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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Israel Stonewalls UN Human Rights Mission
‘War’, A Little Word Patching A Multitude Of Sins
Baby Kahu Found In Central North Island House
PC’s Opinion: 12,500km Of Separation
Integrity & Politics: Mutually Exclusive Concepts?
Lay Off Airways, Or Front Up With The Evidence
Fatal Domain Name Attraction
Hold On To Your Assets, Here Comes The EU
Feedback: Sensitive, But Not Soft
Not This Screen, The Other One

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Attitude To Asia Encourages Trade Minister
Govt Now More Online Than Ever Before
Don’t Be Melodramatic, Gerry
Plain English Talks Cents
Dare To Dream Of Hot Baths This Winter
The Brain Drain Returns: Starring Richard Prebble As Cassandra

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Israel Stonewalls UN Human Rights Mission

- This news has just come in. The Israeli government has announced that it will not facilitate entry of the UN Human Rights mission into Israel and the Palestinian territories. See... Breaking News: Israel Refuses UN Access [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00120.htm


‘War’, A Little Word Patching A Multitude Of Sins

- A supreme court? Steady on, Old Girls! Faint though it is, there is still a glimmer of hope that a stay-at-home Kiwi will win an Academy Award for best director/best picture without Aotearoa having to become the 52nd state of the United States. See... Stateside With Rosalea: Hullo Sailor [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00118.htm


Baby Kahu Found In Central North Island House

- Baby Kahurautete Durie is safe, well and back in the arms of her parents Justice Eddie Durie and lawyer Donna Hall. Police swooped on a house in the central North Island early this evening and found the eight month old baby. She has been checked by a doctor and appears to be well. See... Baby Kahu Found Safe And Well [1] Latest: - Man Charged With Baby Kahu Kidnapping [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0204/S00050.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0204/S00051.htm


PC’s Opinion: 12,500km Of Separation

- For those who lust after power, frustration ensues at any barrier to the exercise of that power. From the U.S. to New Zealand, the reaction of the power-luster to his (or her) power being blunted is the same. See... PC's Opinion: Lust Behind The Privy [1] . See also ... Australian Fact-Finding Visit [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00121.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00311.htm


Integrity & Politics: Mutually Exclusive Concepts?

- Laila Harre's election as leader of the Alliance in place of Jim Anderton raises important questions about the integrity of the Government, National Leader Bill English said today. See… Labour's Campaigns For Integrity In Govt A Joke and Grubby Electoral Deal By Clark And Harre [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00315.htm


Lay Off Airways, Or Front Up With The Evidence

- If NZ First MP Winston Peters has any evidence of illegal behaviour by officials from a state owned enterprise, he should provide it to me and I can assure him it will be fully investigated, State Owned Enterprises Minister Mark Burton said. See... Evidence Should Accompany Allegations - Minister [1] and Peters Speech: Fourth Estate or Unregistered Party? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00298.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00286.htm


Fatal Domain Name Attraction

- A former supplier to The Warehouse, Ms Judith Bell of Tauranga has recently changed her legal name to Stephen Robert Tindall and may seek to make public statements under this name. See... Statements Attributed to Stephen Robert Tindall [1] and Tindall’s Identity Crisis A Warning [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0204/S00152.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0204/S00149.htm


Hold On To Your Assets, Here Comes The EU

- In the most significant leak since the Multilateral Agreement on Investment was exposed to public scrutiny in 1997 and eventually sunk, drafts of the European Union's 'requests' of other countries in the WTO services negotiations have just been posted on a European website. See... Leaked WTO Doc Exposes Demands To 29 Countries [1] REACTION: - Greens - Free Trade Free-For-All Unmasked [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00117.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00316.htm


Feedback: Sensitive, But Not Soft

- Thanks, some deep topics are covered there, in a positive chatty way. You could sub-title it The Failure of SNAG. You've nailed the modern man's dilemma exactly - how to be post-SNAG, keep the few useful SNAG qualities, and not revert to brute. See... Scoop Feedback: I’m A Man, That’s What I Am [1] and POV: Restoring Testosterone [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00119.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00102.htm


Not This Screen, The Other One

- Don’t think you can live without it? try it for a couple of days, or for the whole week - you might never find the time to turn it on again. See… Supporters Plan To Turn Off TV For One Week [1] and Kedgley Urges TV Turnoff [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0204/S00048.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00299.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Attitude To Asia Encourages Trade Minister

- New Zealanders are increasingly recognising the importance of Asia, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Survey Findings On Attitudes To Asia Welcome [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00313.htm


Govt Now More Online Than Ever Before

- Cabinet Ministers' speeches and policy documents dating back to the mid-1990s are available on a newly upgraded web site that went live on Monday 15 April. See... Beehive Web Site Launch [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00308.htm


Don’t Be Melodramatic, Gerry

- National MP Gerry Brownlee’s claims with regard to the new Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill are grossly exaggerated and designed to mislead, Minister of Labour Hon Margaret Wilson said today. See... Brownlee’s Claims Grossly Exaggerated [1] and State Servants Liable For Millions [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00310.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00301.htm


Plain English Talks Cents

- Out tax policy has sparked debate. Did you know that from 1996 to 1998 National cut the tax rate for a middle-income earner on $35,000 from 33c to 21c? See... Plain English 19/4/2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00306.htm


Dare To Dream Of Hot Baths This Winter

- New Zealand is much better prepared for any winter electricity supply difficulties this year than last year, says Energy Minister Pete Hodgson. See... Electricity System Well Prepared For Winter [1] . See also… Low Fixed Charges For Electricity Now Offered [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00297.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00309.htm


The Brain Drain Returns: Starring Richard Prebble As Cassandra

- "I get no pleasure from the fact that I accurately predicted the migration figures would turn around in March," Mr Prebble said. See... The Brain Drain Is Back [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00296.htm


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