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Live - Royal visit day 2: A Kiwi day out

Monday, 29 October 2018, 11:23 am | RNZ

The royal couple are at a famous Wellington cafe before heading across Cook Strait to the Abel Tasman National Park. More >>

RECAP: Prince Harry and Meghan's first day in NZ

Monday, 29 October 2018, 11:11 am | RNZ

Live blog of Prince Harry and Meghan's first royal visit to New Zealand. Their Royal Highnesses will be met at the airport by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and then will head on to a series of engagements. More >>

Will the Caravan Coup be Trump’s “October Surprise”?

Monday, 29 October 2018, 9:40 am | Harvey Wasserman

Treasonous “October Surprises” gave Republicans the presidency in 1968 and 1980. A staged 1933 Reichstag fire gave Hitler his dictatorship. More >>

Weapons for Sale in Palmerston North

Sunday, 28 October 2018, 12:12 pm | John Hinchcliff

You are not invited to a ‘Forum’ where issues of ‘our’ national ‘security’ will be ‘discussed’. You are not allowed to learn what is crucial for our “next 75 years”. More >>

Blueprints for Murder and Purchasing Arms

Friday, 26 October 2018, 3:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It reads like a swaying narrative of retreat. A man’s body is subjected to a gruesome anatomical fate, his parts separated by a specially appointed saw doctor – an expert in the rapid autopsy – overseen by a distinctly large number of individuals. Surveillance ... More >>

NZ politics: foreign donations and political influence

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 5:04 pm | Simon Chapple

New Zealand opposition and National Party leader Simon Bridges speaking to reporters, following allegations about his handling of a political donations by former senior whip Jami-Lee Ross. AAP/Boris Jancic , CC BY-ND More >>

The Importance of Alternative Media

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 1:55 pm | John Scales Avery

The Importance of Alternative Media, by John Scales Avery The superficiality of today’s television More >>

Judge rules Colin Craig was defamed by Cameron Slater

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 11:58 am | RNZ

The former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig was defamed by Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, a High Court judge has ruled. More >>

Denials Down Under: Climate Change and Health

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 11:46 am | Binoy Kampmark

Richard Horton’s note in an October 2015 issue of The Lancet was cautiously optimistic. It described the launch of Doctors for Climate Change Action, led by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in the lead-up to the UN Climate Change Conference COP21. ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on our addiction to the monarchy

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 11:07 am | Gordon Campbell

Of all the major outposts of Empire, New Zealand has always been the very last to shed its fascination with the British royals. More >>

Ditching Nuclear Treaties: Trump Withdraws from the INF

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 10:58 am | Binoy Kampmark

President Donald J. Trump has made it his signature move to repudiate the signatures of others, and the latest, promised evacuation from the old US-Soviet pact otherwise known as the intermediate range nuclear forces (INF) treaty was merely another artefact ... More >>

Regional fuel tax off table: Local govt wants alternatives

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 9:06 am | RNZ

City and district councils are calling for another way to raise money after the prime minister took regional fuel taxes off the table. More >>

Wellington bus drivers begin indefinite strike

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 8:46 am | RNZ

A strike by some Wellington bus drivers has forced the cancellation of about a dozen services, according to Tranzurban. More >>

Gambling on Vr: Wanna Bet?

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 2:58 pm | Aurecon

Who doesn’t love a little gamble? Even as kids, playing a game of chance in exchange for a stuffed animal or a little piece of chocolate got us hooked. We grew up playing in arcades, with tokens in our pockets, eyes sparkling as we jumped for joy when ... More >>

‘A Cruel Choice’: Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 12:20 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Several Palestinian students, along with teachers and officials, were wounded in the Israeli army attack on a school south of Nablus in the West Bank on October 15. The students of Al- Sawiya Al-Lebban Mixed School were challenging an Israeli military ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the polls and National’s leadership

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 11:15 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on what the polls say about National’s leadership First published on Werewolf More >>

Govt exceeds some social housing promises - fails on others

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 9:38 am | RNZ

In the lead up to the 2017 election, Labour campaigned heavily on ending homelessness, re-orienting Housing New Zealand's focus towards people over profit, and raising standards to ensure homes are warm and dry. More >>

Retirement Commissioner backs bill to change superannuation

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 9:34 am | RNZ

The Retirement Commissioner says New Zealanders and immigrants who have spent most of their life abroad should not qualify for superannuation. More >>

VTNZ admits using inferior brake test on Waiheke Island

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 9:30 am | RNZ

Major vehicle inspection company VTNZ has broken road safety rules by using an inferior brake test on Waiheke Island for months, and the Transport Agency let it. More >>

The Khashoggi Affair: Challenging US-Saudi Relations

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 9:07 am | INSS Insight

The Khashoggi affair, which is far from over, poses the most significant challenge to US-Saudi relations since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Thus far, the administration’s response reflects uncertainty and ambivalence, given ... More >>

New Zealand military covered up killing of Afghan children

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 9:00 am | Socialist Equality Group

On October 15 the magazine North and South published allegations that the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) covered up the killing of two Afghan children by a member of the elite Special Air Service (SAS) unit. More >>

U.S. Shale Has A Glaring Problem

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 8:58 am |

Oil prices are down a bit, but are still close to multi-year highs. That should leave the shale industry flush with cash. However, a long list of U.S. shale companies are still struggling to turn a profit. More >>

1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll - Oct 15 and Oct 19

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 7:16 pm | The Scoop Team

Labour has gained support and National dropped in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll. More >>

Gordon Campbell: The West’s role arming Khashoggi’s killers

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 11:00 am | Gordon Campbell

The cliché about one death being a tragedy and a million deaths only a statistic has been demonstrated in spades by the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More >>

Auckland, Hamilton bus services out of action over strikes

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 9:52 am | RNZ

Bus services in Auckland and Hamilton have been disrupted this morning as about 200 drivers strike over pay. More >>

Jacinda Ardern defends political donation system

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 9:42 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is defending New Zealand's transparency when it comes to party donations and says the country is free from foreign interference. More >>

Speaker of the House seeks advice on Jami-Lee Ross situation

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 9:33 am | RNZ

Parliament is holding its collective breath to see what's going to happen as MPs return to the capital today, after one of the most tumultuous weeks in recent political history. More >>

Has America Become a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy?

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 9:26 am | John W Whitehead

“The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are nonexistent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been ... More >>

Classical Conditioning for Peace

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 9:22 am | David Swanson

According to the analysis of police-murder-instigator Dave Grossman , the reason that only a minority of soldiers attempted to kill in World War II and earlier wars was a general aversion to committing murder. And the reason that the vast majority ... More >>

Wentworth Blues: Another Nail in the Scomo Coffin

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 9:19 am | Binoy Kampmark

A sign of desperation before the firing squad is jitteriness and the desperate sense that history needs revision. You were not the one responsible for the debacles and the cockups; everybody and everything else was. You knew who was guilty, and needed ... More >>

Belief that water rights are forever major issue for Govt

Monday, 22 October 2018, 6:53 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Convincing current water users their current rights are not guaranteed in perpetuity is one of the key planks of success in the Government’s plans for water quality and allocation issues. More >>

Deprived areas pay more for electricity than the wealthy

Monday, 22 October 2018, 6:49 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Electricity Review Panel has released its initial analysis on billing data saying it shows people in the most deprived areas pay more on average for electricity than those in the least deprived areas. More >>

Praetorian Guards

Saturday, 20 October 2018, 4:18 pm | Ross Meurant

Praetorian Guards There is a familiar ring to this exit strategy being played out by the Saudi Commander in Chief who finds himself facing a guillotine of international (America excluded) condemnation. The news bulletin said 18 Saudi nationals have now ... More >>

A glimpse of Denniston today

Saturday, 20 October 2018, 4:14 pm | Don Franks

Warm wind ruffling dry grass was all the sign of life. People, cars and houses lay somewhere far out of sight, miles below, worlds away. More >>

Vanquishing the Republic: Harry and Meghan in Australia

Friday, 19 October 2018, 3:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The establishment of a republic… means insurrectionary war, it means the desolation of a thousand households. When the question shall arise, it will be determined… by balls from cannon and from musket, by grape and shrapnel, by bayonet and by the ... More >>

Building a Community Newsroom – the “Scoop 3.0” Transition

Friday, 19 October 2018, 8:12 am | Joseph Cederwall

“The media crisis is producing novel thinking, ideas and priorities. The stakes are high. The future depends as much on the readers, viewers and listeners of news media, as the practitioners.” - Vanessa Baird. A Better Media Is Possible . New ... More >>

National knew about Ross grievances for a couple of years

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 5:33 pm | RNZ

The National Party has known for a couple of years about grievances regarding Jami-Lee Ross' conduct, and got one complainant to sign a confidentiality agreement, sources have told Checkpoint. More >>

DOC staff killed in helicopter crash near Wanaka Airport

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 3:49 pm | RNZ

Department of Conservation (DOC) staff were on board a helicopter that crashed near Wanaka this morning. More >>

National bombshell allegations make headlines across world

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 12:33 pm | RNZ

The National Party furore has sent New Zealand media into a frenzy, but there's also been a strong reaction from media across the world. More >>

Four women accuse Jami-Lee Ross of harassment, bullying

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 11:42 am | RNZ

MP Jami-Lee Ross has manipulated and intimidated those around him - including women he was in a relationship with, according to accusations reported on news website Newsroom . More >>

Gordon Campbell on Jami-Lee Ross, and the Hobbit law

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 10:06 am | Gordon Campbell

C learly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations. This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove ... More >>

Conversation between Jami-Lee Ross, Simon Bridges released

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 5:05 pm | RNZ

Jami-Lee Ross has released the audio of a phone conversation between himself and Simon Bridges, during which they talk about which MPs they need to get rid of. More >>

“The Journey to Prison”: Celia Lashlie’s writing revisited

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 4:23 pm | Don Franks

“New Zealand has one of the highest imprisonment rates in the world, second only to the United States, with over 5000 people currently in our 17 prisons. We could be excused for thinking the problem is huge, too big too handle…” More >>

Rent increases likely if agenda continues

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 3:52 pm | Robin Congdon

The lack of a clear Government plan to regulate property management is creating confusion in the industry, with professional managers being forced to decipher what each new piece of legislation means. More >>

Jami-Lee Ross says police will be investigating complaint

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 3:47 pm | RNZ

Former National MP Jami-Lee Ross has emerged from the Victoria Street police station in Wellington after filing a complaint on leader Simon Bridges. More >>

DNA in Trumpland: Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Dance

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 2:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made a fundamental error in chasing the coattails of DNA provenance as a response to the jibes of US President Donald J. Trump. She had been derided by the president as an ordinary “Pocahontas”, and promised at ... More >>

Don Brash speaks at Massey University after controversy

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 12:22 pm | RNZ

Former National Party leader Don Brash has spoken at Massey University today, after his first planned appearance was cancelled. More >>

Serial rapist should get substantial sentence - ex-detective

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 11:14 am | RNZ

The detective who led the original investigation into serial rapist Stewart Murray Wilson says the 71-year-old should get a substantial sentence for his latest convictions. More >>

Bridges did talk to donation claim businessman - Bennett

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 10:39 am | RNZ

National Party deputy leader Paula Bennett says Simon Bridges did talk with Chinese businessman Zhang Yikun, but is unsure whether they talked about a donation. More >>

Nikki Haley Elevated Israel, Damaged US Standing

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 9:39 am | Ramzy Baroud

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has made her post a “more glamorous” position than her predecessors - as President Donald Trump described Haley’s 2-year term at the UN, following her resignation announcement. More >>

Bridges denies Ross allegations, welcomes police inquiry

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 5:04 pm | BusinessDesk

Oct. 16 (BusinessDesk) - A defiant National Party leader, Simon Bridges, has emphatically denied claims by his dissident former colleague, Jami-Lee Ross, that Bridges was involved in arranging to conceal a $100,000 donation from a Chinese businessman. More >>

Ross tweets photos of meeting at centre of allegations

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 4:55 pm | RNZ

Jami-Lee Ross has added fuel to the fire, tweeting photos of a fundraiser attended by Simon Bridges and a businessman, where he alleges a $100,000 donation to the party was offered. More >>

Video: Ross is 'lying, leaking and lashing out' - Bridges

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 1:34 pm | RNZ

National leader Simon Bridges says Jami-Lee Ross's allegations he broke electoral law are "baseless" and "entirely false". More >>

Watch: Jami-Lee Ross plans by-election, police complaint

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 11:33 am | RNZ

National MP Jami-Lee Ross is to resign his seat and step down from the National Party, and will stand as an independent in any by-election for his Botany seat. More >>

An anti-democratic law

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 11:33 am | Socialist Equality Group

A law passed by New Zealand’s Labour Party-led coalition government, which came into effect this month, significantly strengthens the anti-democratic powers of Customs officials to search people entering the country. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Jami-Lee Ross Saga

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 9:56 am | Gordon Campbell

W e can agree that some forms of behaviour are quite beyond the pale. When the cult leader takes more than one wife, it is time to leave the compound. Similarly, secretly taping your political leader and threatening to release the contents in public is ... More >>

Housing Accessibility and Human Rights

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 9:19 am | Fightback

When our landlord issued a 90 day notice of intent to take back occupation of the home my young family had been renting for two years, I did what most people in my generation have had to do at some point; I spent hours of my time desperately scouring ... More >>

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 15/10/18: Fuel, Leaks

Monday, 15 October 2018, 5:53 pm | Lyndon Hood

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern again discussed rising fuel prices at Monday's post-cabinet press conference. The government plans to progress amendments to the Commerce Act that would allow a formal investigation of the petrol market (and other markets) ... More >>

Watch: Jami-Lee Ross identified as National Party leaker

Monday, 15 October 2018, 1:43 pm | RNZ

Jami-Lee Ross has been identified as the National Party leaker after the party's inquiry into the leak, but the MP is denying he was responsible. More >>

Bridges amended electoral donation return, insider claims

Monday, 15 October 2018, 1:38 pm | RNZ

A National Party insider has told RNZ News that Simon Bridges amended his personal electoral donation return to remove two donations totalling $24,000. More >>