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Why has Pike footage been hidden for so long? – Andrew Little

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  12 Comments

New footage of workers servicing a robot in the Pike River drift appears to show that going into the drift doesn’t pose the danger the Government and Solid Energy claimed, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “The Government must immediately release all Pike footage and images, and explain why it has kept the public […]

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OECD Report Highlights the Folly of Tax Cuts – Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. Closing the Gap

By   /  April 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on OECD Report Highlights the Folly of Tax Cuts – Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. Closing the Gap

New OECD data shows cutting taxes would be a big mistake for New Zealand, which instead needs to take in more tax from the wealthy to fund much-needed social programmes, Peter Malcolm, spokesman for the income equality project Closing the Gap, said today. The just released OECD report “Taxing Wages 2017” shows income taxes on […]

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Open letter: Bring New Zealand-bound asylum-seekers stopped by Australian authorities to New Zealand for processing

By   /  March 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on Open letter: Bring New Zealand-bound asylum-seekers stopped by Australian authorities to New Zealand for processing

We are calling for the New Zealand Government to bring approximately two dozen people currently held at an immigration detention centre in Kapung, Indonesia, to New Zealand to assess their asylum claims in New Zealand itself.

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Christmas a Real Test for Innovative Family Violence Project – Women’s Refuge

By   /  December 24, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on Christmas a Real Test for Innovative Family Violence Project – Women’s Refuge

Some families affected by violence these holidays will be using state-of-the-art technology to access justice, and the law firm behind it is eager to put it to the test. Refuges in Greymouth, Westport, Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim, Nelson and Masterton have access to immediate legal assistance through an initiative that has been three years in the […]

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Bad look for Waikato DHB over expense disclosure delays – ASMS

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on Bad look for Waikato DHB over expense disclosure delays – ASMS

“It’s a bad look for Waikato District Health Board to be dragging the chain on disclosing the expenses of its chief executive,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that the State Services Commission is “disappointed” that Waikato DHB has not disclosed Chief Executive […]

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$8m Serco agreement should spell end to privatisation – PSA

By   /  April 5, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  1 Comment

The deal between Corrections and private prison operator Serco over its chaotic management of Mount Eden prison is a fitting end to a shambolic episode, the Public Service Association says. Corrections minister Judith Collins has announced Serco will pay $8 million to her department to cover the costs of its stepping in to manage the […]

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Climate Targets Irresponsible

By   /  July 8, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Climate Targets Irresponsible

Today the government announced its post 2020 climate change target as 30% emission reduction from 2005 levels by 2030. This target is equivalent to about a 11% reduction from 1990 levels, which is less than John Key pledged at the climate negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009. “While a 30% target might sound ok, the government […]

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KiwiRail must upgrade its electric fleet

By   /  July 1, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News, RMTU  /  3 Comments

KiwiRail must upgrade its electric fleet The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) is voicing its support for demonstrators who are rallying at the Cenotaph steps outside of Parliament calling for KiwiRail to reinvest in an electric fleet says RMTU organiser Todd Valster. “KiwiRail is currently considering downgrading its electric fleet on the North Island […]

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Who’s the real threat to security: Govt climate policy – or four climbers?

By   /  June 25, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  5 Comments

Coal Action Network Aotearoa today congratulated the Greenpeace climbers on the roof of Parliament drawing attention to the lack of Government action on climate change. “Who is the bigger threat to security here: John Key’s apparent intention of letting global temperatures rise by 4degC by taking virtually no action – or four peaceful activists and […]

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Foodstuffs looks at closing its cash and carry stores

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on Foodstuffs looks at closing its cash and carry stores

Local supermarket giant Foodstuffs is proposing the closure of 5 of its 12 Gilmours and Toops food trade stores in the North Island, but FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid is questioning the business case to support the closures. “Foodstuff’s proposal could see almost 130 jobs disestablished across Gilmours and Toops stores in Henderson, Panmure, […]

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New Zealand union goes global

By   /  June 22, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on New Zealand union goes global

FIRST Union, New Zealand’s second largest private sector union, is going international with the launch of Samoa’s only private sector union, Samoa First Union. “Samoa First Union is building on the legacy of former private sector unions like the old National Union of Workers,” says Samoa First Union co-ordinator Jerome Mika, “but our union differs […]

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OECD report indicates better policy needed to reduce poverty in NZ

By   /  June 18, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  1 Comment

Source: Child Poverty Action Group OECD Economic Surveys NEW ZEALAND (PDF) http://www.oecd.org/eco/surveys/New-Zealand-2015-overview.pdf — Child Poverty Action Group is urging the government to rethink and improve its 2015 Budget announcements on benefit changes in light of the OECD’s latest report on the New Zealand economy. CPAG says the new report, OECD Economic Surveys NEW ZEALAND, has some […]

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83% of Submissions To Christchurch City Council On Asset Sales Opposed Them

By   /  June 11, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  4 Comments

Extract from Christchurch City Council’s staff analysis of submissions received on Long Term Plan

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Why are we sending women with children to prison?

By   /  June 6, 2015  /  CPAG, Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  1 Comment

CPAG welcomes the latest report from the Families Commission “Improving outcomes for children with a parent in prison”   The costs for children when a parent is incarcerated are very high, with 20,000 children affected.   CPAG commends the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Families Commission) for highlighting a social problem of immense proportions but […]

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ACC minister fails in mission to change culture

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Green Party, Raw News, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: ACC minister fails in mission to change culture Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | Press Release The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come […]

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Nationwide ‘Day of Action’ throughout NZ this weekend

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Raw News, Raw News feed, Unite Union  /  Comments Off on Nationwide ‘Day of Action’ throughout NZ this weekend

MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Nationwide ‘Day of Action’ throughout NZ this weekend NATION-WIDE ‘DAY OF ACTION’ AGAINST ISRAEL’S WAR ON GAZA & FOR FREE PALESTINE THIS SATURDAY 16 AUGUST Here are the FaceBook Events pages for each of the cities where activities are planned. As more details are confirmed, we will […]

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