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Italian Falls: Jamie Oliver’s Chain Goes into Receivership

Saturday, 25 May 2019, 5:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When he appeared as a scruffy Essex lad playing the “we can cook” theme for people of a certain non-culinary demographic in the 1990s, Jamie Oliver was something of a revelation. He was the Naked Chef, positively oozing with enthusiasm and keen to ... More >>

The Espionage Act and Julian Assange

Friday, 24 May 2019, 1:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seemed flimsy from the start, but the US Department of Justice is keen to get their man. What has certainly transpired of late is that Mike Pompeo was being unusually faithful to the truth when director of the CIA: every means would be found to prosecute ... More >>

On coal’s negative message to today's school protest

Friday, 24 May 2019, 11:21 am | Gordon Campbell

As schoolkids around the world commit today to another round of protest action against climate change, the re-election of (a) the Morrison government in Australia and (b) the Modi government in India have been a kick in the teeth for future generations. ... More >>

Destiny Church leaders launch 'Coalition New Zealand' party

Thursday, 23 May 2019, 3:27 pm | RNZ

Destiny Church's leaders Brian and Hannah Tamaki have launched a new political party called Coalition New Zealand. More >>

Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer

Thursday, 23 May 2019, 3:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer. For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not been so rosy ... More >>

Coopting the Beatles

Thursday, 23 May 2019, 12:34 pm | Tikkun

The music of the 1960s had unique expressive power because it both expressed and helped to constitute the deepened sense of meaning and purpose that broke through the surface of the world during that historic upsurge of social being. When the Doors ... More >>

Fuel tax anniversary: Auckland still cheaper than most of NZ

Thursday, 23 May 2019, 11:48 am | RNZ

Despite Aucklanders paying 11.5 cents extra in fuel tax at the pump for almost a year, they're still being charged much less than many other parts of the country. More >>

Guyon Espiner investigates Pharmac: The NZ Buyer’s Club

Thursday, 23 May 2019, 11:40 am | RNZ

Guyon Espiner reveals how lung cancer patients are buying cut-price drugs from India, as other New Zealanders fundraise, petition and apply for clinical trials to access medications Pharmac won't fund. More >>

Government rejected a code of conduct for staff in 2013

Thursday, 23 May 2019, 10:19 am | RNZ

The government has been told it could have avoided the abuse and bullying revealed in the Debbie Francis review of Parliament if it had listened to recommendations to enforce a code of conduct five years ago. More >>

Charging the Christchurch mosque attacker with terrorism

Thursday, 23 May 2019, 10:03 am | The Conversation

The gunman in the mosque attacks had already faced 50 murder charges before a new terrorism charge was brought against him this week. Mick Tsikas/AAP More >>

Diaries reveal how government ministers spend their days

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 4:19 pm | RNZ

Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson are leading from the front as the country’s busiest ministers, according to new data released by the government. More >>

Op Burnham Inquiry: Hager accuses NZDF of spin and lies

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 4:13 pm | RNZ

Journalist Nicky Hager has launched a scathing attack on the Defence Force during a presentation to the Operation Burnham Inquiry, accusing it of not telling the full truth about its operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. More >>

Gordon Campbell on reforming Parliament’s toxic culture

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 12:38 pm | Gordon Campbell

It would be nice to think Parliament was a forum where rationality ruled – and where policies are raised and evaluated in terms of their contribution to the greater good. Obviously, it isn’t like that. Long ago, politics was defined as a blood ... More >>

Parliament: Mallard urges rape victims to seek support

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 11:00 am | RNZ

Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard says it's his impression from the report on bullying at Parliament that people have been raped there, and he is urging the victims to go to police or support agencies. More >>

New Christchurch building has serious flaws - engineers

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 10:31 am | RNZ

A new office building in central Christchurch's main shopping precinct has many serious flaws in its earthquake design according to three leading engineering companies - including one in a government-commissioned report. More >>

Crusaders 'desperately' want CCTV footage of incident

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 9:44 am | RNZ

The Crusaders boss is continuing to back team players accused of inappropriate and homophobic behaviour, and says the club looks forward to evidence coming out to clear their names. More >>

Green MP Golriz Ghahraman gets security escort

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 9:32 am | RNZ

Greens MP Golriz Ghahraman will have a security escort with her whenever she leaves Parliament after her security risk was escalated by police. More >>

Challenging Orthodoxies: Alabama’s Anti-Abortion Law

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 3:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seems like a grand ploy of massive distraction. On the surface, the move by Alabama to place the most onerous restrictions on the granting of an abortion has become a lighting-rod of conviction for Democrat agitators. And not just them. More >>

Understanding NATO, Ending War

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 2:06 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

On 4 April 2019, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization , better known as NATO, marked the 70th anniversary of its existence with a conference attended by the foreign ministers of member nations in Washington DC. This will be complemented by a meeting of the ... More >>

IRD should have doubled claim against Watson's Cullen Group

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 1:49 pm | BusinessDesk

May 21 (BusinessDesk) - Inland Revenue Commissioner Naomi Ferguson should have asked the courts for twice as much as it was awarded earlier this month against Eric Watson’s Cullen Group, according to a University of Auckland law professor. More >>

More unsold Kiwibuild houses bought by govt

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 11:16 am | RNZ

Now lack of sales in Mike Greer's development in Canterbury and Auckland means the government has had to buy back seven more. More >>

Almost 200 youth offenders held in police cells

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 11:10 am | RNZ

Almost 200 young offenders were held in police cells last year for periods of more than 24 hours and, in some cases, up to seven days. More >>

Families witness as Pike River mine re-entry attempt begins

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 10:28 am | RNZ

The Pike River re-entry team steps through the double airlock doors at 10am today, watched by families of the 29 men who died in the 2010 tragedy. More >>

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 20/5/19

Monday, 20 May 2019, 5:44 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her post-cabinet press conference by announcing that the zero carbon bill would have its first reading the Parliament this week. More >>

Abortion removal from Crimes Act petition gains support

Monday, 20 May 2019, 5:20 pm | RNZ

In less than a week, more than 4000 people have signed a petition asking MPs to remove abortion from the Crimes Act. More >>

Pike River re-entry attempt planned for tomorrow: families

Monday, 20 May 2019, 3:48 pm | RNZ

An attempt to re-enter the Pike River mine is planned for tomorrow, families confirm. More >>

The Victory of Small Visions

Monday, 20 May 2019, 3:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australian politics since the 1990s has been marked by a dedicated loathing of the “vision thing”. For those keen to see policies lasting beyond the life of the May fly, disappointment lies. Federal governments, at best, have shelf lives of three ... More >>

Weak services sector growth raises concerns about slowdown

Monday, 20 May 2019, 1:57 pm | BusinessDesk

May 20 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand’s services sector activity slipped further in April, touching the lowest level in more than six years and adding to concerns about an economic slowdown. More >>

Gordon Campbell: Why we shouldn’t genuflect to security

Monday, 20 May 2019, 12:01 pm | Gordon Campbell

R eportedly most (and possibly all) of the Royal Commission investigation into the Christchurch mosque shootings will be closed to the general public and to the media . More >>

Fonterra: lack of gas may put coal conversion plans on hold

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 5:42 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Fonterra says uncertainty about gas supply may mean it has to rethink plans to switch some of its plants from coal to gas. More >>

Still a chance for consensus on climate change

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 5:38 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

There still appears to be a chance of a long-lasting, broad based political consensus around climate challenge policy framework, despite the Government turning its back on National at the final stages of negotiations around enabling legislation. More >>

Auckland Writers Festival 2019

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 12:00 pm | Alexander Bisley

I’ve been up from Wellington for 11 of the last 13 years to cover the Auckland Writers Festival. More >>

On Suffering

Friday, 17 May 2019, 1:33 pm | Lynley Tulloch

The causes of suffering in this world are manifold, and many of them are unavoidable. Yet reflections on suffering can take one to worthwhile places. More >>

Christchurch Call' is just a start. We need systemic change

Friday, 17 May 2019, 12:18 pm | Kevin Veale

The 'Christchurch Call' is just a start. Now we need to push for systemic change More >>

Government’s promises to combat child poverty exposed

Friday, 17 May 2019, 11:53 am | Socialist Equality Group

Statistics released last month point to growing child poverty and deepening social inequality under the Labour-NZ First-Greens coalition government, a right-wing formation installed in October 2017. More >>

23-million year-old fossil treasure trove under threat

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 5:28 pm | RNZ

Foulden Maar is a 23-million year old volcanic crater in inland Otago is a treasure trove of fossils. But it is under threat from a proposal to mine its diatomite for animal feed. More >>

Wellington transport announcement against Treasury advice

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 5:16 pm | RNZ

The Minister of Transport went against Treasury advice by announcing a $6.4b transport plan for Wellington before the full costs and benefits are known, a Cabinet paper shows. More >>

NZ to decide whether to continue Iraq deployment

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 3:50 pm | RNZ

Cabinet has until next month to decide whether to further extend New Zealand's deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan or end them. More >>

Muslim leaders 'value' engaging with commission

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 3:47 pm | RNZ

Christchurch Muslim leaders say they are gratefully taking up the opportunity to be heard as part of a Royal Commission Inquiry into the mosque attacks. More >>

The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 2:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It had to come. A massacre, broadcast in real time and then shared with viral automatism; the inevitable shock, and the counter from the authorities. The Christchurch shootings, inflicting fifty-one deaths upon worshippers at two mosques in quiet New Zealand ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Christchurch Call, and Lizzo

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 12:48 pm | Gordon Campbell

W hile its easy to deride the Christchurch Call To Action as a set of well meaning platitudes – which it is – the zigzagging nature of its content (“steps to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online” on one hand… and “must ... More >>

Report: Digital Threats To Democracy

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 12:21 pm | The Workshop

What evidence do we have as to the interventions and solutions that might mitigate against the biggest threats posed to our democracy by digital media, without losing the best of the opportunities that the internet offers? More >>

Wellington's public transport system to get $6.4b overhaul

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 11:02 am | RNZ

A new $6.4bn transport project aiming to free up traffic in Wellington CBD will combine a mass transit system with an improved bus network, the government says. More >>

Post-Chch terror attack NZ influences Aussie electioneering

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 10:12 am | RNZ

Australian political commentators and academics say race and immigration have been largely missing from this month's election campaign as a consequence of the Christchurch mosque attacks. More >>

Students, academics, police discuss combating extremism

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 10:03 am | RNZ

As world leaders meet in Paris, students, academics and police met at the University of Waikato in Hamilton last night to discuss ways of combating violent extremism. More >>

Tech companies and 17 govts sign up to Christchurch Call

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:57 am | RNZ

Tech company and world leaders have signed an unprecedented Christchurch Call agreement to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. More >>

I Am Not A Fan Of America’s 46th President

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 5:32 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

The American political landscape is complicated. The last I checked there was some other bloke in the White House calling the shots, and now all of a sudden everyone’s taking orders from John Bolton. More >>

The Rising Crisis between the United States and Iran

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 3:26 pm | INSS Insight

May 14, 2019 After a year in which Iran opted for "strategic patience," in the hope that European nations would compensate for the United States sanctions, it now seeks to present a price tag for the US measures against it, and has thus ... More >>

DHBs 'gone nuclear' with agreements - doctors

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 12:49 pm | RNZ

Junior doctors are accusing district health boards of going "nuclear" in their long employment row. More >>

Philippines considers action against 4chan and 8chan

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 12:40 pm | RNZ

The Philippines is considering action on the Manila-based internet forums 4chan and 8chan, which were used by the accused Christchurch mosque shooter to spread his manifesto and livestream the attacks. More >>

Dole sanction delay 'prolonging something harmful'

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 11:52 am | RNZ

A solo mum who's had her benefit cut by $28 a week for six-and-a-half years says the government is waiting too long to scrap the sanction that's leaving her out of pocket. More >>

Coalition faces 'student backlash' if no-fee policy revised

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 11:41 am | RNZ

A student leader says many students are only at her university because of the new no-fees scheme and has warned the government not to ditch its policy. More >>

Leaked Document Pokes More Holes In Syria Narrative

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 11:24 am | Caitlin Johnstone

“It is hard to overstate the significance of this revelation,” tweets former British MP George Galloway of a new report by the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM). “The war-machine has now been caught red-handed in a staged ... More >>

Family Court review: 'We're failing traumatised children'

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 11:17 am | RNZ

Oranga Tamariki - the government agency responsible for children - has warned the experts reviewing the troubled Family Court that the system is failing vulnerable young people. More >>

Why NZ cannot ignore major welfare reform report

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 10:57 am | The Conversation

One of the recommendations by a welfare advisory group was to raise benefit levels by up top 47%, but the government has rejected it, for now. from , CC BY-ND More >>

The cannabis industry is hiding a dirty little secret

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 10:41 am |

According to Evan Mills , a California-based energy and climate change scientist, the marijuana industry has a major problem…and it's likely to get worse before it gets better. More >>

Ardern on gun law changes: 'I do not understand the US'

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 10:36 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she doesn't understand the United States' position on gun laws. More >>

NCEA shake-up: Mixed feelings over external assessments

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 5:30 pm | RNZ

Changes to exams aimed at reducing workload for teachers and over-assessment of students have received mixed reactions from school principals. More >>

Royal Commission into Chch attacks may be private

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 5:16 pm | RNZ

Most of the Royal Commission into the Christchurch mosque attacks may be held behind closed doors. More >>

UN Sec-Gen mosque visit: 'It was extremely special'

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 5:13 pm | RNZ

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has paid his respects to the victims of the Christchurch terror attacks. More >>