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JUST POLITICS
Jim’s Bank Gets A Name
Four Weeks Annual Leave (If Labour Is Relected) – Paid Parental Leave Now
Carter Holt Harvey Seeks Kyoto Slowdown
ACT New Party Manager
Sandra Lee Images: Tussock Mountain High
Labour Party Election Snub Indicates Cross Ditch Defence Wobbles
How Many Black Widow’s Are Needed For A Ban?
GE Committee Proposal

NZ POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Howards End: The Rub For Entrepreneurial Coasters
Images: Whaling Protest At Japanese Consulate
WTO Doha Meeting Briefing
New NZ Military Assets Not To Be Used Militarily - Alliance
Peace Movement Aotearoa Short Of Cash!

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Jim’s Bank Gets A Name

- “The Kiwibank with its new board is a solid foundation for the new nationwide bank owned for and by New Zealanders,” Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton said today. See... Anderton welcomes Kiwibank [1] . See also NZ Post…. Name Of New Bank Announced [2] and NZ Post Appoints Board For Proposed New Bank [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00078.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00032.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00031.htm


Four Weeks Annual Leave (If Labour Is Relected) – Paid Parental Leave Now

- Labour Minister Margaret Wilson says a report on the Holidays Act from a joint union-employer advisory group will allow good progress to be made on a “complex and difficult” area of employment relationships. See... Good Progress on Holidays Act Review [1] . See also Laila Harre… Four Weeks Annual Leave On Alliance Agenda [2] and National… Political Deal Over Parental Leave Scheme? [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00073.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00066.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00065.htm


Carter Holt Harvey Seeks Kyoto Slowdown

- With the world staring down the barrel of a recession the government has to pull back its timetable for ratification of the Kyoto Protocol Carter Holt Harvey’s Chief Operating Officer Jay Goodenbour said today. See... Government must address Kyoto threat [1] . See also…Hodgson to Morocco for climate talks [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00021.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00055.htm


ACT New Party Manager

- President of ACT New Zealand, Catherine Judd, today announced the appointment of Graham Watson as ACT Party Manager. See... ACT Appoints Experienced Political Operator [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00020.htm


Sandra Lee Images: Tussock Mountain High

- Photos from Friday's opening ceremony of the new Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park in Canterbury, which the Minister of Conservation presided over. See... Images: Sandra Lee Opens Tussocklands [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00077.htm


Labour Party Election Snub Indicates Cross Ditch Defence Wobbles

- The Australian Labour Party's decision to list New Zealand at the bottom of its regional defence priorities confirms again that New Zealand's defence policy has widened the Tasman between the two countries, National's Defence spokesperson Max Bradford said ... See... NZ defence links with Australia in trouble [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00076.htm


How Many Black Widow’s Are Needed For A Ban?

- Green MP Ian Ewen-Street today said imports of Californian grapes must be banned immediately, following the fourth black widow spider found in New Zealand last week. See... 1 black widow, 2 black widow, 3 black widow, 4... [1] and Black Widow Spider Found - MAF [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00075.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00037.htm


GE Committee Proposal

- National is proposing a special select committee be set up to oversee the Government's legislation on genetic engineering. See... National Calls For Special Committee On GE [1] MORE GE…: - Greens - Ministerial Double Standards On GE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00074.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00072.htm

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Howards End: The Rub For Entrepreneurial Coasters

- When Government paid the West Coast $120 million of taxpayer's money to halt native timber harvesting, optimism for new jobs was high. But a year on, the publicly-elected economic development trust who is charged with managing the money, has not held a public meeting or produced an agenda or minutes for public scrutiny. See... Howard's End: Show Us The Money! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00025.htm


Images: Whaling Protest At Japanese Consulate

- Giant eyeballs are protesting today at the Japanese consulate in Auckland imploring the Japanese Prime Minister not to send his whaling fleet to Antarctica to kill minke whales. See... Japanese Whalers At It Again [1] . See also... Progress Towards Commercial Whaling Resumption [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00023.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00027.htm


WTO Doha Meeting Briefing

– The WTO meets this coming weekend in Doha, Qatar, the following links contain all the information you might need about what is up, and what NZ plans to advocate at the meeting… - Jim Sutton - Next Week's WTO Meeting Crucial For New Zealand [1] - NZ Govt - Cabinet Paper: Negotiating Mandate For WTO Meeting [2] - NZ Govt - NZ Govt WTO Position - Enviro. and Trade Policies [3] - U.S. State Department - Qatar Country Report on Human Rights Practices [4] - WTO - Doha Ministerial - Draft Ministerial Declaration [5] - WTO - Doha Ministerial - Proposed Order Of Business [6] - WTO - Doha Ministerial - Tentative List Of Participants [7] - WTO - Doha Ministerial - Press Briefing (75 Pages!) [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00049.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00079.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00080.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00033.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00034.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00032.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00031.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00035.htm


Military Assets Not To Be Used Militarily - Alliance

The government is exploring with United Nations agencies measures to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. This re-emphasises New Zealand’s concern over the humanitarian situation, Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Matt Robson said today. See... Government emphasises humanitarian concerns [1] and Humanitarian focus on Afghanistan [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00061.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00060.htm

Peace Movement Aotearoa Short Of Cash!

- Can you help? We are desperately short of funds at this time - the immense sudden increase in our workload since 11 September has not only dramatically increased our costs, but has also caused a temporary halt to our usual fund raising efforts. See... Urgent PMA Appeal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00018.htm


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