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Prime Ministerial press conference on Fonterra and the GCSB

Monday, 19 August 2013, 7:03 pm | Anne Russell

The Prime Minister's post cabinet press conference today was dominated by questions about the Fonterra inquiry and the GCSB Bill. He cut the conference short at 4.30pm after a line of questioning about the latter topic from Scoop Editor Alastair Thompson. More >>

PM: Manufacturing Crisis | Mediaworks | G20 spying

Monday, 17 June 2013, 5:25 pm | Anne Russell

Although the Prime Minister offered very little preamble to question time, a variety of topics were covered in today's post-Cabinet press conference, from the manufacturing crisis to the British spying at the G20 summit. More >>

PM press conference on Peter Dunne's resignation

Friday, 7 June 2013, 5:46 pm | Anne Russell

Peter Dunne has resigned as minister after being implicated in the leak of the Kitteridge report on the GCSB to Dominion Post reporter Andrea Vance. When David Henry investigated the disclosure of the Kitteridge report, Dunne refused to comply with requests to ... More >>

PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - 22 April 2013

Monday, 22 April 2013, 7:17 pm | Anne Russell

Today the Prime Minister announced that the government will make a supplementary disclosure to the Mighty River Power document. The impetus for it was the Labour- Greens NZ Power proposal, which has caused some uncertainties within the sharemarket, ... More >>

The symbolic victory of same-sex marriage

Friday, 19 April 2013, 6:13 pm | Anne Russell

Over the past year or so, the marriage equality bill has essentially served as a filter through which New Zealand has discussed queer sexuality and gender identity. Marriage is perhaps one of the least threatening manifestations of contemporary queer ... More >>

State asset sales: A new referendum on an old policy

Tuesday, 12 March 2013, 4:19 pm | Anne Russell

Around 200 people assembled at the Cenotaph today to present the signatures on the state asset sales referendum at Parliament. The referendum has received 393,000 signatures, exceeding the required number of 300,000. The event was emceed by musician Moana ... More >>

Youth representatives come out to support marriage equality

Monday, 11 March 2013, 1:28 pm | Anne Russell

Representatives from the youth wings of seven political parties held a press conference outside Parliament today to promote the Marriage Equality Bill. These included: Shaun Wallis of Young Nationals, Kieran Meredith of Young Labour, Izzy Lomax of Young Greens, ... More >>

Gay Red Stop: John Key and homophobic language

Friday, 9 November 2012, 1:17 pm | Anne Russell

When John Key takes the time to appear on a farming radio show to talk about Adele and golf, one wonders what the job description for Prime Minister looks like, and if it isn't perhaps time for a rewrite. However, Key has done many puff pieces during ... More >>

Child poverty and Lunchbox Day: philanthropy in New Zealand

Thursday, 4 October 2012, 4:14 pm | Anne Russell

A spate of charitable giving related to food insecurity has sprung up recently. Several people—regular citizens, celebrities and politicians—took part in Live Below The Line, where participants had to spend only $2.25 on food every day. Sponsorship ... More >>

Same-sex mirages: Beyond the marriage debate

Monday, 3 September 2012, 3:00 pm | Anne Russell

A thousand people marched to Parliament in support of Louisa Wall's same-sex marriage bill last Wednesday (29 August). As a conscience vote, the bill drew support from almost all parties, with the exception of New Zealand First, and passed its first ... More >>

Daniel Tosh: Comedy, fear and the rise of the rape joke

Sunday, 15 July 2012, 3:03 pm | Anne Russell

Comedian Daniel Tosh recently performed a set at the Laugh Factory in LA, which included a prolonged set about how rape jokes are always funny. When a woman stood up and shouted "Actually, rape jokes are never funny!" Tosh replied "Wouldn’t ... More >>

The War on Women, NZ edition: Beneficiaries & Contraception

Thursday, 10 May 2012, 10:56 am | Anne Russell

The battle over publicly-funded contraception in the US has led to many women breaking ranks with the Republican Party, who like to deny women autonomy over their bodies. At first glance, the National Party seems to be moving in the opposite direction ... More >>

One Direction, Justin Bieber and female sexuality

Friday, 27 April 2012, 4:21 pm | Anne Russell

I left work at around 5.30pm on Monday evening, and walked down Lambton Quay and along Grey St, passing the InterContinental Hotel. A bunch of teenage girls, long-legged in school uniforms, were clustered around the entrance behind barriers, squealing ... More >>

ANZAC Day: Red poppies, militarism and the RSA

Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 1:48 pm | Anne Russell

Every Friday before ANZAC Day, the Returned Services Association organises volunteers to walk the streets selling red poppies for charity. Last year Red Poppy Day collected $1.7 million nationwide, a figure that dwarfs the collections of many other non-governmental ... More >>

Wellington Activists Support Global March to Jerusalem

Friday, 30 March 2012, 6:00 pm | Anne Russell

Around 50 pro-Palestinian activists gathered at midday today outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington. The demonstration was arranged in solidarity with the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) . Thousands are marching to Jerusalem in protest of Israel’s ... More >>

Exposing hidden agenders: Transgenderism and the media

Thursday, 22 March 2012, 5:37 pm | Anne Russell

In 2012 thus far, transgender issues have been highlighted several times in New Zealand media. In January, a Libra tampon advertisement was banned owing to public outcry at its transphobic nature. In February, a protest was organised against Rosemary ... More >>

Kony 2012: Or, How Not To Do Charity

Friday, 9 March 2012, 4:15 pm | Anne Russell

Like many, I only recently heard of Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa. The LRA was founded in Northern Uganda in 1987 by a group of militant Christians, but its ideology is unclear these days, as it seems merely determined ... More >>

Rosemary McLeod incites protest with transphobic column

Friday, 24 February 2012, 6:02 pm | Anne Russell

Columnist Rosemary McLeod has sparked anger among pro-transgender activists for her opinion piece titled 'Why I feel for the kids of ego trippers'. The piece discusses transgender men who have given birth, and refers to being transgender as an “extreme ... More >>

Scoop Images - Wellington Protest against State Asset Sales

Tuesday, 7 February 2012, 5:07 pm | Anne Russell

Around 100 protesters gathered at Parliament today to protest state asset sales. Organised by Occupy Wellington and Transparency New Zealand, the march had representatives from established political groups such as Grey Power and Democrats for Social Credit, ... More >>

I Had A Dream: Political Nostalgia and Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, 17 January 2012, 5:51 pm | Anne Russell

When talking about the Good Old Days (whenever they were), we seem to have a phenomenal ability to whitewash the past. Chris Trotter recently published this opinion piece on the Occupy movement, and its ‘failure’ to succeed in New Zealand. In some ... More >>