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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
No Surprises Speech From The Throne
The Back Of Beyond And My God What A Journey
The Shape Of Green/Govt Co-operation To Come
HRT: From The Pee-line To The Matrons Of Ponsonby
Scurrilous Reportage From The New Write
Piecing Together The Harken Energy Story
David Miller: Al Qaeda’s Got Gas
ZZZzzzttt Feedback
Activists Go Hungry To Protest Invading Iraq
Two Towers To Premiere In Elegant Paris Theatre
Bolivian Mystic (& Scoop Columnist) Wellington Meetings Today
Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Review Goes Some Way Towards Easing GE Fears
Front Bench Seats Suit Greens
Turn An Ear To Tangata Whenua, Turia Tells Govt
Tackle Truancy, Tackle Youth Crime
EMA Says Inequitable Tax Rules Holding Back CER
Awatere Huata Seeks Urgent Debate On NCEA
NZ First Says Look After Our Own First
Survey Shows Public Not Informed On GE
CTU To WSSD
New Era Of Openness Under Telcos Act

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No Surprises Speech From The Throne

- Honourable Members, My government sees its most important task as building the conditions for increasing New Zealand's long term sustainable rate of economic growth. See... Speech from the Throne [1] REACTION: - ACT - Government Programme Lacks Vision [2] - Alliance - Not the Speech from the Throne [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00234.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00233.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00107.htm


The Back Of Beyond And My God What A Journey

- EDITOR’S NOTE: Intrepid Kiwi journalist Alastair McLeod died on Saturday in Kabul. The following farewell note and travelogue are offered here in his memory. Farewell Sam. See... Pakistan Border Crossing - By Alastair Mcleod [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00137.htm


The Shape Of Green/Govt Co-operation To Come

- The Green Party Parliamentary caucus (Green Party) and the Labour/Progressive government are committed to having a constructive relationship based on good faith for this term of Parliament. See... Govt/Green Party Co-operation Agreement [1] MORE: - Prime Minister - Formal co-operation agreement [2] - Green Co-leaders - Constructive Relationship [3] - CTU - Agreement With Green Party Welcomed [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00227.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00224.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00220.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00100.htm


HRT: From The Pee-line To The Matrons Of Ponsonby

- With the recent high profile backtrack on the latest women’s wonder drug HRT; thousands of New Zealand women have gone on high alert. They’re terrified, as one of my Ponsonby friends reported over her soy latté, that the medical profession has once again used their bodies to rack up huge profits. See... For what ails you - A dose of pregnant mares urine [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00138.htm


Scurrilous Reportage From The New Write

- “The Greens were dope tested during the last week of Parliament…sure enough there were seven of them.” - Winston Peters. See... The New Write - 26th August 2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00102.htm


Piecing Together The Harken Energy Story

- Harken Energy was formed in l973 by two oilmen who would benefit from a successful covert effort to destabilize Australia's Labor Party government (which had attempted to shut out foreign oil exploration). See... UQ Wire: Harken Energy Chronology [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00139.htm


David Miller: Al Qaeda’s Got Gas

- The discovery of a large archive of video footage in the remains of an al-Qaeda training camp could not have come at a worst time for the United States. For one thing, the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks is only a few weeks away. See... David Miller: Al-Qaeda Deals the US Another Blow [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00136.htm


ZZZzzzttt Feedback

- In This Edition: GOD Bless Scoop – My Oath - Maree Howard article, re: ACCountability - Kiwi Speak. See... ZZZzzzttt Feedback [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00141.htm


Activists Go Hungry To Protest Invading Iraq

- The Bush administration's plan to wage war against Iraq has run into opposition from some unexpected quarters in recent weeks. See... Activists in 40-Day Fast to Protest Iraq Attack [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00140.htm


Two Towers To Premiere In Elegant Paris Theatre

- It's now official, the premiere of Peter Jackson's The Two Towers will take place in Le Grand Rex Theater on 10 December 2002. See... Two Towers Premiere In Paris Theatre [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00135.htm


Bolivian Mystic (& Scoop Columnist) Wellington Meetings Today

- Wellington Visit, 27-28th August 2002, 27th - St Anne’s Church Newtown - 10.45am (26 Daniell St, following Rosary 9.30am and Mass 10am) - St Thomas More Church Wilton (30 Worcester St, off Wilton Rd) - 7.30pm. See... Katya Rivas Visiting Wellington 27-28 August [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00097.htm


Katya Rivas

- My beloved one, can you not see how they have left you? Why do you allow your peace to be taken away? Satan will always act cunningly because he knows what can torment you. See... Katya Rivas: Satan Will Always Act Cunningly [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00134.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Review Goes Some Way Towards Easing GE Fears

- Environment Minister Marian Hobbs says she is happy for certain aspects of the Environmental Risk Management Authority's operations to be reviewed as discussed with the Green Party. See... ERMA review [1] MORE: - Greenpeace - Halt GE Cows Until ERMA Reviewed [2] - Nats - Caving In To Pressure From Greens [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00226.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00108.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00235.htm


Front Bench Seats Suit Greens

- The Green Party is pleased with the Speaker's decision to allocate front bench seats in proportion to party size, Co-leader Rod Donald said today. See... Greens Pleased With Front Bench Allocation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00221.htm


Turn An Ear To Tangata Whenua, Turia Tells Govt

- We must acknowledge that a high proportion of inmates are tangata whenua. Past government policies have failed to deliver equity to tangata whenua. How can this government break out of the cycle of failure? See... Whanau Aid and Rehabilitation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00223.htm


Tackle Truancy, Tackle Youth Crime

- School truancy is a major factor behind youth offending and yet the Government is doing all it can to make sure the extent of the problem is being kept from the public, says National Party Leader Bill English. See... Government is hiding true truancy problem [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00222.htm


EMA Says Inequitable Tax Rules Holding Back CER

- The Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) is warning, if enacted, the list of proposals in the review of Australia's international tax rules released late last week by Treasurer Peter Costello, will leave New Zealand further behind in the race for growth promoting investment. See... Crack Opens To Solving CER Investment Headache [1] MORE: - Jim Sutton - CER Trade Ministers To Meet [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00224.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00229.htm


Awatere Huata Seeks Urgent Debate On NCEA

- ACT Education Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata has sought an urgent parliamentary debate from the Speaker to address the Government's NCEA plans. See... Awatere Huata Seeks Urgent Debate On NCEA [1] SEE ALSO: - Libz - Phase Out, Phase 2 - And NCEA [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00230.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00105.htm


NZ First Says Look After Our Own First

- New Zealand First has called on the Government to stop bringing in any more so-called refugees while New Zealanders are dying because of poor housing conditions and mentally ill people are being thrown on the streets. See... Charity Begins At Home, Immigration Minister [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00228.htm


Survey Shows Public Not Informed On GE

- Research undertaken by HortResearch has revealed that over half of New Zealanders do not know that cross-species genetic engineering is possible- let alone already being carried out in New Zealand. See... In Dark Over Cross-Species Genetic Engineering [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00104.htm


CTU To WSSD

- The Council of Trade Unions is respresented at WSSD by Richard Wagstaff, National Secretary of the PSA, who is part of the New Zealand Government delegation. See... CTU Representation At WSSD [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00101.htm


New Era Of Openness Under Telcos Act

- Communications Minister Paul Swain said he welcomed the new spirit of openness in the New Zealand telecommunications sector fostered by the Telecommunications Act, passed last year. See... New Spirit Of Openness In Telecommunications [1] and Govt & Telecommunications in the New Economy [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00232.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00231.htm

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