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Dirty Petrol Additives In US
Scoop Has Been In The House
Not Helen’s Place – Our Place
Scoop: The World Today
Scoop World: India’s Massacre
Scoop Arts: A Sense Of Freaking Out
And The Winners Are…
Scoop Sport: Australia Waltzes To Victory

A Millennial Link To Y3k
No Credit Downgrading Due To National
Mental Health Criticism Premature
Community Cards Accessible
Waipareira Trust: ACT Likes Powerful Probe
Bulk Funding Doctors Begins
As Bulk Funding For Schools Ends
More Benefits For The Poor
Refuges Deserve More Funding
Ban Coal Fired Power Plants
Children, TV Advertising, And Burgers
More Bobbies On Wellington Streets
We Need A New GDP
Y2k Now Ok
The Foreign Threats To New Zealand


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Dirty Petrol Additives In US

- The Clinton Administration has moved to ban the petrol additive MTBE, an octane booster that has helped clean air but has begun to contaminate water supplies around the US. John Howard reports. See... Clean Air Dirty Water Petrol Additive Banned In US [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00106.htm


Scoop Has Been In The House

- Today's questions concerned: NZ Economy - Risks To Economy - Cycling Safety - Defence Policy - Cell Phone Towers - School Bulk Funding - Community Services Card - Doctor's And Nurse's Pay - Primary Health Services - Te Papa's High Priests - Refugee Hostel ... and more. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00107.htm


Not Helen’s Place – Our Place

- Helen Clark has insulted New Zealanders with her admission that she has launched her tirade against Te Papa without even visiting the place since she became Prime Minister or Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage, says Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley. See... Looking At The Fridges In Te Papa [1] . Helen Clark wants to allocate tax payer funds for the benefit of the selected few, said ACT Culture and Heritage spokesperson Penny Webster. See... Our Place, Not Your Place, Helen [2] . The Government has announced a review into the National Museum Te Papa Tongarewa to examine how the museum gathers funding and how it displays its work. The review team has been criticised by a Wellington City Councillor because of their Auckland bias. National and United New Zealand agree. See... Helen Clark is out of step on Te Papa [3] . Also see... Te Papa Review Team A Cheap Set-Up [4] all in the Parliament wire.


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Scoop: The World Today

- Visiting India US President Bill Clinton announced an aid package to help developing IT industries in the province of Hyderabad. See... Internet Economic Development Assistance For India [1] in the wire. President Clinton then went to Pakistan. See... President Clinton's Address to People of Pakistan [2] . Meanwhile in the United States there are talks on the future of China and its dialogue with neighbour Taiwan. See... Asian Center For Democratic Governance [3] . Also See... Transcript: Bangkok Press Roundtable (2) [4] . In Chechnya the battle with Russian troops continues while the Russian Elections look sure to elect millitary hardliner Vladimir Putin. See... Kavkaz News: The Battle For Chechnya Continues [5] . Meanwhile the Pope Continues his tour of the Holy Land. See... Pope In Holy Land: Homily Church Of Holy Sepulchre [6] . And... Pope In Holy Land: Angelus [7] . And... Pope In Holy Land: Prayer At Wailing Wall [8] all in the International wire.


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Scoop World: India’s Massacre

- Washington, DC, USA, March 23, 2000, A U.S. Congressman has told the United States Congress that the Government of India has massacred 35 Sikhs in Chati Singhpura, a village about 40 miles south of Srinagar. The massacre had previously been blamed on Kashmiri militants'. See... Indian Govt Murdered 35 Sikhs: U.S. Congressman [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00131.htm


Scoop Arts: A Sense Of Freaking Out

- New Zealand short films and videos feature as part of two current exhibitions at the Film Centre. Scoop Arts Reviewer Lissa Mitchell examines A Sense Of Place and Freak Out! See... A Sense Of Place & Freakout! Reviews [1] in the Art & Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0003/S00080.htm


And The Winners Are…

- In a Special bulletin this evening the LOOP MOVIE EMAILER brings you the 72nd Academy Awards winners list. See... THE DAILY SQUEEZE LOOP MOVIE EMAILER [1] in the Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0003/S00079.htm


Scoop Sport: Australia Waltzes To Victory

- Australia easily won the second test against the Black Caps at the Basin Reserve yesterday. With a day in hand Australia reached the target of 174 with six wickets in hand.


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A Millennial Link To Y3k

- A forest of Kauri set to last into the next millennium is to be planted by local iwi in former farmland adjoining the Waipoua Forest in Northland. See... Minister launches Millennium Forest [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00482.htm


No Credit Downgrading Due To National

- Standard & Poor's has sent New Zealand a warning: the Labour-Alliance's policies risk doing real damage to the country and its people, Opposition leader Jenny Shipley said today. See... S & P's warning shot well-timed [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00468.htm


Mental Health Criticism Premature

- Health Minister Annette King said today Richmond Fellowship chief executive Gerry Walmsley was being premature in his judgment that patients could suffer under the Government's restructuring of the mental health sector. See... Mental Health Sector Changes [1] in the Parliament wire. The head of a major mental health provider says mental health services are extremely vulnerable from constant changes in health purchasing structure. See... Another Triumph of Ideology over Common Sense [2] in the Politics wire.


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Community Cards Accessible

- More than 40,000 more people will be able to access cheaper primary health services now the Cabinet had agreed to raise the threshold for eligibility for the Community Services Card. See... More Elligible For Community Services Card [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00477.htm


Waipareira Trust: ACT Likes Powerful Probe

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble today said that he welcomes the suggestion that Parliament's powerful Privileges Committee look into the Waipareira Trust. See... ACT On Privileges Inquiry Into Waipareira Trust [1] . Also see... ACT To Seek Parliamentary Inquiry [2] . Last week 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. So far two of Mr Prebbles claims have proved incorrect. See... Auditor General Confirms Inquiry [3] in the Parliament wire.


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Bulk Funding Doctors Begins

– Serious inconsistencies over bulk funding within Government ranks have appeared with the Health Minister announcing a move to bulk fund primary heath care providers says National. See... Government Inconsistent on Bulk Funding Policies [1] . “No-one doubts the need for a primary health care strategy - but the Government has raised more questions than it has answered with the document released today,” Opposition Health spokesperson Wyatt Creech said. See... Health professionals need more certainty than this [2] both in the Parliament wire.


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As Bulk Funding For Schools Ends

- Education legislation that will end the bulk funding of teacher salaries, strengthen enrolment schemes, and enhance school governance arrangements will be introduced to Parliament. See... Education legislation introduced this week [1] . The Government's revealed a glaring double standard by scrapping bulk funding for schools, but deciding to introduce bulk funding for doctors says National. See... Bulk Funding Double Standard [2] Changes to school enrolment announced today by the new Government will compromise standards and side-line parents, says ACT. See... Govt. sidelines parents and compromises standards [3] all in the Parliament wire.


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More Benefits For The Poor

- Benefit payments, student allowances and war pensions will increase from April 1, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Benefits,Student Allowances,War Pensions Increase [1] No superannuitant will lose entitlement to the Community Services Card or the Disability Allowance as a result of the increase in New Zealand Superannuation on 1 April says Maharey. See... Superannuation entitlements confirmed [2] . Growing concern within Government ranks over the performance of Social Services and Employment Minister, Steve Maharey was again fuelled yesterday following the Minister’s bungled release of a report to justify axing the community wage says ACT. See... Maharey’s Hands Prove Unsafe [3] all in the Parliament wire.


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Refuges Deserve More Funding

- The Government has been told it must adequately support community organisations which are proving themselves in the area of delivering welfare and social services says the National Coalition of National Women’s Refuges. See... Government Told To Use Money Where Most Effective [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00121.htm


Ban Coal Fired Power Plants

- Banning coal-fired electricity generation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would probably produce a significant increase in electricity prices, according to a report released by Minister of Energy Pete Hodgson today. See... Reducing greenhouse gas emissions [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00476.htm


Children, TV Advertising, And Burgers

- “There is an urgent need to review New Zealand's code of advertising to children to ensure that advertisements shown on television support, rather than undermine, healthy eating" Green Party MP Sue Kedgley said today. See... Urgent review of kids' advertising code needed [1] . Also see the Minister of Broadcasting’s Speech on the subject... Broadcasting Standards Authority Speech From Hobbs [2] both in the Parliament wire. “Children have the right to safely access and participate in the media” said Commissioner for Children, Roger McClay, at the Children’s Rights in the Media forum in Wellington this week. See... Children’s Rights in the Media forum [3] in the General wire.


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More Bobbies On Wellington Streets

- Police Minister George Hawkins has welcomed a higher police street presence in central Wellington. See... Police Minister Welcomes Police Beat Initiative [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00469.htm


We Need A New GDP

- The Green Party today challenged the Government to adopt a modified set of national accounts, which would measure national achievement and well-being more effectively than Gross Domestic Product. See... Greens Call For Dinosaur GDP To Go [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00467.htm


Y2k Now Ok

- On March 31 New Zealand's official monitoring of Y2K will end with the closures of the Y2K Readiness Commission and the State Service Commission's Y2K Project Office. See... Y2k Bug-Watch Put To Bed [1] in the wire.


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The Foreign Threats To New Zealand

- Helen Clark is defying the lessons of history and logic if she believes New Zealand never has and never will face any security threats, Opposition Defence Spokesperson Wayne Mapp said today. See... Clark naïve to deny threat to NZ [1] in the Parliament wire.


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