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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here
Keith Rankin: Tax breaks & The Rings
Big News: The Paedophile Priest Problem
POV: A Woof Of Controversy
Streets Of London: Easy But Expensive Xenical Access
Axe Falls On Fondling Ferrets
Much Choreography, Little Movement On Free Trade
Business: Hundred To Lose Jobs At Kinleith
Big Quake Hampers Afghan Aid Effort
Scoop Was Not In The House

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Plain English
Rape Victim Let Down By ACC & Dalziel – ACT
GDP Result Robust – Cullen
Easter Shop Trading Unchanged This Year
Jobs For The Girls
GE Moratorium Lifting Spells Green Trouble
Peters Muses On Maoriness

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Hard News Is Here

- The story, 'Dunedin's curse' is a revisionist history that holds that Flying Nun was a vehicle for a group of dowdy South Island killjoys who hated pop music, never sold any records and ended "in tears" by selling out to Mushroom Records. See... Hard News 28/03/02 - Harder Than Steel [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00179.htm


Keith Rankin: Tax breaks & The Rings

- Congratulations to Peter Jackson and his crew for both the critical and commercial success of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Should The Lord of the Rings have received a tax break from the New Zealand government? See... Keith Rankin: Fiscal Awards [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00180.htm


Big News: The Paedophile Priest Problem

- It’s Easter already and that must mean the Church is in the news again. Usually at Easter the media report on some Church leader denying the virgin birth of Jesus or his resurrection, but that is so common now it’s not even news. See... Big News: Paying For The Sins Of The Fathers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00182.htm


POV: A Woof Of Controversy

- Are dogs the new humans? Just ask Philip Buble, the 42 year-old writer of the Zoophilia Manifesto and the poster boy for zoosexuals all around the world. See... POV: The Love That Dare Not Bark Its Name [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00181.htm


Streets Of London: Easy But Expensive Xenical Access

- Britain has been getting fatter for years, statistically. The decision to prescribe the essentially safe and effective ‘fat-busting’ drug Xenical on the NHS last year, therefore, was welcome news, particularly for obese Brits. See... Streets Of London: Fat-Free, Prescription Free [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00184.htm


Axe Falls On Fondling Ferrets

- Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced the sale, distribution and breeding of ferrets is to be banned to minimise their threat to New Zealand’s native wildlife, which the National Party says should send shivers up the spines of the nations cat and dog owners. The Greens and The New Zealand Conservation Authority however have welcomed the move as an important step to saving our biodiversity. Govt: Pet Ferrets To Be Banned [1] National: Warning To Dog And Cat Owners [2] Greeens: Ferret Ban Supported - Greens [3] NZ Conservation Authority: Ferret Decision A Good Move [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00539.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00548.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00542.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0203/S00155.htm


Much Choreography, Little Movement On Free Trade

- Helen Clark's meeting with United States President George Bush was a carefully choreographed affair that was high on courtesy and platitude but delivered little in real substance, says National Party Leader Bill English. See... No Progress With Free Trade [1] and Line In Sand Suddenly Shifts [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00521.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00531.htm


Business: Hundred To Lose Jobs At Kinleith

- Carter Holt Harvey today announced plans to begin consultation to reorganise and reduce the workforce in its Kinleith pulp and paper business. It will also begin to negotiate a new collective employment contract. See... CHH Announces Consultation On Restructuring [1] REACTION: Jim Anderton [2] - Tony Ryall [3] - Mark Burton [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00240.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00532.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00529.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00526.htm


Big Quake Hampers Afghan Aid Effort

- Reports reaching World Vision staff in Kabul say a second quake in northern Afghanistan, that hit yesterday afternoon (March 27), was possibly stronger than the one that hit on Monday evening. See... Second Big Quake Hits Northern Afghanistan [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0203/S00128.htm


Scoop Was Not In The House

- Scoop apologises to Questions of the Day subscribers for not covering today's session. See Here [1] for the questions. - Tuesday's Q&A [2] - Wednesday's Q&A [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00543.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00174.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00177.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Plain English

- Teachers turned out for a dignified silent protest outside Parliament this week. When we were in Government they used to shout! The protest appeared to be a kind of ideological compromise. See... Plain English: 28 March 2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00571.htm


Rape Victim Let Down By ACC & Dalziel – ACT

- Women throughout New Zealand will be horrified to learn that if they get attacked, the Minister of ACC won't defend their rights, ACT MP Donna Awatere Huata said today. See... Huata Calls for Dalziel to Support Rape Victim [1] and Rape Victim Was Failed By Minister And ACC [2] SEE ALSO: Nats [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00569.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00527.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00568.htm


GDP Result Robust – Cullen

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen said the December GDP result, although below market expectations, was still good given that much of the impact of the 11 September terrorist attack was felt in this quarter. See... GDP Result Robust Under The Circumstances [1] MORE: - Stats NZ - Internal Demand Lifts Economy [2] - ACT - Labour Fails Economy By Its Own Measure [3] - Nats - Economic Growth Still Disappointing [4] - Deutsche Bank - Data Flash (New Zealand) GDP (Q4 2001) [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00540.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00250.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00550.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00554.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00257.htm


Easter Shop Trading Unchanged This Year

- Wednesday, March 28 2002 There will be no change to shop trading hours this Easter, Minister of Labour Hon Margaret Wilson said today. See... No Change To Shop Trading Hours [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00553.htm


Jobs For The Girls

- Broadcasting Minister Marian Hobbs has got to be joking in her appointment of Dame Ann Hercus, says National's Broadcasting spokesperson Katherine Rich. See... Hobbs Has Got To Be Joking [1] and Dame Ann Hercus Joins TVNZ Board [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00566.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00551.htm


GE Moratorium Lifting Spells Green Trouble

- The Greens and the Government are on a collision course because of the Government's plan to allow farming of genetically engineered plants and animals to go ahead next year, said Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons. See... Greens And Gov't Clash Over GE Moratorium [1] and HSNO Amendment Bill - What's In, What's Not? [2] SEE ALSO: - Nats - Luddite Labour Ignores GM Commission Findings [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00560.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00562.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00561.htm


Peters Muses On Maoriness

- According to a much publicised recent essay on "Psycho-Babble", anyone who is Maori, is seriously traumatised and stressed by the transgenerational effects of colonisation. See... Peters Speech: The Real Gaps Are In Understanding [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00557.htm


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