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The Nation: Simon Shepherd interviews Simon Winchester

Press Release – The Nation In a run of remarkable journalistic good fortune, hes covered Irelands troubles, Watergate, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and was even captured by the Argentine army at the start of the Falklands War.On The Nation: Simon Shepherd interviews Simon Winchester Youtube clips from the show are available here. In a run of remarkable journalistic good fortune, he’s covered Ireland’s troubles, Watergate, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and was even captured by the Argentine army at the start of the Falklands War. He’s gone on to author books such as ‘The Surgeon of Crowthorne’, ‘Krakatoa’ and now this book ‘Pacific’. It covers the dangerous madness of North Korea, the rise of China, and much more. So when he was in New Zealand recently Simon Shepherd spoke to him and asked if the Pacific is a single entity of just a jumble of cultures and countries. Simon Winchester: It’s much more than that. I mean it’s where, if you like, the world comes full circle, where literally East meets West. And so in a very different sense from the great seas of the world, the Mediterranean, which used to be the inland sea of the classical world; and the Atlantic, which is the inland sea of today’s world, this is where the world finally closes the gap between East and West. And that gives it, I...

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Lisa Owen talks to US Ambassador Mark Gilbert

Press Release – The Nation US ambassador says he would like the United States to send a ship to naval celebrations in New Zealand next year, but we will always stay with our neither confirm nor deny [nuclear] policy. Denies that sending a vessel under NZs … On The Nation: Lisa Owen talks to US Ambassador Mark Gilbert US ambassador says he “would like” the United States to send a ship to naval celebrations in New Zealand next year, but “we will always stay with our ‘neither confirm nor deny’ [nuclear] policy”. Denies that sending a vessel under NZ’s nuclear-free law amounts to a backdown: “When we’ve always talked about sending vessels here, it’s never been on any terms but the ones that we’ve always had, which is the ‘neither confirm nor deny’… IU wouldn’t say that it was bowing down”. Says Islamic State must be defeated at all costs: “We need to stop it. And whatever we need to do to stop it is what has to be done.” New Zealand’s contribution to the coalition of countries fighting Islamic State is “a really good commitment” Ambassador is confident President Obama can get the TPP passed through the US House of Representatives: “I believe he will be successful”. Predicts the US presidential election next year will be won and lost on security issues. Lisa Owen: Good morning, Ambassador. Mark...

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Patrick Gower interviews Labour leader Andrew Little

Press Release – The Nation Little says a Labour government wont bring in a capital gains tax in its first term. We wont introduce it in our first term, and we wont introduce any change that significant to the tax system, any material change to the tax system, …Patrick Gower interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Little says a Labour government won’t bring in a capital gains tax in its first term. “We won’t introduce it in our first term, and we won’t introduce any change that significant to the tax system, any material change to the tax system, without going to the people first and getting a mandate to do so” If Labour gets into power it would seek to “renegotiate the clause on land sales and preserving New Zealand’s sovereignty” in the TPP Won’t say if Labour supports or opposes TPP. Says it backs free-trade, but “when legislation comes to Parliament, if we are being asked to support something…that breaches our bottom lines or cuts across those sovereign principles, we won’t be supporting that”. Says it’s “too simplistic” to say Labour is either for or against the TPP because the trade deal is “too complex” Labour’s NZ Power policy of having a single electricity buyer is “too complex” and should be “put on hold” Patrick Gower: Thank you, Lisa, and thank you, Andrew Little, for joining us and...

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Lisa Owen interviews Trade Minister Tim Groser

Press Release – The Nation Groser says TPP would in principle still allow any future NZ government to introduce a capital gains tax or stamp duty on foreign property buyers I guess, if you wanted to drive foreigners away and send a message to the world New Zealands …On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Trade Minister Tim Groser Groser says TPP would “in principle” still allow any future NZ government to introduce a capital gains tax or stamp duty on foreign property buyers “I guess, if you wanted to drive foreigners away and send a message to the world New Zealand’s not open for business, you could do it.” Says hopes raising the foreign investment screening limit to $200 million will encourage “American, Japanese companies to actually start to look again at New Zealand”. Says original US negotiating position on biologics was 12 years and the TPP means NZ “won’t have to do anything we’re not already doing”. “Very pleased” tobacco control measures exempted from Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions and “I can almost guarantee you that if we had made that public, we would not have got it” Believes ISDS wouldn’t stop NZ introducing a policy like plain packaging for fizzy drinks; “I believe you probably could as long as you had a good health-based case and you’re ready to defend it” Says labour standards TPP countries have...

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Lisa Owen talks to CTU president Helen Kelly

Press Release – The Nation Kelly says she has taken cannabis oil for cancer pain relief and plans to seek Government permission to access it legally Im actually going to write to Peter Dunne, whos got permission to give me cannabis oil, and Im going to ask him to do …On The Nation: Lisa Owen talks to CTU president Helen Kelly Kelly says she has taken cannabis oil for cancer pain relief and plans to seek Government permission to access it legally “I’m actually going to write to Peter Dunne, who’s got permission to give me cannabis oil, and I’m going to ask him to do that.” Says she has exhausted legal pain relief medicines and she’s “brassed off” about having to go onto the black market for cannabis oil because “you don’t know what you’re getting” Owen: Have you been forced to do that? Have you given it a go yet? Kelly: Yes, I have given it a go, and I don’t like doing that, and what I would like is to be able to access it legally. Believes in voluntary euthanasia “in the right circumstances” and doesn’t think that vulnerable people could be at risk “You’re not more vulnerable than when you’re dying of a terrible illness and you’re in pain, are you? And so ‘vulnerable people need protection’ could mean that you support them to make...

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