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Sludge #9 - Fiji, People's Bank, PM's Cuppa and INL
Carter Defends The Flag
Maternity Leave Legislation On Hold?
NZ Gains From GE Purity
Morgan Fahey Sentenced
Scoop Opinion: Upton On Governance
Scoop Arts: Books, Films & ‘Puters All In Loop

FIJI COUP SPECIAL
Will Fiji Split?
FULL COVERAGE: The Coup That Never Ends?
Scoop Opinion: Ross Himona On The Media In Fiji
Scoop Commentary: One Of The Architects Discusses The Fiji Constitution

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Winston Was Right About NZ Post Losses
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Kevin Roberts Appointed Americas Cup Defender Trustee
Student Loans Explosion Hardly Surprising
Rail In Auckland An Expensive Step Closer
Goff On Northern Ireland
Greens Conference Begins
Select Committee News
Morning After Pill Subsidised
Rankin Rankles Regurgitated
Drive Carefully Over QBW
Saving Our Energy
ERB Should Be More Flexible Says Retailers

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A New NZ Flag? What Do You Think?

Sludge #9 - Fiji, People's Bank, PM's Cuppa and INL

- IN THIS EDITION: Fiji Crisis Resolution Imminent Again - Here's Hoping - C.D. Sludge Backs Jim's People's Bank - Helen Clark's Slow Down Shows Discipline - More BS From INL And Mike Robson. See... Sludge Report #9 - The Truth About INL [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00009.htm


Carter Defends The Flag

- “Helen Clark is slowly, brick-by-brick, dismantling every aspect of the heritage which still holds a resonance for the majority of New Zealanders,” says National's Northland MP John Carter. See... Helen Clark must not get away with heritage attack [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00037.htm


Maternity Leave Legislation On Hold?

- Women’s Affairs Minister Laila Harre must concentrate on improving business confidence and not pushing her own agenda, said ACT Women’s Affairs spokesman Penny Webster. The Government has decided to put on hold proposed Alliance maternity legislation until business confidence recovers. See... Women Should Come First Laila! [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00033.htm


NZ Gains From GE Purity

- Advanta, the company at the centre of the current storm over GE crop contamination in Europe, has moved some of their seed production facilities to New Zealand, so as to maintain GE purity, Greenpeace revealed today. See... Advanta moves seed production to NZ for purity [1] . Meanwhile, consumers are being misled by food manufacturers over their policy on genetic engineering, says the consumer group GE-Free NZ (RAGE), and Nestle are the worst. See... Nestle misleading consumers on Gene-food queries. [2] both in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00006.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00005.htm


Morgan Fahey Sentenced

– Former GP and Christchurch Deputy Mayor Dr. Morgan Fahey has been sentenced to a six year jail term after pleading guilty to sexual offences against his patients. Rape Crisis hopes the prison sentence handed down to Dr. Fahey will deter others. See... Prison Sentence For Fahey May Deter Others [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00002.htm


Scoop Opinion: Upton On Governance

- As upton-on-line goes to press, the Prime Minister is winging her way to what must be the most exclusive talkfest in the world. On June 2nd and 3rd, Berlin will play host to a galaxy of political leaders gathered to talk earnestly about Modern Governance. See... Upton-on-line: Die Neue Mitte und die Alte Clark [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00032.htm


Scoop Arts: Books, Films & ‘Puters All In Loop

- Publishing heavyweight Random House is teaming up with online audio-book seller Audible.com to produce digital versions of audio-books specifically for distribution over the Internet. See... The LOOP Print Emailer [1] . The New Zealand Academy of Film & Television Arts today announced the finalists for the Nokia New Zealand Film Awards 2000. See... THE NOKIA NEW ZEALAND FILM AWARDS EMAILER [2] both in the Arts & Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0006/S00003.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0006/S00002.htm

FIJI COUP SPECIAL

Will Fiji Split?

- Fiji Coup Leader George Speight has announced the hostages he is holding could be released as early as Monday. Meanwhile, fijilive.com [1] website reporter Jone Dakuvula has suggested Western Fiji may split away if Mr. Speight establishes a Taukei regime. See... NEWSFLASH: All Over By Monday Says Speight [2] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - www.fijilive.com
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00007.htm


FULL COVERAGE: The Coup That Never Ends?

- The latest news from Suva from USP and others:
- USP - Pacific Journalism Online Website Censored [1]
- USP - Rebels Want Siwatibau In Civilian Government [2]
- PHIL GOFF - Fiji at the crossroads says Goff [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00012.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00011.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00047.htm


Scoop Opinion: Ross Himona On The Media In Fiji

- The Foreign Correspondent is a highly skilled journalist and writer who immerses himself or herself in the job. See... FIJI - A pox on the media [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00008.htm


Scoop Commentary: One Of The Architects Discusses The Fiji Constitution

- The abrogation of Fiji’s 1997 constitution has saddened me immensely. Part of the reason is personal. As a member of the three-man Fiji Constitution Review Commission, I had a small hand in devising it. See... Fiji Commentary: Wandering between two worlds [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00014.htm

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Winston Was Right About NZ Post Losses

- New Zealand Post has made inquiries and believes the issues raised yesterday in Parliament by Rt Hon Winston Peters in Oral Question No.5 relate to the recovery of unbilled revenue from an Auckland mail house operating as two separate companies that understated ... See... New Zealand Post Recovery Of Unbilled Revenue [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00008.htm


Party Jumping MPs Let Off Hook

- Another key Labour and Alliance election promise is dead in the water. The so-called “waka jumping” Bill, to prevent Members of Parliament from changing parties, will not see the light of day, ACT leader Richard Prebble said today. See... “Waka Jumping” Bill Dead [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00051.htm

Kevin Roberts Appointed Americas Cup Defender Trustee

- International businessman Kevin Roberts has been appointed as a Trustee of Team New Zealand, joining Trustees Ralph Norris, Peter Menzies and Canadian John Risley. See... Kevin Roberts Joins Team New Zealand [1] in the Sport wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0006/S00002.htm

Student Loans Explosion Hardly Surprising

- “It is hardly surprising that student loan figures are rocketing,” said ACT Tertiary Education Spokesman Stephen Franks. He explains why, see... Student Loan Election Bribe Will Haunt Labour [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00050.htm


Rail In Auckland An Expensive Step Closer

- The Green Party has welcomed the Auckland local bodies' agreement with Tranz Rail to allow other operators to have access to the region's railway lines. See... Greens welcome rail line breakthrough in Auckland [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00049.htm


Goff On Northern Ireland

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff has welcomed the news that the Northern Ireland peace process is back on track. See... Goff welcomes progress on Northern Ireland peace [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00045.htm


Greens Conference Begins

- The Green Party annual conference starts today in Turangi with the boost of a 60 per cent rise in membership since the last election. See... Media Advisory Green Party Conference [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00040.htm


Select Committee News

– The latest select committee news bulletin ...
Morning After Pill Subsidised

- Women can now get a new morning-after-pill fully subsidised, which is a major step by PHARMAC to help bring down the number of abortions and unwanted pregnancies. See... New fully funded morning-after-pill [1] in the General wire. Christian Heritage is not impressed. See... More Taxpayers Money To Fund Abortion Machine [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0006/S00001.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00010.htm


Rankin Rankles Regurgitated

- Adding to the Government’s current woes in major portfolio areas is its attempt re-package and re-sell WINZ under the leadership of Christine Rankin. Normally poles apart neither ACT’s Muriel Newman or the Green’s Sue Bradford are happy with Rankin staying in her position. See ACT... Government Trying To Pull Off WINZ ‘Snow Job’ [1] and Greens... Government must bite the bullet over Christine [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00034.htm


Drive Carefully Over QBW

- The Land Transport Safety is advising motorists to buckle-up and be patient on their way to and from holiday destinations over Queen’s Birthday weekend. See... Drive to survive this Queen’s Birthday weekend [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0006/S00003.htm


Saving Our Energy

- The International Energy Agency's research on New Zealand's energy intensity reinforces the need for New Zealanders to take energy efficiency seriously, says Energy Minister Pete Hodgson. See... IEA report shows need for more energy efficiency [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00035.htm


ERB Should Be More Flexible Says Retailers

- The National Association of Retail Grocers and Supermarkets of New Zealand (NARGON) is calling on the Government to amend the Employment Relations Bill (ERB) to scrap the union monopoly on collective agreements. See... The ERB Lacks Flexiblility [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00004.htm

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