Category : News
Author: Reuters

Taiwan appealed to people to avoid panic buying of items such as instant noodles and toilet paper as new curbs on gatherings and movement took effect to rein in the spread of COVID-19 during a spike in domestic infections.

Taiwan raised its coronavirus alert level in the capital, Taipei, and the surrounding city, on Saturday, imposing two weeks of restrictions that will shut many venues and limit gatherings. It reported 206 new domestic infections on Sunday. 

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2021/05/coronavirus-taiwan-urges-no-panic-buying-as-new-covid-19-rules-kick-off.html
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Category : News
Author: Luke Malpass

ANALYSIS: When Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg handed down the Australian Federal Budget on Tuesday, it marked a step-change: Instead of the job of Treasurer being to try and balance the books, it was now going to be using taxpayer money to drive unemployment down.

Principally, the Aussies are now going to throw down $74.6 billion over the next two years on tax cuts and business while lavishing tax breaks in sectors such as health, aged care and mental health: traditionally low wage industries, dominated by women.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/125142382/budget-2021-is-new-zealand-on-the-eve-of-a-new-brain-drain-to-australia
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Author: Jamie Ensor

The British High Commissioner believes the United Kingdom and New Zealand are "very much on the same page" when it comes to China, pushing back on speculation Aotearoa is splintering from one of its traditional partners. 

New Zealand's relationship with other members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group - Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States - was thrown into the spotlight in April after comments from Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/05/british-high-commissioner-laura-clarke-doesn-t-believe-united-kingdom-new-zealand-splintering-insists-nations-on-same-page-on-china.html
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Author: Checkpoint for RNZ

A 'Robin Hood'-style policy, redistributing the big salaries of public service chief executives to lower paid workers, would be more effective than the Government-ordered pay freeze, according to a leading business academic.

The directive, which essentially means those in the public sector earning more than $60,000 will only get a pay rise in exceptional circumstances for the next three years, has infuriated some workers.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/05/expert-calls-for-top-paid-bureaucrats-pay-to-be-cut-and-given-to-the-working-poor.html
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Author: Martin Van Beynen and Hamish McNeilly

Staff and shoppers scrambled for safety from a stabbing frenzy in central Dunedin’s Countdown supermarket. Some were caught in the melee and some risked their lives to protect others. HAMISH McNEILLY and MARTIN VAN BEYNEN report.

By 2.30pm on May 10, a warm sunny Monday in Dunedin, the Countdown supermarket at 309 Cumberland St had already been open for eight hours.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/125116566/stabbing-in-dunedin-shock-devastation-as-carnage-unfolded-at-a-countdown-supermarket
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Author: Motherboard

Rocket Lab, the private space company best known for launching small payloads into orbit, is poised to become the first private company to ever explore another planet. Founder Peter Beck shares his plans to put a probe into the atmosphere of the hottest planet in the solar system.

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Category : Defence
Author: Nick Lee-Frampton

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The New Zealand Defence Force has issued a request for information on design and build solutions for an eventual ice-strengthened offshore patrol vessel that the Royal New Zealand Navy would operate in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic’s Ross Sea for at least four months per year.

Article: https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2021/05/13/new-zealand-is-seeking-industry-info-to-build-antarctic-patrol-vessel/
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Author: Dan Satherley

A Kiwi group that's made headlines for spreading misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines has denied it's planning to launch a multi-level marketing business.

But an expert in social media influencers and conspiracy theories says they'd be stupid not to cash in.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2021/05/coronavirus-kiwi-covid-misinformation-group-voices-for-freedom-removes-page-promoting-essential-oils.html
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