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The Waitara Shooting Incident
Scoop Is In The House
Scoop World: Waste To Be Dumped In Pacific
Are You Married? No. Well Watch Out Then!
Keith Rankin: Shared Parenting Meets Political Response
Dr Cullen’s Skeletons
Scoop World: Commonwealth Statements On Zimbabwe
Scoop Opinions: Future Lefts
Scoop Arts: Industrial Refuse & Love
West Coast Settlement: Rimu Logging Off Again?

Making Prisons Safer -
Slashing At CYFS Under Pressure
NZ Role In World Peace
Blackmur Is To Blame - NZQA
Income Related State House Rents
E-Government Brought To You By Microsoft…
Cottontails Closure Saves Bother
ACT Pleased With Net Submissions System
Bulk Funding Wanted In Parliament
Airways Allegations
Praise For Pig Protestor
Opposition Makes Much Of Slight Rise In Unemployment
GE On The Net
Fire Service Makes Money On ACC
Building Law Review
Cheating The Grey Set
Goff’s Off
Manufacturing Strong In ‘99
No Bulk Funding Means Low Funding?
Fisheries Sale Under Caution
Singapore Trade Deal Is Ok


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Scoop Arts: Ghostnet And Amor Spiritualis

TOP SCOOPS

The Waitara Shooting Incident

- Waitara police say Steven Wallace had repeatedly threatened to kill the police officer who fatally shot him. Chris Holm reports. See... Wallace On The Rampage Say Police [1] in the Headlines wire. Meanwhile the Minister of Police George Hawkins will not be making any comment regarding the Waitara fatal shooting while a Police homicide inquiry and Police Complaints Authority inquiry are underway. See... Minister Awaits Conclusion Of Shooting Inquiries [2] . Hawkins statement has been taken by the National Party as a swipe at the Prime Minister. See... Minister tells PM to butt out [3] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00022.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00092.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00098.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- Today's questions of the day concerned: Compliance Costs For Employers - Cullen's Skeletons - West Coast Logging And Mugabe - Nuclear Non-proliferation - Lump Sum ACC Compensation - GE Labelling - Cancer Inquiry - Honeywell Prison Contracts - Fingerprinting Children - CYFS Funding - Bee Mites - Early Childhood Education. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00023.htm


Scoop World: Waste To Be Dumped In Pacific

- The US Government is about to ship a load of toxic military wastes to Johnston Atoll in the central Pacific. The cancer-causing PCB wastes have already been refused entry to Canada, the US and Guam. A forwarded message from the Peace Movement Aotearoa. See... Johnston Atoll To Be Used For US Military Waste [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00029.htm


Are You Married? No. Well Watch Out Then!

- The Government will move this afternoon to shut out the public from having any input on its radical moves to include de facto and same sex couples in marriage law effectively marrying thousands of unsuspecting New Zealanders. See... Government Moves To Marry Thousands Today [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00093.htm


Keith Rankin: Shared Parenting Meets Political Response

- As I intimated in this column (9 March), Muriel Newman's "Shared-Parenting" Bill has met with a political response. The government, in the form of Laila Harre (Minister of Women's Affairs), and the New Zealand Law Society, have used standard conservative tactics to avoid a debate - like the abortion debate - in which two entrenched sides argue past each other, and in which politicians takes sides at their peril. See... Keith Rankin: Family Politics and Gender Roles [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00021.htm


Dr Cullen’s Skeletons

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen delivered a speech last night previewing the budget and outlining $200 million in “skeletons” in the budget cupboard. He warned that some priorities would have to be postponed. See... Hon Dr Michael Cullen Speech To AON Function [1] . National’s Bill English was quick to respond saying the Government is concocting a story to try to explain away its shoddy pre-election budget planning. See... Govt. concocting a yarn on its 'shortfall' [2] in the Parliament wire. ACT’s Rodney Hide is similarly unimpressed with Dr Cullen's speech. See… Superannuation – Cullen’s Waterloo [3] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00080.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00082.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00086.htm


Scoop World: Commonwealth Statements On Zimbabwe

Following yesterday’s 13th meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Advisory Group Don McKinnon has issued two statements on discussions - see... Chairperson's Statement 13th CMAG 2 May 2000 [1] and Concluding Statement 13th CMAG 2 May 2000 [2] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00024.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00023.htm


Scoop Opinions: Future Lefts

- CONTENTS Editorial: Watch Out! It's 'Radical Conservatism'! The First day of the Fifth Month of the Year Speed-wobbles?? - Nah. News Web site of the Week. See... `Isn't that an oxymoron?' `No, just Shipley...' [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00024.htm


Scoop Arts: Industrial Refuse & Love

- Two exhibitions opened at the Christopher Moore and Bowen Galleries on May day. Scoop was there to record the occasion. See... Scoop Images: Ghostnet And Amor Spiritualis [1] in the Arts & Culture wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0005/S00006.htm


West Coast Settlement: Rimu Logging Off Again?

- This morning the Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Timberlands appear to have kissed and made up with the Greens. Following a meeting with the Greens last night the PM Helen Clark said she would be "surprised" if the Rimu contracts were allowed to run their term. Timberlands Minister Pete Hodgson says legal advice indicates no compensation will be payable for the cancellation of the Rimu contracts.
FULL COVERAGE - ACT- Coast Tests Government “Good Faith” Commitment [1]
- LOGGER SCIENTIST - Impending Government Decision On West Coast Rimu [2]
- PRO LOGGING GROUP- South Westland Rimu Forests [3]
- ECOLOGICAL FOUNDATION - Govt Must Not Lose Sight Of ‘Big Picture’ [4]
- ROD DONALD - Rod Donald Coast Logging General Debate Speech [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00103.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00028.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00025.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00027.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00090.htm

MORE SCOOPS

Making Prisons Safer -

The Minister of Corrections Matt Robson today announced two new initiatives designed to make prisons safer and support the Departments’ goal of reducing re-offending. See... New initiatives to keep prisons safe and secure [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00109.htm


Slashing At CYFS Under Pressure

- National wanted to cut funding to the Department of Child, Youth and Family despite knowing it was struggling to keep up with demand for its services, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey told Parliament this afternoon. See... National wanted to cut funding to CYFs [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00108.htm


NZ Role In World Peace

- New Zealand is chairing the important Negotiating Committee on Nuclear Disarmament, Minister of Disarmament Matt Robson announced today on his return from the NPT conference in New York. See... NZ given responsibility at Disarmament Conference [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00107.htm


Blackmur Is To Blame - NZQA

- The Chairperson of the Education and Science Select Committee today congratulated the New Zealand Qualifications Authority on the turnaround in its performance in the year since ex-Chief Executive Dr. Douglas Blackmur walked out. An Alliance MP reports from a select committee. See... NZQA Tells Select Committee About Backmur Lesson [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00105.htm


Income Related State House Rents

- The government aims to introduce income related state house rents for low earners from December 1, the Minister of Housing Mark Gosche confirmed today. See... Income Related Rents [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00104.htm


E-Government Brought To You By Microsoft…

- The Government is inviting interest from potential partners to sponsor parts of a two day e-commerce summit later this year. See... High Interest In Sponsoring E-Commerce Summit [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00101.htm


Cottontails Closure Saves Bother

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard said the decision by the licensee of the Cottontails Educare early childhood centre to close has saved the Ministry of Education a difficult job. See... Cottontails closure [1] , ACT Education Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata has also welcomed the decision. See... ACT Welcomes Cottontails Closure [2] both in the Parliament wire..


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00099.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00102.htm


ACT Pleased With Net Submissions System

- The ACT party has pioneered the use of e-politics with its fight against the Employment Relations Bill, ACT leader Richard Prebble said today. See... ACT @ the forefront of e-politics [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00097.htm


Bulk Funding Wanted In Parliament

- United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, called for the introduction of bulk-funding when appearing before Parliament's Government Administration Committee considering the Parliamentary Service Bill. See... Bulk Fund MPs, Says United New Zealand [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00096.htm


Airways Allegations

- The New Zealand First First Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, has urged the SOE Minister to examine all Airways Corporation documents relating to the departure of former company secretary, Ezequiel Trumper. See... Examine Airways Corp Documents - Peters [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00095.htm


Praise For Pig Protestor

- The Green Party today congratulated a protester who spent two days and nights inside a sow crate to highlight the conditions in which many New Zealand sows are kept. See... Greens support battery-farming protester [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00094.htm


Opposition Makes Much Of Slight Rise In Unemployment

- The March 2000 quarter seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.4 per cent according to Statistics New Zealand's Household Labour Force Survey, the official measure of unemployment. See... Unemployment Rate at 6.4 Per Cent [1] in the Business wire.
REACTION
- DEUTSCHE BANK - Household Labour Force Survey- Q1 2000 [2]
- NATIONAL - Wake up call in job figures [3]
- ACT - Jobs Disappearing Under Labour [4]
- GOVERNMENT - Employment trends welcome [5]
- GREENS - Focus On Job Creation Urgently Required [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00025.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00029.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00091.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00089.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00088.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00106.htm


GE On The Net

- State Services Minister Trevor Mallard has been challenged to apply the new e-government vision he announced this week to informing New Zealanders about the proceedings of the forthcoming Royal Commission on Genetic Modification. See... GM Royal Commission On The Internet [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00023.htm


Fire Service Makes Money On ACC

- “The Fire Service has achieved a saving of over $1 million in accident premiums with the return to A.C.C. coverage for work related injuries”, Derek Best, Secretary of the Firefighters Union revealed. See... Massive Savings For Fire Service With ACC Return [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00022.htm


Building Law Review

- Associate Commerce Minister Laila Harré yesterday met with trade representatives to discuss security of payment in the building industry. See... Working party to speed construction law review [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00087.htm


Cheating The Grey Set

- ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide said today that Finance Minister Michael Cullen had promised for future retirees but was now delivering nothing. See... Superannuation – Cullen’s Waterloo [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00086.htm


Goff’s Off

- The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Phil Goff, leaves for Europe on 6 - 15 May to visit Lisbon, Brussels, Berlin and London. See... Goff to Visit Europe [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00083.htm


Manufacturing Strong In ‘99

- “The WestpacTrust Quarterly Analysis of Manufacturing shows that overall 1999 was a good year for New Zealand manufacturers with strong productivity growth leading to increased profits” said David Moloney, President of the New Zealand Manufacturers Federation. See... 1999 A Good Year For Manufacturing [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00070.htm


No Bulk Funding Means Low Funding?

- ACT Education spokesperson Donna Awatere Huata MP today told Hamilton Principals she’s concerned the Minister of Education won’t give schools an assurance he will continue their present funding levels when he abolishes bulk funding. See... No Guarantee Of Funding Levels For Schools [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00076.htm


Fisheries Sale Under Caution

- Any foreign investor wanting to buy BIL's 50 percent stake in Te Ika Paewai Ltd will need the approval of Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Fisheries Minister Pete Hodgson. See... Govt will rule on bids for BIL's Sealords Stake [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00075.htm


Singapore Trade Deal Is Ok

- The Trade Committee of the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) this morning gave a cautious thumbs up to the concept of a Singapore New Zealand Free Trade Agreement. The Prime Minister met with Singapore trade officials and government last week to discuss the issue. See... Singapore Free Trade Deal Ok With Caveats [1] . Meanwhile company director and former Cabinet Minister Barry Brill, OBE, JP, LLM (Hons) has graduated again, twice. See... New Graduate Barry Brill Completes A Double [2] both in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00023.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00024.htm

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