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Battle Northstar Continues
United Against Nukes
LISA BLAKIE: Cops Not Leaving Darfield
As Mayday2k Approaches
Scoop World: The Summit of the Two Koreas
Scoop World: Chinese Torture Chamber Story
Scoop Opinion: Upton Online On Super

Killer Mites Afflict Bees
Anderton On Bank Charges
Wood Pidgeon Poaching
Sneaky Constitutional Change
The Travels Of Dr Michael Cullen
Time Running Out Over ERA
Maori Women & Board Membership
Throwing Out A Lifeline To Flood Victims
The Disabled In The Community
Drills On Wheels
Shared Parenting Experts Visit
Native Forest Action Asks Which Trees?
Privy Council Change Proposal Disturbing
Matt Robson Undemocratic Says ACT
Broadcasting: A Plan For A Plan
Standing Up For Consumers
Family Start In River City

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Battle Northstar Continues

- Auckland, April 12, 2000 – Another five Greenpeace activists have been arrested in the Arctic, as Greenpeace continues to confront the construction of BP’s controversial Northstar offshore oil project. See... Greenpeace Activists Continue Arctic Confrontation [1] in the General wire. See also... New Zealander Arrested In Icy Action [2] in the International wire. For images see... Scoop Images: Kiwi Captured In Arctic Protest [3] in the Headlines wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00028.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00053.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00031.htm


United Against Nukes

- As Russia’s Parliament prepares for a vote on START II, a new nuclear weapons programme, in the West Non-Governmental-Organisation’s (NGOs)have launched a campaign to end the nuclear threat to humanity. See... World NGOs Say Time's Up For Nuclear Weapons [1] in the General wire from a report on the development from the New Zealand Peace Foundation.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00027.htm


LISA BLAKIE: Cops Not Leaving Darfield

- . See... Blakie Inquiry: Heavy Police Presence in Darfield [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00026.htm


As Mayday2k Approaches

– In the streets of Wellington posters have started appearing advertising a protest against McDonalds on Mayday (M1). Meanwhile in Washington protest actions and arrests have begun in advance of A16 (April 16th), providing a foretaste of a planned attempt by an Internet organised activism movement to shut down IMF and World Bank meetings this coming weekend. See... M1: First Arrests And Meditation In Washington, DC [1] in the Headlines wire for a report from Dada Maheshvarananda of Prout in Washington. Last weekend a more sedate protest was held joining hands around the US Capitol Hill. This one was approved of by the President. See.. US Presidential Message Celebrating Jubilee 2000 [2] . Washington police are warning that attacks of property will be strongly policed over the weekend and that riots as occurred last November in Seattle will not be tolerated. See... New Zealand activists first in world to May Day 2k [3] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00033.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00058.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00038.htm


Scoop World: The Summit of the Two Koreas

- The month-long behind-the-scenes negotiations that resulted in the agreement on an unprecedented inter-Korean summit were conducted in such secrecy that even close aides of Culture and Tourism Minister Park Jie-won knew nothing until just minutes before the announcement. See... Secrecy maintained during summit negotiations [1] . US President Bill Clinton welcomed the move. See...Statement by the US President on Korean Dialogue [2] both in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00055.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00057.htm


Scoop World: Chinese Torture Chamber Story

- 'Inside China's torture chambers' documents the results of an extensive undercover investigation by WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) into China's cruel bear bile farms. It reveals how thousands of bears are kept in horrific conditions. See... Inside China's Torture Chambers [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00054.htm


Scoop Opinion: Upton Online On Super

- Extensive debate and questioning of Dr Michael Cullen has revealed that his proposed Super Fund will soak up unknown billions to fund an unknown share of future super liabilities through unknown investments as part of a 'diversified' portfolio. See... Superannuation [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00141.htm

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Killer Mites Afflict Bees

- An outbreak of imported bee-killing mites is a graphic example of the damage which can be caused by lax biosecurity controls, Green MP Ian Ewen-Street said today. See... Honey Producers Pay For Cheap-Skate Biosecurity [1] . The National Beekeepers Association is calling on the Government to take all necessary measures to contain and eliminate the Varroa mite outbreak in the South Auckland area. The outbreak of an introduced insect could decimate hive populations around the country. All NZ exports of honey have been halted. See... Firm Action Required On Varroa Outbreak [2] in the General wire. Meanwhile Bio-security Minister Marian Hobbs says she does not believe there are problems with NZ’s customs service despite the mite outbreak and three snakes found in the last month.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00025.htm


Anderton On Bank Charges

- Rising bank charges are out of hand, and the only pressure that major banks will respond to is competition from a Kiwi bank, Deputy Prime Minister and Alliance leader Jim Anderton said today. ANZ is the second bank to have announced a fifty-cent charge per transaction for customers who withdraw money through other banks. See... Competition needed to rein in bank charges [1] . ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide today said that it was a bit rich for Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton to complain about banks when he himself had totally failed on his own goals with respect to his self-named “Jimmy’s” Bank. See... Where is “Jimmy’s” Bank? – ACT [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00157.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00165.htm


Wood Pidgeon Poaching

- The Minister of Conservation Hon Sandra Lee says she was disturbed to learn today of an incident of “environmental vandalism;”on the West Coast of the South Island involving damage to silver beech trees on public land. See... Conservation Minister disturbed by enviro- vandals [1] in the Parliament wire. An early season kukupa (wood pidgeon) ”bust” for poaching of the native bird in the Omahuta Forest Sanctuary has angered conservation staff. They remain seriously concerned about the bird's future. See... Early Season Kukupa "Bust" in Omahuta Forest [2] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00162.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00029.htm


Sneaky Constitutional Change

- ACT is today warning that Government plans to stop appeals to the Privy Council is part of an elite agenda for creeping constitutional change without letting ordinary New Zealanders vote on it. See... Margaret Wilson Has a Hidden Constitutional Agenda [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00164.htm


The Travels Of Dr Michael Cullen

- “This occasion marks a first for me. This is my first international trip since the change of government, Hong Kong in the first stop on my itinerary, and this is my first formal overseas speech as New Zealand's new Finance Minister and Treasurer.” Dr Michael Cullen’s speech to entrepreneurs in Asia. See... New Zealand in the Global Economy - Cullen Speech [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00161.htm


Time Running Out Over ERA

- Time was running out for employers and other interested groups to show their opposition to the government’s “radical” Employment Relations Bill, ACT leader Richard Prebble said today. See... Employment Bill Must Be Dumped, Says Prebble [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00163.htm


Maori Women & Board Membership

- Women's Affairs Minister Laila Harré is hosting the first in a series of regional forums profiling Maori women ready to participate in board membership roles. See... Push for more Maori women in decision-making roles [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00160.htm


Throwing Out A Lifeline To Flood Victims

- The Government should match its words with action and come up with a funding package for the Alexandra flooding work programme, says Otago MP Gavan Herlihy. See... Flood Victims Still Waiting For A Lifejacket [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00158.htm


The Disabled In The Community

- A purpose-built community facility for people with physical and neurological disabilities was opened in Porirua today by the Minister for Disability Issues, Ruth Dyson. See... Minister opens new facility for disabled [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00156.htm


Drills On Wheels

– Health Minister Annette King today launched a mobile dental clinic. For her speech see... Mobile Dental Clinic Launched - Speech [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00155.htm


Shared Parenting Experts Visit

- Two American experts on shared parenting are visiting New Zealand over the next week to brief politicians and child welfare groups on the American experience of joint custody. The ACT party’s proponent of shared parenting Muriel Newman puts out a release. See... Shared Parenting Experts Visiting New Zealand [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00154.htm


Native Forest Action Asks Which Trees?

- Native Forest Action today asked the government to clarify which native forest logging the West Coast economic development package is in exchange for. See... Clarification Sought On End To Rimu Logging [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00051.htm


Privy Council Change Proposal Disturbing

- The Prime Minister’s statement that the government was proposing to abolish New Zealanders’ right to appeal court decisions to the Privy Council is the most disturbing constitutional change being promoted by this government, said ACT leader Richard Prebble. See... Abolishing Privy Council Dangerous, Says Prebble [1] in the Parliament wire. National’s Tony Ryall says Helen Clark is getting increasingly erratic in her pronouncements on changing New Zealand's constitutional See... PM's Erratic Constitution On The Hoof [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00145.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00150.htm


Matt Robson Undemocratic Says ACT

- Alliance Cabinet Minister Matt Robson's comments in a Christchurch newspaper yesterday showed his contempt for democratic process and the opinions of ordinary New Zealanders, said Law and Order Select Committee members Stephen Franks and Ron Mark. See... Robson shows contempt for democratic process [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00144.htm


A Plan For A Plan

- Five months on the job and all Marian Hobbs has delivered is a plan to plan a work programme, National Broadcasting spokesperson Katherine Rich said today. See... What Has Marian Been Doing All This Time? [1] . ACT says the Government may finally have a coherent view on broadcasting policy after the completion of two reviews announced today. See... Webster: A Government Broadcasting policy at last? [2] . For the release that begat the criticism. See... Green Light For Broadcasting Development [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00146.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00143.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00134.htm


Standing Up For Consumers

- The Minister of Consumer Affairs Phillida Bunkle has today released two discussion documents as part of the Consumer Credit Law Review. See... Credit Law Review Papers Released [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00148.htm


Family Start In River City

- The Minister of Social Services and Employment, Steve Maharey, opened a new $12 million Family Start programme in Hamilton this morning. See... Maharey opens Hamilton Family Start [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00147.htm


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