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Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>

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Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>

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Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>

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Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>

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Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

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Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

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Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN
Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

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Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns
An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

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Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?
The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

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Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin
New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

Werewolf: What’s NZ Telling Trump About His Threats To North Korea?
Hard to see how the North Korean crisis can be resolved peacefully, given the US has no realistic, achievable goal in mind. More>>

Wolf! Emergency TXT Message Sent By Mistake
Last night at approximately 1:30am many of our customers received an Emergency Alert TXT message in error from the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management. More>>

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Edgecumbe Flooding: Findings Of The Independent Review Into Rangitāiki Scheme
The review examined the operation of the Rangitāiki River Scheme, with a specific focus on the operation of Matahina Dam, the Reid’s Floodway and Spillway, and the College Road floodwall... More>>

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Election Day Social Media: Four Incidents Referred To Police
On 2 October 2017, the Electoral Commission referred four incidents to Police in response to complaints about social media content on election day. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Which Way Will New Zealand First Jump?
We’ll all have to wait until after the special votes are counted, which will be October 7th at the latest. Yet simply as a mind experiment… lets assume that the policies Peters told voters he was running on will have some relevance to the positions he takes in the negotiations… More>>

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People Against Prisons : Police Authorised To Wiretap Protest Group
The authority to monitor the conversations and messages was established on November 22, 2016 during an occupation of a Department of Corrections office... “At this stage we do not know if the surveillance has ended or the scope of the intrusion.” More>>

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Gordon Campbell: PPPs Are Steven Joyce’s New Imaginary Friend
Like the kid in that Bruce Willis movie who could see dead people, Finance Minister Steven Joyce can see stuff (like holes in Labour budgets) that no-one else can see. So maybe it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Joyce can also see ‘efficiencies’ and ‘cost savings’ in funding major infrastructural projects through public private partnerships (PPPs). More>>

Lyndon Hood: Election Lists
While the ship of state is listing, so I thought I would make some lists as well. More>>

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Indecision 2017: Election Day Results
National won 46% of the vote with Labour on 35.8%. NZ First won 7.5%, with the Greens on 5.8%. ACT held on to Epsom, but failed to get more MPs. The Maori Party were wiped out of Parliament. There are still special votes to be counted, but clearly National is in the box seat to form the next Government. Full preliminary results >>

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Targetting: ACC’s Computer-Aided Decision-Making Questioned
University of Otago researchers are warning of the potential pitfalls in government departments using computer-based risk prediction models, as has been recently revealed through a controversial new tool used by the ACC... More>>

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From The Hood: The Campaign Strategist’s Lament
"This election is a chance to really work the record of what nine years of National-led government has done to improve the country for everyone. Or will do. Another three years, maybe six. Thirty-three years, tops. You don’t want to risk that, do you? More>>

PSA Report: National Gets An ‘F’ For Health Funding
"Seeing National’s record on health collected in one place is quite sobering - it’s clear that underfunding is having dire consequences on both patients and staff, who are having to do more than ever with less," says Glenn Barclay, PSA national secretary. More>>

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Children With Disabilities: Education Crisis Unaddressed
In 2008 IHC lodged its complaint against the on-going failure of New Zealand Governments and the Ministry of Education to ensure that disabled children access a quality education on an equal basis to others in New Zealand schools. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Ten Reasons For Not Voting National
if anyone you know is thinking of voting National in Saturday’s election, there’s still time for an intervention. You owe it to your friends and relations to intercede. Because there’s plenty of evidence on National’s mediocre-to-awful track record over its nine years in power. We can’t afford another three years of drift. More>>

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Suffrage Day: PSA National Secretaries Vote For Equal Pay
PSA national secretaries Erin Polaczuk and Glenn Barclay are advance voting for the 2017 election alongside their daughters, with equal pay and fairness in mind on the 124th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. More>>

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Charge Protests: Dairy Farms Use Same Amount Of Water As 60 Million People
Using Dairy NZ numbers, economist Peter Fraser and agricultural consultant Dr Alison Dewes calculate the water consumption of New Zealand dairy farms is equivalent to the residential use of 60 million people. More>>

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Greenpeace: Labour, Greens Commit To Canterbury Democracy
Labour MP Megan Woods is promising to return Canterbury’s regional council, ECan, to a democratically elected council. It follows a mass day-long occupation of the ECan building by local water activists calling for the restoration of democracy and urgent action to save rivers. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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