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Santa’s Grotto the Size of 500 Heathrow Airports

Friday, 20 December 2019, 9:32 am | Online Money Advisor

As we fast approach Christmas, a new study has looked into how big Santa’s workshop would really need to be to house all of the gifts he delivers on Christmas Eve. More >>

The Radical Underuse of Impeachment

Friday, 20 December 2019, 9:18 am | David Swanson

Al Capone wasn’t prosecuted for tax evasion because it’s cool or smart or strategic to prosecute murderers for lesser crimes, but because proving murder in court was going to be more difficult. More >>

Climate change is hurting farmers

Friday, 20 December 2019, 9:10 am | The Conversation

Climate change is already affecting the amount of food that farmers can produce. For example, crop sowing in the UK was delayed in autumn 2019 and some emerging crops were damaged because of wet weather . Meanwhile in Australia, considerable drought ... More >>

Two Marlborough council candidates reported over expenses

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 5:28 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Two former council candidates could face police prosecution in Marlborough for not filing their election expenses declaration by the deadline. Electoral officer Dean Heiford confirmed that mayoral candidate Rick Ireland and Blenheim ward candidate ... More >>

Delays in opening new West Coast hospital ‘unacceptable’

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 5:24 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

Fletcher Building's endless delays in finishing a new base hospital for the West Coast are unacceptable, according to the new DHB chairman Rick Barker. More >>

West Coast Regional Council reinstates prayer at meetings

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 5:12 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

A bit of divine guidance never goes amiss — and the West Coast Regional Council will be now seeking it on a regular basis. More >>

Picton container restaurant plan sunk by council

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 4:57 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A couple looking to add "the wow factor" to Picton with a tiny wild game restaurant feel disappointed their idea was sunk by the council. More >>

Masterton loved by departing roading manager

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 4:50 pm | Pam Graham - Local Democracy Reporter

Roading manager Hamish Pringle leaves Masterton District Council on Friday, almost exactly 45 years after he started work as graduate engineer at the end of November 1974. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the best music of 2019

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 12:55 pm | Gordon Campbell

A ny best music list of this sort has to live under the shadow of this offering on the Reductress site . Especially in a year where so many of the highlights came from female musicians. And not just from the obvious names (Lana Del Rey, FKA twigs, ... More >>

Road to Zero road safety strategy leak

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 10:18 am | RNZ

Road to Zero strategy leak: improved roads, more cameras, lower speeds Ben Strang , Police Reporter More >>

White Island - will tourism companies be held accountable?

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 9:40 am | Socialist Equality Group

Sixteen people are confirmed dead and another two are unaccounted for, presumed dead, after the eruption of White Island/Whakaari volcano on December 9. Twenty-six people remain in New Zealand and Australian hospitals, all with severe burns requiring complex ... More >>

Soldier arrested - concerns far-right could infiltrate NZDF

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 9:28 am | RNZ

A soldier has been arrested at Linton Military camp, amid suspicion they are part of a far-right extremist group. More >>

Whakaari / White Island: Police to scale down search

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 9:17 am | RNZ

Police have confirmed they will scale down the search operation for two Whakaari /White Island eruption victims in the next few days. More >>

From a Blessing to a Curse - Resolution 2334

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 9:07 am | Ramzy Baroud

Three years ago, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334 . With fourteen members voting in favor and one abstention, the Resolution was the equivalent of a political earthquake. Indeed, it was the first time in many years that Israel ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union biggest user of LGOIMA

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 5:28 pm | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

TRANSPARENCY: The Taxpayers’ Union makes more LGOIMA requests to local councils than any other individual or organisation. CHARLOTTEJONES/LDR More >>

Auckland Council powerless to stop fuel tax scrapping

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 5:14 pm | Nick Truebridge - Local Democracy Reporter

A National government would face few roadblocks in its drive to scrap Auckland's polarising regional fuel tax. More >>

Marlborough: less tolerance sees air quality complaints rise

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 5:00 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A growing intolerance of pollution is causing Marlborough residents to dob in their neighbours who produce dirty or smoky air. More >>

Northland - single super council signalled?

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 4:43 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Northland’s local authorities are expected to this week sign up to a formal agreement to work more closely together – but this doesn’t mean they’re moving to amalgamate into a single super council says the region’s Mayoral Forum chair. More >>

Labour staffer Sexual assault allegations 'not established'

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 4:08 pm | RNZ

Labour released the report - conducted by independent lawyer Maria Dew QC - this afternoon. It found "insufficient evidence" to back up the most serious allegations and ruled critical elements of the complainant's version of events were incorrect. More >>

Boris Johnson’s Britain

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 2:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Britain is looking drenched at the moment; colours blue and yellow seem to be streaking through the country. The Scottish Nationalists have re-asserted control lost to the Conservatives in 2016. In the rest of the country, seats never touched by Tory Blue ... More >>

Labour want you to have access to natural hemp products

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 2:12 pm | Marco Fantham

Chris Woodney explains, “It is again, and always has been Labour’s policy to exempt hemp products from the prohibitions in various acts, that marijuana is subjected to. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Scotland’s renewed independence battle

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 12:31 pm | Gordon Campbell

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Whakaari/White Island: police say bodies may never be found

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 10:14 am | RNZ

Police admit they may never find the bodies of two people still missing after the eruption on Whakaari / White Island. More >>

The Detail: Where in the world is our defence force?

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 9:55 am | RNZ

It’s almost the time of year when many of us have the chance to spend quality time with family. More >>

Man shot by police did not threaten school staff or children

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 9:45 am | RNZ

The man who was shot at Flaxmere Primary School yesterday was not threatening staff or children at the time, police say. More >>

Corbyn’s defeat has slain the left’s last illusion

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 9:44 am | Redress Information

The first helped persuade much of the British public to vote last week for the very epitome of an Eton toff, a man who not only has shown utter contempt for most of those who voted for him but has spent a lifetime barely bothering to conceal that ... More >>

Scathing report on Treaty settlement for Hauraki iwi

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 5:11 pm | RNZ

The Crown trampled on the mana of iwi opposed to the controversial Pare Hauraki Treaty Settlement and created fresh grievances, according to a scathing report from the Waitangi Tribunal. More >>

Search for ground water in Ruamahanga

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 4:07 pm | Pam Graham - Local Democracy Reporter

There are plans to fly a helicopter with equipment to map groundwater over the Ruamahanga catchment in Wairarapa next year, bringing money and jobs if a sustainable deep groundwater source is found. More >>

Plea for small council funding as Govt piles on work

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 3:58 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

The chairman of the West Coast Regional Council, which faces a 300% rate rise to implement just one pending Government policy, has welcomed a report recommending the Crown help. More >>

Masterton: Call for citizens to help with climate policy

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 3:50 pm | Pam Graham - Local Democracy Reporter

Councillor Chris Peterson will advocate some form of citizens’ democracy be used to involve people in dealing with climate change issues in Masterton District. More >>

Surveillance fears over plans to put sensors in state houses

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 3:19 pm | RNZ

Plans to collect data by putting sensors in thousands of state houses could result in the information being used to cut benefit payments or even evict tenants, a charity familiar with the project says. More >>

Breaking Down Iac19/01 Return to the 'Status Quo'

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 2:42 pm | Ramya Sathiyanathan

The past few months have been eventful in the immigration landscape. Partnership visa applications were a hot topic and the media could not get enough of it. Migrant protests and political boycotts were all over our screens, thanks to the words of ... More >>

Our Vanishing World: Birds

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 2:17 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, it is estimated that the total number of passenger pigeons in the United States was about three billion birds. The bird was immensely abundant, as illustrated by this passage written by the famous ornithologist, ... More >>

Sir John Key steps down from Air New Zealand board role

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 11:34 am | RNZ

Sir John said it was a hard decision to walk away from the airline but he had increasing business commitments here and overseas. More >>

Whakaari/ White Island: Poor conditions hinder search effort

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 11:25 am | RNZ

The search for the two missing people off Whakaari / White Island has been hampered by poor weather conditions today. More >>

Chch Council distances its engineer from unstable building

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 11:07 am | RNZ

Building plans accepted by Christchurch City Council show one of its own structural engineers designed a new multi-storey office block that is unstable. More >>

New West Coast DHB chair flags more openness

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 10:25 am | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

Openness and transparency will be the norm at West Coast DHB meetings from now on — by order of its new chairman Rick Barker. More >>

Otakiri water bottling appeals dismissed

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 10:09 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

Iwi and local residents' appeals against the expansion of the Otakiri Springs bottling plant have been dismissed by the Environment Court. CHARLOTTEJONES/LDR More >>

Eastern BoP: Ratepayers pay thousands for dumped rubbish

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 10:05 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

Illegal rubbish dumping has cost ratepayers across the Eastern Bay nearly $90,000 in the last financial year. More >>

Northland councils seek NZTA funds for local road damage

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 9:56 am | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

The North's roading issues under the spotlight at Northland's final Regional Transport Committee meeting held in Whangarei on Monday. Photo: Susan Botting, LDR Northland More >>

Emails: Op Burnham chatter about destruction of compounds

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 9:43 am | RNZ

The Operation Burnham Inquiry has released old emails between GCSB staff discussing destroying compounds in Afghanistan where women and children were living. More >>

PM's Post-Cab 16/12/19: Disaster Responses

Monday, 16 December 2019, 5:18 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her last post-cabinet press conference of 2019 by offering sympathy to those affected by the eruption of Whakaari/White Island a week ago, and giving an overview of the response. There will be work on whether any ... More >>

Further concerns about building products quality scheme

Monday, 16 December 2019, 12:57 pm | RNZ

Newly released documents show major ructions at the country's most high-powered building products quality approval scheme. More >>

Auckland's Meadowbank School lockdown lifted

Monday, 16 December 2019, 12:52 pm | RNZ

A large primary school in east Auckland went into lockdown this morning, following an incident in the local area. More >>

Chch justice precinct "needs too many repairs, too small"

Monday, 16 December 2019, 12:47 pm | RNZ

New Christchurch justice precinct needs too many repairs and too small, union says Anan Zaki More >>

Gordon Campbell on a White Island inquiry

Monday, 16 December 2019, 11:57 am | Gordon Campbell

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven : Police ... More >>

Deluge Of New Leaks Further Shreds Syria Narrative

Monday, 16 December 2019, 11:36 am | Caitlin Johnstone

t's been a bad last 24 hours for the war propagandists. WikiLeaks has published multiple documents providing further details on the coverup within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of its own investigators' findings which contradicted ... More >>

Scoop Coverage: Whakaari/White Island Eruption

Monday, 16 December 2019, 10:40 am | Scoop Full Coverage

Press releases, updates and reaction to the deadly volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island on 9 December 2019. More >>

Live updates: Whakaari/White Island, day 8

Monday, 16 December 2019, 9:14 am | RNZ

Police say the operation to recover the two remaining people missing on Whakaari / White Island will continue for as long as there's a chance. More >>

Treasury relaxed over potential Tiwai smelter closure

Sunday, 15 December 2019, 1:27 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Treasury’s advice to ministers on the potential closure of the Tiwai aluminium smelter is relatively upbeat about the benefits and says closure will have a relatively low economic impact with no significant policy response necessary. More >>

Dramatic Messiah

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 11:32 am | Max Rashbrooke

The NZSO’s annual Messiah performance is now a tradition. But a good tradition isn’t simply the repetition of something over and over; all traditions adapt and flex to fit changing conditions. More >>

A Mined History: The Bougainville Referendum

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 11:30 am | Binoy Kampmark

It would be an understatement to claim that Bougainville, that blighted piece of autonomous territory in Papua New Guinea, had been through a lot. Companies have preyed upon its environment with extractive hunger. Wars and civil strife have beset ... More >>

Warnings about danger of White Island eruption were ignored

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 11:29 am | Tom Peters

A total of 17 people are now believed to have died in Monday’s volcanic eruption on White Island/Whakaari in New Zealand. Police have recovered six bodies from the uninhabited island, leaving two still missing. More >>

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 >>