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Military and media missiles

Friday, 20 April 2018, 4:14 pm | David Cooke

President Trump's speech on the US-led missile strike on Syria will no doubt resonate enthusiastically with his base in the US, and to judge from letters to the editor, with his supporters in NZ. But there are good reasons for not getting too dewy-eyed ... More >>

Urban sprawl eating up NZ's productive land - report

Friday, 20 April 2018, 3:04 pm | RNZ

The government plans to make it harder for councils to approve new homes and lifestyle blocks on productive land near urban areas. More >>

Fair Enough? - Tax HiveMind Midpoint Update

Friday, 20 April 2018, 2:39 pm | HiveMind

Join our HiveMind exploration on this important issue: Fair enough? How should New Zealanders be taxed More >>

The present day composer refuses to die – NZSO plays Zappa

Friday, 20 April 2018, 1:23 pm | Joseph Cederwall

The first of the NZSO’s Shed Series concerts at the more informal and intimate space of Wellington's Shed 6 last Friday night featured music composed by, or with a connection to Frank Zappa. Zappa a psychedelic rock legend, activist and popular ... More >>

MFAT used Thompson + Clark for security at TPP protest

Friday, 20 April 2018, 11:22 am | RNZ

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade used controversial firm Thompson + Clark to provide security services for the 2016 Trans Pacific Partnership signing in Auckland. More >>

On Thompson+ Clark, and Russia’s FIFA World Cup

Friday, 20 April 2018, 11:12 am | Gordon Campbell

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark, which has ... More >>

Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 4:14 pm | RNZ

The chances of a crash in house prices are not high, but some controls on lending are needed, according to new Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr. More >>

No Flies in Syria

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 2:59 pm | Paul Martin

The recent cruise missile attack by the U.S. and its allies the U.K. and France (former colonial exploiters in the region) raises some interesting dilemmas for Western military planners. More >>

NZ losing 192 million tonnes of soil every year

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 2:48 pm | RNZ

A new report has found New Zealand is losing 192 million tonnes of soil every year from erosion. More >>

The Daphne Project: New Zealand still a haven for some?

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 12:00 pm | RNZ

Nicky Hager: An Auckland company may be caught up in an international money laundering controversy after it was identified helping to manage a network of New Zealand-registered companies and trusts for its secret clients. More >>

NZ 'prevented harm being done' by state-backed hacks - PM

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:50 am | RNZ

New Zealand's spy agencies have had to take action to stop hacking attacks by foreign powers from doing harm here, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

NZNO seeks to derail nurses’ struggle

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 9:37 am | Socialist Equality Group

Over the past week thousands of healthcare workers and their supporters have rallied outside hospitals across New Zealand to demand decent wages and working conditions. More >>

The Bullish And Bearish Case For Oil

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 8:16 am | James Stafford

Oil prices could rise due to the “perfect storm of stagnant supply, geopolitical risk, and a harsh winter,” according to an April 12 note from Barclays. More >>

Irrigation body confident of big projects despite govt cuts

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:57 pm | RNZ

Irrigation New Zealand is confident that an end to government subsidies will not spell the end of large-scale irrigation projects. More >>

Seabed mining consent challenged in court

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:54 pm | RNZ

Consent to mine ironsand off the south Taranaki coast was approved without proper data to show how many endangered species live there, the High Court has been told. More >>

NZ government supports imperialist assault on Syria

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:10 pm | World Socialist Web Site

New Zealand Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared on April 14 that New Zealand “accepted” the US-British-French missile strikes on Syria. Ardern revealed that her government had been informed about the attack hours in advance. More >>

Minister surprised journalist included in reference group

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 2:35 pm | RNZ

The Minister responsible for New Zealand's spy agencies is surprised that a journalist has been included on a new reference group established by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. More >>

The Unintentional Extremist: Israel Folau

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 1:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What limits opinions? Especially by sportspeople, who are often confused for geniuses of the mind and ambassadors of tact outside their very limited field of endeavour. (Yes, he can dribble a ball with sigh-inducing majesty, so he must know a thing or ... More >>

Cracking the Enigma Code (of NZ foreign policy)

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 12:45 pm | RNZ

Analysis - To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in a mystery, perhaps clear only to the enigmatic deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. More >>

EQC Minister: Houses not properly assessed could cost millions

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 12:36 pm | RNZ

The government could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars over the Earthquake Commission's failure to assess earthquake damage in Christchurch, Minister Responsible for EQC Megan Woods says. More >>

PM's Europe trip highlights delicate nature of trade agreeme

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 12:30 pm | RNZ

There was a time when New Zealand prime ministers made an annual pilgrimage to Europe, cap in hand, imploring incumbents of gilded palaces not to cut New Zealand's UK butter quota. Times have now changed - New Zealand is still talking trade but, judging by ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the GCSB’s security hang-up with Russia

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:58 am | Gordon Campbell

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed : More >>

The Winners and Loser of our tax system

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:13 am | The Opportunities Party

Taxation has very much been in the limelight in recent weeks. We have the seen the government chastised for a plan to implement increased taxes on fuel by around 10c per litre over the next few years. There has been the constant spectre of the Tax ... More >>

Gaza and the Media Cover-up

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:40 am | Ramzy Baroud

The term 'media bias’ does not do justice to the western corporate media's relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, ... More >>

Macron’s Syria Game

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 3:54 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is a certain bullishness in French circles these days, even if there was an initial attempt, with the Macron government, to calm matters down. The need to assert Gallic might in the face of brutality has again surfaced; and has a familiar ring ... More >>

On the chemical weapons attack (and response) in Syria

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 12:59 pm | Gordon Campbell

The past week’s headlines about the chemical attacks in Syria - and the military response by the US, France and Britain - have tended to overshadow a few of the downstream outcomes. For starters, the chemical weapons assault on Douma seems to have succeeded ... More >>

One News/Colmar Brunton Poll - April 16

Monday, 16 April 2018, 6:23 pm | The Scoop Team

National - 44 percent, up one percentage point. Labour – 43 percent, down five points Greens - six percent, up one NZ First -five percent, up two. Maori Party - one percent, unchanged. More >>

Fair enough? How should New Zealanders be taxed?

Monday, 16 April 2018, 4:19 pm | HiveMind

Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind. More >>

Expressway past Levin a high stakes game

Monday, 16 April 2018, 3:14 pm | Veronica Harrod

The land and property development agenda of Horowhenua District Council and council's in-house economic development board would implode if the New Zealand Transport Agency decides not to proceed with the expressway past Levin, demonstrating just how high ... More >>

On the prevailing media narratives about the Govt coalition

Monday, 16 April 2018, 2:07 pm | Gordon Campbell

The media reports the facts…. but that’s not the end of it, and nor should it be. It also marshals those facts and creates a story from them, usually one with a moral that’s implied or explicit. After six months though, it is still unclear ... More >>

Blind Assault: Trump Strikes Syria

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 4:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Feeling that some display of force was needed, US president Donald Trump issued orders on Friday to demonstrate some form of muscle, albeit exercised some thousands of miles away. “A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch ... More >>

ECE problems bigger than official figures show

Friday, 13 April 2018, 4:38 pm | RNZ

Problems in the early childhood sector run much deeper than official complaint figures indicate, an early childhood researcher says. More >>

NZ-EU trade deal negotiations tipped for May

Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:26 pm | RNZ

Formal negotiations for a trade deal between New Zealand and the EU are set to get the green-light in just over a month, National MP Todd McClay says. More >>

Trump employing R2P to save the remaining Syrian people?

Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:23 pm | Franklin Lamb

The word in parts of Beirut this morning is that Trump’s bluster about bombing Syria in the next few days is, are like many of his emotional threats during his three months in office, to be taken with a shovel of salt. Few are rushing to grocery ... More >>

Oil exploration: Govt faces reality of coalition marriage

Friday, 13 April 2018, 2:43 pm | RNZ

Power Play - Shane Jones' face during the three party media conference at Parliament on the future of mining for oil and gas in New Zealand said it all. More >>

Govt tells oil industry: 'The world is changing'

Friday, 13 April 2018, 2:36 pm | RNZ

The government is telling the New Zealand oil industry that the world is changing and it is time it faced the facts. More >>

Forging New Frontiers in Impact-focused Business

Friday, 13 April 2018, 12:26 pm | Joseph Cederwall

The New Frontiers Festival hosted by the Hillary Institute this week in Upper Hutt gave me real hope that New Zealand can achieve the much-needed and complex transition to a new type of economy. The timing of the festival was impeccable as this week ... More >>

Should Govt agencies adopt Facebook’s business tool?

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 3:55 pm | RNZ

A cyber-security expert is sounding a warning about government organisations use of a Facebook business tool, 'Workplace by Facebook'. More >>

Health Minister 'disappointed' with Middlemore bosses

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 3:27 pm | RNZ

Health Minister David Clark is refusing to be drawn on whether jobs will be lost over over the Middlemore Hospital rotting building troubles. More >>

Oil, gas exploration move a 'kick in the guts' for Taranaki - Mayor

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 3:10 pm | RNZ

The government has announced it will not grant new deep-sea oil and gas exploration permits, but New Plymouth's mayor says he has not heard of a specific plan for transitioning to green energy. More >>

Govt scorns oil industry's 'surprise' over permits move

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 2:56 pm | RNZ

No one should be surprised by the government's decision to halt offshore oil and gas exploration permits, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Hit&Run inquiry

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 2:50 pm | Gordon Campbell

So there is to be a government inquiry into the 2010 raid on an Afghan village, as described in the Nicky Hager/Jon Stephenson book Hit & Run. Good news, and the inquiry has been welcomed by Hager. Yet with the best will in the world, such an ... More >>

Syria All Wrong and Backwards

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 2:37 pm | David Swanson

In the park today I saw a teenager watching two little kids, one of whom apparently stole a piece of candy from the other. The teenager rushed up to the two of them, reprimanded one of them, and stole both of their bicycles. I felt like it was my ... More >>

What next?: Saudi sheep abattoir construction complete

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 3:27 pm | RNZ

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is waiting for approval from the Saudi government before it ships an abattoir to a wealthy Saudi businessman. More >>

Government in crisis mode ahead of Budget - Bridges

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 3:12 pm | RNZ

The government is in crisis mode as it tries to lower expectations ahead of next month's Budget, National leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

Health Minister considers future of DHB chair

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 2:55 pm | RNZ

The Health Minister has written to the chair of the troubled Counties Manukau District Health Board about his position. More >>

Nurses protest pay, conditions at Middlemore

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 4:56 pm | RNZ

About 200 nurses have been protesting in the rain at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital over pay and work conditions. More >>

Indonesian Death Row and Problems of Unfair Trial

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 3:35 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

In the last two years, under the government of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Jusuf Kalla, the execution of death row inmates in Indonesia has occurred frequently. The government has said the executions are conducted due to the state of emergency ... More >>

Local govt treatment a key concern for Māori - Davis

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 1:26 pm | RNZ

Frustration over dealing with local government is emerging as a common theme for Māori, Minister for Crown/Māori Relations Kelvin Davis says. More >>

Minister puts controversial profiling programme on hold

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 1:19 pm | RNZ

Immigration New Zealand had been running a pilot data modelling programme in the past 18 months, targeting overstayers by using data such as age and gender to identify troublemakers. More >>

On Labour’s timidity, and the temporary outrage over Syria

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 12:21 pm | Gordon Campbell

What an odd post-Cabinet press conference that was yesterday, from PM Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson. Overall, it was like hearing from the flight desk that the plane was losing pressure, one of the wings had been showing signs ... More >>

PM hints of further public underfunding revelations

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:46 am | RNZ

The government is going to drip feed stories of public sector underfunding by the previous government in the run-up to next month's Budget, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has indicated. More >>

PM's Press Conference 9/4/18: By-election and Budget

Monday, 9 April 2018, 6:11 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared at today's Post-Cabinet press Conference with Finance Minister Grant Robertson to announce the date of the upcoming Northcote By-election and to discuss pr around the upcoming budget. More >>

'It's at breaking point' - nurses begin protest action

Monday, 9 April 2018, 3:12 pm | RNZ

A group of nurses took to the streets of Wellington today to rally public support for their 'health-needs-nursing' campaign to raise wages. More >>

Doctors blame under-funding for DHB blowouts

Monday, 9 April 2018, 3:03 pm | RNZ

Senior doctors are blaming underfunding and poor decisions for the district health boards' deficit blowout. More >>

Trade and investment policy can and should be more inclusive

Monday, 9 April 2018, 2:57 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions says that a debate on our approach to trade and investment policy is welcome and overdue. More >>

New Green co-leader targets homelessness, health funding

Monday, 9 April 2018, 10:45 am | RNZ

New Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson plans to be a loud voice on the party's grassroots connections who want attention for their issues in the community, she says. More >>

Facebook reveals NZers data accessed by Cambridge Analytica

Monday, 9 April 2018, 10:24 am | RNZ

Nearly 64,000 New Zealanders are estimated to have had their data collected and used by Cambridge Analytica, Facebook says. More >>

Calls for medical cannabis trials on children

Friday, 6 April 2018, 4:25 pm | RNZ

Trials of medical cannabis for children with behavioural disorders are urgently needed, a paediatrician says. More >>

YouTube, Censorship and Nasim Aghdam

Friday, 6 April 2018, 4:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“People like me are not good for big business, like for animal business, medicine business and for many other businesses. That’s why they are discriminating and censoring us.” Nasim Najafi Aghdam discussing YouTube More >>