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Govt finances $900m better than forecast

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 3:12 pm | RNZ

The government's finances are in better shape than expected because of a stronger tax take. More >>

Social Media at Work

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 2:21 pm | Employers Assistance Ltd

A recent social media outburst by a prominent rugby player who made unpopular remarks on homosexuality has raised the issue of an Employee's freedom of speech with respect to the rights of their employer. More >>

People will go hungry rather than work in a packhouse

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 12:37 pm | RNZ

The Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry has reached the limit of willing local workers and paying staff more won't make a difference, a picker and packhouse manager says. More >>

Children in green neighbourhoods are less prone to asthma

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 11:51 am | Jeroen Douwes and Geoffrey H. Donovan

Several studies have shown that spending time in nature is good for health. Now new research has looked specifically at asthma and found that living in green neighbourhoods protects children from developing the condition. from , CC BY-SA More >>

Auditor General considering potential Horowhenua District Council conflicts of interest

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 11:42 am | Veronica Harrod

The Office of the Auditor General is considering matters raised by members of the public relating to the sale by Horowhenua District Council of its pensioner housing portfolio and "related potential conflicts of interest." More >>

Big bank profits signal need for inquiry

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 11:19 am | RNZ

The country's four big Australian-owned banks have made handsome half-year profits, raking in a combined $2.5 billion, and an expert is raising questions. More >>

Farmers may be forced to reduce cattle numbers

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 10:45 am | RNZ

The government may regulate to reduce the number of cattle that farmers are allowed per hectare of farmland. More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s latest attempts at relevance

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 10:07 am | Gordon Campbell

National has now moved to Plan B in its pose as the only “responsible” party of government. Having ignored the existence of massive problems in health and education for nine years in government, it is no longer politically viable for National for ... More >>

PM’s Post-Cabinet Press Conference 07 May 2018

Monday, 7 May 2018, 5:46 pm | Joseph Cederwall

The Prime Minister appeared at the press conference today with Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues. More >>

EPA chief exec cleared of misleading select committee

Monday, 7 May 2018, 3:21 pm | RNZ

Government MPs have cleared the Environmental Protection Authority's chief executive of misleading a select committee earlier this year, leaving the National Party incensed. More >>

Planning for Aggression: Netanyahu’s Nuclear Archive

Monday, 7 May 2018, 3:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It all seems like an effort to confirm offensiveness and instability, to be appalling in order to be relevant. The Israeli prime minister, handicapped by domestic travails and a watchful Knesset, is very keen to push the Iranian demon into the spotlight, ... More >>

Run-off crackdown would hurt regions - National

Monday, 7 May 2018, 12:43 pm | RNZ

New rules to clean up waterways that could reduce the number of cows on some farms are 'an assault on the regions', National leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

'Tooth decay is a socio-economic disease'

Monday, 7 May 2018, 11:29 am | RNZ

Dentists in despair over the growing number of children with rotting teeth say the only real cure is ending poverty. More >>

Emphasise Māori knowledge, students tell summit

Monday, 7 May 2018, 11:25 am | RNZ

The government's first education summit has generated calls for greater inclusion of Māori knowledge, development of children's life skills, and more cooperation between schools. More >>

Middlemore maternity services threatened by seismic risk

Monday, 7 May 2018, 11:19 am | RNZ

The country's largest maternity ward at Middlemore Hospital might have to close or face major disruption because it's a seismic risk. More >>

'Our homeless community is going to be bigger than ever'

Monday, 7 May 2018, 11:14 am | RNZ

Groups working with homeless people are bracing themselves for another gruelling few months as winter sets in. More >>

2018 iPad: More iPad, fewer dollars

Saturday, 5 May 2018, 5:40 pm | Digitl

Apple’s sixth generation 2018 iPad is a bargain. In New Zealand it costs NZ$540. For many people it is all the computer they will ever need. More >>

Apple, Android, phones and productivity

Saturday, 5 May 2018, 5:32 pm | Digitl

My work involves looking at a lot of new phones. Most are premium Android phones. It's been a long time since I've seen one that I couldn't recommend. Within limits they are all good. More >>

How Google can seize Microsoft Office crown

Saturday, 5 May 2018, 5:30 pm | Digitl

As Microsoft refocuses to chase enterprise cloud opportunities , Google has an opportunity to lead the productivity software market. It has taken a decade, but now G-Suite can challenge Office. More >>

Huawei P20 Pro review: Best Android phone, best camera

Saturday, 5 May 2018, 5:14 pm | Digitl

The Huawei P20 Pro is 2018’s top Android phone by a healthy margin. You won't find a better combination of camera, hardware, performance and value for money. More >>

Gordon Campbell on petrol pricing and the midwives march

Friday, 4 May 2018, 11:24 am | Gordon Campbell

The public brawl between Energy Minister Megan Woods and BP looks like spinning off – as brawls tend to do – into a whole array of extraneous matters. Evidently, some people find it hard to see the difference between taxes and profits. More >>

Nurses voting on nationwide strikes

Friday, 4 May 2018, 10:29 am | Socialist Equality Group

Nurses, health care assistants and midwives at New Zealand public hospitals began voting on April 23 on a proposal to hold two 24-hour nationwide strikes in July. More >>

Ardern speech aims to soothe businesses

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 4:54 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has delivered a pre-Budget speech designed to reassure the business community about the new coalition government. More >>

Douma: Part 1 - Deception In Plain Sight

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 4:11 pm | Media Lens

UK corporate media are under a curious kind of military occupation. Almost all print and broadcast me-dia now employ a number of reporters and commentators who are relentless and determined war-mongers. Despite the long, unarguable history of US-UK lying on ... More >>

Removing the conditions on welfare works

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 3:52 pm | RNZ

Welfare without conditions works, but it’s a hard road mate to get people to believe it. More >>

Middlemore problems highlighted in 2010 report

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 3:47 pm | RNZ

Middlemore Hospital knew about extensive leaks, rot and mould at its main building two years before it says it did. More >>

'We operate in a way which complies' - NZ bankers

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 3:34 pm | RNZ

New Zealand's banks do not rip off their customers like their Australian counter-parts had been doing, the Bankers' Association says. More >>

First conviction for neglecting seismic work

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 2:52 pm | RNZ

The owner of a quake-prone building in Lower Hutt has been convicted for failing to carry out seismic work in what is believed to be the first case of its kind. The quake-prone building at 307 Jackson St, Petone Photo: Google Maps / Screenshot More >>

Electrification jolts vehicle industry towards revolution

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 10:52 am | Alistair Davis

A shift from petrol or diesel powered to electric vehicles is at the heart of a rapid and radical revolution in personal transport that will have significant effects on New Zealand society. More >>

'Success' of attack will encourage further trolling

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 10:48 am | RNZ

Police Commissioner Mike Bush gave a commendable performance as Big Billy Goat Gruff today. He head-butted a troll and knocked it off the bridge. More >>

'It's also unclear how real the exemptions are' - Parker

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 10:42 am | RNZ

Exemptions to US tariffs on steel and aluminium do not seem to be based on any clear principle and are worrying evidence of rising global protectionism, says Trade Minister David Parker. More >>

NZ bank tactics: 'They made it as difficult as they could'

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 10:34 am | RNZ

Bank customers are criticising tactics being used in New Zealand, as banks across the Tasman face the fallout from a scathing royal commission. More >>

Top 100 Reasons Not to Bomb Iran

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 9:20 am | David Swanson

1. There are over 80 million men, women, and children in Iran. Bombing them would be mass-murder. 2. If the U.S. government and its allies bomb Libya and Iran when their governments choose not to have nuclear weapons, you can forget about North ... More >>

It’s a skill shortage, dummy, not a labour shortage…

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 4:52 pm | Aaron Martin

Opinion piece: Leading Auckland immigration lawyer Aaron Martin weighs in on the re-cent comments in the media from unions about transmission gully and the concerns around labour short-ages taking jobs from New Zealanders. More >>

Regional fuel tax legislation 'sneaky' - National

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 4:30 pm | RNZ

National is accusing the government of being sneaky by including a provision in its regional fuel tax legislation to increase the tax rate if it wants to. More >>

Budget the real test of new government

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 4:26 pm | RNZ

Power Play - Six months into the new government and the real test will be May 17th - the Budget. More >>

Govt has freed up $700m in Budget - Minister

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 4:22 pm | RNZ

The government has freed up $700 million in the Budget after ministers reviewed all programmes and initiatives, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. More >>

National rubbishes claims it neglected govt books

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 4:19 pm | RNZ

The National Party leader says any claims the party left the government books in a mess when it handed over the reins are rubbish. More >>

Gazan Gandhis: Gaza Bleeds Alone

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 1:03 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Three more Palestinians were killed and 611 wounded last Friday, when tens of thousands of Gazans continued their largely non-violent protests at the Gaza-Israel border. More >>

On hostility against journalists & Israel’s lies about Iran

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 10:52 am | Gordon Campbell

At last count, 32 working journalists had been killed this year up until April 30, and recent weeks have seen the worst period of sustained violence against journalists since the 2015 Charlie Hebdo killings in France. In Kabul on Monday, a suicide bomber ... More >>

HiveMind Submission To The Tax Working Group

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 9:22 am | HiveMind

Jan Rivers, as a Trustee of the Scoop Foundation , along with John Pennington and Simon Wright, as Partners of PEP , have prepared this submission, which is based on the findings of Scoop's HiveMind public engagement process called Fair Enough? ... More >>

Sugar Demons, Sweet Lobbies and Taxes

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 4:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It came across on the ABC’s Four Corners as something of a junkie’s confession: I am an addict, and I know. The conservative MP for the Australian federal seat of Dawson, George Christensen, was not mincing words so much as spouting them in crude ... More >>

Explainer: The GST 'Amazon tax' law

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 3:28 pm | RNZ

Analysis - The government will impose the 15 percent GST on low-value goods bought by New Zealanders online from overseas . More >>

Six ways to improve water quality in NZ's lakes and rivers

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 12:33 pm | Troy Baisden

Lake Tarawera, seen from its outlet, has excellent but declining water quality. Troy Baisden , CC BY-SA More >>

How media framing limits public debate about oil exploration

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 12:29 pm | The Conversation

Sophie Bond , Senior lecturer in geography; Amanda Thomas , Lecturer in Environmental Studies, Victoria University of Wellington , and Gradon Diprose , Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences, Open Polytechnic More >>

Why blockchain challenges conventional thinking about IP

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 12:26 pm | Alexandra Sims

Blockchain technology has turned conventional thinking about intellectual property and copyright on its head. from , CC BY-ND More >>

Govt expects '75% compliance' on foreign GST it can't police

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 11:54 am | RNZ

Watch - The government has officially announced that foreign companies will be asked to pay GST on goods sold online to New Zealanders from October next year. More >>

PM joins criticism of BP pricing tactics

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 11:48 am | RNZ

The prime minister has joined criticism of fuel giant BP's pricing tactics, saying its behaviour is unfair and the government wants answers. More >>

Regional fuel tax could spark more petrol price manipulation

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 11:45 am | RNZ

BP's manipulation of petrol prices shows how companies will react when the government introduces a regional fuel tax, says a transport sector group. More >>

On health promises, BP, and the White House correspondents furore

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 10:44 am | Gordon Campbell

Remember that classic clip of Homer Simpson reacting to news of the government’s best effort at speed –roasting a buffalo? More >>

Peace Comes to Korea: Let’s Understand Why

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 9:00 am | David Swanson

When peace shows its face, and weapons companies’ stocks plummet , we have to do more than just cheer. We have to avoid misunderstanding where peace comes from. We have to recognize the forces that want to destroy it. We have to work to make ... More >>

New DHB chair says hospital buildings will be a 'priority'

Monday, 30 April 2018, 2:52 pm | RNZ

Mark Gosche takes over as chairman of Counties-Manukau DHB this week and is promising to focus on its building issues. More >>

Rolling back benefit sanctions could take years - minister

Monday, 30 April 2018, 2:35 pm | RNZ

It could take three years to make changes to the welfare system such as removing excessive benefit sanctions, the social development minister says. More >>

Media freedom under the microscope

Monday, 30 April 2018, 2:31 pm | RNZ

From Mediawatch , 9:10 am on 29 April 2018 Colin Peacock - & @MediawatchNZ More >>

Can food waste and poo power help NZ reach emission goal?

Monday, 30 April 2018, 2:21 pm | RNZ

Our agriculture waste should be used, rather than discarded to power this country to lower emissions, says one New Zealand company. More >>

Regional fuel tax: Decision expected today

Monday, 30 April 2018, 2:18 pm | RNZ

Auckland Council decides today if it will press ahead with a regional fuel tax to help free up the city's gridlocked roads, but critics are denouncing the move as too rushed and short on detail. More >>

Kiwibuild: 30 new homes by end of the year

Monday, 30 April 2018, 12:55 pm | RNZ

The Government said the 18 three and four bedroom houses will be ready for people to move in to by the end of August and another dozen will be built by the end of the year. More >>

REVIEW: The Jim Henson Retrospectacle Live in Concert

Friday, 27 April 2018, 5:26 pm | RNZ

As band leader, MC, stand-up comedian and presenter, hometown hero Bret McKenzie was definitely a hit in the Jim Henson Retrospectacle tribute concert. More >>

Ravishing Berlioz and Ravel

Friday, 27 April 2018, 5:15 pm | Max Rashbrooke

In this engaging, French-inflected performance, full of strengths, perhaps the standout was the mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke. Wellington has been visited by a few high profile singers recently, notably Anne Sofie von Otter, but few have impressed me as much ... More >>

Making Accessibility Happen

Friday, 27 April 2018, 4:03 pm | Georgina Langdon-Pole

“How do we get change? I think the way to do it is through the power of story. To persuade people that something really needs to change, we need to tell our stories.” - Deborah Russell, Labour MP. More >>