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Gloves Off In TVNZ Row
The End of The Board
The Week Ahead In Parliament
A Culture Of Sirs and Dames?
Car Damage
Kofi Annan’s Tour Downunder
War In The Mointains

Baby-Walkers Ban
Census Dress Rehearsal
Schools Scheme Failed
State Houses
Student Loans
Bridging The Maori-Gap
University Advertising
Elderly Duped
Tainui Millions
The Future Cost Of Energy
Pot Smokers Hypocrisy
Bye-bye ‘Buy New Zealand Made’

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Gloves Off In TVNZ Row

- Today's post cabinet press conference by the Prime Minister Helen Clark was dominated - unsurprisingly - by the escalating war of words between the government and the TVNZ board. Alastair Thompson reports. See... PM Makes Displeasure At TVNZ Very Clear [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00072.htm


The End of The Board

- Prime Minister Helen Clark, angry over the John Hawkesby affair, looks set to fire the existing TVNZ board, while broadcasting heavy-weight Paul Holmes has threatened to take his skills across the Tasman, in protest. See... TVNZ Board Likely To Go [1] . "I’ll drive you to the airport, Paul", says NZ First Leader Winston Peters. See... NZFirst Calls For End To TVNZ “Mega” Payouts [2] both in the Parliament wire. Also see... TVNZ Board Stands By Its Executives [3] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00071.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00163.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00036.htm


The Week Ahead In Parliament

- The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Bill is the top order of the day in Parliament this week in advance of the launch of the Americas Cup final series this Saturday, and there is still some talk of urgency. Scoop's Alastair Thompson reports. See... SCP HOUSE: Americas Cup Week [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00070.htm


A Culture Of Sirs and Dames?

- The Prime Minister is likely to buy a fight, in court if necessary, if Government attempts to change the New Zealand custom of knights and dames in the royal honours list. John Howard reports. See... No Sir To No Sir [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00069.htm


Car Damage

- Scrapping your old car for a new one could do more harm to the planet than you think, according to scientists at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. John Howard reports. See... Tradeins Cause Eco-damage [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00068.htm


Kofi Annan’s Tour Downunder

- The UN Secretary General has begun his South East Asian tour which will conclude with a visit to New Zealand on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of February - See... Kofi Annan's New Zealand Itinerary [1] . In Thailand Mr Annan delivered three addresses on global matters. See... Kofi Annan Address On Peacekeeping [2] - Kofi Annan Address On Shared Global Values And Law [3] in the General wire and Kofi Annan Address To UN Trade And Dev. Conference [4] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00047.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00070.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00069.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00088.htm


War In The Mointains

- The latest news from the Chechen rebels is in the General wire see... Kavkaz News: Rally For Free Media In Moscow [1] . Meanwhile US Secretary Of State Madeleine Albright has now issued a transcript of the key speech she delivered during her recent visit to Moscow. See... Albright Session at the Diplomatic Academy, Moscow [2] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00068.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00066.htm

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Baby-Walkers Ban

- Women's Affairs Minister Laila Harré is backing, a child-welfare group’s call for a ban on the sale of baby walkers in New Zealand. Baby-walkers have been linked with accidents and are believed to hinder children's development. See... Women's Affairs Minister Backs Baby Walker Ban [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00162.htm


Census Dress Rehearsal

- Around 12,000 households in Tauranga, Gisborne, the Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata will participate in a mock census to help Statistics New Zealand ready itself for its next major survey in 2001. See… Dress Rehearsal for Census 2001 [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00091.htm


Schools Scheme Failed

- A scheme which puts children of poor and disadvantaged backgrounds into private schools is being discontinued by the Government. ACT education spokesman Donna Awatere Huata says she is sickened by move. See... ACT 'Sickened' By Axing Of Successful Scheme [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00158.htm


State Houses

- The Government is axing a scheme which allowed state house tenants to purchase their houses from the government, in a move to halt the sale of public housing. See... Easing Poverty The First Priority [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00154.htm


Student Loans

- Tertiary Education Minister Steve Maharey has announced further changes to the student loans scheme which he says should benefit low income students. See... Loan Changes Remove Barriers To Poor Students [1] . The Green Party has welcomed the changes. See... Loan Changes A Move In The Right Direction [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00155.htm


Bridging The Maori-Gap

- Education and jobs are the keys to closing the gaps in Maori participation, deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton says. See... Innovation & Autonomy Keys To Maori Education,Jobs [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00152.htm


University Advertising

- Spending on advertising and marketing by public tertiary institutions has spiraled out of control in the last two years according to information supplied to National Student Unions. See... Unis' Advertising Spending Out Of Control [1] in the Education wire. The Greens are also outraged by this 60 percent rise in spending. See... Tertiary Institutions Splash Out On Ads [2] in the Parliament wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0002/S00009.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00157.htm


Elderly Duped

- ACT senior citizens spokesman Muriel Newman has hit out at the Government over playing 'mean and deceitful' games with the elderly. The Government recently honoured an Alliance pledge to increase National Superannuation payments by $20 per week. See... Elderly At Risk Of Losing Benefits - ACT [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00151.htm


Tainui Millions

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble says he will raise the issue of the squandering of Tainui's Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Ministry of Maori Development. The Tainui tribe has lost substantial sums of money in investments which included rugby league team the Auckland Warriors. See... ACT Seeks Answers On Missing Tainui Millions [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00150.htm


The Future Cost Of Energy

- The projections on energy prices in the just released Ministry of Commerce Energy Outlook publication are not acceptable, says National's Energy Spokeswoman, Pansy Wong. See... Energy Projections Unacceptable [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00149.htm


Pot Smokers Hypocrisy

– The president of smokers group, Smokers of The World Unite, and Libertarianz spokesperson on health is not impressed with marijuana law reformers who support new anti-smoking laws. The Health Minister is planning to introduce laws to extend smoking bans to cafes and restaurants. See... Hypocrisy Personified - Smokers Of The World Unite [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00042.htm


Bye-bye ‘Buy New Zealand Made’

- A New Zealand couple should not have decided to start their own campaign to encourage New Zealanders to buy locally made products without first giving the ‘Buy New Zealand Made’ campaign a fair go says the campaign’s director. See... Divisive Tactics Sadden Manfed [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00041.htm


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