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Labour Party: Environmental Protection Vital, Not ‘Onerous’

The Government’s Fast Track Approvals Bill will give projects such as new coal mines a ‘get out of jail free’ card to wreak havoc on the environment, Labour Leader Chris Hipkins said today.

Greenpeace: Elevated Levels Of Nitrate Contamination Found In Canterbury Drinking Water

Almost a quarter of the drinking water samples Greenpeace has tested for nitrate contamination in Canterbury over the last three days were above the 5 mg/L level of contamination associated with reproductive risk in pregnant people.

Government: Trade Relationship With China Remains Strong

“China remains a strong commercial opportunity for Kiwi exporters as Chinese businesses and consumers continue to value our high-quality safe produce,” Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says.
Business, Science & Tech

Consumer NZ: Environmentally Conscious Shoppers At Risk Of Being Greenwashed

According to Consumer, more than 75% of New Zealanders place some importance on a product’s green claims being verified before it’s sold. Despite this, there is no independent vetting or checking required before products making green claims hit New Zealand’s shelves.

Hugh Grant: Facing The Future - The Use Of Biometric Tech

New Zealand is far from unique in deploying biometric tools to solve major social challenges. As the technology has matured and improved in recent years, facial recognition has been increasingly deployed to take advantage of the increased speed, safety, and security it can provide for users.

John Mazenier: Gaffer Tape And Glue Delivering New Zealand’s Mission Critical Services

Every debt, eventually, has to be repaid. Right now, the day of reckoning is fast approaching for one of the most crippling, but least discussed, debts burdening government across New Zealand – technical debt. Technical debt is the cost of generations of incremental investments in legacy technologies to tease additional functionality or life from them.

Ramzy Baroud: NATO’s Never-ending War: The 75-Year-Old Bully Is Faltering

It is time for NATO to re-examine its 75-year-old legacy, and be courageous enough to change directions altogether - instead of opting for a state of non-peace, actually seeking real peace.

Eugene Doyle: Joining AUKUS Not In NZ’s National Interest

Helen Clark, oh how we miss you. The former New Zealand Prime Minister – the safest pair of hands this country has had in living memory – gave a masterclass on the importance of maintaining an independent foreign policy when she spoke at an AUKUS symposium held in Parliament’s old Legislative Chambers on April 18.

Binoy Kampmark: The Australian Defence Formula, Spend! Spend! Spend!

Not only will Australians be paying a bill up to and above A$368 billion for nuclear powered submarines it does not need; it will also be throwing A$100 billion into the coffers of the military industrial complex over the next decade to combat a needlessly inflated enemy. Forget diplomacy and funding the cause (and course) of peace.

UN News: Green Light For New Cholera Vaccine, Ukraine Attacks Condemned, Action Against Racism

A new oral vaccine for cholera has been given the green light for manufacture by the UN health agency allowing for the massive scale-up of lifesaving immunisation in the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Laureus: Grand Slam Champion Garbiñe Muguruza Announces Retirement Ahead Of Laureus World Sports Awards

The 30-year-old initially stepped back from tournament tennis in 2023 and ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards – taking place in Madrid on Monday, April 22 – officially ended her competitive career and revealed that her future will include a role as a Laureus Ambassador.

Carbon Market Watch: Going For Green - Is The Paris Olympics Winning The Race Against The Climate Clock?

The 2024 Paris Olympics promises a gold-winning climate performance and to set the pace for future games. Our in-depth assessment reveals that, despite improvement, the carbon footprint of the Olympics remains far too high to be sustainable. This calls for a radical rethinking of the games.

Donovan Ryan: Local Runner Takes Out Frontrunner Christchurch Marathon

Canterbury running coach Andy Good posted a personal best time to win the Frontrunner Christchurch Marathon, with Wellington’s Ingrid Cree the first woman home.

University of Auckland: Tributes Flow For Much Loved Pacific Leader Melegalenu’u Ah Sam

The acting Principal of Māngere College, Principal Ah Sam passed away earlier this week, she was also lead coordinator for the Polyfest Sāmoan stage for more than 30 years, and was well known by the thousands of youth who have performed at the festival over the past decades.

NZEI: Ministry Of Education Cuts Will Disproportionately Affect Pasifika

More than 290 Pasifika early childhood and primary educators meeting in Auckland this week have urged the Government to re-consider proposed cuts to Pasifika staff and programmes at the Ministry of Education and within the wider public service.
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