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Costing advice should be available pre- not post-election

By   /  December 15, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Costing advice should be available pre- not post-election

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Costing advice should be available pre- not post-election 15 DECEMBER 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Independent policy costings should be made available to political parties prior to elections, and not limited to when negotiations occur to form a Government, says the Taxpayers’ Union. Today’s release of advice and correspondence between political […]

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Families Package signals a sea change for children

By   /  December 14, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release  /  Comments Off on Families Package signals a sea change for children

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Families Package signals a sea change for children 14 December 2017 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Government’s Families Package announced today, which provides a significant boost to income support where it’s desperately needed. “This is a long overdue response to the disastrous child […]

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Plunket welcomes Government investment in reducing child poverty

By   /  December 14, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Children and Wellbeing, Health, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, New Zealand Plunket Society, Press Release  /  Comments Off on Plunket welcomes Government investment in reducing child poverty

Source: New Zealand Plunket Society – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Plunket welcomes Government investment in reducing child poverty Plunket welcomes the Government’s Families Package as a positive step towards reducing child poverty and giving the welfare of New Zealand tamariki the priority it deserves. “It is encouraging to see that the Government is taking action in […]

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Foundation farewells festival ‘godmother’

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Asia New Zealand Foundation, Immigration, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release  /  Comments Off on Foundation farewells festival ‘godmother’

Source: Asia New Zealand Foundation – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Foundation farewells festival ‘godmother’ After 23 years with the Foundation, Jennifer King, our culture director, retired this year – leaving behind an incredible legacy of bringing Asian arts and culture to the New Zealand public. (continue reading below) Among other achievements, Jennifer was instrumental in establishing the Auckland and […]

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Tax indexation just as important as welfare increases

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Tax indexation just as important as welfare increases

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Tax indexation just as important as welfare increases 11 DECEMBER 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Judge Andrew Becroft’s comments on TVNZ’s Q&A that child welfare payments should be indexed to inflation apply just as much to tax thresholds says the Taxpayers’ Union. New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Economist, Joe Ascroft, says, “Allowing […]

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Dancing on Antarctica ice a historic first for Kiwi dancer

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Antarctica New Zealand, Environment, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, New Zealand Government Public Service, Press Release, Science  /  Comments Off on Dancing on Antarctica ice a historic first for Kiwi dancer

Source: Antarctica New Zealand Headline: Dancing on Antarctica ice a historic first for Kiwi dancer A frozen desert home to scientists, researchers, penguins and seals, Antarctica is not the kind of place you expect to find dancers performing outdoors especially given temperatures as low as -89.2C. At the height of summer, it reaches just 5C. […]

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Rotorua Councillors left with mud on face

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Rotorua Councillors left with mud on face

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Rotorua Councillors left with mud on face 8 DECEMBER 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rotorua’s Mud Festival had combined ticket sales of $117,000, barely covering 8% of the $1.48 million that the event cost to put on, according to preliminary financial figures provided to the Rotorua Lake District Council yesterday. “The […]

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Tertiary Education Commission’s challenges not met by free tertiary policy

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Tertiary Education Commission’s challenges not met by free tertiary policy

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Tertiary Education Commission’s challenges not met by free tertiary policy Tertiary Education Commission’s challenges not met by free tertiary policy 9 JUNE 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to the release of the Tertiary Education Commission’s briefing to the incoming minister, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, said, […]

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Statement on Otorohanga District Council’s financial performance

By   /  December 7, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Statement on Otorohanga District Council’s financial performance

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Statement on Otorohanga District Council’s financial performance 7 DECEMBER 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In a media release issued on 5 December 2017 the Taxpayers’ Union pointed out that Otorohanga District Council’s personnel costs per ratepayer are much higher than both the national average and the average for similar rural councils. For […]

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New child poverty numbers should be viewed cautiously, says CPAG

By   /  December 7, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release  /  Comments Off on New child poverty numbers should be viewed cautiously, says CPAG

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New child poverty numbers should be viewed cautiously, says CPAG 07 December 2017 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the new Child Poverty Monitor 2017 report shows some improvements in rates and number of children in material hardship, but the figures should be viewed with […]

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Auckland DHB’s updated ‘values’ not worth $170,000

By   /  December 6, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Auckland DHB’s updated ‘values’ not worth $170,000

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Auckland DHB’s updated ‘values’ not worth $170,000 6 DECEMBER 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Auckland DHB’s decision to spend over $170,000 on a new set of ‘values’ is a classic case of bureaucratic self-indulgence, says Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union. The Taxpayers’ Union revealed the expense with an […]

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Government just as much to blame for motorists’ pain

By   /  December 6, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Government just as much to blame for motorists’ pain

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government just as much to blame for motorists’ pain 6 DECEMBER 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to the MBIE report released today that investigated surging fuel prices, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Economist, Joe Ascroft, said: “It’s hypocritical for the Government to criticize petrol companies, when it has had just […]

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Rushed tertiary policies don’t deliver for taxpayers

By   /  December 5, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Rushed tertiary policies don’t deliver for taxpayers

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Rushed tertiary policies don’t deliver for taxpayers Rushed tertiary policies don’t deliver for taxpayers 5 DECEMBER 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Planned increases to student allowances and the implementation of a “fees-free” year of tertiary study are expensive mistakes, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Economist, Joe Ascroft, […]

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Camping on the ice at Scott Base

By   /  December 5, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Antarctica New Zealand, Environment, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, New Zealand Government Public Service, Press Release, Science  /  Comments Off on Camping on the ice at Scott Base

Source: Antarctica New Zealand Headline: Camping on the ice at Scott Base Geo News Photographer Neil Silverwood takes part in Antarctic Field Training—an overnight course on how to live and work in Antarctica’s extreme conditions. Neil Silverwood All visitors to New Zealand’s Scott Base, whether a scientist, a cook, or a photographer, must complete Antarctic […]

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Massive MPA comes into force off Antarctica

By   /  December 4, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Antarctica New Zealand, Environment, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, New Zealand Government Public Service, Press Release, Science  /  Comments Off on Massive MPA comes into force off Antarctica

Fellow campaigner Rodney Russ, founder of Heritage Expeditions, told Newshub it’s an emotional time. “The number of public that came behind the marine mammal sanctuary is just part of what we’ve done here,” he said. “It was a long battle. It’s an amazing place – it gets into your skin, it gets under your skin, […]

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Plunket encourages whānau to make every day a safe sleep day

By   /  December 1, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Children and Wellbeing, Health, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, New Zealand Plunket Society, Press Release  /  Comments Off on Plunket encourages whānau to make every day a safe sleep day

Source: New Zealand Plunket Society – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Plunket encourages whānau to make every day a safe sleep day Plunket is proud to support the national Safe Sleep initiative for whānau this Safe Sleep Day, 1 December. Plunket’s National Advisor for Māori Health, Zoe Tipa, says Safe Sleep Day is a national campaign focused […]

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Government ‘crack’ down on dairy robbers ignores Police advice

By   /  December 1, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Government ‘crack’ down on dairy robbers ignores Police advice

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government ‘crack’ down on dairy robbers ignores Police advice If the Government was serious about tackling drivers of the spike in dairy robberies, it would listen to Police and put a halt on the tobacco tax excise tax escalator that’s driving thugs to target tobacco retailers. In response to today’s front page […]

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Plunket celebrates Parliament passing extended paid parental leave

By   /  November 30, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Children and Wellbeing, Health, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, New Zealand Plunket Society, Press Release  /  Comments Off on Plunket celebrates Parliament passing extended paid parental leave

Source: New Zealand Plunket Society – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Plunket celebrates Parliament passing extended paid parental leave Plunket is celebrating the extension to paid parental leave today as ‘an important investment in families and the future of New Zealand’. The Bill passed its third reading today, and the new law will extend parental leave from […]

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Kiwi teachers make connections in Indonesia

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Asia New Zealand Foundation, Immigration, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release  /  Comments Off on Kiwi teachers make connections in Indonesia

Source: Asia New Zealand Foundation – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Kiwi teachers make connections in Indonesia A group of 11 New Zealand teachers visited Indonesia recently to learn about that country’s peoples and cultures and make connections with their Indonesian counterparts. They visited the country on the Foundation’s Indonesia Cultural Connections Trip. [embedded content] Watch a video […]

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What lies beneath: Why NZ’s slice of Antarctica is at the centre of an eco-mystery

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Antarctica New Zealand, Environment, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, New Zealand Government Public Service, Press Release, Science  /  Comments Off on What lies beneath: Why NZ’s slice of Antarctica is at the centre of an eco-mystery

Source: Antarctica New Zealand Headline: What lies beneath: Why NZ’s slice of Antarctica is at the centre of an eco-mystery IAIN MCGREGOR/Stuff Why you should care about sea ice in Antarctica and what happens if we lose it. Parts of Antarctica aren’t behaving the way climate change models predict. It turns out that special things […]

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