Greenpeace are pleased with our PM, Russians rattle nuclear feathers and a plan to barbeque beneficiaries.... all in Scoop Today today.
Greenpeace Tackle Japanese Whalers
Greenpeace Thank NZ Prime Minister For Support
- Greenpeace has welcomed New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark’s condemnation of illegal Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary.... See... NZ Demands End To Illegal Japanese Whaling  Brazil has also added its voice to the growing international opposition. See... Brazil Opposes Japanese Whaling  all in the General wire.
PM's Waitangi Visit
- Prime Minister Helen Clark said she would decide today whether she would attend Treaty of Waitangi commemorations at the Waitangi marae in Northland after a hui at the weekend failed to sort out a row over women’s speaking rights. Meanwhile a Maori lawyer told Radio New Zealand the protocol not allowing women to speak on the marae is against the Human Rights Act. See... Clark's Waitangi Decision Announced Today  in the Headlines wire.
War Crimes Suspect Slain
- Feared Balkan paramillitary leader and war crimes suspect Zelkjo “Arkan” Raznatovic found gunned down on Saturday, was silenced to stop him linking war crimes with prominent figures in Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic's regime, say Serbian opposition leaders. A radical Serb nationalist who lead the infamous millitary unit "Arkan's Tigers", Raznatovic was due to stand trial at the Hague for crimes against humanity. He was also wanted by Interpol for a series of bank robberies in Western Europe.
West Now Considered Potential Security Threat By Russia
- The dreams for a new Millennium of peace and goodwill so amply demonstrated around the world on New Years Eve, seems dashed within days as Russia publishes a revised security policy document broadening the terms for use of nuclear weapons. John Howard Reports. See... Russia Adopts New Nuclear Doctrine – West A Threat  in the Headlines wire. See Also... Putin Beats Drums Of Nationalism And Feminism  and Scoop Editorial: Putin Pushes Devil's Own Button 
Crisis Of Human Suffering Too Big For UN
- According to the United Nations there are now 40 million people uprooted by fighting worldwide but the UN can offer special care and legal protection to less than half. John Howard reports and comments. See... UN Overwhelmed By Civilians In Danger  in the Headlines wire.
- A Government proposal to gift barbecues to state housing tenants is being slammed as unfair and short-sighted by ACT Housing spokesman Dr Muriel Newman. See... Barbecue Idea Unfair & Short-sighted  in the Parliament wire. National’s Wyatt Creech says the new Housing Minister’s proposal to give state house tenants a barbecue for ‘good behaviour’ is a gimmicky solution to a longstanding problem. See... BBQ Idea A Gimmick - Should Not Distract Tenants  .
Unions Jumping The Gun
- Trade unions are starting the unwelcome intrusion into ordinary New Zealanders lives – ahead of legislation giving unions preferential treatment in the workplace. See... Unions Start Intrusion Into People’s Lives  in the Parliament wire.
Nuclear Shipment Concerns
- New Zealand's status as a nuclear-free leader is threatened by reject nuclear shipments being shuttled through our backyard, Green Party MP and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Keith Locke said today. See... Nuclear-Free Status Under Threat say Greens  in the Parliament wire.
- ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Ken Shirley is again calling on Police Minister George Hawkins to approach the Governor General to have Police Commissioner Peter Doone stand down. See... Police Commissioner Should Stand Down  in the Parliament wire.
Retail Sales Figures For November
- New Zealand's retail trade figures for November 1999 show the trend for retail sales has continued to grow although at a slower rate than during the September quarter Retail sales (nominal, s.a.) rose by 0.1% mom during November, following volatile September (+2.4%) and October (-0.9%) months. See... Data Flash (NZ) Retail Sales - November 1999  and Retail Sales Show Slower Growth Trend Statistics  both in the Business wire.
New Osteoporosis Drug
- National Drug Company PHARMAC announces a subsidy on a new drug for Osteoporosis suffers. See... PHARMAC To Subsidise New Osteoporosis Drug  in the General wire.
- Within the past year local authorities have seen their operating surpluses of $54 million evaporate into a combined deficit of $47.2 million, a turnaround of over $100 million. See... Local Government Finances Plummet  in the General wire.
Politics Malaysia Style
- Amnesty International today expressed grave concern at the Malaysian Government's renewed use of restrictive laws, including the Sedition Act and the Official Secrets Act (OSA... See... Malaysian Government Abuse of Power - AI  in the General wire.
- “As the new Foreign Minister, Phil Goff, heads to Australia to meet with his counterpart, he must be prepared to listen very carefully to Australian views on how the new Labour Government’s defence plans."- Nationals Phil Goff See... Defence Vital for Trans-Tasman Relations  in the Parliament wire.
Prisons and Corrections
– Recent corrections department briefing papers show there is an increase in teenage thuggery. Meanwhile the government and opposition disagree about prison reform. “Our goal is to move away from the notion that prisons are ambulances at the bottom of the cliff, filling up at an alarming pace,” says new Minister of Corrections, Matt Robson. See... Prisons vital in the plan to reduce crime  . The new Government should hold its judgement on private prisons and give them a chance to work before dismissing them - former Corrections Minister Nick Smith. See... Give Private Prisons A Chance Says National  Also see Corrections Minister Matt Robson's reply in.. Private Prisons Overseas – a Failed Experiment  all in the Parliament wire.