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Petrol Prices Up

- The four main petrol companies are putting up the price of petrol by 3 cents a litre from midnight tonight. While in the US, petrol companies increasing prices are being accused by officials of price gouging. John Howard reports. See... Petrol Price Rises [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Prada Wins!

- Italian team Prada has won the first race in the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup despite a neck and neck finish which saw them come within half a boat-length of America One. See... Prada Wins Race One in the Louie Vuitton Final [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Whaling Row

- Prime Minister Helen Clark has upped the diplomatic stakes saying Japan’s criticism of her anti-whaling stance came “... from well down the pecking order.” See... Clark Dismisses Japanese Reaction [1] in the Headlines wire. Also see... Greenpeace - Commercial Whaling Could Return [2] in the Politics wire and... PM- Whaling Concerns are Environmental [3] in the Parliament wire.

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Doone's New Job

- Work that retiring Police Commissioner Peter Doone has done involving Maori offenders has been given top level endorsement from both Maori leaders and Maori Police. Meanwhile, Police Minister Hon. George Hawkins met with police to ensure deputy police commissioner Rob Robinson's "smooth transition"; into the acting commissioner position. See... Time To Get On With Progressive Policing [1] in the Parliament wire.

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No, It's You, Says Helen (Doone)

- Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that the Leader of the Opposition appeared to have a fit of amnesia about the nature of 'golden handshakes'. See... Shipley the Doyenne of Golden Handshakes [1] in the Parliament wire. Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley criticised the Government's decision to give retiring Police Commissioner Peter Doone a job in Parliament, after earlier saying she was in favour of it. PM Must Justify Hiring $275,000pa Consultant [2] and... Doone’s departure Best Decision - Shipley [3] all in the Parliament wire

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'Tragic' Timberlands Decision

- The tragic decision by Government to stop the balanced approach by Timberlands West Coast to forest management defies belief according to ACT Conservation Spokesman, Gerry Eckhoff. See... Government's Blinkered View A Threat to Forests [1] in the Parliament wire, also see... West Coast Forest Dispute Goes To Court [2] and Independent Inquiry Into Beech Scheme Backed [3] both in the Headlines wire

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Scoop Opinion: The Schier’s Remembered

- Remember the Schier family who were deported to Germany last year because the father, Gunther, failed to declare a previous marijuana conviction when he arrived in New Zealand? Young daughter, Bianca, had a birthday and Christmas wish - to come back ... See... Opinion - The Shier Family Revisted [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Maori Men Slammed

- Maori men have compromised future generations of Maori, claims the Chief Executive of the National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait. See... Maori Men And The Wellbeing Of Future Generations [1] in the Politics wire.

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Drugs? What Drugs?

- Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton has welcomed a report from Parliament's Speaker clearing his staff member of allegations of drug use in Parliament's debating chamber. Scoop editor Alastair Thompson has said he is "delighted" with the ruling but he has not yet seen Speaker of the House Jonathon Hunt's strongly worded letter... see... Drug Allegations Rejected [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Strikes Up

- Thirteen work stoppages ended in the September 1999 quarter according to latest figures from Statistics New Zealand. See... Thirteen Stoppages in September 1999 - Stats NZ [1] in the Business wire.

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Top Swots Announced

- Top Scholars in the 1999 University Bursaries examinations were announced today by the Qualifications Authority. See... University Bursaries Top Scholars Announced [1] in the Education wire.

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Fletcher’s No Longer Kiwi

- Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) has recently discovered that, in an unpublicised move, the Overseas Investment Commission reclassified Fletcher Challenge Limited as a foreign company six months ago. See... Fletcher Challenge Reclassified As Foreign Company [1] in the Business wire.

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Fernbird Endangered – Minister

- The survival of fernbird in Marlborough will be ensured by the purchase of a block of land in the Wairau Valley, Conservation Minister Sandra Lee said today. See... Land Purchase Protects Endangered Fernbird - Lee [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Murder Meeting

- ACT Deputy Leader and Police Spokesman Ken Shirley will tonight attend a public meeting in Paengaroa where local residents will be seeking to clarify the existing trespass laws as they affect rural landowners following a recent shooting death in the district. See... ACT Deputy Urges Police Action [1] in the Paliament wire.

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Confidence Rebound – Survey

- The survey recorded a small rebound in business confidence from +18 to +21 (net respondents). That level is consistent with an annual GDP growth rate of 4% during 2000. See... Data Flash Business Confidence Survey [1] in the Business wire.

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Manufacturers Positive

- The latest WestpacTrust business opinion survey shows that overall manufacturers are positive about the future, but fewer firms are confident than at the beginning of the year. See... Uncertainty Increases Over Recovery Prospects [1] in the Business wire.

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Canadian Defence Minister Visits

- The Canadian Minister of Defence, the Hon Arthur Eggleton has arrived in Wellington this morning on a two-day visit to New Zealand. See... Canadian Minister of Defence visits NZ [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Jail Break-In

- Corrections Minister Hon. Matt Robson will begin a tour of the North Island this week to close an old prison, visit an up-graded prison, visit a proposed prison site in the North, and finally facilitate the graduation of a new team of ‘crime-busting’ ... See... Correction Minister Visits Prisons [1] in the Parliament wire.

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School Immunisations

- Health Minister Annette King today visited Newtown School in Wellington to mark the first day immunisation registers take effect in primary schools. See... Day One of Immunisation Registers [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Funding Cavities

- Student leaders today called on the Government to move quickly to restore funding to dentistry students. Dentistry funding was cut in 1994, on the basis of inaccurate research and advice from the Ministry of Education. See... Funding Cavities Need Filling Say Students [1] in the Politics wire.

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Kiwis Won’t Come Back

An internet poll has shown that New Zealanders who have left New Zealand will not return following the election of a Labour/Alliance government. See... Poll Shows Kiwis Won't Come Home - Preb's Rebs [1] in the Politics wire.

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