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Children in Poverty Deserve Christmas Presents Too – Auckland City Mission

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

8,000 children living in poverty would not receive Christmas presents this year if not for the Auckland City Mission. There’s little joy in asking strangers for help this Christmas, but since last Wednesday, hundreds of people living in poverty – most of them women – have been queuing up outside the Auckland City Mission overnight, […]

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Ending Our Reliance on the Oil and Gas Industry – Fossil Fuels Aotearoa Research Network

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Ending Our Reliance on the Oil and Gas Industry By Dr Terrence Loomis, Fossil Fuels Aotearoa Research Network It’s got to happen sooner or later – the end of the coal and petroleum industries. The sooner the better according to climate scientists. Unthinkable for decades say industry representatives. After all, we’re dependent on the stuff […]

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Fed-up truckies working 70 hour weeks – First Union

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The union representing the country’s truck drivers says low wages are forcing some truck drivers to clock working weeks up to 70 hours long. “Everyone is entitled to a wage they can live on and no one should have to work up to 70 hours a week to earn it, especially in the lead-up to […]

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Aucklanders show their support for rail workers – RMTU

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Auckland rail workers have received a huge outpouring of support from Auckland commuters after they took strike action today over safe staffing levels on the rail network. “We’ve been sent many emails from Aucklanders expressing their concerns about Transdev’s plans to introduce driver-only operation on some trains, ” says Wayne Butson, RMTU advocate for the […]

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Gender pay gap worse for some groups of women – Gender Equal NZ

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

National Council of Women President and Gender Equal NZ spokesperson Vanisa Dhiru says we cannot hope to achieve true gender equality when we are leaving some groups of women behind. Yesterday’s Public Service Workforce Data report shows that while ethnic diversity in the public service overall is increasing, the ethnic pay gap is not, with […]

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Public money still being spent on polluting rivers – Greenpeace

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Friday, 8th December: Greenpeace is seeking urgent clarification from the Agriculture and Environment Ministers Damien O’Connor and David Parker on a media report today that irrigation is still being publicly funded. According to the report in Stuff, Crown Irrigation Investments Limited (CIIL) has received no instruction from “the new minister” to cease funding irrigation projects. […]

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A socially caring economic model to follow – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that successful ethical lending schemes such as Nga Tangata Microfinance (NTM) that are designed to empower families in hardship and reduce the effect of debt, should be a model for adoption nationwide. A new report by NTM shows the not-for-profit organisation’s success in helping hundreds of financially vulnerable people […]

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New Zealand Can And Must Do More for Refugees – Changemakers Refugee Forum

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is proud of New Zealand’s commitment to assist the UNHCR to build a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced and stateless people in New Zealand. However, as a country, they believe we can and must do more. “It’s time for change and […]

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EDS calls for an independent inquiry into fisheries

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In response to the release of the Future Catch report by the New Zealand Initiative earlier this week, EDS has called for a wide-ranging public inquiry into New Zealand’s fisheries management system. “There are many worrying problems with the current fisheries management regime, and these are far broader than recreational fishing,” said EDS Policy Director […]

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Canterbury Drinking Water Reference Group Responds to Report – Environment Canterbury

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Canterbury Drinking Water Reference Group welcomes the Government Inquiry’s Report of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry: Stage 2 and will examine the findings carefully to fully understand the outcomes and recommendations. The Canterbury Drinking Water Reference Group was proactively formed after the Havelock North water contamination outbreak and is made up of representatives […]

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Child Poverty Monitor 2017: Sustainable Improvements Needed – Office of the Children’s Commissioner

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The growth in child poverty has been halted and relevant indicators are dropping, says the Children’s Commissioner on release of the latest Child Poverty Monitor data. However, sustained progress is needed so that all children have the same opportunities to flourish and thrive “Following an increase in benefit levels in 2015 and other adjustments by […]

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Risk to public drinking water result of ‘quick buck’ policies – Choose Clean Water

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

In the wake of the latest report on the state of New Zealand’s drinking water, Labour, NZ First and the Greens have the opportunity to do what National never did; look after our people, say freshwater campaigners. “The willingness of the previous Government to risk public health for a quick buck was clear for a […]

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New child poverty numbers should be viewed cautiously – Child Poverty Action Group

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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 a degree of caution. The new report, derived from data collected mid-2016 from income over the previous 12 months, shows that the numbers […]

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Auckland rail workers to strike over safety concerns – Rail And Maritime Transport Union

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Auckland rail workers will go on strike this Friday after their employer, French owned multi-national Transdev, refused to back down on its proposal to introduce driver-only operation on the city’s passenger trains. The strike will take place from 2am on Friday 8 December until 1:59am on Saturday 9 December. “Despite going into mediated negotiations, Transdev […]

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Forgotten Communities Heard at Parliament – Salvation Army

By   /  December 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Forgotten Communities Heard at Parliament The voices of people in some of New Zealand’s low income communities, who feel forgotten by Government, Councils and other people in their cities will be heard at Parliament today. The views of people from Linwood in Christchurch, Porirua in Wellington and Papakura in Auckland are presented in a new […]

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Hundreds of messages in bottles hit Beehive – Kiwi Bottle Drive

By   /  December 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Community organisation The Kiwi Bottle Drive and supporters gathered on the steps of parliament this morning to deliver hundreds of messages in bottles, calling for the government to introduce a bottle deposit scheme. Campaigners used fish and seabird masks to symbolise the plight of the ocean, which organiser Rowan Brooks says is being seriously harmed […]

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