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Green Criticism Of Moratorium Backtrack
GE Inquiry Ignores Food
Scoop World: Kiwi Protestor Arrested In Arctic
Scoop World: Bolivian Riots
Yes Sir To No Sir
Global May Day Protests To Begin In Godzone
THE TOP RATING NET MOVIE EVER!
Loop Music Emailer
Scoop Opinion: The Rodney Council Decision

Buy Hoki!
Telecom Deal Means New Technology
Young Grommets In Gisbourne Surfing Comp
Behind The Iron Curtain
Broadcasting Timetable Announced
North Shore Hospitals Are Safe
Maui Gas Shutdown
CPI Preview
Trade Me Expansion
Rodney Review Decision Online
Telecomms Deal
Tamihere Vs Prebble
The PM’s Easter Pilgrimage
WW1 Pardon’s Welcomed
Accredited Employers Scheme Proceeds
NZ On-Air- A Kiwi-Quota Reversal?
Snakes Alive!
Tariff Freeze Til 2005
Tim Barnett Wades Into Yellow Triangle Row
Constitution Conference Important For Maori


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Green Criticism Of Moratorium Backtrack

- Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today she was disappointed that the Alliance now considered the Green Party's wish for a full moratorium on genetically engineered field trials to be 'extreme'. See... Greens disappointed at Alliance's GE position [1] . Ms Fitzsimons met with the Prime Minister to discuss the GE Royal Commission and accompanying moratorium – an announcement on which was put off for another week today. See... GE Moratorium Rustles Feathers Behind Scenes [2] in the Headlines wire.
For Further Reaction:
ALLIANCE - GE Inquiry Speculation Premature [3]
NATIONAL - Gene decisions based on emotion not science [4] .
NATIONAL - GE debate must be based on rational arguments [5] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00140.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00028.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00105.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00109.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00108.htm


GE Inquiry Ignores Food

- The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into genetic engineering will not, it seems, include any focus on genetically engineered food. Apparently New Zealand’s international trade obligations are the reason. See... Food not included in Royal Commission on GE! [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00045.htm


Scoop World: Kiwi Protestor Arrested In Arctic

- New Zealander, Tanya Popp of Coromandel, has been arrested while attempting to protect the sensitive and fragile Arctic environment from climate change. A Greenpeace release see... New Zealander Arrested In Icy Action [1] in the International wire. For images see... Scoop Images: Kiwi Captured In Arctic Protest [2] in the Headlines wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00053.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00031.htm


Scoop World: Bolivian Water Riots

- The decision to privatise Bolivia’s national water company has caused widespread public rioting and the Government has declared martial law. “ The situation here in Bolivia remains critical. Since the declaration of martial law yesterday at least three people have been killed, including a 17 year old boy shot by soldiers with live ammunition here in Cochabamba.” For more from a local human right’s group, see... Bolivian Protesters Win War Over Water [1] . Also see ... Bolivia Under Martial Law [2] both in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00051.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00050.htm


Yes Sir To No Sir

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced that the Queen has approved the recommendation of the government to discontinue in future the titles of Sir and Dame in the New Zealand honours system. See... Titles discontinued [1] in the Parliament wire.
REACTION
JENNY SHIPLEY – We must honour Kiwi heroes [2] .
NZ FIRST - Government Defies Convention Over Honours [3]
NATIONAL - Front Up - Don't Blame The Honours Advisory Cmttee [4] .
UNITED NZ - Honours Decision Confirms Govt's Arrogant Style [5] .
ACT - Another Step in Government by Stealth [6] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00117.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00115.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00131.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00128.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00126.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00123.htm


Global May Day Protests To Begin In Godzone

- London, June 18, 1999 – Millions of pounds worth of damage caused by anti-capitalist demonstrators in London’s financial district. Seattle, November 30, 1999 – Police turn violent as thousands of protestors disrupt WTO meeting. New Zealand, May 1, 2000 – ?? See... New Zealand activists first in world to May Day 2k [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00038.htm


THE TOP RATING NET MOVIE EVER!

- The 2 Minute Clip from the Lord of the Rings preview is the top rating movie clip on the net ever. See... LORD OF THE RINGS PREVIEW #1 [1] - #2 [2] . Actor Ian McKellen (Gandalf) has participated in a Yahoo! Chat where he answered a few questions about the film. See... Ian McKellen Lord Of The Rings Chat [3] in the Arts & Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00027.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00016.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00022.htm


Loop Music Emailer

- Music News - - Events – Reviews. See... AMPLITUDE The LOOP Music Emailer [1] in the Arts & Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00021.htm


Scoop Opinion: The Rodney Council Decision

-- “The appointment of a government commissioner to replace the elected Rodney District Council is a severe blow to local democracy.” Writer David Thornton is a former member of the North Shore City Council and the Greater London Council See... Comment: David Thornton On Rodney Council [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00043.htm

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Buy Hoki!

- New Zealand seafood’s growing importance to European Union markets has received a significant boost. European Fisheries Ministers confirmed a 20,000 tonne reduced tariff quota for frozen hoki and an opportunity to compete for reduced tariff quotas. For NZ Seafood Industry release see... Reduction In Tariffs On NZ Seafood Exports- Europe [1] . The European Union’s recent decision to again provide a reduced tariff for hoki imports this year is great news for the New Zealand fishing industry. See... Future Bright For Hoki, Say Ministers [2] in the Parliament wire..


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00062.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00136.htm


Telecom Deal Means New Technology

- Members of Telecom Poland's board of directors flew into New Zealand today to sign a further $6 million deal for Internet technology designed by Ericsson in Napier. See... Kiwi Knowledge Economy Gets A $40 Million Boost [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00059.htm


Young Grommets In Gisbourne Surfing Comp

- grommet /’grpmIt/ n.2 slang (chiefly Austral.). Also –it. L20.[Origin unkn. Cf. GRUMMET n.1] A young surfer or skateboarder. from The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. See... Grommets Hit Gisborne For Pulsate Surfing Champs [1] in the Sports wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0004/S00003.htm


Behind The Iron Curtain

- “We had the courage to lift the veil of secrecy that covered our mental institutions of the past. Now we must let New Zealanders see inside our prisons”; says Minister of Corrections Matt Robson. See... 'Time to lift veil of secrecy over prisons,' [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00137.htm


Broadcasting Timetable Announced

- The Cabinet has approved an extensive work programme and timetable for the development of broadcasting issues, the Minister of Broadcasting, Marian Hobbs, announced today. See... Green Light For Broadcasting Development [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00134.htm


North Shore Hospitals Are Safe

- A review of cardiology services at North Shore Hospital has shown that patients in north-west Auckland are gaining access to cardiac services and on-going referral in an appropriate clinical manner. See... Cardiac Services at North Shore Hospital are Safe [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00022.htm


Maui Gas Shutdown

- The Chairman of Maui Development Limited (MDL), Mr Thijs Koeling, announced today details of a three day shutdown of the Maui Gas Field on 12, 13 and 14th of May. See... Maui Gas Shutdown [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00021.htm


CPI Preview

- Deutsche Bank forecast: +0.8% qoq, with balanced risk distribution RBNZ projection: +0.6 % qoq Market expectations (median): +0.8% qoq (range: +0.5 to +1.1%) Previous release (Q4): +0.2% qo. See... Data Flash: Preview Consumer Price Index [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00064.htm


Trade Me Expansion

- Trade Me, New Zealand’s largest online auction site, has surpassed ten thousand registered users – up 400% in the last 6 months. With over 150,000 visits a month Trade Me believes they now rate within the top trafficked sites in New Zealand. See... trademe.co.nz grows past 10,000 registered users [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00063.htm


Rodney Review Decision Online

- The Media Advisory Ministerial Review Authority report on Rodney District Council is to be placed on Department of Internal Affairs website for public access . See... Media Advisory - Rodney District Council [1] . Waiting 13 months for a new election in Rodney District is too long, ACT Party local government spokesman Owen Jennings said today. See... Too Long To Wait for Democracy [2] both in the Parliament wire. The Minister of Local Government, Sandra Lee, has told Cabinet this week she has accepted a Ministerial Review Authority recommendation to appoint a Commission to replace the elected representatives of the Rodney District Council. See... Commission appointed to Rodney District Council [3] in the Parliament wire. National has welcomed the decision. See... McCully Welcomes Rodney Announcement [4] also in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00138.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00139.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00111.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00114.htm


Telecomms Deal

- Telecommunications company Ericsson signed a $6 million Internet technology deal today with Telecom Poland. Finance Minister Michael Cullen says the company should be congratulated. See... Cullen welcomes knowledge economy deal [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00132.htm


Tamihere Vs Prebble

- John Tamihere’s attempt to cite ACT leader Richard Prebble for breach of privilege has been turned down by the Speaker, the Rt Hon Jonathan Hunt. See... Speaker Rules Against Tamihere [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00124.htm


The PM’s Easter Pilgrimage

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced details of her visits to London, Turkey and Singapore between 18 and 28 April. See... PM's Visit to London, Turkey, and Singapore [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00122.htm


WW1 Pardon’s Welcomed

- Green Party MP Ian Ewen-Street today welcomed the Government's commitment to pardon five soldiers who were executed during the First World War, saying the move had full Green support. See... Pardon for old soldiers welcomed [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00120.htm


Accredited Employers Scheme Proceeds

- Employers who want to take direct responsibility for the health and safety and rehabilitation of their employees will be able to apply to become an accredited employer through the ACC Partnership Programme said Accident Insurance Minister Dr Michael Cullen. See... ACC Accredited Employer Programme – Okay to go [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00116.htm


NZ On-Air- A Kiwi-Quota Reversal?

- The Government's backtrack on quotas will be music to broadcasters ears, Opposition Broadcasting spokesperson Katherine Rich said today. At election time the Labour party had pledged to institute a 20 per cent quota of local content on public and private broadcasters. See... Music quota about turn [1] in the Parliament wire.The New Zealand economy could face international sanctions worth millions of dollars if Helen Clark and her Government introduce local content quota, said ACT Broadcasting spokesman Penny Webster. See... Local Content Quota Serious Breach of GATT Rules [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00112.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00104.htm


Snakes Alive!

- Containers and their cargo from known “high risk” countries will be subjected to an increased level of inspection following the unprecedented discovery of three snakes in recent weeks, the Minister for Biosecurity, Marian Hobbs, said today.See... Container Inspections Stepped Up [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00113.htm


Tariff Freeze Til 2005

- The Acting Minister of Commerce Trevor Mallard has today announced the Government's decisions on general tariff levels. Tariffs will be frozen at current levels until at least 1 July 2005. See... Government Announces Tariff Details [1] in the Parliament wire. New Zealanders will pay twice - with higher prices and fewer jobs - following this Government's decision to freeze tariff reductions, Opposition Commerce spokesperson Lockwood Smith said today. See... NZers pay twice with Govt. tariff decisions [2] . ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide said today that the Labour-Alliance Government’s decision to freeze tariffs for five years was a costly non-decision. See... Government’s non-policy on tariffs a blow [3] . National’s John Luxton says the Government's tariff decision will hit the pockets of many families who rely on cheaper clothes and shoes. See... Govt ignores human face of tariff cuts [4] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00118.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00133.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00125.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00121.htm


Tim Barnett Wades Into Yellow Triangle Row

- Christchurch Central MP Tim Barnett has called for a focus on the facts in the ongoing debate over the Under 25 stickers. He believes that the accusations and counter accusations concerning the scheme run real risk of by-passing some vital and worrying facts. See... More Heat Than Light in Under 25 Sticker Debate [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00130.htm


Constitution Conference Important For Maori

- The Constitutional Conference held at Parliament at the weekend was beacon for the future, National List MP Georgina te Heuheu said today. See... Constitutional conference - important for Maori [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00127.htm

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