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TOP SCOOPS
The Boat People Who Weren’t
Is the US Economy Headed For A Midair Explosion?
A "Secret" Beehive Budget Fix-Up?
Peace Breaks Out In The Solomons?
Foreign Debt Rises
A Budget 5-Piece Pack
BUDGET COMMENTARY: UPTON - HARD NEWS -SLUDGE
SCOOP MYSTERY: Rodney, Fiji, And Free Money

FIJI COUP
Use Your Heads & Hearts Unions Urged
Week Five In Fiji Coup
Top Judge Defends Military Govt.

MORE SCOOPS - JUST POLITICS AND BUSINESS
Scoop Business: Computer Bargains!
Shell Joins 4c Price Increase
Hospital Waiting Lists To Go Down?
Selling The Budget To Business
Talking Defence
Diplomatic Developments
More Action Against The Oil Giants

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TOP SCOOPS

The Boat People Who Weren’t

- Customs Minister Phillida Bunkle and Health Minister Annette King have called for reports into an inter-agency operation which involved Kaitaia Hospital this week. See... Ministers Call For Reports [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00379.htm


Is the US Economy Headed For A Midair Explosion?

Our export led recovery could soon be in trouble according to a Bank for International Settlements (BIS) report issued June 5, says NZ Banking Reform in the Business wire. See… Bankers' Central Bank Warns of US Bubble Will Pop [1] . Meanwhile in the politics wire the groupo still wants answers from Dr Brash. See…Where Has All The Money Gone? [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00107.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00058.htm


A "Secret" Beehive Budget Fix-Up?

- The Government has hidden its plans to spend at least $11 million to refurbish the Beehive, Opposition Finance spokesperson Bill English said today. See... Govt. hides Beehive refurbishment [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00373.htm


Peace Breaks Out In The Solomons?

- The Solomon Islands militia group which controls the capital, Honiara, says peace will be restored following the resignation of the prime minister, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu. See... Promised Peace To Be Restored [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00091.htm


Foreign Debt Rises

- New Zealand's overseas debt was $109 billion, an increase of $6.7 billion, or 6.5 per cent in the March 2000 quarter says Deputy Government Statistician, Ian Ewing. See... Increase in Overseas Debt [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00105.htm


A Budget 5-Piece Pack

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen’s first budget is has been divided into five easy pieces for public consumption. - BUDGET ONE - budget 2000: Trust in Government [1] . - BUDGET TWO - Celebrating identity, defending freedom, fairness [2] . - BUDGET THREE- budget 2000: Closing the gaps [3] . - BUDGET FOUR - budget 2000: Developing an innovative economy [4] . - BUDGET FIVE - Budget 2000. Police Numbers Increase [5] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00335.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00334.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00331.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00330.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00329.htm


UPTON

The Government seems to have reconciled itself to a glum reception from the business sector to its first Budget. This is an ignominious defeat because the Government has, up until now, been comforting itself with hopes that the Budget would change ... See... Upton-on-line - June 16th - Budget Blues [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00396.htm


HARD NEWS IS HERE!!

- “GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES Labour Finance Minister in boring Budget shock! Well, not quite ... Michael Cullen's maiden Budget was plenty interesting - not least in its disarming fiscal prudence.” See... HARD NEWS: Budget, Business and Bum-Tickle [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00065.htm


SLUDGE

- CD and assorted Sludge have been locked up in the Beehive since 11.30am with a remarkably disappointing budget. True it contains a new lingo. But as the government has already announced most of it - what is left comes as a bit of an anti-climax. See... Sludge Report #13 - The Budget Is Wrong [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00062.htm

SCOOP MYSTERY: Rodney, Fiji, And Free Money

- C.D. Sludge has now caught up with the MP who made a trip to Fiji last year to attend a seminar of Investors International, the principal of which, Rudolf van Lin, was later arrested and charged in the US with Securities fraud. See... The Sludge Report #12 – Rodney’s Trip To Fiji [1] . In Parliament on Wednesday NZ First Leader Winston Peter’s took up C.D. Sludge’s interest into the Investor’s International investment scheme and asked questions about ACT MP Rodney Hide’s involvement with the group. For the full transcript of Peter’s speech see... Winston Peters on Investors International [2] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00053.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00295.htm


FIJI COUP

Use Your Heads & Hearts Unions Urged

- Trade unions calling for a trade boycott against Fiji need to use their heads as well as their hearts, say New Zealand manufacturers and importers. See... Trade unions urged to use heads and hearts on Fiji [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00057.htm


Week Five In Fiji Coup

- Week five begins. The media death skull face of terrorist George Speight struts and talks on the media as he plays his game of Winner-take-all. See... Waiting For The Winner [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00092.htm


Top Judge Defends Military Govt.

- Fiji's Chief Justice has defended the Pacific country's interim military administration as the only “viable alternative government” and says the judiciary's cooperation with the martial law authorities was necessary. See... Chief Justice Defends Military Role [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00090.htm

MORE SCOOPS - JUST POLITICS AND BUSINESS

Scoop Business: Computer Bargains!

- The wholesale department store chain the Warehouse has now added computers to it’s series of discount items on offer throughout New Zealand. See... Warehouse Stationery Now Sells No. 1 Computer [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00106.htm


Shell Joins 4c Price Increase

- Shell is increasing the pump price of petrol and diesel by 4 cents a litre, this morning. See... Shell Increases Fuel Prices [1] in the Business wire. BP, Caltex and Mobil have all moved to lift their prices for petrol and diesel citing rising international price rises as the reason. For BP’s explanatoin see... Soaring Oil Costs Force Petrol/Diesel Price Rise [2] . Also see Mobil’s release... Mobil Oil raises petrol and diesel prices [3] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00108.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00102.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00088.htm


Hospital Waiting Lists To Go Down?

- Health Minister Annette King today described the half a billion dollars set aside for elective surgery in the Budget as the “most money ever to be spent to relieve distress, ill health and incapacity for New Zealanders”. See... Record Spending on Elective Surgery [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00385.htm


Selling The Budget To Business

– The top three in the Labour-Alliance coalition are meeting with businesses leaders today to sell the budget to a skeptical business. - PM POST BUDGET - PM's Post Budget Speech To Parliament [1] . – MICHAEL CULLEN - Dr Cullen's NBR Budget Breakfast Speech [2] . - JIM ANDERTON - B2000: Economic Development Overview [3] - JIM ANDERTON - B2000: Boost for industry and regions [4] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00317.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00316.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00365.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00364.htm


Talking Defence

–The New Zealand Minister of Defence, Mark Burton has met with his Australian counterparts on talks about the NZ-Australian defence relationship. For a full transcript of the conference. See... Transcript: Joint media conference Defence [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00386.htm


Diplomatic Developments

- New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Chile will be career diplomat Richard Mann, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... New Ambassador for Santiago [1] . New Zealand will open an Embassy in Brazil as a key component of its Latin American strategy to develop closer trading and political links with that important region, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... B2000: A New Zealand Embassy for Brazil [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00384.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00366.htm


More Action Against The Oil Giants

- The Commerce Commission is taking more action against two oil companies. Mobil and Caltex, because of their alleged misleading advertising of petrol prices. See... More Commission action against oil companies [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00095.htm


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