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Scoop Today - Rounding Off The News Week

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Hard News With Russell Brown
Left Jump Ahead In Latest Poll
CITY VOICE: Support Grows For Waterfront Reserve
Search For Killer Continues
Police Budget Blowout - Nat's Fault
Opinion: Return Of The Luddites
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Nandor Not Strong On Pot
F16 Confusion Continues
Green Stars Rising
A Gaggle Of Maiden Speeches
Don’t Rush Guns Law
Michael Cullen Talks To Taranaki
Sutton On South East Asia
Gangs On Glide Time
TVNZ Board On Hawkesby Payouts
Bendon `Bounces Back’
MMP Bias Feared
The "Tomato" Indicator
Trade Deficit Grows
Mortgage Rates Up
Battery Cars Ahead

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Hard News With Russell Brown

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... if we needed a reminder that Parliament is a different place than it used to be, it came in some of the new MPs' maiden speeches this week. See... HARD NEWS 11/2/00 - Soft Soap and Low Drama [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00064.htm


Left Jump Ahead In Latest Poll

- A Labour/Alliance government would have enough vote to govern on its own if an election had been held this week according to the first poll of the New Year published today in NBR newspaper. See... Left Gaining Ground In Latest Poll [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00066.htm


CITY VOICE: Support Grows For Waterfront Reserve

- PROPOSALS to make Wellington's waterfront a reserve are now vying with scaled-down development schemes, after the city council bowed to public opinion this week and agreed to review its building plans. See... City Voice: Waterfront reserve gains momentum [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00065.htm


Search For Killer Continues

- Army personnel are being called in to help search for the killer of murdered 20-year-old Lisa Blakie. See... Army To Help Inquiry [1] . Christchurch police also say they have found Lisa's Blakie's dog Kaos in bush on the West Coast. See... Lisa's Dog Found [2] both in the General wire, For further background see... See... Scoop Images: Murder Victim's Dress And Shoe [3] .

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00059.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00058.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00063.htm


Police Budget Blowout - Nat's Fault

- The previous National Government’s dealings with Incis and plans to further cut the police budget are responsible for the current financial crisis, says Police Minister George Hawkins. See... INCIS Contributes to Budget Drain [1] in the Parliament wire. Police say they are in danger of a budget blowout, with their finances having to support both the failed INCIS project and the Wanganui computer See... Police In Danger Of Budget Blowout [2] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00123.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00062.htm


Opinion: Return Of The Luddites

- There are many issues on which I can sympathise with the left, and understand their point of view. The topic of free trade is not one such issue. See... Opinion: From The Right - Return Of The Luddites [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00035.htm


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Nandor Not Strong On Pot

- Christchurch legalisers are critical of Green M.P. Nandor Tanzcos, saying his maiden speech did not go far enough to criticise New Zealand's perverse marijuana laws. The Green list MP has admitted to smoking cannabis for religious reasons. See... Rasta MP All Style, Little “Substance” -Mild Greens [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00040.htm


F16 Confusion Continues

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today the Government's defence policies were clearly in disarray. The Government is currently deciding whether to lease 28 F16 fighter planes from the United States Government. The Phillipines government has confirmed they are interested in purchasing New Zealand’s fleet of aging Skyhawks, which the F16s could replace. See... Defence shambles - Richard Prebble [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00134.htm


Green Stars Rising

- The Green Party is leading the smaller parties in the latest National Business Review - Compaq poll. See... Greens take third spot: NBR ignore own poll [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00138.htm


Protect The Great White

- A call by an Australian shark researcher for New Zealand to catch up with the world and protect the great white shark has been welcomed by the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society. See... Call to Protect Sharks Welcomed [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00037.htm


A Gaggle Of Maiden Speeches

A Gaggle Of Maiden Speeches

- Maiden speech week has seen several of the 30 new MPs in Parliament speak for the first time. Several of them took up the invitation to send in their speeches to Scoop. Maiden Speech - Nandor Tanczos [1] - Maiden Speech, Gerrard Eckhoff MP [2] - John Tamihere - Labour - Maiden Speech [3] - Lindsay Tisch, MP Karapiro - Maiden Speech [4] - Kevin Campbell's Maiden Speech [5] - Maiden Speech Phil Heatley, MP For Whangarei [6] - Maiden Speech - Simon Power - MP For Rangitikei [7] - Katherine Rich's Maiden Speech [8] - Stephen Franks Maiden Speech [9] - Sue Kedgley Maiden Speech [10]


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[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00106.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00098.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00096.htm


Don’t Rush Guns Law

- New Zealand First MP Ron Mark has persuaded the Law and Order Select Committee to extend the time for hearing submissions on the Arms Amendment Bill (No.2). See... Firearms legislation - too important to rush. [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00140.htm


Michael Cullen Talks To Taranaki

– Finance Minister Michael Cullen has delivered a wide-ranging speech on economic matters to an Audience in Taranaki today. See... Speech From Finance Minister Michael Cullen [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00139.htm


Sutton On South East Asia

- Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton has welcomed the start of an important new dialogue examining the scope for a free trade agreement linking New Zealand, Australia and the 10 member nations of ASEAN. See... Sutton Welcomes New Dialogue With Asean [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00132.htm


Gangs On Glide Time

- Police say organised crime groups are positioning themselves in the public sector to use influence or private information for their own illegal ends. See... Public Service Corruption Not Endemic – But… [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00060.htm


Hawkesby Payouts

- The Board of TVNZ says it stands by their executives and their behaviour regarding John Hawkesby. The former newsreader was awarded over $5 million in an arbitration settlement after being dumped by the state-owned station after working for less than a month. See... TVNZ Board Stands By Its Executives [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00036.htm


Bendon `Bounces Back’

- Bendon announced today that it was buying eight nation-wide stores from the Bennett and Bain high-end lingerie retail network. The company laid off 98 workers in November last year after it closed the factory in Te Aroha. See... Bendon Buys Bennett And Bain [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00072.htm


MMP Bias Feared

- Political parties are currently thrashing out an agreement as to the form of a select committee to consider the planned review of MMP. See... Independence Needed For MMP Review - NZ First [1] and... Impartial Review Of MMP Needed - ACT [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00092.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00145.htm


The “Tomato” Indicator

- Tomatoes are the main cause of food-prices rising 2.4 in January 2000 says Statistics New Zealand. See... Tomatoes Main Cause of Food Price Rise [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00071.htm


Deficit Grows

- Latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show the gap between imports and exports is continuing to grow. However, during ... See... Trade Deficit Grows [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00070.htm


Mortgage Rates Up

– The majority of lending institutions announced an increase in both their floating and fixed interest rates in the month to February 10, according to the latest survey conducted by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. See... Mortgage Interest Rates Rise As Predicted [1] . The change was predicted by the Manufacturers Federation, see Interest Rates To Rise - Manufacturers Federation [2] both in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00067.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00062.htm


Battery Cars Ahead

- Development of alternative fuelled cars is continuing to make steady progress, with many manufacturers focussing on electric powered cars as a medium term option. See... New Battery Breaks Barrier For Electric Cars [1] in the Science wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0002/S00017.htm

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