1. 'Why didn't you tell us everything'
In today's email we detailed the problems with New Zealand's water supplies.
In today's email we round up the latest regulatory and economic news.
In today's email we detail the latest in the political dramas dogging both National and Labour, and look into plans to allow the Commerce Commission to conduct market studies.
In today's email (sent to subscribers before this morning's decision by the Commerce Commission) we looked at the implications of either a yes, no (or 'yes but no') vote on the proposed Fairfax-NZME merger.
The Commerce Commission has delivered a unanimous and very strong final rejection of NZME's application to merge with Fairfax New Zealand, which would have created a company owning more than 90 percent of the nation's newspapers. It decided a merger would increase advertising prices for currently competing Sunday newspapers and community newspapers, increase subscription prices for Sunday newspapers, and reduce the quality or increase eventual subscription prices for online news.
Bernard Hickey argues the Commerce Commission’s decision is irrelevant while New Zealand’s two largest news producers are locked in a group-think about how to make money out of news. Until Fairfax NZ and NZME abandon their collective view that online ads will pay for news, the trajectory towards fewer journalists and a weaker fourth estate will continue, regardless of whether the merger is approved or rejected.
Tim Murphy looks at the implications of both a Yes or No verdict on the StuffMe merger
In today's email we wonder what is behind the latest delay of the Commerce Commission's final decision on NZME and Fairfax, we learn why the Privacy Commissioner has not fear of Facebook, and we look at why people are worried about proposed open access to online schooling.
After months of reports about widespread abuse of migrants, the Government moved this morning to crack down on employers who break the rules.