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Scoop Today - Where Is Awaroa?

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Missing Snowboarders
Scoop Link - NZ More Than Meat Pies and Playboys
BLACK MAGIC!
West Coasters - UN Must Intervene
Greek's Also Having TV Problems
Finding Blakie’s Killer
WINZ Fight Back

3G MMT - Telephony Of The Future
Heritage Trust Survives
Become World Famous
Home Invasion
Grandstand 2000
Aussie Ansett Workers Worried
The End Of Beauty?
Native Birds Bounce Back
UK Bill Cracks Down On Property Terrorists
Flying High And Swimming - Women In The Oz Armed Forces
How Civilised Are The Aussies Really?
Retry Mumia Abu-Jamal Says Amnesty
From Air New Zealand To Air Australasia


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Missing Snowboarders

- The family of one of three young New Zealanders snowboarders buried in a Japanese avalanche were planning to visit Japan to see what attempts were made to rescue the three. See... Three Snowboarders Lost [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00106.htm


Is Your Computer Spying On You?

- The world of computer espionage is hotting-up with French accusations that US secret agents worked with computer giant, Microsoft, to spy on worldwide communications. John Howard reports. See... Big Brother Bill Is Watching You [1] in the Headlines wire. Meanwhile, Microsoft has designed new software allowing users to spy on each other without being detected say a group of American hackers. For the hacker’s press release see... Don't Worry Windows Users, Everything Will Bo2k [2] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00105.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0002/S00022.htm


Scoop Link – More Than Meat Pies and Playboys

- New Zealand spies are part of a top secret international intelligence network known as ‘Echelon’ says a Canadian website... See... Scoop Link: New Zealand A New Space Invader? [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00107.htm


BLACK MAGIC!

- Team New Zealand have won the opening race in the Americas Cup finals series beating Prada by more than a minute. The race, sailed in light winds, began with Prada with a lead of a few seconds. However Team New Zealand quickly passed the Italian boat and went on to increase its lead to a comfortable margin. Earlier in the day there was some doubt that there would be enough wind to race. See... Team New Zealand Beat Luna Rossa [1] in the Auckland wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0002/S00009.htm


Coasters - UN Must Intervene

- On the eve of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s visit to New Zealand, West Coasters are planning to ask UNESCO to independently scrutinise the Government’s native forest decisions. John Howard reports. See... Loggers Make UN Appeal [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00103.htm


Greek's Also Having TV Problems

- TVNZ is not the only broadcaster in front of Government headlights. In Greece television programmers who allow sexual allegations, scurrilous innuendo and soap box spouting onto television news have been told by the Government to tone it down or we'll turn it off. John Howard reports. See... Greece Insists On A Higher Standard Of Television [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00102.htm


Finding Blakie’s Killer

- As week three of the inquiry into the death of Lisa Blakie starts, Police are confident that they will identify her killer. See... Lisa Blakie Inquiry - Week Three [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00097.htm


WINZ Fight Back

- A group of Auckland University students are angry at the mishandling of student loan applications by WINZ that has seen some students still awaiting finalisation of loans that were applied for before Christmas. They are planning a noisy protest today where they will call for WINZ boss Christine Rankin to resign. See... Angry Students to Rally outside WINZ [1] in the Education wire. WINZ Head Christine Rankin met with the media, refusing to apologise or to resign. See... Rankin Won’t Apologise [2] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00071.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00097.htm

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3G MMT

New technology allowing mobile phones to send longer internet messages has been introduced in Auckland. See... Third Generation Techonology First For NZ [1] in the wire. Also see... Speech To Launch Digital Technology [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00126.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00280.htm


Heritage Trust Survives

- Prime Minister and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Helen Clark has announced that the Government has canceled National's plans to fund competitors to the Historic Places Trust. See... Government Removes Threat To Historic Places Trust [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00277.htm


Become World Famous

- Young singing talents from around the world are being invited to take part in the first ever BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre, a new competition to find the international musical theatre stars of the future. See... A New Global Competition To Find Musical Stars [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0002/S00021.htm


Home Invasion

- National List MP Pansy Wong says the Auckland Chinese community is in deep shock over the home invasion case involving a Chinese family, which resulted in the kidnapping and gang rape of one of the victims. Police are searching for three men in connection with the case but say their inquiries are being hampered by communication difficulties. See... Support For Chinese Victims Of Home Invasion [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00278.htm


Grandstand 2000

- is the cynical reaction of United Party Leader Peter Dunne to the Government invitation of sporting great Peter Snell to return to New Zealand. The athelete is putting together a proposal for the Minister of Sport outlining how he would work for the Government. See... Situations Vacant - NZers Living Overseas [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00276.htm


Aussie Ansett Workers Worried

- The announcement by News Limited that it is to sell its 50% share in Ansett Australia to Air New Zealand will inevitably mean significant Australian job losses according to the largest Australian Airline's Union, the Australian Services Union. See... Ansett Jobs to fly across Tasman says Union [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00123.htm


The End Of Beauty?

- A group of Dunedin women who protested at last year's Miss Otago pageant are today delighted to hear the Miss New Zealand contest is on its last legs. See... Pageant Outdated , A Laughingstock [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00070.htm


Native Birds Bounce Back

- The Minister of Conservation, Sandra Lee, today paid tribute to the achievements of the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project at St Arnaud including improved visitor facilities and increases in native bird populations. See... Nelson mainland island celebrates it successes [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00272.htm


UK Bill Cracks Down On Property Terrorists

- Protesters from the N30 internet based protest movement are alarmed at a new bill under consideration in the UK which would expand considerably the scope of anti-terrorist powers. See... N30 Protestors Warn Of New UK Terrorist Bill [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0002/S00020.htm


Flying High And Swimming - Women In The Oz Armed Forces

- Two women, including a Kiwi expat, have completed an intensive training course to become the first female officers in the Royal Australian Air Force to graduate to fast jets. See... RAAF Women (Incl Kiwi) Graduate To Fast Jets [1] , meanwhile in the Aussie Navy another woman has fallen overboard and an investigation is underway to find out how. See... Investigation Into Woman Overboard In Aussie Navy [2] , both releases are in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0002/S00016.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0002/S00015.htm


How Civilised Are The Aussies Really?

- "A decade ago, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC) recommended that throughout Australia, imprisonment should be a sanction of last resort." See... From a Loaf of Bread to a 'Packet of biscuits' [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0002/S00014.htm


Retry Mumia Abu-Jamal Says Amnesty

A Life in the Balance - The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a new Amnesty International report, highlights inadequate legal representation, legal proceedings that fail to reach minimum international standards for fair trials, and possible bias of the appeal courts. Mumia Abu-Jamal, an African-American, was convicted and sentenced to death in July 1982 for the murder of white police officer Daniel Faulkner on 9 December 1981. He has consistently maintained his innocence. See... Amnesty calls for Mumia Abu-Jamal retrial [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0002/S00012.htm


From Air New Zealand To Air Australasia

- Air New Zealand Limited has announced it will achieve full ownership of Ansett Holdings under an agreement with News Corporation Limited (News) to acquire News' 50% interest in the Australian airline group. See...Air NZ Achieves Full Ownership Of Ansett Holdings [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00121.htm


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