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Bridges on lockdown: 'National stands ready and willing to help'

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 3:49 pm | RNZ

National's leader Simon Bridges has asked all the party's MPs and candidates to put their election campaigning on hold. More >>

Support package for Covid-19 rises to $9.3b

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 3:46 pm | RNZ

Finance Minister Grant Robertson says the business support package for Covid-19 is now worth $9.3 billion. More >>

Election to go ahead in September, despite lockdown starting this week

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 3:37 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says there is no plan to postpone the election at this stage, despite the looming national Covid-19 lockdown. More >>

Covid 19: Moves that will 'literally save lives' among developments for 23 March

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 3:35 pm | RNZ

A country-wide lockdown is announced, more cases of the coronavirus revealed, extended economic support - the latest in the battle against Covid-19. More >>

Your Covid-19 questions answered: What the lockdown will mean

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 3:21 pm | RNZ

As the country prepares to go into lockdown in the next 48 hours, RNZ answers questions around essential services, self-isolation, travel and what the rest of the week might start to look like. More >>

Coronavirus lockdown: Essential services promise to get people through

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 3:13 pm | RNZ

Leaders from essential businesses are assuring customers they will be able to get what they need as the the country heads into full lockdown. More >>

Quarantine Meditations: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 3:04 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

The world is messed up because powerful people think in terms of narrative control, and ordinary people don't. Change that and you change the world. ~ Hot tip: Dump all stocks and invest in becoming the kind of decent human being who people will ... More >>

Observing Elites Manipulate Our Fear: COVID-19, Propaganda And Knowledge

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 2:56 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

While humans stand on the brink of precipitating our own extinction, with the prospects of now averting this remote – see ‘Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth’ – virtually everyone remains unaware of ... More >>

Coronavirus: Jacinda Ardern to focus on tightening up restrictions on returning New Zealanders

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 2:22 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she expects further tightening up of rules for returning travellers in the next few days. More >>

Coronavirus: Worry over burnt-out and understaffed Intensive Care Units

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 1:37 pm | RNZ

The Ministry of Health says ICUs can more than triple their capacity immediately despite the units reporting widespread understaffing and workers speaking of burn-out. More >>

On How Long Lockdowns Need To Last, And The Ventilator Shortages

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 1:28 pm | Gordon Campbell

The lockdown announced yesterday by PM Jacinda Ardern is consistent with the advice from the Imperial College Covid-19 team in London, whose blueprint the NZ government has been following (a) in order to slow down the spread of the disease and (b) to More >>

Technology Of Death: The Not-So-Shocking Report On Israeli Weapons Exports

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 11:57 am | Ramzy Baroud

The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for peace, security and reconstruction. Thanks to the US, Russian, French, Israeli and ... More >>

Why NZ's Tough COVID-19 Travel Rules Are Crucial To Protecting Lives At Home And Across The Pacific

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 11:40 am | The Conversation

New Zealand’s border restrictions will come with significant job and business losses in the tourism sector, both at home and in the Pacific. But the new travel rules are absolutely necessary to protect the health of New Zealanders and people ... More >>

The 'herd Immunity' Route To Fighting Coronavirus Is Unethical And Potentially Dangerous

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 11:33 am | The Conversation

As most of the world tries to suppress the coronavirus spread, some countries are going it alone - trying to manage the pandemic through so-called “herd immunity”. More >>

NZ Outstrips Aus, UK And US With $12B Coronavirus Package For Business And People In Isolation

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 11:29 am | The Conversation

New Zealand will spend NZ$12.1 billion to support businesses, increase benefits for seniors and low-income families, pay people who can’t work because of self-isolation, and boost virus testing and intensive care capacity. More >>

Self-isolating Is Impossible For Tens Of Thousands Of New Zealanders – Unless We Help Them Fast

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 11:20 am | The Conversation

In less than 48 hours, all people in New Zealand will have to self-isolate , unless they are essential service workers. This is our best chance to stop the spread of COVID-19. More >>

Caring For 300,000 Temporary Migrants In NZ Is A Crucial Missing Link In Our Coronavirus Response

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 11:12 am | The Conversation

More than one-in-16 people in New Zealand today – or more than 300,000 in total – is a migrant without residence status, living here on a temporary work, student or family visa. More >>

Does Corona pose a greater threat to indigenous peoples?

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 11:11 am | Rob Messenger

The answer to that important question may be found in the history of previous pandemics of the 20th century. More >>

Business As Usual: Coronavirus, Iran And US Sanctions

Monday, 23 March 2020, 4:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Never discount the importance of venality in international relations. While pandemics should provide the glue for a unified front in response – we keep being told of fighting this horrendous “invisible enemy” – it’s business as usual in other ... More >>

“The Coming War On China” – Watch John Pilger’s Powerfully Relevant Documentary

Monday, 23 March 2020, 3:40 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

  "The aim of this film is to break a silence: the United States and China may well be on the road to war, and nuclear war is no longer unthinkable," Pilger says in his 2016 documentary The Coming War on China , which you can watch ... More >>

All of New Zealand must prepare to go in self-isolation now

Monday, 23 March 2020, 2:56 pm | RNZ

New Zealand's Covid-19 alert level has risen to three and the country will go into a full lockdown in 48 hours, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. More >>

How NZ Can Stop Covid -19 Pandemic

Monday, 23 March 2020, 11:37 am | Ray Avery

The epidemiology of any pandemic is determined by three simple interlocutory parameters. More >>

On Going To Level Four (and Scrapping The Olympics) Right Now

Monday, 23 March 2020, 10:43 am | Gordon Campbell

Sure, there’s a logic to having four stages of response to Covid-19, flexible enough to vary region by region. The idea being…. The stepped response will slow down the spread of the virus, minimise social panic and avoid the health system being ... More >>

Cumulative Cases Of Covid-19, Charted, With Some Breakdown

Monday, 23 March 2020, 10:12 am | Jarrod Kerr

I’ve charted New Zealand’s Confirmed Covid-19 cases by date of announcement, region, gender and age bracket. New Zealand’s cases are following an all-too familiar trajectory seen offshore. Efforts to ‘flatten the curve’ are clearly warranted. ... More >>

Reserve Bank announces further measures to support economy

Monday, 23 March 2020, 9:21 am | RNZ

The Reserve Bank is to buy back up to $30 billion of government bonds to give further support to the economy. More >>

Coronavirus: MPs restrict travel, Cabinet to use video-conferencing

Monday, 23 March 2020, 9:06 am | RNZ

Cabinet ministers will put into practice 'physical distancing' in this morning's Cabinet meeting, with half dialling in via video-conference. More >>

Coronavirus: Police gear up to increase patrols

Monday, 23 March 2020, 9:02 am | RNZ

Police will patrol supermarkets if necessary as tighter Covid-19 restrictions come into place, Police Commissioner Mike Bush says. More >>

The Pandemic Surveillance State

Sunday, 22 March 2020, 5:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In anticipation of the post-COVID-19 world, bold statements are being made on how we will, as a race, be wiser, even kinder; cautious, and reflective. If history is ever a lesson on anything, such statements are bound to be the fatuous utterances ... More >>

Community transmission of Covid-19 not confirmed - Ministry of Health

Sunday, 22 March 2020, 3:36 pm | RNZ

Work on determining whether community transmission of Covid-19 in New Zealand is still ongoing after 14 new cases of illness were confirmed today, bringing the total to 66. More >>

Open Letter To Family

Sunday, 22 March 2020, 11:39 am | Martin Enright

I wrote this to my family back in New Zealand. I wanted to share it with your readers, hoping it may help them understand what’s happening. In ordinary times, I wouldn’t dare. However, these are no longer such times. I feel a responsibility to write to ... More >>

Probably the last photo taken of the Wanaka Tree

Saturday, 21 March 2020, 6:37 pm | The Scoop Team

The following photo was taken by Matteo Rolfi of MRolfiphotography on the night of Friday March 13th, with around an 18 minute exposure. More >>

Moralising Hoarding, Panic Buying And Coronavirus

Saturday, 21 March 2020, 5:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Hoarding as moral aberration and ethical breach: the term has recently become the subject of scorn in coronavirus chatter. In terms of mental disorders, it is “characterized by persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions”, though the Coronavirus ... More >>

50 Oppressive Governments Supported by the U.S. Government

Friday, 20 March 2020, 9:20 am | David Swanson

Excerpted from 20 Dictators Currently Supported by the U.S. by David Swanson, March 19, 2020 More >>

Pacific Islands Nations Threatened With Disaster By Coronavirus

Friday, 20 March 2020, 9:09 am | Socialist Equality Group

The remote micro-states and island chains across the Pacific face a terrifying situation due to the global coronavirus pandemic. While geographically isolated, their impoverished, neo-colonial status, lack of health facilities and dependency on tourism make them ... More >>

Coronavirus: Rates ‘freeze’ Considered For Marlborough To Reduce Economic Impact

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 4:42 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Marlborough District Council chief executive Mark Wheeler provides an update to councillors on the coronavirus pandemic. CREDIT: CHLOE RANFORD/LDR An idea to "freeze" rates has been pitched by Marlborough's civic leaders to show "responsible leadership" ... More >>

Do not travel overseas, government urges

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 4:37 pm | RNZ

An urgent Cabinet committee meeting is taking place at 4pm where deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says a full lockdown of the country and the closure of its borders will be discussed. More >>

Viral Reactions: The Smugness Of Celebrity Self-Isolation

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 1:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The rush to elevate self-isolation to Olympian heights as a way to combat the spread of COVID-19 has gotten to the celebrities. Sports figures are proudly tweeting and taking pictures from hotel rooms (Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton being a case ... More >>

Coronavirus update: Eight further cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 1:27 pm | RNZ

Eight further cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus have been confirmed in New Zealand, bringing the total to 28, says the Health Ministry. More >>

On The Sudden Clamour For Government Bailouts

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 11:35 am | Gordon Campbell

So many U-turns, in such a short period of time. Pity poor old Fox News, which had been dutifully pushing the Trumpian line that the coronavirus is an overblown media hoax that will blow away with the warm winds of Spring – only to have to pivot ... More >>

Death At The Greek Border: Syrian Refugees Should Not Be Used As Political Pawns

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 10:48 am | Ramzy Baroud

In a surprising move, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, announced on February 29 that he will be re-opening his country’s border to Europe, thus allowing tens of thousands of mostly Syrian refugees into Greece and other European countries. ... More >>

New Zealand Government Predicts COVID-19 Recession, Gives Billions To Business

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 10:41 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters, Socialist Equality Group On Tuesday, New Zealand finance minister Grant Robertson announced a $12.1 billion stimulus package, equal to 4 percent of gross domestic product, in response to the rapidly worsening global economic crisis ... More >>

Grace Millane trial: Killer appeals murder conviction and sentence

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 5:04 pm | RNZ

The man who murdered British backpacker Grace Millane is appealing his conviction and sentence. More >>

Police rape trial: Man found guilty of raping fellow officer

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 4:28 pm | RNZ

The 29-year-old police officer accused of groping his female colleague and later raping her in a Kerikeri motel as she slept has been found guilty. More >>

Britannic Herd Immunity And Coronavirus

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 4:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Epidemiologist William Hanage was more than perplexed by the plan. “When I heard about Britain’s ‘herd immunity’ coronavirus plan,” he reflected in The Guardian , “I thought it was satire.” Much public policy, foolishly considered and expertly ... More >>

Eight new cases of coronavirus in NZ, Health Ministry confirms

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 4:06 pm | RNZ

New Zealand has eight new cases of Covid-19, with all related to overseas travel. More >>

On The Economic Stimulus Package

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 10:11 am | Gordon Campbell

Obviously, yesterday’s massive $12.1 billion economic stimulus package (4% of GDP !) will not totally insulate people from the economic hardship caused by the coronavirus, but it will soften the impact. More will be needed, before the May Budget. ... More >>

US National Security Strategy Is Meant To Protect Wall Street, Congress, White House, & The Pentagon

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 8:46 am | John Stanton

“Our fundamental responsibility is to protect the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life.” National Security Strategy of the United States, 2017 (President Donald Trump) “ The United States government has no greater responsibility ... More >>

Governing From Home: Self-isolating Mayor’s “biggest Challenge”

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 3:14 pm | Felix Desmarais - Local Democracy Reporter

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick at her home on Tuesday. Photo / Stephen Parker / Rotorua Daily Post [via LDR: single use only] Despite being a “social animal” Rotorua’s Mayor has gone into voluntary self-isolation amid an escalation of measures to stop ... More >>

Dow falls in biggest one day fall since Black Monday in 1987

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 3:04 pm | RNZ

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has closed 12.9 percent down, in another sign that a global recession could be on the horizon. It's the biggest percentage daily since the outbreak began, and the largest in one day since the Black Monday crash in 1987. More >>

Coronavirus: David Clark vows to deport tourists flouting self-isolation requirements

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 3:02 pm | RNZ

Health Minister David Clark says tourists flouting the self-isolation requirements are being sought by police. More >>

Coronavirus: Government unveils $12.1b package to combat Covid-19 impact

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 2:37 pm | RNZ

Businesses will receive the lion's share of a $12.1 billion economic rescue package as New Zealand responds to the Covid-19 crisis. More >>

The Taliban Scores A Coup

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 1:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It threatened to disappear under the viral haze of COVID-19, but February 29 saw representatives from the US and Taliban, loftily acknowledged as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, sign the “Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan”. After ... More >>

‘Zionist’ Biden In His Own Words: ‘My Name Is Joe Biden, And Everybody Knows I Love Israel’

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 10:22 am | Ramzy Baroud

"I am a Zionist. You don't have to be a Jew to be a Zionist," current Democratic Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, said in April 2007, soon before he was chosen to be Barack Obama’s running mate in the 2008 elections. Biden is, of ... More >>

PM's Post Cabinet Press Conference March 16, 2020

Monday, 16 March 2020, 6:56 pm | RNZ

The Prime Minister’s post Cabinet press conference focussed on the Government’s response to covi-19. More >>

Coronavirus: Gatherings of 500 or more people will not go ahead - Prime Minister

Monday, 16 March 2020, 6:33 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Cabinet has agreed today that gatherings of 500 or more people in New Zealand - held outdoors or indoors - will not go ahead. More >>

Top 10 Reasons the U.S. Government Is Blowing This

Monday, 16 March 2020, 2:23 pm | David Swanson

10. Recognizing that a problem that has grown severe in other countries could grow severe in the United States would require thinking of the United States as existing in the same world, susceptible to the same forces, as everyone else. A willingness ... More >>

The Release Of Chelsea Manning

Monday, 16 March 2020, 1:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Chelsea Manning’s release last Thursday by order of Virginia District Court judge Anthony Trenga had an air of oddness to it. “The court finds Ms. Manning’s appearance before the Grand Jury is no longer needed, in light of which her detention no longer ... More >>

Our Vanishing World: Oceans

Monday, 16 March 2020, 1:08 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

As the human onslaught against life on Earth accelerates, no part of the biosphere is left pristine. The simple act of consuming more than we actually need drives the world’s governments and corporations to endlessly destroy more ... More >>

On The Use Of Existing Drugs To Reduce The Effects Of Coronavirus

Monday, 16 March 2020, 11:07 am | Gordon Campbell

  So now, we’re all getting up to speed with the travel bans, the rigorous handwashing and drying, the social distancing, and the avoidance of public transport wherever possible. Right. At a wider level…so far, the public health system has ... More >>

Plea For DHB To Bring Back School GPs

Monday, 16 March 2020, 10:31 am | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Young people in Gisborne are calling on the district health board to reverse its decision to pull the pin on free school-based GP appointments – and they have the backing of at least one board member. The Gisborne Girls’ High School year 12 health ... More >>


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