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Telecom Workers Given Two Choices - Hundreds of Telecom computer workers are under threat to sign contracts with a new employer which will end their rights to redundancy payouts. Around 600 workers have been given less than a week to sign new contracts with EDS a multi-national company, which will manage part of Telecom’s information system. A Telecom spokesperson says workers have a choice of accepting the deal or taking redundancy.

Urban Maori Call For Sir Tipene’s Resignation - A push from urban Maori for a cleanout of the Waitangi Fisheries Commission starting at the top. Nominations for the commission close today. The body is heavily criticised by urban Maori for only distributing fisheries assets to traditional iwi. The issue has been the subject of a Court of Appeal case, but the court reserved its decision. Willie Jackson of the Manukau Urban Maori Authority says the problems lie with the Fisheries Commission’s chairman Sir Tipene O’Regan. Mr Jackson says the members of the three urban Maori authorities want Mr O’Regan to leave his position so change of thinking can be achieved.

Airport Share Sale Put on Hold - It’s a moratorium of sorts for the sale of Auckland City’s Airport shares. Auckland City Council decided last night not to consider a possible sale of its Auckland International Airport shares until after the release of its strategic plan in mid 2000.

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Gordon Campbell: On NZ’s Complicity In Western Sahara

If David Parker really wants to hone his crisis-managing chops on an international trade dispute that New Zealand has been making worse for years, he maybe should be turning his attention to the Western Sahara.

Some background: two NZ companies called Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients appear to be the only independent firms in the world still willing to import phosphate from the disputed territory of the Western Sahara... More>>

 
 

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 with Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting to launch into matters of genuine substance. More>>

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Withdrawls After Police Uniform Ban: Auckland Pride Remains Committed

The Auckland Pride Board remains committed to creating a space for our rainbow communities to feel safe celebrating their gender and sexual identity, despite some institutions pulling out from the Parade in recent days. More>>

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South Korea: State Visit By Korean President Moon Jae-In

The President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in will visit New Zealand from 2 to 4 December... “I am very much looking forward to welcoming President Moon to New Zealand,” said Jacinda Ardern. More>>

Health: Changes To Drinking Water Standards

David Clark said many of the changes he is making, which will take effect on 1 March 2019, are clarifications or corrections, “but there are two changes which will significantly improve the ability to test and respond to the presence of harmful bacteria such as E.coli”. More>>

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IPCA: Police Detention "Unlawful But Reasonable"

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances. More>>

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Joint Statement: Chile President's NZ Visit

At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018... More>>

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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>>

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