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Recommendations to make “Welfare Fit for Families” in the 21st Century – CPAG

By   /  September 24, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Government’s 12 priorities for a “modern and fairer New Zealand”. Among these, the priority for “making New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child” is evidence of the Government’s commitment to putting children’s wellbeing at the heart of all policies: “The Government’s vision for […]

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 24th September 2018

By   /  September 24, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  1 Comment

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Supporting communities against alcohol harm

By   /  September 24, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

The alcohol industry is a large and wealthy one.  There is plenty of money to be made. But it is important to understand that it is also a harmful one, as recognised by those women 125 years ago.  In principle the law now recognises the right of communities to stand as equals and oppose harmful applications. In practice, wealth, power and lawyer’s writs seek constantly to quash the practice of an equal say.

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Political Caption Competition

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  4 Comments

I’m not sure universal suffrage was about men pushing themselves to the front and demanding recognition.  

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Would you like a serving of unethical business practice with that salad? – First Union

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Summer isn’t far off and the tomatoes are just about ripe for the picking for the BBQ season but…   Come Monday (24/09/2018), over 100 mainly tomato hot-house gardeners and distribution workers will walk off the job for 24 hours (4am Monday 24th to 4am Tuesday 25th) over bleak pay and the company refusing to […]

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NZEI welcomes plan to support vulnerable children – NZEI

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Government’s plan for a Learning Support Coordinator in every school to work with our most vulnerable children and to get them the support that they need as part of a draft disability and learning support action plan published today. Acting Minister of Education Tracey Martin has said that […]

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Tertiary Education Union “sad” for not following the leadership of the student unions – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The Free Speech Coalition is labelling the Tertiary Education Union “sad” for not following the leadership of the student unions in expressing no confidence in Massey Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas for her ban of Dr Don Brash from campus and attempts to defund the student group for inviting a speaker she does not agree with. […]

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Historic discharge without conviction for Greenpeace head and climate activist – Greenpeace

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Greenpeace Executive Director, Dr Russel Norman, and climate activist Sara Howell, have been discharged without conviction following action they took to stop the world’s largest oil and gas exploration ship searching for fossil fuels off the Wairarapa Coast. The Napier District Court today delivered a ‘discharge without conviction ‘ decision for the pair, who were […]

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 23rd September 2018

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  6 Comments

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Pasifika women effectively working for free for the rest of the year – Council of Trade Unions

By   /  September 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff said that today marks ‘working for free day’ for Pasifika women because of the gender pay imbalance. “The latest figures out this year show that on average, per hour of work Pasifika women are paid just 68.5% of what Pākehā men receive, and 72.3% of what all men […]

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Pocket money offer for HNZ evicted tenants deeply cynical and insulting – State Housing Action

By   /  September 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The “pocket money” offer to state house tenants wrongly evicted from their homes based on bogus meth testing is deeply cynical and insulting. These families had their lives turned upside down by Housing New Zealand’s incompetent, abusive behaviour. They deserve the level of compensation they would receive if they could afford to take legal action […]

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The Right Thing To Do” UNHCR Praises New Zealand’s Refugee Quota Increase

By   /  September 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, praised New Zealand today for increasing the country’s longstanding refugee resettlement quota. Speaking in Wellington, Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern formally announced the increase. “This is the right thing to do,” said Ardern. “It fulfils New Zealand’s obligation to do our bit and provide a small number of […]

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Taxation Group Report A Major Disappointment – Social Credit

By   /  September 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The report of Michael Cullen’s Taxation Working Group is a major disappointment. It is bereft of innovative ideas, signals increasing bureaucracy, and is a regurgitation of outdated tax concepts. Rather than focussing its attention on speculators, money market manipulators, and those who make money from non-productive sources, it has recommended that small businesses, farmers, and […]

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Oxfam statement on Tax Working Group interim report

By   /  September 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Oxfam New Zealand’s executive director Rachael Le Mesurier said: “While the interim report has a lot of positive recommendations, there is no mention of making multinational corporations publish key financial information from each country they operate in. This is essential for countries to be able to assess exactly how much revenue governments may be losing […]

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Tax Working Group Report a Good Start to Making New Zealand a Fairer Place – Salvation Army

By   /  September 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Salvation Army believes that the Tax Working Group’s Interim Report is on the right track for reducing inequality and making New Zealand a more prosperous society. The Interim Report released today indicates that the Working Group is looking seriously at the comprehensive taxation of capital income and at various environmental taxes. ‘If as a […]

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Meth Report wake-up call – Drug Foundation

By   /  September 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The report into Housing New Zealand’s response to so-called methamphetamine contamination contains hard lessons for the government and its agencies on how to properly address complex drug issues, and reveals the harms caused by HNZ’s action were more widespread than previously thought. “We welcome the report, which chronicles the many mistakes Housing NZ and other […]

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