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BPS 2000 Has Echoes Of The Past
The Perils Of “E-mail”
The Craccum Articles – Decide For Yourself
Art On The Wire - Scoop’s Fringe Culture
Tennis Star In Good Form
Scoop Opinion: Scoop On Judges

Protecting The World’s Women
Organics Open Doors
Nandor On Pot In School
Kiwi’s Get An Oily Scalping
National Supports Nuclear Weapons Free Zone
Driving Lessons – BERL On NZ’s Economic Performance
Labour Minister Is Failing Women
Wall Street And Kiwi Investors Launch World First
Christian Party Wants F16 Attack Aircraft
Maori Managers Needed
Job Advertisements Stay Up
News In East Timor
The “Poor” Children Of Gay Parents

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BPS 2000 Has Echoes Of The Past

- The 2000 Budget Policy Statement - the first of new Finance Minister Michael Cullen - appears to be calculated to please, both the markets and the Labour/Alliance's caucus. Alastair Thompson reports. See... Cullen's BPS Similar In Scope To Winston's First [1] in the Headlines wire. “The fiscal goals laid out in the 2000 Budget Policy Statement reflect a more balanced view of the appropriate role and size of the state than has applied in New Zealand in recent years”; Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Government promises fiscal prudence- BPS Statement [2] . Also see Scoop’s Alastair Thompson preview of the Budget Policy Statement. See... Look To The Government To Lead From The Front [3] in the Headlines wire and the Minister Of Finance’s speech on the eve of his statement see...Finance Minister On Eve Of Budget Policy Statement [4] . For Nationals preview see... Dr Cullen catches a wave with BPS [5] both in the Parliament wire.
REACTION:
- GREEN: Greens welcome Budget Policy Goals [6]
- NATIONAL: Govt defying public on superannuation [7]
- ACT: Cullen’s BPS: fudged and flimsy [8]
- NZ FIRST: Government Must Address Exports, Savings And Jobs [9]
- PSA: Commitment to public service spending essential [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00032.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00117.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00031.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00113.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00076.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00125.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00124.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00122.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00119.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00040.htm


The Perils Of “E-mail”

- Non, Non, public servants cannot use the Anglo word e-mail says the French Ministry of Finance when it announced the ban earlier this week. John Howard reports. See... The Threat Of The Anglo Word E-mail [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00029.htm


The Craccum Articles – Decide For Yourself

- Craccum, the Auckland University student newspaper, has published two articles - one, 'a how to guide' to commit suicide, and another criticising youth suicide councilling services as a waste of time and money. The editor of the magazine has defended his right to publish the stories. Are Craccum brave, callous or just naive? Scoop will let readers decide. Warning: this article could prove offensive or distressing to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Reader discretion is advised. See... Suicide Is Painless? - The Craccum Articles [1] in the Headlines wire. The co-editors of a student magazine who published a controversial feature on youth suicide may end up being kicked out by their student association. Scoop's Chris Holm reports. See... Craccum Editors May Be Forced To Fall On Swords [2] in the Headlines wire. “The problem is not that suicide is being discussed. National & ACT are not amused - see... Craccum Article Callous & Irresponsible [3] And Suicide serious, Craccum editor should resign [4] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00026.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00027.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00092.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00095.htm


Art On The Wire - Scoop’s Fringe Culture

- Scoop Fringe Reviewer Lissa Mitchell checks out three fine fine art exhibitions around Wellington. The line-up includes creepy multimedia show intheshed.com. See... Perspectives on the Chatham Islands and Wellington [1] and... intheshed.com, Shed 11, 2-8 March, till late [2] . Also see... Exhibition of Contemporary NZ Art [3] all in the Art & Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0003/S00018.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0003/S00019.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0003/S00020.htm


Tennis Star In Good Form

- Kiwi tennis No.1 Mark Nielsen has shown good form for the Gallagher Challenger in 10 days time in Hamilton as he moved into the second round of US$25,000 Kyoto Challenger event in Japan by beating another entrant for the Waikato tournament, Grant Doyle. See... Nielson In Good Form [1] in the Sports wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0003/S00004.htm


Scoop Opinion: Scoop On Judges

- Last week Justice Minister, Phil Goff, called on judges to be more responsive to public opinion. But John Howard writes, - do we want the rule of law or the rule of the mob? See... Scoop Opinion - Judge Me Not [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00033.htm

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Protecting The World’s Women

- Prime Minister Helen Clark and Women's Affairs Minister Laila Harre today marked International Women's Day by announcing New Zealand will adopt a strengthening provision to a UN convention aimed at ending discrimination against women. See... NZ backs stronger anti-discrimination convention [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00123.htm


Organics Open Doors

- Exporting of organic foods to the European Union will be assisted by the granting of accreditation to AgriQuality New Zealand, Agriculture and Trade Negotiations Minister, Jim Sutton, said today. See... Organics Moving Ahead, Says Sutton [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00121.htm


Nandor On Pot In School

- Several commentators and MPs from other parties have misrepresented the stance taken by MP Nandor Tanczos over the cannabis issue. This article, written by Nandor, aims at trying to make his position clear. See... Keeping Cannabis Out Of Schools - Nandor Tanczos [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00120.htm


Kiwi’s Get An Oily Scalping

- New Zealand First Energy Spokesperson, Peter Brown, today expressed outrage on behalf of motorists who are being ‘scalped’ by the antics of foreign owned oil companies ratcheting up petrol prices, yet again. Petrol Prices have risen over 23 cents a litre in New Zealand this month after international oil producers began strict production quotas. All four major oil companies have announced a 3 cent increase today. See... Oil Companies ‘Scalping’ Motorists [1] in the


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00112.htm


National Supports Nuclear Weapons Free Zone

- The National Opposition has endorsed the Prime Minister's intention of promoting a South Hemisphere nuclear weapons free zone during her visit to Chile this week. See... National supports PM on nuclear weapons free zone [1] . Yesterday the Chatham Islands became part of a new global move to eliminate nuclear weapons from the world. To see Health Minister Annette King today opened the facility. See... Nuclear Test Monitoring Station Press Release [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00111.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00099.htm


Driving Lessons – BERL On NZ’s Economic Performance

- In releasing its latest assessment of NZ's economic performance and potential, independent researchers BERL have criticised the sole use of a 'stop-go' mechanism (ie interest rates) with which to drive the economy. See... "A steering wheel would help", say BERL economists [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00037.htm


Labour Minister Is Failing Women

- Today should be a time to acknowledge and celebrate the historic achievements of New Zealand women and look hard at how the lives of women in our own backyard can be improved, says National’s women’s affairs spokeswoman Anne Tolley. See... Minister fails women on day of celebration [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00115.htm


Wall Street And Kiwi Investors Launch World First

- In e-Commerce Wall Street and New Zealand investors have joined forces to launch a new e-Commerce company, which today announced plans to spend more than NZ$50 million here during its first year of business. See... Wall Street And Kiwi Investors Launch World First [1] . Also see... E-Commerce Startup Enables Global Wood Trading [2] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00038.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00036.htm


Christian Party Wants F16 Attack Aircraft

- The Christian Heritage Party, envisaging a foreign attack from the sea, is extremely concerned about proposal to scrap the purchase of the F16 aircraft. See... Christian Heritage Slates Labour's Defence Policy [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00034.htm


Maori Managers Needed

- Access to finance and management capability are two key issues which need to be addressed by Maori and the Crown if the new Government is to meet its goals for Maori economic development, Maori Economic Development Commission Chair June McCabe said today. See... Maori Finance and Management [1] in the Party wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00032.htm


Job Advertisements Stay Up

- The trend number of job advertisments fell by 0.6% in February, following a 0.5% decline in December, but remained 17.2% higher than the same month a year earlier See... Data Flash NZ - ANZ Job Ads - February 20 [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00039.htm


News In East Timor

- East Timor's first local newspaper in six months hit the streets today, just hours before the visit of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid. The newspaper was printed by a photocopier. See... E Timor News Hot Off The Photocopier [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00033.htm


The “Poor” Children Of Gay Parents

- Party Leader Graham Capill is disturbed by the NZ Family and Foster Care Federation’s decision to allow lesbian partners to foster children. Mr Capill asked, “What sort of morals will these poor children imbibe? See... Wrong To Open Door To "Lesbian Fostering" [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00035.htm

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