Francis Cook - Latest News [Page 2]

#Sheepgate Petition Delivered at Parliament

Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 3:54 pm | Francis Cook

The National Director of ActionStation, Marrianne Elliott, was today joined by three people dressed as sheep to hand over a petition calling for inquiry into the Saudi sheep farm deals between Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Mr. Hamood Al-Ali Al-Khalaf. More >>

Voluntary Euthanasia Society petition to Parliament

Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 3:16 pm | Francis Cook

A petition for the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia was presented at Parliament today by Maryan Street who was joined by the husband of Lecretia Seals, Matt Vickers. More >>

PM’s Presser: Saudi Sheep Scandal still Labour’s Fault.

Monday, 22 June 2015, 5:37 pm | Francis Cook

The Prime Minister today conceded he had gotten the numbers wrong about refugee intake on a radio interview this morning. Mr Key said there would be talks about raising the number but insisted that the cost runs up to $58m annually to settle refugees ... More >>

VicBooks Overland Launch – Pictures

Friday, 5 June 2015, 11:33 am | Francis Cook

Overland Magazine launched their New Zealand edition at VicBooks on Thursday evening. The issue was edited by Jacinda Woodhead along with local blogger Giovanni Tiso. Jolisa Gracewood edited the fiction pieces and Robert Sullivan managed the poetry. More >>

Album Review: Jamie xx | In Colour

Wednesday, 3 June 2015, 5:03 pm | Francis Cook

Jamie Smith made a marked departure from The xx’s pared back style with his Gil-Scott Heron collaboration. Instead of minimal, lovelorn musings with high vocal and sparse production, he created noise. There was a borderline club hit with “New York is ... More >>

Gamelab makes mobile games in under 48 hours on new engine

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 4:05 pm | Francis Cook

Gamelab recently launched an initiative called Gamedash2D in which they develop and release mobile games within 48 hours. I spoke with founder and CEO Dan Milward about the project and took a look at their latest game. More >>

Andrew Little Post-Budget Address

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:44 am | Francis Cook

Andrew Little said today the Budget was not earth-shattering, but he made concessions regarding the government’s new policies on working for families and children in poverty. More >>

Question Time: Grant Robertson Ejected from the House

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 3:09 pm | Francis Cook

In a heated question time today, Grant Robertson was ejected from the house after Bill English repeatedly denied to answer his question. More >>

So Laid Back Country China Album Release

Monday, 18 May 2015, 1:43 pm | Francis Cook

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig. More >>

Andrew Little on the 2015 Budget

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 10:22 am | Francis Cook

Speaking to the Chamber of Commerce, the Labour opposition leader attacked the government’s approach to economic issues facing New Zealand. He said they have been “more than reckless in their complacency” and “the next week’s budget will do nothing ... More >>

PSA Marches to Treasury to Protest Pay Gap

Monday, 11 May 2015, 2:11 pm | Francis Cook

The Public Service Association today marched to the Treasury office in protest of the pay gap between male and female workers in the public sector. More >>

Andrew Little Takes John Key to Task over #ponytailgate

Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 3:20 pm | Francis Cook

Question Time: Andrew Little Takes John Key to Task over #ponytailgate Story by Francis Cook More >>

Process for NZ Flag Consideration Announced

Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 12:26 pm | Francis Cook

Emeritus Professor John Burrows today laid out the formal process for the coming flag referendums. Speaking at Te Papa’s Icon Room, he described the procedure for selection in detail, emphasising the New Zealand public’s contribution to the decision. More >>

PM Post Cabinet Press Conference on Ponytail and Surplus

Monday, 4 May 2015, 5:33 pm | Francis Cook

The Prime Minister stated today that two weeks in advance of the 2015 budget, he was happy with the progress his government had made. He said he expected further solid growth and that wages were increasing faster than inflation. He said the budget ... More >>

Harawira, Turei Address Aboriginal Rights Mayday Protests

Friday, 1 May 2015, 2:54 pm | Francis Cook

A protest took place today outside the Australian High Commission and Parliament against Tony Abbott’s policy to close down Aboriginal communities across Western Australia. More >>

John Oliver takes a dig PM over Ponytail Tugging

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 4:36 pm | Francis Cook

John Oliver has taken aim at the PM's recent behaviour on his show Last Week Tonight. More >>

Riots in Baltimore – National Guard Sent in [graphic images]. Update: State of Emergency Delcared

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 3:05 pm | Francis Cook

Riots have broken out in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25 year old black man who died from injuries sustained while in police custody. More >>

Wellington 2015 ANZAC Day Centenary Commemoration in Pictures

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 8:58 am | Francis Cook

Roughly 18,000 people gathered this morning at Pukeahu Memorial Park for the Anzac day centenary. Anticipating the large turnout, patrons arrived as early as 4.30. It was virtually impossible to get near the Memorial after 5am. By 6, the crowds ... More >>

Earnest are Honest about Juicing

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 4:24 pm | Francis Cook

A new juice bar and café quietly opened its doors on the 18th of March. Housed in the small, industrial, former Garrett St building loading bay, Earnest has a pared back, Spartan look. Splashes of colour come from the plants and fruit littered around ... More >>

Peter Jackson’s exhibit at Old Dominion Museum Disappoints

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 12:20 pm | Francis Cook

Is Peter Jackson incapable of removing his own personal brand of twee novelty even when it comes to war commemoration? The new exhibition at the Old Dominion Building, costing an estimated $10 million, will charm and delight but ultimately leave you ... More >>