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Census 2018 – Heads should roll, incompetence reigns – Maori Council

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The New Zealand Maori Council has poured scorn on Statistics New Zealand for what is turning out to be an embarrassing waste of resources, money and planning when it comes to the 2018 Census. “The New Zealand Census is one of the most important things any Government can do when it comes to understanding what […]

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COP24 ends without firm promises to raise climate action – Greenpeace

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Just two months after the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned we have 12 years left to save the world, COP24 ended with no clear promise of enhanced climate action. COP24 led to an approved Paris Agreement rulebook, but no clear collective commitment to enhance climate action targets. Greenpeace International Executive Director, Jennifer […]

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Māori Climate Commissioner denounces UN climate talk appeasement in Poland

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  9 Comments

Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, has denounced the UN Climate talks in Poland as morally despicable and a wasted opportunity to the challenge of climate change. 

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Giant chicken to hand-in 30,000 signatures to Waikato District Council – Direct Animal Action

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Today and tomorrow, a hearing is taking place at Waikato District Council to decide if New Zealand’s largest egg producer, Mainland Poultry, can build a controversial mega egg factory farm in Orini, Waikato. Independent Commissioners will hear the applicant’s case, submitters response and Council recommendation at the two day hearing. Local residents and animal advocates […]

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Health Minister to meet Nicky Stevens family to discuss damning Coroner’s rulings

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The family of 21-year-old Nicky Stevens who died while in the care of the Waikato DHB in 2015 say they are pleased that Minister of Health David Clark has agreed to meet with them, following the release of the Coroners findings earlier this month. Nicky’s father, Dave Macpherson said: “It’s not the first time we […]

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Darker side emerging of exploitation of migrant workers in NZ – First Union

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

In reference to the New Zealand resident who allegedly brought Samoan nationals to do illegal work for him in the horticultural industry on a regular basis for decades.   FIRST Union’s Pasefika Fono spokesperson Mark Muller says he’s saddened there has been a second human trafficking offence in New Zealand. “It shows how much workers […]

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More fuel tank drivers on strike over overtime allowances – First Union

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

While around 180 Pacific Fuel Haul tanker truck drivers have settled their collective, tanker truck drivers at SouthFuels who deliver fuel and lubricants to the primary industries in that region are now on strike over what are standard clauses in their industry.   Members have been on strike since Sunday (1am, 16th December) over what […]

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Seymour is grasping at straws to try salvage his Death Bill – Euthanasia Free NZ

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Last night David Seymour published a 73-page Sponsor’s Report which includes several pages of amendments to his proposed End of Life Choice Bill, only three weeks after allegedly claiming that his Bill was “perfect”. Before writing this report, he read only 226 of the over 36,000 submissions to the Justice Committee, despite a preliminary analysis […]

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First IGIS review of intelligence warrants under ISA

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has today published a report on the first nine months of intelligence warrants issued to the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau under the new Intelligence and Security Act 2017 (ISA). The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant […]

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Greenpeace upset at failure to include agriculture in ETS

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

Greenpeace disbelief at Govt’s failure to include agriculture in ETS “improvements” Wednesday, December 12: The Government has just announced “improvements” to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Greenpeace has responded with disbelief at the Government’s failure to include agriculture – the country’s biggest climate polluter – in the “improvements”. “As long as the country biggest polluter […]

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ANZASW statement on Child Poverty Monitor report

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) believes that the statistics and findings contained in the Child Poverty Monitor report released by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner this week should be a wake up call to anyone denying the reality of the crisis of deprivation experienced by children / tamariki in this […]

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SAFE demands a ban on greyhound racing

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

353 dogs put to death in Greyhound Racing industry – SAFE demands a ban on greyhound racing SAFE is demanding an end to greyhound racing cruelty, amid new figures that show the industry killed 353 unwanted dogs during the last season. Greyhound Racing New Zealand released its 2018 Annual Report on Monday, which illustrates that […]

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Communities Call for Action – Salvation Army

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

People in hard-working communities are calling on the Prime Minister for help dealing with the impact of drugs, the housing crisis, lack of mental health services and economic support. When asked what they would say if they could talk to the Prime Minister about their community, people in six communities raised serious concerns about drugs, […]

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A Call to Action in Manurewa – Salvation Army

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People in Manurewa want to talk to the Prime Minister about street gangs, crime, drug abuse and impacts of the housing crisis that have left them fearing for their safety. When asked what they would say if they could talk to the Prime Minister about Manurewa, people spoke about their pride in living in the […]

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A Call to Action in Hornby – Salvation Army

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People in Hornby want to talk to the Prime Minister about better infrastructure, economic growth and opportunities for disconnected young people. When asked what they say to the Prime Minister if they could talk to her about Hornby, residents spoke of pride in their rapidly growing suburb. However, they also spoke of out of control […]

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The real work begins on the Medical Cannabis scheme – MCANZ

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

MCANZ is delighted at the historic achievement of a solid commitment to produce Medical Cannabis in New Zealand, and is grateful for the amendments that were introduced broadening the scope of the compassionate clause, clarifying a more therapeutic “whole plant” definition of CBD, and allowing for native cannabis strains to enter the market, giving New […]

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