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Clergy Abuse Survivors Respond To Appointment Of New Catholic Bishop Of Hamilton

Friday, 27 October 2023, 3:06 pm | SNAP

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Richard Laurenson as the new Catholic Bishop of Hamilton. SNAP expects the new bishop to be more effective than his predecessor, Bishop Stephen Lowe, in supporting victims and survivors of clergy abuse, and in protecting vulnerable ... More >>

Taxpayers' Union Calls For Genuine Public Participation In Māori Wards Debate

Friday, 27 October 2023, 12:55 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers' Union is pressing the Greater Wellington, Hauraki, and Whanganui Councils, and all other councils considering Māori Wards, to uphold the spirit of democracy by initiating referenda. Even if such polls cannot be legally binding under ... More >>

Empowering Access – Deaf Aotearoa's Role In Signing The Election Debates

Friday, 27 October 2023, 11:44 am | Deaf Aotearoa

Amazing work! I don't know how the team does it when there is so much talking over the top of each other. In a monumental effort, the team at Deaf Aotearoa embarked on a mission to usher in a new era of inclusion for the Deaf community across New ... More >>

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A Call For Urgent Perinatal Mental Health Investment

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 4:11 pm | E Tipu e Rea

E Tipu E Rea Whānau Services is calling on the new Government to take heed and listen to health providers calling for better investment into the area of Perinatal Mental Health. As an organisation we consistently see the negative outcomes of underinvestment ... More >>

The Ponzi Financial Model And New Zealand's Monetary Policy

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 3:19 pm | Keith Rankin

Today I read this article ( David Seymour calls for sweeping changes to make the Reserve Bank more accountable , NZ Herald , 26 October) showing David Seymore's wish to double-down on New Zealand's financial model. The Ponzi financial model operates ... More >>

Taxpayers' Union Welcomes Chief Ombudsman's Report On Council Workshops

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers' Union endorses the recommendations made within the Chief Ombudsman’s report on council workshops. This investigation underscores serious issues, notably the confusion arising from varied terminology and the trend of workshops seemingly ... More >>

Top Marks For Massey University

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 12:24 pm | National Anti Vivisection

Massey University has become the first New Zealand institute to publicly commit to replacing the use of animals for science. NZAVS, New Zealand’s only charity 100% dedicated to stopping animals from being used in experimentation, has crowned ... More >>

Failure To Meet Key Targets Must See RBNZ Get Back To Basics

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 11:57 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Commenting on ACT leader David Seymour’s call for a return to the Reserve Bank’s single mandate and the disestablishment of the Monetary Policy Committee, Taxpayers’ Union Policy Adviser, James Ross, said: “For 28 long months in a row, Adrian Orr ... More >>

Household Living Costs Increase 7.4 Percent

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 10:56 am | Statistics New Zealand

The cost of living for the average New Zealand household increased 7.4 percent in the 12 months to the September 2023 quarter, according to figures released by Stats NZ today. The 7.4 percent increase follows a 7.2 percent increase in the 12 months ... More >>

Energy Report Sparks Future Vision

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 10:42 am | Business New Zealand

New Zealand’s energy sector believes in a sustainable energy future, but experts warn the path to carbon zero is narrow, with several challenges still ahead. BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) Executive Director Tina Schirr says she is proud to be part ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Wellington About To Learn Hard Political Lesson

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 10:23 am | Peter Dunne

The essence of politics is often described as about the contest of ideas. But really the political process is primarily about the pursuit and retention of power. Without power, it is very difficult to promote, let alone implement, ideas, no matter how ... More >>

AirNZ's Outsourcing Move Keeps Local Contact Centre Staff On Their Knees

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 10:23 am | NZCCC

Air New Zealand's decision to temporarily outsource some call centre activities to the Philippines because there is a shortage of suitable staff is understandable, but also a self-perpetuating practise because it cheapens the profession—the moment ... More >>

Ram Raid Bill Will Place Children In The Pipeline To Prison

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 10:11 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

 Judge Frances Eivers, Chief Children’s Commissioner: Submissions on the Ram Raid Offending and Related Measures Amendment Bill closed last week. This bill would add ‘ram-raids’ to the Crimes Act, punishable by up to ten years in ... More >>

2023 Iwi Led Census – A Resounding Success

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 9:54 am | Shine Collective

Te Mana Whakatipu, an initiative focused on empowering Iwi Māori through enhanced data collection capabilities has illustrated the power of by Iwi Māori, for Iwi Māori initiatives. Beyond improving participation in 2023 Census, the groundbreaking ... More >>

Everything Fair In Love And War? Research Reveals The High Cost Of Breaking Up After 50

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 9:16 am | Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission

A new study has delved into the complex journey of dividing assets after a relationship break up later in life and the financial impact this has on retirement. The research conducted by TRA, on behalf of Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission, included ... More >>

Wellington Council’s Heritage Hang-ups Leave Finances Crumbling

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Wellington City Council’s approval of plans to spend up to $147 million more of ratepayers’ money on the city’s town hall, Taxpayers’ Union Policy Adviser, James Ross, said: “Whilst pipes are leaking, roads are crumbling ... More >>

NZ Psychological Society Concerned By Plans To Disestablish Te Aka Whaiora

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 11:33 am | NZ Psychological Society

The New Zealand Psychological Society Rōpū Mātai Hinengaro o Aotearoa (NZPsS) are deeply concerned about proposals by the newly elected government to disestablish Te Aka Whaiora (the Māori Health Authority). This would be a backwards move, regressing ... More >>

Population Growth In All New Zealand Regions

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 11:00 am | Statistics New Zealand

The population grew in all 16 regions of New Zealand in the year ended June 2023, according to provisional estimates released by Stats NZ today. This follows two years of lower growth when several regions decreased in population. “Auckland was the ... More >>

New IEA Report Proves Luxon’s Oil And Gas Plan "nonsensical" - Greenpeace

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 10:57 am | Greenpeace

As the International Energy Agency releases yet another report signalling the coming end of the fossil fuel industry, Greenpeace is condemning Luxon’s "foolish" plan to bring back new offshore oil and gas exploration. The IEA’s World Energy ... More >>

TRAC Applauds KiwiRail And Hamilton Councillors

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 3:30 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The announcement late last week that KiwiRail will be in a position to increase services on the Te Huia train service between Auckland and Hamilton due to successful recruitment and training of a new set of drivers, shows there is a commitment from ... More >>

Seal Abuse Video Sparks Outrage

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 2:55 pm | Department of Conservation

A video shared to social media and showing a man harassing a seal pup on a New Zealand beach is under investigation by the Department of Conservation. The video shows a man in a wetsuit grabbing the young kekeno by the scruff of its neck and putting ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman Calls For Council Workshops To Be Open By Default

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 2:06 pm | Office of the Ombudsmen

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is calling for councils to open workshops by default to reduce the perception that decisions are being made behind closed doors. The call follows Mr Boshier’s decision last year to test concerns that councils were using ... More >>

Wellington Tenants Sinking In Government-Caused Rent Crisis

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 11:45 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to news that the median weekly rent has risen yet another 6.7% this year in Wellington, Taxpayers’ Union Policy Adviser, James Ross, said: “Rents are spiralling because there aren’t enough rental properties to go around, it really ... More >>

New Govt Urged To Progress Tax Reform To Benefit All NZers.

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 8:24 am | Better Taxes for a Better Future

Political parties forming the next government are urged to think about how they can work within their existing tax commitments and policies to progress tax reform to benefit all New Zealanders. That's the wero (challenge) issued to New Zealand's ... More >>

Dark Cloud Hangs Over Labour Day As National And ACT Poised To Attack Workers’ Rights

Sunday, 22 October 2023, 6:55 pm | Council of Trade Unions

While working people across Aotearoa New Zealand relax on Labour Day, the incoming government is busy drawing up plans to overturn recent advances for workers’ rights warns the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. "This day of celebration for ... More >>

Joint Anglican-Catholic Bishops’ Statement On Israel-Palestine Conflict

Sunday, 22 October 2023, 6:09 am | New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference

War is once again destroying people’s lives in the Holy Land. This new cycle of violence in this long conflict brings us new images of bloodied bodies and the anguished cries and faces of children, women and men – both Palestinian and Israeli. We’re ... More >>

Port Waikato By-election Candidates Announced

Friday, 20 October 2023, 2:16 pm | Electoral Commission

Nine candidates are standing in the Port Waikato by-election which will be held on Saturday 25 November 2023. The by-election is being held following the death of a Port Waikato electorate candidate during the 2023 General Election. Port Waikato ... More >>

Trust And Demand For Ombudsman’s Services Higher Than Ever

Friday, 20 October 2023, 2:12 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Demand for the Chief Ombudsman to provide a ‘trusted check’ on the actions and decisions of the Government is higher than ever. Peter Boshier has today published his 2022/2023 Annual Report which reflects the fact that more and more people are ... More >>

Free Speech Union Lays Complaint With Human Rights Review Tribunal Against TDC Over Political Discrimination

Friday, 20 October 2023, 12:48 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union has laid a complaint with the Human Rights Review Tribunal over Taupō District Council’s cancellation of Julian Batchelor’s Stop Co-Governance event in April this year. This cancellation was based on disapproval of the political ... More >>

Address At The Wilding Pine Network Conference 2023: Wildings In The Backyard

Friday, 20 October 2023, 10:45 am | Parliamentary Commissioner For The Environment

  On 20 October the Commissioner presented a speech at the Wilding Pine Network Conference 2023 in Queenstown. He outlined important lessons in managing invasive species learned from the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme. These ... More >>

Who’s Advising The New National Government?

Friday, 20 October 2023, 10:39 am | Bryce Edwards

Who will the new National Government listen to when it decides how to govern? An early indication may be seen in who Prime Minister-elect Christopher Luxon has brought in to train his new MPs and ministers. It was reported on Monday by Newstalk ZB that, ... More >>

UNICEF Aotearoa calls on negotiating parties to prioritise critical action for children in first 100 days of new Govt

Friday, 20 October 2023, 6:02 am | UNICEF Aotearoa NZ

As the National Party negotiates to form a government following the general election, UNICEF Aotearoa is calling on parties to prioritise critical action for children in the policy commitments made in the first 100 days of Parliament. Moving children ... More >>

Open Letter: Dear Leaders, Don't Criminalise Our Children. Stop The Ram Raid Bill!

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 3:10 pm | Amnesty International

19 October 2023 Tēnā koutou Political Party Leaders, We are writing to you because we are concerned about the Ram Raid Offending and Related Measures Amendment Bill which is currently proceeding before parliament. We represent a collective of organisations ... More >>

ESAS Access Review - Summary Of Submissions And Reserve Bank Response

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 1:50 pm | The Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand - Te Pūtea Matua is part-way through a review of access eligibility criteria to use our Exchange Settlement Account System (ESAS). Banks, other major institutions, and the Reserve Bank use ESAS to settle transactions ... More >>

New Government Must Commit To Fully Funding Pay Equity For Care And Support Workers

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 1:13 pm | Disability Support Network

The disability support sector is calling on the incoming government to commit to funding pay equity for the 65,000 workers who care for disabled, elderly, and other New Zealanders, says New Zealand Disability Support Network CEO Peter Reynolds. "Disability ... More >>

Impact To NZ Employment Law Post-Election

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 12:43 pm | BuckettLaw

Anticipated Changes to Employment Law from the New Zealand Election: With National as the clear front-runner following the weekend’s election results, it is timely to consider what changes to employment law are likely to occur over the next term. ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: What Chance A Grand Coalition?

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 9:16 am | Peter Dunne

In the wake of last week's election some have asked why no consideration has been given to a grand coalition between National and Labour to limit the influence of ACT and New Zealand First. After all, they say, grand coalitions have worked in other ... More >>

Auditor General Report Highlights Need For Tough Action From New Government On Public Service

Wednesday, 18 October 2023, 3:22 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Auditor General's comments in his 2022/23 annual report that “It is still too hard to to tell what New Zealanders are receiving for about $160 billion of central government expenditure each year, and whether or not this is value for ... More >>

New Zealand's Reckless Regression: The Dangers Of New Government Reinstating Livestock Exports

Wednesday, 18 October 2023, 10:36 am | Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Aotearoa

"Mark Willis’ (Live Export New Zealand) comments on RNZ’s AM Rural News (17/10/2023) regarding reinstating livestock exports within a year are alarming on many levels. Willis’ comments demonstrate yet again how economic gain and short-term ... More >>

More Ex-Labour Ministers Move Into Lobbying

Wednesday, 18 October 2023, 10:14 am | Bryce Edwards

In April this year, when Kiri Allan was still Minister of Justice, she launched a review of lobbying. Justice officials were asked to investigate how corporate lobbying might be better regulated, following the controversy of ex-Labour Minister Kris Faafoi ... More >>

Te Kāhui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission Calls On Political Leaders To Help Unite Communities

Wednesday, 18 October 2023, 10:10 am | Human Rights Commission

Te Kāhui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission applauds all those New Zealanders who exercised their democratic right to vote in this election. Your voice makes a difference whatever the outcome. “We also acknowledge all the candidates for putting ... More >>

Auditor General's Annual Report 2022/23

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 3:23 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

We have published our annual report 2022/23 on our website. Annual audits form most of our work and are fundamental to the work the Office does to contribute to trust and confidence in the public sector. Over 2022/23, our auditors delivered 3,074 audit ... More >>

Landslide Defeat For Labour In New Zealand Election

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 3:04 pm | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters, Socialist Equality Group 16 October 2023 Original url https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2023/10/16/arcd-o16.html New Zealand’s Labour Party government suffered an historic defeat in Saturday’s election. According to preliminary results, Labour’s support virtually halved from ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman Considers RNZ Should Release Full Transcript Of Kiri Allan Speech

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 2:28 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman says Radio New Zealand should release a full transcript of the speech former Minister Kiri Allan made at her then partner Māni Dunlop’s farewell event. Mr Boshier began an investigation under the Official Information Act (OIA) ... More >>

Pike Family Reference Group Thanks Andrew Little For Service

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 1:08 pm | Pike River Family Reference Group

Pike River Reference Group members want to thank Andrew Little for his work and support as Pike River Minister. Anna Osborne says Little’s dedication to the families and their pursuit of truth and justice spoke to his values. “Andrew has traveled ... More >>

RBNZ Must Be Held Accountable For Repeated Failures

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 11:24 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Commenting on today’s news that the CPI has still dropped only marginally to 5.6%, Taxpayers’ Union Policy Adviser, James Ross, said: “For the 28th month in a row, the Reserve Bank has failed to hold inflation to within the target range. With inflation ... More >>

Inflation Data Shows The Need For Caution From Future Government

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 11:19 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Inflation data released today by Statistics NZ showed that the cost of living rose by 5.6% in September 2023, down from 6% in the June Quarter. CTU Economist Craig Renney said “This data confirms the downward trend for annual inflation, with the ... More >>

Oil Depletion Means An Election Win Is A Poisoned Chalice

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 11:17 am | Deirdre Kent

The National Party won the 2023 New Zealand general election but they are actually in for a shock; a win is a poisoned chalice. That means it appears to be a reward but in reality is harmful. No matter what a government does, petrol and diesel prices ... More >>

Climate Protestors Put Luxon On Notice

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 11:02 am | 350 Aotearoa

  October 17: Protestors descended on Parliament this morning, and constructed solar panels, windmills, and bicycle-powered smoothie machines on Parliament lawn. They are calling on the incoming government’s election negotiations to prioritise ... More >>

Non-fatal Shooting By Police In Kaiapoi Justified

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 10:39 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were justified in shooting a man who confronted officers with a crowbar and knife at Kaiapoi on 25 June 2022. The man suffered serious injuries to his hands, chest, abdomen and legs ... More >>

Health Workers Vote To Accept Pay Equity Settlement Achieving Average Pay Increase Of 20% To 16,000 People

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 10:07 am | Public Service Association

Today the pay equity claim for roughly 16,000 Allied, Public Health, Scientific, and Technical health workers has been settled which will deliver 20% salary increases for most people covered. The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga ... More >>

Reporting Information For Online Extremism And Terrorism Now Available In Multiple Languages

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 9:38 am | Department Of Internal Affairs

Factsheets about how to report online terrorism and violent extremism are now available in te reo Māori, Samoan, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Hindi and as a version for those with hearing and speech impairments. The factsheets have recently been developed ... More >>

Writ Issued For Port Waikato By-election

Monday, 16 October 2023, 6:47 pm | Electoral Commission

The next step in the preparations for the Port Waikato by-election has taken place today with the Governor-General issuing the writ for the by-election to be held. The by-election follows the death of a Port Waikato electorate candidate during the ... More >>

Dairy Owners Look To New Government For Crime Action

Monday, 16 October 2023, 2:09 pm | Dairy and Business Owners Group

Dairy owners are congratulating the newly elected National-led government with Act with NZ First also likely to feature. They are asking for quick action to get on top of the retail crime emergency all over New Zealand. “We’re looking to the ... More >>

No Time To Waste: SBN Calls On The Incoming Government To Step Up

Monday, 16 October 2023, 1:54 pm | Sustainable Business Network

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) calls on the incoming Government to keep up action on sustainability. “Now is not the time to let up the pace,” says CEO Rachel Brown ONZM. “Issues such as climate change and the declining state of nature ... More >>

Greenpeace To Luxon: New Oil And Gas Exploration Can’t Happen In A Climate Crisis

Monday, 16 October 2023, 12:05 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace Aotearoa’s message to Prime Minister-elect Christopher Luxon is that starting new oil and gas exploration in the middle of a climate crisis is a crime against life on Earth, and the people of Aotearoa will rise up against it, just like ... More >>

Make Vaping A Priority: Call To New Government

Monday, 16 October 2023, 11:32 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

A prescription-only model and dedicated quit vaping support services should be a priority of the incoming Government and new Health Minister. This is the call from Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ who are strong advocates for tighter controls ... More >>

Climate Justice Group Vows To Continue Its Work At The Wake Of Election

Monday, 16 October 2023, 11:16 am | Climate Justice Taranaki

Climate Justice Taranaki is determined to continue its work for a just world where people and the environment thrive, as election results emerge. "It is a pretty bleak election outcome for all of us, for the climate, for the poor and marginalised. ... More >>

Transporting New Zealand Cautiously Optimistic About Election Result

Monday, 16 October 2023, 9:22 am | la Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand

New Zealand’s peak road transport body Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand is cautiously optimistic the election result will lead to increased spending on essential roading projects. Although the collation details are still to be ironed out, it is ... More >>

Preliminary Results For The 2023 General Election

Sunday, 15 October 2023, 3:05 am | Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission has released the preliminary results for the 2023 General Election. Party Party Votes % Votes Electorate Seats List Seats Total Seats National Party 875,234 38.99 45 5 50 Labour Party 602,816 26.85 17 17 34 Green Party 241,977 ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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