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Watch: Jami-Lee Ross plans by-election, police complaint

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 11:33 am | RNZ

National MP Jami-Lee Ross is to resign his seat and step down from the National Party, and will stand as an independent in any by-election for his Botany seat. More >>

An anti-democratic law

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 11:33 am | Socialist Equality Group

A law passed by New Zealand’s Labour Party-led coalition government, which came into effect this month, significantly strengthens the anti-democratic powers of Customs officials to search people entering the country. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Jami-Lee Ross Saga

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 9:56 am | Gordon Campbell

W e can agree that some forms of behaviour are quite beyond the pale. When the cult leader takes more than one wife, it is time to leave the compound. Similarly, secretly taping your political leader and threatening to release the contents in public is ... More >>

Housing Accessibility and Human Rights

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 9:19 am | Fightback

When our landlord issued a 90 day notice of intent to take back occupation of the home my young family had been renting for two years, I did what most people in my generation have had to do at some point; I spent hours of my time desperately scouring ... More >>

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 15/10/18: Fuel, Leaks

Monday, 15 October 2018, 5:53 pm | Lyndon Hood

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern again discussed rising fuel prices at Monday's post-cabinet press conference. The government plans to progress amendments to the Commerce Act that would allow a formal investigation of the petrol market (and other markets) ... More >>

Watch: Jami-Lee Ross identified as National Party leaker

Monday, 15 October 2018, 1:43 pm | RNZ

Jami-Lee Ross has been identified as the National Party leaker after the party's inquiry into the leak, but the MP is denying he was responsible. More >>

Bridges amended electoral donation return, insider claims

Monday, 15 October 2018, 1:38 pm | RNZ

A National Party insider has told RNZ News that Simon Bridges amended his personal electoral donation return to remove two donations totalling $24,000. More >>

Gordon Campbell on why the highly educated vote centre-left

Monday, 15 October 2018, 12:14 pm | Gordon Campbell

The people protesting the name change from “Victoria University” to the “University of Wellington” really are giving conservatism a bad name. It seems decidedly odd to treat this issue as the bridgehead from which to mount a defence of tradition ... More >>

Activists fined for Lorde concert raise $12k for charity

Monday, 15 October 2018, 11:41 am | RNZ

New Zealand activists being fined in Israel for urging pop singer Lorde to cancel her concert have raised more than $12,000 for a Palestinian charity. More >>

Humanitarian Bombs

Monday, 15 October 2018, 9:56 am | David Swanson

One should not sell bombs to a government that abuses human rights, which means murders a man without using one of the bombs. More >>

“Protecting Paradise" by Dave Hansford, Patton& Burton 2016

Friday, 12 October 2018, 3:38 pm | Don Franks

Along New Zealand roadsides, especially on the south islands west coast, are hammered hand painted signs. “1080 poisons our water”, “Kea killed in 1080 drop” , “1080 kills everything”. More >>

Russell McVeagh partner resigns after investigation

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 4:31 pm | RNZ

A partner at law firm Russell McVeagh has resigned following an independent investigation into complaints of inappropriate behaviour while drinking. More >>

Businesses to get $100m ACC refund

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 4:06 pm | RNZ

ACC is to refund about $100 million to businesses for overpayments of levies going back as far as 16 years. More >>

Potato virus: More farms put on suspect list

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 3:41 pm | RNZ

Eighteen farms are now on the suspect list for a new potato virus, Biosecurity New Zealand says, and testing has been widened to the North Island. More >>

Nine police staff disciplined over sexual harassment

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 3:25 pm | RNZ

Police have taken disciplinary action against nine staff for sexual harassing their work mates since 2014. More >>

Indigenous business leaders eye free-trade agreement

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 3:18 pm | RNZ

An indigenous free-trade agreement is one of the key ideas up for discussion at the World Indigenous Business Forum in Rotorua this week. More >>

Scientists discover spate of new mysterious radio signals

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 1:25 pm | RNZ

The discovery reported by Australian scientists in the journal Nature reveals some of the closest and brightest bursts ever detected. More >>

NZ not replacing trade commissioner in India

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 1:20 pm | RNZ

A decision to not replace a trade commissioner in India is sending the wrong signal at a time when the country is trying to expand trade ties, according to an export body. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the govt’s feeble response to loan sharks

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 12:35 pm | Gordon Campbell

When it comes down to protecting the most vulnerable, Parliament can sometimes move at glacial pace, and do the bare minimum. The coalition government’s attempts to minimise the harm done by loan sharks comes nearly 12 years after a major report ... More >>

Wellington petrol prices some of the highest in NZ

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 10:31 am | RNZ

Motorists living in Wellington and parts of the South Island remain frustrated at having to pay more for petrol than anyone else. More >>

Euthanasia bill: $75k spent to find 700 submissions

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 10:18 am | RNZ

A bug in an IT system used to count submissions to the controversial euthanasia bill ended up costing $75,000 to find 700 missing forms. More >>

Bridges' expenses inquiry narrows down possible leakers

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 10:06 am | RNZ

It is looking increasingly likely that the person who leaked Simon Bridges' expenses to the media was a National Party MP or staffer. More >>

France taken to ICC over nuclear tests

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 2:04 pm | RNZ

France is being taken to the International Criminal Court over its nuclear weapons testing in French Polynesia. More >>

Cold snap: Trampers warned over South Island avalanche risk

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 1:12 pm | RNZ

A wintry blast expected to hit the country later today could affect travellers on some South Island roads. More >>

Iraq as a Conflict Arena between the United States and Iran

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 1:12 pm | INSS Insight

The US administration blamed Iran for the September 2018 rocket attacks against the US consulate building in Basra, Iraq, claiming they were carried out by Shiite militia forces. The administration announced the transfer of its diplomatic staff to the ... More >>

Protesters occupying school ordered to leave

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 1:09 pm | RNZ

Protesters occupying a closed Catholic school have been ordered by a judge to pack up their things and leave in the next 48 hours. More >>

Universities and the Casual Work Force

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 12:49 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Universities have become bastions of sessional torment, feeding grounds for despair. The term “sessional” is merely a euphemised way of describing an academic employee who has no ongoing employment other than what is offered, a person ever at the mercy ... More >>

Oil Price Rally Boosts Electric Car Sales

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 12:45 pm | Oilprice.com

Tesla's competition is about to get more crowded next year with many legacy automakers and luxury brands launching a record number of battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. More >>

Public transport groups oppose Auckland light rail plan

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 12:13 pm | RNZ

Two public transport lobby groups are opposing plans to build a light rail line between Auckland airport and the city centre. More >>

Ardern's false facade of “hope” and “kindness”

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:19 am | Socialist Equality Group

The attendance of New Zealand’s Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the United Nations assembly late last month has been lauded as a triumph in media commentary at home and abroad. More >>

Saving The News

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 10:51 am | Alastair Thompson

Scoop co-founder and former editor Alastair Thompson backgrounds the recently launched Scoop 3.0 project & crowd-funding/crowd-selling campaign – and invites consideration of the question – what if there were no news? More >>

Two probes into police trainees are criminal investigations

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 9:54 am | RNZ

Two of the four investigations into trainee police over claims of misconduct are criminal investigations, the Police College training manager says. More >>

More KiwiSavers withdrawing funds to survive financially

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 4:45 pm | RNZ

Reliance on KiwiSaver to buy a first home or survive financially, has grown in the past year. More >>

Experienced duo to lead Kiwi Ferns

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 4:27 pm | RNZ

Kiwi Ferns co-captains Laura Mariu and Honey Hireme will pull on the 36 years of international rugby league experience between them to lead the Kiwi Ferns in their match against Australia on the weekend. More >>

Watene-Zelezniak surpise new captain of the Kiwis

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 4:24 pm | RNZ

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has become one of the youngest captains in New Zealand rugby league history after being named to lead the Kiwis against Australia on Saturday. More >>

Pride in new rainbow crossing on Wellington's Cuba street

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 3:56 pm | RNZ

Wellington Major Justin Lester crossing the new rainbow crossing, Cuba Street in Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King More >>

Global warming: 'we now need to question ourselves'

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 2:54 pm | RNZ

Global warming above 1.5 degrees celsius would threaten the very fabric of Pacific islands and communities, a Pacific environmental agency says. More >>

Gold medal for NZ triathlete at Youth Olympics

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 2:49 pm | RNZ

Aucklander Dylan McCullough has won New Zealand's first medal of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires with victory in the triathlon. More >>

Large fire destroys part of Chch fertiliser factory

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 12:54 pm | RNZ

Emergency services are responding to a large fertiliser factory fire in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby. More >>

Mark Lundy's convictions for murder of wife, daughter upheld

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 12:36 pm | RNZ

The Court of Appeal has upheld Mark Lundy's convictions for the murders of his wife Christine and daughter Amber. More >>

Gordon Campbell: the political cost of rising petrol prices

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 11:46 am | Gordon Campbell

O ver the course of National’s entire term of office… it had the great good fortune that high global oil prices rarely coincided with a low Kiwi dollar, and so the price of petrol never became a major item on the political agenda. No such ... More >>

Orson Welles, Broadcasts and Fake News

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 11:26 am | Binoy Kampmark

Orson Welles’ spectral return to the screen, ingeniously in posthumous mode, should have come as a comfort to the magicians skilled in the arts of trickery. Beyond the grave, he seems to be exerting a continuing influence, with his film, The Other Side ... More >>

Multimedia: PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 8/10/18

Monday, 8 October 2018, 5:28 pm | Lyndon Hood

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods and Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi to announce plans to use forthcoming commerce legislation to investigate the fuel market. She said importer ... More >>

Barely Breathing: May’s Gasping Premiership

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Boris Johnson storm, beating away at the British Prime Minister’s doors with an ancient fury, has been stayed for the moment in the wake of the Conservative Party Conference held at Birmingham last week. While the potential usurper batters away ... More >>

Better freshwater quality within five years

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:19 pm | BusinessDesk

Better freshwater quality within five years; new deal for Maori on water, govt says By Pattrick Smellie More >>

Animal carcasses, psychopathy and school possum hunts

Monday, 8 October 2018, 2:53 pm | Lynley Tulloch

It is school possum hunt season again in New Zealand. These events serve a dual purpose of fundraiser and ‘pest’ cull. More >>

Former PM slams mayoralty rumours as 'ridiculous'

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:16 pm | RNZ

Former prime minister Helen Clark says rumours that she's lining up to run for Auckland's mayoralty next year are "ridiculous." More >>

Seal-watching boat crashes in Milford Sound

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:03 pm | RNZ

A boat carrying 39 tourists crashed into a rock while seal watching in Milford Sound yesterday. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the ongoing battles over free speech

Monday, 8 October 2018, 12:21 pm | Gordon Campbell

F ree speech controversies – and the threats to freedom of expression posed by city councils and university administrators – rarely have to do with the opinions of those lacking a public platform. Hurtful though the actions of the Massey University ... More >>

Wellington bus network: Consultant defends original scheme

Monday, 8 October 2018, 11:00 am | RNZ

The American transport consultant behind Wellington's new bus network blames the capital's bus chaos on the implementation not the design. More >>

New Human Rights chief confident of culture change

Monday, 8 October 2018, 10:19 am | RNZ

The incoming chief Human Rights Commissioner , Paul Hunt, is confident the organisation can evolve, following a highly critical report that found there was sexual harassment at the agency. More >>

NZTE encouraged foreign water bottling investment

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:57 am | RNZ

Anti-water bottling campaigners want a categorical assurance government officials have stopped encouraging foreign bottlers to set up in New Zealand. More >>

Australian Complicity: Nauru and Silencing Journalism

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 6:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Journalism is getting something of a battering in Australia. At the parliamentary level, laws have passed that would be inimical to any tradition versed in the bill of rights. (Australia, not having such a restraining instrument on political zeal, ... More >>

Things that fall: La Boheme

Friday, 5 October 2018, 3:26 pm | Max Rashbrooke

When faced with a classic like La Boheme, it's always hard to keep it fresh and avoid the legacies of past performances. Director Jacqueline Coats has taken the approach of setting it in no defined period. This doesn't quite work, for me, because rather ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on bringing business into the 21st century

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:46 pm | Gordon Campbell

G ood to see that Business NZ has had the good grace to applaud the government’s latest handout to its members . From now on it seems, firms will only need to re-invest a paltry $50,000 in research and development – half the previous amount – to ... More >>

Chch Hospital struggles with synthetic drug admissions

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:15 am | RNZ

Christchurch Hospital says a few people are still in intensive care after taking synthetic drugs and it isn't sure they will make it. More >>

Creating a Suspect Society

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 2:09 pm | John W Whitehead

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us. More >>

Football ferns coach 'breached bullying guidelines'

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1:58 pm | RNZ

NZ Football should have investigated alleged bullying by Football Ferns' former coach Andreas Heraf raised after tours, according to a review into the organisation's conduct and culture. More >>

Tongariro death: 'People need to start listening to us'

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1:37 pm | RNZ

A Police officer is frustrated by trampers refusing to heed warnings about the risks of hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. More >>

NZ Post's audio recordings practice deemed 'unsettling'

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1:22 pm | RNZ

New Zealand Post has stopped the audio recording of posties who drive delivery vehicles after being told the practice is intrusive, unsettling, and unreasonable. More >>