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1: Scoop Images: Huge Surf On Wgtn's South Coast

The following images show the surf on the South Coast of Wellington today. Sightseers were out in force to see the biggest south coast waves anyone can remember....

2: Scoop Archive: Bougainville - Small Nation, Big Message

It is rare that I wax lyrical about a film. But the independently-produced documentary, An Evergreen Island, about Bougainville, a South Pacific island which survived nine years with little assistance from the outside world has left a big impression on ...

3: Experts Gather To Discuss NZ's Tsunami Threat

Tsunami specialists from throughout New Zealand will this week attend a two-day seminar on tsunamis with the theme of saving lives through science, education, and communication.

4: A Change On Saturday Morning

John Campbell is to leave National Radio’s Saturday Morning programme at the end of March after presenting the high profile lifestyle show for almost two years.

5: Transcript: VisionTV - The Great Deception Part 3

Osama bin Laden is not an easy subject. Characterizations of him vary wildly. The most common, because it’s the official narrative of cardboard cutout simplicity, is that he’s the world’s number one villain, the diabolical mastermind behind the ...

6: A Chance To Save The World A Thousand Times

Legend has it that some of my ancestors spent time in the Sinai Desert. But I doubt that Richard Prebble had people like my grandparents, who arrived in New Zealand as refugees from Hitler in 1939, in mind when he spoke of the danger of letting too ...

7: Howard's End: The Global Warming Industry

Some in the New Zealand business community are wondering why the government appears adamant it will push ahead to ratify the Kyoto protocol on global warming. It is about money, pure and simple, because it can be extremely profitable to sell hot ...

8: Big News: Margaret Wilson Heaps Big Legislator

If you are in a de facto relationship, you may as well be married when it comes to sorting out your possessions should you split up after living together for three years. The Property (Relationships) Act came into force on February 1 compliments ...

9: Keith Rankin: Tactics and Bonus Points

In all the fuss about Stephen Fleming's tactical decision to concede a bonus point to South Africa in a recent cricket match, the discussion failed to address a couple of important issues. One such issue relates to the use of tactics in general, in ...

10: Kiwibank Announces Products And Services

Kiwibank today announced its range of products and services which includes substantially lower fees than other banks, home loan rates of 6.10 per cent and high interest rates on savings accounts.

11: Kiwibank Fees Breaks Promise: Numbers Don't Add Up

ACT Finance Spokesman MP Rodney Hide said today that Kiwibank's overhyped fee structure failed to meet the political promise of undercutting the competition by thirty percent.

12: Enemy Of The State – The Catherine Fitts Story (1)

Catherine Austin Fitts is still trying to figure out what happened. Her company, Hamilton Securities, Inc., was the lead financial advisor to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Hamilton was hired to manage the sales of $10 ...

13: History of Waitangi Day On

The story of Waitangi Day, which was first officially commemorated in 1934, mirrors the development of a more politically sensitive New Zealand society in the twentieth century, according to Dr Claudia Orange , author of an online history of the event ...

14: Scoop Images: Helms Deep Press Conference (1)

The following pictures show film director Peter Jackson with members of the cast and crew of the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films, the filming of which is now drawing to a close in the Wellington region.

15: Kiwibank founding customer happy

Jim Anderton, Alliance leader and Deputy Prime Minister is a founding customer of the Kiwibank and has already opened his account with the new bank.

16: Howard's End: Witnesses Refute Flight 587 Fallacy

Thirteen witnesses are now prepared to say that when Flight 587 out of JFK in New York crashed on November 12 killing all 265 on board, the tail did not mysteriously fall off. Truth will out! Maree Howard writes.

17: Greens To Take Waitangi Concerns To PM

The Green Party will be taking up the Prime Minister's invitation to discuss the Treaty of Waitangi as soon as possible, Greens Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today.

18: Website Connects Homeowners With Top Tradespeople

Christchurch, February 4th, 2001. The search for reliable home improvement services will be much easier now, according to the owners of Tradefinder Online, a new web-based home improvement directory.

19: ANZ Commodity Price Index - January 2002

Data Flash (New Zealand) The average foreign currency price of New Zealand's commodity exports rose by 0.2% mom in January, following a cumulative 8.7% decline over the preceding three months. The average price was 3.4% below last year's level.

20: Waitangi Day commemorative events

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced $290,000 of government funding for Waitangi Day community events around the country.

21: Scoop Feature: Modern Day Muckrakers

Philadelphia - This is not your average newsroom. For one thing, it's been set up in a church basement. On one desk, a top-of-the line G4 Mac hums along; on another, a salvaged computer tossed in the trash by a college student is being brought back ...

22: Catherine Austin Fitts: Hold the Line

In the movie THE PATRIOT, farmer-turned-soldier Benjamin Martin, played by Mel Gibson, develops the battle plan that wins the day. Because it is widely believed that the militia can never hold the line, Martin promises that he and his men can. The British ...

23: Firas Al-Atraqchi: The Height of Racism

Events in the Middle East are reaching saturation point. Within the past week, hardline supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon have unleashed a barrage of disparaging remarks calling for the murder and deportation of the Palestinian people.

24: Traffic 'Improvements' Are Just Window Dressing

ACT Transport Spokesman MP Penny Webster described today's announcement of spending on State Highway One as a two hundred thousand dollar sticking plaster.

25: Confronting Waitangi Racism. Head on.

Most New Zealanders see Waitangi Day as just another summer holiday - or perhaps just a day to whinge impotently at the state-sponsored racism in which the country is awash. For a brave band of Libertarianz members and supporters, however, Waitangi ...

26: Scoop Images: Swing Low Sweet Chariot (OFFENSIVE)

READERS NOTE - WARNING: The following image is offensive and not particularly sporting. After consulting internally and considering blanking out the offensive words we have decided to use it at is. Consider yourself warned if you choose to view.

27: Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington – Feb 4th

The Auckland District Health Board has been advised by its lawyers, Buddle Findlay, not to sign the Crown Funding Agreement because to do so could make board members and management personally liable under the Health and Disability Act 2000. The Act, ...

28: Another Step Toward Tyranny

"Last week marked the abolition of article 14 of the Bill of Rights Act 1990," Libertarianz spokesman Richard McGrath said today. "Judge Roderick Joyce has made it clear that council bylaws can override the freedom of expression guaranteed ...

29: Enemy Of The State – The Catherine Fitts Story (2)

Recently unsealed court documents in the Hamilton Securities case show that attorneys from the Department of Justice and HUD(Housing and Urban Development) lied repeatedly in court before US District Judge Stanley Sporkin.

30: WestpacTrust to Slash Transaction Charges

WestpacTrust today revealed it will make EFTPOS easier and cheaper to use as the first step in a series of new product initiatives over the next 12 months. The Bank announced that it will slash $1million in existing EFTPOS transaction fees and launch ...

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Gordon Campbell: On The Selling Out Of The Kurds

Kurdish lives were expended to serve US – not Kurdish – military and diplomatic goals, in the belief that the US and European powers the Kurds had served so steadfastly in the battle against IS terrorism would be rewarded, afterwards. Instead, there is every indication the Kurds are being sold out once again. More>>


Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care. Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More >>

Summer Reading:

Charlotte Graham: I OIA'd Every Council In NZ...

A “no surprises” mindset and training and advice that has taught public servants to see any media interaction as a “gotcha” exercise perpetrated by unscrupulous and scurrilous reporters has led to a polarised and often unproductive OIA process. More>>


Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation The South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster
The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector... More>>