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Migrant women's refuge struggling to stay afloat

Monday, 10 December 2018, 2:11 pm | RNZ

The only Wellington refuge set up for migrant women and children suffering domestic abuse is imploring the government for more funding so it can stay afloat. More >>

'Sovereignty concerns' on bid to sign UN migration pact

Monday, 10 December 2018, 1:04 pm | RNZ

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More >>

US water scientist shocked by NZ's water quality

Monday, 10 December 2018, 12:52 pm | RNZ

A visiting water scientist from the United States Department of Agriculture has been shocked by the state of New Zealand's fresh water. More >>

Air NZ, unions begin urgent talks as strike looms

Monday, 10 December 2018, 12:46 pm | RNZ

Urgent talks begin today between Air New Zealand and aviation engineers' unions to try to avert strike action planned in the run-up to Christmas. More >>

Judge: 'All of us hope that justice for Grace is fair'

Monday, 10 December 2018, 12:38 pm | RNZ

The 26-year-old man charged with the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane has been denied name suppression, but his name will be kept secret after he appealed the decision. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Judgment Day for Theresa May

Monday, 10 December 2018, 10:48 am | Gordon Campbell

W hen under stress, British PM Theresa May reportedly eats peanut butter straight from the jar . More >>

The Security Derangement Complex

Friday, 7 December 2018, 2:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia is being seen as a test case. How does a liberal democracy affirm the destruction of private, encrypted communications? In 2015, China demonstrated what could be done to technology companies, equipping other states with an inspiration: encryption keys, ... More >>

International academics alarmed over Anne-Marie Brady Case

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 4:52 pm | RNZ

International academics have criticised the New Zealand government over its reaction to the alleged targeting of Canterbury University professor Anne-Marie Brady. More >>

Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 4:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“This is going to be one of the most infamous news disasters since Stern published the ‘Hitler Diaries.’” WikiLeaks, Twitter , Nov 27, 2018 More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Pope of Parliament

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 1:28 pm | Gordon Campbell

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament. More >>

Legal protection sought to preserve haka in Germany

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 12:14 pm | RNZ

A Māori cultural advisor is looking at taking legal action to protect the haka in Germany. More >>

More than 27 suicide attempts in two weeks - Manus refugee

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 11:59 am | RNZ

There have been more than 27 suicide attempts in the last two weeks by refugees detained on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, a refugee says. More >>

New posts will boost to NZ’s commitment to Pacific: Peters

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 11:43 am | RNZ

New Zealand's Foreign Minister says the country's "diplomatic footprint" is being boosted around the Pacific to bring better outcomes to the region. More >>

Chinese construction workers brought to NZ "conned"

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 11:06 am | RNZ

Nearly 50 Chinese construction workers are asking the government to hold to account a man they believe has conned them of tens of thousands of dollars. More >>

Sea level rise threatens major NZ infrastructure - report

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 10:49 am | RNZ

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More >>

The Ancient Mythical Rites of Pearl Harbor Day

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 10:19 am | David Swanson

Last week I spoke at a high school. As I often do, I told them I’d perform a magic trick. I only know one, but I know it will almost always work with no skill required. I scribbled on a piece of paper and folded it up. I asked someone to name a war that ... More >>

Hundreds march to call for decriminalisation of abortion

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 4:47 pm | RNZ

About 300 protesters marched to Parliament this afternoon calling on MPs to vote in favour of decriminalising abortion. More >>

National MPs walk out of debating chamber

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 3:54 pm | RNZ

A large number of National Party MPs have walked out of Parliament this afternoon during question time. More >>

Earth Over the Brink

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 3:42 pm | David Swanson

People and companies and governments are cutting down trees to burn them to save the planet from global warming, mixing the sacrificial trees with oh-so-clean coal, and in Detroit with tires, and in North Carolina with chicken shit. More >>

Hundreds line up in rain for meningococcal vaccinations

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 3:38 pm | RNZ

Northland DHB says there's no need for people to queue in the rain with small children for their meningococcal vaccinations. More >>

Jacinda Ardern named as one of most powerful women in world

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 3:32 pm | RNZ

In Forbes' power of the 100 most powerful women, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ranked just six places behind Queen Elizabeth II. More >>

West Papua Liberation Army takes responsibility for killings

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 3:03 pm | RNZ

The West Papua Liberation Army is claiming responsibility for the killings of at least 24 Indonesian construction workers in Papua. More >>

Gordon Campbell on why we politely fake political obituaries

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 11:01 am | Gordon Campbell

One unfortunate side effect of “personality politics” is that when prominent politicians die, the niceties we observe at the death of private individuals get automatically extended to them as well. More >>

Two Magical Words That Could Have Trump Gone by Earth Day

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 10:40 am | Harvey Wasserman

Collusion, technically, is not a crime. Treason is. So is conspiracy. But they may be hard to prove. More >>

The Conspiracy against Refugees

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 10:29 am | Ramzy Baroud

Watching the ongoing debate between US liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding crisis in Central America. More >>

Lying About Age: The Legal Efforts of Emile Ratelband

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 10:12 am | Binoy Kampmark

Oscar Wilde famously warned that one should never trust a woman who revealed her true age; anyone so inclined to do so was bound to tell you anything. He also, in his characteristic stab at modern manners, suggested that no woman should be quite ... More >>

The Saudi Dilemma: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 10:04 am | Oilprice.com

To cut and push up prices or not to cut and preserve market share, this is the question that Saudi Arabia is facing ahead of this year's December OPEC meeting. It seems like just yesterday when OPEC met in 2016 and decided to cut production by 1.8 million ... More >>

NZ biodiversity losses match global crisis

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:59 am | Robert McLachlan and Steven Alexander Trewick

There are five species of kiwi in New Zealand. Their total number is currently at around 70,000 but the populations may have declined by two thirds in 20 years. from www.shutterstock.com , CC BY-ND More >>

NZers plead for help from failing mental health system

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:58 am | RNZ

A report into the country's mental health services describes patients and families pleading for help from a failing system. More >>

Beehive caught off guard by change of government

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:54 am | RNZ

Public servants responsible for the transition between governments failed to support new ministers as no-one had planned for a full scale, new administration. More >>

Thunderstorms and rain cause flooding in South Island

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:48 am | RNZ

State Highway 96 between Mataura and Winton is flooded and has a 30km/h speed restriction in place. More >>

Is it time to create a new work visa category?

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:34 am | Creative Content

Giving New Zealand flexibility to grow: a visa idea… Aaron Martin of New Zealand Immigration Law understands “the nature of work is evolving with the constant changes in technology”. Employment is no longer as straightforward as it once was: fewer ... More >>

Vector has partial win on retailer contracts

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 5:26 pm | BusinessDesk

Vector has had a partial win in its efforts to protect the form of the contracts it has with electricity retailers. More >>

Maggie Barry asks for investigation into staff recordings

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 3:52 pm | RNZ

Embattled National Party MP Maggie Barry says she has never been a bully and has hit back at all allegations against her. More >>

New leaks didn't come from National MP - Bridges

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 3:39 pm | RNZ

National Party leader Simon Bridges is refusing to discuss more leaks that appear to be coming from his own caucus. More >>

Colleagues and friends remember Geoff Murphy

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 3:27 pm | RNZ

Pioneering filmmaker Geoff Murphy , has died aged 80. He was one of the forces of nature behind the modern New Zealand film industry and is best remembered for the movie Utu and the road movie with a special place in New Zealanders' affections, ... More >>

Insane Mode: Hamish McKenzie On The Tesla Revolution

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 1:54 pm | RNZ

Elon Musk is unusual, difficult and vindictive - but he and his company Tesla Motors have achieved amazing things, former insider and New Zealander Hamish McKenzie says in his new book. More >>

New Zealand film pioneer Geoff Murphy dies

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 12:51 pm | RNZ

Filmmaker Geoff Murphy has died aged 80. One of the pioneers of the modern New Zealand film industry, he's perhaps best remembered for the highly successful Utu and the road movie with a special place in New Zealanders' affections, Goodbye Pork Pie . More >>

Hundreds of lightning strikes, one person struck in Auckland

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 12:42 pm | RNZ

As wet weather drenches much of the country, localised thunderstorms are possible over the next couple of days, MetService says. More >>

Time for a New Approach to Mental Health

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 12:41 pm | Kyle Macdonald

Today “He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction” was released, the culmination of over 5200 submissions, and 26 public meetings into the state of Mental Health and Addictions treatment in New Zealand. More >>

Mental health report recommends re-think on drug charges

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 12:28 pm | RNZ

The Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction is recommending the government set up a Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, take strong action on alcohol and other drugs and set a target to reduce suicide rates. More >>

PM's Post-Cab 3/12/18: Fuel Market Study

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 10:45 am | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi to announce a Commerce Commission market study into the retail fuel market. This will be the first study directed by the government under new legislation. More >>

12 Years Til Planetary Destruction

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 10:04 am | Vegan Society

The science is in, there is no doubt that we have less than 12 years to change the way we live on this planet! No kidding! Since 2006, the UN has been telling us that the only sustainable way of feeding the world is through small scale, organic, plant ... More >>

ComCom wary of Wrightson seeds sale to DLF

Monday, 3 December 2018, 2:33 pm | BusinessDesk

Dec. 3 (BusinessDesk) - PGG Wrightson's $434 million sale of its seeds business to Danish cooperative DLF Seeds has hit a hurdle with the Commerce Commission uneasy about the potential concentration of power in the ryegrass seeds market. More >>

Sharing a cell with a sex offender 'absolutely inhuman'

Monday, 3 December 2018, 2:33 pm | RNZ

Hundreds of sex offenders are being placed in shared prison cells despite warnings that it is dangerous and should be stopped. More >>

Ardern reaffirms no WTO concern over PGF grants

Monday, 3 December 2018, 2:24 pm | RNZ

The prime minister says she hasn't seen anything that suggests the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is concerned the government is bringing in agricultural subsidies via the back door. More >>

Young Football Ferns' 'team culture is magnificent'

Monday, 3 December 2018, 2:11 pm | RNZ

The coach of the record-breaking under 17 women's football team says their bronze medal has helped pave the way for bright sporting futures. More >>

Tall Blacks qualify for 2019 World Cup

Monday, 3 December 2018, 2:10 pm | RNZ

The New Zealand Tall Blacks have qualified for the 2019 World Cup in China after a 97 to 74 victory over Syria. More >>

All Blacks Sevens complete Dubai double

Monday, 3 December 2018, 2:08 pm | RNZ

The New Zealand men's rugby sevens team has won the opening leg of the World Series in Dubai. More >>

Consultation reveals a lack of confidence in NCEA

Monday, 3 December 2018, 12:31 pm | RNZ

Consultation over the future of the NCEA has revealed a widespread lack of confidence in the national qualification, support for abolishing exam fees and scepticism about focusing level 1 of the qualification on a major project. More >>

Gordon Campbell: five lingering questions on the Huawei ban

Monday, 3 December 2018, 11:23 am | Gordon Campbell

The ban on Spark using Huawei technology within their planned 5G phone and Internet network continues to raise more questions than answers. If the security concern is that Huawei could possibly install a ‘backdoor’ into this network that only Chinese ... More >>

A WORLD FEDERATION, by John Scales Avery

Monday, 3 December 2018, 11:16 am | John Avery

A “With law shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.” Njal’s Saga, Iceland, c 1270 AD The present United Nations Charter More >>

Fightback’s Pre-History in the New Zealand Left

Monday, 3 December 2018, 10:57 am | Fightback

Since Fightback’s analysis and articles have been getting more attention from international comrades, we regular get questions asking what “tradition” or organisational pedigree we belong to – are we Trotskyists, Marxist-Leninists, left-communists, ... More >>

United States War Crimes During the First Persian Gulf War

Monday, 3 December 2018, 10:55 am | Prof. Francis A. Boyle

On February 27, 1992 Albany Law School in Albany, N.Y. convened a Symposium on the subject of “International War Crimes: The Search for Justice.” The Symposium organizers invited the author to come in for the express purpose of arguing the case ... More >>

My mum is a midwife on strike

Monday, 3 December 2018, 10:43 am | Emma Blackett

They are halfway through a two week strike to protest against the District Health Boards’ refusal to negotiate with midwives as a profession distinct from nursing, and to pay midwives what they are worth. More >>

New Zealand teachers’ struggle at a crossroads

Monday, 3 December 2018, 10:13 am | Socialist Equality Group

On November 23, the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) announced that a majority of its 17,000 secondary school teacher members had voted for a one-day strike early next year, after rejecting a second pay offer from the Labour Party-led coalition ... More >>

Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal

Monday, 3 December 2018, 10:04 am | David Swanson

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 2, 2018 https://worldbeyondwar.org/yemen-poisoned-water-and-a-green-new-deal/ More >>

An Empire of Bases Poisons Water, Threatens Its Own Collapse

Monday, 3 December 2018, 10:02 am | David Swanson

The U.S. military’s fire-fighting foam is contaminating groundwater and sickening people in communities near U.S. military bases around the world More >>

One News/Colmar Brunton Poll Nov 24 to 28

Sunday, 2 December 2018, 7:13 pm | The Scoop Team

National 46 percent up three points Labour 43 percent down two points Greens 5 percent down two points NZ First 4 percent down one point Maori Party unchanged on 1 percent ACT up one point to one percent More >>

Crown Minerals Act Review coming, as DoC mining ban delayed

Sunday, 2 December 2018, 2:34 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Government has again said a wider review of the Crown Minerals Act is coming soon with Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods saying it must be “future proofed” to ensure a “just transition”. More >>