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Terrorism bill delayed as National seeks conditions

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 5:36 pm | RNZ

Terrorism bill delayed as National seek conditions: 'I do feel a little dicked around' - Little More >>

Bridges' officials claimed failed tech 'transformational'

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:59 pm | RNZ

Ministerial briefings show officials told Simon Bridges, when he was Transport Minister, that a Silicon Valley company would transform New Zealand. More >>

Random chance finalises new Whakatane councillor

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:51 pm | RNZ

A name drawn from a hat has determined who will represent the southern-most communities of the Whakatane district over the next three years. More >>

No figures on multi-million costs of visa delays

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:34 pm | RNZ

Education providers are questioning why Education New Zealand is not calculating the cost of visa delays to the sector. More >>

Extremist preacher barred from entering New Zealand

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:12 pm | RNZ

An extremist American preacher who wants Barack Obama to die has been denied access to New Zealand. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Simon Bridges and political correctness

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 12:46 pm | Gordon Campbell

Having failed all year at being a credible alternative Prime Minister, National leader Simon Bridges has lowered his aspirational target this week to something more within his range. On radio yesterday, Bridges did his best to come across as National’s ... More >>

8chan founder fights owner's Philippine citizenship bid

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 11:20 am | RNZ

The creator of the 8chan website - used by the 15 March gunman to promote the video of the atrocity - is locked in a bitter battle with its current owner. More >>

New terrorism legislation faces first reading in Parliament

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 11:04 am | RNZ

New terrorism legislation is up for its first reading in Parliament this evening, but it's unclear whether it will have the numbers to pass. More >>

PM's Post-Cab: Now We Are Two

Monday, 21 October 2019, 5:41 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her Monday Beehive press conference by discussing the newly-announced increase in trade training places. She also used the upcoming two year anniversary of the formation of the Government to highlight achievements ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on global factors facing TV3

Monday, 21 October 2019, 11:33 am | Gordon Campbell

T o date, most of the diagnosis of TV3’s problems has had to do with the gloomy future of free-to-air television in the age of digital streaming, the erosion of advertising revenues by the impact of Facebook and Google, and a few other internal ... More >>

Celebrity Protesters and Extinction Rebellion

Sunday, 20 October 2019, 6:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Benedict Cumberbatch. Olivia Colman. Fine actors. They believe in Extinction Rebellion, or perhaps, rebelling against the prospect of extinction. The environment thing, humanity as a damnably scandalous, ecologically damaging species. But they also believe ... More >>

EA says retailers have undermined benefits of rule changes

Sunday, 20 October 2019, 12:20 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Electricity retailers have acted in ways to undermine the intended benefits of the ‘save protection scheme’ and the ‘retail data project’ says the Electricity Authority. More >>

Major electricity users say TPM change will have dire impact

Sunday, 20 October 2019, 12:16 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Major electricity users who face increased charges under the revised transmission pricing methodology worn of dire consequences including the possibility of closure and major job losses. Conversely, Rio Tinto, whose Tiwai Point aluminium smelter ... More >>

Price review leads to further review of energy institutions

Sunday, 20 October 2019, 12:10 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Following on from the Electricity Price Review (EPR), the Government is beginning work on a further review to “explore new institutional arrangements” in the energy sector. More >>

The Decent Protester: A Down Under Creation

Friday, 18 October 2019, 4:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Decent Protester, appropriately capitalised and revered is, from the outset, one who does not protest. It is an important point: to protest in the visage of such a person is an urge best left to inner fantasy and feeling. You come late to the ... More >>

Trump Articles of Impeachment

Friday, 18 October 2019, 2:53 pm | David Swanson

In his conduct while President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution ... More >>

Outright Nuclear Fascism in Ohio….Be Very Afraid

Friday, 18 October 2019, 9:48 am | Harvey Wasserman

A violent, overtly fascist putsch against an anti-nuclear referendum in Ohio has taken the corporate assault on American democracy to a terrifying new level. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

Friday, 18 October 2019, 9:35 am | Gordon Campbell

While his new deal is flawed, British PM Boris Johnson has achieved the impossible by coming up with a formula that (a) significantly differs from the Theresa May deal (b) that scraps the Irish ‘ backstop” and avoids a hard land border on the island ... More >>

New Zealand housing crisis worsens under Labour government

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 12:07 pm | Socialist Equality Group

Nearly two years into its term in office, and ten months after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that 2019 would be her Labour Party-led government’s “year of delivery,” one of New Zealand’s major social issues—housing—is embroiled ... More >>

Piggish Problems: African Swine Fever Does Its Worst

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:45 am | Binoy Kampmark

You cannot get away from it, at least in print or in Google land. African swine fever is doing its rounds, cutting through the swine population of Asia with remorseless dedication. Since its deadly debut in China last year, it has done away with some ... More >>

World must not sleep-walk into another debt crisis

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:26 am | Commonwealth Secretary General

Trade wars, protectionism, and nationalist rhetoric are combining to weave the possibility of a nightmare debt crisis that could be worse than any previously experienced. Global borrowing is now at the highest levels since the 1950s – and history suggests we ... More >>

The Real Reason Behind Abbas’ Call for Elections

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:22 am | Ramzy Baroud

The call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for elections in the Occupied Territories is a political ploy. There will be no true, democratic elections under Abbas’ leadership. The real question is: why did he make the call in the first ... More >>

Campbell on China’s ability to infringe free speech

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 1:15 pm | Gordon Campbell

Luckily for us, China seems to have no interest in rugby, netball or cricket. Therefore, New Zealand is probably safe from the amazing erosion of those cherished American constitutional rights to free speech that China has just ripped to shreds in the ... More >>

Campbell on the fallout from the selling out of the Kurds

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 10:35 am | Gordon Campbell

Less than a week can seem like a long time in politics…Reportedly, the US betrayal of the Kurds in northern Syria has not only trashed the Kurds’ bold experiment in egalitarian self-rule, but has also pushed them into the arms of the Assad regime. ... More >>

Campbell on the local body election result in Wellington

Monday, 14 October 2019, 12:59 pm | Gordon Campbell

F or obvious reasons, politics is more of a big deal in the capital city than anywhere else in the country. Even so, fewer than four in ten eligible voters bothered to vote in Saturday’s local body elections in Wellington (turnout 39.66%). Even less ... More >>

Stewardship land review a “red rag to a bull”

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 2:31 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Conservation Authority’s has been warned by its West Coast liaison board that proceeding with a review of the Department of Conservation’s stewardship land in the run up to the election would be a “red rag to a bull”. More >>

University Woes: The Managerial Class Gets Uppity

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 1:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The university, in a global sense, is passing into a managerial oblivion. There are a few valiant holdouts, but they have the luxury of history, time, and learning. Cambridge and Oxford, for instance, still boast traditional academics, soaking erudition, ... More >>

Human Violence: Pervasive, Multi-dimensional

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 6:18 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Violence is pervasive throughout human society and it has a vast range of manifestations. Moreover, some of these manifestations – particularly the threat of nuclear war (which might start regionally), the climate catastrophe and the ongoing ecological ... More >>

The Politics of Funding: Cash Crisis at the United Nations

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 7:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It remains one of the more unusual arrangements in terms of funding. Like a club filled with members of erratic disposition, the United Nations can never count on all dues to come in on time. Some members drag their feet. The bill is often delayed. ... More >>

Treasury admits second confidential information blunder

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 5:31 pm | RNZ

The new Treasury boss has had to make an embarrassing apology to the Finance Minister, just weeks into her new job, after a second lapse around confidential information. More >>

Rugby World Cup: All Blacks' match against Italy cancelled

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 4:51 pm | RNZ

The All Blacks final Rugby World Cup pool match against Italy has been called off due to Super Typhoon Hagibis, World Rugby has confirmed. More >>

Gordon Campbell on betraying the Kurds

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 1:30 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on betraying the Kurds, and the criticism of Adrian Orr First published on Werewolf More >>

Sonny Tau resigns as chairman of Te Rūnanga ā iwi o Ngāpuhi

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 11:33 am | RNZ

Ngāpuhi leader Sonny Tau has resigned as the chairman of Te Rūnanga ā iwi o Ngāpuhi. More >>

Super Typhoon leaves CNMI unscathed, heads for Japan

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10:53 am | RNZ

Powerful Super Typhoon Hagibis has left the Northern Marianas unscathed and is on its way to Japan. More >>

Moruroa nuclear site could collapse, MP warns UN

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10:51 am | RNZ

French Polynesian pro-independence politician, Moetai Brotherson, says it is only a matter of time before the French nuclear weapons test site at Moruroa collapses. More >>

Austrian countess fined over NZ land purchase

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10:11 am | RNZ

Green Rush - An Austrian countess breached New Zealand's overseas investment rules while buying an iconic farm station to convert to pine trees, but was allowed to keep the property and was fined just a fraction of the purchase price. More >>

Search for man near ferry terminal finished

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 2:38 pm | RNZ

The police dive squad has finished its search for a man last seen going into the water near Auckland's ferry terminal in the early hours of Monday. More >>

Defects left Cashmere High fire protection compromised

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 11:27 am | RNZ

Mistakes by contractors compromised fire sprinklers and alarms at one of the country's largest high schools. More >>

Local elections turn-out too early to tell

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 10:59 am | RNZ

Local Government New Zealand says it is still too early to make a prediction on voter turnout for Saturday's election. More >>

Litany of failures led to Kiribati ferry tragedy - report

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 10:56 am | RNZ

A ship that sank in Kiribati last year, killing 95 people, was severely overloaded, unauthorised to carry passengers, had no emergency beacon, not enough life jackets, and was also commanded by a captain who ignored several warnings on the day of the ... More >>

NZ First reports leak of members' data to police

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 10:31 am | RNZ

New Zealand First is reporting a breach of party member details to the police and the Privacy Commissioner. More >>

Review finds NZTA road safety regulation failings

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 10:27 am | RNZ

A government review has found years of ineffective monitoring at the Transport Agency led to road safety regulation failings. More >>

Parent visa to retain skilled migrants pushing some to leave

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 1:11 pm | RNZ

Thousands of migrants have been dealt a crushing blow with new stringent rules dashing their hopes of bringing parents from overseas to live in New Zealand. More >>

Parent Category visa ‘grossly unfair’ for long term migrants

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 11:54 am | Aaron Martin

Anyone who has settled in New Zealand will be affected by the Parent visa – whether they arrived two years ago or 20 years ago. Immigration Law expert Aaron Martin points out that even New Zealand citizens who migrated here half a lifetime ago are no longer ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on a new book on the leaky homes scandal

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 11:09 am | Gordon Campbell

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of ... More >>

Endeavour arrives at Tūranganui-a-Kiwa as part of Tuia 250

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 9:55 am | RNZ

The co-chair for Tuia 250 national commemorations says it's not a bad thing if people want to express their views, as a replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour is today set to make its way into Tūranganui-a-Kiwa. More >>

The America of Trump’s Father

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 9:32 am | Wayne Madsen

One might have been confused about America’s actual loyalties during the brewing years of World War II if they happened to live in the greater New York City region. New York and its suburbs in Long Island and New Jersey had a vibrant community of ... More >>

Dozens of arrests after central Wellington climate protest

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 9:29 am | RNZ

Extinction Rebellion block off street in central Wellington 8:04 pm on 7 October 2019 More >>

Extinction Rebellion block off street in central Wellington

Monday, 7 October 2019, 3:38 pm | RNZ

Climate change protesters have glued themselves to a glass wall inside a bank in central Wellington. More >>

Dunedin's property managers under the spotlight

Monday, 7 October 2019, 12:29 pm | RNZ

Otago advocates for tenants are calling for the rental industry to be regulated further, with unscrupulous property managers made to sit a test or get a proper licence. More >>

Auckland woman 'loses tens of thousands' in evil spirit scam

Monday, 7 October 2019, 12:08 pm | RNZ

Police are again warning about a type of scam targeting elderly Chinese people after an Auckland woman lost tens of thousands of dollars. More >>

Over 11,500 flee West Papua town after clashes

Monday, 7 October 2019, 11:52 am | RNZ

Indonesia says more than 11,500 people have been evacuated from a town in West Papua. More >>

Foreign forestry companies NZ's biggest landowners

Monday, 7 October 2019, 11:44 am | RNZ

The four largest private landowners in New Zealand are all foreign-owned forestry companies, an RNZ investigation has found. More >>

Internal Dissolution: Brexit and the Disunited Kingdom

Sunday, 6 October 2019, 6:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

While the European family seems to be having its internal spats – populist sparks within threatening to light the powder keg – the marshals and deputies, for the most part, are attempting to contain the British contagion. Britain is still scheduled ... More >>

NZ performs well in world energy trilemma index, but slips

Sunday, 6 October 2019, 3:27 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on September26 , 2019. An analysis of the World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index shows NZ ranks highly in comparison to other countries, but has slipped in terms of security and sustainability. More >>

Lines companies, retailers clash in default price debate

Sunday, 6 October 2019, 3:22 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on September26 , 2019. Electricity lines companies are suggesting changes are needed to the regulatory framework due to the impact of low-interest rates on calculations as the Commerce Commission releases ... More >>

Italy Should Make Friends with the U.S. Public

Friday, 4 October 2019, 11:31 am | David Swanson

In the late 1980s when I was a teenager and an exchange student in Bassano del Grappa I loved Italy for the same reasons I’ve loved it ever since, reasons that include natural and human-created and human beauty. I found Italians on average to be friendly, ... More >>

Little: Unis need academic freedoms, not discrimination

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 5:31 pm | RNZ

The Justice Minister says universities are in a difficult position, as stickers promoting a white supremacist group appear on campuses across the country. More >>

'Lots of tears' as Pike River families enter mine drift

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 4:59 pm | RNZ

Pike River families have laid flowers and taken small rocks as mementoes as they visit the seal to the mine for the first time. More >>

Orphan stuck in Syrian refugee camp could be a New Zealander

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 4:31 pm | RNZ

It's been claimed a three-year-old orphan stuck in a Syrian refugee camp is the child of a deceased New Zealand citizen. More >>