Posts Tagged ‘NZ Government’

Experts call out govt inaction against child trafficking in the Pacific

Monday, May 13th, 2024

There is a lack of education, data and definition in the fight against child trafficking in the Pacific, a human rights advocate says. Shamima Ali, of the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, said child rape is rife and rampant in many parts of the Pacific. “But as far as trafficking is concerned, it should be of Read more

Activists call on NZ govt to do more for West Papua

Monday, December 4th, 2023

New Zealand’s government should confront Indonesia over its alleged human rights violations in West Papua, human rights activists and West Papua independence activists in Aotearoa say. The UN Human Rights Council has reported the human rights situation in West Papua has deteriorated, citing reports of torture and mass displacement. “We know the violence that West Read more

Govt cuts further $236m from climate policies

Thursday, August 31st, 2023

As part of a $4 billion savings initiative announced on Monday, the Government will cut $236 million from climate policies on agriculture, transport and forestry. One unusual aspect of the move is that climate funding is supposed to be ring-fenced solely for climate policies, but the savings will instead be returned to the general coffers. Read more

Working for Families review – is this the best we can expect?

Monday, August 28th, 2023
Working for Families

For the last two decades critics have seen Working for Families (WFF) as discriminatory, poorly designed, far too complex and woefully ineffective in addressing the worst child poverty. In 2004, CPAG explained what was so wrong in a publication called Cut Price Kids and has been campaigning to fix WFF ever since. After the WEAG Read more

Kava use protected in New Zealand

Monday, May 8th, 2023

A Pacific kava expert has praised the New Zealand Government for its cultural understanding in choosing not to restrict kava use in this country. Meanwhile, the Australian Government is urgently tightening its rules on kava use. Last year, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) agreed to amend the status of kava in the Australia New Read more

New Zealand: the Wild West of gun control

Thursday, June 16th, 2022

Gun control in New Zealand mightn’t be as firm as some might think. There are a million guns somewhere and nobody knows where most of them are or who has them. Despite significant progress in banning some kinds of firearms and confiscating others, New Zealand still has no gun registry. “We might be east of Read more

Buried health report hinders disadvantaged and disabled

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

Health Minister Andrew Little is facing calls to release the final report from a review of Pharmac. The Independent Pharmac Review Panel’s final report has not yet been released, though the Government has received it. An interim report released last year found the strategy of the drug-buying agency disadvantaged Māori, Pasifika, disabled people and those Read more

It is not a holy war

Monday, March 21st, 2022

Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew says Pope Francis is deeply concerned about the invasion being justified as a holy war. In recent weeks, the Russia’s Patriarch Kirill has used religious language to justify his support for Russia’s military aggression. Even Kirill’s own supporters are looking elsewhere, says Dew. “The invasion has created new ecumenical Read more

Government and church leaders discuss mutual priorities

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
church leaders

Housing, access to COVID vaccination, income and well being, are some of the major concerns church leaders raised recently at a church and government meeting. As reported recently by CathNews, church leaders met, March 11, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Housing Minister Megan Woods to discuss issues of mutual Read more

National March for Life; voice for pre-born children at Parliament

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Over a thousand people gathered in Wellington last Saturday to give a voice to pre-born children in the National March for Life. The event celebrates the value of life and the unborn child and offers a peaceful protest against New Zealand’s abortion laws. “Forty-three years ago, Parliament passed a law that said not all unborn Read more