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Rankin: Muriel Steps Into Minefield
Guest Feature: Pinochet Laughs At The World
Sewage Rebellion In WCC
Super Wars Renewed
Picasso Unexpectedly At Dowse
International Women's Day

Homo TV Not Wanted
DNA Testing Findings
Telecomms Inquiry Sets Timetable
Are We Paying Our License Fees?
Exports Grow Strongly
Polytech Bailout
Bio What?
NZ Contributes To Debt Relief
Super Computers On Your Desk
Invitation To Online Conference On Global Improvement
Chechens Take War Back To Russians
Amnesty Concerned About Aceh
Fisheries Research Decision Postponed
Hercus Appointed To Peace-Keeping Assessment Team
Lots Of New Health Bosses
How Fast Is Too Fast For A Ferry?
Cooperative Approach To Maori Housing
Local Government And Maori Plans Anger
Naked Chef Downunder
Organics Open Doors
Impact Of Timber Price Rises Exaggerated
Banks Getting More Reasonable

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Rankin: Muriel Steps Into Minefield

- Whangarei List MP Muriel Newman should be congratulated for her shared parenting bill, presented to Parliament last week. An Act MP, she is entering into a minefield of family and gender politics, which means that the bill will probably fail. See... Rankin: Sharing Responsibility Negotiating Custody [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00035.htm


Guest Feature: Pinochet Laughs At The World

- “The murderer returned to the scene of the crime walking, even though he was too sick to face trial according to the British authorities. He arrived home on a sunny summer morning smiling and saluting his supporters unaided, although he was released on humanitarian grounds for being gravely ill. Once again Pinochet was laughing at the world and making a mockery of international law as he did all throughout his 17 years long dictatorship.” A victim of Pinochet, Tito Tricot, describes the General’s arrival home. See... The murderer returned to the Scene of the Crime [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00037.htm


Sewage Rebellion In WCC

- Rebel Wellington City Councillor John Morrison says the council may as well “rob a bank” if it is willing to break the law on how it funds the cost of the city’s new sewerage plant. Simon Collins reports. See... City Voice: ‘Why not rob a bank?’ – Cr. Morrison [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00036.htm


Super Wars Renewed

- Debate over the superannuation plans of the Government are dominating the reaction. to the 2000 Budget Policy Statement today.
MORE BPS REACTION:
- GREENS: Greens open-minded on super changes [1]
- GREY POWER: Grey Power Urges Politicians To Let People Decide [2]
- DEUTSCHE BANK: Data Flash (New Zealand) - Budget Policy Statement [3]
- JENNY SHIPLEY: Cullen abusing power to push personal hobby horse [4]
- UNITED NZ: Why Should Savers Pay Twice For Superannuation? [5]
- UNITED NZ: BPS: Cullen's Contempt For Fiscal Responsibility [6]
- NZ FIRST: New Zealand First Backs State Super Fund [7]


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Picasso Unexpectedly At Dowse

- Works by Picasso, Cocteau and Braque are proving to be a big hit at Lower Hutt’s Dowse Art Museum, as part of the exhibition, The Unexpected, Artists’ Ceramics of the 20th Century. See... Picasso, Chagall and Penck at the Dowse [1] in the Culture wire.


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Protecting The World’s Women: International Women's Day

- 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. MORE REACTION: - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Women's Day: Empty rhetoric unfulfilled promises [2] - MADELEINE ALBRIGHT: Albright Statement on International Women's Day [3] .


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Homo TV Not Wanted

- Party Leader Graham Capill has moved quickly to condemn last night’s screening on TV4 of the first episode of Queer as Folk. See... Queer As Folk Should Be Removed Quickly [1] in the Politics wire. Meanwhile the Corrective Party, New Zealand's only corporal punishment party, is still concerned about Pokemon. See... Pokemon is Worse Than Queer as Frocks [2] in the Politics wire.


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DNA Testing Findings

- Two reports into DNA testing requested by the government have been released. See... Phil Goff - DNA Reports Released [1] in the Parliament wire. Opposition Justice Spokesman Tony Ryall says the reccommendations should be implemented as quickly as possible so DNA data can be used with confidence. See... Govt must act on DNA recommendations [2] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile ESR acknowledged the findings, and said it had already implemented some of them. See... Ministerial Inquiry Into DNA Testing Anomalies [3] in the Science wire.


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Telecomms Inquiry Sets Timetable

- The Ministerial Inquiry into Telecommunications began its work last week, meeting with key industry participants and a group of major telecommunications users. The Inquiry panel will meet with consumer groups in the near future. See... Inquiry into Telecommunications - Timetable [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00045.htm


Are We Paying Our License Fees?

- NZ On Air says TVNZ reporting on the Public Broadcasting Fee needs clarification. See... NZ On Air - Point Of Clarification [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00048.htm


Exports Grow Strongly

- Export values released today by Statistics New Zealand show that the latest six-month period had the strongest growth recorded since the six months ended February 1995. See... Overseas Merchandise Trade: January 2000 [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00047.htm


Polytech Bailout

- The Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education), Steve Maharey, and the Chair of the Wairarapa Community Polytechnic Council, Allen Hair, jointly announced plans today to secure the future of tertiary education in the region. See... Govt. and Wairarapa Polytechnic working together [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00145.htm


Bio What?

- The diversity of creatures and plants with which we share our country are an important part of what makes New Zealand New Zealand, the Minister for the Environment, Marian Hobbs, said today. See... "Bio-What?" Launched - With Executive Summary [1] in the Parliament wire. The Ecologic Foundation is disappointed with the report. See... Bio-What? Is A Disappointing Report [2] in the Politics wire.


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NZ Contributes To Debt Relief

- The Foreign Minister, Phil Goff, Finance Minister, Michael Cullen and Associate Foreign Minister, Matt Robson announced today that the Government would contribute $6.4 million to help reduce the debt of the world's poorest countries. See... NZ Help For The World's Poorest Countries [1] in the Parliament wire. The decision has been applauded…See... Jubilee 2000 Applauds Third World Debt Decision [2] in the Politics wire.


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Super Computers On Your Desk

- Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel Pentium® III processor 1 GHz (gigahertz or 1,000 megahertz), the world’s highest performance microprocessor for PCs. See... World’s Highest Performance PC Processor Available [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00045.htm


Invitation To Online Conference On Global Improvement

- Hierarchic mega-corporations have become leading actors on the global stage and now arguably cause or exacerbate over 80% of the planet's social and environmental ills say the organisers of an online conference – you are invited. See... Conference: Help Great Minds Dissect Big Bodies [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00044.htm


Chechens Take War Back To Russians

- The Chechen command makes it known that during the night to March 7th Chechen units carried out a special Operation in Gudermes and attacked the Russian in various parts of the town. See... Kavkaz News: Chechen Rebels Counter Attack [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00043.htm


Amnesty Concerned About Aceh

- Human rights defenders are being forced into hiding and prevented from carrying out their work as the Indonesian security forces step up counter insurgency operations in the province of Aceh in the north of Sumatra. See... Human rights activists being 'swept out' of Aceh [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00041.htm


Fisheries Research Decision Postponed

- The Government is postponing a decision on whether the fishing industry can directly purchase fisheries research, Fisheries Minister Pete Hodgson said today. See... Industry purchase of fisheries research [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00135.htm


Hercus Appointed To Peace-Keeping Assessment Team

- Dame Ann Hercus has been appointed to a panel of international experts to study the United Nations’ peace operations, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... Hercus Joins UN Peacekeeping Panel [1] in the Parliament wire.


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Lots Of New Health Bosses

- Health Minister Annette King says she is delighted with the number of nominations for extra appointments to the boards of existing Hospital and Health Services. See... High Number of Health Board Nominations [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00132.htm


How Fast Is Too Fast?

- The Minister of Transport Mark Gosche is to meet with iwi and community representatives to discuss concerns associated with fast ferry operations in the Tory Channel and inner Queen Charlotte Sound. See... Minister to hear Fast Ferry Concerns [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00129.htm


Cooperative Approach To Maori Housing

- "The government will work alongside iwi to address the housing crisis facing many Maori in rural areas of New Zealand," the Minister of Housing Mark Gosche said today. See... Maori housing crisis - government to work with iwi [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00128.htm


Local Government And Maori Plans Anger

-Government plans to legislate for separate Maori representation on local authorities have been slammed by National's Local Government spokesperson Murray McCully as a “huge step in the wrong direction”. See... Separate Maori council representation slammed [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00126.htm


Naked Chef Downunder

- Jamie Oliver, arguably the world's sexist young chef, will tour New Zealand from May 6th-14th to promote his internationally best selling book `The Naked Chef'. See... Naked Chef To Visit NZ [1] in the Art & Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0003/S00022.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


Impact Of Timber Price Rises Exaggerated

- Some extravagant and grossly misleading claims are being made about the effect of timber prices on house costs. See... 1% Impact Of Timber Price Rises On House Costs [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00043.htm


Banks Getting More Reasonable

- 'Bankruptcies and company receiverships fell last year. Figures released by the Ministry of Economic Development show 3003 people were declared bankrupt in 1999, compared to 3224 in 1998. Company liquidation's across New Zealand fell 4.8 percent to 942' See... Fall in financial failures welcomed [1] in the Business wire.


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