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Media: Farewell Linda!
Christchruch Braces for Flooding
Computing: State Services' Open Source Report by Microsoft Lawyers
Health: Sunday Star-Times Columnist Outrages Nurses -
Internet: Advanced Network puts broadband arguments into perspective
Transport: Did you ride your bicycle?
Arts Festival: Audio Interview with Janet Roddick
SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:
MORE HEADLINES:
Sudan Rife with Distrust of UN and the West, Al Qaida Involvement Feared
Stolenwealth Games Official Website Launched
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
SCOOP EXCLUSIVE: Adding Insult to Injury for Katrina Survivors
Suzan Mazur: The Bermuda Euphronius Nexus
George Bush's Big Katrina Porkie Exposed
Jason Leopold: Emails Implicate More Neo-cons In PlameGate
Martin LeFevre Addresses The United Arab Emirates Ports Deal
MUCH MORE COMMENT & OPINION:

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POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:
Aussie Grass Remains Greener
Speaking to the KiwiSaver Bill
David Benson-Pope: The Personal Explanation For The Complaint That Was Not Remembered
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Media: Farewell Linda!

[1] - Linda Clark host of Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon show for the past few years today finishes up. To mark the occasion Scoop went over to take a few pictures of Linda during her last session behind the microphone. Clark is moving on to study law, spend more time with her twin sons and spend considerably less time preparing for interviews. See... Scoop Images: It's High Noon For Linda Clark [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00033.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00033.htm


Christchruch Braces for Flooding

- Christchurch City Council is expecting limited flooding to occur in some low lying parts of the city in the next 24 hours due to spring tides and storm conditions. Water is expected to pond on the road in some streets in South Brighton and along the lower parts of the Avon and Heathcote Rivers. Among the areas most likely to be affected are parts of Long St, Clarendon Tce, Richardson Tce, New Brighton Rd, Bexley Rd and Beresford St. See... Flooding predicted for parts of Christchurch [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0603/S00026.htm


Computing: State Services' Open Source Report by Microsoft Lawyers

- The State Services Commission should be condemned for using a law firm with strong links to Microsoft to prepare a report on rival software systems using open standards, Green Party Information Technology Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos says. The report on the legal implications of open source software was prepared by Chapman Tripp, a law firm which has done extensive work for Microsoft in the past. "Asking Microsoft's general counsel and IT advisor to prepare what is supposed to be a neutral guide to open source software is just scandalous," Nandor says. See... Why did Microsoft lawyers pen "neutral" report? [1] ALSO:

  • SSC issues guidance for open source licensing [2]
  • Scoop Link: SSC Open Source Policy page [3]
  • Slashdot Post - 'Infectious' Open Source Software? [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00053.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0603/S00002.htm
    [3] - http://www.e.govt.nz/policy/open-source/
    [4] - http://slashdot.org/articles/06/03/01/0611253.shtml


    Health: Sunday Star-Times Columnist Outrages Nurses -

    Auckland District Health Board (DHB) chair and Sunday Star-Times columnist, Wayne Brown's claim that experienced nurses and doctors may be replaced by less experienced staff is outrageous, discriminatory and shows a lack of understanding of current pay scales, according to NZNO's industrial adviser Glenda Alexander. See... Auckland DHB Chair's Claim 'Outrageous' [1] ALSO:

  • Greens - Kedgley: Cut Management Rather Than Nurses [2]
  • NZMA - Brown's remarks "dangerous" [3]
  • Wayne Brown - Statement from the ADHB chairman [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0603/S00007.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00050.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0603/S00011.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0603/S00009.htm


    Internet: Advanced Network puts broadband arguments into perspective

    - Funding of $43 million to establish the Advanced Network - a super high-speed internet link between universities and research organisations in New Zealand and overseas - was announced today by Research, Science and Technology Minister, Steve Maharey. See... Super-fast internet: Govt. approves $43 million [1] ALSO:

  • Slingshot - The Broadband Battle Continues [2]
  • Orcon - If you 'loaf' fast connections, join Orcon [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00024.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00039.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00049.htm


    Transport: Did you ride your bicycle?

    - Today is Go By Bike Day when New Zealanders are encouraged to ditch vehicular transport and take their bike instead. As a reward, they can call into designated centres for breakfast and live entertainment. The event aims to increase the visibility of cycling as an enjoyable, healthy, and popular means of transport. See... Today is Go By Bike Day [1] ALSO:

  • The Great Auckland Commuter Challenge [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0603/S00001.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0602/S00192.htm


    Arts Festival: Audio Interview with Janet Roddick

    - German theatre composer Kurt Weill is best known for the song 'Mac the Knife', composed for Bertold Brecht's The Threepenny Opera. The Songs of Kurt Weill will be performed by a collaboration founded in projects such as the Six Volts and soundtrack studio Plan 9. See... Arts Festival Preview: The Songs of Kurt Weill's Janet Roddick (audio interview) [1] ALSO

  • Arts Festival Preview: Maori Showbands' Manny Abrahams [2]
  • Arts Festival Preview: Bright Abyss's James Thiérrée [3]
  • Review: Batallion [4]
  • Review: Super Vision [5]
  • Review: The Aroha String Quartet [6]
  • Fringe Review: Superbeast [7]
  • Fringe Review: The Operation of the Sun in the Garden... [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00356.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00355.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00341.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00036.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00031.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00357.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00002.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00338.htm


    SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions for Oral Answer 2 March 2006 [1]
  • Questions And Answers 1 March 2006 [2]
  • Questions And Answers 28 Feb 2006 [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00042.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00029.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00454.htm


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • "Reality check" needed on oil use [1]
  • A Taste of Autumn [2]
  • Dunedin prepares for NZ's favourite fashion week [3]
  • CTU Slams EMA Over Workplace Injury Awards [4]
  • NZ Risks Breaching International Treaty [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00448.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0602/S00047.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0603/S00007.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00006.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0603/S00001.htm


    Sudan Rife with Distrust of UN and the West, Al Qaida Involvement Feared

    - Distrust of the United Nations and warnings of Al Qaida involvement are growing in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the UN’s envoy to the troubled African nation warned today, saying that both are linked to the uncertainty surrounding peacekeeping operations in strife-torn Darfur… “The climate in Khartoum against the UN is heating up very strongly…threats, there are warnings, there is talk about Al Qaida. And there is fear in Khartoum, that is being used, that the UN transition will be not a UN transition but a conspiracy which will bring Sudan into the same situation as Iraq a couple of years ago,” Mr. Pronk said. See... Sudan rife with distrust of UN and fear of Al Qaida [1] ALSO:

  • Bolton Remarks On Human Rights Council and Sudan [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00037.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00061.htm


    Stolenwealth Games Official Website Launched

    - "Interest in the Stolenwealth Games is building all over the world and this fresh, exciting and contemporary site will draw in people from Stolenwealth Nations around the globe to find out about the latest news and events" said Mr Conclusions today. “We have been getting many requests from around the world wanting to know about the Stolenwealth Games. We have provided many ways that individuals and organisations can support the campaign by spreading the word. We have information available for groups overseas willing to organise forums about this campaign.” See... Stolenwealth Games Official Website Launched [1] ALSO:

  • Aus.: Justice groups to boycott Commonwealth Games [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00064.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00055.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Nuclear Free & Independent Pacific Day (Bikini Day) [1]
  • Media Clampdown Amid Political Chaos, Philippines [2]
  • UNICEF: Zimbabweans must halt horror of violence against women [3]
  • European donation bails out UN agency helping Palestinian refugees [4]
  • Cyprus: Annan And Papadopoulos Meet On Strategies for Reunification [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00045.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00043.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00034.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00033.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00054.htm


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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    SCOOP EXCLUSIVE: Adding Insult to Injury for Katrina Survivors

    - Wash. DC. - Two court decisions this weekend create barriers to voting for hurricane Katrina survivors spread around the United States. The U.S. District Court of Louisiana (Eastern) denied a lawsuit that sought to delay elections and allow special measures to enable voting by several hundred thousand displaced New Orleans evacuees. Advancement Project, a civil rights organization, filed the suit with ACORN (a national community rights organization) and individual voters. See... The Disenfranchisement Of Katrina's Survivors [1] MORE ON US VOTING:

  • Bob Fitrakis - 308,000 Cancelled Ohio Voter Registrations & 2004 [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00016.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00003.htm


    Suzan Mazur: The Bermuda Euphronius Nexus

    - It's privately gated - Tucker's Town, Bermuda. Who comes and goes is not public information. But that they've talked antiquities, maybe even had a serious dinner conversation over she-crab soup and mako shark while sketching out possible title transfer of Italy's highly important antiquities from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art seems more likely than not. See... Was NY Met-Italy Deal A Bloomberg-Berlusconi Pact? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00013.htm


    George Bush's Big Katrina Porkie Exposed

    - The video is gut-wrenching. There they sit, a whole room full of hurricane experts and disaster managers, shouting down a telephone line at George W. Bush, warning him a full day ahead of time that Hurricane Katrina is a catastrophe waiting to happen. ... See... William Pitt: 'No One Could Have Anticipated...' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00049.htm


    Jason Leopold: Emails Implicate More Neo-cons In PlameGate

    - The White House confirmed Tuesday that it recently turned over to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald 250 pages of emails from the Office of Vice President Dick Cheney related to covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a vocal critic of the Bush administration's pre-war Iraq intelligence. The emails were not submitted three years ago when then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales ordered White House staffers to turn over all documents that contained any reference to Valerie and Joseph Wilson. See... Leopold: Details Emerge in Latest Plame Emails [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00029.htm


    Martin LeFevre Addresses The United Arab Emirates Ports Deal

    - You couldn’t make this stuff up. George Bush, who invokes 9/11 ad nauseam to stoke primal fears of Arab “lurkers” whenever his policies come under attack, has been hoisted on his own petard by a mishandled port leasing deal with the United Arab Emirates. See... Meditations: Requiem for the Post-Cold War Order [1] MORE ON THE DUBAI PORTS DEAL:

  • Buzzflash - Is US Nat. Security Being Blackmailed? [2] & Connecting Dubai Ports World Players [3]
  • William Rivers Pitt William Rivers Pitt: The Boomerang [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00023.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00012.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00010.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00011.htm


    MUCH MORE COMMENT & OPINION:

    KIWI COMMENTATORS:

  • Russell Brown, Keith Ng & Ors - Public Address 03/03/06 - Foul [1] , Public Address 02/03/06 - Oops, I Did It Again [2] & Public Address 01/03/06 - Memory [3]
  • Omar Hamed - Phillipines: From People Power to Partially Free [4]
  • Richard S. Ehrlich - Thailand Not A Happy Place For Thaksin Shinawatra [5]
  • UNITED STATES:
  • Mary Pitt - Mary Pitt: Personal Responsibilty [6]
  • Ray McGovern - I Do Not Wish to Be Associated With Torture [7]
  • Sam Smith - Premature Aging [8]
  • Sonia Nettnin - American Youth Counter-Recruitment [9]
  • William Rivers Pitt - The Most Dangerous Days [10]
  • Cindy Sheehan & Sam Bostaph - A Common Cause [11]
  • William Fisher - Son Of Guantanamo [12]
  • Kelpie Wilson - Pete McCloskey Talks about GOP Corruption - IV [13]
  • Cindy Sheehan - Cindy Sheehan: Speak for Yourself [14]
  • LATIN AMERICA:
  • Narconews - San Blas Atempa, Oaxaca, Refuses to Surrender [15]
  • Green Left Weekly - Venezuela: The `Threat Of A Good Example' [16]
  • Narconews - Gomez: Bolivia's Political Moment, Part II? [17]
  • MIDDLE EAST:
  • Ramzy Baroud - Middle East Democracy and the Hamas Factor [18]
  • Translation by Sol Salbe - Terrorism Before & After Hamas' Election [19]
  • Henri Bou Saab in Beirut - Lebanon's Democracy Needs Support of Western World [20]
  • PHARMA:
  • Evelyn Pringle - FDA Shields Drug Companies From Lawsuits [21]
  • Evelyn Pringle- Tysabri Clinical Trial, Woman Misdiagnosed MS Dies [22]
  • Evelyn Pringle - Natrecor Heart Drug - Deadly and Expensive [23]
  • Evelyn Pringle - FDA Grants Guinea Pig Status To US Citizens [24]
  • NEPAL:
  • Guest Opinion - Govinda Bhattarai: Dangerous Alliance [25]
  • Guest Opinion - Furtherance Of Democracy And Peace: The Road Ahead [26]
  • Siddhi B. Ranjitkar - Nepal: Demise of RCCC - A Blow to Autocrat [27]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00050.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00030.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00014.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00048.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00006.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00047.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00051.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00045.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00028.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00027.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00026.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00025.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00007.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00005.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00044.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00022.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00021.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00039.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00038.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00032.htm
    [21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00024.htm
    [22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00046.htm
    [23] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00041.htm
    [24] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00008.htm
    [25] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00043.htm
    [26] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00040.htm
    [27] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00004.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:

    Molesworth & Featherston (Weekend) – March 4th 200 [1] Transtasman Political Letter – 2nd March Digest [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00054.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00042.htm


    Aussie Grass Remains Greener

    - National's Immigration spokesman, Lockwood Smith, says net outflow of people to Australia has more than doubled in the past three years. He is commenting on yesterday's release of the latest external immigration figures. "For the year ending January 2004, New Zealand lost a net 10,221 people to Australia. In 2005 that increased to 15,547, and in the past 12 months (to the end of January), that figure has leapt to 21,439." See... Exodus to Australia doubles [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00064.htm


    Speaking to the KiwiSaver Bill

    - The KiwiSaver Bill represents a landmark in social and economic legislation. Saving and investing is the foundation of the future wealth of New Zealanders as individuals and as a country. This Bill adds an important new element into the savings landscape. It creates a vehicle for encouraging all working New Zealanders to set aside a portion of their earnings to fund their long term income security. See... Cullen: KiwiSaver Bill - First Reading [1] ALSO:

  • Maori Party - Harawira: Kiwi Saver Bill - First Reading [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00052.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00057.htm


    David Benson-Pope: The Personal Explanation For The Complaint That Was Not Remembered

    - Madam Speaker. On 12 May last in response to a supplementary question I said: "I am not aware of any complaint of any kind." with regard to my 24 years as a secondary teacher. Yesterday, I received a copy of two documents from the school. One a complaint, and the second, what appears to be a draft response. I have no recollection of ever having seen this letter of complaint. See... Personal Explanation of David Benson-Pope MP [1] ALSO:

  • PM's Presser: Latest (27/02/06) DBP Questions [2]
  • Benson-Pope responds to latest allegations [3]
  • Scoop Audio - Michael Cullen Talks David Benson Pope [4]
  • National - Prime Minister supports National on Benson-Pope [5]
  • National - Compromised Minister cannot stay [6]
  • National - Benson-Pope must be accountable [7]
  • National - Maharey must condemn Benson-Pope’s actions [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00453.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00336.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00402.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00343.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00051.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00045.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00007.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00013.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - EU Com. for Agriculture & Rural Development visits [1]
  • Greens - Stop direct advertising of prescription drugs now [2]
  • Greens - Rising oil prices an op. for more jobs, not less [3]
  • National - Emergency departments need more investment [4]
  • Maori Party - 'Labour out of Touch with Maori' [5]
  • National - Minister must stand by Environment Court decision [6]
  • National - Prime Minister supports National on Benson-Pope [7]
  • NZ First - Shedding Grievance To Embrace A Bright New Future [8]
  • Greens - Greens call for ban on cancer-linked pesticides [9]
  • National - Compromised Minister cannot stay [10]
  • National - Pharmac committees need urgent review [11]
  • Greens - Guaranteed Zimbabwe cup side welcome disappointing [12]
  • NZ Govt - Energy efficiency and renewable energy projects [13]
  • NZ Govt - Labour delivers on promise of fairer pensions [14]
  • United Future - Gauls Gall This Kiwi [15]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00062.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00069.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00068.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00065.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00056.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00055.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00051.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00049.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00047.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00045.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00041.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00040.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00039.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00036.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00034.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS

  • The Mapp Report - 3 March 2006 [1]
  • Heather Roy's Diary, 3 March 2006 [2]
  • News Worthy - 3 March 2006 - No. 63 [3]
  • National Education - Comments from Bill English [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00071.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00070.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00066.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00063.htm

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