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FIJI COUP - SPECIAL
Situation Uncertain: The Crisis Worsens
All Demands Of Hostage Takers Have Been Met – Resolution of Crisis May Be Imminent
Criminal Speight Will Go Free

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Business Confidence Slumps
”Electric” Ads Offend Standards
Having Confidence In The West Coast
Scoop Opinion: Helping All Low Income Families
Scoop Is In The House
Scoop World: Scoop Is In The White House

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Stub Out Pot Reform Say Teachers
New Health Studies Granted
Producer Boards Should Be Canned
Maori Are Confident Of the Future
Learning About Parkinson’s Disease
Smokers Drop Off… Especially At Hutt Valley Health
Electricity Profits Concern
Dtv: Hidey-Hobbs? Or Hiding Nats?
Tax A Bad Taste For Tipplers
NZ Children’s Day
ENZA A Fails To Deliver
Phil’s Goff’s Bail Bill Is Ammended
Banking Reform Group
Auditor General Inquiry Into Airways
Greens On The ERB
NZ Monetary Policy Reviewed
IRD Inquiry

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Worried About The Crisis - Sludge Crisis Special #2

FIJI COUP - SPECIAL


Situation Uncertain: The Crisis Worsens

- The situation has turned ugly at the Fijian Parliament after negotiations between hostage taker George Speight and the military broke down. Mr Speight has refused to accept the military’s choice for a new Prime Minister. See... NEWSFLASH: Ugly Scenes At Fiji Parliament [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00154.htm


All Demands Of Hostage Takers Have Been Met – Resolution of Crisis May Be Imminent

- Overnight discussions between the gunmen holding hostages in the Fijian Parliament and the Interim Military Government have continued and there is optimism that the hostages may finally be released today, day 13 of the crisis. See... NEWSFLASH: Fiji Crisis Day 13 Update [1] in the Headlines wire. Scoop is providing free newsflash updates by email on the crisis - to register click HERE [2] ...


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00151.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home


Criminal Speight Will Go Free

- SUVA: Fiji's rebel leader George Speight has committed a “criminal act” in seizing the elected government hostage but will go free, says military commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama. See... Military Commander Says Speight Will Go Free [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00150.htm

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Business Confidence Slumps

General business confidence suffered the largest one-month fall in the 12 year history of the survey. A net 21% of respondents expect general business conditions to deteriorate over the next 12 months. See... Data Flash (New Zealand) NBNZ Business Survey [1] in the Business wire. For more reaction see below. REACTION - GOVT - Mood belies good economic prospects [2] . - NATIONAL - New Zealanders will pay for low confidence [3] . - ACT - Confidence Collapse a Coalition Wake-up Call [4] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00182.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00642.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00635.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00648.htm


”Electric” Ads Offend Standards

- An Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) decision to ban two Pizza Haven ads because they encourage violence is missing the point, according to Pizza Haven. One of the advertisements show a man giving a young woman an electric shock to her behind. See... Pizza Haven Says Ads Unfairly Branded [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00180.htm


Having Confidence In The West Coast

- While the rest of New Zealand is going into a tail-spin over the latest gloomy National Bank business confidence survey, the West Coast has quietly established a cargo shipping link to Australia out of the Port of Greymouth which is likely to attract business. Scoop's West Coast Correspondent John Howard reports. See... Confidence In Business Strong In The Wild West [1] . To further aid economic development a West Coast Mayor has announced the creation of a new ‘Development Corporation.’ See... Westland Development Corporation Announced [2] both in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00156.htm


Scoop Opinion: Helping All Low Income Families

- Housing Assistance Should Help ALL low income families – so runs a weekly opinion piece by ACT’s Dr. Muriel Newman. See... Assistance Should Help ALL Low Income Families [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00647.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- Today's Questions concerned the subjects of:. What Shouldn't Jim Say - Export Education - Jim On Business Confidence - Airways - Treasurer On Business Confidence - Gang Intimidation - ERB Independent Appraisal - Maths And Science Standards - Maori Affairs Ministers - Phillida Bunkle's GE Successes - Regional Confidence - Auckland Gridlock - Te Waipareira Inquiry - Shop Trading. ... See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day - May 31 [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00155.htm


Scoop World: Scoop Is In The White House

- Following is a series of Presidential statements from the white house on a range of issues; Northern Ireland power sharing; The President’s last European trip; and Israel’s joining of a United Nations regional grouping. See... Statement by the President on Northern Ireland [1] . And... Press Briefing On President's Trip To Lisbon [2] . And finally... Israel Joining A United Nations Regional Grouping [3] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00157.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00156.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00155.htm


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Stub Out Pot Reform Say Teachers

- One of New Zealand’s most powerful educational bodies is calling on MPs to drop plans to decriminalise cannabis. See... Educationalists United Oppposing Drug Law Changes [1] . See... Education Accord Statement - Adolescent Drug Abuse [2] in the Education wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0005/S00054.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0005/S00053.htm


New Health Studies Granted

- A major national study that relates death to socio-economic status over the last 20 years is one of 97 new project and smaller grants worth almost $28 million, funded by the HRC and released today. See... Health Impact Of Economic Change Among New Grants [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0005/S00066.htm


Producer Boards Should Be Canned

- The news that apple growers will be getting a bare $10.00 a carton this year shows that ENZA has failed yet again, according to ACT Rural Spokesman, Owen Jennings. See... ENZA Fails Growers Again [1] . New Zealand pipfruit growers are joining a growing list of primary industry entrepreneurs seeking an end to statutory backed producer boards, said ACT agriculture spokesman Gerry Eckhoff. See... Euthanasia For Producer Boards [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00645.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00650.htm


Maori Are Confident Of the Future

- A study underway at Massey University suggests that Maori are generally positive about their future, despite the evidence of social and economic problems and difficulties. See... Maori anticipate bright future [1] in the Science wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0005/S00027.htm


Learning About Parkinson’s Disease

- Research is underway to find out how Parkinson’s disease effects our ability to learn and remember. See... Mysteries of Parkinson’s disease investigated [1] in the Science wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0005/S00026.htm


Smokers Drop Off… Especially At Hutt Valley Health

- Health Minister Annette King said today she is delighted smoking consumption has fallen again in the past year, with New Zealanders smoking less than ever before. See... Smoking Consumption Falls [1] . Meanwhile Ms King applauds a move by Hutt Valley Health to ban all smoking in hospital grounds. See... Hutt Valley Health Smokefree Policy Applauded [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00654.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00653.htm


Electricity Profits Concern

- The profit results announced yesterday by VECTOR highlight the concerns of consumers about the activities of electricity monopolies according to the Executive Director of the Major Electricity Users Group (MEUG), Mr Ralph Matthes. See... VECTOR line profits raise concern of consumers [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00175.htm


Dtv: Hidey-Hobbs? Or Hiding Nats?

- What has the Minister of Broadcasting Marion Hobbs got to hide?, said ACT Broadcasting spokesman Penny Webster. Ms Hobbs today released papers outlining TVNZ’s plans for digital television that were requested under the Official Information Act. See... What Has Marion Hobbs Got To Hide? [1] . Papers on the development of TVNZ's plan for digital television, released yesterday under the Official Information Act, show the previous government could not make a decision despite considering the proposal for some six months. See... OIA Release Of DTV Papers [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00641.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00623.htm


Tax A Bad Taste For Tipplers

- An expected 1.8 per cent hike in excise taxes tomorrow is bad news for drinkers said Thomas Chin, Chief Executive Officer of the Distilled Spirits Association. See... Tax Hike Bad News For Drinkers [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00171.htm


NZ Children’s Day

- New Zealand will have its own Children’s Day on October 29 this year, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... New Zealand's first Children's Day [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00646.htm


ENZA A Fails To Deliver

- The news that apple growers will be getting a bare $10.00 a carton this year shows that ENZA has failed yet again, according to ACT Rural Spokesman, Owen Jennings. See... ENZA Fails Growers Again [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00645.htm


Phil’s Goff’s Bail Bill Is Ammended

- An amendment made to the Bail Bill tonight will protect the right to bail of non-violent offenders who have not previously offended while on bail. See... Right to bail protected [1] . Also see National’s response... Goff Ashamed Of Bail Bill Back-Down [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00643.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00640.htm


Banking Reform Group

– A new banking reform group, aiming to restore the government's sovereign right to create and issue the nation's currency, has been formed. See... NZ Banking Reform Group Started [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00172.htm


Auditor General Inquiry Into Airways

- The Minister of State Owned Enterprises Mark Burton has today asked the Auditor-General to review material supplied to the Minister's office by the Airways Corporation and its former employee, Ezequiel Trumper. See... Auditor-General agrees to review Airways documents [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00632.htm


Greens On The ERB

- The Green Party is advocating for the rights of contractors to choose to stay as contractors under the Employment Relations Bill. See... Greens Support Contractors' Right To Choose [1] . “The Green Party's clear commitment to major changes to contractor provisions in the Employment Relations Bill is a welcome step forward,” Opposition Industrial Relations spokesperson Max Bradford said today. See... Greens Clear Support For ERB Change Good News [2] . Also see... Govt. all talk - but fails to agree on ERB [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00626.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00631.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00615.htm


NZ Monetary Policy Reviewed

- Professor Lars Svensson of Sweden will conduct the Government's promised review into the operation of monetary policy, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... Monetary Policy Reviewer Appointed [1] in the Parliament wire. For the Deutsche Bank analysis of the reviewer and his background, see…Prof. Svensson To Conduct Monetary Policy Review [2] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00630.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00173.htm


IRD Inquiry

The Government has accepted the bulk of the recommendations of last year's parliamentary inquiry into the powers and operations of the Inland Revenue Department. See... Government accepts recommendations of IRD Inquiry [1] . For more reaction to the announcement see below. REACTION: - ACT - IRD’s Punishment & Fear Culture Still Outstanding [2] . - UNITED NZ - IRD Inquiry Not For Cullen To Decide - Dunne [3] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00636.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00629.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00633.htm


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