Dress in Red & Black on Fri 4th March For Canterbury
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Even before this week’s leaks via Wikileaks about the current state of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, there were signs the deal was in trouble.
As Werewolf has been reporting for months, precious little progress was being made on this deal despite (a) all the money lavished on it, (b) the many, many rounds of ministerial meetings and (c) all the empty claims that “significant progress” was being made, which has been an amusing cliché for years now.
Then came the revelation in late August by the Chilean chief negotiator Alvaro Jana that only a quarter of the deal (i.e. all the easy administrative bits) had been completed, and that little or no progress had been made in the main TPP chapters still in contention. More>>
The 2013 Monitor shows that one in four Kiwi kids are growing up in income poverty and one in six are going without the basic essentials… Ten percent of children are at the hardest end of poverty and three out of five kids living in poverty will live this way for much of their childhood. More>>
Yesterday, the government unveiled the latest round of oil permits. Five of them are located onshore in Taranaki and the East Coast, but five are located offshore, in the Reinga-Northland, Taranaki, and Great South Canterbury Basins... Anadarko has just gone back to court in the US to challenge the prior court ruling that found it jointly liable (with BP) for the consequences of the fatal 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. More>>
Labour's Darien Fenton “It has been revealed today that 27 per cent of the 69,000 employers who took on new staff under the fire at will trial during 2012 sacked at least one worker during or at the end of the 90-day period." More>>
The Government has received the Constitutional Advisory Panel’s final report which recommends that the conversation about New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements should continue, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples say. More>>
Members of the Mana, Māori, Labour, Green, and NZ First Party are highly critical of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) which could be agreed upon in a meeting of trade ministers in Singapore this weekend. More>>
It is hard to feel sorry for John Banks. Sorry, I’ll start that again. It would be easy to feel sorry for John Banks in his current sorry plight…unless and until one re-reads the passage in David Fisher’s excellent book The Secret Life of Kim Dotcom about his abandonment of a friend in need... More>>
“The preliminary conclusion from Ernst & Young is that copper price changes will have a significant impact on Chorus’ financial position and that absent further action, Chorus is at risk of not meeting its UFB and RBI contractual commitments, after taking into account a wide range of actions Chorus can take itself,” Ms Adams says. More>>