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Archive for May, 2013

Rushed Housing Bill Undemocratic – Generation Zero

Press Release – Generation Zero

Youth climate change organisation Generation Zero says the Government is acting undemocratically by rushing through legislation that will undermine local council control over housing, while Auckland is preoccupied with debate on its draft Unitary Plan. Read more »

Welfare Policies Need an Injection of Compassion

Opinion – Juliet Bonnay

The impact on mental health of living for years in war-torn homes of domestic violence, and/or being subjected to sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect, can be just as damaging, if not more so, than engaging in combat or being a prisoner of war. Read more »

Free Fees Initiative Aims to Encourage More Trades Training

Press Release – Otago Polytechnic

The government’s call for more trained tradespeople is behind Otago Polytechnic’s move to offer free tuition fees for this semester, as it attempts to draw more people into these careers. Read more »

Food Co-operatives in New Zealand on the rise

Press Release – Organic NZ

“The increase in food co-operatives in New Zealand is enabling communities to take back control of their food supply, improve relationships between community members and achieve better health outcomes,” says Debbie Swanwick, spokesperson, Soil & Health … Read more »

New Ombudsman Values Academic Links

Press Release – University of Auckland

University of Auckland Law Professor Ron Paterson begins his five year term as Ombudsman on 4 June 2013, and looks forward to maintaining close relations with the Law School. Read more »

The Six Second Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

Press Release – NPS MedicineWise

As cold and flu season sets in, NPS MedicineWise is launching as series of six-second videos to highlight the problem of antibiotic resistance in our communities. Read more »

Plant a tree this Arbor Day

Press Release – Christchurch City Council

Do your bit for the environment by taking part in a Christchurch City Council planting event to mark Arbor Day this year. Read more »

LPC NZX Release – Insurance Update 31 May 2013

Press Release – Lyttelton Port of Christchurch

LPCs material damage policy entitles LPC to receive indemnity progress payments on earthquake damaged and destroyed assets that are covered for reinstatement. An indemnity valuation report for six key harbour structures has been provided to insurers, … Read more »

Privacy breaches still not on Collins’ agenda

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Despite growing concerns about the safety of New Zealanders private information, Justice Minister Judith Collins is in no hurry to extend the investigative powers of the Privacy Commissioner, Labour MP Sue Moroney says. Read more »

SMC Heads-Up: Indexing innovation and dodging dolphins

Press Release – Science Media Centre

Innovation Index; Dolphin bycatch; New from the SMC; Sciblogs highlights; Research highlights; Policy News; Sci-tech events Read more »

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