Samoan Assassin Sentenced To Death The Cancer Of Ideas - Rugby And Cricket - Genetic Cows Debate Challenge From Greens - How Many Chinas?- Maharey On WINZ - "I'd Hate To See A Failure" - Student Debt As An Issue and much more...
The Weekend's Scoops
Samoan Assassin Sentenced To Death
- A 34 year old Samoan man has been sentenced to death after pleading guilty to the murder of Public Works Minister Luagalau Levaula Kamu. See... Death Penalty For Samoan Assassin  in the Headlines wire.
The Cancer Of Ideas
- In his Sunday Soapbox  , Matthew Thomas finds that the evolutionary theory of memes, or `viruses of the mind', can be used to explain recent media coverage of cancer treatments.
Rugby And Cricket
- If you want to know the result in the rugby, see 'The Sporting Scoop'  in the headlines wire. There is also a bitter report from England on the third day of the third test.
Genetic Cows Debate Challenge From Greens
- The Green Party today asked the Dairy Board for a public debate on board plans to spend $150 million over five years on biotechnology, including genetically engineering cows. See... Jeanette Wants To Debate G-E Milk And Cows  in the Parliament wire. On Friday the Dairy Board announced the $150 million investment. See... Dairy Industry Probes Bio-Tech Potential  in the Business wire.
How Many Chinas?
- Libertarianz Deputy Leader Richard McGrath says his stomach churned as he read a speech given by Immigration Minister John Delamare in China  . See... Delamere Sucks Up To Tyrants  in the Politics wire.
Maharey On WINZ - "I'd Hate To See A Failure"
Labour says forecasts of benefit numbers show that WINZ's 'success' is a Government fantasy  .
Police Shoot Man
- A knife wielding man shot by Police  in Greenhithe near Auckland is in still in a serious condition. See the Auckland wire that brought you the news as it happened.
Debt As An Issue
- A number of student groups are combining over student loans. They say that students see debt as a key election issue  . See the education wire.
Announcement Of An Announcement
- The Government has announced it will announce the 'Five Steps Ahead Policy'  on August 18. See the Parliament wire.
- The Conservation Minister, Nick Smith said that a passion for native plants earns a Southland couple an award 
- Rotorua MP Max Bradford has recommended that Greypower members band together to investigate buying electricity in bulk. 
- A release in the science wire says New Zealand's wool industry will better understand the value-adding chain, extending from the sheep to the consumer, if the aims of a new Wool Research Organisation project are achieved. See... Wool Industry On The Up  .
- Conservationists have condemned the commencement of logging in Buller's Orikaka Forest by Timberlands West Coast Ltd during Conservation Week  . See the general wire.
Tough Cannabis Laws Don't Work
- A new study has shown that tough anti-cannabis laws fail to deter most offenders from using the drug again and can often have serious long-term social costs, including relationship breakdowns and loss of employment. See... Tough Drug Laws 'No Deterrent'  in the General wire.
Scoops Of The Week
- Check out the 20 most popular Scoop stories and releases for last week. See... SCP Ratings: The Week's Top 20 Scoops  in the News Monitor wire. The wire now carries daily ratings monitor reports.