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Westcoasters Asked To Rethink Lifestyles - A plea for die-hard West Coasters to o change their way of thinking and their way of life. It comes from Forest and Bird Society and challenges the recent Government approval for Timberlands to log beech trees on the coast. It says even helicopters pulling out just one tree per hectare will cause tremendous damage to the forest. West Coasters say they need the jobs that the forestry will provide. But Forest and Bird says the Coasters must turn to tourism.

Wishart Lodges Complaint To Police Headquarters - A long term observer in the Winebox inquiry has lodged a formal complaint of fraud with the police over the Magnum Transaction. Journalist Ian Wishart says the Government’s inactivity over last week’s High Court ruling, he has filed a request for a criminal investigation with Police National Headquarters. The judgement, he says, clears the for action. There is nothing stopping police fully investigating the transactions. New Zealanders have a right to know; did something really go on and if so should someone be accountable for that, Ian Wishart says. His complaint alleges that parties in the Magnum Transactions breached several sections of the Crimes Act, it also requests that two senior civil servants be investigated for corruption.

Police Investigate Claims of Murder - New Plymouth police are continuing their investigations this morning at the scene where a man says he murdered a woman early on Friday morning. The man who is in custody on unrelated charges told police yesterday that he stabbed a woman on Friday and threw her into a river near New Plymouth. Last night forensic testing showed 13 patches of what could be blood at the spot where he says the stabbing took place. Swabs have been taken to Wellington for further testing. A shoreline search and a door to door investigation has so far been unsuccessful in turning up any further information.

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Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>

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Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
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Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>

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Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>

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Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
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CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

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