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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Steven Wallace Shooting Trial: How Many Shots Fired, From Where?
English Accuses Officials of Leaky Buildings Cover-up
American Coup: Federal Observers & Voting Machines
Haere Ra Te Kaha
Wairarapa & Merepeka Quit Capill’s CHP
When 100,000+ Protestors Gather In Washington D.C. Does Anybody Hear Them?
Eco-Economy: It Was All Known In Advance
Bolivia Vs Bechtel Heads To WTO For Justice
Stateside: Where Rosalea Is Surrounded By Armed Police
Hard News On Air NZ
Scoop Images: George’s Xmas Cheer & New Flag
More on Questionable US Intelligence

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Merepeka Says I’m Off
PM Details New Challengers for NZ
Govt Forges Closer Union-Business-Govt Relationship
Labour’s Legacy With Be Education Gap
Import Transaction Fee Announced
Why Foundation Skills are important
Child Abuse Agencies Join Forces
Oracle e-Learning Pilot is Cool: Maharey
New Appointment Reflects Commitment to GPs
Govt Focuses on Environment
Japanese Crown Prince to Visit NZ
North Island Hector’s Dolphin Recognised
Cullen Claps National Bank Outlook
Relationship Protocol Means Lower Costs for Tenants
International Opportunities for Kiwi Musos
Pitcairn Islanders Denied Judicial Rights
United Future Wants Help for Gramps
Aussies Reveal True Agenda in Air NZ Issue
Stand-up Whoever is Responsible!
Nats Develop Immigration Policy
Anderton’s Happy Birthday Speech
Winston Says No Sing-Songs Please!
TV2 Dumps on Maori
Sutton Gets Heavy on Possums
Sutton Speech on Plant Market Access
Maharey Considers Surfing

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Sailing Away To War - Farewell Te Kaha

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00149.htm

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Steven Wallace Shooting Trial: How Many Shots Fired, From Where?

- Following evidence given yesterday , the testimony from the prosecution’s expert witnesses has raised more questions on the accuracy of police testimony of the shooting. See... Abbott Murder Trial: Warning Shot, The Worst Thing [1] EARLIER:- Day Five - How Many Shots Were Fired? [2] - Day Four - Further Police Evidence [3] - Day Three - Wallace Possessed - Constable [4] - Day Two - Evidence Tampering Claims [5] - Day One - Police Used Excessive Force [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00172.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00160.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00145.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00136.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00126.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00119.htm


English Accuses Officials of Leaky Buildings Cover-up

- National Party Leader Bill English is accusing officials of deliberately hiding the dangers posed by leaky homes. See... Public deceived on rotting homes danger [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00625.htm


American Coup: Federal Observers & Voting Machines

- Just when you thought you couldn't get any more cynical. Guess which state did not have Federal Observers assigned to it by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the 2002 mid-term election? See... Which State Did Not Have DOJ Election Observers? [1] See also... SCOOP: AMERICAN COUP FULL COVERAGE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00176.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup


Haere Ra Te Kaha

- HMNZS Te Kaha sailed from Stirling, Western Australia yesterday and after completing final specific-to-mission training for its role in Operation Enduring Freedom. See... Images: Te Kaha Sails For Enduring Freedom [1] and Press Release. [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00149.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00148.htm


Wairarapa & Merepeka Quit Capill’s CHP

- The Deputy Leader of the Christian Heritage Party and candidate for Wairarapa, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, has today resigned from the Party, citing concerns about the lack of financial accountability and un-Christian tactics of Graham Capill. See... Merepeka Resigns From Christian Heritage Party (Including Resignation Letter) [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00195.htm


When 100,000+ Protestors Gather In Washington D.C. Does Anybody Hear Them?

- Why Did the Mainstream "So-Called Liberal" U.S. News Media Downplay the 100,000+ Antiwar Protestors in D.C. In October? A Special BuzzFlash News Analysis See... Buzzflash: CNN Peace Protest Becomes A 404 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00175.htm


Eco-Economy: It Was All Known In Advance

- Although their objectives are to provide support to the capitalist economy, financial advisers, business consultants, etc. continually stumble over the undesired truth of what the future holds for their clients. See... Arresting The U.S. Economy’s Suicidal Trajectory [1] MORE ECO-ECONOMY: It's The Economy Stupid!- Marshall Auerback - Eco-Economy: Helicopter Money [2] - BNZ - Household Debt Levels Take Off [3] - Hans Schicht - The Long Bond Mystery [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00174.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00163.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00221.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00142.htm


Bolivia Vs Bechtel Heads To WTO For Justice

- Sometime in the next few weeks, behind closed doors at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., panelists in a secret trade court will decide if the people of South America's poorest country will have to pay $25 million to one of the world's most wealthy corporations. See... Jim Shultz: Bechtel Strikes Back at Bolivia [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00173.htm


Stateside: Where Rosalea Is Surrounded By Armed Police

- One balmy summer evening in 2000, as newly endorsed VP candidate Dick Cheney innocently aided and abetted terrorists by giving an audience of millions a monument-by-monument description of the flightpath to take for a landing at the Pentagon, my home was surrounded by armed police. See... Stateside With Rosalea - We can be heroes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00171.htm


Hard News On Air NZ

- Link to Public Address...see… Southern Skies [1]


[1] - http://www.publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post150


Scoop Images: George’s Xmas Cheer & New Flag

- See… Scoop Cartoon: A Christmas Gift That Keeps Giving [1] Scoop Image: A New American Flag? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00166.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00165.htm


More on Questionable US Intelligence

- As the war storm against Iraq swirls and gathers momentum, seeded by the efforts of the American and British governments, serious doubts arise as to the credibility of their intelligence sources, particularly the issue of Iraq's nuclear capability. See... Guest Opinion: Iraq's Nuclear Non-Capability [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00164.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Merepeka Says I’m Off

- The Deputy Leader of the Christian Heritage Party and candidate for Wairarapa, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, has today resigned from the Party, citing concerns about the lack of financial accountability and un-Christian tactics of Graham Capill. See... Merepeka Resigns From Christian Heritage Party [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00195.htm


PM Details New Challengers for NZ

- Prime Minister's Address to: NZ APEC Business Coalition and Auckland Chamber of Commerce. “New Challenges for New Zealand in the International Arena”. A month has now passed since I attended the APEC Leaders’ Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. See... PM: New Challenges for NZ in International Arena [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00622.htm


Govt Forges Closer Union-Business-Govt Relationship

- New information showing the extent of skill gaps in the economy reinforces the need for strong partnerships on skills between the government, employers, unions, Industry Training Organisations and others. See... Government Seeks Partnerships to Close Skill Gaps [1] ALSO:- ACT - Govt Pays Union Kickbacks [2] - National - National attacks union rewards scheme [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00618.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00620.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00619.htm


Labour’s Legacy With Be Education Gap

- The Minister of Education must respond to new international research showing New Zealand has the second biggest gulf in educational achievement in the developed world, ACT Education Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata said today. See... Labour's Legacy: The Education Gap [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00627.htm


Import Transaction Fee Announced

- Importers are reminded that an Import Transaction Fee will be collected by the New Zealand Customs Service from Sunday, December 1 2002. See... New Customs Service Import Transaction Fee [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00623.htm


Why Foundation Skills are important

- You will be aware that the passing of the Tertiary Education Reform Bill and the establishment of the Tertiary Education Commission was delayed by the early election in July. A great deal has been happening since then, and we are making steady progress ... See... The importance of raising foundation skills [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00612.htm


Child Abuse Agencies Join Forces

- The process of investigating and dealing with the effects of child abuse in Auckland has been made easier for children, young people and their families with the opening of Puawaitahi – a multi-agency centre – in Grafton. See... Child abuse agencies join forces under one roof [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00610.htm


Oracle e-Learning Pilot is Cool: Maharey

- At a special launch event in Auckland today, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey praised a unique e-learning literacy pilot involving Future Skills, Oracle and Skill New Zealand. See... Government praises Oracle e-learning pilot [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00611.htm


New Appointment Reflects Commitment to GPs

- A HIGH-PROFILE appointment within the Ministry of Health clearly signals our belief that working with General Practitioners and other primary health care providers offers the best chance of improving the overall wellbeing of New Zealanders. See... Commitment to general practice in new appointment [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00200.htm


Govt Focuses on Environment

- Tomorrow's third anniversary of Labour's return to Parliament'sTreasury Benches (on November 27) is a fitting time to register the importance the government has placed on achieving a cleaner, 'greener' environment. See... Environment is a focus for government [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00608.htm


Japanese Crown Prince to Visit NZ

- Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan will visit New Zealand from 12 to 16 December. See... Japanese Crown Prince and Princess to visit NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00607.htm


North Island Hector’s Dolphin Recognised

- The critically endangered North Island Hector's dolphin has for the first time been recognised as genetically different from its South Island relative, Conservation Minister Chris Carter announced today. See... New status for endangered Hector's dolphin [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00606.htm


Cullen Claps National Bank Outlook

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen today welcomed the latest National Bank Outlook showing confidence improving for a fourth consecutive month. See... Business confidence rebound encouraging [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00605.htm


Relationship Protocol Means Lower Costs for Tenants

- New Zealand's biggest landlord made a commitment to improving the comfort of homes, and reducing the power bills of its tenants, by signing a relationship protocol with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) today. See... NZ's biggest landlord acts with energy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00198.htm


International Opportunities for Kiwi Musos

- The World Series showcase of New Zealand music has finished with the promise of international opportunities for local musicians and record labels. See... International opportunities for New Zealand music [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00604.htm


Pitcairn Islanders Denied Judicial Rights

- Green MP Keith Locke remains unconvinced that trials regarding sex offending on Pitcairn Island should be held in New Zealand. See... Pitcairn rights denied [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00603.htm


United Future Wants Help for Gramps

- United Future family affairs spokeswoman, Judy Turner, is launching a campaign to get urgent financial help for thousands of New Zealand grandparents who are raising their grandchildren with great difficulty. See... MP Judy Turner seeks help for NZ grandparents [1] ALSO: Libs Get Rabid on Julie - "Julie Pettett wants to add a dose of fleas to an education system that is already a dog," said a Libertarianz spokesman today. See... Put Down the Old Dog [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00602.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00197.htm


Aussies Reveal True Agenda in Air NZ Issue

- United Future New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, says the Australian Deputy PM, John Anderson, has now revealed the true agenda behind the proposed deal that would see Qantas take a 22.5% stake in Air New Zealand. See... real agenda in Qantas takeover of Air NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00626.htm


Stand-up Whoever is Responsible!

- “The Welcome Bay landowners who have had their rights usurped at the hands of tribal witch-doctors and worthless bureaucrats are deservedly angered,” says Libertarianz Leader Russell Watkins See... Who’s to Blame for Witchdoctors and Taniwhas? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00199.htm


Nats Develop Immigration Policy

- A tighter focus on ‘net benefit to New Zealand’ is the theme of a discussion paper released by National’s Immigration spokesperson, Murray McCully, today. See... National considers future immigration Policy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00628.htm


Anderton’s Happy Birthday Speech

- Speech on the third anniversary of the election of the centre left Government. There was a time only a few years ago when it seemed like the Government led vandalism of New Zealand’s economy and communities would never end. See... Anderton Speech: Centre Left Govt 1999 to 2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00624.htm


Winston Says No Sing-Songs Please!

- New Zealand First has urged Labour to spend its third birthday in office reflecting on the failure of designer politics rather than celebrating in the rain. See... No Singin' In The Rain Says Peters [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00616.htm


TV2 Dumps on Maori

- Irresponsible comments on last night's TV2 documentary "Dope: Behind the Smoke" have simply served to reinforce racial stereotypes of Maori drug-taking, Green Maori Affairs spokesperson Metiria Turei said today. See... Cannabis comments insult Maori [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00617.htm


Sutton Gets Heavy on Possums

- The possum is one of the most serious pests we have in New Zealand. Ironically, it is endangered in its home country of Australia. It's an example I keep in my mind for those times when people say there is no need to carry out large-scale eradication. See... Sutton Speech: National Possum Control Agencies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00615.htm


Sutton Speech on Plant Market Access

- Last week, I was bailed up by a reporter who had been contacted by a flower exporter, complaining that the Government was wasting money by putting out a booklet explaining why trade was important. See... Sutton Speech: Plant market access [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00614.htm


Maharey Considers Surfing

- I understand that most of you have already had your National Certificates issued, and I think it is wonderful that we have this opportunity today to give formal acknowledgement of your achievements. See... Maharey Speech: Riding the crest of the wave [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00609.htm


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