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Labour and NZ First differ over refugee increase

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 10:28 am | RNZ

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has thrown a major spanner in the works of Labour's plan to double the refugee quota, saying his party never agreed to that. More >>

DHBs told to deal with OIA requests faster

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 4:43 pm | RNZ

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has directed some District Health Boards to urgently improve how they deal with requests for official information. More >>

Hawke's Bay schools evacuate as severe flooding looms

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 4:33 pm | RNZ

Students from two schools in Hawke's Bay have been sent home as heavy rain threatens road access in parts of the region. More >>

Universities block course survey results

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 4:14 pm | RNZ

Universities are blocking the publication of survey results that rate the usefulness of hundreds of their courses. More >>

Van drives through intersection remotely turned off

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 4:03 pm | RNZ

A worker driving a company van in Marlborough says her boss remotely turned off her vehicle while she was going through a roundabout, leaving her stuck in the traffic. More >>

Expenses leak inquiry: MPs to hand over communications

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 3:31 pm | RNZ

National Party MPs have been forced to hand over communications dating back to the start of February. More >>

Four Antiwar Congress Members — Maybe

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 2:45 pm | David Swanson

While most candidates for Congress have websites completely devoid of any mention of foreign policy whatsoever, Pressley has one with a substantive position on foreign policy. More >>

Farage fans greeted by boos, cheers at Auckland event

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 1:04 pm | RNZ

Ticket holders who showed up to Nigel Farage's speaking event in Auckland last night were met with a crowd of screaming protesters. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the fuss over the PM’s Pacific Forum Trip

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 11:55 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the fuss and fighting over the PM’s Pacific Forum trip First published on Werewolf More >>

Criminalizing Childhood

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 10:40 am | John W Whitehead

“Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, ... More >>

What Lies Beneath: The US-Israeli Plot to ‘Save’ Gaza

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 10:36 am | Ramzy Baroud

Israel wants to change the rules of the game entirely. With unconditional support from the Trump Administration, Tel Aviv sees a golden opportunity to redefine what has, for decades, constituted the legal and political foundation for the so-called ... More >>

UVA’s Miller Center Loves Killers

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 10:35 am | David Swanson

The University of Virginia’s Miller Center caught flak for appointing Trumpian Marc Short, but has now announced the appointment of John Negroponte, presumably hoping for little resistance since Negroponte’s not a Trumpman. More >>

Can the Popularity of Impeachment Matter?

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 10:30 am | David Swanson

According to an ABC News / WASHINGTON POST poll , 49% of a sampling of the U.S. public wants impeachment begun (they don’t specify when, but presumably any moment now) against Trump, while 43% do not. There are almost certainly millions of additional ... More >>

PM to ask questions of NZ journalist's detention in Nauru

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 9:39 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be asking for more detail about the detention of a New Zealand journalist in Nauru when she arrives for the Pacific Islands' Forum. More >>

Meka Whaitiri will not return to Parliament when it resumes

Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 4:49 pm | RNZ

Sidelined Labour MP Meka Whaitiri will not return to Parliament this week while under investigation for a "staffing matter". More >>

$90m DHB IT system could be ditched

Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 4:45 pm | RNZ

The Minister of Health says a $90 million IT system developed for District Health Boards may be ditched because it is not delivering. More >>

Labour and NZ First differ over refugee increase

Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 4:40 pm | RNZ

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has thrown a major spanner in the works of Labour's plan to double the refugee quota, saying his party never agreed to that. More >>

Taking the Long View

Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 3:23 pm | Gord Stewart

Now there’s a sign that gets your attention. I came on it early my first day driving in the English countryside. We had picked up a hire car in Plymouth and were heading for Ringmore, a small village on the South Devon coast. More >>

Lies, 'fake news' and cover-ups: how has it come to this?

Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 10:54 am | Joseph Camilleri

Lies, 'fake news' and cover-ups: how has it come to this in Western democracies? More >>

Land rent, the ACT's idea for making housing cheaper

Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 10:41 am | Cameron Murray

Australian home prices have risen 60% in the past five years. That’s great news for the seven million households who own one. More >>

NZ intelligence agencies get tick of approval

Monday, 3 September 2018, 6:17 pm | BusinessDesk

Sept. 3 (BusinessDesk) - Former public servants Sandi Beatie and Geoff Dangerfield gave an upbeat assessment of the New Zealand Intelligence Community in the follow-up review to the agencies' 2014 performance improvement framework. More >>

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 3/09/18 Nauru/Living wage

Monday, 3 September 2018, 4:36 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that she will be travelling to the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru on Wednesday. More >>

Defence unit working on Afghan raid inquiry has $2m budget

Monday, 3 September 2018, 3:50 pm | RNZ

A special unit with a budget of $2 million has been established by the Defence Force to work on its response to a planned government inquiry into a controversial operation in Afghanistan. More >>

Business confidence 'falling off a cliff' - Bridges

Monday, 3 September 2018, 3:45 pm | RNZ

Opposition leader Simon Bridges says business confidence is "falling off a cliff" and he wants to hear what small and medium businesses need. More >>

Horse Racing’s Seventeen Commandments

Monday, 3 September 2018, 3:39 pm | Steve Baron

Centuries ago, in Egypt, after toiling for forty days and forty nights, the great prophet and leader of the Israelites, Moses, descended from Mount Sinai with the words of God chiselled into two stone tablets—the Ten Commandments. At a stretch, ... More >>

Insight: Should NZ Schools Ban Mobile Phones?

Monday, 3 September 2018, 3:39 pm | RNZ

Mobile phones in schools are being accused of derailing learning and causing bitter squabbles between teachers and students as they try to police every ding, vibration and social media notification. When students in France return to school tomorrow ... More >>

Cold snap: Ski fields shut, passengers barred from ferry

Monday, 3 September 2018, 3:25 pm | RNZ

South Island ferry passengers and motorists are advised to be cautious as snowfall and severe weather continue to batter the country. More >>

Why being made redundant in NZ is so tough

Monday, 3 September 2018, 3:18 pm | RNZ

Axed over the Christmas break, told to be out by lunchtime after 50 years' loyalty - this is redundancy in New Zealand, where there's no mandatory notice period or compensation payments and little support for those searching for new work. More >>

Myanmar: A Year of Exodus Without a promised Land in Sight

Monday, 3 September 2018, 2:29 pm | Rene Wadlow

It is just a year that a report with clear recommendations for positive action on the fate of the Rohingya was presented to the Myanmar government by Kofi Annan. None of the recommendations were put into practice. Rather repression and flight have ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on trying to cheer up the business sector

Monday, 3 September 2018, 11:47 am | Gordon Campbell

Why on earth is it seen to be Jacinda Ardern’s problem when business chooses to whine on about its lack of confidence, and its lack of ‘certainty’ – as if it were ever the role of government to deliver risk-free profits to the private sector? ... More >>

National withdraws support for conservation fines bill

Sunday, 2 September 2018, 9:10 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

National MPs have withdrawn their support for a new conservation infringement law following the extension of the regulatory regime to Fish and Game Council officers. More >>

Transpower result highlights disquiet over sector profits

Sunday, 2 September 2018, 9:06 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Transpower’s annual results for 2017/18 again highlight how much the Government is one of the main beneficiaries from profits in the electricity sector. The results show a net profit of $206 million and a dividend to the Government of $165 million. More >>

The Carnival of Homelessness: How the Filthy Rich React

Saturday, 1 September 2018, 5:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

An aggressive sign of an affluent society can usually be gauged by its invidious misuse of its privilege. Poverty is deemed necessary, and the rich must try to understand it. To be privileged is to be guilty, a tickling of the conscience as the pennies ... More >>

Banning Chelsea Manning: The Dubious Tests of Character

Friday, 31 August 2018, 3:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

National security advocates have been crotchety ever since the release of Chelsea Manning for a sentence they hoped would go the full, crushing 35 years. Her sins were intimately tied up with making WikiLeaks the publisher of fame, less than fortune: ... More >>

Journalist David Neiwert on the rise of the alt-right in USA

Friday, 31 August 2018, 12:06 pm | Kumuda Simpson

Speaking with: journalist David Neiwert on the rise of the alt-right in Trump's America More >>

Virginia’s Fifth District: Hold Your Nose and Stay Home

Friday, 31 August 2018, 9:36 am | David Swanson

Democratic candidates for Congress Rashida Tlaib , Ilhan Omar , and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez all say Americans should have higher living standards, closer to those in other wealthy countries, including guaranteed Medicare for All, better schools, etc. Leslie Cockburn ... More >>

Flatting in retirement: suitable and affordable housing

Friday, 31 August 2018, 9:21 am | Fatemeh Yavari and Brenda Vale

Converting existing larger homes into smaller units could provide options for older people wanting to stay in their neighbourhood. from www.shutterstock.com , CC BY-ND More >>

Chelsea Manning must be allowed to enter NZ!

Friday, 31 August 2018, 8:15 am | Socialist Equality Group

New Zealand’s opposition National Party has demanded that whistleblower Chelsea Manning be barred from entering the country. Its immigration spokesman Michael Woodhouse declared that if he were still the minister in charge, he would not grant Manning ... More >>

Noeline Taurua announced as Silver Ferns coach

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 4:33 pm | RNZ

The new head coach will lead the Silver Ferns into next month's Netball Quad Series and ultimately the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool. But, crucially, the appointment has been concluded in conjunction with Taurua's club, the Sunshine Coast Lightning ... More >>

The Immigration law that caused over-staying

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 2:17 pm | Aaron Martin

Leading immigration lawyer, Aaron Martin, addresses the recent changes made last week to the Interim Visa policy. The complications caused by the flaw, both before and after its amending, have had serious implications on many of his clients. More >>

Strav vs Rach: Hell vs Heaven!

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 12:17 pm | Lindsay Perigo

Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Symphony in Three Movements Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Edo do Waart, conductor, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, August 24, 2018 More >>

Gordon Campbell on the continuing Manning saga, and BTS

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 11:40 am | Gordon Campbell

T he National Party has played fast and loose with the facts during its campaign to deny an entry visa to the American LGBTQ activist Chelsea Manning. First, National’s immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse claimed “other countries” had refused ... More >>

Auckland nurse denounces union’s sellout deal

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 10:37 am | Socialist Equality Group

There is growing anger and resentment among health workers over a sellout pay deal agreed early this month between the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the country’s District Health Boards, covering nearly 30,000 public hospital workers. More >>

Burger King banned from hiring migrants for a year

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 3:29 pm | RNZ

Burger King has been banned from employing migrant workers for a year after a former worker's extra hours took their pay below the minimum wage. More >>

John McCain’s Imperial Complex

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 3:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Obituaries are not the best places to identify faults unless they assume the form of a hatchet job. The opposite is more often the case: worshipful and respectful to the point of being cloying. As the tears dry, and the sobs of reflection pass, ... More >>

When Illness is a ‘Death Sentence’

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 2:09 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Hanan al-Khoudari resorted to Facebook in a cry for help when Israeli authorities rejected her request to accompany her three-year-old son, Louay, to his chemotherapy treatment in East Jerusalem. More >>

Labour to review policies after Young Labour camp incidents

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 12:01 pm | RNZ

The Labour Party says it will implement all the recommendations of a report into indecent assaults at a Young Labour camp in February. More >>

Auckland Council botch-up - hundreds to reapply for consents

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 11:55 am | RNZ

Hundreds of Auckland homeowners may have to apply for new resource consents, after the Auckland Council admitted it had misinterpreted its own rules. More >>

Wellington whale and calf 'unlikely' to stick around

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 11:51 am | RNZ

Wellington has been treated to Southern Right Whale and its calf in the harbour - but a marine mammal charity says the pair aren't likely to stick around. More >>

Awkward angles – it’s time to tell the truth about dairying!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 11:46 am | Lynley Tulloch

It’s the height of calving season in New Zealand and calves are appearing like little mushrooms in many paddocks across the country. Recent media articles about dairying have touched on this subject, particularly the rather murky issue of cow-calf ... More >>

Rosalea Barker: Hurricane Lane Misses Hawai'i

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 11:30 am | Rosalea Barker

T he past week has been mind-torture here in Kaunakakai on the South Central coast of Moloka‘i, with the past three days (Wednesday to Friday) being equivalent to the proverbial month of Sundays as facilities and stores closed in anticipation of ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: National’s crusade against Chelsea Manning

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

So the National Party wants the government to deny Chelsea Manning a visa for her two speaking engagements in mid September, and it would have already done so if it was still in power. Good to know. More >>

Premium phone price rise well ahead of inflation

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 7:05 pm | Digitl

This year a lot of people will pay NZ$2000 or more for a phone. More >>

Football deal highlights Spark Sky TV threat

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 6:56 pm | Digitl

It's no coincidence Sky TV reported a $240 million loss days after Spark won the Premier League Football rights. A thread connects the two news stories. More >>

Acronis True Image 2019: Serious backup updated

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 6:53 pm | Digitl

Acronis says True Image 2019 provides set and forget protection. Going by my experience with the 2018 version, I can verify this. The last time I checked the older edition of the software was in May. I know this date is correct because that's when I swapped ... More >>

Dragon Anywhere: Impressive, pricey iPhone dictation

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 6:50 pm | Digitl

Dragon Anywhere is the iOS version of Nuance's Dragon speech recognition software . It's a powerful dictation application that can transform how you work. More >>

Court overturns South Taranaki seabed mining application

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 4:25 pm | RNZ

The High Court has thrown out a bid to mine ironsands from the ocean floor off the coast of South Taranaki. More >>

National wants Chelsea Manning banned from NZ

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 3:44 pm | RNZ

The former US Army soldier was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents containing classified information about American diplomats and the military. She spent seven years in prison before former US President Barack ... More >>

Auckland ranking lowered by public transport, affordability

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 1:10 pm | RNZ

Auckland has been ranked 13th among 24 international cities for how prepared it is for the future. More >>

PM dismisses idea of govt money for All Blacks

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 1:05 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has laughed off suggestions the government should pay to stop top All Blacks from going overseas. More >>