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Ngāpuhi elder 'shocked' by conditions at Ngawha Prison

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 10:57 am | RNZ

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard. More >>

Hapū ready to occupy mountain to stop cell phone tower

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 10:11 am | RNZ

Hapū in Northland are willing to occupy a mountain in Hokianga, and be arrested if necessary, in order to stop the construction of a cell phone tower. More >>

Wellington building quality control docs lost in translation

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 10:00 am | RNZ

The builders of a high-rise block of apartments in central Wellington resisted getting translations done of important Chinese quality control documents. More >>

Opposition policy costings response 'ridiculous' - Robertson

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 9:44 am | RNZ

The finance minister is accusing Simon Bridges of "electioneering" and introducing "the very worst of American politics'' to New Zealand. More >>

Abuse Inquiry: Churches may drop confidentiality agreements

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:59 pm | RNZ

The Catholic and Anglican churches are considering quashing confidentiality agreements preventing abuse survivors from giving evidence to the inquiry investigating historical abuse in care. More >>

Southern Response boss silent as calls for inquiry grow

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:49 pm | RNZ

The Southern Response boss was nowhere to be found today as calls for a public inquiry into the state insurer's conduct reignited today. More >>

Measles cases on the rise, people urged to get vaccinated

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 12:43 pm | RNZ

More than 100 new cases of the measles have been confirmed in the past week, according to new figures from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research. More >>

Manus Island refugees offered Port Moresby move

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 12:36 pm | RNZ

Refugees detained on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have been offered relocation to Port Moresby by the PNG government. More >>

Drones wanted in fight to protect Māui dolphins

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 11:46 am | RNZ

Two fishing companies and WWF want drones, new rules, and support for out-of-work fishers as part of a package to protect Māui dolphins. More >>

Arguments over Māui and Hector's dolphin protection plan

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 11:29 am | RNZ

A group of conservationists marched on Parliament today [ 19 August ], demanding better protection for two of New Zealand's native dolphin species. More >>

PM's Post-Cab 19/8/19: Bad Mail

Monday, 19 August 2019, 5:15 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her post-cabinet press conference on Monday by running through recent government announcements, followed by a preview of her week to come. She also said Depity Prime Minister Winston Peters would not be attending ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Hong Kong protest movement

Monday, 19 August 2019, 12:27 pm | Gordon Campbell

Nearly ten weeks after the huge Hong Kong protests began, managing to still get 1.7 million people onto the streets in the rain is a testament to how strong the pro-democracy movement has become . More >>

Dunedin mayoralty campaign heats up in cold southern winter

Monday, 19 August 2019, 11:55 am | RNZ

Traditionally, changes to Dunedin's leadership marked a seismic shift or the ascension of an heir apparent. Photo: Ulrich Lange / Wikimedia commons More >>

Australian PM's attitude 'neo-colonial' says Tuvalu

Monday, 19 August 2019, 11:38 am | RNZ

Tuvalu's prime minister has condemned the Australian prime minister's conduct at last week's Pacific Islands Forum, calling Scott Morrison's attitude "unfortunate" and "neo-colonial," and questioning Australia's future in the 18-member ... More >>

Help to stay in tenancies a 'critical' step on homelessness

Monday, 19 August 2019, 10:26 am | RNZ

The government's new plan to prevent homelessness is being described by service providers as a critical step towards ending the problem. More >>

Sinfonietta Fantastica

Monday, 19 August 2019, 9:12 am | Max Rashbrooke

Friday night’s Sinfonietta, the latest offering in the Shed Series concerts, continued its (newly forged) tradition of innovative ideas. If the positioning of the orchestra in the room was, regrettably, a little more traditional than in past outings, the ... More >>

Outrage over babies taken by the state

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:29 am | Socialist Equality Group

On July 30, several hundred people gathered outside parliament in Wellington for a protest titled “Hands Off Our Tamariki [children].” They delivered a petition with 17,000 signatures calling for the government to stop “stealing Maori children.” ... More >>

Condescension and Climate Change

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 6:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was predictably ugly: in tone, in regret, and, in some ways, disgust. Australia emerged from the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting isolated, the true spoiler of the party which saw 17 states facing the obstinacy of one. It had taken place ... More >>

Oil reserves budget blow out reason for quiet levy increase

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 12:08 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on August 8 2019. A budget blow out in meeting NZ’s obligation to meet oil storage reserves was behind a small but relatively unpublicised rise in petrol levies. More >>

Burning darkly

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 10:39 am | Max Rashbrooke

Compromise is the essence of politics. But which compromises are beyond the pale – are, in fact, compromising? To what extent does our purity rely on the compromises of others? And do women in politics have to make compromises very different to those ... More >>

God, Guns and Video Games

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 3:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The din struck by videos of the gaming variety; its forced causal link (always alleged, never proved) to altering conduct, continues its relentless march across the discussion forums in the United States and beyond. The almost casual butcheries – actual, ... More >>

The Pacific will no longer stand for Australia's inaction

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 10:01 am | The Conversation

The Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tuvalu this week has ended in open division over climate change. Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory. More >>

Trial of Christchurch mosque attack accused may be delayed

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 4:36 pm | RNZ

The trial next year of the accused Christchurch mosque gunman may be delayed by a month in accordance with the wishes of the victims, the High Court at Christchurch has been told. More >>

EU wants to keep regional produce names for itself

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 4:22 pm | RNZ

The trade and export growth minister, Damien O'Connor says he's "very aware" the European Union wants to secure the protection of some produce names as part of Free Trade Agreement negotiations with New Zealand and other countries. More >>

ComCom pushes Fonterra on impact of carbon reductions

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 1:26 pm | BusinessDesk

Aug. 15 (BusinessDesk) - The Commerce Commission wants more information from Fonterra Cooperative Group on what it thinks the cost of cutting carbon emissions will have on the milk price paid to farmers. More >>

Wellington train outage to affect evening rush hour

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 12:48 pm | RNZ

Evening train services will be affected due to a power fault near the Wellington Railway Station this morning that may mean damaged trains must be towed away. More >>

Samoa arrest as assassination plot investigation continues

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 12:37 pm | RNZ

Police in Samoa have arrested Malele Atofu Paulo, also known as King Faipopo, as an investigation into an alleged plot to assassinate the prime minister continues. More >>

Fourth court hearing for accused mosque gunman

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 12:08 pm | RNZ

The fourth court hearing for accused Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant has taken place at the High Court in Christchurch. More >>

Accused mosque shooter's prison letter posted online

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 9:30 am | RNZ

The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks has sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. More >>

Price tag puts govt off university merger

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 5:11 pm | RNZ

A multi-million price tag has killed government support for a proposed partnership between Lincoln and Canterbury universities. More >>

Denying Climate Change and Boosting China’s Threat

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 3:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia has always nursed a contradictory, repressive relationship with its Pacific neighbours. Being a satrap of great powers, it has performed the role of gate keeper and monitor of regional instability, a condescending, often paternalistic agent. ... More >>

Peters Labels Paula Bennett’s Announcement ‘Amateur Hour’

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 1:53 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader 14 August 2019 Winston Peters Labels Paula Bennett’s Announcement ‘Amateur Hour’ “This has got to be ‘amateur hour’ or can’t be true,” says Leader of New Zealand First Rt Hon Winston Peters ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on why Boris is threatening to shoot a puppy

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 11:53 am | Gordon Campbell

It may help to think of the October 31 ‘no deal’ Brexit as a warm, rascally puppy. And British PM Boris Johnson has made it clear that he will shoot that puppy, unless someone stops him. Look, Johnson is as good as saying, here I go across the room ... More >>

PM Ardern to tackle climate change conversation in Tuvalu

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 10:45 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is on her way to Tuvalu for the 50th Pacific Islands Forum, where climate change is expected to dominate discussions. More >>

Kiwis travelling to Hong Kong warned flights could change

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 9:18 am | RNZ

As flights at Hong Kong's international airport were disrupted for a second day, a New Zealander caught up in the flight delays says travellers aren't blaming the anti-government protesters. More >>

Teen pleads guilty to possessing mosque shoooting video

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 5:20 pm | RNZ

A 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to possessing a copy of the video of the Christchurch mosque shootings. More >>

The Dig: Scoop’s Engaged Journalism Platform Launches

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 4:16 pm | The Dig

The Scoop Ecosystem has grown bigger with the launch of The Dig - a new public interest, in-depth, Engaged Journalism platform. The Dig will be 100% funded by donations to the Scoop Foundation and profits from Scoop Publishing once it breaks even. It will ... More >>

There is a field: Reimagining Biodiversity in Aotearoa

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 3:56 pm | The Dig

Aoraki Mt Cook. Photo: Stefan Wagener. CC2.0 “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. - Rumi. 13th Century Mystic Poet By: Joseph Cederwall We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected ... More >>

PM's talk with Boris Johnson focuses on free trade deal

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 3:34 pm | RNZ

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talked free trade, Brexit and the Christchurch Call during a phone call with the new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night. More >>

CPAC Down Under

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 2:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

CPAC, otherwise known as the Conservative Political Action Conference, had arrived in Sydney. The real entertainment bill was to be supplied by such figures as Brexiter supremo Nigel Farage and former editor-in-chief of Breitbart News London, Raheem ... More >>

Scott Barrett suspended for three weeks

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 1:13 pm | RNZ

All Blacks lock Scott Barrett has been suspended from all forms of rugby for three weeks for his no arms tackle to the head of Australian captain Michael Hooper in Perth on Saturday night. More >>

Two-horse race: Candidates Tamihere and Goff go head-to-head

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 1:09 pm | RNZ

The Auckland mayoral race heated up last night with the third-ranked candidate pulling out and offering John Tamihere an easier path to the Town Hall. More >>

Minister cautions Huawei against 'heavying' NZ government

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 12:56 pm | RNZ

GCSB Minister Andrew Little has cautioned Huawei against "heavying the government" with threats to exit New Zealand. More >>

Labour Party members allowed right to appeal investigation

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 12:46 pm | RNZ

Labour Party members who complained about bullying and harassment will be allowed to appeal an investigation which they feel ignored their concerns. More >>

Long wait for immigration decision on trafficking victims

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 11:00 am | RNZ

Fifteen victims of human trafficking who gave evidence in court are waiting to find out their fate - four years on from the court case which they fear put them in jeopardy of revenge attacks. More >>

NZ First tightlipped on prisoners' voting rights

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 10:29 am | RNZ

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is keeping his cards close to his chest on whether prisoners should have the right to vote. More >>

Taxpayers hit from govt partnership with US videogame maker

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 10:05 am | RNZ

The Transport Agency has sunk public money into a partnership with Silicon Valley company Machine Zone, that talked up its vision of autonomous programmes called bots running the whole transportation system at first, then the entire country. More >>

Exclusive top Māori language academy comes to an end

Monday, 12 August 2019, 5:25 pm | RNZ

The country's most exclusive and top Māori language academy has come to an end. More >>

Royal Commission funds Islamic Women's Council's legal rep

Monday, 12 August 2019, 5:18 pm | RNZ

The Islamic Women's Council has received financial assistance from the Royal Commission into the Christchurch Mosque Attacks to help it pay for legal representation. More >>

Plans for Te Papa branch in South Auckland canned

Monday, 12 August 2019, 5:15 pm | RNZ

The community in South Auckland says the loss of a planned arm of Te Papa museum there is a huge blow. More >>

'Metropolitan-based power culture' targeting fishing - Jones

Monday, 12 August 2019, 5:12 pm | RNZ

The Minister for Regional Economic Development has launched a stinging attack on urban liberals, accusing them of trying to take the fishing industry down. More >>

Privacy Commissioner in dark over Auckland CCTV plan

Monday, 12 August 2019, 5:09 pm | RNZ

The Privacy Commissioner has not been consulted about Auckland Transport's plans to introduce hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of advanced CCTV cameras. More >>

PM's Post-Cab 12/8/19: Employment Deployment

Monday, 12 August 2019, 4:30 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined at her post-cabinet press conference by Minister of Employment for the announcement of the government's employment strategy. More >>

Civil Aviation Authority misled on inspector numbers: report

Monday, 12 August 2019, 1:13 pm | RNZ

The Civil Aviation Authority is accused of misleading the public about the number of helicopter inspectors on its staff when a fatal crash killed seven people in 2015. More >>

Little blue penguins near Wellington Railway Station again

Monday, 12 August 2019, 1:04 pm | RNZ

There have been more sightings of penguins near Wellington Railway Station on Sunday night, this time waddling into a parking building above a burger restaurant. More >>

Chemical spill: two workers taken to hospital

Monday, 12 August 2019, 12:53 pm | RNZ

Two people have been taken to hospital after a chemical spill at a Wellington business, forcing a highway lane to close this morning. More >>

Conspiracy, Death and Jeffrey Epstein

Monday, 12 August 2019, 12:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Within minutes of news about his death in a Manhattan jail cell Saturday morning, theories spread with pestilential vigour. Was Jeffrey Epstein murdered? Accepting the premise without qualification, the next question followed: Who did it? MSNBC ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on NZ First and the ban on prisoner voting

Monday, 12 August 2019, 11:07 am | Gordon Campbell

Justice Minister Andrew Little has indicated that he will be taking a paper to Cabinet with the aim of repealing the ban. Good luck with that. The road block at Cabinet is likely to be New Zealand First, which also derailed Little’s attempt to repeal ... More >>

Our Vanishing World: Rainforests

Sunday, 11 August 2019, 5:01 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Rainforests are a crucial feature of Earth’s biosphere. Apart from being critical to Earth’s climate and vital carbon sinks, the major player in Earth’s hydrological (water) cycle, a massive producer of oxygen and home to most of the world’s species, ... More >>

Govt should clean up its own its own fossil fuel burning

Sunday, 11 August 2019, 2:23 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Transpower’s report on electrification of the economy calls on the Government to lead the way in the areas it funds and owns. More >>