Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


New Zealand Herald

New All Black - Tougher Speed Limit - Shipley’s Heart - Cold Snap - Waikato Drinking - Kylie Jones Funeral - Fiji Sport Sanctions- Pa Site Wrecked - Pre-Schooler Death - Rugby Prices - Electricity Inquiry - Healthy Revenue

NEW ALL BLACK: New All Black Troy Flavell began the season thinking he might be a backup lock in the Blues squad. His professional sporting career hit serious paydirt yesterday when he was told he would partner captain Todd Blackadder on Friday against Tonga.

TOUGHER SPEED LIMIT: Police are getting tough on speeding in a move which could produce an extra 165,000 tickets each year - and an extra $20 million for the Government. From next month, anyone caught exceeding the speed limit by 10 km/h or more will get a ticket.

SHIPLEY’S HEART: Jenny Shipley underwent coronary angioplasty at Wellington Hospital yesterday to unblock heart arteries. A spokesman for the National leader said last night that she felt good enough to return to Parliament for the Budget tomorrow - though she won't.

COLD SNAP: Heaters will be blazing in the upper North Island this week but anyone complaining of the cold should spare a thought for those who experienced the big chill of 1939. Temperatures around Auckland plunged to 9 degrees yesterday and snow fell in parts of the North Island, closing the Desert Rd.

WAIKATO DRINKING: Aucklanders will be drinking water from the murky Waikato River in two years whether they like it or not. And while they are drinking it, pristine water from native bush catchments will go to waste as dams overflow.

KYLIE JONES FUNERAL: The stunned Auckland suburb of Glen Innes has taken the first steps towards healing itself after the murder of Kylie Jones. At 5 pm yesterday, more than 200 residents gathered on the footpath outside the reserve where Kylie died, while her family and local Maori went into the park for a tapu-lifting ceremony.

FIJI SPORT SANCTIONS: New Zealand effectively imposed sporting sanctions against Fiji last night, drawing cries of discrimination from the troubled Pacific nation. Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced that two Fiji rugby teams due to arrive in New Zealand this month would not be issued visas, preventing their entering the country.

PA SITE WRECKED: RUSSELL - An Auckland property company has to pay thousands of dollars in fines after a landmark court case found it had wrecked part of a historic pa site. Northern Projects Ltd was yesterday told to pay $15,000 to the Historic Places Trust after admitting one of its contractors bulldozed through the pa site near Russell.

PRE-SCHOOLER DEATH: Had James Whakaruru survived beatings by his mother's partner, he would have turned 6 yesterday. Instead, the results of an investigation into the death of the Havelock North pre-schooler were being finalised.

RUGBY PRICES: Many child rugby fans will get socked adult rates to see the Scottish test at Eden Park but will pay far less to see the Tongans at Albany or the Springboks in Christchurch. The Auckland Rugby Union yesterday announced some children's concessions for the July 1 night test against Scotland in response to an outcry from talkback radio callers.

ELECTRICITY INQUIRY: Switching to a new electricity company, or moaning about the one you have, should get easier if the Government acts on an inquiry into the electricity industry. The ministerial inquiry has suggested that the Government appoint an ombudsman to hear consumer complaints about the companies and who could impose fines and order compensation.

HEALTHY REVENUE: How's this for a coincidence? The Government's "health" measure of raising the price of cigarettes last month was the precise increase that would rake in the most revenue. Documents released to the Act party show officials sweated over their calculators trying to maximise the gain for the Government's coffers.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news