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Evidence Bill Progresses And House Rises

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 5:22 pm |

A bill intended to make it easier for vulnerable people to give evidence in court has been sent to select committee More >>

Fonterra, treating workers like cattle

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 4:35 pm | Don Franks

After several days of rumors, Fonterra today confirmed a series of massive job cuts. More >>

Subordinate Legislation Confirmation Bill Progresses

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 3:47 pm |

The first reading of the Subordinate Legislation Confirmation Bill was completed on a voice vote. More >>

Budget Debate To Be Given Priority

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 2:11 pm |

The Government will seek to make progress on Budget legislation when Parliament resumes after a coming two week adjournment. More >>

Top Of The Morning News Digest

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 12:21 pm | NewsRoom_Plus

* NewsRoom_Digest from 1 July 2015 available at - see More >>

Judicial Conduct Commissioner To Be Appointed

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 10:50 am |

MPs will appoint the Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner when the House sits today. More >>

Currencies: Rules of the Game applied to Germany and Greece

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 10:42 am | Keith Rankin

This week's financial default of Greece's government reminds us that we should understand how exchange rate systems are meant to work, and why, more often than not, they don't work for both technical and political reasons. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Tiwai Point, and saying “No” in Greece

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 9:45 am | Gordon Campbell

Its hard to see how Rio Tinto’s one month delay in announcing its intentions about the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter is a good sign for (a) the jobs of the workers affected or (b) for the New Zealand taxpayer. Either Rio Tinto is angling for another ... More >>

House Rises

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 9:59 pm |

The House rose just before 10pm interrupting the committee stage of the Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill . More >>

Some Controversy Over Non-Controversial Bill

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 5:53 pm |

A supposedly non-controversial bill on reserve lands managed to continue to cause controversy as it moved through its committee stage. More >>

Yet again! Israel's hijacking impunity

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 2:55 pm | Leslie Bravery

A senior columnist and political analyst for Israeli newspapers, Ben Caspit, who also has regular TV shows on politics and Israel, noted in an article for More >>

Retiring Clerk Honoured

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 2:35 pm |

When Parliament resumed at 2pm Prime Minister John Key moved a motion paying tribute to the retiring Clerk of the House Mary Harris. More >>

Committee Stage Debates For Some Older Bills

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 1:05 pm |

Two bills which have been around for more than six years will get their committee stage debates today. More >>

Second Readings Of Treaty Bills Completed

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 12:56 pm |

The second readings of the Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill , the Te Kawerau ā Maki Claims Settlement Bill , and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Planning Committee Bill all completed their second readings on a voice vote. More >>

Top Of The Morning News Digest

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 10:08 am | NewsRoom_Plus

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Parliament To Sit Under Extended Hours

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 12:08 am |

The Business Committee agreed to debate the second readings of the Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill , the Te Kawerau ā Maki Claims Settlement Bill , and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Planning Committee Bill . All of which are generally agreed by most ... More >>

House Rises

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 10:00 pm |

The House rose just before 10pm interrupting the committee stage of the Reserves and Other Lands Disposal Bill More >>

16 Days Of Scoop Update : Dear Scoop Crowd - Thankyou!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 7:54 pm | Scoop Operation Chrysalis

Contents: You lot are a fantastic crowd. 2 Surveys Show NZers Highly Value Public Access To News The 16 Days Of Scoop Are Very Nearly Up - One Final Request For Your Assistance Why Is It Called An Ethical Paywall? Attachment: Scoop's Ethical Paywall ... More >>

Environmental Reporting Bill Progresses

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 7:35 pm |

It was reported without amendment and MPs began the committee stage of the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Amendment Bill . More >>

Harmful Digital Communications Bill Passes

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 4:33 pm |

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill completed its third reading despite many MPs expressing misgivings and calling for a review if it does have a chilling effect on free speech. More >>

Papers, Petitions And A Bill

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 2:13 pm |

When Parliament resumed at 2pm a petition was presented requesting the House take necessary steps to ensure inflatable children’s rides are operated safely. More >>

Cyber-bullying Law Set To Pass

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 10:35 am |

After Question Time today MPs are scheduled to return to the third reading of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill , which implements various sanctions and remedies to address harmful digital communications. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the crisis in Greece

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 10:31 am | Gordon Campbell

Greece, as the cradle of democracy, is getting no brownie points for actually practicing it. The decision by the Greek government to go back to the people for a mandate for the bailout terms being proposed by the Eurozone seems entirely appropriate. Syriza ... More >>

Top Of The Morning News Digest

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 9:00 am | NewsRoom_Plus

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Christchurch Arts Centre guided tour with Lady Pippa Blake

Monday, 29 June 2015, 11:26 pm | Megan Gattey

André Lovatt gives Lady Pippa Blake a guided tour of the Christchurch Arts Centre restoration project More >>

PM Press Conference on the UN Security Council

Monday, 29 June 2015, 5:36 pm | Francis Cook

PM Press Conference on the UN Security Council, State Housing, Milk, and Sugar. By Francis Cook More >>

Global Mode: No winners, only losers

Monday, 29 June 2015, 5:08 pm | Digitl

CallPlus backed down. From September it will stop providing Global Mode, a service allowing customers to hide their whereabouts so they can buy low-cost streaming video services direct from the US, UK or elsewhere. More >>

Rural broadband gets competitive reboot

Monday, 29 June 2015, 5:05 pm | Digitl

Spark will soon begin selling a fixed wireless broadband service to rural customers in direct competition with Vodafone. More >>

How to Stop the TPP

Monday, 29 June 2015, 11:55 am | David Swanson

The House and Senate have rammed through Fast Track. More >>

The human rights crisis is about domination, not perception

Monday, 29 June 2015, 11:52 am | Neve Gordon

When Israel is criticized about its rights-abusive policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the refrain most often heard among local politicians is that the government’s hasbara —the Israeli propaganda machine—is inadequate. The problem, in other ... More >> Petition: To NZ Govt. - Help End Forced Labour

Monday, 29 June 2015, 9:31 am |

Call on the Government Ofnew Zealand to Update International Slavery Protections for the 21st Century - SIGN THE PETITION More >>

Top Of The Morning News Digest

Monday, 29 June 2015, 8:39 am | NewsRoom_Plus

* NewsRoom_Digest from 26 June 2015 available at - see More >>

Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand Newsletter 27th June 2015

Sunday, 28 June 2015, 7:54 pm | Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand

In this issue: US bill to lift the travel ban has 43 senatorial sponsors Cuban economy meets expectations for first half of 2015 Double anniversary—battle and barracks celebrated Chucho Valdés brings Irakere back to life Tropicana of Santiago de Cuba ... More >>

NZ: L’Affaire Rainbow Warrior – what’s that about?

Saturday, 27 June 2015, 12:18 pm | Pacific Media Centre More >>

When is Free Speech Unfree?

Saturday, 27 June 2015, 10:19 am | Binoy Kampmark

Let’s get a few things straight. Australia, thin-lipped conformist society that it is, possesses minimal freedoms on that marked concept of liberal democracy called freedom of speech. For those who laud the Racial Discrimination Act, free speech ... More >>

ActionStation NZ News Media Satisfaction Survey- Results

Friday, 26 June 2015, 3:34 pm | The State of NZ News Media

In May & June 2015 NZ's "people powered change" platform Action Station ( @ActionStation ) conducted a survey of a sample of 3,773 of its members, asking them questions about their views on The State of NZ News Media. In the Storify Story below you will see ... More >>

Action Station: #FutureOfNews #NZNewsSurvey Methodology

Friday, 26 June 2015, 2:53 pm | ActionStation

#FutureOfNews: a survey of 3773 members of ActionStation shows a high value placed on public good journalism, but low confidence in existing news media. More >>

Gordon Campbell on climate change protest, and Iraq training

Friday, 26 June 2015, 9:53 am | Gordon Campbell

For sheer style, humour and content fit for purpose, it would be hard to beat yesterday’s Greenpeace protest at Parliament. The fact that the hanging of functioning solar panels from Parliament Buildings caused such spluttering outrage among fogeys old ... More >>

Top Of The Morning News Digest

Friday, 26 June 2015, 8:43 am | NewsRoom_Plus

* NewsRoom_Digest from 25 June 2015 available at - see More >>

Focus on competitive edge to control your own destiny

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 4:03 pm | Matthew Newman

With milk prices down, the dairy industry needs to focus on the fundamentals of successful dairy production which have given the country its competitive advantage. More >>

Alastair Thompson, Scoop Media & the Cost of Free Journalism

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 12:09 pm | Suzan Mazur

How does a news organization that cares about authentic journalism and has a mission to effect “positive change” continue to operate in these times of derivative storytelling when advertising dollars are no longer determined by the quality of ... More >>

Becoming Francis Cook, Reporter - Joining Scoop

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 12:02 pm | Francis Cook

I distinctly remember when my manager at the Café I was working asked a customer if she’d like marshmallows with her mocha. She paused, then declared “I want a job where I don’t have to ask people if they want marshmallows.” She left shortly ... More >>

Japan's Twenty-First Century Settlement

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 11:34 am | Keith Rankin

To see a future that works for the time being – sort of – look to Japan. More >>

Property And Taxation

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 10:48 am |

After Question Time, the first reading of the Taxation (Land Information and Offshore Persons Information) Bill is set to be held. More >>

Photos (and MP Tweets): Climate Protest On Parliament Roof

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 10:14 am | Lyndon Hood

Protesters have scaled the Parliament building this morning to protest the Government's climate policy. More >>

Top Of The Morning News Digest

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 8:45 am | NewsRoom_Plus

* NewsRoom_Digest from 24 June 2015 available at - see More >>

Houses Rises Interupting EPA Bill

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 10:03 pm |

The House rose interrupting the first reading debate of the Environmental Protection Authority (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill . More >>

"Double Dipping" Bill Sent to Select Committee

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 9:44 pm |

The Bill’s sponsor Alfred Ngaro said the bill fixes a loophole in the current legislation that permits candidates to serve as members on two or more local boards in Auckland at the same time. He said the bill had an accompanying SOP which made clear those ... More >>

Health Check Bill Declined

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 8:54 pm |

The bill’s sponsor Winston Peters said the bill would give three free GP visits to superannuitants a year. The bill would be supported by all sane and sensible MPs as while it would cost $69 million a year it would save money by keeping the elderly ... More >>

Electoral Reform Bill Defeated

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 7:43 pm |

The bill in the name of Iain Lees-Galloway sought to lower the party vote threshold from five percent to four percent and he said if sent to select committee then that committee should be able to consider any other recommendations of the Electoral Commission’s ... More >>

Labour's Mining Bill Voted Down

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 4:59 pm |

The bill in the name of Damien O’Connor would require the immediate adoption of the Queensland framework for mine safety. More >>

Social Security Bill Introduced

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 2:07 pm |

When Parliament resumed at 2pm the Law Commission's Statement of Performance Expectations and Financial Information, 1 July 2015–30 June 2015 was presented. The Social Security (Extension of Young Persons Services and Remedial Matters) Amendment Bill was introduced ... More >>

First Reading Debates For Members' Day

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 10:33 am |

Members’ Day throws up a number of controversial issues for MPs to deal with today ranging from electoral law to foreign ownership of land. More >>

Greece's Economic Woes are Systemic

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 10:33 am | Keith Rankin

In The Daily Blog on 13 June, I wrote (Greece and all that – Unpacking Austerity in Europe) about Greece's resistance to the ongoing attempts within Europe to make Greece a scapegoat for the systemic problems of the Eurozone (Euro Area) of the European ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on telling the poor to ask for more

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

The government’s “let them ask for more” response to the dilapidated, cold and unhealthy conditions faced by many families in state housing can only be put down to two things – utter cluelessness, or total cynicism. This week, Prime Minister ... More >>

An American Military Option against Iran: A Vanishing Idea

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 9:19 am | INSS Insight

The Obama administration’s strong desire to reach an agreement with Iran on the nuclear issue, along with the administration’s perceived need to respond to the criticism leveled against it following the Lausanne understandings, have led it to ... More >>

Top Of The Morning News Digest

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 8:40 am | NewsRoom_Plus

* RNZ 7am - Top 5 items for 24 June 2015 More >>

House Rises

Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 9:59 pm |

The House rose just before 10pm interrupting the committee stage of the Environmental Reporting Bill . More >>

Parties Come On Board Over Cyber Bullying Bill

Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 8:41 pm |

Negotiations over changes to controversial cyber bullying legislation have led to a general, if somewhat reluctant, consensus. More >>

Melanesia stands at a crossroads

Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 7:53 pm | Yamin Kogoya

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) summit in Honiara will soon consider an application that proposes West Papua be offered full membership. The application being put forward by the United Liberation Movement of West Papua seeks to include the troubled province ... More >>


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