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Free Not To Have F16s
Time For A Beer
Scoop Editorial: Vladimir Putin
New GE Rules In The US
Coming Soon To A TV Near You
Opinion: On The Left On Crime And Punishment
Opinion: On The Right’s View Of Orientation Week

Cervical Smear Investigation – Test Results
Christians Defend TV Preacher
Give Frequencies to Inventors – Dunne
New ACC Premiums For Employers
Retail Sales Dip
TV Coverage Complaint Upheld
Where Your Money Is Spent
Is Compulsory Unionism Back On The Cards For Students?
Filthy Lepers Bite Back
Weather Tax Attracts Resistance
IMAGE: Shadbolt’s Southern Delicacies
Rod Finds An Incentive To Leave Well Enough Alone
Anderton And Cullen Talk Knowledge Economics
Power Sharing
Kyoto Protocol – Work In Progress
Tories Look Out For Disappointed Tenants

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Free Not To Have F16s

- A Treasury report to be given to the Government today is expected to show that abandoning the F16 lease deal with the United States will cost New Zealand nothing. See... F16 Deal Pullout A Cheap Option [1] in the Headlines wire. After East Timor and F16s what is next? See... After East Timor where will we make peace next? [2] also in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00017.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00011.htm


Time For A Beer

- Sevens rugby is currently riding the crest of a wave with this year's inaugural World Series. See... Wave your beer goodbye at the sevens [1] in the Sport wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0003/S00003.htm


Scoop Editorial: Vladimir Putin

- Russia has had a terrible century. In fact Russia - and certainly the Russian peasantry - have arguably had a bum deal for as long as anyone can remember. Alastair Thompson writes. See... Editorial: Democracy, Faith And A People Betrayed [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00018.htm


New GE Rules In The US

- Tough new rules are about to announced in the United States in an effort to create an official definition of 'organic.' John Howard reports. See... Tough New Rules On Organic Products In US [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00019.htm


Coming Soon To A TV Near You

- After years of research and months of anticipation, PlayStation® 2 went on sale for the first time in Japan yesterday. New Zealand fans however are expected to have to wait till September before they get a taste of the most keenly awaited development in computer gaming history. See... Scoop Images: Playstation 2 Launches In Japan [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00014.htm


Opinion: On The Left On Crime And Punishment

- Crime and justice is probably one of the worst areas of public debate this country has. While there are plenty of areas where nobody actually knows what they're talking about, justice is probably the area where they say it loudest, and say the most stupid things. See... On The Left - Justice Gained, Not Denied [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00015.htm


Opinion: On The Right’s View Of Orientation Week

- Orientation week is always a time for Student Associations to brainwash all the new students, scientifically known as 'freshers', into believing that their (mostly) compulsory reps are indeed fighting the good fight against the evil capitalist oppressors. See... On The Right - Going Potty With Nandor [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00012.htm


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Cervical Smear Investigation – Test Results

- This week more than 12,000 women are finding out the final results of the re-examination of their cervical smear tests reviewed as part of the Gisborne cervical screening investigation. More than 1500 women have been affected. National says Labour should speed up the ministerial inquiry into the system, due to begin in March, but which may be delayed until April. See... Ministerial Inquiry needs to get underway [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00070.htm


Christians Defend TV Preacher

- Christian Heritage Party Leader, Graham Capill has accused the Prime Minister, Helen Clark, or her Department, of bully-boy tactics after TVNZ decided to pull the new Christian programme from Higher Ground Ministry off the air within 24 hours of its first scheduled broadcast. The programme featured an American preacher who recently made comments that societies with women leaders were influenced by Satan. See... TVNZ Secrecy Supports Suggestion PM A Bully [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00017.htm


Give Frequencies to Inventors – Dunne

- United NZ party leader, Peter Dunne, is calling on the Government to re-think the forthcoming high-frequency radio spectrum auction. Mr Dunne wants the government to give some of the frequencies to innovators. See... United - Give Part Of Radio Spectrum To Innovators [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00073.htm


New ACC Premiums For Employers

- Cabinet has given the green light to the new ACC average premium for employers today – delivering Government's promise of cheaper accident insurance levies Minister Michael Cullen says. See... New ACC levy - more for less - Govt [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00074.htm


Retail Sales Dip

- Kiwi consumers held on to their spare change in the last few months. Retail sales fell by 0.5% in January, following a 1.2% increase in December. See... January Retail Sales Mixed Statistics - Stats NZ [1] in the Business wire. For Deutsche Bank analysis, see... Deutsche Bank: Retail Sales - January 2000 [2] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00025.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00027.htm


TV Coverage Complaint Upheld

- A Ministry of Health complaint about inaccurate TVNZ coverage of green-lipped mussel extract Lyprinol has been upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Authority. See... Lyprinol 'cancer cure' stories inaccurate - BSA [1] in the General wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00015.htm


Where Your Money Is Spent

- Last financial year The Salvation Army spent $65.9 million on essential social, community and family welfare services. See... Red Shield Appeal 2000 Cost Of Caring $65.9M [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00014.htm


Is Compulsory Unionism Back On The Cards For Students?

- The Government is set to reverse moves towards voluntary union membership for students, after Trevor Mallard's confirmation that Cabinet has agreed to repeal the 1998 Education (Tertiary Students' Assocation Voluntary Membership) Amendment Act. See... Students Lose Right To Choose [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00014.htm


Filthy Lepers Bite Back

- Annette King whinges that smokers call her a Nazi – “What a whoose!!” chortles Joy Faulkner of Smokers of the World Unite. “Now she may have some idea of how we lowlife smokers feel as she and her ilk oust us from society like filthy lepers. See... Nazi? Who? Annette? [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00013.htm


Weather Tax Attracts Resistance

- The Farmers' Fighting Fund's Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Malcolm Bailey, announced today that the Farmers' Fighting Fund would back the Matamata-Piako district farmers in their dispute with Environment Waikato. See... Farmers' Fighting Fund backs Piako Farmers [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00024.htm


IMAGE: Shadbolt’s Southern Delicacies

- The first of the season’s Bluff oysters received a VIP guard – in the person of Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt - on their journey to points north on Sunday.. See... Scoop Images: Oysters get VIP escort [1] in the Business wire. See also A tasty Sunday is forecast [2] and The First of the Season - Oyster Arrival Times [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00023.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00022.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00021.htm


Rod Finds An Incentive To Leave Well Enough Alone

- Green Party Co-Leader Rod Donald says he hopes the public is open to persuasion on the size of parliament since last year's indicative referendum overwhelmingly voted to cut the number of MPs from 120 to 99. See... Labour Would Lose All List MPs In 99 Seat Parliament [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00069.htm


Anderton And Cullen Talk Knowledge Economics

- Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton outlined the government's approach to the knowledge economy in a speech to the IPENZ Conference 2000 at the weekend. See... Deputy PM outlines basis of Knowledge Economy [1] and Jim Anderton - Towards a knowledge economy [2] , both in the Parliament wire. For Finance Minister Michael Cullen’s speech on the same subject see… Michael Cullen - "The Prosperity Triangle" [3] , also in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00068.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00067.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00063.htm


Power Sharing

- A new era of co-operation between central and local government will be launched on Tuesday when leaders from the two sectors meet at Premier House in Wellington. See... Central/local government forum breaks new ground [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00066.htm


Kyoto Protocol – Work In Progress

- The Minister for the Environment, Marian Hobbs, says policy is being developed within the government to ensure New Zealand honours its commitment under the Kyoto protocol to the United Nations Climate Convention. See... Work Underway On Carbon Emissions [1] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says there is a lot of work to do still. See... Work to do before meaningful Kyoto ratification [2] , also in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00065.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00060.htm


Tories Look Out For Disappointed Tenants

- Scrapping the HomeBuy scheme will disappoint hundreds of low-income state tenants who were planning to buy their homes, says National's housing spokesman Tony Ryall. See... 700 miss out on home buy dream [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00064.htm

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