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Live updates, May 12: Watch – Vaccine roll-out on track to hit half a million doses

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Welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for May 12, bringing you the latest news updated throughout the day. Get in touch at stewart@thespinoff.co.nzTop story: Judith Collins says there is no systemic racism in the police 1.00pm: Vaccine roll-out on track to hit half a million dosesUpdatedThe Covid-19 roll-out remains ahead of schedule, Chris Hipkins has revealed. […]

‘People are really struggling’: Fijians fear ‘chaos’ as second outbreak grows

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The death of a 53-year-old Fijian man last week in Lautoka was the country’s first coronavirus fatality since the virus re-emerged in April. Fiji’s second Covid wave broke out after two Fijian nationals returned from India and came into contact with a soldier at a managed quarantine facility. There are now 36 active cases in […]

The Bulletin: Unions win concessions on public servant pay

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Good morning and welcome to The Bulletin. In today’s edition: Unions win concessions on public servant pay, new and horrific allegations made at Royal Commission, and auditor-general urges wage subsidy breach prosecutions.Well, I think now we can all agree that it is no longer a pay freeze. The government has effectively given several concessions to unions, […]

Labour’s support not taken for granted

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This week the wheels came off the ‘Jacinda Ardern express’ with backlash against a perceived pay freeze for public sector workers who are ironically also called public servants. They are the working class loved by Governments in times of crisis, but dismissed as ‘bureaucrats’ when austerity ideologies demand sacrifices. An earthquake of anger shook the […]

Nanaia – This is your moment – take it!

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Once again we urge you to speak out condemning Israel’s brutal aggression against the Palestinian people which is escalating in East Jerusalem, Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories. In the last few days Israeli troops have attacked Palestinians at prayer in the Al Aqsa mosque injuring over 200 worshippers, have launched numerous attacks against Palestinians […]

A is for altcoin: A beginner’s guide to crypto slang

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It’s hard enough to understand the ‘blockchain’ without all the jargon thrown in. But with interest in cryptocurrency exploding, it’s time to get educated so you can stop being such a noob. All right degens, listen up. Wanna ape into some shitcoins but don’t know the lingo? We’re here to help. Bitcoins are mined through solving […]

Is there a noble method to the political madness of the pay freeze?

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Viewed in isolation the public sector pay move is politically indefensible. Duncan Greive wonders if it’s all part of a much bigger plan.“A breach of good faith”, “a kick in the gut” and “more proof that Cabinet hates public servants”, just some of the understandably quite heated reactions to last week’s shock announcement of a […]

A beginner’s guide to the financial aspects of buying a house

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Our beginner’s guides are quick and simple explainers on everyday money topics hitting headlines right now. This week, we look at what it takes to finance your first home. With the average house in New Zealand now worth more than $900,000, the reality for most New Zealanders is it’s getting harder and harder to get on […]

We don’t have enough celebrities for all these reality shows

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The Masked Singer is the latest in a long line of shows drawing on our increasingly shallow pool of celebrities. How long before the well runs dry? This week on The Masked Singer NZ, the first of 2021’s many celebrity-based reality shows, the judging panel had to guess the celebrity hiding beneath the Tui costume. Rhys […]

The Single Object: How this pen was used to highlight police racism

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One morning in 1978, a University of Auckland law lecturer walked into the police station and made a confession. His crime? Stealing a ballpoint pen from his employer.Iki Toloa finished his shift at the Ellerslie plastics factory where he worked and started the long walk home to Ponsonby. The 17-year-old from Niue made it as […]

Scientists are too easily seduced by beautiful plants. Time to love the ugly ones, too

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There’s a clear researcher bias towards visually striking plants, and it’s not good for the ecosystem, writes Kingsley Dixon of Curtin UniversityWe all love gardens with beautiful flowers and leafy plants, choosing colourful species to plant in and around our homes. Plant scientists, however, may have fallen for the same trick in what they choose […]

Auckland mayor accused of running ‘boys’ club’ council

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A decision on who should represent Auckland Council on the government’s light rail project board has sparked debate about whether Phil Goff is doing enough to ensure gender equality in the ranks.One of Auckland’s longest serving councillors and former mayor, Christine Fletcher, has questioned mayor Phil Goff’s leadership appointments, claiming “he is inclined to run […]

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