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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 >>

Auckland's use of Waikato River to be fast-tracked - government

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 3:43 pm | RNZ

Auckland's consent to take extra water from Waikato River will be fast-tracked, Environment Minister David Parker has announced. More >>

Winston Peters on EU travel: 'We're not going to compromise our country's health'

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 2:55 pm | RNZ

Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealanders who head to Europe on holiday should pay for their two weeks' hotel quarantine when they return. More >>

Reforming Cannabis Laws Is A Complex Challenge, But NZ’s Drug Reform History Holds Important Lessons

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 2:50 pm | The Conversation

New Zealand will hold the world’s first national referendum on legalising recreational use of cannabis in September. It must learn from mistakes in implementing earlier drug law reforms. More >>

New research shows the South Pole is warming faster than the rest of the world

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 2:48 pm | The Conversation

Over the past 30 years, the South Pole has been one of the fastest changing places on Earth, warming more than three times quicker than the rest of the world. More >>

Unless we improve the law, history shows rushing shovel-ready projects comes with real risk

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 2:47 pm | The Conversation

A law to fast-track development consents is being fast-tracked itself. Before it's too late, politicians should insist on greater protection against long-term environmental damage. More >>

The Kafkaesque Imperium: Julian Assange And The Second Superseding Indictment

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 2:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Kafkaesque Imperium has taken yet another absurd step towards mean absurdity with another superseding indictment against Julian Assange. This move by the US Department of Justice seems to have surprised those involved in his extradition proceedings. ... More >>

Comparing Denmark Versus Sweden On Coronavirus

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 11:04 am | Eric Zuesse

‘Herd Immunity’ Is a Failed Response to Coronavirus Comparing Denmark versus Sweden on Coronavirus Denmark and Sweden are often compared regarding their handling of coronavirus-19 because the two Scandinavian countries are similar to one-another ... More >>

Killing Comedy

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 10:18 am | Sacha Jones

‘Ding-dong the witch is dead, the wicked old witch is dead’ is a celebratory song lyric written by a couple of musical men in the 1930s for one of the most popular films of all times, The Wizard of Oz . And for fans of this song, film and character ... More >>

PM Jacinda Ardern reveals $150m PPE purchase for border, isolation workers

Monday, 29 June 2020, 4:13 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is speaking after a Cabinet meeting where managed isolation and co-payments for new returnees were discussed. Watch live here. More >>

Time, family, work – and bored zombies. New Zealanders open up about life in coronavirus lockdown

Monday, 29 June 2020, 2:47 pm | The Conversation

Resilience, humour, hardship and tragedy – a unique survey reveals how ordinary New Zealanders coped during one of the world's strictest COVID-19 lockdowns. More >>

In praise of the office: let's learn from COVID-19 and make the traditional workplace better

Monday, 29 June 2020, 2:44 pm | The Conversation

Working from home during lockdown reminded many of us of the benefits of office life. With a bit of imagination we could have the best of both worlds. More >>

This Russia-Afghanistan Story Is Western Propaganda At Its Most Vile

Monday, 29 June 2020, 2:41 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

  All western mass media outlets are now shrieking about the story The New York Times first reported , citing zero evidence and naming zero sources, claiming intelligence says Russia paid out bounties to Taliban-linked fighters in Afghanistan ... More >>

On The Opaque Workings Of The Royal Commission Into The Mosque Shootings

Monday, 29 June 2020, 11:34 am | Gordon Campbell

As we heard on RNZ this morning, the Moslem community is looking to the Royal Commission of Inquiry Into The Attacks on Christchurch Mosques for answers about the motives of the shooter. And also about and the adequacy of the security services and Police ... More >>

Paul Goldsmith admits to blunder in criticism of Green Party's pledge

Monday, 29 June 2020, 11:05 am | RNZ

The National Party's finance spokesperson has admitted to getting his facts wrong in a media release critical of the Green Party's pledge to transform the welfare system. More >>

Mosque gunman's interview 'needs to be shared with the wider public'

Monday, 29 June 2020, 11:00 am | RNZ

Muslim leaders are calling for an interview with the man convicted of killing 51 members of their community to be made public. More >>

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks to reassure public in wake of managed isolation review

Monday, 29 June 2020, 10:55 am | RNZ

The PM has responded to the review of managed isolation and quarantine, saying the country should have confidence in the government and holding up the situation in NZ compared to the rest of the world as the reason why. More >>

Sage Says Changes To Wildlife Act Will Have To Wait On Wai 262 Decisions

Sunday, 28 June 2020, 3:45 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on June 18, 2020. The Government will not be reforming the Wildlife Act until it has finalised an “integrated approach to the Wai 262 recommendations”, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says. The so-called ... More >>

Letter to the Editor: Backlog Of The Current Skilled Migrant Category

Sunday, 28 June 2020, 1:30 pm | Erin Zheng

I am writing this email to draw your attention towards the issue with processing delays of Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) non priority queue. Over the last year a massive backlog of applications has accumulated and there are currently over 15000 ... More >>

Wasteful, Secret And Vicious: The Absurd Prosecution Of Witness K And Bernard Collaery

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 5:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This week has not been a good one for the Australian legal system. For those who feel that an open justice process requires abuses of power to be exposed and held to account, it was particularly awful. It began with the Q&A program on the ... More >>

Mentally Replace Everything Before “U.S. Intelligence Says” With “Blah Blah We’re Probably Lying”

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:42 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

"Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill Troops, U.S. Intelligence Says", blares the latest viral headline from The New York Times. NYT's unnamed sources allege that the GRU "secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants ... More >>

Watercare Earmarks $57.5m To Recommission Dam

Friday, 26 June 2020, 4:17 pm | Steve Forbes - Local Democracy Reporter

Watercare is planning to spend $57.5 million to recommission a mothballed dam in Hūnua to help in the fight against Auckland's water shortages. The Hays Creek Dam was built in 1967. It is the smallest of the Hūnua dams and was originally designed ... More >>

Indicting Hashim Thaçi: The Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office Gets Busy

Friday, 26 June 2020, 4:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When it comes to the touchy, violent matter of Kosovar affairs, history keeps company with the devils of nationalism and vengeance. Serbia remains scornful of the aspirations of the territory, whose legitimacy it does not recognise; Kosovo remains spiteful ... More >>

Tararua Rates Hike Slashed

Friday, 26 June 2020, 4:11 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Tararua District councillor Peter Johns said he hoped to see a focus on the regions as New Zealand recovers from the covid-19 lockdown. Representatives in the district, which covers parts of northern Wairarapa and inland Hawke’s Bay, confirmed an average ... More >>

Lessons Learned In ‘comedy Of Errors’ Toilet Project

Friday, 26 June 2020, 4:07 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Lessons have been learned through the beleaguered construction of a new $928,000 toilet block for Gisborne’s inner harbour, district council chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann says. “No one wants to kind of say, ‘Well, yeah, this is our issue’ ... More >>

Election season kicks off: Billboards of political parties go up in Napier

Friday, 26 June 2020, 3:59 pm | RNZ

New Zealand's election season has begun and the billboards are out - the two biggest parties have lined the streets of Napier with signs to persuade voters. More >>

Choosing the right work-from-home computer

Friday, 26 June 2020, 3:56 pm | Digitl

Some employers will give you a work-from-home computer. Others leave the choice or even the cost up to you. You may be your own employer and make all your own decisions. Either way here’s a short, straightforward guide on choosing the best computer ... More >>

Man arrested after trying to grab child's hand in South Auckland

Friday, 26 June 2020, 3:56 pm | RNZ

Police have arrested a man after a child was allegedly grabbed on their way to school yesterday in Māngere, South Auckland. More >>

NZers left country during lockdown, returned via stays in managed isolation

Friday, 26 June 2020, 3:52 pm | RNZ

Official figures show 60 people left the country after alert level 4 restrictions were introduced, and returned before May. More >>

Imagination, Science, And Day-to-Day Magic

Friday, 26 June 2020, 12:18 pm | Keith Rankin

Fundamental Magic The fundamentals of existence are difficult to explain, which is why we need to fall back on abstract 'creators'; ie beings sufficiently abstract that they themselves do not need to be explained. Here is my big three list of origin ... More >>

On The Media Collusion With National’s Attack Lines

Friday, 26 June 2020, 10:59 am | Gordon Campbell

For most of the past week, any consumer of this country’s management of Covid-19 would think New Zealand was actually Brazil, or Texas. The media language has been full of claims of “botches” at the border, and laxness and inexcusable errors ... More >>

Commerce Commission revisits mobile regulation

Friday, 26 June 2020, 10:06 am | Digitl

Regulating termination rates introduced ten years ago kick-started mobile market competition in New Zealand. Now it’s time to review the rules. Don’t expect to see much change. More >>

2degrees fills network gaps with Vodafone deal

Friday, 26 June 2020, 10:03 am | Digitl

An infrastructure sharing agreement with Vodafone means 2degrees can expand its network reach by around 200 towers. More >>

RNZ And Concert FM: Still More Bum Notes

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 4:48 pm | Tom Frewen

Days after RNZ’s chief executive Paul Thompson wrote to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s chief executive Bernadette Cavanagh inquiring about access to the 102FM network for a proposed multimedia youth music platform, his senior management ... More >>

Bolton’s Memoir Bolts From The Stable

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 4:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton would have been confident. His indulgent The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir pitted him against the administration in a not infrequent battle over material that is published ... More >>

Te reo Māori champion Toni Waho dies: 'His reo will carry on'

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 4:30 pm | RNZ

Toni Waho, an unwavering advocate for te reo Māori, died after he was swept down a river near Tangiwai in the Ruapehu district last night. More >>

Supreme Court hears why appeal of deceased sex offender Peter Ellis should go ahead

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 4:29 pm | RNZ

The appeal of the now deceased convicted pedophile Peter Ellis should be reopened, because the mana of a person remains after their death, the Supreme Court has heard. More >>

Racism & Black Lives Matter In Thailand

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 12:00 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Black Lives Matter (BLM) call to action has come to this Buddhist-majority society which is grappling with discrimination against dark-skinned Thais, while some foreign black people say they personally suffer racism here but ... More >>

My body, my choice - but what if that choice is a caesarean?

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 11:54 am | RNZ

A woman's right to choose how she gives birth has come a long way, but is allowing the choice of a planned caesarean a step too far? Teresa Cowie investigates. More >>

The CIA, Prostitutes & Wars: Bangkok's Patpong Museum

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 4:23 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When the CIA's most macabre paramilitary officer Tony "Poe" Poshepny demanded and received the hacked-off ears and heads of communists in Laos during the Vietnam War, no one predicted he would become an exhibit in a new museum ... More >>

Covid-19 managed isolation and testing: by the numbers

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 4:21 pm | RNZ

The Ministry of Health has been unable to reach at least 58 percent of the people who left managed isolation untested between 9 and 16 June, its own numbers show. More >>

In Many Countries The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Accelerating, Not Slowing

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 4:18 pm | The Conversation

Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating . While some countries such as Australia and New Zealand have managed to flatten the curve, in many other parts of the world the number of cases has continued to reach new highs. More >>

Trust, Risk And Routine Arming: The Killing Of A Frontline Officer Challenges NZ Police Practice

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 4:13 pm | The Conversation

Trust, risk and routine arming: the killing of a frontline officer challenges New Zealand police practice More >>

Climate Explained: What Earth Would Be Like If We Hadn’t Pumped Greenhouse Gases Into The Atmosphere

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 4:02 pm | The Conversation

Climate Explained: what Earth would be like if we hadn't pumped greenhouse gases into the atmosphere More >>

Dishonour On The Bench: Dyson Heydon And The Australian High Court

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 3:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is one of the oldest professions, stacked with rules, conventions and protocols. It is also tribal and hierarchical. The law, presided over its executors, the judges, do not do transparency well. It stands to reason: according to Charles Dickens, the ... More >>

On Negating Covid-19 Success, And K-pop’s Links With Black Activism

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 11:20 am | Gordon Campbell

National MP Michael Woodhouse took his party’s credibility to a new low this morning via his inability to prove his claim that a homeless man had managed to freeload for 14 days inside a quarantine hotel in Auckland. Perusal of the CCTV footage has ... More >>

Why long-term environmental observations are crucial for New Zealand's water security challenges

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 11:15 am | The Conversation

Auckland's extreme drought and the rapid retreat of glaciers in the Southern Alps both highlight how important long-term observations are for water management policy and planning. More >>

Quarantine Bungles In New Zealand Threaten New COVID-19 Outbreak

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 10:50 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters On June 9, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government lifted all social distancing restrictions and declared the country free from the coronavirus, to great media fanfare in New Zealand and internationally. One week later, director-general ... More >>

Greta Thunberg Says Covid-19 Should Be Global Wake-Up Call To Tackle Climate Emergency

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 4:29 pm | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

In a new radio program, the Swedish teenager details and reflects on her travels around the world the past year as a youth climate leader. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Swedish 17-year-old Greta Thunberg, known globally for her climate activism, ... More >>

115+ Groups Urge Biden & Trump To Support 'Fair&Just Foreign Policy Re Israel & Palestinian Rights'

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 4:21 pm | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

"Palestinians have been campaigning for over 70 years for their basic rights and freedoms. It is far past time for the U.S. to stop carrying water for the Israeli government and instead support justice and equality for all people." by Jessica ... More >>