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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Innovation Strategy Leads PM’s Opening Speech
Howard’s End: On Innovation
Sludge Report: Contemplative Rain For Ash Wednesday
“Guardians Of Taxpayer Money” Defend Funding
Eco-Economy: Common Currency & Control
Retail Sales Increased In December Quarter
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Intifadha Females
Trans-Tasman PM’s Meeting On Friday
Richard Prebble’s Letter From Wellington
Herbert S. “Pug” Winokur’s Vital Statistics

OTHER NEWS
$2 Billion Cost For Auckland Transport Inaction
ACT Calls For Govt To Release Kyoto Submissions
Franks Commentary On Sentencing & Parole Bill
Progress On Disability Issues
Open Skies Agreement To Benefit Traders & Travellers
Harre Launches Youth Strategy
Over 2000 Modern Apprentices
Minister Encouraging Submissions On Family Court

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Innovation Strategy Leads PM’s Opening Speech

- Just over two years ago, the Labour-Alliance Government set out its programme for this three year parliamentary term in the Speech from the Throne delivered by the Governor-General. See... Prime Minister's Statement To Parliament [1] . See also... Growing an innovative New Zealand [2] MORE: - ACT - No Goals... [3] - Innovative PR [4] - What About Education? [5] - Scoop - PM To Unveil Innovation Strategy [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00132.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00129.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00133.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00115.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00134.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00039.htm


Howard’s End: On Innovation

- The Prime Minister has announced an “innovation strategy” for the country which will see taskforces appointed and there is also to be an Innovate Conference in Christchurch in March. But can we handle innovation? Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: Inventors Don’t Sit On Committees [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00045.htm


Sludge Report: Contemplative Rain For Ash Wednesday

- Given the state of the atmosphere in the Occupied Territories of Palestine and Israel at present it is in Sludge’s view highly appropriate that NOAA supercomputer forecasts for the Holy Land for Ash Wednesday are the best evidence yet of intentional weather activity this column has been able to produce, i.e. the pictures are the prettiest and the timing of the cloudburst is the most impeccable yet observed. See... Sludge Report #124: Peace Rain In The Holy Land [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00044.htm


“Guardians Of Taxpayer Money” Defend Funding

- Mäori broadcasting funding agency Chairman Toby Curtis has hit out over criticism of the agency saying that his board stands by the processes it uses to reach its decisions. See... Mäori Funding Agency Stands Behind Funding Decision [1] MORE: - Richard Prebble - Tuku Audit A Waste Of Money [2] - Katherine Rich - Too Late to Scrutinise Hawaiki Funding [3] - Parekura Horomia - Minister Reassured by Te Mangai Paho [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0202/S00045.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00121.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00117.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00114.htm


Eco-Economy: Common Currency & Control

- During the late nineties, there began a debate in New Zealand about the merits of adopting an ANZAC currency. In April 2000 neoliberal economists Arthur Grimes, Frank Holmes and Roger Bowden provided fresh impetus when they published a book. See... Eco-Economy: Common Currency – The ANZAC Dollar? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00041.htm


Retail Sales Increased In December Quarter

- Seasonally adjusted total retail sales increased 0.8 percent in December 2001, compared with November 2001 according to Statistics New Zealand. This result, combined with a flat October and an increase in November, contributed to a 2.0 percent increase for the December 2001 quarter, compared with the September 2001 quarter. See... December Retail Sales Increase [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0202/S00081.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: Intifadha Females

- The recent bombing in Jerusalem has redefined the laws governing the Intifadha and the 17-month conflict in Israel and the Occupied Territories. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Women of Palestine Fear Nothing [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00042.htm


Trans-Tasman PM’s Meeting On Friday

- Prime Minister Helen Clark and Australian Prime Minister John Howard will hold their annual talks on Friday morning in Sydney. See... NZ and Australian PMs meet on Friday [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00118.htm


Richard Prebble’s Letter From Wellington

- It's Carr's Law of politics - accuse your opponent of your own worst fault. Helen Clark has been accusing the Opposition of having no fresh ideas when she doesn't have any herself. See... Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington - 11/2 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00112.htm


Herbert S. “Pug” Winokur’s Vital Statistics

- HERBERT S. (“PUG”) WINOKUR Capricorn Investors, L.P., 30 East Elm Street, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830. See... Herbert S. “Pug” Winokur Biography… [1] MORE: - The Hijackers Of Harvard: A Name And Address [2] - Sludge Report #123 – You Can’t Touch Pug Winokur [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00040.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00030.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00027.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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$2 Billion Cost For Auckland Transport Inaction

- The Prime Minister's delay of two years to realise that Auckland transport is vital to New Zealand's economy has cost the country $2 billion, ACT Transport Spokesman MP Penny Webster said today. See... Two Years Without Direction On Auckland Transport [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00136.htm


ACT Calls For Govt To Release Kyoto Submissions

- ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley today called on the Government to release public submissions it received last year on the planned Kyoto Protocol. See... Govt On Kyoto: Dogma Defeats Commonsense [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00135.htm


Franks Commentary On Sentencing & Parole Bill

- ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks released the following summary and comment on the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill which was reported back to Parliament today. See... ACT Summary Of The Sentencing & Parole Reform Bill [1] MORE: - Nats - Victims Ignored In Fight Against Crime [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00131.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00127.htm


Progress On Disability Issues

- The first report on progress in implementing the New Zealand Disability Strategy shows that government departments are becoming more aware of disability issues and more responsive to people with disabilities, Disability Issues Minister Ruth Dyson said. See... Report Shows Progress On Disability Issues [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00130.htm


Open Skies Agreement To Benefit Traders & Travellers

- Transport Minister Mark Gosche says a new “open skies” agreement signed today will benefit travellers and traders between Tonga and New Zealand. See... “Open Skies” Agreement Signed With Tonga [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00128.htm


Harre Launches Youth Strategy

- New Zealand’s first comprehensive youth strategy was launched today by Youth Affairs Minister Laila Harré. See... Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa Launched [1] and Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa - Harre Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00125.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00126.htm


Over 2000 Modern Apprentices

- The number of young people taking up Modern Apprenticeships opportunities continues to increase – and has now topped 2,000. See... Modern Apprentice Numbers Exceed 2,000 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00123.htm


Minister Encouraging Submissions On Family Court

- The Minister Responsible for the Law Commission Hon Margaret Wilson has welcomed the release of the Commission’s discussion paper on the resolution of Family Court disputes. See... Minister Urges Public To Have Their Say [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00122.htm


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