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Mangawhai’s $15 million dollar community plan

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 10:59 am | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Mangawhai locals will this summer have their chance to contribute to a $15 million Kaipara District Council management plan for their coastal settlement – one of the fastest growing centres in New Zealand. More >>

Northland LED streetlight retrofitting moratorium call

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 10:49 am | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

A Whangarei doctor is calling for a moratorium on Northland’s $6.2 million dollar ‘street lighting technology revolution’. More >>

Farmers miss lambing deadline as slip repair begins

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 10:31 am | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

The road has been closed to heavy vehicles since a slip in August, leaving Waikura Valley farmers unable to ship livestock to the works – and without income – during one of their most lucrative seasons of the year. More >>

Gisborne: Council launches app for service requests

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 10:26 am | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

From today, requests for service lodged through it will be sent to the council’s customer service team to be assigned to a council officer or contractor. Users can attach pictures of the issue and locate it on a map, and those details will be collated ... More >>

Kaikōura CEO refuses to cut ratepayers loose

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 10:17 am | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A bid by some northern Kaikōura residents to get their homes rezoned to Marlborough is off the table, a council boss says. More >>

Kaikōura curbs freedom camping ahead of summer

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 10:04 am | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Tough new freedom camping rules that ban camping at a number of areas are being praised by Kaikōura residents. More >>

Our Vanishing World: Wildlife

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 9:47 am | Robert J. Burrowes

Throughout its history, Earth has experienced five mass extinction events. See, for example, ‘Timeline Of Mass Extinction Events On Earth’ . It is now experiencing the sixth. More >>

Leaders urged not to COP out of climate action in Madrid

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 9:46 am | RNZ

The latest round of global climate talks has opened in Spain with the head of the UN warning the world risks sleepwalking past a point of no return. More >>

It’s time for Virginia to end the death penalty

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 9:12 am | David Swanson

The death penalty’s slow death is accelerating. At least 140 nations no longer use it. No nation in Europe uses the death penalty. No nation in the Western Hemisphere uses it, except the United States. More >>

The End of Netanyahu’s Era and Political Earthquake ahead

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 9:10 am | Ramzy Baroud

This time, nothing seems to work. Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has tried every trick in the book to save his political career and to avoid possible prison time. But for Israel’s longest-serving leader, the honeymoon is certainly ... More >>

PM's Post-Cab 2/12/19: Once More, The Breach

Monday, 2 December 2019, 4:56 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's began her weekly post-cabinet press conference by discussing schools' responses to the school property funding announced at the Labour Party conference this weekend. More >>

Julian Assange in Videoconference

Monday, 2 December 2019, 4:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Judge José de la Mata of Spain’s High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, had been facing a good deal of stonewalling on the part of his British colleagues. He is overseeing an investigation into the surveillance activities of a Spanish security firm aimed ... More >>

Claire Szabo Labour's new party president

Monday, 2 December 2019, 12:05 pm | RNZ

Former president Nigel Haworth quit in September, amid claims he had mishandled complaints about sexual assault. More >>

Bridges condemns climate protest vandalism at his office

Monday, 2 December 2019, 11:49 am | RNZ

The National Party leader, Simon Bridges, is criticising protesters for vandalising his Tauranga electorate office. More >>

Schools welcome maintenance boost, criticise allocation

Monday, 2 December 2019, 11:35 am | RNZ

Principals across the country are pleased with a surprise cash injection from the government, but say the allocation of funding has been somewhat mysterious. More >>

Gordon Campbell on PPPs and Labour’s infrastructure plans

Monday, 2 December 2019, 10:54 am | Gordon Campbell

Yet the same argument that Robertson has been making (ie, that this is a good time to launch these projects, while interest rates are so low) should apply equally to why it would make more sense for the government to borrow the money to build these ... More >>

Legitimised Surveillance: Kim Dotcom’s case against GCSB

Sunday, 1 December 2019, 3:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Surveillance activities and the law are often at loggerheads. The former specialises in destroying privacy; the latter, in so far as it might be adequate, sometimes furnishes a means of preserving it. When it comes to exposing overly-eager surveillance activity, ... More >>

Moving minerals law away from promotion

Sunday, 1 December 2019, 1:40 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The review of the Crown Minerals Act has been released and as expected focuses on changing the purpose of the law away from the promotion of mining. More >>

Govt sets mandate for climate change negotiations

Sunday, 1 December 2019, 1:37 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Government has released its negotiating mandate ministers will be taking to the UNFCCC COP meeting in Madrid next week. More >>

Government signals big new infrastructure spend

Saturday, 30 November 2019, 2:00 pm | RNZ

The government plans to loosen the purse strings and spend up large on infrastructure - but the details are still some weeks away. More >>

The Liveris Formula: Dow’s Inclusive Capitalism

Friday, 29 November 2019, 3:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Parasites have a certain weight in history. Donors to a system, a state, a company, always claim to be giving back what they advertise as their hard earned cash. Andrew N. Liveris is one such character. Former CEO of the Dow Chemical corporation, he ... More >>

DOC scraps plan to expand Lake Ianthe campsite

Friday, 29 November 2019, 3:37 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

The Department of Conservation has scrapped plans to expand its campsite at Lake Ianthe/Matahi, in Westland after strong objections from conservation groups and locals. More >>

Multimillion-dollar repair bill for Wairoa in storm’s wake

Friday, 29 November 2019, 2:43 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

State Highway 38 to Lake Waikaremoana was blocked by several slips. PHOTO: Facebook / Wairoa District Council Millions in financial aid to repair storm-damaged roads have helped keep Wairoa District Council from running at a loss. More >>

Goff refuses to answer questions on Ihumātao

Friday, 29 November 2019, 2:27 pm | Nick Truebridge - Local Democracy Reporter

Mayor Phil Goff is refusing to say whether he supports Auckland Council purchasing disputed land at Ihumātao. More >>

Co-operative housing the future in the Eastern Bay

Friday, 29 November 2019, 2:22 pm | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

The Eastern Bay could soon become the epicentre of co-operative housing in New Zealand. More >>

Vitamin 'C' Scurvy and Hemp

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 5:52 pm | Marco Fantham and Tadhg Stopford

Vitamin 'C' Cured Scurvy in the 1700's But in 2019, It's Illegal to Claim That Limes Can Cure Anything, Let Alone Hemp. More >>

Analysis: Dotcom Appeal Dismissed

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 5:41 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Kim Dotcom’s Appeal against the decision allowing the GSCB to withold information as to communications intercepted by them has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal of New Zealand . More >>

Moves to protect Marlborough beaches from quad bikes

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 5:29 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Fishermen are "staggered" they may no longer be able to ride quad bikes down fossil-covered beaches in Marlborough. More >>

Claim ratepayers ignored over ‘youth prison’ proposal

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 5:21 pm | Nick Truebridge - Local Democracy Reporter

South Auckland ratepayers claim voices have been ignored during bitter battle against ‘youth prison’ proposal More >>

Iwi warns Forest and Bird to back off over Waitaha

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 5:06 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

West Coast iwi Ngati Waewae has fired a solid warning shot across the bows of Forest and Bird and the West Coast Conservation Board, over moves to firm up protection for the Waitaha River. More >>

Appeal Decision: Kim Dotcom v AG (GSCB)

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 5:04 pm | NZ Court of Appeal

Kim Dotcom v Her Majesty’s Attorney-General on behalf of the Government Communications Security Bureau 06 September 2019 [2019] NZCA 412 More >>

Chopper pilots challenge Conservation Board over noise

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 4:46 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

A West Coast tourism company says restricting flights over wild country could put it out of business. More >>

Complaint against Auckland councillor thrown out

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 4:34 pm | Nick Truebridge - Local Democracy Reporter

Auckland Council chief executive Stephen Town has thrown out a code of conduct complaint against Maungakiekie-Tāmaki councillor Josephine Bartley. More >>

Builder fined over unconsented tiny homes in backyard

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 4:17 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A "cavalier" Marlborough man who built five tiny houses and tried to sell some on TradeMe said he didn't think he needed building consent because they were moveable. More >>

Lake Horowhenua gates locked "until ministers listen"

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 11:36 am | RNZ

A Māori activist is vowing to keep the public gates into Lake Horowhenua locked until government ministers listen to his concerns. More >>

Young Labour summer camp assaulter discharged

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 11:31 am | RNZ

A man who assaulted two teenage boys at a Young Labour summer camp has been discharged without conviction. More >>

Source of Northland power outage remains mystery

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 11:25 am | RNZ

Transpower is still looking for the fault in its circuit that caused yesterday's three-hour blackout across Northland. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the alleged sins of New Zealand First

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 10:30 am | Gordon Campbell

U pon his retirement – assuming the day ever arrives - Winston Peters will deserve a knighthood for services rendered to the media industry. Be it the scandals he has uncovered (eg the Winebox) or the scandals he has featured in… Peters is, as they ... More >>

Private ceremony marks Erebus 40 years on

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 9:46 am | RNZ

Families of those killed in New Zealand's worst peace-time disaster are meeting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy in Auckland today. More >>

Immigration New Zealand accused of slowing down applications

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 5:29 pm | RNZ

The immigration industry says officials are using what one lawyer described as Trump-style 'extreme vetting' to limit immigration numbers. More >>

Samoa's measles death toll rises to 33

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 5:12 pm | RNZ

There's been another death in Samoa's measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 33. More >>

Narrative Managers Faceplant In Hilarious OPCW Scandal Spin

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 5:08 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

Imperialist propaganda firm Bellingcat has published a response to the ever-expanding OPCW scandal, and it's got to be seen to be believed. More >>

Bathurst seeks consent to explore in conservation area

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 4:47 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

The country's biggest coal company is applying for resource consent to explore a coal seam in the Mt Rochfort Conservation Area, on the Denniston Plateau. More >>

Gisborne: Council turning to greener wheels to cut emissions

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 4:34 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Moving to green vehicles is a small part of Gisborne District Council’s work to reduce its carbon footprint, “but every bit helps”, says Mayor Rehette Stoltz. More >>

Borat versus Social Media

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 2:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Having made a name for himself causing cringing controversy, forging alter egos with the ease of a spam producer, Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G, Borat, Bruno) has taken a plunge into waters swum by every indignant activist, commentator and show pony worth ... More >>

Comanchero case: Lawyer pleads guilty to money laundering

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 12:53 pm | RNZ

An Auckland lawyer swept up in April's Comanchero gang raids has lost name suppression. More >>

NZ police close probe into death threats against Tonga PM

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 12:50 pm | RNZ

New Zealand police have concluded a person who made death threats against Tonga's Prime Minister meant no harm. More >>

Northland power outage affects tens of thousands

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 11:51 am | RNZ

Power has been cut to almost 90,000 customers across Northland and north of Breams Bay this morning, power companies say. More >>

A Rail Journey From Dinosaur to Digital

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 9:40 am | Aurecon

In Aurecon’s latest Just Imagine blog post, Global Service Leader for Rail & Mass Transit Becky Wood and Transport Planning Leader Ian McCarthy argue that while rail has successfully positioned itself as the backbone of society, there is still ... More >>

Hepatitis Foundation's excessive spending 'unacceptable'

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 9:40 am | RNZ

The Health Minister says the findings of extravagant spending against the chairperson and trustees of the Hepatitis Foundation are unacceptable. More >>

Firefighters prepare across NZ as risk spikes early

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 9:31 am | RNZ

It's not yet summer but parts of the central South Island are reaching extreme fire risk levels. More >>

Waitākere kauri dieback: repeat bushwalker to be prosecuted

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 5:34 pm | RNZ

Auckland Council is taking its first prosecution against a member of the public for walking on tracks in the Waitākere Ranges that are closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. More >>

The confusing picture of television services in NZ

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 5:28 pm | RNZ

The days when cartoon animals appeared on screen to signal the end of the day’s programming are almost unimaginable in a world of 24/7 access to a seemingly endless pool of content. More >>

Wellington Mayor outlines three year vision for capital

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 4:11 pm | RNZ

A new movie museum and prioritising a second Mt Victoria tunnel are firmly on the agenda for Wellington's new mayor. More >>

Gordon Campbell on China’s bad week, and Labour’s tribalism

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 11:06 am | Gordon Campbell

Even before the local body election results came in from Hong Kong, China had been having a p.r. nightmare this week. More >>

Black Caps beat England

Monday, 25 November 2019, 5:31 pm | RNZ

The Black Caps have won the opening cricket Test of the summer, beating England by an innings and 65 runs. More >>

100% renewable electricity has a fatal flaw

Monday, 25 November 2019, 2:05 pm | Molly Melhuish

A fatal flaw in Government’s promise of 100% renewable electricity has been revealed in an Official Information release by MBIE. Their electricity supply scenarios require continuing gas production, and even exploration to assure long term supply. More >>

Benefit relationship rules "create lose-lose situation"

Monday, 25 November 2019, 12:48 pm | RNZ

Beneficiary advocates want urgent changes to the rules around relationships in the welfare system. Child Poverty Action Group, Auckland Action Against Poverty, and Action Station have written an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying ... More >>

Who guards the guardians?

Monday, 25 November 2019, 12:38 pm | Kiwilaw

Bereaved families need probate of a will (or letters of administration, if there is no will), in any estate involving general land or more than $15,000 in any financial institution. This is not optional. More than 15,000 grants of probate are made each ... More >>

Breach of suppression orders in NZ will be punished - Little

Monday, 25 November 2019, 11:55 am | RNZ

Justice Minister Andrew Little expects New Zealanders who shared the name of Grace Millane's killer via social media will face legal action. More >>


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