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Scoop Today - Rounding Off The News Week

HEADLINES

Misty Mountain Filming
Cervical Smear Problem Could Be Bigger – Much Bigger!
Did The Earth Move For You Too?
Net Money
Scoop Arts: Comedy Pics
Scoop LINK: NZ On The World Wide Web
Just The Weekend To Go Then Its MAYDAY2K!
Scoop World: Press Crackdown In Iran

3.83 Million Kiwis
Scoop Sports: Punting On A Punch
Cellphone Compromise Proposed
Tax Mess Concerns
CTU And Wilson Headed For Collision
Loose Lips Lose Shotguns
Select Committee News
PI Families Must Be Targeted
Pardon Refused For Rape Accused
The X-Files Of Insider Trading
Stock Exchange Meeting
Immigration Policy
Greening MPs’ Cars
Shared Parenting Bill Flawed


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Misty Mountain Filming

- The following report of recent happenings in the Ruapehu area - the site of the latest filming of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy - was sent to Scoop by a recent visitor to the area… See... Ringswatch: Early Snow Causes Problems For PJ [1] and Scoop Images: A Misty Ruapehu Film Set [2] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00083.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00084.htm


Cervical Smear Problem Could Be Bigger – Much Bigger!

- The Gisborne Cancer Inquiry was told yesterday that five other laboratories had a similar low level of reporting of high grade cancer abnormalities as Dr Bottrill’s laboratory. Chris Holm reports. See... Lab Cervical Cancer Rates Similar To Bottrill [1] in the Headlines wire. See also a transcript of yesterday’s proceedings... Cervical Cancer Inquiry Hearing Thurs 27 April [2] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00081.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00055.htm


Did The Earth Move For You Too?

- At 9.15pm last night a 5.5 richter magnitude quake centered 60km South of Patea was felt in Wellington. See... Quake Shakes Wellington Again [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00082.htm


Net Money

- The latest New Zealand new technology IPO eVentures hasn't been put off by recent ructions on the NasDaq. Today representatives of overseas backers News Limited and Softbank fronted to media and brokers in Wellington with eVenture's onshore stakeholder, Sky's Craig Heatley, and eVentures CEO Cindy Mitchener to pitch the eVentures. Scoop was there to record the action.....See... Scoop Images: Show Me The Money [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00079.htm


Scoop Arts: Comedy Pics

- Promotional photos from six of the comedy festival productions presently underway at Bats Theatre as part of the Laugh Festival. For more information on these shows see... Bats Theatre: International Laugh! Festival 2000 . See... Scoop Images: Bats Comedy Festival Lineup [1] in the Culture wire. Also in the wire a preview of the upcoming mainbill at Bats about a shopaholic, a bureaucrat, a receptionist, a leg waxing clinic. See... Scoop Images: Credit - Upcoming Mainbill At Bats [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00055.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00054.htm


Scoop LINK: NZ On The World Wide Web

- Links to 40 new stories from the international online media about New Zealanders flexing their edge around the globe can be found on the NZEDGE.COM media page. See... NZEDGE.COM – NZ In The World Media [1] in the Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00053.htm


Just The Weekend To Go Then Its MAYDAY2K!

– Activists around the globe are gearing up this weekend for protests this coming Monday - countries involved in the protests include: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada , England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United States of America and Wales. For the latest update of the Mayday 2000 - Global Day of Action, Resistance and Carnival - contact list - chockfull of links, email newsgroups, and sources of information on the global protests due to kick of Monday - see... Latest Update Of Mayday2k Contact And Action List [1] in the International wire. Meanwhile in Melbourne activists have begun organising a follow up demonstration designed to disrupt a meeting of the World Economic Forum’s Asia-Pacific Economic Summit. See... S11 International Call To Action! [2] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00111.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00112.htm


Scoop World: Press Crackdown In Iran

- Amnesty International today called on the Iranian Government to release immediately the journalist Akbar Ganji who was arrested and interrogated on 22 April 2000. He was questioned by the Tehran Press Court and later taken to Evin prison. See... Amnesty International - Public Statement On Iran [1] in the International wire. For a round-up of news on recent events in Iran see… IRAN NEWS: Freedom of Thought, For Ever...! [2] also in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00113.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00114.htm

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3.83 Million Kiwis

New Zealand's resident population is estimated to have been 3,829,600 at 31 March 2000, Deputy Government Statistician Dianne Macaskill said today when releasing the first set of quarterly population estimates for the year 2000. See... Population reaches 3.83 million [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00056.htm


Scoop Sports: Punting On A Punch

Punters around the world are being offered the opportunity of placing bets on the outcome of this weekend's World Heavyweight Title clash between undisputed champion Lennox Lewis and his opponent Michael Grant. See... Heavyweight Wagers Are A World Knockout [1] in the Sports wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0004/S00007.htm


Cellphone Compromise Proposed

- Christchurch City Council is able to consider an application from Telecom for the use of a Council reserve for the location of a cellphone tower in substitution for the Alpha Avenue/Normans Rd/Wairakei Rd site. See... Alternative Site Proposal For Cell Phone Tower [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00152.htm


Tax Mess Concerns

- The ACT Party warned Parliament that the removal of tax returns would work against taxpayers, ACT leader Richard Prebble said today. See... Inland Revenue Mess Predicted [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00372.htm


CTU And Wilson Headed For Collision

- The CTU has opened the door for non-union agents to negotiate collective contracts, potentially putting it on a crash course with Labour Minister Margaret Wilson over the purpose of the ERB, says Opposition Labour spokesperson Max Bradford. See... CTU supports non-union collective bargaining [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00370.htm


Loose Lips Lose Shotguns

- Thoughtless duck shooting regulations are helping gun thieves gain information about the location of shot guns, said New Zealand First Law and Order spokesman, Ron Mark. See... Duck Shooters Targeted By Criminals [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00367.htm


Select Committee News

- There were two committee meetings this week, both in the parliamentary complex. See... Weekly Select Committee News [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00366.htm


PI Families Must Be Targeted

- Pouring money in to improve the poor health and education of Pacific Island people is a waste of time if people won't seek help or don't know how, says National's Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Arthur Anae. See... Money must reach Pacific Island families [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00365.htm


Pardon Refused For Rape Accused

- The Governor-General has declined an application to refer the convictions of Paul Dale, Jason Dale, and Callum MacLeod back to the Court of Appeal, Minister of Justice Phil Goff announced today. See... Dale, Dale, MacLeod petition refusal [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00364.htm


The X-Files Of Insider Trading

- “What is it about insider trading law review that Trevor Mallard is trying to hide inside his Ministry”, said ACT commerce spokesman, commercial lawyer and former Securities Commissioner Stephen Franks. See... Insider Trading Cover-up [1] . The Acting Minister of Commerce, Trevor Mallard, today announced the scope of the government’s proposed review into insider trading regulation in New Zealand. See... Insider Trading Review [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00361.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00339.htm


Stock Exchange Meeting

- Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen welcomed over 100 delegates from East Asia and Pacific stock exchanges at Parliament today. See... New Zealand Welcomes Stock Exchange Delegates [1] . For his speech to delegates see... Michael Cullen Speech To EAOSEF Conference [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00359.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00360.htm


Immigration Policy

- A strategically balanced immigration policy offers an opportunity to not only provide New Zealanders with a sound immigration plan, but to also integrate the policy with other strands of economic and social policy. United NZ has some ideas. See... UNITED Policy - Immigration [1] . The Green Party wants the Government to distance itself from Australia's treatment of asylum seekers which contravene Australia's international obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention and other international treaties. Australia recently sent home over 400 ethnic Albanian refugees who had fled ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. See... Australia Setting Bad Example On Asylum Seekers [2] in the Parliament wire. The comments follow Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel's meeting yesterday with her Australian counterpart. See... Meeting with Australian counterpart very positive [3] in the Parliament wire. Also see Tourism Industry Association reaction. See... Tourism industry will welcome more working visas [4] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00363.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00350.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00335.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00145.htm


Greening MPs’ Cars

- To mark Earth Day (Saturday 29) the Green Party is urging the government to at least halve the engine size of all ministerial cars and to speed their conversion from petrol to CNG or LPG. See... Halve size of ministerial cars for Earth Day [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00362.htm


Shared Parenting Bill Flawed

- The Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society considers the Shared Parenting Bill, due to be introduced into Parliament in May this year, is misconceived and fundamentally flawed. See… Shared Parenting Bill "Fundimentally Flawed" [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00101.htm

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