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Are You In Da Loop?
Coasters To Sue Government
Gavin Dash Inquiry
Tobacco Companies Beware?
Fiji Coup: Rambuka Sticks To His Guns
Scoop Is In The House
Scoop Guest Opinion: Selling Of Old People
Scoop Opinion: ERA The Happy Mean Of Industrial Relations?
Scoop Opinion: The Consultant Paradox
Yachties Blown Away

Snake Find Shows Underlying Problem
Anti ERA Bill Website To Be Launched
Investigate Waipareira Trust: National
Student Loans-WINZ Debacle
Tertiary Education Plans Are Welcomed - Maharey
Goff Signals Desire For Peace In Bouganville
Union Bullying Starting Already?
Apples & Pears

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Are You In Da Loop?

- The first of the Loop Magazine daily emailers was posted today in the Arts and Culture wire. You can subscribe to this service by clicking on the link above the front page photo or by visiting http://loop-e.com [1] . See...THE DAILY SQUEEZE LOOP MOVIE EMAILER [2] to see what you could be getting.

[1] - http://loop-e.com
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0003/S00054.htm


Coasters To Sue Government

- After failing to convince Government that it should consult with the West Coast about its indigenous timber policies, council's have received a legal opinion which confirms that a joint court action is justified. John Howard reports. See... Coasters Looking At Legal Action [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00069.htm


Gavin Dash Inquiry

- Police have admitted they could have done more to find missing law student Gavin Dash. Police did not change their inquiry into a homicide investigation until early January. See... Dashing Off [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00068.htm


Tobacco Companies Beware?

- The Government is considering changing the law to so that it can successfully sue United States tobacco companies See... Tobacco Companies In The Dock? [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00070.htm


Fiji Coup: Rambuka Sticks To His Guns

- Former Fiji Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka says he stands by claims made in a book launched in Australia today that the President, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara was part of the plot for overthrow the coalition government. See... Rabuka Stands By Book Claim [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00062.htm


Scoop In The House -

Today's questions concern: Skill Shortages - Employment Relations - Electricity Competition - Advertising Student Loans - Biosecurity Risks - Christine Rankin - Death Of David Israel - Tourism NZ - Draft Food Standards - Health Boards And Maori - Southern Hemisphere Nuclear Free Zone - State Bank Proposal. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00071.htm


Scoop Guest Opinion: Selling Of Old People

- Just as British Aristocrats sold off their Gainsboroughs to pay death duties, New Zealand has sold just about everything to repay the National debt. See... Guest Column: Selling The Silver Haired [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00067.htm


Scoop Opinion: ERA The Happy Mean Of Industrial Relations?

- The Employment Relations Bill - introduced into Parliament this week - establishes a midpoint between the 1991 Employment Contracts Act and the previous labour relations' regime which lasted in various guises for 97 years. See... Rankin: Employment Relation - Some Reflections [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00066.htm


Scoop Opinion: The Consultant Paradox

- Upton-on-line has been having some fun figuring out exactly what the new Government's attitude to consultants is. With Derek Quigley retained almost from day one to find a way of jettisoning the F-16s, the policy of doing away with consultancies always seemed to have its limits. See... Upton-on-line : Turfing out the consultants [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00251.htm


Yachties Blown Away

- The ides of March turned on extreme conditions for competitors in the fifth day of the Yachting New Zealand Olympic selection trials being sailed off Eastern Beach. See... YACHTING: "Most exciting sailboard racing ever" [1] in the Sport wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0003/S00015.htm


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Snake Find Shows Underlying Problem

- Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said New Zealand's supposed freedom from a range of venemous pests had everything to do with good luck and nothing to do with good management. A poisonous Australian eastern-brown snake was found yesterday by demolition workers in Wellington. See... Venomous snake shows high biosecurity risks [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00260.htm


Anti ERA Bill Website To Be Launched

- National will be communicating directly with the more than a million New Zealanders on line to make sure they know the full impact of the new Employment Relations Bill. See... National Launches www.dinosaur.org.nz [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00253.htm


Investigate Waipareira Trust: National

- The Government must instigate an inquiry into operations at Te Whanau O Waipareira so the trust can clear its name and get back to doing what it does well - providing social services to Maori in West Auckland, says National Maori Affairs spokesperson. See... Inquiry critical to clear Waipareira [1] . ACT Leader Mr Prebble has raised allegations of criminal conduct at the Trust and tabled documents in Parliament claiming that over $280,000 had been inappropriately transferred between the Aotearoa Maori Rugby League club and the Trust. ACT MP Refers Documents To the Auditor General [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00252.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00222.htm


Student Loans-WINZ Debacle

- WINZ officials today at Parliament’s Social Services Select Committee confirmed they advised Government against proceeding so quickly with changes in the student loan scheme says National. See... Minister weaseling out of student loan debacle [1] . Students have challenged comments made by Work and Income New Zealand boss Christine Rankin about her department's preparedness to take on the student loan scheme. See... Rankin's Response Inadequate - Students [2] in the Education wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00247.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0003/S00026.htm


Tertiary Education Plans Are Welcomed - Maharey

- Meanwhile, The Minister of Tertiary Education Steve Maharey says a large number of public submissions received on the Government's plans refocus the tertiary education sector. See... Widespread support for Government's tertiary plans [1] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00249.htm


Goff Signals Desire For Peace In Bouganville

- New Zealand has joined Australia in signalling a desire to end the peace-monitoring operation on Bougainville, as efforts to negotiate a lasting peace drag on, Pacific Newswire reports. See... Goff Voices Desire To End B'ville Operation [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00063.htm


Union Bullying Starting Already?

- Wellington based unions are already bullying and strong-arming a major local Hawke’s Bay employer the same day the government introduces new legislation to give the unions more power, says National. See... Union lock out threatened at port say leaked paper [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00248.htm


Apples & Pears

- The Minister of Agriculture, the Hon Jim Sutton, said today that he was delighted to confirm the restructuring plan of the Apple and Pear Marketing Board. See... Jim Sutton approves ENZA plan [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00250.htm

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