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SCOOP WINS LISTENER HEADLINE HUMOUR AWARD!
Scoop Photo Essay: Robert Jones Confronts Sludge In The Great Hall
The Battle Against Blindness On The Coast
Food Libelling Rules Needed
Tech Companies On The Move
Scoop Opinion: Howling At The Tube
Scoop World: Japanese PM Brain-Dead
Scoop World: Will The Cuban Boy Return Home?
Scoop Is In The House

Appeal For Ethiopia Famine Aid
St John’s Wort Warning
TVP - A Nightly Home Invasion
49 Per Cent Of Sows Cramped
Energy Efficiency Bill
Securities Commission Appointments
Cervical Screening Inquiry
Zoning Will Widen The Racial Divide
Kiwi Healers In Demand
Consumers "Flock" To Free Internet Provider
”Elective Surgury”
Building Autocracy?
To All Picians And Aquarians
Who Would Have Them!?
Fightback And Media Coverage

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Robert Jones Confronts Sludge In Great Hall
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SCOOP WINS LISTENER HEADLINE HUMOUR AWARD!

- “The quality of the headline is such that it cannot allowed to go unrecorded’ “- Columnist Paul Little in the Listener. For the full quotation and link published in Scoop on March 21 see... Scoop Wins Award For Use Of Toilet Humour [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00014.htm


Scoop Photo Essay: Robert Jones Confronts Sludge In The Great Hall

- Last night a function was held to launch Sir Robert Jones book Full Circle in the Great Hall at Parliament. Hosted by friend and Speaker Jonathan Hunt Scoop was among the invitees - Photos Alastair Thompson. See... Images: Full Circle - Sir Bob Returns To The Scene [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00013.htm


The Battle Against Blindness On The Coast

- Earlier this week Scoop editor, Alastair Thompson and myself, were exchanging emails about how to solve the terrible mess between the Government and the West Coast over the indigenous forest policies. It's time for reconciliation and dialogue. Scoop's John Howard writes. See... Scoop Editorial: Reconciliation On The West Coast [1] in the Headlines wire. For more on the dispute also see... Top Lawyer Says Further Coast Action Pointless [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00015.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00013.htm


Food Libelling Rules Needed

- The Corrective Party is most concerned at the current development that allows food to sue for defamation. It seems that an aggrieved fish is targeting Ms Sue Kedgeley, the Greens spokesperson on animal welfare, over the issue of mercury content. See... Food Should Not Be Allowed to Sue People [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00017.htm


Tech Companies On The Move

- EFORCE: Eforce Ltd has announced an agreement has been entered into to acquire international supply chain management specialists Product Sourcing International (PSI) and web development and hosting agency Imagic. See... Eforce Announces Acquisitions [1] . - PARADISE AND SATURN/TELSTRA: Austar United announced today its subsidiary, Saturn Communications has purchased Internet Service Provider (ISP), Paradise Net Limited. See... Telstra Saturn buys Paradise [2] . - STOCKWATCH: Share market investors around the country have been quick to take advantage of two powerful new features of the award-winning StockWatch web site at (www.stockwatch.co.nz). See... Revamped Stockwatch An Immediate Hit [3] . - WALKER WIRELESS: Broadband wireless company Walker Wireless Limited today announced it has chosen Cisco to drive its networking infrastructure and will be one of the first New Zealand companies to install new generation fast networking technology. See... Walker Wireless installs leading network techology [4] , all in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00025.htm
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Scoop Opinion: Howling At The Tube

- “How much longer do we have to put up with this kind of conspiracy of silence from our news media? Given a nightly menu of worthless rubbish in an effort to hide stories such as these....” A letter from publisher Ian Wishart to Paul Cutler, TVNZ Director of News & Current Affairs. See... Howling At The Tube [1] in the General wire. See also... Investigate Mag Going On Sale, Despite Gagging [2] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00004.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00019.htm


Scoop World: Japanese PM Brain-Dead

- With Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi on a life-support system, his place in politics has become irrelevant in the harsh world of Nagatacho. The Japanese PM was declared clinicly braindead after having a stroke at the weekend. See... Link: Cabinet To Quit; Mori Likely To Take Over [1] in the International wire. Also see... Brains Not Needed for Conservative Politics [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00026.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00018.htm


Scoop World: Will The Cuban Boy Return Home?

- The State Department has approved visas for the immediate family of Elian Gonzalez to travel to the United States along with a cousin, a pediatrician and his kindergarten teacher. But 22 other visas requested are being reviewed. See... Link: US agrees family may see rescued Cuban boy [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00025.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- Today’s questions of the day concerned: Tamihere Apology – Wine Box Tax Amendments – Tertiary Education Advisory Commission – Waipareira Trust – Fisheries Ministry Expense Claims – Gender Pay Equity – Oxfam And Aid For Education– Royal Commission on GE - Bulk Funding Contracts - West Coast Exotic Forests And Labour Pledges - EECA - Overstayers. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00016.htm

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Appeal For Ethiopia Famine Aid

- The International Red Cross is taking action to assist vulnerable people in drought-struck Ethiopia, in the face of worsening food shortages there. A recent drought has threatened to lead to a famine of the same scale as the eighties' catastrophe. See... Red Cross Taking Action in Ethiopia [1] . Kiwis have so far donated approximately $80,000 to the New Zealand Red Cross appeal for flood-ravaged Mozambique, in southern Africa. See... Mozambique Appeal –Strong Response but More Needed [2] both in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00009.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00008.htm


St John’s Wort Warning

- People taking St John's wort should be careful as the herbal remedy can interfere with some medicines making them less effective, the Health Ministry said today. See... Medsafe urges caution for users of St John's Wort [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00006.htm


TVP - A Nightly Home Invasion

- ACT says honest taxpayers jobs are being taken by a questionable Government initiative to invest in Television editing facilities at Päremoremo Prison. See... What exactly is Labour employment policy? [1] . Corrections Minister Matt Robson congratulated the inmates for their work on the trial scheme at Paremoremo today. See... Minister congratulates inmate graduates [2] . Meanwhile, Government tensions over crime policy were admitted by Alliance Minister Matt Robson in the House yesterday, said ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks. See... Conflict over Government crime policy [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00038.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00046.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00041.htm


49 Per Cent Of Sows Cramped

- Green MP Sue Kedgley today moved to clarify information given by the Minister of Agriculture in the House yesterday about the numbers of sows kept in dry sow stalls. See... 49 Per Cent Of Sows Kept In Dry Stalls - Kedgley [1] . Wellington Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on Parliament to stipulate Bellamys does not serve pork from pig farms that use sow crates. See... Bellamys must set example over factory farming [2] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile, The Minister of Consumer Affairs, Hon Phillida Bunkle has given her personal support to the animal rights groups opposed to the use of dry sow stalls in pig farming. See... Personal Support For Petition - Phillida Bunkle [3] in the Parliament wire. A petition signed by more than 75,000 people calling for 60cm-wide sow stalls to be phased out in New Zealand was presented on the steps of Parliament on Monday. See... Kedgley Promotes End To Sow Crates [4] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00053.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00025.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00024.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00018.htm


Energy Efficiency Bill

- Jeanette Fitzsimons' Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill is expected to pass its most crucial stage in the House today, on its way to becoming the first Green Party bill to pass into law in New Zealand. See... First Green Party Bill in the House today [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00052.htm


Securities Commission Appointments

- The Acting Minister of Commerce Trevor Mallard has announced the re-appointments of Euan Abernethy and Falcon Clouston to the Securities Commission. See... Securities Commission Re-Appointments [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00051.htm


Cervical Screening Inquiry

- Women presenting submissions to the Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry, either in person or through the lawyers appointed by the Government, will be helped with transport and childcare arrangements. See... Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry Childcare [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00050.htm


Zoning Will Widen The Racial Divide

- So says ACT spokesperson Donna Awatere in her speech in Parliament on the Education Bill currently being passed through the House. See... Education Bill Racially Divisive - Speech [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00042.htm


Kiwi Healers In Demand

- A leading Texan hospital is looking to entice up to 100 New Zealand nurses into the US healthcare system. See... US – desperately seeking 100 NZ nurses [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00002.htm


Consumers "Flock" To Free Internet Provider

- The New Zealand public are flocking to join the free Internet access site i4free after a court injunction ruled that Telecom must restore the lines they disconnected on Friday and over the weekend to stop the service being launched. So says ISP i4free. See... Public shows it wants FREE Internet service [1] . Yesterday Telecom welcomed the decision of the High Court at Auckland to delay an interim injunction hearing until next week. See... Telecom Welcomes Court Decision [2] On Monday new free Internet Service Provider i4free applied for an injunction to stop Telecom from cutting lines servicing the new company. See. Telecom Chops Off Muscular Dystrophy Association [3] . The action was in response to Telecom New Zealand pulling the plug on the provider the day the new service was to be launched to the public. Telecom said it was removing i4free to protect consumers using the Telecom network. See... Telecom Moves To Protect Phone Customers [4] . For an earlier statement by i4free see...Free Internet Rival Threatened By Telecom [5] all in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00026.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00018.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00011.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00016.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00005.htm


”Elective Surgury”

- Three new members have been elected to the New Zealand Medical Association Board following a postal ballot of members last month. See... New NZMA Board Members Elected [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00005.htm


Building Autocracy?

- The recent comments from certain commentators and politicians calling on others not to attend the Building the Constitution conference are an outrageous assault on free speech, says United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne. See... Are We Threatening Freedom Of Speech? [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00049.htm


To All Picians And Aquarians

- If you are a driver who had a birthday in February, the Land Transport Safety Authority (LTSA) hopes you got at least one card – a photo driver licence. The LTSA is reminding drivers of the need to upgrade from their old paper driver licence to a photo driver’s licence. See... Drivers with February birthdays urged to upgrade [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00007.htm


Who Would Have Them!?

- Muriel Newman's Shared Parenting Bill deserves cross-party support, according to youth group Prebble’s Rebels who say that the Bill offers hope to a lost generation of sole-parented children. See... Rebel Youth Support Shared Parenting [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00016.htm


Fightback And Media Coverage

- Here are some media articles on the controversial policing methods used in Auckland. Sue Bradford from the Green Party raised our concerns in Parliament about these. After all, this is New Zealand, not Tianamen square! See... Why Fightback Waikato Opposes Use Of Police [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0004/S00006.htm

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