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Scoop Today - Best Wishes For Easter

HEADLINES

Images Of The White Island Eruption
Maundy Thursday Photo Essay
Remembering Anzac Day
Scoop Opinion: Rankin On Inflation
Scoop Arts: Scoop Gets LOOP-E!
Scoop Arts: Frida’s Farewell
Scoop World: NZ Reversal On Iraq Sanctions
Scoop World: Goff Calls On Mugabe To Respect Rule of Law
Easter Road Toll - Take Care
Scoop Arts: A Feast Of Fools
Scoop Arts: Rialto Movies

Crime Drop 5% Nationwide
WINZ Air Charter Details Released
Back Door Fishing
Air New Zealand Share Sales
Drug Laws A Headache For Schools
WINZ Student Loans Inquiry Announced
Hobbs Goes Green In NY
NZ Computer Tech System Launched
Lamb Dispute At WTO
Climate Change
Not For Kids
Waiting For The Dairy Merger
Organics, Bio-Technology & Cattle
Takeovers Code Implementation
A Commission For Tertiary Education
Video Hire Online
Scoop Arts: Kiwis In Book Love
Mental Health Contract Signed
Cradle Snatching

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LENT2K - Chrism Mass Photo Essay

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Images Of The White Island Eruption

- Wow! White Island of the coast of the Bay of Plenty is now erupting and sprewing ash as far away as Whakatane. The crater lake has turned bright yellow.... these pictures were taken by scientists from the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science ... See... Scoop Images: White Island Erupts! [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00067.htm


Maundy Thursday Photo Essay

- For a photo essay of the Chrism Mass held at the Wellington Anglican Cathedral of St Paul today see... Scoop Images: Photo Essay Of The Chrism Mass [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00066.htm


Remembering Anzac Day

- This first ANZAC Day of the new millennium allows us to acknowledge and remember those who fought for freedom, to honour those who lost their lives doing so and to learn the lessons of history so we don’t repeat them. So says National Leader Jenny Shipley. See... Open Letter to New Zealanders [1] , Meanwhile, Auckland Central MP Judith Tizard will represent Prime Minister Helen Clark at a Dawn Parade at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Anzac Day. See... Tizard representing Prime Minister at Anzac Day [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00289.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00287.htm


Scoop Opinion: Rankin On Inflation

- This month the latest inflation rate was announced two days before the scheduled announcement by the Reserve Bank to increase the OCR (official cash [interest] rate) to 6%. The CPI inflation rise, 0.7% for the period from mid-November to mid-February, ... See... Rankin On Thursday: Inflation: A Decrease In The Value Of Money? [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00065.htm


Scoop Arts: Scoop Gets LOOP-E!

The latest Loop emailers have been posted. For Pepsismokefreerockquest 2000 - Jazz On Line - Roots Foundation Sound System, April 2k - Dope Pope In Concert - Trivia see... AMPLITUDE - The LOOP Music Emailer [1] . For - The Secrets Of Harry Potter Iv - Lunch With Bryce - Obituary In Brief – Fun With Names. see... The LOOP Print Emailer [2] , both in the Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00043.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00040.htm


Scoop Arts: Frida’s Farewell

- With VIVA LA VIDA moving into its final week, City Gallery Wellington presents a week of events beginning after the Easter Break. The Ambassador of Mexico, a Maori actress playing Frida Kahlo, and a group of musicians will all feature at the gallery. See... ‘A Living Mural’ & One Woman ‘Frida’ Show [1] in the Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00042.htm


Scoop World: NZ Reversal On Iraq Sanctions

- The Green Party welcomed the government's announcement that it wants to reduce the civilian suffering caused by sanctions on Iraq, less than one week after the Green's urged it to change its position. See... Greens support government shift on Iraq sanctions [1] in the Parliament wire. "As you may be aware, representatives of the New Zealand government have made several statements condemning economic sanctions in the past couple of days." Peace Movement Aotearoa urges more action to stop the UN economic embargo. See... NZ policy change on economic sanctions ? [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00274.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00091.htm


Scoop World: Goff Calls On Mugabe To Respect Rule of Law

- Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff, says that the Zimbabwe Government must uphold the rule of law and stop the violence which is occurring there. See... Goff Urges Support for Rule of Law in Zimbabwe [1] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble today said it was appalling that the Prime Minister, Helen Clark had waited until she was in London before making any statement on the plight of white farmers and their families in Zimbabwe. See... Clark Statement On Zimbabwe For Blair Not Farmers [2] in the Parliament wire. ACT Leader Mr Prebble has written a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff. See... Plight of Zimbabwe farmers and their families [3] . ACT Rural Spokesman, Owen Jennings today said Zimbabwe farmers, if they were forced to leave their country, would be welcome in New Zealand for the many skills they would bring. See... Zimbabwe Farmers Would Be Welcome In NZ [4] all in the Parliament wire. Libertarianz deputy leader Richard McGrath called on the government to open its borders to white Zimbabwean farmers, as that country sinks further into lawlessness. See... Open Our Borders To Zimbawe’s Farmers - Libz [5] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00260.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00259.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00294.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00295.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00086.htm


Easter Road Toll - Take Care

- The Land Transport Safety Authority is urging motorists to take care while driving over the Easter holiday period. See... Take care on the roads this Easter, says LTSA [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00047.htm


Scoop Arts: A Feast Of Fools

- Scoop’s Film Reviewer Mark Williams checks out an unusual French comedy centred around the dinner table. See... The Dinner Game [1] . There is also more culture online: the Embassy of Italy in Wellington announces the launching of a web site [ italy-embassy.org.nz ]. See... The Embassy Of Italy Launches New Web Site [2] both in the Arts & Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00037.htm


Scoop Arts: Rialto Movies

- If you can translate this text message into proper English, then you could win one of two Vodafone Prepay mobiles: See... Rialto Film Club [1] in the Arts & Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00038.htm

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Crime Drop 5% Nationwide

- The Minister of Police George Hawkins is encouraged that total recorded crime dropped for the year ending December 1999. But he says there is still a way to go on the policing front. See... Police Statistics Room For Improvement [1] . National’s Justice Spokesman Tony Ryall has congratulated the Police on the 5% drop in the crime rate saying National’s commitment to working with the police to reduce crime has paid off. See... National’s police commitment shows results [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00279.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00285.htm


WINZ Air Charter Details Released

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey today released details of costs incurred by the Department of Work and Income during its investigation of the charter incident. See... Costs of WINZ charter incident investigation [1] . Steve Maharey's view on consultants is as changeable as the weather, says National Work and Income spokesperson Belinda Vernon. See... Maharey inconsistent on consultants [2] . Taxpayers today learned they’ve had to foot another hefty bill for the WINZ charter flight debacle taking the cost of the Wairakei conference and its fallout to over $600, 000 says ACT. See... Another Hefty Bill For Charter Flight Debacle [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00282.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00291.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00293.htm


Back Door Fishing

- New Zealand First is warning that a major part of New Zealand’s fishing interests is in danger of being sold to foreign control “through the back door.” See... Fisheries Resources Must Stay In NZ Hands [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00299.htm


Air New Zealand Share Sales

- The Minister of Transport Mark Gosche said today that there are no plans to liberalise A shares in Air New Zealand. The announcement comes after Singapore airlines brought a 25 per cent stake in Air New Zealand's B shares - shares foreign owned companies can buy. See... Air New Zealand – No liberalisation of A Shares [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00286.htm


Drug Laws A Headache For Schools

- President Owen Edgerton says some schools already face a difficult battle with drug use among students, and decriminalisation of cannabis will simply make it a tougher battle to win. See... Loose drug laws headache for schools [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0004/S00021.htm


WINZ Student Loans Inquiry Announced

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey today announced details of the evaluation he had promised into the processing of student loan applications. See... Student loan processing evaluation begins [1] in the Parliament wire. The National Student Unions today said their focus during the Government's evaluation into WINZ's handling of student loans would be on getting things right for students in 2001. See... Students Committed To Constructive WINZ Review [2] in the Education wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00270.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0004/S00024.htm


Hobbs Goes Green In NY

-Climate change and sustainable agricultural practices will be key issues at meetings the Minister for the Environment, Marian Hobbs, will be attending in New York next week. See... Minister To Attend UN Commission [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00290.htm


NZ Computer Tech System Launched

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today in London launched a ground-breaking, New Zealand-designed computer system for the blind which, she said, shows that New Zealand companies can and do compete successfully in designing and developing high tech systems. See... More active government to build on high tech succe [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00278.htm


Lamb Dispute At WTO

- New Zealand would lodge its first submission with the World Trade Organisation disputes panel hearing the case against the United States tonight, Minister for Trade Negotiations Hon Jim Sutton said. See... NZ Lodges Submission In WTO Lamb Case [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00276.htm


Climate Change

- “New Zealand needs to get real about the costs of the devastating weather patterns of climate change,” said Associate Minister for the Environment, Phillida Bunkle. See... Climate Change – A Global and NZ Issue [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00275.htm


Not For Kids

- After four months in office the Government’s priorities are becoming clear and they don’t involve children, says National’s Social Services spokesperson, Bob Simcock. See... Unions 4 Children 0 [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00281.htm


Waiting For The Dairy Merger

- The Government would wait and see what formal proposal dairy farmers had for the future of their industry, Agriculture Minister Hon Jim Sutton said today. Dairy Farmers NZ the dairy section of Federated Farmers ? chaired a meeting in Hamilton, which ... See... Minister Waits To See What Farmers Come Up With [1] in the Parliament wire. The Dairy Farmers of New Zealand Council today voted to support the concept of Merge Co. See... DFNZ Backs Merge Co, Reallocating NZDB Shares [2] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00272.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00049.htm

Organics, Bio-Technology & Cattle

- Green Party Agriculture spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street said he was concerned but not surprised at a study which shows New Zealand cattle have the highest level of resistance to drench in the world. See... Drench Resistance Shows Dangers Of Chemicals [1] . He also strongly disagreed with comments made by the vice-chairman of Federated Farmers, Tom Lambie, that biotechnology and organics are compatible side by side. See... MP refutes Fed Farmer biotechnology claims [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00267.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00266.htm


Takeovers Code Implementation

- The acting Minister of Commerce Trevor Mallard has today outlined the process and timeframe for the implementation of a takeovers code. See... Implementation Of The Takeovers Code [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00280.htm


A Commission For Tertiary Education

- Today's announcement of the membership of the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission marks the beginning of a period of major change for tertiary providers, according to Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey. See... Commission announcement heralds change [1] in the Parliament wire. “Now that the waiting is over, we’re keen to get on with the work in a constructive and positive manner,” said Paul Williams, Executive Director of the Industry Training Federation regarding the announcement. See... Tertiary Education Advisory Commission Membership [2] in the Politics wire. The national student unions are offering their support to the Commission. See... Students Comment On TEAC [3] in the Education wire. Meanwhile the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Manufacturers Federation, expressed disappointment that the Government had ignored a rare and valuable opportunity for real business and industry input. See... TEAC: More Of The Same? [4] in the Politics wire. Prebble’s Rebbles welcomes the Commission saying the inefficient administration system needs "more than an overhaul.” See... Inquiry Into Incompetence Welcomed [5] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00269.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0004/S00025.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0004/S00023.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00092.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00089.htm


Video Hire Online

- Leading Internet company IHUG is expanding its home entertainment empire with a move into video hire. See... Ihug To Fast Forward With Video Ezy [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00122.htm


Scoop Arts: Kiwis In Book Love

- In 1999, New Zealanders borrowed 34 million items from the 15 largest public libraries in the country. See... New Zealanders Love Their Libraries [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00039.htm


Mental Health Contract Signed

- Richmond Fellowship, the national provider of mental health services, has signed a $25million contact with the HFA to provide community based services. See... $25m Contract Sets New Standard for Mental Health [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00040.htm


Cradle Snatching

- It is Youth Parliament time again and Wellington MP Annabel Young is seeking her Youth MP from schools in the Wellington Central and Rongotai electorates. "Every MP is allowed to choose 1 person for the Youth Parliament.” See... Young MP Seeks Wellington Youth MP [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00283.htm

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