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Broadcaster ABC challenges police raid warrant and demands return of seized files

Australian national broadcaster ABC has mounted a legal challenge to a warrant the Australian Federal Police (AFP) served on the broadcaster and has demanded the return of files seized during a raid earlier this month. Photo: AFP On 5 June, a group of AFP officers turned up at the media organisation’s Sydney head office with […]

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New technology gives wing to analysis of bird population

New Zealand’s bird population is being discovered and heard more easily thanks to 21st century technology. New technology developed by Victoria University can now record and analyse the sounds of birds. Photo: Supplied: Zealandia Victoria University has developed computer software that can quickly analyse sound recordings and calculate an abundance of birds. The researchers have […]

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Offsetting our indulgences

Flygskam is rapidly replacing hygge as the media’s favourite Scandinavian word. But whereas hygge introduced the world to the warm and fuzzy Danish concept of feeling good due to the simple pleasures in life, the Swedish word flygskam – or flight shame – is all about bringing your holiday ambitions down to earth. Back in […]

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Blast from the past: Radio Rhema selling old LPs

Christian broadcaster Radio Rhema is selling its entire record collection, which has been built up over 40 years. Photo: Supplied The station has started a Trade Me auction for the 7000 or so records of Christian and gospel music it holds in its library. The ad urges people to “buy on faith”. “There’ll be some […]

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Confronting an online clickbait copy machine

The Mail Online is one of the world’s most popular websites – partly because it recycles the online journalism of other outlets as clickbait. You’ll never believe what happened when New Zealand-based correspondent Anke Richter confronted them about that recently. Anke Richter Photo: supplied On June 1 a long piece about Gloriavale by freelancer Anke […]

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Leaving Country Life to return to the country life

Susan Murray Photo: RNZ Hamilton-based Susan Murray has just retired after 21 years of co-hosting RNZ show Country Life  She recently won the 2019 Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the year award at the Mystery Creek Fieldays. Susan says she accidentally started her radio career splicing tapes and timing commercials with an after-school job at King […]

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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 […]