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Orson Welles' Masterpiece - 'Chimes at Midnight'

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 5:01 pm | Howard Davis

I wish today could be tomorrow, The night is dark, It just brings sorrow anyway. - 'Days,' The Kinks. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: What's the Plan, Stan?

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:19 pm | Martin Doyle

With immigrants pouring into Auckland like a modern gold rush, and empty houses so rare they're going for a million dollars each, it was inevitable that New Zealand would throw away its traditional way of life and start living in .. large blocks ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the opinion polls for Key and Trump

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 10:59 am | Gordon Campbell

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second ... More >>

The Wellington Problem

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 5:01 pm | The Policy Observatory

It is difficult to take the Government’s housing policy seriously when a central plank of that policy is a continuing series of threats aimed primarily at blaming the Auckland Council for the current housing shambles as if Council (and Auckland) ... More >>

Our food is safe to eat

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 2:39 pm | Agcarm

Our food is safe to eat By Mark Ross The food we eat and how it is produced is never far from the news. The use of crop protection products and the residues that remain can evoke emotive headlines and spark unnecessary concern among consumers. More >>

Tree protection a vote for future generations

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 2:58 pm | Gord Stewart

How much is a 100-year-old totara tree worth? Is it worth more than $468.57? More >>

Self-stigma: Let us do more than just 'talk about it'

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 2:49 pm | Shobha Shukla

Self-stigma: Let us do more than just 'talk about it' Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service) Photograph is online at: Senior HIV activists who have not only helped shape HIV responses on the ground over the years, but also ... More >>

From Nice to the Middle East: The Only Way to Challenge ISIS

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 2:11 pm | Ramzy Baroud

From Nice to the Middle East: The Only Way to Challenge ISIS By Ramzy Baroud More >>

Laura Ingraham and Trumpism

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 1:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Never doubt the ballistic factor of Laura Ingraham. Ingraham is never into facts, which tend to be the unwanted gate crashers of her party. What matters in that particular world view is sentiment, often tinged by viciousness. In so far as it matters, she ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Todd McClay’s faulty memory

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 11:08 am | 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

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 11:02 am | 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

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 10:54 am | 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 >>

Chorus says 100GB is the new normal

Monday, 25 July 2016, 2:13 pm | Digitl

A post at the Chorus blog says the average amount of data consumed by a household continue's to rise and now sits at 100GB a month . "Since the beginning of 2016 we’ve reported new highs of data consumption, and now it seems that 100GB is the ... More >>

New Zealand number six nation for mobile connectivity

Monday, 25 July 2016, 2:10 pm | Digitl

GSMA, the global mobile industry trade association, ranks New Zealand number six in a league table measuring mobile connectivity in 130 countries. More >>

Best cloud storage plans — 2016

Monday, 25 July 2016, 2:08 pm | Digitl

Storing files in the cloud and syncing them across devices has changed the way we use computers and data. More >>

Smartwatches a geek ghetto

Monday, 25 July 2016, 2:04 pm | Digitl

New Zealand auction site TradeMe lists dozens, maybe hundreds, of Apple Watches. Many are new or nearly new. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Bacon and eggs in Whangarei

Friday, 22 July 2016, 5:14 pm | Martin Doyle

Labour's inability to accommodate Hone Harawira in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate was the final nail in Labour's coffin at the last Election. And judging by Kelvin Davis' sharp comments about Harawira's meeting with Tukoroirangi Morgan 'for breakfast', ... More >>

The Scoop Foundation - an open model for New Zealand media

Friday, 22 July 2016, 12:29 pm | Open Source Open Society

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound ... More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Copywriter found wanting

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 4:20 pm | Martin Doyle

In an age when public figures never write their own speeches, it's kind of cute that Melania Trump is vilified for borrowing phrases from a speech by Michelle Obama [who no doubt was reading words that had been written for her by her own speechwriters]. ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Apologist in Chief - Boris Johnson

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 1:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It might have been seen as a form of expressive penal servitude. The UK Foreign Secretary’s position is usually one of the more prestigious ones. Even with Britain being a faded power, a historical scarecrow relative to its former meatier self, the position remains ... More >>

#BlackLivesMatter and The Conspiracy of Privilege in America

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 10:46 am | Zarefah Baroud

In the early morning of July 5th, 37 year-old father of five, Alton Sterling, was shot in both his chest and his back by law enforcement officers outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. More >>

Gordon Campbell on what John Key should be asking Joe Biden

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 12:49 pm | Gordon Campbell

Key needs to be asking Biden about how – and why – the White House is busily circumventing the TPP deal signed in Auckland earlier this year. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Update on driving conditions

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 4:43 pm | Martin Doyle

One can understand the desire not to upset China by complaining of steel dumping. But one should also never underplay the importance of the life and limbs of humble motorists depending on professionally built motorways. More >>

Lebanon escalates denial of rights for Palestinian Refugees

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 4:08 pm | Franklin Lamb

The same “government” that systematically deprives Palestinian refugees in Lebanon of virtually all internationally mandated civil rights as described below is today (7/14/2015) shrieking à la Chicken Little that the sky is falling and that “the ... More >>

Banning and Banishing: The Nonsense About Muslims

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 1:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He was the kingpin of the whole affair by suggesting it. In December 2015, the US Republican presumptive nominee for President, Donald Trump, came up with that daft suggestion which seems so utterly devoid of informed meaning. Ban Muslims from entering ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on China Steel Dumping Allegations

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 10:00 am | Gordon Campbell

O ver the course of the past decade, MFAT had managed to concoct a China policy of infinite subtlety, a gossamer illusion that – alas – China has just stomped into the dust. Apparently, if we object to their cheap, subgrade steel being jettisoned ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the censorship in South Africa

Friday, 15 July 2016, 10:41 am | Gordon Campbell

The most recent round of hassles at the SABC have included a bizarre set of decrees handed down by top executives close to the ruling ANC. These demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s ... More >>

MyScript Stylus takes iPad Pro back to Newton MessagePad

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 6:01 pm | Digitl

The app is a keyboard extension. It replaces the normal on-screen qwerty keyboard with a space where you can write. More >>

Apple sales down, but no Macpocalypse

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 5:58 pm | Digitl

New figures from IDC and Gartner show Apple’s immunity to falling PC sales has ended . More >>

Where Open Source fits in New Zealand

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 5:55 pm | Digitl

NZ Open Source Society president Dave Lane is a frequent and articulate promoter of his cause. He can also be a scathing critic of proprietary software. More >>

Tuanz calls for better consumer protections

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 5:51 pm | Digitl

Tuanz — Telecommunications Users Association New Zealand — wants better consumer protection when the government revisits the Telecommunications Act. More >>

Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch Smart Keyboard Cover

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 5:47 pm | Digitl

Apple’s Smart Keyboard Cover feels like an essential partner for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. That’s not the case with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Pop-up Palace

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 3:59 pm | Martin Doyle

With 41,000 homeless and over 4000 sleeping rough, one can only conclude 1) Something needs to be done, and 2) It should have been done a long time ago. Paula Bennett's sudden decision to frantically knock something up next year in South Auckland is ... More >>

The Delusion 'I Am Not Responsible'

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 4:00 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

One of the many interesting details to be learned by understanding human psychology is how a person's unconscious fear works in a myriad of ways to make them believe that they bear no responsibility for a particular problem. More >>

Being Black Palestinian: Solidarity as a Welcome Pathology

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 3:17 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Being Black Palestinian: Solidarity as a Welcome Pathology By Ramzy Baroud Last year, I wrote an article that made many readers unhappy. As soon as it was published, I began receiving messages of abuse and angry, threatening calls. I hesitated about ... More >>

A New Constitution? Yes or No?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 12:29 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's Constitutional Court has upheld a law that metes out 10 years imprisonment to anyone who voices an opinion about the junta's favored draft constitution, or campaigns for or against it before a scheduled nationwide ... More >>

Violence, Police Authority and Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 10:40 am | Binoy Kampmark

“When we include, we find ourselves.” USC President Max Nikias, 2016 Annual State of the University Address More >>

Why the new British Conservative PM is talking inequality

Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 11:12 am | Max Rashbrooke

Theresa May will soon be Britain’s second female prime minister, the first having been, of course, Margaret Thatcher. But if promises mean anything, May’s rule will strike a very different note to that of the Iron Lady. More >>

Review: Messiaen shimmers

Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 10:22 am | Max Rashbrooke

So far this year I’ve been slightly underwhelmed by some of the NZSO’s programmes – but not last Friday night, when they turned in a triumphant performance of Olivier Messiaen’s colossal Eclairs sur l’au-dela (Illuminations of the Beyond). More >>

Goodbye BlackBerry qwerty keyboard phone

Monday, 11 July 2016, 1:40 pm | Digitl

...struggling Canadian smartphone maker  BlackBerry  made a sharp detour from its history on Tuesday when it announced it was discontinuing the last phone to have the traditional version of the company’s iconic physical keyboard and trackpad. More >>

Putting Chorus shoddy work complaints in perspective

Monday, 11 July 2016, 1:32 pm | Digitl

New Zealand’s media was quick to report stories about poor Ultrafast Broadband installation work this week. More >>

New Zealand Herald digital edition — a newspaper without pap

Monday, 11 July 2016, 1:27 pm | Digitl

The New Zealand Herald sent an email today inviting readers to subscribe to a NZ$25 a month  digital edition . More >>

If your message matters don't use Facebook

Monday, 11 July 2016, 1:25 pm | Digitl

If you need to contact someone in a hurry, don't use Facebook or any other social media unless you know for sure the person is used to getting messages that way. More >>

Tech sector gives Education Minister not achieved

Monday, 11 July 2016, 1:22 pm | Digitl

Xero managing director Anna Curzon writes in for Stuff : “It’s about time digital technology was recognised as an important topic of education because it’s crucial we prepare our next generation for tomorrow’s world.” Someone could have written ... More >>

Review: HP gets Windows laptop right with Spectre

Monday, 11 July 2016, 1:17 pm | Digitl

Reborn market leader hits prestige button to reboot the Windows laptop. Spectre prices start at NZ$2500. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s housing policy, and TPP rewrites

Monday, 11 July 2016, 11:22 am | Gordon Campbell

D riving round Dunedin South yesterday was an interesting place to be hearing the news of Labour’s new housing policy launch. In Corstorphine and Kew came street after street of state housing built in a previous era by an effective government ... More >>

MDR-TB treatment regimen: Short indeed is beautiful

Friday, 8 July 2016, 3:22 pm | Shobha Shukla

MDR-TB treatment regimen: Short indeed is beautiful Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS Photograph is online at: WHO recently announced new recommendations to speed up diagnosis and improve treatment outcomes for multi ... More >>

Pakistan's persecution of Christians escalates

Friday, 8 July 2016, 9:57 am | The Peter Tatchell Foundation

“The government of Pakistan has announced plans to force Islam on young people by making Quranic study compulsory for all school and college students, which is contrary to the country’s constitution and the Islamic precept that there should ... More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: In loo of justice

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 4:59 pm | Martin Doyle

Oscar Pistorius' original trial had a shock outcome ['homicide'] thanks to a clunky, unpredictable judge. Fortunately, the appeals court overturned her finding and upgraded it to 'Murder'. It seems ludicrous then to ask the original judge to determine the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Tony Blair and the Chilcot Report

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 10:16 am | Gordon Campbell

S even years in the making. Twelve volumes, and 2.6 million words. The Chilcot report into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war in 2003 is indeed a blockbuster, and it dole out some harsh criticisms of former British PM Tony Blair - who led Britain ... More >>

People above Politics

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 9:42 am | Ramzy Baroud

People above Politics: Political Deal will not hamper the Turkish-Palestinian Bond By Ramzy Baroud More >>

Norton Wi-Fi Privacy review

Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 6:37 pm | Digitl

Symantec wants you to know public Wi-Fi is risky — see below . This is not news. But the company says it has your back with an app to keep you safe.  Norton WiFi Privacy comes in versions for Android and iOS. More >>

Operating system upgrade dilemma

Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 4:59 pm | Digitl

Many users were unhappy about the way Microsoft pushed the recent Windows 10 upgrade. Not all Mac owners were overjoyed about moving to OSX 10 El Capitan. More >>

Windows 10 laptops still better than tablets

Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 4:53 pm | Digitl

In hindsight most users agree Windows 8 was a stinker. Many thought so at the time . More >>

Hung Parliaments and Democracy

Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 3:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Hung parliaments are deemed the bane of the Westminster System. It makes politicians sweat, policy makers work, and the broader system of representative government unusually representative. The latter part is particularly irksome for the majoritarians. More >>

Corbyn, British Labour and Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In another attempt to kick the leader of the British Labour down and out, a campaign has been hatched with a now commonplace virulence. A report into anti-Semitism within Labour party circles authored by Shami Chakrabarti was to be released with little ... More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Fat profits

Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 2:03 pm | Martin Doyle

The news that our government - instead of addressing our obesity epidemic - is actually trying to make money from it... is hard to stomach. More >>

Gordon Campbell on John Key’s weird pilgrimage to Europe

Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 10:21 am | Gordon Campbell

A s history records, the last foreign dignitary seen by Chairman Mao before he died was a New Zealand Prime Minister, Robert Muldoon. With British PM David Cameron now on his political death bed, there’s a certain grim resonance in the fact that New ... More >>

Post Cabinet Press Conference: Houses and Homes

Monday, 4 July 2016, 5:29 pm | Robert Kelly

The Prime Minister John Key began today’s press conference by summarising the announcements he made at the National Party conference over the weekend. He outlined the parameters of the housing affordability infrastructure fund and said that it would benefit homeowners, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on a bad week for Malcolm Turnbull

Monday, 4 July 2016, 10:35 am | Gordon Campbell

Traditionally, the Liberals have been better at organising their postal votes (before election day) than the Australian Labour Party. So, the Australian bookies who gambled in favour of a Liberals victory may still prevail, despite losing a couple of nights ... More >>


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