Scoop Today - Better Than Trainspotting!
"Think 'Trainspotting' but cooler! A film that gives you such a high, it makes you feel like someone's spiked your Fanta." Human Traffic, in cinemas mid March: http://www.humantraffic.com.au
Mayor Blumsky Seeks Middle Ground On Waterfront
The “Peoples” Waterfront
– Wellington Mayor Mark Blumsky has announced the creation of a People’s Waterfront Charter, to ensure the waterfront remains open to the public. The council today meets to decide on the future of Variation 17, a contentious plan which would allow development of the area, today. For the mayoral press release see... Mayor Seeks Middle Ground No Wall; No Paddock  . For the whole of the speech see... Mayor Blumsky: Statement To The People Of Wgtn  and for the charter draft see... Draft People's Waterfront Charter  all in the General wire.
Why Are We Waiting?
- The judge considering the name suppression of the American billionaire caught importing drugs into Auckland airport has still not delivered a judgement on an appeal of his decision, 11 days after reserving his verdict. See... Drug Importing Billionaire Case Appeal Drags On  in the Headlines wire.
Death In The Viaduct Basin
- A manager of the high profile Melbourne Storm National Rugby League club drowned early this morning after jumping off a waterfront peer in Auckland’s downtown area. See... NRL Club Manager Drowns  in the Headlines wire.
Guest Opinion From Pakistan
- The following commentary comes in the wake of the decision by US President Bill Clinton not to visit Pakistan during his upcoming tour of South Asia. Clinton's decision not to visit Pakistan in his upcoming tour has been received badly in the world's newest nuclear power - not the least because Pakistan has for some time regarded the US as a major ally. See... Scoop Opinion: Instead Invite God!  in the Headlines wire.
Who Stole Waitangi Day?
- New Zealand’s national holiday has proved something of a disappointment to Scoop. Upstaged by Prada, scuffles and confrontation at Waitangi, a beaming Titewhai. Meanwhile the Prime Minister dressed in black is talking about dumping the Queen in Akaroa with the king of Maori pomposity Tipene O’Regan. God forbid that he ever become our head of state. See... Scoop Opinion: Who Stole Waitangi Day?  in the Headlines wire.
Scoop Opinion: It’s Growing So Kill It!
- I was reading the `Business Herald' on Saturday. There was a long article on the Reserve Bank's tightening of monetary policy, and it was a delicious read because it was deeply ironic without the author even apparently being aware of his own irony. See... Opinion: On The Left - It's Growing, So Kill It!  in the Headlines wire.
- Italy's Team Prada has won the final race in the Louis Vuitton Cup by 49 seconds lining up an Italy vs New Zealand Americas Cup series, beginning February 19. Prada opened up an early lead on AmericaOne in the final race in the nine race series. This will be the first time the Americas Cup has been raced without an American entry. Celebrations for Luna Rossa have begun in the Viaduct Basin.
Fijians Beat Kiwis In Sevens Final
- The Fijian sevens rugby team has continued its winning way beating the - "dream team" Kiwi side - including Jonah Lomu and Christian Cullen - 24 to 14 in the final of the tournament in Wellington Saturday night. The Fijians are now at the top of the world rankings in the sport.
Sustainable Logging Problems Elsewhere
- Indonesia is the world's leading exporter of rainforest timber according to a White House paper supporting President Clinton's $150 million overseas conservation-aid proposal to Congress. John Howard reports. See... See... Sustainable Logging In Indonesia And Pres. Clinton  in the Headlines wire.
Customs Seize Coke Boat
- The New Zealand Customs Service has confirmed it’s previously held suspicions that the 13 metre yacht Bora Bora 2 was actively involved in drug trafficking. The boat came to attention after the arrest of six people accused of importing over 500kg of cocaine into Australia. See... Customs Seize Yacht In Bay Of Islands  in the General wire.
- Police are examining new information which could reveal the identity of the person responsible for one of New Zealand’s most famous murders. A group of friends of pardoned suspect Arthur Allan-Thomas, presented the information to Police Minister George Hawkins. See... Crewe Information Passed On To Police Commissioner  in the Parliament wire.
Minister Lacks Advice
- Revenue Minister Michael Cullen is foolhardy to run his office without private sector tax advice says National's Revenue spokesperson, Annabel Young MP. See... Cullen Goes It Alone - Advice Lacking - Nats  in the Parliament wire.
Gurney Wins Coast To Coast - Again
- Christchurch multisport legend Steve Gurney became the most successful athlete in the history of the Speights Coast to Coast when he scored his sixth win on Saturday. See... Gurney Grabs Record Sixth Victory Coast To Coast  in the General wire. See also... Full results of the Speights Coast to Coast 
- The Labour-Alliance Government has revealed it has failed to learn any of the lessons from the previous reforms to the health system, Opposition Health spokesperson Wyatt Creech said today. See... Government fails to learn health reform lessons  . For the Government's perspective. See... Cabinet Paper on Health Sector Redesign  both in the Parliament wire.
Minister Fails School
- Education Minister Trevor Mallard has declined an application for integration for a new girls’ school on the Kapiti Coast. See... Minister declines request for integrated school  . The Education Minister has denied educational choice by turning down the establishment of the school says ACT. See... Minister Quashes Choice In Education  both in the Parliament wire.
”Appalling” Cot Death Debate
- A New Zealand cot death expert has described as appalling the attitude of a British cot death researcher who is due to address a cot death conference in Auckland on Friday 11th February. See... Cot Death Address Criticises Parents Care  . Dr Jim Sprott is warning caregivers and baby-care professionals against relying on cot death prevention advice publicised by British paediatrician Dr Peter Fleming. Fleming has gone public saying that the practice of mattress wrapping to protect babies from toxic substances is not necessary. See... Sprott Warns Against Cot Death Researcher's Advice  both in the Science wire.
- New Zealand Blood Service launches New Zealand’s first national blood donor campaign this week to encourage an additional 12,000 donors to roll up their sleeves during the next year. See... NZ Blood Service Launches Recruitment Campaign  in the General wire.
- A New Zealander is one of two executives selected to lead an international council on the regulation of online gambling. See... Gaming Council Announces Staffing Line-Up  in the Business wire.
Orange Roughy Agreement
- Australian and New Zealand officials have met over the last two days to put in place a conservation and management regime for fishing for orange roughy, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said. See... Orange Roughy Conservation And Management Regime  in the Parliament wire.