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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
A Second Look At The Watcher Of The Watchers
United Future Pushes For Reform of CYFS
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Several Israeli Perspectives On The Yassin Assassination
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES
STORY OF THE WEEK: Hodgson Talks Energy After Aqua

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Saint Peter Of Miramar Is Fed Up With Being Called A Bastard
Michael King's Last Interview
Public Address: Fiona Rae & More Is There!
When Is It Not Ok To Make Jokes About WMDs
Ivan Eland: Being the Government Means…
Genevieve Cora Fraser: Assassination!!
Whom The Gods Would Destroy, They First Make Mad
A Report From The Intl. Inquiry Into 911 In San Francisco
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Street Fascism In Capital To Be Fought By Greens
Honesty Wanted About Euthanasia After Martin Verdict
Saving Westhaven Marina Occupies MPs
Suicide Prevention Targets All Ages - United Pleased
Tariana Turia Impressed With New Plymouth Land Settlement
Energy Wise Winners
Television Violence Project Working Group Report Received
Young Rapist Should Face Full Force Of Law
Labour Is Hitting Farmers InThe Pocket
ACC Payment Changes Good For The Injured
Several Notable NZers Honoured By GG

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LEAD STORY:
A Second Look At The Watcher Of The Watchers

- A man very much in the news this week has been New Zealand's first Inspector General of Intelligence and Security (the Inspector-General) Laurie Greig. Scoop's Kevin List has a second look at his seven-year career as watcher of the watchers. See... A Second Look At The IG Of Intelligence & Security [1] For Scoop FULL COVERAGE of the departure of the SIS Inspector General see... FULL COVERAGE: SIS IG Laurie Greig Is 'Outski' [2] ALSO: Click here for streaming audio of Scoop’s 95bfm commentary with Selwyn Manning and Simon Pound


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00008.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00012.htm


United Future Pushes For Reform of CYFS

- How many times have New Zealanders heard the tragic stories of children who are murdered by the very people they trust to provide them with care and protection? These disturbing stories are made all the worse by the realisation that in many of these cases, the ... See... United's Policy Proposal Restructuring CYFS [1] MORE: Biff CYFS – an overview [2] - Biff CYFS – the problems [3] - Biff CYFS – the solution [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00010.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00011.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00013.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00012.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • New Report Shows Changing Face of Older NZers [1]
  • CHH Wins Top National Energy Efficiency Award [2]
  • Commissioner calls more spending on child health [3]
  • Security Concerns Make Aid Work Difficult [4]
  • We Need Improved Palliative Care – Not Kill [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00013.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00014.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00006.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00005.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00003.htm


    Several Israeli Perspectives On The Yassin Assassination

    - In the following you read how Uri Avnery places the assassination of Sheikh Yassin in context, and in the four forwarded articles of the Israeli-Palestinian email magazine Bitter Lemons (Assassinations and the conflict - Ed.12) you find the subject approached from several significant angles. On martyrdom and the limited horizon of generals [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00010.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Israel/OT: Land Day reports [1]
  • 25 wounded at anti-fence protest [2]
  • Swaziland, World's Highest Prevalence Of Aids [3]
  • USA Holding Mexicans On Death Row Unlawful [4]
  • UK: Rights groups call for public inquiries [5]
  • French Compensation Could Make Amends to Haiti [6]
  • Security Council Backs Corruption Probe [7]
  • Cliff-Top Massacre Gets Bosnian Serb 17 Years [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00011.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00006.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00009.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00008.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00007.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00005.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00004.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00001.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Hodgson Talks Energy After Aqua

    - Unsurprisingly, I thought I would begin by discussing Meridian's surprise announcement earlier this week that it was stopping work on Project Aqua. See... After Aqua: NZ's electricity future [1] MORE: - David Parker - No electricity crisis: there are alternatives [2] Click here for more STORY OF THE WEEK coverage.


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00715.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00002.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Saint Peter Of Miramar Is Fed Up With Being Called A Bastard

    - "Right now I'm the most famous export since the lamb! They're naming a street after me! I'm the king of the southern hemisphere!! I can't have you lot running around calling me a bastard! That's not just rude! It's downright disrespectful!" - Peter Jackson 31st March 2001. See... Peter Jackson (The Bastard) Sacks His Fan Club [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00009.htm


    Michael King's Last Interview

    - The following is a transcript of the last interview Michael King gave before his untimely passing. It aired March 22, 2004 on 95bFM . Interviewer is Simon Pound, transcriber Matt Nippert. See... Michael King's Last Interview - Transcript [1] MORE TRIBUTES TO MICHAEL KING: - Tony Haas - Being Pa'alagi - A Tribute To Michael King [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00011.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00345.htm


    Public Address: Fiona Rae & More Is There!

    - Sometimes I think Alias only exists to show Jennifer Garner in her underwear. Or a bikini - did you see that on Tuesday? The panning shots, the slo-mo. If the acting thing doesn't work out for her, there's a great career awaiting at Victoria's Secret ... See... Public Address 01/04/04 - Encounters [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00010.htm


    When Is It Not Ok To Make Jokes About WMDs

    - When presidents appear appear at the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner, it's traditional for them to tell a few jokes. But when George W. Bush appeared last week (3/24/04), he made a series of "jokes" about the failure to find the weapons of mass destruction that had been the central justification of his invasion of Iraq. See... Beltway Humor: Media React to Bush's Weapons Jokes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00006.htm


    Ivan Eland: Being the Government Means…

    - The apology of Richard Clarke, the chief counterterrorism adviser to the Clinton and Bush administrations, for the U.S. government’s failure to protect its citizens on September 11 starkly contrasts with the U.S. government’s standard operating procedure. See... Ivan Eland: Never Having to Say You’re Sorry [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00005.htm


    Genevieve Cora Fraser: Assassination!!

    - Assassination!! My, my, how Israel loves assassination! Perhaps its part of a special Zionist democratic impulse, a sort of over enthusiastic way of making their point perfectly clear, this need to kill. See... A Coverup for What's Really at Stake in Palestine [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00004.htm


    Whom The Gods Would Destroy, They First Make Mad

    - In the upcoming presidential debates, President Bush and Senator Kerry must be challenged to respond to the critical issue of nuclear weapons escalation, and the irresponsible waste of our resources and talent on over-bloated military spending. See... Euripides Updated: The Trojan War With Nukes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00003.htm


    A Report From The Intl. Inquiry Into 911 In San Francisco

    - Mainstream media pundits, government officials and well-intentioned patriots have been quick to point a finger at skeptics of the official White House 9/11 story and brand them 'conspiracy theorists'. See... UQ Wire: 9/11 International Inquiry - Phase One [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00002.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - I see My Son, trembling in the shadows of Gethsemane, coming down from Heaven and taking the shape and substance of My creature, who thought and still thinks he can rebel against his Creator. See... Katya Rivas: God The Father [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00001.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00010.htm
    New Postage Rates Come Into Effect On Monday

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Street Fascism In Capital To Be Fought By Greens

    - The Green Party today warned that the civil rights of Wellington residents are under threat from the City Council's proposed Public Places bylaw, and said it would be initiating a number of legal and political means to stop it. See... Greens join fight against WCC Public Places bylaw [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00022.htm


    Honesty Wanted About Euthanasia After Martin Verdict

    - Medical and nursing professionals should be more forthcoming over the covert practice, among some, of assisting terminal patients to die earlier than they otherwise would, ACT New Zealand MP Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... Euthanasia: Time For Some Honesty [1] MORE: - NZ First - Lesley Martin: Let Her Go Free [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00019.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00008.htm


    Saving Westhaven Marina Occupies MPs

    - Auckland Green MP Keith Locke yesterday wrote to Local Government Minister Chris Carter asking him to use his influence to stop the sale of the Westhaven Marina before Auckland Regional Holdings takes over the controlling interest in the Ports of Auckland. See... Freeze Westhaven sale before asset takeover: Locke [1] MORE: - NZ First - NZ First Mp To Sort Out “Arrogant” Port Co [2] - NZ First - Parliament’s Intention To Be Imposed On POAL [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00009.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00015.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00716.htm


    Suicide Prevention Targets All Ages - United Pleased

    - United Future health spokeswoman Judy Turner is delighted that the Government has heeded United Future's calls for suicide prevention initiatives to be extended to cover not only youth, but all age groups. See... Turner applauds suicide prevention move [1] . See also... Jim Anderton comments on 2001 suicide data [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00032.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00021.htm


    Tariana Turia Impressed With New Plymouth Land Settlement

    - Te Tai Hauauru MP Tariana Turia applauds the New Plymouth District Council on the just way they have dealt with the return of part of the Pekapeka block to Te Atiawa. See... Turia Welcomes Settlement [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00031.htm


    Energy Wise Winners

    - The winners of last night’s EnergyWise Awards show that energy efficiency and conservation makes good business sense as well as helping New Zealand meet its energy needs, says Energy Minister Pete Hodgson. See... Award winners highlight value of energy efficiency [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00030.htm


    Television Violence Project Working Group Report Received

    - The government will carefully consider the report of the Television Violence Project Working Group which was presented to Acting Broadcasting Minister David Benson-Pope today. See... Television violence report to be studied [1] MORE: - Greens - Violent TV breeds violent society, say Greens [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00029.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00020.htm


    Young Rapist Should Face Full Force Of Law

    - ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today called on the Government to reform youth justice by lowering the age of criminal responsibility, after a 14 year-old North Canterbury boy admitted to brutally raping a girl in a Kaiapoi cemetery. See... Adult Sentences For Adult Crimes [1] and Adult Crime Deserves Adult Time Says Mark [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00028.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00025.htm


    Labour Is Hitting Farmers InThe Pocket

    - Labour Government is the biggest contributor to increasing farming costs says National's Agriculture spokesman David Carter. See... Labour responsible for growing farm costs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00027.htm


    ACC Payment Changes Good For The Injured

    - ACC claimants will have better access to affordable treatment due to changes in fees paid to treatment providers, which came into effect today, ACC Minister Ruth Dyson has announced. See... New payments schedule good for ACC claimants [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00024.htm


    Several Notable NZers Honoured By GG

    - Investitures are underway at Government House this week. See… Image: Richard Taylor invested at Government House [1] , Image: Judge Mahoney receives honour [2] and Anne Delamere honoured [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00006.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00005.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00018.htm

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