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The Nation News Bites: Serco, CYFS & Former PM Helen Clark

Sunday, 30 August 2015, 5:56 pm | The Nation

A selection of news bites from the Saturday 29th August 2015 edition of The Nation which featured interviews with Former PM Helen Clark, SERCO CEO Rupert Soames and Children's Commissioner Russell Wills. More >>

'Islamic State' Pretence and the Upcoming Wars in Libya

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 11:09 am | Ramzy Baroud

Another war is in the making in Libya: the questions are ‘how’ and ‘when’? While the prospect of another military showdown is unlikely to deliver Libya from its current security upheaval and political conflict, it is likely to change the ... More >>

The state of child protection in New Zealand

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 11:07 am | Paora Moyle

Institutional racism is at the heart of the ‘current state’ of child protection in Aotearoa New Zealand. It has been for more than thirty years.Aptly described by a rangatahi participant in my research who'd just been in a youth justice residence ... More >>

War: Legal to Criminal and Back Again

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 11:01 am | David Swanson

Remarks in Chicago on the 87th anniversary of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, August 27, 2015. More >>

Generals allegedly spoilt Netanyahu’s plan to attack Iran

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 10:08 am | Redress Information

I must admit that Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon did not top the list of my favourite politicians. The former army chief of staff and present minister of defence looked to me like a mere lackey of Binyamin Netanyahu and a one-dimensional militarist. ... More >>

REVIEW: Lord of the Dance in Lord of the Rings territory

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:07 pm | Megan Gattey

Heralded as the world’s most successful dance show, I was curious to see what all the hype surrounding Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games was about when I heard it was coming to Wellington. More >>

Health And Safety Bill Passes Third Reading

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 6:03 pm |

The third reading of the Health and Safety Reform Bill was divided into five bills. Two of the bills passed by 63 to 58 with the support of National, Maori Party, ACT and United Future. Three of the divided bills - concerning hazardous substances, ... More >>

Deadly Shrine Bomb Shatters "Happiness" Coup Propaganda

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 2:39 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Police hoping to boost tourists' confidence visited one of Bangkok's raunchiest red-light enclaves and described the security situation to foreign men drinking beer with Thai bar girls, five nights after a pipe-bomb killed 20 people ... More >>

Seven Ways Racism Is Built In

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 2:15 pm | David Swanson

1. WEALTH GAP: The playing field is not level. The median wealth of a white household in the United States is over 13 times that of a black household, and the gap is widening. Most black households have less than $350 in savings. It takes money not just to ... More >>

Offshore Tax Bill To Get Priority

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 2:10 pm |

A bill on the taxation of offshore people buying residential houses in New Zealand will be given priority when Parliament next sits. More >>

The good life for pensioners

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 1:47 pm | Oily Rag Column

Superannuitants have the ideal opportunity to indulge in an oily rag lifestyle. They have time on their hands and by some miraculous intervention, money appears in their bank accounts every second Thursday! While the pension is not a fortune, it helps ... More >>

Health And Safety Bill To Get Third Reading

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:43 am |

The Government will move to complete the passage of occupational health and safety law when the House sits today. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Children’s Commission report on CYF

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 9:37 am | Gordon Campbell

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “ dump and run culture of neglect " is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. ... More >>

House Rises After Transplant Bill Progresses

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 10:05 pm |

The first reading of the Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill was completed on a voice vote and referred to the Health Committee. More >>

Rugby World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 9:25 pm |

A bill concerning alcohol licensing rules for the Rugby World Cup has completed its third reading More >>

World Cup Alcohol Bill Completes Second Reading

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 5:55 pm |

A bill loosening alcohol licensing rules for the Rugby World Cup has completed its second reading and is set to pass into law this evening. More >>

World Cup Alcohol Bill Report Presented

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 2:06 pm |

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill was reported back from the Justice and Electoral Committee when Parliament resumed this afternoon. More >>

World Cup Alcohol Bill To Dominate Members Day

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 10:33 am |

Today is Members’ day with proceedings in Parliament likely to be dominated by a bill concerning the Rugby World Cup and the opening of licensed premises. More >>

Health And Safety Bill Completes Committee Stage

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 10:01 pm |

After a marathon debate new health and safety laws have completed their committee stage and are set to pass into law on Thursday. More >>

Papers, Reports And A Bill

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 2:08 pm |

The annual report of the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board was presented when Parliament resumed at 2pm. More >>

Thailand's Tourism & Junta Damaged by 2nd Bomb

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 11:57 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Jittery and suspicious residents and tourists are trying to enjoy the tropical pleasures of this sprawling river port, but with no evidence about who is bombing Bangkok or why, many people fear more danger ahead. More >>

Few Clues in Bangkok's Devastating Bomb Attacks

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 11:55 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Security officials sifted through the grizzly remains of victims and wreckage in the streets on August 18, but said they did not know who detonated a powerful pipe bomb in the heart of Bangkok crowded with shoppers, tourists and ... More >>

All For The Love Of Lake Horowhenua -The Phil Taueki Story

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 11:31 am | Anne Hunt

Lake Horowhenua activist Philip Dean Taueki is back in court, this time because he is determined to stop the Horowhenua District Council endangering the lives of children playing on their own land. More >>

Child poverty and neoclassical economics in New Zealand

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 10:48 am | John Bevan-Smith

While it is imperative that the Government and Housing New Zealand, which provides no emergency housing, and any other agencies and agents concerned urgently address the issues presented by Professor Asher on Radio New Zealand on 21 August 2015, I ... More >>

Health And Safety Debate To Resume

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 10:38 am |

MPs will return to the marathon debate on workplace health and safety legislation this afternoon. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the flag campaign

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 10:30 am | Gordon Campbell

So far, the public has treated the government’s flag campaign with something between disinterest and disdain. Most New Zealanders have instinctively seen through the marketing hype involved. Basically the flag campaign is a ‘feel good’ bit of ... More >>

Why I Rented-a-Crowd of Misinformed Protesters

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 10:17 am | Steve Edwards

With sagely insight, Nu Zillun’s foremost Infallible Expert on Everything, prime minister John Key, opined that protestors who demonstrated in nationwide rallies across the South Pacific island nation against the impending Trans-Pacific Partnership ... More >>

Iraqi Civilians Caught Between Scylla and Charybdis

Monday, 24 August 2015, 9:44 pm | Harmeet Sooden

Harmeet Sooden has recently returned from Iraqi Kurdistan, where he was working on a human rights project assessing communal tensions in a camp for internally displaced persons. In 2005, Harmeet was kidnapped in Iraq while working for an international ... More >>

MFAT's Al-Khalaf File - The Complete #SaudiSheep OIA Release

Monday, 24 August 2015, 8:51 pm | The Scoop Team

The Al-Khalaf model sheep farm payments, including live (air-freighted) pregnant sheep exports - all allegedly to facilitate a Gulf States free trade agreement has generated many headlines and Parliamentary Questions in recent weeks. More >>

PM’s Press Conference. Easter Trading and Auckland Housing

Monday, 24 August 2015, 6:04 pm | Francis Cook

In today’s Post-Cabinet press conference, the Prime Minister and Hon. Michael Woodhouse outlined an amendment to allow local councils to create bylaws which would allow for trading on Easter Sunday. More on this story here. More >>

Proposed changes to Easter Sunday business law

Monday, 24 August 2015, 5:52 pm | Jeremy Wilkinson

Work may no longer be compulsory on Easter Sunday following a proposed amendment to the shop trading hours repeal act. More >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Note 5 models won’t cure premium ph

Monday, 24 August 2015, 12:59 pm | Digitl

Samsung pioneered large screen phones. On Friday it launched two new models: the curved screen Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Note 5. More >>

Rankin: Hollow Auckland, Hollow Media, Hollow Opposition

Monday, 24 August 2015, 12:58 pm | Keith Rankin

I was interested to hear this story ( More students at poorest schools ) on Thursday (20 August), about the large changes in school enrolments in Decile 10 and Decile 1 schools. These are the schools that are located in the richest and poorest suburbs ... More >>

Ashley Madison: A wake up call

Monday, 24 August 2015, 12:49 pm | Digitl

A month ago a group called Impact Team stole the user database and transaction history from Ashley Madison, a website that arranges liaisons for married people. More >>

Boshier To Be Chief Ombudsman

Sunday, 23 August 2015, 11:14 am |

Former Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier is set to become the new Chief Ombudsman when Dame Beverley Wakem retires later this year. More >>

Craig Powell Cartoon: NZ Shooting Guide

Friday, 21 August 2015, 12:55 pm | Craig Powell

Response to hunters working for DOC killing takahe instead of pukeko (and other hunting issues) More >>

Cambodia and NZ to collaborate on aviation

Friday, 21 August 2015, 8:59 am | Sor Chandara

Cambodia and New Zealand signed an agreement yesterday that will see aviation authorities form both nations working more closely together. More >>

Emotions Rise In Health And Safety Debate

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 5:58 pm |

The emotional aspect of health and safety legislation caused tension in the House today as MPs debated a casket being displayed. More >>

Business Statement

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 2:08 pm |

Deputy Leader of the House Simon Bridges said when the House sits next week the Government would make progress on the Health and Safety Reform Bill and other bills on the Order Paper. Wednesday would be a Members’ Days More >>

Health And Safety Debate To Continue

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 10:43 am |

The Government intends to push on with the committee stage of health and safety reform legislation this afternoon. More >>

House Rises Debating Health And Safety Bill

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 10:01 pm |

The House rose just before 10pm interrupting the committee stage of the Health and Safety Reform Bill . More >>

Committee Stage Of Health And Safety Bill

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 6:29 pm |

The committee stage consideration of the Health and Safety Reform Bill has begun and it is set to be a long one. More >>

Health And Safety Bill Debate Begins

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 4:10 pm |

The first reading of the Health Practitioners (Replacement of Statutory References to Medical Practitioners) Bill has been completed. More >>

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture - Review

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 3:18 pm | Francis Cook

Developed by The Chinese Room, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture sees the player exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned idyllic English village trying to figure out where everybody's gone. Spoiler: they've gone to the rapture. (On a serious note, ... More >>

Death Of George Gair Marked

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 2:06 pm |

When Parliament sat at 2pm there was a period of silence to mark the death of former National MP and Minister George Gair. More >>

Health And Safety Bill To Dominate

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 1:31 pm |

Following Question Time and the General Debate, MPs will complete the first reading of the Health Practitioners (Replacement of Statutory References to Medical Practitioners) Bill . This was interrupted last night with the last speech being made. All parties ... More >>

Scoop Planned Outage - Wed 19/8/15 10am-2pm

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 9:28 am | The Scoop Team

From 10am-2pm today (Wednesday 19 August) there is a planned outage for the Scoop websites, during these times our sites will be offline. This will involve important server updates and must happen during these hours. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Donald Trump, and Dr Dre

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 9:24 am | Gordon Campbell

For the past few months, you, me, and Rupert Murdoch have been waiting for the wheels to fall off the Trump campaign, and for some drab incarnation of business-as-usual (Jeb Bush, Scott Walker) to emerge as the real Republican standard bearer in next ... More >>

Maple Menace

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 7:32 am | Don Franks

Now we know that political agitators complaining about Chinese investment in New Zealand have been chasing the wrong bus. Statistics recently released in the NZ Herald show that from January 2013 to December 2014, the biggest direct foreign investor ... More >>

House Rises Interrupting Health Bill

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 10:03 pm |

The House rose interrupting the first reading of the Health Practitioners (Replacement of Statutory References to Medical Practitioners) Bill . More >>

Housing NZ Mandate Bill Progresses

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 9:25 pm |

A new law authorising ministers to transfer Housing NZ properties to social housing providers has been sent to select committee. More >>

Last of the Budget Passes

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 6:19 pm |

Finance Minister Bill English defended the Government’s fiscal strategy today as Parliament completed the Budget process. More >>

Foreign Home Owners Bill Reported Back

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 2:10 pm |

A bill on new rules for foreigners purchasing homes in New Zealand has been formally reported back from select committee. More >>

Peace and the ideology of greed and division

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 1:41 pm | Redress Information

We all want peace, don’t we? Peaceful relationships and communities, an absence of violence and conflict, a world at peace. More >>

Fighting the Boycott: BDS and the Media

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 12:52 pm | INSS Insight

The Israeli establishment has described the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement as a strategic threat. More >>

The 2016 Race for the White House: The Current Picture

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 12:50 pm | INSS Insight

In the fast-changing reality of the Middle East, the status of the Iran deal is just one issue, albeit a major one, in the long race for the White House. The ability of Israel to influence US political and military policies in the Middle East should ... More >>

It’s Not Always Good to be a Professional

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 12:37 pm | Walter Brasch

So, publishers figured out that if they gave reporters bylines, it would soothe their savage egos. More >>

Nobel Peace Laureates Endorse Violence

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 12:33 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

In a recent letter to US President Barack Obama twelve Nobel Peace laureates declared their support for the long history of US elite violence against Native Americans and enslaved Africans, as well as the US imperial violence around the world that ... More >>

Closing In: Tony Abbott and the Electoral Letter of Suicide

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 12:30 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This Australian weekend has been getting pollsters and pundits salivating. Every political observer loves a good slaughter, and for some time now, Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has been willing to offer himself up for the billing. More >>

Revising the National Security Concept

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 12:18 pm | INSS Insight

The Israeli government has not yet found the right way to revise the state’s traditional national security concept, which is affected by the significant decline in military threats, and adapt it to current and future challenges. The objective of the revised ... More >>


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