Phew! We are now counting down the hours to the end of this crowd-funding campaign at 11pm on Sunday. Thankyou to all those Scoop readers and supporters who have pledged already. You have been awesome. But this is not over yet. More>>
In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>
The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>
Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>
Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>
“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>
So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>
The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
If you want to vote in the Northland by-election and you’re not enrolled, time is running out. That’s the message from Northland Registrar of Electors Deborah Darton, with just a few days to go until the by-election this Saturday, 28 March. More>>
IPCA Releases Findings: “Roastbusters” Report Sets Out Litany Of Mistakes
Labour’s Jacinda Ardern: “Perhaps the most damning finding by the IPCA is that Child Protection Team staff did not ‘properly evaluate all available offences when determining the outcome of their respective investigations’". More>>
Council Opposition Grows: Auckland Can Stop Port’s Encroachment On Harbour
As owner of the Port of Auckland, Council can stop the wharf extension and reclamation if it wants to, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Goff. ‘As owner the council is custodian of the port and harbour on behalf of all Aucklanders. More>>
Compensation Bid Continues: New Inquirer Appointed For Bain Case
A senior retired Australian judge has been appointed to head up the inquiry into David Bain’s compensation claim, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced. More>>
Northland: Last Chance To Enrol For By-Election
There’s just over a week left to make sure you’re on the electoral roll and ready to vote in the Northland by-election... “Everyone enrolled in the general electorate of Northland should have received their EasyVote packs in the mail by now. If your EasyVote pack hasn’t turned up, you need to enrol or update your details now.” More>>
Child Poverty Action Group Report: Children, Poverty And Disability
CPAG is particularly concerned about the impact of a significant decline in the number of Child Disability Allowances (CDA) granted annually by Work and Income... The number of new CDAs granted has almost halved since 2008 while the number of disabled children has increased. More>>
"Too Many Risks" In Full Elections: Feedback Sought On ECan’s Future Governance
Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston have today announced the Government’s proposal for a mixed-model governance structure for Environment Canterbury (ECan). More>>
“The message is clear: even citizens of the United States’ closest allies do not want their internet use recorded by governments. The UK and other Five Eyes countries should be open with their own people about how they are sharing the spoils of surveillance – our personal data.” More>>
Employment: Bill For New MPs Pay Setting Process Passed
Parliament has tonight passed a law which will see MPs pay move in line with changes to public sector salaries, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says. More>>
Generation Zero: Additional Waitemata Harbour Tunnel Is "Wrong Priority"
“The government wants to spend the entire state highway budget for nearly five years on a project that’s not needed for several decades. According to the government’s own transport agency, with the success of the Northern Busway, traffic over the harbour bridge has completely flattened.” More>>
The government’s offer to pay half the 2007 rateable value to uninsured properties and bare land in Christchurch’s ‘red zone’ has been declared unlawful and the Crown has been asked to reconsider, in a split decision by the Supreme Court. More>>
In Parliament: Flag Bill Advances
The bill had been shaped by a cross-party process for a process of two referendums. One to choose a preferred new flag and the second referendum between the current flag and the most preferred new flag. More>>
MP Pay Bill Delayed: 'Riddled With Basic Errors' - Greens
The Government’s attempt to change the formula for setting MPs’ salaries could be riddled with embarrassing errors, the Green Party said today. More>>
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