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F-16 Deal Crashes & Burns
Students Angered By Police Brutality
Taiwan Votes For Pro-independence President
Greens Meet American Scoopers
Nats Are Not ACTive Enough
The Kit Richards Case Continues
Scoop Opinion: ERA A Pressie For Unions -
Scoop Opinion: The ERA, The End Of Exploitation
Scoop Arts: Down By The River
Scoop Sport: Time To Choose The Olympic Yachting Team
Scoop Sport: National League Comps

Chatham Island Spill Worsens
Housing Construction Down
Inland Revenue Acting Head Appointment -
Harsher Penalties For Gun-crime
An Electric Deal For Schools
Commissioner For Children Wrong On Suspensions
Marine Preservation A Priority
Minister To Visit Australia, China and Korea
Chinese Studies In School C
No Unification For Banks Peninsula
From Lotto To The Forests
Our Health – Whole Grains
Killer Frog Virus

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F-16 Deal Crashes & Burns

- The Prime Minster has announced the Government would proceed with its plans to terminate the F-16 deal saying spending on the air-force was not an important priority for New Zealand defence. See... Newsflash: Government Ditches F-16 Deal [1] in the Headlines wire. Also see... Decision on F16s [2] .. And ... Prime Ministerial Statement On F16 Decision [3] both in the Parliament wire.Earlier National upstaged the Government’s impending announcement by releasing the Quigley Report on defence. National says the report tells the Government to do what National has been advising all along. See... Quigley recommends keeping some F-16s [4] in the Parliament wire. Also see... F-16 Cabinet Decision Due Today [5] in the Headlines wire.


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Students Angered By Police Brutality

- Auckland students protested outside the central police station Friday claiming police brutality when 18 students were arrested the day before during a protest about student loan delays. See...Student Protest Targets Police [1] and Arrested Students Tell Stories of Police Brutality [2] in the Auckland wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0003/S00033.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0003/S00034.htm


Taiwan Votes For Pro-independence President

- China accepted the victory of a pro-independence candidate in Taiwan's presidential race tonight, but said it will watch closely Chen Shui-bian's actions "and where he will lead cross-strait relations." See... China Accepts Chen's Win But Will Watch Closely [1] . Foreign Minister, Hon Phil Goff, today congratulated the successful candidate in Taiwan's Presidential election, Chen Shui-bian. See... Taiwan Presidential Election [2] in the Parliament wire. So did President Clinton. See... Clinton To Chen Shui-bian on Taiwan Elections [3] . Also see... Concern over Deteriorating Human Rights in China [4] and... USTR Barshefsky Speech on U.S.-China Trade [5] all in the International wire.


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Greens Meet American Scoopers

- Green MP Sue Kedgley tomorrow hosts a visit from two American journalists at the centre of an international scandal involving Fox TV, Monsanto and the use of a genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. See... Whistle-Blower Journalists Speaking Tomorrow [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00308.htm


Nats Are Not ACTive Enough

- Act has turned its back on its former ally and admitted embarrassment at having supported National in Government. Act Deputy President Rodney Hide made some anti-National comments at the weekend.See... Act casts off shackles from National bind [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00311.htm


The Kit Richards Case Continues

- The Government will receive an explanation today as to why former executive Kit Richards was still working as a consultant for Timberlands. Mr Richards resigned from Timberlands in January after he was caught sending an e-mail advising how to fight the decision to end native logging on the West Coast. See... Kit Richards' Timberlands consultancy untenable [1] . For National and ACT's reactions see... Scoop Opinion: Is The Government Paranoid? [2] and... Government Accused Of Harassment [3] all in the Parliament wire. See also Mr Richards original e-mail [4] .


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Scoop Opinion: ERA A Pressie For Unions -

It is indeed a scary moment when Trade Unionists have something to smile about. But they could all easily play the Cheshire Cat if Alice in Wonderland were to hold auditions right now. A Prebble’s Rebel speaks. See... A Union of Two Workers [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00080.htm


Scoop Opinion: The ERA, The End Of Exploitation

– It's been inevitable ever since May 15th, 1991, when the Employment Contracts Act was passed. The labour movement reeled at the attack on its power. Workers suffered abusive contracts, expulsion of their unions from workplaces, attacks on wages. See... On The Left - Relations, not contracts [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00081.htm


Scoop Arts: Down By The River

- Finding the River is the fairytale farce of Lily and Rose, two women attempting to liberate the worlds water supply from the tyrannical control of an evil male Earth. For a more detailed explanation than that, you'd have to ask the actors themselves. Scoop arts reviewer Mark Williams writes about a play in Wellington’s Festival Fringe. See ... Finding the River - A Fringe Review [1] … For more Festival Fringe images see... Scoop Images: Fringe Street Sculpture [2] and... Scoop Images: Mountaintop Percussion [3] all in the Arts & Culture wire.


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Scoop Sport: Time To Choose The Olympic Yachting Team

- Finn class youngster Clifton Webb (21) snatched victory in Saturday's deciding final race off Auckland's Eastern Beach on the last day of the Yachting New Zealand Olympic Selection Trials. See... YACHTING: Clifton Webb snatches victory in Finns [1] in the Sports wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0003/S00020.htm


Scoop Sport: National League Comps

- Picking the winners is not proving easy in this two-week-old national rugby league competition. Three-time Fox Memorial champions Glenora were easily beaten 34-6 by Brian McLennan's Hibiscus Coast side, while Northcote trailed the Ngongotaha Chiefs ... See... LEAGUE: Auckland champions upset in Bartercard Cup [1] in the Sports wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0003/S00019.htm

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Chatham Island Spill Worsens

- Warnings from the Maritime Safety Authority that the spill will not be over until all remaining oil is off the sunken trawler Seafresh 1 were proven right this morning. See... Authority Cautious - It's Not Over Yet [1] . A national oil spill response coordinated by the Maritime Safety Authority has been launched in the Chatham Islands, following the sinking of the vessel Seafresh 1. See... National Oil Spill Response To Chatham Islands [2] in the General wire. Also, see... Chatham Islands Incident [3] both in the Parliament wire.


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Housing Construction Down

- Statistics New Zealand estimates there were 1,607 new dwelling units authorised for construction in February 2000. This is the lowest February total since 1993. See... Consents for New Houses Continue to Decline [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00102.htm


Inland Revenue Acting Head Appointment -

The State Services Commissioner, Michael Wintringham, announced today the appointment of John Perham as acting Commissioner of Inland Revenue and chief executive of the Inland Revenue Department. Mr Perham is currently a deputy secretary in the Department ...See... Appointment: Acting Commissioner of Inland Revenue [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00101.htm


Harsher Penalties For Gun-crime

- New Zealand First Law and Order spokesman, Ron Mark, has called for stiffer sentences, including mandatory jail terms for firearms offences. See... Stiffer Sentences For Fireams Offences [1] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile, the Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control, Matt Robson will visit the disarmament capitals, Geneva and Vienna during this period. He will also visit the Hague. See... Matt Robson - Europe Visit Itinerary [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00315.htm
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An Electric Deal For Schools

- While the Government worries about electricity prices for consumers schools are getting a special deal. See... Electric opportunity for schools [1] in the Education wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0003/S00040.htm


Commissioner For Children Wrong On Suspensions

- The New Zealand School Trustees Association has hit back at the Commissioner of Children over his comments on school suspension – and says schools only suspend students when absolutely necessary. See... McClay gets wrong end of the stick on suspensions [1] in the Education wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0003/S00039.htm


Marine Preservation A Priority

- Green Party co-leader Rod Donald says preserving the marine environment is the biggest conservation challenge facing New Zealand in the 21st Century. See... Marine Conservation Key Challenge Of This Century [1] in the Parliament wire.


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Minister To Visit Australia, China and Korea

- Minister for Trade Negotiations Jim Sutton is to visit Australia on March 22-24 before travelling on to China and Korea to progress trade issues. See... Sutton To Visit Australia, China And Korea [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00307.htm


Chinese Studies In School C

- Students studying Chinese as a second language will be able to sit School Certificate in the subject for the first time this year. See... Chinese language School Certificate exam [1] Also see... Chinese school certificate announcement welcomed [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00306.htm
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No Unification

- Banks Peninsula District and Christchurch City Councils will not be united into one district, following separate polls of the electors in each area last Saturday. To proceed, over 50% of the votes cast in each poll had to be in favour of the union. See... No Union of Banks Peninsula and Christchurch [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00309.htm


From Lotto To The Forests

- Three Christchurch City Council reserves that are links in a chain of wetland areas along the east coast have attracted Lottery Grants Board money. See... Wetland Reserves Get $140,000 Lottery Money [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00053.htm


Our Health – Whole Grains

- New Zealanders are more likely to be able to name a whole grain than the Australians and the British, but very few know how much of them they should be eating. See... NZ Beats UK & Aus On Whole Grain Awareness [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00052.htm


Killer Frog Virus

- The Department of Conservation today announced survey work to determine the distribution of a frog killer disease in New Zealand. See... Frog Killer Fungus In New Zealand [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00051.htm


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