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House Rises

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 9:59 pm |

The House rose just before 10pm after completing the committee stage of NZ First’s bill on welfare payments to orphans in the care of their wider family More >>

Christchurch Rates Validation Bill Upsets Some MPs

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 9:25 pm |

A bill validating Christchurch City Council’s rates which were unlawfully set for ten years has made progress, despite some criticism of the Council’s attitude towards the process. More >>

Christchurch Arts Centre Bill Progresses

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 7:36 pm |

A bill giving a new legal foundation to the Christchurch Arts Centre has completed its second reading. More >>

Evening Report: Live Video Cross To North Africa – 8:30pm

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 6:10 pm |

At 8:30pm tonight on Evening Report we cross live to Tunisia in North Africa to talk to New Zealander and foreign correspondent Yasmine Ryan about the ISIS and al Qaeda threat to the region. More >>

Fractured Britain: The Election Campaign of 2015

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The main British parties could be in more than spot of bother. Parliament has been dissolved, and what promises to be a rather tart, occasionally vicious campaign is in the offing. If we are to take the figures seriously, a current crop of 40 percent ... More >>

Nuclear Disarmament Motion Passed

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 2:08 pm |

Labour MP Phil Goff moved the motion saying the House urged nuclear weapon states at an upcoming non-proliferation conference to fulfil their undertakings to disarm. More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : Holy Week 2014 - Parts 6-10

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 1:40 pm | Katya Rivas

My beloved, I am educating you little by little and with much patience. I am consoled with the thought of having a pupil eager to learn. Thus, I forget your negligence and mistakes. If I look in creation for the most beautiful names to call you, be ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: The inadequate response to sexual violence

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 11:13 am | Gordon Campbell

On combatting sexual violence, the government has finally begun to undo some of the problems that were of its own making. Early in March, ACC launched the Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims scheme – a package aimed at improving the attitudes ... More >>

Christchurch Bills To Be Debated

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 10:35 am |

After Question Time and the General Debate, the second reading debates of the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Bill and the Christchurch City Council (Rates Validation) Bill are scheduled to be held. More >>

House Rises Rushing Through Business

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 10:03 pm |

MPs completed the committee stage of the Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill this evening much quicker than the Government expected leaving it to scramble to deal with an unexpected debate. More >>

Animal Welfare Bill Progresses

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 7:53 pm |

A new animal welfare regime has taken another step towards law with the completion of the bill’s committee stages with an amendment to prevent animals being used for testing cosmetics included. More >>

Immigration Bill Completes Committee Stage

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 4:44 pm |

An immigration bill to increase punishments for people exploiting migrant labour has completed its committee stage. More >>

A Flood Of Committee Reports

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 2:08 pm |

2013/14 Annual review of the Department of Internal Affairs by the Government Administration Committee 2013/14 Annual review of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet by the Government Administration Committee 2013/14 Annual review of the Ministry ... More >>

Animal Welfare And Immigration

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 10:44 am |

MPs will debate the committee stages of a number of bills covering immigration and animal welfare law when Parliament sits today. More >>

Keith Rankin : Subsistence and the Benefit

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 10:11 am | Keith Rankin

Yesterday on Radio New Zealand's Morning Report "Te Manu Korihi for 30 March 2015", Mana's Hone Harawira discussed the matter of unemployed Maori returning to their home rural villages losing their 'job-seeker' benefits, and how this process may ... More >>

Zahir Ebrahim : The Reality of Secular Humanism

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 10:01 am | Project Humanbeingsfirst

The Reality of Secular Humanism: Morality derived from the Intellect leads to Enslavement! Original URL Zahir Ebrahim | Project More >>

A day of reckoning, 39 years later... | Jamal Kanj

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 9:44 am | Jamal Kanj

If you are like me, I am sure you are tired of reading about the results of the last Israeli election. Or on Benjamin Netanyahu's Hebrew pledge running up to the election and his flip-flopped English version after winning the election. More >>

Israel: The 2015 Elections

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 9:42 am | INSS Insight

ABSTRACT: Following the March 17, 2015 elections, a right wing government with the addition of one centrist party is expected, even though the center-left bloc won 63 Knesset seats – a majority of the vote. The reason is embedded in Israel's political ... More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : Holy Week 2014 - Parts 1-5

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 9:36 am | Katya Rivas

My little daughter, let yourself be embraced by My most ardent desire that all souls come and purify themselves in the water of penance, and that the feeling of confidence, and not fear, may penetrate them, because I am a God of Mercy and I am always ready... More >>

Two ways to get attention: advertising, publicity

Monday, 30 March 2015, 7:34 pm | Digitl

A basic guide for business owners and others who want publicity. This is an updated version of a story first posted in 2008. More >>

Once in a Lifetime - City-building after Disaster in Christchurch

Monday, 30 March 2015, 5:01 pm | Freerange Press

It began with a sharp jolt at 4:37 a.m. on 4 September 2010. Radio New Zealand shifted to their emergency broadcast (which unfortunately was the Beach Boys’ song Good Vibrations ) and a collective thought emerged from New Zealanders that would be repeated ... More >>

An Industry of Misery: The Amanda Knox Case

Monday, 30 March 2015, 12:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was set to take years, and it did. Italy’s highest judicial body, the Court of Cassation, had the final word on whether the US national Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were responsible for the murder of British student ... More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : The Sorrows of the Virgin Mary

Monday, 30 March 2015, 12:33 pm | Katya Rivas

And now on Calvary I protested: “My God, return to those eyes that I adore the light that you imprinted in them since the day that You gave Him to me! Divine Father, see the horror of that holy face! Can you not at least wipe away so much Blood? More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Northland by-election

Monday, 30 March 2015, 10:14 am | Gordon Campbell

Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour ... More >>

PA 30/3/15 - Peters and Northland: What happens Next?

Monday, 30 March 2015, 9:52 am | Public Address

The preliminary results of the Northland by-election were released last night. A few overseas votes will be winging their way back to New Zealand, and checks will be made over the eligibility of those who cast special votes, but Winston… More >>

Reflecting on the Northland Byelection

Monday, 30 March 2015, 8:58 am | Keith Rankin

National's vulnerability in Northland should have taken nobody by surprise. Winston Peters is a very natural fit in his tūrangawaeawe. National, on 49% in Northland at the general election did not even have a majority of party votes. Patrick Gower ... More >>

Reflecting on the Northland Byelection

Monday, 30 March 2015, 8:57 am | Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin, 30 March 2015 National's vulnerability in Northland should have taken nobody by surprise. Winston Peters is a very natural fit in his tūrangawaeawe. National, on 49% in Northland at the general election did not even have a majority of party ... More >>

BBC’s Lame Interview With Israel’s Defence Minister

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 11:25 pm | Redress Information

On 19 March the BBC conducted an interview with Israel’s defence minister, Moshe Ya’alon, which was broadcast on Radio 4’s flagship “Today” programme. More >>

Cindy Sheehan & David Swanson : Stop Smoking the Democrack

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 11:19 pm | David Swanson

The U.S. government is toying with a war with nuclear Russia while already waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, having done severe damage to Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. Military spending is climbing ever higher. Presidential war powers are ... More >>

Violating International Law: Canada's Recipe Against ISIS

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 11:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

How is it possible to expand something that is, by definition, immeasurable? Such length of string arguments are bound to dog Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s opinion that the air campaign against ISIS needs expansion, lengthening, and deepening. ... More >>

Winston Peters and Northland workers

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 10:59 pm | Don Franks

Yes, it will be nice to see the smirk wiped off John Key's face if, as seems likely, Winston Peters wins tomorrow's Northland by election. More >>

Depression, Motivation and the Language of Terrorism

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 1:49 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The language of supposedly rational classification and categorisation has done terrible things. In the desperate need to find links, corollaries, causation, or simply correlations, we package, box and categorise like addicts in search of fixes. And when it comes ... More >>

The Final Countdown - Thanks & There's Still Time To Pledge

Friday, 27 March 2015, 5:32 pm | Scoop Operation Chrysalis

Phew! We are now counting down the hours to the end of this crowd-funding campaign at 11pm on Sunday. Thankyou to all those Scoop readers and supporters who have pledged already. You have been awesome. But this is not over yet. More >>

Northland Byelection - Dave Wolland Cartoons March 5th-26th

Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:41 pm | Dave Wolland

Nationals's candidate seems to be struggling to find his own voice as he attends a very public crash course in media training with media master Steven Joyce in Northland's By Election. Steven Joyce played a very influential role in National's astonishing ... More >>

Top 10 Reasons Bill Maher Not "Best Weapon Against ISIS"

Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:24 pm | David Swanson

10. This sort of argument for debunking Islam in the media as the best way to "defeat" ISIS/ISIL misses the fact that ISIS recruits from the United States make up almost certainly much less than 1% of recruits, so that 99% of the problem, even on its ... More >>

John McBeth: Aussies anxious too

Friday, 27 March 2015, 11:43 am | John McBeth

Mike Hesson is cool and calm. Brendon McCullum is the same. These two are exuding a calmness that eludes most of the Black Caps fans as we await the final of the Cricket World Cup. More >>

TPPA leak: Jacobi misleads about protections for NZ

Friday, 27 March 2015, 11:43 am | Jane Kelsey

On Radio NZ’s Morning Report Stephen Jacobi said New Zealand would have protections from obligations in the investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) that were not part of the text posted by Wikileaks yesterday. More >>

Gordon Campbell on a funeral in Asia and Northland

Friday, 27 March 2015, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key - who was already in South Korea - ... More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : God The Father

Friday, 27 March 2015, 9:57 am | Katya Rivas

Now, My Son, always so beloved, I will do what I told You then in the shadow of Gethsemane, and they will be great things to give You joy and honor. More >>

House Rises

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 6:19 pm |

The House rose at 6pm interrupting the interrupted second reading debate of the Human Rights Amendment Bill . More >>

Asus Transformer T300 Chi

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 5:41 pm | Digitl

Asus has worked hard to move upmarket. Making low-cost no-brand PCs is not good business. Today Asus wants to been seen as a maker of affordable, good-quality hardware. And Asus wants to be interesting. More >>

KiwiSaver Bill Completes Third Reading

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 5:04 pm |

A taxation bill freeing up more KiwiSaver money for first home buyers deposits has passed its third reading with general support. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Feeding frenzy in Northland

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:26 pm | Martin Doyle

Given Mark Osborne's apparent inability to match Winston Peters in one-on-one debates, the National party strategy appears to be a full-scale gang attack. More >>

Smiting the Brats: Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear and the BBC

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has been said for some time that the BBC, the darling doddering Beeb, has been having an image problem. The swarm of sexual allegations triggered by the Jimmy Savile scandal continues to shudder the broadcaster. More >>

Netanyahu the Mythbuster: 'Special Relationship' No More

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:50 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Imagine if an American presidential candidate made a plea to his supporters on election day with the following statement: “The Republican administration is in danger. Black voters are going en masse to the polls. Liberal NGOs are bringing them on buses.” More >>

Talk Nation Radio: Margaret Flowers on Stopping the TPP

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:27 pm | David Swanson

Margaret Flowers is a Maryland pediatrician who currently serves as co-director of and is co-host of Clearing the FOG Radio. She has been fighting to stop fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership for more than three years. We ... More >>

Thought for this Day: Empty Houses as Second Residences

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:18 pm | Keith Rankin

On 23 March I wrote in Scoop about Graham Adams' article in North and South (April 2015), which attributed Auckland's housing crisis to easy credit. In the same edition of that magazine is an article ("Running on Empty") by Joanna Wane that features ... More >>

Business Statement

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:10 pm |

Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee said when the House sat next Tuesday the Government would seek to progress the Social Security Amendment Bill (No 3) and the Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2) and other bills. Wednesday would be a Members Day. More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : The Resurrection of Jesus

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 12:30 pm | Katya Rivas

Your mission is to have Me loved by souls, and to teach them to live with Me. I have not died on the Cross, and gone through a thousand tortures to populate Hell with souls, but rather, to populate Heaven with chosen ones. More >>

KiwiSaver Bill To Pass

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 10:42 am |

The Government intends today to pass taxation law which would give greater access to KiwiSaver funds for those purchasing their first home. More >>

Committee Stages Completed On Two Bills

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 9:58 pm |

The committee stage of the Social Security Amendment Bill (No 3) was completed this evening. More >>

The Failings of Operation Slipper: Australia in Afghanistan

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 3:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was made as a special statement. The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wanted it known that Australian soldiers who had fought in Afghanistan in what has been the country’s longest war should not be treated like those who had fought in Vietnam. ... More >>

Vykom: Strategic Nonviolent Action Against Untouchability

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 3:20 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Why does nonviolent action work? And how good was Mohandas K. Gandhi as a nonviolent strategist? If you want high quality evidence in your search for answers to these two questions then I encourage you to read Professor Mary E. King's latest book on ... More >>

Censored Chinese Air Pollution Documentary "Under The Dome"

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 3:16 pm | Brandon Engel

Under the Dome — a new documentary which examines air pollution in China — has sparked international dialog about the importance of keeping our air clean. The film attracted 150 million views shortly after China Central Television’s newscaster, ... More >>

Bangkok's Firing Squad, Lime Trees & "Underboobs"

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 3:02 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The angry, frustrated, talkative general who seized Thailand in a military coup last May, said on Monday (March 23) if he had "complete power" he would have "a firing squad" execute people, but now he suffers insomnia because ... More >>

A New Government in Israel: Circumventing the Expected

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 2:56 pm | INSS Insight

ABSTRACT: A new Israeli government has yet to be formed and sworn in, but the Israeli and international media have already predicted a collision between Israel and the international community, including the United States. More >>

Something in the USA Works Right : A VA Non-Profit Hospital

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 2:52 pm | John Stanton

It is easy to severely criticize the state of many things in the United States of America: the US President and Congress bowing to the demands of the national security community to exempt their $ 1 trillion (US) spending from sequestration mandates. More >>

Happy Tears: Human Connection Leading to Human Development

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 2:47 pm | Yossef Ben-Meir

We may know - perhaps even at first hand - of a gap in society whose presence causes pain for countless individuals. Here in Morocco, such a void - that of unrelenting poverty - exists, particularly in rural places (where poverty is typically most concentrated ... More >>

MPs Praise The Black Caps

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 2:19 pm |

When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : Jesus Pronounces His Last Words

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 11:35 am | Katya Rivas

My children, there are no glorious crosses on earth; they are all wrapped in mystery, in darkness, in exasperation. In mystery, because you do not understand it; in darkness, because it confuses the mind; and in exasperation, because it strikes exactly in ... More >>


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