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Scoop Today - Rounding Off The News Week

HEADLINES

Scoop Opinion: The Other Big Boys Of Oil
Scoop Sports: Cricket Update
Scoop Newsflash: Green Support Grows
Scoop Opinion: $100 Million Won’t Cut It -
Scoop Opinion: The Mother Of All Bills
Scoop: OZ File: Introducing Richard Wilkins
Scoop World: Equal Rights For Human Beings
Scoop Arts: Boys & Girls
Mass Christian Chicken Cult Suicide?

West Coast Deal: Welcome To The Jungle
Tell The Truth Shell
Toxic Food: The Pesticide Report
Select Committee Business This Week
Opportunities In Korea
Things Look Rosy - A Boost For Business Confidence
Waipareira Trust: The PM Gets Out
Sporty Schools Needed
Bulk Funding Meeting
Ridding Us Of Rodneys
Protecting Patagonian Toothfish
Helping Maori Drive
Taking On Bad Deals
Over, Roger
Animal Rights
Treaty Fisheries Settlement
Occupation 2K: The Honeymoon Is Over Labour!
Principal Appointed
Anzac Awards
Anderton Not A Good Spy


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Scoop Opinion: The Other Big Boys Of Oil

- The OPEC decision to increase oil production by 6% should have a dramatic effect on New Zealand's oil prices, but is OPEC now the dominant player in a dynamic global oil market? John Howard writes. See... Scoop Opinion: Iraq And The Price Of Oil [1] in the Headlines wire.


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Scoop Sports: Cricket Update

- Chris Cairns and Adam Parore face an uphill battle to save the first New Zealand innings in the third test being played today in Hamilton. NZ has recently lost a wicket score 208/6 Craig McMillan dismissed for 79 breaking a valuable partnership with Cairns. Scoop’s Simon Chapman reports. UPDATE: On the first day NZ ended their innings with a mediocre total of 232 all out. See... Black Caps Batting Blues [1] in the Sports wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0003/S00036.htm


Scoop Newsflash: Green Support Grows

- The Greens have a reason for a few organic beers tonight. The environmentalist party has become the third most popular political force in the country according to the latest opinion poll. Chris Holm reports. See... Scoop Newsflash: A Green Surge [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00119.htm


Scoop Opinion: $100 Million Won’t Cut It -

If any New Zealander truly thinks the West Coast is being treated fairly by this Government offering us a $100 million one-off cash offer, then this is a country I no longer want to live in. Scoop's West Coast correspondent John Howard writes. See... Scoop Opinion: $100 million is not enough! [1] in the Headlines wire.


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Scoop Opinion: The Mother Of All Bills

- The Employment Relations Bill is guaranteed to provide a level of fireworks Parliament hasn't seen since the mother of all budgets. Written by a university lecturer and a unionist of radical middle class extraction it would probably provide a useful. See... Upton Online: Legislating for Virtue on Venus [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00554.htm


Scoop: OZ File: Introducing Richard Wilkins

- TV presenter and serial babe dater, Richard Wilkins, is recovering well after his Melbourne Grand Prix car-race defeat by rival celebrity, Strictly Ballroom's Paul Mercurio. Simon Orme writes from Sydney. See... Oz-File: Richard Wilkins - his further exploits [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00117.htm


Scoop World: Equal Rights For Human Beings

-- The arrest of a colonel who may have committed rape in Chechnya does not address a pattern of sexual assault by Russian forces in the Chechen conflict, Human Rights Watch said today. See... More Evidence of Rape by Russian Forces [1] . Meanwhile in Washington, US Secretary Of State Madeleine Albright reflects on the carnaged wrecked by Yugoslavian leader Slobodan Milosevic in Kosovo. See... Op-Ed New York Times: Albright on Kosovo [2] . Also see the United States Government’s position on Vladimir Putin and his win in the Russian Elections. See... Russia After the Elections [3] in the International wire.


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Scoop Arts: Boys & Girls

- Boys Don't Cry is the dramatisation of the bizarre life and death of Teena Brandon, an American transsexual who was murdered in 1993. An amazing story of lies and deception, Brandon taped her breasts down, wore a dildo and successfully passed herself off as a man. Scoop arts reviewer Mark Williams writes about this award winning film showing at the Rialto. See... What It Means To Be Male - Film Review [1] in the wire. Also see photographs from Seeyd, a though provoking play on Genetic Engineering which is developing a following. See... Scoop Images: Claw Footed Tomatoes Present Seeyd [2] both in the Art & Culture wire.


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Mass Christian Chicken Cult Suicide?

- Many people have wondered why certain chickens spontaneously combusted and turned into baked fast food on one North Island farm recently. The Correctives have investigated this problem, and we have startling news, involving genetic modification. See... Correctives Discover Reason for Mass Chicken Death [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00135.htm


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West Coast Deal: Welcome To The Jungle

- Helen Clark should get out of the Auckland and Wellington circles where she feels comfortable and front up to West Coasters to explain the Government’s rescue package, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today. The Government has announced a $100 million package to compensate locals for ending the logging of native beech on the West Coast. See... Clark must front up to West Coasters [1] . Also see... Rod Welcomes High Court Decision On Beech Scheme [2] . See... More Hollow Promises For the West Coast [3] both in the Parliament wire.


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Tell The Truth Shell

- Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton has told Shell it should cut petrol prices and start telling the truth. See... Shell should start telling the truth [1] in the Parliament wire.- Today in parliament the Deputy Prime Minister expressed concern about regional variations in petrol prices around the country and the admission from one petrol company that the reason petrol prices were high in the regions was because people were prepared to pay more. See... 1 cent Oil reduction just a drop in the bucket [2] in the Parliament wire. Shell New Zealand has asked why the Minister of Economic Development, Jim Anderton, is refusing to meet with the company to discuss petrol pricing issues. See... Why Won't Mr Anderton Meet With Us? [3] in the Politics wire. Also see... OPEC decision increases pressure on petrol price [4] in the Parliament wire. BP, Shell, Mobil and Caltex have all announced prices will go down by 1 cent this morning. NZ company Challenge says it will also move today. See... Shell Cuts Petrol Prices By One Cent [5] . And...Caltex moves early [6] both in the Business wire.


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Toxic Food: The Pesticide Report

- Green MP Sue Kedgley is shocked at a new report which found nearly two-thirds of food is contaminated with pesticide residues. See... Greens say latest diet survey shocking [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00572.htm


Select Committee Business This Week

- What the Government is doing. Select committee business 24 March 2000 to 31 March 2000. See... Weekly Select Committee News Bulletin [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00565.htm


Opportunities In Korea

- Minister for Trade Negotiations Hon Jim Sutton says that the Korean economy has rebounded from crisis faster than any other in Asia. See... Korean Economy Presents Opportunities For Nz [1] in the Parliament wire. Also see his speech. See... Christchurch Samoan 'Ava (Kava) Ceremony [2] in the Parliament wire.


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Things Look Rosy - A Boost For Business Confidence

– Business Confidence has increased sharply in line with predictions of strong growth in the economy in the next year, says a National Bank survey. A key driver for the increase was a sharp improvement in optimism in the agricultural sector. See... National Bank Business Outlook Survey [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00167.htm


Waipareira Trust: The PM Gets Out

- The Prime Minister Helen Clark has this morning admitted for the first time that there is evidence of financial irregularity at the Waipareira Trust and is attempting to distance herself from MP, John Tamihere says ACT. See... PM Distancing Herself From Tamihere [1] . There are now five inquiries into the Maori Trust's financial dealings and the work does for New Zealand welfare agencies. See... Inquiry into Waipareira Trust [2] . See... Prebble Requests Inquiry [3] . Also see... ACT On Privileges Inquiry Into Waipareira Trust [4] . And... ACT To Seek Parliamentary Inquiry [5] . See... Auditor General Confirms Inquiry [6] in the Parliament wire.


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Sporty Schools Needed

- Sport, Fitness & Leisure Minister Trevor Mallard today called on communities to work with secondary schools so they can continue to develop sporting options. See... Minister Calls On Schools To Develop Sport [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00560.htm


Bulk Funding Meeting

- A group of Hawkes Bay Principals concerned at the Government’s Bill to abolish bulk funding have today met with ACT Education spokesman Donna Awatere Huata to discuss their plans to oppose the Bill See... Hawkes Bay Principals Discuss Bulk Funding [1] . See... Evidence Shows Schools Will Lose [2] . Also see... Mallard Misleads on Bulk Funding [3] . Education legislation that will end the bulk funding of teacher salaries, strengthen enrolment schemes, and enhance school governance arrangements has been introduced to Parliament. The Minister has announced all non bulk funded schools would recieve a substantial one off cash payment. See... Education legislation introduced this week [4] . Also see... Bulk Funding Double Standard [5] And... Govt. sidelines parents and compromises standards [6] all in the Parliament wire.


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Ridding Us Of Rodneys

- The ACT Party is calling the Government to move quickly to change the Local Government Act to allow a democratic solution to the woes of the Rodney District Council. The Rodney District Council met this week to decide how to fill its vacancies after five councillors resigned because of serious in-fighting. The seven remaining councillors have decided to advertise to appoint people for the empty positions rather than have a bi-election. See... ACT Wants Law Change To Address Rodney Council Woe [1] . Local bodies should work together and avoid acrimonious disputes to restore rate-payers trust in democracy says Local Government Minister Sandra Lee. See... Sandra Lee: Help restore trust in democracy [2] in the Parliament wire. Also see... Correctives Urge Rodney Eradication Programme [3] in the Politics wire.


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Protecting Patagonian Toothfish

- The Green Party has called on the Minister of Fisheries, the Hon Pete Hodgson, to negotiate an international ban on all catches of the extremely rare patagonian toothfish. Two fishing trawlers were caught illegally fishing the species in New Zealands southern waters. See... Ban Urged To Prevent Toothfish Extinction [1] The Green's have also written a letter to the Minister about the fishing. See... Letter To Pete Hodgson From Greens [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00545.htm
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Helping Maori Drive

- Assisting Maori learner drivers to become better, safer and more experienced drivers is the aim of a new partnership between the Manukau Urban Maori Authority and the Land Transport Safety Authority. See... Learners to benefit from MUMA/LTSA partnership [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00086.htm


Taking On Bad Deals

- The Government intends to implement a takeovers code as soon as possible to ensure that small investors get fair treatment in takeovers situations and to improve overseas perceptions of our market Commerce Minister Paul Swain said today. See... Takeovers Code To Be Implemented [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00543.htm


Over, Roger

- ACT last night won an amendment to the Government’s Radiocommunications Amendment Bill that will allow amateur radio operators to once again publish their details in a national Call Book as a matter of course. See... ACT Wins Amendment for Amateur Radio Operators [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00542.htm


Animal Rights

- Animal rights campaigners will be presenting a petition with more than 75,000 signatures to parliament next week. The petition is calling for a ban on the sow crate which is used on many pig factory farms throughout New Zealand. See... Major factory farming petition goes to parliament [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00138.htm


Treaty Fisheries Settlement

- Delays in allocating fisheries settlement assets to iwi cost Maori many millions of dollars a year in lost “commercial opportunities,” Harry Mikaere, Chairman of the Treaty Tribes Coalition, said today. See... Allocation Delay Costs Maori Millions A Year [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00136.htm


Occupation 2K: The Honeymoon Is Over Labour!

- Occupying students at the University of Waikato march to Hamilton City Centre today, celebrating their successful two day control of the University's B Block. See... Waikato Occupation Celebration Rally [1] in the wire. The protests are part of a week long effort to convince the Government to make education free. See... Otago Applauds Students' Efforts [2] . Also see... Auckland Students "We'll Be Back (Tomorrow)" [3] . And... Waikato Occupation Continues Into Second Day [4] all in the Education wire.


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Principal Appointed

- Hutt Valley High School principal Graeme Marshall is to be the project manager for the Government's review of school staffing, the Secretary for Education, Howard Fancy, announced today. See... School Staffing Review Project Under Way [1] in the Education wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0003/S00065.htm


Anzac Awards

- The big response to the Government's essay competition on Gallipoli showed that awareness among many young people of what happened at Gallipoli was admirably high, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today. See... PM announces Gallipoli essay contest winners [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00557.htm


Anderton Not A Good Spy

- Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton will ask for a report to the Intelligence and Security Committee, after Opposition leader Jenny Shipley leaked confidential security information in Parliament yesterday. Mrs Shipley made public Anderton's comments questioning the current form of the SIS. See... Shipley's loose lips sink ships [1] . Also see... Helen Should Not Confuse NZ Over Security Issues [2] . "The Deputy Prime Minister has shown he is unfit to be a member of the Parliamentary Security Intelligence Committee,” Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley says. See... Anderton unfit for security committee [3] . Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton is scornful of National Party suggestions that he should resign. See... Shipley 'hysterical' over SIS claim [4] in the Parliament wire.


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