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Mobile market competition issues ComCom should watch

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 1:35 pm | Digitl

There are areas where New Zealand's mobile market competition does not work as well as it might. Here are three for the Commerce Commission to consider. More >>

Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 1:28 pm | Digitl

New Zealand is getting a chief technology officer. There's a lot to do, but the job is as much about setting the tone, making sure policymakers are informed and giving technology a seat at the top table. More >>

Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 1:17 pm | Digitl

Facebook will drop traditional news stories from the News Feed. Mark Zuckerberg says the goal is to clean up the social network making it a force for good . The move is overdue. More >>

Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 1:12 pm | Digitl

You don't need to spend the thick end of NZ$2000 to get a decent phone. The NZ$500 Huawei Nova 2i gives you three-quarters of a modern high-end phone for a quarter of the price. More >>

New Zealand hits peak broadband data

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 1:09 pm | Digitl

Chorus’ network hit its 2017 peak at 9.25pm on December 10. The broadband network was delivering 1.328 Terabits per second. The numbers are rising fast. More >>

Campbell on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 11:40 am | Gordon Campbell

A pparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care. Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Oprah as a presidential hopeful

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 1:19 pm | Gordon Campbell

O prah for President…That was one of those summer silly season stories, right ? Maybe not. On the morning after the Golden Globes Awards ceremony where she delivered That Speech (“ I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is ... More >>

Fuming in the White House: The Bannon-Trump Implosion

Friday, 12 January 2018, 12:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Michael Wolff is laughing, if not gloating, all his way to the bank. Money bags are singing; bank accounts are being filled. Doubts about the free publicity his work on the Trump White House would receive would have abated with the tweeting complex ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the latest US threats to bomb North Korea

Thursday, 11 January 2018, 8:44 pm | Gordon Campbell

J ust before Christmas, the US political scientist and government consultant Edward Luttwak published an article in Foreign Policy magazine called “Its Time To Bomb North Korea.” More >>

Auckland Transport ridesharing app trial a positive step

Thursday, 11 January 2018, 2:55 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Auckland Transport is seeking proposals for a ride-sharing system to help address Auckland's transport woes. The public transport agency is scoping a trial platform to support an on-demand ride-sharing service, including apps for both the driver ... More >>

Parallel Worlds: Trump, Nuclear Buttons and Korean Diplomacy

Saturday, 6 January 2018, 10:49 am | Binoy Kampmark

It has been said that what is required in dealing with the Trump administration is less an army of diplomats than keen and attentive psychiatrists. Those psychiatrists would have had dreams of splendour contemplating how a statement about having access ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the US demonising of Iran

Friday, 5 January 2018, 12:47 pm | Gordon Campbell

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike. Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its ... More >>

Ilya and Emilia Kababov at the Tate Modern

Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 10:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Installation art deserves its reputation in many quarters as trumped up and pretentious, an exaggeration dressed up as a profound truth. History is ignored, and all is deemed modern and defiant. It also seems, often, to be a terrible misuse of gallery space. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the attacks on Lorde, over Israel

Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 12:53 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he escalation of attacks on Lorde for her considered decision not to perform in Israel is unfortunate, but is not entirely unexpected. In many respects though, the full page Washington Post ad attack upon the New Zealand singer – and on the recent ... More >>

A Photo Essay - “Sempy’s Xmas”

Saturday, 30 December 2017, 1:16 pm | Kent Blechynden

Sempy is an old school punk rocker from New Plymouth who is on the methadone programme. He thought he would be alone on Xmas day but two of his mates showed up. More >>

Dotcom, Elections and Google - Most Read Items Scoop 2017

Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 9:34 pm | The Scoop Editor

Many have tired of the seemingly never-ending Kim Dotcom saga, his arrest, legal battle against extradition, the fallout from the authorities’ conduct and the various sideshows have gone on for years. More >>

The Politics of Manus Island

Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 2:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In what has been a nightmare at Christmas, the plight of refugees relocated to other sites on Manus Island after the closure of the facility at Lombrum Naval Base has worsened. The latest scenes at East Lorengau Transit Centre, where 300 men have been ... More >>

Catalan pro-independence parties win narrow majority

Friday, 22 December 2017, 10:37 am | Joseph Cederwall

With over 90 pct of Catalan vote counted, pro-independence parties appear to have a narrow majority. The unionist ‘Citizens’ party are marginally ahead in vote share and could finish as the largest party, however, the three pro-independence ... More >>

Journeying to the DMZ

Thursday, 21 December 2017, 7:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Atrocity tourism and what might be termed the tourism of divisive obstacles (fences, barbed wire, mine fields) can be great money earners. Former concentration and extermination camps in Europe bring in currency even as visitors shake with stunned grief and moral ... More >>

Protecting the protectors

Thursday, 21 December 2017, 10:51 am | Charlotte Graham

What Do Those Working with Our Most Vulnerable Neighbours Need From Us to Help Keep Them Safe in a Natural Disaster? More >>

Oh For Godsake, Leave Jill Stein Alone

Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 11:26 am | David Swanson

I’ve known Jill Stein for years. I knew weeks ago that the Senate “Intelligence” Committee was coming after her. I set up this petition to put reasonable limits on Russiagate. But I’ve not heard from Jill, nor had any secret communication from ... More >>

I OIA'd every council in NZ and all I got was this headache

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 12:15 pm | Charlotte Graham

During my quest to find out which councils in New Zealand had specific plans put in place for the protection of vulnerable communities during Civil Defence emergencies, it was suggested to me several times that I had submitted an Official Information ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the quest for zero net carbon emissions

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 11:14 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on yesterday’s quest for zero net carbon emissions First published on Werewolf More >>

The House's last days before Christmas

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 11:06 am | The Scoop Team

Parliament heads into its final days of the year this week before the summer adjournment. More >>

The Even More Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 8:46 am | David Swanson

Twenty-Seven psychiatrists and mental health experts have produced a book called The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump , which I think, despite stating that the fate of the world is in the hands of an evil madman, understates the danger. More >>

PM’s Presser 18/12/17: Zero Carbon

Monday, 18 December 2017, 5:54 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern attended the Post Cabinet press conference today with the Minister for Climate change James Shaw. The main announcement being the cabinet’s plans for a new Zero Carbon Act . Shaw said that initially an interim climate commission ... More >>

Earthquake Journalism Grant Investigations Published

Monday, 18 December 2017, 12:47 pm | The Scoop Foundation

The Scoop Foundation is proud to announce the publication of the first works resulting from our 2017 Kaikoura Earthquake Investigative Journalism Grant round. The funded journalists in this round were Veronika Meduna and Charlotte Graham. Both have utilised ... More >>

Empowering communities to act in a disaster can save lives -

Monday, 18 December 2017, 12:04 pm | Charlotte Graham

2017 has seen parts of the United States in the grip of savage wildfires and hurricanes - so many that US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employees have been warned that they might have their pay docked for working too much . More >>

Gordon Campbell on why a ‘hard Brexit’ has hit a brick wall

Monday, 18 December 2017, 11:11 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on why a ‘hard Brexit’ has hit a brick wall First published on Werewolf More >>

Tributes flow for NZ journalist Yasmine Ryan

Friday, 15 December 2017, 8:27 pm | Pacific Media Watch More >>

House goes into Urgency

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 4:36 pm | The Scoop Team

Parliament has gone into Urgency to pass through all stages the Families Package (Income Tax and Benefits) Bill . More >>

Kitten killers highlight need for compassionate education

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:07 pm | Lynley Tulloch

Very disturbing footage of a kitten being stoned by a group of five young people from Southland in New Zealand has emerged online. The youth are aged between 11 and 16 and animal welfare group Paws Justice called it “one of the worst cases” they ... More >>

The Kaikoura Rebuild: A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 12:35 pm | Veronika Meduna

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season. More >>

Trump Denial Machine: Good enough for Government work

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 12:06 pm | Bill Grigsby

It’s been a busy week for the president, between his daily routine of 4-8 hours of watching himself on TV (which he denies), to more public accusations of sexual predation (which he denies), to demanding that the Washington Post’s David Weigel ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Defence spending, Alabama, & Dolly Parton

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 12:00 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual ... More >>

End of Life Choice Bill Debate

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 11:26 pm | The Scoop Team

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. More >>

End of Life Choice Bill Sent To Select Committee

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:12 pm | The Scoop Team

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has completed its first reading debate and been sent to a select committee for consideration. More >>

Three Bills Drawn From The Ballot

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 3:36 pm | The Scoop Team

Three Bills have been drawn from the Members’ Ballot. Two from NZ First MPs and one from Labour. More >>

Waka Jumping Bill Introduced

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 3:21 pm | The Scoop Team

The Electoral Integrity Amendment Bill in the name of Justice Minister Andrew Little was part of the coalition deal between Labour and NZ First. More >>

Gordon Campbell on vulnerable kids and fresh RNZ funding

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:55 am | Gordon Campbell

W hat’s in a word? Often a lot, in politics. In fact, the decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need. And I’m hedging with the ... More >>

Waiter, there’s a hare in my pie!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:54 am | Lynley Tulloch

Most New Zealanders are familiar with the joke about the safety of eating overheated pies. In 2009 police dog handler Guy Baldwin was caught on camera telling a teenage car-jacker that his pie will be “thermo-nuclear” after being in the warmer since ... More >>

People’s Report on Public Broadcasting and Media Presented

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 3:50 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Today at Parliament, a crowdfunded report on public interest media, along with an open letter in support of the recommendations it contains were presented to Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran. More >>

Parliament set for Urgency this week

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 11:19 am | The Scoop Team

Parliament is set for a bout of Urgency this week with the new Government seeking to implement its ‘100 Day Plan’, while the first Members Bill ballot of this Parliament will happen. More >>

PM's Press Conference 11/12/17: From RBNZ to RNZB

Monday, 11 December 2017, 6:00 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern attended the press conference today with Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the ... More >>

Why I am supporting the PressCoin ICO - Alastair Thompson

Monday, 11 December 2017, 5:07 pm | Alastair Thompson

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been working behind the scenes getting to know the team behind , the latest participant in the remarkable Initial Coin Offering (ICO) boom which is rocking financial markets around the world, and ... More >>

Christmas Truce

Monday, 11 December 2017, 3:43 pm | David Swanson

Remember the Christmas Truces. Go forth and do likewise! More >>

The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar?

Monday, 11 December 2017, 3:02 pm | Ramzy Baroud

When I learned of the death of Kamal al-Assar, a few years ago, I was baffled. He was only in his 40s. I remember him in his prime, a young rebel, leading the neighborhood youth, armed with rocks and slingshots, in a hopeless battle against the Israeli ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on scaring voters back into line

Monday, 11 December 2017, 12:08 pm | Gordon Campbell

F ear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. More >>

Sun Tzu: The Ass of War

Monday, 11 December 2017, 9:10 am | David Swanson

Sun Tzu, whose book, The Art of War , was written some 2,500 years ago during a period of constant war, and popularized in the West some 100 years ago (just in time for industrialized warfare), is the leading example of what’s wrong with digging up ... More >>

One News Colmar Brunton Poll Nov 29 to Dec 5

Sunday, 10 December 2017, 12:31 pm | The Scoop Team

The latest poll has recorded public support broadly in line with the September election result. More >>

The Fate of the Pine Gap Pilgrims

Sunday, 10 December 2017, 10:35 am | Binoy Kampmark

It barely registered a murmur across the Australian press, though it caused the traditional ripples over the protester fraternity. Christian activists, collectively known as the Pine Gap Pilgrims, had received sentences pursuant to the Defence (Special Undertakings) ... More >>

76 Years of Pearl Harbor Lies

Friday, 8 December 2017, 11:29 am | David Swanson

Donald Trump is tweeting about a particular spot in Hawaii. He visited it recently on his way to threaten war in Asia. It’s a big feature this week in lots of U.S. magazines and newspapers. It has a lovely name that sounds like murder and blood ... More >>

Milo in Australia: Yiannopoulous, Free Speech and Violence

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 5:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

To what limit protest? Naturally, this was exactly what colourful agitator and former senior editor for Breitbart News Milo Yiannopolous wanted: outrage, insensible anger, and heady adoration. Without any of these, he would vanish, a figure charged on a ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the drinking water crisis

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 11:46 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on how the drinking water crisis has been a failure of political leadership More >>

Multi-national tax avoidance clamp down bill introduced

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 9:26 pm | The Scoop Team

Legislation has been introduced to try and clamp down on multi-nationals avoiding paying tax. More >>

‘Say the Word’: What the Rohingya Struggle is Really About

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 9:37 am | Ramzy Baroud

‘Say the Word’: What the Rohingya Struggle is Really About By Ramzy Baroud Pope Francis lost a historical opportunity to truly set his legacy apart from previous Popes. Alas, for him, too, political expediency trumped all else. In his visit to ... More >>

Occupiers of Syria crib Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” Boast

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 9:20 am | Franklin Lamb

Franklin Lamb Idlib, Syria George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished!” boast takes its name from a banner that was displayed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln during his May 1, 2003 televised address . It referred to his claimed victory ... More >>

Maritime drug testing and Chathams shipping plans changed

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 10:22 pm | The Scoop Editor

The new Government has reversed plans for a mandatory maritime drug and alcohol testing regime and allowing foreign flagged ships to carry freight to the Chatham Islands. More >>

Sky TV fights piracy battle that's already been won

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 7:36 pm | Digitl

Sky TV launched legal action in a bid to force ISPs to block access to streaming and video download websites. More >>

European regulator wants to rein in tech

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 6:17 pm | Digitl

Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, says the government has to move fast to ensure that tech does not subvert society. Presumably, she means the European government. " it becomes clearer how those companies were ... More >>