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1: Keith Rankin: Agenda Politics - Our Legacy

In 1991, Peter Ellis - a childcare worker - was convicted for crimes of child abuse that could not have happened. There was no forensic evidence for any of his "crimes". Nor were there any adult witnesses for crimes that, if they had taken place, would ...

2: Big News: The Demoralisation Of Christian Heritage

Early last year, Christian Heritage Party leader Graham Capill was at his wits end. Still miffed at his party’s poor 2.4 percent showing at the last election, he was sitting down with his Bible and his strategy director wondering how he could get ...

3: Scoop Feedback: Wallace Case

My congratulations on your article following this travesty of justice. I am no radical socialist, bleeding heart liberal, or Maori activist. I am a WASP, middle class, good income, good education, middle aged regular citizen living on Auckland's North ...

4: Sludge Report #125 – Sludge Is A Banana

When Susan Hughes, the lawyer for trigger-happy Waitara police constable Keith Abbott, declared in her closing address to a New Plymouth depositions hearing that she wanted the case to go to trial, this, admittedly rather cynical, reporter smelt a rat.

5: Scoop Feedback: JPs Are Qualified To Judge

Heard your commentary on bFM yesterday & could not disagree with you more. Two fully qualified JPs listened to 4 weeks of evidence and just as importantly were able to judge the individuals involved. They made a decision based on facts not hearsay.

6: Canterbury Puts The Boot Into Rugby

The world’s first boots designed specially for rugby players, by Canterbury of New Zealand, had their ‘Southern Hemisphere launch’ in Auckland today.

7: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 21 February

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister for Economic Development: What reassurances can he give that, if New Zealand ratifies the Kyoto Protocol and Australia does not, New Zealand will not lose jobs to Australia in heavy industries such as the Glenbrook ...

8: INVESTIGATION: Sept 11th - Unanswered Questions

Within a few months, the events of Sept. 11th, 2001 became but an echo of the events that followed. War in Afghanistan, anthrax, unprecedented powers of detention: the public mind moves from one shock to another, appearing to accept the government’s ...

9: The Real Deal: Georgie And West Philadelphia

One of my new homes is in the city in Philadelphia, near where I grew up in West Philadelphia. Another is in a very beautiful and close knit farming community in Hickory Valley, Tennessee where my father's family has lived since the 1850's.

10: PC's Opinion: 'Architect' Scores Victory

The courtroom broke down in laughter as the charge sheet was read out, but in 2002 calling yourself an architect without joining the architects' professional body will get you a criminal conviction, and will see you sharing the dock with burglars, drunk ...

11: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 21 February

Today's questions of the day concerned: Kyoto Protocol – NZ Support For The War – Sentencing Reform – Zimbabwe Election – Starship Cancer Treatment – Civil Court Fees – Policing Quality – Treaty Principles – Sentencing Reform – Kyoto Protocol ...

12: 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.

13: Steven Wallace: JPs Dismiss Murder Charge

The depositions hearing on the private prosecution for murder brought against Constable Abbot, the police officer who shot and killed Steven Wallace on 30 April 2000, ended today with the dismissal of the murder charge by Justices of the Peace Bob Moffat ...

14: The Real Deal: Getting Out of Narco Dollars HQ

In 1996, my company and I were targeted by a private informant and a group of investigators working for the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). If you have ever seen the movie "Enemy of the State" with Will Smith and Gene ...

15: Minister ignores official advice - consumers pay

The Minister of Transport, Mark Gosche, has ignored official advice in proceeding with a new frontal impact standard that will restrict the types of cars able to be imported into New Zealand, says National's Transport Spokesperson, Belinda Vernon.

16: Image: Ambassador Wood Presentation Of Credentials

New Zealand’s new Ambassador to the US, John Wood, presenting his credentials to George Bush at the White House on the 14th (Friday the 15th NZ time).

17: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 20 February

Today's questions of the day concerned: Principles Of The Treaty Of Waitangi – DHB Coordination – Dunedin Cardiac Services - Alliance Ructions – East Coast Farm Advice – Palmerston North Policing – Police Drug Searches – Kiwibank – Teachers Council ...

18: Anti-Rowdy Driving Group Now Active

There's a public backlash coming in response to continual rowdy exhaust noise and ear-boxing stereo racket from cars.

19: ACT Calls for Urgent Frontal Impact Inquiry

ACT Transport Spokesman MP Penny Webster today wrote to the chairman of the Regulation Review Select Committee, calling for an inquiry into new frontal impact rules.

20: Correctives: Stop Slandering Feminist Witches!!!

"There's nothing wrong with feminist witches, Mr Frankenfood!!! And why they should engage in hunts for prawns on the Internet when most of the ones I meet at the organic dairy on the corner are vegetarians is quite beyond me!!!" said ...

21: Firas Al-Atraqchi: Playing the Game

The U.S. Administration is angry. Very angry. The war in Afghanistan has not been the resounding success that conventional media have made it out to be. Sure, the Taliban have retreated to the mountains from whence they came. Osama bin Laden and ...

22: Thailand’s Poisoned Prince

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A mystery of a double poisoning, the corpses of two princes, a palace stuffed with valuables, an alleged "sex machine," and a group of rival wives is enthralling Thailand with its real-life, fatal soap opera and years ...

23: Pentagon Propaganda Plan Is Undemocratic, Illegal

The New York Times reported today that the Pentagon’s Office of Strategic Influence is “developing plans to provide news items, possibly even false ones, to foreign media organizations” in an effort “to influence public sentiment and policy makers ...

24: Law change needed to protect the protectors

National will change the law on name suppression to ensure that police officers involved in firearms incidents during the course of their duties are protected, says National's Police spokesman, Tony Ryall.

25: Howard's End: Bewigged Titivation

I'm not surprised that judges in our Courts might look for a bit of titivation (no pun intended) in their lives, because the court day is often hot and stuffy, the evidence boring and repetitive, and barristers long-winded and uninspiring. It's ...

26: LSN Finds Common Cause With Green Party

The Life Sciences Network today welcomed the support given by Green Party MPs Sue Kedgley and Sue Bradford to a petition calling for reductions in excessive and indiscriminate use of agrochemicals said Chairman, Dr William Rolleston.

27: Take A Look Says Maori Affairs Minister

Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia hopes many people ‘take a look’ at Maoridom’s top culture groups who will be competing at the three-day festival Kapa Haka 2002 in Auckland.

28: 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 ...

29: Steve Maharey - Minister Of Apartheid Universities

"Steve Maharey's announcement that more money is to be given to tertiary institutions exclusively for students who declare themselves to be Maori and Pacific Islanders just demonstrates the ongoing institutionalised apartheid promoted by the Clark government" ...

30: Valentine Blues

The most horrible day of the year has passed and I'm still standing. In fact I'm noticeably upright, and that's the problem. I'm talking about Valentines Day here, the day you're supposed to be wined, dined and end up horizontal, not vertical. A ...

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