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Coronavirus: Health officials ramp up presence at airports as self-isolation begins

Monday, 16 March 2020, 10:26 am | RNZ

From today every traveller who lands in New Zealand is being met by a health official at the airport with instructions on how to manage two weeks in isolation. More >>

Coronavirus: More large events likely to be cancelled - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Monday, 16 March 2020, 10:18 am | RNZ

Jacinda Ardern said the government was acting on advice quickly and taking difficult decisions early to protect New Zealanders' health. More >>

Reserve Bank announces emergency official cash rate cut

Monday, 16 March 2020, 10:10 am | RNZ

The Reserve Bank has cut its official cash rate to a record low of 0.25 percent. More >>

Judge Leaves Door Open On Climate Change Case… Just

Sunday, 15 March 2020, 2:58 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on March 12, 2020. A High Court judge has left the door open for a new tort law making corporates responsible for their greenhouse gas emissions, but indicated it would be a difficult argument to make ... More >>

Ardern Says NZ Is To Impose Toughest Border Controls In World

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 5:16 pm | RNZ

As of midnight tomorrow every person arriving in New Zealand apart from those coming from the Pacific islands will have to self- isolate, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

NZ First MP Tracey Martin self-isolating, being tested for Covid-19

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 4:27 pm | RNZ

Cabinet minister Tracey Martin will be tested for Covid-19 today, after coming into contact with the virus. More >>

For Heaven’s Sake Sanitise! Coronavirus As A Way Of Life

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 4:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Anything we say in advance of a pandemic happening is alarmist; anything we say afterwards is inadequate.” Michael Leavitt, US Health and Human Services Secretary, March 30, 2006 A crew of gathered customers were busying themselves this Friday evening ... More >>

Peace Not War

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 1:44 pm | Anthony Ravlich

What happened to Franklin Roosevelt’s non-discrimination on the grounds of one’s station in life? This is described in FDR Second Bill of Rights Speech, . It is equivalent to non-discrimination on the grounds of social class which I cannot ... More >>

How Profit-gouging And Government Deregulation Created New Zealand’s Home-building Catastrophe

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 1:21 pm | Socialist Equality Group

By John Braddock, Socialist Equality Group 12 March 2020, original url: Rottenomics: The Story of New Zealand’s Leaky Buildings Disaster by Peter Dyer (Bateman Books, 2019) New Zealand’s housing problems were recently described as ... More >>

Why you need your own domain name

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 12:51 pm | Digitl

"Some storytellers and influencers are also migrating from personal sites toward individual channels on Medium, Blogger, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube. But there's a risk here — those creating and sharing unique content on these channels can lose ... More >>

DuckDuckGo is good enough... most of the time

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 12:44 pm | Digitl

Jake Voytko posted a long, considered and comprehensive post about his experiment comparing DuckDuckGo and Google Search. It's a subject that has fascinated me for years. More >>

Microsoft Word stickiness

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 12:43 pm | Digitl

I rarely use Word to write stories or blog posts. Yet, I never hesitate to renew my Office 365 subscription. More >>

It’s official: Fibre overtakes copper

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 12:35 pm | Digitl

At the end of September, fibre companies had 880,000 premises connected to their networks. There were 581,000 copper connections. Fibre connections were up 31 percent on the year earlier. Copper connections were down 23 percent. More >>

Gamers behind biggest data surge since Rugby World Cup

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 12:32 pm | Digitl

Chorus' biggest data traffic surge since the Rugby World Cup took Kurt Rodgers, the company's network strategy manager by surprise. Yesterday we had the biggest surge of traffic on the @ChorusNZ network since the RWC. Thought it might be people working ... More >>

Gamers behind biggest data surge since Rugby World Cup

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 12:27 pm | Digitl

Chorus' biggest data traffic surge since the Rugby World Cup took Kurt Rodgers, the company's network strategy manager by surprise. Yesterday we had the biggest surge of traffic on the @ChorusNZ network since the RWC. Thought it might be people working ... More >>

Further gun law changes stall as mosque attacks anniversary nears

Friday, 13 March 2020, 3:46 pm | RNZ

Gun owners are at odds with the government over proposals for the newest tranche of changes revamping firearms legislation. More >>

A Conchord Takes On Totalitarianism

Friday, 13 March 2020, 3:09 pm | Max Rashbrooke

This Festival of the Arts production is modestly billed as a ‘work in progress’ – but is already well advanced, remarkably polished, and looking like a surefire hit. More >>

PM on mosque attacks anniversary: 'A year on gives us a chance as a nation to reflect'

Friday, 13 March 2020, 2:50 pm | RNZ

Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand and its people have fundamentally changed after the Christchurch mosque attacks. More >>

Coronavirus: More travel restrictions are on the way - PM

Friday, 13 March 2020, 2:18 pm | RNZ

The PM says there will be further border restrictions as NZ responds to Covid-19, with the Cabinet Committee meeting over the weekend to decide on what they will be. More >>

On The Global Panic, And The Local Plans To Deal With Coronavirus

Friday, 13 March 2020, 10:37 am | Gordon Campbell

Yesterday, US President Donald Trump gave Americans and Europeans a lot of good reasons to panic and/or bristle with outrage. Instead of providing leadership and unveiling a practical stimulus package for the US economy, Trump used his Oval Office ... More >>

Economic Emergency 2020, Will There Be A Resumption Of Normality?

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 4:47 pm | Keith Rankin

For a few weeks now, awareness has been growing that the global economic consequences of the Covid19 epidemic (that WHO today notes has "characteristics of a pandemic") may be greater than the medical consequences, even if the European death rates fail ... More >>

The Great Unpatterning Continues. Make Sure You Take Advantage Of It.

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 4:39 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

In an attempt to contain the Covid-19 pandemic the president of the United States has just announced a 30-day travel ban between the US and Europe , and the NBA has just suspended its season . If this is the first you're hearing of this, go ahead ... More >>

Resisting Interpretation: The Perpetrator And Domestic Violence In Australia

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 4:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Resisting Interpretation: The Perpetrator and Domestic Violence in Australia A parliament of tears, or at the very least, a chamber of parliamentarians keen to shed tears. It all seemed that a feeling of genuine empathy was streaming forth in Australia’s ... More >>

All travel from Europe to US suspended for 30 days

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 3:01 pm | RNZ

The US will suspend all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days because of the Covid-19 coronavirus. More >>

Covid-19 : Robertson tempers expectations over stimulus package

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 2:55 pm | RNZ

Finance Minister Grant Robertson is tempering expectations about whether he will follow Australia in rolling out a major Covid-19 stimulus package, saying his focus right now is on targeted support. More >>

The death of a bovine with no name

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 2:43 pm | Lynley Tulloch

An unsettling picture of a bovine with no name has appeared on social media. More >>

Toxic waste protesters tell council: 'You're all we have left'

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 2:33 pm | RNZ

Protesters wearing masks and hazmat suits have marched into the Christchurch City Council today, in opposition to a proposed waste plant expansion in their town. More >>

Simon Bridges: Reducing regulation important for strong economy

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 2:26 pm | RNZ

National Party leader Simon Bridges is defending policies unveiled earlier this week intended to cut red tape. More >>

Labour shrugs after abortion clinic safe-zones vote misfire

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 2:14 pm | RNZ

MPs were caught out in a verbal vote against abortion clinic safe zones last night, but Labour's Jacinda Ardern and Andrew Little seem to want to just put it behind them. More >>

Bill passed to fund disabled election candidates

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 2:05 pm | RNZ

A bill establishing a fund to help support disabled general and local election candidates has passed its final reading. More >>

Coronavirus Is A Huge Story, So Journalists Must Apply Highest Ethical Standards In How They Tell It

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 10:28 am | The Conversation

The reason for this lies in an inherent conflict between two ethical obligations: the obligation to truth-telling and the obligation not to add unjustifiably to public anxiety. More >>

Christchurch’s Legacy Of Fighting Violent Extremism Online Must Go Further – Into The Dark Web

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 10:25 am | The Conversation

Christchurch's legacy of fighting violent extremism online must go further – deep into the dark web More >>

Coronavirus: A Weekly Update From The Conversation's Global Network Of Academics

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 10:22 am | The Conversation

The year had barely begun when stories started to emerge of a worrying number of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China, caused by a mysterious new “coronavirus”. The Conversation published its first story on the outbreak on January 13 . At that point, ... More >>

Coronavirus Spreading Faster Because We Lack Universal Health Care

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 9:50 am | Harvey Wasserman

By Joel Segal & Harvey Wasserman / A critical factor accelerating the spread of coronavirus in the United States is our lack of universal health care. As we debate the costs of providing medical treatment for all, and as the virus tears ... More >>

Golden Anniversaries For Flawed Treaties: The NPT Turns Fifty

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 5:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In an era where agreements have been abandoned as “bad”, to use that favourite word of US President Donald Trump, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons continues to feature on the books of diplomacy. But age seems to be wearying ... More >>

‘Where’s My Money?’: Parking App Down, And Would-be Parkers Want Answers

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 4:01 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A parking app used by several New Zealand councils has gone offline, with councils scrambling for a quick fix amid social media backlash. The PayMyPark smartphone app was this week flagged as "experiencing technical issues" in Marlborough, ... More >>

Council Weighing Up Ways To Reuse Wastewater

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:56 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Sufficiently treated wastewater can be used to irrigate agricultural land, such as the Poverty Bay flats. Photo: Liam Clayton / The Gisborne Herald - single use only Treated wastewater from Gisborne’s upgraded sewage treatment plant will be ... More >>

Airport Spend Adds To Rate Rise

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:51 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Masterton District Council has proposed significant investment at the town's Hood Aerodrome. PHOTO/WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE/FILE Council-led development of Masterton Airport will improve Wairarapa’s resilience and its bid for a return to commuter flights, ... More >>

NZ's Fossil Fuel Investment Ban For Popular KiwiSaver Funds Is More Political Than Ethical

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:39 pm | The Conversation

New Zealand’s announcement of a fossil fuel ban for default KiwiSaver funds from mid-2021 has left many questions unanswered – including whether it is appropriate for governments to make ethical investment choices on behalf of hundreds of thousands ... More >>

Regional Council Prepares For Worst-case Drought

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:35 pm | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

In times of drought, the regional council could restrict the right to take water from aquifers and rivers across the region. At an extraordinary council meeting held yesterday morning, Bay of Plenty Regional Council elected members approved a process ... More >>

Bike Walk Marlborough ‘Runs Its Course’

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:31 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Council walking and cycling co-ordinator Braden Prideaux says dissolving the Bike Walk Marlborough Trust frees up more time for him and volunteer trustees. CREDIT: CHLOE RANFORD/LDR A walking and cycling group in Marlborough has decided to wind ... More >>

Don't panic - a recession may not be what you think

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:26 pm | RNZ

Opinion - A recession caused by the coronavirus would be relatively short-lived for most of us, and the government has the capacity to respond smartly for those hit hard, Shamubeel Eaqub writes. More >>

Whitebaiters Wait On Survey

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:21 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Diane Laing says the ongoing whitebait consultation needed better timing and more communication. PHOTO/WAIRARAPA-TIMES-AGE/FILE Lifelong Wairarapa whitebaiters are waiting to hear the results of a long-running consultation on the future of the catch ... More >>

In An Election Year, Gun Reform Has Become Political In New Zealand And Ardern Is Losing Her Support

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:19 pm | The Conversation

Immediately after the Christchurch massacre in 2019, the New Zealand government pledged dramatic gun law changes. More >>

Far-right Extremists Still Threaten New Zealand, A Year On From The Christchurch Attacks

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:16 pm | The Conversation

In the hours after the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15 last year, I wrote that I hoped New Zealand would finally stop believing it was immune to far-right extremist violence. A year on, I’m not sure enough has changed. More >>

Coronavirus Offerings And Job Losses: University Reliance On China Bites

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 1:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was predicted, warned against and is happening. Universities fattened by the Chinese student market are now in a state of financial shock, cutting losses, trimming courses and doing what over managed institutions do best: remove working productive ... More >>

On The Loss Of Abortion Safe Zones

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 11:16 am | Gordon Campbell

No doubt, last night’s defeat of abortion law reform provisions that would have created safe zones around abortion clinics will be portrayed, by some, as a victory for free speech. It isn’t. It was a victory for bigotry and intimidation directed ... More >>

Coronavirus: Businesses call for speed, clarity on Covid-19 assistance

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 10:48 am | RNZ

The government is facing criticism for not moving fast enough on a package to help businesses affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus. More >>

MPs vote to remove abortion clinic safe zones from Bill

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 10:45 am | RNZ

Confusion reigns as MPs do away with sections of the Abortion Legislation Bill that would have made legally protected 'safe areas' possible outside clinics. More >>

Government says top of South Island economy 'in good shape' amid Covid-19 worries

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 10:00 am | RNZ

Industry leaders and government ministers say this year's Marlborough vintage is adding a rosy glow to the economic outlook in the top of the south. More >>

RNZ Concert and new RNZ music station documents revealed

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 9:58 am | RNZ

Fresh details have come to light detailing RNZ's multi-media youth radio station that had been proposed to replace RNZ Concert on FM. More >>

Coronavirus: Green light for Christchurch memorial service, Pasifika Festival

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 9:56 am | RNZ

Health officials are advising that because there is no wider community spread of Covid-19 public events can go ahead, but with strong health measures in place. More >>

Europe Wraps Up Warmest Winter On Record With Massive Youth #ClimateStrike In Brussels

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 2:40 pm | Common Dreams

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thousands of people, including Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, marched through downtown Brussels Friday for the youth-led European Climate Strike just a day after scientists released new data revealing that the past ... More >>

'There Is Genuine Panic': Fears Of Global Financial Meltdown As Human Toll Of Coronavirus Grows

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 1:39 pm | Common Dreams

Fears of a financial meltdown at least on the scale of the 2008 crisis intensified Monday as global markets were gripped by panic resulting from the spread of the coronavirus across the globe and the ensuing oil price war launched by Saudi Arabia over the ... More >>

Cartoon - Panic Buying

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 11:20 am | Adrian Maidment

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On The Oil Price Smackdown, And On National’s Fatuous Crusade Against Red Tape

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 10:05 am | Gordon Campbell

Safe to say, Vladimir Putin did not expect the response he has received amidships from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Earlier, Russia chose to walk away from the OPEC talks in Vienna that were aimed at reaching an agreement on how to reduce world ... More >>

Abuse, Oppression And Murder: The PA Does Israel’s Dirty Work In The West Bank

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 9:54 am | Ramzy Baroud

Merely two weeks after Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, declared that the PA will suspend all ‘security coordination’ with Israel, Palestinian security forces in the West Bank killed unarmed teenager, Salah Zakareneh. Zakareneh ... More >>

Ban Parades Now

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 9:36 am | David Swanson

As I proposed before the CPAC meeting and will again now, there is a danger in large gatherings and a precedent of ignoring that danger to great detriment. The steps China has taken against the coronavirus (rapidly building new hospitals, testing ... More >>

PFAS contamination: Ministry stands by advice despite new report in Australia

Monday, 9 March 2020, 11:37 am | RNZ

New Zealand's health advice on per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that contaminate many waterways is based on an Australian health panel's advice. More >>

Cycling on footpaths may be allowed under planned rule changes

Monday, 9 March 2020, 11:16 am | RNZ

The government wants feedback on whether to change the rules to allow people to ride bikes on the footpath. More >>


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