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1: Why Not Just Genetically Engineer Women For Milk?

MAdGE (Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in Food and the Environment) today launched a highly controversial billboard campaign in Auckland and Wellington to provoke public debate about the social and cultural ethics of genetic engineering in New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00003.htm


2: Urgent Action Needed on Loan Sharking!

Global Peace and Justice Auckland (GPJA) has written to the Minister of Finance Michael Cullen urging him to step in and curb the activities of loan sharks operating in low income communities of New Zealand. ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly – Yeah Right!

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00206.htm


3: Key Findings In Report Of Douglas White QC

Douglas White QC’s report clears John Tamihere of every one of the serious allegations made against him. The allegations were:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00524.htm


4: Ohio Vote Count Battles Escalate - New Evidence

The epic legal battle over Ohio's presidential vote count is back in the state Supreme Court, with an election challenge claiming George W. Bush was wrongly declared the winner on Nov. 2 and seeking a court-ordered reversal of that victory.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00213.htm


5: White Report Clears Tamihere

Member of Parliament for Tamaki Makaurau John Tamihere welcomes the findings of the White Report, which has been released publicly today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00523.htm


6: Ivan Eland: War Lies Are Piling Up

Even though a mound of evidence keeps accumulating that the Bush administration exaggerated the threat to fulfill its obsession to invade Iraq, administration officials keep standing by—in Goebbels-like repetition of the “big lie”—the need for war.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00059.htm


7: Images: Bypass Protestor Puts Her Neck On The Line

An anti-bypass protestor with a d'lock attaches herself by the neck to a piece of earthmoving equipment on the site of the new Wellington inner city bypass today. The protestor was later arrested by police after being cut free from the digger.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00224.htm


8: Scoop Images: PM Stands Up For Tamihere

A media standup (impromptu press conference)was held today at 1.15pm in the PM's office by PM Helen Clark, Deputy PM Michael Cullen and John Tamihere MP to mark the release of the Douglas White Q.C. report into Mr Tamihere's relationship with the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00236.htm


9: Report shows Minister should have been fired

The Health and Independence Report released today shows that Health Minister Annette King should have been fired in today's Cabinet reshuffle, says National Party Health spokeswoman, Judith Collins.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00522.htm


10: Images: Departing LOTR Stars Meet Their Planes

The Lord of the Ring's stars come face to face with themselves on the side of Air NZ planes as they bid New Zealand goodbye at Wellington Airport before boarding the Air New Zealand 767 emblazoned with giant images of the characters Aragorn and Arwen.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00024.htm


11: Cuban Ambassador Responds to Peter Calder Article

Reading the unfair article of Peter Calder on Cuba, called '' Charmed by Cuba's courage '' it is easy to understand why he told me when we met in Cuba that he was not a journalist involved in politics and that he was just a movie critic writer.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00233.htm


12: Ministerial List for announcement - 20 Dec. 2004

THE CABINET Portfolios Other responsibilities 1 Rt Hon Helen Clark Prime Minister Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministerial Services Minister in Charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service Minister Responsible for the GCSB 2 Hon Dr ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00500.htm


13: Families will be horrified

The families of school children should be horrified at the elevation of David Benson-Pope to the Education portfolio, says National's Education spokesman, Bill English.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00504.htm


14: Kiwis should be sceptical Re: SIS terrorism claims

Green MP Keith Locke is sceptical of Security Intelligence Service (SIS) claims that there are active supporters of terrorism in New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00509.htm


15: Absolutely Fabulous - Life in New Zealand

Auckland, December 20, 2004: The past decade has been a fabulous period of improvement in the quality of life for people of all ethnic backgrounds living in New Zealand, according to a major new research report released today by Nielsen Media Research

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00218.htm


16: ACT's The Letter

20 December 2004 Parliament finished the year with its traditional bout of urgency as the government passed the Aquaculture Bill, which gives 20% of all marine farms to Maori, and seven new bills, none of which were controversial. Labour's election ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00505.htm


17: Images: Lord Of The Rings Exhibition At Te Papa

In anticipation of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the central instalment in writer/director/producer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien masterpiece, Te Papa proudly announces a world exclusive and a bold ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0210/S00234.htm


18: Labour must come clean on secret asset sale

“Labour must explain why it won’t tell the public the terms of a significant asset sale which will see New Zealand Post-owned Express Couriers sold to a German company,” says National Party Finance spokesman John Key.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00514.htm


19: NZ music tops 2004

If you think 2004 was a really big year for New Zealand music, you’re right.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0412/S00120.htm


20: Student loan repayments thresholds to rise

Income thresholds for student loan repayments and interest write-offs will rise from 1 April next year, Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey and Associate Revenue Minister David Cunliffe announced today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00513.htm


21: NEWSFLASH: Cabinet Reshuffle Main Changes

Cullen - Attorney General (vacated by Margaret Wilson) Burton – Treaty Negotiations (vacated by Margaret Wilson) Hogson – Commerce (vacated by Margaret Wilson) Benson-Pope – Picks up Associate education & mentioned in dispatches as a capable minister

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00225.htm


22: Destiny Encouraged by Polls

Destiny New Zealand political party has emerged in two recent poll results adding substance and credibility to its 2005 election campaign.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00221.htm


23: No real lawyers, says Franks

Labour is clearly bereft of practical lawyers with experience, ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00506.htm


24: On The Contemporary Nature Of Just Wars

Revelations that the SAS detachment to Afghanistan received a US presidential unit citation for its actions as part of the multinational task force supporting nation-building and counter-terror operations in that country have occasioned varying responses from ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00239.htm


25: Tamihere Cleared? Yeah Right!

"The soft language of the White Report and the Government spin can't disguise that the report is damning on John Tamihere," said ACT Leader Rodney Hide today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00532.htm


26: Global Warming: Is Kyoto Accord The Answer?

Thousands of delegates from almost 200 governments around the world converged on Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, on December 6-17 for the latest in the seemingly interminable rounds of talks aimed at implementing the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the international ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00214.htm


27: Marian Hobbs backs retention of trolley buses

Wellington Central MP and Environment Minister, Marian Hobbs, has expressed concern to Transport Minister Pete Hodgson that Wellington's new trolley buses may be under threat from public funder Land Transport New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00507.htm


28: New Chairman For Prime Television New Zealand

Prime Television New Zealand is a joint venture between Prime Television Australia and the Nine Network, Australia’s leading television network.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00314.htm


29: PM's Post Cabinet Press Conference Dec 20

Prime Minister's Post Cabinet Press Conference – December 20th 2004 Threats Assessments – and Cabinet Shuffling

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00235.htm


30: Changes to Cabinet portfolios

Rt. Hon Helen Clark 20 December 2004 Changes to Cabinet portfolios Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced changes to ministerial portfolio allocations affecting all but four Cabinet ministers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00498.htm

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