Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


National Radio Midday Report

Consultancy Costs – Hydro Lakes – NGC Loss – Mining Row – Macedonia – Brian Curtis – Foreign Doctors – Family Homes – Clarkson Beating – Tourism Conference – Dunedin Club

CONSULTANCY COSTS: An Auckland Council’s multi-million dollar consultancy costs have come under scrutiny. The North Shore Council paid millions on consultants in just one month – more than it paid its own staff in the period.

HYDRO LAKES: Trust Power believes that the South Island Hydro lake situation that is threatening power cuts will be worse next year, as bad as 1992 when New Zealand did have power cuts.

NGC LOSS: The Consumer’s Institute says gas customers should not have to carry the burden of the Natural Gas Corporation’s $300m losses, due mainly to the company’s exit from the electricity retail market.

MINING ROW: Alliance President Matt McCarten says a lack of self-discipline in Labour’s ranks has drawn out the row over the Conservation Minister’s refusal of a gold mining consent on the West Coast. ECO says it is unreasonable to blame the former Forest and Bird spokesman Kevin Smith, who now works in Conservation Minister Sandra Lee’s office, for unduly influencing the decision to deny consent for the gold mine.

MACEDONIA: Nato’s top commander has met alliance experts and Macedonian security chiefs to judge whether a cease-fire with guerrillas has improved enough to launch Nato’s third Balkans mission since 1995.

BRIAN CURTIS: Police in Auckland confident that maximum security prisoner and former Paremoremo Prison escaper Brian Curtis will be staying behind bars, after rumours that he was planning an escape.

FOREIGN DOCTORS: Parliament’s Health Select Committee is concerned about the Medical Council’s restrictive practices in allowing foreign doctors to work in New Zealand.

FAMILY HOMES: The Law Commission is suggesting that the Joint Family Homes Act has outlived its use-by date and may breach the Human Rights Act.

CLARKSON BEATING: A street cleaner has told the Auckland District Court that he saw four people near where Nicholas was found beaten and left for dead around the time of the early morning attack. Two women and two men are accused of robbing and murdering Mr Clarkson.

TOURISM CONFERENCE: The Tourism Industry is defending a claim that the conference in Rotorua is not tackling the hard issues to do with the environment and sustainable practices that the industry faces, and is instead focusing solely on growth.

DUNEDIN CLUB: The President of the Dunedin Club says its decision to allow women to become members is partly a reflection of the club’s dwindling membership.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Julien Troussier: Loving Trump

It’s 3am. Cannot sleep. Restless. Slide to unlock. Open the New York Times App. Look for the latest incident. He did it again. He lashed out. Fear. Anger. Outrage. I needed to see this. I needed to check that the madness was still there. More>>


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Live Blog: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>


Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news