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Rail union slams Auckland rail operator’s “profit before people” attitude

By   /  August 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Rail union slams Auckland rail operator’s “profit before people” attitude   The union representing Auckland train crews is slamming the company running Auckland commuter trains, the French-owned Transdev, for excluding workers from a critical safety audit on the basis its health and safety system is “commercially sensitive.”   “Transdev wrote to us yesterday saying that […]

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Time to Turn up the Pressure on Candidates – Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand

By   /  August 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Polls are showing that inequality is a top voter concern (Roy-Morgan and UMR Polls) The income equality group Closing the Gap is urging New Zealanders to push parties and candidates hard on inequality in the last few weeks of the election campaign. Spokesperson Peter Malcolm said New Zealanders see the harms around them every day […]

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Justice for Pike a step closer – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

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Cross-party political agreement to establish an agency to take ownership of the Pike River mine has been reached today. The goal to recover human remains and evidence means that justice is a step closer for the families. The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the […]

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Super Fund’s $950m fossil fuel divestment an “aha” moment for NZ economy – Greenpeace

By   /  August 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Greenpeace is calling the New Zealand Superannuation Fund’s just-announced $950 million divestment from big polluters an “aha” moment for the country’s economy. Climate campaigner, Kate Simcock, says the Super Fund’s commercial decision to sell off almost $1 billion worth of investments in polluting companies due to the long-term risk climate change poses to the portfolio, […]

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Freshwater reform opponents accused of ‘scaremongering’ – Fish and Game New Zealand

By   /  August 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Fish & Game has dismissed as “scaremongering” claims that imposing a royalty on commercial use of water will hurt the public. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern announced the policy at the recent Environmental Defence Society conference saying New Zealand already charges royalties for gold, oil and gravel, and water should be no different. Labour says the […]

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Pike Families ecstatic over historic political agreement

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Pike River families are over the moon with the signing of a cross-party political agreement for an agency to take ownership of Pike River mine and reclaim the drift to recover remains and evidence. The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, […]

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Setting the record straight on seabed mining decision – Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

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In the wake of the EPA’s decision to grant a marine licence to a company to dig up 50 million tonnes of the South Taranaki Bight seabed every year for 35 years, there have already been a number of factually inaccurate statements made by both the company and the EPA itself. A split vote First, […]

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Prevent youth crime by ending poverty, says CPAG

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Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that the Government must focus its efforts on the causes of youth offending, as a bootcamp programme is an unwelcome and unhelpful ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. Such programmes have been trialled overseas and proven to be ineffective, with many youths reoffending to a greater degree upon […]

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Yes to Sallies – Labour will build more state houses – Labour Party

By   /  August 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Salvation Army’s latest report ‘Taking Stock’ shows why New Zealand needs a Labour-led Government committed to a massive house building programme, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “When the Sallies say the country needs 2000 extra state houses a year just to stand still, it is time to sit up and listen. “They rightly […]

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Boot Camp policy is an Old Army Truck at Bottom of Cliff – New Zealand Association Of Psychotherapists

By   /  August 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Prime Minister, Bill English has offered a policy to send young serious offenders to Waiouru Military camp as an alternative to jail. New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP) members are alarmed at the National Party’s apparent resurrection of punitive models of response to child and adolescent offending. Boot camps don’t prevent young offenders reoffending. […]

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UN examines NZ performance on racial discrimination – Peace Movement Aotearoa

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The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the independent body of human rights experts which monitors state party compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), will examine New Zealand’s performance on 15 and 16 August, during its 93rd session in Geneva. The Committee will […]

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Gareth Morgan’s open letter to Mike Hosking’s Boss

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  9 Comments

Dear Shayne, I write in response to an online “editorial” posted by one of your staff on Monday August 14th. In what is called “Mike’s Minute” presenter Mike Hosking held forth on his opinions of The Opportunities Party and myself. Let us first deal with the factual inaccuracies in Mr Hosking’s rant. He maintained that […]

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New Zealanders deserve better than scaremongering over water – Labour Party

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New Zealanders need to hear from National about how they will fund the clean-up of our rivers and lakes for future generations. Instead, National has broadened its scare-mongering, says Labour’s Water spokesperson David Parker.   “Everyone knows our water is too polluted. We know we need to stop pollution getting into our rivers and lakes, […]

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MORGAN SLAMS NATIONAL MILITARY BOOTCAMP FOR YOUTH OFFENDERS

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Opportunities Party Leader Dr Gareth Morgan has slammed National’s brutal boot camp solution for recidivist youth offenders as a great leap backwards for the criminal justice system.   Every piece of credible research in this field tells us that further traumatising young people in attempt to break their spirit, and bully them into less anti-social […]

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Minister selling war – Auckland Peace

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“Minister of Defence Mark Mitchell has become a Weapons Industry spokesperson this week. The Minister issued a statementon Friday advocating for private companies to cash in on the $20 billion being pumped into the military budget,” said Auckland Peace Action member Valerie Morse.   “Apparently he sees his job as promoting war profiteering by private […]

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GETTING TOUGH ON PRISONS – THE OPPORTUNITIES PARTY CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY

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New Zealand’s burgeoning prison industry is a political crime that has been aided and abetted by successive governments, according to The Opportunities Party.   What is more, leader Gareth Morgan said today in launching the party’s criminal justice policy, the economic cost of incarcerating thousands of offenders is only going to grow as long as […]

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