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Scoop World: Violence In The Solomons
Scoop Is In The House
No More Logos! Another WINZ Name Change?
Taiwan Recognition Applauded
Rankin File: Monetary Policy Inquiry Narrow
..But We’ll Give You A Bonus!
Thinking About The Rich
Irish Eyes Takes A Walk Quayside Dublin
Scoop Arts: City Gallery & Bats

Food Prices Drop
A West Coast Inquiry?
Closing The Maori Education Gap
Consumer Protection From Gas
Rail Safety Inquiry Considered
Climate Change Bill Welcomed
Shared Parenting Bill Gets Defeated
Dirty Hospital Equipment
The Beggs Family Tragedy
No Auckland Public Transport Review
Those WINZ Reports

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Bicycles Are Greener - Photo Essay

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Scoop World: Violence In The Solomons

- The spate of ethnic violence in Solomon Islands today escalated to a new level when a bank manager was hacked with a bush knife in his office this morning by intruders wearing hoods, reports Wantok Press. See... Solomon Is. Bank Manager Hacked In Office [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00056.htm


Scoop Is In The House


- Today's Questions concerned the subjects of:. - Construction Bills - Contractors In The ERB - Disease Imports - Winz -- Native Timber - Health Reforms - Education Funding - Health Tax - Environment Media Training For Marion Hobbs - Airways Allegations - Tranzrail's 5th Fatal Accident- Infrastructure Auckland. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day 11th May [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00055.htm


No More Logos! Another WINZ Name Change?

- New Zealand First has welcomed a renewed emphasis on public service implicit in the name change sought for WINZ, but has urged the Department not to get involved in another round of corporate “branding.” See... Please: No More Logoing [1] . Meanwhile, Green Party Social Services spokesperson Sue Bradford today said WINZ needed more than a name change if it was to provide adequate services to people seeking jobs. See... WINZ Needs More Than A Name Change [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00242.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00243.htm


Taiwan Recognition Applauded

- United New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, hailed Parliament’s historic vote yesterday afternoon in favour of the Republic of China on Taiwan. See... Dunne Hails Parliament’s Historic Vote For Taiwan [1] . “Did New Zealand today take an overdue move away from its servile policy towards Communist China?,” said ACT MP Stephen Franks. See... Has Government Shifted Foreign Policy ?- ACT [2] The passage of an opposition backbencher's notice of motion in Parliament today does not signal any change in the Government's One China policy says the Government. See... Government Re-Affirms One China Policy [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00219.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00220.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00237.htm


Rankin File: Monetary Policy Inquiry Narrow

- The inquiry into the operation of monetary policy announced this week looks like being a fairly narrow affair. For Keith Rankin’s latest column see. See... Keith Rankin: Inquiry or Whitewash? [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00053.htm


..But We’ll Give You A Bonus!

- More and more salaried staff are receiving bonuses, often at the sacrifice of salary increases, the latest New Zealand Salary Survey from Cubiks Limited, previously PA Consulting's assessment and development practice, shows. See... Good Performance Reaps Rewards, NZ Salary Survey [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00059.htm


Thinking About The Rich

- A wide-ranging survey by Massey University reveals that New Zealanders are divided about the causes of social inequality and what should be done about it. The survey also throws light on attitudes to big earners. See... New Zealanders Divided On Social Issues [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0005/S00030.htm


Irish Eyes Takes A Walk Quayside Dublin

- In Dublin the roads are always full of shiny new cars, driven by the celtic tiger slowly down the quays alongside the river Liffey. But bicycles are so much greener... See... Irish Eyes Images: Bicycles In The Liffey [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00054.htm


Scoop Arts: City Gallery & Bats

- Going on line this Saturday will be a novel Friends website developed by Saatchi & Saatchi Wellington www.citygalleryfriends.co.nz [1] , launching a new initiative – Friends of City Gallery Wellington. See... City Gallery Wellington launches Friends online [2] . Meanwhile, European song-stylist and torch singer, Magdalena Darby, will appear in concert on June 24 at the Martinborough Town Hall, June 30 at the Ilott Concert Chamber in Wellington, and on July 1 at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. See... An Evening with the Incomparable Magdalena Darby [3] in the Arts & Culture wire.


[1] - www.citygalleryfriends.co.nz
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0005/S00016.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0005/S00015.htm


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Food Prices Drop

- Food prices in April 2000 were 0.5 per cent lower than in March 2000 according to latest figures from Statistics New Zealand. Grocery food, soft drinks and confectionery prices made the most significant contribution to the decrease. See... Food Prices Decrease in April [1] For the Deutsch Bank analysis see... Food Price Index - April 2000 [2] both in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00060.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00061.htm


A West Coast Inquiry?

- West Coasters deserve an inquiry into sustainable management of their forests before the Government shuts down the Coast, says Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley. See... Government continues to shut down Coast [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00248.htm


Closing The Maori Education Gap

- ACT Education spokesperson Donna Awatere Huata said today, she was concerned the Minister of Education had failed to brief the Closing the Gaps committee about the detrimental effects the Education Amendment Bill will have on Maori achievement. See... Closing The Gaps Committee Left in Dark [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00245.htm


Consumer Protection From Gas

- National Energy spokesperson Pansy Wong has called on the Minister of Energy to show leadership to ensure energy consumers will not be hurt during a planned 70-hour maintenance shutdown of the offshore Maui gas field over the coming weekend. See... Energy Minister must act to avoid price hikes [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00244.htm


Rail Safety Inquiry Considered

- The Minister of Labour announced today that she is considering a committee of inquiry into rail safety after a further Tranz Rail shunter was killed at work in Christchurch yesterday. See... Minister of Labour considering Rail Safety Inquiry [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00236.htm


Climate Change Bill Welcomed

- Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today welcomed the passing of her Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill, saying New Zealand was finally tackling the issue of climate change. See... First Green Bill,First Challenge To Climate Change [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00231.htm


Shared Parenting Bill Gets Defeated

- The defeat of the Shared Parenting Bill in Parliament last night just reiterates the Labour/Alliance 'we know best' approach to government says Auckland National MP Belinda Vernon. See... Shared Parenting Bill Defeat Stifles Debate [1] . Meanwhile Christian Heritage Party Leader Graham Capill said his party supports ACT’s Shared Parenting Bill, and was critical of the Government’s refusal to allow even a conscience vote on it. See... CHP Supports Shared Parenting Bill [2] . The Green Party have secured an agreement from the government that a review of Family Court procedures and the Guardianship Act will be undertaken, to improve access between children and non-custodial parents. See... Greens secure Govt action on Family Court review [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00235.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00233.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00230.htm


Dirty Hospital Equipment

- The Ministry of Health has contacted all hospitals within New Zealand, including 26 which use a type of colonoscopy sterilising equipment for endoscopes and colonoscopes, after one hospital reported a potential fault with the equipment. See... Colonoscope/Endoscope Sterilising Equipment [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0005/S00025.htm


The Beggs Family Tragedy

- "Serious shortcomings in Waitemata Health's treatment of Lachlan Jones are unacceptable and I have serious concerns about the parameters under which the inquiry was conducted", Director of Mental Health Janice Wilson says. The inquiry into practices at Waitemata Health came after the mental health patient and his flatmate were found dead in a house last year. See... Mental Health Services at Waitemata Health [1] . For Health Minister Annette King's reaction see... Lachlan Jones and Malcolm Beggs tragedy [2] . For the local Labour MP's reaction see... Beggs Tragedy Condemns Neglected Mental Health [3] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0005/S00026.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00216.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00218.htm


No Auckland Public Transport Review

- Today's admission that the promised review of Infrastructure Auckland has been placed on the backburner is a major victory for Auckland and a major defeat for Judith Tizard and Sandra Lee, according to National's spokesman on Auckland Issues Murray McCully. See... Infrastructure Auckland Defeat for Tizard and Lee [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00226.htm


Those WINZ Reports

- A draft ministerial report into the Department of Work and Income strongly criticising the Department has been replaced by a much weaker final document after consultation with WINZ boss Christine Rankin. See... Rankin Weakens Critical WINZ Report [1] in the Headlines wire. The State Services Commissioner, Michael Wintringham, has welcomed the report of the review of Work and Income New Zealand, which was released today by the Minister of State Services. See... Report Of The Review Of Work And Income NZ [2] in the General wire. So has the PSA. See...PSA Welcomes WINZ Report [3] . The Government’s manipulative leak of the Work and Income New Zealand report is an attempt to cover up Steve Maharey’s Ministerial impotence, said ACT MP Muriel Newman. See... Leak a Cover Up of Ministerial Impotence [4] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile State Services Minister Trevor Mallard says the government plans to release the final report today. See... Government to release full WINZ report [5] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00047.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0005/S00029.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00066.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00207.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00199.htm


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