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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Howard’s End: A Vexatious Crown Enterprise
Hard News Is There!
An Email Sparks A Train Of Columbian Thought
The Haj From Behind The Veil
Scoop Interactive: Face Of The Union Caption Contest
Scoop Image: A New World Order Map
A History Professor’s View On The Crumbling Venezuela Strike
David Miller: Dog Law Changes Needed
UQ Wire: 911 Investigative Community’s Best Links
Diplomacy On The Korean Peninsula
US Budget Projects Record Deficits
Scoop Wants You To Help Save Air New Zealand
Blair’s Latest Deception Dossier
Powell Says He Has No Smoking Gun
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
World Vision Reports on Child Victim Impact of Approaching War
Govt Announces Dog Law Review
Dr’s Report Shows PAM Spray Dodgy
Ngä Moteatea To Be Updated
Maori Businesses Thriving
Victim’s Rights Law Claims 1st Victim
Peters Says Immigration Numbers Exploding
Impressive Tourism Growth Says Minister
Ten Oyster Farmers Get Shafted By Ministry
Master of High Court Reappointed
Fine Dodgers Get Away With It
WTO Submissions Invited
Time For Training is Now
Honours List Nominations Called For
Greens Attending Waitangi Day Celebrations
Gosche Takes Three Months Compassionate Leave

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Howard’s End: A Vexatious Crown Enterprise

- A prisoner at Paremoremo has developed a lively interest in litigation by representing himself in Court to the point where counsel of one of the defendants has written to the Solicitor-General seeking a declaration that the prisoner be declared a vexatious litigant. But could the ACC also be declared a vexatious litigant? Maree Howard writes. See... Howard’s End: Is ACC a Vexatious Litigant? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00023.htm


Hard News Is There!

- In the same few days as seven astronauts died when the Columbia space shuttle broke up on re-entry, nine people died in a train accident in Sydney, 40 people died in a train crash in Zimbabwe, 15 people died in a terrorist bus bombing in Afghanistan and 46 people died in what appeared to be a terrorist bomb attack in Nigeria. See... Hard News 4/2/03: Surly Bonds [1] , see also New Public Address Posts [2] MORE ON SPACE SHUTTLE: - Stateside With Rosalea - Does W get Wired? [3] - William Rivers Pitt - Kiss the Sky [4] - NewsFlash - US Space Shuttle Columbia Explodes Over Texas [5] - President Bush - President Bush on Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy [6] - Helen Clark - PM responds to Columbia disaster [7]


[1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post252
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00020.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00005.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00008.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00004.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00023.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00003.htm


An Email Sparks A Train Of Columbian Thought

- "So now we can get on with mourning seven people (and I do) while we are plotting to exterminate 800,000 more (who didn't sign up for a dangerous job consciously). " See... Eagles Or Vultures [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00022.htm


The Haj From Behind The Veil

- An account written by an Islamic woman, and Saudi resident, of what it is like to participate in the annual Haj Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This article is published as this year’s Haj is about to begin. See... Behind the Veil: A Diary Of The Haj [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00021.htm


Scoop Interactive: Face Of The Union Caption Contest

"Throughout the 20th century, small groups of men seized control of great nations, built armies and arsenals, and set out to dominate the weak and intimidate the world. In each case, their ambitions of cruelty and murder had no limit. Now, in this century, the ideology of power and domination has appeared again, and seeks to gain the ultimate weapons of terror."
- Caption Competition: CNN Heads Of Domination [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00013.htm


Scoop Image: A New World Order Map

- The world according to the United States of America, submitted by a reader, origin unknown. See... Scoop Image: How Americans Teach Geography [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00018.htm


A History Professor’s View On The Crumbling Venezuela Strike

- The general strike organized by opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, now entering its eighth week, has been crumbling. Although the South American nation's economy has lost hundreds of millions of dollars due primarily to a work stoppage which paralyzed the state oil industry, backing for the strike and its leaders has withered. See... Strike Against Venezuelan Hugo Chavez Crumbles [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00016.htm


David Miller: Dog Law Changes Needed

- Banning vicious dogs, even in the wake of the horrific attack on the young girl in Auckland over the weekend, is not the answer to preventing people being attacked. See... David Miller Online. Dog Laws Must Be Tightened [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00014.htm


UQ Wire: 911 Investigative Community’s Best Links

- If you were to scan all the sites mentioned here, and picked out stories that piqued your interest, something profound would happen. You would never trust what you read in your local newspaper or believed what you heard on TV ever again. See... UQ Wire: Kaminski's Best 9/11 Sites — 4th Edition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00024.htm


Diplomacy On The Korean Peninsula

- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed that its Board of Governors will meet next week to discuss the situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). See... Int Atomic Energy Agency To Discuss North Korea [1] and UN Seeks Donor Support for North Korea Aid [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00014.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00013.htm


US Budget Projects Record Deficits

The budget for 2004 meets the challenges posed by three national priorities: winning the war against terrorism, securing the homeland, and generating long-term economic growth. See... President's 2004 Budget Released + Fact Sheet [1] and Press Briefing by Ari Fleischer February 3, 2003 [2] LOTSA MONEY FOR GUNS: - DoD Briefing on the Fiscal 2004 Budget Submission [3] - Fiscal 2004 Department of Defense Budget Release [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00024.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00026.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00022.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00021.htm


Scoop Wants You To Help Save Air New Zealand

- The new lobby group Save Air New Zealand (formerly Debate Air New Zealand), is calling on all New Zealanders, all New Zealand corporates, all New Zealand tourist operators, all New Zealand sports bodies, all New Zealand charities and all other groups in New Zealand who utilise air travel to make a submission to the Commerce Commission on the proposed Air New Zealand/Qantas alliance. See... Call For Submissions On The Air NZ/Qantas Alliance [1] More: - Guide To Making AirNZ / Qantas Alliance Submission [2] - Dear Debate Air New Zealand supporter, [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0301/S00121.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0301/S00120.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0301/S00122.htm


Blair’s Latest Deception Dossier

- This UK Government report draws upon a number of sources, including intelligence material, and shows how the Iraqi regime is constructed to have, and to keep, WMD, and is now engaged in a campaign of obstruction of the United Nations Weapons Inspectors. See... Iraq: Concealment, Deception And Intimidation [1] and Conflict can still be avoided says PM [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00028.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00027.htm


Powell Says He Has No Smoking Gun

- Q: Is the administration concerned that maybe expectations are a little too high for the Secretary's presentation tomorrow and that the world is expecting some kind of, you know, "gotcha" here that will, you know, suddenly turn public opinion on its face? See... State Dept. Daily Press Briefing - February 3, 200 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00025.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- (After seeing a videotape of Vassula Ryden) She is the messenger of My Peace, you are the messenger of My Love. (I write this because Jesus insists that I do). See... Katya Rivas: I Want Your Thoughts To Come To Me [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00015.htm


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World Vision Reports on Child Victim Impact of Approaching War

- World Vision staff returning from an assessment mission in Iraq warn of dire consequences for children in the event of war. World Vision New Zealand executive director Helen Green said today that the agency's findings made extremely grim reading. See... W.V assessment warns dire future for children [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00021.htm


Govt Announces Dog Law Review

- The Dog Control Act 1996 is to be urgently reviewed following last Friday’s attack on a young girl in a suburban Auckland park, Local Government Minister, Chris Carter, announced today. See... Government to review dog controls [1] MORE: - Local Govt NZ - Action Needed to Strengthen Dog Control Powers [2] - Nats - Parliament must act on dog Bill [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00018.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00033.htm


Dr’s Report Shows PAM Spray Dodgy

- Dr Meriel Watts, a member of the Pesticides Board and the Agrichemical Trespass Ministerial Advisory Committee says she supports constitutional lawyer, Sir Geoffrey Palmer's opinion that: “Aerial Spraying of the Auckland community must cease.” See... Pesticide Expert says: Stop spraying humans [1] MORE: - The Report - Meriel Watts Report into PAM Spray Health Risks [2] - Greens - Moth spray needs health check-up [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00019.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00020.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00032.htm


Ngä Moteatea To Be Updated

- Mäori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia said he is delighted that Ngä Moteatea collected by Sir Apirana Ngata and Pei te Hurinui Jones are to be updated. See... Sir Apirana Ngata works updated [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00035.htm


Maori Businesses Thriving

- News that Maori producers earn $650 million per annum from exports is no surprise to Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton. See... Maori businesses are already succeeding [1] MORE: - Govt: Turia - Maori economy integral to Maori development [2] - The Report - Mäori collectively owned assets and businesses produce $1.9 billion each year, demonstrating the positive contribution of Mäori to the wider New Zealand economy, according to a report released today by Te Puni Kökiri… See... Mäori assets and businesses contribute $1.9bil [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00034.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00024.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00017.htm


Victim’s Rights Law Claims 1st Victim

- The Government’s Victims’ Rights Bill passed late last year has already claimed its first victim, says New Zealand First’s law and order spokesperson Ron Mark. See... Victims’ Rights Bill Is A Big Disappointment [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00030.htm


Peters Says Immigration Numbers Exploding

- New Zealand First says immigration figures released today show there was an explosion in the number of migrants arriving here on a permanent basis last year. See... NZ Swamped By Soaring Immigrant Numbers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00029.htm


Impressive Tourism Growth Says Minister

- Minister of Tourism Mark Burton is impressed by the ongoing growth of New Zealand’s tourism sector. The latest Statistics New Zealand survey of visitor arrivals shows a record monthly total of 265,700 short-term overseas visitor arrivals in December ... See... Tourism sector is looking beyond the numbers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00028.htm


Ten Oyster Farmers Get Shafted By Ministry

- The National MP for Northland is accusing the Fisheries Minister of turning his back on 10 oyster farmers in Waikare Inlet. See... Oyster farmers shafted by Hodgson [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00027.htm


Master of High Court Reappointed

- Re- Appointment Of Master Of High Court (Anthony Christiansen)- The normal process for judicial appointments was followed. Accordingly the Master’s position was advertised. Anthony Christiansen applied. The Solicitor-General and Chief Justice evaluated all ... See... Anthony Christiansen Re-appointed M-of-High Court [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00037.htm


Fine Dodgers Get Away With It

- National's Police spokesman, Tony Ryall, is accusing the Government of turning a blind eye to fine dodgers who now collectively owe more than $451 million in outstanding fines. See... Government ignores fine dodgers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00026.htm


WTO Submissions Invited

- Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton today invited further submissions on New Zealand's approach to the World Trade Organisation services negotiations, which could add significantly to our export earnings. See... Consultation process on NZ's services position [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00025.htm


Time For Training is Now

- Workers might be able to use a growing labour shortage to get more money out of their bosses – but they’d rather see their employers investing in training, says the country’s largest union. See... Time to invest in training - union [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00022.htm


Honours List Nominations Called For

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today invited New Zealanders to make nominations for consideration for inclusion in the honours lists. See... PM seeks nominations for honours [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00023.htm


Greens Attending Waitangi Day Celebrations

- Green MPs Jeanette Fitzsimons, Sue Bradford, Metiria Turei and Nandor Tanczos will be attending various events and ceremonies at Waitangi over the next two days. See... Green MPs at Waitangi [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00031.htm


Gosche Takes Three Months Compassionate Leave

- Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that the Hon Mark Gosche was taking three months leave of absence from his portfolios and that acting ministers for that period have been appointed. See... Hon Mark Gosche [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00022.htm

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