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Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

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New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

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Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

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  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

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    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

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    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

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    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

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    Post Cab Presser: Inquiries And Consciences
    This afternoon the Prime Minister John Key announced that his cabinet had drafted terms of reference for the Havelock North water contamination inquiry... In response to questions on the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, the Prime Minister said he didn't think allowing National MPs a conscience vote was warranted. More>>

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    Statistics, Homelessness, Privacy: Auckland City Mission Data Joins Govt Research Database
    For the first time, data from an agency outside government, Auckland City Mission, will be included in Statistics New Zealand’s vault of information for researchers. Data from the Auckland City Mission is going into the “Integrated Data Infrastructure” or IDI. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Waning Fever For The Olympics
    According to the spin merchants and others with an interest in whipping up an audience, these have been our most successful Olympics ever. Huzzah! Yet given that the public spent more money to send our biggest team… you could say our haul in Rio cost more per medal and fewer were earned per athlete than ever before. More>>

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    Prisons: Corrections Relocates Offender From Maungaraki
    The relocation of this offender became necessary as our service provider’s staff had became increasingly uncomfortable with the community’s reaction to their presence. Because of this, the service provider regrettably terminated its contract early. More>>

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    The Nation: Lisa Owen Interviews Lawrence Yule & Mike Joy
    Yule concedes council could have done better job of alerting public… Massey University’s Mike Joy says central government has been “out of the room” when it comes to dealing with dairy intensification and the potential impact on nation’s water quality. More>>

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    Gordon Campbell: On Chinese Steel Dumping, And The 60s Revival
    Guess who isn’t taking any visible action to ensure New Zealand isn’t damaged by China dumping its state-subsidized steel glut cheaply here? More>>

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    Rangiriri Pa: Historic Pa And Redoubt Returned To Waikato-Tainui
    The historic site of one of the largest battles of the New Zealand Wars has been returned to iwi ownership as part of the 10th anniversary Koroneihana celebrations for Kiingi Tuheitia. More>>

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    LVRs: Banks Get An Extra Month To Meet New Lending Restrictions
    The Reserve Bank won't impose new lending restrictions for highly-leveraged investment purchases until the start of October, giving lenders an extra month to clear their backlog of pre-approvals. More>>

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    Commerce Commission: Charges Against Youi Insurance
    The Commerce Commission has filed charges in the Auckland District Court against insurance firm Youi NZ Pty Limited, alleging it employed misleading sales techniques when attempting to sell policies to consumers who were only seeking a quote. More>>

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    Labour: Default KiwiSaver Providers Should Be Reviewed
    “Most New Zealanders would be appalled to hear their KiwiSaver funds are being invested into cluster bombs and land mines... “There is also significant government funding going into default funds, such as the member tax credit, so this is an issue for the government." More>>

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    Oranga Tamariki: New 'Ministry for Vulnerable Children' Announced
    Cross-agency advice from the State Services Commission, Treasury and MSD has recommended that, given the significance and scale of the proposed reforms to state care and protection, a stand-alone department is most likely to provide a single point of accountability, clear organisational focus and the ability to attract strong leadership... More>>

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    Scales Win On Balance: Councillors Unanimous On Bigger Spend For Movie Museum And Convention Centre
    Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says that by favouring the $150 million option over the cheaper, more basic alternative, the decision confirms the Council’s commitment to investing in the city to drive economic growth and global recognition. More>>

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    Gordon Campbell: On Havelock North’s Water Issues (And Extreme Vetting)
    Having belatedly advised the people of Havelock North about the pollution of their water supply, the local authorities seem to be prematurely claiming to see light at the end of the tunnel. More>>

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    Health: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Action Plan Launched
    Associate Health Minister Hon Peter Dunne has launched an action plan today aimed at better supporting those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and reducing the numbers of babies born with this preventable condition. More>>

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    Transport Rules: Act Backs Uber
    The Government is in dreamland if it thinks the outdated P-licencing system is safer than GPS-tracked, consumer-rated rideshare services, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More>>

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