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City Voice Folds After 8 Years Of Independent News
Teen Drinking Problem Out Of Control
Lee Rejects Japan’s South Pacific Whale Sanctuary Objection
Stopping Violence Services Supports Court Review
Guidelines For Industrial Relations Released
Unresolved Parry Issues Demand Select Committee Inquiry
Charities Tax Detrimental To Fundraising
Asset Testing Promise Out The Window – ACT
Changes To RMA Can’t Come Too Soon – ACT
Cullen Meets Standard & Poor’s & Singapore Airlines

TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Keith Rankin: NZ An Economic Province Of America
Climate Change Consequences For NZ Serious
Auckland Focus For International Mobil Protest
Howard’s End: Cullen Speech Makes NZ Look Stupid
Future Lefts: Thanks Ruth For Cutting Through The Crap
Steve Maherey More Slippery Than A Nylon Suit
Act On Compliance Cost Recommendations, Govt Urged


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City Voice Folds After 8 Years Of Independent News

- City Voice Media Ltd. announced today that last week’s City Voice (5 July, 2001) was the last one to be published by the company and no plans are being made to re-initiate publication. See... City Voice Media Ltd. ceases publishing City Voice [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0107/S00035.htm


Teen Drinking Problem Out Of Control

- It is now almost two years since Parliament, in a collective rush of blood to the head, voted in favour of lowering the drinking age to 18, and moving the de facto drinking age to 15. This has got to be one of the dumbest things that has ever come out of the Wellington Establishment—and that’s saying something! See... Teen Drinking—Stop The Madness! [1] . See also… Drinking Age And The National Alcohol Strategy - ALAC [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00210.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00026.htm


Lee Rejects Japan’s South Pacific Whale Sanctuary Objection

- Conservation Minister Sandra Lee has rejected claims today by Japan's Fisheries Agency that the joint New Zealand-Australia proposal at this year's International Whaling Commission in London for a South Pacific whale sanctuary is "frivolous" and threatens the existence of the IWC. See… NZ support of whale protection consistent with IWC [1] and NZ Should Leave Whale Sanctuary Proposal At Home – Japan Govt [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00197.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00035.htm


Stopping Violence Services Supports Court Review

- Stopping Violence Services welcomes the announcement that the Law Commission is reviewing the Courts System. See... Support For Family Court [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00031.htm


Guidelines For Industrial Relations Released

- A new publication released today will help employers, managers, employees and unions meet their obligations to act in good faith. See... Preventing & Fixing Workplace Problems – New Guide [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00201.htm


Unresolved Parry Issues Demand Select Committee Inquiry

- National's Northland MP John Carter today requested a full select committee inquiry into the many unresolved issues surrounding Dr Graham Parry - the disgraced Northland gynaecologist who recently won the battle to resume practising in the region. See... Northland MP requests Dr Parry inquiry [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00191.htm


Charities Tax Detrimental To Fundraising

- In the Government's discussion document, "Tax & Charities", the government proposes to tax the trading income of charities to the extent that it is not distributed to charity in the current year. This has a huge impact on the ability of charities to build up capital funds. See... Trading Income Of Charities [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00198.htm


Asset Testing Promise Out The Window – ACT

- It's clear the government is now set to renege on its pre-election promise to cancel asset-testing on long-stay care in rest homes and private hospitals, ACT deputy leader Ken Shirley says. See... Government Set To Renege on Asset-Testing Promise [1] MORE: - Hunt Healthcare - New Zealand’s Most Needy Disadvantaged [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00196.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00034.htm


Changes To RMA Can’t Come Too Soon – ACT

- ACT deputy leader Ken Shirley has welcomed the report of the panel looking at ways to cut red tape to business and fast-track changes to the Resource Management Act. See... RMA Needs Major Surgery [1] and Taskforce criticises anti-growth policies - Nats [2] . See also… Panel's Plans to Reduce RMA Public Participation - ECO [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00195.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00192.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00028.htm


Cullen Meets Standard & Poor’s & Singapore Airlines

- Minister of Finance Michael Cullen said he had a good exchange of views with Standard and Poor's Asian headquarters in Singapore. See... Cullen meets Standard & Poors and SIA [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00193.htm

TOP SCOOPS

Keith Rankin: NZ An Economic Province Of America

- Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney wants New Zealand to join the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). The reality is that we are in many respects already an economic province of North America. That need not be a bad thing. See... Keith Rankin: An American-Pacific Commonwealth? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00070.htm


Climate Change Consequences For NZ Serious

- Climate change is serious and will have implications for all New Zealanders says a new report released today by Pete Hodgson, Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change. See... Significant NZ climate change impacts predicted [1] and Executive Summary [2] MORE: - ACT - Hodgson: The End Of The World Is Nigh! [3] - Federated Farmers - Kyoto Protocol Economically Irresponsible For NZ [4] - Greens - Climate Report Shows Kyoto Ratification 'A Must' [5] - Libz - Mad Kyoto Disease Infects Greenpeace Members [6] - Govt - NZ Intentions Unchanged On Kyoto Protocol [7] - Wind Energy Association - IEA Involvement Squashes NZ Renewables [8] - Govt - Energy Agency Reviews NZ Energy Policy [9] - C.D. Sludge - Sludge Report #96 – If Life Is A River [10] - Sludge Feedback - Sludge Feedback: Fear Not, There’s Oil A Plenty [11]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00203.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00202.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00214.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00035.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00209.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00032.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00199.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00033.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00178.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00064.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00065.htm


Auckland Focus For International Mobil Protest

- Auckland Regional Council Chairman Philip Warren is urging New Zealanders to join in today’s International Day of Action Against Mobil. See... “Kiwis Urged To Join Day Of Action Against Mobil” [1] and Auckland Greens Picket Mobil [2] MORE MOBIL PROTEST ACTION: - Mobil - Protest Action [3] - Nelson Environment Centre - Centre joins global day of action [4] - Greenpeace - Greenpeace Joins Mobil International Action Day [5] - Action Day - ExxonMobil (Esso) International Day Of Action [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0107/S00020.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00181.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00036.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00029.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00027.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00031.htm


Howard’s End: Cullen Speech Makes NZ Look Stupid

- At the same time that Finance Minister, Dr Michael Cullen was calling Singapore "one of Asia's shining stars", Singapore became the first Southeast Asian country to officially slip into recession. Somebody on his staff should be sacked for this speech because New Zealand now looks out of touch and stupid. See... Howard's End: Economic Ilitrisee [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00071.htm


Future Lefts: Thanks Ruth For Cutting Through The Crap

- The skirts have been short, the mouths have been mealy, and the issues have been avoided - until yesterday that was. Finally then, someone testifying actually got to the heart of the case. See... Future Lefts - "Rank-incompetence" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00030.htm


Steve Maherey More Slippery Than A Nylon Suit

- Steve Maharey's slippery statements about Christine Rankin and the merger of WINZ with the Ministry of Social Policy expose a man evasive to the point of disbelief, ACT MP Muriel Newman said today. See... Steve Maharey Let Down by His Memory 24 Times [1] and Labour goes to great lengths to conceal facts - Shipley [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00205.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00194.htm


Act On Compliance Cost Recommendations, Govt Urged

- Business is giving the Ministerial Panel on cutting compliance costs the biggest thumbs up possible, the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) says. See... Roar Of Approval For Business Compliance Cutting [1] and Compliance Report Requires Prompt Action – Business NZ [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00094.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00089.htm


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