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1: Big News: Atheists And Sceptics Get Crucified

The evidence for the resurrection of Jesus is stronger than the evidence that he is dead. Tell that to a sceptic. A sceptic is a person who forms his beliefs in accordance with evidence – as opposed to a cynic who denies the goodness of human motives, and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00097.htm


2: Maharey’s Future Is In Rankin’s Hands

Minister of Social Services and Employment Steve Maharey’s future hangs on the legal action instigated by WINZ Chief Executive Christine Rankin, ACT Employment and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00217.htm


3: Big News: Arguing Whether God is Still Dead

Theologian still argues whether God is still dead but still won’t confirm either way

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00072.htm


4: 'Highly Appreciative' Of Tiananmen Square Murders?

Libertarianz Leader and Coromandel Candidate Peter Cresswell demanded that the Prime Minister explain whether the outrageous comments in the Communist Chinese Government controlled paper "People's Daily" about improving defence relations with ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00037.htm


5: Scoop Images: 10 Hens Rescued By Animal Activists

A battery hen a few hours after the rescue. In all, ten hens were rescued during the protest.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00046.htm


6: Restructuring not the answer, says PSA

The PSA is disappointed with the announcement to re-merge the Ministry of Social Policy and the Department of Work and Income. "The decision has been rushed through without consultation or adequate thought", says PSA national secretary ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00042.htm


7: Scoop Images: 'Struan's War'

The World War II images and experiences of New Zealand Division gunner Struan MacGibbon will be revealed during April, in a new book and photo exhibition.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0104/S00027.htm


8: Three Judges To Do The Job Of One

National's Justice spokesman Wayne Mapp says he supports the independent profile of the Police Complaints Authority but there is a risk of it becoming overly bureaucratic.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00204.htm


9: Howard's End: A Rat Is Detected In U.S. Policy

If there's one thing that is fast becoming evident from the standoff between China and the U.S. over the spy plane incident, it's that diplomats and strategists in the West have little understanding of China's ancient culture. John Howard writes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00059.htm


10: Howard's End: Language Skills Needed For Apologies

There are fundamental cultural differences between ourselves and our Asian neighbours, language translation difficulties being the most obvious, so if the Government and business is serious about our exporting future into Asia they had better lift their ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00096.htm


11: Action Of Nick Smith Immature And Illegal

"The actions of one of the parties to the dispute currently surrounding the waterfront industries in various south island ports, in leaking a copy of the mediators draft report to Nick Smith can be only be interpreted as an act of bad faith on their ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00171.htm


12: Labour party pressure in waterfront mediation

Labour Party political pressure is evident in the government-appointed mediator's handling of the waterfront mediation, National's Industrial Relations Spokesperson Lockwood Smith said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00156.htm


13: David Miller: Not The 21st Century’s Cold War

The ongoing drama over the downed US Navy spy plane that landed on Hainan Island is the first major international test for the Bush Administration. Therefore it is not surprising that the President and his officials have taken a tough stance towards ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00095.htm


14: How many pots of honey does it take to paint roof?

It's time the Green Party came clean over the extent of the 'Green Market' activities they actively promote, National's Revenue spokesperson Annabel Young said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00233.htm


15: Government Should Have Heeded ACT Warnings

ACT warned the Government nearly a year ago that it was risking a taxpayer-funded payout of around a million dollars to Department of Work and Income Chief Christine Rankin, but the Government chose to ignore the warnings, ACT Social Welfare Spokesman ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00254.htm


16: Gross dishonesty on impact of amnesty

National's claims of a deterioration in New Zealand's relationship with Australia, that were continually dismissed by both Helen Clark and Lianne Dalziel, have been proved correct after the release of previously withheld Cabinet papers, Opposition ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00250.htm


17: Rankin decision slap for Government

The decision by the Employment Relations Authority to refer Christine Rankin's case to the Employment Court is a slap in the face for the Government, National's State Services spokesperson Roger Sowry said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00253.htm


18: Stateside: A Few Of My Favourite Things

Was it a trick of the dawn's early light? The cold air? The rain-slicked streets? Whatever it was, when I threw back the curtain and threw open the window early one morning last week I was instantly back in a Taranaki childhood morning. Having come ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00094.htm


19: Subaru's WRX Tries On A Suit For Size

It's been years since Subaru launched the WRX and the latest all-new version has been eagerly anticipated. But all would agree, it is a very different car from its predecessor. The big question is - will the punters buy it?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00031.htm


20: Queen's visit to New Zealand

The itinerary for the Queen's visit to New Zealand this year is still being discussed with Buckingham Palace.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00268.htm


21: Govt should allow bigger SAL stake in Air NZ

National will support a quick decision by the Government to allow Singapore Airlines to own more of Air New Zealand, National's Finance spokesman Bill English said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00261.htm


22: Green charter sets new model for politics

The signing of a Green charter on the final day of the Global Greens conference in Canberra yesterday heralded a new model for politics, Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00252.htm


23: National Radio Midday Report

Police Investigations – Inflation Down – Hartner Construction – Israeli Withdrawal – Ansett Strife – Spy Plane Standoff – Taranaki Dioxin – Rankin File – PM In Asia – Free Trade – Missing People – Queen Snubs Christchurch – Catholic Abuse – Mississippi ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/NM0104/S00061.htm


24: Prebble Urges Fast Action on Hong Kong Agreement

ACT leader Hon Richard Prebble today urged Prime Minister Helen Clark to proceed at pace with plans for a new free trade agreement with Hong Kong and pledged that expected opposition from the Green Party wouldn’t be a problem for the Government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00262.htm


25: Law change to beggar gangs and other drug dealers

National is proposing to strengthen Police powers for combating drug dealers and gangs. National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall will introduce a private members bill to revamp the Proceeds of Crimes Act 1991 to give Police a stronger weapon in the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00259.htm


26: Lindsay Perigo: A (Revised) Sermon From The Mount

Lindsay Perigo's daily Politically Incorrect editorials are broadcast weekdays at noon on his 'Politically Incorrect Show' on Radio Pacific, and can be downloaded at www.freeradical.co.nz

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00086.htm


27: Hong Kong CEP proposal report published

Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton today released a discussion paper on the issues to be covered in negotiations with Hong Kong for a Closer Economic Partnership Agreement.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00258.htm


28: Government contemptuous of advisors

The announcement that the Ministry of Social Policy is to be absorbed into DWI, and that CYFS is likely to follow, is one more example of this Government's 'we know best' approach, National's Social Services spokesperson Bob Simcock said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00234.htm


29: Sustainable Whaling Is Just So Much Blubber - Lee

New Zealand has a proud reputation as a country that seeks the greatest possible protection for whales worldwide and one that is strongly opposed to a return to commercial whaling.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00237.htm


30: No Change to Trans Tasman Travel Arrangement

New Zealand's Trans-Tasman travel arrangement with Australia remains secure despite initial concerns that it could be affected by the Government's Transitional Policy for well-settled overstayers, Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00245.htm

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