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A snapshot of our mysterious ancestor Homo erectus

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Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Ian Moffat, ARC DECRA Research Fellow in Archaeological Science, Flinders University If you bumped into a Homo erectus in the street you might not recognise them as being very different from you. You’d see a certain “human-ness” in the stance, and his or her size and shape […]

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Liberals lose yet another high-profile woman, yet still no action on gender

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Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Mark Kenny, Senior Fellow, Australian Studies Institute, Australian National University Liberal women must surely be asking why their party is so clear-eyed when facilitating the departure of competent women, and yet so mealy-mouthed about recruiting and promoting them. Prominent among Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s comments on Kelly […]

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Fleeing family violence to another country and taking your child is not ‘abduction’, but that’s how the law sees it

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Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Gina Masterton, PhD Candidate, Law School, Griffith University Fiona (not her real name) came to Australia from New Zealand as a 19-year-old backpacker. Here, she met a man, got married and had two boys. The domestic violence began after her first son’s birth, and Fiona endured it […]

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100 years later, why don’t we commemorate the victims and heroes of “Spanish flu”?

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Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Peter Hobbins, ARC DECRA Fellow, University of Sydney At Sydney’s enormous Rookwood Cemetery, a lichen-spotted headstone captures a family’s double burden of grief. The grave contains the remains of 19-year-old Harriet Ann Ottaway, who died on 2 July 1919. Its monument also commemorates her brother Henry James […]

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Why are teachers mostly female? Because men get better pay in other professions

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Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Massimiliano Tani, Professor of Finance and Economics, UNSW Women are considerably over-represented in the teaching profession. Recent data show, among recent Australian university graduates, 97% of pre-primary teachers, 85% of primary teachers and 68% of secondary teachers are female. Similarly, large proportions of women in teaching are […]

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Stranger than fiction. Who Labor’s capital gains tax changes will really hurt

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Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Ben Phillips, Associate Professor, Centre for Social Research and Methods, Director, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Australian National University Labor is going into the election promising to tax capital gains more heavily. Depending on who you listen to, it’ll either hit the very highest of earners, […]

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The state of Australia’s Indigenous languages – and how we can help people speak them more often

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Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Jane Simpson, Chair of Indigenous Linguistics and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australian National University In 1788 there were between 300 and 700 Indigenous languages spoken across Australia by millions of people, as shown in anthropologist Norman Tindale’s 1974 […]

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View from The Hill: O’Dwyer’s decision turns the spotlight onto Bishop

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Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra The political down time over summer can be something of a respite for an embattled government. But for Scott Morrison, it has just brought more setbacks. The weekend announcement by cabinet minister Kelly O’Dwyer that she will leave parliament at […]

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    CPTPP meeting agrees guidelines to expand trade agreement

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: CPTPP meeting agrees guidelines to expand trade agreementThe first Commission meeting of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has reached agreement on guidelines to expand the trade agreement. Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker welcomed the agreement on accession procedures – one of the decisions made by […]

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    First NZ Study on effects of screen-time on pre-school children

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: First NZ Study on effects of screen-time on pre-school childrenObesity, poorer motor skills, hyperactivity problems and poor sleep are just some of the effects that may be experienced by pre-school children who exceed New Zealand’s screen-time guidelines, according to a study funded by the Ministry of Social Development’s Children and […]

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    Growth in Police deployments

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Growth in Police deploymentsThe first Police graduation for 2019 creates a new total of 1,101 frontline officers deployed around the country since the Coalition Government took office. Police Minister Stuart Nash today presented awards to the top recruits of Wing 322, whose Patron is the former Police Minister and current […]

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    Hardship grant increase shows baseline benefit must increase

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    Source: Green Party Hardship grants rising demonstrates why the baseline benefit needs to increase, Green Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. “We need to put the heart back into our social support system. This means providing support for New Zealanders so they can live with dignity. “New Zealanders understand that the cost of housing and rent […]

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    Parker to attend first CPTPP Commission meeting in Tokyo

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Parker to attend first CPTPP Commission meeting in TokyoMinister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Tokyo later this week for the first Commission meeting of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement, which came into force on 30 December 2018.  “This is a significant milestone.  […]

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    Andrew Little to lead delegation to UN Human Rights Review

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Andrew Little to lead delegation to UN Human Rights ReviewJustice Minister, Andrew Little, lead a delegation to New Zealand’s third Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 21 January. The Universal Periodic Review considers of New Zealand’s human rights records over the last five […]

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    Benefit rates remain low

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Benefit rates remain lowLatest benefit figures show the proportion of the working-age population receiving a main benefit remains similar to this time last year, with the rate of people on youth and parent benefits continuing to decline, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said today. The total proportion of working age […]

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    PM to promote trade and wellbeing at World Economic Forum

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: PM to promote trade and wellbeing at World Economic ForumPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be promoting free trade agreements with the UK and EU and the Government’s wellbeing agenda to global leaders when she heads to London, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and Brussels next week. The primary […]

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      Govt’s Small Business Council missing in action

      By   22 hours ago

      Source: National Party Small business owners are still waiting for the Government’s Small Business Council to do something for a sector struggling with rising costs and prescriptive labour law changes, National’s Small Business spokesperson Jacqui Dean says. “It has been five months since the Council was formed and after four meetings, including one in November, […]

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      PM’s ties to Karel Sroubek decision deepen

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      Source: National Party The Prime Minister must explain her ties to convicted criminal Karel Sroubek and her role in allowing him to stay, as newly released text messages suggest a closer role than she’s let on, National’s Immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “The Government has started the year as it finished – cynically dumping information […]

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      Twyford must explain resignation of KiwiBuild Head

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      Source: National Party The announcement that Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from his position in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development does not bode well for Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s KiwiBuild policy, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says.  “Stephen Barclay was appointed the head of KiwiBuild by Mr Twyford in May last year with […]

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      Health Minister hiding state of DHB finances

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      Source: National Party The refusal of the Minister of Health, David Clark, to publish the financial performance of DHBs is a cynical attempt at masking their precarious financial situation, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “Reports on the financial performance of DHBs are usually published regularly on the Ministry of Health website, however, in the […]

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      Hardship grant increase shows baseline benefit must increase

      By   4 days ago

      Source: Green Party Hardship grants rising demonstrates why the baseline benefit needs to increase, Green Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. “We need to put the heart back into our social support system. This means providing support for New Zealanders so they can live with dignity. “New Zealanders understand that the cost of housing and rent […]

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      Benefits up as Govt makes it easier to do nothing

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      Source: National Party The number of people claiming the job seeker benefit has increased by 11,000 because the Government is going soft on benefit sanctions and those who don’t want to work, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “Over the past year there has been a 42 per cent decline in the number of […]

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      Green Party welcome win by Sistema workers

      By   5 days ago

      Source: Green Party The Green Party congratulate E tū Sistema members who have secured a collective agreement that will ensure a 16% pay increase and a commitment to always pay workers above minimum wage. “This is collective action at its best and shows how sticking together and standing up for your rights can mean a […]

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      Govt must act to support smoking cessation

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      Source: National Party The recent increase to cigarettes provides another incentive for smokers to quit but the Government must now ensure that smoking cessation tools are appropriately regulated and able to be used to encourage smokers to quit, National MP Nicky Wagner says. “Excise taxes have gone up by 10 per cent plus the CPI […]

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        Tupu Youth Library gets surprise star guests

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        Source: Auckland Council Two unusual guests dropped by Tupu Youth Library on Thursday. The Project hosts Jesse Mulligan and Kanoa Lloyd took time from their busy schedules to hang out with the kids for an afternoon. The pair spoke at Tupu’s ‘Living Legends’ sessions which bring in different speakers from creative industries – artists, musicians, […]

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        Have your say on Waitakere track reopenings

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        Source: Auckland Council In May 2018, Auckland Council closed the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Ranges Regional Park to increase protection of the forest from kauri dieback disease. Several tracks were marked as priorities for upgrade during 2018/19. Staff have been working hard carrying out improvement work on tracks so that they meet the […]

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        Success for Waiheke Island’s newest baby dotterel

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        Source: Auckland Council A little dotterel chick which has been at the centre of local attention and conservation efforts on Waiheke has taken flight. Popular dog-walking spot Surfdale Beach was temporarily closed over the breeding season to protect the nesting site of endangered New Zealand dotterels that had recently become established in the area. A […]

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        Chocolate found to be effective for pest control

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        Source: Greater Wellington Regional Council About us / News releases / Chocolate found to be effective for pest control Posted on 17 January 2019 by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council are taking the phrase ‘Death by chocolate’ to a whole new level with an innovative rat control method – using chocolate instead […]

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        Make the most of your park visit

        By   4 days ago

        Source: Auckland Council Summer is well and truly here and what better way to embrace these warmer days than by visiting a park. With more than 4000 parks across the region, including 27 regional parks and the local park down the road, we are spoilt for choice. From walking, camping and kayaking to picnicking, mountain […]

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        Green light for red light safety cameras

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        Source: Auckland Council The chances of being caught running a red light double from today as all of Auckland’s 12 red light safety cameras are enforcing following a new agreement between Auckland Transport and New Zealand Police. The new agreement ensures all 12 of Auckland’s red light safety cameras are operational and enforcing at any […]

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        Urgent removal of pines in Western Springs Lakeside Park

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        Source: Auckland Council In response to neighbouring residents’ concerns about the stability of large trees along the western side of Western Springs Lakeside Park, Auckland Council arborists inspected the trees’ health and identified thirteen for immediate removal. “Many of the larger pines at Western Springs are either dead, have heavily reduced canopies, have sustained damage […]

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        Chinese martial arts flourishing in Orakei

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        Source: Auckland Council In November, the New Zealand Kung-Fu Wushu Federation delivered their national championships at the Auckland Netball Centre in St Johns following a Quick Response Grant given by Ōrākei Local Board. The championships are described by the Federation as the “pinnacle Chinese martial arts event in New Zealand.” Wushu, better known in the […]

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          Edith Cowan University joins forces with PSB Academy to build talent reinforcements in cyber security

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          Source: Media Outreach Home to one of just two Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence in Australia, Edith Cowan University (ECU) will launch four degree and certificate programmes with PSB Academy in a bid to close the regional cyber security skills gap. SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 19 January 2019 – “Will machines own humans in the future?” That’s the question Leonard […]

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          Edith Cowan University joins forces with PSB Academy to build talent reinforcements in cyber security

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          Source: Media Outreach Home to one of just two Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence in Australia, Edith Cowan University (ECU) will launch four degree and certificate programmes with PSB Academy in a bid to close the regional cyber security skills gap. SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 19 January 2019 – “Will machines own humans in the future?” That’s the question Leonard […]

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          Upcoming Changes for Organization Teams

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          Source: Apple Developer News January 18, 2019 Starting February 12, 2019, managing your organization’s team in the Apple Developer Program will be simpler. Teams will be unified across the Apple Developer website and App Store Connect, with one team and one set of roles. Find out how roles on your team may change and make […]

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          “Ether Zero” from Singapore,Speeds Up the DAPP Development by MPOS Algorithm

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          Source: Media Outreach SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Media OutReach – 18 January 2019 – EtherZero general intelligent contract platform is 100% compatible with Solidity language. There is no service charge for developing DAPP, deploying intelligent contract, and initiating transfer transaction; Masternode +POS consensus algorithm mechanism enables TPS to be over three orders of magnitude and the Masternode system […]

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          Explore the future of retail at Digital Retail Forum 2019

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          Source: Media Outreach JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Media OutReach – 18 January 2019 – There is so much more in store for the African retail industry. According to research conducted by PWC, many sub-Saharan African countries have emerged among the world’s fastest-growing economies. This kind of development is due, in part, to a great deal of economic and social change, […]

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          China Dongxiang Achieves Growth in Retail Performance and Same-Store-Sales for 4Q2018

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          Source: Media Outreach HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 17 January 2019 – The leading international sportswear brand enterprise in the PRC, China Dongxiang (Group) Co., Ltd. (“China Dongxiang” or “the Company”, together with its subsidiaries, “the Group”, HKEx stock code: 3818) announces operational data for the fourth quarter of 2018 (4Q2018). In 4Q2018, the retail performance of Kappa […]

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          Nearly half of Asia Pacific enterprises are proceeding on a hybrid cloud pilot without a formal strategy, NTT Communications warns

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          Source: Media Outreach HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 17 January 2019 – NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TYO: 9432), today announced that 44 per cent of enterprises in Asia-Pacific are going ahead with implementing a hybrid cloud without a formal strategy in place, […]

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          Surf’s up as leading Sydney prime broker opens shop in Hong Kong

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          Source: Media Outreach HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 17 January 2019 – Riding a wave of growth powered by restrictive global financial reforms, specialist prime broker Invast Global will today announce a new Hong Kong office. “Hong Kong is a hotbed of start-up and emerging hedge funds and brokerages,” said Invast Global CEO Gavin White. “We’ve built a […]

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            Benefit data shows families cannot wait till Budget 2019 announcements

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            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 18 January 2019 The latest benefit data from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) provides cast iron evidence that current levels of welfare benefits and Working for Families tax credits are far too inadequate to meet the everyday needs of families who rely on social assistance, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). […]

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            The youth have seen enough

            By   1 week ago

            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Why are global politics so dysfunctional that the UN climate meeting requires a 15-year-old Swedish grade school student to speak the truth? Why does a coalition of youth, outside the COP 24 climate meeting articulate a more comprehensive action plan than the delegates inside the meeting? Greta Thunberg at COP24 in […]

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            The power of Manaakitanga: The socially-inclusive practice of sharing food amongst high school students.

            By   2 weeks ago

            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) The essence of ‘manaakitanga’ is in demonstrating hospitality, showing respect and generosity and providing support for others. It is the foundation for cultivating relationships based on kindness, aroha and empowerment, relationships which strengthen the body and soul and which are the backbone of strong community networks. These are principles […]

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            In difficult times, hope is an act of courage

            By   2 weeks ago

            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Flooding in Japan, unprecedented monsoons in India, a nearly 30% increase in rainfallthroughout the Americas and 40% across Europe. Africa is seeing deadly droughtsacross Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Australia, Greece, Sweden, Portugal and the American Northwest’s horizons glowed red with wildfires because of heatwaves and drier seasons. The Philippines and Fiji were battered by some of the […]

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            Greenpeace condemns Japan government’s “sneaky” withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Tokyo, Japan – Greenpeace condemns the Japanese Government’s formal announcement today to officially withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), with the intention to resume commercial whaling in its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Previous media reports had indicated that government of Japan was considering pulling out of the […]

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            5 young activists who inspired us this year

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand When it comes to climate ambition, these young people put world leaders to shame. This is Zero Hour’s inaugural Youth Climate March on Washington D.C. Led by 16-year-old Jamie Margolin, the youth-organized march seeks to highlight climate issues on a global scale. © Katie Nelson You can never be too young […]

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            The best images of 2018 from Greenpeace’s ships

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand 2018 has been an iconic year for Greenpeace’s ships. The Rainbow Warrior, Esperanza, and Arctic Sunrise has sailed from all corners of the world – from Antarctica to Hawaii, Taiwan to New Zealand, from the dense forest of Papua to the pristine biodiverse Great Southern Reef in Australia. Our ships have […]

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            Thank you for 2018!

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            Source: Greenpeace New Zealand The best images of 2018 from Greenpeace’s ships by Sudhanshu Malhotra 26 December 2018 2018 has been an iconic year for Greenpeace’s ships. The Rainbow Warrior, Esperanza, and Arctic Sunrise has sailed from all corners of the world – from Antarctica to Hawaii, Taiwan… MIL OSI

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