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NZ's housing-related imbalances set to peak in 2018

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 7:33 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 20 (BusinessDesk) - Housing-related imbalances in New Zealand look set to peak and even begin to unwind in 2018 as headwinds abate and new government policies take shape, according to S&P Global Ratings. More >>

Cyclone Gita: 'We are expecting homes to be flooded'

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 7:04 pm | RNZ

A state of emergency has been declared in Buller, Greymouth and Christchurch, with fears some homes are at a high risk of flooding over the next day. More >>

Meddling for Empire: The CIA Comes Clean

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“We’ve been doing this kind of thing [electoral meddling] since the CIA was created in 1947.” Loch K. Johnson, New York Times , Feb 17, 2018 More >>

Government makes false promises to address Maori poverty

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 10:49 am | Socialist Equality Group

The corporate media used New Zealand’s national day, Waitangi Day, on February 6, to again glorify the Labour Party-led government and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. More >>

1 NEWS Colmar Brunton political poll - February 10 to 14

Monday, 19 February 2018, 6:18 pm | The Scoop Team

Labour 48 percent up nine points since the last poll in this series in December. More >>

PM's Press Conference: Storm Brewing

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:36 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opened this week's post-cabinet press conference by noting preparations for former tropical cyclone Gita, expected to hit central New Zealand this week. She also discussed the government's plan for the week, including ... More >>

Mark Mitchell joins the National leadership race

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:26 pm | RNZ

Rodney MP Mark Mitchell makes his announcement that he is running for the role of leader of the National party. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook More >>

Cyclone Gita: 'High-impact severe weather' expected

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:08 pm | RNZ

Ex-tropical cyclone Gita is expected to bring "high-impact severe weather" to parts of New Zealand tomorrow. More >>

The Caring Profession: Peacekeeping and Sexual Abuse

Monday, 19 February 2018, 12:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It’s the sort of thing to turn many an otherwise calm stomach, but the revelations that UN peace keeping staff have been involved in sexual assault has done its fair share of upsetting. Legislators in the United States, many sceptical of the body ... More >>

Radio New Zealand and Scoop Publishing Content Partnership

Monday, 19 February 2018, 11:30 am | Scoop Publishing

Scoop Publishing and Radio New Zealand today announced a content sharing partnership. Under this partnership Radio New Zealand - a publicly funded media organisation will share some of the news content they produce each week for republication on ... More >>

RNZ and Scoop Publishing Announce Content Partnership

Monday, 19 February 2018, 11:23 am | Radio New Zealand Limited

RNZ and Scoop Publishing have announced a content-sharing agreement which will see RNZ content available on , an independent news website reaching more than 500,000 readers a month. More >>

The environmental Christmas hangover

Monday, 19 February 2018, 10:21 am | Redress Information

Christmas may seem like a distant memory but the environmental effect of the annual consumer frenzy, over-indulgence and extravagance is lasting damage. And year on year the cost to the planet grows. More >>

Green MP Julie Anne Genter expecting first child

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 1:35 pm | RNZ

The Green Party MP and Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has announced she is pregnant. More >>

Cricket: Australia chase down mammoth total

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 12:05 pm | RNZ

Australia pulled off the highest run chase in a Twenty20 international to claim a dramatic five-wicket victory over New Zealand in their tri-series clash in Auckland. More >>

Review into whistleblowers law begins

Friday, 16 February 2018, 4:59 pm | RNZ

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes was highly critical of the law last year after it failed to protect staff who spoke out about the convicted Ministry of Transport fraudster Joanne Harrison . More >>

Sexual Despotism: Malcolm Turnbull’s Bonking Ban

Friday, 16 February 2018, 2:38 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It’s all the rage at the moment, stirring the halls of power in certain countries, and satisfying some sense of puritanical virtue. Bonking is off the cards for politicians – at least in certain contexts, and some states. More >>

NCEA and the Digital Age

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 4:59 pm | Hayley Stevenson

Handwritten exams for NCEA are on the cusp of becoming a thing of the past More >>

Assange, Judge Arbuthnot and the Arrest Warrant

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 4:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Justice is an elastic concept. Like other terms in law, it has room to expand and contract. But one weakness burdens legal strictures that supposedly have an objective reality to them: power. Power brutish, power as a spectral force, and power arbitrarily ... More >>

Report on government applications of blockchain technology

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 4:09 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Report on government and democracy applications of the blockchain A new report has highlighted the increasingly realistic possibility applications value of the ‘blockchain’, to transform government. More >>

Review: Robbie Williams – the Heavy Entertainment Tour

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 2:12 pm | Jackie Little

Robbie Williams must be feeling his age. Not that this was in any way evident with the usual boundless energy he brought to his show at Auckland’s Spark Arena on Wednesday night. More >>

Solving Some Tax Inequities

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 11:44 am | Perce Harpham

National’s proposed tax cuts highlighted the unfairness of our system. Moving the 10.5% rate from $14,000/yr to $22,000 gave no benefit to those below $14,000 and $560/yr to those above $22,000 while the move of the 17.5% rate from $48,000 to $52,000 ... More >>

How Netanyahu Made Israel an American issue, and lost

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 4:16 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel's support among ordinary Americans. More >>

George Brandis, the Rule of Law and Populism

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 4:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Nothing stimulates frankness like an imminent departure from politics. From the deceptions, dissimulations and general obtuseness offered by the political craft, a person appointed to a diplomatic position can be reassured to lie in a different way. Mendacity is ... More >>

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: Do you want to be National leader?

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 10:20 am | Adrian Maidment

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: "Do you want to be leader of the National Party?" *** More >>

Robertson promises to deliver NZ's first 'wellbeing' budget

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 7:53 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 13 (BusinessDesk) - Finance Minister Grant Robertson has promised to deliver New Zealand's first "wellbeing" budget, telling a Productivity Commission meeting in Wellington that success as a country must include a social dividend and ... More >>

Supreme Court dismisses Hagaman defamation appeal

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 6:26 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 13 (BusinessDesk) - The Supreme Court has dismissed an attempt by the estate of Earl Hagaman to continue a defamation claim against former Labour leader Andrew Little after Hagaman's death. More >>

Fearing Peace: Olympic Diplomacy in Action

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 3:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Mike Pence was a man with a mission. At stages through the opening parts of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, he looked like a man on a mission. With diplomatic gestures flowering all around with weedy vigour in Pyeonchang, he was intent on fighting ... More >>

Spark doubles down on wireless broadband

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 1:03 pm | Digitl

For over a year Spark has pushed fixed wireless broadband as an alternative to fixed-line internet. More >>

Slingshot offers unlimited gigabit fibre for under a ton

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 1:00 pm | Digitl

Slingshot has dropped the price of its fastest unlimited data fibre broadband plan to a shade under $100. The Gigantic fibre plan is $99.95 a month. Slingshot says it is available in most towns and cities where there is fibre. More >>

Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 12:55 pm | Digitl

You have to hand it to Nuance . The latest Dragon Professional voice recognition software is impressive. So is its business model. More >>

Time to take Apple's iPad Pro seriously

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 12:52 pm | Digitl

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Hope for a 'Life Economy' - an interview with John Perkins

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 12:25 pm | Joseph Cederwall

John Perkins is the author of The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2016), the New York Times bestsellers Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2004), The Secret History of the American Empire (2007), and many other books on transformation. More >>

Curran goes back to the well for Chief Technology Officer

Monday, 12 February 2018, 8:59 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 12 (BusinessDesk) - More than 60 applications have been received for the newly created central government role of Chief Technology Officer, but Digital Services Minister Clare Curran has decided none quite fitted the bill. More >>

Govt targets ACC and Super Fund ceo pay with reform

Monday, 12 February 2018, 8:55 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 12 (BusinessDesk) - The government is to give the State Services Commission more say over the payment to the chief executives of Crown entities, including the heads of the Accident Compensation Corp and NZ Super Fund. More >>

PM's Press Conference 12/2/18: Matters Of State

Monday, 12 February 2018, 5:57 pm | The Scoop Team

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by State Services Minister Chris Hipkins to announce more State Services Commission oversight of CEO pay for crown entities. The move follows entities such as the New ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Barnaby Joyce, Sex and Finance

Monday, 12 February 2018, 12:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The insatiable appetite of Anglophone cultures for the prurient is of a different order to others. But it is an appetite tinged by horror, squeamishness and concern. Added to that such traditional markers, not to mention such markers as marriage, ... More >>

What's your poison? DoC's toxic shame

Monday, 12 February 2018, 9:35 am | Lynley Tulloch

Recently I walked some of the rickety tracks in the forests and coasts of beautiful Aotearoa/ New Zealand. Specifically, I tramped the Queen Charlotte Track and some of the Richmond Ranges in the Nelson area. More >>

Lauri Love, Hacking and Extradition

Sunday, 11 February 2018, 5:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Horse-trading determines who goes to jail and for how long. That is what plea bargaining is. It is not some adjunct to the criminal justice system; it is the criminal justice system.” US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy (2012) More >>

Samoas clean up after being swamped by cyclone

Sunday, 11 February 2018, 5:35 pm | RNZ

Apia in the wake of Gita Photo: Rudy Bartley The clean up is continuing in the two Samoas after Tropical Cyclone Gita hit on Saturday morning. More >>

Australia maintains tough immigration stance

Sunday, 11 February 2018, 2:33 pm | RNZ

The Australian Foreign Minister isn't budging on her country's tough stance on the detention and deportation of New Zealanders. More >>

Keeping an Eye on Australia: Admiral Harris Goes to Canberra

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 5:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Imperial arrangements require decent overseer of subjects. In the Pax Americana, which is, in fact, rather violent, Australia is indispensable in the Pacific theatre. It offers land, facilities, and the means to eye future enemies and keep allies in ... More >>

Auckland's traffic snarl-ups: congestion charges on the way

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 12:18 pm | RNZ

Traffic congestion in Auckland city is increasing sharply and officials are pressing ahead with work on congestion charges. More >>

Downpour fails to dampen trans-Tasman meeting

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 12:13 pm | RNZ

A meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Australian counterpart Julie Bishop is under way amid heavy rain on Waiheke Island. More >>

Samoa assesses damage as Cyclone Gita strengthens

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 12:08 pm | RNZ

Tropical Cyclone Gita, which is lashing the two Samoas with torrential rain and damaging winds, has been upgraded to a category two as it continues to strengthen. More >>

German parties negotiate grand coalition

Friday, 9 February 2018, 3:48 pm | RNZ

Germany's two main political parties look set to form a grand coalition government under Angela Merkel. More >>

National Party sticks to current leadership

Friday, 9 February 2018, 3:22 pm | RNZ

National leader Bill English says he's "not surprised" his MPs have rallied behind him at the party's annual caucus retreat, insisting questions of his support are "not an issue". More >>

Housing prices set for steady increases - QV

Friday, 9 February 2018, 2:59 pm | RNZ

The housing market has made a strong start to the year and is likely to gradually improve over the next 12 months, figures show. More >>

Evidence for charter schools does not bear scrutiny

Friday, 9 February 2018, 2:18 pm | RNZ

Many charter schools will be able to integrate into the state system once their contracts are terminated by the government, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Garry Davis’s Fight for Global Citizenship

Friday, 9 February 2018, 11:49 am | David Swanson

Garry Davis was a young Broadway actor in 1941, an eager understudy for Danny Kaye in a Cole Porter musical called “Let’s Face It” about US Army inductees, when America entered World War Two and he found himself heading for Europe in an actual ... More >>

NZ shares fall sharply again

Friday, 9 February 2018, 10:53 am | RNZ

The benchmark top-50 index fell more than 120 points or 1.5 percent in early trading, with only four minor stocks rising in price. More >>

As Iran’s women continue to rise… Woe be unto the mullahs

Friday, 9 February 2018, 10:05 am | Franklin Lamb

Following last month’s protests challenging Iran’s theocratic regime, including women across the country climbing on telecom boxes, taking off their headscarves and waving them aloft on sticks, police quickly arrested 29 women accusing them of ... More >>

Environmental challenges facing NZ

Friday, 9 February 2018, 9:06 am | New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers

Water quality and availability, rapid urbanisation, and the impact of natural hazards and climate change are the top three planning issues affecting New Zealand in 2018 and beyond, according to the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). More >>

O'Connor wants broad review of Fonterra's enabling law

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 7:12 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 8 (BusinessDesk) - Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor says putting on hold changes to Fonterra's enabling legislation will allow a broader review of New Zealand's dairy sector and whether it is adding enough value to the nation's biggest export ... More >>

America Finally Has its Mussolini and Military Parade

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 4:49 pm | John Stanton

Back in January 2017, I wrote that President Donald Trump should not be too hastily compared to Benito Mussolini, the fascist dictator of Italy who would come to an ignominious end. Well, I was dead wrong about that. More >>

Immortal (and inaudible) Bach

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 4:38 pm | Max Rashbrooke

At the risk of stating the obvious, the reviewer's task is normally to comment on the quality of a performance, in this case the playing of music. So much is straightforward, if subjective. The task is made rather harder, though, when it is not actually clear ... More >>

The Fear Driving US Nuclear Strategy

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 4:19 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

The United States Department of Defense released its latest ‘Nuclear Posture Review 2018’ (NPR) on 2 February, updating the last one issued in 2010 during the previous administration. See ‘Nuclear Posture Review 2018’ . More >>

Outing the US Empire: Trump’s Military Parade

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 1:57 pm | Binoy Kampmark

You only had to see him goggle eyed and enthusiastic beside France’s President Emmanuel Macron last Bastille Day. The tricolours were fluttering, the jets booming above in the manner usual for a lapsed empire, and the President of the United States ... More >>

Australia Day: An Inspiration for the World

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 12:21 pm | John Perkins

Whether or not to celebrate Australia Day on 26 January is not the real question. The real question revolves around perception. More >>

Oil Prices Ravaged By Financial Turmoil

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 8:52 am | James Stafford

Oil prices fell back suddenly over the last few trading sessions, dragged down by some forces beyond the oil market. More >>

Foreign Policy for Sale: Greece’s Dangerous Alliance

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 8:35 am | Ramzy Baroud

For a brief historical moment, Alexis Tsipras and his political party, Syriza, ignited hope that Greece could resurrect a long-dormant Leftist tide in Europe. More >>