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Why Won’t Biden Wave The Magic Wand In His Hand To Stop Israel?

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 18:24:30 +1300 | Independent Media Institute

If stopping genocide is not a good enough reason for Biden to rein in Israel’s blood thirst, is losing the 2024 election a risk he’s willing to take? As Israel’s war on Gaza continues unabated, the United States, which holds great leverage over ...More >>

Mosquito Confirmed For Warbirds Over Wanaka

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 09:19:38 +1300 | Warbirds Over Wanaka

In a major coup, Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow has secured one of the world’s most iconic WWII fighter-bomber aircraft for its Easter 2024 airshow. The ex-RNZAF de Havilland DH98 Mosquito NZ2308 is weeks away from the end of a fifteen-year ...More >>

Lifesaving Medical Care Collapsing Under Assault In Gaza: WHO

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 18:51:12 +1300 | UN News

The largest remaining hospital in southern Gaza is “barely functional”, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday amid reports of intense attacks by Israeli forces. There have been reports of damage to Nasser Hospital’s orthopedic ...More >>

NZ Army Strengthens International Partner Relationships Through Selcon24

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 10:10:54 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Army is continuing to build on its relationships with Pacific and other partners, co-hosting the Senior Enlisted Conference Pacific (SELCON24) alongside the U.S. Army Pacific, in Wellington. <img src="" ...More >>

HMS Tamar Visits Pitcairn And Makes Safe Old Explosives

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 09:56:31 +1300 | British High Commission

Patrol ship HMS Tamar has spent five days in and around the Pacific island of Pitcairn. Specialists from Tamar carried out the first stage of neutralising old explosives left on Pitcairn for nearly half a century by carrying out a series of controlled ...More >>

Wellington Forum Makes It Easier For Veterans To Access Support

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 13:27:41 +1300 | Joint Press Release

A one-stop-shop of services for veterans is coming to Wellington in March. Veterans' Affairs is putting the call out for serving and former New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel to join them on Saturday 2 March for their Greater Wellington Veterans’ ...More >>

On Five Of Luxon’s Gaza Absurdities

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 11:43:04 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. ...More >>

Absence Of Evidence: Israel’s Case Against UNRWA

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 19:31:17 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

Statistics are often given lanky legs that take their user far. But how they are used, and how they are received, is striking. The current figure of 27,500 dead is a blighting, grotesque fact. But as they are Palestinians, the issue is less significant ...More >>

Fast Jets Confirmed For Wanaka

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 08:59:01 +1300 | Warbirds Over Wanaka

The Yanks are coming and they’re bringing some impressive firepower. Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow has confirmed the United States Air Force is supporting the event this Easter with both the F-16 fighter jet and C-17 demonstration teams ...More >>

On Wasting Money On Defence, And Melanie, RIP

Tue, 30 Jan 2024 09:56:37 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

On the weekend, the government signalled once again that “ bold” and “brave” decisions were looming on Defence. That’s political code for lavish spending on weapons systems while essential social services are being cut. The rationale for ...More >>

Response To The International Court Of Justice Provisional Measures & Reaction By The Israeli Embassy In Wellington

Sat, 27 Jan 2024 18:48:46 +1300 | FIANZ

Today early morning (NZ time) the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its Order for provisional measures to be adopted by Israel with respect to the application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the ...More >>

The ICJ’s Provisional Orders: The Genocide Convention Applies to Gaza

Sat, 27 Jan 2024 14:34:22 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

On January 26, legal experts, policy wonks, activists and the plain curious waited for the order of the International Court of Justice, sitting in The Hague. The topic was that gravest of crimes, considered most reprehensible in the canon of international ...More >>

ICJ Decision on Provisional Measures

Sat, 27 Jan 2024 13:52:31 +1300 | Embassy of Israel in Wellington

The charge of genocide levelled against Israel at the International Court of Justice is false and outrageous. It constitutes a shameful exploitation of the Genocide Convention that is not only wholly unfounded in fact and law, but morally repugnant. As the ...More >>

On How Christopher Luxon Is Turning NZ Into A US Proxy

Thu, 25 Jan 2024 11:18:09 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

How many students can pack into a phone booth? Surely, nowhere near as many as the double standards the Luxon government is packing into its rationale for helping to bomb the Houthis. So outraged are we at the Houthi attacks on maritime trade that ...More >>

Deployment Of NZDF Stunning Hypocrisy And Dangerous Alignment

Tue, 23 Jan 2024 17:24:28 +1300 | Peace Action Wellington

“The decision to deploy six NZDF to be part of a US-led combat mission in the Red Sea is astonishing hypocrisy. The claim that this deployment is about 'defending lives' and 'de-escalating tensions' is absurd while 25,000 Palestinian civilians ...More >>

Military Deployment Dangerous And Naïve

Tue, 23 Jan 2024 17:23:16 +1300 | Green Party

The Green Party is deeply disturbed at the government’s decision to deploy New Zealand defence force staff to the Red Sea. “Aotearoa New Zealand has a proud history of being a voice for peace on the global stage. Now more than ever we need that voice ...More >>

Carnage in Gaza: ‘How much is enough?’ asks UN Assembly President

Sun, 21 Jan 2024 20:10:38 +1300 | UN News

The President of the UN General Assembly on Friday reiterated his call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the release of all hostages as the “only credible course of action” to address the conflict. Addressing the 19th Non-Aligned Summit in the ...More >>

Vijay Prashad: Israel’s War On Palestine And The Global Upsurge Against It

Sat, 13 Jan 2024 21:44:20 +1300 | Globetrotter

Hundreds of millions of people across the world have been deeply moved by the atrocity of the Israeli war on Palestine. Millions have attended marches and protests, many of them participating in such demonstrations for the first time in their lives. Social ...More >>

NZ Support For Strikes Against Houthis

Fri, 12 Jan 2024 15:13:28 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Judith Collins KC today expressed New Zealand support for strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen threatening commercial shipping in the Red Sea. “Today’s strikes support international security and ...More >>

Air Force Recruit Trades Auckland Exotic Vet Clinic For The Medical Front Line

Wed, 10 Jan 2024 16:24:34 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

Aircraftsman Nicole Fraser’s used to operating outside the norm. A trained veterinary nurse, she’s spent the past year working in New Zealand’s only exotic vet clinic in Auckland’s Mount Albert. “I specialised in nursing exotic animals. This meant ...More >>


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