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Prada’s Nightmare = 2 Nil to NZ
Kofi Annan Visit Piles On The Acid
Iran’s Elections - A Student Perspective
Kofi Annan In Aussie
More Kiwis By ’44 -
Questions And Answers

Pop Not Pot
INCIS Sale
After Incis...
Question Time Wrangle
Energy Efficiency Report Out
Insurance Council, Farmers And Greens On ACC
ACC Tinkering
Kiwis Assistance To Mozambique Extended
Chancellorgate
Election 1999 Bungle
Saving Scarfies From WINZ
Warne Defended
New Niue High Commissioner


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Shades of Freedom - Iranian Students In 2000 Elections

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Prada’s Nightmare = 2 Nil to NZ

- Near flawless sailing by the New Zealanders coupled with some disasters for the Italian crew saw Prada lose the second race of the America’s Cup by a whopping 2 minutes and 43 seconds. See... Team NZ Leads Race Two With A Whopper Lead [1] in the Headlines wire. For more on the Cup battle see… A Terrible Day For Prada [2] , International Jury to Rule on Team NZ Coms System [3] and Latest Happenings In The Amex Cup Village [4] , all in the Auckland wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00110.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0002/S00010.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0002/S00011.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0002/S00012.htm


Kofi Annan Visit Piles On The Acid

- The UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who arrives in Wellington on 22 February, will be the first important overseas visitor to NZ since the change of government. Former NZ Security Council representative Terrence O'Brien previews the visit. See... Scoop Feature: The Bigger Picture [1] in the Headlines wire. Also in the wire is a recent speech from O’Brien on defence policy, see... Terrence O'Brien - Defence Policy After East Timor [2] . For more on the visit see below.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00112.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00111.htm


Iran’s Elections

- Elections in Iran have seen the opposition reformist party gain over 60 per cent of the vote in Iran’s Parliament – the first time this has happened since Iran’s popular fundamentalist revolution. Student groups who have long agitated for a relaxation of strict laws on censorship and political freedom are jubilant. See... Iranian Elections - A Rebel Student's Perspective [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0002/S00027.htm


Kofi Annan In Australia

- United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is set to visit New Zealand at midnight tonight for talks with Prime Minister Helen Clark on our involvement in East Timor among other matters. He has recently met Australian leaders in Darwin. See... Annan's Address To People Of Darwin Australia [1] in the International wire. Meanwhile, West Coasters are planning to ask the United Nations to independently scrutinise the Government’s native forest decisions. John Howard reports. See... Loggers Make UN Appeal [2] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0002/S00025.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00103.htm


More Kiwis By ’44 -

There will be an estimated 4.64 million New Zealanders by 2044, according to new population projections released by Statistics New Zealand. See... 4.6 Million New Zealanders By 2044 [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00129.htm

Questions And Answers

- Today's questions of the day in the house concerned: Fringe Benefit Tax - TVNZ Jack Ups - East Timor Development - Victoria's Vice Chancellor Payout - Trade Prospects - Infrastructure Auckland - WINZ Accountability - INCIS - ACC and Accredited Employers - Departmental Accountability To Maori -ACC - Maori Language Broadcasting. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00109.htm

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Pop Not Pot

- The campus tour launched by Green MP Nandor Tanczos is not based around encouraging support for cannabis decriminalisation, as is being widely reported. See... Tanczos Tour Not Focussed On Cannabis - Greens [1] Instead Mr Tanzcos says it is time to start talking seriously about radio quota for New Zealand music. See... Time Right For New Zealand Music Quota - Greens [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00288.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00287.htm


INCIS Sale

- The Government confirmed today that it would put the controversial INCIS mainframe computer up for sale saying the money spent continuing to maintain the problematic system was better spent in other areas. Police earlier expressed concerns about the planned sale. See... Government To Sell INCIS Mainframe [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00293.htm


After Incis….

- Counties Manukau Police will soon get a successful computerised crime-fighting tool that will help them catch burglars and solve other crimes. See... IT Crime Fighting Tool For Counties Manukau [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00301.htm


Question Time Wrangle

- “Do as I say, not as I do, seems to be the way this Government intends to operate” says Hon Roger Sowry, Shadow Leader of the House. See... Accountability merely a charade for the Government [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00300.htm


Energy Efficiency Report Out

- The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has issued a report on Kiwis wasting power. See... Inefficient energy use means NZ helps warm world [1] . Minister of Energy Pete Hodgson says it is a useful and well-timed document with sensible recommendations, see... Energy efficiency recommendations welcomed [2] . Meanwhile Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says Govt should take lead in saving energy - Greens [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00074.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00299.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00298.htm


Insurance Council, Farmers And Greens On ACC

- The announcement by the Government today that it is doing political deals over the accident insurance market should be a signal of real troubles ahead if ACC is re-nationalised, says the Insurance Council. See... Government Resumes Political Meddling In ACC [1] . Meanwhile Fed Farmers are happier see... Farmers ACC Concerns Recognised [2] and so are the Greens, see… Sue Bradford Welcomes Govt. Support Over ACC [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00076.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00075.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00295.htm


ACC Tinkering

- The Government has announced it will change laws restoring the Accident Compensation monopoly which effect small businesses, saying it was influenced by Federated farmers and not the Green Party over the move. The new changes allows the self employed to nominate the amount they pay in ACC levies rather than have them calculated on the previous year's rate. Tinkering at the edges of the ACC reforms won’t help most of the businesses, employers and social groups worried about the impact of the Government’s law change, Opposition ACC spokesperson Gerry Brownlee said today. See... ACC Tinkering At Edges Won’t Resolve Problems [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00284.htm


Kiwis Assistance To Mozambique Extended

- The extension of NZ involvement in a Mozambique de-mining programme was announced today by the Minister of Defence Mark Burton and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Phil Goff. See... NZ involvement in demining programme to continue [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00297.htm


Chancellorgate

- New papers released today under the Official Information Act show Tertiary Education Minister Mr Steve Maharey misled Parliament over his knowledge of Victoria University Vice-Chancellor’s resignation. See... Vic-gate plot thickens [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00296.htm


Election 1999 Bungle

- A review examining the delays in vote counting at last year's general election says the two referendums and lack of experienced staff were important causes. Labour has blamed National MP Wyatt Creech for the changes, saying he presided of the removal of experienced courts workers from the election team. For National’s reply see... PM Should Read The Hunn-Smith Review - Nats [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00282.htm


Saving Scarfies From WINZ

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey says all students affected by the WINZ loans processing backlog will be paid emergency payments. See... Maharey Focused Finding Solutions For WINZ Loans [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00289.htm


Warne Defended

- Shane Warne’s behaviuor over a cigarette pales in comparison to the drunken louts who wee in gardens after the one day matches. Joy Faulkner from Libertarian NZ and Smokers of The World Unite defends him. The spin bowler caused a ruckus here and in Australia when he confronted two young fans who took a picture of him smoking. See... The State Versus Shane Warne [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00072.htm


New Niue High Commissioner

- New Zealand's next High Commissioner to Niue will be career diplomat John Bryan, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... New High Commissioner In Niue [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00286.htm


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