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It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?
Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.
Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>
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New Zealand Politics
Carer Settlement: Threat Of Staff Exodus In Mental Health

As a result of the recent pay rise awarded to their aged care and disability sector colleagues, many staff in non-government mental health and addiction organisations are considering leaving to join these workforces. More>>

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Climate Policy: New Zealand Set To Blow Its Carbon Budget By 27%

The Government’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows New Zealand is set to release 647.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions between 2013 and 2020 – 137 million tonnes more than we are allowed under the Kyoto Protocol. More>>

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Christchurch Considers Cathedral, Stadium: Cathedral Working Group Report Released

“About half of Christchurch wants to see the cathedral reinstated, the other half wants something new and more modern, but really, everyone just needs a decision." More>>

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Business, Science & Tech
Auckland Port To Recapture Gas: Union Calls On Ports To Stop Spewing Methyl Bromide

The Maritime Union of New Zealand welcomes the decision by Ports of Auckland to stop releasing methyl bromide emissions into the air. The move to fully recapture the toxic gas after fumigation sets a new benchmark for industry best practice. More>>

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Retail: Banks Shoes Calls In Receiver

Banks Group, which runs 14 stores across the country under the brands including Banks Shoes and Shoe Connection, has been tipped into receivership at the request of director John Bank. More>>

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NZ's Space Programme: Rocket Lab Makes It To Space (But Not Orbit)

Electron lifted-off at 16:20 NZST from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. It was the first orbital-class rocket launched from from a private launch site in the world. More>>

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Wellington
It’s washing away – why aren’t they saving Pukerua Bay’s coastline?

Why is the Porirua City Council letting the Pukerua Bay coastline wash into the sea? As Secretary of the Wellington Recreational Marine Fishers Association I called a public meeting to introduce a closed area for all shellfish gathering in this valuable area. The waters off Pukerua Bay attract bait fish... More>>

Keeping the buses on time

The Regional Council recently claimed that its buses run 99.9% on time, but only 99.7% run at all. There was nothing to define ‘on-time’, but it seems to be starting, or maybe completing, a run within ten minutes of scheduled time (or both?). The figures suggest that ‘on-time’ includes ‘early’. By... More>>

A delay that hasn’t been announced

It was strange yesterday to read opinions from the Chamber of Commerce about a Let’s Get Welly Moving decision that hasn’t been announced. “It’s disappointing that there’s been a further delay before the public can see what’s being proposed [for solving transport problems], but there seems to be little... More>>

Comment
Adam Fishwick: Organising Against The Gig Economy

Workers in the so-called ‘gig economy’ face heightening conditions of precarity and exploitation... To combat this, innovative new strategies of organisation and mobilisation have been developed. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Kim Regime

There’s no clarity about what the US is seeking, or offering... It hasn’t helped that the US and the global media consistently agree on calling North Korea and its leadership “crazy” and “irrational”. More>>

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Trump Tax 'Plan'
Binoy Kampmark: Anzac As Apologia And Religion

Each year, the secular religion of Anzac (the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) receives more adherents, gathers a few more followers, and nabs a few more converts among the young. More>>

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World
Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

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Le Pen Beaten: English Congratulates Macron On French Election Win

Prime Minister Bill English has this morning congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the French presidential election. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The French Election Result

Macron is shaping as the third major test case, after Bill Clinton, after Tony Blair – on whether the aim of ‘progressive social policy’ and realities of ‘neo-liberal economic settings’ can be made to credibly co-exist within the same sentence, let alone within the decrees from the Elysee Palace. More>>
Lifestyle
Repatriation: Moriori And Māori Ancestors Offered Dignity And Respect

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa will hold a pōwhiri to mark the return home of 59 Māori and Moriori ancestral remains from the United Kingdom and Europe. More>>

Gibbs Farm: Kiwi Sculpture Park Rated As Site Of International Stature

29 May 2017 – The Wall Street Journal has honoured internationally renowned art patron and entrepreneur Alan Gibbs with a multi-page feature spread about his sculpture park at the Gibbs Farm, north of Auckland, in the June Issue of WSJ Magazine. More>>

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Wellington Mayor Justin Lester: “The Sevens has been a big part of recent Wellington history but it was time for the event to move on… Wellingtonians have been voting with their feet in the last few years and we’ve seen the result in dwindling crowd numbers and lower ticket sales.” More>>

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