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New wage deal at Countdown distribution sets bench mark for triangular employment – First Union

By   /  September 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  1 Comment

Nearly a thousand workers covered by collective agreements at Countdown’s distribution centres (in Christchurch, Palmerston North, and Auckland), will see their hourly wage go to a minimum of $25 this year in a new deal that sets a new bench mark for how companies engage labour-hire workers.   The move follows Foodstuffs distribution workers also […]

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Legalising cannabis in Canada is good for public health – NZ Drug Foundation

By   /  June 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on Legalising cannabis in Canada is good for public health – NZ Drug Foundation

AnchorCanada’s landmark decision to introduce a strictly regulated legal cannabis market is a public health win, and something the New Zealand government should look to emulate. “Canada’s Parliament has rightly accepted that legalising cannabis is the best way to protect public health and safety,” says Ross Bell, NZ Drug Foundation Executive Director. “It may seem […]

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Greenpeace calls “balderdash” on MPI claims

By   /  June 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  1 Comment

Greenpeace is calling for MPI to immediately release any documentation addressing the serious issues found during two extensive investigations into New Zealand’s fisheries, the reports of which they then buried. Over the past week, two leaked Government reports written by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have been released by Greenpeace, exposing industrial scale dumping […]

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Accomodation Supplement boost leaves beneficiaries short changed – AAAP

By   /  April 3, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  1 Comment

The small accommodation supplement increases made under National’s 2017 budget are finally being implemented by the Labour Government. But beneficiaries are still left wanting for basic items such as food. “The current costs of living are leaving beneficiaries struggling to pay their rent and feed themselves and their families, and a marginal increase to benefit […]

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Foreign Minister questions China’s influence in the Pacific – Pacific Media Watch

By   /  March 6, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on Foreign Minister questions China’s influence in the Pacific – Pacific Media Watch

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters has again hinted the Ardern government may exit China’s One Belt One Road initiative as Wellington “resets” its strategic focus to the Pacific. With Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern beginning her first trip across the region today, Peters told Television New Zealand’s Q & A show the Pacific was where […]

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Over 100 protesters at Waikato Rodeo today – Direct Animal Action

By   /  February 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on Over 100 protesters at Waikato Rodeo today – Direct Animal Action

Over 100 protesters at Waikato Rodeo today Over 100 protesters were outside the Waikato Rodeo this afternoon. Half were Waikato locals, the rest came from across New Zealand. The protesters held large ‘STOP’ signs at the entrance of the event, calling on the new Government to stop rodeo by banning it in New Zealand. “This […]

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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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Disuse of rail line a ‘Bloody Shambles’ say locals in Auckland growth area – PTUA

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  4 Comments

The disuse of existing rail infrastructure in growing North West Auckland was labelled ‘a bloody shambles’ by members of the audience at the Helensville electorate ‘Trains to Huapai’ candidates’ debate today, Sunday 23 July. Frustrations expressed by the audience about the absence of train services to the Kumeu, Waitakere and wider areas included increased costs […]

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Sea Lion plan has fishing industry blind spot – Forest And Bird

By   /  July 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on Sea Lion plan has fishing industry blind spot – Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says New Zealand’s sea lions are in serious trouble, but the Sea Lion Threat Management Plan released today does not address the fishing industry’s deadly impact on the species. The conservation organisation says NZ sea lions are the world’s rarest, and is calling for a zero by-kill goal in all fisheries. “It’s […]

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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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