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Whitewashing CIA torture:“We are [not so] awesome” after all

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:41:00 +1300 | Ramzy Baroud

The logic that torture is a “stain” on US history is the heart of the problem, since it blocks an honest reading of whatever “values” Washington actually stands for.More >>

The Case Against Re-Banning Torture Yet Again

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:40:57 +1300 | David Swanson

Senator Ron Wyden has a petition up at that reads "Right now, torture is banned because of President Obama's executive order. It's time for Congress to pass a law banning torture, by all agencies, so that a future president can never ...More >>

Public invited to have say on human rights record

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:20:41 +1300 | Ministry of Justice

A draft report on New Zealand’s performance under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights has been released for public comment by the Ministry of Justice.More >>

Infant formula body applauds new export labelling standard

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:45:44 +1300 | Infant Nutrition Council

The Infant Nutrition Council applauds the implementation of a new standard for the labelling of infant formula exports from New Zealand, says Chief Executive Jan Carey. More >>

Proprietors of Wakatū v Attorney-General

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:40:15 +1300 | NZ Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by the Wakatū Incorporation, Rore Pat Stafford and Te Kāhui Ngahuru Trust alleging breaches of trust and fiduciary duty against the Crown. The High Court had also dismissed the claims. More >>

Sobering data on American's apathy about CIA torture

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:00:10 +1300 | Alternet

Despite a scathing report on torture, a majority of survey respondents approve of the CIA's grisly methods. More >>

Nothing New in Phillip John Smith Report

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:25:22 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

Phillip John Smith exploited a system that should have been fixed two years ago when the loopholes were identified, says New Zealand First. More >>

Korero Mai Kia Ahau: Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 December 2014

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:57:53 +1300 | Radio Waatea 603 AM

Despite the cracking pace set by Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson, National fell short of its 2014 deadline for completing historic Treaty settlements and quietly extended it to 2017. In Kia Korero Mai, Eruera Morgan talks to Waitangi ...More >>

Clearance for Connor to acquire shares in Acurity

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:24:33 +1300 | Commerce Commission

The Commission has given clearance to Connor Healthcare Limited to acquire all of the shares in Acurity Health Group Limited that Connor does not already own, subject to Evolution Healthcare (NZ) Pty Ltd divesting shares in Connor after the takeover. ...More >>

Taking care of your hot dog

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:20:02 +1300 | Thames Coromandel District Council

If you have a dog please remember that there are dog restriction times on beaches over summer. More >>

A summer ‘gift’ for your boatie

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:14:22 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Helping your friends and family stay safe on the water this holiday season is the gift that lasts a lifetime, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says. More >>

Judgment: Zurich Insurance v Cognition Education

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:51:27 +1300 | NZ Supreme Court

Cognition Education Ltd (Cognition) had several contracts with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (the Council) for the provision of management services for public schools. It took out contract frustration cover with Zurich Australian Insurance Ltd (Zurich). ...More >>

Police warn about use of disturbingly realistic replica guns

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:45:20 +1300 | New Zealand Police

An 18 year-old man alleged to have been holding a replica gun sparked a full armed Police response on the North Shore this morning. More >>

Judge Advises Circumventing Law on Fluoride

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:23:35 +1300 | Fluoride Free New Zealand

Justice David Collins has taken it upon himself to advise the NZ Ministry of Health's legal team on how best to circumvent the Judicial Review before him, regarding fluoridation in New Zealand. It appears the Judge is well aware that the appeal by New Health ...More >>

John Key’s Court Costs a Bill for Taxpayers?

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:19:12 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

Taxpayers could be saddled with a huge legal bill as John Key defends himself over his teapot tapes comments, says New Zealand First. More >>

CAA report conflicts with Brownlee’s claims

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:15:24 +1300 | Green Party

New details that have emerged today from the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) report into the Gerry Brownlee security breach indicates the bigger picture is being kept from the public.More >>

Decision to transfer ownership of Okaro lake bed to Te Arawa

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:12:00 +1300 | Rotorua Lakes Council

Exactly 10 years after ownership of 13 of the district’s lake beds was signed over to Te Arawa, the Rotorua Lakes Council has resolved to transfer ownership of the Okaro lake bed to Te Arawa Lakes Trust.More >>

Consultation on NZ report on the Rights of the Child

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:10:50 +1300 | Ministry of Social Development

Sacha O’Dea, General Manager, Ageing, Disability and International of the Ministry of Social Development, announced the opening of public consultation on the Fifth Periodic Report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) ...More >>

Harm reduced as tobacco left at the border

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:28:04 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The more than 800kg of tobacco and cigarettes left at the border since 1 November is a further step towards reducing the damage caused by smoking, say Customs Minister Nicky Wagner and Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.More >>

Final Report on Grounding of MV Rena

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:00:43 +1300 | Transport Accident Investigation Commission

The Liberian-registered container ship Rena had left the New Zealand port of Napier at 1020 on 4 October 2011 and was bound for the New Zealand port of Tauranga. The master had given an estimated time of arrival at the Tauranga pilot station of 0300 ...More >>


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