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Scoop: Top Scoops (FINAL EDITION FOR 2001!)

... Please note today's is the final regular daily headline email for 2001. The service will resume in full on 21st January. A skeleton service will be provided over the break. Till then.... take care & have a very merry Christmas.

TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here!
Argentina’s President Resigns Amid IMF Caused Riots
Howard’s End: Where Are You Dr Brash?
Motornet: Saab’s Wagon Of Distinction
Gandalf Raises $3000 For VSA
Guy’s World: Middle Earth Buzzes
Woolworths No Longer For Sale
Update On The Slow Growing NZ Economy
The Hidden Side Of The War Against Terror
Christmas Weather: What’s In The Skies Far & Wide
Scoop Columnists Thoughts For Christmas
Scoop Update: Season’s Greetings
Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Sanctions Against Fiji Lifted
Liquor, Kids, Local Government And Legislative Bungling
Water Pressure Group Waiting For MPs Answers
SOS To The Court Of Appeal
Questions For Helen
Turia In The Firing Line Again
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
Auckland Welcomes Development Boost
Lateral Compensation For Waihi Collapse Victims
More Misguided Missiles
Ngati Tama Approve Treaty Settlement
Sir Tipene Leaves Fisheries Commission

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Hard News Is Here!

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... well, I was going to wrap up the Hard News year with an artful survey of events. Some musings on war, art and politics, perhaps. But it's Christmas week and I'm shattered so I'll concentrate on what's really pissing me ... See... HARD NEWS 21/12/01 - Bringing Back the Birch [1] . The next edition of Hard News is expected in early February. MORE ON BIRCH AND AUCKLAND - WPG - Oppose The Birch/ NZBRT Agenda! [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00123.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00107.htm


Argentina’s President Resigns Amid IMF Caused Riots

- President de la rua of Argentina has just resigned following protests at massive spending cuts imposed by IMF. New Zealander Catherine Cecilia has shared her reactions to events during the last days in chronological order. See... Eyewitness Account Of Events In Buenos Aires [1] . See also the COHA's view... Argentina's Upheaval [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00124.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00169.htm


Howard’s End: Where Are You Dr Brash?

- The Reserve Bank of Australia has produced a report which exposes bank tactics in hiding fees, setting prices collectively and heavily promoting credit cards because they make the most profit for the banks, not because they are the best product for consumers. Calling New Zealand Reserve Bank Chairman Dr Brash, calling Dr Don Brash, where are you Dr Brash? Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: Who’s Watching The Bankers? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00120.htm


Motornet: Saab’s Wagon Of Distinction

- People tend to buy wagons for lifestyle reasons, not because they look better than their sedan cousins... but in the case of the Saab 9-5, many would argue the wagon wins the style war. See... Motornet: Saab's country Estate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00122.htm


Gandalf Raises $3000 For VSA

- Volunteer Service Abroad has raised approximately NZD$3000 in its Christmas charity auction of a copy of the Lord of The Rings illustrated and signed by Allan Lees, and signed by Lord of The Rings Director Peter Jackson. See... VSA Raises $3000 In Middle Earth Charity Auction [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00121.htm


Guy’s World: Middle Earth Buzzes

- It’s 12.01am, I’m in geek heaven and I’m loving it. It’s the first Australasian public screening of the Fellowship of the Ring. The hardcore fans are kitted out in their pointy ears and armour. All in the theatre sense several years of anticipation about to be well and truly satiated as Peter Jackson’s epic recreation of The Lord of the Rings’ first book unfolds onscreen. See... Guy’s World: Premiere Night In Middle Earth [1] see also... Scoop Images: LOTR Opens In New York [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00112.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00114.htm


Woolworths No Longer For Sale

- 20th December 2001 - Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited today announced that, following a review of options for Woolworths New Zealand Limited, it has confirmed its intention to retain the business and will hold no further discussions with parties ... See... Dairy Farm To Retain Woolworths New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0112/S00159.htm


Update On The Slow Growing NZ Economy

- There was little change in the level of economic activity in the September 2001 quarter, according to information released today by Statistics New Zealand. Gross domestic product increased 0.2 percent, following the 1.8 percent growth recorded in the June Quarter. See... Small Increase In Economic Activity [1] MORE: - Michael Cullen - GDP steady - Cullen [2] - Deutsche Bank - Current Account and IIP - Q3 2001 [3] - Deutsche Bank - GDP (Q3), Merchandise Trade (Nov) and Confidence [4] - Statistics NZ - Imports Static [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0112/S00149.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00436.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0112/S00158.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0112/S00152.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0112/S00148.htm


The Hidden Side Of The War Against Terror

- As the world focuses on the new Interim Authority in Kabul and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the human cost to Afghan civilians is going virtually unnoticed, Amnesty International delegates returned from a mission to Afghan refugees camps on the Afghan ... See... Afghanistan: The hidden human face of the war [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00170.htm


Christmas Weather: What’s In The Skies Far & Wide

- The following are long range forecasts from the NOAA Supercomputer for Christmas and New Year’s weather, here in NZ, in the US, Europe and Middle East. For Christmas/New Year's weather forecasts for other parts of the globe please make a request to editor@scoop.co.nz. See… Christmas & New Years Weather Here & There


Scoop Columnists Thoughts For Christmas

- What really matters at this time, as you and I know, has little to do with politics, war or strife, and lots to do with little boys and girls and Christmas gifts. See... Howard's End: Count The Blessings [1] - KEITH RANKIN - Keith Rankin: Rankinomics [2] - DAVE CRAMPTON - Big News: Spelling Christmas with an X [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00115.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00111.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00113.htm


Scoop Update: Season’s Greetings

- In This Edition: Good Tidings Of Great Joy – To The Barricades - Calling all Cultural Patriots (With The Ultimate LOTR Christmas Present!) – The Plan - And.... The Secret of Scoop’s Success. See... Scoop Update #9 – Good Tidings Of Great Joy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00107.htm


Katya Rivas

- This morning you have reviewed My Passion, the love story written with My Blood. You write stories with ink, but I have written Mine with My Blood. It was written: He has saved others and He cannot save Himself. If He is King, let Him come down ... See... Katya Rivas: I Must Save Religious Souls [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00119.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Sanctions Against Fiji Lifted

- New Zealand will remove sanctions against Fiji immediately following a decision by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to lift Fiji’s suspension from the Councils of the Commonwealth, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said. See... Fiji sanctions following Commonwealth decision [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00431.htm


Liquor, Kids, Local Government And Legislative Bungling

- Every public place in New Zealand is, as of today, an alcohol-free area under a law rushed through Parliament yesterday, and signed this afternoon by the Governor-General, says Nelson MP Nick Smith. See... Nonsense alcohol ban becomes law [1] MORE: - Green Party - Greens give warning on alcohol ban bill [2] - NZ First - NZ First Re: Liquor Bill [3] - Medical Association - NZMA calls for enforcement of drinking age [4] - Local Government NZ - Prohibition of Liquor [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00439.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00434.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00425.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00112.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00111.htm


Water Pressure Group Waiting For MPs Answers

- 2002 is election year. Back on 30 January 2001, the Water Pressure Group (Auckland) asked you all a very simple, straightforward question. Was the Papakura District Council franchise with United Water privatisation yes or no? See... Open Letter To All Labour Party MPs [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00110.htm


SOS To The Court Of Appeal

- As you may have heard, we have decided to appeal Justice Heron's decision striking out the Campaign's challenge to the Government's decision to scrap the Air Combat Force. See... Skyhawks Court Of Appeal Challenge [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00108.htm


Questions For Helen

- *Why did you stop Singapore Airlines investing hundreds of millions of dollars into Air NZ earlier this year, BEFORE the company ran into problems? See... Questions that Helen Clark hasn't answered in 2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00441.htm


Turia In The Firing Line Again

- Papers released today by the Minister of Social Services show Associate Corrections Minister Tariana Turia was not only continually interfering in the prison service but with the Child Youth and Family service as well, says National's Police Spokesperson . See... Turia at it again [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00440.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- There were 13 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex. See... Select Committee Business to 21st December [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00438.htm


Auckland Welcomes Development Boost

- The Auckland region is to receive Industry New Zealand regional development partnership funding that recognises its size and unique characteristics. See… Regional partnership for Auckland [1] and EMA (Northern)… Business hits a Christmas week jackpot [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00437.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0112/S00155.htm


Lateral Compensation For Waihi Collapse Victims

- “The government and the Earthquake Commission have engaged in some lateral thinking to compensate victims of the Waihi land collapse,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Govt and EQC “think laterally” for Waihi residents [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00435.htm


More Misguided Missiles

- Green Party defence spokesperson Keith Locke is questioning Defence Force priorities, in the wake of revelations that more money will have to be spent to make a $23 million missile system useable. See... Missiles way off target [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00433.htm


Ngati Tama Approve Treaty Settlement

- The Crown and representatives of Ngati Tama (north Taranaki) have signed a Deed of Settlement following a 98% vote in favour of the proposal by members of Ngati Tama. 61% of eligible members cast a vote. See... Ngati Tama settlement signed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00423.htm


Sir Tipene Leaves Fisheries Commission

- The Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission (Te Ohu Kai Moana) said today that Sir Tipene O’Regan has announced he will retire as chairman of Sealord Group Limited at the end of January 2002. See... Sir Tipene O’Regan Retires From Sealord Chair [1] . See also... Big Changes Needed To Marine Farming Proposals [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00115.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00113.htm

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