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Gordon Campbell: On Why We Shouldn’t Genuflect To Calls For Secrecy

Reportedly most (and possibly all) of the Royal Commission investigation into the Christchurch mosque shootings will be closed to the general public and to the media.

Oh sure, come delivery date in December there will be some kind of “public-facing” document containing conclusions and rationales, but there will have been no interim way of scrutinizing the inquiry’s rigour, or how fairly its findings reflect the evidence. More>>

 
 

Budget Announcements: Family And Sexual Violence Response

The family and sexual violence package, which sits across eight portfolios, is the result of the first ever joint Budget bid from multiple government departments. More>>

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Deals, Sanctions, Consultation: National's Foreign Policy Plan

“National will prioritise our relationship with the United States.. National will also further the strong and dynamic economic relationship with China." More>>

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Taking Children Into State Care: Minister For Children On The Nation

Simon Shepherd: ... So, we’ve seen this jump in the number of newborn Maori babies being taken from their parents in the last three years. Is that because it’s a directive from Oranga Tamariki to get involved earlier? More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Christchurch Call

The zigzagging nature of Christchurch Call To Action's content (“steps to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online” on one hand… and “a free, open and secure Internet” on the other) reflects the genuine tension on this subject. More>>

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Getting Moving: Wellington Transport To Get $6.4b Overhaul

A new $6.4bn transport project aiming to free up traffic in Wellington CBD will combine a mass transit system with an improved bus network, the government says. More>>

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Privacy Commission Report: MSD Systematically Misused Fraud Investigation Powers

An Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) inquiry has found the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) systematically misused its investigatory powers while pursuing benefit fraud, unjustifiably intruding on the privacy of many beneficiaries. More>>

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Consultation Doc: Safety Focus In Improved Drug Driver Testing

Improving the safety of all road users is the focus of a new public consultation document on the issue of drug driver testing. More>>

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Police: Panel To Debrief Police Response To Terror Attacks
The panel members are former Australian Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas, former Solicitor General Mike Heron QC, and Director, Professional and Executive Development, Victoria University of Wellington Jeff Ashford. More>>

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Musical Chairs: Deputy PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters held Monday's post-cabinet press conference, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Paris to chair the 'Christchurch Call' talks on terrorism and extremism and social media... More>>

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Budget 2019: "More Than 1,000 Homeless To Be Housed"
Jacinda Ardern said Budget 2019 is breaking the cycle for long-term homeless people by giving them a permanent, warm and safe home, and support services to help address the causes of homelessness. More>>

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Govt Parties 'Commit' To Honour Result: Details Of Cannabis Referendum Announced
“Draft legislation will include: • A minimum age of 20 to use and purchase recreational cannabis, • Regulations and commercial supply controls, • Limited home-growing options, • A public education programme, • Stakeholder engagement. More>>

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"Significant Changes Required": Commissioner Appointed For Waikato DHB
Dr David Clark has announced that former Director General of Health Dr Karen Poutasi will take up the Commissioner’s role, starting on Wednesday 8 May. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Government’s Timidity On Welfare
Only six months ago, the jury was still out on whether the Ardern government would enter the history books as a radical force for change, or as mere tinkerers with the status quo... More>>

Cannabis, Southern Response, Welfare... PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opened Monday's post-cabinet press conference partly using sign language, to recognise New Zealand Sign Language Week... More>>

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“Branding Refresh”: No Victoria Uni Name Change
The Council has accepted my recommendation to adopt a branding refresh strategy and will not be changing its legal name. More>>

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Welfare Report Release: Government Announces Three Changes
Despite there being over 40 recommendations, the Government has only committed to three changes in this year’s budget, which include an end to sanctions on sole parents, changes to the abatement rate, and additional frontline staff. More>>

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Mosque Terrorist Attack: Death Toll Increases To 51
A Turkish national shot in the March 15 mosques terrorist attack in Christchurch has died in hospital, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed this morning... “My heartfelt condolences go to the family and community of this man who has died overnight in Christchurch Hospital,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

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Reeferendum: Cannabis Referendum Cabinet Paper Leaked To National
A Cabinet Paper leaked to National which will be considered by the Government tomorrow shows New Zealand will head into the recreational marijuana referendum with many unanswered questions, National’s Drug Reform spokesperson Paula Bennett says. More>>

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And Conveyor Belt Probe Ends: Gas Detection Delays Pike River Re-Entry
“Yesterday unexpected and unexplained readings were reported by the atmospheric monitoring systems in the Pike River mine, leading to re-entry operations being suspended,” Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little has confirmed... More>>

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New Judges: Justice Joseph Williams Joins Supreme Court
In 1999 Justice Williams was appointed Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court. The following year, he was appointed acting Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal and was permanently appointed in 2004... He was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in 2008 and a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2018. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Christchurch Shooter Trial Coverage
The main news outlets in New Zealand have jointly agreed to limit their coverage of the upcoming trial of the Christchurch shooter, apparently in order to prevent him from turning the trial into a platform for disseminating his white supremacist beliefs... More>>

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Budget: More For Teacher Training
The Government is pumping more resources into addressing the long term challenge of teacher shortages in our schools by training or supporting 3280 additional teachers over the next four years… More>>

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Gabriel Makhlouf: NZ Treasury Sec To Head Irish Central Bank
Mr. Makhlouf’s nomination follows a rigorous and comprehensive international process, which included a public call for expressions of interest, online and media advertising, and an extensive executive search... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Why We Should Support The Junior Doctors
The powers that individual DHBs are seeking look like a throwback to the early 1990s, when the Employment Contracts Act would commonly empower individual employers to make offers their work force could not refuse. More>>

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