GPJA #459 (Part2/3): News from Aotearoa

BEST ON THE WEB

NEW ZEALAND

NZ Born Father Michael Lapsley, Victim of Terrorism, Sends a Letter to Obama in Support of the Five http://www.cubaminrex.cu/en/father-michael-lapsley-victim-terrorism-sends-letter-obama-support-five

Run, John, Run! By Chris Trotter http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/15/run-john-run/

John Minto after mayoralty http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10877369

John Minto for Auckland mayor? http://www.3news.co.nz/John-Minto-for-Auckland-mayor/tabid/1607/articleID/294449/Default.aspx

Eight Out of Ten Want Sea Protest Move Halted http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00170/eight-out-of-ten-want-sea-protest-move-halted.htm

Oil protesters shut down Shell meeting http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/252387/oil-protesters-shut-down-shell-meeting

‘Please explain’ on prosecution rates http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10876785

Talk of restarting Pigs’ watch on cops http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10877273

NZ’s refugee quota ‘tiny’ – Amnesty International http://www.3news.co.nz/NZs-refugee-quota-tiny—Amnesty-International/tabid/313/articleID/293851/Default.aspx

SA: Refugees are welcome here! http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/04/refugees-are-welcome-here.html

Susan Burdett: Did the police bungle this murder case? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10877229

Journal of the Australian War Memorial – States of mind: remembering the Australian-New Zealand relationship http://www.awm.gov.au/journal/j36/nzmemorial.asp

Why aren’t we allowed to hate our enemies? By Mike Treen http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/12/why-arent-we-allowed-to-hate-our-enemies/

Marxism 2013 Conference – Marxism today By Wayne Hope http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/12/marxism-2013-conference-marxism-today/

Sue Kedgley: New food standard not whole package http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10876712

PMA: Global military spending falls, but not far enough http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00160/global-military-spending-falls-but-not-far-enough.htm

GCSB

John Minto: Don’t give the GCSB more powers – shut it down http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10878136

Waihopai Spy Base

Crime Pays: Government To Legalise GCSB’s Culture Of Impunity http://forthisonly3.blogspot.co.nz/2013/04/crime-pays.html

Government to allow more spying on New Zealanders http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1304/S00285/government-to-allow-more-spying-on-new-zealanders.htm

‘Whole system is corrupt’ – Russel Norman says New Zealand’s spy agencies are "corrupt", and is questioning if we really need them.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Whole-system-is-corrupt—Norman/tabid/370/articleID/293674/Default.aspx

John Minto: The GCSB has become a threat to our civil liberties not its guardian http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/11/the-gcsb-has-become-a-threat-to-our-civil-liberties-not-its-guardian/

Illegal spying kept secret for months http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8529638/Illegal-spying-kept-secret-for-months

Gordon Campbell on the GCSB’s practice of spying on New Zealanders http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2013/04/10/gordon-campbell-on-the-gcsbs-practice-of-spying-on-new-zealanders/

Who is really responsible for the GCSB shenanigans? by Nicky Hager http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/who-is-really-responsible-for-the-gcsb-shenanigans

Citizen A GCSB Special with Keith Locke & Selwyn Manning http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/12/citizen-a-gcsb-special-with-keith-locke-selwyn-manning/

Keith Locke

Politics Aside: Why John Key Is Part Of The Intel Problem Not The Solution http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/10/politics-aside-why-john-key-is-part-of-the-intel-problem-not-the-solution/

Worse Than We Thought: Rebecca Kitteridge and the New “Community” of Spooks http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/11/breaking-worse-than-we-thought-rebecca-kitteridge-and-the-new-community-of-spooks/

Criticisms of GCSB Only Scratch the Surface http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00132/criticisms-of-gcsb-only-scratch-the-surface.htm

Thomas: It’s a blatant cover up http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10876781

Worse Than We Thought: Rebecca Kitteridge and the New “Community” of Spooks http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/11/breaking-worse-than-we-thought-rebecca-kitteridge-and-the-new-community-of-spooks/

EDUCATION

Protests against education reform http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/8547205/Protests-against-education-reform

Thousands attend education protest http://nz.news.yahoo.com/video/watch/5d5d0d16-b3b4-317b-ac03-b5dcb2061574/thousands-attend-education-protest/

Education is Not for $ale http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/04/education-is-not-for-ale.html

Peter O’Connor: Public education is a treasure we must protect http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10876711

Charter schools disquiet grows http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/the-wellingtonian/opinion/8551770/Charter-schools-disquiet-grows

Education protest draws 2000 marchers http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10877337

Overwhelming support for NZEI public education rallies http://www.nzei.org.nz/NZEI/Media/Releases/2013/4/Overwhelming_support_for_NZEI_public_education_rallies.aspx

NZ ECONOMY

Cook Islands provider a ‘one-stop shop’ for the mega-rich http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/video-cook-islands-provider-one-stop-shop-mega-rich-8256

Asset sales "a (wheelbarrow) load of bullshit" by John Maynard http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00153/asset-sales-a-wheelbarrow-load-of-bullshit.htm

Tax avoidance by well-off a rort http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/8541593/Tax-avoidance-by-well-off-a-rort

CTU: Lower power prices good for families http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00222/lower-power-prices-good-for-families.htm

POVERTY & WELFARE DEBATE

The power of food By John Minto: Feeding kids at school will mean schools will call on parents and families to help as volunteers to prepare and deliver breakfast and lunches giving the chance to strengthen family/school ties and the all-important learning relationships which go with them. http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/14/the-power-of-food/

NZ children score poorly in UNICEF report http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10876626

Full report: http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/document/pdf/201315/UnicefChildWellbeingreport.pdf

Special report: State of our children http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10876782

Poverty group slams benefit cuts http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/poverty-group-slams-benefit-cuts-5406591

UNICEF Report = New Zealand has lost its way on child wellbeing http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00114/unicef-report-nz-has-lost-way-on-child-wellbeing.htm

Now beneficiaries will be drug tested, how about breathalyzing Mps? http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/11/now-beneficiaries-will-be-drug-tested-how-about-breathalyzing-mps/

Raise Benefits, Increase Equality. Stop Bashing us . No Heartless workfare. http://waitemataunite.blogspot.co.nz/2013/01/raise-benefits-increase-equality-stop.html

MANA President Annette Sykes – Fuel Our Futures – “MANA is working with communities to eradicate child poverty” says MANA President Annette Sykes following a “Feed the Kids” Symposium in Tokoroa this weekend. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00151/fuel-our-futures.htm

Child poverty under spotlight http://www.northernadvocate.co.nz/news/child-poverty-under-spotlight/1829617/

‘Hold ministers to account’ on child poverty http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8534993/Hold-ministers-to-account-on-child-poverty

WORKRIGHTS NZ

Mondayising bill passes its final hurdle http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10878134

Maximum penalties not enough for Pike River Directors http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00228/maximum-penalties-not-enough-for-pike-river-directors.htm

Government urged to act sooner on Foreign Charter Vessels http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00123/government-urged-to-act-sooner-on-foreign-charter-vessels.htm

Key’s broken promise on raising wages By Frank Macskasy http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/12/keys-broken-promise-on-raising-wages/

Retail giants reject new youth wage http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10876152&ref=fbheadline

PSA kicks off centenary celebrations http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00192/psa-kicks-off-centenary-celebrations.htm

Equal Opportunities Commissioner needs to leave National’s policies behind http://union.org.nz/news/2013/equal-opportunities-commissioner-needs-leave-national%E2%80%99s-policies-behind

Businessman backs illegal wages for immigrants http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/8547481/Businessman-backs-illegal-wages-for-immigrants%20

True Blue Worker Hate by CTU President Helen Kelly http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/true-blue-worker-hate-by-ctu-president-helen-kelly/

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