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JUST POLITICS
In The Committee Rooms
PM Talks To Maori Women
NZ’s Whaling Credibility On The Line – United NZ
Killing Mountain Goats – Nats Urge DOC To Think Laterally
Farmers And Geese
Northland ACC Ambulance Decision Prompts “Political Correctness” Warning
Iwi Funded To Build Its Own Future
Aid To Vietnamese Floods
New Broadcasting Guardians

TOP SCOOPS
Protesters Kept Cullen Out Of WEF, Will He Get In At Prague?
No Surprises In Current Account Deficit - But Plenty of Angst


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JUST POLITICS

In The Committee Rooms

- There were 18 committee meetings this week. One was in Auckland and the remainder were in the parliamentary complex. See... This Week's Select Committee News - 22 Sept [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00380.htm


PM Talks To Maori Women

E nga wahine Maori toko i te ora, tena koutou katoa (To the women of the League, greetings) See... PM's Speech - Maori Women's Welfare League [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00379.htm


NZ’s Whaling Credibility On The Line – United NZ

- Treasurer and Minister of Finance Dr Michael Cullen and Minister of Fisheries Pete Hodgson have approved an application by Ceebay Holdings Limited to continue to hold New Zealand fishing quota. See... Ceebay Fishing Quota Holding Approved [1] . United says the decision destroys NZ’s credibility as an anti-whaling nation with the decision. See... New Zealand Destroys Anti-Whaling Credibility [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00371.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00374.htm


Killing Mountain Goats – Nats Urge DOC To Think Laterally

- The news that the Department of Conservation intends to cull Himalayan Thar in the Mount Cook National Park, instead of allowing them to be used as a lucrative foreign exchange earner, shows that DOC “has no ability to think laterally” says National. See... DOC In Disarray Over Thar Culling [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00373.htm


Farmers And Geese

- Losing a chance to remove introduced Canada geese from the Wildlife schedule is a blow for farmers in much of the South Island high country, ACT Conservation Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... Urban Uninformed Ignore Rural Concerns [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00370.htm


Northland ACC Ambulance Decision Prompts “Political Correctness” Warning

- The row over Northland's rescue helicopter services and ACC shows how silly the political correctness and cultural safety argument has become, and is a dire warning of things to come, says United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne. See... Northland Rescue PC Row Warning Of Things To Come [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00369.htm


Iwi Funded To Build Its Own Future

- Construction on 20 new homes to be built by Ngaitai families will begin today when Housing Minister Mark Gosche heads to Torere to hammer in the first nail. See... Ngaitai Iwi Building Their Own Future [1] and Q & A - Torere Home Building Project [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00366.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00367.htm


Aid To Vietnamese Floods

New Zealand is donating NZ$100,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross appeal for the Mekong Basin, including Vietnam and Cambodia, following severe flooding in South East Asia, Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Matt Robson announced today. See... Food And Essentials For Flooded Mekong [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00363.htm


New Broadcasting Guardians

- Writer and academic, Professor Albert Wendt has been appointed Deputy Chair of NZ On Air for a three-year term, the Minister of Broadcasting, Marian Hobbs, announced today. See... Albert Wendt, Judy Mcgregor, Rodney Bryant [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00362.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Protesters Kept Cullen Out Of WEF, Will He Get In At Prague?

The Commonwealth Finance Ministers meeting has been an important preparation for the IMF and World Bank meetings in Prague next week, Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen said today from Malta. Meanwhile, Prague authorities have revoked permits for all street demonstrations on September 26th, but that probably won't stop the thousands of activists gearing up to disrupt the IMF/World Bank meetings next week. See... Cullen Ready For IMF And World Bank Meeting [1] and Prague Authorities Outlaw Protests On S26 [2] . See also... Oil Up & Currency Down A Global Problem - Cullen [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00372.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0009/S00208.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00332.htm


No Surprises In Current Account Deficit - But Plenty of Angst

- Balance of Payment statistics released moments ago by the Department of Statistics contain no surprises say economists. The figures did not impact on the dollar which has bounced back during the day to around 41 cents. See... Current Account Deficit Contains No Surprises [1] ANGST: - GREEN - Green Party Co-leader Rod Donald today said the Government had to wake up and recognise that 15 years of chasing free trade and globalisation has devastated the New Zealand economy. - More of same makes economic crisis worse [2] - GOVERNMENT - Improvement in underlying current account welcomed [3] - ACT - Worst Ever June-Year Deficit Says Hide [4] - RELATED - Dollar In Motion Links - (YAHOO - USD [5] )


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0009/S00147.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00378.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00377.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00375.htm
[5] - http://quote.yahoo.com/m5?a=1&s=NZD&t=USD


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