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The World in Context bulletin

A Bulletin from The World in Context sent 12/5/01; 9:31:20 PM

http://www.context.co.nz

The World in Context - Bulletin #2

What’s new on context?

Here is a sampler of our context analysis of selected issues.

We have posted four cyber-actions this week:

Save the Heaphy and Hollyford Tracks http://www.greens.org.nz/campaigns/petition_heaphy.pdf
Tegel don't be Chicken! Say no to GE http://www.greenpeace.org.nz/alerts
Save Lake Tangimate Wetlands http://www.context.co.nz/submissions/submission1.htm
Stop the Toxic Mine Planned for Reefton! http://www.context.co.nz/submissions/submission2.htm


The minister of conservation’s office informed context that by law a written reply from a minister must be via snail mail, so our cyber-activist had to include their full postal address. And the Manuwatu regional council’s office reckoned our online submission form was not legal, we are pursuing that issue as you can
imagine.

We have been drawn into the Waitara police shooting issue. At the time of the shooting on Sunday 30 April 2000 we decided not to publish the identity of the policeman who shot Steven Wallace out of our sense of
good taste. Also we felt that there were many more pertinent issues arising out of the shooting, such as the relationship between the police and Maori communities, the functioning of the police complaints authority to name but two.
Interestingly for us was that in the week prior to and since we have had dozens of enquiries for background material on the shooting. We will be following up on the complaints authority and our
community’s apparent struggle between harsh sentencing and
restorative justice.

http://context.nelson.org.nz/SearchEngine/?q=waitara&site=Context
http://context.nelson.org.nz/newsitems/viewdepartment$Participatory+Democracy


With the announcement of sweeping changes to the structure of New Zealand’s defence forces this week,
we have been tracking who has been saying what and have some cyber-activity in mind for the near future, do stay tuned.

http://context.nelson.org.nz/newsitems/viewdepartment$Defence


When the high court threw out the ERMA approval of GE research done by our AgResearch we face a new twist in this sorry tale. We are planning to get engaged with this issue as ERMA holds its secret
reconsideration.

http://context.nelson.org.nz/newsitems/viewdepartment$Genetic+Engineering


We have taken to posting a selection of newsletters and plan to increase the offering. Starting with
a group of Sri Lankan nationals living in New Zealand and others who are try to foster the conflict resolution efforts of many in their homeland. A small group in Gisborne put out a handy Environment update and we have
made contact with a person in the Solomon Islands who is part of group calling itself civil
society.

http://context.nelson.org.nz/stories/storyReader$1138
http://context.nelson.org.nz/stories/storyReader$1126
http://context.nelson.org.nz/stories/storyReader$1136


Hints on using context:
Our search function is very capable, so try it out on your interests.
We are building up a range of internet tutorials to help with getting the best out of your context analysis.

http://context.nelson.org.nz/SearchEngine
http://context.nelson.org.nz/stories/storyReader$1146


Regards,
Phil Doherty
Editor www.Context.co.nz


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