• Time to deliver Pay Equity for Teacher Aides
    Teacher aides, admin, other support staff and Kaiarahi i te Reo are on the front line of student support. They are an essential cog in day to day workings of our schools. They need to be paid fairly for the hard work that they do! Add your name to this open letter to the Associate Minister of Education and Minister of Manukau East Jenny Salesa saying that support staff have waited long enough for fair pay.
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  • Veterans Act 2014 Reform Vote
    The New Zealand taxpayer has spent $489,208.00 on the mandated review of the Veterans Act 2014 but are not being informed of the well-spent monies results. I believe they should be informed, and then asked what they wish to do with those results. Professor Paterson, former NZ Parliamentary Ombudsman, learned findings should be looked at and considered better than a quick Amendment, he’s even told us how to fix the Act. Having looked over the shoulder of the smart kid we should be getting an A but we are failing, government giving public the appearance of solidity to pure wind. A seemingly ridiculous extreme to settle an arguably minor grievance. Except, there are 64. In the last 50 years we have: • Put a man on the moon • Cloned a sheep • and, Decoded the Human genome Only once have we looked at the way we care for our Veterans. The Veterans Act 2014, has a provision for review of effectiveness after 2 years. Professor Paterson and his team were appointed in June 2017, completing their task by March 2018 giving 64 recommendations for urgent change. This achievement backed by the Right Honourable Ron Mark statement at the time “I have asked officials to begin work on these immediately”, leading the New Zealand Veteran Community towards false hope. With no provision for detailed command and control, and failed promises, 17 months later there is still no action on the 64, urgent, recommendations. (In May 2018) Ron Mark acknowledged the term Veteran, as a fundamental part of the Act, assuring a decision on its complex nature by the end of June. Which June is not clear, has he missed this year as well? How is that Royal Decree for Section 9 and the definition of a veteran? Veterans Affairs definition of the word Veteran is purposefully complex allowing them to impose stringent, sometimes unattainable conditions on our military, both serving and retired. Veterans that never deployed, yet dedicated an enormous part of their life to New Zealand, repeatedly do not meet the unfeasible heights required by Veterans Affairs to be recognised as, a Veteran. I think it is only right to remind the people, of the often-dangerous circumstances. Circumstances in which we expect our security forces, while under effective enemy fire, to; Evaluate a situation. Judge the risks to their own lives and those of others, and act appropriately within the law. Often in a matter of seconds, or less. Do not underestimate the difficulties they face! Should not a sense of honour and dignity then be afforded to the Veteran as defined by the Dictionary? Discrimination and inequality have eroded the foundations of the much-needed care and support our services have earned. There is no need for a tier system, for any veteran seeking help. Ever. Where you served and for how long should not be a criteria, signing the Oath of Allegiance is enough. The government agree that when the Veterans time is done they will receive indisputable support and entitlements accepting that Veterans Right to live independently, in their own home, where neither travel nor administration shall prejudice, sadly not in practice. We must favour verifiable evidence over private feeling, otherwise we leave ourselves susceptible to those that would obscure the truth. Each Veteran should be treated with respect and wrap-a-round assistance based upon their individual needs after meeting the only criteria they need; they wore the uniform! Any dispute with Veterans Affairs, is decided by Veterans Affairs, if Veterans Affairs agree they have done something wrong in the first place. The veteran is not allowed to attend. Surely a judgement made by Veterans Affairs, about Veterans Affairs, in a closed meeting is either illegal, unethical or both? The criteria to meet Veterans Affairs definition of the word Veteran is so ridiculous that decades of service, wars and numerous tours is not enough, I dread to think of the pressure placed upon the younger Veteran, and those still to come knowing what little safety net they actually have should their service to New Zealand injure them in any way. The Veteran community have shown courage and conviction and have said Enough. Enough indecisiveness and lethargy towards the very definition of, their word. The Homework has been done for us. Should we not now ask New Zealand how they wish to acknowledge the service of their military? The Minister for Veterans, when asked this same question chose to take a political view rather than that befitting an Officer of Her Majesties Armed Forces. Conversely, as a veteran of 2 wars and numerous deployments I have earned the Right to ask New Zealand how they wish to acknowledge their military, using the 64, urgent, recommendations made by Professor Paterson in the mandated Review known as the Warrant of Fitness. Sid Gould – Ngati Tumatauenga
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  • Remove sexist words in National Anthem
    Austria and Canada have updated their national anthems to be inclusive. Our national anthem contains the words “Men of every creed and race”. The word “men” is outdated and no longer appropriate to represent half the Kiwi population; the NZ Government’s own style guide endorses the use of gender neutral language. Ministry of Culture staff advise that a change to the anthem lyrics requires Cabinet approval. Join me in asking this to happen, recommending that the words “men of every creed and race” be replaced with something inclusive such as “every creed and every race”. It would be fantastic for the PM’s daughter, and every female in Aotearoa New Zealand, to be included in this national song.
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  • Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Waikato Regional Council
    Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser props up industrial dairying. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate. But we don’t need it. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can lead the world in practising it. Together, we can move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. But to do that, we need to get rid of the enablers of the old, destructive system. We need to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser.
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  • Fossil Free Cosy Homes
    At a time when we know we cannot burn most of the fossil fuels already discovered, let alone explore for more if we are to retain a liveable climate for our kids, New Zealand Oil & Gas intend to explore for deep-sea oil and gas in the Clipper and Toroa Permits (PEP52717 and PEP 55794) off our coast. We are proud of the progress Dunedin is making towards a fairer, low emissions future. Warm safe housing is an essential part of that future and we love the work of the Cosy Homes Trust, bringing warm, healthy homes to our city and region. But NZOG has no part in that future. It is ironic that those most likely to be affected by climate change, for example in low lying South Dunedin, are those most in need of assistance from the Cosy Homes Trust, which has been partly funded by NZOG, a company that is exacerbating climate change. Accepting funding from NZOG allows them to try to improve their image and continue their destructive practices, which must end. We thank the Trustees Gillian Bremner, Jeff Donaldson, Dr. Marion Poore, Chris Rosenbrock and Scott MacLean for the important work they do in our community and sincerely ask that at the next Trust board meeting on 26 September they vote to end their association with NZOG.
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  • Stop deportation order from tearing a family apart
    Heartbreaking how immigration New Zealand's recently discovered profiling system seeks to tear apart a family in mourning. It is simply an unjust and unfair system that predicts possiblity of threat. I have appealed on behalf of this family on multiple occasions but responses seem to indicate that this family's plight is falling on deaf ears. Hon. Minister, the deportees in question, Tawaketini and Josese Gaunavou have appealed on humanitarian grounds, but unfortunately the bureaucracy of the system refuses to understand their circumstances or even review their case. The brothers are expected to leave New Zealand and their widowed mother and younger siblings and return to Fiji, a place that no longer holds anything for them. All we seek is that this case be reconsidered, that the deportation liability be overturned because I don't believe New Zealand can be so heartless and unrelenting in their approach to humanity and the plight of those we bring into New Zealand. This family has had to liquidate all their assets back in Fiji to be able to give their children a hope for a future here in New Zealand and in the last 8 years have spent over $114,000 in education for their children and immigration cost and now that New Zealand has their hard earned savings, the system is dispensing of them like used rags. Please consider this mother's plea.....her children have never broken the law, have had great positive influence on the youth in their community but that doesn't seem to phase anyone in ministry. Again, please allow this mother to keep her family together and her sons the ability to make a future for themselves.
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  • The People's Movement For Housing
    This will produce houses for $300,000 that are truly affordable plus train the tradespeople that NZ badly needs and ultimately reduce the cost of Welfare. If you want to own your own home but can't afford one, or if you believe that Kiwis should be able to own their own homes -- please use the power of your name and sign here. Let's make NZ a country that houses it's people and where everyone can have a "piece of the pie."
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  • Take a stand against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
    Shouldn't really have to say why this is important but I believe those we put in the public eye should be good role models. I believe it is everyone's responsibility, including private companies and especially media outlets, to denounce violence and sexual abuse of women, it being especially the responsibility of men to decry violence against women.
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  • 支持新西兰华人父母团聚探亲类签证的请愿 Supporting Long-term Parent Visa
    “他肥胖的身子向左微倾,显出努力的样子。这时我看见他的背影,我的泪很快地流下来了。我赶紧拭干了泪,怕他看见,也怕别人看见。” 朱自清的《背影》,海外的游子们都深有感触。自从父母团聚移民被暂停关闭之后,一些年轻的移民家庭,就面临着与至亲分隔两地的困境。 不知道是哪里来的数据表明,亚裔移民的父母,占用了新西兰大量的社会资源和公共福利。所以,他们说父母团聚移民只给新西兰社会带来负担,没有贡献,所以应该被暂停。 家庭,是华人生活的核心。四世同堂的天伦之乐,是中国人津津乐道的一种幸福。父母是我们的核心家庭成员,不是可有可无的一部分。我们只是想让父母在我们身边呆得久一点,多陪陪他们说说话,带他们到处去走走看看。我们有能力也愿意负担父母的生活和养老开支。 家庭,是华人社会的根基。华人移民们辛勤工作,任劳任怨,承担起了新西兰社会中大量基础而重要的工作。然而,移民对新西兰社会做出的贡献,不仅仅是经济上的。华人移民也是新西兰多元文化社会的重要支柱。试想如果没有华人移民,新西兰人如何能享受到蓬勃发展的对华关系,各种中餐美食,春节和元宵灯会的欢声笑语,还有各地中国花园的美景。 当前的游客签证,一次最多只能让父母呆六个月的时间。这让很多华人家庭,无法在心理上满足家庭团聚的向往。如果能够让华人移民的父母在这里长期居住,又不给新西兰的福利体系带来额外的负担,不仅可以让华人家庭充满欢声笑语,让新西兰的多元文化有更为稳定的社会基础,还能给新西兰经济带来很大的消费力。何乐而不为呢? 更何况,加拿大、澳大利亚和美国,都有专门面向移民父母的长期探亲签证。新西兰不妨参考一下其他国家的操作,开放父母访问的长期签证。天维菌通过独家民意调查发现绝大多数华人都支持一下两种父母团聚方式。天维菌发起这个网上请愿,让更多人听到华人移民的心声。 一、重启父母团聚移民。重启父母团聚移民普通类签证,让父母获得新西兰的永久居民权,但在申请时需要提供已经购买的医疗保险和养老保险证明。居民权需要在购买保险的前提下生效,不享受退休金福利。 二、开放父母长期访问签证。有效期5-10年,多次往返,单次最长停留时间为1-2年。由其自己或子女负担父母在新西兰期间的生活和医疗等支出。 新西兰社会应该欢迎我们的父母,而不是他们视为负担和麻烦。让我们共同努力,为华人父母争取他们应有的权利。 It is undoubted that migrants made huge contribution to New Zealand society. They formed the root of our multiculturalism and diversity. Also, they have always played an essential part of business, cultural and political success in New Zealand. Thus, parents should be highly recognized for their contribution to the family and support to our endeavors. However, the Immigration Minister has announced a two-year halt of the Parent Resident Visa category, which has put many new migrants’ families into a difficult situation. Staying with family members, spending time with children and grandchildren is not only a dream of many Chinese parents, but a long last tradition shared by most Chinese families. But the current visitor visa only allows the parents to stay up to 9 months, which cannot meet the wish of parents to stay longer with their children. If the parents of Chinese migrants can stay in NZ for a longer period of time than the current visitor visa allows, it would bring more happiness to the Chinese families. This movement will not only form a more stable social foundation of our multicultural society, but also contribute to the NZ economy. It would be a win-win solution.
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  • Oppose the renewal of the liquor licence for the Kaiti TAB/Sports Bar
    Our tamariki deserve to be safe. The Kaiti Mall is almost directly across the road from Kaiti School, and children are often at the mall. By reducing the opportunities for people to consume alcohol we reduce the risk of exposing our most precious and vulnerable asset to alcohol harm.
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  • Biased TV programme to be canned- OceanBounty
    It is very important that when offering an insight into a resource of national importance such as our fishery, it is done with fairness, accuracy, and a balanced insight. The standards that have been breached are outlined below as interpreted on the broadcasting standards authority website. Balance Only applies to news, current affairs or factual programming which discusses a controversial issue of public importance. Broadcasters must make reasonable efforts to present competing viewpoints about important issues. Accuracy Only applies to news, current affairs or factual programming. Programmes should be accurate in relation to 'material points of fact' and should not mislead. Fairness Only applies to individuals or organisations taking part or referred to in a programme. Key issues include informed consent, informed participation and reasonable opportunity to comment. The Ocean Bounty programme presented by Graham Sinclair is only a representation of one of the user groups of the NZ public EEZ, says the United Peoples Movement NZ. The program has no representation from Customary Maori or Recreational Fishing groups and is therefore legally unbalanced viewing. The skipper of the offshore vessel San Aspiring gave a statement that the inshore fishery was something to be proud of. We are not proud of the near extinction of the Maui Dolphin on the west coast of the North Island, due to commercial fishermen over catching the mammal in their nets as by-catch. Therefore the skipper's views were proved to be inaccurate. As if witnessing through released reports the widespread fish dumping that is occurring and the granting of video surveillance of the commercial sector to a company owned wholly by the commercial fishing sector, that unfortunately lost 80% of footage during trials wasn’t enough. There is already serious concerns of a conflict of interest with regards to the National Party presidents role with Sanford's, our fishery management is farcical enough without allowing this free to air one-sided view of our nation's fishery go to air. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/305148/minister-defends-fishing-industry-monitoring https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/company-hired-monitor-commercial-fishing-loses-footage Let's look at the breaches in this program first as we will get to the corrupt conflict of interest claims come 23/9. From the moment former Prime minister of NZ John Key began to speak at the start of the first episode, we got a snapshot of the unbalanced, one-sided reporting we were going to be subjected to seeing. This was very much a promotion for the National Party of New Zealand and offered no balance to the statements being made by John Key or the commercial fisherman being interviewed that followed. The other side of the coin with regards to the Toothfish fishery was not spoken of which failed to give fairness and balance to the issue of toothfish being sustainable during episode 2. The link below is one of many documented articles which contradict that of the views portrayed in this one-sided program. https://www.seashepherdglobal.org/icefish/about-the-campaign/defending-toothfish.html The claims that our fishery is in a good shape and is the envy of the world is false. Our fishery is not in a stable shape and as a whole is depleting and being overfished. Various research and admissions in the media have highlighted this, and by the ministries own admission, these claims are misleading and inaccurate. Link shows MPI's own officials think fish dumping is high. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/304235/mpi's-own-officials-think-fish-dumping-is-high Reports in episode one that portray the crayfish industry in a good light is questionable. Sustainbly harvesting crayfish to support our population is farcical and untrue. Over 90% exported live is accurate, but we have more chance going to the shop to buy an imported Canadian lobster than a fresh, best in the world nz crayfish. A conflicting and well written article by Scott Macindoe of Legasea is attached below. http://www.legasea.co.nz/crayfish.php This program, Oceans Bounty, bought and paid for by the Commercial fishing industry and hiring the services of our so called "recreational representative" Graham Sinclair clearly breaches the 3 broadcasting standards of Balance, Accuracy and Fairness. We ask for the immediate removal of this series from tv3 and an apology from each of the sponsors and the host be aired to inform the public of this breach.
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  • We need a loo at Hockey Reserve Playground, Nelson
    Children are currently forced to ‘water’ the surrounding planting which is unhygienic and avoidable. The council has listened to the wider community against freedom camping and it is time it listened to the needs of its youngest citizens and helped them avoid the inevitable. Help us show the Council how necessary a public toilet facility is by signing our petition.
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