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


New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Lunar Eclipse - Nutritional Supplements- Pacific Storm- Rugby Win- Fiji Sanctions- Suspended Sentences- Problem Gambling- Student Demographics- Tourist Phone Charges- Cost Of Illness- Loner Deaths- Sir Robert Mahuta- Imax Screening

LUNAR ECLIPSE: It was the longest lunar eclipse anyone on the planet will ever see. When the full moon disappeared from sight from 1.02 this morning it hid behind the Earth's shadow until 2.49 am - a phenomenon which will be unmatched for 1000 years.

- NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS: New Zealanders are swallowing up to $145 million in nutritional supplements every year for little or no benefit, says the author of a new report. The study in the New Zealand Medical Journal calls for regulations on the sale and manufacture of supplements.

- PACIFIC STORM: A 65-year-old retired American fighter pilot smoked cigarettes to keep him going as he spent two days and nights bailing water from his stricken yacht in the middle of a Pacific storm. Dewey Hodo said he was "wiped out," about to sink and in "deep do-do" by the time a freighter found him near the Kermadec Islands, about 550km northeast of New Zealand.

- RUGBY WIN: Things don't come much better than this, beating the world champion Australians in front of the biggest crowd in rugby history, most of them our cousins across the Tasman. As Jonah Lomu left Australian star Stephen Larkham sprawling for the last-gasp try to beat the Wallabies 39-35 in the thriller in Sydney, former Australian captain Nick Farr-Jones was moved to call it "the greatest test ever."

- FIJI SANCTIONS: The scale of New Zealand's sanctions against Fiji will become clear when a new Government is announced in Suva in the next few days, says Foreign Minister Phil Goff. He will present options to the cabinet today on action against Fiji, where the multiracial constitution has been suspended since the May 19 coup.

- SUSPENDED SENTENCES: Justice Minister Phil Goff plans to scrap suspended prison sentences because they have failed to cut the numbers going to jail. "They have increased the number but they have not always got the right people into prison, so my basic view is that the sentence has negatives which far outweigh any positives in how it has operated," Mr Goff said yesterday.

- PROBLEM GAMBLING: An alarming increase in problem gambling has brought a plea for the Government to provide help for addicts through the health service. The call has come from the Problem Gambling Committee, which says in its annual report, released today, that there has been a 30 per cent rise in the number of gambling addicts seeking help on its toll-free helpline.

- STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS: New Zealand schools are becoming less representative of the wider population. Statistics show the number of Asian and Pacific Island students has increased at a faster rate than the overall student population in the past five years.

- TOURIST PHONE CHARGES: With the price of toll calls dropping through the floor, Auckland hotels are cashing in by charging tourists top dollar for phone calls. Telecom charges businesses as little as 4.5c for local calls, yet tourists are being asked to pay up to 85c for calls in the same city.

- COST OF ILLNESS: Infectious intestinal diseases such as campylobacteriosis cost the economy an estimated $216 million a year. Foodborne illnesses alone are estimated to cost $55.1 million a year, or $462 a case, according to a study reported in the New Zealand Medical Journal. The figure is based on an analysis of 119,320 cases.

- LONER DEATHS: With the continuing trend to solo living - one in every six New Zealand homes is a one-person household - it's little wonder we get a few "die-unnoticed" cases like the one last week in the Auckland City-owned Beresford Flats. The surprise, perhaps, is how few there are. Checking through Herald files shows that before the present case of a 65-year-old recluse, apparently dead for three months, there was the discovery in March, in the same block of flats, of a week-dead body.

- SIR ROBERT MAHUTA: Dumped Tainui leader Sir Robert Mahuta has been trying to sell the struggling Warriors rugby league club without tribal authority, a financial adviser to the tribe has confirmed. Sir Robert - who has been sacked as head of the Waikato tribe's cash-strapped corporate arms - is believed to have brokered an unsuccessful deal late last week to sell a half-share of the Auckland team for $100,000.

- IMAX SCREENING: When a 14m-tall Jonah Lomu scored the winning Bledisloe Cup try on Auckland's giant Imax screen, the crowd yelled as if they were on the sidelines. The spectacular game gave the capacity audience gathered at the charity event organised by the New Zealand Herald Foundation plenty of opportunity to dance in the aisles and break into haka.

© 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