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Transpower thinks over supply constraints and fuel shortages

Sunday, 10 June 2018, 2:09 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Transpower is not going to change the way it calculates the Hydro Risk Curves following Genesis Energy warning about challenges getting fuel supplies in the future. However, it will be adding an extra validation step around assumed thermal fuel consumption ... More >>

‘Green’ mining encouraged, but barriers remain

Sunday, 10 June 2018, 2:05 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has encouraged the mining sector to look at NZ’s strategic mineral potential after the release of a GNS Science study. More >>

National holds Northcote in by-election

Saturday, 9 June 2018, 9:03 pm | The Scoop Team

National has held the seat of Northcote in a by-election marked by a low turnout. More >>

The Food of Movement: Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater

Saturday, 9 June 2018, 5:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Food of Movement: Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater Bruce Chatwin considered movement the indispensable feature of the human species. Sedentary natures killed through asphyxiation; a refusal to move suggested an acceptance of death. Walking ... More >>

Fake News and political establishment leading Colombia back to war

Friday, 8 June 2018, 2:35 pm | Joseph Cederwall

On June 17th Colombia votes in the final runoff round in one of its most pivotal and closely fought Presidential elections in decades. The two remaining candidates are starkly polarised, as are the potential outcomes for Colombia and the region ... More >>

Christian McBride’s New Jawn - No Yawn

Friday, 8 June 2018, 2:23 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Grammy-winning bassist, composer and bandleader Christian McBride played with his intriguingly named ‘New Jawn’ on a wintery Wellington wednesday to open the Wellington Jazz Fest. As he explained ‘jawn’ is simply slang from his hometown of Philadelphia ... More >>

Dazzled by Tech: Universities, Googlification and Microsoft

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 1:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The mechanical, robotic striving of university politburos and their jack boot managers have always been interesting when it comes to one particular topic: the role of technology and its adoption. For it is in technology that the mediocre paper clip shuffler can ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: The Power of Self-Pardon

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 1:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“If a president was dumb enough to pardon himself that would be such an arrogant statement of power that the House would probably impeach him in a week and the Senate would convict him.” Newt Gingrich , Jun 5, 2018 More >>

Gordon Campbell on Jim Bolger’s workplace reform task force

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 11:55 am | Gordon Campbell

T he neo-liberal wing of the National Party has never really felt that Jim Bolger was one of them, and the feeling was entirely mutual. Back in October 1980 when the ideologues wanted Bolger to topple Robert Muldoon (in the so called ‘colonels coup’) ... More >>

Ramzy Baroud: Rethinking the Term ‘Israeli Occupation’

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 10:54 am | Ramzy Baroud

June 5, 2018 marks the 51st anniversary of the Israeli Occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. More >>

An open letter to Dr Stewart Jessamine, GM of MedSafe and NZ representative to the WHO

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 1:30 pm | The Hemp Foundation

An open letter to Dr Stewart Jessamine, GM of MedSafe and NZ representative to the WHO More >>

Gordon Campbell on the talks with North Korea

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 1:15 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on what we can expect from the talks with North Korea First published on Werewolf More >>

After-hours care costs hits poor families hard

Friday, 1 June 2018, 4:17 pm | RNZ

A west Auckland Māori urban authority says the government needs to take control of the soaring cost of after-hours medical care. More >>

The establishment of affordable housing zones

Friday, 1 June 2018, 2:17 pm | Veronica Harrod

Nationally land and property developers are not building affordable housing which is why the Government could consider setting aside affordable housing zones by statute. More >>

NZ economy forecast set to outpace most of OECD

Friday, 1 June 2018, 12:16 pm | RNZ

The New Zealand economy is set to grow at a faster pace than most of the countries in the 35-strong OECD, with activity shifting from consumption to investment. More >>

Biggest polytech makes $31m deficit, adviser appointed

Friday, 1 June 2018, 12:06 pm | RNZ

Auditors have posted a question mark over the viability of the country's largest polytechnic, Unitec, after it reported a $31 million deficit for 2017. More >>

Tourism sector anxious about proposed border tax

Friday, 1 June 2018, 11:43 am | RNZ

Tourism and aviation industries are anxious about exactly how the government's proposed border tax will work. More >>

Meth compensation: Twyford not ruling it out, or in

Friday, 1 June 2018, 10:59 am | RNZ

Housing Minister Phil Twyford has announced a major review into the meth contamination saga and now says he is not ruling out the possibility of compensation. More >>

Emerging Market Meltdown Could Undermine Oil Rally

Friday, 1 June 2018, 10:14 am | Oilprice.com

Saudi Arabia and Russia just destroyed the oil price rally, potentially putting an end to all the speculation about what the group might do next. But higher production doesn't necessarily mean higher oil prices are entirely out of the question, and ... More >>

Winter causes 'intense' pressure for homelessness sector

Friday, 1 June 2018, 9:53 am | RNZ

It's the first day of winter and while some people stock up on heaters, electric blankets and duvets, hundreds of others are seeking shelter in doorways to escape the cold. More >>

Jim Rose on Gangs – Analysis without Context

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 9:03 pm | Kim Workman

The opinion piece by economist Jim Rose, ‘Extra prisoners are nearly all gang members - that's hardly a crisis’ (Dominion Post, 29th May) demonstrates what happens when an economist relies on statistical analysis without an understanding of context. More >>

Benefit increase negatively affects housing eligibility

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 5:26 pm | RNZ

A benefit aimed at helping people find private rental homes is proving to be a double-edged sword, emergency housing providers say. More >>

Finance companies fined $720k for 'cynical' repo tactics

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 5:20 pm | RNZ

Two Auckland finance companies have been fined $720,000 for what the judge has described as "cynical" and "deliberate" offending. More >>

NZ's recycling system fundamentally broken - report

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 4:58 pm | RNZ

Last year, China banned imports of various recyclable materials until the end of this year. However, it is likely there will be a further extension of the restrictions, as the country looks to improve the health of its environment. More >>

'Inhumane' to hold NZ boy in Australian detention centre

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 4:51 pm | RNZ

Holding young people and adults together in immigration detention is "inhumane", an immigration lawyer says in light of a New Zealand teenager being held in these conditions. More >>

Three strikes for controversial law

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 4:42 pm | RNZ

The 'three strikes' law is set to be axed, with Justice Minister Andrew Little saying he will take a proposal to Cabinet to repeal it. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the carnage being caused by Police pursuits

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 12:36 pm | Gordon Campbell

Must be that time again. Time for the Independent Police Complaints Authority (IPCA) to produce yet another review of the high speed pursuit policy, which the Police will no doubt ignore, and shelve alongside all the others. They’re consistent like ... More >>

Conflict Theory and Biosphere Annihilation

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 11:42 am | Robert J. Burrowes

In a recent article titled ‘ Challenges for Resolving Complex Conflicts’ , I pointed out that existing conflict theory pays little attention to the extinction-causing conflict being ongoingly generated by human over-consumption in the finite planetary ... More >>

8 lessons I learned on Palestine from 8 Western Nations

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 11:41 am | Ramzy Baroud

On February 20, 2018, I embarked on a global book tour that has, thus far, taken me to eight nations. The main theme of all my talks in various cultural, academic and media platforms was the pressing need to refocus the discussion on Palestine ... More >>

New Zealand nurses vote for nationwide strike

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 10:01 am | Socialist Equality Group

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) reported on Monday that a majority of its 27,000 members in public hospitals voted in favour of a nationwide strike. More >>

Crucial that 'Māori are central' to health review

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 5:29 pm | RNZ

Health workers want a review into the state of the health sector to be quick and inclusive to curb the suffering of vulnerable communities. More >>

Psychology 'very cold, robotic' for Māori

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 5:25 pm | RNZ

A Waikato psychologist says Māori face active resistance to their very presence in the psychology profession. More >>

Ardern 'taking a breather' as birth date nears

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 5:17 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she's taking one day at at time, as her 17 June due date draws near. More >>

Universities, Branding and Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 3:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The modern university is a tertiary colonising institution. Like the old mercantilist bodies – the Dutch East India Company and its equivalents – the educational world is there to be acquired by bureaucrats, teachers and, it is hoped, suitable recruits. More >>

Gordon Campbell on showing love to farmers over M Bovis

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 12:13 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on showing maximum love to farmers over M Bovis First published on Werewolf More >>

Scoop multimedia: M bovis eradication announcement

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 11:21 am | The Scoop Team

On Monday afternoon the Government announced plans to attempt to eradicate cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand [ MPI alert ]. A technical briefing was followed by the official announcement, after which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ... More >>

UPDATE: Government opts for $886M 'phased eradication'

Monday, 28 May 2018, 9:40 pm | BusinessDesk

UPDATE: Government opts for $886M 'phased eradication' of Mycoplasma bovis (Updates to add comment from PM, Agriculture Minister throughout) More >>

Govt opts for $886M 'phased eradication' of Mycoplasma bovis

Monday, 28 May 2018, 9:29 pm | BusinessDesk

May 28 (BusinessDesk) - The government will try to eradicate the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease that was first detected nearly a year ago to protect the national herd and the long-term productivity of the farming sector. More >>

Rural press in retreat in time of crisis

Monday, 28 May 2018, 4:22 pm | RNZ

In the midst of a national cattle disease crisis, the rural press is being shaken up. Some titles are changing hands and the country's biggest news publisher Stuff is closing weekly farming papers and cutting its reporting. But its rivals say farmers ... More >>

'Slavery on an industrial scale' in fishing industry

Monday, 28 May 2018, 3:53 pm | RNZ

A private investigator says he found harrowing slavery on an industrial scale when he looked into the actions of international fishing fleets. More >>

Hoki fishery under scrutiny after claims of fish dumping etc

Monday, 28 May 2018, 3:45 pm | The Conversation

Hoki is one of New Zealand’s most valuable export fish. from www.shutterstock.com , CC BY-SA More >>

Abortion views in NZ yet 'to be put to the test'

Monday, 28 May 2018, 3:21 pm | RNZ

The Justice Minister says he'd be surprised if New Zealand didn't follow Ireland's lead in abortion law reform. More >>

PM reassures Taranaki locals after end of new oil and gas exploration

Monday, 28 May 2018, 3:16 pm | RNZ

The prime minister has fronted up in Taranaki to reassure locals of the government's support for the first time since it announced cessation of new offshore oil and gas exploration. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Taranaki to talk to locals concerned ... More >>

Toxic foam: Govt widens contamination investigation

Monday, 28 May 2018, 3:07 pm | RNZ

The government is expanding the investigation into water and soil contamination from chemicals commonly found in firefighting foam. More >>

AI and the media: coming ready or not

Monday, 28 May 2018, 3:00 pm | RNZ

A machine that writes Mike Hosking opinion pieces was unveiled recently in Auckland. Just a gimmick, but artificial intelligence and machine learning are already at work in our media and could have a profound effect. More >>

'The regime we have for abortion is working well' - Bridges

Monday, 28 May 2018, 2:50 pm | RNZ

The abortion system in New Zealand working well and there isn't a case for change, says National Party leader Simon Bridges. More >>

M bovis: A 'tricky disease' that's 'not easy to tame'

Monday, 28 May 2018, 2:42 pm | RNZ

Opinion - As a veterinarian working on the foot and mouth response in the UK, I've seen the misery that outbreaks of serious infectious diseases can bring down on the agricultural sector - animals, farmers and their communities. Containing these outbreaks ... More >>

NZ response to latest Israeli massacre doesn't go far enough

Monday, 28 May 2018, 12:12 pm | Aubrey Bloomfield

On 14 May, Israel killed at least 60 Palestinians in Gaza taking part in the Great March of Return protest and injured thousands more. The Israeli massacre was met with widespread international criticism. The prosecutor of the International Criminal ... More >>

Engineer warns of lack of action over aluminium cladding

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:42 pm | RNZ

A leading engineer who ran an audit in New Zealand prompted by the Grenfell Tower fire is accusing ministry officials of failing to act over what he says are potentially unsafe building panels. More >>

Kāpiti Expressway continues to spring leaks

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:20 pm | RNZ

Repairs on the $630 million Kāpiti Expressway are ongoing as the road continues to spring leaks. More >>

NZ visas for Chinese bank's clients fast-tracked

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:17 pm | RNZ

More than half of a Chinese bank's wealthy clients had their New Zealand visitor visas approved within a day in the last year after an agreement to fast-track them. More >>

Colombia’s Elections: Assassinations, presidential death squads, fraud and a fragile peace process under threat

Friday, 25 May 2018, 1:46 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Next week Colombia, goes to the polls in one of the most pivotal and closely fought elections in decades. This election will now take place under the watch of EU monitors as an escalating fraud scandal develops surrounding the recent congressional elections. The two frontrunners are starkly contrasted, as are the potential outcomes for Colombia and the entire Latin American region. More >>

States of Cruelty: The Dead Refugees of Manus

Friday, 25 May 2018, 12:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In those seemingly interminable refugee debates being held in various countries, cruelty is pure theatre. It is directed, stage managed, the victims treated as mere marionettes in a play of putrid public policy and indifferent public officials. Barriers ... More >>

Nurses' strike could still be on the cards over pay dispute

Friday, 25 May 2018, 11:13 am | RNZ

Nationwide nurses' strikes could still be on the cards after an independent panel working to resolve a pay dispute failed to meet their expectations. More >>

The Multiple Stepmothers of Daesh (ISIS) in Syria

Friday, 25 May 2018, 11:04 am | Franklin Lamb

Last month, 186 of the 193-Member States of the UN claimed that they want all foreign forces out of Syria. Iran with its 18 Shia militia recruited from the region, Russia, America, France, the UK—the Lot. Most urgently wanting all these countries and ... More >>

Solution for M bovis goes down to wire, expected to cost $1b

Friday, 25 May 2018, 9:42 am | RNZ

Wrangling over what to do about the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is going down to the wire but whatever the solution, it is expected to cost about $1 billion. More >>

Eternal Disappearance: MH370 and the Hangar Gossipers

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 3:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has fuelled enough speculation to fill libraries and populate databases at catchy speed. The disappearance of MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, one of two Malaysian Airlines flights to perish that year, continues to ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the M bovis outbreak

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 12:46 pm | Gordon Campbell

A s the public keeps on being told, there is no risk at all to human health from cows infected with Mycoplasma bovis. In that respect, it is not at all like mad cow disease. Even so, the M bovis outbreak is still doing the head in of Agriculture ... More >>

Questions raised over mayor's involvement in land-sale

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 12:04 pm | RNZ

Questions raised over mayor's involvement in land-sale meeting 8:15 pm on 23 May 2018 Robin Martin , Reporter More >>

Fishing industry lies revealed in leaked report

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 11:54 am | RNZ

Some of the country's biggest fishing companies have been under-reporting their hoki catch by hundreds of tonnes, according to a leaked fisheries report. More >>