Archive for January, 2018

Green’s ‘Medicinal’ Marijuana Bill Rightly Rejected

Press Release – Family First

Family First NZ is welcoming the strong defeat of Chloe Swarbricks medicinal marijuana bill. it makes no sense for two bills on the same issue to be considered at the same time. That is a waste of taxpayer resource. The government should have … Read more »

Green MP’s Cannabis Bill Defeated

Article – The Scoop Team

A Bill proposing decriminalising cannabis for medicinal use has been defeated at its first reading. Read more »

MSC process transparent and scientifically robust

Press Release – Marine Stewardship Council

MSC process transparent and scientifically robust, encourages stakeholder input 31 January 2018 New Zealand – The Marine Stewardship Councils (MSC ) vision is to keep our oceans teeming with life and to safeguard seafood supplies for future … Read more »

Paradise Lost

Press Release – Great Barrier Island Community

DOC have rejected a petition signed by more than half the population of Great Barrier Island, asking them to change their plans to aerially drop Brodifacoum on neighbouring Rakitu Island this winter. Read more »

Workplace English skills help migrants step up

Press Release – English Language Partners New Zealand

English Language Partners is one of five national organisations calling for more support to improve workforce literacy and numeracy in New Zealand. Read more »

Speech: Ardern – The 100 day plan and beyond

Speech – New Zealand Government

The 100 day plan and beyond: setting the direction of the Government Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister Read more »

Historic commitment to reduce child poverty

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Historic commitment to reduce child poverty The Government has set ten year targets for reducing child poverty and hardship that will transform childrens lives and establish New Zealand as having one of the lowest rates of child poverty in the world. … Read more »

National’s English quashes leadership speculation

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – Opposition leader Bill English quashed speculation members of the National Party’s caucus want to change leadership, with rumours surfacing just ahead of his first major speech of the year. Read more »

Measles warning issued in Christchurch

Press Release – Canterbury DHB

Measles warning issued in Christchurch The Canterbury District Health Boards Community and Public Health team has issued a measles warning after a man who attended Christchurch Hospitals Emergency Department has since been confirmed as having … Read more »

Bitcoin, blockchain and what it means for NGOs


Josie PaganiJosie Pagani
Council for International Development

The least interesting thing about Bitcoin is Bitcoin. It’s not entirely clear what the problem is that Bitcoin solves – why not trade in  tulips? And if we can pay for stuff online using old-fashioned money without ever having to go to an ATM, why do we need Bitcoin? Our currency might go up and down in value, but at least its intrinsic value is backed by governments. And gold has a value aside from its worth as a currency (we fill our teeth with it and make jewellery out of it).  Read more »

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