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Finally! A Golden Summer
Lamb Trade Hypocrisy
- The US Government's stance of encouraging free trade in foreign markets while putting in place protectionist measures at home, is hypocritical and opens the way for similar moves in New Zealand says Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton. See... US Double Standard in Trade - Anderton  in the Headlines wire.
Free to Air Sport
- The new Minister of Broadcasting Marian Hobbs says that while she supports legislation to ensure sports were free to air, it will be necessary to consult with television broadcasters first. See... Hobbs Supports Free-to-air Sport  in the Headlines wire.
Star Wars and Sadam
Russia and China are flexing their military muscles by warning the US that it would trigger a new arms race and undermine global security if it funds research into an anti-ballistic missile shield, meanwhile at the UN the debate over who should keep an eye on Iraq goes on…and on.. John Howard reports. See... US Missile Tests Raise Chinese And Russian Ire  in the Headlines wire.
Murder Of A Cabinet Minister
- APIA: An application by Televise Samoa to film the trial of two former cabinet ministers over the assassination of Works Minister Luagalau Levaula Kamu starting in Apia today (Samoan time) has not been allowed, reports a new web site covering the case. See... Samoan Murder Trial Will Not Be Televised  in the General wire.
Japan, Whaling, Clark and Greenpeace
- Prime Minister Helen Clark today supported the launch of Greenpeace's petition for a global whale sanctuary. See... PM supports Greenpeace Whaling Petition  in the Parliament wire.
Saatchis Win Prize
- Global advertising and communications network Saatchi & Saatchi has won Ad Age International's title of “international new business champion”, capturing a total of NZ$1.6 billion new billings in 1999. See... Saatchi Takes Top Position For New Global Business  in the Business wire.
- Finance Minister Michael Cullen will be raising with the Reserve Bank and Treasury the Government’s concern at the inaccuracy of their inflation forecasts. See... Cullen To Question Forecasts  in the Parliament wire.
- The Consumers Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.2 per cent in the December 1999 quarter, said Deputy Government Statistician Ian Ewing, mainly reflecting rises in petrol prices. See... Consumers Price Index: December 1999 quarter  in the Business wire.
Food Prices Fall
- Figures released today by Statistics New Zealand show that food prices in December were 0.6 per cent lower than in November 1999.... See... OCR rises to 5.25 per cent  in the Business wire.
Cash Rate Rise
- The Reserve Bank today increased the Official Cash Rate (OCR) to 5.25 per cent. See... OCR rises to 5.25 per cent  in the Business wire.
- New Zealand Milk (UK)is assessing the potential of organics with the launch of an organic butter spread on the UK market. See... Dairy Board Tests Waters On Organics  in the Buniness wire.
House Prices Fall!
- Both the national median sale price and the national median sales volume for residential property have fallen on a month to month and a year to year basis, according to figures released today from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. See... Property Market Activity Low and House Prices Fall  in the Business wire.
Flying Pig Moves Into Travel
- Leading Internet retailer FlyingPig.co.nz today announced it is entering an exclusive etailing partnership with Australasia’s largest online travel provider to offer travel sales and services to the New Zealand public. See... FlyingPig.co.nz Spreads its Wings  in the Business wire.
Hemp Lifts Off
Below is a message forwarded from Mac MacIntosh, Chairman of the NZ Hemp Industries Association, that includes a letter from the Minister of Customs advising that a working party will be convened to look into getting a New Zealand hemp industry off the ground. See... Advisory: Hemp Working Party To Be Re-Established  in the Business wire.
Rating Review Supported
- Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce Chief executive, Claire Johnstone, has supported calls to review the local government rating systems. See... Chamber looks to Government for rating leadership  in the Business wire.
Waikato Council & RMA
- The move by the Waikato Regional Council to hire a consultant and give them special entry powers as an employee under the Resource Management Act is a gross abuse of the special entry powers given to councils according to ACT's spokesman on the environment, ... See... Council Abusing Important Powers - ACT MP  in the Parliament wire.
Coast Logging Decision
- Minister of Science, Pete Hodgson turned his back on the scientific evidence in favour of his personal `judgement’; when he stopped the West Coast Beech logging scheme according to ACT Conservation Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff who says the Government ... See... Evidence Over Logging Should Still Be Heard - ACT  in the Parliament wire.
Burton’s East Timor Visit
- Defence Minister Mark Burton has announced he will lead a parliamentary delegation to East Timor at the beginning of February. See... Defence Minister to lead parliamentary delegation  in the Parliament wire.
- The Government is committed to strengthening ties with ethnic communities, says Minister for Ethnic Affairs, George Hawkins. See... Ethnic Affairs Briefing Papers Released  in the Parliament wire.