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NZ must stop funding hate – Israel Institute of New Zealand

LIke-minded democracies have said they will freeze funding to the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) after evidence that UNRWA employees participated in the October 07 Hamas-led massacre of Israelis. Co-director of the Israel Institute of New Zealand, Dr David Cumin, asks why New Zealand isn’t following their lead, “The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, ...

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High Court Judge appointed

Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Whanganui Crown Solicitor Michele Marina Wilkinson-Smith as a High Court Judge. Justice Wilkinson-Smith graduated with an LLB (Hons) from Auckland University School of Law in 1993 and commenced practice as a staff solicitor with Brewer Mazengarb in New Plymouth. She became a partner of Auld Brewer Mazengarb ...

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New Associate Minister and Under-Secretary portfolio allocations – Luxon

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced a number of additional portfolio allocations of Associate Ministers and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries. “Ministers have hit the ground running since they were sworn in nearly two months ago with strong progress made on the coalition Government’s 100-day plan,” Mr Luxon says. “Today’s update further clarifies Ministers’ responsibilities in a small ...

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Taxpayers’ Union welcomes withdrawal of Voting Age Bill

Reacting to the Government’s announcement that they are withdrawing a bill from the previous Government that would have lowered the voting age for local body elections to 16, Taxpayers’ Union Campaigns Manager, Connor Molloy, said: “Changes to the rules of the game in any democracy should be decided by the people, not by politicians who ...

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Government withdraws voting age bill – Simeon Brown

The Coalition Government will not proceed with the previous Government’s plans to lower the voting age to allow 16-year-olds to vote in council elections, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “I have written to the Chairperson of the Justice Committee to inform him that the Government does not intend to support the Electoral (Lowering Voting ...

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Return to democracy in Tauranga cannot be put in danger – NZTU

The Taxpayers’ Union is throwing its weight behind calls for the powers of Tauranga’s unelected Commissioners to be curtailed in the run-up to the return of democracy to the city, and urges Local Government Minister Simeon Brown to step in. Commenting on this, Taxpayers’ Union Policy Adviser, James Ross, said: “Unelected Commissioners in Tauranga have ...

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Funding to increase flood resilience in Northland – Mark Mitchell

The Government is contributing an additional $4 million towards flood resilience projects in Northland, ensuring communities will be better protected in future severe weather events. “This funding will help communities in Northland impacted by the 2023 North Island severe weather events, increase resilience and mitigate against future flood risk,” says Mark Mitchell, Minister for Emergency ...

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Graduate vets get financial boost to work in rural communities – Todd McClay

The Voluntary Bonding Scheme (VBS) for Veterinarians continues to deliver more vets to work across rural New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “Thirty-three graduate vets have been accepted into the longstanding Voluntary Bonding Scheme for Veterinarians, which will see them work in 24 communities across rural New Zealand. “The scheme has been running for ...