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TVNZ Telstrasaturn Deal To Bring Digital TV
Michael Cullen Thanks ACT For Its Super Position
Industrial Sweatshop Warning For PM On Singapore Agreement
A Light Foot Saves $$$
Sports Scholarships
Speechifying….
Guidance For E-Business
Energy Efficiency Saves Heaps
Child Abuse Phone Line
Sports Privacy Concerns
The Buck Stops With Jim
Greenpeace Boffin In Town To Talk Dioxin
Action Wanted On Maori Fisheries – NOW!
First The TV License… Now…

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Minor Cabinet Reshuffle Announced
NZ’s Biosecurity Compromised
MPs Full Of Praise For Samoa’s Favourite Son
Fiji Information Minister Labels NZ PM “Despicable”
Libertarianz Want Fair Trial For Bad Blood Health Ministers

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JUST POLITICS

TVNZ Telstrasaturn Deal To Bring Digital TV

- TVNZ and TelstraSaturn have today signed a memorandum of understanding that will speed the delivery of digital television services to New Zealanders. See... TVNZ And Telstrasaturn Digital TV Partnership [1] . See also... Minister Welcomes Digital Announcement [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0011/S00082.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00217.htm


Michael Cullen Thanks ACT For Its Super Position

- Act's decision to support the New Zealand Superannuation Bill to select committee was welcomed today by Finance Minister Michael Cullen. See... Act support for super bill welcomed [1] . See also ... ACT Announces Super Position [2] and SUPERANNUATION: THE ACT POSITION [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00209.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00218.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00219.htm


Industrial Sweatshop Warning For PM On Singapore Agreement

- Green Party co-leader Rod Donald is urging Prime Minister Helen Clark to take a first hand look at what free trade means in Singapore before she signs a closer economic partnership agreement there on Tuesday. See... Free-trade fears confirmed after Batam visit [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00210.htm

A Light Foot Saves $$$

- Motorists can slash their fuel costs by 10-20% a year with the help of a new driving tips brochure now available from service stations and the AA, says Energy Minister Pete Hodgson. See... Driving tips to cut motorists' fuel bills [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00208.htm


Sports Scholarships

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced that the government is establishing a multi-million dollar Prime Minister's Scholarship programme to assist young athletes into tertiary study. See... PM Announces Sports-Educational Scholarships [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00206.htm


Speechifying….

- More speeches from those on the hill…. Swain Address to Business Information in Action [1] - Northern Division Conference - Prebble Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00203.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00202.htm


Guidance For E-Business

- Information Minister Paul Swain is encouraging small to medium sized businesses to make use of the e-commerce guide launched at the government's e-commerce summit last week. See... Make Use Of E-Commerce Guide - Swain [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00200.htm


Energy Efficiency Saves Heaps

- Public sector agencies are cutting CO2 emissions by 20,300 tonnes a year and slashing energy costs by $4 million annually, thanks to funding from a government energy efficiency loans scheme. See... Energy Efficiency Loans Saving $4m A Year [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00199.htm


Child Abuse Phone Line

- A new 24-hour national freephone service to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect is already being developed, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey confirmed today. See... New 24-hour child abuse freephone development [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00198.htm


Sports Privacy Concerns

- Pushing privacy law further into sports would just entrench the need for lawyers at every administrator’s elbow, said ACT MP Stephen Franks. See... Keeping Lawyers Out Of Sport [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00197.htm


The Buck Stops With Jim

Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton today became the first Cabinet Minister to receive the “Buck Stops Here” Award from the Palmerston Gateway to Gold Trust. See... Kiwibank Gets Anderton Local Award [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00196.htm


Greenpeace Boffin In Town To Talk Dioxin

- Greenpeace has brought an international expert to New Zealand to brief the government on why it must agree to eliminate dioxins under an international toxics treaty. See... Expert To Brief Government On Toxics Treaty [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00047.htm


Action Wanted On Maori Fisheries – NOW!

- “Today’s Hui Taumata has sent a clear message that iwi will not tolerate any further delays in the allocation of our fisheries,” Harry Mikaere, Chairman of the Treaty Tribes Coalition, said from Waipatu Marae today. See... Hui Taumata Sends Clear Message To The Government [1] . See also... Derek Fox Hui Taumata Speech [2] , Harry Mikaere Hui Taumata Opening Presentation [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00044.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00046.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00045.htm


First The TV License… Now…

- The group that successfully campaigned for the abolition of the broadcasting tax this year says its push to make Governments and bureaucrats accountable to the New Zealand people is only just beginning. See... Anti-TV Licence Campaign Crusaders Celebrate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00040.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Minor Cabinet Reshuffle Announced

- Helen Clark said that her main concern was to relieve workload pressures on the Leader of the House, Michael Cullen, and the Deputy Leader of the House, Mark Burton, who also carry heavy portfolio responsibilities. See... PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios [1] . REACTION - NATIONAL - Cabinet reshuffle an ineffectual non-event [2] - MICHAEL CULLEN - Cullen welcomes Swain aboard [3] - GEORGE HAWKINS - Changes to Ministerial Portfolios Announced [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00205.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00214.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00212.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00211.htm


NZ’s Biosecurity Compromised

- Following revelations today broadcast on Radio New Zealand concerning NZ biosecurity lapses Federated Farmers Acting President Tom Lambie has called on the Government to ensure that its biosecurity agencies have both adequate funding and tightened management procedures. See... Biosecurity Failures Must Be Halted: Fed Farmers [1] . Meanwhile MAF says internal management audit mechanisms – which revealed the problems - are designed to find fault and prompt improvements. See... MAF internal audits designed to find faults [2] . REACTION - GREEN - NZ facing serious biosecurity threat [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00048.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00049.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00207.htm

MPs Full Of Praise For Samoa’s Favourite Son

- ‘New Zealanders are all very proud of what he has achieved, particularly our Samoan community,’ said Mr Gosche. See... We’re Proud Of You David Tua [1] and Tua Bout A Very Proud Pacific Moment [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00204.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00201.htm

Fiji Information Minister Labels NZ PM “Despicable”

- The Prime Minister of New Zealand Ms. Helen Clarke and the Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff have come under heavy fire from the interim regime in Fiji. See... NZ PM And Foreign Affairs Minister Are Despicable [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0011/S00088.htm

Libertarianz Want Fair Trial For Bad Blood Health Ministers

- Libertarianz Health Deregulation spokesman Richard McGrath wants Helen Clark and Simon Upton made accountable for the fatal decision not to screen blood supplies for hepatitis C in the 1990s. “Our party has repeatedly highlighted Mr Upton's part in allowing 250 people to become infected with this nasty virus. See... Libz Want Fair Trial For Clark And Upton [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00042.htm


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