Latest

People’s Mental Health Report Gathers Support – Action Station

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The People’s Mental Health Report was launched last Wednesday (19 April) and since then support for the recommendations in the report has been gathering momentum. New Zealanders have been invited to show their support for our recommendations by signing an open letter (see: link below) which will be delivered to the Minister of Health on […]

Read More →
Latest

BREAKING: Sue Moroney to stand down at General Election – Labour Party

By   /  April 30, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Labour List MP Sue Moroney will not seek re-election to Parliament in September, the Hamilton-based MP announced today. “I made my decision after being notified last night that I had lost support from the party’s ruling council for an electable position on the Labour Party list. I intend to serve out the remainder of the […]

Read More →
Latest

Pacific Youth MPs present their Act

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

One hundred young Pasifika people have presented an Act outlining legislation they believe will enhance Pacific Peoples development, in a strong push to be heard in election year. The Act, titled Pacific Youth Parliament (Our Movement) Act 2017 is the result of a Pacific Youth Parliament (PYP) held in Christchurch on 20-24 April, the only […]

Read More →
Latest

NZNO Kaiwhakahaere in New York calls again for a Māori nursing workforce strategy

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

In New York this morning NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku addressed the United Nations forum of the United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). Ms Nuku repeated her message that without a Māori nursing workforce strategy, the aim to attract and retain thousands more Māori nurses into nursing would never be realised. “It […]

Read More →
Latest

Bar Association supports statement by Principal Family Court Judge

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The NZBA fully supports the comments made by Principal Family Court Judge Ryan in response to allegations against the Family Court and its judges made by The Backbone Collective. He correctly points out that the Collective has relied on anecdotal examples given by a comparatively small number of disaffected litigants. In this regard, it must […]

Read More →
Latest

Workers Memorial Day – too many Kiwis are being killed at work – CTU

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

In the last two weeks seven New Zealanders went to work and never came home. They were killed at work. This Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, we remember them and other working people who were killed at work. “We must do better. All Kiwis should be confident that when they leave home they’ll be able […]

Read More →
Latest

No Pride in Prisons condemns use of isolation in New Zealand prisons

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Prisoner abolitionist organisation No Pride in Prisons is appalled by the findings of the Human Rights Commission’s report into the use of isolation and restraint. “No Pride in Prisons advocates have seen first-hand how destructive isolation is to the mental health of prisoners,” says spokeswoman Emilie Rākete. “We are pleased to hear that the effects […]

Read More →
Latest

Māori unionists mark Workers Memorial Day with call for iwi-union collaboration – CTU

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Māori unionists mark Workers Memorial Day with call for iwi-union collaboration The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) Rūnanga, the body representing 60,000 Māori union members, is marking Workers Memorial Day today with a call for iwi and unions to work together to help end workplace deaths. “Every year over 50 New Zealanders, many of them […]

Read More →
Latest

Statement from Jordan Williams

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Lawyers for Jordan Williams are appealing the judgment setting aside last year’s jury verdict in the Williams v Craig defamation proceedings. Mr Williams says, “Colin Craig argued that the jury’s damages award was too high. The judge agreed but the High Court is only able to reset the damages if both parties agree.” “Last week […]

Read More →
Latest

Nats’ housing policy fails to keep pace with population growth – Labour Party

By   /  April 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Auckland got less than half the new houses it needed in the past year to keep up with record population growth, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Statistics New Zealand building consent data released today confirms the shortage of housing in Auckland is worsening. “Auckland needed 16,000 houses last year. It got just 7,000. That […]

Read More →
Latest

UN-funded report another reason to stop locking New Zealand children in police cells

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says a new United Nations-funded report is more compelling evidence why New Zealand should stop locking children in police cells. The report, commissioned by the Human Rights Commission and completed by international expert Dr Sharon Shalev with funding from the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, recommends […]

Read More →
Latest

Bail changes to blame for new billion dollar prison – Just Speak NZ

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was mulling over what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. What happened? A JustSpeak report out today investigates. “What we found was surprisingly clear” says JustSpeak Director Dr Katie […]

Read More →
Latest

Independent report highlights urgent need for action on seclusion and restraint practices – Human Rights Commission

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

A new independent report has outlined a number of serious concerns about New Zealand’s seclusion and restraint practices, says the Human Rights Commission. The independent report, Thinking Outside the Box? – A Review of Seclusion and Restraint Practices in New Zealand, has been written by international expert, Dr Sharon Shalev and was released by the […]

Read More →
Latest

Focus on what journalists write not their ethnicity – Race Relations Commissioner

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy says NZ First leader Winston Peters needs to focus on what is relevant. “We suggest Winston Peters focuses on what journalists write, not their ethnicity or race,” said Dame Susan. “Debate facts. Agree to disagree. But a journalist’s ethnicity is not relevant.” “We are better than this. New Zealanders can […]

Read More →
Latest

Hospitalisations linked to poverty must be reduced – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that high rates of childhood bronchiectasis evidenced in the latest report from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation, should provide the motivation for Government to prioritise spending with children’s health in mind this year. But targeting specific illnesses alone will not provide the solution to the shameful problem of a […]

Read More →
Latest

Minister Dunne accepts hundreds of postcards on refugee labels – ActionStation

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Minister Peter Dunne today accepted over 800 postcards calling for convention refugees to have the same entitlements as quota refugees at a LUSH store in Wellington. The campaign has been run with ActionStation together with LUSH Cosmetics, with postcards being signed in stores around New Zealand. In addition to the 800 signed in stores, 1200 […]

Read More →