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Auckland bus gridlock: 37 buses to be pulled from service

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 4:15 pm | RNZ

Auckland Transport will pull dozens of buses from a new North Shore network after passengers got stuck in a two kilometre jam yesterday. More >>

Elevated BPA levels found in Capital's aquifer

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 4:04 pm | RNZ

Traces of a dangerous chemical used in plastic packaging, Bisphenol-A, or BPA, have been found in the Waiwhetu Aquifer in the Hutt Valley. More >>

PM: Labour would vote against 'Kiwi values' bill

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 12:27 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she doesn't support the concept of NZ First's Respecting NZ Values Bill, which would impose cultural conditions on migrants and refugees entering the country. More >>

Mediawatch: The PM in US at the UN

Monday, 1 October 2018, 4:04 pm | RNZ

Jacinda Ardern - and her family - attracted plenty of attention at the UN in New York this week. She was even cast as an antidote to Trumpism. But did the media mistake exposure and international interest for genuine impact and influence? More >>

Principals dubious about student truancy report

Monday, 1 October 2018, 3:20 pm | RNZ

School principals are dubious about research suggesting initiatives from other countries can help New Zealand fight rising truancy. More >>

Payout to assaulted prison guard a 'landmark' decision

Monday, 1 October 2018, 1:14 pm | RNZ

A $56,000 payout to a prison guard left traumatised by an inmate's attack is being hailed as a 'landmark' decision. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has found the Department of Corrections didn't do enough to stop the assault happening in the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t pledge NZF's values

Monday, 1 October 2018, 12:06 pm | Gordon Campbell

So, at its annual conference on the weekend, New Zealand First voted to introduce legislation forcing new migrants and refugees to sign a pledge that they’ll abide by a list of “ New Zealand values” - presumably, as a condition of entry to this ... More >>

Filling next year's teacher shortage 'devilishly hard'

Monday, 1 October 2018, 11:23 am | RNZ

Auckland's primary schools will soon have 100 unfilled vacancies and principals around the country are nervous about finding enough teachers for 2019, school leaders say. More >>

Travellers refusing digital search now face $5000 fine

Monday, 1 October 2018, 11:07 am | RNZ

Travellers who refuse to hand over their phone or laptop passwords to Customs officials can now be slapped with a $5000 fine. More >>

Gandhi’s Despair and the Struggle for Truth and Love

Monday, 1 October 2018, 10:41 am | Robert J. Burrowes

‘When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it – always.’ M.K. ... More >>

Davidson: Get Work and Income out of people's personal lives

Monday, 1 October 2018, 10:35 am | RNZ

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson says there has never been a better opportunity to transform a punitive and limiting culture of the welfare system. More >>

Kiwi died from neglect in sanctuary - report

Monday, 1 October 2018, 10:30 am | RNZ

The country's largest privately-owned conservation project has been allowed to show off kiwi to wealthy tourists without a permit, despite welfare concerns about the birds. More >>

Fully funding the TB response is a smart investment

Monday, 1 October 2018, 10:15 am | CNS

(CNS): As per WHO’s Global TB Report 2018 financing for TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment continues to fall short of the amount needed and commitments from both domestic and international donor sources need to be stepped up. More >>

Liberal Mercantilism and Economic Capitalism

Friday, 28 September 2018, 10:32 am | Keith Rankin

Most of us realise that there is something wrong with capitalism as we know it. We also accept that capitalism is here to stay; the only practicable alternatives are evolutions of capitalism, not from capitalism. More >>

The Real Reasons behind Washington’s War on UNRWA

Friday, 28 September 2018, 10:15 am | Ramzy Baroud

The US government’s decision to slash funds provided to the United Nations agency that cares for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, is part of a new American-Israeli strategy aimed at redefining the rules of the game altogether. More >>

Jacinda Ardern discusses Trump handshakes on The Late Show

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 4:29 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won the applause of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's studio audience in New York. More >>

Troubled bus network: Process was correct, officials say

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 4:15 pm | RNZ

The Greater Wellington Regional Council says it wouldn't have done anything differently in its implementation of the city's problematic new bus services, but is committing to fixing it in eight weeks' time. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Elizabeth Warren’s plans

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 1:00 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save capitalism from itself First published on Werewolf More >>

Rally backs Gisborne councillor who spoke out against racism

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 12:03 pm | RNZ

A Gisborne councillor plans to complain to the Ombudsman about being investigated after complaining another councillor made a racist remark. More >>

Peters denies claims he called Wally Haumaha during inquiry

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 11:29 am | RNZ

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters denies claims by a National MP that he called the deputy police commissioner to assure him things would be okay after a government inquiry into his appointment was launched. More >>

Ardern announces Whaitiri draft report leak investigation

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 11:22 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced an investigation into how the draft report detailing the incident involving sacked minister Meka Whaitiri was leaked. More >>

Ardern discusses trade with Canadian and Chilean leaders

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 11:19 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has met the leaders of Canada and Chile in New York to discuss trade. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the party of no ideas

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 1:17 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he striking thing about the issues that have political coverage over the past few months is the almost total lack of policy content to any of them. To date, Her Majesty’s Opposition hasn’t shown the slightest interest in offering a competing ... More >>

Flight of the Conchords appear on The Late Show

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 11:48 am | RNZ

New Zealand comedy folk band Flight of the Conchords have used an appearance on a US late night talk show to ask the prime minister if they can come round for dinner. More >>

Māori caucus back Meka Whaitiri: 'We support her'

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 11:37 am | RNZ

Labour's Māori caucus is backing MP Meka Whaitiri, despite not having seen the report that prompted her sacking as minister after an altercation with her press secretary. More >>

War Hysteria and Beleaguered Working Class in South Asia

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 11:27 am | Nayyar N Khan

With continued violence in Jammu Kashmir and a heightened threats of terrorist activities, mistrust between the two rivals and a threat of another serious military confrontation between India and Pakistan remains high. Territorial claims by both the neighbors ... More >>

PM's daughter makes global headlines with UN appearance

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 11:25 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's daughter Neve has made international headlines with an appearance in the General Assembly at the United Nations today [25/9 NZ time]. More >>

Are ‘We the People’ Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 11:20 am | John W Whitehead

“Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. The phrase was “useful idiots” and ... More >>

PM has brief talk on tariffs with Trump at UN

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 11:18 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern briefly met with the US President at his reception for world leaders attending the United Nations. More >>

Taking the Long View

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 1:38 pm | Gord Stewart

There are five days each year I cherish. Three of them come in May when I attend the Auckland Writers Festival. Two are in August when I go to the annual conference of the Environmental Defence Society (EDS). More >>

Gordon Campbell on Bridges’ ‘meth crooks’ leadership failure

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 12:01 pm | Gordon Campbell

G iven that National Party leader Simon Bridges has made consistency and strong leadership the cornerstones of his attacks upon the coalition government, his own massive backflip on the meth compensation issue has been unfortunate, to say the ... More >>

Is Auckland’s transport becoming more or less accessible?

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 10:52 am | Daphne Lawless

This article will appear in Fightback's upcoming September issue on Accessibility. To support our work, consider subscribing to our e-publication ($NZ20 annually) or print magazine ($NZ60 annually). You can subscribe with PayPal or credit card here ... More >>

Court of Appeal rejects NZME-Stuff merger

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 10:03 am | RNZ

The Court of Appeal has turned down the proposed merger between media companies NZME and Stuff. More >>

Acting PM's Press Conference 24/9/18: UN-Leader'd

Monday, 24 September 2018, 6:05 pm | Lyndon Hood

Winston Peters, Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is in New York for the UN Leaders' Week, held a short press conference Monday after chairing this week's cabinet meeting. More >>

Ardern focuses on child poverty in first US speech

Monday, 24 September 2018, 2:26 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has used her first speech in the US to recommit the government to making New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child. More >>

Warning on Christchurch seller's building reports

Monday, 24 September 2018, 1:08 pm | RNZ

A warning has gone out to house hunters in Christchurch not to rely on building reports supplied by those selling homes. More >>

Students walk out of school over truancy comments

Monday, 24 September 2018, 12:37 pm | RNZ

More than 100 students walked out of a Hamilton high school this morning in protest after the principal said truants are more likely to wind up being a rape victim. More >>

Hot compost cause of mystery vapour, police say

Monday, 24 September 2018, 12:33 pm | RNZ

The sulpur smell at a Carterton school where 10 pupils fell ill on Friday was from compost at a neighbouring property, police say. More >>

Jacinda Ardern rejects Trump's call for war on drugs

Monday, 24 September 2018, 11:25 am | RNZ

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Classics and not-so-classics Stravinsky and Rachmaninov

Monday, 24 September 2018, 11:12 am | Max Rashbrooke

This last few weeks have brought two contrasting concerts from the NZSO. The first, Stravinsky and Rachmaninov, was at the more demanding end of the standard repertoire, featuring two relatively little-played works by Stravinsky: the Symphonies of Wind ... More >>

Parasitic and Irrelevant: The University Vice Chancellor

Sunday, 23 September 2018, 12:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

They are some of the most remunerated officials of one of Australia’s most importantly lucrative sectors, drawing huge “packages”, as they are termed, for little more than ribbon cutting, attending meetings and overseeing policies that, if implemented, ... More >>

Logitech Slim Combo iPad Pro keyboard review

Sunday, 23 September 2018, 11:31 am | Digitl

Logitech's Slim Combo for iPad Pro keyboard is a mixed bag. Its good points are excellent. Its less good features are, well, disappointing. More >>

Ultra Hub Plus: Vodafone 4G wireless while you wait for fibr

Sunday, 23 September 2018, 11:24 am | Digitl

New customers signing for Vodafone's home fibre plans can get an Ultra Hub Plus modem as part of the deal . This means they get a connection on the carrier's mobile network straight away. Lucky customers will connect via 4G. Less fortunate ones may have ... More >>

D-Link Covr review: fails to fix Wi-Fi woes

Sunday, 23 September 2018, 11:13 am | Digitl

D-Link's NZ$600 Covr attempts to help home users fill Wi-Fi blackspots. I say attempts because the results are hit and miss. Most of the time it misses. More >>

EliteBook x360 review: secure, tiny business convertible

Sunday, 23 September 2018, 11:08 am | Digitl

HP's EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is a premium business convertible laptop. It's the kind of upmarket laptop a big company employer might hand you if they think you need portability and flexibility. More >>

Oppo's wacky $2400 Lamborghini Android phone

Sunday, 23 September 2018, 11:03 am | Digitl

Phone maker Oppo has struck an exclusive deal with 2degrees for a NZ$2400 Lamborghini-branded Android phone. It is this seasons' most expensive Android phone; at least in New Zealand. More >>

Oppo Find X review: Pricey pop-up camera phone

Sunday, 23 September 2018, 11:00 am | Digitl

A pop-up camera sets the Oppo Find X from the premium phone pack, it's nice, but expensive for an Android. As the review says, it is not for everyone. More >>

Judge discharges Greenpeace activists

Friday, 21 September 2018, 8:20 pm | BusinessDesk

Sept. 21 (BusinessDesk) - Convicting Greenpeace executive director Russel Norman and activist Sara Howell for interfering with a seismic survey last year would have been unfair when a fellow protestor was granted diversion for the same offence, Judge ... More >>

Casting Kavanaugh: The Trump Supreme Court Drama

Friday, 21 September 2018, 6:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Stage set Washington. Object: adulterating power. The arm of government: the judiciary. That particular group of high ranking paladins remains up in the air as US Supreme Court appointee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh floats around in a stage of grinding limbo, ... More >>

The kīngitanga movement: 160 years of Māori monarchy

Friday, 21 September 2018, 9:10 am | Michael Belgrave

A traditional haka held during the week-long coronation ceremony for the Māori king. Xavier La Canna/AAP , CC BY-ND More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Tax Working Group’s road map

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 5:20 pm | Gordon Campbell

T rying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark. With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the ... More >>

Cover up tattoos urges World Rugby

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 4:42 pm | RNZ

Players and supporters at the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year have been warned they should cover tattoos in public to avoid causing offence. More >>

Indian woman faces deportation after losing $30k to scammers

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 10:56 am | RNZ

An Indian woman facing deportation wants justice served on the men she says took more than $30,000 from her in return for work visas for jobs that did not exist. More >>

Midwives hopeful after meeting with minister

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 10:44 am | RNZ

Midwives are cautiously hopeful they will be able to finally get a better deal for community midwives. More >>

Don Brash cancellation: Censure motions against VC

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 10:41 am | RNZ

Massey University's academic board has today taken the unprecedented step of moving two censure motions against its vice chancellor over her cancellation of a Don Brash speech. More >>

Tolaga Bay company's illegal logging history revealed

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 10:37 am | RNZ

The Malaysian owner of a forestry company blamed for tonnes of debris washing up in Tolaga Bay has been fined twice for illegal logging overseas, but it took the Overseas Investment Office nine years to realise. More >>

Hurricane Florence and the unbelievable truths

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 9:56 am | Lynley Tulloch

Hurricane Florence has wreaked havoc in North and South Carolina. 500,000 homes and businesses are without power,25 people are dead and hog manure pits have spilled into the floods causing pollution. More >>

Wellington bus network changes to be reviewed

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 4:50 pm | RNZ

Wellington's new bus network will be independently reviewed after ongoing complaints of buses being late, too full to board or not showing up at all. More >>

Patients on anti-depressant brand told supply will run out

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 4:44 pm | RNZ

Last year, Pharmac announced it would stop subsidising two brands of antidepressants, Arrow Venlafaxine and Effexor XR, and instead solely fund generic brand, Enlafax-XR. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Kavanaugh case and women’s suffrage

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 1:01 pm | Gordon Campbell

Today is suffrage day when – reportedly – we celebrate women winning a political voice, and ensuring that their voices are heard, respected, and acted upon, despite all the attempts to ignore and silence then. The Kavanaugh story puts all those issues ... More >>