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FIJI COUP
SLUDGE: Nightmare On Speight Street
Fiji: Speight, Council Meet, Hostages Not Released
Keith Rankin – Democracy Crisis

OTHER TOP SCOOPS
2 Decades Of Decreasing Uni Funding
Anderton’s Eyes On Petrol Prices
Scoop World: Camp David, Star Wars, Space Station
Suspended Press Secretary Cleared – Sandra Lee On Moana Sinclair
Second Cancer Scare Leads To Health Board Sacking
Howard’s End: Privacy In The US
Nuclear Waste Is A Coming Down – NZ Is Opposed
Spectrum Auction - On Again Off Again
Speechifying…

MORE SCOOPS
Scoop Business Link: Fletcher Forests & CITIC
Scoop Sport: Monster.co.nz Sponsors Netball Team


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Nightmare On Speight Street

- George Speight is beginning to get under Sludge’s skin. And George Speight’s mug larger than life, intimidating Sludge’s unconscious, is not a pretty sight. Something must be done! See... Sludge #22 - Time For A Restoration Of Sanity [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00067.htm


2 Decades Of Decreasing Uni Funding

- Government funding per equivalent full-time university student has declined by 36 per cent since 1980, according to a report released today by the Association of University Staff (AUS) and NZ Vice-Chancellors' Committee (NZVCC). See... Two Decades Of Decline Continues [1] in the Education wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0007/S00014.htm


Anderton’s Eyes On Petrol Prices

- Alliance leader and Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton says he will be keeping a very close eye on petrol prices over the next month. See... Close eye on petrol prices [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00212.htm


Fiji: Speight, Council Meet, Hostages Not Released

- The meeting between the Great Council of Chiefs and George Speight’s rebels has started, but the remaining 18 hostages have still not been released from the parliamentary complex in Suva. See... Fiji: Speight & Chiefs Meet Today [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00046.htm


Scoop World: Camp David, Star Wars, Space Station

– White House Spokesperson Joe Lockhart briefs the world media about progress between the US President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat at the Middle East Camp David Conference [1] . On other defence issues, a Pentagon Spokesperson is questioned about where to next regarding the failed test of the National Missile Defence System [2] . In space news, the US Vice President has welcomed Russia's successful launch of the Zvezda module, an important milestone in the development of the International Space Station [3] . All stories are found in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00044.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00042.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00043.htm


Keith Rankin – Democracy Crisis

- On a morning on which the story of the day is George Speight’s decision not to release his hostages! Again! Keith Rankin writes in his weekly column that: “When crises of democracy such as those in Fiji and the Solomon Islands take place, I can do nothing other than try to understand the historical forces.” See... Keith Rankin: Voyagers and Villagers [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00066.htm


Suspended Press Secretary Cleared – Sandra Lee On Moana Sinclair

- “I note that a District Court Judge has now ruled in a reserved decision that Moana Sinclair was not an unlicensed driver, and that there was no power for the Police to do what they did in removing her from her vehicle at Foxton, in February.” For Alliance Deputy Leader Sandra Lee’s full statement see... Moana Sinclair [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00211.htm


Second Cancer Scare Leads To Health Board Sacking

- Health Minister Annette King today dismissed the Tairawhiti Healthcare Ltd board following Gisborne Hospital's announcement that 465 patients may have received incorrect test results of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests. See... Health Minister Dismisses Board [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00192.htm


Howard’s End: Privacy In The US

- Privacy issues are reaching the courts in growing numbers and are having a crippling effect on companies. On Monday yet another US company was sued for attempting to sell its customer information along with the rest of its assets. John Howard writes. See... Howard's End: US Sets Trend For Privacy Issues [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00062.htm


Nuclear Waste Is A Coming Down – NZ Is Opposed

- New Zealand remains firmly opposed to all shipments through its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of nuclear materials, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... NZ opposes return of nuclear fuel shipment [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00200.htm


On Again Off Again

- The auction of the 2GHz spectrum has been postponed pending the Court of Appeal's decision on the appeals of the New Zealand Maori Council and Mrs Rangiaho Everton. See... Spectrum auction postponed for court action [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00203.htm


Speechifying…

- Ministers traditional school holiday activity is in full swing... See... Paul Swain [1] …..Michael Cullen [2] ...Phillida Bunkle [3] . For lots more speeches see... Local Government Conference coverage below.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00202.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00206.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00209.htm

Scoop Business Link: Fletcher Forests & CITIC

“CITIC is involved in a protracted dispute with Fletcher Forests over the Central North Island Forestry Partnership and is disappointed with the lack of progress in negotiating a settlement. Our High Court action to resolve the dispute continues on schedule.” See... CITIC Statement in response to NZ Herald Article [1] .The Herald article said Fletcher Forests was understood to have resolved differences with CITIC. For a link to the article, see... Link: Chinese whispers on Fletcher Forests sale [2] both. in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0007/S00062.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0007/S00063.htm

Scoop Sport: Monster.co.nz Sponsors Netball Team

- Monster.co.nz announced today its principle sponsorship of New Zealand’s under 21 netball team. Monster is the first Dot Com to aim its sponsorship dollars at a sporting team or event in New Zealand. See... Sponsor dollars for NZ U21 Netball Team [1] in the Sport wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0007/S00010.htm

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