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The weekend's top 20 rating items on Scoop (Hobbits excluded) were...

1: Lesson For New Zealand In Californian Power Chaos

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said the fact that the Californian State Government was intervening in the region's troubled electricity market showed the clear dangers of electricity deregulation.

2: Who remembers Steven Wallace?

Remember Steven Wallace - the young man killed by a police officer in Waitara on 30 April 2000 ?

3: Bunkle And Hobbs Tarnished Credibility

National's Roger Sowry says the internal investigation into accommodation allowances claimed by two MPs, which is now being politically managed by the Prime Minister, does not remove the strong suspicion that the two MPs were not entitled to the allowances ...

4: Clinton Urged To Grant Pardon To Leonard Peltier

Amnesty International is today calling on President Clinton to grant Leonard Peltier presidential pardon before leaving office. Leonard Peltier, a Native American Indian, has been in prison for 23 years for the murder of two Federal Bureau of Investigation ...

6: Drug-Science Committee Nominations Closing Friday

Cannabis law reformers are drawing attention to official advisory positions becoming available under recent amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act. The new drugs advisory committee has the potential to progress NZ. beyond the insanity of blanket illicit-drug ...

7: Kidney Sale Illegal, Ad Withdrawn

Buying a human kidney for transplant is not legal in New Zealand, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said this afternoon, after discovering a Chinese man offered one of his kidneys for auction on a New Zealand website, with a reserve price of ...

8: Shared Parenting

I would like to use this opportunity to share with you an issue of huge importance to New Zealand, one that is destroying the social fabric of society, eroding our values and our families. The issue is family law.

9: Kidney For Sale On Kiwi Website

A Chinese man is advertising his kidney for sale on, a New Zealand auction website.

11: Report On MPs' Allowances And Entitlements

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton today released the reports into whether Phillida Bunkle and Marian Hobbs had appropriately claimed and received relevant entitlements and allowances.

13: Is economy class syndrome another medical myth?

The so-called economy class syndrome thought to threaten the health of long-haul travellers may well be another modern day medical myth, according to a study of nearly 800 patients reported in the latest Lancet Medical Journal (

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16: Bunkle Cleared

Customs Minister Phillida Bunkle feels vindicated that a Parliamentary Service report on her claims and entitlements clears her of any suggestion that she wrongfully claimed an accommodation allowance, but she's not surprised.

17: MPs To Use Waihopia Protest To Highlight Bill

Green MPs Keith Locke and Rod Donald will be using this year's protest against the Waihopai spy base to advance the Green campaign against a new 'email snooping' bill, currently before select committee.

18: Marian Hobbs Welcomes Inquiry Result

The MP for Wellington Central Marian Hobbs has welcomed the release of two reports which confirmed her eligibility for claiming a Wellington accommodation allowance before the last election.

19: Dutch Nuclear Transport Arrives At La Hague

Dutch Nuclear Transport Arrives At La Hague As Plutonium/Mox Prepares For Departure To Japan

20: Waihopai spybase protest, Saturday 20 January

People from all around New Zealand will be converging on the super secret Waihopai spybase, in Marlborough, on the weekend of January 19-21. There has been more than a decade of protests by the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC) since David Lange announced, ...

21: Two Arrested During Occupation Of Tegel Factory

19 January 2001, Christchurch –Two activists from the Rainbow Warrior were arrested this morning after Greenpeace occupied a Tegel factory in Christchurch to protest the use of GE soya meal in animal feed.

22: Sludge Report #48 - Cold War Begins Early In D.C.

In this edition: Bullseye D.C. - Is This What Cold War Looks Like?

23: Top Scoops (With Sharp Stories)

Selling Body Parts On Internet Not Kosher In NZ - Sludge Report: Is This What Cold War Looks Like? - Report Clears Bunkle And Hobbs On Ministerial Allowances Controversy - Lessons In Californian Chaos - Secret Family Court Should Be Open To Public Scrutiny ...

24: Norton SystemWorks 2001 for Windows NT, 2000, ME

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25: “Lord Of The Rings” Exclusive Trailer Release

With the countdown to the Boxing Day release of the eagerly-anticipated cinematic production based upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”, Roadshow Film Distributors, has announced that it will unveil the first theatrical teaser trailer for the trilogy ...

5: Scoop Images: And Not A Hobbit Was Stirring
10: Scoop Images: A Hobbit Summer House?
12: Scoop Images: Hobbiton Bridge
14: Scoop Images: Lake Hobbitton - Another View

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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>>


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