Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture to celebrate the achievements of women
Posted 2nd Sep 2016
Filed under: Dunedin South
This Monday, the fifth annual Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture will continue the strong tradition of honouring the late Dame Dorothy by highlighting the achievements of New Zealand women, and remembering their contributions.

Professor Barbara Brookes of the University of Otago will deliver the lecture on the topic Generations of Change: How women shaped history. Her research, writing and teaching have contributed significantly to new perspectives on women’s history. She has published widely both internationally and in New Zealand on women and on health.
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The ComCom should be able to put behavioural conditions on mergers
Posted 31st Aug 2016
Filed under: Broadcasting
This piece was originally published on 24 August on National Business Review.

It might not be headline news but the major shake-ups of our media environment threaten a seismic shift in the New Zealand media landscape. Do we care? Should we care? Yes, we should.

The proposed mergers of NZME and Fairfax, and of Sky TV and Vodafone are being considered as the remnants of public interest media (aka Radio NZ and a declining number of TV programmes funded by NZ on Air) are toughing out eight years of government funding freeze.
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Frostbite for NZ on Air as frozen funding reality hits
Posted 14th Dec 2015
Filed under: Broadcasting
NZ on Airs admission that its budget is under huge pressure will be a concern to New Zealanders already disturbed at the lack of quality local television programmes, says Labour's Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran.

The National Governments seven year starvation funding for new public interest television is eating into money available for programmes made by New Zealanders about New Zealanders.
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OIA report could have serious ramifications
Posted 8th Dec 2015
Filed under: Open Government
Labour has serious concerns about the wide ranging and potentially chilling effect on the flow of government information following the release Beverley Wakems report, Labours Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.

Todays report by the Chief Ombudsman into the Official Information Act shows government departments are being encouraged by Ministers offices to withhold material for political reasons. This is further delaying the release of information.
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No WINZ in the MSD Waiting Game
Posted 7th Dec 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
There have been no wins for the South Dunedin community in the continued delay in answers on the status of the South Dunedin WINZ office, says Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

It is now six months on from the June floods that wreaked havoc on the community and forced the closure of the South Dunedin WINZ office.
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