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Smart Money For A Smart Play?
America’s Cup Postponed
Pay Cuts For Newsreaders
Questions In The House
Definitely Not Cricket
Echelon & Waihopai Spy Base
Scoop Opinion: Generous Super

NZ Becomes Anti Nuke Leader
F16 Dealings
Rachel’s New Love – Team NZ
Telstra-Saturn Deal
No Trade Deficit!
Greeens And Tibet
I Support Samuels
Farmers Against ACC Changes
More Student Loan Troubles

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Smart Money For A Smart Play?

- US Internet entrepreneur Guy Cook met E-Force founder and CEO Mark Fulton in Colorado. He also met his wife there. Now he is back in NZ as a key member of the board of the latest New Zelaand e-commerce venture - formerly Paynter timber - now - E-Force. See... Rich Pickings Seen In Nacent E-Zealand [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00124.htm


America’s Cup Postponed

- It was a beautiful day in Auckland, and on the Hauraki Gulf, unless you were a sailor. A bright sunny afternoon featured puffy cumulus clouds to break up the deep blue hues of the sky, providing a spectacular backdrop to Race Three of the America's Cup - but there was no wind! See... Race Three is Abandoned Due to Light Winds [1] in the Auckland wire. Also see... Race Still Delayed [2] in the Auckland wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0002/S00016.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0002/S00015.htm


Pay Cuts For Newsreaders

- TVNZ autocue readers Richard Long and Judy Bailey could be getting cuts to their rumoured six figure salaries once the network’s new head finishes his “quiet revolution”. See... Lower Pay For Newsreaders Says TVNZ Boss [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00129.htm


Questions In The House

- Today's questions concern: GE Salmon Trials - F16s - NZ's Peacekeepers - IRD Mailout And Medical Records - WINZ Bonuses - F16s - Telecommunications Monopolies - Judith Tizard's Workload - Doctors And ACC - Hawkesby - Energy Efficiency - ACC And Charities. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00128.htm


Definitely Not Cricket

- Cricket hooligans who threw beer cans and invaded the pitch at yesterday's one-day-match between New Zealand and Australia in Dunedin have caused an outcry from both match organisers and the NZ captain. See... Lager Louts Ruin Aussie Thrashing [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00126.htm


Echelon & Waihopai Spy Base

- The Prime Minister has said she is concerned about reports that the European Parliament is about to investigate “Echelon” an international spy link-up including New Zealand which is alleged to be engaged in commercial espionage .See... PM Concerned About Echelon Investigation [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00122.htm


Scoop Opinion: Generous Super

- On 27 January, the Government announced that New Zealand Superannuation will be raised to 67% of the average weekly wage. In doing so, it missed its opportunity to reintroduce a clawback mechanism for those persons over 65 with significant private incomes. We now have an unusually generous system of public income provision for our retired capitalists. See... Rankin: Retirement Support: What's in a Name? [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00125.htm


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NZ Becomes Anti Nuke Leader

- In Parliament Prime Minister Helen Clark proposed a motion which she said would make New Zealand a world leader in the fight for nuclear disarmament. Parliament is currently debating the motion. See... Parliamentary Motion Proposed On Disarmament [1] and New Zealand ready for disarmament talks [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00316.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00320.htm


F16 Dealings

- The Government's defence stance means that New Zealand is in real danger of writing itself out of the region, National's Defence spokesman Wayne Mapp said. See... Govt defence agenda will write NZ out of region [1] in the Parliament wire. Also see... PM says to Australia; We don't care what you think [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00331.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00334.htm


Rachel’s New Love – Team NZ

- Supermodel Rachel Hunter had nothing but praise for the American Express New Zealand Cup Village when she visited this morning. Ms Hunter was taken by Village staff out into the marina to see the Team New Zealand boats depart for the racecourse, and surprised the crew ...See... Supermodel enjoys visit to AMEX Cup Village [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0002/S00017.htm


Telstra-Saturn Deal

- Telecom New Zealand will have a major competitor in New Zealand after Austar United Communications and Telstra Corporation announced they had agreed to merge their New Zealand operations, Saturn Communications and Telstra New Zealand to form a 50:50 joint venture. See... Merger Creates Major Force In NZ Communications [1] in the Business wire. The Telstra-Saturn link up announced today is good news for New Zealanders,” Opposition Communications spokesperson Lockwood Smith said today. See... Telstra-Saturn moves good news for New Zealanders [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00145.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00328.htm


No Trade Deficit!

- Provisional data for the month of January recorded a zero trade balance - compared to market expectations of a $250m deficit. The annual deficit fell to 3.3% of GDP, down from a record 3.6% during the year to December. For the Statistics New Zealand Release see... Overseas Merchandise Trade (Imports): January 2000 [1] and for Deutsche Bank Analysis... Overseas Merchandise Trade - January 2000 [2] both in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00144.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00146.htm


Greeens And Tibet

- Green co-leader Rod Donald today presented a visiting Chinese official with a letter expressing Green Party concerns over the ongoing human rights violations of the Tibetan people by the Chinese. The Prime Minister also has brought the matter up with the official. See... Greens Register Tibet Concerns with China [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00329.htm


I Support Samuels

- Associate Minister of Mäori Affairs, Parekura Horomia today reiterated his wholehearted support for Mäori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels. His comments come in response to ACT Leader Richard Prebble’s claim that Maori Labour MPs were not happy with Mr Samuels position. See... Horomia support for Dover Samuels [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00325.htm


Farmers Against ACC Changes

- Federated Farmers says it remains adamant that the farming community wants to stay with the current competitive accident insurance market which has delivered farmers and the whole economy huge benefits. See... Federated Farmers Can Recognise A Pup [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00086.htm


More Student Loan Troubles

- Opposition Education Spokesperson Nick Smith today said Labour's pre-election pledge to reduce student debt had backfired given the huge 45% increase in student loan applications revealed by the Government yesterday. See... Labour's student loan policy backfiring [1] . Meanwhile a student leader has supported ACT MP Muriel Newman's attack on the interest free student loans policy, saying that the number of new student loan applications are “50,000 indictments on Labour policy”. See... 50,000 Indictments On Labour Policy - Rebels [2] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00333.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00085.htm

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