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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
PM Details NZ’s Role In Rebuilding Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom
NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Seven Scientists Killed In Plane Crash
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
SCOOP COLUMNS:
What Polish Newsweek Readers Know About Bush & The Nazis
ZZZZzzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback
Scoop Verse: Aung San Suu Kyi Writes About Her Homeland
Howard's End: Introducing Our Final Arbiters Of Justice
Upton Online: Springtime Industrial Strife In France
Stateside: Publicity Wars Among The Light Headed
Politics, Drugs and Death In The Golden Triangle
Thomas Hartmann: The Destruction Of American Democracy
Scoop Stringer Bids Farewell To Streets Of London
Katya Daily

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Introducing "TrackCo" NZ's Newest SOE (In Utero)
NZ Rail Decision – FULL COVERAGE REACTION:
Saving Rail Prebble Style
Bring Back Bay Express!
Sex Offender Legislation Introduced Before Year-End
Health Surgery Criteria Discrepancies Questioned
Alexander Criticises High Court Sentence
Quota Fisheries Model Accepted By Hodgson
Building Bridges West Coast Style
Four Weeks Off Oh How Nice: Robson
School Drugs Tests Breach Human Rights
Preb’s The Letter
Drawing Forth From Minister Horomia
Desperately Seeking Fruit Pickers
Hobbs’ Off To The Marshall Is
Gather Around Ye Loyal Members
Dunne On Catholicism And Schools

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Russia Born NZ-Citizen Wins Violin Competition

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LEAD STORY:
PM Details NZ’s Role In Rebuilding Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom

-Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced decisions on further New Zealand contributions to support humanitarian and reconstruction efforts in Iraq. Helen Clark also announced the government would continue to make a significant contribution to the fight against terrorism... See... Govt Assistance to Op Enduring Freedom and Iraq [1] REACTION: - United Future - Constructive engagement the right way to go [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00122.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00123.htm


Seven Scientists Killed In Plane Crash

- Acting Minister of Research, Science and Technology Michael Cullen said today that the deaths of seven senior managers of the Crop and Food Research Institute was a huge loss not just to the families and friends of the dead but to the country as a whole. See... A tragic loss [1] , Assisting Crop & Food Research [2] and Life sciences industry mourns loss [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00113.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0306/S00025.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0306/S00028.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS:

  • Russia Born NZ-Citizen Wins Violin Competition [1]
  • Matariki Celebrations At Te Papa [2]
  • W32.Bugbear.B Worm Identified As Targeting Banks [3]
  • Electricity Demand Update – Savings 9.7% [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0306/S00033.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0306/S00032.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0306/S00026.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00088.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    United States

  • MoveOn Bulletin: The New U.S. Nuclear Posture [1]

  • Missing WMDs
  • Kucinich: Show Us The Evidence, Mr. President [2]
  • Powell Interview on Fox News Sunday with Tony Snow [3]
  • Powell Remarks at Stakeout Following Fox News IV [4]
  • Powell IV on CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer [5]

  • Iraq
  • US Lets Looters In, Keeps Inspectors Out [6]
  • Future of Iraq - State Dept. Testimony To Senate [7]

  • Australia / Pacific
  • Call To Speak Out against Law Changes in Tonga [8]
  • Australian PM John Howard Alone On Siev X [9]
  • FIJI: Bale blasts media 'doom' over draft bill [10]
  • FIJI: Audio - New Bill Threatens Media Freedom [11]
  • FIJI: CCF Seeks Stronger Stake In Media Council [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00110.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00107.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00100.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00099.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00098.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00109.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00106.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00108.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00105.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00103.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00102.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00101.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:

    What Polish Newsweek Readers Know About Bush & The Nazis

    - Scoop reader Luke has kindly provided a translation of the Polish Newsweek article linked to by Scoop last week. See... Translation Of Newsweek Article On Bush Nazi Ties [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00055.htm


    ZZZZzzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback

    - In This Edition: Tindall Foundation Strings Attached - On Bush's Nazi Ties... - Are We So Blind? See... Scoop Feedback: Red Sheds, Nazis & Bras For Kids [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00054.htm


    Scoop Verse: Aung San Suu Kyi Writes About Her Homeland

    - "In the Quiet Land, no one can tell if there's someone who's listening for secrets they can sell. The informers are paid in the blood of the land and no one dares speak what the tyrants won't stand." See... Aung San Suu Kyi: In The Quiet Land (A Poem) [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00051.htm


    Howard's End: Introducing Our Final Arbiters Of Justice

    - As the country debates severing links with the Privy Council the hunt is on to find 1500 people whose appeals were wrongly dismissed during years of improper conduct by our NZ Court of Appeal from where judges will be drawn for any new Supreme Court. Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: Seeking 1500 Wrongly Dismissed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00050.htm


    Upton Online: Springtime Industrial Strife In France

    - In this issue: Some antipodean reflections on France's springtime orgy of strikes; more on the vexed issue of treatyology and New Zealand history; and what (two) Frogs think of Auckland. See... Upton-on-line Diaspora Edition [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00049.htm


    Stateside: Publicity Wars Among The Light Headed

    - "I'm from the South, so I've had people like that in my home. They're one step up from trailer trash." People like the Clintons, that is. Thus spake a well-heeled matron in a San Francisco bookstore vox pop last week, when asked if she was likely to buy Hillary Clinton's 'Living History', which goes on sale tomorrow. See... Stateside With Rosalea: Blonde v. Blonde [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00047.htm


    Politics, Drugs and Death In The Golden Triangle

    - Drug gangs and "dark influences" may be plotting to assassinate Thailand's prime minister while he prepares to visit Washington, but he insists the risk won't stop his war on crime in which more than 2,200 people mysteriously perished. See... Thailand's PM Wary Of Assasination [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00053.htm


    Thomas Hartmann: The Destruction Of American Democracy

    - Let's be blunt. The real agenda of the new conservatives is nothing less than the destruction of democracy in the United States of America. And feudalism is one of their weapons. See... Thom Hartmann: Midnight Ride of the Rabble [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00052.htm


    Scoop Stringer Bids Farewell To Streets Of London

    - "I’ve collected together a few observations about life in the UK, how things have changed politically and socially and some thoughts about where Britain’s headed," writes Malcolm Aitken. See... Farewell To The Streets Of London – A Soliloquy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00043.htm


    Katya Daily

    - You are poor of word but your hand guided by Mine knows how to record what the Spirit dictates and your heart hears. That is your mission for now: knowing how to write what I am telling you. See... Katya Rivas: Bring the World Closer to My Heart [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00048.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Introducing "TrackCo" NZ's Newest SOE (In Utero)

    - The government has this afternoon signed a Heads of Agreement to buy the rail network for $1, take out a 35 per cent stake in Tranz Rail and rescue it from insolvency through an immediate cash injection of $44 million, Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Transport Minister Paul Swain said. See... Government moves to protect rail network [1] MORE: - Govt. - HOA Between The Govt. And Tranz Rail [2] - Tranz Rail - TRH & NZ Govt Propose Rail Agreement [3] - Govt Jim Anderton - Tranzrail deal vital for NZ’s economic development [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00090.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00092.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00079.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00094.htm


    NZ Rail Decision – FULL COVERAGE REACTION:

    - Matt Robson - robson-on-politics: rail edition [1] - United Future - Tranz Rail: Tracks good, monopoly bad [2] - Richard Prebble - Tranz Rail Questions To Be Answered [3] - Greens - Greens hail rail track buy-back [4] - Progressive Coalition - Rail recovered for New Zealand [5] NZ First - Save Rail Again Says NZ First [6] - Nats - Govt rail deal puts more taxpayer money at risk [7] - Rail Freight Action - Rail Freight Users Commend Government Action [8] - CTU - Rail Deal Secures Essential Transport Assets [9] - Professional Engineers Institute - Cautious Welcome to Changes in Rail Structure [10] - Greater Wellington Regional Cl -Wellington welcomes government action on Rail [11]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00108.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00107.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00105.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00089.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00095.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00097.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00096.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00037.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00036.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00082.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0306/S00024.htm


    Saving Rail Prebble Style

    - ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today that the ACT Party was opposed to the Government again getting itself involved in rail. See... Tranz Rail Questions To Be Answered [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00105.htm


    Bring Back Bay Express!

    - The Green Party is calling for the rebirth of the Bay Express and other regional passenger rail services between Napier and Wellington via Palmerston North after the Government's decision to buy back the rail tracks. See... Greens call for Bay Express rail fast tracking [1]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00117.htm

    Sex Offender Legislation Introduced Before Year-End

    - Justice Minister Phil Goff hopes to introduce legislation to Parliament by the end of the year that will significantly extend the monitoring and control of high-risk sex offenders. See... Goff moving on control of child sex offenders [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00120.htm


    Health Surgery Criteria Discrepancies Questioned

    - ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today attacked the huge surgery criteria discrepancies that exist in District Health Boards throughout the country, and said they were yet another example of the Labour Government putting patients' lives at ... See... What's The Score, Labour? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00119.htm


    Alexander Criticises High Court Sentence

    - United Future law and order spokesman Marc Alexander today slammed a High Court decision halving the two-year jail sentence of a speeding driver who killed a four-year-old girl, because his family offered a $40,000 donation to the girl's kindergarten. See... Alexander: Finest Justice Money Can Buy [1] ALSO: - NZ First - Criminals Buy Time And Freedom [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00118.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00114.htm


    Quota Fisheries Model Accepted By Hodgson

    - Fisheries Minister Pete Hodgson has reviewed and accepted Te Ohu Kai Moana’s quota allocation model. See... Maori fisheries allocation model accepted [1] ALSO: - NZ First - Clark Not Above Suspicion [2] - ACT - ACT Fisheries Vote Unlikely [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00106.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00116.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00115.htm


    Building Bridges West Coast Style

    - West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor today presented a cheque for $75,000 on behalf of Tourism Minister Mark Burton to help fund the restoration of Brunner Bridge, near Greymouth. See... $75,000 grant for Brunner Bridge Restoration [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00121.htm

    Four Weeks Off Oh How Nice: Robson

    - The time has come for four weeks leave says Hon Matt Robson MP, Progressive Deputy Leader as submissions on four weeks annual leave have been pouring in to the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee today, the deadline for receiving submissions. See... It's time for four weeks leave [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00112.htm


    School Drugs Tests Breach Human Rights

    - Green MP Metiria Turei has urged an investigation into the practice of schools drug-testing students returning from suspensions, saying the procedure was unlawful and breached of the Human Rights Act. See... Rights of students breached by school drug-testing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00111.htm


    Preb’s The Letter

    - Last week the Reserve Bank cut interest rates again. Is the bank just feeding a property price boom? The editor of influential The Economist (31 May) says the stockmarket bubble has been replaced by a property price bubble that will burst. See... Richard Prebble’s The Letter [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00124.htm


    Drawing Forth From Minister Horomia

    - ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide today said that Minister of Maori Affairs Parekura Horomia had no option but to front up to question time in Parliament this week. See... Minister Of Maori Affairs Must Front [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00104.htm


    Desperately Seeking Fruit Pickers

    - News stories this week exposed a critical shortage of fruit pickers in an area that boasts one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Kiwifresh, the largest citrus grower in Northland, had a half million dollar export order of mandarins put ... See... Taxpayers deserve better [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00103.htm


    Hobbs’ Off To The Marshall Is

    - The Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Marian Hobbs, will represent New Zealand at the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting in the Marshall Islands this week. See... >Economic Ministers meet in The Marshalls [1] ALSO: - Nats -NZ must make serious effort to help Solomon Island [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00102.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00109.htm


    Gather Around Ye Loyal Members

    - Rt Hon Winston Peters - Extracts from a speech to the New Zealand First Taupo Electorate AGM, St Andrews Anglican Church Hall 2pm Sunday 8 June 2003 See... Peters Speech Extracts NZ First Taupo Electorate [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00101.htm


    Dunne On Catholicism And Schools

    - Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for the invitation to address you on a topic that has fascinated me for the past 30 years or more. See... Dunne Speech Principals Catholic Secondary Schools [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00100.htm


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    Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

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    Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

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