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Winebox High Court Ruling Fallout - An assurance on the latest findings of the Winebox inquiry wont be ignored. Two High Court judges ruled on Friday that certain key findings of Winebox commissioner Sir Ronald Davison were invalid. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says he expects the judgement at the very least to be a signal to the Inland Revenue Department to start collecting millions of dollars in back taxes. He says they could start by collecting the $2 million owed from the Magnum transactions. But Prime Minister Jenny Shipley says it is not up to her to decide what Inland Revenue should do with the High Court ruling. She does expect however that the Attorney General and the commissioner of the IRD to look very carefully at Friday’s ruling and to decide whether any further action is required. She says there are obviously parts of the High Court ruling that Winston Peters will feel very pleased about.

Hurricane Brett Raises Alarm - Thousands of people are fleeing their homes with Hurricane Brett bearing down on the Texas Gulf. USA forecasters say it has the potential to become the worst storm in the United States in more than 30 years. Brett is packing winds of up to 220 kilometres per hour and a US weather spokesperson says the hurricane’s winds are not the only thing to be feared; the sea is expected to raise its level due to the storm surge by 10 to 15 feet. Heavy rains over the next few days are also expected to create major flooding.

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Gordon Campbell: On The Erebus Memorial In Parnell

Social media can be a wonderful tool for bringing people together in a common cause. It can also be a seedbed and spreader of mis-information on a community-wide scale. To which category do the protests against the siting of an Erebus memorial (to the 257 New Zealanders who died in that tragedy) in a secluded corner of a Parnell park happen to belong? IMO, it is clearly the latter, and the reasons for thinking so are explained below... More>>

 

National: Proposed Hate Speech Laws A Step Too Far

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “The reforms are supposedly including protections to every ... More>>

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Agriculture: Government To Phase Out Live Exports By Sea

The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high ... More>>

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Norman Gemmell: New Zealand’s New Housing Policy Is Really Just A New Tax Package — And It’s A Shambles

Norman Gemmell , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Economists like to talk about “optimal policy instruments” — essentially, policies that achieve their objectives more effectively or efficiently than the alternatives, and ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

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Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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