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Scoop Today - BLACK TO THE FUTURE!

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!!!!!BLACK TO THE FUTURE!!!!!
With A "Rookie" At The Helm
Keith Rankin : Health, Economy and Social Capital
Rising Oil Prices: The Background
Kids & Guns : The Case Of The 6-Year-Old
Mozambique Floods - Tragedy Imminent
The Greens On Echelon
Scoop Is In The House

Radio Spectrum Reserved For Maori
Student Loans Faster - Govt
GE Food
Gaps In Education Closed
ACC Will Deliver Cheaper Rates - Minister
More Work For Nurses
Bluff Oysters Are Back
Child Advocates Needed In Ellis Case
Goff On Chechnya
F16 Deal Is Good - Treasury
Anti Logging Petition
Chase Death, Inquiry Needed

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TOP SCOOPS

!!!!!BLACK TO THE FUTURE!!!!!

- Team NZ's superiority over the Italians showed today when they became the first country outside the United States to successfully defend the America's Cup. See... Team New Zealand Sail Away [1] in the Headlines wire. Both the Prime Minister and the Deputy PM have congratulated Team New Zealand for their five nil sweep. See... Prime Minister salutes Team NZ win [2] and... Acting PM congratulates Team NZ [3] both in the Parliament wire. The team will be greeted to a parade down Queen Street in Auckland. See... Queen Street Parade To Celebrate America’s Cup [4] in the Auckland wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00007.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00033.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00034.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0003/S00007.htm


With A "Rookie" At The Helm

- Team New Zealand used a new skipper today as they won a 5-0 triumph over a Prada crew beaten on the water and browbeaten by their tycoon boss. See... Rookie in line to seal Kiwi Cup triumph [1] in the Auckland wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0003/S00006.htm


Keith Rankin – Health, Economy and Social Capital

- Yesterday the Herald's editorial writer criticised Jim Anderton's regional development plan - announced on 29 February. The Herald sees Anderton's approach as a trade-off between efficiency (or "competitiveness" which is not always the same thing) and "internal equity - or equal relative poverty". For Keith Rankin’s view on this see... Keith Rankin: The Health Costs of Inequality [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00004.htm


Rising Oil Prices: The Background

- A crucial meeting today between Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Venezula will help determine whether the oil producing nations in OPEC will increase oil production to help bring global petrol prices down. John Howard reports. See... What Fuels The Oil Price Rises [1] in the Headlines wire. Petrol prices are rising again with oil companies announcing they will up their prices for petrol and diesel by two cents a litre, the third lift in a month. The price for petrol has increased by eight cents this year. See... Petrol Price Rises Must Be Transparent - NZFirst [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00005.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00004.htm


Kids & Guns – The Case Of The 6-Year-Old

- A 6-year-old boy who allegedly shot and killed a first-grade classmate was living in a crack house and had been suspended from school for fighting and other behavioral problems, the child's father told an investigator. See... Scoop Link - Boy Had Violent History [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00006.htm


Mozambique Floods - Tragedy Imminent

– Thousands of people are likely to die needlessly in flood ravaged Mozambique if equipment and aid is not donated to international rescue efforts. See... Mozambique Floods Need Accelerated Relief Efforts [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00002.htm


The Greens On Echelon

- Over the past two weeks there has been massive media interest, particularly in Europe, around allegations that the Echelon electronic spy network, of which New Zealand's Waihopai station is a part, is engaged in commercial espionage. The Green’s defence spokesperson calls for Government to scrutinize the activities of New Zealand spies. See... Challenging PM's assurances over Echelon [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00028.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- Today's questions concern: Maori Assembly - Credit Ratings For NZ - Statements About CEOs -Electricity Consumption - Jobs Machine - Airways Corporation - Maori Spectrum - Americas Cup Taxation - ILO Conventions - Consumer Representation On Codex And more. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00006.htm

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Radio Spectrum Reserved For Maori

- Acting Communications Minister Trevor Mallard and Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels, today confirmed that the part of the 2GHz auction of radio frequency will be reserved for stations committed to Maori programming. See... 2GHZ Auction: Maori Interest - Govt [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00030.htm


Student Loans Faster – Govt

- Students will be able to access their loans funds faster from next week because the Government has decided to relax a seven-day 'cooling off' period, the Minister of Social Services and Employment, Steve Maharey, announced today. See... Maharey cuts loans waiting time [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00032.htm


GE Food

- Green MP Sue Kedgley is asking the Government to include a consumer representative in the New Zealand delegation to an international meeting on the safety of genetically engineered food. See... Consumer rep. needed to GE food meeting [1] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile, in Edinburgh, environmental watchdog Greenpeace today expressed its disappointment at a United Nations Conference on Genetic Engineering which ended today. ... See... Greenpeace Disappointed by GE Food Conference [2] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00029.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00010.htm


Gaps In Education Closed

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced the Government’s further intentions to close the education gaps for Maori and Pacific Island students in Porirua East with a contribution of $120,000 towards the ICAN school project. See... Minister ups Ante for Education in Porirua [1] . Also see... New Primary School for Browns Lane [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00021.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00022.htm


ACC Will Deliver Cheaper Rates - Minister

- The new re-built ACC will equal or better average premium rates currently offered by private insurance, Accident Compensation Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... ACC to match public sector savings [1] . Promises from Dr Cullen that a state monopoly ACC will perform are no match for the legacy of the past 25 years of chaos under ACC, according to ACT. See... Cullen's Promises No Match for ACC Evidence [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00016.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00024.htm


More Work For Nurses

– Health Minister Annette King wants the health sector to start work on proposals for allowing nurses to prescribe for a greater range of conditions than those in the aged care and child and family health areas already underway. See... Greater Scope For Nurses Signalled [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00019.htm


Bluff Oysters Are Back

- With the oyster beds in Foveaux Strait almost back to their best, the Bluff oyster season begins this Sunday, a month earlier than last year. See... Bluff’s best are back a month early [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00115.htm


Child Advocates Needed In Ellis Case

- The Commissioner for Children, Roger McClay, has called on the Minister of Justice, Phil Goff, to appoint a children's advocate to any government inquiry into the issue arising from the Peter Ellis case. Ellis was released in January after serving a seven year sentence for abusing children in a Christchurch creche. He has continually protested his innocence. See... McClay stands up for creche children again [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00005.htm


Goff On Chechnya

- During a call by the new Russian Ambassador, Gennady Shabannikov, Foreign Minister Phil Goff expressed serious concern over the humanitarian plight of civilians in Chechnya and on reported atrocities against civilians and detainees. See... Goff Concerned For Chechen Civilians [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00012.htm


F16 Deal Is Good – Treasury

Treasury has confirmed that the F16 deal that this Government is about to ditch is, in its estimation, a great deal, says National's Defence spokesman Wayne Mapp. The Government says it is planning to withdraw from an agreement to lease 28 F16 fighter jets from the United States. See... F16 lease arrangement "a great deal" says Treasury [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00011.htm


Anti Logging Petition

- A petition signed by 46,578 people against logging of native forests on Crown land shows there is plenty of public support for the Government's policy on native forests, Pete Hodgson said today. See... 46,000 sign anti-logging petition - Govt [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00007.htm


Chase Death, Inquiry Needed

- Opposition Police Spokesperson Brian Neeson has raised concerns about Police pursuits after an innocent woman was killed following a car chase in Wanganui yesterday. See... Police should review pursuit training - Nats [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00006.htm


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