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Scoop Today - New News - Coup Special Continues

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FIJI COUP
House Passes Unanimous Motion Against Speight
Fiji Coup Full Coverage
Scoop Analysis: There is no Fijian Nation
Behind The News: Fijilive.com

TOP SCOOPS
Govt U-Turn On Matrimonial Property
Clark Criticises Police Action On Chinese Protests
Scoop Opinion: Perigo On Coutts & Co.
Scoop Is In The House - Questions Of The Day
DOC Downgrade On West Coast
Income Rents For State Houses Restored
Petrol Prices: BP Moves

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Telecom & Vodafone Get Friendly
Fletchers & ACT On The New Employment Bill
ECA Stalling Growth
The Cigar Nazis?
Forest Accord Concerns Aired
Dioxin Standards Needed
Get It Right Hauraki Gulf Forum
Scoop World: Haitian Elections
Transmission Gully Under Spotlight
Scoop Business: Consumers On The Web
Scoop Business: Clear New Direction In Multimedia
Beggs Petition

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“You Journalists Must Duck” – Fiji Coup

FIJI CRISIS SPECIAL

House Passes Unanimous Motion Against Speight

- The New Zealand Parliament has passed a unanimous motion condemming the coup attempt by Fijian businessman George Speight. The motion puts pressure on the Fijian council of chiefs not to yeild to any of the hostage takers demands and restore the Choudhry Government. It will be delivered to the council of chiefs at their meeting today. See.. PM Statement On The Fijian Hostage Situation [1] in the Parliament wire. Also see... PM Condemns Hostage Takers As Thugs [2] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00491.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00093.htm


Fiji Coup Full Coverage

- Scoop is carrying ongoing coverage of the Fiji Coup from Journalism students at the University of the South Pacific in Suva. - Speight Sends Envoys To Meeting - Rebel leader George Speight will not attend Fiji's traditional Great Council of Chiefs special meeting today but is expected to send two representatives. See... Rebel Leader To Send Envoys To Chiefs Meeting [1] . - Gunman Loses Cool - One of rebel leader George Speight's gunmen was thrown out of Parliament complex last night after he lost his cool, shouting he has “a call and duty to perform”. See... Raging Gunman Thrown Out Of Parliament Complex [2] . - Speight Slams Media Ban - The leader of the armed group holding the Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, and his ministers hostage at the parliamentary complex, today strongly objected to a directive by the President, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara to place a restriction on the news media. See... Fiji Coup: Insurrection leader slams media ban [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00097.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00098.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00091.htm


Scoop Analysis: There is no Fijian Nation

. “There are Fijian provinces, and traditional Fijian confederacies, but the two military coups of 1987 and the current hostage crisis illustrate with disturbing insistence the erosion of indigenous Fijian social order and the fragmentation of indigenous Fijian leadership.” See... An analysis of the political crisis in Fiji [1] by Teresia Teaiwa, Lecturer in Pacific Studies, Victoria University of Wellington in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00099.htm


Behind The News: Fijilive.com

- Staffed by just eight people led by editor Yashwant Gaundler - kept the world informed of undischarged bankrupt and Australian resident George Speight's coup of Mahendra Chaudhry's Fiji government on Friday. See... Media Site's Exclusive: Fiji Coup Live [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00095.htm


TOP SCOOPS

Govt U-Turn On Matrimonial Property

- Labour Minister Margaret Wilson is proposing to call for the Matrimonial Property Bill and proposed amendments to be referred to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. See... Matrimonial Property Bill to be referred [1] in the Parliament wire. The Government has bowed to pressure from the other parties who have criticised the Bill. For their comments see below.
FULL COVERAGE
- ACT- Attorney General Still Denying Proper Scrutiny [2] .
- NATIONAL- Govt Ties The Knot For Couples Without Asking [3]
- ACT - Select Committee Scrutiny A Must [4]
- UNITED NZ - Property Relations Legislation Needs More Thinking [5] .
- GREENS- Greens Request Second Look At Property Bill [6] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00486.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00493.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00489.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00488.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00485.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00490.htm


Clark Criticises Police Action On Chinese Protests

- The Prime Minister Helen Clark said she was “disturbed” at police efforts to move protesters during Chinese Premier Jiang Xiamin’s visit to Christchurch last year. See... PM Disturbed At Police Treatment Of Protestors [1] in the Headlines wire. Helen Clark is once again wading into police operational matters with her comments on the handling of anti-Chinese protestors, particularly in regard to the Christchurch State dinner says National. See... Helen Clark pre-judging the police issue [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00096.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00483.htm


Scoop Opinion: Perigo On Coutts & Co.

- In his weekly radio programme the Politically Incorrect Show on Radio Pacific Libertarianz leader and commentator Lindsay Perigo defends the behaviour of Brad Buterworth and Russell Coutts – and gives them an award. See... Perigo - To Coutts & Buterworth, the Freerad Award [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00131.htm


Scoop Is In The House

– Today's questions concerned the subjects of: Brain Drain - Fiji Crisis - Current Account Deficit - NZers Caught In Fiji Crisis - Canterbury Business Confidence - Copyright In Schools - Brain Drain - ERB x 2 - Income Related Rents – Matrimonial Property. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day - May 23rd [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00098.htm


DOC Downgrade On West Coast

- As West Coasters debate this week whether to accept Government's $120 million offer, the Department of Conservation says because of lack of public use, it is closing West Coast walkways, downgrading tracks and closing back country huts. Scoop's West Coast Correspondent John Howard reports. See... D.O.C. Closes West Coast Tracks And Huts [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00094.htm


Income Rents For State Houses Restored

- “From 1 December low-income Housing New Zealand tenants will pay no more than 25 % of their income in rent” the Minister of Housing Mark Gosche confirmed today. See... Income Related Rents Restored [1] . For every person who will benefit from the Government's income related rents policy five other low-income people will miss out, says National's Housing spokesman Tony Ryall. See... What about the other low-income families Mr Gosche [2] . Also see ACT’s view Shock For State Tenants In Government’s Fine Print [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00473.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00470.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00472.htm


Petrol Prices: BP Moves

- BP Oil New Zealand Ltd is lifting the price of petrol by four cents a litre at its company-owned service stations from 2pm today. See... BP Lifts Petrol Prices Four Cents [1] . Caltex and Shell yesterday raised retail petrol prices by four cents a litre effective immediately. See... Shell Increases Fuel Prices [2] and Caltex raises petrol prices [3] in the Business wire. With the continuing rise in petrol prices currently being experienced by the New Zealand consumer, petrol retailers are facing the brunt of the public's frustration at increasing prices. See... Petrol Price Rises [4] in the Politics wire. Also see Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton's remarks... Pump prices higher now than when oil prices peaked [5] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00136.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00125.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00126.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00137.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00471.htm

MORE SCOOPS


Telecom & Vodafone Get Friendly

- Richard Dammery, General Manager of Telecom’s Access & Transport group, said that changes to the agreement’s conditions and prices reflected a maturing of commercial relationships in the telecommunications sector of New Zealand. See... Telecom & Vodafone Sign New Interconnect Agreement [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00135.htm


Fletchers & ACT On The New Employment Bill

- The Employment Relations Bill must create a sustainable employment relations framework says New Zealand’s largest industrial employer, Fletcher Challenge. See... Bill must create sustainable employment relations [1] in the Politics wire. Meanwhile: “The Coalition is in disarray over the Employment Relations Bill,” said ACT leader Richard Prebble today. See... Coalition Disarray Over Employment Relations Bill [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00133.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00492.htm


ECA Stalling Growth

- “By encouraging employers to reduce real wages and to substitute cheap flexible labour for improvements in training and productivity, the Employment Contracts Act has played a key role in driving down New Zealand’s long term economic performance. So says the President of the Trade Union Federation. See... Employment Contracts Act has hastened decline [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00132.htm


The Cigar Nazis?

- Libertarianz Deputy Leader Richard McGrath says New Zealander who values free speech should be alarmed at the intimidation of a private company who has been told by the Ministry of Health to block New Zealand access to its website. See... Free Speech? Gone In a Puff of Smoke! [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00130.htm


Forest Accord Concerns Aired

- At the recent New Zealand Farm Forestry Annual Conference in Balclutha, members voted to remain within the New Zealand Forest Accord and to discuss their concerns with other parties to the Accord. See... Farm Foresters Defer Forest Accord Decision [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00129.htm


Dioxin Standards Needed

- New Zealand urgently needs to develop national environmental standards on dioxin emissions, in light of a report soon to be released by the United States Government on the carcinogenic effects of dioxin, Green MP Sue Kedgley said today. See... National Dioxin Standards Required Immediately [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00479.htm


Get It Right Hauraki Gulf Forum

- Conservation and Associate Maori Affairs Minister Hon Sandra Lee has urged the inaugural meeting of the Hauraki Gulf Forum in Auckland today to come to a quick consensus on priorities. See... New Forum urged to reach quick consensus [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00487.htm


Scoop World: Haitian Elections

- With everything working against a smooth vote, an amazingly high percentage of Haitians managed to cast their ballot, a triumph for self-representation. See... Haiti's Slide to the Abyss Halted before Plunge? [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00092.htm


Transmission Gully Under Spotlight

- The Wellington City Council is right to question the wisdom of proceeding with Transmission Gully, Wellington Green MP Sue Kedgley said today. See... Wegtn Council wise to question roading project [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00478.htm


Scoop Business: Consumers On The Web

- NFO CM Research today launched some of New Zealand’s first customised interactive research tools designed to help companies understand consumer behaviour on the world wide web. See... Info CM Research Launches Interactive Tools [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00134.htm


Scoop Business: Clear New Direction In Multimedia

- New Zealanders should expect high-bandwidth services, delivering music and television to the home and a new generation of sophisticated applications to businesses, within five years. See... Vision key to CLEAR proposal to telecomms Inquiry [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00131.htm


Beggs Petition

- The parents of Malcolm Beggs, who was murdered in 1999 by his flatmate, mental health patient Lachlan Jones, will present a petition to Parliament on Tuesday 23 May and meet with Prime Minister Helen Clark. See... Parents Of Malcolm Beggs To Present Petition [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00475.htm


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