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Recharging with Alastair Thompson, Publisher of Scoop Media

Friday, 29 May 2015, 4:33 pm | Catherine Austin Fitts

I arrived in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, on Monday. Kiwi’s – as New Zealander’s call themselves – are one of the most literate populations in the world. With four million people on a series of large and small beautiful islands, ... More >>

TPP 101 : A Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Primer - For An American Audience

Friday, 29 May 2015, 4:27 pm | Carolyn Betts

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is a proposed regional international trade agreement that has been under negotiation since 2005 among Pacific Rim nations, currently numbering the following twelve: More >>

Harmeet Sooden: Reflections on Iraqi Kurdistan And NZ

Friday, 29 May 2015, 1:18 pm | Harmeet Sooden

I am currently working for Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an international human rights NGO that is supporting local and international bodies responding to the humanitarian crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan . The crisis is the result of the large influx of internally ... More >>

Attracted to Calamity: Hollywood and the Uses of Disaster

Friday, 29 May 2015, 1:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Where there is a natural disaster of epic proportion, Hollywood is bound to be around the corner seeking to lap it up. Salivating stars are propelled to misery, and big black holes become sites of opportunity for incandescent hope. More >>

A Civilian Is A Combatant Is A Civilian Is A Combatant

Friday, 29 May 2015, 12:45 pm | David Swanson

A Civilian Is A Combatant Is A Civilian Is A Combatant By David Swanson What happens when a bunch of lawyers intent on distinguishing combatants from civilians discover, by interviewing hundreds of civilians, that it cannot be done? Does it ... More >>

House Rises

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 6:47 pm |

There are just under two hours remaining in the set piece second reading of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill . More >>

Gamelab makes mobile games in under 48 hours on new engine

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 4:05 pm | Francis Cook

Gamelab recently launched an initiative called Gamedash2D in which they develop and release mobile games within 48 hours. I spoke with founder and CEO Dan Milward about the project and took a look at their latest game. More >>

Business Statement

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 2:14 pm |

The Government will give priority to an ACC bill when the House sits next week. More >>

Werewolf Edition #55 : The Folly Of Convention Centres

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 12:56 pm | Werewolf

Hi and welcome to the 55th issue of Werewolf. In our cover story this month, we examine how and why almost every major New Zealand city and tourist destination has been plunking dollops of public money on the table – or in Auckland, major gambling ... More >>

Universal Superannuation and Workers

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 11:45 am | Keith Rankin

The musings of Labour leader Andrew Little over the universality of New Zealand Superannuation have created an opportunity for politicians in New Zealand to get to grips with the underlying contrast between universal and selective welfare. More >>

Return To The Budget Debate

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 10:41 am |

There are still five hours and one minute remaining in the set piece second reading of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill , though last night the Government adjourned the debate to deal with bills. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the FIFA scandal , and similar dirty deal

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 10:10 am | Gordon Campbell

Face it, it has been a very, very bad week for anyone who thinks that a) FIFA is a damn fine organisation run by guys who think football is the greatest game, and that they’d just like to do what they can to selflessly advance the sport they ... More >>

House Rises

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 11:00 pm |

The House rose at 10pm interrupting the second reading of the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3) More >>

General Agreement On Health Bill

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 9:30 pm |

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said the bill would restrict UV sun tan treatment to those over 18 and make new rules around management of infectious diseases and contact management More >>

Anti-Corruption Bill Progresses

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 7:36 pm |

The Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill completed its second reading shortly after the dinner break. More >>

Budget Debate Adjourned

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 6:12 pm |

MPs returned to the interrupted second reading debate on the Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill which was interrupted by the dinner break. More >>

Evidence Bill Introduced

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 2:16 pm |

The Auditor General’s report on the effectiveness of governance arrangements in the arts, culture and heritage sector was presented. More >>

The Real Deal: Nourishing Civilization at Ficino School

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 1:38 pm | Catherine Austin Fitts

Monday was one of the most inspiring days of my time “down under.” I had the opportunity to visit the Ficino School in Auckland. Ficino was founded in 1997 by leadership from the School of Philosophy . More >>

Grinding Through The Budget Debate

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 10:37 am |

There is seven hours and 47 minutes left in the set piece second reading of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill . More >>

House Rises Debating The Budget

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:12 pm |

After Question Time today the Government pushed on with the Budget debate and did not adjourn for other business. More >>

A Petition And Reports

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 2:07 pm |

The petition asked Parliament to legislate so the parent of a woman aged under 16 has the right to be informed of her pregnancy and any medical procedure require their consent. More >>

Return To The Budget Debate

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:51 am |

There is 13 hours and 13 minutes remaining in the set piece second reading debate on the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill . More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Cullen Review of our security services

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:51 am | Gordon Campbell

Whatever the conflicts and point scoring between them on other issues, National and Labour have always spoken virtually as one on free trade and the role of the security services. Therefore, the recent appointment of former Labour Finance Minister Sir ... More >>

Post-cabinet presser: 10-year passport reinstated

Monday, 25 May 2015, 5:34 pm | Jeremy Wilkinson and Megan Gattey

In a press conference today in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key announced that 10-year passports for adults would be reinstated and defended the government’s decision not to allocate more funding to the superannuation fund. More >>

The Stories of Uluru : Catherine Austin Fitts Downunder

Monday, 25 May 2015, 11:46 am | Catherine Austin Fitts

Spending time in Australia has been on my “must do” list for quite awhile. When I lived in Hong Kong, I worked in a nightclub that catered to a cosmopolitan crowd – many were Australians. They had the greatest sense of fun with a can-do spirit. ... More >>

Daisaku Ikeda: Shared Action for a Nuclear Weapon Free World

Monday, 25 May 2015, 10:44 am | Daisaku Ikeda

Daisaku Ikeda is a Japanese Buddhist philosopher and peace-builder, and president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) grassroots Buddhist movement ( ) More >>

Stuart Newman: The Virosphere And Non-Linear Evolution

Monday, 25 May 2015, 10:26 am | Suzan Mazur

It was Stuart Newman who was the first of the Altenberg 16 scientists I discussed developments with following the Extended Synthesis symposium in 2008 at Konrad Lorenz Institute, a meeting I was barred from attending for having gotten out in front of ... More >>

Thought for this Day: Budget Politics

Monday, 25 May 2015, 9:17 am | Keith Rankin

After watching TVNZ's Q+A yesterday – especially the Bill English interview and the ensuing panel discussion – I realised the full political significance of the Budget. More >>

Review: “Salute” by Royal New Zealand Ballet in Wellington

Monday, 25 May 2015, 12:12 am | Megan Gattey

The Royal New Zealand Ballet performed “Salute” for a final time in Wellington on Sunday night, and it was nothing short of spectacular. More >>

Urgency Ends

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 9:57 pm |

Parliament has completed the passage of the Border Processing (Arrivals and Departures) Levy Bill under Urgency on Saturday evening. More >>

Border Levy Bill Completes First Reading

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 5:59 pm |

The first reading of the Border Processing (Arrivals and Departures) Levy Bill has been completed. More >>

KiwiSaver Bill Passes Under Urgency

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 4:41 pm |

The third reading of the bill was completed by 63 to 56 with National, Maori Party, ACT and United Future in favour. NZ First MP Ron Mark called for a personal vote to be called as he believed there was evidence of MPs votes being cast when they ... More >>

Why Elites Love Drones

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 11:45 am | Robert J. Burrowes

I sometimes read that drone strikes are counterproductive to western security interests because each person killed by a drone results in more new 'terrorists'. See, for example, 'The more civilians US drones kill in the Mideast, the more radicals they ... More >>

The Fall of Palmyra

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 11:43 am | Franklin Lamb

The ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) has been in existence for 30 centuries, and is one of the world’s most cherished archeological and cultural heritage sites. Will it be cease to exist within the next 30 days? More >>

KiwiSaver Bill Progresses With Much Noise

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 10:48 am |

The second reading debate of the KiwiSaver Budget Measures Bill was lively and raucous when MPs began their day. More >>

Saturday Sitting

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 9:12 am |

Parliament resumed at 9am under Urgency and shortly after completed the first reading of the KiwiSaver Budget Measures Bill . It progressed by 63 to 58 with National, Maori Party, ACT and United Future in support. More >>

House Rises At Midnight

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:04 am |

Debate on the first reading of the KiwiSaver Budget Measures Bill was interrupted when the House rose at midnight. More >>

Telco Levy Bill Passes

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:01 pm |

MPs completed the second reading at 7.30pm with a vote of 88 to 32 with Labour opposed. They then ground through the committee stages and completed the third reading at 11pm. More >>

Telco Levy Bill Completes First Reading

Friday, 22 May 2015, 5:29 pm |

The first reading debate on the Telecommunications (Development Levy) Amendment Bill has been completed under Urgency. More >>

Social Housing Bill Passes Under Urgency

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:02 pm |

A bill making changes to provision of social housing has passed through all stages under Urgency. More >>

Elon Musk and the Future of Green Energy

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:23 am | Brandon Engel

Although anyone can easily point to the failures of green energy investments over the past decades, such as Solyndra , the green energy industry is fortunately not listening. In the United States last year, 45 percent of new power production came ... More >>

Andrew Little Post-Budget Address

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:44 am | Francis Cook

Andrew Little said today the Budget was not earth-shattering, but he made concessions regarding the government’s new policies on working for families and children in poverty. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Budget 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:50 am | Gordon Campbell

From the outset, the slogan for yesterday’s Budget - “The Plan Is Working” – begged to be mocked. There’s actually a plan for the national economy? Who knew? And its been working for whom, exactly? Not for families in poverty, clearly. ... More >>

House Rises

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:02 pm |

The House rose just before 10pm interrupting debate of the committee stage of the Social Housing Reform (Flexible Purchasing and Remedial Matters) Bill . More >>

Housing Reform Bill Completes First Reading

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 8:51 pm |

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett said the Social Housing Reform (Flexible Purchasing and Remedial Matters) Bill allows the Ministry of Social Development to enter into more flexible and innovative purchasing arrangements for social housing. More >>

Budget 2015 - Scoop Full Coverage - Update #1 21/5/15

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 7:02 pm | The Scoop Team


Budget Welfare Bill Sent To Select Committee

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:21 pm |

A bill bringing the first lift in base benefit levels in decades for those with children has completed its first reading and been sent to select committee. More >>

Urgency Motion

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:51 pm |

• the introduction, first reading, and referral to select committee of the Support for Children in Hardship Bill More >>


Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:44 pm |

Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee moved an Urgency motion for one bill to be introduced and sent to select committee and four others to be introduced and passed through all stages. More >>

Bill English 2015 Budget Announcement - Video

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:19 pm | Jeremy Wilkinson

Bill English 2015 Budget Announcement - Video Video Here: ENDS More >>

NZ Budget 2015 - A Budget With Poverty At Its Heart

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 2:05 pm | Alastair Thompson

Poverty of imagination. Poverty of opportunity. Poverty of ambition. Nothing has changed, really, since 2014. The fiscal stratagem remains fixed. Surpluses at all costs. Then spending restraints remain and any "fiscal headroom" is to be applied ... More >>

Report Presented, Budget Speech Begins

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 2:03 pm |

This was on the Petition 2011/0093 of Gary Williams MNZM, and Petition 2011/0094 of Felicity Emmett and 278 others by the Local Government and Environment Committee. More >>

Thought for this Day: Remembering Krithia

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 12:36 pm | Keith Rankin

Thought for this Day: Remembering Krithia Keith Rankin, 21 May 2015 We heard much in April about the ANZAC soldiers landing and fighting at ANZAC Cove on Turkey's Gallipoli Peninsula. And we went through the 'Lest we Forget' and "We shall ... More >>

Budget and Urgency

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:15 am |

Finance Minister Bill English will deliver the 2015 Budget when Parliament sits at 2pm today. More >>

Andrew's little Poem

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 9:19 am | Don Franks

Twas the night before Budget When just for a change Andrew Little’s thought’s did more widely range Labour’s leader cast round in his mind for an angle On which a publicity moment might dangle Some little device that would draw camera’s near More >>

Bribery Bill Gets Support Despite Some Concerns

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 10:05 pm |

Tougher rules over bribery and corruption have general support in Parliament, but concerns have been raised about small scale “facilitation payments” not being criminalised. More >>

Waitangi Bill Progresses

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 8:18 pm |

Legislation reforming the body which oversees the Waitangi Treaty grounds has completed its second reading. More >>

Radio NZ Bill Progresses

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 4:55 pm |

A bill making changes to Radio New Zealand’s charter has completed its second reading almost six years after it was reported back from select committee. More >>

Question Time: Grant Robertson Ejected from the House

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 3:09 pm | Francis Cook

In a heated question time today, Grant Robertson was ejected from the house after Bill English repeatedly denied to answer his question. More >>

Dave Wolland Cartoon

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 12:25 pm | Dave Wolland

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