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JUST POLITICS
$6m To Get Student Loan Processing Right
9 Years Of Inaction Contrasted With 10 Months Doing
Don’t Blame The Police, Says Franks
School Property Programme
Celebrating 55 Years Of The UN
Budget Too Tight For Tax Breaks
Bizzare Immigration Statements
Nice Work Waiving Resource Consents
ACT Conservation Spokesman Behind Gondola
Hobbs Talks To Tree People
Harre Social Policy Speech

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Deceptive Or Ignorant Claims From PM On Treaty Clause
Keith Rankin: Looking At GDP
Nationwide Benefits From America’s Cup
Staunch Norm Sends Wrong Message … But We Won!

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JUST POLITICS

$6m To Get Student Loan Processing Right

- A six-million dollar package of improvements to the student loans and allowances processing system, was announced this afternoon by Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. Improvements To Student Loan Processing [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00471.htm


9 Years Of Inaction Contrasted With 10 Months Doing

- Prime Minister Helen Clark said today the positive reaction to the business-government forum would add momentum to moves to deal with issues that National in government ignored. See... Govt Acts For Business While National Blathers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00472.htm


Don’t Blame The Police, Says Franks

- ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks is questioning the logic of anti-gun lobbyists who complained about Police failure to persuade 50,000 firearms owners to re-register themselves as firearms users under the current sensible firearms laws. See... Criticism of Police Misdirected [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00476.htm


School Property Programme

- Glen Taylor School in Glendowie has become the first school to formally sign up to the Government's new five-year-property programme. See... First school in five year property programme [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00478.htm


Celebrating 55 Years Of The UN

- It is my pleasure to welcome you here today to celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the coming into force of the United Nations Charter and the achievements of the United Nations. See... The UN And Its Relevance To NZ - Phil Goff [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00477.htm


Budget Too Tight For Tax Breaks

- Promises of tax breaks for business will come to nothing - because Michael Cullen needs all the Government's available cash to make his super fund credible, National Finance spokesperson Bill English said today. See... No Money In Kitty For Business Tax Breaks [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00470.htm


Bizzare Immigration Statements

- Statements by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Immigration following the business forum that New Zealand needs to urgently allow more skilled migrants are bizarre, said ACT Immigration Spokesperson Penny Webster. See... Webster: Migrant Rules Revamp Missing The Point [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00469.htm


Nice Work Waiving Resource Consents

- ACT Local Government spokesman Owen Jennings has congratulated the Westland District Council for its decision to waive resource consent and building fees for a trial period in a bid to encourage growth in the region. See... "Well Done Westland" Says Jennings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00468.htm


ACT Conservation Spokesman Behind Gondola

- ACT Conservation Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff has thrown his “full support” behind the proposed aerial gondola scheme between Queenstown and Milford. See... Eckhoff Backs Gondola Scheme [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00467.htm


Hobbs Talks To Tree People

- New Zealand Arboriculture Assoc Annual Conference, 26 October 2000 9.00am, Sharella Motor Inn, Tinakori Rd. See... Marion Hobbs Speaks To Arboriculture Assoc [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00481.htm


Harre Social Policy Speech

- Address To Social Policy Forum 2000 – Children's Rights And Families Law School Old Government Buildings Lambton Quay Wellington See... Laila Harre On Children's Rights And Families [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00480.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Deceptive Or Ignorant Claims From PM On Treaty Clause

- The Prime Minister’s claim on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report that the Treaty clause in the Health and Disability Bill intends no racial preference is either deceptive or ignorant, according to ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks. See... PM's Health Bill Treaty Clause Claims False [1] MORE - NZ FIRST - Turia Undermines PM Again [2] - GOVT - Treaty clause - Health Bill [3] - NATS - Race Relations Conciliator Warns Of Anger [4] - ACT - Drop Treaty References In Health & Disability Bill [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00482.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00483.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00479.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00474.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00473.htm


Keith Rankin: Looking At GDP

- The economy seems to be stagnating. Real GDP (gross domestic product) for the three months to June 30 is, on a seasonally adjusted basis, 0.7 percent down on the previous three months. Yet, if we look a bit deeper, we find that real GDP for the June quarter is up 4.4 percent on the same quarter of 1999. See... GDP Gloom? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00145.htm


Nationwide Benefits From America’s Cup

- A report into the economic impact of the 1999-2000 America's Cup Regatta shows that such large-scale events have a spin-off which benefits the whole country, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Minister for the America's Cup Trevor Mallard said today. See... America's Cup Economic Impact Felt Throughout NZ [1] . See also… Cup Village Investment Attracts Huge Dividend [2] and Tourism Bonanza Possible From America's Cup 2003 [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00487.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0010/S00180.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00489.htm


Staunch Norm Sends Wrong Message … But We Won!

- Associate Minister for Accident Insurance Ruth Dyson said today that Norm Hewitt's decision to play with a broken arm during Saturday night's NPC final was foolish and short-sighted. See... Norm Hewitt – Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow? [1] . See... Ruth Dyson Stiff-Arms Norm Hewitt [2] for Murray McCully's resonse.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00484.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00492.htm


Import Costs Increase

- The imports trend continues to grow, according to Statistics New Zealand. Increases in crude oil prices and the weakening New Zealand dollar, particularly since April 2000, have contributed to growth in the value of merchandise imports in recent months. See... Steady Growth in Imports Continues [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0010/S00179.htm


No Tree Hill? Ross Himona Poem

- to my friend Mike Smith who, on 28th October 1994, the anniversary of the 1835 Declaration of Independence, took a chainsaw to the one lone pine tree atop One-tree Hill (known to the Maori as Maungakiekie). See... "Half Tree Hill" [1] . See also... One Tree Hill Pine To Be Felled [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00142.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0010/S00063.htm


Scoop World: Palestinian Media Watch

– PALESTINIAN DAILY PRESS THE DAILY PRESS REVIEW ISSUED BY Palestine Ministry of Information (Wednesday, October 25, 2000) See... Palestinian Daily Press Review - Oct 25th [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0010/S00192.htm


Scoop World: Israeli Defence Announcements

- 24 October 00 Bursts of Fire at the Settlement of Pesagot North of Jerusalem, IDF Responds with Tank Fire. Fire was opened tonight at the settlement of Pesagot north of Jerusalem. There were no casualties and no damage was caused. See... IDF Spokesperson's Announcements - 24th Oct [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0010/S00194.htm


Scoop World Links: US Elections

- A selection of useful links for monitoring in the run-up to the US Presidential elections on November 7th. See... US Elections: Links [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0010/S00193.htm


Baritone Death A Blow To Pacific Arts Festival

- The death of Samoan/NZ baritone Iosefa Enari at the Pacific Arts Festival has been a huge blow to the people here from Aotearoa – and of course for his family; an unbelievable tragedy. See... Pacific Arts Festival starts on sad note [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00141.htm


Pinot Noir 2001 A Feast For The Senses

- Around 600 people from around the world will gather in Wellington for a conference of 100 percent pure indulgence from January 25 to 28 next year. See... Experience The Conference Of Pure Indulgence [1] , Tickets Now On Sale For A Feast For The Senses [2] and See... Background Information Pinot Noir 2001 [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0010/S00069.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0010/S00068.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0010/S00070.htm


Scoop Arts: Roots Foundation Birthday Bash

- Wellington's Roots Foundation are back in action after a very strong and enjoyable millennium year. This included playing to over 4000 people during a 10-date NZ tour in April, a dose of magical seaside dub with the Whopper-Chopper lads over summer. See... Roots Foundation "Dubble-Happy" set to go bang [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0010/S00065.htm


Dogs, From Pocket Size To King Size

- The hunt is on for New Zealand’s own David and Goliath of the canine world. See... Size Does Matter [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0010/S00064.htm

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