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Petrol Prices Rise Again - Crude oil prices continue to rise causing Mobil to lead the market upwards pushing the price of petrol up 3 cents a litre. BP says there is justification for the move as crude oil prices haven’t peaked yet. BP will be receiving its own position today. Shell and Caltex are also adopting a wait and see approach with a spokesperson for Caltex saying its prices will go up as well.

Returned Servicemen May Get Viagara - The Government is considering giving our war veterans who suffer impotence because of combat disability cheaper access to Viagara. Australia has already announced it will give its ex servicemen the drug for just $3.20 for four tablets, compared to the normal $80. Associate Minister of Veteran Affairs, Max Bradford says he will liaise closely with his Australian counterparts. Any initiatives, he says, which improve the quality of life for veterans who were injured in the service of New Zealand should get serious consideration.

Hints On Star Lineup For Millennium Concert - The concert promoter poised to sneer David Bowie and Split Enz for a Millennium concert in Auckland is playing his cards close to his chest. Within the next couple of days, Frontier Touring will announce its lineup for the gig. Split Enz is a near certainty, Bowie is a possibility.

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Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

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Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

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Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

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Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

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