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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Huge Majority of NZers Say No War!
Millions To March Against War – Links Galore!
Everyone Invited: Anti-War Protest Tomorrow Sat 15 Feb
Internet Guru Visits Wellington - You're Invited!
Scoop Exclusive: American Coup Smoking Gun Found In Georgia
Stateside: Happy Valentine's Day And All That, But
Bernard Weiner: Art & War
Hit The Streets On Saturday And Say What You Feel
Prepare To Get Smoking – Shrub Talks To His Sailors
UN Finds A Damp Squib – Tony Blair Calls It A Smoking Gun
Dumb & Dumber
Senator Byrd Stands Up For Peace On Capitol Hill
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Muriel Newman Says UE Stats Are Crap
ACT Pathetic on Unemployment Statistics
Pakiri Sand to be Dredged
Has Sutton Nabbed The Queen’s Chain?
Probation Officers Not the Problem
Ngawha Prison Budget Blows!
Getting Tough on Gangs Will Rid Us On Bell-types: ACT
Killers To Blame For Choy Murder
NZ First Wants More Money To Stop Smoking
Health To Benefit From Broadband
More Maori Participation in PS Acknowledge
Pacific Women’s Well-being Researched
Tariana Speech: Education and Whanau Development
Driving Test Corruption Causes Not a Ripple
Nandor Slags Progressive Supermarkets on Alcohol Profits
Marc’s Weekly Word
Pressured Economy Biting: Brash
Swain Says Transit and Mayors Should Co-operate
Hawke’s Bay MPs Meet DHB and St John
Beehive Bulletin For The Week
Select Committee Biz
Prime Minister Launches Tertiary Education Commission
Minister Refutes Nats Interference Claim

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Huge Majority of NZers Say No War!

- A new poll indicating massive opposition to a unilateral US invasion of Iraq augurs well for the turnout at tomorrow's anti-war rallies, Green MP, Keith Locke said today. See... New Zealanders reject the War for Oil [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00250.htm


Millions To March Against War – Links Galore!

- As of 13th of February folk in 484 locations around the world (including Antarctica!) had registered their intention to protest on February 15th against war in Iraq. This weekend’s protests are expected to be the biggest ever public mobilisation against war. See... Scoop Links: A WORLD UNITED AGAINST WAR! [1] MORE: - Fiji Anti-War Movement - Flowers of peace to Embassies - Fiji Anti War Move [2] - East Timor - East Timor Demonstration Against the War in Iraq [3] - Greens - Greens urge big turn-out for peace [4] - Jennifer Van Bergen: The March - February 15th [5] - Greenpeace CTU Joint Letter to PM on Iraq [6] - Wellington Anti-War Action This Saturday [7] - Young Labour - USA: Stick with the United Nations way [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00092.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00149.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00146.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00212.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00088.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00090.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00088.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00083.htm


Everyone Invited: Anti-War Protest Tomorrow Sat 15 Feb

- Anti-war protests have been organised in at least 20 centres around New Zealand as part of more than 500 protests internationally against American plans to invade Iraq. See... Sat Feb 15th - Anti-War Action in 20 NZ Centres [1] MORE: - CTU Issues Letter To USA War Mongers - A Council of Trade Unions delegation today delivered a letter to US Ambassador Swindells calling on President Bush to abandon the crusade for war against Iraq, and to seek a diplomatic solution through the UN. See... CTU Calls on Bush to Abandon War Crusade [2] - PMA - National: what's on where [3] - GPJA Newsletter #22 - Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #22 [4] - Amnesty Calls On NZ Govt to Take a Stand - Amnesty International has called on the New Zealand Government to work for the plight of the people of Iraq and surrounding countries to be put firmly on the UN Security Council's agenda during a special open session next week. See... HR On Front Line In Iraq: Call For NZ Action [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00101.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00104.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00103.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00102.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00107.htm


Internet Guru Visits Wellington - You're Invited!

- Dr Vinton Cerf, an Internet Pioneer, has been brought to New Zealand by the U.S. Embassy and will give a talk at the National Library, Wellington, (Aitken Street entrance), at 6.00pm on Monday 17th February entitled "An Information Society for All". Numbers are strictly limited, so please email: irc@actrix.gen.nz [1] TODAY if you would like to attend.


[1] - mailto:irc@actrix.gen.nz


Scoop Exclusive: American Coup Smoking Gun Found In Georgia

- Officials from the state of Georgia have admitted that a program "patch" was administered to over 22,000 unauditable touch-screen voting machines in Georgia. This took place shortly before the November 2002 election. See... Georgia's Last Minute 2002 Election Machine Fix [1] , See also... Scoop Link: American Coup Makes The Guardian [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00095.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00101.htm


Stateside: Happy Valentine's Day And All That, But

- Who remembers Leapy Lee and his annoying song, 'Little Arrows'? It goes: "Little arrows in your clothing, little arrows in your hair, when you're in love you'll find those little arrows everywhere." See... Stateside With Rosalea: For crying out loud [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00096.htm


Bernard Weiner: Art & War

- Sign is symbol, symbol is sign. Consider: Powell goes to the United Nations so that the missile attacks on Baghdad and Basra can begin -- and, in the lobby of that grand building, Picasso's "Guernica" painting, is covered up. See... Artistic Sign Language & The Coming Bush Fall [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00100.htm


Hit The Streets On Saturday And Say What You Feel

- Several billion people in the world - including myself - are wondering why America is hellbent on destroying its own Constitution. See... John Kaminski: Billions Are Wondering Why [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00099.htm


Prepare To Get Smoking – Shrub Talks To His Sailors

- Iraq, and whoever 'happens' to be there, is about to be annihilated. At Mayport Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. President George Bush told hundreds of naval personnel on the eve of war that rules of war would not apply to terrorists. See... We're Gonna Smoke 'em Out: The Butchering of Iraq [1] and George Bush's speech… President Salutes Sailors at Naval Station Mayport [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00098.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00154.htm


UN Finds A Damp Squib – Tony Blair Calls It A Smoking Gun

- UN weapons inspectors have discovered documents that suggest Iraq had been developing a short range missile that may have exceeded the range allowed by UN resolutions. See... Inspectors to Report on Iraq Short Range Missiles [1] UK Government Response - Iraqi ballistic missile report is 'very serious' [2] - Tony Blair Faces Parliamentary Questions On Iraq [3] - Straw: Iraq in further material breach [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00094.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00152.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00151.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00150.htm


Dumb & Dumber

- President Bush Meets with Prime Minister Howard of Australia Remarks by the President and Prime Minister Howard of Australia in Photo Opportunity The Oval Office See... Bush Meets with Prime Minister Howard of Australia [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00156.htm


Senator Byrd Stands Up For Peace On Capitol Hill

- To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences. On this February day, as this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war. See... US Senator Robert Byrd: We Stand Passively Mute [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00153.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- Calm down, little one, do not you see I am here? See... Katya Rivas: Be Not Afraid Talk About The Messages [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00097.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Muriel Newman Says UE Stats Are Crap

- While the Labour Government lauds the low unemployment figures published in this week's Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS), there remain serious concerns about the accuracy of these statistics. Scrutiny of the long-term unemployment figures ... See... "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics"... [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00260.htm


ACT Pathetic on Unemployment Statistics

- The latest attack by Act MP Muriel Newman questioning the validity of official unemployment statistics has been labelled as pathetic by Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Newman’s attack on employment statistics pathetic [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00262.htm


Pakiri Sand to be Dredged

- Conservation Minister Chris Carter has approved a permit for Kaipara Excavators Ltd to dredge two million cubic metres of sand offshore from Pakiri, north of Auckland. See... Permit To Dredge Sand Off Pakiri Approved [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00261.htm


Has Sutton Nabbed The Queen’s Chain?

- From the dismissive manner Jim Sutton continually refers to the Queen's Chain, it appears he is in denial that such an entity exists and that further provision needs to be made. See... Has Jim Sutton hijacked Labour's Outdoor Policy? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00106.htm


Probation Officers Not the Problem

- Probation officers should not be blamed for mistakes in the probation system, PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff said today. See... Probation Officers not to blame [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00105.htm


Ngawha Prison Budget Blows!

- New Zealand First MP Jim Peters is concerned about the escalating cost of the Ngawha Prison project. See... Ngawha Blowout Continues [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00258.htm


Getting Tough on Gangs Will Rid Us On Bell-types: ACT

- ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today demanded that the Government outlaw all New Zealand gangs to prevent more murders like the RSA triple killing. See... Stop Gangs, Stop Future William Bells [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00255.htm


Killers To Blame For Choy Murder

- New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark has warned against placing all the blame on police and state agencies for the death of Michael Choy. See... Blame The Killers Says Ron Mark [1] Nats: Dying/Waiting Patients Should Be Sent to Private Hospitals - National is calling for Ministerial intervention so that health boards send patients to private healthcare instead of allowing people to die on waiting lists while they await heart surgery. See... Staggering revelations on heart patients dying [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00246.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00248.htm


NZ First Wants More Money To Stop Smoking

- New Zealand First Family Affairs spokesperson Barbara Stewart is calling on the Government to spend more money on stop smoking campaigns after a study showed that more than 10 percent of children were missing out on the basics due to increased ... See... More Money To Stop Smoking [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00259.htm


Health To Benefit From Broadband

- Health Minister Annette King said today a government initiative to allow faster telecommunications connections across the country has the potential to provide a big impact on future Information Technology developments in the health sector. See... Health Sector adds Weight to Broadband Project [1] ALSO: - Anderton - Regional broadband access has Health boost [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00245.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00244.htm


More Maori Participation in PS Acknowledge

- The Minister for Land Information and Associate Minister of Mäori Affairs Hon John Tamihere acknowledged the government’s commitment to increasing the participation of Maori in the public service at the presentation of the Mauriora ki te Ao scholarships ... See... Maori participation in the public service [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00243.htm


Pacific Women’s Well-being Researched

- A research project to improve Pacific women’s economic well-being has been awarded $180,000 in government funding over the next two years, Women’s Affairs Minister Ruth Dyson announced today. See... Research on Pacific women’s economic well-being [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00242.htm


Tariana Speech: Education and Whanau Development

- The launch of your education initiative is a very important occasion, and it is an honour and a pleasure to be invited here today to support you. See... Education and Whanau Development [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00241.htm


Driving Test Corruption Causes Not a Ripple

- New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark is appalled at the nonchalant attitude of driving test authorities to corruption in the system. See... Agencies Acknowledge Corruption [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00252.htm


Nandor Slaggs Progressive Supermarkets on Alcohol Profits

- Freedom of choice means more than the right to cream alcohol profits, Green MP Nandor Tanczos warned Progressive Enterprises today. See... Supermarket should practice what it preaches [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00251.htm


Marc’s Weekly Word

- If you had some spare change and were looking to invest would you consider the following project? Here's a brief rundown of its attributes: Its origins go back to a determination that its 'product' was a duty backed by the Crown1. See... Marc My Words. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00249.htm


Pressured Economy Biting: Brash

- National's Finance spokesman, Don Brash, is predicting a tougher time ahead for the country's economy as the tide starts to turn in the rural sector. See... Costs start to bite as economy under pressure [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00247.htm


Swain Says Transit and Mayors Should Co-operate

- Transport Minister Paul Swain and Tauranga-based MP Margaret Wilson encouraged Transit New Zealand, the Tauranga District Council and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council to continue to work together to address the region's transport needs. See... Govt urges mayors to work together [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00254.htm


Hawke’s Bay MPs Meet DHB and St John

- A meeting between MPs Hon Rick Barker, Russell Fairbrother, representatives of the Ministry of Health, St John, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and Waipukurau-based health service providers is being held today to discuss plans by St John to significantly ... See... Hawke’s Bay MPs meet Health Ministry and St John [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00253.htm


Beehive Bulletin For The Week

- The government begins the year very positive about the prospects for New Zealand and for its own policy programme, Prime Minister Helen Clark told the opening of Parliament. The economy's performance has been strong and unemployment was internationally ... See... Beehive Bulletin For Week Ending Friday 14 Feb [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00257.htm


Select Committee Biz

- Health 2001/02 financial review of the Hawke's Bay District Health Board and Capital and Coast District Health Board Petition 1999/30 of Anna de Jonge and others Justice and Electoral 2001/02 financial review of the Ministry of Justice Foreign Affairs, ... See... Select Committee Business From 7 Feb to 14 Feb 200 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00256.htm


Prime Minister Launches Tertiary Education Commission

- The establishment of the Commission is critical to the new direction for tertiary education which the government has promoted since coming to office in 1999. We said then that we wanted more collaboration and a focus on quality and excellence… See... Launch of the Tertiary Education Commission [1] MORE: Maharey On Tertiary Education Commission Launch - The launch of the Tertiary Education Commission signals a fresh commitment to equipping New Zealanders with the skills, imagination and learning opportunities to confidently take their place in the world,” says Steve Maharey, Minister responsible for Tertiary ... Tertiary Commission Ushers in New Era [2] - Tertiary Education Statistical Fact Sheet [3] - Tertiary Education Reform Legislation Fact Sheet [4] - Stakeholder Comments On the Tertiary Education [5] - Maharey Speech - Promise of a new day [6] - Key Facts Tertiary Education Commission [7] - The Tertiary Education Strategy Fact Sheet [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00222.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00223.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00230.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00229.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00227.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00226.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00225.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00224.htm


Minister Refutes Nats Interference Claim

- Minister responsible for the Tertiary Education Commission Steve Maharey is dismissing claims by National MP Simon Power that he is poised to interfere in the types of courses being taught by New Zealand’s tertiary education providers. Maharey refutes National’s interference claims [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00231.htm

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