June 2024, 5:00 pm | RNZ

With more emphasis on transitioning teens back into the community, there's more of a chance the government's boot camps will work, experts say. More >>

'We Can't Buy Our Way Out ' Chris Bishop On Infrastructure Funding And User-pays

Friday, 14 June 2024, 4:57 pm | RNZ

Chris Bishop says 'we can't buy our way out of our infrastructure deficit' and need new ways to pay for highways. More >>

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Welcomes More Conversation Around Ethnicity Pay Gap

Friday, 14 June 2024, 4:21 pm | Te Kahui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission

“However, it’s not enough to talk about the gender pay gap alone. We must include ethnicity in all pay transparency conversations.” More >>

Fast Track Bill Threatens Democracy And Environment, Say Anglers

Friday, 14 June 2024, 4:00 pm | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

The NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers objects strongly to the proposed law because it violates that sacred principle. More >>

Review An Opportunity To Strengthen Workplace Health And Safety

Friday, 14 June 2024, 3:21 pm | NZCTU

NZCTU Te Kauae Kaimahi President Richard Wagstaff is calling on Minister Brooke van Velden to ensure that her review of workplace health and safety puts the voices of workers front and centre. More >>

Minister’s H&S Consultation Must Consider Stalled Progress From Government

Friday, 14 June 2024, 3:07 pm | Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum

An announcement today from the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Hon Brooke van Velden that she will be starting a substantial consultation on work health and safety, must consider the stalled progress from government and continued absence ... More >>

Thousands Of Parents Still Waiting Two Years After Resident Visas Reopen

Friday, 14 June 2024, 3:03 pm | RNZ

Families are fed up with delays and a lottery to allow their overseas parents to join them permanently. More >>

Ekos Welcomes Removal Of Financial Barrier To Native Forest Projects In The NZETS

Friday, 14 June 2024, 2:40 pm | Ekos

Ekos is welcoming today’s statement by Forestry Minister Todd McClay on supporting the forest sector and the government’s removal of a service fee on all forests registered in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS). More >>

Government Refuses To Fund Cancer Drugs, Instead Bows To Gaming Sector Lobbyists

Friday, 14 June 2024, 2:31 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is urging the government to rethink corporate welfare for the gaming sector and direct that funding into life-saving medicines instead. More >>

Te Urewera Board And Tūhoe Look To The Future After Court Resolution

Friday, 14 June 2024, 2:28 pm | Te Urewera Board

Te Urewera Board and Tūhoe are moving ahead with plans to re-imagine the future of Te Urewera as the homeland of Tūhoe and a place that is accessible to all New Zealanders. More >>

Fast-Track Bill Fails To Uphold Children’s Rights: Save The Children

Friday, 14 June 2024, 2:17 pm | Save The Children

Child rights organisation Save the Children is calling for political leaders to withdraw the Fast-Track Approvals Bill, saying it fails to uphold children’s rights and the potential negative impact on children now and in the future is too great a risk. More >>

A Long-Overdue Review Of Health And Safety

Friday, 14 June 2024, 2:00 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

The Initiative pointed to stronger cost-benefit assessment, as well as revisiting the rules around personal liability for health and safety outcomes, as promising starting points for review. More >>

Rethink On Health And Safety Welcomed

Friday, 14 June 2024, 1:29 pm | la Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand

Transporting New Zealand interim CEO Dom Kalasih has welcomed the announcement today by Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Brooke van Velden, that the government is beginning consultation on health and safety at work. More >>

Forestry Sector Welcomes Government Intent To Engage And Spur Growth

Friday, 14 June 2024, 1:03 pm | Forest Industry Engineering Association

Today’s announcements on growing the forestry sector from Forestry Minister Todd McClay will resonate with industry leaders across forestry and wood products sector, says FIEA events director John Stulen. “With our sector delivering the most carbon-friendly ... More >>

Inquiry Into The Protection Of Personal Information

Friday, 14 June 2024, 12:13 pm | Public Service Association

Acting Public Service Commissioner Heather Baggott today announced the details of an inquiry into allegations that personal information provided to government agencies was misused by third-party service providers. More >>

Climate Forestry Association Welcomes Govt’s Commitment To Forestry

Friday, 14 June 2024, 11:59 am | Climate Forestry Association

Climate Forestry Association chief executive Andrew Cushen says the Government has shown a thorough understanding of the importance of the forestry sector. More >>

Government Must Scrap Failing Film Subsidies And Fund Pharmac Instead

Friday, 14 June 2024, 11:51 am | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the government to axe all taxpayer funding for films and direct that money into Pharmac instead following reports that the Film Commission spent $88 million on film subsidies that generated just $14 million in ... More >>

New Report Sparks Call For More Support For NZ’s Volunteer Firefighters

Friday, 14 June 2024, 11:46 am | United Fire Brigades' Association

The United Fire Brigades’ Association (UFBA) is calling for more support for volunteer firefighters with a new report showing they deliver $823 million of value to Aotearoa every year. More >>

Miserable Cuts To The Bureaucracy Locking In The Growth Under Labour

Friday, 14 June 2024, 11:39 am | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the revelations in yesterday’s information release from the Public Service Commission that shows the bureaucracy has only reduced by 416 FTEs since December last year. More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Review Into Health And Safety Regulations

Friday, 14 June 2024, 10:32 am | Taxpayers' Union

“Overzealous health and safety regulations are one of the biggest handbrakes on productivity, driving up the cost of everything from doing business to building core infrastructure necessary for this country to function. More >>

Heavy Trucks Are Not To Blame For More Potholes

Friday, 14 June 2024, 10:25 am | Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand

Photo/Supplied By Dom Kalasih The recent announcement by Transport Minister Simeon Brown that $4 billion will be spent preventing potholes around the country is good news, both for the road transport industry and motorists. Road transport operators ... More >>

Proposed Reform Of Infrastructure System Essential For Progress - Infrastructure New Zealand

Friday, 14 June 2024, 9:31 am | Infrastructure New Zealand

“New Zealand's spending per capita on infrastructure is high compared to other OECD nations but the value we get from that investment is in the bottom 10%. That has to be turned around,” says Infrastructure New Zealand Policy Director Michelle ... More >>

Women Don’t Need A Voluntary Calculator To Know There’s A Pay Gap

Friday, 14 June 2024, 8:18 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government has reportedly scrapped a policy that would have gone far to fix gender and ethnic pay gaps and instead is implementing a watered-down voluntary system. More >>

Millions Spent Reopening Mothballed Northland Railway Line

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 6:03 pm | RNZ

More than $30 million was spent fixing a railway line before the partly-completed project was put on hold. More >>

Multiple Inquiries Into Data Misuse At Te Pāti Māori

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 5:51 pm | RNZ

What happens when the line between helping your people and helping yourself to their private information, blurs More >>

NZDF Personnel Should Not Be Deployed To Korea

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 4:56 pm | NZ DPRK Society

Increasing the number of New Zealand troops deployed in Korea will increase tension on the peninsula and the wider region. More >>

New Fishing Rules Reflect Fishers’ Proactive Actions

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 4:27 pm | Seafood New Zealand

The new rules mean from 1 October, all commercial surface longline fishers will be required to either use special hook shielding devices or implement three key seabird mitigations measures at the same time (tori line, weighted sink hooks and setting ... More >>

OIA Reveals Department Of Conservation Advised Against Scrapping Freshwater Protections - Greenpeace

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 2:33 pm | Greenpeace

The advice, dated 26 March 2024, states that DOC was given "limited opportunity for input" and so could "only note that the additional adverse effects of the proposed changes may be significant for some catchments, protected areas and species." More >>

Govt Ignores Housing Crisis And Ticks Off Deep Cuts At Housing Ministry

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 1:49 pm | PSA

The latest cuts impact the Strategy, Insight and Governance, Policy, and Organisational Performance business groups. Further cuts to other business groups are proposed for later this year. More >>

Care And Support Workers Call "Time’s Up", Take Long-overdue Pay Equity Claim To The ERA

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 1:31 pm | PSA

Almost two years have passed since the claim was initiated with 15 employers and no settlement has been reached. The claim could have implications for 65,000 people working in disability, home, and mental health support, and aged care work. More >>

Further Not Guilty Plea In SFO Public Sector Bribery Case

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 11:34 am | Serious Fraud Office

The last of three defendants in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) case pleaded not guilty to bribery and corruption charges related to the award of lucrative public sector construction contracts. More >>

Free Kanaky, Free Te Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa

Wednesday, 12 June 2024, 7:55 pm | Te Pati Maori

Te Pāti Māori stand with the people of Kanaky who are fighting for their independence and their lives against oppressive French occupation. The colonisation of the Pacific relies on the manufactured disconnection of Aotearoa from our Pasifika whanaunga. ... More >>

New Zealand Uyghur Community Seek Answers From Chinese Premier Li Qiang

Wednesday, 12 June 2024, 6:09 pm | Uyghur Solidarity Aotearoa New Zealand

Members of the New Zealand Uyghur community have requested that the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs seek answers for them from the Chinese Premier Li Qiang. Uyghur Solidarity Aotearoa has provided the letter sent to the Prime Minister ... More >>

New Zealand Pro-Palestine Protester Ends 19-day Hunger Strike

Wednesday, 12 June 2024, 6:02 pm | Socialist Equality Group

The anti-war movement can only move forward to the extent that the working class takes its own action, in opposition to Labour and the entire capitalist political establishment, including the trade union apparatus and the pseudo-left organisations ... More >>




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