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Massey becomes first NZ provider of online literacy tests

By   13 mins ago

Source: Massey University Part of the team for the set up of the IELTS Computer Lab: King Toha,  IT support analyst; invigilator Kai Yuan; Sophie Yuan, assistant test administrator; Michelle Brock, testing coordinator; invigilator Than Phuoc Phan Dang; and Anita Frost, national space and property manager. The world’s most popular English-language test can now be done online – and Massey […]

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Film explores experiences of Deaf community

By   43 mins ago

Source: Auckland Council Members of the Auckland Deaf community have collaborated with local filmmakers to tell a story about Deaf culture in the Whau. A story of language alienation and friendship, The Village, follows Brandy, a young woman arriving at a Deaf school and experiencing the culture shock of full immersion into a sign language […]

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Weta Workshop co-founder to lecture on collaboration and creativity

By   59 mins ago

Source: Massey University College of Creative Arts Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Claire Robinson congratulates Sir Richard Taylor on his appointment as an honorary professor at the time of the announcement in June. Sir Richard presents his inaugural professorial lecture to a sold-out audience at the Wellington campus tonight. Practical effects designer Sir Richard Taylor, who in […]

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Strikes, strikes, strikes – and more to come

By   59 mins ago

Source: National Party There have now been twice as many people go on strike in the past ten months than in the entire nine years of the previous National-led Government, National’s spokespeople for Workplace Relations and Safety, Scott Simpson and Dan Bidois say. “We have seen more people strike in the past ten months than […]

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Simple solution to threat posed by prolonged sitting – Otago academic

By   2 hours ago

Source: University of Otago Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:56amDr Meredith PeddieGet off your bum and move around for two minutes every half hour, for the good of your health.The message is simple in both delivery and achievability.It is also the key finding from an international collaborative study carried out by National Heart Foundation Research Fellow […]

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Nutty plastic bag ban killing jobs

By   2 hours ago

Source: ACT Party Facebook0 Twitter “The Greens’ nutty ban on single-use plastic bags has claimed its first victim”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Stuff has reported that Porirua-based Kiwi Plastics is set to close its doors at the end of the year, putting its workers out of a job. “The policy of banning single-use plastic […]

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Slash education bureaucracy, pay teachers more

By   2 hours ago

Source: ACT Party Facebook0 Twitter “The Government could provide a decent pay rise for striking teachers by cutting the fat from our education bureaucracy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Today, primary and intermediate school teachers strike for the first time in 24 years. “The Ministry of Education employs over 2600 bureaucrats – that’s more than […]

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Safe staffing and healthy workplaces a Ministry priority

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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health The safe staffing accord is a commitment to making sure there are enough nurses in public hospitals. Ministry of Health’s acting Chief Nursing Officer Dr Jill Clendon says the safe staffing accord sends a clear message the health sector is committed to the safety of all staff and patients. […]

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    Foreign buyers ban passes third reading

    By   5 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Foreign buyers ban passes third readingThe Bill to put in place the Government’s policy of banning overseas buyers of existing homes has passed its third and final reading in the House.   “This is a significant milestone and demonstrates this Government’s commitment to making the dream of home ownership a reality […]

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    Ethnic Communities Development Fund now open for 2018 funding round

    By   22 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Ethnic Communities Development Fund now open for 2018 funding roundMinister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa, has today announced the opening of the 2018 funding round for the Ethnic Communities Development Fund (ECDF). ECDF provides $520,000 annually to support the development of strong, inclusive and resilient ethnic communities throughout New Zealand. […]

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    Supporting graduate vets in our regions

    By   23 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Supporting graduate vets in our regionsAssociate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri is encouraging the next generation of vets to apply for career funding through a scheme designed to support and increase the number of graduate vets working with production animals in our regions. Having opened applications for 2018, Meka Whaitiri says […]

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    Pacific Vision goes digital

    By   23 hours ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Pacific Vision goes digitalPacific Aotearoa, an online survey launched today by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples gives tech savvy Pacific a voice in the Ministry’s Pacific Vision project. “Pacific communities are the youngest and fastest growing in the country and it’s imperative that they have a voice,” says Minister for […]

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    Speech to the Digital Local Government Partnership launch

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Speech to the Digital Local Government Partnership launch  Good morning everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak today about how local and central government can work collaboratively together on digital transformation. The Government wants to see all New Zealanders succeed on the world stage by having the skills to […]

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    Closing gender pay gap for good requires long-term commitment

    By   1 day ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Closing gender pay gap for good requires long-term commitment“The Government continues its strong commitment to improve pay for New Zealand women,” says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter after the release of the latest national gender pay gap figure by Stats NZ. The latest figures show the national gender pay […]

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    $8.5 million for freedom camping fixes

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: $8.5 million for freedom camping fixesThe Government will make $8.5 million available for immediate actions recommended by the Responsible Camping Working Group, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis established the working group earlier this year to improve the freedom camping system in New Zealand. The group recently provided […]

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    PGF invests in Blue Mussel processing plant in Marlborough

    By   2 days ago

    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: PGF invests in Blue Mussel processing plant in MarlboroughRegional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau has announced today the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $772,000 for a Blue Mussel processing plant to be established in Marlborough.  “This is an incredibly innovative initiative that will lift the productivity potential of the […]

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      Strikes, strikes, strikes – and more to come

      By   59 mins ago

      Source: National Party There have now been twice as many people go on strike in the past ten months than in the entire nine years of the previous National-led Government, National’s spokespeople for Workplace Relations and Safety, Scott Simpson and Dan Bidois say. “We have seen more people strike in the past ten months than […]

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      Nutty plastic bag ban killing jobs

      By   2 hours ago

      Source: ACT Party Facebook0 Twitter “The Greens’ nutty ban on single-use plastic bags has claimed its first victim”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Stuff has reported that Porirua-based Kiwi Plastics is set to close its doors at the end of the year, putting its workers out of a job. “The policy of banning single-use plastic […]

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      Slash education bureaucracy, pay teachers more

      By   2 hours ago

      Source: ACT Party Facebook0 Twitter “The Government could provide a decent pay rise for striking teachers by cutting the fat from our education bureaucracy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Today, primary and intermediate school teachers strike for the first time in 24 years. “The Ministry of Education employs over 2600 bureaucrats – that’s more than […]

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      KiwiBuild puts the housing market at risk

      By   19 hours ago

      Source: National Party The Government is putting New Zealand’s housing market at risk through its KiwiBuild programme, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. The REINZ report released today shows a decline in the national median house price since last month, and the Reserve Bank Governor has indicated prices could fall. “The housing market fluctuates all […]

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      Windblown timber bill vital for the West Coast

      By   21 hours ago

      Source: National Party The Government needs to support a proposed Local Bill which would enable the harvesting of windblown trees on Conservation Land in the West Coast following adverse events, National’s Maureen Pugh says. “I have been working with the West Coast Regional Council since the Government blocked my motion to have my Members Bill […]

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      Health Minister dismisses cybersecurity concerns

      By   21 hours ago

      Source: National Party In light of recent information that Lakes DHB is subject to 1.7 million cyberattacks per day Health Minister David Clark must ensure the sector and the public that something is being done to keep their data safe, National’s spokesperson for Data and Cybersecurity Dr Shane Reti says. “Recently, a spokesperson from the […]

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      More reviews won’t fix freedom camping logjam

      By   21 hours ago

      Source: National Party One of the Government’s infamous 140 working groups has, incredibly come back with a recommendation to have five more reviews, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis’s Responsible Camping Working Group has reported back not with a plan but with a recommendation the Government reviews the Freedom Camping Act, […]

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      Govt must reach agreement and avoid more strikes

      By   24 hours ago

      Source: National Party The Government’s failure to reach an agreement with primary teachers has caused massive disruption to children’s learning today and to parents who have struggled to sort childcare arrangements, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “During the election campaign, Labour built up high expectations around pay rises and working conditions for teachers. Now […]

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        Film explores experiences of Deaf community

        By   43 mins ago

        Source: Auckland Council Members of the Auckland Deaf community have collaborated with local filmmakers to tell a story about Deaf culture in the Whau. A story of language alienation and friendship, The Village, follows Brandy, a young woman arriving at a Deaf school and experiencing the culture shock of full immersion into a sign language […]

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        Research on whitebait ‘love zones’

        By   3 hours ago

        Source: Bay Of Plenty Regional Council Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:00 a.m. As the region’s whitebait fishers dust off their nets, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Freshwater Ecologist Alastair Suren is working on research to map whitebait ‘love zones’; the areas where whitebait spawn. “We’ve spent more than 100 hours in a small tin boat […]

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        Go behind the scenes at Auckland Diwali Festival

        By   4 hours ago

        Source: Auckland Council Organisers of the Auckland Diwali Festival want to hear from aspiring events professionals keen to have a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce one of Auckland’s largest cultural festivals. The festival is produced by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) on behalf of Auckland Council, and this will be […]

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        New spots for Kaituna whitebaiters

        By   22 hours ago

        Source: Bay Of Plenty Regional Council Wednesday, 15 August 2018 3:30 p.m. While local fishermen have settled in to new spots for boat launching and surfcasting since the temporary closure of Ford Road took effect on 1 August, Regional Council staff are encouraging whitebaiter fishers to also look for new options with the opening of […]

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        Gardening tips from Auckland’s Wintergardens team

        By   22 hours ago

        Source: Auckland Council The team at Auckland Domain’s popular Wintergardens is busy preparing for the coming spring months. Although major changes are not expected as the Wintergardens nursery is undergoing a makeover, there are still plenty of exciting displays to look forward to. At the Temperate House: Head there now for a cactus/succulent display. The […]

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        Western Initiative takes shape

        By   1 day ago

        Source: Auckland Council The west has a reputation as a well-connected community, and the new Western Initiative sets out to strengthen this even further. Council’s 10-year Budget allocates $5 million over the next ten years to build on the good work already happening in the community. The Western Initiative was included in the budget following […]

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        Last chance to apply for Creative Communities Scheme

        By   1 day ago

        Source: Auckland Council Applications for the current round of the Creative Communities Scheme grants programme close on 31 August. If you have a creative project you want to make a reality, apply to get funding before it’s too late! Visit the Auckland Council website to apply now. Whether you’re an artist, performer, or cultural or […]

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        Logging truck restrictions agreed for Kerikeri

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        MIL OSI – Source: Far North District Council – Release/Statement Headline: Logging truck restrictions agreed for Kerikeri A District Transport Strategy proposed for the Far North will address concerns Kerikeri residents have about traffic congestion and a possible influx of logging trucks into the town…

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          Three simple steps to fix Wellington’s bus fiasco

          By   3 hours ago

          Source: Council of Trade Unions – CTU Bus drivers, their union, and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions addressed Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) this morning with the request it makes good on its promise to fix the region’s bus problems. The Council can take three simple steps that will help facilitate a fair […]

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          Labour Market Scorecard released for the June 2018 quarter

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          Source: Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment MBIE On: 16 August 2018 The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today released the Labour Market Scorecard for the June 2018 quarter. The scorecard is a quarterly update of key labour market statistics and indicators, providing an overall view of the state of the labour market. […]

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          Vanity Fair comes to ITV Choice

          By   9 hours ago

          Source: Media Outreach “A world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having.” LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – Media OutReach – 15 August 2018 – Vanity Fair is the irresistible, brand new drama, coming to ITV Choice this September.  Following on from the huge success of Victoria, Mammoth Screen brings us this new adaptation […]

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          D Mind Introduces Ruth Miskin’s Unique Phonics Pedagogy From England

          By   12 hours ago

          Source: Media Outreach Survey Results Show 60% Of Parents  Reckon Learning English Should Begin Between 0 And 2 Years Old70% Of Parents Spend Less Than Two Hours A Week  To Accompany Their Children For Learning English HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 15 August 2018 – Founded by experienced educators, including founders of international schools, the former […]

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          DHL eCommerce Integrated on Shopee, Offering Malaysians Next-Day Delivery Service

          By   18 hours ago

          Source: Media Outreach With DHL eCommerce’s nationwide domestic delivery network and its conveniently located DHL ServicePoints, sellers on Shopee will enjoy greater convenience in their delivery processShopee users will enjoy next-day delivery to most destinations across Malaysia  KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 15 AUGUST 2018 – DHL eCommerce, a division of the world’s […]

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          Artesyn Announces New Cost-Effective 3000 Watt Power Supply with Medical and Industrial Safety Approvals

          By   18 hours ago

          Source: Media Outreach HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 15 August 2018 – Artesyn Embedded Technologies today announced the LCM3000 series AC-DC single-output enclosed power supplies, which can supply up to 3000 watts output power with medical and industrial safety approvals. Designed to be a cost-effective forced-air bulk front end power supply, the LCM3000 series offers configurable […]

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          China Dongxiang Announces Interim Results for the First Half of 2018 Reforms Continued with High Dividend Payout Maintained

          By   20 hours ago

          Source: Media Outreach Results Highlights  (RMB million) For the six months ended 30 June 2018 2017 Change Revenue 772 675 +14.4% Gross profit (before reversal of impairment losses of inventories ) 451 413 +9.2% Gross profit margin (before reversal of impairment losses of inventories) 58.4% 61.2% -2.8 ppts Operating profit 552 627 -12.0% Operating profit […]

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          AYANA Komodo Unveils Destination Wedding Venues

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          Source: Media Outreach SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING SPECTACULAR, SOMETHING BLUE BEIJING, CHINA – Media OutReach – 15 August 2018 – East Indonesia is rising in fame as one of the world’s most pristine undiscovered spots. As a UNESCO world heritage site, Komodo National Park is a myriad of national treasures. It’s a location where the […]

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            Increased hunger in the land of plenty could be easily solved

            By   24 hours ago

            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 15 August 2018 Families going without food on a regular basis is dangerously on the verge of becoming normal in Aotearoa-New Zealand – and the problem doesn’t seem to be easing since recent tax credit and Accommodation Supplement increases. Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that more needs to […]

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            Dame Emma Thompson leads celebs to give global brands 500-day warning: “Stop forest destruction for palm oil and save orangutans”

            By   3 days ago

            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Dame Emma Thompson, backed by a host of other famous names, has taken aim at big brands including Unilever, Nestle and Mondelez today, as Greenpeace releases a powerful new 90-second animation that highlights how orangutans are being pushed to the brink of extinction because of deforestation for palm oil. Launched globally […]

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            Plastics aren’t just polluting our oceans — they’re releasing greenhouse gases

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand I’m a French-Canadian postdoctoral scholar at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science & Technology (SOEST). As part of our team’s research, we found that, as plastic decomposes, it is producing a new source of greenhouse gas pollution not included in previous climate […]

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            More lifesaving aid needed urgently as a third big quake hits Lombok

            By   6 days ago

            Source: Oxfam New Zealand A third earthquake of 6.2 magnitude which struck Lombok yesterday has severely escalated the need for life-saving aid and slowed down rescue efforts. With the latest quake adding to the trauma of the tens of thousands already in temporary shelters and under open skies, there is an increasing need for water, […]

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            Plastic bag ban proposal a win for people power and the oceans – Greenpeace

            By   6 days ago

            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Minister of the Environment, Eugenie Sage have today announced a proposal to phase out single use plastic bags by 2019. Greenpeace is celebrating the Government’s announcement on single use plastic bags as “a win for people power and the first big step towards addressing marine […]

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            French Unions condemn violent attack on another unionist as second flotilla boat boarded

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            Source: Unite Union New Zealand French Unions condemn violent attack on another unionist as second flotilla boat boarded The following is a release from the French General Confederation of Labour (CGT) who had a member aboard the second  flotilla boat, “FREEDOM”  boarded illegally by Israeli forces in the last few days.   “The CGT protests […]

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            Slowdown possibility raises concerns for family incomes

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            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 07 August 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that the Government should be turning up welfare and tax credits as the foundation for better family income protection in the likelihood that the country is facing an economic downturn. With New Zealand seemingly at the top of its game […]

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            A looming slowdown requires urgent family income protection

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            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 07 August 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that the Government should be turning up welfare and tax credits as the foundation for better family income protection in the likelihood that the country is facing an economic downturn. With New Zealand seemingly at the top of its game […]

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