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Gavin Ellis: Australia deserves better than ABC raids but law offers little protection

By Gavin Ellis * Opinion – I wasn’t shocked by this week’s execution of search warrants on Australian journalists. The Australian Federal Police actions simply brought back nasty memories. It didn’t even particularly tax my septuagenarian powers of recall. New Zealand police have several times been involved in executing warrants on media organisations in similar […]

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Public media funding policy back to square one?

Labour came to power promising big boosts to public broadcasting but last week’s Budget offered only stop-gap increases “pending major policy decisions.” Mediawatch asks the minister of broadcasting and digital media when the big calls about media policy will be made. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas Last week newspaper publishers and RNZ unveiled a pilot progamme to […]

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Huawei signs deal with Russian telecoms firm to develop 5G

Huawei has signed a deal with Russian telecoms firm MTS to develop 5G technology in that country. Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, applaud as Russia and Huawei representatives shake hands. Photo: AFP The companies will develop next-generation 5G networks in Russia over the next year, reports said. The deal […]

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SpaceX chain of 60 satellites visible from New Zealand this morning

A chain of 60 satellites visible from New Zealand this morning are the first step in a plan from Elon Musk to provide cheap, high-speed internet to the world.     A screenshot from a video of SpaceX Starlink satellites passing over Leiden, Netherlands on 24 May, 2019. Photo: AFP / HO/ Marco Langbroek, Leiden, the […]

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Apple breaks up iTunes, announces new privacy measures

iTunes is to be replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV, the company confirmed at its annual developer conference. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. Photo: AP The firm also revealed a number of new privacy measures. A new sign-in will be an alternative […]

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Media reports’ toxic side effects

A recent academic study has found that media reports were the main cause of an increase in people experiencing adverse side effects following a Pharmac switch from a branded anti-depressant to a generic one – not the switch itself. Photo: Screen shot: TVNZ On 28 February last year both Stuff and the New Zealand Herald […]

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Shane Taurima named as new Māori Television chief executive

Māori Television has appointed its acting chief executive Shane Taurima, a veteran broadcaster and former Māori Party candidate, to permanently take over the role. Shane Taurima Photo: SUPPLIED The former broadcaster led the network’s strategic plan as the acting chief executive last year. Mr Taurima has 25 years experience as a broadcaster for radio and […]

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Only option for clarity on Budget breach is to wait

By Paul Brislen* Opinion – So Treasury has been hacked? What does that actually mean. We’ve simply got no idea right now whether Treasury was hacked or now, we’re just going to wait. Photo: Pixabay Typically, hacking (breaking into a computer network of some kind to access data) falls somewhere on a spectrum. At one […]

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Mediawatch: Bullying report points the finger at reporters

It named no names, but the much-anticipated report into bullying in Parliament did lift the lid on people turning the place toxic. Journalists there are part of the problem, according to the report, but there wasn’t a lot about that in the media. Newshub’s Patrick Gower looks at Parliameet;s bullying problem – but not if […]

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Huawei NZ: ‘No need to panic’ about phones after Google move

Huawei NZ deputy chief executive Andrew Bowater says there’s no need for owners of the company’s phones to panic or return them to retailers after restricted on the software services. Photo: 123rf.com Google has blocked the Chinese phone maker from some updates to the Android operating system. That doesn’t mean Huawei loses all access to […]