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Live: Whakaari / White Island eruption - day 5

Friday, 13 December 2019, 9:56 am | RNZ

A high-risk mission to recover the bodies left behind after Monday's deadly eruption on Whakaari/ White Island is under way. More >>

Keith Rankin: Another Option for Auckland's Port

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 2:21 pm | Keith Rankin

The case for a complete relocation of Auckland's Waitematā Harbour freight port is far from established. Nevertheless, Auckland will grow over the long term, and the freight operations need to move away from the area close to the downtown Ferry ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on welfare vs infrastructure spending

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:27 am | Gordon Campbell

If New Zealand has a pressing need to stimulate its flagging economy, it seems very weird that the government is choosing to meet this need with a $12 billion package of infrastructure spending – mainly on road and rail projects – that by definition, ... More >>

Authoritarianism, Money and US Presidential Politics

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:22 am | Binoy Kampmark

Political rottenness may be bottomless. Consider the following description of a political aspirant for the White House, this person being from the Democratic Party. His “liabilities as a political candidate are so glaringly obvious that it’s ... More >>

The University of Cape Town Fails Palestine

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 10:23 am | Ramzy Baroud

It was a scandal of the highest caliber. On November 23, the Senate of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa was practically bullied to reverse an earlier decision that called for the academic boycott of Israel. While the story may seem ... More >>

Live: Whakaari / White Island eruption - Day 4

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:41 am | RNZ

Two more people have died following the Whakaari /White Island eruption bringing the official toll to eight, with eight others on the island presumed dead. More >>

Growing poverty and inequality in New Zealand

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:31 am | Socialist Equality Group

Numerous reports point to worsening poverty and social inequality in New Zealand, more than two years after the formation of the Labour Party-led government, which pledged to end the former National Party government’s austerity regime, imposed ... More >>

COP25: Climate change action going 'backwards' - Fiji's PM

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 5:26 pm | RNZ

Fiji's prime minister has hit out at several developed countries during a speech at the UN climate summit in Madrid. More >>

Samoa measles death toll rises to 71

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 5:16 pm | RNZ

Another person has died from measles in Samoa, taking the death toll from the outbreak to 71. More >>

Compulsory Pay Rise for West Coast Regional Councillors

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:53 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

West Coast Regional Councillors are getting a hefty pay rise this term — whether they like it or not. More >>

Catastrophically Awful Military Bill

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:47 pm | David Swanson

If one of the worst pieces of legislation ever drafted becomes law, there is one small measure in it that we can be pleased with. RootsAction.org and World BEYOND War and many other organizations and activists from Puerto Rico and the rest of the ... More >>

Inangahua Board sworn in

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:39 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

If you have got a gripe about your footpaths or rubbish bins, do not bail up your local board member in the street — ring the council. More >>

The Most Significant Afghanistan Papers Revelation

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:25 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

The Washington Post has published clear , undeniable evidence that US government officials have been lying to the public about the war in Afghanistan, a shocking revelation for anyone who has done no research whatsoever into the history of US ... More >>

COP25: Calls for indigenous voices to be heard

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 12:23 pm | RNZ

This year's climate talks in Spain come amidst the global wave of protests by young people that have swept the world. More >>

Report on combatting foreign election interference delivered

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 12:11 pm | RNZ

MPs have finally delivered their recommendations to combat foreign interference in elections in a long awaited and much delayed report. More >>

Tairawhiti problem gambling service stalled

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:55 am | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Problem gamblers in Tairawhiti continue to be without government-funded face-to-face support services as the district health board struggles to recruit staff to provide them. More >>

Plea for exceptions for West Coast in new wetland rules

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:39 am | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

It has taken 15 years and cost ratepayers millions, but the West Coast Regional Council has just about completed the herculean task of mapping the region's wetlands. More >>

Logging trucks pass school to Masterton station

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:22 am | Pam Graham - Local Democracy Reporter

Logging trucks will travel past Solway Primary School on Ngaumutawa Rd when Wairarapa's inland log handling hub moves temporarily in the new year. More >>

Live: Whakaari / White Island eruption - day 3

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:23 am | RNZ

GNS Science says the tremor activity on Whakaari / White Island has been steadily increasing since about 4am this morning. More >>

Global IT outage delays flights from Auckland Airport

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 5:22 pm | RNZ

International flights from Auckland Airport have been delayed and four flights from Australia cancelled. More >>

Lethal Visits: Volcano Tourism and the White Island Eruption

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 3:13 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It might have come across as written by a killjoy, but geographer Amy Donovan’s observations on “volcano tourism” in Geo , published by the Royal Geographical Society in 2018, remain timely. Be wary, her study suggests, of this particular brand ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Whakaari/White Island eruption

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 11:04 am | Gordon Campbell

A dventure tourism is a central theme in New Zealand tourism, and by definition, adventure always includes a certain level of risk. That said, New Zealand itself is also at risk of being seen as a tourism destination where commercial factors – ... More >>

Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 9:54 am | Ramzy Baroud

It is hardly surprising to see Middle Eastern countries at the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index , as the worst violators of freedom of the press. But equally alarming is the complete polarization of public opinion as a result of self-serving ... More >>

Live: Whakaari / White Island eruption - day 2

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 9:41 am | RNZ

Police do not believe there are any survivors on Whakaari / White Island, as eight people are confirmed missing after yesterday's eruption. More >>

PM's Post-Cab 9/12/19: And Then A Volcano

Monday, 9 December 2019, 5:29 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her regular post-cabinet press conference with an update on the response to this afternoon's eruption at Whakaari/White Island. She said a rescue operation was being undertaken with up to 100 people on the island ... More >>

Eruption at Whakaari / White Island

Monday, 9 December 2019, 3:09 pm | RNZ

An eruption has occured on Whakaari / White Island in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, sending a huge plume of smoke and ash into the sky. More >>

Ratepayers campaigning to leave Kaikōura consider next move

Monday, 9 December 2019, 12:07 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Kaikōura residents hoping to become part of Marlborough's council area are considering taking their case to the Local Government Commission. More >>

Marlborough: Kids campaign sees 40km school speed limit plan

Monday, 9 December 2019, 12:00 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Children have helped convince a regional council to lower speed limits outside their school and cut the chances of being "squished". More >>

Northland – Environmentalists’ ‘No’ to Auckland port shift

Monday, 9 December 2019, 11:48 am | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Northland environmentalists are speaking out against the proposed $10 billion Auckland port shift to Marsden Point in what one labels a ‘think big’ project - about 650 metres from a marine reserve. More >>

Auckland bus disruption: What you need to know

Monday, 9 December 2019, 9:53 am | RNZ

Thousands of bus commuters in Auckland have their ride to work and school disrupted this morning as the stalemate between bus drivers and their employer continues. More >>

Weather chaos: tourists stranded on West Coast for days

Monday, 9 December 2019, 9:28 am | RNZ

Nearly 1000 tourists are stranded in Franz Josef and they could remain there until Friday, while in Timaru District the council says it could take weeks to recover from flood damage. More >>

Live: Weather mayhem strands tourists; major roads closed

Monday, 9 December 2019, 9:16 am | RNZ

Hundreds of tourists are stranded on the West Coast, and on the other side of the South Island a flood-damaged bridge has closed State Highway 1, after a weekend of torrential rain. More >>

Increasing vegetative cover across all land

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 2:13 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity will require councils to have targets for increased vegetative cover in their regions. More >>

Support for RMA Bill, but concerns about workload

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 2:11 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Submissions on the Resources Management Amendment Bill are generally supportive, though many express concerns about the time frame and resourcing of the accelerated freshwater proposals. More >>

A Troubled Family: NATO turns 70

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 10:52 am | Binoy Kampmark

Summit anniversaries are not usually this abysmally interesting. While those paying visits to Watford, England on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are supposedly signatories to the same agreement, a ... More >>

Animal rights and the torturous suffocation of chickens

Saturday, 7 December 2019, 11:21 am | Lynley Tulloch

Animal rights and the torturous suffocation of chickens at Helensville poultry farm The recent deaths on 4th December of between 180,000 and 190,000 chickens in a west Auckland poultry farm was devastating. These birds, housed in a large indoor shed, ... More >>

Taskforce feeding: Call it what you want, it doesn’t work.

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 7:51 pm | Richard Major

Having lived in Brisbane, Australia, since 1987 until my recent deportation back to New Zealand, I am beginning to witness some disturbing law and order parallels. More >>

Claims of gynaecology patients' consent breaches

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 4:56 pm | RNZ

Health board says it's made improvements since claims of gynaecology patients' rights breaches Phil Pennington , Reporter More >>

Electoral Commission chair calls for greater powers

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 4:37 pm | RNZ

The new chair of the Electoral Commission would like greater investigative powers for the watchdog. More >>

New details around NZ First conflicts of interest timeline

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 4:25 pm | RNZ

New information has emerged showing it was the New Zealand First chief of staff who identified potential conflicts of interest between a forestry company and two senior government ministers, sparking a series of declarations. More >>

We love you Sāmoa

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 3:07 pm | Le ausalilo Sadat Muaiava

To date, the outbreak of misela (measles) in Sāmoa has killed 60 people, mostly infants and children, over the course of the last two weeks. Ongoing updates suggest that an increase in the number of fatalities is inevitable. As a result, the Samoan ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the recent upheavals inside Iran

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 3:03 pm | Gordon Campbell

I n the fortnight since the Internet got switched back on in Iran, the ferocity of the crackdown on the recent demonstrations has become evident. Reportedly, hundreds of people have been killed, thousands wounded and thousands more have been arrested. ... More >>

The Tree of Life

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 12:38 pm | Marco Fantham

“...On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” More >>

West Coast Iwi Call For Conservation Board Review

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 11:55 am | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

West Coast iwi are backing a call by the Mayor of Westland Bruce Smith to disband the West Coast Conservation Board, because it is stacked with conservationists. More >>

Controversial Otago Daily Times cartoon: 'We got it wrong'

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 10:27 am | RNZ

Garrick Tremain's cartoon making light of the measles epidemic was labelled racist and insensitive and the paper is to cease publishing his work until a review of his future with the publication is completed. More >>

DIA criticises public 'beating up' of Hepatitis Foundation

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 10:23 am | RNZ

The Department of Internal Affairs is defending the Hepatitis Foundation and says publicly shaming it does nothing to help the charity sector. More >>

Government funds to continue investing in fossil fuels

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 10:18 am | RNZ

Two multi-billion dollar government guaranteed investment funds say they will continue investing in fossil fuel companies, despite the government's efforts to fight climate change. More >>

Jones Declared Conflict of Interest Same Day Questions Asked

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 10:10 am | RNZ

Shane Jones' office received official documents about a forestry company's bid for public money five times over four months, but the New Zealand First minister only declared a conflict of interest on the day RNZ began asking questions. More >>

Kawerau: Reserve may become residential development

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 5:31 pm | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

Kawerau District Council will soon be consulting the public on whether Stoneham Park reserve should become a residential development. More >>

Whakatane: Rural areas holding highest rate debt

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 5:07 pm | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

Murupara, Ruatoki and other rural areas are responsible for over 70 percent of Whakatane District Council’s outstanding rates. More >>

DOC reviewing decision to blast rocks on Truman Track

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 4:40 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

The Conservation Department is reviewing the way it decides when to destroy nature to protect the public. More >>

Thousands of quake-prone buildings yet to be identified

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 4:16 pm | RNZ

Councils estimate they have yet to identify 10,000 buildings nationwide that are earthquake-prone and need upgrading or demolition. More >>

Green's Swarbrick says cannabis prohibition has failed

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 4:06 pm | RNZ

Green Party's drug reform spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick says the prohibition-based model for cannabis is not working and has induced inequity for Māori who are disproportionately convicted over the substance. More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Myanmar, Genocide and Aung San Suu Kyi

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 2:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Leaders currently in office rarely make an appearance before either the International Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court. International law remains affixed to the notion that heads-of-state are, at least for the duration of their time in ... More >>

Extending New Zealand's fibre network

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 1:26 pm | Digitl

Last week engineers completed the first UFB stage. The so-called UFB1 fibre network reaches three quarters of the country. More >>

Spark dips toe as Vodafone plunges into 5G

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 1:11 pm | Digitl

Vodafone's 5G network will launch any day now. Spark wants you to know it already has New Zealand's first commercial 5G service . More >>

Auckland councillor complaint thrown out on technicality

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 1:00 pm | Nick Truebridge - Local Democracy Reporter

The reasons why a code of conduct complaint against Auckland councillor Josephine Bartley was thrown out have been revealed. More >>

Whakatane: A plague of rabbits infests cemetery

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 12:53 pm | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

Rabbits burrowing into recent burial sites at the Hillcrest Cemetery has distressed a regular visitor who wonders why the council chooses to leave them unplanted. More >>

ODT cartoon sparks calls for anti-racism training

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 12:11 pm | RNZ

The Otago Daily Times has been told it needs to do anti-racism training after it was forced to apologise for a cartoon joking about the Samoa measles outbreak. More >>

Russian on NZDF : 'No reason for us to react' - Peters

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 11:26 am | RNZ

The foreign minister won't be calling in the Russian ambassador concerning comments made about New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan. More >>