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The Tax Working Group Report: The Good, The Bad and the Predictable

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

The Good Let’s start with the good stuff, and there is a bit of that, mainly around the environmental tax proposals. The Tax Working Group has acknowledged that the notion of a ‘circular economy’ has informed their recommendations. The proposed changes to the Waste Levy (to reduce waste), Emissions Trading Scheme (to reduce carbon emissions) […]

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Capital Gains Tax bare minimum to start reducing wealth gap – AAAP

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

The Tax Working Group recommendations, which include a revenue-neutral Capital Gains Tax, are the absolute bare minimum changes the Government should introduce if it is serious about starting to reduce the gap between the rich and poor. Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Government to introduce the recommendations and be bold about future […]

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Key changes urged to Equal Pay Amendment bill – E tū

By   /  February 20, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

E tū says without key changes to the Equal Pay Amendment bill, few women will be able to successfully pursue an equal pay claim. E tū Assistant National Secretary, John Ryall appeared before today’s Workforce and Education Select Committee hearing on the bill, together with E tū delegate, Marianne Bishop. John says the union welcomes […]

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Māori Climate Commissioner: It’s time NZ children went on strike to shame adults over climate change inaction

By   /  February 20, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  9 Comments

Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, says now is the time for Children to shame adults into climate change action.

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Children’s voices denied in Select Committee debacle – CPAG

By   /  February 20, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) believes that National’s attempt to thwart Finance and Expenditure Select Committee submission hearings on the Budget Policy Statement last week has serious implications for the democratic process. “On this particular occasion, representation for children, people affected by disability, and those facing disadvantage was denied,” says Associate Professor Susan St John, […]

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Government inaction sees social housing waiting list spiral out of control – AAAP

By   /  February 19, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Government has seen the social housing waiting list double since it took power, with over 10,000 people waiting for social housing. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns the inaction by successive Governments for failing to build enough public housing and keep rent prices under control, resulting in record number of people being homeless or substandard […]

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Government continues to enable motels to profit from housing crisis

By   /  February 19, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A recent investigation by Stuff, coupled with information obtained through the Ministry of Social Development shows that a single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act […]

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Māori Climate Commissioner: National Party MP promotes woeful fake news on methane

By   /  February 19, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  11 Comments

“Facebook is a breeding ground for climate denial and to have a a Politician give such naked ignorance oxygen by reposting fake news is dangerous. If we are serious about combating climate change, pretending it isn’t real and caused by human pollution is counter productive in the extreme”.

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Pike families shocked by missing evidence

By   /  February 17, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  12 Comments

Here is the picture of the evidence that disappeared. It’s the cover from a switch cabinet that was in the mine and was not intrinsically safe. It was photographed on the 28th of November 2010 after it was blown up the vent shaft and landed on the ground above the mine. Pike River families are […]

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The Ombudsman’s investigations into the oversight of facilities and services for people with learning disabilities is timely – New Zealand Human Rights Commission

By   /  February 16, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Ombudsman’s investigations into the oversight of facilities and services for people with learning disabilities is timely says Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero. The voices of people with learning disabilities have often been unheard or silenced for too long, says Ms Tesoriero. “This is particularly so when people are living in secure residential facilities and […]

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“Higher taxes for super rich gets voter tic” – Closing The Gap

By   /  February 16, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

“Taxes, taxes, taxes, and all the rest is b******t.” That was the message that went viral at the Davos Economic Forum last month, and it’s the message our Government needs to hear if it wants to tackle inequality in New Zealand. The “Taxes, taxes, taxes” challenge came from Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian, who told […]

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Phantom Billstickers disregards free speech principles – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  February 16, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Free Speech Coalition suggests that companies supportive of free speech principles should consider refusing to advertise with Phantom Billstickers, in light of its discriminatory treatment of Speak Up for Women (a group campaigning for consultation on the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill). Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Rachel Poulain says, “Because Phantom Billstickers […]

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern receives giant Valentine card – SAFE

By   /  February 16, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Three of Jacinda Ardern’s constituents and SAFE delivered a giant Valentine’s card to the Prime Minister’s Mt Albert electorate office this morning. Inside were hundreds of messages and signatures from caring Kiwis, all calling for Ms Ardern to have a heart for mother pigs this Valentine’s Day. In New Zealand, thousands of mother pigs are […]

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Forest & Bird welcomes end to tenure review

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An end to tenure review is a vital reprieve for some of New Zealand’s most endangered species, says Forest & Bird. “We’ve argued for many years that not only is tenure review a spectacularly bad deal for New Zealanders, it’s been terrible for our natural environment,” says Jen Miller, Forest & Bird conservation and advocacy […]

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“Government is being stymied by bureaucrats over health care, transport, and trades training” – Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

By   /  February 16, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

This week we saw salvation army releasing their “state of the nation” report “ that showed that Jacinda’s vision of a “Kinder gentler caring Government is not being nurtured by the bureaucrats who still have an iron grip on government departmental policies. Salvation Army report that the gap between rich and poor is still becoming […]

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ANZASW response to the Salvation Army’s 2019 “State of the Nation” report

By   /  February 16, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes the release of the Salvation Army’s annual State of the Nation report this week. We believe that the study contains findings and proposals that should be seriously considered by the government as it moves forward with its aim to deliver greater well-being to New Zealanders. […]

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