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Brain Drain - Proof this morning that our brain drain is as bad as the anecdotal evidence suggests. A Swiss based surveyor has ranked countries by the number of well educated people who leave. New Zealand is near the bottom of the list with five out of ten which suggests half our educated population is quitting the country. This ranking compares us to Venezuela and China.

Energy Bill - Energy Minister Max Bradford is hinting there is little room for compromise on the Bill aimed at controlling electricity line company prices. Labour will discuss the Bill at this morning’s caucus whether to support the legislation. ACT is against the Bill. But Mr Bradford has knocked back the proposal by a select committee to strengthen the existing Electricity Act to control charges by line and retail companies over things such as meter and connection fees.

Mana No Excuse - Another verbal shot from the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Tuariki Delamere, this time at the judiciary. Mr Delamere has already stirred up controversy over his call for quotas for Maori and Pacific Island people in the workforce. Now he’s raised the issue of Judge Thomas Everit, who cited mana as a reason for discharging a man charged with domestic assault. Mr Delamere says that is patronising and unacceptable.

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Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral meeting in Singapore with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting – which usually involves just an exchange of smiles and pleasantries before the media is sent out of the room – to launch into matters of genuine substance.

By doing so, Mahathir usefully exposed how New Zealand is trying to make a virtue out of sitting on the fence over the South China Sea dispute. More>>


Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>


Teacher Qualifications, Class Sizes: Ten Year Plan For Early Learning

“Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals for change put forward by the sector and experts in the new draft ten year strategic plan for early learning,” Chris Hipkins said. More>>


Teacher Strikes: Meeting, March And Rally In Wellington

Throughout the Wellington region the NZEI rolling strikes entered their final day Friday. Thousands of teachers met in Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and the Wairarapa. More>>


14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>


Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>


Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>


Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>





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