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National MPs Scrap Over Degrees of Murder - High powered opposition to a Private Member’s Bill to introduce three degrees of murder. After discussions with the Crown Law Office, former Justice Minister, Sir Douglas Graham has distributed a paper to all MPs pointing out what he says are flawed legislation proposed by one of his own backbenchers. Brian Neeson wants first degree murder for the most brutal killings to carry an automatic 25 year sentence. Sir Douglas says this would create all sorts of anomalies with one jury in one part of the country saying this is first degree, and another jury somewhere else say it isn’t. He says more appeals, more delays, and more hung juries would result. But he does agree that the current system with a life sentence with no parole for ten years is not flexible enough. He says the simple thing to do is change the law to a maximum of life.

Police Forensic Experts Look For Clues - Christchurch police are investigating a homicide at a boarding house in the city. The body was found shortly after 5am today. Police say the body has not yet been identified and it is too early to say how he died. More information is expected to be released later this morning.

Motive Sought in Tauranga Killing - Tauranga police are still trying to piece together a motive for the killing of a 32 year old woman on Tuesday. Her partly clad body was found near the farmlet where she lived. She had been shot three times in the head.

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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>>

 

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IPCA: Police Detention "Unlawful But Reasonable"

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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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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>>

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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>>

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