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- Beleaguered Police Commissioner Peter Doone has agreed to retire early, although he will continue to be involved with the police in the short term, the Prime Minister has announced. See... Doone Retires Early  in the Headlines wire and also... PM's Statement on Peter Doone  . National and ACT have different stances on Doone's exit see... Doone’s departure Best Decision - Shipley  and ... Opposition Goes Soft On Doone - ACT  all in the Parliament wire
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Whaling and Trade
- Prime Minister Helen Clark says the New Zealand Government's concern about Japan's scientific whaling programme is based on environmental concerns about the serious decline in whale numbers. See... PM- Whaling Concerns are Environmental  in the Parliament wire.
PM On Maori
- Prime Minister Helen Clark has announced the creation of a new ministerial committee aiming to close the social and economic divide between Maori and Pakeha New Zealanders. See... Gap Will Be Bridged - Clark  in the Headlines wire.
Michael Campbell Back To His Best
- At the beginning the final day of the Crown Lager New Zealand Golf Open on Sunday only one Kiwi was in the top nine. By the end, with Kiwis Michael Campbell and Craig Perks on the winners podium, New Zealand Golf had received a much needed perk up. The contest ended in a nail-biting playoff between Michael Campbell and the rising star Perks. A draw in the first playoff led to another...and then victory for Campbell. See... Scoop Images: Campbell Back With Perks  in the Headlines wire.
Coast Forest Dispute
- The Government's decision to end beech tree logging on the West Coast is heading for Court. See... West Coast Forest Dispute to Court  also see Independent Inquiry Into Beech Scheme Backed  both in the Headlines wire
- The WTO ruling that Australian leather company, Howe & Co, must fully repay a further $22 million it received in export assistance because it contravened global trade rules is sending a tidal wave of concern around the world. John Howard reports. See... WTO Leather Decision Rings Alarm Bells Worldwide  in the Headlines wire.
Not My Place
- Prime Minister Helen Clark has hit out at the National Museum which she said would not get government funding unless it improved its jumbled and incoherent exhibitions. See... Te Papa Must Try Harder - PM  in the Headlines wire. Also see National’s Te Papa statement... Te Papa Not Underfunded - Nats  in the Parlaiment wire.
Aussies Leave East Timor
- Independent East Timor's first newspaper, “New East Timor,”; published with the help of Australian troops, bade farewell to its readers this weekend. See... East Timor's First Newspaper Bids Fairwell  in the Headlines wire.
Scoop Opinion: Legal Aid Band Aid
- News that the Government is to centralise legal aid and provide bulk funding along with a Public Defender’s Office is a band-aid solution. John Howard writes. See... Opinion - A Band-aid for Legal Aid  in the Headlines wire.
On The Left: House Prices
- House prices fell sharply last week amid much concern and media hooplah. But is the fall necessarily a bad thing? Scoop's Jordan Carter looks into the matter in his weekly 'On the Left' column. See... Opinion - Housing Prices Are Down - Hurrah!  in the Headlines wire.
Pacific Islands On Information Superhighway
- AVARUA: Government embracing modern technology should be an occasion for rejoicing but the launch of the Cook Islands government website is proving to be anything but. See... The Information Age - Cook Islands Style  in the Headlines wire.
Russian General Lives!
- The following transcript is taken from the website of the official Chechen rebels website http://www.kavkaz.org/ and reports a Chechen view of the war in the Caucasus. See... Kavkaz News: Captured Russian General Alive  in the General wire.
Drug Smuggling Billionaire
- Police have decided not to appeal against the discharge without conviction handed down to the drug-importing American billionaire. Assistant Commissioner Neville Trendle said it was decided not to proceed with the appeal after seeking advice from the Crown Law Office and Solicitor-General. Meanwhile the appeal challenging the name suppression of the drug importing billionaire will be heard this Thursday.
It’s Not About Pot Mon! – MC Tanczos
- Green MP Nandor Tanczos today said cannabis use would not be encouraged at this year's One Love New Zealand Day celebrations at Point England. See... Cannabis A Non Issue At Waitangi Concert  in the Parliament wire.
An Investigative Magazine
- New Zealand, Australia and Canada appear to have unconstitutional governments as a result of a bureaucratic bungle eighty years ago when all three nations gained independence from Britain. See... Govts Unconstitutional Says Investigate Magazine  in the General wire.
F16s would blow the Budget - Greens
- The Green Party today released cabinet papers showing a likely cost blowout if New Zealand proceeds with the purchase of 28 F-16 fighter planes. See... Cabinet Papers Show likely Cost Blowout for F16s  in the Parliament wire.
- Minister of Conservation Sandra Lee today released the Department of Conservation’s post-election briefing to the new Government on conservation. See... Conservation Post-Election Briefings  in the Parliament wire.
Drugs’ Bill Down
- PHARMAC is expecting to free up another $13 to $17 million a year for health spending following its new tender round for the supply of 86 drugs. Drugs Bill To Take Another Dive With Tender  in the General wire.
- Green Party MP Keith Locke has called for the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, of which he is a member, to debate the merits and implications of New Zealand's involvement in a global spy network. See... Greens Call For Inquiry Into Waihopai Spy Base  in the Parliament wire.
Airways Corp Ok
The Minister of State-owned Enterprises says he now believes the Airways Corporation is acting "in a commercially-sound way", despite recent news reports to the contrary. See... Airways Corp Restructuring Sound - Minister  in the Parliament wire.
- There’s only one solution to the superannuation dispute between Labour and the Alliance - a multi-party accord - says Opposition Superannuation spokesperson Simon Upton. See... Accord Needed on Super - Upton  in the Parliament wire.
Oil and Gas
- Natural Gas Corporation (NGC) has concluded a major natural gas supply agreement with Genesis Power Limited. Meanwhile, NZ Oil & Gas has advised that the company has secured the Ocean Epoch semi-submersible rig to drill the Hochstetter-1 wildcat well in the West Maui area. See... Natural Gas Corporation - Genesis Power Deal  See... NZ Oil And Gas - Oil Search Update  both in the Business wire.
AI on Indonesia
- The European Union must not resume the sale of arms or security equipment likely to be used to commit human rights violations in Indonesia says human rights group Amnesty International. See... Keep Millitary Ban On Indonesia - Amnesty  in the General wire.
Free To Air Sport
- Grey Power, the political organisation representing elderly New Zealanders, says it is "one hundred percent behind" Jim Anderton's call for sporting events to be broadcast free-to-air. See... Grey Power Supports Free-To-Air Sport  in the Politics wire.
Socialists Alive and Well
- The Vice-President of Young Labour has reported that socialism is alive and well inside Young Labour. See... Socialism Lives In Young Labour  in the Poitics wire.
- TVNZ announced today that it has signed an agreement with Snap, the Internet portal service from NBC Internet, Inc. See… TVNZ In Internet Merger  in the General wire.
- The Canterbury Vignette Series is a 150th anniversary series of historical vignette exhibitions comprising the work of eight artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. See... Canterbury Vignette Series Starts Soon  in the General wire.