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Fiji’s elections chief Saneem slams 4 political parties – counting on hold

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The Supervisor of Elections tells four parties “not to play around with elections” and “be honest”. Image: Wansolwara By Wansolwara Staff Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections has hit out at four political parties for making claims that the tabulation process for the provisional results of the 2018 General Election was “not transparent”. Without mincing his words […]

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Order of New Zealand Dinner 2018

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Source: New Zealand Governor General Rau rangatira mā, e kui mā, e koro mā, e huihui nei, tēnei aku mihi māhana ki a koutou. Kia ora tātou katoa. Thank you for accepting the invitation to attend the annual Order of New Zealand dinner at Government House. It’s an occasion to reflect on the qualities that […]

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Teenager swept off rocks near Raglan

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Source: New Zealand Police Source: New Zealand Police Police were notified around 1:30pm this afternoon that a teenager was swept off rocks at Papanui Point near Raglan. He had been in the area with three others. Police Search and Rescue, Coastguard, Surf Lifesaving and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter have all been assisting with the search. […]

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Crosbie Walsh: Fiji elections still a cliffhanger, FijiFirst hanging on

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Fiji general election … a disappointing low voter turnout but the atrocious weather is an insufficient reason. Image: Wansolwara ANALYSIS: By Dr Crosbie Walsh With the final results from 1715 (79 percent) of the 2173 polling stations now counted, who will form the next Fiji government is still too close to call, although the trend […]

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Fatal motorcycle crash, West Coast

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Source: New Zealand Police Source: New Zealand Police A motorcyclist has died in a single-vehicle crash on the West Coast this afternoon. Emergency services were called to the scene on Lower Buller Gorge Road just after 4pm. The road is closed while crews work at the scene. Diversions are in place at Inangahua Junction and […]

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Fatal motorcycle crash, Henderson

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Source: New Zealand Police Source: New Zealand Police Police at the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash in Henderson. The single-vehicle crash occurred on Henderson Valley Road about 3.15pm. The motorcyclist died at the scene. The Serious Crash Unit has been notified and diversions are in place. ENDS Issued by Police Media Centre  MIL OSI

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Chinese officials kick out EMTV, foreign media from APEC events – allow Beijing state media

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Some critics say that China’s latest behaviour toward foreign journalists casts doubt over its vow to treat neighbours with “respect”. Image: Natalie Whiting/ABC News/My Land, My Country By Scott Waide Papua New Guinea’s freedoms of speech, expression and access to information were challenged yesterday when Chinese officials barred both local and non-Chinese media from attending meetings at three Asia-Pacific […]

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FijiFirst leads election polls, 772 stations yet to be counted

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Fiji general election votes are still being counted and finalised at the National Results Centre in Suva. Image: Mereoni Mili/Wansolwara File By Wansolwara Staff The ruling FijiFirst party has taken a narrow lead in the Fiji general election final results today ahead of the opposition Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) after 1401 of 2173 stations […]

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    Order of New Zealand Dinner 2018

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    Source: New Zealand Governor General Rau rangatira mā, e kui mā, e koro mā, e huihui nei, tēnei aku mihi māhana ki a koutou. Kia ora tātou katoa. Thank you for accepting the invitation to attend the annual Order of New Zealand dinner at Government House. It’s an occasion to reflect on the qualities that […]

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    International Declaration on Biodiversity   

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: International Declaration on Biodiversity    New Zealand is joining its voice and influence with others in the international community to better protect biodiversity by joining the Sharm El-Sheikh Declaration adopted in Egypt on 15 November. Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage joined other political leaders at the event to discuss global biodiversity at […]

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    New Zealand deepens connections with Peru at APEC Leaders’ Week

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: New Zealand deepens connections with Peru at APEC Leaders’ WeekDeputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today signed an air services agreement with his Peruvian counterpart, Néstor Popolizio, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Week in Port Moresby.  The agreement sets out conditions under which air services may […]

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    National Monitoring System data released for 2016/17

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    Source: Ministry for the Environment The Ministry for the Environment has today released the National Monitoring System (NMS) data for the year ending 30 June 2017. The NMS requires councils, the Environmental Protection Authority and the Department of Internal Affairs to provide detailed data each year on the functions, tools, and processes that they are […]

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    172 young Kiwis head to Asia on Prime Minister’s Scholarships

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: 172 young Kiwis head to Asia on Prime Minister’s ScholarshipsPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today congratulated the 172 young New Zealanders who have been awarded prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) as part of the August 2018/19 round. The Prime Minister made the announcement in Singapore, where she met […]

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    Trans-Tasman partnership behind cocaine bust

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Trans-Tasman partnership behind cocaine bustPolice Minister Stuart Nash says the seizure of 190 kilograms of cocaine in Auckland demonstrates the strength of partnership between Australian and New Zealand law enforcement agencies in preventing the harm drugs cause in our communities. “Targeting transnational organised crime is a priority for the Government,” […]

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    Inclusive Trade Action Group meets in Port Moresby

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Inclusive Trade Action Group meets in Port MoresbyNew Zealand, Chile and Canada today reaffirmed a commitment to work together to advance trade that benefits all their citizens.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker joined Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero and Canadian Deputy Minister for International Trade Tim Sargent at a […]

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    Australia and New Zealand announce joint Pacific Cyber cooperation

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Australia and New Zealand announce joint Pacific Cyber cooperationNew Zealand and Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs announced today a joint commitment to partner with Pacific Island countries to enhance our collective cyber resilience. Australia and New Zealand reaffirm our commitment to work with Pacific Island countries to support an open, […]

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      Delayed Sroubek decision shows more Govt incompetence

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      Source: National Party Confirmation from Immigration New Zealand that its review into Czech drug-smuggler Karel Sroubek’s residency has been delayed is yet another sign of incompetence from the Labour-led Government, National Leader Simon Bridges says. “Embattled Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said this review would be done within three weeks. He then said he expected it […]

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      Urgent answers needed after rescue helicopter unavailable

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      Source: National Party Just 14 days after the Rotorua Rescue Helicopter service was scrapped lives are already being put at risk, MP for Rotorua Todd McClay says. “Yesterday a man working on a forestry site near Rotorua received an electric shock from powerlines. The 35-year-old Tauranga chopper was being serviced in Auckland and the Taupo […]

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      Stalled partnership with Singapore 7 months overdue

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      Source: National Party The Prime Minister needs to use her visit to Singapore this week to sign the stalled New Zealand – Singapore Enhanced Partnership negotiations which has now been delayed by seven months, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Todd McClay says. “The National-led Government was set to sign a major Enhanced Partnership agreement with Singapore […]

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      National congratulates Dame Annette King

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      Source: National Party National congratulates Dame Annette King on her appointment as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Australia, National’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Spokesperson, Todd McClay says. “The role of High Commissioner in Australia is a very important one and Dame Annette certainly has the experience to build on our relationship with Australia and provide […]

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      Certainty needed around replacement Māngere Bridge

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      Source: National Party Today’s decision by NZTA to close the Old Māngere Bridge is necessary for safety reasons, but Phil Twyford must front up with his plans for other nearby transport projects before any steps are taken to replace it, Maungakiekie MP Denise Lee says. “Closing the bridge because of safety concerns is the right […]

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      Shane Jones didn’t burn our cash, he mulched it

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      Source: National Party Shane Jones has confirmed his flagship forest investment in Northland was bungled after pine seedlings ended up being mulched, National’s Economic and Regional Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s our money and your reputation being mulched, Mr Jones. “The Minister’s extraordinary admission speaks volumes about the lax rules in place around the […]

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      One size fits all won’t fit for water utilities

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      Source: National Party The Government is on warning not to dumb down rules for New Zealand’s Three Waters to a one-size-fits-all regime as it won’t be a good fit for every community, National’s Local Government spokesperson Jacqui Dean says. “National supports the call from Councils around the country for the Government to show common sense […]

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      EQC inquiry to confirm lessons have been learned

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      Source: National Party The announcement of a public inquiry into the Earthquake Commission (EQC) headed by Dame Sylvia Cartwright is welcome, but it is unlikely to bring any new information to light, National’s EQC spokesperson Stuart Smith says. “It has always been our view that an inquiry of this nature is unlikely to reveal any […]

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        Auckland Council wants good-faith negotiation with Homes, Land and Communities Limited over Te Onekiritea

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        Source: Auckland Council At this week’s Environment and Community Committee meeting, councillors agreed on a way forward for Auckland Council to acquire land for open space at Te Onekiritea (Bomb Point), Hobsonville. This discussion was held in confidence due to commercial sensitivity. The land is currently under the ownership of Homes, Land and Communities (HLC) […]

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        Local boards work together to restore Newmarket stream

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        Source: Auckland Council Ōrākei and Waitematā local boards are working together with their local communities to restore the Newmarket stream. Restoration efforts include getting rid of invasive weeds and replanting the stream banks with native plants.  Waitematā Local Board Environment portfolio lead Rob Thomas says it’s vital that local boards support environmental work in their […]

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        Summer fun in Kaipatiki

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        Source: Auckland Council Kaipātiki is a great place to be over summer with loads of things to do and see, including over 180 free family-friendly events between now and April 2019. Throughout the summer months there will be a range of events on offer including family orientated Summer Fun and Families in Parks events, community Christmas […]

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        New Waitematā Safe Routes designs open for feedback

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        Source: Auckland Council Auckland Transport (AT) is asking for feedback on its newly designed Waitematā Safe Routes project, which will deliver walking, cycling, road safety and village centre improvements to Garnet, Old Mill, Surrey and Richmond Roads in Grey Lynn. The new designs are the result of months of engagement with schools, businesses, community groups […]

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        Ten library tips for teens and young people

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        Source: Auckland Council With exams finishing and summer stretching out ahead, it’s a hectic time for younger Aucklanders. Check out this list of free services from Auckland Libraries to make your life easier. Book a librarian Get one-on-one help putting together your CV, whether you’ve just finished school or are looking for a summer job. […]

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        Track closures to keep Waiheke dieback free

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        Source: Auckland Council Auckland Council and Waiheke Local Board will temporarily close vulnerable tracks to protect Waiheke Island’s kauri against the risk of kauri dieback disease being spread from the mainland. Two tracks are currently planned for closure to protect kauri: Fisher Road and part of the walkway through Sir Rob Fenwick’s property linking Awaawaroa […]

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        Auckland City of Music strategy launched

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        Source: Auckland Council Auckland is officially a City of Music, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network last year when an application for this status was granted. The cultural arm of the United Nations, UNESCO, launched the Creative Cities Network in 2004 to promote social, economic and cultural development among cities that have identified creativity as […]

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        Panmure Wharf is ready for summer

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        Source: Auckland Council In the latter parts of this year Auckland Council completed the renewal of the historic wharf at Panmure. The existing structure had deteriorated to such an extent that parts were no longer safe for public use. The works provided an opportunity to improve more than what was required to ensure public safety, […]

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          Are Southeast Asia’s Retailers and Brands customer #ready?

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          Source: Media Outreach Southeast Asia’s leading retailers, investors and technology leaders to meet at #ready2018 in Singapore to discuss the future of digital commerce and SEA’s readiness for disruption SINGAPORE – ACN Newswire – 16 November 2018 – Retail and digital experts, investors, tech experts and over 200 CXOs from the biggest brands in Asia will come […]

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          Are Southeast Asia’s Retailers and Brands customer #ready?

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          Source: Media Outreach Southeast Asia’s leading retailers, investors and technology leaders to meet at #ready2018 in Singapore to discuss the future of digital commerce and SEA’s readiness for disruption SINGAPORE – ACN Newswire – 16 November 2018 – Retail and digital experts, investors, tech experts and over 200 CXOs from the biggest brands in Asia will come […]

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          Kerry Logistics Wins Sea Freight Award at Global Freight Awards in London

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          Source: Media Outreach London, UK – Media OutReach – 16 November 2018 – Kerry Logistics Network Limited (‘Kerry Logistics’; Stock Code 0636.HK) has clinched the Sea Freight Award at the 22nd Lloyd’s Loading List Global Freight Awards (the ‘Awards’) held last night at the Royal Lancaster London Hotel in the UK. In 2017, Kerry Logistics was named the Global Freight […]

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          GFX levels up the industry benchmark by its strong presence in BIMG 4th Summit

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          Source: Media Outreach HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 16 November 2018 – Customer loyalty network and investment house GFX, who believes in the energies of the rapidly growth of medical tourism, has been invited to attend the fourth Blockchain G25T Summit, an influential networking and investment event.    BIMG Summit brings together the best investment projects The 6-day […]

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          Strong interest in ASEAN Summit 2018 with 2.1M Tweets around the region’s biggest diplomatic meetings this week

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          Source: Media Outreach SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 16 November 2018 – As the world tuned in for the 33rd #ASEAN Summit (and its related Summits) this week, citizens around the world turned to Twitter for leaders’ perspectives, expert insights, and to engage with the #ASEAN2018 conversations. From the Opening Ceremony on 13 November when Prime Minister of Singapore […]

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          Arrow Electronics Named as “Great Place to Work for 2018” in Korea

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          Source: Media Outreach SEOUL, KOREA – Media OutReach – November 16, 2018 – Global technology solutions provider Arrow Electronics, Inc., has been awarded “Great Place to Work for 2018 in Korea” by the Great Place to Work® Institute in an awards ceremony held today in Seoul, for the company’s outstanding employer practices. Arrow Electronics team […]

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          Targus celebrates 35 years of innovation, pioneering daily solution for an ever-changing workforce to perform at their best anytime, anywhere

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          Source: Media Outreach BEIJING, CHINA – Media OutReach – 16 November 2018 – Targus, a leader in the mobile computing accessories, hosted the first-ever APAC Media and Disty Conference at The City Society of World Finance Centre in Beijing on November 15, celebrating its 35 years of strong and successful journey.  Since its foundation in 1983 with […]

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          Building steam for STEM education: La Trobe University injects new blood to boost Singapore’s healthcare and life sciences sector

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          Source: Media Outreach La Trobe University, Australia celebrates largest Singapore life science graduate cohort to date, and launches new Chemistry degree programme in partnership with PSB Academy. SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 16 November 2018 – About 200 life sciences students celebrated their graduation from La Trobe University yesterday. This has been the Australian university’s largest graduating class in Singapore, […]

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            Greenpeace calls for ban on chemical nitrogen fertiliser

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Greenpeace is opening up a new front in the struggle to save New Zealand’s rivers and reduce agricultural emissions. The environmental heavyweight is calling for a ban on chemical nitrogen fertilisers. Firmly in the sights of the new campaign are Ravensdown and Ballance, two little-known companies that sell 98% of all […]

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            New Zealand Labour News: November 2018

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            Source: Unite Union New Zealand New Zealand Labour Letter is published as a service to Labour by AIL of New Zealand Ltd. A round of rolling national strikes by principals and primary teachers will hit the nation starting on November 12, announced the New Zealand Education Institute. The decision follows the rejection of a second […]

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            New report shows four out of five people have had negative experiences at WINZ

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            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 08 November 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and ActionStation welcome the Government’s vision for “a welfare system … that ensures people have an adequate income and standard of living, [and] are treated with, and can live in dignity and are able to participate meaningfully in their communities” (Welfare […]

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            Oil and gas exploration ban passes into law

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Greenpeace today welcomes the passing of legislation that puts the ban on new oil and gas permits into law. The Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Act, which passed today 63 to 55, formalises the Coalition Government’s April announcement that there will be no new offshore permits available to oil and gas companies. […]

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            Government on the right track to making education more inclusive

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            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 07 November 2018 The 600 new support staff for schools announced by the Ministry of Education over the weekend is a welcome advance for children in Aotearoa, and one that could not come soon enough considering the latest OECD stats on education inequality, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). […]

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            Greenpeace fury at Mackenzie Dairy decision

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Greenpeace is furious at a council decision to let the controversial mega dairy farm in the Mackenzie turn on it’s irrigators before all the conditions of the resource consent are met. ECan, Canterbury’s Regional Council has green lit the latest plans of rich-lister Murray Valentine. He is trying to convert iconic […]

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            Governments have failed to protect the Antarctic — but this isn’t over

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Penguins take shelter on an Iceberg, close to Trinity Island, in the Antarctic. Greenpeace is documenting the Antarctic’s unique wildlife, to strengthen the proposal to create the largest protected area on the planet, an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary. © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace Over the last two weeks, a group of governments […]

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            Greenpeace slams Antarctic Ocean Commission for ‘failing its mandate’ to protect Antarctic waters

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Greenpeace has slammed the Antarctic Ocean Commission (CCAMLR) for “failing its mandate” following a meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, where governments failed to agree a vast Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, backed by 22 of 25 attending governments and almost 3 million people worldwide. Frida Bengtsson of Greenpeace’s Protect the Antarctic campaign, said: “This […]

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