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New Rights For Live In Lovers
Scoop OZ File: Not A Lost Generation
Scoop World: Zimbabwe & Japan
Scoop Opinion: Luddite? No. Definite realo
Scoop Opinion: Student “Radicals”
LENT2k
Rain Abates For Greymouth Rally
A Mind Reading Website!

Preventing Global Warming
Telecom Threat To Competition
We’ll Back MMP Review, Shelve Defection Bill
Gay Marital Rights Bill
Financial Assistance To End Abortions
The West Coast Timberlands Settlement “For Suckers”
Paradise Picked Up
Pre-Paid Net Services
No April Fool
Fish & Chip Danger
Shopping On The Net Secure
New National Anthem
Sharing Children Bill
Phil Goff On Indonesia
Influenza Cure On Wheels
Chunky Crunch Recalled By Cadbury
Compaq’s Joke

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New Rights For Live In Lovers

- Cabinet decided today to back a bill extending existing matrimonial property rights legislation to cover de facto relationships - including those between gay and lesbian couples. Chris Holm reports. See... Defacto Couples To Be Given Property Rights [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00005.htm


Scoop OZ File: Not A Lost Generation

- The Australian government last week raised the stakes in a festering dispute between it and the UN over Australia's failure to address UN concerns over mandatory sentencing and the position of Aborigines in Australia generally. See... OZ File: Human Rights – Oz v. the UN [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00003.htm


Scoop World: Zimbabwe & Japan

- A fuel shortage produces clots of cars circling city streets, waiting in line for hours for their turn at the gas pump. The currency crashed last year, reducing the value of the Zimbabwean dollar to less than a nickel. A quarter of the population ... See... Scoop Link: Zimbabwe Protests [1] . .SOBETSU, Hokkaido-The zero-casualty rate in Mount Usu's first eruption in 23 years stems from an ingrained sense of crisis among people of the Usu region. See... Scoop Link: Sense of crisis paid off at Mount Usu [2] both in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00008.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00007.htm


Scoop Opinion: Luddite? No. Definite realo

- Last week within the context of the social control of selfishness, I discussed the role of the Church and how it was undermined by the Protestant Reformation, and about Adam Smith as one of the new thinkers of the 18th century who theorised the market operating inside clear social boundaries. See... On The Left - Luddite? No. Definite realo [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00002.htm


Scoop Opinion: Student “Radicals”

- Last week saw the tired spectacle of student 'radicals' occupying university registry buildings, demanding that other people pay their fees. Student occupations are nothing new, but as a student politician myself this year I felt very angry and embarassed. Philip Rennie from the Young Nationals writes. See... Student "Radicals" Embarrass – On The Right [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00001.htm


LENT2k

- a period of six weeks in the Christian Year, leading up to Easter - By Monsignor Charles Cooper. See... Lenten Reflections Of Monsignor Charles Cooper [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00002.htm


Rain Abates For Greymouth Rally

- The gods seemed to be on the side of West Coasters today when heavy rain stopped as 5,000 people marched in Greymouth to protest over Government's indigenous forest policies, to call for Labour MP Damien O'Connor's resignation and to pass resolutions. Scoop’s West Coast correspondent John Howard reports. See... Coasters Rally Against The End Of Native Logging [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00001.htm


A Mind Reading Website!

- Auckland based company Acclaim Datasystems has developed what is believed to be the worlds first “Mind-Reading”; web site. In conjunction with Prof. Fredric Olinaboute, one of the world's leading experts in Compu-biocyberthinknetics, Acclaim is implementing former cold war technologies for the first time. See... World First In Mind-Reading Web Technology [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00001.htm

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Preventing Global Warming

- Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today welcomed the Government's support for her Energy Efficiency Bill, saying the bill is New Zealand's first step towards warding off climate change and its destructive impacts. See... 1st Green Bill - 1st Step To Stop Climate Change [1] Also see... Govt to support Energy Efficiency Bill [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00014.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00016.htm


Telecom Threat To Competition

- The new free Internet Service Provider i4free today applied for an injunction to stop Telecom from cutting lines servicing the new company. See. Telecom Chops Off Muscular Dystrophy Association [1] . Telecom New Zealand has today pulled the plug on New Zealand's first free Internet Service Provider i4free the day the new service was to be launched to the public. The Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton says Telecom’s behaviour demonstrates the anti-competitive telecommunications market in New Zealand. Meanwhile Telecom says it is removing i4free to protect phone calling on the Telecom network. See... Telecom Moves To Protect Phone Customers [2] . For an earlier statement by i4free see...Free Internet Rival Threatened By Telecom [3] all in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00011.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00016.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00005.htm


We’ll Back MMP Review, Shelve Defection Bill

- The Green Party is backing the government's motion to establish an MMP review committee and wants the government's anti-defection bill deferred until this committee has reported. The New Zealand First Party was the only party in Parliament to boycott the MMP review because of its concerns of bias among committee members. See... Greens support MMP review, oppose defection bill [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00012.htm


Gay Marital Rights Bill

- National understands that the Cabinet will tomorrow consider major changes to the way in which matrimonial, de facto and same-sex property rights will be handled, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today. See... Govt dictates changes to property rights [1] . The Government has done no behavioural research on the effects of the proposed de facto law changes, says ACT. See... No research done on effects of De Facto Bill [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00009.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00015.htm


Financial Assistance To End Abortions

- Libertarianz Deputy Leader Richard McGrath today backed moves by the Catholic Church to financially support women who might otherwise choose to abort their pregnancies. An Auckland Catholic Bishop announced the idea last week. See... Libz Applaud Bishop's Private Welfare Plan [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00003.htm


The West Coast Timberlands Settlement “For Suckers”

- "A gob-stopper for suckers seems to be Government’s attitude to West Coasters", was the reaction of Brian Swale, discussing the government one-off $100 million grant in lieu of continuing the Timberlands beech forest management plans. See... Coast Offer - ‘A gob-stopper for suckers’ [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00005.htm


Paradise Picked Up

- Austar United announced today its subsidiary, Saturn Communications has purchased Internet Service Provider (ISP), Paradise Net Limited. The Wellington based Internet Service Provider has gained over 33,000 subscribers since it began in 1997. See... Telstra Saturn buys Paradise [1] in the Business wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00008.htm


Pre-Paid Net Services

- Quik Internet New Zealand, the franchised Internet service provider, today announced it is the first Internet provider to bundle its services as a prepaid product. See... Quik Internet First In The Nation To Offer Prepaid [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00010.htm


No April Fool

- Pay increases for superannuitants and key changes to the student loan scheme took effect from Saturday along with an annual inflation adjustment to preserve the value of benefits. See... April 1 changes deliver on core pledges [1] . The Government is short-changing New Zealanders with its April 1 changes, said Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley. See... Govt short-changes NZers on April 1 [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00004.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00006.htm


Fish & Chip Danger

- The Green Party said today a weekly trip to the fish and chip shop could be hazardous to your health, following a report issued by the Ministry of Health this week. See... Fish and chips could be hazardous - Greens [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00010.htm


Shopping On The Net Secure

- The Minister of Consumer Affairs, Hon Phillida Bunkle, wants to make sure Internet shopping is safe for consumers. See... E-Commerce Code For Consumer Protection [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00008.htm


New National Anthem

- The call by the country’s sporting organisations for more guidance in the singing of our National Anthem has been answered. On tonight's Live Lotto draw, singer Frankie Stevens unveiled a new National Anthem CD. See... National Anthem CD launched [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00007.htm


Sharing Children Bill

- ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Muriel Newman says the right of children of parents who are separating to maintain contact with both parents hangs in the balance. See... ‘Please Consider the Children’ – Muriel Newman [1] in the Parliament wire. A group dedicated to equity within families apart agrees. See... The Welfare of Children - In New Zealand, Who Care [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00011.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00004.htm


Phil Goff On Indonesia

– Foreign Minister Phil Goff spoke at a seminar on the state of Democracy in Indonesia this weekend. See... Phil Goff Speech - Towards Democracy In Indonesia [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00005.htm


Influenza Cure On Wheels

- A mobile health campaign to protect Pacific elders against influenza will help close health disparity gaps, the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Mark Gosche said. See... South Auckland Influenza - closing the Gaps [1] Also see... Mark Gosche Speech: South Auckland Influenza [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00003.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00002.htm


Chunky Crunch Recalled By Cadbury

- Cadbury Confectionery is today issuing a product recall on one batch of its 45g Cadbury Crunch Chunky Size Bar. See... Cadbury Recalls Chunky Crunch Chocolate Bars [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00004.htm


Compaq’s Joke

- The mind-boggling array of computer innovations has provided fertile ground for an April Fools joke by Compaq. See... Compaq Fools WIth Flaptop Computer [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00002.htm

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