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Planned funding cuts paint a grim picture for disabled care – IHC

By   /  April 22, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

IHC is incredibly relieved Ministers have intervened to block the Ministry of Health going ahead with $30 million of funding cuts for people with disabilities. Documents obtained by the New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) reveal the Ministry was planning to cut up to $10 million from disability support services by June as an initial […]

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OIA papers show $30 million funding cuts by Ministry of Health blocked – Disability Support Network

By   /  April 22, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Disability sector thanks Ministers for intervention Government urged to act on long overdue funding boost Thousands of disabled New Zealanders are breathing a sigh of relief after the last-minute intervention of Ministers stopped the Ministry of Health proceeding with $30 million of funding cuts, says the New Zealand Disability Support Network. Papers released under the […]

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#DefendNZ releases Top 5 Reasons for MPs to Vote ‘NO’ – The End of life Choice Bill will never be safe

By   /  April 21, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

#DefendNZ – a grassroots movement opposed to the End of Life Choice Bill – has listed their Top 5 Reasons why MPs should vote “no” at its Second Reading. 1. The case has not been made that the current laws prohibiting assisted suicide and culpable homicide need to be changed. 2. Jurisdictions the world over […]

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Extinction Rebellion Te Whanganui-a-Tara We are the Rising Tide!

By   /  April 21, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The seas are rising – but so are we! Human wave for action on climate change. On Saturday 20th April, Extinction Rebellion Te Whanganui-a-Tara will be holding a human wave for action on climate change. The wave will be gathering at 11am at Waitangi Park before moving throughout the CBD waterfront at midday. This is […]

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ANZASW statement on government response to Tax Working Group report

By   /  April 19, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) notes the release of the government’s response to the Tax Working Group (TWG) report this week. The Association appreciates the government’s willingness to explore the issue of fairer taxation as part of the review it commissioned. As we have stated before, we strongly believe that progressive […]

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Environment Report Confirms Regional Council Failure – Fish and Game New Zealand

By   /  April 19, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Fish and Game welcomed the report on New Zealand’s Environment today and believe it is a performance review on regional councils and how they have completely failed to protect the environment. “Regional Councils under the RMA have a legal obligation to protect the environment for future generations and this report shows they have failed to […]

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Action must follow damning environment report – Forest And Bird

By   /  April 19, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Forest & Bird says the country must take bold action to reverse an environmental crisis, following the release of the Environment Aotearoa 2019 report. “We have more than enough information about how bad things are,” says CEO Kevin Hague. “New Zealand is losing species and ecosystems faster than nearly any other country. Ninety percent of […]

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No CGT may offer opportunities to rethink policies to address inequality – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  April 19, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Child Poverty Action Group cautiously welcomes the government’s response to the Tax Working Group’s (TWG) final report. The Prime Minister has taken Capital Gains Tax off her Government’s policy agenda. “This provides the opportunity to explore other policies that could better meet the express instructions from the Minister of Finance to the TWG to address […]

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BREAKING: Public statement on behalf of NZNO President Grant Brookes

By   /  April 18, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

It has recently come to light that a petition is circulating among members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa, calling for a Special General Meeting.

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Waikato DHB Board investigates itself over Code of Conduct complaint against Board Chair & CEO

By   /  April 18, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The parents of Nicky Stevens, who died in 2015 while in Waikato DHB’s care, have stated that the DHB response to a formal complaint they laid against Board Chair Sally Webb and CEO Derek Wright has been “mishandled” and adds to the “unfair” way their family has been treated by the DHB.   Jane Stevens […]

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E tū very disappointed by CGT announcement

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

E tū, the biggest private sector union in New Zealand, is very disappointed that the Government will not adopt any of the Tax Working Group’s recommendations on introducing a capital gains tax (CGT). Annie Newman, E tū’s National Director of Campaigns, says that this development is a step backwards in the much-needed tax reform debate. […]

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Government upholds status quo over Capital Gains Tax – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Government’s rejection of a Capital Gains Tax upholds the status quo it promised to change in the lead up to the election and Government formation. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns the Government’s decision to not fix our tax system which benefits a wealthy few.   “The Government’s refusal to implement bold tax reform to […]

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Wiping of debt for HNZ meth testing tenants step towards justice – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Government’s announcement that it will wipe the Ministry of Social Development debt accumulated as a result of wrongful evictions because of methamphetamine contamination policies is a step towards justice. Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes this move, as it is something that we have been calling for since the initial compensation was announced. Additionally, we […]

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Will a ‘Commissioner’ fix the poor treatment of Nicky Stevens’ whanau by Waikato DHB and the Ministry of Health?

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The mother of a young man who died in 2015 while in the care of Waikato DHB’s Mental Health unit has questioned whether the Government appointment of a Commissioner to replace the Board he plans to sack will do anything to sort out the difficulties between her whanau, the DHB and their bosses in the […]

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Maori Council calls for a vulnerable whanau support package – Maori Council

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

When it comes to the care and protection of our children the harsh reality is that our elders are the ones providing care. We need to recognise the contribution they make and we need to do something about it.” Was the statement made by Maori Council Executive Director, Matthew Tukaki, at a conference in Wellington […]

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Hospital specialists congratulate midwives on accord – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Hospital specialists congratulate midwives on accord – and ask: what about us? “Hospital midwives are to be congratulated for successfully negotiating a safer staffing accord – and now it’s the turn of hospital specialists to have a similar agreement with the Government to address the serious workforce issues they’re dealing with,” says Ian Powell, Executive […]

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