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  • Wartime tradgedy-the sinking of the "Dolphin"

    Wartime tradgedy-the sinking of the "Dolphin"

    It was an avoidable tragedy when the fishing boat Dolphin was sunk by a shore battery in Lyttleton Harbour on 12 October 1939. On entering the harbour and finding no examination vessel at the entrance, the Dolphin stopped in accordance with the regulations at the time, in front of the battery and awaited a signal from the battery to pass. The official version was that the Dolphin, did not properly identify itself and the warning shot fired from No.1 gun accidentally killed a crewmen. This was th...
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  • Teflon John avoids prosecution

    Teflon John avoids prosecution

    Opposition parties are calling on Prime Minister John Key to dump John Banks as a minister despite police deciding not to take any action against the MP over donations to his mayoral campaign. Police said today there was insufficient evidence to charge Banks, despite finding he knew about $50,000 donation from internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and a $15,000 donation from SkyCity ahead of his 2010 Auckland mayoralty campaign. The donations were listed as anonymous. Dotcom claimed he discussed the ...
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  • Nationwide protests against asset sales

    Nationwide protests against asset sales


    Auckland's Queen Street closed today with hundreds of protestors taking over the thoroughfare in protest at the Government's asset sale plans. The crowd, estimated at well over 1000 people, was one of multiple protests taking place throughout the country in response to the controversial scheme. The Stop the Thefts protest marches have seen thousands of people gather in 15 main centres around New Zealand. Among Mana Party flags, Labour party placards and Green Party banners, demonstrato...
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  • Hekia Parata's avoidable mess-content from NBR

    Hekia Parata's avoidable mess-content from NBR


    "Must do better" is the least criticism Education Minister Hekia Parata can expect from her colleagues over the shambolic class sizes policy.

    She may argue that being heckled by intermediate school principals at their conference today in the midst of it all is punishment enough, but as John Armstrong writes, the entire mess was completely avoidable – see: Class backdown a mess of National's own making.
    Parata’s performance under pressure yesterday will not do her political...
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  • Parata is forced to redo her homework

    Parata is forced to redo her homework

    Schools will lose no more than two teaching positions under new class ratios in an embarrassing backdown by the Government after large intermediates were set to lose seven.Education Minister Hekia Parata was forced to impose a cap after it became clear she could have a rebellion on her hands from schools and parents.The $43 million a year that was to have been saved and diverted to improve teaching quality will be cut but Ms Parata did not know by how much. Neither she nor Prime Minister John Key wi...
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  • Indian nurses protest on the steps of Parliament

    Indian nurses protest on the steps of Parliament

    About 150 Indian nurses protested on the steps of Parliament today, saying they are being denied the ability to work in their profession in New Zealand. The nurses, mostly from Kerala, completed a three-year diploma in general nursing and midwifery in India and were told by the New Zealand Nursing Council they were eligible register to nurse in New Zealand if they passed an English language exam. They were also told if they registered before changes to assessment criteria on March 1 they would ...
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  • Fraud probe over missing $700k
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    A senior manager at the Ministry of Transport, Joanne Harrison, was sacked last week for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' dollars. She's understood to have left New Zealand, possibly for Canada, after being accused of stealing money through false contracting arrangements. It's alleged Ms Harrison used false contracting arrangements to steal about $750,000 to $1 million after ministry management was reportedly alerted to the financial discrepancies earlier...
    22-07-2016, 12:01 PM
  • NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush- "character witness"
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    When Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush delivered a eulogy at the funeral of former Detective Inspector Bruce Hutton last April, in which he described the disgraced Hutton as having “integrity beyond reproach”, some people concluded Bush had written off his chances of taking the top police job. They were wrong. On April 3, Bush took over as Commissioner of Police.

    With Bush’s promotion, his words invite critical re-examination. And the inescapable conclusion is...
    06-04-2014, 12:51 PM
  • Transparency International under fire
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    The leadership of the New Zealand chapter of Transparency International is under fire after executive director and Wellingtonian of the year Suzanne Snively was accused of promoting a fraudulent company. Ms Snively this week survived an ethics investigation for running a non-existent company trading on the Transparency name to promote her personal consultancy services. The undated and unauthored ruling emailed by Transparency NZ director Murray Sheard to Transparency HQ in Berlin determined Ms S...
    05-04-2014, 12:35 PM
  • 100% pure propaganda
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    Some forms of propaganda are more obvious than others. At the height of New Zealand's 'clean green' image campaign 14 years ago, tourists were astonished to see cars billowing thick exhaust, people burning rubbish in their yards and waterways clogged with animal waste. It was not only the old cars shipped to New Zealand because they no longer met emission standards in Japan, it was also the statistic that New Zealanders led the world in per capita boat and car ownership. The...
    22-08-2013, 03:01 PM
  • Justice staff feared a 'feral' judge
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    Emails released in the High Court at Auckland today show Justice Minister Judith Collins' staff were seeking to stop a judge appointed to independently review David Bain's compensation case from "going completely feral". An email sent from Ms Collins' press secretary Rachael Bowie to Ms Collins, her senior private secretary Megan Wallace and Ms Collins' senior adviser Margaret Malcolm said Justice Ian Binnie needed to be kept "in the tent for as possible" to avoid his "very damaging" report from being...
    06-08-2013, 09:19 PM
  • AUCKLAND COUNCIL LOSES $20,000 ON DOG FIGHT
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    Common sense has gone to the dogs at the Auckland City Council after a dispute over $300 ticket turned into a $20,000 legal battle. The saga began when a summons was posted to Whangaparoa resident Jane Siemer following an anonymous complaint alleging her pet schnauzer had “charged a person” in early 2011. The Council prosecuted the fine but failed to notify Mrs Siemer of the court hearing which resulted her contesting the criminal charge and fine. A rehearing was ordered but...
    25-01-2013, 09:11 PM
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