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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
PM Says Sorry To Samoa
Point of View: Playground Dangers
Seeking 911 Answers – June 10th – Washington D.C.
Irresistible Force Challenges Immovable Object
All Blacks Starting 15 Announced
Stateside: Giving MMP A Bad Name
David Miller: On Golden Jubilee
Firas Al-Atraqchi: World Cup Referees Not Up To Task
Enrongate Update
Whistleblower Accuses FBI Of Obstructing Terrorism Investigations
International Activists In Israeli Custody
Australia Knew Media In Timor Were In Danger – But Did Nothing Wrong
Why Gold Is Glittering So Bright - USD$328 And Rising
Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Are Jeanette And Helen Setting Us Up An Early Election?
Thousands Removed From Electoral Roll
Muriel Newman: Early Election Musings
Plain Talk From Bill
New Neonatal Unit In South Auckland
Prebble On Foreign Policy
Saudi Visitor
Asylum Seekers Should Be Released
Kiwi Teachers Poorly Paid - ACT
MMP Referendum Call

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PM Says Sorry To Samoa

- “On behalf of the New Zealand Government, I wish to offer today a formal apology to the people of Samoa for the injustices arising from New Zealand’s administration of Samoa in its earlier years, and to express sorrow and regret for those injustices.” See... Rt Hon Helen Clark State Luncheon Address 3rd June [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00020.htm


Point of View: Playground Dangers

- They’re at it again, those stalwart protectors of the safety and well being of our children. In a recent Time magazine article: Scourge of the Playground, the magazine reported that more schools across America are joining the ban on Dodge Ball. See... The Morality of Dodge Ball [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0206/S00007.htm


Seeking 911 Answers – June 10th – Washington D.C.

- A national press conference and formal web site launch for UnansweredQuestions.org will be held on Monday, June 10th from 2-5 PM at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. See... 9-11 and the Public Safety: Seeking Answers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0206/S00009.htm


Irresistible Force Challenges Immovable Object

- The Green Party has ended its election year AGM with a call for Labour to shift its intransigent position on GE. See... Greens challenge Labour to move [1] Green Party AGM Speeches: - Jeanette Fitzsimons Co-leader Green Party AGM Spch [2] - Party Hard, Party Vote Hard - Donald Speech [3] - Australian Green Senator-elect Kerry Nettle Speech [4] - CTU President's speech to Green Party Conference [5] - Making children visible - Susan St John [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00010.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00002.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00003.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0206/S00002.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0206/S00006.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0206/S00007.htm


All Blacks Starting 15 Announced

- The All Blacks' side to play Italy in the opening Test are… All Black Side To Play Italy On Saturday [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0206/S00001.htm


Stateside: Giving MMP A Bad Name

- Pardon my delving, but what is going on down there? It would be very nice, thank you, for a nation as well-respected as New Zealand is by the people of the US not to give the words “proportional representation” a bad name. See... Stateside with Rosalea: Uncle Sam's Waistband [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0206/S00003.htm


David Miller: On Golden Jubilee

- In a year that has seen the death of her mother and sister, Queen Elizabeth II finally has something to cheer about. 2002 is after all he Golden Jubilee and after making it perfectly clear in her speech to Parliament that she has no intention of relinquishing her reign to Prince Charles, she can take heart that her popularity both in Britain and elsewhere has recovered strongly since the time of Princess Diana’s death. See... David Miller Online: Is the Empire Striking Back? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0206/S00005.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: World Cup Referees Not Up To Task

- With seven games already played, football critics and experts are demanding to know why FIFA has chosen to ‘internationalize’ the officiating rather than rely on an expert crop of tried and tested referees. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Keep Officiating to the Pros [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0206/S00004.htm


Enrongate Update

- Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Wenonah Hauter, director of Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy Project, who summarizes the latest developments in the investigation into Enron's corporate collapse and political scandal. See... Enron Ties to White House Senate Panel Subpoenas [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0206/S00006.htm

Whistleblower Accuses FBI Of Obstructing Terrorism Investigations

- Yesterday, Thursday US EST, Friday NZT, a press conference was held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. by Judicial Watch with FBI agent Robert Wright. Prior to the Press Conference Wright was threatened with criminal prosecution if he shared his views with the public. See... Scoop Links: FBI Whistleblower Blows Lid Off 911 [1] . For RealVideo of the C-SPAN broadcast press conference of FBI whistleblower Robert Wright… Click Here [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0206/S00001.htm
[2] - http://video.c-span.org:8080/ramgen/idrive/ter053002_judicial.rm


International Activists In Israeli Custody

- Eight internationals, have been detained and threatened with deportation despite having done nothing illegal. The group were here as individuals part of a humanitarian mission to observe and, as necessary, act as a human shield to protect Palestinian civilians who were in danger from Israeli forces. See... Immediate Action Alert: 8 Internationals Detained [1] , More direct from Balata, Barghouti torture protest [2] and Activists In Re-Invaded Balata Refugee Camp [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0206/S00012.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0206/S00011.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0206/S00010.htm

Australia Knew Media In Timor Were In Danger – But Did Nothing Wrong

- The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Mr Bill Blick, has found no evidence that the Defence Signals Directorate handled intelligence material improperly at the time of the 1975 killing of five journalists at Balibo. See... Blick report into Balibo five [1] and Report by Inspector General into the Balibo Five [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0206/S00002.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0206/S00003.htm


Why Gold Is Glittering So Bright - USD$328 And Rising

- WHY gold will go parabolic - HOW good gold news will be fatally bad news for many (most?) mines - as the price rises. - "Hedges" is wrong word. They aren’t hedges! A pity. See... Guest Opinion: Gold Mines Exposed [1] . See also Howard's End: The Squeeze On Gold [2] , Scoop Feedback: Re.The Squeeze On Gold [3] and Live Spot Gold Price [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00177.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00174.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0206/S00008.htm
[4] - http://www.kitco.com/


Katya Rivas

- My daughter, let us talk about chastity. You should know that virginity and celibacy for the love of the Kingdom of Heaven has roots in the Love of the Father that has been manifested in Me. See... Katya Rivas: Chastity and Virginity [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0206/S00002.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Are Jeanette And Helen Setting Up An Early Election?

- “ACT MPs are convinced that much of the [Green GE Stand] "crisis" has been organised by Labour with the willing collusion of the Greens. Helen Clark has not withdrawn her support for Jeanette Fitzsimons in Coromandel.” See... Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington – 4 June [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00025.htm


Thousands Removed From Electoral Roll

- Thousands of previously enrolled electors throughout the country have had their names removed from the electoral roll as a result of the electoral enrolment update campaign. See... Thousands Taken Off Electoral Roll [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0206/S00005.htm


Muriel Newman: Early Election Musings

- New Zealand has only ever had two snap elections in the whole of our 150 year parliamentary history. Muriel Newman thinks we are going to have another. See... A Snap Election Looks Increasingly Likely [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00005.htm


Plain Talk From Bill

- This week I've set out on a “Fronting Up Tour” of 54 towns in 35 days, visiting hospitals, schools, businesses, and holding public meetings, reaching out to all parts of the community with our plans to take New Zealand forward. See... Plain English - a weekly update from Bill English [1] . See also… Bill English - Fronting Up in the South Island [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00744.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00013.htm


New Neonatal Unit In South Auckland

- Health Minister Annette King says the Government will spend $2 million on a new neonatal intensive care unit at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital to help some of New Zealand's most vulnerable babies. See... New neonatal intensive care unit at Middlemore [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00017.htm


Prebble On Foreign Policy

- New Zealand's foreign policy under both National and Labour has lacked any coherent intellectual framework. This is because both old parties have been unwilling to ask some tough questions, and have lacked the will to prioritise. See... Security - the Number One Issue in Foreign Policy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00016.htm


Saudi Visitor

- Saudi Arabian commerce minister Dr Osama bin Ja'afar Al Faqeeh arrived in New Zealand yesterday for a six-day visit, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said yesterday. See... Saudi Arabian minister visits New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00014.htm


Asylum Seekers Should Be Released

- Green Immigration spokesperson Keith Locke has called on Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel to release those asylum seekers currently detained in New Zealand, following a High Court decision on Friday. See... Dalziel deceiving public over refugee detentions [1] and Security of New Zealand must be priority [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00012.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00008.htm


Kiwi Teachers Poorly Paid - ACT

- Dutch research shows New Zealand secondary teachers are paid less than their counterparts in any developed nation, ACT Education Spokesman MP Donna Awatere Huata said today. See... Teachers Are Lowest Paid in the Developed World [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00011.htm


MMP Referendum Call

- National Party Leader Bill English has reaffirmed National's commitment to a referendum on MMP at the 2005 election. See... Public must have say on MMP [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0206/S00009.htm

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