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Scoop Images: Wellington’s Civic Revolution
Scoop Photo Essay: Waterfront Revolt
- A meeting held last night by Waterfront Watch in the Old Town Hall to oppose the council’s plans for the Wellington Waterfront was attended by an unusually large crowd. The hall quickly filled to capacity and again – as happened last Thursday – people were turned away for lack of space. Scoop was there to soak up the atmosphere and take these photos. The council is planning a special meeting to consider the outcome from the public meeting next Monday. See... Scoop Images: Wellington’s Civic Revolution  in the Headlines wire. At the meeting Councillor Mary Varnham will move to get the waterfront plan Variation 17to be removed from council business in an upcoming Emergency Meeting. See... Variation 17 Remits From Councillor Varnham  in the General wire.
Kiwis In Cocaine Bust
- Two New Zealanders who helped sail a yacht full of Colombian cocaine from New Zealand to Australia were caught by Sydney Customs police, in Australia's largest cocaine haul. See... Two Kiwis In Cocaine Haul  in the Headlines wire.
Wiranto Won't Go
- Indonesian Armed Forces Chief and Cabinet Minister General Wiranto has said he will fight any pressure for him to resign after a United Nations report found him responsible for war crimes in East Timor. Perhaps this is fair enough...See... Scoop Editorial: Setting A Good Example  in the Headlines wire... or perhaps the United Nations should try him as a war criminal, see... Amnesty - The Victims In East Timor: UN Must Act  in the General wire.
AmericaOne 3 Prada 3!
- It's a draw in the Louie Vuitton finals when, in a nail-biting finish AmericaOne took line honours by just nine seconds. See... NEWSFLASH: Prada Beaten - 3 All In Louis Vuitton  in the Headlines wire.
More West Coast Wars
- Stop the War on the West; is the battle cry, not just on the West Coast of New Zealand, but now on the West Coast of the US. John Howard reports. See... More West Coast Wars  in the Headlines wire.
Albright Visits Russia
– US Foreign Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is currently in Russia where she is discussing, trade and defence issues with the Russian government. High on the agenda is Russia's millitary efforts in Chechnya, as well as talks on nuclear non-proliferation and the Star-Wars programme. Full Coverage- Albright Press Conference with Russian Foreign Minister  - Albright At Opening Plenary, Multilateral Steering  - Albright And Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov  - Albright Briefing Aboard Plane en route to Moscow  all in the General wire.
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- THE Government has agreed on a plan and timetable to implement improvements to the public health system including more support for Mental Health, Maori, and the Disabled. See... Changes In The Health Sector  . See... Mental Health Commission Given New Lease of Life  and… Maori Health Issues  and… Disability Strategy Underway  , all in the Parliament wire.
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Petrol Goes Up Again
- Petrol and diesel prices in New Zealand service stations will move above $1 a litre with all four main oil retailers making the move. See... Another Petrol Price Rise  in the Headlines wire.
Peter Ellis's Innocence?
- Convicted child molester Peter Ellis said he would continue attempts to clear his name on his release from prison today. Ellis spoke to media on his release from Prison today after serving six-and-a-half years for indecently assaulting children at a Christchurch creche. See... Ellis Vows to Continue The Fight  in the Headlines wire. Meanwhile Minister of Justice Phil Goff is seeking ministerial advice for a possible commission of inquiry. See... Phil Goff: The Peter Ellis Case  in the Parliament wire.
WINZ Board Scrapped
- The Minister of Social Services and Employment, Steve Maharey has axed a WINZ Advisory Board made up of the business representitives, which Cheif Executive Christine Rankin has set up. See... Board goes as Maharey sets new direction for WINZ  in the Parliament wire. The move has been welcomed by UNITE!, the community based union representing unemployed, casual and low paid workers. See... Union Delighted At Maharey Move To Axe Ideologues  in the Politics wire.
GE Food Debate
- Officials are urging the Government to break an election promise on genetic engineering, Green Party Safe Food Spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today. See Labour Must Keep GE Election Promise - Greens  in the Parliament wire. Also see… Greens Not Opposed to GE for Medical Research  in the Parliament wire.
Timberlands & Bogus Greens Press Releases
- A group of scientists who support Timberlands sustainable logging on the West Coast have hit out at the government and the Green Party for making anit-scientist statements. See... Scientists Refute Government Spin-Campaign  in the Science wire. Could this be partly in response to a bogus, and highly satirical press release purportedly from Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitsimmons saying she would exile all scientists to a Pacific island? See... Bogus Jeanette Fitsimmons PR Attacking Scientists  in the Politics wire.
TVNZ Should Be Sold - Young Nationals
- The Young Nationals, say the government should sell TVNZ after the Prime Minister and Minister of Broadcasting said they would not approve the network's $217 million dollar plan to move to digital technology. See... Government should sell TVNZ – Young Nats  in the Politics wire. Also see... Government to develop new charter for TVNZ  in the Parliament wire. In response TVNZ head Roseanne Meo says the move to digital is inevitable and necessary. See... Reponse To Government Digital Television Decision  in the wire.
Airline Jobs To Go
- Air Pacific, an airline serving the Pacific Islands, has plans to consider contracting out their reservations department to Qantas. This will threaten the jobs of Fijian service workers. Their union reports. See... Air Pacific Set To Lose Fijian Identity  in the General wire.
Lotto Prizes Go Unclaimed
- The Lotteries Commission is urging all Lotto players to carefully check their tickets because it has six unclaimed bonus prizes from recent Lotto draws. See... Six Lotto Bonus Prizes Still Unclaimed  in the General wire.
- A South Island Radio Station, Plains FM96.9, will sponsor new broadcasters in to radio programmes through a new initiative announced today. See... Free Radio Programmes For The Community  in the General wire.
Telecom World Domination
- A technology Consulting Group is predicting that within the next 10 years 5 major telecommunications companies will dominate markets across the globe. See... PA Predicts Five Telcos Will Dominate Globally  in the Business wire.
Net Advertising Up
- The number of advertisment impressions delivered by the top advertising domains grew significantly according to the annual review of Internet activity from NielsenNetRatings. See... Internet Activity Shows Building Brands Pays Off  . Also see... U.S. Women Net Surfers on the Increase  both in the Business wire.