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1: First Four Views Of Universe From Upgraded Hubble

"Remarkable, breathtaking" are words jubilant astronomers are using to describe the first four views of the universe taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's new Advanced Camera for Surveys, released by NASA today.

2: Chief Executive And Secretary For Internal Affairs

The State Services Commissioner, Michael Wintringham, announced today the appointment of Mr Christopher Blake as chief executive of the Department of Internal Affairs and Secretary for Internal Affairs.

3: Questions For Oral Answer Wednesday, 1 May 2002

1. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What action, if any, does he intend taking in response to the recent High Court decision on the funding of University of Otago dental courses?

4: Babylon Express: Capitalism On The March

A massive seventeen people surged down the left-hand footpath of Willis Street yesterday in a popular demonstration of support for the economic ideology of Capitalism.

5: An Open Letter From Arafat's Compound

We are Americans who are addressing you from inside Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's besieged compound in the West Bank town of Ramallah. We entered the compound on April 21, in response to fears that Israel was preparing to launch a military ...

6: What’s Wrong With Business NZ

MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY... Today is May 1st: Mayday, international workers day, a day when we celebrate our resistance to capitalism. As part of the Wellington Carnival Against Capitalism we are protesting against Business NZ, the largest and most influential ...

7: BTL Q&A: Noam Chomsky On Middle East Conflict

Bush's support for Sharon is not very different from Clinton's support for Barak. Their policies are not all that different, and in fact the current actions have been fully supported by the political opposition, the Labor party in Israel which is represented ...

8: Letter From Elsewhere: Arizona

When the big gas heater broke down just as the southerly hit Wellington this week, I wished I were back in Arizona, where the thermometer is already heading up into the 30s - only they insist on calling it the 90s.

9: Tube Talk: The little strip show that could

This is the tale of two new Kiwi TV comedies - both made in Wellington, both pitched at the urban youth demographic, and both currently screening on TV3. One is charming and shows promise; the other one stinks, and will hopefully die a quick ratings death ...

10: Organic Produce No More Nutritious

Claims that organically produced food has superior nutritional benefits do not appear to be supported by the available evidence, according to a recent University of Otago study which is the first critical review of research comparing organic and conventional ...

11: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 1 May

Today’s questions concerned: Funding Of Dental Courses – Maori TV – GE Contamination – Kyoto Policy – The Economy - Youth Offending - Regional Immigration Initiative – Teacher’s Strikes - Employment Relations – Government’s Standard - Telecommunications ...

12: Forestry Giant Cut To Size At Award Ceremony

It's that time of year again. The winner of the Roger Award for the worst transnational corporation operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2001 was named at an open-air evening event in Auckland on Friday April 12th. It was the fifth annual Roger Award, organized ...

13: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 30 April

Today’s questions concerned: Maori Television Service (1) - Mental Health System - Maori Television Service (2) - Kyoto Protocol (1) – Kyoto Protocol (2) Economic Management – Alliance Break-Up (1)- Paid Parental Leave – Air New Zealand - Treaty ...

14: May Day Memories

On May Day 2002, libertarians will be quietly reflecting on the around 100 million lives lost in the 20th century to socialism, announced Libertarianz Leader and Tauranga Candidate Russell Watkins today.

15: Feedback: Thoughts On News From Home & Away

In This Issue: Appreciation - Carbon Taxes - Judith Tizard's Music Quiz for MPs - 9/11 Investigation - Ariel Ben Attar

16: The Count Is On: Labour 44 – All Others 23

The recently released electoral boundaries are a victory for the Labour Party. As a rule it is in the interests of the opposition party (National in this case) to create as many marginal electorates as possible. A whole swag of marginal seats is ...

17: Ron Mark Claims Rejected

Responding to a New Zealand First media release issued today, Defence Minister Mark Burton said it disappoints him that Ron Mark is claiming credit where no credit is due.

18: 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 ...

19: Shopkeeper Killer Would Duck Hate Crime Penalty

Today's 10 year "life sentence" for William Holtz for murdering an Indian shopkeeper shows the unprincipled nature of the government's new "hate crime" provisions in the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill, says ACT's justice spokesman ...

20: Kyoto Arrangements Much Worse Than Most Realise

A not-very-clever piece of Muldoonist trickery has lulled most commentators into thinking the farming community has got off lightly in the Government's Kyoto announcement yesterday, ACT Rural Affairs Spokesman Owen Jennings said today.

21: Wellington Regional Hospital Plan Gets Go Ahead

Health Minister Annette King today announced major redevelopments of health services in the Wellington region, including a new regional hospital in Newtown, remodernisation of Kenepuru Hospital, and more health facilities for Kapiti.

22: Mayday Storm Clouds Ahead For New Zealand Workers?

“The outlook from Mayday 2002 is for employment relations to once again become a hot political issue between the major political parties,” Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today.

23: communique from the catechresia collective

on this day of autumn light fading, as our sisters, fathers, mothers, brothers & elders trail through yet another day of debilitating regimes & routines, a diverse group of people have come together.

24: Trust The Claims Of A Massacre? Think Again……

Many people nowadays are getting very upset about the terrible massacre and the cold-blooded genocide the Israelis have been committing in Jenin. But not many people know the actual facts, and a history which speaks for itself.

25: Stateside with Rosalea - Photo Supplement

Two postmodern R2D2s, eager to board the Muni light rail on San Francisco's embarcadero, are dwarfed by the double-decker Bay Bridge slung above them. When travelling on the lower deck in the fog, you feel like you're in a Star Wars movie set.

26: Organic Food Healthier - Greens

Green Agriculture Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street today said people were choosing to eat organic food in increasing numbers because it was free of pesticide residues and other agri-chemicals.

27: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A - Government Releases Kyoto Package - Reaction To Today's Kyoto Policy Announcement: - Head Of Maori TV Sacked As A Fraud - Big NZ Post Redundancies Inherited

28: Students’ Lives Not A Game!

The Aotearoa Tertiary Students Association (ATSA) has reacted strongly to unrealistic suggestions from Lockwood Smith that students should never pay off their student loans, and instead die in debt. “We are talking about the lives of real people here,” ...

29: Launch Of Alliance Campaign For Four Weeks Leave

Laila Harré today launched the Alliance’s “Four Weeks Annual Leave” campaign – a campaign to win an extra week of holidays for all New Zealanders.

30: Gordon Opposes Mallard's Decision To Appeal

Alliance MP Liz Gordon is opposing the Education Minister's decision to appeal the recent court victory for parents of special needs students.

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