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BORA: Courts now allowed to declare inconsistencies

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 12:45 pm | RNZ

Cabinet has agreed in principle to allow the courts to make a declaration if they believe legislation is inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. More >>

Winston Peters will hold new disarmament role

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 12:40 pm | RNZ

The Cabinet position of Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control has been reinstated, and will be held by deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. More >>

Sexual misconduct in law firms an 'open secret' for decades

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 12:20 pm | RNZ

Several Victoria University law students on internships at Russell McVeagh have complained of being sexually assaulted by lawyers two years ago . More >>

Sociopathy Compounded by Stupidity Shows the Way Forward!

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 11:44 am | David Swanson

The Charlottesville Daily Progress has published a version of an editorial by the Richmond Times Dispatch that points the way to peace and prosperity! It begins: More >>

Trumputin's "Policies" Are All About Mob Money

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 11:42 am | Harvey Wasserman

Donald Trump’s sole “philosophy” is personal profit. His real “party” is the mob. His mafia “don,” Vladimir Putin, is the world’s #1 crime boss. For the pair of them, the issues of the day all boil down to one: cash flow. Russian ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 26/2/18: BORA Bomb

Monday, 26 February 2018, 5:40 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Justice Minsiter Andrew Little and Attorney-General David Parker to discuss plans for a stronger New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (BORA). Cabinet has decided in principle to allow senior to courts to declare legislation ... More >>

Obama's NZ visit: What's on the agenda?

Monday, 26 February 2018, 3:13 pm | RNZ

It's been confirmed that former US President Barack Obama will spend three days in New Zealand. More >>

Changes ahead for EQC as chair resigns

Monday, 26 February 2018, 2:52 pm | RNZ

Earthquake Commission Minister Megan Woods has announced an independent advisor will be sent in to EQC, at the same time confirming Sir Maarten Wevers has resigned. John Campbell speaks to them both. More >>

Australian interview with Ardern slammed online

Monday, 26 February 2018, 2:42 pm | RNZ

An Australian journalist has been criticised for his interview with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Channel Nine's 60 Minutes. More >>

Fears of deaths following PNG quake

Monday, 26 February 2018, 2:16 pm | RNZ

A Papua New Guinea MP says he is trying to verify reports that up to 10 people died in morning's earthquake in Hela province. More >>

Israel's Position on US Military Aid to the Lebanese Army

Monday, 26 February 2018, 9:08 am | INSS Insight

The United States is determined to continue to provide assistance to Lebanon’s armed forces, believing that this military assistance helps maintain state stability. Yet while in his recent visit to Beirut Secretary of State Tillerson stressed repeatedly ... More >>

Can You Give Two Days to Stop the Slaughter?

Monday, 26 February 2018, 8:28 am | David Swanson

The power of mass demonstrations to mobilize activism and move those in positions of power is minimized, first and foremost, by those opposed to popular power. Do not listen to them. Make them listen to us! More >>

Summer hottest on record - and it's not over yet

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 6:41 pm | RNZ

It's official - this summer is already the hottest on record, with four days still to go, according to new data from the climate agency Niwa. More >>

Another day, another America's Cup plan

Friday, 23 February 2018, 4:15 pm | RNZ

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either MP3 format . More >>

EQC overhaul: 'Being stuck in limbo is unacceptable'

Friday, 23 February 2018, 2:46 pm | RNZ

The chair of the EQC board has resigned, as the government vows to speed up all remaining Canterbury earthquake claims. More >>

First recipients of regional development fund announced

Friday, 23 February 2018, 1:00 pm | RNZ

Five regions will receive just over $60 million in the first chunk of money allocated out of the Provincial Growth Fund, officially launched in Gisborne today. More >>

Obama's NZ visit could rile Trump supporters

Friday, 23 February 2018, 11:23 am | RNZ

5:35 am today Patrick O'Meara , Economics Correspondent @Omearanz More >>

Stink bug invasion could cost NZ billions

Friday, 23 February 2018, 11:04 am | RNZ

An invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug - the pest discovered recently in three Japanese car shipments - would devastate New Zealand's fruit, vegetable and wine industries, destroying more than $4 billion of export value and costing thousands ... More >>

Billboards Opposing Drone Wars Going Up All Over Syracuse

Friday, 23 February 2018, 10:38 am | David Swanson

World Beyond War has been raising funds for and renting billboards in opposition to war. We’ve run into censorship from numerous billboard companies but persevered, and more billboards are on their way. First we put this message up here in Charlottesville, ... More >>

PM: More mental health support for Canterbury

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 4:52 pm | RNZ

Help for parents will also be included in a mental health support programme for children in Canterbury, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Climate Minister: New cyclone category may be needed

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 3:19 pm | RNZ

Scientists may need to create a new Category 6 for cyclones as the effects of climate change make them more extreme, the Climate Change Minister James Shaw says. More >>

Detected faecal matter closes popular swimming spot

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 3:14 pm | RNZ

A popular swimming family spot in Napier has been closed after high levels of faecal matter were detected. More >>

5 questions for National’s 5 contenders

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 12:55 pm | RNZ

The hot takes on who should be the National Party’s next leader are coming fast. More >>

Scoop Coverage: Cyclone Gita Hits the Pacific And NZ

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:47 am | Scoop Full Coverage

Press releases and news updates on February 2018's cyclone Gita More >>

Listening to the unheard voices of India

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:18 am | Citizen News Service

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service) (CNS): It is a common practice to interview celebrities and share their success stories. But the real grass roots heroines and heroes rarely get heard. So, for a change, let us listen to what our 13 year old ... More >>

The War in Syria: Advancing Toward a New Stage?

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:14 am | INSS Insight

The war in Syria that began seven years ago is now on the brink of a new stage, as reflected in recent weeks by incidents on the various fronts. Inevitably, the complex fabric of interests among the many elements involved has resulted in conflicts and ... More >>

More Than a Fight over Couscous: the Palestinian Narrative

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:10 am | Ramzy Baroud

As soon as Virgin Atlantic Airlines introduced a couscous-style salad "inspired by the flavours of Palestine", a controversy ensued. Israel's supporters ignited a social media storm and sent many complaints to the company, obliging the airline ... More >>

Yes, the United States Used Biowarfare on North Korea

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:08 am | David Swanson

It’s sort of silly that it matters. The United States bombed North Korea flat with ordinary, non-bioweapons bombs. It ran out of standing structures to bomb. People lived in caves, if they lived. Millions died, most of them from regular old non-scandalous ... More >>

Speaker Audits A Personal Vote

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 11:14 pm | The Scoop Team

Speaker Trevor Mallard has taken the unusual step of making a spot check audit on a personal vote in the House. More >>

Australian think tank urges closer trans-Tasman defence ties

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 8:33 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 21 (BusinessDesk) - An Australian think-tank is urging closer trans-Tasman defence ties to nurture a relationship that's been static for three decades in an effort to bridge diverging views on the rising regional influence of China. More >>

Frontiersman of the Internet: John Perry Barlow

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 5:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He may have been a lyricist for the Grateful Dead, but a component of John Perry Barlow’s activism and corpus will forever be associated with a concept fast losing its gloss: internet freedom. More >>

Final sign-off for Regional Development Fund

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 3:53 pm | RNZ

Cabinet has given the final sign-off for the billion-dollar a year Regional Development Fund, and the checks and balances to be put in place for any money allocated. More >>

State Services defends million-dollar makeover

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 3:23 pm | RNZ

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has defended the office's million-dollar makeover as "value for money". More >>

New TPP could add up to $4 billion to NZ economy

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 3:12 pm | RNZ

A report just released estimates the new Trans-Pacific Partnership will add between $1.2 billion and $4 billion to New Zealand's economy once it is fully implemented. More >>

Live Gita updates: 'It was literally like a wall of water'

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:55 pm | RNZ

About 6000 people are still trapped in Golden Bay as rain caused slips, and the Takaka River, flowing at 980 cubic metres per second, flooded onto pastures. More >>

Does Peace Need a Business Plan?

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 9:57 am | David Swanson

If you had just asked me if peace needed a “business plan,” I’d have replied, “Sure! Just like it needs a toupeed golfing fascist reality-TV creep in the White House! That’ll just about fix everything! War is over! Thanks!” More >>

NZ's housing-related imbalances set to peak in 2018

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 7:33 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 20 (BusinessDesk) - Housing-related imbalances in New Zealand look set to peak and even begin to unwind in 2018 as headwinds abate and new government policies take shape, according to S&P Global Ratings. More >>

Cyclone Gita: 'We are expecting homes to be flooded'

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 7:04 pm | RNZ

A state of emergency has been declared in Buller, Greymouth and Christchurch, with fears some homes are at a high risk of flooding over the next day. More >>

Meddling for Empire: The CIA Comes Clean

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“We’ve been doing this kind of thing [electoral meddling] since the CIA was created in 1947.” Loch K. Johnson, New York Times , Feb 17, 2018 More >>

Government makes false promises to address Maori poverty

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 10:49 am | Socialist Equality Group

The corporate media used New Zealand’s national day, Waitangi Day, on February 6, to again glorify the Labour Party-led government and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. More >>

1 NEWS Colmar Brunton political poll - February 10 to 14

Monday, 19 February 2018, 6:18 pm | The Scoop Team

Labour 48 percent up nine points since the last poll in this series in December. More >>

PM's Press Conference: Storm Brewing

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:36 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opened this week's post-cabinet press conference by noting preparations for former tropical cyclone Gita, expected to hit central New Zealand this week. She also discussed the government's plan for the week, including ... More >>

Mark Mitchell joins the National leadership race

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:26 pm | RNZ

Rodney MP Mark Mitchell makes his announcement that he is running for the role of leader of the National party. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook More >>

Cyclone Gita: 'High-impact severe weather' expected

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:08 pm | RNZ

Ex-tropical cyclone Gita is expected to bring "high-impact severe weather" to parts of New Zealand tomorrow. More >>

The Caring Profession: Peacekeeping and Sexual Abuse

Monday, 19 February 2018, 12:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It’s the sort of thing to turn many an otherwise calm stomach, but the revelations that UN peace keeping staff have been involved in sexual assault has done its fair share of upsetting. Legislators in the United States, many sceptical of the body ... More >>

Radio New Zealand and Scoop Publishing Content Partnership

Monday, 19 February 2018, 11:30 am | Scoop Publishing

Scoop Publishing and Radio New Zealand today announced a content sharing partnership. Under this partnership Radio New Zealand - a publicly funded media organisation will share some of the news content they produce each week for republication on ... More >>

RNZ and Scoop Publishing Announce Content Partnership

Monday, 19 February 2018, 11:23 am | Radio New Zealand Limited

RNZ and Scoop Publishing have announced a content-sharing agreement which will see RNZ content available on , an independent news website reaching more than 500,000 readers a month. More >>

The environmental Christmas hangover

Monday, 19 February 2018, 10:21 am | Redress Information

Christmas may seem like a distant memory but the environmental effect of the annual consumer frenzy, over-indulgence and extravagance is lasting damage. And year on year the cost to the planet grows. More >>

Green MP Julie Anne Genter expecting first child

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 1:35 pm | RNZ

The Green Party MP and Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has announced she is pregnant. More >>

Cricket: Australia chase down mammoth total

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 12:05 pm | RNZ

Australia pulled off the highest run chase in a Twenty20 international to claim a dramatic five-wicket victory over New Zealand in their tri-series clash in Auckland. More >>

Review into whistleblowers law begins

Friday, 16 February 2018, 4:59 pm | RNZ

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes was highly critical of the law last year after it failed to protect staff who spoke out about the convicted Ministry of Transport fraudster Joanne Harrison . More >>

Sexual Despotism: Malcolm Turnbull’s Bonking Ban

Friday, 16 February 2018, 2:38 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It’s all the rage at the moment, stirring the halls of power in certain countries, and satisfying some sense of puritanical virtue. Bonking is off the cards for politicians – at least in certain contexts, and some states. More >>

NCEA and the Digital Age

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 4:59 pm | Hayley Stevenson

Handwritten exams for NCEA are on the cusp of becoming a thing of the past More >>

Assange, Judge Arbuthnot and the Arrest Warrant

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 4:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Justice is an elastic concept. Like other terms in law, it has room to expand and contract. But one weakness burdens legal strictures that supposedly have an objective reality to them: power. Power brutish, power as a spectral force, and power arbitrarily ... More >>

Report on government applications of blockchain technology

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 4:09 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Report on government and democracy applications of the blockchain A new report has highlighted the increasingly realistic possibility applications value of the ‘blockchain’, to transform government. More >>

Review: Robbie Williams – the Heavy Entertainment Tour

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 2:12 pm | Jackie Little

Robbie Williams must be feeling his age. Not that this was in any way evident with the usual boundless energy he brought to his show at Auckland’s Spark Arena on Wednesday night. More >>

Solving Some Tax Inequities

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 11:44 am | Perce Harpham

National’s proposed tax cuts highlighted the unfairness of our system. Moving the 10.5% rate from $14,000/yr to $22,000 gave no benefit to those below $14,000 and $560/yr to those above $22,000 while the move of the 17.5% rate from $48,000 to $52,000 ... More >>

How Netanyahu Made Israel an American issue, and lost

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 4:16 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel's support among ordinary Americans. More >>

George Brandis, the Rule of Law and Populism

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 4:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Nothing stimulates frankness like an imminent departure from politics. From the deceptions, dissimulations and general obtuseness offered by the political craft, a person appointed to a diplomatic position can be reassured to lie in a different way. Mendacity is ... More >>

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: Do you want to be National leader?

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 10:20 am | Adrian Maidment

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: "Do you want to be leader of the National Party?" *** More >>