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Scoop Today - Wellington Under A Blood Red Moon

Goff Summons Fiji High Commissioner
Hope Under A Blood-Red Moon
NEWSFLASH: Peace Talks Have Ended
Fiji Commentary: Dark Days
Upton On-line Special – Not a HOT Nation
Anderton’s Idea For Petrol Prices
Another Waipareira Trust Report
Scoop Opinion: Keith Rankin On The Universal Benefit
Dunne On Fiji Sanctions
Scoop Opinion: The Rule Of Law?
Scoop Arts: Pulp Comics & Festival Postcards
Scoop Science: Biosecurity Development / Clean Green Wool
Future Lefts – Young Labour On The Death Of Democracy



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WELLINGTON'S BLOOD RED MOON

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Goff Summons Fiji High Commissioner

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff called Fijian High Commissioner HE Isimeli Bainimara in to his Wellington office at noon today to express directly New Zealand's condemnation of events in Fiji and the failure of authorities to make progress towards restoring democracy. See... Fijian High Commissioner called in [1] in the Parliament wire. For background on Fiji, see...FIJI CRISIS FULL COVERAGE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00329.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/fiji.html


Hope Under A Blood-Red Moon

- “As chaos and confusion continue to reign around the world - and most noticeably this morning in Suva and at Camp David – Sludge as ever remains optimistic, like the President, that the glimmers of hope that remain will shortly burst back into flame.” C.D. Sludge reflects on the two main international stories of the moment. See... Sludge Report #23 – Glimmers Of Hope [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00098.htm


NEWSFLASH: Peace Talks Have Ended

- Radio New Zealand is reporting that the Camp David Peace Talks have failed. The report said a last minute attempt by Clinton to broker a power sharing agreement for Jerusalem has been rejected. The Palestinian and Israeli delegations are to leave Camp David shortly. The White House spokesperson, Joe Lockhart [1] , earlier gave two [2] briefings on the talks that are off-limits to the media. He has also updated the media about President Bill Clintons upcoming trip to Japan to the Group-8 Summit [3] all in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00086.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00084.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00080.htm


Fiji Commentary: Dark Days

- "It's two months to the day since George Speight, semi-indigenous failed businessman, pyramid scheme seller and terrorist, stormed into the Parliament grounds of Suva taking the democratically leaders of government as hostages." A journalist from the Pacific News Wire writes. See... Fiji Commentary: Dark Day Reminders [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00089.htm


Upton On-line Special – Not a HOT Nation

- This week, upton-on-line examines the heart of the nation – a cultural strategy for aotearoa new zealand (sic – lower case fashionably intended as in upton-on-line). See... Upton-on-line : Hot Nation on the Ice [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00323.htm


Anderton’s Idea For Petrol Prices

- Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton met with Gull Petroleum yesterday and wanted to know why the major petrol companies can't deliver the lower prices they do in areas around Gull services stations to the rest of the country. See... Gull's success proves petrol prices are too high [1] . United New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, has congratulated Deputy Prime Minister on his latest initiative. See... Whoop! Whoop! Pull Up! Pull Up! 1970s Approaching [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00303.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00316.htm


Another Waipareira Trust Report

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble welcomes the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet report into Waipareira Trust’s administration of Government programs. See... ACT Welcomes PM’s Report On Waipareira Trust [1] . Also see Mr. Prebble’s earlier release on the subject...ACT To Push For Law Change Under Urgency [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00312.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00310.htm


Scoop Opinion: Keith Rankin On The Universal Benefit

- Labour's plan to introduce a “universal benefit” is a rehash of their 1990 policy. The change is largely semantic. Further the semantics are wrong; this is no more than a step towards a universal benefit. There will still be groups of people ... See... Keith Rankin's Thursday Column: Generic Benefits [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00097.htm


Dunne On Fiji Sanctions

- United New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, says the Government's policy regarding Fijian refugees from the current crisis is inconsistent and confusing. See... NZ Policy Towards Fiji Refugees Inconsistant [1] in the Parliament wire. New Zealand has extended its “smart” sanctions against Fiji as the chaos in the island nation increases. See... NZ Extends Sanctions On Fiji [2] in the Headlines wire. For more coverage see below. - PACIFIC NEWS WATCH - Fiji Sun Slams Rebel Threats [3] - SCOOP - PM’s Presser: Sanctions Against Fiji Strengthened [4] - GOVT - New diplomatic, defence and sports measures on Fiji [5] - AUSTRALIAN GOVT - Australian Minister Issues Statement on Fiji [6] - ALLIANCE - Alliance supports strong Fiji measures [7] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00317.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00092.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00079.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00093.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00294.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00082.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00299.htm


Scoop Opinion: The Rule Of Law?

- “In the Wanganui District Court yesterday, Judge Andrew Becroft expressed concern with provisions of the previous government's Land Transport Act which he described as 'scandalous.' Let's take a hard look at our laws and human rights principles”. Scoop's John Howard writes. See... Howard’s End: Laws For Some [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00099.htm


Scoop Arts: Pulp Comics & Festival Postcards

- Pulp Comedy's top comedians will try their hand at sketch comedy in At Least Ya Havin A Go - a comedy special coming to our screens soon thanks to funding from NZ On Air. See... Pulp Comedy's Top Comedians Havin' A Go At Sketch [1] . Also see Postcard from the Festival [2] both in the Arts & Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0007/S00037.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0007/S00038.htm


Scoop Science: Biosecurity Development / Clean Green Wool

- Forest and Bird believe New Zealand could turn alien pest problems into a huge economic opportunity by becoming a world leader in the development of effective biosecurity systems and technology. See... Profiting from Alien Pest Destruction [1] . Meanwhile, there has been a more eco-friedly way of dying wool. See... Clean green way to dye wool takes off [2] in the Science wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0007/S00019.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0007/S00020.htm


Future Lefts – Young Labour On The Death Of Democracy

- CORRECTION - In yesterday’s edition - Editorial: Fiji's pain will never go away - "Rebels" alive, continue to exhibit stupidity - Business confidence returning - University branch celebrates forty years - News - the Newsiest News in Newstown. See... Future Lefts - Democracy Dies in the Pacific [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00071.htm

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