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New Zealand recommended to move on a floor price for alcohol – Alcohol Healthwatch

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

New Zealand recommended to move on a floor price for alcohol as Scots defeat European Big Booze Alcohol Healthwatch, Hapai Te Hauora media release, 16 November 2017 Public health groups are thrilled that the five-year legal battle to set a floor price for alcohol in Scotland has finally reached its conclusion. On Wednesday, the UK […]

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Striking workers receive overwhelming public support – Unions Wellington

By   /  November 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

Striking Rail & Maritime Transport Union workers receive overwhelming public support Since news of strike action on Wellington’s trains went public last night, there has been an outpouring of support for rail workers from commuters. The local union affiliates council, Unions Wellington, put out an appeal for solidarity last night at 6:30pm. The response was […]

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UCG “volunteer” model “completely unacceptable” – E tū

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UCG “volunteer” model for Chorus fibre optics build “completely unacceptable” E tū says the so-called “volunteer” scheme run by Chorus fibre optics contractor, Universal Communications Group is a clear case of migrant exploitation. E tū’s Communications Industry Coordinator, Joe Gallagher says the union recently learned of the scheme through a UCG document advising its subcontractors […]

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Minister welcomes Whakatāne Māori ward decision

By   /  November 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today welcomed Whakatāne District Council’s decision to establish Māori wards.   “I welcome the Whakatāne District Council’s decision to establish Māori wards to ensure fair representation at the council table.”   “This is a great opportunity for the local community to discuss its representation  and I encourage locals to engage […]

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Targets good first step but Fonterra must reduce dairy herd – Greenpeace

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

Greenpeace have welcomed Fonterra’s pledge to substantially reduce climate emissions from agriculture, but say there is a “gaping hole” in the plan. Today, New Zealand’s largest dairy producer pledged to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, with a long term aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Greenpeace campaigner, Amanda […]

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Minister accepts People’s Review of Renting – Renters United

By   /  November 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Today ActionStation and Renters United presented an open letter from their People’s Review of Renting to Housing Minister Phil Twyford supporting the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill which is due to be debated tonight. “A common theme in the People’s Review were stories of people in homes so cold they were constantly making them sick. Our […]

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Greenpeace Transforms Parliament Lawn into a Riverbed

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Politicians might have to carry out a river-crossing to get to work today. Greenpeace is creating a fifty metre long waterway* on parliament lawn, as part of its campaign to save New Zealand rivers. At 1.15pm the environmental organisation will hand the Government a massive petition signed by 68,313 people. The Minister for the Environment, […]

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A stronger Healthy Homes Bill will be a pillar for children – Child Poverty Action Group

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

More than 40,000 children are hospitalised each year with preventable illnesses that can be attributed to poverty and poor living conditions, and vastly improving legislation around the quality and safety of rental homes is imperative if the wellbeing of children is to improve, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). Passing of the Healthy Homes Guarantee […]

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Counting down to a better equal pay law – CTU

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The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) says ‘working for free day’ today is no cause for celebration, but politicians have the power to make the 14th of November 2018 a happier date for New Zealand women. Because of the gender pay imbalance, the 14th of November is the day that on average, New Zealand women […]

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Single men and masculinity – University of Auckland

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What is it really like being a single man in 21st Century New Zealand today? With online dating apps and television dating shows, single straight men have many opportunities to seek a partner but what if they want a partner but don’t find someone? And what if they are happy being single? Researchers at the […]

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Activists lock down Australian High Commission for Manus – Peace Action Wellington

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Peace Action Wellington have locked down the Australian High Commission. Peace activists have locked themselves to the gates of the High Commission preventing anyone from leaving, to draw attention to the situation of the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island. Refugees have been indefinitely detained by the Australian government in illegal camps and are […]

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Where to next for children’s rights – Human Rights Commission

By   /  November 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Calls from the Children’s Commissioner to ensure that children and the rights of children are at the heart of policy and legislative reform are supported by the Human Rights Commission. The UNCROC Monitoring Group, which the Human Rights Commission is part of, has today released the Getting It Right – The Children’s Convention in Aotearoa […]

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A new chapter for children’s rights in New Zealand? – Office of the Children’s Commissioner

By   /  November 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. “The new Government has declared that ‘if we put child well-being at the heart of what we do, then the well-being of all New Zealanders will be lifted’.” said Judge Andrew Becroft. “The UN Convention on the Rights […]

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We absolutely can do better to support rights of children – Child Poverty Action Group

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Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the new report “Getting it Right” by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) Monitoring Group. The group, convened by the Office of Children’s Commissioner, reports on the concluding observations from the 2016 examination of New Zealand by the UN Committee, on our commitment to […]

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CPTPP Progresses – Employers And Manufacturers Association

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Confirmation that a deal to keep the Trans-Pacific Partnership alive is good news for the export community, says the EMA. Under the new name of Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) the renewed agreement will address concerns, previously unattended to by the 11 parties. Free trade agreements, such as this, are vital for our exporting community […]

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Decision to Delay Monitoring ‘Fatally Flawed’ – Maui and Hector’s Dolphin Defenders

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Conservation group representatives say a decision by the new Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, to delay implementation of camera monitoring of fishing efforts in New Zealand is ‘fatally flawed’. Christine Rose, Chair of Maui and Hector’s Dolphin Defenders NZ, an NGO advocating for better protection of the world’s smallest marine dolphins, found only here in […]

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