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Towards online citizens’ radio

Written By: - Date published: 4:31 pm, December 31st, 2013 - 72 comments
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There’s a discussion started on the “Where is this democracy” thread, about the demise of  public service radio.  Partly this is in response to Guyon Espiner being appointed to Morning Report on RNZ.

What would it take to set up and run a regular progressive citizens’ online radio show or two?  One that is accessible to as many as possible, including those on low incomes?

The discussion  began with greywarbler saying:

Didn’t Labour shoot themselves and us in the foot when they gave up on the idea of a dedicated public service channel. That would have put on political discussions (commercially so unentertaining) for people who cared about our country and wanted to think about its direction and events. And watch its shows and give its creatives a regular venue. But now we have people revelling in ‘reality’ shows. Cartoons are where we get stuff satiristic and informative.

Labour gave up the tremendous advantages of mass presentation of views and news for information as well as interest. Petty thinkers of the left have left us without this media type and don’t seem to be able to change from the petty mindset so it goes on. All they aspire to is to be hens picking up bits of ideas from the ground, a bit of policy here and there, but not many useful eggs.

I then suggested running an online radio news/current events how, as this would be financially cheap to do, but would probably involve quite a time commtiment.  It would need the involvement of some people with specific skills. This would include some people with leadership and motivational skills, as well as the people to actually front as hosts of the online radio show & conduct interviews.

Some suggestions:

From greywarbler;

The way that talk back radio manage contentious opinions, perhaps to the operator, is to cut them off. There would have to be some sort of control through a group that has a mission statement to guide them, and can limit a Kyle Chapman, an anti Peter Jackson activist or an anti-union.
Maybe there is a way around these problems of access. Limited time etc.

From weka, in response to,

“i reckon research and fact checking would be useful contributions.”

Finding out what proportion of intended audience have/don’t have adequate/cheap internet to listen would be a good place to start. And where those with access are.

Suggestions…. ideas?

 

72 comments on “Towards online citizens’ radio”

  1. tricledrown 1

    Guyon ebonizor will most likely filter questions on RNZ morning show it will be interesting to see what his attitude is .
    But access to online radio may not be as big a problem with new smart phones costing as little as $60 .
    These phones wouldn’t chew up a lot of data for online radio so the big thing is is their Enough volunteers to run the show.

    • weka 1.1

      How much data usage for an hour’s listening td?

      Mobile BB is not cheap.

      Not all networks cover all areas either, so there are limitations to access that way too. Despite what the networks say about how many people in NZ they cover, many rural areas have intermittent or below par coverage.

      • weka 1.1.1

        Just downloaded an MP3 from RNZ. 30 minutes long and its 11.5MB, so let’s say an hour is 23MB. I get 500MB in my cellphone plan (topups are $12/500MB I think for cell phones), so that’s 21 hours of listening a month, or just over 5 1/2 hours a week if I don’t use that data for anything else. I don’t know if streaming uses data at the same rate as a download.

  2. karol 2

    Interesting comment about phones, trc. I thought online radio was the cheapest to produce – I think broadcast radio needs payment for a spot on the spectrum.

    if the team that produces it was drawn from across NZ, there might be enough volunteers….?

    • Francis 2.1

      There’s “low powered” spectrum available, though it’s on a “first-come, first-served” basis, so those in large urban areas are probably already flooded out. The 1 watt capacity does allow a reasonable coverage of a 2-3Km radius though, but an online version would definitely be needed as well.

      EDIT: adam explains it better a few posts down :)

  3. adam 3

    There is the possibility, you can do both an on-line and a terrestrial radio, on the community/low power spectrum. Hard to explain in a post, but simply you can for about $150 get a transmitter and tower to broad cast. The range is small about 27 km, and it has a few caveats. Here the rules and a links to full rules.

    http://www.rsm.govt.nz/cms/licensees/types-of-licence/general-user-licences/low-power-fm-broadcasting

    This can be linked/synced with a on-line radio station – and then interconnected through out the country. So effectively, one starts and broadcasts – then others roll in when the can afford to pay for transmission gear. It also gives local people the ability to concentrate on doing there own thing when they need/want to (broadcasting just on there low powered unit). I’d also argue for it being sinked- to get those people stuck in cars in Auckland.

  4. Philj 4

    Xox
    Some smartphones have a radio receiver built in, with no data usage. It’s basically using a smartphone as a radio. Some smartphones need to download a radio app and will use data. The alternative left/progressive radio/TV under discussion, in my view is letting RNZ, and the government, off the hook in providing an intelligent and informative, non commercial public Radio and Television. Both seem to be disappearing before our eyes, and ears. Pushing the ragbag politicians and parties on public broadcasting is a major issue for me when voting for a change of dictatorship.

    • karol 4.1

      I understand you last point, Philj. But wouldn’t it be possible to do both – produce a citizens’ radio show and use it to critique RNZ and push them to be better? It’d ne one or two shows, not continuous – that’d take a lot of human energy and time.

    • weka 4.2

      “Some smartphones have a radio receiver built in, with no data usage. It’s basically using a smartphone as a radio”

      But receiving radio via broadcast rather than internet right? My old dumbphone can do that.

  5. RedLogix 5

    If this get’s to the point of needing a little cash karol – I can have a dig among the pocket prickles.

    • karol 5.1

      Thanks, RL. I don’t know about costs – not my field. I’m fishing for both ideas and some specialist knowledge and skills.

      • phillip ure 5.1.1

        i will stick my hand up to do what i can to help make this happen..

        ..(i have approx 5yrs experience knocking about bfm in the 90’s..writing/editing/producing/interviewing/presenting/editorialising etc..so some residual skills will likely still be present..hopefully..)

        ..i think it is a great idea..

        ..and even if initially only set up with the scope/commitment of this election year..

        ..it wd be well worth doing..’

        ..for more reasons than you can poke a stick at..

        ..let’s make this election the internet-election..

        ..phillip ure..

  6. Ecosse 6

    Yep Radio Citizen sounds like a decent, do able project to me. They are run to some effect in some Northern European Countires. Yet why have the sole rationale to use it, as a “Critique of RNZ to push them to do better?” Why a closed remit? Surely a critique of all, that may deserve it, especially the Right Wing “Talky Radio” Misinformation Merchants? Also part of its raision d’etre, should be used to inform, educate, debate, along the same lines as TS online?..Rather than a “One Off Issue” Kommando Hit & Run Raids on “RNZ”. Surely this should be A Project TS as opposed too Project Karol?

    • karol 6.1

      Yet why have the sole rationale to use it, as a “Critique of RNZ to push them to do better?”

      Sorry, I wasn’t clear in that comment – I didn’t mean it to be the sole, or even main focus of the programmes – as indicated in my post.

    • greywarbler 6.2

      Keep up the ideas ecosse. No-one is limiting anything at the moment. It’s just ideas and information gathering and everyone on TS is invited – it might need nursing along carefully later but at present anyone can bounce the baby.

      I don’t know much about radio now, and using it on the internet. I envisage there could be experienced people talking about their area of expertise and current events. I enjoy Maori news on Radionz and Maori have run broadcast stations in some places for many years.

      Student radio and community frequencies were made available by Labour when it was selling off spectrum. In Nelson there was a group set up for local broadcasts for local issues set up. There was a tower that was changing hands and space for the community radio to broadcast through it for distance.

      Maori are trying to get government to give them more bandwidth – I don’t know whether it is radio or not.

  7. greywarbler 7

    Some possibly useful sites.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_radio_stations_in_New_Zealand
    There are 21 radio areas listed in NZ covering the country.
    Non-commercial network stations
    Life FM
    Niu FM
    New Zealand’s Rhema
    Southern Star
    Radio Waatea
    Tahu FM

    Local Radiio Broadcast Stations
    http://radiostationworld.com/locations/new_zealand/nzlrdloc.asp

    NZ Internet streaming
    stations on NZ Radio Guide
    http://www.nzradioguide.co.nz/

  8. weka 8

    It’s a good idea karol. I think you would need to have a clearly expressed kaupapa, so that people getting on board all knew what they were working towards.

    Another research aspect would be looking at the pertinent organsiational and legal structures.

    Part of both those things is who has power, and building in safe guards at the start so it can’t be co-opted.

  9. Ecosse 9

    oic Karol. Thank you for the clarification. I think the Idea has great potential. Its has my support, for what its worth. Keep up the good work!

  10. Steve 10

    The technicalities for starting a news style podcast, or a talk Internet radio station, are pretty simple. I have done it myself.
    Podcasts can not only be downloaded by anyone, but offered to all other broadcasters, net and lpfm, for free broadcast – see http://www.democracynow.org for a high end example.
    The biggest issue faced for such an enterprise is getting journalists etc to go out and research and interview people, keeping it legal and editing shows together etc. Plus of course good quality digital recorders, mics, software etc.
    I have been seriously looking to start a weekly one hour podcast of independent unbiased news, and so am glad to see this discussion started.

    • i would carry them on whoar for you..

      ..so there is a potential 20,000+ subscription-audience..

      ..to kick things off..

      ..the standard/tdb would also carry it..

      ..the reasons to do it just grow and grow..

      ..phillip ure..

  11. Will@Welly 11

    Thanks karol for the start of the conversation. I think we have now entered the beginning of the end of “state radio broadcasting”. That’s why Richard Griffin was originally employed, Guyon Espiner’s appointment, and the probable transfer of Morning Report to Auckland will see the demise of RNZ.
    So we do need to plan ahead.
    Television wise, we now only have 1 & 2/3 of an hour a week, roughly 40 weeks a year of formal interview style television, Maori TV’s “Native Affairs”, & TV 3’s “The Nation”, recently renewed. Added to that is maybe 1 – 1.5 hrs of “Campbell Live”. TV1 doesn’t rate, their “Q&A” presenter spends half their time laughing, and 7 Sharp, ain’t current affairs.
    So television wise, we as a nation, have been seriously short changed, on ‘free-to-air’. So we really need to watch what happens with our state broadcaster.

  12. Matthew Hooton 12

    According to IrishBill, MickeySavage and lprent, $35 million a year represents UNDERFUNDING to run a public-broadcaster radio station – see http://thestandard.org.nz/national-moves-to-trash-rnz/

    Even freezing funding at $35 million equates to “trashing” public radio.

    So you will need quite a lot to implement your proposal.

    • karol 12.1

      Matthew, I’m not talking about an enterprise like RNZ. I’m not talking about trying to replace RNZ. I’m talking about a daily or maybe twice daily radio programme run by volunteers.

      • Matthew Hooton 12.1.1

        Speak to bFM. They may be able to help.

        • karol 12.1.1.1

          Yes, I was thinking that bFM was in the same kind of territory. They must have some support from the uni and/or students’ union?

          A citizens’ radio programme would probably be best looking for support from community and progressive groups/organisations.

          • phillip ure 12.1.1.1.1

            i wd second the ask bfm-suggestion..

            ..even if as an entity they are unable to help that much..(or aren’t needed..modern studios being just a laptop away..)

            ….there may well be personnel there who wd like to participate/add their skills..

            ..phillip ure..

          • Matthew Hooton 12.1.1.1.2

            FWIW, from memory, it cost about $20,000 to produce 21 episodes of iPredict TV for the last election (it may have been a bit more, plus I donated one of my junior staff’s time to do admin etc, but it was around $20k). If I say so myself, we covered election issues in more detail, and had higher quality and more eclectic guests, than much other election coverage which would have cost far more (and despite our controversial host). So you are absolutely right that you could produce some online radio (or TV) far more cheaply than RNZ/TVNZ seems to manage. The 21 episodes can all be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxtvZI2XuQk So perhaps talk to Face TV.

  13. karol 13

    Thanks for the links above – I’ve saved them for future reference.

    It seems to me that such a radio programme would require the following personnel:

    Techies – website managers; offline radio station managers if required

    a managing team (preferably involving some people who are firmly embedded in some wide networks around the country that can be drawn on for support

    some hosts: maybe a team of people like Al Jazeera – where no one person is committed to a regular time/spot,but are included in a schedule/roster based on their availability. Some generalist hosts/commentators and some specialists for specific topics.

    content researchers, interviewers, fact checkers

    scheduling/programming managers – including research on scheduling, topic choices, audience responses, etc

    funding managers

    anything else?

    • BM 13.1

      Listeners.

      • felix 13.1.1

        If his passion for leftie radio is anything like his passion for leftie web forums, then BM will be listening 24/7.

        So that’s a start.

    • Colonial Viper 13.2

      karol. This is the most amazing idea that you have put together. Literally, it is giving me goose bumps.

      Here are a few random ideas you might find worth considering.

      1) I envision this like a small pirate radio station – think Radio Hauraki but for the 21st century. Also I can’t get the picture out of my mind that it’s also like Partisan Resistance Radio in occupied France.

      2) It’s light, it’s fast, it’s fact checked, informative and meaningful. Low overheads, automated, high tech yet simple. The transmissions don’t have to be continuous, maybe a single live programme day a week, or on 6pm to 9pm every week night. (24/7 access to already broadcast programmes over the internet).

      3) Aaron Hawkins. This is one of the guys you need to be talking to. Long time Dunedin student radio Radio One FM presenter and interviewer, and now, a Green party city councillor here in Dunedin.

      http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/councillors/cr-aaron-hawkins

      http://www.r1.co.nz/

      4) Assemble a 100 person list of all the black-listed and grey-listed experts who hardly ever get MSM air time. These are the people that 99% of the time mainstream NZ literally forgets about. The Hagars, Campbells, Sykes, Mintos, Bradfords, Goulds, Warings, Wilsons etc. Retired journos and editors. From all different fields, backgrounds and specialties. The attraction for them is that they will be asked to contribute on serious and informative issues in a thoughtful way which, journalistically speaking, almost no one else in the MSM does any more. You get some to do a regular spot – the reading of a quarterly or monthly essay or review that they have written, or to act as an interviewer or interviewee. You get others to contribute material, and point you towards interesting subject areas for the programme for the months ahead.

      5) Provide key contributors and volunteers a nominal sum or honourarium to be involved and for their time – maybe $500-$750 for a year. It’s clear that this is in essence a public service volunteer organisation in the old fashioned style, but one which respects contributors’ time and takes no one for granted. Yes, a few people may have to be considered staff or contractors on commercial rates but we minimise those.

      6) There is a monthly donors programme which focusses on bringing in regular $5-$50 sums per month, as well as a major donors programme which focusses on bringing in $1000+ lump sums.

      Just awesome karol.

      • Colonial Viper 13.2.1

        And it’s an election year. So that’s a simple theme to build around. Keeping the political parties on the Left honest and making sure they innovate (in good ways). Give listeners questions and facts they can challenge candidates with. Presenting Left facts, insights and ideas that the mainstream political parties are too chickenshit, ahem conservative, to talk about any more for fear of being too radical for ‘middle voting NZ.’

        This is not about the royal court gossip, the entertaining Colin Craig BS, it’s about the stuff which cuts to the bone and pressuring the parties on the Left to do more (in whichever policy field is the topic of the day), because so much more needs to be done in this nation.

        The MSM idea of “balance by having evasive idjits from both sides presenting stuff totally irrelevant to the problems at hand” gets burned. And it’s not about “objectivity” – it’s about applying Left value judgements and perspectives to the objective.

        Also civics education and stories around the proud history of the nation eg. 1st Labour Govt, Liberal Govt land reforms, the mass movements of the past eg Save Manapouri, ’81 tour, the politics of the anti-nuclear stuff, Rogernomics and Ruthanasia etc. Educate the young about where we have come from, what NZ people power is really capable of, the things the Left did well and the things it fucked up.

  14. Steve 14

    I think a good start would be one hour of news and interviews a week, put online aS an mp3 download, and a no derivative creative commons license for other broadcasters.
    My basic rule of thumb is that it takes four hours to produce one hour of broadcast (radio) news, for an under resourced outfit.
    Suggest it includes a round up of the week in politics, business news and social (employment, housing, health and education).

  15. Flip 16

    I was having this thought myself so would be interested. The sound bites you get on TV are unsatisfying. The most interesting thing to me would be having different views on a topic and then allowing listeners to contribute thoughts and questions for comment. Some sort of visual as well as audio would be good to provide visual info like graphs, animations, video, links etc

    • Steve 16.1

      Tv takes at least three times the resources of radio. Cameras, lights, different microphones than those used in radio, a lot more time editing and creating graphics etc.
      In my mind, for a budget operation it is unsustainable. People are more likely to listen than watch (on the bus, in the car, walking, exercising etc).

      • phillip ure 16.1.1

        of course..never say never..and different situations wd work best in either/both-mediums..

        ..and if audience-expectations are for content..not so much bells and whistles….

        ..a simple vid-offering could work..

        ..people with those skills will likely pop-up..should the opportunity be there..

        ..phillip ure..

  16. Tim 17

    Just as an aside (I have no desire to hijack this thread because it’s a brilliant idea):

    Currently watching AlJazeera documentary on how a groups of Kenyans engaged in a grafitti campaign (given that other forms of media had effectively been hijacked).
    It made me think of the “Bridges Pants on Fire” billboard too.
    However, hopefully someone may pick up on this idea. Posters, cafe drops et al are also effective (perhaps as a means of distributing BLiP’s long long list of the current junta’s BS)

  17. fambo 18

    Not sure if this point has been made already and not wishing to dampen your enthusiasm for what may eventuate as a necessity if National stays in long enough to irrideemably subvert RNZ, but National would have no problem with a liberal news media funded and produced by volunteers. In fact, they would use it as an excuse to further weaken public broadcasting, arguing that if people want this, they should do it themselves. We already have online outlets for alternative points of views but can’t afford to be marginalised while all mainstream media is controlled by the right. Labour needs to be emphatic about funding public television and radio as one of its core policies.

  18. Philj 19

    Xox
    A progressive Internet radio hour called ‘Real Public Service Radio’ or ” The Reality Check” sounds great. Sounds like an acceptance of the government’s sell out on their responsibility to provide the public with a quality broadcasting service. Sad really.

  19. KJT 20

    Bloody good idea. Count me in as a researcher.

  20. millsy 21

    I am very sceptical about online streaming radio. Namely because it sucks up bandwidth, especially when it is tightly rationed by telcos, and also because it is unreliable.

    Perhaps talk to an Access radio station about having an hour long slot to host a show, at least that gets the hardware problem out of the way. Shows could be made available online as an archive?

  21. Steve 22

    My experience on streaming radio has been very positive. Reliable and good quality audio. Remember also that speech radio takes a quarter of the bandwidth than an online music station needs.
    In my view, broadcast radio is basically dead in the water. Online radio gives us all the ability to be heard. And People want to hear what they want when they want. They want to POD – play on demand.

  22. Zorr 23

    This sounds very very cool and there are so many good suggestions above.

    From my experiences consuming modern media and having taken an interest in the past with how Democracy Now manage what they do, there’s a couple of points made that need +1’s

    1) A video portion – having a presence on social video sites like Youtube can make a massive difference if you have people tuning in. A lot of podcasts do this with the participants using webcams (thereby cutting costs if people have already invested in them) and cutting in video where it is available (if possible).

    2) The concept of a “weekly roundup” is really cool and would be well combined with (1) to make video a weekly thing thereby giving more time for production.

    3) The daily/twice daily podcast that is offered to local independent radio stations (such as bFM) so that it is then made available in two places (podcast form and terrestrial radio) as well as reducing costs on transmission. This is, essentially, how Democracy Now does it except with TV stations.

    Finally, it is a brilliant idea and a wonderfully upbeat way to start a new year. I would be willing to invest time and energy helping to make this work.

  23. karol 24

    Well before any of the above ideas can be put in practice, I need a starter management team (core of 3 or 4 should be OK?), some techies, and a host or two willing to voice commentate and possibly conduct some interviews. Volunteers?

    • Steve 24.1

      Hi Karol.
      Obviously lots of ideas here.

      I think the delivery format can be worked out later.

      But first and foremost, what is it that is proposed? A weekly podcast, a daily show (ala DemocracyNow), streaming radio with rolling news (big operation).

      Politics. Is the proposed programme to be anti National, pro Labour or unbiased (like DemocracyNow)?

      • karol 24.1.1

        Weekly or daily – it would be a collective decision based on what is workable. Maybe weekly first, though I would favour daily eventually – or something in between.

        A broadly left/progressive programme.

        It seems to me, at some point there needs to be a meeting of volunteers – via skype or in person – or both considering the need for nation wide participation.

        I can be emailed:
        karolscribe@gmail.com

      • phillip ure 24.1.2

        a daily show of length depending on curated/original-material used on the day..would seem the simplest..

        ..and an even-handeness would be the ethos/ideal to strive more..

        ..and by ‘evenhanded’ i don’t mean being easy on any of them..

        ..i mean holding them all to the same high standard..

        ..that way lies credibility..

        phillip ure..

  24. greywarbler 25

    Could it be that the input could be archived so accessable later? Something simple by date and alphabet or so. It would not be good to be ephemeral. The truth would stay out there and if anyone wanted to reach out and grab it, they could. So there would always be something to listen to even though it was going only part-time as eventually there would be a library equivalent.

    Called instead of Stand-Up Comedians perhaps Stand-Up Community (or Commies for short, little in-joke for the crowd)?

    I am just noting some things that have come to mind and haven’t read the whole of the latest threads. People now can get stuff on their phones can’t they? I am still a baby using mine and don’t know all its uses, and I might get a tablet soon. And those not on the internet could take the big step, or perhaps use their new phones. It is a help to understanding the general person’s experience if they are trying to think politically.

  25. captain hook 26

    forget about webradio.
    get the cash together and buy a micropulse radio station which work on line of sight.
    one little transmitter in the right place could cover al of auckland!
    They are about $5,000 but worth every cent and with so much more potential that some silly app for a pc.

  26. Anton 27

    I’m a bit embarrassed that noone here has mentioned community radio. Thre are a dozen or so radio stations in nz who, for a small yearly subscription would give you professional studio time, and then you can podcast the show as you like. You can syndicate the show through the community network.

    I was involved with the astonishing “sustainable lens on radio” with Shane Gallagher and Sam Mann for year or two in Dunedin, and it was, at last look, one of the most popular sustainability shows on iTunes.

    Dont get trapped in the technology, just go to your local community radio station and they will welcome you with open arms. Use Skype (or hangouts) for distance interviews. Don’t panic about audio quality, its all about the content.

    • lprent 27.1

      That is actually a very good idea. For instance Planet FM offers exactly that kind of service. http://www.acab.org.nz/stations/planet-fm/

      You do need the sound-proofed studio. Couldn’t do it in my apartment for instance because of the distracting swoosh of cars and the odd moron talking loadly outside. In the burbs, you’d have to add in the cicada buzz of lawnmowers.

      Can’t see any particular point in broadcasting it. But as a studio it’d be excellent and not badly located for Aucklanders after SH20 fully opens. Because it is voice that we’re after the bandwidth requirements are low and it’d be easy enough for poeple to remote in.

      I have had a look at streaming and/or , and that doesn’t look like any particular technical or financial problem. Doesn’t look like a problem at all.

      In fact, the only issue that I can see would be getting the data streamed/uploaded because of the async nature of links in NZ. Uploads are outright slow.

      aside: It is now six years on from the announcement of the fibre rollout. I put my hand up for it as early as was possible. It finally got laid early last year outside my apartment block. Needless to say I still can’t get it although Chorus are now analysing it. Most IT people in apartment buildings I know have exactly the same issue (and there are at least 10 of us in this building alone).

      • Steve 27.1.1

        You might be surprised at the results home podcasters etc can achieve, along with the audio quality of recorded Skype interviews.
        The planet fm suggestion is fine, but it increases the logistics of booking the studio and getting interviewees etc to attend on time.
        A mobile recorder such as a Zoom unit and a good mic (me66) can do wonders in the right hands.

        • lprent 27.1.1.1

          You might be surprised at the results home podcasters etc can achieve, along with the audio quality of recorded Skype interviews.

          I’m well aware of that. We do skype and VOIP all of the time at work. Lyn does it with fellow documentary makers all over the world, and activists inside the country. But the problem is that it is still very susceptible to any drop in network which means that you’d better have have good bandwidth. And like any mic, it has issues with background noise.

          Try getting 4 people at once on skype for 15 minutes and you can guarantee that either someones link will crap out or there will be an almighty crash as someone drops a bottle or a motor mower starts up outside.

          It gets a lot easier if you have one side of the system on trusted hardware in an environment with filters and a mixer.

      • karol 27.1.2

        Lynn, I have had emails from a couple of people who have put their hands up to be involved. I was waiting for others to get back from their hols before deciding on the next step. I had thought you might be willing to get invovled in some way.

        Community radio does sound like it has possibilities.

      • Flip 27.1.3

        One thought I had was to have a regular web conference to enable contributions from a number of people. Record the conference and you have a multimedia presentation. A bit of a mash-up between a presentation, chat, talkback, radio, video in fact any media presentation.

        Need to look at the cost of a platform and the performance constraints around it though. The main thing was that people in cyberspace can contribute online to the discussion. A bit like what happens @ TS except in realtime comments as the presentation (post) happens.

        Need to work on the details but what do people think?

        • Colonial Viper 27.1.3.1

          A useful idea. The content will need a fair bit of editing effort and time to make it into something presentable for a wider audience (eg look at things like TED talks, for instance).

  27. Karl Sinclair 28

    To the new (and some not so new) handle turners of the state gramophone, ponder this:
    Quotes: Herbert Schiller
    “It is not necessary to construct a theory of intentional cultural control. In truth, the strength of the control process rests in its apparent absence. The desired systemic result is achieved ordinarily by a loose though effective institutional process. It utilizes the education of journalists and other media professionals, built-in penalties and rewards for doing what is expected, norms presented as objective rules, and the occasional but telling direct intrusion from above. The main lever is the internalization of values.”

    Paper Tiger TV excerpts Herbert Schiller Reads the NYT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MqIYJf13Hw

    We have with the Sunday New York Times a weekly reminder that the American economy lives and runs on waste, and the New York Times reflects it and utilises it and in its own practices carries on the same wasteful practices…………
    End Quotes

    Is RNZ becoming increasingly like a hybrid of the Sunday New York Times?

    Now examine a sample of the board of directors of RNZ:
    We have an ex media advisor who worked for a previous National Party PM, an ex commercial media employee, a lawyer (ex national party MP), a person with vested interests in primary industries (also chairman of a Banking group?), another person who was involved in the primary industries (brand/media advisor). Would the majority of the board members be right leaning?

    YOU DECIDE…………….. Caveat emptor

    Just for a laugh watch the movie “THEY LIVE”….. Does Mr. Reality snuggle up to Ms Fiction (maybe yes, maybe no…… you decide). http://tu.tv/videos/they-live-1988-full-movie

    Some quotes:
    “They are dismantling the sleeping middle class. More and more people are becoming poor. We are their cattle. We are being bred for slavery.”

    “Outside the limit of our sight, feeding off us, perched on top of us, from birth to death, are our owners! Our owners! They have us. They control us! They are our masters! Wake up! They’re all about you! All around you!”

    “We could be pets, we could be food, but all we really are is livestock!”

  28. Karl Sinclair 29

    Anyone seen The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology by Slavoj Žižek on the movie “They Live”.

    It made me think of RNZ. Will RNZ help us to see the “real” message beneath all the propaganda, glitz and so on or have it’s reality glasses started to become colored with rose’ down at the Wine Loft in Wellington.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4WAXQJyxCo

    Also Slavoj Žižek on “The Dark Knight” (The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology) Quotes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRp46PuZDek

    “In order to maintain the trust of the public into the legal system, the idea is as if the ordinary public, where to learn how corrupted it was or is the very core of our legal system then everything would have collapsed we need a lie to maintain order…..”

    End Quote:
    In other words, you (Mr and Mrs Blogs) can’t handle the truth…..
    2 Recent NZ examples:

    • Asset Sales referendum ignored
    • Pyke River

    Just to name a few

    PUT THE GLASSES ON, FREEDOM HURTS……………………………

    An independent, well run radio station may provide more dimensions to the truth game.

  29. captain hook 30

    Just what we need.
    anything to balnce the shriekers from the steven joyce stable of hyperactive noo noo heads.
    when it comes on line let me know and I have a nifty library of jazz, blues, c&w, folk and 60’s rock and pop that you can have for zilch.

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    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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