Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Ratepayer Protection Pledge launched

Press Release – Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance

23 AUGUST 2019
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has launched the “Ratepayer Protection Pledge” committing to no more than 2% annual rate hikes over the next Council term, and has written to all Mayoral and Council candidates asking them to sign. The pledge will provide clarity for voters over where candidates stand on the issue of increasing rates, levies, and other charges. Read more »

Animal Activists Target ‘Pakuranga Hunt Day’ at the races

Press Release – Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses

Friday 23 August 2019
Another Horse Killed
Activists Target ‘Pakuranga Hunt Day’ at the Races

What: Horse Racing Kills protest at Pakuranga Hunt Day
When: Saturday 24 August 11.00am onwards
Where: Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera, Auckland
This Saturday, Pakuranga Hunt Day at the Ellerslie Racecourse will see anti-horse racing protesters demonstrating at the corner of Ascot Avenue and Greenlane East. Read more »

Pasefika Cultural Centre Takes Shape

Press Release – John Tamihere

23 August 2019

Mayoral candidate John Tamihere will meet with Pacific Island leaders and community elders today at Puhunui Reserve in South Auckland to commit to a Pasefika Cultural Centre. Read more »

ANZ Bank ‘proudly’ sponsors coal, oil, and gas industry

Press Release – 350 Aotearoa

This week 350 Aotearoa climate campaigners will impersonate ANZ Bank staff in several satirical actions outside of ANZ branches. The actions will expose ANZ Banks’s current social and financial support of the fossil fuel industry: through its sponsorship of exclusive oil industry group, the Petroleum Club; and its lending to fossil fuel companies that enables industry growth. Read more »

‘Static’ gender pay gap holding NZ women back

Press Release – YWCA

‘Static’ gender pay gap holding NZ women back

Thursday 22 August – For immediate publication

The organiser of the annual YWCA Equal Pay Awards has expressed her disappointment with the latest Gender Pay Gap figure for New Zealand workers. The figure rose slightly from 9.2% in 2018 to 9.3% for the quarter ended 30 June 2019. Read more »

$178 000 raised for Child Cancer Foundation

Press Release – Child Cancer Foundation

$178 000 raised for Child Cancer Foundation at Auckland Champions Luncheon

The Child Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce that $178 000 was raised at the second Auckland Champions Luncheon on the 16th of August at Aotea Centre. Read more »

The PumpHouse Theatre recognises significant Friends

Press Release – The PumpHouse Theatre

Four people who have made an incredible impact on the The PumpHouse Theatre’s legacy were honored at the theatre’s Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 21 August. Read more »

More transport taxes in store for NZ motorists

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

Brett Hudson – Transport

22 August 2019

Motorists’ back pockets aren’t safe from the Associate Transport Minister who today refused to rule out any further increases to transport taxes, National’s Associate Transport spokesperson Brett Hudson says. Read more »

Infrastructure Commission has a $multi-billion opportunity

Press Release – Infrastructure NZ

22 August 2019
Infrastructure Commission has a multi-billion dollar opportunity to add value through procurement
“The infrastructure sector sees a major role for the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission/Te Waihanga in lifting the nation’s sagging infrastructure performance,” says Paul Blair, incoming CEO of Infrastructure NZ. Read more »

Light rail delay creates highway opportunities

Press Release – Automobile Association

22 August 2019
Light rail delay creates opportunity to accelerate highway projects
The AA is calling on the Government to bring forward critical highway projects while time is spent properly developing the plans for a rapid transit system in Auckland. Read more »

A Better Auckland Needs Better Protection For Special Places

Press Release – Better Auckland

A Better Auckland Needs Better Protection For Our Special Places
22nd August 2019

Auckland’s precious green spaces need better protection say Better Auckland council candidates, Carmel Claridge and Mike Padfield. Read more »

Small Decrease in Gender Pay Gap shows Need for Legislation

Press Release – Pay Equity Coalition

22 August 2019

Small Decrease in Gender Pay Gap shows Need for Effective Legislation

The Pay Equity Coalition Auckland (PECA) is pleased the gender pay gap has decreased slightly. Statistics released today show the gap is now 11.9%, nearly 2 percent less than last year. Read more »

Bridge cleaning at last

Press Release – Opotiki District Council

Ōpōtiki District Council was pleased to hear the New Zealand Transport Agency’s announcement that the Waioeka Bridge was to be cleaned in the coming months after almost three years of raising the matter on behalf of the community. Read more »

A whole term of Government with no shovels in the ground

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

22 August 2019

The mind-boggling prospect of no new major transport projects starting in this term of Government is now very real after Phil Twyford revealed Auckland’s light rail has been delayed even further, Read more »

Transport Agency welcomes next steps for light rail

Press Release – NZTA

22 August 2019
Transport Agency welcomes next steps for light rail in Auckland

The NZ Transport Agency is welcoming the next steps in the process for the City Centre to Māngere Light Rail Project, announced by Government today. Read more »

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Mosque Attacks

Press Release – Royal Commission of Inquiry into Attack on ChCh

Media Statement: Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Attack on Christchurch Mosques
Four months into the inquiry, the Royal Commission is gathering significant information and continues to receive valuable submissions from the public, from current and former State servants, experts and community groups. Read more »

Tighter restrictions proposed on freedom camping

Press Release – Auckland Council

Thursday 22 August 2019

Auckland Council’s Governing Body today unanimously supported Mayor Phil Goff’s report on a proposed freedom camping bylaw. The report proposes that council consider clearer prohibitions and restrictions on where freedom camping will be allowed in the Auckland region. Read more »

Next steps for Auckland light rail

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Phil Twyford

Minister of Transport


22 August 2019

The two preferred delivery partners for Auckland light rail have been chosen and a final decision on who will build this transformational infrastructure will be made early next year, Minister of Transport Phil Twyford announced. Read more »

E-scooters to hit Hamilton streets this Friday

Press Release – Hamilton City Council

E-scooters for hire will arrive in Hamilton this Friday (23 August) as part of a six-month trial approved by Hamilton City Council at the Growth and Infrastructure Committee Meeting on 18 June 2019. Read more »

Marine invader found in Great Barrier Island waters

Press Release – Auckland Council

22 August 2019
Boaties asked to be on the alert for pesky hitch-hikers!

Among the coastal waters of Smokehouse Bay on Great Barrier Island, Auckland Council has discovered a new marine species attempting to make the island their home. It is the first known record of this species in New Zealand. Read more »

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