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NZ Servicemen Repatriation: 'Tear of Love and Tears of Grief

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 4:41 pm | RNZ

The son of rugby legend George Nepia is one of a number of New Zealand servicemen whose remains will be returned to this country next week. More >>

Yemeni Children Matter

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 3:04 pm | David Swanson

We’ve been given a rare opportunity. While the United States military has slaughtered innocents by the hundreds of thousands in the Middle East over the past couple of decades, almost never have U.S. television viewers seen images of the victims, in ... More >>

Mission Accomplished

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 12:51 pm | Ramzy Baroud

When Mike Treen, the National Director of the ‘Unite Union’ in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the stereotypes about Jacinda Ardern

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 12:13 pm | Gordon Campbell

O n Monday, Act MP David Seymour’s depiction of PM Jacinda Ardern as a clueless lightweight was yet another example of the double bind faced by women who attain positions of political power. Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either ... More >>

Future of hunting statutory body under review

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 10:24 am | RNZ

The future of the publicly funded hunters body, the Game Animal Council, hangs in the balance with the Minister of Conservation puting it under review. More >>

Hamilton bus strike: Go Bus says fleet up to standard

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 10:14 am | RNZ

Hamilton-based bus company Go Bus is rejecting union claims drivers have been asked to drive old and faulty buses. More >>

Bridges: National caucus didn't leak travel expenses

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 10:11 am | RNZ

Opposition leader Simon Bridges is standing by his MPs, saying he doesn't believe one of them leaked his travel expenses to media. More >>

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 13/8/18: Trees Company

Monday, 13 August 2018, 5:38 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister for Forestry Shane Jones and Associate Minister Meka Whaitiri to announce plans to spend $240 million more in grants from the Provincial Growth Fund toward the government's One Billion Trees ... More >>

Taupō teenagers fright as sinkhole forms under them

Monday, 13 August 2018, 12:39 pm | RNZ

Two teenagers have described how "frightening" it was to see land moving from under them when a large sinkhole formed in Taupō. More >>

Abolishing Māori seats 'much more trouble than it's worth'

Monday, 13 August 2018, 12:21 pm | RNZ

National party leader Simon Bridges says New Zealand needs a more efficient parliament and a smaller executive, which he says is a big make-work scheme. More >>

Ngāpuhi hui: 'People went away feeling quite frustrated'

Monday, 13 August 2018, 12:07 pm | RNZ

The deadlock over Ngāpuhi treaty negotiations shows no sign of breaking, with people leaving a series of hui over the weekend frustrated, and without any resolution. More >>

Businessman challenges Hawke's Bay council on feedlots

Monday, 13 August 2018, 11:53 am | RNZ

A Hawke's Bay businessman is taking the regional council to the Environment Court over its failure to regulate feedlots he says are polluting the district. More >>

Vintage Air Force plane crash lands near Ōhakea

Monday, 13 August 2018, 11:45 am | RNZ

A vintage Defence Force plane has crash landed in a Manawatū paddock, but the two staff members on board walked away, emergency services say. More >>

Steel defend title in thrilling finish

Monday, 13 August 2018, 11:43 am | RNZ

Behind by six goals with less than four minutes to play, the Steel have stormed back to score the last seven goals of the match and snatch a 54-53 victory in Sunday's final against the Central Pulse in Palmerston North. More >>

Population And the Environment

Saturday, 11 August 2018, 7:06 pm | John Scales Avery

One hopes that human wisdom and ethics will continue to grow, but unlimited growth of population and industry on a finite earth is a logical impossibility. More >>

2018 – Images of a year and a place in time

Friday, 10 August 2018, 4:31 pm | Kent Blechynden

But the camera was also an important part of his life. Kent is unemployed after a 25-year career in newspaper photography and has found there is no place for him in the new media world to make a living. More >>

Economic Review of the Status of Beneficiaries in NZ

Friday, 10 August 2018, 4:02 pm | Gail E. Duncan

This paper is an investigation of the human rights of beneficiaries against those of wage and salary earners and highlights some major differences. And proposes a new approach to benefits by regarding each individual as an economic unit due a basic ... More >>

International Prisoner's Justice Day

Friday, 10 August 2018, 12:00 pm | Christine McCarthy

Forty four years ago, on 10 August 1974, Canadian prisoner Edward Nation died in the segregation unit of an Ontario prison. He had bled to death after the emergency call button in his cell, which had been deactivated by guards, failed to work. His ... More >>

Fighting on after Nagasaki

Friday, 10 August 2018, 11:19 am | Jim Rose

After Hiroshima was bombed, the Imperial War Council was told the Americans only had one bomb. More >>

Wally Haumaha: Allegations of bullying raised in Parliament

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 3:52 pm | RNZ

The inquiry into Wally Haumaha's appointment as deputy police commissioner may now also consider allegations of bullying, detailed in Parliament today. More >>

Group of teenagers involved in shooting of seal

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 1:06 pm | RNZ

Four teenagers were involved in the shooting of a protected leopard seal in Northland, Dargaville police say. More >>

More than half of KiwiBuild proposals still under evalutaion

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:58 pm | RNZ

The processing of potential KiwiBuild developments is taking longer than the government hoped. More >>

Taxi drivers compensated after being paid below minimum wage

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:46 pm | RNZ

A Dunedin taxi company has been ordered to pay four former drivers almost $100,000 in arrears over minimum wages and holiday pay underpayments. More >>

Claims of threats made after reaction to Don Brash ban

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:34 pm | RNZ

The man who wrote to Massey University with concerns over Don Brash's event, before the cancellation, says he has been targeted by critics. More >>

Firefighting foam: Shell contaminates groundwater

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:23 pm | RNZ

Oil company Shell has contaminated groundwater in New Plymouth using a firefighting foam banned in New Zealand 12 years ago. More >>

Taxpayers to fork out $20k to defend Peters' lawsuit

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:11 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her deputy Winston Peters are refusing to answer questions about how much taxpayers might ultimately have to fork out for Mr Peters' legal pursuit of National Party MPs over his superannuation privacy leak. More >>

Why New Zealand needs Skilled Migrants

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 10:57 am | Creative Content

Immigration is a hot topic in the news, stories highlighting an increase in migrant workers often brings a backlash from the public as there is a perception that skilled migrants are taking opportunities for lower pay that could be filled by a local workforce. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the EU’s battle with Washington over Iran

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 10:43 am | Gordon Campbell

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini used the occasion in Wellington to challenge the White House intensely, over Iran. More >>

APEC host PNG eyes the main chance

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 5:07 pm | RNZ

Papua New Guinea's government is anticipating a wonderful opportunity on the near horizon, but the jury is out on whether holding an APEC summit will help the country. More >>

Asking prospective tenants for bank statements unethical

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:27 pm | RNZ

Landlords and property managers are being criticised for asking prospective tenants for their bank statements when vetting for new lets. More >>

Mahmoud Abbas: Stop Exploiting Ahed Tamimi for Personal Gain

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 2:31 pm | Ramzy Baroud

The father of 11-year-old, Abdul Rahman Nofal contacted me, asking for help. His son was shot in the leg during Gaza's ‘Great March of Return’ protests. The Strip's dilapidated health care system could not save the little boy's leg, as it was later ... More >>

Ministry's new disability guidelines baffle family lawyer

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 11:38 am | RNZ

A lawyer fighting on behalf of families over the disabled support services says the Ministry of Health policy in the area borders on cruel. More >>

Ditching youth rates on the back burner for govt

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 11:23 am | RNZ

Labour's pre-election policy of ditching youth rates within its first year in power appears to be on the back burner for now as it negotiates with its coalition partner New Zealand First. More >>

Massey university compromises free speech

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 2:54 pm | Don Franks

Former National leader Don Brash, invited to address a Massey university student club, was stopped by vice-chancellor Jan Thomas. More >>

The Non-University and the Manager

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 2:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

We have been seeing over the last few decades the birth of the non-university, an institution hollowed out of its seminal functions: teaching and scholarship. Such an institution emphasises the functions of commerce and branding not dissimilar to ... More >>

Jacinda Ardern and David Clark welcome nurse pay settlement

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 1:16 pm | RNZ

Jacinda Ardern and David Clark today welcomed the settlement between hospital nurses and their district health board employers. More >>

Simplifying our Tax and Benefit Systems - Part 2

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 1:03 pm | Perce Harpham

Part 2 in a series of articles from Simplifying our Tax and Benefit Systems . Full paper available at More >>

Gordon Campbell on worrying about business confidence

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 12:06 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on why worrying about business confidence is a wasted effort First posted on Werewolf More >>

New Zealand Should Recognise the Armenian Genocide

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 11:57 am | Matt Hayes

Near the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan lies a grove of fir trees of various sizes. Beneath each tree is a plaque, indicating the name of the person who planted it. Jacques Chirac, it seems, has shovelled this soil – and so, a little further ... More >>

Read Gluckman’s report on crime with scepticism

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 11:57 am | Jim Rose

The Gluckman report on the use of evidence in the criminal justice system has become the go to document for the new government and the media in recent months but it failed a basic sniff test. This report in March by the chief scientific advisor to the Prime ... More >>

New Zealanders still want meat, just less

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 10:39 am | RNZ

Plant-based proteins won't replace meat as consumers want both, a food scientist says. More >>

National leader won't be disciplining Collins over fake news

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 10:18 am | RNZ

National's leader Simon Bridges won't be disciplining one of his MPs for calling on the Prime Minister to denounce a story about child sexual abuse - even though it turned out to be fake. More >>

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 6/8/18: Trade Stuff

Monday, 6 August 2018, 6:02 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this afternoon held her first post-cabinet press conference following her return from maternity leave. She was joined by Trade Minister David Parker for a press conference that focused on the government's 'trade for all agenda' ... More >>

Immigration NZ addressing privacy concerns with RealMe

Monday, 6 August 2018, 12:00 pm | RNZ

Privacy breaches by immigration advisors have forced Immigration New Zealand to halt efforts to move some of its visa applications solely online. More >>

Renewed call from Vanuatu chiefs on volcano island

Monday, 6 August 2018, 10:51 am | RNZ

Chiefs from the western part of Ambae are again calling on the Vanuatu government to evacuate them to Santo rather than Maewo. More >>

Auckland schools struggling as rolls reach capacity

Monday, 6 August 2018, 10:36 am | RNZ

The number of school children in Auckland has grown at the upper limit of official forecasts this year and some schools are struggling to find enough classrooms and teachers , principals say. More >>

Whale calf dies after stranding alongside its mother

Monday, 6 August 2018, 10:18 am | RNZ

A whale calf that became stranded on a Northland beach over the weekend has died despite rescuers' efforts to refloat the refloat two stranded humpback whales . More >>

The Moriori myth and why it’s still with us

Friday, 3 August 2018, 1:54 pm | The Policy Observatory

By Keri Mills, The Policy Observatory, AUT. This was first printed on the Briefing Papers website: More >>

Kiwi Crisis

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:40 am | Howard West

This is a letter which I could never have imagined writing only a few years ago. You see, since coming to NZ in the 1970’s to sample the world renowned trout fishing, I was captivated by the abundant high quality trout water, the natural beauty, and ... More >>

Swamp Infrastructure Construction Kinetics

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:31 am | David Swanson

Now being planned and built in Washington, D.C., which is already just about coated in monuments to wars and particular warriors, are monuments to: World War I, the Gulf War, Native American fighters in wars, African Americans who fought in the U.S. ... More >>

Preventing the suicide of American democracy

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:24 am | Jeremy Rosner and Brian Paler

John Adams was not particularly optimistic about democracy. In an 1814 letter, he wrote: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” A new study of American ... More >>

Common Enemy: Why Israel is Embracing Fascism in Europe

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:14 am | Ramzy Baroud

Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, visited Israel on July 19, where he met Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and other officials. Orban’s visit would have not required much pause except that the Hungarian leader has been repeatedly branded ... More >>

Deported Freedom Flotilla activist Mike Treen returns

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 4:41 pm | Pacific Media Watch More >>

Angry scenes as Hauraki iwi arrive for settlement signing

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 4:23 pm | RNZ

The government signed the Pare Hauraki collective redress deed today despite fierce opposition from several iwi. More >>

Serious injury after bus flips into ditch

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 4:17 pm | RNZ

A bus carrying 28 passengers has flipped into a ditch 5km south of Sanson in Manawatu. More >>

Govt contracts push risk to building firms, industry says

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 12:47 pm | RNZ

Construction insiders say the risk contractors are taking in building projects are behind the collapse of a number of firms - and government departments have a hand in it. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the nurses dispute, Zimbabwe, and Iran

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 11:36 am | Gordon Campbell

No more money was supposedly available to resolve the nurses dispute. Yet in the wake of industrial action taken by the nurses, another $38 million has been found to enable DHBs to start recruiting further staff immediately, and to deploy them ... More >>

Destroyed fruit tree cuttings a big loss - Andy McGrath

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 10:40 am | RNZ

Thousands of fruits trees could go up in flames as the Ministry for Primary Industries wrestles with a biosecurity threat brought on by defective paperwork. MPI has ordered the containment or destruction of any plants that passed through a US company that ... More >>

Former land war battle site deemed sacred

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 10:17 am | RNZ

Heritage New Zealand has listed one of the central battle sites of the northern land wars as a wāhi tapu or sacred area. More >>

Academics warn against NCEA changes

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 10:09 am | RNZ

Changes to the NCEA qualification risk undermining the quality of education in secondary schools, a group of education experts from Victoria University has warned. More >>

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