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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Controversial Waitangi Tribunal Petroleum Report Released
COLUMNS:
U.S. State Dept Pressured: A Former Military Officer Writes
Breathing Deep The Depleted Uranium Cloud
Stateside With Rosalea: USA’s Cringe TV
Howard's End: Electricity Crisis Sense From The South
LETTERS:
Hey! Scoop’s Letters The The Editors Are In!
MORE Scoop War Coverage Feedback Flows
INT NEWS:
PNA Says Israel Must Accept Roadmap

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
English Reckons Maori Caucus Betrayed By Clark
Gidday Cobba: Cullen Breakfasts With The Aussies
Asian Crime Wave Claims Make Pansy Wild
Govt Must Peel A Few Notes On Energy Ed
Nats Policy Returns To Haunt
Questions Of The Day
Oil n Gas Ownership A Legal Slick
MC Jimbo Raps With Coolio
Tourist Numbers Up
Community Groups Stretched

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Controversial Waitangi Tribunal Petroleum Report Released

- The Waitangi Tribunal has upheld claims by Mâori that Mâori have an ongoing ‘Treaty interest’ in petroleum, but not that it is a taonga as argued by claimants. See... Waitangi Tribunal Petroleum Report Released [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00199.htm


COLUMNS:

U.S. State Dept Pressured: A Former Military Officer Writes - There should be a shake-up in the manner Washington handles foreign policy. The first thing that should happen is official barring of Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz from commenting on matters other than defence in its most ... See... Pressures on the U.S. State Department [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00142.htm


Breathing Deep The Depleted Uranium Cloud

- Fully deployable Cruise Missiles cost the U.S. War Department about $1.3 million USD each. The U.S. used about 12,000 of the flying bombs and 2,000 lb "smart bombs" during the siege of Baghdad. That's up to 9,600,000 pounds of DU smoke and dust hanging in the radioactive dust cloud over Baghdad. That's a lot of lethal radioactive smoke drawing into both Iraqi and U.S.A lungs… See... Political foes unite on depleted uranium munitions [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00134.htm


Stateside With Rosalea: USA’s Cringe TV

- As the King of Siam might say in song: "It's a puzzlement." Why is so much film and television product originating in the US so childish, as if created by using one of two cookie cutters, Weepy or Creepy? See... Weepy n Creepy Film and TV [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00140.htm


Howard's End: Electricity Crisis Sense From The South

-The Government's solution to the power crisis is so devoid of imagination, of vision, of lateral thinking that you'd think they're still waiting for a feasibility study for the wheel. But then, I'm probably just a silly old woman so what would ... See... Electricity ‘Solution’ Devoid Of Imagination [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00138.htm


LETTERS:

Kooky Captions Are In - Thank You Caption Writers. Scoop readers have issued a rich-dish of Kooky Captions to accompany our Chief Kook Image of the week – thank you to all concerned…. See... Kooky Captions Are In: Thank You Caption Writers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00141.htm


Hey! Scoop’s Letters The The Editors Are In!

- IN THIS EDITION: What about the Congo? – Mohamed Atta and US/German Exchange Students - Baghdad – Electricity – Prostitutes – Road Map to Peace – “Statistics” and Politicians – Guyana – Irael/Palestine – NZ Constitution… See... Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00139.htm


MORE Scoop War Coverage Feedback Flows

- Feedback on Scoop’s coverage of the USA-UK-Australian invasion of Iraq continues to arrive. Here’s is the latest from the Scoop Editors’ inbox...


INT NEWS:

PNA Says Israel Must Accept Roadmap - The Palestinian National Authority Minister Shaath today said Israeli acceptance of the “roadmap” is key to controlling and ending the violence See... Israel Must Accept Roadmap For Violence To Stop [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00199.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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English Reckons Maori Caucus Betrayed By Clark

- The Maori members of Labour's Caucus have every reason to feel betrayed by the Prime Minister, according to National Party Leader Bill English. See... Labour set to divide over policy of division [1] ALSO: Dunne Cites When Tribunals Go Wild - The Waitangi Tribunal has moved away from its mandate of righting historical wrongs and into "judicial activism", United Future leader Peter Dunne said today. See... Dunne: Waitangi Tribunal out of line [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00546.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00539.htm


Gidday Cobba: Cullen Breakfasts With The Aussies

- Michael Cullen Speech: Notes for presentations to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle Breakfast: the New Zealand Economy and to the International CEO Forum. See... Cullen Speech: Trans-Tasman Business Breakfast [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00535.htm


Asian Crime Wave Claims Make Pansy Wild

- Claims that an Asian student crimewave is sweeping the streets of Auckland have angered National's Ethnic Affairs spokesperson, Pansy Wong. See... National Ethnic Affairs Spokesperson [1] ALSO: Police Stretching The Truth? - New Zealand First has accused the Government of trying to cover up the level of Asian student crime in Auckland and silencing a police officer who went public with the problem. See... Honesty No Longer The Policy Of The Police? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00545.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00536.htm


Govt Must Peel A Few Notes On Energy Ed

- Green Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons is calling on the Government to use some of the money it is making out of this year's energy crisis to help properly fund teams of experts to visit every commercial high-rise and major retail store in the country. See... Plough profits back into energy education [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00547.htm


Nats Policy Returns To Haunt

- Confirmation that the National Party is unable to move on from the policies which lost it the 1999 election will come today when it releases its welfare statement, says Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Maharey reissues National’s 1998 welfare policy [1] ALSO: ACT: Desperate Steve Acts Before He Thinks - Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey today showed his desperation about any challenge to Labour's soft-on-welfare growth strategy, by criticising National's welfare reform plan before it has even been released, ACT New Zealand Social Welfare ... See... Minister Desperate Over Welfare Challenge [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00537.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00544.htm


Questions Of The Day

- 1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Has the Minister of Finance kept her informed of taxation matters, and does he have her confidence? See... Questions Of The Day [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00543.htm


Oil n Gas Ownership A Legal Slick

- New Zealand First says the tangled legal mess of oil and gas ownership and Maori rights is a classic case of a Government reaping what it sowed when last in office. See... Labour's Tangled Web Of Its Own Making [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00542.htm


MC Jimbo Raps With Coolio

- Jim Anderton will meet and thank Rapper/Hip Hop artist Coolio for the time he has taken in New Zealand to talk to students in schools about valuing themselves and their communities, and the dangers of drugs, particularly methamphetamines. See... Coolio and Anderton to rap Meth [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00541.htm


Tourist Numbers Up

- Minister of Tourism Mark Burton is welcoming Statistics New Zealand’s latest external migration figures, which show a five percent increase in visitor arrivals for April 2003, when compared to the figures for April 2002. See... Visitor arrival numbers excellent news [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00540.htm


Community Groups Stretched

- “While the Government sits on a $4m surplus we have community trusts and other groups working with our youth on suicide and drug addiction threatened with closure due to lack of funding,” said New Zealand First youth affairs spokesperson Craig McNair. See... Lack Of Funds Jeopardises Community Groups [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00538.htm

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