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Gordon Campbell on Pharmac’s grudging concession to reality

Thu, 5 May 2016 09:36:04 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

Is this any way to run a health system… whereby terminally ill patients are forced into public demonstrations before the government (and its funding agency Pharmac) will grudgingly provide the money for life-saving treatments freely available and ...More >>

New Zealand’s public service during WW1 now online

Wed, 4 May 2016 15:49:30 +1200 | State Services Commission

A history of the contribution New Zealand’s Public Service made during the First World War provides new insights into the impact the conflict had on the home front, says State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie.More >>

RNZAF Crew Top Performers at International Military Exercise

Wed, 4 May 2016 15:40:47 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

A C-130 Hercules crew from the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) was judged the top performing crew in a multi-national exercise held in the United States. More >>

Online history tells story of government at war

Wed, 4 May 2016 15:26:46 +1200 | New Zealand Government

A new online history launched today illuminates an often overlooked part of New Zealand’s First World War story, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Pharmac’s indefensible stance

Tue, 3 May 2016 10:15:09 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

One of the interesting line items in this month’s Budget will be the one that sets out the increase – if any – in Pharmac’s base funding, to enable it to meet the huge cost of the new class of so called ‘biologics’ drugs for treating ...More >>

Australia’s French Connection: The Submarine Saga

Mon, 2 May 2016 14:14:03 +1200 | Binoy Kampmark

It was all a funny business, but it is very clear that the Australian relationship with France, at least when it comes to matters of defence, has changed over the years. From being belligerents keen to pursue nuclear testing in the Pacific, to being “cheese ...More >>

UN Security Council: Healthcare in Armed Conflict

Mon, 2 May 2016 11:50:06 +1200 | Permanent Mission of NZ to the UN

UN Security Council: Healthcare in Armed Conflict ________________________________________ On Tuesday 3 May at 10 am (New York time), the UN Security Council will vote on a draft resolution condemning attacks on medical personnel and hospitals. New Zealand ...More >>

Glittering Art Installation on Soldiers’ Church

Mon, 2 May 2016 11:31:28 +1200 | St David's Trust

"The Art of Remembrance: St David’s Church Installation” has won the 2016 Auckland Architecture Awards, Small Project Architecture Award – a category based on the size of the budget. It was presented to architects Warren and Mahoney in a ...More >>

Civil Defence forum lines up disaster management specialists

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:32:42 +1200 | Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management

Managing major flooding emergencies complete with crocodiles invading households is not the everyday experience of disaster management specialists in New Zealand. More >>

UC website dedicated to unsung Cantabrians of WWI

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:00:12 +1200 | University of Canterbury

A joint project between the University of Canterbury’s School of Humanities and Creative Arts and the Disarmament and Security Centre has culminated in the launch of a new website focusing on the untold stories of World War One.More >>

Minister pays return visit to Camp Taji

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:55:36 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has today arrived in Dubai following his second visit to NZ Defence Force (NZDF) troops training members of the Iraqi Security Forces at Camp Taji, near Baghdad.More >>

Little visits NZ troops in Iraq and refugees in Jordan

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:19:25 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Mr Little also met with Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled Al-Obedih and senior military officials from the Coalition forces in Iraq. He now heads to Jordan to see the unfolding refugee crisis first hand.More >>

NZDF Invictus Team Battle Sponsors in Wheelchair Basketball

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:21:24 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Invictus Games team took on staff from key sponsors in a wheelchair basketball showdown at Devonport Naval Base yesterday. More >>

ANZAC war glorification challenged

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:46:20 +1200 | Peace Action Wellington

On ANZAC day 2016, two sculptures of conscientious objectors in the 'field punishment number one' position were placed around Wellington to remember those who opposed the war and challenge the on-going romanticisation of war and the militarisation ...More >>

Whitireia lecturer using 3D technology

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:39:11 +1200 | Whitireia

Whitireia design lecturer Alice Moore is hoping to finally complete the chess set carved by her great-grandfather during World War One by using 3D printing technology to recreate the piece he lost after he was wounded in battle.More >>

Book Tells the Story of New Zealand Anzac War Artist

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:35:26 +1200 | TOTI

Book Tells the Touching Story of New Zealand Anzac War Artist Who Was Nearly Forgotten. More >>

CDF Attends Conference And Anzac Day Service

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:26:54 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating visited the United Kingdom to attend a Chiefs of Defence conference and participate in Anzac Day commemorations earlier this week.More >>

Chunuk Bair Service Attracts Capacity Crowd

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:52:20 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

The annual New Zealand Memorial Service at Chunuk Bair on the Gallipoli peninsula took place this morning [25 April] in perfect weather and in front of a capacity crowd of nearly 1,000 mostly young people. The service was conducted by New Zealand ...More >>

Dawn Service at Gallipoli Marks ‘Defining Page’

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:55:36 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

In cool and showery conditions over 1,200 people attended the Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site at North Beach on the Gallipoli peninsula today, celebrating the 101st anniversary of the ANZAC landings (the 100th Anzac Day).More >>

Hospital Wing to Be Named After Medic Killed in Afghanistan

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:45:07 +1200 | Joint Media Statement

New Hospital Wing to Be Named After Medic Killed in Afghanistan A new ten bed hospital ward at the Rannerdale Veterans Care facility in Christchurch is to be called the Jacinda Baker Wing in recognition of the service and sacrifice of a younger generation ...More >>


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