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JUST POLITICS
Health CEO Bonus Sent For Audit
Local Authority Election Reporting
TVNZ To Get Its Own Act Of Parliament
What’s In A Name For TVNZ In Tough TV Market?
Time Out Called On Court Fee Increases
Relations Between Hawkins & Police Commissioner Dysfunctional
Hasler Calls For Some Perspective In Soy Sauce Scare
Maori Must Be Part Of Knowledge Economy
NZ Ambassador To Iran Announced
Correction’s Mobster Appointed To Reinforce Status Quo
Hobbs Talks to Vets & Ecucators
Air NZ Sale: Stop Teasing And Lift The Cap
Seize The Moment For Cleaner Diesel

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Howard’s End: Trouble In The Justice System
Anti-GE Protestors Target Starbucks
Frustration At Lack Of Progress On Maori TV
Positive Breast Screening Report Good News
Govt Needs To Ask Wahid The Tough Questions
Feedback: Li’l ‘Ol Singapore’s Big Defence Buy
Hamilton Vivisection Conference Protested
Drugs Cost NZ Socially & Economically, Says Anderton

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JUST POLITICS

Health CEO Bonus Sent For Audit

- State Services Minister Trevor Mallard said he has referred the matter of a payment made by Waitemata Health to its chief executive, to the Auditor General. See... District Health Board Payments [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00371.htm


Local Authority Election Reporting

- Local Government Minister Sandra Lee said today the news media would be free to report on this year’s local authority elections without any suggestion of a need to seek candidates’ approval for any reported comments about themselves. See... Media freedom to report local authority elections [1] and earlier ACT comment Lee Drags Heels Over Media Gagging Provisions [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00370.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00361.htm


TVNZ To Get Its Own Act Of Parliament

- TVNZ will be re-established under its own legislation as a crown owned company, the Minister of Broadcasting, Marian Hobbs, announced today. This will enable TVNZ to give priority to fulfilling its charter while maintaining its financial performance. See... TVNZ to be charter-focused crown company [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00368.htm

What’s In A Name For TVNZ In Tough TV Market?

- United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says today's expected Cabinet decisions to turn TVNZ into a Crown company and retain BCL will do nothing to secure TVNZ's long-term future in today's television market. See... TVNZ Decisions Will Do Nothing To Secure Future [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00359.htm

Time Out Called On Court Fee Increases

- “I have listened, and with the agreement of Cabinet, decided to put the proposed increase in court fees on hold for three months,” says Minister for Courts Matt Robson. See... Minister calls for 'time out' [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00367.htm


Relations Between Hawkins & Police Commissioner Dysfunctional

- The latest war of wills between the meddling George Hawkins and the Commissioner of Police over whether or not there will be another search in the Tory Channel raises questions about the state of the relationship between the two, National's Police Spokesman Tony Ryall said today. See... SSC steps into Police Minister vs Commissioner [1] . See also... Police Must Assist Hope And Smart Families [2] and Ben & Olivia [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00353.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00343.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00344.htm


Hasler Calls For Some Perspective In Soy Sauce Scare

- National's Consumer Affairs spokesperson Marie Hasler says the Ministry of Health's proposal to impose a complete ban on the importation of soy sauce may be taking things too far. See... Reality Check Needed Over Soy Sauce [1] and Soy Saucery [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00363.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0106/S00051.htm


Maori Must Be Part Of Knowledge Economy

- We must make the most of the abundant talent of New Zealanders and we must disperse the benefits of knowledge widely and fairly. Maori have a vital contribution to make, and just as much to gain. See... Maori And Science - Pete Hodgson Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00362.htm

NZ Ambassador To Iran Announced

- New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran will be Niels Holm, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... Goff Announces New Ambassador To Iran [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00360.htm


Correction’s Mobster Appointed To Reinforce Status Quo

- THaving a gang criminal advise on prisons and corrections policy “is not necessarily silly”, says Act Justice Spokesman, Stephen Franks. “We could support it. Everyone has heard of setting a thief to catch a thief, poacher turned gamekeeper etc.” See... Govt Seeking Corrections Advice From Wrong Sources [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00358.htm


Hobbs Talks to Vets & Ecucators

- Gives me an opportunity to acknowledge the partnership, which exists between MAF's biosecurity operations and yourselves as veterinarians. See... Veterinary Association Conference - Hobbs Speech [1] and Adult And Community Education Assn - Hobbs Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00357.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00356.htm


Air NZ Sale: Stop Teasing And Lift The Cap

- “The Government's coyness on its willingness to raise the cap on single foreign airline investment in Air New Zealand is on the verge of teasing,” National's Transport spokesperson Belinda Vernon said today. See... National offers to help open door for Air NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00355.htm


Seize The Moment For Cleaner Diesel

- The opportunity to introduce low-sulphur diesel for the large Auckland market is one not to be missed, National's Transport spokesperson Belinda Vernon said today. See... Time of the essence in diesel debate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00354.htm

TOP SCOOPS

Howard’s End: Trouble In The Justice System

- Judicial tantrums, rudeness, rolling their eyes, shaking their heads, belittling comments in front of clients and comments to clients families; this is a system in crisis with the public the meat in the sandwich. Justice be damned! See... Howard's End: Justice Be Damned! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00127.htm


Anti-GE Protestors Target Starbucks

- Consumer, environmental, and social justice activists in Auckland, Christchurch and Nelson and scores of other cities from other nations such as UK, Canada, Australia, and Japan, are simultaneously leafleting and staging protests in front of Starbucks coffee shops, demanding they remove genetically engineered ingredients from the company's brand-name products. Meanwhile, a US, ABC News survey of 1,024 adults between June 13-17 2001 found a whopping 93% of the people surveyed indicated they want labels on genetically engineered foods. See... Fair Trade and Green Campaigners target STARBUCKS [1] . See also… Bio-Devastation Conference Actions Planned [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00089.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00088.htm


Frustration At Lack Of Progress On Maori TV

- The Te Reo Maori Television Trust, Te Awhiorangi, today expressed grave concern at what it says is a continued wall of silence and inaction by Government regarding the establishment of a Maori television channel. See... Maori Television Trust Says Progress Hamstrung [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00087.htm


Positive Breast Screening Report Good News

- A recently released report into the long-term benefits of breast screening programmes is good news for women, according to The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. See... Screening Report Is Good News For NZ Women [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0106/S00054.htm

Govt Needs To Ask Wahid The Tough Questions

- Green Party Foreign Affairs spokesperson Keith Locke wants the West Papuan issue raised with Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid when he visits here this week. See... Gov't should raise West Papua with Wahid [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00352.htm


Feedback: Li’l ‘Ol Singapore’s Big Defence Buy

- While not wishing to reopen the seemingly "lost cause" debate on defence, recent purchases announced by "the tiny city-state of Singapore" must have our defence wizards wondering how they got it so wrong. See... Singapore Goes Pro-Active [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00126.htm


Hamilton Vivisection Conference Protested

- Animal rights activists are converging on Hamilton this week to protest against a vivisection conference See... Protests Planned For Vivisection Conference [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00090.htm


Drugs Cost NZ Socially & Economically, Says Anderton

- Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton today said that Treatment Works Week is a good time to focus on addressing the drain on our community and economy from alcohol and drug addiction. See... Anderton concerned at costs of untreated addiction [1] and Launch of Treatment Works week- Anderton Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00349.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00348.htm


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