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Solomons Coup: Fighting Breaks Out
And Now - A Solomon’s Hostage Crisis
Hard News Is Here
Scoop Sport: R.E.S.P.E.C.T – Tua Deserves It
Scoop Opinion: Insults For Southerners
Searching For The Third Way
Scoop World: Clinton In Russia
Scoop World: Russian Atrocities Detailed

FIJI CRISIS
Time Running Out For Speight?
Scoop Opinion: Fiji A Failure Of Culture
Fiji Crisis: Truth The First Casualty

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Green's Expansion Plans
Scoop IT: The Net Here And Over There
Scoop Business: Insider Trading At FCL
Pot Reform Select Committee Rejected
Labour, The Alliance And Infighting
Ballet And Burglary
Timberlands Decision - More Trees At Risk
Organics The Niche We Need
NZ First & The ERB
Where They Are This Week
Gateways In Education Funded
Helen On The Third Way
Remembering Japan’s PM
Green Party Conference
Electronic Transactions Scrutinised
Weekend Frustrations Labour’s Fault


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Solomons Coup: Fighting Breaks Out

- Fighting between the two militant groups has broken out in the Solomon Islands today according to latest media reports. A transcript of this morning's Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation news is in the International wire. See... Solomon Islands 10am News Bulletin [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00032.htm


And Now - A Solomon’s Hostage Crisis

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff today condemned the placing of Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu under house arrest at gunpoint this morning. See... NZ Condemns Hostage Taking In Solomon Islands [1] in the Parliament wire. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu has agreed to resign in what is being described as a "copy-cat coup" following the two-week-old Fiji insurrection, according to reports. See... SOLOMON IS: PM agrees to resign in 'copy-cat' coup [2] . Also see... SOLOMON IS: PM detained in military coup [3] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00061.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00020.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00019.htm


Hard News Is Here

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... so the brakes are on. The full-steam progress of the Employment Relations Bill and the second phase of ACC reforms has been slowed down by Prime Ministerial edict. See... HARD NEWS 5/6/00 - Abort, Retry, Ignore? [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00015.htm


Scoop Sport: R.E.S.P.E.C.T – Tua Deserves It

- The reaction to Tua's 51 second demolition of Obed Sullivan at the weekend was as predictable as it is annoying. Talk of Sullivan being yet another 'noddy' journeyman who one's granny could have put away inside one round abounded. See... Aretha demanded, David Tua deserves.... RESPECT [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00014.htm


Scoop Opinion: Insults For Southerners

- Three strikes and you're out! First it was Helen Clark calling West Coaster's feral and in-bred, secondly it was Young Labour vice-president Jordan Carter calling Coaster's feral bastards. Now, Labour Party president, Bob Harvey, has insulted and marginalised Wellington and the whole of the South Island. John Howard writes. See... Scoop Opinion: Insults Keep Coming For The Coast [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00013.htm


Searching For The Third Way

- Third Way reformist politicians, including Helen Clark, met in Berlin over the weekend agreeing to establish a network of officials to try and get specific about “good governance”. John Howard reports. See... Third Way Politicians Search For "Good Governance" [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00012.htm


Scoop World: Clinton In Russia

– President Clinton has met Russian President Vladimir Putin where they discussed a range of issues including Kosovo, Chechnya, and a US missile defence shield. See... TRANSCRIPT: Clinton and President Vladimir Putin [1] Also see... US/Russia - Expanded Threat Reduction Initiative [2] . and... US/Russia - People to People Cooperation [3] and... Joint Statement - Clinton and the Russian Fed. [4] all in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00026.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00027.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00028.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00025.htm


Scoop World: Russian Atrocities Detailed

-- As U.S. President Bill Clinton arrives in Moscow for a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Human Rights Watch has released a report detailing the massacre of at least sixty Chechen civilians in the Grozny capital. See... Russian Atrocities in Chechnya Detailed [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00023.htm

FIJI COUP

Time Running Out For Speight?

- Tensions are rising after the Fijian army gave coup leader George Speight until 3 pm today to lay down his weapons and surrender his hostages. See... Army – Your Time Is Running Out Speight [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00016.htm


Scoop Opinion: Fiji A Failure Of Culture

- What we are seeing in an arc from South East Asia to the Pacific is the failure of imported and culturally inappropriate systems of governance. Ross Himona of Te Karere Ipurangi writes. See... FIJI & Solomons: Coup, Coup & Coup [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00017.htm


Fiji Crisis: Truth The First Casualty

- Truth is always the first casualty in conflict, aided and abetted by half or part truth plus the blundering hands, heads and pens of the less intellectual revolutionaries. See... FIJI: Using the 'SS' sheets [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00029.htm


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Green's Expansion Plans

- Over the long weekend the Green Party held their annual conference at Turangi. In their keynote addresses the two co-leaders both spoke optimistically about NZ's newest Parliamentary party's future. See... The Greens are Growing - Rod Donald Speech [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00083.htm


Scoop IT: The Net Here And Over There

- The Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation (ISCR) today released a study of Internet access charges in New Zealand and Australia. See... ISCR releases Internet Competition study [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00033.htm


Scoop Business: Insider Trading At FCL

- The New Zealand Securities Commission finding that the former Fletcher Challenge Chairman Kerry Hoggard clearly breached an important law reinforced the Board’s decision to accept his resignation, the Chairman of the Company, Dr Roderick Dean says. See... FCL - Securities Commission on Insider Trading [1] in the Business wire. See also... Statement K M Hoggard - Fletcher Challenge Shares [2] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00031.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00032.htm


Pot Reform Select Committee Rejected

- National Leader Jenny Shipley has rejected Annette King's call for National to participate in a Parliamentary select committee to review the legal status of cannabis. See... Cannabis select committee rejected [1] . ACT today has also rejected the proposal. See... ACT Says No To Another Review Of Cannabis [2] and... Will Organic Dope Be OK For Our Kids? [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00064.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00079.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00089.htm


Labour, The Alliance And Infighting

- The public infighting between Labour and the Alliance is creating more uncertainty and concern among the business community, Opposition Finance spokesperson Bill English said today. See... Govt. Split Last Thing Business Needs [1] . Also see ACT’s criticism of Jim Anderton... What Does Jim Anderton Want? [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00081.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00084.htm


Ballet And Burglary

- The Government's pre-budget burglary announcement is a slap over the wrist with a damp pledge card for burglars, says Opposition Police spokesman Brian Neeson. See... Govt Cares More About Ballet Than Burglary [1] . Justice Minister Phil Goff and Police Minister George Hawkins will today detail a Government Burglary Package including advance details of Budget fiscal support and will also focus on non-fiscal elements. See... Pre-Budget Burglary Package Announcement [2] in the Parliament wire..


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00088.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00072.htm


Timberlands Decision - More Trees At Risk

- New figures released to the Greens by the Government predict that another 3,523 native trees will be logged by Timberlands after the Government's decision to continue logging until March 2002. See... Rimu Decision Means 3,500 More Trees Get Chopped [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00087.htm


Organics The Niche We Need

- Green Party Agriculture spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street today said the niche market that the Prime Minister says New Zealand desperately needs is obvious - organics. See... Niche market staring PM in the face - Greens [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00085.htm


NZ First & The ERB

- New Zealand First is suggesting major changes to the Employment Relations Bill to help make it work better for both employers and employees. See... Major Employment Relations Changes Sought [1] Also see... Employment Relations Bill - NZ First Concerns [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00086.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00090.htm


Where They Are This Week

– The media diaries for government ministers - Philida Bunkle, Trevor Mallard, Jim Sutton, Matt Robson and Mark Goesche in no particular order. See... Phillida Bunkle Media Diary [1] See... Media diary Trevor Mallard [2] See... Jim Sutton's week [3] See... Hon Matt Robson - Diary 7th-15th June [4] See... Mark Gosche - Media Diary [5] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00080.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00078.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00076.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00074.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00069.htm


Gateways In Education Funded

- $4 million is to be provided in the Budget to pilot a new Gateway programme designed to improve the transition from secondary school into the workforce, Associate Education Minister Steve Maharey announced today.See... Gateway will build bridges between school and work [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00073.htm


Helen On The Third Way

- Helen Clark's Third Way talkfest in Berlin may be nothing more than a global coffee club, according to the authoritative German weekly, Der Spiegel. See... Der Spiegel brands talkfest a 'global coffee club' [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00071.htm


Remembering Japan’s PM

- Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton would represent New Zealand at the memorial service for former Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, to be held in Tokyo on 8 June. See... Anderton to represent NZ at Obuchi memorial [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00070.htm


Green Party Conference

- West Coast / Tasman Green Party candidate Richard Davies and Marlborough organic farmer Dr Marg O'Brien were elected as co-convenors of the Green Party at the party's annual conference at Turangi yesterday. See... Two new convenors elected at Green conference [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00066.htm


Electronic Transactions Scrutinised

- The Government has approved the release of a Ministry of Economic Development discussion document on the proposed Electronic Transactions Bill. See... Electronic Transactions Bill An Important Step [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00065.htm


Weekend Frustrations Labour’s Fault

- The Queens Birthday frustrations experienced by thousands of New Zealand motorists, could be avoided if the Government honoured its word on roading policy, said ACT Transport spokesman Penny Webster. See... Webster: Government Must Act Now To Save Lives [1] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00063.htm

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