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Housing report earns Nats the red card – Labour Party

By   /  September 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

National’s failure to acknowledge and fix the housing crisis will be their legacy. Labour will tackle the housing crisis head-on, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Their report card shows National has let Kiwis down when it comes to ensuring there are enough houses, supporting homeownership, and making sure all our families have a healthy […]

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Government and Refining NZ to blame for “chaos” at airports – E tū

By   /  September 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

E tū Aviation says it’s appalled the Government and Refining New Zealand have no plan B for disruption to the crucial fuel line between Marsden Point and the rest of the country. “The result has been days of disruption, with flights cancelled and the plans of thousands of travellers thrown into chaos,” says E tū […]

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Coup for hens – Foodstuffs to be cage-free – SAFE

By   /  September 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

SAFE is congratulating Foodstuffs, who owns New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square, on their announcement that they will stop selling all cage eggs from 2027. In a statement Foodstuffs said today that following an extensive review of its egg sourcing and animal welfare policies the business has committed to a goal of being 100% cage free […]

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Statement by Waikato DHB Board member Dave Macpherson regarding the latest reported death of a baby at Waikato Hospital

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  4 Comments

Like many other New Zealanders tonight, I viewed the TVNZ News story of the family who lost their baby while under the care of Waikato Hospital with a mixture of sadness, horror and embarrassment. Sadness, that ANY family had to go through that experience – my own family knows what it is like to lose […]

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TOP SLAMS ALL WATER TAXES. IT’S ABOUT SETTING A PRICE

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  5 Comments

The Opportunities Party has joined farmers across the country in rejecting Labour and other parties plans to tax water.   Deputy Leader Geoff Simmons has written a hard-hitting blog rejecting water taxes set by politicians and bureaucrats in favour of a market price for water.   This would allow farmers and other business folk to […]

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National’s health report card gets an ‘F’ for funding – PSA

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Persistent underfunding of the health system over the last nine years is having a severely negative impact on the quality and timeliness of services, and funding must urgently be restored by the next government if we are to avert the worst of an impending crisis, says the Public Service Association. “Seeing National’s record on health […]

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Political parties need to spell out how they will address burnout of hospital specialists – ASMS

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

“Burnout among hospital specialists providing front-line clinical care in our public hospitals is an important issue that political parties aspiring to be the next government need to address,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “We want to hear from the Government on why they let this disaster happen […]

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E tū: National Government’s record on health funding a fail for members

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

E tū says it fears health services will deteriorate further in the face of Government denials that DHBs are underfunded. E tū is the country’s largest private sector union with more than 55,000 members. “A lot of our members are in the Counties Manukau area, where services have been so under-funded we have the highest […]

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Elderly tenants takes Tāmaki Regeneration all the way to the High Court – Tāmaki Housing

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Two days before the 2017 General Election, state housing advocates and supporters will march and assemble at the Auckland High Court where the appeal of Ioela ‘Niki’ Rauti will be heard.   Niki was fighting this eviction last election against Housing New Zealand. She is not up against Tāmaki Regeneration Limited.*   Niki is an […]

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Postie forced to work with supervisor who threatened her life

By   /  September 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Postie forced to work with supervisor who threatened her life A postal worker was expected to continue working with her supervisor after the supervisor threatened to kill her, despite New Zealand Post investigating the worker’s complaint and acknowledging that the threat actually happened. Jessica Peebles, who worked at the Hamilton delivery branch of New Zealand […]

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Shortage of senior doctors at Nelson Marlborough DHB part of wider pattern – ASMS

By   /  September 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A survey of senior doctors at Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has revealed a shortage of specialists nearly two and a half times larger than the number of vacancies officially recorded, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). This follows a similar survey of senior doctors at Capital & […]

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Party policy score cards – CPAG

By   /  September 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

  Throughout 2017 Child Poverty Action Group has been demanding real and significant action on improving low incomes and poor quality and unaffordable housing, which would see a reduction in child poverty and poverty-related hospital admissions. We need to see action on these issues from ALL political parties. To make it easier to see where […]

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PEOPLE ARE DYING CANNABIS REFORM MUST BE HIGH PRIORITY – TOP

By   /  September 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Opportunities Party will make cannabis reform a high priority if elected to Parliament, and calls on all other Parties to do the same.   With at least twenty deaths linked to synthetic cannabis in the past three months it is past time for the country to deal with what the Dominion Post describes as […]

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BREAKING: ELECTORAL COMMISSION UNDERMINING OF MAORI RIGHTS – COMPLAINTS NATIONWIDE

By   /  September 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  7 Comments

Only a week into early voting, complaints have been laid with the Electoral Commission about misinformation being provided to Maori electors, causing confusion and non-voting amongst Maori electors and refreshing previous claims of deliberate sabotage by polling booth staff of Maori votes. Veronica Tawhai, a Maori politics lecturer and citizenship educator at Massey University, has […]

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Disgraceful description of health and safety as “overkill” – CTU

By   /  September 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Council of Trade Unions is appalled that an Auckland accounting business has described health and safety as “overkill”. Reckon Accounting has published a survey today, which claims health and safety is a “compliance” that takes focus away from “core business”. “When 34 people have been killed at work this year, it’s a particularly poor […]

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Harsh punishments on sole parents fuel child poverty – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  September 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that urgently removing Sections 176, 177, 178 from the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill and extending the In-Work Tax Credit portion of Working for Families to all children irrespective of their parents’ hours of work are critical moves an incoming Government must make to ensure the wellbeing of all […]

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