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Scoop Today - Thank God Its Friday!

HEADLINES

Kiwi Soldier Honoured
Good Reasons Not To Buy Fighter Aircraft
Skyscraping Capital
Hacky Sack Competition
Spy Standoff in Fletcher's Office!

Bump Headed Salmon Headed For Scrapheap
Booze Up Fags Down
Stiffer Murder Penalties
Select Committee Meetings
Producer Costs Rise
Attack Of The Illegal Mosquitofish
The Blues Under The Bed
Bulk Funding Schools
Don’t Take The Brown Ones - Ecstasy Scare
Chalice Sculpture
Kumera For The Heart
No! Student Loans Are Now Ok!

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Honouring A Fallen Hero

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Kiwi Soldier Honoured

- East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao presenting a specially woven scarf to New Zealand force commander Brigadier Martyn Dunne in recognition of the loss of Warrant Officer Tony Walser, who died in a vehicle accident near Suai late last year. See... Scoop Images: East Timor Honours A Fallen Kiwi [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00127.htm


Good Reasons Not To Buy Fighter Aircraft

- Kofi Annan's comments yesterday that the purchase of 28 F16s would not, in his view, assist greatly in NZ's ability to participate in peacekeeping are timely and apposite. Alastair Thompson discusses the reasons why NZ should not buy the F16s. See... Scoop Editorial: A Principled Government At Last [1] in the Headlines wire. Phil Doherty of context.co.nz has more to say on the subject see... Scoop Opinion: What’s in an F16 deal? [2] in the Headlines wire. For a different view see United Party leader Peter Dunne’s article on foreign policy and defence. See... Some Thoughts On Foreign Policy Rights And Defence [3] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00131.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00133.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00346.htm


Skyscraping Capital

- Wellington can expect three or four new “tall buildings”; in the next five years, says Mayor Mark Blumsky. City Voice Editor Simon Collins reports. See... More Tall Buildings Predicted [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00132.htm


Hacky Sack Competition

- With maximum energy, Wellingtonian Paul Grubi is adding to the capital's carnival atmosphere by creating the first NZ Footbag Championships. From Wellington’s City Voice Newspaper. See... Kicking Up A Storm [1] in the Arts & Culture wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0002/S00008.htm


Spy Standoff in Fletcher's Office!

- Adrian Chisholm, the man spied on by private investigators from the Auckland city-council, is currently hiding out in Auckland Mayor Christine Fletcher's bathroom! Last night Adrian Chisholm continued to battle Big Brother (or in this case Big Sister) – sleeping overnight in Christine Fletcher’s office while the stand off between them simmered. See... Stand off in Mayor’s Office Continues [1] . Also see... Chisholm in All Night Vigil in Fletcher’s Office! [2] both in the Politics wire. For more background see Scoop writer John Howard’s original article. See... Investigated By A "Happy" Auckland City Council [3] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00089.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00088.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00123.htm


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Bump Headed Salmon Headed For Scrapheap

- Green party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said she was delighted at today's news that the King Salmon Company were to stop genetic engineering experiments on their salmon. See... Greens delighted at King Salmon backdown [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00355.htm


Booze Up Fags Down

- Kiwis are consuming more alcohol but smoking less say latest health figures from Statistics New Zealand . See... More Alcohol, Fewer Cigarettes - Statistics NZ [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00154.htm


Stiffer Murder Penalties

- In a speech to judges today Justice Minister Phil Goff advocated stiffer sentences for murderers to bring them into line with those of rape. Ninety-two per cent of New Zealanders voted for harsher penalties for violent offenders in the recent referenda accompanying the 1999 general election. See... Public Opinion And The Judiciary – Does It Matter? [1] . National wants Mr Goff to give this message to the Matt Robson Minister of Corrections. See... Goff Gets The Message; Robson Doesn't - Nats [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00351.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00353.htm


Select Committee Meetings

- There were 18 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex, and one site visit by the Officers of Parliament Committee. See... Weekly news from the Select Committee Office [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00354.htm


Producer Costs Rise

- New figures released today show costs for New Zealand’s producers have risen higher than expected. Increased international prices for oil are thought to be behind the rises . See... Oil Drives Inflation - Stats NZ [1] in the wire. For Deutsche Bank’ s analysis. See... Producer Price Index - Dec Q 1999 [2] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00151.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00152.htm


Attack Of The Illegal Mosquitofish

- The Department of Conservation is concerned that people in Northland may still be releasing an introduced fish, Gambusia, in an attempt to control mosquitos on their properties. Recent survey work done by DoC has shown the breed is seriously endangering several of our threatened native fish species. See... DoC Concerned about Introductions of Mosquitofish [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00102.htm


The Blues Under The Bed

- Nationals Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Simon Upton, says Prime Minister Helen Clark is overacting by accusing him of trying to “sabotage” her visit to Australia over the F16 deal. The Mr Upton and a fellow MP traveled to Australia this week to meet with Australian defence officials. See... Prime Minister Overly Sensitive About Visit - Nats [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00337.htm


Bulk Funding Schools

- The news that the Government has not yet informed bulk funded schools of their intentions and their timetable for implementing changes to the bulk funding option is regrettable, says ACT education spokesman Donna Awatere Huata.. See... Government discourteous to bulk funded schools [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00336.htm


Don’t Take The Brown Ones - Ecstasy Scare

- The Ministry of Health is warning users of illegal drugs about the added danger they may be exposing themselves to after Dutch authorities found strychnine in a sample of MDMA (Ecstasy) in Holland. See... Strychnine Found in Dutch Ecstasy [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00101.htm


Chalice Sculpture

- The installation of an 18-metre-high sculpture “Chalice”; is set to be errected in Christchurch’s civil square. The large post modern Neil Dawson sculpture, is called New Zealand's definitive millennium artwork by the Mayor but has been labelled a alien looking eyesore by others. See... "Chalice" Resource Consent Granted for 2K Icon [1] in the Art And Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0002/S00007.htm


Kumera For The Heart

- The French may be battling heart disease with red wine, but in New Zealand kumara, watercress and blackcurrent juice may be the answer. See... Battling Heart Disease Kiwi Style [1] in the Science wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0002/S00033.htm


No! Student Loans Are Now Ok!

- The Minister of Education Steve Maharey, has rejected claims by National that the Government's changes to the student loan scheme have backfired. See... Maharey rejects National's loan claims [1] . He is backed up a student group who say Nationals claims are laughable. See... Students call National's student loan claim absurd [2] in the Education wire. Opposition Education Spokesperson Nick Smith said yesterday has 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. See...Labour's student loan policy backfiring [3] both in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile, a student leader of young ACT supporters says the number of new student loan applications are “50,000 indictments on Labour policy”. See... 50,000 Indictments On Labour Policy - Rebels [4] all in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00339.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0002/S00037.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00333.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00085.htm

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