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On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Antony Green

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:24:11 +1200 | The Nation

Lisa Owen: This month’s Australian election returned the Liberal Party and Malcolm Turnbull to power but only just. Two of the last three federal elections have been tight races, with 2010 ending in a hung parliament. And an increasing number of Australians ...More >>

This weekend on The Nation...

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:04:14 +1200 | The Nation

After five years of submissions and debate, the Unitary Plan is heading to Council for a final vote. Can it calm the city's housing crisis... or will it create city full of low-quality high-rises? And will it get more people on the property ladder, ...More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:29:03 +1200 | Binoy Kampmark

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood ...More >>

Fiji’s Russian arms deal a wake-up call for NZ

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:07:18 +1200 | Massey University

New Zealand and Australian defence forces need to rebuild ties with Fiji in the wake of a Russian arms deal with Fiji that highlights a shift in traditional security dynamics in the region, according to a new report. Titled Principled Engagement: ...More >>

Finance minister to travel to Australia

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:32:53 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Bill English has arrived in Australia today to attend a range of speaking engagements and bi-lateral meetings. More >>

Cults of Security and Terror in Rio

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:06:01 +1200 | Binoy Kampmark

The Olympics remains a black hole of needless expenditure, sucking services into it with impending and merciless doom. Unused stadia, tracks left to moulder, services supposedly linked to urban renewal turned into dilapidated wonders. That is the Olympic ...More >>

Australia: Guantanamo-style abuse of child prisoners

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:34:26 +1200 | Amnesty International

Chilling footage showing detained Indigenous children being tear gassed and a child being hooded and strapped to a restraint chair in Australia’s Northern Territory must serve as a wakeup call for the government on the need to urgently change its ...More >>

12 North Korean Waitresses Held Incommunicado in South Korea

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:32:06 +1200 | NZ DPRK Society

On the 5th April the male manager and 12 female staff left a North Korean restaurant in Ningbo, China and arrived two days later in Seoul. The speed of the journey via Southeast Asia and especially the timing aroused suspicion. This was just a few days ...More >>

Milk Company Deal Simply Surrendering Control to China

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:40:19 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

“A $200 million dairy plant planned near Gore may appear superficially good news for Southland but having a China state-owned company holding majority ownership is not,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston ...More >>

Tongan Prime Minister Makes Official Visit to MIT

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:16:15 +1200 | Manukau Institute of Technology

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, will visit Manukau Institute of Technology’s (MIT) newly opened Pasifika Community Centre onSaturday 30 July, as part of his first official visit to New Zealand.More >>

Vigil for Murdered Disabled in Japan

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:14:48 +1200 | The Disability Clothesline

The murder of 19 disabled Japanese people in their beds by a man who thought disabled people should be killed has left disabled New Zealanders aghast, and tonight they will hold a vigil for them at Wellington’s Frank Kitts Park at 5 -6 pm.More >>

PM welcomes Vanuatu Prime Minister to NZ

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:46:17 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key has today announced Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai will visit New Zealand in the second week of August. More >>

The countdown to spring is on with new Queenstown campaign

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:21:17 +1200 | Destination Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand (Wednesday July 20, 2016) Today, Destination Queenstown kicks off the “Countdown to Spring”, a new campaign to entice Australian travellers to New Zealand’s favourite visitor destination this spring.More >>

Gordon Campbell on Todd McClay’s faulty memory

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:08:01 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

S o Trade Minister Todd McClay is unavailable for comment because – reportedly - he has gone overseas on a private trip. (Siberia? Outer Mongolia?) Any skepticism on this point reflects the credibility problem that McClay is going to face in future ...More >>

Gordon Campbell on the IOC’s treatment of Russian sport

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:02:30 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

T he International Olympic Committee has made the right decision by leaving it to individual sports federations to decide whether particular Russian athletes will be eligible for Rio. Collective punishment was bad enough when applied to all Russian ...More >>

Gordon Campbell: the Reserve Bank, the UN shortlist, & Trump

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:54:37 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

C an there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and ...More >>

PM censures Trade Minister for 'head of a pin' answers

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:25:30 +1200 | BusinessDesk

July 25 (BusinessDesk) - Prime Minister John Key has censured his newbie Trade Minister, Todd McClay, for "dancing on the head of a pin" in answers he gave to both Key and news media when first asked about alleged trade threats from China over steel ...More >>

New Zealand to be predator-free by 2050 – welcome news

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:15:07 +1200 | WWF-New Zealand

Today’s announcement by Prime Minister John Key to make New Zealand predator-free by 2050 is welcomed by conservation organisation, WWF New-Zealand. More >>

NZ and Australian principals swap schools

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:30:13 +1200 | New Zealand Government

NZ and Australian principals swap schools A Gisborne principal has today become acting principal of an Adelaide school as part of the first-ever South Australia/New Zealand Principal Exchange programme, says Education Minister Hekia Parata. Steve ...More >>

Wellington education boost follows China agreement

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:16:22 +1200 | Wellington City Council

Wellington education boost follows China agreement Wellington has established an important gateway to China, with the signing on Friday of a formal Education Exchange Agreement between Wellington and Xiamen city in Fujian Province, China. These two ...More >>


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