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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House: Today's Q&A
Dinner With Ma’am
The Real Deal: Who Enforces The Enforcers?
Motornet: Open Road Adventures In The Audi A4
Firas Al Atraqchi: Hockey Happiness
Scoop Images: Pooch On Top
Scoop Feedback: John Wright MP Knocks The Knockers
Napkin Diaries: It’s A Hard Life On The Review Circuit
Tueday's Official Fringe Behaviour, Random Lunacy TBA
Himitangi Straights Gas Disruption
School Strike On For Friday
Anti-Bypass Protests Begin Today
Scoop World: Shooting At Pregnant Women, Thrice!
Katya Rivas’ Passion

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Education Vouchers Worthy Of Donna’s Praise
My Stats Are Sound, Says Prebble
Police Tenacity Applauded Following Cormack Case Arrest
What The Alliance Needs Now
Action Plan For Pacific Health
PM Off To Chogm
Organising Transnational Crime
Auckland Pensioners Vow To Fight For Their Homes
Barbarian At The Waterfront's Gate

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House: Today's Q&A

– Today's questions of the day concerned: People Smuggling – Petrol Tax Increase – Pipfruit Deregulation – Kaitaia CYFS - Specialist Education Services – Tariana Turia And CYFS – Disabilities – Police Software Piracy – Party Hopping Act … See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 26 February [1] . See.. Free My Scoop Signup Page [2] , to register to receive today’s answers in your e-mail inbox as they are posted.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00125.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home


Dinner With Ma’am

- “But for the moment, Ma'am, I can state with assurance that there is a single sovereignty within New Zealand, and that by virtue of your presence, it now abides in this very room.” See... Speech - English - Queen State Dinner [1] and State Dinner For Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – PM Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00372.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00369.htm


The Real Deal: Who Enforces The Enforcers?

- I tend not to get bogged down in discussions about how the various police, enforcement and prosecution industries relate to narco dollars. Here is my bottom line on how the money works on enforcement and the war on drugs. See... The Real Deal: At the Heart of the Double Bind [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00123.htm


Motornet: Open Road Adventures In The Audi A4

- Audi expect big things from their new A4 and it’s landed with a bang. But have they done enough to keep up with the shifting goal posts of the mid-sized sports sedan market? Motornet: Audi And The Power Of Four


Firas Al Atraqchi: Hockey Happiness

- Canadian flags are waving, Canadian cheers are rising; Canadian spirits are embracing a hard-won, much deserved victory. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: A Win That Defines a Nation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00121.htm


Scoop Images: Pooch On Top

- I managed a walk up to the summit of that great mountain, Ben Ohau a couple of days ago, and I took some great photos. The weather was great, maybe a little on the hot side, but the skies were beautifully clear. See... Scoop Images: The View From The Summit [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00120.htm


Scoop Feedback: John Wright MP Knocks The Knockers

- Ironically however the biggest barrier to continuing the work of this Government are a small group of back room opportunists who cannot bring themselves to be positive. They instead want to pull down our achievements. The Alliance is suffering from infighting instigated by people who have shown they do not have the temperament for Government, and they should step aside. See... Scoop Feedback: John Wright Responds To Huw Jarvis [1] . See also… On The Left - Whither the Alliance? [2] . See also... Why The Alliance-Left Rebelled [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00119.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0202/S00107.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00104.htm


Napkin Diaries: It’s A Hard Life On The Review Circuit

- Paula Pistol reveals her secret festival diaries. See... The Secret Festival Diary of the Napkin Diaries... [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00118.htm


Tueday's Official Fringe Behaviour, Random Lunacy TBA

- Listings for today's fringe activity. See... Fringe NZ Listings For Tuesday February 26 [1] SEE ALSO... OUTDOORS AT THE FRINGE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0202/S00065.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0202/S00037.htm


Himitangi Straights Gas Disruption

- Natural Gas Corporation (NGC) advises it is making good progress with repairs to the damaged 8-inch high pressure pipeline near Himatangi, and is hopeful that full supplies of gas to the southern half of the North Island can now restored by mid afternoon. See... Gas Supply Disruption (3) [1] , Gas Supply Disruption (2) [2] , Gas Pipeline Rupture – Advice To Contact Customers [3] and Gas Supply Disruption (1) [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0202/S00219.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0202/S00218.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0202/S00217.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0202/S00213.htm


School Strike On For Friday

- Secondary teachers will walk off the job on Friday following confirmation of a national strike by the PPTA executive last week. See... Teachers’ Strike Confirmed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0202/S00029.htm


Anti-Bypass Protests Begin Today

- Today is eviction day for a group of residents and businesses in the path of Transit New Zealand’s proposed inner city “bypass” through Wellington’s historic Te Aro district. Yet Transit said last year this would not happen until the project was funded. See... “Bypass” Evictions Today – Response Tonight [1] See also... Community to Reclaim 'Bypass' Land [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0202/S00046.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0202/S00048.htm


Scoop World: Shooting At Pregnant Women, Thrice!

- Yesterday, a Palestinian pregnant women who tried to reach a hospital to give birth, was shot in the back at the Israeli army roadblock at the entrance to Nablus. See... Three Pregnant Women In Two Days [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0202/S00111.htm


Katya Rivas’ Passion

- Scoop has restarted a daily serialisation of Bolivian mystic Katya Rivas’ The Passion. In her book Jesus Christ relates in his own words his experiences during the first Holy Week. The serial will continue through to the end of Lent 2002. See... Katya Rivas: Jesus Looks for His Disciples [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00122.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Education Vouchers Worthy Of Donna’s Praise

- ACT Education Spokesman MP Donna Awatere Huata today congratulated Labour for considering education vouchers, in the form of child-centred funding. See... Mallard Considers Education Vouchers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00383.htm


My Stats Are Sound, Says Prebble

- ACT leader Richard Prebble said today he stands by his statements comparing New Zealand's rate of violent crime unfavourably with New York's. See... ACT Leader Stands By Crime Statements [1] MORE: - Phil Goff - Lies, Damned Lies And Mr Prebble’s Statistics [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00382.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00376.htm


Police Tenacity Applauded Following Cormack Case Arrest

- Hawkes Bay ACT MP Donna Awatere Huata today welcomed news that police have laid charges against a man for the abduction, sexual abuse and murder of Teresa Cormack fourteen years ago. See... Awatere Huata Welcomes Cormack Arrest [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00379.htm


What The Alliance Needs Now

- “We must have people who are 100% heart and soul behind the strategy to get Alliance policy back into government,” says Alliance cabinet minister Matt Robson. See... Three More Years In Government: Robson [1] and Three more years - Matt Robson Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00377.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00378.htm


Action Plan For Pacific Health

- Health Minister Annette King says more affordable, effective and responsive services will be available for Pacific people when the health and disability sector embraces ideas set out in the Pacific Health and Disability Action Plan. See... Action Plan Will Improve Health Of Pacific People [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00373.htm


PM Off To Chogm

- Prime Minister Helen Clark will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Coolum, Australia this weekend. See... PM to attend Chogm this weekend [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00364.htm


Organising Transnational Crime

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff today introduced legislation making smuggling and trafficking of people into New Zealand criminal offences subject to severe penalties. See... Legislation cracks down on people smuggling [1] and Regional Conference on People Smuggling [2] MORE: - ACT - Stop Illegal Immigrants, Don't Blame The Employers [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00365.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00366.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00375.htm


Auckland Pensioners Vow To Fight For Their Homes

- Pensioner and general residential tenants have indicated they support taking direct action to prevent being moved from their homes. See... Council Tenants Support Direct Action [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0202/S00044.htm


Barbarian At The Waterfront's Gate

- Waterfront campaigner and former city councillor Mary Varnham has applied to chair the Council’s waterfront company, Lambton Harbour Management Ltd. See... Mary Varnham makes a bid for Waterfront Chair [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0202/S00045.htm

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