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  • Going way back with Auckland’s monorail-wanting mayoral candidate
    An Auckland mayoral candidate has broken the internet* by announcing a plan for a monorail around the central city. Who is Craig Lord, and is he serious? Alex Braae spoke to him shortly after his campaign launch to find out.The Spinoff local election coverage is made possible thanks to The Spinoff Members. ...
    The SpinoffBy Alex Braae
    13 hours ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    14 hours ago
  • The Kiwi business bringing nature back to modern medicine
    Antibiotics are becoming increasingly less effective, so what treatments can we use when the drugs stop working? With help from plant extracts, award-winning company HerbScience is set to breathe new life into how we treat bacterial infections.When Cynthia Hunefeld was just 10 years old, her father was hospitalised with a ...
    The SpinoffBy Jihee Junn
    19 hours ago
  • Six months on, aroha at Linwood
    In the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, there are signs of healing, support and, of course, ongoing struggle. ...
    21 hours ago
  • Future of Kiwi onion dip hangs in the balance as Nestlé factory closes
    For some, it symbolises the very backbone of New Zealand’s food culture. But can Kiwi onion dip survive after the factory that makes reduced cream is shut down?The Australian factory that makes Nestlé reduced cream, an integral ingredient in Kiwi onion dip, is shutting down, casting a shadow over the ...
    The SpinoffBy Alice Neville
    22 hours ago
  • The beating heart of the Māori economy
    Every year Matariki X brings Māori innovators and entrepreneurs together to share their experiences and inspire one another. Callaghan Innovation’s Vinnie Campbell says the Māori economy’s biggest strengths have nothing to do with money.This story was funded by The Spinoff Members. For more about becoming a member and supporting The ...
    The SpinoffBy Leonie Hayden
    22 hours ago
  • I stand with Greta, and with the strikers: James Shaw’s letter to NZ school students
    Today marks the start of Covering Climate Now. To launch the week, the New Zealand climate change minister, James Shaw, writes an open letter to participants in the School Strike 4 Climate ahead of their day of action later this month.The Spinoff’s participation in Covering Climate Now is thanks to ...
    The SpinoffBy James Shaw
    22 hours ago
  • The increasingly uncompromising Todd Muller
    National’s new agriculture spokesperson finds himself in one of the party’s most important portfolios, at a time of dramatically increasing tensions in the sector. Will Todd Muller, a man regularly mentioned as a future leader contender, find common ground?Todd Muller’s obsession with politics began with an American encyclopaedia, which his ...
    The SpinoffBy Alex Braae
    22 hours ago
  • Climate change: our next ‘moonshot moment’?
    While some despair about the fate of our planet, climate scientist James Renwick says it is never too late to take action. ...
    1 day ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • Six months on, have we reckoned with the far-right?
    Although few would now deny that there are far-right extremists in NZ, questions remain around whether we have truly reckoned with the root causes of white supremacy. ...
    1 day ago
  • The Nation: Simon Shepherd Interviews Paula Bennett
    National's Deputy Leader Paula Bennett spent the week claiming a serious cover-up in the Prime Minister's office. She used parliamentary privilege to name three of the Prime Minister's closest advisors who, she says, knew about the sexual assault ...
    2 days ago
  • The Nation: Al Noor Mosque spokesperson Anthony Green
    Six months on from the worst terrorist attack in New Zealand history, Simon Shepherd asked Al Noor Mosque spokesperson Anthony Green how the Christchurch Muslim is community faring. ...
    2 days ago
  • The Nation: Simon Shepherd Interviews Dr Sylvia Nissen
    Despite a hedonistic and, at times, boozy image – New Zealand has had a rich history of student protest. ...
    2 days ago
  • The Nation: Mental health campaigner Jazz Thornton
    Jazz Thornton is a suicide survivor who has gone on to form the mental health support group Voices of Hope. ...
    2 days ago
  • The Nation: Health Minister David Clark
    One was a new suicide prevention strategy, which the Māori Council has labelled a ‘kick in the guts’. ...
    2 days ago
  • Tohutao: Ngā pea kōhua ki roto i te purini tiakarete
    To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, cookbook authors, 2014 MasterChef-winning sisters and badass wāhine Māori Karena and Kasey Bird (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Manawa) have translated some of the delicious recipes from their second cookbook, Hungry, into te reo Māori for The Spinoff. Today, poached pears in chocolate.NGĀ PEA KŌHUA ...
    The SpinoffBy Karena and Kasey Bird
    2 days ago
  • Firearms legislation must be fair to hunters
    “The Game Animal Council is concerned that the Government’s second tranche of firearms legislation released today may contain unreasonable provisions that will unfairly impact hunters,” says Game Animal Council Chair Don Hammond. ...
    2 days ago
  • BNNZ Government Agency briefing – Wellington, 11 September
    Government policy work on the Carbon Zero bill highlights connections between climate change, carbon sequestration and agriculture. Water quality and allocation are also topical with the release of the Draft Policy Statement for Freshwater Management ...
    2 days ago
  • ‘It was insane, but I had to do it’: Miss June on mixing music and medicine
    Miss June’s Bad Luck Party was recorded literally between hospital shifts, and their summer schedule includes both festival dates and their frontwoman’s graduation from medical school. We sat down with the band to ask just how, exactly, they’ve survived so far.The first years of life for Tāmaki Makaurau pop-punk quartet ...
    The SpinoffBy Matthew McAuley
    2 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Extract: A City Possessed – The Christchurch Child Crèche Case
    The following four short extracts are from A City Possessed: The Christchurch Child Crèche Case by Lynley Hood, which has just been reprinted by Otago University Press. The book was first published in 2001 and won the Montana Medal for Non-Fiction at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. The controversial ...
    The SpinoffBy Lynley Hood
    2 days ago
  • Hope, change, and a sprinkling of bigotry at Hamilton’s big mayoral debate
    Hamilton councillors have drawn headlines this year for being anti-science and insensitive to terror victims. At a mayoral debate on Wednesday, there were signs a campaign for change is gathering force.The Spinoff local election coverage is made possible thanks to The Spinoff Members. For more about becoming a member and supporting The Spinoff’s journalism click ...
    The SpinoffBy Hayden Donnell
    2 days ago
  • On the Labour Party crisis and Jacinda Ardern
    The Spinoff editor writes on the story that has engulfed NZ politics this week.One of the very few positive things to come out of a hideous week in New Zealand politics has been the sieving-out of the blinkered, partisan zealots. On one side, those who are ready to conjure up ...
    The SpinoffBy Toby Manhire
    2 days ago
  • Meet Rawinia Higgins, our first female Māori Language Commissioner
    In June 2018, Rawinia Higgins was appointed chairperson of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori. She’s the first female and the first te reo Māori second-language speaker to hold the role, and during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, she sat down with The Spinoff to talk about her ...
    The SpinoffBy Alice Webb-Liddall
    2 days ago
  • Teaching Māori history must not be simply a spray tan to brown up the past
    Compulsory New Zealand history in schools is an exciting opportunity but it’s crucial we’re critical of the stories we tell ourselves, writes Dr Aroha Harris. History is not simply an assemblage of facts and evidence. History is also the interrogation of those things.This may be unsettling news for some, including the ...
    The SpinoffBy The Spinoff
    2 days ago
  • Govt commits to helping cannabis debate focus on facts and evidence
    The government and the Drug Foundation say they are committed to keeping the public informed and keeping fear mongering to a minimum ahead of the cannabis referendum. ...
    2 days ago
  • Labour assault complaints: ‘We need to see reform, not just cover-ups and resignations’
    One of the people who first brought Labour's assault complaints scandal to light says the party has a long way to go before it's clear it has learnt from its mistakes. ...
    2 days ago
  • Thanks for listening Minister, but bit longer would be nice
    DairyNZ Chief Executive Dr Tim Mackle is welcoming this afternoon’s announcement that consultation on Essential Freshwater has been extended by two weeks - but is calling on the Minister to go further. ...
    2 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • Actually, it’s OK to disagree. Here are 5 ways we can argue better
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Hugh Breakey, Senior Research Fellow, Moral philosophy, Institute for Ethics, Governance & Law, Law Futures Centre, Griffith University Argument is everywhere. From the kitchen table to the boardroom to the highest echelons of power, we all use argument to persuade, investigate new ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    2 days ago
  • Climate change as a psychological crisis
    Climate change is not just an environmental threat but also a psychological crisis, especially as children increasingly shoulder the burden to act. ...
    2 days ago
  • New musical has enough warmth, witty lines and catchy tunes to win its own fangirls
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Alastair Blanshard, Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History Deputy Head of School, The University of Queensland Comedy often succeeds where tragedy fails. Fangirls, the pop musical which premiered on Thursday night in Brisbane, is not the first drama to explore ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    2 days ago
  • Government must extend Freshwater consultation
    DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle is calling on the Government to move swiftly to extend the six-week timeframe of the Essential Freshwater consultation. ...
    2 days ago
  • Kanye West was the hero we didn’t know we needed
    On the 10th anniversary of the infamous “Imma let you finish” episode, Josie Adams reflects on what this moment revealed about both Taylor Swift and Kanye West.Cast your mind back a decade: 2009 DJ Earworm was still good, Barack Obama was sworn in as president of the US, Israeli ground ...
    The SpinoffBy Josie Adams
    2 days ago
  • Week in Politics: Jacinda Ardern has a lot to make right
    Analysis - An astounding week in politics has left Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern carrying responsibility for sorting out the mess the Labour Party is in over the sexual assault allegation, writes Peter Wilson. ...
    2 days ago
  • Newsroom is Covering Climate Now
    Newsroom joins 250 media organisations internationally who are highlighting global climate change in the week leading to a critical United Nations summit. ...
    2 days ago
  • Measured and reasonable approach to gun register
    The Police Association welcomes the latest steps being taken by the Government to tighten gun laws in New Zealand and set up a gun register. ...
    2 days ago
  • Helen Clark backs Jacinda Ardern over handling of sex assault allegations
    Former Prime Minister and Labour leader Helen Clark is backing Jacinda Ardern in her handling of the controversy over sexual assault allegations. ...
    2 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Funding needs to be spent closer to home
    Immigration New Zealand could really benefit from an large investment of money, comments Ms June Ranson, chair of the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI) , a leading voice in the immigration sector. “Instead of spending $25m ...
    2 days ago
  • Be careful how loudly we blow this whistle, says DLA Piper
    In recent times there has been no shortage of commentary regarding whistleblowers, with the proposed amendments to the Protected Disclosures Act 2000. These are aimed at strengthening the protection available to whistleblowers in New Zealand. That ...
    2 days ago
  • Polycystic kidney disease, the most common genetic kidney disorder you’ve probably never heard of
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Karen Dwyer, Deputy Head, School of Medicine, Deakin University Autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common genetic kidney disorder, and the fourth most common cause of kidney failure in Australian adults. It affects about one in 1,000 Australians. In people ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    2 days ago
  • Government to bring in harsher penalties for illegal trade of firearms
    Police Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed details of a new bill that will create a registry of guns, and new offences and penalties for illegal manufacture, trafficking or changing markings of firearms. ...
    2 days ago
  • New gun law bill will reduce violence
    Gun Control NZ strongly welcomes the comprehensive gun law reform bill and calls on all political parties to support it. Gun Control NZ encourages New Zealanders to let their MPs know they support this Bill, submit to the Select Committee, and ...
    2 days ago
  • Firearms proposals slightly off target – Feds
    Federated Farmers agrees with most of the steps by government to protect people from illegal or irresponsible firearms use. But concerns about pest control and the effectiveness of a register remain. ...
    3 days ago
  • An open letter to Apple from Ōtautahi Christchurch
    ChristchurchNZ didn’t want to just follow suit during this year’s Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. ...
    3 days ago
  • Recommendations for cannabis Bill released today
    Today at Parliament the NZ Drug Foundation released Taking control of cannabis: A model for responsible regulation, a new report that shows how we can take back control of cannabis from organised crime. ...
    3 days ago
  • Why Hayley’s the most active athlete at AIMS
    Of the 11,500 girls and boys taking part in the AIMS Games, Hayley Cornwall is the officially the busiest of them all. ...
    3 days ago
  • Tohutao: Ngā momo reka o te hāmana huamata
    To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, cookbook authors, 2014 MasterChef-winning sisters and badass wāhine Māori Karena and Kasey Bird (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Manawa) have translated some of the delicious recipes from their second cookbook, Hungry, into te reo Māori for The Spinoff. Today, a tino reka salmon salad.NGĀ MOMO ...
    The SpinoffBy Karena and Kasey Bird
    3 days ago
  • Jacinda: You’ll find me in the Koru Lounge
    James Elliott suggests it might be time for Simon Bridges to turn to AI for answers and for the Prime Minister to move her meetings to the Koru Lounge. ...
    3 days ago
  • The zodiac signs as Charli XCX songs
    Charli XCX has just released her latest album, Charli. The futuristic musician is always looking ahead, and so are her fans. We’ve paired each star sign with their perfect Charli XCX song.Charli XCX burst onto the scene in 2012, when she co-wrote and performed electro-pop headbanger ‘I Love It’ with ...
    The SpinoffBy Josie Adams
    3 days ago
  • Bupa’s nursing home scandal is more evidence of a deep crisis in regulation
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Benedict Sheehy, Associate professor, University of Canberra British health-care conglomerate Bupa runs more nursing homes in Australia than anyone else. We now know its record in meeting basic standards of care is also worse than any other provider. This is more than ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    3 days ago
  • Canterbury farmers unhappy with freshwater plan
    Some Canterbury farmers are dismissing the government's plan to clean up the country's waterways as a pipe-dream. ...
    3 days ago
  • The game that flew too far from the sun: Fable on its 15th birthday
    Fable is best remembered for the disastrous, over-the-top promises made by its designer Peter Molyneux. But maybe, Adam Goodall argues, we’re remembering it all wrong.“There is something I have to say. And I have to say it because I love making games.” So opens an October 2004 post on the ...
    The SpinoffBy Adam Goodall
    3 days ago
  • Fed Farmers fight against new rules
    In the face of overwhelming public opinion that farmers need to clean up after themselves, Federated Farmers has mounted an offensive to try and stop some of its members having to do just that. ...
    3 days ago
  • Actually, it’s okay to disagree. Here are 5 ways we can argue better
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Hugh Breakey, Senior Research Fellow, Moral philosophy, Institute for Ethics, Governance & Law, Law Futures Centre, Griffith University Argument is everywhere. From the kitchen table to the boardroom to the highest echelons of power, we all use argument to persuade, investigate new ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    3 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Crackdown on vape flavours will keep smokers smoking
    Responding to reports that Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa plans to restrict flavoured e-cigarette liquid, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: ...
    3 days ago
  • Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending September 13
    The only published and available best-selling indie book chart in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded every week at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.AUCKLAND1  Native Son: The Writer’s Memoir by Witi Ihimaera (Penguin Random House, $40)Stand by for a review from ...
    The SpinoffBy The Spinoff Review of Books
    3 days ago
  • Liquidated construction company didn’t hold retentions
    The liquidator of Stanley Group says the construction company is facing a $13.5 million deficit and it appears it has not held on to some retentions. ...
    3 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Ten must-watch shows on Māori TV right now
    Tara Ward delved into Māori TV’s impressive OnDemand catalogue and found some of the best TV taonga for your viewing pleasure.  From lifestyle shows to documentaries, from current affairs to reality TV, Māori TV has an abundance of quality telly that celebrates and acknowledges the people, places and cultures of ...
    The SpinoffBy Tara Ward
    3 days ago
  • “Ask Me Anything”
    In the aftermath of the Christchurch Massacres, it’s clear that there is a lack of knowledge about some ethnic minorities. ...
    3 days ago
  • Fewer sales but average house prices rise
    The number of houses sold around the country has fallen to its lowest level in seven months. ...
    3 days ago
  • The Friday Poem: Turning, hurtling by Morgan Bach
    A new poem by London-based poet Morgan Bach.Turning, hurtlingI march diligently to sunshine in the parkeverything bathed and turning golden.A woman breathes fire by the folly framing herlike a personal door to hell. Conkers are pitched from high boughsto break and give up fruit, a spire emergent from the baring ...
    The SpinoffBy Morgan Bach
    3 days ago
  • Recipe: five-spice pork shoulder with crispy skin (and a cultural journey)
    Simon Day learns about the history and power of Chinese five-spice. Both the origins of Chinese five-spice and the flavour itself are a little mysterious. My internet investigations revealed the powder’s name could be in reference to the use of five spices (although this often grows to six or seven), or ...
    The SpinoffBy Simon Day
    3 days ago
  • Podcast special: On Sarah, the Labour staffer, and the botched party inquiry
    Revelations around alleged sexual assault by a Labour staffer and the party inquiry into his behaviour have dominated the week. Alex Casey and Mihi Forbes join Gone By Lunchtime to survey the damage.Alex Casey, author of the Spinoff feature published on Monday, “A Labour volunteer alleged a violent sexual assault ...
    The SpinoffBy Gone by Lunchtime
    3 days ago
  • How to teach machines humanity and ethics
    In the fourth episode of Actually Interesting, The Spinoff’s monthly podcast exploring the effect AI has on our lives, Russell Brown speaks to Ana Arriola, general manager and partner at Microsoft AI and Research, about ethics and transparency in tech.Subscribe to Actually Interesting via iTunes or listen on the player below. To download this ...
    The SpinoffBy Russell Brown
    3 days ago
  • Cultural values important to forest stakeholders
    Māori and non- Māori value different aspects of plantation forestry, which owners should bear in mind if they want to maximise their social licence to operate, a new study shows. ...
    3 days ago
  • Healthy Homes Initiative wins Spirit of Service’ Award
    The Prime Minister’s Award in the first annual Spirit of Service Awards has been won by the Ministry of Health and five agencies who teamed up on the Healthy Homes Initiative. ...
    3 days ago
  • Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 13 2019
    Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage.
    New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards. Labour Party sexual assault allegations Andrea Vance (Stuff): How to make the Labour abuse scandal ...
    Evening ReportBy Bryce Edwards
    3 days ago
  • Commentary on Jenny Salesas statement on flavour restriction
    Smoking kills 5,000 Kiwis each year, so any government policies to help reduce smoking are a good thing. However, the current approaches are not working nor will the proposed limit on flavoured e-liquid that Associate Minister Salesa announced on the news ...
    3 days ago
  • Toi Iti: Someone painted a cock and balls on my hoarding and I love it
    Toi Kai Rākau Iti, who is running in the Eastern Bay of Plenty Kohi Māori constituency, encounters an unlikely channel of youth engagement.In te ao Māori you’re always looking for tohu, or symbols. They guide you through uncertain territory and help you make sense of the world. The arrival of ...
    The SpinoffBy Toi Iti
    3 days ago
  • Petition a game changer for the New Zealand economy
    A petition, that promises a significant and dramatic improvement for the New Zealand economy, was handed to Dr Deborah Russell, the MP for New Lynn today. The petition, signed by over 5,000 New Zealanders addresses our crippling level of debt as well ...
    3 days ago
  • NZMA Applauds Appointment of Commission
    The New Zealand Medical Association welcomes the announcement of an Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. We look forward to working with the newly appointed Chair Hayden Wano and the Commission. “It is vital that the steps to mental health ...
    3 days ago
  • Labour youth wing member ‘heartbroken’ over handling of allegations
    A member of the Labour Party's youth wing says the party's handling of sexual assault allegations has left him heartbroken and doubting his commitment to the party. ...
    3 days ago
  • Do we really value our local democracy?
    For anyone who even randomly follows the news will know that Hong Kong has been embroiled in demonstrations for months. These sometimes bloody demonstrations initially started as a result of a proposed Extradition Bill whereby there would be special ...
    3 days ago
  • Breeding single-sex animal populations could help prevent disease and poverty
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Tomer Ventura, Senior Lecturer, School of Science and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast The creation of all-male or all-female groups of animals, known as monosex populations, has become a potentially useful approach in aquaculture and livestock rearing. Researchers and those in ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    3 days ago
  • Why declaring a national climate emergency would neither be realistic or effective
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By David Holmes, Director, Climate Change Communication Research Hub, Monash University Predictably, both major political parties are resisting calls this week for a parliamentary conscience vote to declare a climate emergency in Australia. The resistance is unsurprising because both the Coalition and Labor ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    3 days ago
  • Women may find it tougher to get an abortion if the religious discrimination bill becomes law
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Elizabeth Shi, Lecturer, Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University If the Religious Discrimination Bill passes into law, women may find it harder to get an abortion. That’s because health practitioners with an objection to performing the procedure on religious grounds ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    3 days ago
  • Nuclear power should be allowed in Australia – but only with a carbon price
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By John Quiggin, Professor, School of Economics, The University of Queensland Looking at the state of policy on energy and climate change in Australia, it’s tempting to give in to despair. At the national level, following the abandonment of the National Energy Guarantee ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    3 days ago
  • Australia should try to keep more international students who are trained in our universities
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Jihyun Lee, Associate Professor of Educational Assessment and Measurement at the School of Education, UNSW Australia’s education system takes almost one in ten of all international students from countries that are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). That’s ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    3 days ago
  • If Auckland’s plan to include Māori histories in city centre upgrade is genuine, it must act on i...
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Fleur Palmer, Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology Public submissions opened this week for a major overhaul of the waterfront and centre of New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland (Tāmaki Makaurau). The Auckland Council’s upgrade plans highlight the importance of local Māori communities ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    3 days ago
  • Vital Signs: All this overinflated talk about an index-fund bubble is very passive-aggressive
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Richard Holden, Professor of Economics, UNSW If you’ve seen the movie The Big Short you will remember Christian Bale’s quirky character Michael Burry – the manager of the Scion Capital hedge fund who realises the US mortgage-backed security market is a massive ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    3 days ago
  • Friday essay: why traditional Persian music should be known to the world
    Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Darius Sepehri, Doctoral Candidate, Comparative Literature, Religion and History of Philosophy, University of Sydney Weaving through the rooms of my Brisbane childhood home, carried on the languid, humid, sub-tropical air, was the sound of an Iranian tenor singing 800-year old Persian poems ...
    Evening ReportBy The Conversation
    3 days ago
  • Media associates pay tribute to ‘Akilisi Pohiva
    By Michael Andrew Members of the Pacific media have paid tribute to the late Tongan Prime Minster ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who died in New Zealand earlier this week. An enduring symbol of democracy in Tonga and the Pacific, Pohiva died at Auckland hospital after a long struggle with various health ...
    Evening ReportBy Asia Pacific Report
    3 days ago
  • Limiting vaping flavours, a knee-jerk reaction
    “Banning most vaping flavours is like banning flavours in low-calorie drinks and food. It makes no sense whatsoever and won’t help anyone.” ...
    3 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    3 days ago
  • The Bulletin: A day of proving the point of NZ history education
    Good morning, and welcome to The Bulletin. In today’s edition: Examples of why teaching history matters immediately emerge, accused Labour staffer resigns, and giant of Tongan democracy dies. In the space of a day, there were two examples that clearly showed why New Zealand’s history needs to be taught in schools. In ...
    The SpinoffBy Alex Braae
    3 days ago
  • Courts no place for fetal alcohol victims
    People with fetal alcohol syndrome are still being punished by the criminal justice system, despite the Teina Pora case, writes Emma Espiner ...
    3 days ago
  • This week’s top 10 NZ Books
    This week's biggest-selling New Zealand books, as recorded by the Nielsen BookScan New Zealand bestseller list and described by literary editor Steve Braunias. ...
    3 days ago
  • Sharland sisters reunite for hockey’s last hurrah
    Black Sticks great Kayla Whitelock can't tell her little sister what to do on the hockey turf, as Verity Sharland’s winning streak as a coach grows longer. ...
    3 days ago
  • World Cup will be tense – but hardly full of shocks
    Much of the World Cup will be as predictable as the All Blacks' line-up for their opening clash with the Springboks. ...
    3 days ago
  • Emma Espiner: Māori boy
    A vulnerable admission by author Alan Duff at a writers' festival gets Emma Espiner thinking about her father and a whole generation of Māori men. ...
    3 days ago
  • Fifty years of success for te reo Maori?
    Fifty years from the conception of Maori Language Week, will it be considered a success? Whaimutu Dewes examines its progress. ...
    3 days ago
  • A democratic giant of Tonga – a tribute
    Former MP Keith Locke on the legacy of Akilisi Pohiva, who died yesterday.Tongan prime minister ’Akilisi Pohiva will be mainly remembered as the country’s leading democrat.For four decades he campaigned to reduce the powers of the Tongan King and institute a democratically elected parliament.The monarchy didn’t take kindly to his ...
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      No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
      2 weeks ago
    • Another constitutional outrage
      Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
      No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
      2 weeks ago
    • Ending dairy in Canterbury
      Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
      No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
      2 weeks ago
    • Is National the party of climate arson?
      The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
      No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
      2 weeks ago
    • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
      Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
      The CivilianBy admin
      2 weeks ago
    • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
      Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
      2 weeks ago
    • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
      Sums it up, really. ...
      2 weeks ago
    • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
      By Mike Hosking. Yesterday morning, I waltzed into work, and as I walked past the drones aggressively typing out news on the computers I’ve repeatedly asked to be moved further away from, I caught a glimpse of the words “climate change”, and noticed that suspiciously they weren’t in condescending quotation ...
      The CivilianBy admin
      2 weeks ago

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