A US report into China's influence in New Zealand has highlighted concerns over government inaction and raised the possibility political considerations are blocking our intelligence agencies from investigating. The Hoover Institution, a think-tank classed in the US as moderately conservative, released its "Chinese Influence & American Interest" report today with New Zealand presented as a case study. Although the report canvasses China's influence activities around the world, New Zealand is said to be particularly vulnerable due to its small size and China being a dominant market for dairy and tourism exports. Drawing largely on research by University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady, the report said China's influence operations in New Zealand have ramped up since Xi Jinping became general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in 2013. Adverse contrast is drawn between the relatively low-key response of New Zealand with the legislative programme implemented in Australia … [Read more...] about New Zealand ‘particularly vulnerable’ to China: US report
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New Zealand has blocked a mobile company from using telecoms equipment made by Chinese firm Huawei over national security concerns. Wellington’s international spy agency blocked a proposal for Spark to use the tech giant’s hardware in its planned 5G upgrade, saying it posed a “significant network security risk”. It is the latest in a string of blows to the tech giant, which has already come under scrutiny by countries including the US, UK, Canada and Japan. In August, Australia blocked the company from rolling out its 5G network due to security concerns. New Zealand denied banning the company from the network roll-out because it was Chinese, saying the problem was a technological one. Huawei sought an urgent meeting with the government after its bid was rejected, saying it had not been presented with any evidence of wrongdoing. The company rejected the notion that it threatened New Zealand businesses … [Read more...] about New Zealand is blocking a Chinese tech firm’s 5G roll out over national security concerns
Hayden Eastmond-Mein writing for The Spinoff. As Hayden Donnell wrote recently, “New Zealanders have engaged in their time-honoured tradition of collectively freaking out” over the recent introduction of Lime scooters in Auckland and Christchurch. At the risk of adding another “maybe Lime is bad” article to the pile, the electric scooter hire company could be dodging a shitload of tax by charging users via a US company and not adding GST. Don’t get me wrong, aside from Lime being a bit pricey I quite like the thrill of caning it along a bumpy footpath with the wind flowing through my unhelmeted hair, weaving perilously between the pedestrians and councillors making their merry way on boring old foot. But from what I can tell, when you hire a Lime scooter using the company’s app your credit card is charged by a US operating entity, Neutron Holdings, and these charges do not include GST. I say “from what I can … [Read more...] about Is Lime paying GST like other New Zealand businesses?
Yassmin Abdel-Magied, the award winning author and one Australia’s leading female Muslim activists, was barred from entering the US immediately after she landed in the country. The 27-year-old was set to speak at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York next week. But after touching down in Minneapolis on Wednesday afternoon, the author who is a fierce critic of Australia's immigration policies, said she was detained by border agents. Read more Government thwarted in new bid to deport woman brought to UK as child Immigrant mother describes hideout inside church to avoid deportation Deported veteran returning to California from Mexico Undocumented mother pledges to stay inside church to avoid deportation “I’m currently at the border and they’ve said I’m being deported," the Australian-Sudanese author tweeted. "This should be fun. What are my rights? "Interesting facts: within a few min of looking … [Read more...] about Leading Australian Muslim activist barred from entering the US
Film director Taika Waititi has described his homeland of New Zealand as “a racist place” in a brand new interview. The filmmaker behind Marvel sequel Thor: Ragnarok was speaking with the musician Ruban Nielson, for an interview with Dazed and Confused magazine when he made the claim. Detailing the racism he faces in his homeland, Waititi said: “People just flat-out refuse to pronounce Maori names properly. There's still profiling when it comes to Polynesians. It's not even a colour thing - like, 'Oh, there's a black person.' It's, 'If you're Poly then you're getting profiled.'” Read more Taika Waititi: I don't have to be a tortured artist to be interesting He insists New Zealand is “the best place on the planet" despite his comments. Waititi - whose credits also includes comedy film Hunt for the Wilderpeople - was born to a Jewish-European mother and a Maori father of Te-Whanau-a-Apanui descent. His claims were backed up by many in his homeland who … [Read more...] about New Zealand branded ‘racist as f***’ by Thor director Taika Waititi