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Hard News Is Here: Shock Horror! Who Erased Terrence O’Rien?
Lords Of... The Native Forests
Papakura Base Wars
Current Account Deficit "A Shocker"
Consider This
Scoop Opinion: Superambulations
Scoop: The World Today
Scoop World: Bouganville Closer To Independence
Scoop & Loop
Scoop Arts: Contempt For Cars Preview
Scoop Sports: Jones boy’s Back In Town

Waipareira Trust Row Continues
ACT’s New Arts Policy
Judges And Tougher Sentences
Legal Aid
What Our Representatives Are Doing
Kids And Teachers Online
A Bunch Of 'Rodneys'?
Aotearoa Day To Replace Waitangi?
NBR Is Wrong
Telecom Takes Some INL
In A Land That Sees The One Eyed Man Is Blind
Oil Prices Should Drop More
Farmers Don’t Like Electricity Laws
Back To The Queen, Phil & Council
Money For Brian But Not For Kit
Health Ministry Shakeup
Conservationist Remembered
Money Flying To Web Site Owners


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Hard News Is Here: Shock Horror! Who Erased Terrence O’Rien?

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... it is surely the issue of the hour for New Zealanders. It has commanded the front pages of both Sunday newspapers and the lead spot on 60 Minutes, taken pride of place Good Morning with Mary Lambie and seized the cover of the Woman's Day. Look, I bear the man no ill will, but Holmes is not even back on screen and I am already wishing he would just fuck off. See... HARD NEWS 24/3/00 - The Gossip According to Paul [1] in the Parliament wire.


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Lords Of... The Native Forests

- The Minister of Conservation, Sandra Lee, has given approval for the company making the Lord of the Rings to film within the Tongariro National Park. See... Lord of the Rings allowed in Tongariro Park [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00432.htm


Papakura Base Wars

- The Crown will appeal a High Court decision ordering it to offer more than two-thirds of the former Papakura military camp to its original owners at 1993 prices. Daniel Adams reports. See... Crown Digs In Over Army Land Sale [1] in the Auckland wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0003/S00044.htm


Current Account Deficit "A Shocker"

- The December 1999 quarter current account deficit was $2,855 million ($2,224 million excluding the frigate HMNZS Te Mana, valued at $631 million), said Government Statistician Len Cook. The amount was the worst NZ has had in nearly 15 years. See... Frigate Has One-Off Effect On Balance Of Payments [1] and... Strong Growth In Imports [2] both in the Business wire. “The latest balance of payments deficit is awful but should be about as bad as it gets” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... A Shocker - But Not Unexpected [3] Good economic policy was the key to improving the deficit says ACT. See... Sound Policy Key to Current Account Deficit [4] . The Greens say tackling increasing imports is the key. See... BOP deficit won't improve until we tackle imports [5] all in the Parliament wire.


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Consider This

- The one in charge, Spirit-Superior, approaches you with a clipboard in hand and says that the next tour to Earth is about to depart. The problem is, only ten per cent of those on the balcony can be granted permission to go to Earth for a period not exceeding eighty years. Would you put your hand up? Would you ask to be considered? Are you enthusiastic enough? Do you really want to wear a human body and experience the beauty of life on that planet below? See... Book Extract: How To Lose Friends & Infuriate People....Chapter 1 [1] in the Headlines wire. See also… Nader Defies Dale Carnegie's Legal Threats [2] in the Culture wire.


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Scoop Opinion: Superambulations

- Michael Cullen’s 'Super Fund' is far from a done deal. Despite its prominence in the Budget Policy Statement (which talks about establishing the fund in time to stash $600 million into it before the end of the next financial year) it was clear to Bill English, questioning the Minister in the Finance & Expenditure Select Committee yesterday, that this gizmo is missing all sorts of cogs and levers. See... Upton-on-line: Superambulations [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00409.htm


Scoop: The World Today

– Human rights in China are discussed at the U.S. Department of State On-the-Record Briefing on the 56th Session of the UN Human Rights Commission. See... UN Human Rights Commission Briefing - Koh [1] Clinton is still visiting India and talked about Pakistan and Kashmir with US correspondent Peter Jennings. Earlier he addressed the Indian Parliament and made a plea for India to end it’s nuclear weapon programme. See... President Clinton Addresses the Indian Parliament [2] See... Clinton IV by Peter Jennings of ABC News [3] ... Clinton also launched a scheme to help NGO stop human trafficking in the area. See... Trafficking of Women and Children in South Asia [4] in the International wire.


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Scoop World: Bouganville Closer To Independence

- Leaders in Papua New Guinea last night signed an agreement giving the island of Bougainville autonomy to rule itself. The Loloata Understanding also paves the way for a future referendum on the island’s independence. Foreign Minister Phil Goff says he welcomes the deal. See... Goff Welcomes Loloata Understanding [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00430.htm


Scoop & Loop

- Music Emailer - News & events from the world of music. See... AMPLITUDE The LOOP Music Emailer [1] . Also check out 'King Clicks Arse' - How To Ignore Legal Threats And Sell Books - News and Reviews. See... The LOOP Print Emailer [2] both in the Arts & Culture wire.


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Scoop Arts: Contempt For Cars Preview

- A multi-media instillation explores the many ways in which Wellington's urban environment is dominated by cars. Get caught in the traffic jam at the Space Gallery. See... Contempt for Cars - Multimedia Performance [1] in the Arts & Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0003/S00073.htm


Scoop Sports: Jones boy’s Back In Town

- It's been too long between games for the Warriors' little champion Stacey Jones but he's back to take on the Sydney Roosters at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday. The champion halfback had enjoyed an unharmed - and perhaps charmed - run as a top-level footballer. See... LEAGUE: The Jones boy's back - by Richard Becht [1] in the Sport wire. Happy to mix sport with politics, New Zealand First has called on all New Zealanders to throw their weight behind the Warriors for the game. See... NZ First Calls For Support For The Warriors [2] in the Parliament wire.


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Waipareira Trust Row Continues

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble today stated that he was drawing up the documents needed for a formal Parliamentary inquiry by the Maori Affairs Select Committee into the Waipareira Trust. See... ACT To Seek Parliamentary Inquiry [1] in the Parliament wire. Yesterday Mr Prebble and Labour MP John Tamihere traded verbal punches over ACT’s allegations that the Trust misused funds transferring money innapropriately to an Auckland league team. Mr Tamihere, who has denied the allegations, accused Mr Prebble of “pre-meditated racism.” Allegations have been passed to the Serious Fraud office, while the Auditor General is also looking into the matter. See... Auditor General Confirms Inquiry [2] in the Parliament wire.


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ACT’s New Arts Policy

- Te Papa and the NZSO will continue to face ‘deep financial trouble’ unless alternative and sustainable funding sources are secured according to ACT Culture and Heritage Spokesman, Penny Webster. Both Te Papa and the Orchestra made a plea to the Government yesterday for more funding. Prime Minister Helen Clark has previously criticised Te Papa's display of national treasures calling the museum “cluttered” and saying it needed to "lift it’s game" if it wanted to continue recieving large amounts of Government money. See... Sustainable Funding for Te Papa & NZSO Needed [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00427.htm


Judges And Tougher Sentences

- A further set of guidelines to make judges' sentences reflect a public demand for tougher punishments was announced by the Government this week The decision comes after an election referendum which showed over 90 per cent of New Zealander's wanted longer sentences for serious offences. However the Opposition says the move is not enough. ACT Leader Richard Prebble has today invited Justice Minister Phil Goff to make the Prebble Truth in Sentencing Bill a Government measure. See... Prebble Offers Government Truth In Sentencing [1] . ACT’s justice spokesman says “trendy” politicians including Corrections Minister Matt Robson are responsible for the mess in the first place... Judges Should Call the Government’s Bluff [2] both in the Parliament wire.


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Legal Aid

- The Government has decided to proceed with the Legal Services Bill to ensure that the public gets the best return possible from the money spent on legal aid, Justice Minister Phil Goff said today. Yesterday it was announced convicted child molester Peter Ellis has recieved over $700,000 worth of legal aid contesting his case against the Crown. See... Government proceeds with improved legal aid bill [1] in the Parliament wire.


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What Our Representatives Are Doing

- Notes from Select Committees this week. See... Weekly News from the Select Committee Office [1] in the Parliament wire.


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Kids And Teachers Online

- A survey of New Zealand schools which shows 96% of primary and 99% of secondary schools report some type of connection to the Internet. The Information Technology Minister Paul Swain has welcomed the report. See... Nearly All New Zealand Schools Now Online [1] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile The Ministry of Education’s online portal for schools, Te Kete Ipurangi - The Online Learning Centre, gained significant support from the National Library today. See... New Relationship For National Education Portal [2] in the Education wire.


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A Bunch Of 'Rodneys'?

- The Minister of Local Government Hon Sandra Lee has cautioned the Rodney District Council today, saying it must set about fulfilling its statutory responsibilities or it may confront the prospect of central government intervention. The troubled council is attempting to continue after a raft of resignations including the Mayor last week ended months of infighting. See... Minister cautions Rodney District Council [1] Don’t take a “soft option” with Rodney says National See... McCully cautions against soft options for Rodney [2] . The Government is showing a lack of leadership in dealing with the Council says ACT. See... Still No Action From Minister On Rodney Council [3] all in the Parliament wire.


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Aotearoa Day To Replace Waitangi?

- United New Zealand Party leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is delighted his Member’s Bill to establish a new national day has been drawn to go before Parliament. See... Dunne’s Aotearoa New Zealand Day Bill [1] in the Parliament wire.


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NBR Is Wrong

- “The National Business Review report today that Hugh Fletcher will lead the Government's planned review of monetary policy is wrong” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... NBR gets it wrong [1] in the Parliament wire.


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Telecom Takes Some INL

- In a “friendly” raid yesterday Telecom New Zealand purchased more than a 5 per cent stake in news media company INL. See... Telecom Acquires INL Stake [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00122.htm


In A Land That Sees The One Eyed Man Is Blind

– Christian Heritage has criticised the government’s follow up of last year’s referendum on the justice system as “totally inadequate and one-eyed”. See... Last Year's Justice Referendum [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00104.htm


Oil Prices Should Drop More

- Federated Farmers transport spokesperson Tom Lambie has called upon the New Zealand oil companies to reduce the fuel prices, in line with any drop in the world oil price, as quickly as fuel prices increased when oil prices rose. See... Oil Companies Must Drop Prices [1] in the Business wire.


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Farmers Don’t Like Electricity Laws

- Federated Farmers has described the current regulations for protecting electricity consumers against the misuse of market power as “woefully inadequate”;. Federated Farmers energy spokesperson Tom Lambie was giving the federation's verbal submission to the Ministerial Electricity Inquiry... See... Electricity Regulations Inadequate - Farmers [1] in the Politics wire.


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Back To The Queen, Phil & Council

- The Corrective Party disagrees with the Christian Haemorrhoids Party, and its recent statement that the Ten Commandments should replace the Queen on the walls of the Auckland City Council chamber. See... "Spanking Madona" Should Replace King & Queen [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00100.htm


Money For Brian But Not For Kit

- The Prime Minister is exhibiting a gross double standard over her bullying of Timberlands employee Kit Richards, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today. See... Brian Edwards payment exposes Clark’s double stand [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00398.htm


Health Ministry Shakeup

- The Health Minister’s been caught out with her letter to hospital bosses, that not only puts the kibosh on pay rises for staff but has been labelled a breach of good faith, Opposition Health Spokesperson Wyatt Creech said today. See... Health Minister caught out over pay rises [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00397.htm


Conservationist Remembered

- The Minister of Conservation, Hon Sandra Lee, says New Zealand has lost a person of great standing in the conservation world with the sudden death this week of Brian Ahern, of Wanaka. Mr Ahern's funeral will be held in Wanaka tomorrow (Friday 24 March).See... Conservation Minister pays tribute to Brian Ahern [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00395.htm


Money Flying To Web Site Owners

- In a New Zealand first, FlyingPig.co.nz is giving all Kiwis who have an Internet web site the opportunity to make ‘money for jam’. See... FlyingPig.co.nz launches recipe for online success [1] in the Business wire.


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