NEW ZEALAND POLITICS

Today’s big NZ story that you probably missed, aka a victory for bullshit and delay

A startling story that appears to contradict John Key’s 2014 account of the abandonment of a surveillance scheme is a bombshell – and a depressing object lesson in delay tactics and attention spans, writes Toby Manhire.

So the saying goes, three years, two months and a couple of weeks is a long time in politics.
READ MORE: https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/29-11-2017/todays-big-nz-story-that-yo...

Police confirm agreement with spyware seller

Hacking spyware used by some of the world’s worst dictatorships may be in use in New Zealand.

The spyware, produced by Italian-based company, Hacking Team, is used by state agencies to monitor the communications of people of interest.

The Italian government was so concerned by the sale of spyware to countries with poor human rights it temporarily banned the company’s right to export.

New Zealand Police have confirmed to Newsroom in response to an Official Information Act request that they have signed a non-disclosure agreement with Hacking Team.
READ MORE: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/11/08/58964/police-confirm-agreement-wit...

Short little baby man

And so ends 9 years of neoliberal "Fuck you I've got mine" economic terror in New Zealand

New Zealand has a change of government. Winston Peters leader of NZ First has gone into coalition with the NZ Labour Party to form our new government.

Man commits self immolation outside New Zealand parliament

Some poor dude decided his only course of action in life at this point was to set fire to himself outside parliament today. He is in a critical condition at Wellington hospital.

Perhaps New Zealand needs to think about properly funding a mental health system again. Or maybe $20 a week extra in tax cuts is more preferable. I don't know, our society is so fucking selfish and uncaring these days maybe we should just get used to seeing stuff like this happening moving forward.
MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/97105434/man-reportedly-set-himself-on-...

National MP: I taught Chinese spies

He taught at the PLA University of Foreign Languages in Louyang and is part of the PLA’s third department, which intercepts, collects and monitors the communications of foreign countries.

Yang said his job was to teach students to how to listen, read and write English.

"If you define those cadets or students as spies, yes, then I was teaching spies. If that is the case. I don't think [they were spies]. I just think they are collecting information through communication in China. If you define that way, then they were spies. But for us, it was just collecting information."
READ MORE: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/09/13/47734/national-mp-i-taught-chinese...

Save NZ’s largest study of children and their families

Dear Prime Minister Bill English

We ask that you please restore funding to the Growing Up in New Zealand research study to enable it to continue to track the health and development of all 6,800 New Zealand children in the study.
Why is this important?

The government has recently cut funding to Growing Up in New Zealand. What is this research about, who is it for, and why does it matter?

Based at the University of Auckland, Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) is the largest and most diverse longitudinal study to ever track the lives of children in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It is the only study to track them from before birth through young adulthood.

This groundbreaking study represents the lives and stories of almost 7000 children and their families, providing unique insight into what shapes children’s early development and how interventions might be targeted at the earliest opportunity to give every New Zealand child the best start in life.

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