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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Barbara Sumner Burstyn & Ron Law: The Meningococcal Gold Rush
Cherie Blair Faces Questions From More Than Just Paul Holmes
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Racist Land Tenure Rules In The Terra Sancta
A Series Of Constructive Opinions On The Nepal Crisis
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Kevin List: Today's PM's Presser
Anne Else: DPB Hysteria
Stateside: Rosalea's Waitangi Day
Fiona Rae & More Is There!
Sheila Samples: Oh Lord, Ain't It Hard...
Harvey Wasserman: Social Security In The Firing Line
Evelyn Pringle On Halliburton And Pharmaceutical Corruption
Carolyn Baker: Ward Churchill & Academic Vandalism
How The NYT Spiked The Bulge-gate Story
Poll Watch: NBR and TV3 Polls
Spinwatch: The Iraq Elections

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Cullen Outlines What The Treaty Of Waitangi Means To Him
NZ Ready To Assist Cook Islands Cyclone Clean Up
Sun's Powers Harnessed By A Growing Number of Kiwi's
Coddington Uncovers Eggless Egg And Spoon Race
Aussie Expulsion Needs Kiwi Investigation According To Greens
Mapp Defends Employers In Auckland Transport Scrap
Foreshore Bill Pleases Most of The People Some of the Time
Matt Robson: Our Man In Havana

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Investigation: The Meningococcal Gold Rush

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LEAD STORY:
Barbara Sumner Burstyn & Ron Law: The Meningococcal Gold Rush

- New Zealand's meningococcal disease story, as unravelled through analysis of previously secret documents obtained under the Official Information Act, reveals that the New Zealand government, media and public have been mislead and manipulated by officials, advisors and scientists alike. See... Investigation: The Meningococcal Gold Rush [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00064.htm


Cherie Blair Faces Questions From More Than Just Paul Holmes

- Being interviewed by Paul Holmes may turn out to be one of the more pleasant confrontations for Cherie Blair during her NZ charity sojourn. Various protest groups in Auckland plan to ask Ms Blair some questions unlikely to be put to the British PM's wife by Mr Holmes. See... Will Cherie Blair Cross Our Picket Line? [1] MORE - GPJA - Cherie Blair an Unwelcome Visitor [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00062.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00059.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Te Mangoroa Letters to Labour and National M.P.’s [1]
  • Destiny Impacts Waitangi [2]
  • Legal Aid Staff Strike “Inevitable” [3]
  • Food Code Change to Allow New GM Corn Unwarranted [4]
  • Police stepping up dialogue with rural community [5]
  • Fonterra extends offer for National Foods [6]
  • National Population Estimates: December 2004 [7]
  • AA PETROL WATCH – January 2005 [8]
  • GPJA #80: Climate Change forum this Monday [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00064.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00051.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00063.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00060.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00052.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00077.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00068.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00067.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00066.htm


    Racist Land Tenure Rules In The Terra Sancta

    - What would we say if an American institution, holding a seventh of all the land in the United States, adopted statutes that allowed it to sell or rent land only to White Anglo-Saxon Protestants? See... Uri Avnery: Dunam After Dunam [1] MORE ISRAEL/OT COMMENT: - GLW: Palestine - A Town Under House Arrest [2] - Poem: Grandfather Palestine's Refugee Blessing [3] - Poem: A Valentine for Palestine Heartbroken [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00066.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00075.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00078.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00070.htm


    A Series Of Constructive Opinions On The Nepal Crisis

    - "I think the situation is extremely volatile right now. If India, United States, and Great Britain decide not to support the King, then it is very likely that the Maoists will come to power in Nepal and establish a communist Republic," Dr. Khagendra ... See... Kamala Sarup: The King and International Support [1] and Kamala Sarup: For Investment Peace Must Prevail [2] MORE: - Manisha Koirala: Give the King and Nepal a chance [3] - B. Raj Giri: Nepal: Beginning of a New Era? [4] - Dr Khagendra Thapa: Nepal in Turmoil [5] - Kamala Sarup: Crisis In Nepal [6] - His Majesty The King Of Nepal Makes The Right Move [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00067.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00077.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00172.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00171.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00170.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00056.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00061.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Gonzales: Respecting the Spirit and Letter of the Law [1]
  • Other Sudanese conflicts may harm peace mission [2]
  • UN Ready For 10,000 Strong Troop Deployment, Sudan [3]
  • Annan vows prompt action on Oil-for-Food report [4]
  • Mentally ill Australian locked up in Baxter cells [5]
  • Cornelia Rau Case & Independent Psychiatrists [6]
  • Media Blackout Outside Kathmandu - Royal Crackdown [7]
  • UK PM reaffirms commitment to ending poverty [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00173.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00169.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00165.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00164.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00146.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00163.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00159.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00147.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00062.htm
    The Week In Politics – Katherine Rich & More

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Kevin List: Today's PM's Presser

    - Over the weekend Green MP, Keith Locke, was demanding answers regarding possibly nefarious activities involving the Israeli embassy in Australia, which is cross accredited to New Zealand. See... PM's Presser: Israeli Spies & Photo Opportunities [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00084.htm


    Anne Else: DPB Hysteria

    - What is it about the DPB which drives politicians to such a frenzy of moral indignation? I think it must be, at bottom, the idea that the state actually pays some women, and even a handful of men, to do what women are supposed to do for love alone (and men are not supposed to do at all). Or maybe it’s because the women who get it don’t have to run after a man as well. They don’t even have to have married. See... Letter from Elsewhere: What Is It About The DPB? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00083.htm


    Stateside: Rosalea's Waitangi Day

    - Earlier this week I happened to catch a glimpse of the BBC Rough Science series that was filmed in New Zealand. It was the episode where the scientists had to use the scant materials available to them in a deserted West Coast sawmill to decide whether ... See... Stateside: This Week, Last Week, Yesterday, Never! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00082.htm


    Fiona Rae & More Is There!

    - Good evening gentlemen, it is a pleasure to return to Owhuku. A year ago, I argued that all New Zealanders should have the same rights, regardless of race, creed, religion or hairstyle. This year, I am here to outline another threat to hard-working New ... See... Public Address 07/02/05 - Great Ideas [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00081.htm


    Sheila Samples: Oh Lord, Ain't It Hard...

    - The curious thing about George Bush's State of the Union speech is that anybody who's paid attention to Bush over the last four years -- or 40 years -- would find it, or him for that matter, even remotely curious. See... Sheila Samples: Oh Lord, Ain't It Hard... [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00080.htm


    Harvey Wasserman: Social Security In The Firing Line

    - Let's cut the actuarial doublespeak: Bush comes not to save social security, but to bury it. See... Wasserman: Bush to Social Security - Drop Dead [1] RELATED: - Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Retiring Guys & Dolls [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00079.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00071.htm


    Evelyn Pringle On Halliburton And Pharmaceutical Corruption

    - As of June 2004, the Government Accounting Office estimated that more than $1 billion in taxpayer money had been wasted due to illegal overcharges by contractors in Iraq, since the onset of the war. See... Bush Pays Halliburton For Services Never Rendered [1] and Bush Puppets Push For New Law To Protect Drug Cos. [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00073.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00076.htm


    Carolyn Baker: Ward Churchill & Academic Vandalism

    - This past week, I had the delightful opportunity of being interviewed for a soon-to-be-released documentary, ''Beyond Five Senses'', which focuses on social justice, world events, and the simultaneous, hopeful evolution of human consciousness. See... Imminent Destruction of American Higher Education [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00074.htm


    How The NYT Spiked The Bulge-gate Story

    - In the weeks leading up to the November 2 election, the New York Times was abuzz with excitement. Besides the election itself, the paper’s reporters were hard at work on two hot investigative projects, each of which could have a major impact on the election. See... Fair.Org: The Emperor's New Hump [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00072.htm


    Poll Watch: NBR and TV3 Polls

    - Labour 46 National 38 NZ First 4.8 Greens 4.7 ACT 2.1 United Future 1.4 See... Scoop Poll Watch: TV3/TNS Poll 3.2.05 [1] & Labour 44 National 34 NZ First 7 Greens 5 United Future 2.8 ACT 2.4 Maori 2.7 See... Scoop Poll Watch: NBR/Phillips Fox Poll [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00069.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00068.htm


    Spinwatch: The Iraq Elections

    - We have just had election weekend in Iraq. The weekend when, if all goes to Bush and Blair’s plan, a fledgling democracy will take hold in Iraq. Millions voted for the first time. It is a time of hope for Iraq and the wider world. See... Iraq Elections: A Good Day For Democracy? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00065.htm



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    Beijing's New Year Gift To Wellington

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Cullen Outlines What The Treaty Of Waitangi Means To Him

    - Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Dr Michael Cullen, delivers a speech on the occasion of Waitangi Day 2005. The meaning of the Treaty of Waitangi [1] MORE: - United Future NZ - Dunne to press ahead with NZ Day Bill [2] - National - Cullen suggests no hurry on Treaty claims [3] - ACT - Rodney Hide: Waitangi Day - New Zealand's Birthday [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00132.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00139.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00130.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00126.htm


    NZ Ready To Assist Cook Islands Cyclone Clean Up

    - Foreign Minister Phil Goff says New Zealand is ready to respond to any request for assistance from the Cook Islands after Cyclone Meena battered the islands this morning. See... NZ ready to respond to Cyclone Meena [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00141.htm


    Sun's Powers Harnessed By A Growing Number of Kiwi's

    - A government finance assistance programme to help people buy solar water heating units is showing significant growth in the use of solar water heating in homes, Energy Minister Trevor Mallard said today. See... Solar water heating grows with govt help - Mallard [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00142.htm


    Coddington Uncovers Eggless Egg And Spoon Race

    - Thankyou for the fantastic response to last week's Liberty Belle. I hadn't realised how much the column was missed – gosh it's nice to be missed. I was overwhelmed with the lunacy sightings sent in. See…Liberty Belle - Lunacy Sightings Vol. One [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00137.htm


    Aussie Expulsion Needs Kiwi Investigation According To Greens

    - Green MP Keith Locke wants the Government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat from Australia. See... Govt must investigate Israeli diplomat's expulsion [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00133.htm


    Mapp Defends Employers In Auckland Transport Scrap

    - National's Industrial Relations spokesman, Wayne Mapp, says a stop-work meeting by Stagecoach bus drivers in Auckland, leaving thousands of people stranded, is a harsh reflection of Labour's industrial relations legislation. See... Stranded travellers a reflection of legislation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00129.htm


    Foreshore Bill Pleases Most of The People Some of the Time

    - Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen today released polling data showing a clear majority of all New Zealanders and a plurality of Maori believe the Foreshore and Seabed Act is fair. See... Foreshore and seabed policy strikes right balance [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00128.htm


    Matt Robson: Our Man In Havana

    - Whilst politicians in New Zealand gnash their teeth about the unemployed, Progressive MP Matt Robson has been studying a country with little unemployment, tough crime policies and excellent education and health care – could this fair land be the inspiration for NZ politicians? See…robson-on-politics 4 February [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00118.htm

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