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Housing First: Utah Ends Homelessness And Provides Shelter For All

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 4:32 pm | Scoop.me

By Scoop.me / Philipp Stadler In the USA, there are more than five times as many vacant homes as there are homeless people. The state of Utah has therefore implemented the “Housing First” program and started to provide shelter for all in need, meaning ... More >>

Netanyahu’s Annexation Drive

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 4:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Land seizures, annexations, and conquest. These are words axiomatic to the state of Israel. In the main, the state has maintained an uncomfortable position based on patience and attrition. We have waited this long; you will wait longer. Be it ... More >>

Covid-19 privacy leak: Todd Muller on Hamish Walker - 'There needs to be consequences'

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 12:04 pm | RNZ

The National Party board will meet between midday and 1pm today to discuss the future of National MP Hamish Walker. More >>

Covid-19 privacy leak: Michelle Boag stands down from roles with National deputy leader Nikki Kaye

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 12:03 pm | RNZ

The High-profile former National Party president has resigned from her campaign and electorate roles for Auckland Central MP and National deputy leader Nikki Kaye. More >>

Were The Skripals Secretly Executed By Britain’s Government?

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 11:48 am | Eric Zuesse

Where are Sergei and Yulia Skripal? Are they still alive? Their having been poisoned in England on 4 March 2018 didn’t kill them. Sergei Skripal is (or was) the Russian and British double agent (Russian spy who defected to UK), who had become imprisoned ... More >>

President Donald J. Trump: Stone Cold Racist

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 9:45 am | John Stanton

“I am not a racist, and I do not subscribe to any of the tenets of racism. But the seed of racism has been firmly planted in the hearts of most American whites ever since the beginning of that country. This seed of racism has rooted itself so ... More >>

Samsung serving advertising on $2400 Galaxy Flip

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 5:05 pm | Digitl

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip is the best foldable phone so far . It flips and folds like phones did 20 years ago. The difference between then and now is that today both halves are part of a full colour touch screen. More >>

Legalising cannabis may reduce 'biased enforcement' of Māori - chief science advisor

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 4:36 pm | RNZ

Legalising cannabis would significantly improve police bias against Māori, a report by the prime minister's chief science adviser suggests. More >>

NZ Animal Welfare Standards Are A Hypocrisy As Video Of Cow Abuse Beatings Thrown Out In Court

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 4:05 pm | Lynley Tulloch

There was no justice recently for the cows who endured sickening beatings at the hands of Northland sharemilker Michael Luke. New Zealand claims world class animal welfare standards. It benefits economically from the perception of the public that ... More >>

The Coronavirus Seal: Victoria’s Borders Close

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 2:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The state of Victoria is being sealed off from the rest of Australia. On Tuesday, at 11.59pm, the border with New South Wales will be shut with publicised resoluteness. It is happening at the insistence of politicians across the country with a panicked ... More >>

On Why We Shouldn’t Be Pushed Into Re-opening Our Borders

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 2:06 pm | Gordon Campbell

I believe in yesterday as much as Paul McCartney, but it was bemusing to see the amount of media attention lavished last week on the pandemic-related musings by former government science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman, former Prime Minister Helen Clark ... More >>

Developers Seek To Transform Drury In South Auckland

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 11:11 am | Steve Forbes - Local Democracy Reporter

The land in East Drury Kiwi Property is planning to develop with a new town centre and residential development. Plans to open up Drury for three massive development projects by Oyster Capital, Fulton Hogan and Kiwi Property are now one step closer ... More >>

Rural Councils Job Scheme Extended

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 11:03 am | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

A successful pilot scheme to bring jobs to Wairarapa in the wake of the covid-19 lockdown has been expanded and extended. The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs [MTFJ] Community Recovery Programme, a collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development [MSD], ... More >>

Puppy Love: Bylaw Review Suggests Lifting Town Centre Dog Ban In Blenheim

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 11:02 am | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Shadow the dog at Taylor River. CREDIT: BRYA INGRAM/STUFF/SUPPLIED – SINGLE USE ONLY A bylaw review in Marlborough has paved the way for dogs to make a permanent return to Blenheim’s town centre. The Marlborough District Council is looking at ... More >>

Duty Of Care And Economic Citizenship

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 9:38 am | Keith Rankin

Three Citizenships The concept of 'citizenship' has both general and specific meanings. The most specific and familiar I call passport citizenship . A passport citizen of a country is a person holding a passport for that country, or with unambiguous entitlement ... More >>

Spiked Concerns: The Melbourne Coronavirus Lockdown

Monday, 6 July 2020, 4:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It all looked like it was going so well for Australia and Victoria, in particular. They could point to the mishandling of the Ruby Princess, a cruise ship that docked in Sydney and whose passengers disembarked chocked with coronavirus, precipitating ... More >>

ACC levies will be kept steady through to 2022 - Ardern

Monday, 6 July 2020, 4:01 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Cabinet's decision to keep ACC levies at their current rate through to 2022. More >>

Details of active Covid-19 cases leaked in privacy breach

Monday, 6 July 2020, 10:07 am | RNZ

The State Services Commission has been called in to make sure a "thorough investigation" is held. More >>

The market is not our master — only state-led business cooperation will drive real economic recovery

Monday, 6 July 2020, 9:51 am | The Conversation

Collaboration is better than competition when it comes to making markets do what we want in an economic crisis. More >>

Labour will extend loan scheme 'lifeline' for small business - PM

Monday, 6 July 2020, 9:40 am | RNZ

Labour has announced its plans to extend the Small Business Loan Cashflow Scheme and spend $162 million on a waterway clean-up package. More >>

Cash Boost For Wairarapa Waterways

Monday, 6 July 2020, 9:17 am | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

A multi-million programme for environmental work across Wairarapa's waterways got the green light yesterday [Sunday]. Funding in Wairarapa Moana from regional and central government may boost jobs and the lake's conservation status. PHOTO/FILE ... More >>

NZ companies should hire more tech interns

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 3:20 pm | Digitl

Trent Mankelow says New Zealand companies and organisations hired 352 interns last summer. That's not many when you consider more than 2000 students applied for positions. Applying takes a fair amount of effort, so there are many disappointed students. More >>

Privacy regulation: New Zealand wants more

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 3:13 pm | Digitl

A survey conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner found that two-third of New Zealanders want more privacy regulation. More >>

Galaxy Z Flip: Samsung's folding phone

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 3:10 pm | Digitl

In February I posted a short note about the then forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. This week I got my hands on one. More >>

While The Shark Still Swims: Boris Johnson, Super Saturday And Super Responsibilities

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 5:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

By most accounts, the response of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the coronavirus pandemic has been abysmal. When the architect of the response himself catches the virus, he is either a more informed person for his sin or a buffoon in need of serious ... More >>

Will The ICC Investigation Bring Justice For Palestine?

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 5:01 pm | Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud

By Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo In the past, there have been many attempts at holding accused Israeli war criminals accountable. Particularly memorable is the case of the late Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, (known, among other nicknames, as ... More >>

Auckland's leaky pipes lose more water than the city saves

Friday, 3 July 2020, 4:44 pm | RNZ

Auckland's drinking water pipes are leaking at least 50 million litres a day, far more than Aucklanders have been asked to save during the most severe shortage in decades. More >>

Criminalising Journalism: Australia’s National Security Craze

Friday, 3 July 2020, 2:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There has been a lot of noise made in Australia about the need for broader protections when it comes to the fourth estate and the way it covers national security matters. In a country lacking a backbone in terms of constitutional free speech, journalists ... More >>

On The Clark Exit, Convention Centres, And The Killing Of Hachalu Hundessa

Friday, 3 July 2020, 11:30 am | Gordon Campbell

Goodbye, David Clark. In the end, the outgoing Health Minister decided that in the midst of a pandemic the best thing he could do for New Zealand would be to no longer be there – given that being there had involved hiving off on his mountain bike ... More >>

Delays to new Taranaki energy centre rile critics

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:58 am | RNZ

Questions are being asked about why a government initiative promised last year for Taranaki has yet to materialise with critics saying it's become bogged down in bureaucratic red tape. More >>

Renewed calls for the Cook Islands to take on indigenous name

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:28 am | RNZ

There are renewed calls in the Cook Islands for an indigenous Māori name to replace the country's colonial era moniker. More >>

Christchurch mosque attacks: Gunman sentencing date set

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:26 am | RNZ

After a three-month wait, a date has finally been set for the sentencing of the man responsible for this country's worst act of terrorism. More >>

‘Wholesale Reconfiguration’ Of Rotorua CBD To Be Considered

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:22 am | Felix Desmarais - Local Democracy Reporter

A 30 km/h CBD speed limit, the pedestrianisation of Tutanekai St and the removal of the green corridor cycleway are to be considered as part of Rotorua’s inner city revitalisation strategy. Those ideas - the most comprehensive of which could ... More >>

Council Honours Sister-city Advocate

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:18 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

HONOURED: Sammy Wilson is helped to plant the tree dedicated to her by parks and reserves team member Ranee Whiting (left) and deputy mayor Andrew Iles. TROY BAKER / WHAKATANE BEACON  Twenty-five years of service in international relations ... More >>

Book A Marae And Its Community Will Thrive

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:15 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

A Te Ao Maori answer to Airbnb looks set to provide local marae with a constant revenue stream. Three local marae have been selected to be a part of new Maori venture Book a Marae, essentially an online booking system not dissimilar to Airbnb. Iramoko ... More >>

Dust Settles On Waiewe Reserve

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:13 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

Following outcry from neighbours, the Whakatane Mountain Bike Club has withdrawn its request to create mountain bike tracks on the Waiewe Reserve. This is despite a consultant recommending to Whakatane District Council that one of the proposed ... More >>

COVID And Latin America - The Worst Of Both Worlds

Friday, 3 July 2020, 9:38 am | Zac Thomas

Before disembarking we were told by the pilot to complete a 'health immigration form', detailing any potential contact with COVID during the last 14 days, and to hand this to army medics who would be waiting for us upon arrival. As promised, we ... More >>

Green Party Tax-Benefit Policy Is Not Helpful

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 4:49 pm | Keith Rankin

Socialism versus Progressive Capitalism I was disappointed that the Green Party continues to reject a distributive Universal Basic Income (UBI) in favour of a redistributive and polarising Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) model. GMI is the antithesis of UBI. More >>

PM Jacinda Ardern on David Clark's resignation as Health Minister: 'It is one I agree with'

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 3:14 pm | RNZ

Jacinda Ardern says she agrees with Clark's decision to resign as Health Minister and that she cannot afford any diversions from Covid-19 objectives. More >>

Killing Koalas: The Promise Of Extinction Down Under

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 2:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The British conservationist Gerald Durrell once remarked that the koala was “the most boring of animals”. Its brain size, proportionally the smallest of any mammal, evolved to cope with its slow metabolism. But the spectacle of these singed, toasted ... More >>

What an ocean hidden under Antarctic ice reveals about our planet's future climate

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 11:22 am | The Conversation

Latest research explores how a warming ocean circulates underneath Antarctica's floating ice shelves and how this contributes to future sea level rise. More >>

The sun is setting on long-haul, short-stay tourism — regional travel bubbles are the future

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 11:21 am | The Conversation

The travel crisis caused by COVID-19 is also an opportunity to end the worst excesses of international tourism for good. More >>

Migrants Challenge Visa Processing Delays By New Zealand Authorities

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 11:15 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters As an election approaches in September, the New Zealand government, a coalition between the Labour Party, the right-wing nationalist NZ First and the Greens, is intensifying its anti-immigrant measures. Like its counterparts throughout ... More >>

Whangaroa Maori Call For Better Planning To Manage Challenges From Unprecedented Local Growth

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:14 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

. Whangaroa Maori are calling for better Far North District Council planning to deal with their local area's unprecedented growth. They say lack of council planning for fast-growing settlements in their district is causing problems for the communities’ ... More >>

New Virus Reported In China Highlights Risk Of Animal-Borne Pandemic Originating In Factory Farms

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:09 pm | Common Dreams - Julia Conley

"We are constantly at risk of new emergence of zoonotic pathogens and that farmed animals, with which humans have greater contact than with wildlife, may act as the source for important pandemic viruses." by Julia Conley, staff writer ... More >>

Why The US Empire Works So Hard To Control The International Narrative About Russia

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 3:59 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

  On a December 2010 episode of Fox News’ Freedom Watch , John Bolton and the show’s host Andrew Napolitano were debating about recent WikiLeaks publications , and naturally the subject of government secrecy came up. “Now I want to make ... More >>

Defending Australia: The Deputy Sheriff Spending Spree

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 2:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There are few sadder sights in international relations than a leadership in search of devils and hobgoblins. But such sights tend to make an appearance when specialists in threat inflation either get elected to office or bumped up the hierarchies of ... More >>

Farrowing Crates: A Cruel Abomination That Needs To Go

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:32 pm | Lynley Tulloch

The farming of animals using industrialized factory methods is a pressing moral issue of the modern era. Pig farming is a good illustration of this. I would argue that when factory methods are used it is one of the biggest abominations of humanity. ... More >>

Fuel, alcohol costs to go up from today

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 10:58 am | RNZ

The increase today in the taxes on fuel, road user charges and alcohol is being called a tone-deaf move. More >>

On Why Attack Isn’t Our Best Means Of Cyber-Defence

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 10:15 am | Gordon Campbell

This morning’s news that the SIS engaged in attacks on the Indian High Commission and Embassy of Iran during the late 1980s/early 1990s should come as no surprise. Down the years, there’s been an Orwellian tendency to depict the role of our spy ... More >>

Climate explained: will the COVID-19 lockdown slow the effects of climate change?

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 10:04 am | The Conversation

The drop in traffic during COVID-19 lockdowns reduced global emissions. If we keep encouraging cycling and working from home beyond the pandemic, our climate goals may become more achievable. More >>

Portrait of Hemi Pomara as a young man: how we uncovered the oldest surviving photograph of a Māori

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 10:03 am | The Conversation

Exclusive: the recent discovery of probably the oldest known surviving photograph of a Māori sheds light on the remarkable subject of Taika Waititi's new film project. More >>

Drone ‘mosaic’ Helps Forestry Catch Cracks, Erosion Before Compliance Failure

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:24 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A drone "mosaic" of harvested forestry blocks is letting Marlburians see the wood for the trees, and could cut down environmental issues. Marlborough company GeoInsight Limited is using drones, 360-degree cameras and an e-bike to "stitch ... More >>

Kerikeri Residents Lose Faith In Council’s Latest ETA For New Wastewater Treatment Plant Completion

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:22 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Angry Kerikeri residents say they have no faith their town’s new $27 million wastewater treatment plant will be working by January. “We were told by Far North District Council we would have reticulated sewerage to our properties by the end of 2017,” ... More >>

West Coast Regional Council Adopts Annual Plan With Nil Rate Rise

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:18 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

The West Coast Regional has adopted its annual plan for the coming financial year, confirming a nil rate increase. The council has agreed to borrow up to $750,000 from the Local Government Funding Agency if required, at an interest rate of about 1% ... More >>

Rotorua Lakes Council Draft Annual Plan Revisions Recommended By Committee

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:17 pm | Felix Desmarais - Local Democracy Reporter

Rotorua Lakes Council draft Annual Plan revisions recommended by committee A general rates freeze and a 4 per cent targeted rates rise will soon be considered for Rotorua, following public feedback. The proposed targeted rates rise has dropped 0.7 per cent. ... More >>

Beachfront Residents Left In Dark Over Erosion Plan

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:12 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Surging tides eroded several metres of land in front of three Wainui properties last September. Photo: Paul Rickard / The Gisborne Herald - single use only Wainui residents feel left in the dark over Gisborne District Council’s management of ... More >>

Meridian spilled water to hike electricity prices - Authority ruling

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:10 pm | RNZ

The Electricity Authority has found that generator Meridian Energy manipulated the power market, costing consumers about $80 million. More >>

China passes controversial Hong Kong security law

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:08 pm | RNZ

China has passed a controversial security law giving it new powers over Hong Kong, deepening fears for the city's freedoms, the BBC is reporting. More >>

National will consider Māori representation during caucus reshuffle

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:07 pm | RNZ

Days into his leadership National leader Todd Muller came under fire for a lack of diversity in his shadow Cabinet. Now he says he'll consider it. More >>