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Govt Promises $5M In Quake Relief

Monday, 6 September 2010, 8:20 pm | Rory MacKinnon

The Government has promised $5m for a hardship fund to help victims of the weekend’s massive earthquake in Christchurch and the Canterbury region. More >>

PM’s Presser – South Canterbury Finance

Monday, 30 August 2010, 5:41 pm | Rory MacKinnon

Most investors in the foundering lending firm South Canterbury Finance will get paid from the public purse if the company collapses, John Key says. More >>

Deadline: Inside Sensible Sentencing's Conference

Thursday, 26 August 2010, 2:56 pm | Rory MacKinnon

It's my first time at a Sensible Sentencing conference, but there's a distinct sense of déjà vu as I wind my way across the Beehive's banquet hall to my seat. I put it down to all the familiar faces; faces I've seen a hundred times before with a ... More >>

PM’s Presser: Liquor Law Reform, Asylum Seekers

Monday, 23 August 2010, 5:51 pm | Rory MacKinnon

The Government’s new liquor law reform package will focus on youth drinking and make parents more responsible for young people in their custody, Prime Minister John Key says. More >>

Deadline: On NZ’s “Assistance” In Afghanistan

Friday, 20 August 2010, 4:39 pm | Rory MacKinnon

The reports on New Zealand’s connection to a notorious Afghanistan prison all came and went in the space of a day, but it’s been on my mind a lot this week. Not the war itself, mind you, or the moral dilemmas of detainment – but the Government’s ... More >>

No SAS Link To Afghan Arrests, Torture - PM

Monday, 16 August 2010, 8:14 pm | Rory MacKinnon

Prime Minister John Key says he does not believe New Zealand’s special forces in Afghanistan are assisting local commandos with arrests – but reports from the region say otherwise. More >>

Scoop Audio – NZ Defence Staff On Soldier’s Death

Wednesday, 4 August 2010, 12:34 pm | Rory MacKinnon

General Jerry Mateparae, Air Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp and Associate Minister Heather Roy spoke at Defence House, Wellington, just before midday about the death of a New Zealand soldier in a firefight in Bamiyan ... More >>

PM’s Presser – NZ won’t meet 2015 poverty pledge

Monday, 2 August 2010, 8:32 pm | Rory MacKinnon

Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand won’t meet its pledge to donate 0.7 percent of GDP as foreign aid by the United Nations 2015 deadline. More >>

PM’s Presser: National Standards half a day’s work

Monday, 2 August 2010, 7:20 pm | Rory MacKinnon

Education experts hired to help teachers meet the National Standards programme will have to juggle as many as 40 schools each – but the Government says they won’t be overstretched. More >>

Newtown woman killed but drowning unrelated

Friday, 30 July 2010, 3:24 pm | Rory MacKinnon

Wellington police are investigating two unnatural deaths in the city in the past week, but say the cases are unrelated. More >>

PM Presser – 2015 Poverty Pledge "A Long Way Away"

Monday, 26 July 2010, 9:55 pm | Rory MacKinnon

Prime Minister John Key says he may discuss NZ’s pledge to more than double its overseas aid spending by 2015 at next week’s Pacific Islands Forum – but that goal is still "a long way away". More >>

Scoop Images - All Whites Parade, Wellington

Wednesday, 21 July 2010, 5:45 pm | Rory MacKinnon

The All Whites aren’t exactly conquering heroes, but that didn’t stop fans from showering the team with praise and confetti Wednesday afternoon in downtown Wellington. More >>

PM’s Presser – Probation Won’t Kill Career Change

Monday, 19 July 2010, 6:47 pm | Rory MacKinnon

Prime Minister John Key says he does not think workers will be afraid to change jobs under a rollout of the Government’s 90-day probation scheme. More >>

Scoop Images – Pork Products Still Not Kosher

Monday, 19 July 2010, 3:04 pm | Rory MacKinnon

Animal rights activists demonstrated outside a Wellington supermarket Monday to protest a “welfare approved” label on pork products that they say is misleading. More >>

Shattered Glass At Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Friday, 9 July 2010, 2:18 pm | Rory MacKinnon

A busy street in downtown Wellington has been partially cordoned off following a shattered window in a high-rise government building. More >>

Scoop Audio: Vampire movie death not suspicious

Monday, 5 July 2010, 6:04 pm | Rory MacKinnon

A 23-year-old man’s unexplained death at a screening of a vampire movie on Sunday night is not being treated as suspicious, Wellington police said Monday. More >>

Scoop Review - Waiting For Godot

Friday, 2 July 2010, 9:55 am | Rory MacKinnon

The Canadian scholar of English literature Nick Mount once said that Waiting For Godot is essentially about men utterly stripped of pretence; men whose only consolation and greatest fear is their own mortality. “Getting to that moment, when the masks ... More >>

Scoop Images: Pay Equity Leave “No Stone Unturned”

Wednesday, 30 June 2010, 2:59 pm | Rory MacKinnon

The lawn outside Parliament on Wednesday was immaculate as always, but that didn’t stop several dozen demonstrators poring over it in search of a way to close New Zealand’s gender pay gap. More >>

PM’s Presser – Smokes Ban Won’t Put Guards At Risk

Monday, 28 June 2010, 6:29 pm | Rory MacKinnon

Prime Minister John Key says the Government’s partial ban on tobacco in prisons from next year won’t put guards in danger. More >>

Carter Settles Account In Expenses Scandal

Friday, 25 June 2010, 1:29 pm | Rory MacKinnon

Labour MP Chris Carter called a press conference Friday to formally offer a “sincere” apology for his misuse of ministerial expenses. Scoop audio of the Q&A session follows. More >>