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Will Nandor Name The Drunk MP - No!
Mitigation In Numbers
Rain, Rain Stay Away
QUESTIONS: WINZ, Brian Edwards and Wellington Waterfront
The Row Over Sandra’s Car
UPTON ONLINE: Delegation Time
KEITH RANKIN: Scoop Opinion: Electoral Integrity
Blakie Inquiry Latest

Justice Referendum Debate
Mark Burton Outlines Lessons From Timor
Welcome To Our World
Private Prisons Outlawed - Existing Contracts Honoured
Private Members Night
Tariana Turia Sees Change Afoot In Public Service
Honourable By Name
Aotearoa Day?
No Comment From Rankin - WINZ
Trout Laws


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Will Nandor Name The Drunk MP - No!

- An overwhelming motion has been passed in Parliament to ask Nandor Tanzcos to the name the MP(s) he said he saw drunk in the Parliament House. Mr Tanczos has prepared a statement. See... Personal Explanation from Nandor Tanczos [1] in the Parliament wire. Normally the House's most quiet MP, Nandor Tanczos caused a stir yesterday when he said in Parliament he had seen fellow Members “drunk in charge of the country”. See... Nandor Launches Pot Offensive [2] in the Headlines wire. Meanwhile a New Zealand First MP has urged the Greens to concentrate on protecting the environment instead of promoting “mind-blowing” drug use. See... Greens, Don’t Promote Drugs - NZ First [3] in the Parliament wire. “Neither drunk, NOR stoned in charge of a country, thank you Nandor,” is the response from Christian Heritage Party. See... Stoned In Charge Of A Country? [4] in the Politics wire. Next week Nandor will take his message to the scarfies. See... Dates and places for Nandor's campus tour [5] and Greens launch nation-wide campus tour [6] , both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00237.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00091.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00231.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00060.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00212.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00211.htm


Mitigation In Numbers

- Alliance Press Secretary Moana Sinclair is one of 800,000 people still do not have their new photo-id licenses. See... Moana Sinclair's Lawlessness Far From Rare [1] in the Headlines wire. See below for more on this subject.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00095.htm


Rain, Rain Stay Away

- The sun is now out in force and the cricket underway between the Australian and NZ Teams at Wellington's WestpacTrust stadium. Earlier rain threatened and the showery weather may yet interrupt play again. See... Cricket Threatened As Rain Continues [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00092.htm


WINZ, Brian Edwards and Wellington Waterfront

- Today's questions dealt with the following subjects: Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Payout - WINZ Bungle - ACC And The Insurance Council - Regional Development - Accredited Employers Programme - Ngawha Prison - Brian Edwards Salary - International Criminal Court - Wellington Council Adverts - West Coast Development - Ethnic Radio - Plunketline - Thanks To The Speaker. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00094.htm


The Row Over Sandra’s Car

- By now, most of the country knows that Sandra Lee's ministerial car was impounded on Sunday. But unlike other New Zealanders who've had their cars impounded for 28 days, this one was not. John Howard asks why? See... Sandra Lee's Ministerial Car - Impound It! [1] in the Headlines wire. The question has since been answered see... Scoop Clarification: How To Get Your Car Back [2] . For background see... Sandra Lee, Her Car & Her Press Secretary [3] both in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00089.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00093.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00090.htm


Delegation Time

- The Prime Minister has released the schedule of responsibilities drawn up for the myriad Associate Ministers that the new government has spawned. MP Simon Upton gives us his opinion on it all. See... Opinion: Upton-On-Line - Delicious Delegations [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00233.htm


Scoop Opinion: Electoral Integrity

– Submissions to the Select Committee on the "Electoral Integrity Bill" close soon. It's likely to be a done deal, with opposing submissions being ignored. Scoop Columnist Keith Rankin examines this issue in his weekly Thursday column. See... Opinion: Rankin On Thursday - Electoral Integrity [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00088.htm


Blakie Inquiry Roadblocks

- The search of properties and buildings from the Porter River to Arthur's Pass by the Lisa Blakie homicide team continues today. See... Lisa Blakie: Area Search Continues [1] in the General wire. See also... Scoop Images: Lisa Blakie And Her Dog [2] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00092.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00049.htm

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Justice Referendum

- Norm Withers, the man behind the petition that lead to last year's election referendum on crime, on says he disagrees with a Justice Ministry official who says the referendum’s question was confusing. In the election over 90 per cent of respondants said they wanted more victim compensation and stiffer punishments for violent offenders. See... 90% Got It Right [1] . Christian Heritage agrees with Norm. See... Colin Keating In The Emperor’s New Clothes [2] both in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00058.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00061.htm


Mark Burton Outlines Lessons From Timor

- The Defence Minister Mark Burton has given the opening address today at a “Defence Policy after East Timor” seminar at Victoria University, hosted by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. He outlined aspects of the government’s thinking on defence issues. See... Defence policy after East Timor [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00225.htm


International Statesmanship In Indonesia

– NZ’s Mike Moore, now WTO Director General, and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan have both been visiting Indonesia and delivering speeches. See... Mike Moore Speech In Jakarta 15th Feb [1] in the Business wire and UNSG Kofi Annan Address On 'Unity In Diversity' [2] in the General wire. Annan has also praised Indonesia’s determination to face up to the problems of Timor, see... Annan praises Indonesia's determination over Timor [3] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00111.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00091.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00090.htm

Welcome To Our World

- The Minister of Immigration has said there were no grounds for appealing Deportation Review Tribunal decisions allowing Rudra Nana Naicker and Janardan Gounder to remain in New Zealand. The Tribunal ruled the two Fijian men could stay in New Zealand after being convicted of violent crimes because they offended "within their own cultural group." See... No Room For Appeal in Immigration Decision [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00238.htm


Private Prisons Outlawed - Existing Contracts Honoured

- Minister of Correction Matt Robson has ruled out any further privitisation of the country’s prison system but says the Government will honour a current contract. See... Prison Privatisation is History - Minister [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00230.htm


Private Members Night

- There was plenty of activity in Parliament last night on the first members night of the year. See... Energy efficiency legislation gets Nats support [1] , MOTAT Bill passes next stage [2] and Three Degrees of Murder Bill before the House [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00220.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00216.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00214.htm


Tariana Turia Sees Change Afoot In Public Service

- There has been a constant criticism that Wellington bureaucrats have been the driving force of policy development rather than the Ministers they are supposed to serve says Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment Hon Tariana Turia. See... Shifting attitudes, changing ways [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00213.htm


Honourable By Name

- His Excellency The Governor-General has advised that Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to approve the retention of the title “The Honourable” by lots of former cabinet ministers. Previously when discussing the monarchy, the Prime Minsiter has said she would not miss "Th Honourable" title. See... Retention Of The Title "The Honorable" [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00224.htm


Aotearoa Day?

- United New Zealand Party leader, Hon Peter Dunne, has today released a discussion draft of his Member's Bill to establish a new national day. See... Dunne Releases Atoearoa New Zealand Day Bill [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00223.htm


No Comment From Rankin - WINZ

- Minister Of Social Services Steve Maharey says he is concerned that WINZ Chief Executive Christine Rankin has made no explanation to the Minister regarding WINZ's problems with student loans. Over 2000 students in Christchurch cannot enroll because WINZ has not returned their loans applications in time. Mr Maharey says previous National policies are to blame. See... National, WINZ To Blame For Student Loan Problems [1] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile, Student leaders are calling on tertiary institutions to exercise leniency over the enrollment period. See... Don't Punish Students For WINZ Problems - NZUSA [2] . They say hardship for students in the wake of these problems is very real. See... Student Associations stocking up on food banks [3] both in the Education wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00207.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0002/S00019.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0002/S00017.htm


Trout Laws

- Government legislation to ban some trout sales could cause retalitary action by overseas countries on NZ’s overseas exports say Federated Farmers. See... Banning Trout Sales Needlessly Risks Exports: Feds [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00053.htm


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