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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Reserve Bank Drops Cash Rate!
Were Al Gore And Helen Clark On The Same Page Afterall?
Someone Show This Article To Ken Shirley
And Bill English… English Says PM’s Iraq Stance Hurts Business
Hard News Is There
Anzac Day: Howard's End On Service Sacrifice & Courage
Anzac Day (Archives): Remembering A Man Of Peace
Anderton To Attend ANZAC Cove Ceremony
Starbucks Fair Trade Coffee Move Cynical – Trade Aid
Powell Talks Power, France, North Korea and Syria And Much More
Israeli Crackdown On Peace Activists Continues
Commerce Commission Halves Telecom's Kiwishare Claim
The Real Deal: Solari Rising

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Downer Dumps On Helen
English Speaks To Balclutha Tories
Wining In God’s Own
Pondering The Alternative? J-Day Looms
Peace And Justice Descends of Parliament
Nats Announce Joyce As GM
Helping Migrants To Settle In
Dunne Says Open The Immigration Gates
Holidays In The Sun – Belgium Style
Where Are The Cops? - Newman Pops A Cap At George
Iceland Shouldn’t Dodge On Whales: NZ Govt
Miss Asia Loot For Iraq
Peace Vigils About The Land
Nats Say Treated Timber Is Good, But…
Cullen Speaks To Grey Power
Ban Xenotransplants Say Anti-Vivisectionists

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Lest We Forget - Gallipoli April 25th 1915

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Reserve Bank Drops Cash Rate!

- The Reserve Bank today reduced the Official Cash Rate from 5.75 per cent to 5.50 per cent. See... OCR reduced to 5.50 per cent [1] ALSO: - CTU - Interest Rates Move In Right Direction [2] - EMA - Interest rate cut no surprise [3] - Business NZ - OCR cut prudent [4] - Progressives - Interest rate cut good for jobs, bad for dollaroo [5] - United Future - United Future welcomes interest rate cut [6] - ASB - Variable Home Loan Interest Rate Reduced [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00142.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00143.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00144.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00145.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00451.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00450.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0304/S00236.htm


Were Gore And Clark On The Same Page Afterall

- Who is telling the truth about Al Gore's position on Iraq? In the now famous comments which landed Helen Clark in hot water in Washington, she was quoted as saying she thought the war on Iraq probably wouldn't have happened if the Democratic candidate Al Gore had become US president. Was she right or wrong? Nick Turner unravels the facts. See... Scoop Analysis: Clark On Al Gore - Who Was Right? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00203.htm


Someone Show This Article To Ken Shirley

- "I would never start this war if I were President, Former US Vice President Al Gore said via live videoconferencing at The Economist 7th Government Roundtable "Leadership Strategy for the Strengthening of Trans-Atlantic Ties", which took place April 2-4 in Athens." See... Scoop Link: Al Gore - I would Never Start This War [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00204.htm


And Bill English… English Says PM’s Iraq Stance Hurts Business

- National Party Leader Bill English says he shares the concern of Kiwi businesses that fear they will pay a heavy price for Helen Clark's comments on the Iraq war. See... Clark comments not forgiven & not easily forgotten [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00456.htm


Hard News Is There

- Information Clearing House is the latest dissenting website to cop hack attacks from some self-styled friends of freedom, American-style. I can see why some people would consider the Clearing House a threat: it's very good at what it does... HARD NEWS: Let Freedom Ring [1] . Meanwhile also at Public Address today the 400th post on the same day as we welcome the four millionth New Zealander ... See... HARD NEWS 24/04/03 - Four Million and Four Hundred [2]


[1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post400
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00205.htm


Anzac Day: Howard's End On Service Sacrifice & Courage

- A little over a decade ago, when less than three hundred people gathered at a small cove in a land far away, many said that ANZAC Day would fade as the world progressed and globalisation took over, and yet, tomorrow more than 20,000 mostly young New Zealanders and Australians will remember with a mixture of awe and pride as they again stand shoulder to shoulder and watch the sun rise over that little cove called Gallipoli where New Zealand almost sacrificed its birthright. Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End Remembering Service Sacrifice Courage [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00202.htm


Anzac Day (Archives): Remembering A Man Of Peace

- ANZAC Day April 25 1998 was a special day for Chino Mulligan. It was his last. His life is a poignant reminder of the most destructive century in the history of this world. His wish for a lasting peace was an impassioned cry, for all who remain, to approach the advent of this new century with a desire for conciliation at home and abroad. See... On ANZAC Day: Remembering Chino: a Man of Peace [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00141.htm


Anderton To Attend ANZAC Cove Ceremony

- Jim Anderton will be present at Gallipoli for the dawn of ANZAC Day on behalf of the New Zealand government. The Governor General will also be representing New Zealand at the ceremonies. See... Anderton at Gallipoli for ANZAC day [1] . See also... ANZAC Day In The Navy [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00445.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00141.htm


Starbucks Fair Trade Coffee Move Cynical – Trade Aid

- The move by Starbucks to offer certified fair trade coffee rates a 1 out of 10, according to Trade Aid, New Zealand’s fair trade organisation. Campaigns Manager, Simon Gerathy said it was hard to see the Starbucks launch as anything but a cynical move to appease the thousands who have been demanding that the coffee giant start to pay a fair price for their coffee. See... 1 out of 10 for Starbucks effort [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00152.htm


Powell Talks Power, France, North Korea and Syria And Much More

- "I think the message for the Iraqi war is the United States has power to use to pursue a principle. In this case, the principle was a state that was developing weapons of mass destruction that was terrorizing its own people that was invading its neighbors, that was using these weapons of mass destruction and stood in violation of 12 years' worth of UN resolutions. That regime was brought to justice and was removed. That was the use of American power." See... Powell Interview with Charlie Rose of CBS [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0304/S00297.htm


Israeli Crackdown On Peace Activists Continues

- ISM coordinator Osama Qashoo and an Italian journalist, Thomaso Besavi, were snatched yesterday, Tuesday April 22 at approximately 7:00pm, by Israeli soldiers while in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nur Shams. See... Soldiers Arrest ISM Coordinator and Journalist [1] MORE: - Gush Shalom - Army Against Human Shielders, Joint Anti-Wall Demo [2] - ISM Action Alert: More arrests [3] - Rallies Support ISM by Palestinians and Israeli's [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0304/S00294.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0304/S00296.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0304/S00295.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0304/S00293.htm


Commerce Commission Halves Telecom's Kiwishare Claim

- Telecommunications Act: Preliminary analysis of Telecom's TSO model and Commission's own proposed model See... Preliminary analysis of Telecom's TSO model [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0304/S00230.htm


The Real Deal: Solari Rising

- " Dear Ruth & Joe, This morning in Women’s Bible Class, Ruth asked for prayers for your trucking business. Your request struck a chord. I know you both to be extremely excellent, hardworking people If your trucking business is not doing what you want it to, it is not for lack of performance on your part. This is true not just for you but also for many fine people in our area. What to do?"See... Real Deal: Economic Resurrection for My Neighbors [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00197.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Downer Dumps On Helen

- Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer's throwaway comment yesterday that he did not believe New Zealand was likely to be attacked by the United States is a very revealing statement, ACT New Zealand Leader Richard Prebble said today. See... NZ 'Displeases' US Administration Says Downer [1] - National - Clark makes NZ the butt of jokes [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00442.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00441.htm


English Speaks To Balclutha Tories

- Tonight, we are midway between Easter and Anzac Day. It's a time when we all reflect on the sacrifices that have been made - that are still being made - to achieve peace on earth. See... English Speech to Balclutha National Party AGM [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00439.htm


Wining In God’s Own

- ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today warned of the dangers posed by the proposed Wine Bill, and recommended that winemakers look to Australia to see what such dangerous legislation could mean for our own wine industry. See... Dry Times Ahead For Wine Industry [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00446.htm


Pondering The Alternative? J-Day Looms

- J Day is part of the 6th Annual International Celebration of Cannabis and Rally Against Prohibition, now happening in over 220 cities around the world on Saturday 3rd May. See... J Day is Sat 3 May 2003 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00153.htm


Peace And Justice Descends of Parliament

- The Embassy of Peace and Justice will be opening on Friday morning, April 25 at 8:00am on the grounds of Parliament in Wellington. The public is invited to visit the Embassy all day and be issued with a 'Passport to Peace'. See... Embassy of Peace and Justice Opens Tomorrow [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00146.htm


Nats Announce Joyce As GM

- National Party President Judy Kirk has today named Steven Joyce as the first General Manager for the revamped party organisation. "Steven brings to the position a proven record of success and achievement which is a vital strength for National ... See... Steven Joyce appointed National Party GM [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00148.htm


Helping Migrants To Settle In

- A new initiative is up and running in Waitakere City that aims to help migrants and refugees settle successfully into their community. See... New Out West Migrant & Refugee Project Launched [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00149.htm


Dunne Says Open The Immigration Gates

- New Zealand's population today reached four million, but the Government should set a target of five million by 2015, United Future leader Peter Dunne said. See... Dunne: NZ needs five million people by 2015 [1] ALSO: ACT Says Dunne Is Silly - ACT leader Richard Prebble said today that Peter Dunne's call for the population of New Zealand to increase by 1 million in just 12 years is silly even by his standards and his claim that New Zealand needs a policy that is well planned belies his lethargy ... See... Off-The-Wall and Typical of Peter Dunne [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00448.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00459.htm


Holidays In The Sun – Belgium Style

- Prime Minister Helen Clark and Belgium Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt today signed two new agreements between New Zealand and Belgium at their meeting in Brussels. See... Working holiday scheme signed with Belgium [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00453.htm


Where Are The Cops? - Newman Pops A Cap At George

- ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today demanded a response from Police Minister George Hawkins in light of new information showing that the numbers of police in New Zealand are among the lowest in the developed world. See... Blue Line Among World's Thinnest [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00457.htm


Iceland Shouldn’t Dodge On Whales: NZ Govt

- New Zealand has officially opposed Iceland’s attempt to avoid the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) commercial whaling ban, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Phil Goff and Conservation Minister Chris Carter announced today. See... NZ opposing Iceland’s attempt to avoid whaling ban [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00455.htm


Miss Asia Loot For Iraq

- Net proceeds from the upcoming pre Miss Asia beauty contest gala fundraising dinner being held on May 3 in Auckland will be donated towards medical supplies in Iraq. National MP Pansy Wong has met with the Patron of the Miss Asia contest, Leigh Ling, ... See... Chinese community supports Iraqi medical needs [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00452.htm


Peace Vigils About The Land

- Apologies for the reduced listings this week with just the events coming up soon, including new listings for today and tomorrow ... circulation of the full listings will resume next week. See... PMA what's on where listings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00155.htm


Nats Say Treated Timber Is Good, But…

- National has welcomed an interim decision requiring treated timber in new buildings, but is criticising the length of time it is taking the Government to act, says National's Housing Spokesperson Wayne Mapp. See... Treated timber needed in construction of homes [1] ALSO: - Building Industry Feds - Proposed Changes on Timber Treatment Miss the Mark [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00449.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00151.htm


Cullen Speaks To Grey Power

- I would like to convey to you the best wishes of the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Helen Clark, who was unable to be here because she is out of the country on official business. It is a pleasure for me to address your Annual General Meeting in her place. See... Michael Cullen Address to Grey Power AGM [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00440.htm


Ban Xenotransplants Say Anti-Vivisectionists

- The NZ Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) is appealing to the Government to reduce the chance of New Zealand becoming a source for epidemics such as SARS. The anti-vivisectionists claim that SARS- like epidemics could become more frequent should xenotransplantation ... See... Call For Outright Ban On Xenotransplants [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00150.htm

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