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Free Summer Concerts
The summer concert season in the Domain begins on 18 December with the Coca Cola Christmas in the Park concert, followed by the Sky City Starlight Symphony on February 5 and a new, as yet unnamed, concert on 19 February 2000.

Over recent years the concerts have been extremely popular with each attracting crowds of more than 200,000 people. It is hoped that overseas singing stars Olivia Newton John, Michael Crawford, and Tony Bennett will be at the Christmas concert. Each concert will receive $30,000 funding from Auckland City.

Eastern Buses
The Auckland Regional Council is proposing to boost peak period bus services by 20 per cent, but also to retain the existing route and service pattern, under the eastern suburbs bus service review now out for consultation.

'JAFA' Rolls Them In
The Tourism Auckland, Just Amazing Fun Filled Auckland, 'JAFA' campaign to entice visitors within a radius of four hours drive from Auckland has brought in 4,500 responses for information since July.

Tourism Auckland chief executive Lance Bickford says the main responses came from the Waikato, Taupo and Bay of Plenty areas following the voucher mail out which includs special deals for accommodation and attractions.

"Responses have exceeded our expectations," says Lance Bickford. The campaign will continue until the end of October this year and from late March to September next year.

Road Toll
There was one fatal crash in Auckland City for September. This brings the total for the year so far to 16. In September 1998 there were two fatal crashes. The total at the same time last year was 17. By taking care on our roads, we can make a difference. Drive Safely.

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Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s, when complaints were commonly being levelled at RNZ’s Morning Report programme, largely by National MPs discomfited by being interviewed by Kim Hill.

The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

 
 

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation. More>>

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'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>

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Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>

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people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

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Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>

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Budget Process: Wellbeing To Be Enshrined In Law

Legislation has been introduced in Parliament to ensure every Government considers the wellbeing of New Zealanders when creating future budgets. More>>

National In China: Bridges Praises CCP, Meets Law Enforcement Head

A recent trip to China has raised questions over who the Opposition leader Simon Bridges met with and why... Anne-Marie Brady, a Canterbury University professor and expert on Chinese politics, has described Guo Shengkun as the leader of the Chinese secret police. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The SIS/GCSB’s Compliance With Torture

Torture is a crime under international law. New Zealand has signed (a) the UN convention against torture and (b) formal agreements about how armed conflict should be conducted. That’s the legal backdrop to the fascinating report released this week by the SIS Inspector-General.

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