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Hamilton student to battle NZ Government in landmark climate lawsuit

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  6 Comments

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. Sarah Thomson, 26, claims that New Zealand’s targets under the Paris Climate Agreement are “unambitious” and fail to reflect scientific consensus on climate change. The case, […]

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NZ Cuban friendship group condemns Trumps anti-Cuba policy

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Auckland Cuba Friendship Society has condemned the latest rollback of the Obama presidency’s easing of relations with Cuba as a deepening of the blockade, now in place for 54 years. Every president since Kennedy in 1963 has aimed to overthrow the Cuban revolution. Obama’s shift in relations was a step forward but still had […]

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LABOUR FOLDS TO FARMING LOBBY – The Opportunities Party

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

In electoral desperation, the Labour Party yesterday abandoned any attempt to address one of the greatest concerns facing New Zealanders, the ongoing pollution of our waterways. Andrew Little told Federated Farmers annual conference his party will abandon polluter pays by joining the Greens in offering some ill-defined form of “regulation” to deal with the country’s […]

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Green Party to run strong campaign to unseat Nick Smith in Nelson

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Green Party is today announcing that its Nelson candidate, second term local councillor Matt Lawrey, will run to win the electorate and unseat Nick Smith in September’s election. Mr Lawrey and the Green Party will run a strong two-tick campaign in Nelson, and will offer a positive, solutions-based alternative to Dr Smith and National. […]

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Bill English misleads Parliament on Police statement – Labour Party

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Bill English’s attempt to restore his damaged credibility over the Todd Barclay affair has backfired after his claim to have “reported” Mr Barclay’s actions to Police has proven not to be true, says Labour MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson. “Yesterday in Parliament, Bill English claimed in response to a question from Andrew Little that […]

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All Tyred out; government announces false solution for tyre woes – Product Stewardship Council

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

After rejecting an industry-designed workable product stewardship scheme for end of life tyres, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today the government would allocate $19 million taxpayer dollars into a false solution instead – most of the funding to go to Chinese-owned company, Waste Management NZ, to collect and shred scrap tyres. Smith has proposed scrap […]

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Two Reports Show Health & Poverty Gaps Widening – Closing The Gap

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Two reports released last week show need for real concern about widening children’s health & poverty gaps, according to the Closing the Gap organisation. The Perioperative Mortality Review Committee’s sixth report, looking at New Zealand deaths that occur within 30 days of an operation, shows people living in lower socio-economic areas had near double the […]

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Record new arrivals as net migration tops 72,000 – Statistics New Zealand

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Annual net migration reached 72,000 in the May 2017 year, Stats NZ said today. Migrant arrivals numbered 130,400 and migrant departures numbered 58,400 in the year ended May 2017. “The continued high level of net migration in the May 2017 year was driven by non-New Zealand citizens migrating to New Zealand,” population statistics senior manager […]

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Mixed views on Christchurch stock transfer – Community Housing Aotearoa

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) says the shortlisting of consortia is the expected next step in seeing state housing in Christchurch transferred to a new provider, yet the process remains fraught. CHA Chief Executive, Scott Figenshow, says all three of the shortlisted consortia include New Zealand registered community housing providers, a notable change from previous announcements. […]

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Christchurch City Council helps National government facilitate the biggest privatisation of state assets in NZ history – State Housing Action

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

In a particular shameful act the Christchurch City Council is helping the National government facilitate the biggest privatisation in Zealand history – our $18 billion of state house assets. The council’s Otautahi Community Housing Trust is putting in a bid for 2,500 Christchurch state houses which the government wants to sell for $700 million. The […]

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Statement from Matt McCarten, Campaign for Change

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  8 Comments

In May this year my contract with the Labour Party ended and I left to run a programme called the Campaign for Change. The programme was supported by the Labour Party in Auckland, however I led and managed it. This programme involved an international volunteer programme with a focus on voter enrolment, working with trade […]

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English fails the character test over Barclay – Labour Party

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Bill English is hoping this scandal will go away, but he is still dodging important questions over his role in covering up for Todd Barclay, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   “Throughout this whole affair, Bill English has failed to be upfront with the public. He misled the public for months, both as […]

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Celebrating the Positive Contributions of Refugees on World Refugee Day – Auckland Regional Migrant Services

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS), in partnership with the Auckland Resettled Community Collation (ARCC) is celebrating World Refugee Day and the positive contributions of refugees to New Zealand. “Here at ARMS, we acknowledge and celebrate the commitment and courage of refugee background leaders, advocates, funders, and New Zealanders who have supported the resettled communities […]

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Kiwis asked to listen to the story of a refugee – Human Rights Commission

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

World Refugee Day 2017: Human Rights Commission asks Kiwis to take the time to listen to the story of a refugee For World Refugee Day the Human Rights Commission has asked New Zealanders to take the time to listen to the story of a refugee. “Take the time to listen to the story of everyday […]

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IHC congratulates new Disability Rights Commissioner

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

IHC New Zealand warmly welcomes Paula Tesoriero as the country’s new Disability Rights Commissioner. “Paula brings a unique perspective to the role, having held senior roles in the disability sector and achieved at the highest levels in Paralympic sport,” says IHC’s Director of Advocacy, Trish Grant. IHC also thanks the outgoing Commissioner, Paul Gibson, for […]

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Inquiry into GCSB’s process for determining its foreign intelligence activity – Inspector General of Intelligence and Security

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  5 Comments

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, released the public report of her inquiry into the Government Communications Security Bureau’s (GCSB) processes for determining its foreign intelligence activity today. This inquiry was initiated as a result of issues raised by the public about claims of GCSB assistance to the New Zealand Government’s campaign to […]

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