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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7: Kidney Sale Illegal, Ad Withdrawn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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