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House Rises

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:22 pm |

Debate on the committee stage of the Appropriation (2013/14 Confirmation and Validation) Bill was interrupted when the House rose just before 10pm. The nine hour debate covered the Finance and Expenditure Committee’s report on the Government’s financial ... More >>

Financial Statement Debate Completed With Some Dissent

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 5:29 pm |

Parliament completed the two hour debate on the Government’s financial statements for 2014 and 2015 this afternoon though not everyone was happy with the process. More >>

John Oliver takes a dig PM over Ponytail Tugging

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 4:36 pm | Francis Cook

John Oliver has taken aim at the PM's recent behaviour on his show Last Week Tonight. More >>

Apple 2015 MacBook: Between laptop and tablet

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 2:27 pm | Digitl

Earlier this month I took the MacBook on the road for a reporting job. Here’s what I learnt: More >>

New MP Sworn In, Nepal Condolences Expressed

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 2:26 pm |

When Parliament resumed Speaker David Carter said he had received a writ declaring Winston Peters to be the elected MP for Northland. More >>

New Zealand population dynamics before and after WW1

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 1:28 pm | Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin, 28 April 2015 Studies of populations and migrations commonly use the term 'safety-valve' to describe opportunities that relieve population pressure in particular places. One example is 'For Spirit and Adventure' by Angela McCarthy, ... More >>

Civil Servants Profit from Palestinian Children's’ Suffering

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 11:37 am | Vacy Vlazna

The shocking government owned New Zealand Super Fund (NZSF) decision to NOT divest from Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), manufacturer of white phosphorus, blatantly violates the NZSFResponsibilities: More >>

Hester Moore : What do our refugee policies say about us?

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 11:29 am | Guest Opinion

Policy can be illumative. Behind the carefully framed language of politicians lie a country’s confidences, fears and insecurities. Above all, however, policy speaks to a nation’s shifting experiences. More >>

Appropriation Debate To Dominate

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:37 am |

Parliament is set to be dominated by a Budget related set piece debate this week. More >>

Understanding the Suffering War Brings

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:29 am | David Swanson

I hope to be brief enough to leave lots of time for questions after I talk. More >>

Clare Capital - Updated target price for Pushpay (NZAX:PAY)

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:25 am | Clare Capital

Based on the recently released results we have updated our target price for Pushpay (NZAX:PAY) from $3.64 to $4.44. Although this uplift only brings the target price in-line with the current share price, this valuation is based on the current guidance ... More >>

Hobbling Democracy: TPPA and The Covenant of Secrecy

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:16 am | Binoy Kampmark

The TTIP and TPPA, both sounding like ominous injections of political disaster, continue their march towards belittling, and corroding the democratic content of its participating countries. The holder of the needle remains US President Barack Obama, while the ... More >>

Transcript : John Key Speaks on His Hair Pulling Problems

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:13 am | Pete George

John Key was interviewed on The Nation on Saturday and was asked by Patrick Gower about the hair pulling issue. More >>

Obama Kills Two Birds with One Stone | John Chuckman

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:07 am | John Chuckman

Obama has been quoted saying he "takes full responsibility" for the two hostages, one American and one Italian, killed recently in a drone attack. At the same time, Obama praised the United States for its transparency in such matters. More >>

Saving Palestine’s Children under The Arms Trade Treaty

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:05 am | Vacy Vlazna

Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP) released this month a comprehensive and heartbreaking report, OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE: A WAR WAGED ON GAZA’S CHILDREN . detailing: More >>

David Swanson: Gradual Injustice

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:01 am | David Swanson

Chris Woods' excellent new book is called Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars . The title comes from a claim that then-President George W. Bush made for drone wars. More >>

Sealing Borders: Fortress Europe’s War on Refugees

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 9:57 am | Binoy Kampmark

“Rescue boats? I’d use gunships to stop migrants.” And so, the fantastically venal contributor to Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun Katie Hopkins adds her bit to the migration debate in Europe. “Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches. ... More >>

The Decline and Fall of the United States | David Swanson

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 9:55 am | David Swanson

After a speech I gave this past weekend, a young woman asked me whether a failure by the United States to properly surround and intimidate China might result in instability. I explained why I thought the opposite was true. Imagine if China had military bases ... More >>

In Whose Interest? New Zealand’s Policy towards Iraq

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 9:53 am | Harmeet Sooden

With its decision to deploy the NZDF to Iraq, the Government has bolstered NZ’s contributions to the US-led coalition fighting ISIS. The Government, however, has yet to provide an adequate explanation of how an NZDF intervention of any kind would ... More >>

Fearing the loss of Hegemony: The Concept of US Retreat

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 9:50 am | Binoy Kampmark

Nothing upsets those drunk on imperialist virtue than the fact it might end. Such romances with power do have a use-by-date, going off like old fruit. Eventually, the crippling contradictions will win through in the end. The days of the US empire ... More >>

Replacing Russel: Green Party co-leader meeting, Wellington

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 6:46 pm | Megan Gattey

The four candidates nominated to replace Russel Norman as Green Party male co-leader spoke at Wellington’s provincial meeting this afternoon. More >>

100 Years 100 Boats – Collaroy Beach ANZAC Day

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 12:40 pm | Bam Media

As the Dawn Service is underway in Gallipoli, the spectacular sight of 100 surf boats landing on the beach at Collaroy has helped commemorate the 100 years since the now legendary Gallipoli landings. More >>

Anzac special – New Zealand’s first act of war

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 12:33 pm | Pacific Media Centre More >>

The War against The Lancet: When Medicine and Politics Mix

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 11:56 am | Binoy Kampmark

Hate, disgrace, and pitiful editorial standards. Are these the terms to be ascribed to The Lancet , which, bar a few blemishes has shown a distinguished pedigree in the world of medical research? Stroppy academics have made an argument than an open ... More >>

World Vision responding to powerful earthquake in Nepal

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 11:53 am | World Vision New Zealand

World Vision is responding to a powerful 7.5 earthquake that struck Nepal early Saturday morning. More >>

Death toll rising in Nepal following earthquake

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 11:12 am | World Vision New Zealand

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, toppling buildings and creating avalanches in the Himalayas. The national disaster management agency has declared a state of emergency and says so far, close to 900 people have died. More >>

Mercy Corps Prepares Emergency Response in Nepal

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 10:48 am | Mercy Corps

Portland, Ore. – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps is preparing an emergency response in Nepal following Saturday’s massive earthquake. Early reports indicate hundreds of people have been killed and thousands more injured in the 7.8-magnitude ... More >>

Nepal: Red Cross on the front lines

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 10:40 am | NZ Red Cross

Delhi/ Kuala Lumpur/ Geneva, 25 April 2015 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is preparing to mount an international emergency response to the estimated 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal today. More >>

We will remember them: 100th Anzac anniversary in Wellington

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 11:08 am | Megan Gattey

An estimated 40,000 people gathered at the Dawn Service at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park this morning to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. More >>

Wellington Wreath Laying

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 10:42 am | Jeremy Wilkinson

A crowd of roughly 1000 gathered at 9am this morning at the Anzac Cenotaph for the Wellington City Council Citizens’ Wreath-laying Service. More >>

Video: ANZAC 100th Anniversary Dawn Service At Pukeahu Park

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 9:45 am | The Scoop Team

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Wellington 2015 ANZAC Day Centenary Commemoration in Pictures

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 8:58 am | Francis Cook

Roughly 18,000 people gathered this morning at Pukeahu Memorial Park for the Anzac day centenary. Anticipating the large turnout, patrons arrived as early as 4.30. It was virtually impossible to get near the Memorial after 5am. By 6, the crowds ... More >>

How the one-way mirror of secrecy generates fear

Friday, 24 April 2015, 3:36 pm | Branko Marcetic

Being the head of a nation’s spy agency is hard work. Not only does it involve running a government bureau of hundreds – even tens of thousands – of personnel and keeping a vigilant eye on any potential security threats faced by a country, ... More >>

Sick and Tired Workers: An Epidemic of Corporate Greed

Friday, 24 April 2015, 3:20 pm | Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch Snaking its way through the Pennsylvania legislature is a bill that will block local governments from requiring companies to provide sick leave, even if unpaid, that is more than required by state or federal regulations. There ... More >>

World War 1 - what's changed 100 years on?

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2:45 pm | Don Franks

16,697 New Zealanders were killed and 41,317 were wounded during World war I. Around another thousand men died within five years of the war's end, as a result of injuries sustained. The lives of countless other men and women were blighted by the conflict. ... More >>

Climate Change Politics in Australia: The Lomborg Factor

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Eager to cut, savage and wind back constructive projects in the realm of medicine, science and education, Australia’s government has made its latest head-shaking announcement on budgetary issues. The veteran climate change sceptic Bjørn Lomborg ... More >>

Wellington ANZAC Parade 2015 – Video and Images

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2:33 pm | The Scoop Team

Today at 12.30pm an ANZAC parade was held – on the eve of ANZAC Day - to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings in 1915. The parade travelled from the Cenotaph to the newly opened Pukeahu Memorial Park adjacent to the Carillion and ... More >>

Russia is the Newest Buddy of Bangkok's Coup Leader

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2:31 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Bangkok last week resulted in trade deals, revived relations and a public snub at Washington by Thailand's heavily criticized coup leader who praised Moscow's friendship when "a ... More >>

104,000 #SaveCampbellLive Petition Signatures Taken To TV3

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2:06 pm | Alastair Thompson

On a mission to deliver 104,000 #SaveCampbellLive petition signatures - a lively gathering of Campbell Live show supporters descended on TV3 today. John Campbell came out to meet them. TV3 is currently reviewing continuation of a show which a ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the hair-pulling finale and Gallipoli

Friday, 24 April 2015, 10:24 am | Gordon Campbell

Don’t know about you, but when hi-jinks and horsing around are going on, my understanding is that everyone involved is supposed to be having a good time. Those terms don’t apply to a situation where one person with immense power is harassing someone with ... More >>

#SaveCampbellLive Rallies Today: Auck, Wgtn, Chch, Dunners

Friday, 24 April 2015, 9:21 am | Alastair Thompson

A letter from Scoop Editor Alastair Thompson to the 8832 supporters of the "Save Campbell Live" petition to major Kiwi brands asking them to commit to directing advertising support towards securing the future of the best current affairs team in NZ broadcasting ... More >>

Re: United Kingdom General Election on 7 May : Keith Rankin

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 11:21 am | Keith Rankin

I enjoy listening to Dame Anne Leslie, long-time Daily Mail journalist, who pops up regularly on the UK Correspondent section of Radio New Zealand's Nine-to-Noon. She has an amazing gift for the consummate turn of phrase More >>

Poll: Byelection Defeat Bounces off Teflon "John Key" & Govt

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 11:07 am | Alastair Thompson

New Zealand First appears to have received a boost in nationwide polling following Winston Peters by-election victory in Northland. The latest Roy Morgan poll has NZ First up 2.5 percentage points to 8.5% support, while National dip one point to 45.5%. More >>

Small business says technology has no business impact

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 10:42 am | Digitl

"Nearly one third of New Zealand small and medium-sized enterprises say digital technology has had no impact on their business over the past five years and 27 percent don’t expect it to in the next five years." —  2015 Westpac Grow New Zealand ... More >>

Ross Patterson: NZ private sector fibre beats Australia's

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 10:40 am | Digitl

CommsDay reports on comments by former telecommunications commissioner Ross Patterson: New Zealand’s private sector-led approach to its fast broadband deployment is far more likely to achieve a successful outcome than Australia’s publicly funded NBN ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the PM's Hair-Pulling Power Trip

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 10:22 am | Gordon Campbell

There have been striking differences between (a) the account of the waitress involved in the hair-pulling incidents, and (b) the account being given by Prime Minister John Key. The version by the waitress is available here and is recommended to anyone ... More >>

NZers Are loyal customers

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 10:07 pm | The Scoop Team

New Zealanders appear to have a great deal of loyalty when it comes customer satisfaction with a soft touch for local branded companies when they have a choice. More >>

Transcript: PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 13/4/15

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 4:12 pm | Scoop News

Transcripts from Prime Minister John Key's Post-Cabinet Press Conferences are being made available on the Beehive website . More >>

Peter Jackson’s exhibit at Old Dominion Museum Disappoints

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 12:20 pm | Francis Cook

Is Peter Jackson incapable of removing his own personal brand of twee novelty even when it comes to war commemoration? The new exhibition at the Old Dominion Building, costing an estimated $10 million, will charm and delight but ultimately leave you ... More >>

Mud, sweat and cheers: the Vanuatu recovery in relief

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 3:15 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Thigh-deep in the same mud being cleared from underneath our four-wheel drive, the tropical rain begins to pour down on us again and the challenges of distributing relief supplies outside Port Vila, Vanuatu become very apparent. We’re just half ... More >>

Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War - Review

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 12:33 pm | Francis Cook

Te Papa and Weta Workshop have worked together to create an impressive exhibition which skirts the edges of glorification and commemoration to deliver an experience both moving and disorienting. Thoughts and images below. More >>

#OSOS2015 - Open collaboration in action - mega World Cafe

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 11:51 am | New Zealand Open Source Society

Sam and Chelsea from lifehack led OS//OS through a giant collaborative jam using World Cafe social technology. @ChelseaRobnson @SamRye_enspiral #OSOS2015! More >>

#OSOS2015 - Slack-jawed at diversity in open source

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 11:48 am | New Zealand Open Source Society

A culture of argument and competition ruins diversity and collaboration in a community - precisely the most important elements for unlocking the potential of open source. We need to change the way we communicate to build an open society. @amatuerhuman ... More >>

#OSOS2015 - Patent holders with cannons - 17th Ct. lessons

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 11:47 am | New Zealand Open Source Society

Craig Ambrose looks to the industrial revolution for lessons for our emerging tech industries. Beware the power of patents. @craigambrose #OSOS2015 More >>

#OSOS2015 - When we share, we win

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 11:45 am | New Zealand Open Source Society

Everyone wins when we contribute to the commons, but laws are making it more difficult, says Billy Meinke. @billymeinke #OSOS2015 More >>

#OSOS2015 Learn from centuries of OS experience? Ask Maori

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 11:43 am | New Zealand Open Source Society

Operating open is a practice, not just a process, and Maori have got it dialed. Look to Matauranga Maori (wisdom) for your tips, says Chris Cormack. @ranginui #OSOS2015 More >>

#OSOS2015 - The Dreamers - Panel

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 11:40 am | New Zealand Open Source Society

Doug Kirkpatrick, Laura O'Connell Rapira, Sascha Meinrath, Lillian Grace, Lindsay Braganza talk dreams. More >>

#OSOS2015 - Hippies with tie-died laptops discuss open Govt.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 11:39 am | New Zealand Open Source Society

Kate Beecroft, Bene Anderson, Ben Balter, Cam Findlay, Laura O'Connell Rapira jam on "Government should open everything" @BenBalter @laura_oc_rapira @cameronfindlay More >>

#OSOS2015 - Friday Afternoon Open Space

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 11:38 am | New Zealand Open Source Society

At OS//OS everyone has a chance to run a session - the only limitation is you can't go to all of them! Here are some droplets from the twitterhose. More >>

#OSOS2015 - Super Mega Open Action Plan Collaborative Finale

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 11:38 am | New Zealand Open Source Society

A giant tweeting session and small group collaboration on an action plan for open government partnership. #OSOS2015 More >>


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