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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Middle Earth To Become Narnia
LEAD STORY:
Cullen Signals Money For Families In The Budget Next Year
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
UN Radio Special Report: Annan Says Handing Iraq Back To Iraqis Is Urgent
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
Guest Opinion: Not All Girls Want Help With Their Student Loans
Saddam Capture: Now Lets Get Rid Of The Shrub
Saddam Capture: US Political Ramifications Considered
A Neo-Conservative Hurricane In DC
UQ Wire: 911 Failures Of Bush Admin. On Prime Time TV
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
CYF Continues Release Of Mishandled
New High Country Park A Tragedy - ACT
Cullen Accused Of Sticking A Bomb On The Beach
Marilyn Waring Appointed To Reserve Bank Board
Ross Armstrong Audit Report To Be Released Tomorrow
Coddington Responds To Hard News Critique Of Media Study
Toxic Waste Cleanup Money Forthcoming
Updating Performers Legal Rights
Tom Cruise Photo-Op Cost $8 Million – Coddington Says
Carbon Credit Winners
More Legal Moves To Crackdown On 'P' Menace
New Employment Chief & Indians
Coroners Changes In The Wind

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LEAD STORY:
Middle Earth To Become Narnia

- ''The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,'' the movie to be directed by kiwi director Andrew Adamson, is coming to New Zealand in what Industry Development Minister Jim Anderton says is ''a vote of confidence in our country as a location for film and screen production''. See... The Lion, the Witch, the Wardrobe Coming To NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00475.htm


Cullen Signals Money For Families In The Budget Next Year

- A Future Directions package to assist low and middle income families will be the centrepiece of next year’s budget, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... Budget numbers support family assistance package [1] MORE: - Progressives - . Opportunity for greater social investment [2] - National - Give something back to everyone Dr Cullen - Brash [3] - Greens - Family assistance package: too little, too late [4] - United Future - Copeland says “Time for tax cuts” [5] - NZCSS - Families Finally The Focus Of The BPS [6] - Barnados - A Xmas promise for Kiwi kids [7] - CTU - Low-paid Workers to Benefit from Budget Surplus [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00442.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00470.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00452.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00449.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00448.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00143.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00142.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00139.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Fire Leads to Ward Evacuation [1]
  • NZ Police walk the clean and green beat [2]
  • Name Suppression Decision Sends Wrong Message [3]
  • Peace vigil today [4]
  • Budget numbers support family assistance package [5]
  • Indonesian peace building fund launched [6]
  • Another Screen Production Facility For Wellington [7]
  • Residential prices rise again [8]
  • Ferner’s Bride Stripped Bare Exhibition [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0312/S00081.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00146.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00144.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00137.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00442.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00437.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00434.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00196.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0312/S00103.htm


    UN Radio Special Report: Annan Says Handing Iraq Back To Iraqis Is Urgent

    The task of restoring the effective exercise of sovereignty to Iraqis, in the form of a provisional government, is urgent. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Security Council Tuesday that while there may not be time to organize free, fair and credible elections for this purpose, it is essential that the process leading to the formation of a provisional government is fully inclusive and transparent. See... UN Radio Restoring Sovereignty to Iraqis is Urgent [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00110.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Security Council Clarity Sought On UN Role in Iraq [1]
  • Panel on Weapons Of Mass Destruction Established [2]
  • Hundreds of Iraqi Refugees Return From Iran [3]
  • Nigerian President Obasanjo Gets UN Food Award [4]
  • UN: Kosovo Asked To Aim For Normal Society [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00109.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00108.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00107.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00106.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00105.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    - When he's bad, Holmes can be awful. When he's good, as he was during last night's Holmes show discussion on the foreshore proposal, he's a useful citizen. There was a sense of seriousness not always present in that programme, and that was good... ... See... Public Address 18/12/03 - Culturing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00165.htm


    Guest Opinion: Not All Girls Want Help With Their Student Loans

    - The Human Rights Commission has decided to examine the New Zealand University Students Association’s claim that women with student loans are discriminated against because they take, on average, twice as long to clear their debt than men. See... Girls Can Do Anything Except Pay Off Their Loans [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00164.htm


    Saddam Capture: Now Lets Get Rid Of The Shrub

    - The humiliating footage, beamed to the world, of a bedraggled Saddam Hussein having his mouth examined by a U.S. military doctor is living proof that the embarrassing, once U.S.-supported Iraqi despot has finally been deposed. See... One Autocratic Belligerent Deposed, One to Go [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00163.htm


    Saddam Capture: US Political Ramifications Considered

    - When I first heard of the capture of Saddam Hussein, my immediate reaction was ''Well, that does it. Bush has a lock on the election!'' Then I had second thoughts, as sweet reason took hold of my reflections. See... Ernest Partridge: "We Got Saddam!" - So What? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00162.htm


    A Neo-Conservative Hurricane In DC

    - Deep in the halls of Washington a putrid wind of sweeping ideology festers, swirling like a hurricane from the Atlantic seaboard, becoming a tornado in the frozen tundras of the Midwest, an impenetrable and monstrous fire wall ... See... The Enemy Within: The NeoCon Hijacking of America [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00161.htm


    UQ Wire: 911 Failures Of Bush Admin. On Prime Time TV

    - For the first time, the chairman of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is saying publicly that 9/11 could have and should have been prevented, reports CBS News. See... UQ Wire: CBS - 911 Attack Was Preventable - Kean [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00160.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Upon kissing the Crucifix, I ask the Lord: What do You want of me, Lord, what is my mission? See... Katya Rivas: I Am Who I Am… I Live Always [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00159.htm




    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00438.htm
    IMAGE: Toasting 4 Weeks Leave For Working New Zealanders


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    CYF Continues Release Of Mishandled

    Cases - Child, Youth and Family has today issued the findings of an inquiry by Ailsa Duffy QC into the handling of a phone call that Ron Burrows, father of Coral-Ellen, made to the Department on 21 January 2003. See... CYF Report Into Handling Of Ron Burrows Phone Call [1] and CYF Findings On Involvement With Tamati Pokaia [2] MORE: - Ruth Dyson - Minister welcomes CYF reports [3] - ACT - Report Shows CYF Has To Go [4] - United Future - Turner: CYFS a 'dysfunctional monster' [5] - National - How many more lives before lessons are learned? [6] - - PSA - Stop blaming individual social workers [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00136.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00135.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00471.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00460.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00453.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00444.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00145.htm


    New High Country Park A Tragedy - ACT

    The Labour Government's decision to hand control of Molesworth Station over to the Conservation Department in 2005 is a tragedy for one of New Zealand's most iconic farming properties, ACT New Zealand Rural Affair Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... Transfer of Molesworth Station A Tragedy [1] MORE: - Govt. - Molesworth Station to become high country park [2] - ACT - Molesworth Decision Disaster-In-Waiting [3] - Fed Farmers - DoC Should Stick to its Knitting [4] - Forest & Bird - Transfer of Molesworth to DOC welcomed [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00462.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00451.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00439.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00141.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00140.htm


    Cullen Accused Of Sticking A Bomb On The Beach

    -"The Government's decision to create customary title for Maori to sit alongside 'public domain', sets a time bomb ticking," says National Party Constitutional and Treaty of Waitangi Issues spokesman Wayne Mapp. See... Maori Gain Control Of The Beaches [1] MORE ON THE BEACHES: - Greens - Foreshore To Be Aired At Summer Policy Conference [2] - NZ First - Ratepayers Will Pay For Foreshore & Seabed Policy [3] - ACT - Biggest Land Transfer in NZ History [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00461.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00459.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00455.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00440.htm


    Marilyn Waring Appointed To Reserve Bank Board

    - Dr Marilyn Waring has been appointed to the Reserve Bank Board to replace Ruth Richardson whose term expires on February 3, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... Waring to Reserve Bank Board [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00467.htm


    Ross Armstrong Audit Report To Be Released Tomorrow

    - A special debate is being sought on the Auditor General's report into Dr Ross Armstrong when Parliament resumes in February, by the two MP's who originally raised the matter. See... Special Debate Needed on Armstrong Audit [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00465.htm


    Coddington Responds To Hard News Critique Of Media Study

    - You know you're winning an argument when your opponents resort to personal abuse. The past six weeks I've copped plenty of personal flak, but this week two in particular were exceptional. See... Liberty Belle: Recipe for Strength [1] MORE COLUMNS: - Marc Alexander - Marc My Words: Tis The Season To Reflect [2] - Muriel Newman - The Column [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00464.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00468.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00436.htm


    Toxic Waste Cleanup Money Forthcoming

    - Grants to clean up of some of New Zealand's worst contaminated sites have been announced by Environment Minister Marian Hobbs under the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund. See... Contaminated sites funding [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00476.htm


    Updating Performers Legal Rights

    - Existing performers’ rights will be made technology neutral so that performers’ works will be protected irrespective of medium, says Associate Commerce Minister Judith Tizard. See... Amendment to make performers’ rights tech-neutral [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00474.htm


    Tom Cruise Photo-Op Cost $8 Million – Coddington Says

    - Remember the photo of Prime Minister Helen Clark with Tom Cruise on the set of `The Last Samurai'? Hard-working New Zealand taxpayers will be forking out $8 million for that, ACT New Zealand Associate Finance Spokesman Deborah Coddington says. See... Prime Minister's $8 Million Photo Op [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00473.htm


    Carbon Credit Winners

    - Proposals for a mini-hydro electricity scheme in Hawke's Bay and a large wind farm in Manawatu have won a share of "carbon credits"; from the Government. See... Hydro scheme and wind farm win Kyoto carbon credit [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00472.htm


    More Legal Moves To Crackdown On 'P' Menace

    - Further action against 'P' and other drugs were announced today by Jim Anderton, Chair of the Ministerial Committee on Drug Policy, and Justice Minister Phil Goff. See... Further action against P and other drugs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00456.htm


    New Employment Chief & Indians

    - Aucklander James Wilson has been appointed the new Chief of the Employment Relations Authority, Labour Minister Margaret Wilson announced today. See... New Employment Relations Authority chief [1] and EEO Trust Board appointment [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00447.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00446.htm


    Coroners Changes In The Wind

    - Associate Justice Minister Margaret Wilson said today the Government has confirmed proposals to update the Coroners Act 1988 with new legislation to be introduced next year. See... Proposals for new Coroners Act [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00445.htm

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