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Helping out in the Hunuas

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Source: Auckland Council Throughout National Volunteer Week (16-22 June 2019), we’re celebrating the contributions of volunteers across our region. Immersed within lush native forest with the sounds of trickling streams and sweet bird song, you’ll find a group of hard-working volunteers helping to protect Auckland’s beautiful Hunua Ranges Regional Park. Collectively, these volunteers give over 6000 […]

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Serious crash, Burwood, Christchurch

By   12 hours ago

Source: New Zealand Police Police are attending a serious crash in Burwood, Christchurch. The single vehicle crash on Cresswell Avenue was reported to emergency services at 9pm. Cresswell Avenue is currently closed and diversions are in place. Motorists are asked to avoid the area. ENDS Issued by Police Media Centre MIL OSI

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Reception for Wellington Sexual Abuse Help! Foundation

By   12 hours ago

Source: New Zealand Governor General E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga iwi o te motu e huihui nei, tēnei aku mihi māhana ki a koutou. Kia ora tātou katoa. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, warm greetings to you all. I specifically acknowledge the MPs and Councillors present and the representatives of Wellington Sexual […]

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Opening of Iqra Elementary School

By   13 hours ago

Source: New Zealand Governor General A Salaam Aleikum Kia ora koutou Thank you very much for inviting me here today to celebrate the opening of your magnificent new school building. Today is a very special day for everyone here  – your Principal, your teachers, the children, and perhaps most of all, the members of the […]

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CORRECTION – Name release, Oamaru fatal crash

By   16 hours ago

Source: New Zealand Police CORRECTION – Name release, Oamaru fatal crash Saturday, 15 June 2019 – 4:56pm Southern Police would like to apologise for an error in this eariler release. The 17-year-old killed in the crash was Michael Shelford Mauheni. The spelling of the surname was incorrect in the earlier release.  ENDSIssued by Police Media Centre […]

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Science Writing and Climate Change – a new environmental journalism book

By   18 hours ago

Source: Pacific Media Centre Analysis published with permission of PMC David Robie ISBN/code: 9781927184578 Price: $20.00 Publication date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Publisher: Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) in association with SciDev.Net and the Pacific Media Centre: Manila and Auckland. “Disaster reporting, which focuses on deaths and casualties for the benefit of local […]

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Papakāinga investment supports whānau development

By   18 hours ago

Source: New Zealand Government The Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta has congratulated Ngāti Korokī – Kahukura Trust on the start of their papakāinga development on their Marae whenua under the gaze of Maungatautari Mountain in Cambridge.  The trust is hosting a ‘turning of the sod’ ceremony today at the site of their papakāinga […]

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One dead following light plane crash

By   19 hours ago

Source: New Zealand Police One person has died following a light plane crash near the north end of Coromandel Forest Park.   Police had been working with RCCNZ and LandSAR to locate the plane since last night. It was reported overdue about 4:25pm yesterday. The plane was located crashed about 10am by ground search teams. The […]

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Government failing to deliver on surgical mesh promises

By   19 hours ago

Source: National Party The Labour-led Government is failing to deliver on a promise to address issues surrounding surgical mesh, National’s Associate Health spokesperson Maggie Barry says. “When Labour was in Opposition, they were ferocious about the urgency of this issue and the need to set up a register, as well as investing in research and […]

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Advisory on meeting regarding Oranga Tamariki child uplifts

By   21 hours ago

Source: New Zealand Government “I have listened to the concerns being raised about recent events, and I know that many people have been deeply impacted,” Tracey Martin said. “I have made contact with Ngāti Kahungunu and the Maori Council and will travel to the Hawkes Bay to meet with them tomorrow. Kanui to kanui, we […]

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    Reception for Wellington Sexual Abuse Help! Foundation

    By   12 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Governor General E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga iwi o te motu e huihui nei, tēnei aku mihi māhana ki a koutou. Kia ora tātou katoa. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, warm greetings to you all. I specifically acknowledge the MPs and Councillors present and the representatives of Wellington Sexual […]

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    Opening of Iqra Elementary School

    By   13 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Governor General A Salaam Aleikum Kia ora koutou Thank you very much for inviting me here today to celebrate the opening of your magnificent new school building. Today is a very special day for everyone here  – your Principal, your teachers, the children, and perhaps most of all, the members of the […]

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    Papakāinga investment supports whānau development

    By   18 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government The Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta has congratulated Ngāti Korokī – Kahukura Trust on the start of their papakāinga development on their Marae whenua under the gaze of Maungatautari Mountain in Cambridge.  The trust is hosting a ‘turning of the sod’ ceremony today at the site of their papakāinga […]

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    Advisory on meeting regarding Oranga Tamariki child uplifts

    By   21 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government “I have listened to the concerns being raised about recent events, and I know that many people have been deeply impacted,” Tracey Martin said. “I have made contact with Ngāti Kahungunu and the Maori Council and will travel to the Hawkes Bay to meet with them tomorrow. Kanui to kanui, we […]

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    Funding approved for micro-credentials

    By   21 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Three micro-credentials will receive funding from the Government to help New Zealanders gain new skills and balance learning with working, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Micro-credentials are stand-alone education credits intended for trainees or people in the workplace to access specific knowledge and skills in a cost-effective and time-efficient way.  […]

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    Under-Secretary Tabuteau to visit Federated States of Micronesia to meet with Pacific Fisheries Ministers

    By   2 days ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Fletcher Tabuteau is travelling to the Federated States of Micronesia tomorrow to represent New Zealand at the sixteenth annual ministerial meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee. The Committee is the governing body of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. The Forum Fisheries Agency was formed […]

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    Hong Kong: Ongoing Protests

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    Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel Hong Kong: Ongoing Protests Large demonstrations have taken place in Hong Kong this week, notably in the areas of Admiralty, Tamar Park and the Central Government Complex. Further protests are expected this weekend, and traffic may be disrupted.     New Zealanders in Hong […]

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    PGF invests in Central Hawke’s Bay infrastructure to boost growth

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    Source: New Zealand Government The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest in roading and water storage infrastructure to catalyse primary industry growth in the Central Hawke’s Bay, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced in Waipukurau today. The Central Hawke’s Bay will receive more than $40 million from the PGF to support […]

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    Minister to attend ILO Centenary

    By   2 days ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway will be travelling to Geneva, Switzerland next week to represent the New Zealand Government at this year’s International Labour Conference. The Conference takes place from 16 to 19 June, during the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) centenary year. “New Zealand was a founding member of […]

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    Crown Monitor appointed to support Canterbury DHB

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    Source: New Zealand Government Health Minister Dr David Clark has appointed a Crown Monitor to support Canterbury DHB and ensure that Cantabrians continue to have high quality, sustainable health services.  “I expect DHBs to improve their financial positions and to demonstrate they have a pathway to maintain financial sustainability,” says Dr Clark. “Canterbury has the […]

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      Government failing to deliver on surgical mesh promises

      By   19 hours ago

      Source: National Party The Labour-led Government is failing to deliver on a promise to address issues surrounding surgical mesh, National’s Associate Health spokesperson Maggie Barry says. “When Labour was in Opposition, they were ferocious about the urgency of this issue and the need to set up a register, as well as investing in research and […]

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      Minister should release legal advice on Waihi mine

      By   2 days ago

      Source: National Party Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage should release the legal information she received before controversially deciding to block Oceana Gold’s Overseas Investment Office application in Waihi, National’s spokesperson for Land Information David Bennett says. “The decision to decline the application for Oceana Gold to purchase 178 hectares of rural land for a new […]

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      National welcomes new offer for teachers

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      Source: National Party It’s good news for teachers, parents and students that the Government has buckled under pressure and backed down by proposing significantly more cash, now close to $1.5 billion for teachers, with the unions indicating a potential settlement subject to teachers ratifying this, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “National believes the offer […]

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      Greens welcome revised offer for teachers and principals

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      Source: Green Party The Green Party welcome the PPTA, NZEI and Government coming to agreement on a new offer for teachers and principals, set to be ratified by union members. “After months of meaningful negotiation, we’re proud Unions have a new offer on the table for teachers from the Government, which members are set to […]

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      Green Party welcomes re-opening of the Napier-Wairoa railway line

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      Source: Green Party The Green Party welcomes the re-opening of the Napier-Wairoa railway line announced today, said Green Party MP Gareth Hughes. “The Greens are committed to regional rail, which should be the backbone of our transport system for people and freight.  “The Greens are pleased to be part of a Government that is upholding […]

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      Hobbit law restrictions bad for the economy

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      Source: National Party Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has opened up the possibility of collective bargaining to all contractors following changes made to the so-called ‘Hobbit Law’, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Scott Simpson says. “The Government is intent on giving more power to unions and this is just another example of that. Introducing […]

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      Ombudsman complaint over missing meeting

      By   3 days ago

      Source: National Party Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s excuses that a “clerical error” was to blame for a meeting not being recorded in his Ministerial diary ring hollow given he refused to release details of the meeting under the Official Information Act weeks ago, National MP Denise Lee says. “Today, my office has lodged a complaint […]

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      Shane Jones writing cheques the regions can’t cash

      By   3 days ago

      Source: National Party Shane Jones is failing to deliver on all his hi-vis announcements, with only a dribble of the money promised through the Provincial Growth Fund actually landing in bank accounts, National’s Economic and Regional Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “Mr Jones is using his Provincial Growth slush fund to parade across the country […]

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      Rally for Melling planned

      By   3 days ago

      Source: National Party MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop is inviting Hutt residents to a big Rally for Melling at Melling Station on Saturday 29 June. The new Melling Interchange, a critical project for the Hutt Valley, has been delayed until at least 2028, despite “ticking all the boxes” in the words of the Minister […]

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      Canapés and champagne but no confidence

      By   3 days ago

      Source: National Party The Finance Minister will host a farewell function for the Secretary of Treasury this evening despite being unable to express confidence in him, National’s Finance spokeswoman Amy Adams says. “Mr Robertson was unable to express confidence in Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf in Parliament today after the Secretary’s indefensible behaviour during budget week. […]

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        Helping out in the Hunuas

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        Source: Auckland Council Throughout National Volunteer Week (16-22 June 2019), we’re celebrating the contributions of volunteers across our region. Immersed within lush native forest with the sounds of trickling streams and sweet bird song, you’ll find a group of hard-working volunteers helping to protect Auckland’s beautiful Hunua Ranges Regional Park. Collectively, these volunteers give over 6000 […]

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        Remaining Far North water restrictions lifted

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        Source: Far North District Council Significant recent rainfall has allowed Far North District Council to lift water restrictions applied to Kaitaia and parts of Hokianga. Level 3 water restrictions had remained in place for the Council’s Opononi-Omapere and Kaitaia water supplies, despite restrictions being lifted elsewhere in the district last month. The restrictions meant households […]

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        Mayor Goff hits million tree mark

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        Source: Auckland Council Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has this morning fulfilled his pledge of planting a million trees in this term of council. The Mayor planted the millionth tree – a Puriri – at a public planting event at Totara Park in Manukau alongside more than 250 volunteers, mana whenua representatives and partners including the […]

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        Riverside Drive, Parua Bay and Murphy’s Corner – Roadworks Update

        By   3 days ago

        Source: Whangarei District Council This page contains information about an update on roadworks affecting Riverside Drive, Parua Bay and Murphy’s corner. Updated: 13/06/2019 10:59 a.m. By the time you read this story this season’s work on Riverside Drive should be complete. The work has included: two slip lanes for traffic turning onto Riverside Drive from […]

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        Papakura Local Board makes CCTV grant

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        Source: Auckland Council Papakura Local Board has made a funding grant following a request from the Papakura Business Association for increased CCTV monitoring in the town. Bringing Counties Manukau Police Relieving Area Commander Inspector Tony Wakelin along to the local board meeting, Papakura Business Association head Tracy Shackleton requested $29,250. The association has 30 cameras […]

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        $508,000 awarded to sport and recreation projects

        By   3 days ago

        Source: Auckland Council Thirteen organisations across Auckland will receive a combined $508,000 of operational funding as part of Auckland Council’s regional sport and recreation grants programme. Councillor Penny Hulse, Chair of the Environment and Community Committee that approved the grants this week, says “This region-wide investment aims particularly inspire younger Aucklanders to be more physically […]

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        Transforming Auckland Public Transport – June 2019 Snapshot

        By   4 days ago

        Source: Auckland Council Mark Lambert; Executive General Manager, Auckland Transport, updates OurAuckland on the region’s public transport. Auckland is undergoing a quiet public transport revolution. On Wednesday 5 June. Auckland reached an annual 100 million boardings across its bus, train and ferry network for the first time since 1951. When more people use public transport […]

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        Phosphite boost to kauri defence systems

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        Source: Auckland Council For the past 16 months, Auckland Council has been delivering phosphite to infected kauri in the Waitākere Ranges. The first large scale application of phosphite as a treatment for kauri dieback was delivered in early 2018 with over 3700 kauri treated in the catchment of the Maungaroa Ridge area of the ranges. Another […]

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        Auckland Transport to allow pets on trains from Sunday

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        Source: Auckland Council Auckland Transport has announced that it will allow Aucklanders’ furry and feathered friends on trains and station platforms from this Sunday, 16 June. Following the introduction of transporting pets on public transport in Wellington last year, Auckland Council requested a trial be implemented in Auckland. Auckland Transport surveyed customers and most supported […]

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        All bets are off – new location for TAB

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        Source: Whangarei District Council This page contains about the relocation of Whangarei’s TAB. Updated: 12/06/2019 12:00 a.m. ​After 12 years in the same location, Whangārei’s TAB has moved. The initial lease of the current building to NZ Racing Board (TAB) started in June 2007, with the Council lease for the TAB section of Vine Street […]

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          Applications open for Deloitte’s 2nd Hong Kong Tech Fast 20 Program

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          Source: Media Outreach Helping fast-growing companies seize opportunities in the Greater Bay Area through recognizing and promoting their successHONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 14 June 2019 – Deloitte today announces the launch and start of applications for its second Hong Kong Technology Fast 20 (TF20) and Rising Star programs, which identify fast-growing companies with high business potential and […]

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          Asian University for Women Hong Kong benefit raises over HK$7 million to empower female changemakers in Asia

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          Source: Media Outreach HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 14 June 2019 – Over HK$7 million was raised at the third annual benefit for the Asian University for Women in Hong Kong titled “Faces of Change.” The funds will provide 60 one-year scholarships for women from the most marginalized communities in Asia — including garment factory workers, women […]

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          Citco Launches Suite of Services Focused on Institutional Investors

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          Source: Media Outreach HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 14 June 2019 – The Citco Group of Companies (“Citco”) today announced the launch of Citco Institutional Services (“CIS”) – an investment recordkeeping and reporting team born from Citco’s long-term experience handling global, multi-asset portfolios. Nick Eisenlau has been appointed as the Head of Institutional […]

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          Co-Construction of Healthcare Facilities for better Chronic Disease Management in the Greater Bay Area,Letter of Intent for Strategic Cooperation Framework Signed Between Uni-Bio Science and Kaiping Time City

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          Source: Media Outreach HONG KONG, CHINA – EQS – 14 June 2019 – A fully integrated biopharmaceutical company — Uni-Bio Science Group Limited (the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”; Stock code: 0690.HK), and its subsidiary, Uni-Bio Science HealthCare Ltd. are pleased to announce that a Letter of Intent for strategic cooperation framework has been signed with Kaiping […]

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          Verizon Media To Deliver Unparalleled Programmatic Transparency to Advertisers and Brands

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          Source: Media Outreach Powered by Machine Learning, Verizon Media’s Ad Platform Launches New DSP Insights & Forecast ToolSINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 14 June 2019 – Continuing its mission to build trusted partnerships with advertisers and publishers, Verizon Media today announced an innovative new omnichannel insights tool for its industry-leading demand side platform (DSP). Powered by machine learning, […]

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          IDEA Services dispute escalates: 12-hour strike Sunday – E tū

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          Source: Etu Union A 12 hour strike this Sunday by care and support workers at IDEA Services will go ahead after two days of failed mediation this week. The workers will be striking from 8.30am to 8.30pm. Three thousand E tū members are affected by the dispute which has been running for eight months and […]

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          Clear launches #KeepAClearHead, a global campaign to equip young people with the resilience they need to perform at their best in the face of rising social anxiety

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          Source: Media Outreach A positive mindset AND access to supportive resources is best way to tackle the issueRelease of ‘The Long Walk’, starring Clear Ambassador Cristiano Ronaldo, sees him share his own resilience story SINGAPORE –  Media OutReach  – 13 June 2019 – Clear, a global anti-dandruff hair care brand of Unilever, today announces the launch of a global […]

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          For his health and wellness – Surprise your family hero with the perfect Father’s Day gift

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          Source: Media Outreach HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 13 June 2019 – With Father’s Day coming up, how are you planning on celebrating it? Sons and daughters should rack their brains for weeks, trying to impress their superheroes with a perfect gift on this special occasion — something that should be practical but not too predictable. Have you […]

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          E tū: screen production bargaining rights welcomed – E tū

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          Source: Etu Union E tū welcomes the Government’s commitment to legislation which will allow film and television contractors to bargain collectively. Currently, most workers in New Zealand’s screen sector are contractors without employment rights, including the right to negotiate working conditions collectively. Workers were legally robbed of this right in 2010, after the Key Government […]

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          E tū: screen production bargaining rights welcomed – E tū

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          Source: Etu Union E tū welcomes the Government’s commitment to legislation which will allow film and television contractors to bargain collectively. Currently, most workers in New Zealand’s screen sector are contractors without employment rights, including the right to negotiate working conditions collectively. Workers were legally robbed of this right in 2010, after the Key Government […]

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            There’s a giant oil rig on the horizon

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand A drill rig commissioned by oil giant OMV has arrived in New Zealand, a little over a year after the Government issued a ban on new oil and gas exploration permits. Greenpeace climate campaigner, Amanda Larsson, says the arrival of the OMV-contracted drill rig contradicts Jacinda Ardern’s declaration that climate change […]

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            CPAG welcomes Ministry of Health focus on food insecurity

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            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 13 June 2019 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that income adequacy, along with the consistent certainty of income, is key to ensuring that children’s nutritional needs are met for healthy brain development in their critical early years, and for ensuring that they are able to do well in their […]

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            Oxfam confederation welcomes IC’s recommendations

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            Source: Oxfam New Zealand Oxfam confederation welcomes Independent Commission’s recommendations to continue culture change and safeguarding improvements The Oxfam confederation welcomes the final report of the Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change.   “This is exactly the report we asked for following incidents of sexual misconduct in Haiti that came to light last […]

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            Oxfam International Response To UK Charity Commission Report

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            Source: Oxfam New Zealand Oxfam Great Britain has today welcomed and accepted the UK Charity Commission’s judgment following its investigation into serious sexual misconduct by members of Oxfam Great Britain staff in Haiti in 2011. Oxfam Great Britain has apologised for its failings in its investigation and case management at the time and, as Executive […]

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            Government fails on dairy and climate again

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand The Government has announced changes to the national dairy industry regulations (DIRA) but has kept a controversial legal requirement on Fonterra to pick up milk from new dairy conversions, angering Greenpeace. The legal requirement on Fonterra to pick up milk from new conversions is known as the ‘open-entry’ requirement. Removing open-entry […]

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            Not just Māui: cameras on fishing vessels needed nationwide

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Greenpeace welcomes the Government announcement this morning to put cameras on all commercial fishing vessels within the Māui dolphin habitat, but says more needs to be done if we’re to protect our ocean life from fishing industry harm. Jessica Desmond, Greenpeace oceans campaigner, says putting cameras on boats is just one […]

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            Remarkable CPAG economist’s NZ honour well-deserved

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            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 04 June 2019 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) warmly congratulates its co-founder and economics spokesperson Associate Professor Susan St John on becoming Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to social policy. “We’re thrilled that Susan is to be acknowledged with this high honour, which is extremely […]

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            Budget provides relief but nothing transformational for children in poverty

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            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 30 May 2019 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has said that the Government should be warmly congratulated for the reframing of the Budget to reflect human wellbeing outcomes. “The new approach signals a greater understanding of the tragic extent of the social deficits created over many years of neglect,” […]

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            System Change needs People Power

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Russel Norman’s talk to Public Service Association Staff Conference – May 28, 2019 In this short talk I want to make three points before opening it up for discussion and questions. We need to change the system – it is neoliberalism has driven the attacks on people and the planet. We […]

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            Minister Peters encouraged to keep turning the dial on aid

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            Source: Oxfam New Zealand In response to the New Zealand Government’s Budget announcement today, which included slightly more than the anticipated increase in spending towards aid, Jo Spratt, Oxfam New Zealand’s Advocacy and Campaigns Director said: “We didn’t expect a significant increase in this year’s government aid budget. We’re pleased there was a small increase […]

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