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Business has a role to play in improving and protecting New Zealand’s environment

By   12 hours ago

Source: MIL-OSI Submissions Source: BusinessNZ — The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) acknowledges the Environment Aotearoa 2019 report released today by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ.”Members of the Sustainable Business Council, as well as the Climate Leaders Coalition, are working on many fronts to show kaitiakitanga, reduce their emissions, and enhance their communities. This […]

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Minor changes proposed to Speed Limits Bylaw

By   12 hours ago

Source: Far North District Council The Far North District Council is seeking public feedback on minor changes to its Speed Limits Bylaw in the lead-up to a review of speed limits in the District. The Council is required to review speed limits across the district as part of a national Safer Journeys programme.  Before the […]

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‘Iron Lady’ Cheryl Tay to Represent Singapore at Volvic® Volcanic Experience Challenge

By   15 hours ago

Source: Media Outreach #FINDYOURVOLCANOSINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 18 April 2019 – On the 31st of May this year, local Ironman triathlete and founder of Rock The Naked Truth, Cheryl Tay, will be participating in the annual Volvic® Volcanic Experience (VVX) 25km trail running event in France, alongside her other Volvican teammates led by renowned Asian celebrity […]

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No CGT may offer opportunities to rethink policies to address inequality

By   16 hours ago

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 18 April 2019 Child Poverty Action Group cautiously welcomes the government’s response to the Tax Working Group’s (TWG) final report.   The Prime Minister has taken Capital Gains Tax off her Government’s policy agenda.  “This provides the opportunity to explore other policies that could better meet the express instructions from the […]

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New Zealand Tertiary Sector – Thank you NZ – two Muslim students speak out a month on from the Christchurch mosque shootings

By   16 hours ago

Source: MIL-OSI SubmissionsSource: Wintec Friday 15 March, 2019, was one of New Zealand’s darkest days. A month on from the mosque shootings in Christchurch, two Wintec international students, Basira and Baharah, talk about their experience of being Muslim in New Zealand and far away from their home in Afghanistan. “I was shocked, my body changed […]

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Better data will help us do a better job – Federated Farmers

By   16 hours ago

Source: MIL-OSI Submissions Source: Federated Farmers The Environment Aotearoa 2019 report released today will help all New Zealanders, not just farmers, identify the priorities for action. But we can only manage what we have information on, Federated Farmers environment and water spokesperson Chris Allen says. “Our message during the last central government election campaign, when various […]

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Environment Aotearoa Report Confirms Regional Council Failure

By   16 hours ago

Source: MIL-OSI Submissions Source: Fish and Game NZ Fish and Game welcomed the report on New Zealand’s Environment today and believe it is a performance review on regional councils and how they have completely failed to protect the environment. “Regional Councils under the RMA have a legal obligation to protect the environment for future generations and […]

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Reserve Bank of New Zealand welcomes next steps by global climate initiative

By   17 hours ago

Source: Reserve Bank of New Zealand Release date 18 April 2019 The focus on climate and environmental risk by central banks globally is accelerating, with the release of a comprehensive report at the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) conference in Paris overnight. “The report targets an issue of […]

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    Reserve Bank of New Zealand welcomes next steps by global climate initiative

    By   17 hours ago

    Source: Reserve Bank of New Zealand Release date 18 April 2019 The focus on climate and environmental risk by central banks globally is accelerating, with the release of a comprehensive report at the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) conference in Paris overnight. “The report targets an issue of […]

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    Proposed Emissions Trading Scheme improvements attract support

    By   18 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Submissions on improvements to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) show that there is broad support to make improvements to the scheme, says the Minister for Climate Change. The Ministry for the Environment has today released a summary of submissions made during last year’s consultation on improvements to the ETS. […]

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    Supporting our regions with $2.3 million investment in the Great Rides

    By   19 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government The Government is investing a further $2.3 million in the Great Rides, which draw visitors to our regions, boosting local economies and the tourism sector, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Government funding of $1.3 million will create an extra 34.5 km of new cycle ways on the Hawke’s Bay Trails […]

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    Details of The Duke of Cambridge’s visit announced

    By   21 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Details of His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge’s itinerary for his upcoming visit to New Zealand on 25th and 26th April have been released today by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The Duke’s first engagements will be in Auckland on the 25th. Then, His Royal Highness and the Prime Minister will travel […]

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    Foreign Minister to visit Nordic countries

    By   22 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is travelling to Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland over the next week. The visit is part of a renewed diplomatic effort with Nordic countries, and follows the opening of the New Zealand Embassy in Stockholm last year. “This approach is both deliberate and targeted. New Zealand […]

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    Separated walking and cycling path to be part of new Manawatū Tararua Highway

    By   22 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government The Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has committed to building a separated walking and cycling path along the new highway to replace the Manawatū Gorge. The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed the decision today at a hearing on the Notice of Requirement for the new […]

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    Environment report reinforces need for Government’s plan

    By   22 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government The Environment Aotearoa 2019 report released today shows why the Government’s plan to clean up our waterways and make New Zealand carbon-neutral is so crucial, Environment Minister David Parker said.  “The report contributes to our understanding of the impacts land use decisions are having – but there are no big surprises. […]

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    Minister Parker leads trade delegation to China

    By   22 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker will lead a delegation of business representatives to China next week to advance the economic relationship between China and New Zealand.  “China-New Zealand trade continues to grow, and is now valued at over $30 billion,” David Parker said. “New Zealand’s trade relationship with China […]

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      Emergency housing & hardship grants higher than ever

      By   23 hours ago

      Source: National Party The number of New Zealanders needing assistance to eat and live is at record highs under the Labour-led Government, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “Hardship assistance has increased by $48 million in the past year. Under this Government Kiwi families are struggling to put food on the table. There were […]

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      City Rail Link is running off the rails

      By   2 days ago

      Source: National Party Today’s announcement that the cost of the country’s biggest transport project, Auckland’s City Rail Link, has ballooned out by $1 billion is extremely concerning and raises serious questions about the Government’s ability to manage major infrastructure projects, National’s Transport spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “In what the Prime Minister calls the Government’s year […]

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      Capital Gains Tax back down a win for Kiwis – but more taxes coming

      By   2 days ago

      Source: National Party After 18 months of waiting and a $2 million tax working group, National’s relentless opposition to a Capital Gains Tax has forced the Government to back down, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “While the Government has backed down on a Capital Gains Tax, there are still a range of taxes […]

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      New Zealand needs a Fairer Tax System

      By   2 days ago

      Source: Green Party “We’ll continue to work with Labour to make our tax system fairer,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today following the Government response to the Tax Working Group release. “The Green Party has long called for a capital gains tax as a way to level the playing field for hard working New […]

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      PM breaks commitment on Early Intervention

      By   2 days ago

      Source: National Party The Government has failed to deliver on the Prime Minister’s commitment to reduce children’s waiting times for early intervention services, with wait times significantly increasing instead, National’s spokesperson for Early Childhood Education Nicola Willis says. “In May last year the Prime Minister announced her intention to reduce the waiting list for pre-schoolers needing […]

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      National offers conditional support for Waikato DHB appointment

      By   3 days ago

      Source: National Party National is offering cautious support for the Government’s intention to replace the Waikato District Health Board (DHB) with a commissioner, but on the condition David Clark commits to returning the board to the normal democratic process as soon as possible, National’s Health Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “The Waikato DHB has had serious […]

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      Economy slowing while Government in denial

      By   3 days ago

      Source: National Party The newly released Performance of Services Index (PSI) shows that the services sector just had its weakest month in six years, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. “Bad economic policies and uncertainty about a Capital Gains Tax are weighing on business confidence and adding to the slowdown of the New Zealand economy. […]

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      Water important for New Zealanders

      By   3 days ago

      Source: Green Party Water extraction should be considered a sensitive asset under new consultation launched today on the Overseas Investment Act review, Green Party Coleader Marama Davidson said today. The Green Party announced at their 2018 AGM that water bottling issues would be involved in the next consultation of the Overseas Investment review. “The protection […]

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        Minor changes proposed to Speed Limits Bylaw

        By   12 hours ago

        Source: Far North District Council The Far North District Council is seeking public feedback on minor changes to its Speed Limits Bylaw in the lead-up to a review of speed limits in the District. The Council is required to review speed limits across the district as part of a national Safer Journeys programme.  Before the […]

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        Ōtara set to get a sporting beacon

        By   20 hours ago

        Source: Auckland Council The Ngāti Ōtara Multi-Sports and Cultural Centre is set to go through a major upgrade after Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance committee approved $1.5 million in extra funding. The decision was welcomed by Ōtara Papatoetoe Local Board. The board has been advocating for the multi-sports complex that will provide the local sporting […]

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        Green light for larger Millwater sports pavilion

        By   20 hours ago

        Source: Auckland Council Increasing the size of a multi-sports pavilion at Millwater’s Metro Park East has been approved by the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. The Metro Park Community Sports Charitable Trust requested the building’s footprint increase by nearly 40 per cent from 286 to 400 square metres to accommodate multiple sports codes and groups, […]

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        Third bus service for Rodney in three months

        By   21 hours ago

        Source: Auckland Council Auckland Transport and Rodney Local Board are introducing a third bus service funded by the Rodney Transport Targeted Rate. On Monday 6 May, the 126 bus service will begin operating between Westgate and Albany, via Riverhead and Coatesville. The service will run hourly and will use two buses travelling in either direction, […]

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        Ōrākei Local Board seeks nominations for Community Volunteer Awards

        By   21 hours ago

        Source: Auckland Council Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised? Nominate them for an Ōrākei Local Board Community Volunteer Award. Ōrākei Local Board Chair Kit Parkinson says the Ōrākei board area has many dedicated volunteers and local groups who go above and beyond to contribute towards making the local board area a great […]

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        On the upcycle with Hub Zero

        By   24 hours ago

        Source: Auckland Council It’s often said that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. And Tara Moala, the main brain behind waste-minimisation social enterprise Hub Zeo, takes that saying very literally. Hub Zero’s office is almost entirely furnished with things other people have thrown away. There are discarded office chairs, and furniture made out of […]

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        Panuku reveals new plan for Northcote town centre

        By   24 hours ago

        Source: Auckland Council Like the rest of Auckland, Northcote continues to welcome new residents. To accommodate this growth Panuku Development Auckland, the city’s regeneration agency, is moving forward with the urban renewal of the Northcote town centre.  The newly released Northcote Town Centre Benchmark Masterplan [PDF] shows how the town centre will be renewed. The […]

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        Still time to help shape the future of Drury and Pukekohe

        By   1 day ago

        Source: Auckland Council There is still time to have your say on structure plans for future urban zoned land in Drury-Opāheke and Pukekohe-Paerata. “This is an important time for existing and prospective new residents to give feedback on how they’d like to see these two key southern areas developed over the next 10-30 years,” said […]

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          ‘Iron Lady’ Cheryl Tay to Represent Singapore at Volvic® Volcanic Experience Challenge

          By   15 hours ago

          Source: Media Outreach #FINDYOURVOLCANOSINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 18 April 2019 – On the 31st of May this year, local Ironman triathlete and founder of Rock The Naked Truth, Cheryl Tay, will be participating in the annual Volvic® Volcanic Experience (VVX) 25km trail running event in France, alongside her other Volvican teammates led by renowned Asian celebrity […]

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          The time for Legacy Planning is now! Etiqa launches Premier for High Net Worth Individuals

          By   18 hours ago

          Source: Media Outreach SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 18 April 2019 – Etiqa Insurance Singapore has introduced a new campaign for its Premier suite of legacy planning solutions for high-net-worth individuals. This omni-channel launch campaign takes an amusing look at the grave topic of bequeathing one’s wealth upon passing on. “Legacy Planning is an important consideration […]

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          Grand Opening of China Mobile 5G Innovation Centre Hong Kong Open Lab at Hong Kong Science Park

          By   19 hours ago

          Source: Media Outreach Setting up 28GHz Base Station in Causeway Bay for 5G commercializationHONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 18 April 2019 – The spectrum licenses in the 26GHz and 28GHz bands will be released soon, and Hong Kong is entering a new era of 5G. Today, China Mobile Hong Kong relocated the China Mobile 5G Innovation Centre “Hong […]

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          Uni-Bio Group (HK690)’s Uni-PTH (Teriparatide) High-Precision Industrialization Project Was Successfully Approved

          By   19 hours ago

          Source: Media Outreach Focus on the Transformation of Major Frontier Achievements Targeting the Tens of Billions Osteoporosis Market HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 18 April 2019 – A fully integrated biopharmaceutical company — Uni-Bio Science Group Limited (“Uni-Bio Science”, together with its subsidiaries, referred to as the “Group”; Stock code: 0690.HK), is pleased to announce that a […]

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          Radical new approaches may be required says NZTech

          By   20 hours ago

          Source: MakeLemonade.nz Auckland – The future of work and the impact of tech changes are complex issues, so it is fantastic to see the Productivity Commission undertaking such a detailed analysis of the potential opportunities and challenges, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. The rapid growth in artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation is already starting […]

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          Alsid raises a record sum of €13 million in investments to finance their global market expansion plans

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          Source: Media Outreach Alsid has achieved this European record for investment in the cybersecurity market thanks to Idinvest Partners with the participation of its long-standing investors: 360 Capital Partners and Axeleo Capital.PARIS, FRANCE – Media OutReach – 18 April 2019 – Alsid, the pioneering Active Directory protection solution provider announces a Series A funding record of €13 million ($15 […]

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          Removal of pathologists from long-term skills shortage list unwise

          By   21 hours ago

          Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists The senior doctors’ union says its concerns about the immigration status of pathologists have been acknowledged but the Government’s response falls well short of what is needed. Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has written to acknowledge the […]

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          E tū very disappointed by CGT announcement – E tū

          By   22 hours ago

          Source: Etu Union E tū, the biggest private sector union in New Zealand, is very disappointed that the Government will not adopt any of the Tax Working Group’s recommendations on introducing a capital gains tax (CGT). Annie Newman, E tū’s National Director of Campaigns, says that this development is a step backwards in the much-needed […]

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            No CGT may offer opportunities to rethink policies to address inequality

            By   16 hours ago

            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 18 April 2019 Child Poverty Action Group cautiously welcomes the government’s response to the Tax Working Group’s (TWG) final report.   The Prime Minister has taken Capital Gains Tax off her Government’s policy agenda.  “This provides the opportunity to explore other policies that could better meet the express instructions from the […]

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            State of Environment report reveals dairy is NZ’s dirtiest industry

            By   20 hours ago

            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand The new State of the Environment report paints a “comprehensively damning” picture of the dairy industry. The cornerstone report out today says the industry is not only degrading biodiversity, rivers and lakes, hastening climate change, it also points to our seas as another environmental victim of intensive dairying. “Dairy bosses have […]

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            “Biggest conservation effort yet” launches to save world’s oceans

            By   7 days ago

            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Today, Greenpeace is launching one of its biggest conservation efforts yet, calling for a network of ocean sanctuaries to be created across the globe. The global campaign calls on governments to support a binding Global Ocean Treaty at the UN, which will allow for the creation of ocean sanctuaries in international […]

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            Calls for sweeping new climate policy on first oil banniversary

            By   1 week ago

            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand On the first anniversary of New Zealand’s internationally acclaimed ban on new oil and gas permits, Greenpeace has called for sweeping new climate policy. The environmental organisation has launched a set of policy asks calling on the Government to ban all new oil and gas development, permit extensions and infrastructure; phase […]

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            Surging emissions show NZ needs stronger action on climate

            By   1 week ago

            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand New data released today showing that New Zealand’s emissions have continued to grow rapidly in 2017 have been called “disturbing” by Greenpeace. Executive Director, Russel Norman, says the just-released Greenhouse Gas Inventory is another red flag that action to cut New Zealand’s climate emissions has never been more urgent. The Inventory […]

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            West Coast dump disaster prompts calls for new bottle deposit scheme

            By   1 week ago

            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand The West Coast dump disaster and newly released information about dozens of landfills nationwide being susceptible to failure from sea level rise has prompted further calls from environment and zero waste advocates for urgent Government action. Greenpeace New Zealand and Kiwi Bottle Drive have teamed up to call on the Government […]

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            Cap on interest rates vital to protect vulnerable New Zealanders

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            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 11 April 2019 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that the proposed amendments to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance law do not go nearly far enough to provide vulnerable New Zealanders the protection they desperately need. FinCap, an organisation supporting budgeting and financial capability services in New Zealand, […]

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            OMV’s drill plan reveal on NZ’s oil ban anniversary disgraceful

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Oil giant OMV has today announced plans to drill for oil and gas in the Great South Basin off the Otago coast as soon as this year. This comes on the eve of the first anniversary of Jacinda Ardern’s historic oil and gas exploration ban. The move has been labelled “disgraceful” […]

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