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NEW ZEALAND: Work Issues Should Not be Reported to Unions?

E.J. DE LARA WRITES – Unions and the media are not the place to report work related issues. At least that’s the message the Philippines ambassador to New Zealand recently delivered. The New Zealand Scoop reported that during a meeting with Filipino migrants, the Ambassador of the Philippines, Virginia Benavidez, made a controversial statement about the relationship of migrants […]

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NEW ZEALAND: Spying Here, There, and Almost Everywhere

E.J. DE LARA WRITES – Several reports have criticized New Zealand for its intrusion of privacy. Many have raised concerns over Parliament passing a bill for the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) – the intelligence agency of the New Zealand government – to spy on people with a search warrant. In addition, the GCSB reported […]

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NEW ZEALAND: Diving into an Ocean of Telecommunication

EJ DE LARA WRITES – New Zealand is taking the plunge into a deep sea of possibilities for research and telecommunication development with its new submarine cable plans. On October 26, the New Zealand Government signed a deal with Hawaiki submarine cable for 15 million. With this plan, Hawaiki plans to build a 12,000 kilometer […]

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NEW ZEALAND: All In For The Media

E.J. DE LARA WRITES – After more than two years of study, a New Zealand commission says a single body should handle Kiwi media complaints, whether they target broadcast, print or online entities. Under the recommendation, three current media bodies would be replaced by a single “News Media Standards Authority” (NMSA), which would have the […]

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New Zealand: Government Tries to Blow Smoke from Tobacco Dangers

Known for its green and environmentally friendly efforts, the New Zealand government is at it again, trying to enact policies that are not only “good” for the environment, but also good for the people. First Target: Tobacco companies. Influenced by the Australian government’s recent introduction of “plain cigarette packaging,” the New Zealand government will be […]

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NEW ZEALAND: Green for Profit?

New Zealand’s popularity as a tourist destination relies on its natural beauty and flawless scenery. The Government has chosen to market itself to tourists on this basis, with a clean, green brand. However, according to the New Zealand Herald, the Government has not been supporting the green brand like it claims to, and has been […]

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AUSTRALIA: Suddenly There’s Wiggle Room

Reports by the New Zealand Herald and Sydney Morning Herald have confirmed that after 21 years, the world famous children’s singing group, the Wiggles, with be losing the majority of its members following the conclusion of its Celebration Tour in December. The move announced by the group earlier this month stated that Jeff Fatt (Purple […]

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NEW ZEALAND: Court Rules Greenpeace Ad For the Birds

According to the New Zealand Herald, one of two complaints made against a Greenpeace ad has been upheld in court.  The controversial ad stated that the recent Rena Oil Spill killed as many as 20,000 birds in the surrounding area and suggested that deep sea drilling could kill 1000 times more.  The court upheld the first complaint as […]

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NEW ZEALAND: Cameraman Free of Police Charges, Though Not of Scandal

Police officials in New Zealand have decided not to press charges against a freelance cameraman involved in the “teapot tapes” affair during last year’s election cycle.  Allegedly, cameraman Bradley Ambrose intentionally recorded a conversation between Prime Minister John Key and Act Party Epsom candidate John Banks at a public press conference in Auckland.  The tape […]

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NEW ZEALAND: Port Protest Goes Radio-Active

According to the New Zealand Herald, inflammatory comments encouraging striking port workers to violence by RadioLive host Willie Jackson have infuriated Port of Auckland bosses. Members of the dockworkers union are currently protesting long shifts and lack of job security, as well as the laying off of 292 workers last week.  Mr. Jackson described the Auckland bosses in exceptionally unflattering […]

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NEW ZEALAND: Reverberations over TV Station Collapse

A Department of Building and Housing investigation has found the Canterbury TV building that collapsed in the February earthquake did not meet building standards when it was built in 1986.  This finding has led to numerous calls for justice by family and friends of the 115 people who died in the collapse. According to the […]

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