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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A
Reserve Bank Raises Interest Rates By 0.25%
The Bank Reviewed: Smart, Chilling, Sexy
Bank Stories: Bad Banks Inspire Worse Poetry
Kiwibank Opens Nation-wide On Weekend
Zimbabwe’s Commonwealth Suspension Welcomed
PC’s Opinion: Private Investigations
New Writing From The Future Lefts
No Better Time Than Now To Bust MPs' Perks
Katya Rivas’ Passion

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Global Warming As Clear As Day
Thin Blue Line Losing To Thin White Line
The Party Least Qualified To Comment On Race
You Can’t Copyright An Entire Culture - Peters
Don’t Let Prebble Near Foreign Affairs, Says Robson
Greater Continuity In Tertiary Education

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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

- Today’s questions concerned: Zero-Tolerance On Crime – Zimbabwe - Electoral Integrity Amendment Act - Treaty and Health – District Health Boards Cuts - Regional Partnerships Programme – NCEA - Student Workplace Learning – Maori Television Service. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –20 March [1] . To sign up to receive the answers in your inbox as they are posted, FOR FREE!!!, CLICK HERE [2] - See... Tuesday's Questions [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00142.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/myscoop/index.html
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00135.htm


Reserve Bank Raises Interest Rates By 0.25%

- On a morning that when the Federal Open Market Committee has decided unanimously to maintain near record low interest rates at 1.75%, the New Zealand Reserve Bank has decided to raise rates by 0.25% to 5%. See... Sludge Report #134 - Dr Don Spots A Dark Cloud [1] MORE: - Reserve Bank - OCR Increased To 5 Per Cent [2] - Reserve Bank - Summary Of Economic Projections [3] - Nats - Growth Targets Look Unlikely [4] - Ak Chamber Of Commerce - Predictable [5] - NZ First - Reserve Bank Over Zealous [6] - EMA - Interest Rate Hike Premature [7] - ACT - Govt Spending [8] - As Good As It Gets [9] - Deutsche Bank - Hawkish Statement [10] - Business NZ - No Compelling Case [11]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00139.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00164.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00165.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00354.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00171.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00347.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00170.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00342.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00345.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00167.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00161.htm


The Bank Reviewed: Smart, Chilling, Sexy

- The Bank looks good, sounds good and boy does it feel good. Then, I guess any movie that calls banks 'bastards without borders' was going to get my attention. See... Scoop Review: The Bank [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00141.htm


Bank Stories: Bad Banks Inspire Worse Poetry

- Banks are bad, they make me mad… See… Banks Are Bad (A Poem) and Bank Stories (7): Fantastic Plastic [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00143.htm


Kiwibank Opens Nation-wide On Weekend

- Kiwibank branches will be opened across the country from Saturday 23 March. The nationwide rollout follows the successful pilot opening of seven branches in Palmerston North and Hawkes Bay. See... Kiwibank To Begin Nationwide Rollout [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00169.htm


Zimbabwe’s Commonwealth Suspension Welcomed

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff said New Zealand welcomed the decision to suspend Zimbabwe for one year from the Councils of the Commonwealth. See... New Zealand Welcomes Suspension Of Zimbabwe [1] MORE: - Nats - Zimbabwe's Suspension Strongly Supported [2] - Libz - Zimbabwe Suspension Applauded [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00340.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00352.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0203/S00101.htm


PC’s Opinion: Private Investigations

- Brett has never worn a trenchcoat, "packed a rod", or described a blonde as being as "beautiful as a split lip" - nor have any "best-selling page-turners" been written with him as hero. See... PC's Opinion: Frisking the Freeloaders [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00140.htm


New Writing From The Future Lefts

- He looked, white faced, around the room. His gaze to left and right was met with stony indifference. He noted almost casually that his forehead was drenched with sweat, which was trickling down into his eyes. See... Future Lefts – Killing him softly [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0203/S00100.htm


No Better Time Than Now To Bust MPs' Perks

- ACT leader Richard Prebble says the government must adopt the review committee's report on MPs' pay and allowances. See... Implement MP Expense Report Now [1] MORE: - ACT - PM Must Implement Remuneration Review Immediately [2] - Greens - Greens Welcome Report Into MPs' Pay [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00349.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00353.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00357.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... The Resurrection of Jesus


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00138.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Global Warming As Clear As Day

- The disintegration of a huge Antarctic ice shelf, twice the size of Stewart Island, indicates the urgency with which New Zealand must ratify the Kyoto protocol on climate change, Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. See... Global Warming: Here And Now [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00355.htm


Thin Blue Line Losing To Thin White Line

- Reports of a mafia-like “Top Table” of gangs joining together to sell drugs show that Police are still losing the battle against methamphetamine, National Police Spokesperson Tony Ryall said today. See... Police Losing "Meth" Battle [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00346.htm


The Party Least Qualified To Comment On Race

- New Zealand First is asking how the Green Party, the most homogeneous, white, Anglo-Saxon, middle-class party in Parliament, is allowed to get away with calls for calls for more Asians in the police. See... 'Where Are The Asians In The Greens? [1] and Why So Few Asians On The Beat? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00348.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00335.htm


You Can’t Copyright An Entire Culture - Peters

- New Zealand First is asking where the preciousness of some Maori will end after reports that some Maori groups are “outraged” by a restaurant in Amsterdam has named itself ‘moko’ and has advertised itself with a picture of a blond with a fake tattoo. See... Maori Moko - Are We Getting Precious Or What? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00341.htm


Don’t Let Prebble Near Foreign Affairs, Says Robson

- “Be afraid – be very afraid – if Richard Prebble were ever to get close to the foreign affairs portfolios,” says Disarmament minister Matt Robson from Mexico today. See... Prebble Gets It Wrong [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00351.htm


Greater Continuity In Tertiary Education

- Greater cooperation and collaboration in the tertiary sector will be the result of moves to improve credit transfer arrangements between tertiary providers, says Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey. See... Credit Transfer Discussion Document Released [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00356.htm

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