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Scoop Today - Rounding Off The News Week

HEADLINES

Hard News Is Here!
Hawkesby Gets To Keep The Loot
Public Relations Firm Analyses Anti-Capitalists
Peter Ellis Inquiry Launched
New Zealand’s Leadership Followed By Ocker Senate
Super Wars Continue

RNZAF Pilots Shackled
Blinded By Ideology?
Maori Housing And The Gap
Maori On Health Boards
Young Labour Outraged At Homophobic Christians
A New Way Forward – Jim’s Way
Select Committee News
Bio What?
Health Boffins Appointed
Assisting The Disabled
Prices Boost Export Earnings
Get Wired Without Wires
Ageism Settlement With Health Insurers
Tax Inspectors Are People Too!

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Hard News Is Here!

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES - and so the Prime Minister is tested on foreign affairs - and passes. See... HARD NEWS 10/3/00 - Maximum Moral Deficiency [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00043.htm


Hawkesby Gets To Keep The Loot

- TVNZ has decided not to appeal an arbitration decision awarding the former news-reader John Hawkesby $6.537 million in compensation for unfair dismissal. This works out at $272,375 an hour for See... Hawkesby Gets $6.5 Million! [1] in the Headlines wire. See also... TVNZ Decides Not To Appeal Hawkesby Arbitration [2] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00040.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00058.htm


Public Relations Firm Analyses Anti-Capitalists

- A guide – apparently addressed to corporate America – to the protest movement which closed down the Seattle WTO meetings for a day in November last year has been posted on the Internet. See... PR Analysis Of Seattle WTO Protests Leaked [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00041.htm


Peter Ellis Inquiry Launched

- The retired Chief Justice Sir Thomas Eichelbaum has been asked to undertake a Ministerial Inquiry into Mr Peter Ellis's case, Justice Minister Phil Goff has announced. See... Ministerial Inquiry To Be Held Into Ellis Case [1] and Terms Of Reference For Inquiry Into Ellis Case [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00157.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00158.htm


New Zealand’s Leadership Followed By Ocker Senate

- An Australian Senate motion on the upcoming Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York, based on Helen Clark's recent Parliamentary Motion on the need for the elimination of nuclear weapons, was adopted by 33 votes to 27 yesterday morning. See... Australian Senate Follows NZ On Disarmament [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00039.htm


Super Wars Continue

- The superannuation plans of the Government are dominating reaction to the Budget Policy Statement (BPS) released Wednesday. The BPS outlines the parameters for the budget which will likely be delivered in late May or early June. MORE BPS REACTION: - BUSINESS ROUND TABLE: Concerns About Control Of Government Spending [1] - ACT: Cullen’s Feel-Good Super Scheme A Cruel Hoax [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00049.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00150.htm

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RNZAF Pilots Shackled

- National's Defence spokesperson Wayne Mapp says he fully understands the plight of the air force pilots whose careers have been cut short by Labour's defence policy. See... Golden handcuffs shackling pilots to airforce [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00152.htm


Blinded By Ideology?

- The recent comments by Deputy Prime Minister deriding everything about the free market and declaring the “free market” policies of the last century a failure highlight an unfortunate ideological purity which is so totally out of place in modern New Zealand says United NZ Leader Peter Dunne. See... Alliance And ACT Engaging In Ideological Purity [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00168.htm


Maori Housing And The Gap

- “There is absolutely no excuse for substandard housing conditions to exist in New Zealand”. The Minister of Housing Mark Gosche has pleged to do something about it. See... No excuses – Maori Housing [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00167.htm


Maori On Health Boards

- Health Minister Annette King says she is delighted at the high level of Maori and Pacific interest in participating on the enlarged Hospital and Health Services boards. See... High Maori/Pacific Interest in HHS Boards [1] Also see... Maori nominations for HHS Boards [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00165.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00166.htm


Young Labour Outraged At Homophobic Christians

- Two recent media releases by the Christian Heritage Party leader Graham Capill have outraged Young Labour members around the country, said Young Labour President Moana Mackey today. See... Bigoted Christians should take a break [1] . Earlier CHP Party Leader Graham Capill condemned the screening on TV4 of the first episode of Queer as Folk. See... Queer As Folk Should Be Removed Quickly [2] . Meanwhile the Corrective Party, New Zealand's only corporal punishment party, is concerned about Pokemon [3] , Buffy The Vampire Slayer [4] and The Teletubbies [5] . All releases are in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00050.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00041.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00043.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00054.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00053.htm


Solidarity With Tibet

Green Party MP Sue Kedgley spoke today at the “Uprising Day” memorial rally outside the Chinese Embassy, 2-6 Glenmore Street. See... MP to Speak at Tibet "Uprising Day" Rally [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00048.htm


A New Way Forward – Jim’s Way

- The free market policies of the last century failed, Acting Prime Minister (In Helen Clark’s absence) and Alliance leader Jim Anderton told an economic development conference in Auckland. See... Jim Anderton Speech: New partners, new directions [1] and Development programme replaces free market failure [2] . Last night he was talking in Christchurch see Anderton Speech: Partnership With Local Government [3] , all in the Parliament wire. ACT’s Rodney Hide is not overly impressed with Jim’s Way, see… $100 Million No Substitute For Capitalism [4] also in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00156.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00155.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00153.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00160.htm


Select Committee News

- For the latest from the office of the Clerk on what has been underway in committee’s this week see… This week's news from the Select Committee Office [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00159.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. Opposition Environment Spokesman Richard Worth isn’t impressed either See... Biodiversity report recipe for disaster [3] in the Parliament wire. Federated Farmers are more happy, see... Federated Farmers Welcomes Biodiversity Report [4] , and The Forest and Bird Protection Society want a timetable developed to protect biodiversity. See... National Policy Statement Needed on Biodiversity [5] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00144.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00044.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00151.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00047.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00051.htm


Health Boffins Appointed

- The New Zealand Health Strategy is a step closer with the appointment of two key groups to work on it, Health Minister Annette King says. See... New Zealand Health Strategy Development Underway [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00154.htm


Assisting The Disabled

- The new Government has committed itself to removing the barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities, Social Services and Employment Steve Maharey told a conference on supported employment in Christchurch this morning. See... Tearing down employment barriers for disabled [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00142.htm


Prices Boost Export Earnings

= Figures released today by Statistics New Zealand show that the increase in merchandise export values in the December 1999 quarter was due to increased export prices, which rose by 3.2 per cent. Seasonally adjusted export volumes fell 1.9 per cent this quarter. See... Overseas Trade Price, Volume and Terms of Trade [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00057.htm


Get Wired Without Wires

- CLEAR Communications today announced a major extension of its national telecommunications network using a wireless technology that will extend its business services well beyond the reach of its fibre-optic cables. See... Wireless network to roll out nationwide [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00054.htm


Ageism Settlement With Health Insurers

- “The Human Rights Commission's withdrawal of proceedings against several health insurance companies is part of a negotiated settlement of the proceedings,” said Chris Lawrence, Proceedings Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission. See... Withdrawal Of Proceedings Part Of Settlement Deal [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00052.htm


Tax Inspectors Are People Too!

- The portrayal of ‘Bob’ as the less than popular tax worker – in Inland Revenue’s $2.8 million advertising campaign only ‘serves to further downgrade the role and value of public servants,’ the PSA says. The IRD are launching a new advertising campaign featuring Bob this weekend. See... IRD staff are people too – even Bob! [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00051.htm

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