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North Korea: 'It's the next steps that are important' says P

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:58:00 +1200

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cautiously welcomed North Korea's move to halt all weapons testing - saying it lays the foundation for a conversation about further disarmament.



Bankrolling the big prizes for NZ journalism

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:22:00 +1200

The awards for the best New Zealand journalism have been sponsored by a global camera-maker, a paint firm and even Australia’s national airline in recent years. Now a local ISP is picking up the tab. Voyager boss Seeby Woodhouse tell s Mediawatch he's been ...



Tackling money-laundering in NZ: More needs to be done

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:36:00 +1200

Opinion - Does the news that Auckland-based wealth-management company Denton Morrell may be caught up in a money-laundering controversy mean the reforms introduced following the Shewan Inquiry in 2016 didn't go far enough?



Excitement over Commonwealth-wide free trade agreement

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:32:00 +1200

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is talking up the prospect of a free trade agreement between all 53 commonwealth nations after discussions in London over the weekend.



Quantifying climate change policy changes a difficult exerci

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 19:03:00 +1200

The Westpac commissioned study on the economic impact of climate change and climate change policy has some assumptions which means it could be optimistic.



Military and media missiles

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:14:00 +1200

President Trump's speech on the US-led missile strike on Syria will no doubt resonate enthusiastically with his base in the US, and to judge from letters to the editor, with his supporters in NZ. But there are good reasons for not getting too dewy-eyed ...



Urban sprawl eating up NZ's productive land - report

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:04:00 +1200

The government plans to make it harder for councils to approve new homes and lifestyle blocks on productive land near urban areas.



Fair Enough? - Tax HiveMind Midpoint Update

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:39:00 +1200

Join our HiveMind exploration on this important issue: Fair enough? How should New Zealanders be taxed



The present day composer refuses to die – NZSO plays Zappa

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:23:00 +1200

The first of the NZSO’s Shed Series concerts at the more informal and intimate space of Wellington's Shed 6 last Friday night featured music composed by, or with a connection to Frank Zappa. Zappa a psychedelic rock legend, activist and popular ...



MFAT used Thompson + Clark for security at TPP protest

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:22:00 +1200

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade used controversial firm Thompson + Clark to provide security services for the 2016 Trans Pacific Partnership signing in Auckland.



On Thompson+ Clark, and Russia’s FIFA World Cup

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:12:00 +1200

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark, which has ...



Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:14:00 +1200

The chances of a crash in house prices are not high, but some controls on lending are needed, according to new Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr.



No Flies in Syria

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:59:00 +1200

The recent cruise missile attack by the U.S. and its allies the U.K. and France (former colonial exploiters in the region) raises some interesting dilemmas for Western military planners.



NZ losing 192 million tonnes of soil every year

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:48:00 +1200

A new report has found New Zealand is losing 192 million tonnes of soil every year from erosion.



The Daphne Project: New Zealand still a haven for some?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +1200

Nicky Hager: An Auckland company may be caught up in an international money laundering controversy after it was identified helping to manage a network of New Zealand-registered companies and trusts for its secret clients.