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1: Keith Rankin - Exchange Rate Blues?

It should be a matter of acute embarrassment to the Reserve Bank that the foreign exchange value of the New Zealand dollar should fall in response to its latest jacking up of interest rates. Instead of blaming Governor Don Brash for his lack of understanding ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00108.htm


2: NEWSFLASH: Coup Leader Speight A Front Man?

Today Fijilive.com is reporting that George Speight, whom everybody believed to be the leader of the group, is in fact a ring-in, chosen for his communications abilities, and pulled into the coup plot at the last minute.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00104.htm


3: Lord Of The Rings - Don't Believe The Hype?

According to star Christopher Lee who plays the dark mage Saruman in Peter Jackson’s three film epic, the director hasn’t lost his touch.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00107.htm


4: Scoop Images: Rumbles Beneath The Pacific

The following images show an underwater erruption taking place near the Solomon Islands.. for more information see... Scientists See Fiery Birth Of New Pacific Island in the Science wire.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00110.htm


5: Why we have compulsory devotion to economic growth

Last week the ritual worship of ‘economic growth’ continued unabated, and few ever stop to ask if we are really better off, or whether in a finite world we can actually have perpetual growth.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00138.htm


6: Scientists See Fiery Birth Of New Pacific Island

Two New Zealand scientists were part of an international team who this week witnessed the dramatic birth of a new volcanic island near the Solomon Islands. The rare observation was made during an investigation of seafloor volcanic activity and associated mineral ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0005/S00020.htm


7: FIJI - European Principle vs Polynesian Kinship

At the heart of the Pacific Way, which is so much at odds with the Western Way, is the network of kinship ties and reciprocal obligations that guides all cultural, social, economic and political thinking and behaviour throughout the Pacific. This ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00109.htm


8: Newsflash: Fiji Coup - Chaudhry Government Out?

The democratically elected Government of Mahendra Chaudhry may be on the way out according to United New Zealand Leader Peter Dunne.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00115.htm


9: Bye Bye Brains Trust

One hundred and ninety five people have left New Zealand every day since the coalition government was elected, ACT leader Richard Prebble said today. The numbers migrating are accelerating – 217 New Zealanders on average left every day in April 2000.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00507.htm


10: Lord Of The Rings Set Report

Super Ringer Spy Xtem sends word on the filming going on in and around Ruapehu the last few weeks. Funny man Bernard Hill, how Hugo Weaving really looks and how it is to work with Viggo Mortensen!

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0005/S00040.htm


11: West Coast, Tax Free

As the Buller District Council today considers grasping at the govt's $120 million tax-paid bribe, Libertarianz Leader Peter Cresswell suggests they consider instead a novel and more honest alternative.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00146.htm


12: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day May 25

Today's questions concerned the subjects of: Prison Sex - Fiji Crisis - Prison Sex - Police Computing - Prison Sex - Tourism - ERB and Independent Contractors - Prison Education - Armageddon Economic Analysis - Gambling - Defence Review - Income Related ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00112.htm


13: Robson On Prison Sex

The Minister of Corrections, Matt Robson, clarified today that conjugal visits in prisons is not formal government policy. It is however worth looking at any programme that claims to reduce re-offending, he said.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00540.htm


14: Law change needed after Nats' Coromandel postcard

The Green Party has been billed by mistake for postal costs of 25,000 anti-Green pamphlets or postcards published by the National Party and delivered to all Coromandel homes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00525.htm


15: Has Robson Lost His Mind?

ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks is flabbergasted that the Labour Alliance Government’s first change in prison policy is more sex for inmates and raising children in prison. “How can Corrections Minister Matt Robson show such contempt for the 92% of New Zealanders ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00532.htm


16: Chiefs Still Talking Over Fate Of Hostage-Taker

SUVA: Fiji's traditional Great Council of Chiefs were today still debating the future of the captive "people's coalition" government and hostage taker George Speight with the discussion spilling into a third day tomorrow.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00116.htm


17: Conjugal prison visits not government policy

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton confirmed that it was not government policy to have conjugal visits in prisons.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00541.htm


18: Sex in prisons concept "highly offensive"

The Government's plans to condone sex in prisons are odious and potentially very harmful to society says National leader Jenny Shipley.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00534.htm


19: Free Speech? Gone In a Puff of Smoke!

Libertarianz Deputy Leader Richard McGrath says New Zealander who values free speech should be alarmed at the intimidation of a private company who has been told by the Ministry of Health to block New Zealand access to its website.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00130.htm


20: Perigo - To Coutts & Buterworth, the Freerad Award

PI Show May 23, 2000 (First broadcast on Radio Pacific's Politically Incorrect Show, noon Tues May 23)

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00131.htm


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