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Green Party: People-powered Fight Back Against The Coalition For Climate Crisis

The Green Party has today launched a petition to halt the Government’s coal mining agenda. “The Coalition Government plans to superpower the climate crisis by reviving coal mining. They’ll only get away with it if we let them,” says Green Party co-leader Chlöe Swarbrick.

Peter Wilson: The Week in Politics: Willis sails against strong headwinds

Preparing to present one of the most difficult budgets, a National MP gets himself into trouble and the First Home Buyers Grant is scrapped. National MP David MacLeod gets himself into trouble over undeclared donations and the question is being asked: Where did the money go? The government scraps the First Home Buyers Grant and says the funding will be used for social housing.

Government: A Balanced Foreign Affairs Budget

Foreign Minister Winston Peters confirmed today that Vote Foreign Affairs in Budget 2024 will balance two crucial priorities of the Coalition Government. While Budget 2024 reflects the constrained fiscal environment, the Government also recognises the critical role MFAT plays in keeping New Zealanders safe and prosperous.
Business, Science & Tech


Taxpayers' Union: ‘Cuts In Context’ Report Launch And Visual Display At Parliament Today

The Taxpayers’ Union is today launching a new report, Cuts in Context: Putting Public Service Savings into Perspective alongside a visual display at Parliament highlighting the scale of growth in the Public Service since 2017.

Tataki Auckland Unlimited: Conference Win Will Showcase Auckland’s AI Capability

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) research will be on global display when the city hosts the 31st International Conference of Neural Information Processing 2024 (ICONIP) this December.

Stats NZ: Retail Activity Up In March 2024 Quarter After Eight Declines

Nine of the 15 retail industries had higher retail sales volumes in the March 2024 quarter, compared with the December 2023 quarter, after adjusting for price inflation and seasonal effects.
Comment


Gordon Campbell: On The Privatising Of State Housing Provision, By Stealth

The scathing “independent” review of Kāinga Ora barely hit the table before the coalition government had acted on it. The entire board will be replaced, and a new chair has been announced. The public would have had more confidence in this “independent” critique if it had not been carried out by ex-Nat leader Bill English.

Ramzy Baroud: Nakba Resurrected - How The Gaza Resistance Ended Segmentation Of Palestine

The conversation among Palestinians is now mostly concerned with all aspects of the Palestinian struggle, starting with the ethnic cleansing of Palestine 76 years ago, an event known as the Nakba, or Catastrophe.

Peter Dunne: The Dysfunctional Wellington City Council Plumbs New Depths

As the city of Tauranga prepares to elect a new Mayor and Council after three and a half years being run by government-appointed Commissioners, the case for replacing the Wellington City Council with Commissioners strengthens.
World


UN News: Gaza: World Court Orders Israel To Halt Military Operations In Rafah

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday issued new provisional measures that order Israel to immediately end military operations in Rafah in southern Gaza and to open the governate’s border crossing for urgent aid deliveries.

RNZ: Three Kiwis injured in turbulence-stricken Singapore Airlines flight in hospital, one in intensive care

Three New Zealanders injured on the Singapore Airlines flight that encountered severe turbulence are in hospital in Bangkok, one of them in intensive care. The flight from London to Singapore hit turbulence over Myanmar, resulting in the death of one man and seriously injuring others.

Globetrotter: Confrontations Continue Over Planned Voting Rules Change In New Caledonia

Six people were killed last week in New Caledonia following widespread unrest triggered by changes to voting rules approved by French lawmakers. The changes would allow individuals who moved to the island after 1998 to vote in provincial elections.
Lifestyle


Whakaata Maori: Moana Maniapoto Wins At Voyager Media Awards

Whakaata Māori’s weekly current affairs programme, Te Ao with Moana, has claimed its fifth win in five years at the Voyager Media Awards.

PSA: NZ Blood Workers Plan 24-hour Strike For Pay Parity

More than 290 lab workers, scientists, technicians, and administrators at New Zealand Blood Service have voted to strike after more than seven months of stalled negotiations.

Webb-Pullman Poetry Award: Announcing The Inaugural Mercedes Webb-Pullman Poetry Award

New Zealand/Australian writer Mercedes Webb-Pullman died in Kapiti in July 2023. Our family has decided to use future royalties from her published works to fund an annual poetry award in her name, which in 2024 will be $500 NZD.
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