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Sonny Bill Williams reportedly signs with Toronto Wolfpack

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 9:19 am | RNZ

Sonny Bill Williams looks set to become the highest paid rugby league player on earth after reportedly signing a $10 million two-year deal with the Toronto Wolfpack. More >>

Debate rages after Whakatane councillor ousted

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 1:11 pm | RNZ

A recount of votes following a random chance election in the Murupara-Galatea Ward has seen one councillor ousted after just one week and a new one elected. More >>

China FTA and RCEP: ideal in the circumstances - Jacobi

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 12:50 pm | RNZ

New Zealand's free trade upgrade with China and RCEP are probably the best that could be expected considering global trends to protectionism, International Business Forum head Stephen Jacobi says. More >>

Gordon Campbell unnecessary new Police powers, and Spain

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 11:07 am | Gordon Campbell

Safety can be dangerous stuff. Paradoxically, when governments say they’re doing things to make us more safe, the effects often make us feel less safe. Police pursuits for example, have a track record (and a body count) that makes them more dangerous ... More >>

Local control of fishing rules upheld by Court of Appeal

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 10:07 am | RNZ

A Māori trust says the decision to give local councils the right to set fishing regulations is the right one. More >>

Firefighters monitor Hawke's Bay, Otago blaze sites

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 10:01 am | RNZ

Fire crews are keeping a close watch on the site of two blazes in Hawke's Bay and Otago. More >>

Ex-Air New Zealand boss wins National's Botany candidacy

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 9:47 am | RNZ

Former Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon has been chosen as the National Party's candidate for the Botany electorate. More >>

Hope is fading for the Kiwi nurse missing in Syria

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 9:24 am | RNZ

Hope is fading for Louisa Akavi, a New Zealand nurse who has spent decades on the front line of war zones, who has now been missing for six years. More >>

The Hillary Clinton Resentment Machine

Monday, 4 November 2019, 4:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Only a sadomasochist would consider it a genuine prospect. A failed presidential candidate, the louse in the locks of the Democratic Party, keen to make yet another vain tilt at the White House. But in the rogues’ gallery of the defective and disturbed, ... More >>

November heat spike "unusually early"

Monday, 4 November 2019, 11:03 am | RNZ

The weekend heat set the third highest ever recorded temperature for November in the Bay of Plenty, a meteorologist says. More >>

'This is a step towards the militarisation of the police'

Monday, 4 November 2019, 10:56 am | RNZ

Dozens of South Auckland residents have railed against the "Americanisation" of New Zealand's police force, fearing the number and scope of armed groups of police officers will slowly expand until it becomes normal. More >>

Documents: Treasury endorsed the government's water reforms

Monday, 4 November 2019, 10:32 am | RNZ

The government's financial and economic advisor, the Treasury, basically supports the principle of the government's water reforms, material acquired by RNZ has shown. More >>

East Asia Summit: Jacinda Ardern and Thai PM meet

Monday, 4 November 2019, 9:57 am | RNZ

Sheep placenta cream - ever heard of it? Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has, and named it while talking with Jacinda Ardern about their respective countries working more closely together on high value agricultural goods. More >>

Winston Peters' privacy lawsuit against National MPs starts

Monday, 4 November 2019, 9:46 am | RNZ

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters is expected to take the stand at the High Court in Auckland today, as his privacy lawsuit against former National ministers kicks off. More >>

Conservation Authority worries about working with Fonterra

Sunday, 3 November 2019, 1:20 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Conservation Authority worries about working with Fonterra The Conservation Authority has told the Department of Conservation it is concerned its work with Fonterra isn’t a good look. More >>

MBIE plans for budget changes due to ‘no new mines’ policy

Sunday, 3 November 2019, 1:17 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is budgeting for a decrease in funding as a result of the ‘no new mines’ policy announced in 2018. More >>

Electric Kiwi says market power test needs strengthening

Sunday, 3 November 2019, 1:14 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Electric Kiwi and Haast Energy say the Commerce Act’s test for use of market power needs to be strengthened as the status quo is holding back the electricity sector. More >>

Crushing Anti-Mining Protest in Australia

Saturday, 2 November 2019, 2:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Prime Minister of Australia is fuming. Having made his mark on Australian politics by being the mining sector’s most avid defender, Scott Morrison was disturbed by the week’s events in Melbourne that saw clashes between police and protesters outside ... More >>

Tethering Pegasus: WhatsApp takes NSO Group to Court

Friday, 1 November 2019, 2:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A lawsuit filed in a US federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday threw up a few interesting, and disturbing considerations. In it, the Facebook-owned platform WhatsApp advanced an allegation that now seems commonplace: that the Israeli spyware Pegasus ... More >>

Where to next for the Kiwi dollar?

Friday, 1 November 2019, 9:33 am | Milford Asset Management

Milford Asset Management Portfolio Manager Mark Riggall has been tracking the shrinking Kiwi dollar and says there is scope for it to fall further yet. More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s Stone Age package

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 9:29 am | Gordon Campbell

B ad enough that the National Party led by Simon Bridges is still aiming to run a modern economy with a package of ideas - tax cuts, de-regulation, small government – that were fashionable in the late 1980s, but which became discredited over a ... More >>

Sir Ray Avery on School Lunches.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 2:45 pm | The Sir Ray Avery Foundation

The Government has announced it will roll out a trial school lunch program in 120 schools in early 2020 providing healthy lunches to schoolchildren. They must be applauded for this initiative and it’s long overdue. Many countries have well proven heathy ... More >>

Boris Johnson Against Parliament

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 12:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A pretty odd thing, this. The prime minister of Britain, supposedly of the conservative creed, making an almost violent dash against both parliament and the courts of law. While his presence is barely a patch on Margaret Thatcher, there is something about ... More >>

A Touch of Plagiarism: The Nazari Precedent

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 10:13 am | Binoy Kampmark

The academy is filled with wonder. There are professors who cannot teach. There are associate professors who cannot write. There are tenured academics who have been promoted on the basis of being able to be the fourth author on all their papers, ... More >>

Bragging About Murdering People You Turned into Terrorists

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 10:10 am | David Swanson

You cannot promote the rule of law by loudly bragging about committing murder. You cannot end terrorism by committing terrorism. Here is a U.S. president openly proclaiming that he has committed murder in order to let people be afraid they’ll be next. ... More >>

Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinian Christians

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 10:07 am | Ramzy Baroud

Palestine’s Christian population is dwindling at an alarming rate. The world’s most ancient Christian community is moving elsewhere. And the reason for this is Israel. More >>

Should vegans be locked up for economic treason? A reply

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 7:20 pm | Lynley Tulloch

Ryan Bridges has suggested that vegans be locked up and accused of treason if they don’t want to eat meat. This seems to me to be a hyper aggressive response - even if (and I’m going to be kind and assume this) it was tongue in cheek. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the killing of the Islamic State leader

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 11:41 am | Gordon Campbell

S o…as a few other reports have noted, the US has now killed the Islamic State monster – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – that it created in the first place. The US invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the subsequent decision to disband much of the Iraqi Army ... More >>

On Child Poverty

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 11:09 am | Don Franks

When the poor finally explode in frustration and seize what they want, police deal to it. With clubs, if needed, with guns. More >>

Ground zero: Frontline champions lead the fight to #endTB

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 10:10 am | Citizen News Service

It was indeed a humbling experience for me to interact with a few frontline healthcare workers who are courageously fighting the #endTB battle on the ground in Hyderabad, India (the venue for the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health). My day began ... More >>

Just Transition Unit reports success - suggests expansion

Sunday, 27 October 2019, 11:40 am | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Just Transitions Unit work has been successful so far in Taranaki, but will need more funding to continue and expand, especially if it extends it work into the agriculture area where the Government is planning for the impact of major change, says a Cabinet ... More >>

EECA to look at LEDs in all housing

Sunday, 27 October 2019, 11:37 am | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority is looking at whether it would be feasible to replace all household lighting with LEDs and its minister wants it to do more work on getting communities to develop their own renewable energy projects. More >>

Draft resources strategy panned as incoherent Trojan horse

Sunday, 27 October 2019, 11:34 am | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The BusinessNZ Energy Council has told the Government its draft resources strategy is incoherent and implies a sharp narrowing of the sector and major change. More >>

On the SkyCity Convention Centre fire

Friday, 25 October 2019, 9:13 am | Socialist Equality Group

Firefighters this morning brought a major fire under control at the construction site for Auckland’s SkyCity Convention Centre, one of the city’s largest and most expensive building projects. The centre’s unfinished roof burst into flames ... More >>

‘This Is Oil Country!’ – Climate Protests And The Left

Friday, 25 October 2019, 9:08 am | MediaLens

The left has a dark secret that is becoming ever harder to ignore: it is riddled with climate scepticism, indifference and denial. More >>

Armed Response Teams: 'Nothing good can come of this'

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 4:47 pm | RNZ

There are fears a six-month trial of police patrol vehicles carrying armed officers might mean Māori being targeted more than any other group. More >>

SkyCity fire: Eight million litres of water in basement

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 4:27 pm | RNZ

Firefighters say the blaze at the SkyCity International Convention Centre in central Auckland us still active, but they are moving into a recovery phase. More >>

Police chases: Avoid pursuing fleeing youths - Commissioner

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 4:08 pm | RNZ

The Children's Commissioner is calling for a ban on police chases involving children and young people fleeing in cars, unless the circumstances make it absolutely necessary. More >>

Richard S. Ehrlich: "Implanted Communist Chips"

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 3:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Army Chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong has announced a communist conspiracy is plotting to seize power in Thailand, led by elderly politicians and academics who had "implanted communist chips" in their brains. More >>

Julian Assange, Political Offences and Surveillance

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 3:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

While Australian journalists bonded and broke break in condemning national security legislation that some of them had previously supported, one figure was barely mentioned. Julian Assange was making his first public appearance since April for a case management ... More >>

First Police implementation report on fleeing drivers

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 1:21 pm | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Authority welcomes today's release of the first quarterly report by Police setting out the steps Police have taken so far to implement the recommendations made in relation to Police's management of fleeing driver events. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Greens' love for a forest destroyer

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 11:22 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the Greens learning to love a global destroyer of native forests, and on the stereotypes facing women at work First published on Werewolf More >>

RNZ Live Updates: SkyCity fire day three

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 9:27 am | RNZ

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says buildings and roads will still be closed today because of the NZ International Convention Centre fire but things will start to get back to normal. More >>

End of Life Bill likely to go to a public vote

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 9:09 am | RNZ

End of Life Bill likely to go to a public vote at the next election Craig McCulloch , Deputy Political Editor More >>

'No question': APEC will be in Auckland, despite fire - PM

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 5:01 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says APEC will definitely still be held in Auckland in 2021, despite the destruction caused by the fire at the NZ International Convention Centre. More >>

Brand Trudeau Wins a Second Term

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 2:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Few politicians come across more as products of hashtag committee management than Justin Trudeau. His image has been doctored, massaged and spruced, and even then, the Instagram-Twitter committee did not quite see those corrupt influences that are ... More >>

Cold snap brings snow to the South Island

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 2:20 pm | RNZ

A cold snap has brought freezing temperatures and snow to parts of the South Island, but most areas have escaped disruption. More >>

Live: SkyCity fire brings Auckland CBD to a halt

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 2:16 pm | RNZ

The fire at Auckland's SkyCity international convention centre has been raging for more than a day resulting in nearby offices being shut, roads closed and health warnings being issued. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Trudeau’s election ‘victory’

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 12:10 pm | Gordon Campbell

Y esterday in Canada… was a bad, bad election outcome for the fossil fuels industry. Not only were Justin Trudeau and his Liberals returned to power, but Trudeau’s most likely coalition partner – the NDP – is adamantly opposed to the huge Trans ... More >>

McCollum & Palestinian Children

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 12:03 pm | Ramzy Baroud

In December 2018, 17-year-old Palestinian teen, Ayham Sabah, was sentenced by an Israeli military court to 35 years in prison for his alleged role in a stabbing attack targeting an Israeli soldier in an illegal Jewish settlement in the West Bank. More >>

Police told bullying victim to retract statement

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 11:36 am | RNZ

The police have told a whistleblower to retract his statements to RNZ about being bullied or face legal action. In a letter sent to his lawyer, the police said Mr Woodward had breached confidential settlement agreements from 2014 and 2017. More >>

SkyCity fire 'absolutely devastating', CEO says

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 11:31 am | RNZ

SkyCity says fire and smoke damage to the International Convention Centre and the adjacent SkyCity Horizon Hotel complex in Auckland will materially affect its opening. More >>

Arranged marriages caught up in immigration policy changes

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 10:48 am | RNZ

The message from New Zealand First MP Shane Jones to members of the Indian community disgruntled with immigration policy changes - get on the first plane home if you're not happy. More >>

SkyCity fire still burning, PM to visit today

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 9:55 am | RNZ

Flames and billows of black smoke are still coming out from the roof of the SkyCity International Convention centre in Auckland. More >>

Terrorism bill delayed as National seeks conditions

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 5:36 pm | RNZ

Terrorism bill delayed as National seek conditions: 'I do feel a little dicked around' - Little More >>

Bridges' officials claimed failed tech 'transformational'

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:59 pm | RNZ

Ministerial briefings show officials told Simon Bridges, when he was Transport Minister, that a Silicon Valley company would transform New Zealand. More >>

Random chance finalises new Whakatane councillor

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:51 pm | RNZ

A name drawn from a hat has determined who will represent the southern-most communities of the Whakatane district over the next three years. More >>

No figures on multi-million costs of visa delays

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:34 pm | RNZ

Education providers are questioning why Education New Zealand is not calculating the cost of visa delays to the sector. More >>

Extremist preacher barred from entering New Zealand

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:12 pm | RNZ

An extremist American preacher who wants Barack Obama to die has been denied access to New Zealand. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Simon Bridges and political correctness

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 12:46 pm | Gordon Campbell

Having failed all year at being a credible alternative Prime Minister, National leader Simon Bridges has lowered his aspirational target this week to something more within his range. On radio yesterday, Bridges did his best to come across as National’s ... More >>