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Orcs At Haywards Hill
Scoop In Parliament: Today’s Questions
Cricket Postponed
Blakie Inquiry Roadblocks
Drug Billionaire’s Name Appeal
Bad Teachers
Disarming Dis-arming
Academy Awards

Power Station Stays
New Commissioner
America’s Cup Dispute
WINZ Still Losing
PM On Aussie Visit
Maori-Iraqi Protests
0800-HELP!
Wellington Motorists Beware!
In Hot Oil
Team NZ Announces Boat

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Orcs At Haywards Hill

- Scoop’s anonymous Hobbit photographer has been busy again snapping away at Lord of The Rings sets, this time at the most photographed set of them all, the Haywards Hill (Dry Creek) quarry. Filming at the site is now fully underway. See... Scoop Images: Castles & Tents In A Quarry [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00081.htm


Scoop In Parliament: Today’s Questions

- Today is the first Private Members Day of the new Parliament, and with the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Bill seemingly having struck a shoal there now appears to be little chance the house will go into urgency this week.See... SCP HOUSE: First Private Members Day Today [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00083.htm


Cricket Postponed

- The first one day match between world champions Australia, and "criket minnows" New Zealand was put off today after typical Wellington summer weather mean't the ground was too wet to play on.


Blakie Inquiry Roadblocks

- A team of detectives is checking all buildings along SH73 from the Porter River Bridge, where the body of 20 year old Lisa Blakie was found last Sunday 6 February, towards Arthur's Pass. They are also checking all vehicles in the vicinity. See... Lisa Blakie: Building And Vehicle Searches [1] and ... Lisa Blakie Inquiry Into The Field [2] . Also see... Lisa Blakie, The 2nd Week Of The Inquiry - Police [3] all in the General wire. See also... Scoop Images: Lisa Blakie And Her Dog [4] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00083.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00078.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00072.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00049.htm


Drug Billionaire’s Name Appeal

- The Herald newspaper said today it would appeal the name suppression of the American billionaire caught importing over 100 grams of cannabis into the country. See... Billionaire Appeal To High Court [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00082.htm


Bad Teachers

- The Education Minister, Trevor Mallard, says he is considering changing the law so that bad teachers are not continually rehired by schools. See... Bad Teachers Under Scrutiny [1] in the Headlines wire. Also see Trevor Mallard’s Release - See... Govt. Moves To Tighten Up Teacher Registration [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00085.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00204.htm


Disarming Dis-arming

- On November 17 the leadership of the IRA to enter into discussions to hand in their weapons. Now they have pulled back from disarming and the new independent Northern Ireland Government is under threat. See... IRA Statement On Good Friday Accord [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00088.htm


Academy Awards

- The following is the list of nominees for the Oscar awards announced in a dawn ceremony in Hollywood this morning. See... Oscar Nominees - Full List [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00089.htm


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Power Station Stays

- The Government has announced it has dropped plans to sell the Waikaremoana Power Scheme into private hands. See... Asset Sale Cancelled [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00201.htm


New Commissioner

- Health Minister Annette King today announced the appointment of Ron Paterson as the new Health and Disability Commissioner. He replaces Robyn Stent, the sometimes controversial Commissioner, whose term ran out last year. See... New Health and Disability Commissioner Appointed [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00198.htm


America’s Cup Dispute

- With the first America’s Cup races to begin on Saturday Team NZ and Prada still cannot agree on the rules. An arbitrator has been called in. See... Prada Challenge Seeks Arbitration Panel Assistance [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00087.htm


WINZ Still Losing

- Minister Of Social Services Steve Maharey is to meet with WINZ officials today to sort out difficulties students are having obtaining their student loans. Meanwhile, student leaders say the possibility of massive student hardship at the start of the academic year is very real after the latest revelation on WINZ. See... National, WINZ To Blame For Student Loan Problems [1] in the Parliament wire. Also see... Student Associations stocking up on food banks [2] in the Education wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00207.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0002/S00017.htm


PM On Aussie Visit

- Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that she will be visiting Sydney for talks with her Australian counterpart, John Howard. See... Visit to Australia by the Prime Minister [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00195.htm


Maori-Iraqi Protests

- Cliff Curtis, the New Zealand star of the Iraqi war movie Three Kings, is one of a growing list of celebrities who oppose continued United Nation sanctions against Iraq. His comments follow the resignation of a highly placed UN official over the matter. See... NZ "Three Kings" Star - Iraq Sanctions Ineffective [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00051.htm


0800-HELP!

- Plunket Line, the telephone help line for parents and caregivers of babies and young children, will become a round-the-clock service from 1 May. See... 24-Hour Plunket Line starts on May 1 [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00197.htm


Wellington Motorists Beware!

- Government Ministers Trevor Mallard and Steve Maharey will be cycling to work tomorrow as part of the Street Skills National Bike Week 'bike to work day'. See... Ministers Bike to Work [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00183.htm


In Hot Oil

-Three oil companies - Caltex, Mobil and Shell have been fined over $1 million for breaching the Commerce Act price fixing in a carwash deal. The Commerce Commission initiated the action. See... Caltex, Mobil and Shell Fined For Price Fixing [1] . Oil Company Caltex says it regrets being found guilty. See... Media Statement from Caltex New Zealand Limited [2] both in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00103.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00104.htm


Team NZ Announces Boat

- Team New Zealand announced today that it will sail NZL-60, its newest America’s Cup boat, in defence of the America’s Cup. The boat’s keel, which was revealed today, was the same one which the kiwi team had aired earlier in a practice run. The different positions of the fins on the two keels also caused interest. See... Team New Zealand Launch NZL-60 [1] . Meanwhile the Amex New Zealand Cup Village reports it has had three million visitors since it officially opened back in October last year. See... Three Million Visitors To Amex Cup Village [2] both in the Auckland wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0002/S00006.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0002/S00004.htm

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