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Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education, Marketing, Taxes: Health Groups Call For Actions For Sugary Drinks

The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations. The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks consumption. More>>

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More Departures? David Shearer Proposed For UN Peacekeeping Role

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

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Security Agencies' Reports: GCSB Wants To Give ISPs More Power To Block Threats

The Government Communications Security Bureau wants to give internet service providers more information and power to block cyber threats which are increasing, its director told the intelligence and security select committee yesterday.. More>>

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Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

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Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

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International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

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Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

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Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

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Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill
Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly
Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

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Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot
Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

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IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old
"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

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Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors
Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

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Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared
Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

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Housing MPs: New Building(s) For Parliament
A new building will be erected on Parliament grounds to house Members of Parliament and their staff who currently work in leased accommodation in Bowen House. The plan has cross-Party support, apart from NZ First, said Parliament’s Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter. More>>

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Labour: Call For Delay On Māori Land Court Job Losses
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell must request that pending job losses at the Māori Land Court are put on hold until the Māori land reform process is resolved and the risk of losing centuries of collective institutional knowledge is minimised, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri. More>>

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Bar Association: First Case Reveals Folly Of Three Strikes Law
The folly of three strikes sentencing has been exposed by the first case where it has been applied. A two second pinch on the clothed bottom of a female prison guard by a young man has attracted a 7-year maximum sentence for an impulsive act. More>>

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Maori Parties: MANA And Maori Party Agree 'To Work Together'
“Been a long time coming” said MANA leader Hone Harawira, of the talks held yesterday between Executive members of both the MANA Movement and the Maori Party “but given our history, the talks were cordial and the willingness to try to make something happen was genuine from both sides” More>>

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Meeting Health Targets: Doctors Call For Investigation Into Waikato DHB
The union for senior doctors working in New Zealand’s public hospitals is calling for an independent investigation into the orthopaedics situation at Waikato District Health Board following revelations that managers are over-riding clinical decisions. More>>

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White Ribbon Day: Family Violence Perpetrators Need Better Response
Better responses to perpetrators of family violence are needed if New Zealand’s high rate of family violence is to be cut. The call for improved responses is made in a paper published today by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Transport Options, Post Earthquake
As the immediate task of repairing and re-opening SH1 north and south of Kaikoura begins, the configuration of rail, road and shipping likely to emerge in the longer term, post earthquake, still remains opaque. More>>

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State Houses: Proposed Horowhenua Housing Transfer Not To Proceed
A proposal to transfer the ownership and management of Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties in Horowhenua will not proceed at this time, the Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English says. More>>

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Health System: Six-Hour Hospital Target Associated With Fewer Deaths
New research shows that New Zealand’s six-hour emergency department target was associated with a reduction in crowding in emergency departments by half... [and] with hundreds of fewer patients dying, compared to what was predicted if pre-target trends had continued. More>>

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