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KiwiSaver Bill Passes Under Urgency

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 4:41 pm |

The third reading of the bill was completed by 63 to 56 with National, Maori Party, ACT and United Future in favour. NZ First MP Ron Mark called for a personal vote to be called as he believed there was evidence of MPs votes being cast when they ... More >>

Why Elites Love Drones

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 11:45 am | Robert J. Burrowes

I sometimes read that drone strikes are counterproductive to western security interests because each person killed by a drone results in more new 'terrorists'. See, for example, 'The more civilians US drones kill in the Mideast, the more radicals they ... More >>

The Fall of Palmyra

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 11:43 am | Franklin Lamb

The ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) has been in existence for 30 centuries, and is one of the world’s most cherished archeological and cultural heritage sites. Will it be cease to exist within the next 30 days? More >>

KiwiSaver Bill Progresses With Much Noise

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 10:48 am |

The second reading debate of the KiwiSaver Budget Measures Bill was lively and raucous when MPs began their day. More >>

Saturday Sitting

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 9:12 am |

Parliament resumed at 9am under Urgency and shortly after completed the first reading of the KiwiSaver Budget Measures Bill . It progressed by 63 to 58 with National, Maori Party, ACT and United Future in support. More >>

House Rises At Midnight

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:04 am |

Debate on the first reading of the KiwiSaver Budget Measures Bill was interrupted when the House rose at midnight. More >>

Telco Levy Bill Passes

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:01 pm |

MPs completed the second reading at 7.30pm with a vote of 88 to 32 with Labour opposed. They then ground through the committee stages and completed the third reading at 11pm. More >>

Telco Levy Bill Completes First Reading

Friday, 22 May 2015, 5:29 pm |

The first reading debate on the Telecommunications (Development Levy) Amendment Bill has been completed under Urgency. More >>

Social Housing Bill Passes Under Urgency

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:02 pm |

A bill making changes to provision of social housing has passed through all stages under Urgency. More >>

Elon Musk and the Future of Green Energy

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:23 am | Brandon Engel

Although anyone can easily point to the failures of green energy investments over the past decades, such as Solyndra , the green energy industry is fortunately not listening. In the United States last year, 45 percent of new power production came ... More >>

Andrew Little Post-Budget Address

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:44 am | Francis Cook

Andrew Little said today the Budget was not earth-shattering, but he made concessions regarding the government’s new policies on working for families and children in poverty. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Budget 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:50 am | Gordon Campbell

From the outset, the slogan for yesterday’s Budget - “The Plan Is Working” – begged to be mocked. There’s actually a plan for the national economy? Who knew? And its been working for whom, exactly? Not for families in poverty, clearly. ... More >>

House Rises

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:02 pm |

The House rose just before 10pm interrupting debate of the committee stage of the Social Housing Reform (Flexible Purchasing and Remedial Matters) Bill . More >>

Housing Reform Bill Completes First Reading

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 8:51 pm |

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett said the Social Housing Reform (Flexible Purchasing and Remedial Matters) Bill allows the Ministry of Social Development to enter into more flexible and innovative purchasing arrangements for social housing. More >>

Budget 2015 - Scoop Full Coverage - Update #1 21/5/15

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 7:02 pm | The Scoop Team


Budget Welfare Bill Sent To Select Committee

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:21 pm |

A bill bringing the first lift in base benefit levels in decades for those with children has completed its first reading and been sent to select committee. More >>

Urgency Motion

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:51 pm |

• the introduction, first reading, and referral to select committee of the Support for Children in Hardship Bill More >>


Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:44 pm |

Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee moved an Urgency motion for one bill to be introduced and sent to select committee and four others to be introduced and passed through all stages. More >>

Bill English 2015 Budget Announcement - Video

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:19 pm | Jeremy Wilkinson

Bill English 2015 Budget Announcement - Video Video Here: ENDS More >>

NZ Budget 2015 - A Budget With Poverty At Its Heart

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 2:05 pm | Alastair Thompson

Poverty of imagination. Poverty of opportunity. Poverty of ambition. Nothing has changed, really, since 2014. The fiscal stratagem remains fixed. Surpluses at all costs. Then spending restraints remain and any "fiscal headroom" is to be applied ... More >>

Report Presented, Budget Speech Begins

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 2:03 pm |

This was on the Petition 2011/0093 of Gary Williams MNZM, and Petition 2011/0094 of Felicity Emmett and 278 others by the Local Government and Environment Committee. More >>

Thought for this Day: Remembering Krithia

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 12:36 pm | Keith Rankin

Thought for this Day: Remembering Krithia Keith Rankin, 21 May 2015 We heard much in April about the ANZAC soldiers landing and fighting at ANZAC Cove on Turkey's Gallipoli Peninsula. And we went through the 'Lest we Forget' and "We shall ... More >>

Budget and Urgency

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:15 am |

Finance Minister Bill English will deliver the 2015 Budget when Parliament sits at 2pm today. More >>

Andrew's little Poem

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 9:19 am | Don Franks

Twas the night before Budget When just for a change Andrew Little’s thought’s did more widely range Labour’s leader cast round in his mind for an angle On which a publicity moment might dangle Some little device that would draw camera’s near More >>

Bribery Bill Gets Support Despite Some Concerns

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 10:05 pm |

Tougher rules over bribery and corruption have general support in Parliament, but concerns have been raised about small scale “facilitation payments” not being criminalised. More >>

Waitangi Bill Progresses

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 8:18 pm |

Legislation reforming the body which oversees the Waitangi Treaty grounds has completed its second reading. More >>

Radio NZ Bill Progresses

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 4:55 pm |

A bill making changes to Radio New Zealand’s charter has completed its second reading almost six years after it was reported back from select committee. More >>

Question Time: Grant Robertson Ejected from the House

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 3:09 pm | Francis Cook

In a heated question time today, Grant Robertson was ejected from the house after Bill English repeatedly denied to answer his question. More >>

Dave Wolland Cartoon

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 12:25 pm | Dave Wolland

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Day-Dreams of Millions of Losers: The Bikie Legacy in Waco

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:33 am | Binoy Kampmark

“The streets of every city are thronged with men who would pay all their money they could get their hands on to be transformed – even for a day – into hairy, hard-fisted brutes who walk over cops, extort free drinks from terrified bar tenders ... More >>

US Bombers to Australia

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:06 am | Binoy Kampmark

The language never reflects the actual conduct. Deploying weapons to a region in greater numbers is not seen as provocative, even if placing such items in a theatre of operations is bound to get neighbours nervous. This is particularly the case about ... More >>

Second Readings To Continue

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 10:45 am |

After Question Time and the General Debate the Government is intending to continue with second reading debates today. More >>

House Rises Interrupting RNZ Bill

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 10:05 pm |

The second reading debate of the Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill was interrupted when the House rose at 10pm. Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams said the bill modernises Radio NZ’s legislation and charter, making it technology neutral so it was not ... More >>

Standards Bill Progresses

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 8:57 pm |

This bill seeks to consolidate the law relating to standards and accreditation of conformity assessment bodies. It repeals and replace the Standards Act 1988 and the Testing Laboratory Registration Act 1972, setting up new arrangements for New Zealand ... More >>

Controversy Over Non-Controversial Bill

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 5:34 pm |

A usually non-controversial omnibus bill dealing with technical reserves and other land title issues has completed its second reading despite dealing with some controversial issues. More >>

Environmental Reporting Bill Progresses

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 3:48 pm |

The second reading of the Environmental Reporting Bill has been completed without widespread support with those opposing not happy about the framework of the regime being created. More >>

Papers and Bills Presented

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 2:14 pm |

When Parliament resumed at 2pm a number of documents were tabled and two bills were introduced. More >>

Zero-Sum Financial Reality: (+X) + (-X) = 0

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 12:42 pm | Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin, 19 May 2015 The Greens astonished me on Sunday ( Scoop transcript of Metiria Turei interview, Q+A, TVNZ 17 May) by proposing a children's Kiwi Saver as part of a plan to boost New Zealand's saving culture. (Winston Peters also astonished ... More >>

Environmental Reporting Bill And Other Second Readings

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 10:43 am |

The Government is planning to complete a number of second readings of bills as the focus turns to Thursday’s Budget. More >>

Surface 3: Keyboard frustrates laptop replacement ambition

Monday, 18 May 2015, 7:50 pm | Digitl

Microsoft pitches the NZ$800 Surface 3 as a laptop alternative. While it will fit the bill for some folk, Surface still has a way to go before it’s a realistic laptop replacement for most users. More >>

NZ troops stationed close to ISIS held town of Ramadi

Monday, 18 May 2015, 6:07 pm | Jeremy Wilkinson

The Western-Iraqi town of Ramadi has fallen to ISIS millititants despite the efforts by the Iraqi army. More >>

Post-Cab Press Conference on the Capital Gains Tax

Monday, 18 May 2015, 5:45 pm | Jeremy Wilkinson

In a press conference held today in Wellington Prime Minister John Key explained details of the capital gains tax revealed yesterday. More >>

Rod Drury on speed, capital raising, marketing complexity

Monday, 18 May 2015, 3:27 pm | Digitl

First a correction [1] to the quote in Speed, cost behind Xero move to PaaS, AWS : @envycollect @billbennettnz It's not the big that eat the small. It's the fast that eat the slow — Rod Drury (@roddrury) May 15, 2015 Next a few interesting ideas ... More >>

Microsoft Surface 3: Worth buying, not cheap

Monday, 18 May 2015, 2:45 pm | Digitl

It has a new Atom chip, real Windows 8.1, great screen, decent battery life and a one year, one person subscription to Office 365 . Power for day-to-day needs Intel’s Atom mobile device chip and a full version of Windows 8.1 are more than enough to ... More >>

So Laid Back Country China Album Release

Monday, 18 May 2015, 1:43 pm | Francis Cook

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig. More >>

TPP: Is it the Death of Democracy?

Monday, 18 May 2015, 12:45 pm | Peter Drew

TPP: Is it the Death of Democracy and the Birth of ‘Corporatocracy’? By Peter Drew - Independent Journalist On May 16th the US Senate reversed their decision of two days prior and voted by a margin of 65-33 to allow President Obama and the trans-national ... More >>

GC: The government’s belated moves on property speculation

Monday, 18 May 2015, 9:26 am | Gordon Campbell

Is it a property tax on capital gains or a capital gains tax on property? The Jesuitical distinctions in the government’s spin about its latest moves on property speculators are all about whether the government can claim that it jumped, or confess that it ... More >>

Storm, Floods and Road Closures Fail to Stop New Combination

Saturday, 16 May 2015, 11:26 am | Mana Bus

15 May 2015 - Heavy rain and severe weather caused havoc in Wellington yesterday. It resulted in road closures to State Highway 1, flooding, and heavy traffic congestion throughout Wellington and surrounding areas. More >>

Evening Report Video IV: Green Party MP Kevin Hague

Friday, 15 May 2015, 5:06 pm |

Evening Report Video Interview: After the pending resignation of Russel Norman, the Green Party co-leadership is being hotly contested. One the two top front-runners is Kevin Hague and he is here with us for an extended interview to talk about: the ... More >>

The latest good reason for dumping the monarchy

Friday, 15 May 2015, 9:33 am | Gordon Campbell

T he monarchy, the media and the masses is a threesome made in tabloid heaven, and it has seen a lot of action during this past month. The birth of Princess Charlotte, and then Prince Harry’s visit to New Zealand….To a quite embarrassing extent, ... More >>

Thomas Chalmers 1780-1847: Evangelist, Political Economist

Friday, 15 May 2015, 8:49 am | Keith Rankin

This week I read "Chalmers as Political Economist" by Boyd Hilton, from the 1885 book "The Practical and the Pious" edited by AC Cheyne. The Reverend Thomas Chalmers was an important Scottish figure in the early nineteenth century, living in years ... More >>

Body recovered in flooded Bracken Street, Petone

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 8:37 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have recovered the body of a 80-year-old male near Sladden Park in Bracken Street, Petone. More >>

Consider alternative commute tomorrow morning

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 8:34 pm | WREMO

Commuters planning on travelling within the Wellington region tomorrow morning have been advised to consider alternatives to their usual morning commute. More >>

Consider staying in town if you can

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 8:15 pm | WREMO

SH1 northbound is open but severely restricted in places. One lane of SH2 northbound is now open from Ngaraunga to the Dowse Interchange. More >>

Call WCC if you need a place to stay

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 8:14 pm | Wellington City Council

Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, says people should ring Wellington City Council if they are stuck in the city tonight and can’t find any other alternative accommodation. More >>

Spark Fibre Landline may solve old folk telephone woes

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 6:51 pm | Digitl

From today Spark fibre customers wanting a voice telephone service no longer need to buy a separate copper line as well as fibre. And people living in fibre-only places can now get the closest thing to an old-school telephone. More >>

Spark follows broadband money trail

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 6:48 pm | Digitl

Spark’s pie chart tells the story: Half the money a customer pays for broadband goes to Chorus. More >>

GridAKL-Huawei partnership highlights shifting focus

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 6:39 pm | Digitl

There was a time when an ambitious New Zealand innovation project would have looked to the UK, US or Japan for an international partner. More >>

Rules to Follow When Watching TPA-passage in Congress

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 3:28 pm | Mary Bates

Veteran reporters watching international trade agreements pretzel their way through Congress are careful to observe certain well-trodden ‘rules’ .. thus avoiding the many-traps-for-young-players. Rule Number One: the ‘Iceberg Rule.’ That is, ... More >>

Housing Finance and Infrastructure | Keith Rankin

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 9:53 am | Keith Rankin

The Reserve Bank acted yesterday to limit the folly of our banks in lending too much to Auckland property 'investors'. The Reserve Bank is not concerned about housing as such. Its concern is "financial stability" with particular reference to the security ... More >>


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