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Injury spells end of season for top NZ freestyle skier

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 2:47 pm | RNZ

Top New Zealand freestyle skier Beau-James Wells has suffered a serious knee injury while training in Colorado. More >>

MSD tells KiwiSavers to pull funds to survive

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 2:38 pm | RNZ

The number of people looking to dip into their KiwiSaver funds for hardship reasons is rising sharply. More >>

Early intervention crucial in reducing family violence

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 2:25 pm | RNZ

The Justice Sector's chief science advisor has singled early intervention out as a crucial way to combat New Zealand's staggering family violence statistics. More >>

Air NZ engineers' strike could affect 100,000 people

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 2:06 pm | RNZ

A three-day Air New Zealand engineers' strike before Christmas could affect up to 100,000 travellers, a travel agent says. More >>

Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 2:05 pm | John W Whitehead

We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell breaks loose. More >>

A tale of two steels: Seascape vs Dixon St

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 1:54 pm | RNZ

Analysis - How much can the public find out about the quality of the steel going into the country's high-rise buildings? More >>

The US Wants to Bring Back the Shah of Iran

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 11:05 am | David William Pear

The US had a great deal going from 1953 to 1979 with the Shah of Iran. For 25 years Iran was a cornerstone of the US usurping the British Empire in the Middle East, following World War Two. Iran was a base for projecting US power in the region, and ... More >>

How the US Creates “Sh*thole” Countries

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:55 am | Jim Miles

Whether you consider yourself already well educated on the U.S. empire or are looking for a starting place, “How the US Creates “Sh*thole” Countries” is a strong read. Cynthia McKinney has gathered together a series of essays examining features ... More >>

A Humanitarian Alternative to Migration

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:49 am | Yossef Ben-Meir

December 2018 is gearing up to be a pivotal month for migration on the world stage, and the epicentre is here, in Marrakech, Morocco, with two high-level fora taking place concerning development and migration. However, in order for the discussions ... More >>

Charters and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:46 am | Binoy Kampmark

It was a gathering of activists masquerading as deep thinkers. Ostensibly, it was to celebrate seven decades of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one devised in the aftermath of a traumatised world and easier to do so for that fact. But this ... More >>

Complacency kills: AIDS prevention cannot take a backseat

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:41 am | Citizen News Service

"The global health system is only as strong as its weakest parts" had said UNDP’s Mandeep Dhaliwal in her article around last year's World AIDS Day. The context has only deepened over the year, not only for ending AIDS but also for health security ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Brexit & Huawei clusterfudges

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 9:47 am | Gordon Campbell

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top. British PM Theresa May might not even make it through to the New Year. In a year’s time Angela Merkel’s shaky coalition will have probably ... More >>

Rotorua flooding: Serious council oversights highlighted

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 4:40 pm | RNZ

An independent report has criticised two councils for waiting until after a flood that forced a state of emergency before they responded to reduce flood risk. More >>

Fast food chain Taco Bell to launch in New Zealand

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 3:26 pm | RNZ

One of the world's popular fast food chains is finally coming to New Zealand. More >>

Gondola proposed as a traffic solution for Queenstown

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 3:14 pm | RNZ

The proposed route for the gondola from Remarkables Park (far right) to the Remarkables ski field (top centre). Photo: Remarkables Park / Supplied More >>

Increase in tongue-tie cuts result of hospital rush - GP

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 1:47 pm | RNZ

A Wellington doctor says pressure to get new mothers breast-feeding quickly is driving up the increase in tongue-tie cuts in new-born babies. More >>

PM apologises to family of British backpacker Grace Millane

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 1:24 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made an emotional apology to the family of the 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane. More >>

City Mission doubling Christmas efforts due to demand

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 1:19 pm | RNZ

Hundreds of people lined up outside Eden Park in Auckland today but they were not clambering to get to their seats for a rugby game. Instead, they were there for food and Christmas gifts from Auckland City Mission to those in need. More >>

Is Michael Cohen Trumputin's Dead Meat? Are We?

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 11:14 am | Harvey Wasserman

In the Trumputin world of organized crime, Michael Cohen has committed the ultimate betrayal: he’s helped Robert Mueller prove beyond doubt that don Putin in the Kremlin put his very own bagman into the White House. More >>

PM's PostCab 11/12/18: Grace Millane, ACC Levy, Kiwibuilders

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:17 am | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her Monday post-cabinet press conference with an emotional comment on the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane. More >>

Migrant women's refuge struggling to stay afloat

Monday, 10 December 2018, 2:11 pm | RNZ

The only Wellington refuge set up for migrant women and children suffering domestic abuse is imploring the government for more funding so it can stay afloat. More >>

'Sovereignty concerns' on bid to sign UN migration pact

Monday, 10 December 2018, 1:04 pm | RNZ

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More >>

US water scientist shocked by NZ's water quality

Monday, 10 December 2018, 12:52 pm | RNZ

A visiting water scientist from the United States Department of Agriculture has been shocked by the state of New Zealand's fresh water. More >>

Air NZ, unions begin urgent talks as strike looms

Monday, 10 December 2018, 12:46 pm | RNZ

Urgent talks begin today between Air New Zealand and aviation engineers' unions to try to avert strike action planned in the run-up to Christmas. More >>

Judge: 'All of us hope that justice for Grace is fair'

Monday, 10 December 2018, 12:38 pm | RNZ

The 26-year-old man charged with the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane has been denied name suppression, but his name will be kept secret after he appealed the decision. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Judgment Day for Theresa May

Monday, 10 December 2018, 10:48 am | Gordon Campbell

W hen under stress, British PM Theresa May reportedly eats peanut butter straight from the jar . More >>

The Security Derangement Complex

Friday, 7 December 2018, 2:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia is being seen as a test case. How does a liberal democracy affirm the destruction of private, encrypted communications? In 2015, China demonstrated what could be done to technology companies, equipping other states with an inspiration: encryption keys, ... More >>

International academics alarmed over Anne-Marie Brady Case

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 4:52 pm | RNZ

International academics have criticised the New Zealand government over its reaction to the alleged targeting of Canterbury University professor Anne-Marie Brady. More >>

Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 4:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“This is going to be one of the most infamous news disasters since Stern published the ‘Hitler Diaries.’” WikiLeaks, Twitter , Nov 27, 2018 More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Pope of Parliament

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 1:28 pm | Gordon Campbell

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament. More >>

Legal protection sought to preserve haka in Germany

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 12:14 pm | RNZ

A Māori cultural advisor is looking at taking legal action to protect the haka in Germany. More >>

More than 27 suicide attempts in two weeks - Manus refugee

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 11:59 am | RNZ

There have been more than 27 suicide attempts in the last two weeks by refugees detained on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, a refugee says. More >>

New posts will boost to NZ’s commitment to Pacific: Peters

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 11:43 am | RNZ

New Zealand's Foreign Minister says the country's "diplomatic footprint" is being boosted around the Pacific to bring better outcomes to the region. More >>

Chinese construction workers brought to NZ "conned"

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 11:06 am | RNZ

Nearly 50 Chinese construction workers are asking the government to hold to account a man they believe has conned them of tens of thousands of dollars. More >>

Sea level rise threatens major NZ infrastructure - report

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 10:49 am | RNZ

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More >>

The Ancient Mythical Rites of Pearl Harbor Day

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 10:19 am | David Swanson

Last week I spoke at a high school. As I often do, I told them I’d perform a magic trick. I only know one, but I know it will almost always work with no skill required. I scribbled on a piece of paper and folded it up. I asked someone to name a war that ... More >>

Hundreds march to call for decriminalisation of abortion

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 4:47 pm | RNZ

About 300 protesters marched to Parliament this afternoon calling on MPs to vote in favour of decriminalising abortion. More >>

National MPs walk out of debating chamber

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 3:54 pm | RNZ

A large number of National Party MPs have walked out of Parliament this afternoon during question time. More >>

Earth Over the Brink

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 3:42 pm | David Swanson

People and companies and governments are cutting down trees to burn them to save the planet from global warming, mixing the sacrificial trees with oh-so-clean coal, and in Detroit with tires, and in North Carolina with chicken shit. More >>

Hundreds line up in rain for meningococcal vaccinations

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 3:38 pm | RNZ

Northland DHB says there's no need for people to queue in the rain with small children for their meningococcal vaccinations. More >>

Jacinda Ardern named as one of most powerful women in world

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 3:32 pm | RNZ

In Forbes' power of the 100 most powerful women, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ranked just six places behind Queen Elizabeth II. More >>

West Papua Liberation Army takes responsibility for killings

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 3:03 pm | RNZ

The West Papua Liberation Army is claiming responsibility for the killings of at least 24 Indonesian construction workers in Papua. More >>

Gordon Campbell on why we politely fake political obituaries

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 11:01 am | Gordon Campbell

One unfortunate side effect of “personality politics” is that when prominent politicians die, the niceties we observe at the death of private individuals get automatically extended to them as well. More >>

Two Magical Words That Could Have Trump Gone by Earth Day

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 10:40 am | Harvey Wasserman

Collusion, technically, is not a crime. Treason is. So is conspiracy. But they may be hard to prove. More >>

The Conspiracy against Refugees

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 10:29 am | Ramzy Baroud

Watching the ongoing debate between US liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding crisis in Central America. More >>

Lying About Age: The Legal Efforts of Emile Ratelband

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 10:12 am | Binoy Kampmark

Oscar Wilde famously warned that one should never trust a woman who revealed her true age; anyone so inclined to do so was bound to tell you anything. He also, in his characteristic stab at modern manners, suggested that no woman should be quite ... More >>

The Saudi Dilemma: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 10:04 am | Oilprice.com

To cut and push up prices or not to cut and preserve market share, this is the question that Saudi Arabia is facing ahead of this year's December OPEC meeting. It seems like just yesterday when OPEC met in 2016 and decided to cut production by 1.8 million ... More >>

NZ biodiversity losses match global crisis

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:59 am | Robert McLachlan and Steven Alexander Trewick

There are five species of kiwi in New Zealand. Their total number is currently at around 70,000 but the populations may have declined by two thirds in 20 years. from www.shutterstock.com , CC BY-ND More >>

NZers plead for help from failing mental health system

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:58 am | RNZ

A report into the country's mental health services describes patients and families pleading for help from a failing system. More >>

Beehive caught off guard by change of government

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:54 am | RNZ

Public servants responsible for the transition between governments failed to support new ministers as no-one had planned for a full scale, new administration. More >>

Thunderstorms and rain cause flooding in South Island

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:48 am | RNZ

State Highway 96 between Mataura and Winton is flooded and has a 30km/h speed restriction in place. More >>

Is it time to create a new work visa category?

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:34 am | Creative Content

Giving New Zealand flexibility to grow: a visa idea… Aaron Martin of New Zealand Immigration Law understands “the nature of work is evolving with the constant changes in technology”. Employment is no longer as straightforward as it once was: fewer ... More >>

Vector has partial win on retailer contracts

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 5:26 pm | BusinessDesk

Vector has had a partial win in its efforts to protect the form of the contracts it has with electricity retailers. More >>

Maggie Barry asks for investigation into staff recordings

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 3:52 pm | RNZ

Embattled National Party MP Maggie Barry says she has never been a bully and has hit back at all allegations against her. More >>

New leaks didn't come from National MP - Bridges

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 3:39 pm | RNZ

National Party leader Simon Bridges is refusing to discuss more leaks that appear to be coming from his own caucus. More >>

Colleagues and friends remember Geoff Murphy

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 3:27 pm | RNZ

Pioneering filmmaker Geoff Murphy , has died aged 80. He was one of the forces of nature behind the modern New Zealand film industry and is best remembered for the movie Utu and the road movie with a special place in New Zealanders' affections, ... More >>

Insane Mode: Hamish McKenzie On The Tesla Revolution

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 1:54 pm | RNZ

Elon Musk is unusual, difficult and vindictive - but he and his company Tesla Motors have achieved amazing things, former insider and New Zealander Hamish McKenzie says in his new book. More >>

New Zealand film pioneer Geoff Murphy dies

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 12:51 pm | RNZ

Filmmaker Geoff Murphy has died aged 80. One of the pioneers of the modern New Zealand film industry, he's perhaps best remembered for the highly successful Utu and the road movie with a special place in New Zealanders' affections, Goodbye Pork Pie . More >>

Hundreds of lightning strikes, one person struck in Auckland

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 12:42 pm | RNZ

As wet weather drenches much of the country, localised thunderstorms are possible over the next couple of days, MetService says. More >>

Time for a New Approach to Mental Health

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 12:41 pm | Kyle Macdonald

Today “He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction” was released, the culmination of over 5200 submissions, and 26 public meetings into the state of Mental Health and Addictions treatment in New Zealand. More >>