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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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    Labour | 22-07
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    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • 3 reasons why I can’t care about Gerry Brownlee’s airport security fias...
    I find it very difficult to get upset about Gerry Brownlee barging through airport security for 3 simple reasons. Firstly I think airport security in this country is a total farce. Why we need to be conditioned to security searches...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • How the Opposition win Epsom now Key has cemented Goldsmith into place
    One fear I had this election would be that National listened to Matthew Hooton and removed Goldsmith from the ballot box to leave the race open enough for David Seymour to ensure an ACT Party victory. Thankfully National Party hubris...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Now Conservative Party has been killed off, is a vote for NZ First a vote f...
    Are Winston and John Key new Best Friends Forever?   Colin Craig and his Conservative Party have been cleverly played and tricked and trapped by National. Whatever promises and flirtations Key made with Craig last year have eventuated into nothing....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away ...
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Best National Party Billboard
    Best National Party Billboard...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
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