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Jeremy Wells to join Seven Sharp – finally a reason to watch Seven Sharp

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

Jeremy Wells is one of the funniest and sharpest broadcasters we have and if he is allowed to do what he does best, Seven Sharp will become unmissable.

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So how easy would it be for Kim Dotcom to successfully sue the NZ Government for $6.8billion? Horrifically easy!

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Let’s see how many sleepy hobbits are laughing if Kim Dotcom wins at the Supreme Court.

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Malcolm Evans – Cheering from the inside

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Malcolm Evans, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  Comments Off on Malcolm Evans – Cheering from the inside

Malcolm Evans – Cheering from the inside

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Child Poverty Measures Bill must provide a commitment to eradicate poverty

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Child Poverty Measures Bill must provide a commitment to eradicate poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Labour led Government to address the causes of child poverty by taking meaningful action to massively increase the income of adults in poverty. “While the commitment by Labour to make this Government and future Governments accountable for tracking child poverty reduction progress through the Child Poverty Measures […]

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Pass both bills: Medical cannabis campaigners to MPs

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Cannabis law reform campaigners congratulate the government on the progress of it’s medicinal cannabis Bill in Parliament tonight. “One down, one to go!” said Chris Fowlie, spokesperson for NORML New Zealand Inc., as Parliament tonight passed the Government’s Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill. “This is a first for New Zealand. It represents a […]

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Inside the moves against Bill English

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  40 Comments

The rumour mill has been running hot all month about the moves against Bill English, it’s finally spilled out to Barry Soper so it’s as close to official as it’s going to get.

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New poverty measures will provide a broader picture – CPAG

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New poverty measures will provide a broader picture – CPAG

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) commends the Government for its new Child Poverty Reduction Bill. In particular, its comprehensive multi-tiered poverty lines will provide a broader picture of the depth of child poverty than any single measure could. Six supplementary measures will accompany the four primary measures of child poverty. CPAG especially welcomes the 40% […]

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Proposed Poverty Reduction Bill Brilliant Step Forward – Salvation Army

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Salvation Army warmly welcomes the Prime Minister’s Jacinda Ardern’s announcement today on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill. Over 10 years the child poverty numbers have remained stubbornly high and for too long Governments have not put sufficient effort and energy into reducing the number of children suffering said The Salvation Army Social Policy Director […]

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Child Poverty Bill a watershed for children – Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Child Poverty Bill a watershed for children – Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa

Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa (ACYA) welcomes today’s Child Poverty reduction Bill, calling it a watershed moment for children and young people in Aoteroa New Zealand. “This Bill lays the foundation for well planned, effective child poverty reduction,” says ACYA Chair Andrea Jamison. “Significantly it requires government’s to develop a dedicated strategy to enhance […]

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Educators welcome child poverty reduction measures – NZEI

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Educators welcome child poverty reduction measures – NZEI

Changes announced today by the Government on how it will monitor and reduce child poverty have been welcomed by educators around the country. NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart says NZEI members, who work with very young children through to teenagers, see the effects of poverty on children’s education and general wellbeing every day […]

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Deregistered charity ‘Family First’ confused on Cannabis – Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Deregistered charity ‘Family First’ confused on Cannabis – Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

As usual one of the strongest voices against patient’s interests is ‘Family First’ the host of the website with a catchy name “Say nope to dope” and the most prominent charity to be stripped of its charitable status as it no longer serves the greater public good. Family First is consistently against broadening access to […]

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Children are the focus in new post-National Standards era – NZEI

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Children are the focus in new post-National Standards era – NZEI

Primary principals and teachers look forward to a fresh start this year using robust and well-regarded assessment tools, instead of shonky National Standards. With a focus on our world-leading curriculum, teachers will be freed to teach and to engage children in the learning that really motivates them. NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart said […]

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Review recommends changes to search and surveillance laws – Law Commission

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Review recommends changes to search and surveillance laws – Law Commission

Joint review recommends changes to search and surveillance laws Police should be able to conduct a wider range of surveillance but should exercise their powers more transparently, according to a new report. The Law Commission and the Ministry of Justice’s joint review of the Search and Surveillance Act 2012 re-examines the balance between enabling effective […]

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Medical cannabis – Grey Power New Zealand

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

President of the Grey Power Federation Tom O’Connor has urged Parliament to send the Green Party Bill on medical cannabis to the Select Committee stage so the public can debate the issue. O’Connor said, as he understood it, the Government has introduced a Bill, which creates a criminal defence for those using cannabis by those […]

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MPs uged to support Medicinal Cannabis Bill – Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on MPs uged to support Medicinal Cannabis Bill – Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

This week is a critical time for the future of medical cannabis patients in New Zealand. With two bills before Parliament, this is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to resolve the issue of medical cannabis once and for all. Patients are furiously contacting their MPs, asking them to support Chlōe Swarbrick’s Member’s Bill for medicinal cannabis. MCANZ, […]

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Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill receives first reading – Andrew Little

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill receives first reading – Andrew Little

The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill received its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Bill will help uphold the public’s confidence in the integrity of Parliament, MPs and the voting system.   “The Bill will introduce a mechanism to allow an MP’s seat to be declared vacant when that MP departs […]

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