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Keith Rankin: Should NZ First Be In Parliament?
Howard’s End: Qantas Lost On A Sticky Wicket
Tributes To Sir Robert Mahuta
Reaction To National Front Bench Reshuffle
National Front Bench Reshuffle, Creech Steps Down
Temptation Island Also A Kiwi Novel
Scoop Images: Mark Burton’s East Timor Visit
South Asian Guest Opinion: Indifference And Earthquakes
A Victory For Taiko Breeding Programme
Domestic Market Improvement Behind Revived Business Confidence


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Keith Rankin: Should NZ First Be In Parliament?

- With the Select Committee on MMP soon to present its findings, there is a sense that there will be no recommendations for major changes to our new electoral system, but possibly some 'token' concessions to appease those who, for many very different reasons, are not 100% satisfied with our present arrangements. See... Keith Rankin: Should NZ First be in Parliament? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0102/S00001.htm


Howard’s End: Qantas Lost On A Sticky Wicket

- Today's news that Qantas has decided against Auckland in favour of Brisbane to establish its Boeing 767 maintenance base comes as a shock. But was Auckland competing on a level playing field, was it provided fair chance and fair opportunity and could Auckland claim damages from Qantas if investigations proved this to be nothing more than a cynical industrial ploy? See... Howard’s End: Qantas Lost On A Sticky Wicket [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0102/S00004.htm


Tributes To Sir Robert Mahuta

- The Minister in Charge of Treaty Negotiations Margaret Wilson says Sir Robert Mahuta will be remembered both for his major achievements on behalf of the Tainui people and his enduring contribution to the Crown-Maori relationship itself. See... Sir Robert Mahuta [1] and Tribute To Sir Robert Mahuta [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00013.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00004.htm

Reaction To National Front Bench Reshuffle

- Labour Cabinet Minister Pete Hodgson said today that the National Party's reshuffle highlighted the paucity of talent on the opposition bench while leaving its biggest problem, its leadership, untouched. See... Tragic Nats' Sorry Shuffle [1] MORE: - National Now Officially Two-Tongued On Super [2] - National Fails Disabled People Again [3] - National Gets "Serious" About Auckland Transport? [4] - Sowry Tries Out Old Shoes Again [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00178.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00007.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00005.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00003.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00181.htm


TO RECAP: National Front Bench Reshuffle, Creech Steps Down

- National Leader Jeny Shipley has announced the shadow portfolios in National's reshuffled front bench. See... National Reshuffle Announced [1] . Meanwhile, Deputy Leader Rt Hon Wyatt Creech today announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2002 and is therefore stepping down as National's Deputy Leader. Bill English has announced he will contest the position, as has newly promoted front bencher Gerry Brownlee. See... Rt Hon Wyatt Creech [2] - Hon Bill English [3] - Roger Sowry Will Not Contest Deputy Leadership [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00177.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00170.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00171.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00179.htm


Temptation Island Also A Kiwi Novel

- New Zealand writer Graeme Lay, of Devonport, disclaims any connection between his latest novel, Temptation Island, and a new American television series with the same title, which has just begun screening on TV3. See... New Zealand Novelist Dismayed By Title Duplication [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0102/S00001.htm


Scoop Images: Mark Burton’s East Timor Visit

- Images from Defence Minister Mark Burton’s visit to East Timor, 31 Jan/1 Feb 2001. MPs Hon Judith Tizard (Central Auckland) and Simon Power (Rangitikei), and Mayor of Palmerston North, Jill White, accompanied the Minister. See... Scoop Images: Mark Burton In East Timor [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0102/S00003.htm


South Asian Guest Opinion: Indifference And Earthquakes

- Once again, South Asian nations have shown their extreme insensitivity towards fellow beings. We so called hospitable people are not bothering ourselves to help earthquake victims. See... Guest Opinion: Indifference And Earthquakes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0102/S00002.htm


A Victory For Taiko Breeding Programme

- The Minister of Conservation, Hon Sandra Lee, announced from the Chatham Islands today that there has been significant progress in the recovery programme there for the taiko, one of the world's rarest seabirds. See... Success For One Of The World's Rarest Seabirds [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00006.htm


Domestic Market Improvement Behind Revived Business Confidence

- “Better than expected sales on the domestic market and improved profit expectations were the main factors in the improvement in manufacturers business confidence in the December quarter WestpacTrust Manufacturers Business Opinion Survey”, said David Moloney, President of the New Zealand Manufacturers Federation. See... Improvement in Domestic Market Exceeds Expectation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0101/S00122.htm

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