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Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East?

Trump did so only hours after a moderate was re-elected in a landslide in Iran’s elections, a victory that opened up a potential for dialogue that the US has chosen to spurn instead, utterly. More>>

 

Pre-Budget Offers: Green Party’s New Plan Puts Kiwi Families First

The Green Party has a plan to help all Kiwi kids have a great start to life, by giving parents more financial support and more flexibility at work. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Bill English’s Bizarre New/Old Trade Deal

So, according to the Prime Minister, we all have an obligation to get in behind his zombie TPP deal, because of all the “jobs and income” it will bring in its wake… More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Housing, Exploding Lap-Tops And Jon Taplin

Evidently, only 13,500 of this new build will be state houses/social housing and much of that will be catch-up, since the government will reportedly be demolishing 8,300 state homes over the same period. The other 20,600? About 80% will be sold privately, at the going market rate. More>>

Peter Dunne: Where To Now For Drug Policy?

Recently, the Police, with significant sponsorship from the Ministry of Health, hosted a major Australasian conference on alcohol and drug policy... In my own remarks to the conference I spoke about New Zealand’s National Drug Policy, and where it might head in the future. More>>

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Tobacco Sticks: Charges Laid Against Philip Morris

The Ministry of Health has laid charges against tobacco company Philip Morris (New Zealand) Limited relating to the importation and selling of its tobacco sticks known as HEETS. More>>

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Schools: Measures To Support Teacher Supply And Quality
In a speech at Onehunga High School, Ms Kaye told principals that alongside funding 90 additional teachers through the Teach First NZ initiative the following measures are being taken to improve the supply and quality of teachers... More>>

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April 2016: Wellington Waterfront Pursuit An Unjustified Risk
The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer who pursued a fleeing driver along the Wellington waterfront put the public at unnecessary and unjustified risk. More>>

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Deregistration: Greenpeace Head Backs Family First Charity Status’
“Russell Norman said this morning that the way the Charities Board is applying the law will reduce the scope for advocacy and that it's having a chilling effect in the NGO sector...” More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On NZ, Japan, And The TPP
As PM Bill English flies off to Japan with his business delegation today, his discussions with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will focus on how to keep the TPP trade pact alive, now that the United States has bailed. More>>

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WannaCry: Ransomware In Large Scale International Attacks
Early on Saturday a massive international ransomware campaign hit computer systems of private companies and public organisations around the world. This incident is being reported as the largest ransomware campaign to date. More>>

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Labour Congress & Housing: Labour Not Positive On Negative Gearing
“Losses on rental properties will be ring-fenced meaning they will no longer be able to be used to reduce the tax that speculators owe on other income. This will create a level playing field for home buyers and help families get a fair shot at buying a place of their own... More>>

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PM's Presser: Ngaro, King, & More
Prime Minister Bill English opened today’s press conference with a description of the upcoming trip to Japan... Questions from the gallery mainly provoked comments from the Prime Minister about comments made by Alfred Ngaro and Mike King’s resignation. More>>

Budget: Funding Boost For New Zealand’s Heritage
Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $8 million of operating funding over the next two years and $2.1 million of capital funding in the next year in Budget 2017 to safeguard New Zealand’s heritage collections and record of Government. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Alfred Ngaro’s Standover Tactics
When someone like Alfred Ngaro is being paid circa $350,000 a year (in salary and perks) you’d think he wouldn’t have to learn on the job about the basic moral rules of his role. More>>

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State Of Care: Time To Move On Outdated Children’s Residences
The conditions for children in many of New Zealand’s secure residences are prison-like, dated and bleak, and it’s time to move on better alternatives, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says. More>>

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"No Confidence": Mike King Resigns Suicide Advisory Role
'When the Suicide Prevention External Advisory Group was appointed 2015 Sunny Collins stated that we should look for a “bold new vision” and we should not be afraid to “throw out the old and bring in the new.” ...' More>>

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