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Over 100 protesters at Waikato Rodeo today – Direct Animal Action

By   /  February 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  No Comments

Over 100 protesters at Waikato Rodeo today Over 100 protesters were outside the Waikato Rodeo this afternoon. Half were Waikato locals, the rest came from across New Zealand. The protesters held large ‘STOP’ signs at the entrance of the event, calling on the new Government to stop rodeo by banning it in New Zealand. “This […]

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Protest at Waikato Rodeo today – Direct Animal Action

By   /  February 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Protest at Waikato Rodeo today What: ‘Ban Rodeo’ protest at Waikato Rodeo When: Saturday 17th February 2018, 1pm Where: Kihikihi Domain, Corner of Grey & Dick Streets, Kihikihi, Te Awamutu Protesters will be outside the Waikato Rodeo this afternoon. Organisers – Direct Animal Action – will help rural and urban New Zealanders hold large ‘STOP’ […]

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Deep concerns with suggestion to “scrap” fishing electronic monitoring – WWF

By   /  February 15, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Environmental organisation WWF-New Zealand is deeply concerned by suggestions from the new Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash that he might “scrap” plans to put cameras on fishing boats. The previous government committed to a roll out of electronic monitoring with cameras on fishing boats in July 2017. Late last year, Minister Nash delayed the roll out […]

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Commitment to pay equity for support workers – Platform Trust

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Health Minister David Clark has today announced that Cabinet has given its approval for the Government to formally negotiate a pay equity settlement with employers and unions for mental health and addictions support workers. It is expected that this settlement process will result in a similar deal to that confirmed in last year’s settlement for […]

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EDS happy with Minister’s approach on King Salmon farms

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EDS has expressed support for the approach being taken by the Minister of Fisheries on the King Salmon report and recommendations that he released today. The special hearings panel has recommended that he approve 3 of 6 sites. The 3 recommended for refusal are ones that EDS opposed on landscape and ecological grounds. “The report […]

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NZ Kindy bans plastic bags – Greenpeace

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What does a future without plastic bags look like – why not ask the children? At Laingholm in West Auckland they’ve banned plastic bags from their kindy. They might even be the first kindergarten in the country to do so. On Friday the kids will be showing why banning single use plastic bags is such […]

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Scale of Fletcher debacle “gobsmacking” – E Tu

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Scale of Fletcher debacle “gobsmacking” The construction union, E tū says it is working to clarify the effect of Fletcher Building and Interiors’ huge loss on its members at Fletchers. “We’re still coming to terms with the fact that the country’s biggest building company is no longer bidding for new commercial projects, which is just […]

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Salvation Army report paints dire picture of growing inequality – AAAP

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Salvation Army report paints dire picture of growing inequality                 The Salvation Army State of the Nation Report reveals that while the economy has consistently grown over the past ten years, only a small sector of the population has benefited from this growth. “The failures of the neoliberal policies by successive Governments of the past few […]

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Families package is tip of the iceberg for families in poverty – CPAG

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Salvation Army’s annual State of the Nations report released today shows that improving incomes will only be the start of reducing hardship among children and families in Aotearoa-New Zealand, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). The report signals that housing cost and need is a critical issue for those living in poverty. While the […]

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Outdated tenancy laws increase risks for children in poverty – CPAG

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Childhood illnesses, transience and a disastrous rate of homelessness in New Zealand evidenced by the Government’s Stocktake on Housing report are attributable to a desperate lack of housing required to meet the needs of a growing population, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). Between 2016 and 2017 New Zealand’s net population increase from immigration was […]

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Disappointment as JNL confirms job losses – E Tu

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

E tū is extremely disappointed with the confirmation today that Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL) intends axing the jobs of about 90 workers at its East Coast mill in Gisborne. E tū represents production workers at the mill. E tū Engineering Industry Coordinator, Ron Angel says workers were expecting the worst when the proposal was […]

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Transient population figures a national emergency – AAAP

By   /  February 8, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

An AUT study identifying over 150,000 people in Aotearoa as ‘vulnerable transient’ (meaning they have moved at least three times in three years) shows the failure by successive Governments to provide secure tenancy for people.   “This is the result of decades of punitive sanctions on beneficiaries, selloff of state homes, unliveable incomes and rampant […]

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Let’s not do it – Plans to oppose the rebrand of the TPPA

By   /  February 8, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Let’s not do it – Plans to oppose the rebrand of the TPPA TPP Free Wellington It’s Our Future Wellington Unions Wellington Opponents to the rebrand of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will gather at a Wellington event on Thursday 8 February to let the Minister of Trade David Parker know that they will continue […]

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Tackling fake news, soft news and sound bite journalism – University of Auckland

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University of Auckland project tackles fake news, soft news and sound bite journalism “We are trying to ask the big questions behind the news,” says Dr Maria Armoudian, the founding director of the Faculty of Arts-based Project for Public Interest Media (PPIM). “We want to elevate critical thinking, raise the level of public debate, and […]

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Workers relieved as new sawmill comes to Gisborne – First Union

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Workers relieved as new sawmill comes to Gisborne The union representing dozens of sawmill workers whose jobs hang in the balance at JNL say they are pleased to see Far East Sawmills announce a move to Gisborne that could see up to 60 new jobs created. The move comes after JNL announced two weeks ago […]

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Conditions right for good job creation – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

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Conditions right for good job creation The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) today said that the slowly falling unemployment rate had plenty of room for improvement, with 343,000 New Zealanders still either out of work or needing more work than policy makers have created. CTU President Richard Wagstaff said that in the regions particularly, the […]

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