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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: Why is Meka Whaitiri fit to be an MP but not a Minister?

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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: Why is Meka Whaitiri fit to be an MP but not a Minister? Dr Bryce Edwards. New Zealanders hate to hear stories of mistreatment by arrogant, rude, or demanding celebrities, politicians, or bosses. And to be accused of bullying or violence against your own staff is the ultimate low. That’s what […]

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Philippine protesters stage anti-martial law demos as Duterte trust plummets

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Protesters mark the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Philippines dictator Marcos with demonstrations against President Duterte. Video: Rappler By Paterno Esmaquel II in Manila Protesters have staged the most widespread barrage of protests yesterday against President Rodrigo Duterte, as Filipinos marked the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under […]

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Refugees, journalist detention in Nauru ‘overshadow Pacific issues’

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Support was widespread for journalist Barbara Dreaver’s detention at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru earlier this month. But, reports Maxine Jacobs for Asia Pacific Journalism, some commentators argue journalists should abide by their host nation’s reporting regulations and the Nauru refugee crisis is not as important to Pacific nations as it is to New […]

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NZ aid workers’ open letter condemns broadcaster for Pacific ‘leeches’ attack

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By RNZ Pacific OPINION: An open letter to broadcaster Heather du Plessis-Allan on behalf of New Zealanders who have worked, and those are who are still working, in development in Solomon Islands: Heather du Plessis-Allan’s recent comments on [Newstalk ZB] that the Pacific are leeches on New Zealand is dangerously ignorant, insulting to Pacific Islanders […]

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Grass trees aren’t a grass (and they’re not trees)

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Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By John Patykowski, Plant ecologist, Deakin University Sign up to the Beating Around the Bush newsletter here, and suggest a plant we should cover at batb@theconversation.edu.au. Grass trees (genus Xanthorrhoea) look like they were imagined by Dr Seuss. An unmistakable tuft of wiry, grass-like leaves atop a blackened, […]

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Boe climate and security pact big step forward, but lacks a gender drive

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The major item on the agenda at last week’s Pacific Islands Forum was climate change. However, a gender gap appears to be at play within climate change itself. Jessica Marshall reports for Asia Pacific Journalism. The content of the Boe Declaration, signed at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru earlier this month, is not widely […]

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Peter Grimes is a thrilling and moving staging of the great English opera

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Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Trevor Jones, Lecturer in Musical Theatre, Griffith University Review: Peter Grimes, Brisbane Festival Peter Grimes, one of the centrepiece events of this year’s Brisbane Festival, is a remarkable collaboration between the festival, Opera Queensland, Philip Bacon AM, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. […]

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Is it time for Australia to be more open about research involving animals?

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Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Tyler Paytas, Research Fellow in Philosophy, Australian Catholic University The use of animals in scientific research is a complex ethical issue, and these studies typically take place behind closed doors. But since 2012, more than 120 of Britain’s universities, research institutions and pharmaceutical companies have signed a […]

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