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Top Scoops & Just Politics (Catchup Edition)

FRIDAY+WEEKEND TOP SCOOPS AND JUST POLITICS (CATCHUP EDITION...)

FROM THE WEEKEND
Qantas NZ Shuts Up Shop – Ansett Oz To Ride Again
Wellington Airport Says It Was Just One Of Many Qantas Creditors
Super 12 Rugby: Brumbies Broken t‘Brook

FRIDAY'S TOP SCOOPS
John Howard: Skimping On Competitive Intelligence May Have Cost Air NZ
Delegates, Journalists & Protesters Converge For Summit Of Americas
Wellington’s Carnival Against Capitalism Returns For Mayday 2001
Sludge Report: Two Planes NZ Could Ask For From China
Guy’s World: Seeing The Music
Jedi Email Emanates From The Dark Side
Tibet Target Too Easy For Sermonising Goff
Grudging Praise As DWI Pulls Its Socks Up
Todd Task Force Member Pans NZ Super Bill
NCEA Threatens $700m International Student Industry

JUST POLITICS
Maharey Offers Foster Carers Warm Fuzzies & Promise Of Improved Assistance
Firemen’s Expectations As Out Of Date As Their Moustaches
Commissioner Should Attend Honey Money Conference
NZ Frigate Returns To Solomons
Select Committee Week
Recycling & Reusing Unwanted Mobiles
Shirley Sees More Options For Tauranga Roading
Matt Robson Maori Land Court Speech
Tino Rangatiratanga & Free Trade Don’t Mix

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WEEKEND TOP SCOOPS

Qantas NZ Shuts Up Shop – Ansett Oz To Ride Again

- Qantas New Zealand's operator Tasman Pacific has gone into receivership leaving the airline's fleet on the ground and passengers stranded as of today, 21 April. Earlier this month Qantas Airways Limited had entered discussions to purchase the franchise. Qantas New Zealand services grind to a halt [1] . Meanwhile across the ditch Ansett Australia will not be issued with a formal 'Show Cause Notice' by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Australian Government says. See… Ansett's reform package approved [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00110.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00109.htm


Wellington Airport Says It Was Just One Of Many Qantas Creditors

- Wellington International Airport understands that Tasman Pacific Airlines Ltd (TPA), operators of Qantas New Zealand ceased to provide services from 10PM last night. See.. Airport Comment On Qantas NZ Cessation Of Service [1] . See also… Draft WIAL April 24th Press Release And April 20th Letter To Qantas [2] and WIAL and Qantas Liquidation Fact Sheet [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0104/S00144.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0104/S00146.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0104/S00145.htm


Super 12 Rugby: Brumbies Broken t‘Brook

- DRIVEN on by a front five hell-bent on domination the Highlanders overcame the odds to upset the favoured Brumbies 16-9 in a rugged tussle at Carisbrook Friday night. HIGHLANDERS break Brumbies in 'brook battle. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00108.htm


FRIDAY'S TOP SCOOPS

John Howard: Skimping On Competitive Intelligence May Have Cost Air NZ

- The recent grounding on safety issues of 10 Ansett Australia Boeing 767's, owned by Air NZ, could likely have been avoided if Ansett had perhaps spent around $50,000 in the past year. See... Howard's End: Competitive Intelligence [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00105.htm


Delegates, Journalists & Protesters Converge For Summit Of Americas

- The Summit of the Americas starts tomorrow in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Acknowledged as a World Heritage City by UNESCO, it may well gain notoriety of a different kind if violent demonstrations similar to those in Seattle in 1999 and Prague last year, take place this weekend. Kiwi correspondent Kevin Loughlin is there. See... Eerie And Uneasy Calm At Summit Of Americas [1] . See also… LINKS: Summit Of Americas Confrontation Expected [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00104.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00103.htm


Wellington’s Carnival Against Capitalism Returns For Mayday 2001

- Mayday has been adopted by the workers’ movement as the day to celebrate the general strike for an 8 hour day led by the anarchist Haymarket Matyrs who were executed in 1886. Last Mayday saw huge demonstrations & strikes all around the world. See... Statement By Wellington Mayday Activists [1] . See also ... MAYDAY2K+1: Preparation Day This Saturday [2] and MAYDAY2K+1: Posters [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00060.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00057.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00056.htm


Sludge Report: Two Planes NZ Could Ask For From China

-It has recently occurred to Sludge that NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark, seemingly the most popular Westerner to visit China in recent times, could perhaps play a role in the return of the United States missing spy plane. See... Sludge Report #59 - Planes To Ask China For [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00106.htm


Guy’s World: Seeing The Music

- There are three different types of learners, broadcaster Sue Scott told me: visual learners, auditory learners and tactile/kinesthetic learners. See... Guy’s World: From The Mouths Of Musos [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00107.htm


Jedi Email Emanates From The Dark Side

- Could the ‘Jedi’ census email that swept New Zealand and moved on to Australia and the UK be a cheap marketing scam by Lucasfilm? Citizens Against Corporate Scams thinks so. See... Stuffing The Census [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0104/S00136.htm


Tibet Target Too Easy For Sermonising Goff

- While Helen Clark is off playing Dowager Empress in the Forbidden City, Phil Goff seems to be conducting a New Age foreign policy on China for the Greens. See... Goff sermonising China over Tibet [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00298.htm


Grudging Praise As DWI Pulls Its Socks Up

- Improvements in the handling of loans and allowances by the Department of Work & Income have been welcomed by Victoria University Students' Association Welfare Vice President Fleur Fitzsimons. See... Students Cautious In Praise Of WINZ [1] and Student loan improvements - trouble-free enrolment [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0104/S00015.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00293.htm


Todd Task Force Member Pans NZ Super Bill

- A former member of the 1992 Todd Task Force has dismissed the New Zealand Superannuation Bill as an attempted “political fix”. Michael Littlewood presented his submission to Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Select Committee this morning at a hearing in Auckland. See... Former Task Force Member Pans NZ Super Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00062.htm


NCEA Threatens $700m International Student Industry

- Foreign exchange earnings of $700 million are at risk under the Education Minister's proposals for secondary school qualifications, National's Education spokesperson Gerry Brownlee said today. See... Education export sector at risk under NCEA [1] and Qualification Mess Estimated To Cost NZ $200m – Concerned Teachers [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00297.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0104/S00017.htm

JUST POLITICS

Maharey Offers Foster Carers Warm Fuzzies & Promise Of Improved Assistance

- Congratulations were the order of the day this morning as Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey addressed the Silver Jubliee conference of the New Zealand Family and Foster Care Federation. See... Maharey Congratulates Family And Foster Care Fed [1] and Marking 25 Years Of Quality Care - Maharey Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00300.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00302.htm


Firemen’s Expectations As Out Of Date As Their Moustaches

- Paid firefighters' latest rejection of an employment contract offer highlights just how out of touch they are with other workplace practices, National's Internal Affairs spokesperson Lindsay Tisch said today. See... Firefighters union needs to come down from clouds [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00296.htm


Commissioner Should Attend Honey Money Conference

- The Commissioner of Inland Revenue should be attending the Green Dollar conference in Christchurch tomorrow - in fact he should be talking to the conference about tax issues and the Green Market, National's Revenue spokesperson Annabel Young said today. See... IRD Commissioner should attend Green Conference [1] MORE: - Libz - How Many MPs does it take to make a dollar? [2] - Nats - How many pots of honey does it take to paint roof? [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00295.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00053.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00233.htm


NZ Frigate Returns To Solomons

- The Government has approved the return to Solomon Islands next week of the Navy's frigate HMNZS Te Mana, the Minister of Defence Mark Burton announced today. See... Navy Returns To Solomon Islands [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00305.htm


Select Committee Week

- Select Committee Business From 12 April to 20 April 2001 Committee meetings There were three committee meetings this week: Two in the parliamentary complex and one in Auckland. See... Select Committee Business 12-20 April 2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00304.htm


Recycling & Reusing Unwanted Mobiles

- The Minister for the Environment, Marian Hobbs, has welcomed an initiative for a recycling scheme for mobile phone handsets, batteries and accessories. See... Mobiles Recycling Plan Welcomed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00303.htm


Shirley Sees More Options For Tauranga Roading

- ACT MP Ken Shirley is not satisfied that our local councils have adequately considered all funding options for the completion of the Tauranga strategic roading network. See... Road Funding Options Need To Be Examined [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00301.htm


Matt Robson Maori Land Court Speech

- Today marks an important milestone for Te Kooti Whenua Maori - the Maori Land Court. See... Launching Te Pouwhenua - Matt Robson Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00299.htm


Tino Rangatiratanga & Free Trade Don’t Mix

- Tino Rangatiratanga group Aotearoa Educators [AE!] says that despite the government's claims that they will start consultations regarding a trade and investment deal with Hong Kong the answer will still be ‘no’ to deals which sell off the country, its assets and dispossesses everyone. See... Send Helen The Message: Don't Destroy The Country [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00063.htm


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