Scoop Today - Rounding Off Your News Week
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"We have much to celebrate together as a nation"
....but not at Waitangi...
PM Won't Go To Waitangi Marae, She'll Go To Akaroa
- Prime Minister Helen Clark has said she will not attend the Waitangi Marae on Waitangi Day because of an "underlying mood of tension and uneasiness" when she attended previously. Instead she will attend Ngai Tahu Celebrations in Akaroa. See... PM Wont Go To Waitangi Marae She'll Go To Akaroa  in the Parliament wire. Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley says its a cop out, see...Clark Waitangi Day Decision A Cop-Out  . Also see Dover Samuels supports the Prime Minister's plans  and Scoop's Alastair Thompson column - Scoop Opinion: Titewhai Harawira Educates A Nation  in the Headlines wire.
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Big Daze Out
- Auckland's Big Day Out concert begins today with over 45,000 revellers are expected at the sold out event held at the Ericsson Stadium. See... Big Day Out A Sell Out  in the Headlines wire. Meanwhile Auckland's premiere Waitangi Day celebration event, the 'One Love NZ' Day has now moved to the Pt England Reserve near Glen Innes because of matters relating to the land tenure See... One Love New Zealand Day In Point England  in the Auckland wire.
Aussie Leather Manufacturer Dumped On By WTO
- A United States appeal to the WTO has seen an Australian company ordered to repay A$22 million it received in export assistance grants to the Australian government because it contravened global trade rules. John Howard reports. See... Opinion - US Hypocrisy In Trade Laws  in the Headlines wire.
Southern Arrogance At the UN
- One of the United Nations most outspoken critics, Senator Jesse Helms Chairman, addressed the UN Security Council yesterday. He found many faults with the UN but John Howard writes "don't find faults - find a remedy." See... Opinion - Senator Helms Shows Arrogance  in the Headlines wire.
News From Chechen Rebels
- Note: NEWS RELEASES: from http://www.kavkaz.org/ - the official web-site of the Chechen rebels. The website has recently been upgraded and deserves a look. Further transcripts from the site will be carried in the General Wire. See... Chechens Claim 1500 Russian's Killed In 4 Days  in the Headlines wire.
Samoan Assassination Trial - Cabinet Minister Admitted Guilt To Police
-In Samoa, a former Cabinet minister charged with the murder of works minister, Luagalau Levaula Kamu has admitted his involvement to assassinate Luagalau, reports Pacnews. See... Death Plot Revealed In Samoan Murder Trial  .
Upsurge(!) in Non-residential Building
- The value of consents issued for non-residential building projects in November 1999 was $273.1 million, the highest since April 1998. See... Building Consents Issued: November 1999  in the Business wire.
Clear Looks Smart
- CLEAR Net has enlisted one of the world’s biggest Internet directory companies, LookSmart, to bring its users the best of New Zealand web sites. See... CLEAR Makes Internet Merger  in the Business wire.
NZ Customs In East Timor
- Five New Zealand Customs Officers will leave for United Nations duty in East Timor on Friday. See... Customs Officers To East Timor - Depart Friday  . The Comptroller of Customs has welcomed today's announcement. See... Customs Officers to East Timor - Move Welcomed  both in the General wire.
- Metrowater Ltd has been issuing media statements blaming the Water Pressure Group for exposing the public to health risk when reconnecting water supplies. Today, we learn from reporters that the Health Department has taken up the same mantra. See... Public Watchdogs Barking Up The Wrong Tree ???  in the General wire.
Cook Islands Air Deal
- Expanded competitive opportunities for airlines to provide services between and beyond New Zealand and the Cook Islands have been created by a new open skies air services agreement between the two countries, the Ministers of Transport and Foreign Affairs ...See... Open Skies Agreement With Cook Islands  in the Parliament wire.
Youth – Incomes Down, Sucides Up
- Better income, work and education is critical if New Zealand is to boost the development potential of young people, says Youth Affairs Minister Laila Harré. See... Help for Marginalised Youth Critical - Harre  in the Parliament wire.
No More Health Restructuring - Nats
- Briefing papers to the new Government send a clear message that restructuring the health system is the last thing we need to improve our health status, Opposition Health spokesperson Wyatt Creech said today. See... New Health Minister Gets Clear Health Message  in the Parliament wire.
WINZ Losers – Students
- Student leaders at Auckland University are being inundated with students’ suffering severe financial hardship as problems with WINZ Student Services continue.. See... Losing With Winz  in the Politics wire.
Battered Woman’s Syndrome
- “A review of battered woman's syndrome and its application in New Zealand law is way overdue”, says the Collective of Independent Women's Refuges. See... Women Re-Victimised By Current Law  in the Politics wire..
TV ADS Worthwhile!
- Television advertisements developed for Child, Youth and Family's Neglect Prevention Programme are changing the way New Zealanders think about child neglect, according to research undertaken by Colmar Brunton. See... TV Ads Change Attitutudes Towards Child Neglect  in the General wire.
'Mild Greens' Keep Hemp a Smoking Hot Issue
The Christchurch Branch of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party emphasised tonight that consideration of hemp in isolation from marijuana prohibition policy is senseless. See... Hemp Senseless While Cannabis "Criminal" say ALCP  in the Politics wire. Also see... Federated Farmers: Industrial Hemp Working Party To Be Established  , Greens Welcome Industrial Hemp Initiative  and... Advisory: Hemp Working Party To Be Re-Established  in the Business wire.
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Minister Meets Benefit Advocate Groups
- The Minister of Social Services and Employment, Steve Maharey, said he was pleased with the progress made at a meeting today with beneficiary advocate groups on improving the delivery of social services by government agencies. See... Government to harness benefit advocacy groups  in the Parliament wire.
Coast To Coast Announced
- Every year the Speight's Coast to Coast attracts an increasing number of competitors keen to tackle the internationally renowned and challenging multi-sport event that crosses the South Island. See... Speight's Coast to Coast Announced  in the General wire.
Marine Management Reforms Imminent? - Sandra Lee Welcomes PCE Report
- Minister of Conservation Sandra Lee is the latest in government minister to welcome the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report into the management of New Zealand's marine environment. See... More funding for marine environment needed  in the Parliament wire.
Hui For Victims Of Smear Cancer Scandal
- A HUI to give women a further opportunity to discuss issues and procedures related to the Cervical Screening Inquiry set up following the misreading of smears in Gisborne is to be held in Tokomaru Bay next week. See... Hui for women affected by the misread smears  in the General wire.
New Fair Trade Precedents
- New court rulings have set important precedents those working under the Fair Trading Act; Partners can be criminally liable for each other’s actions; silence can mislead says the Commerce Commission. See... Important Fair Trading Act Precedents  in the Businesse wire.