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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Dr Don Discovers A Dangerous Drift Towards Separatism
NZ Films Receive 12 Academy Award Nominations (& that's leaving aside The Last Samurai & Russell Crowe)
NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
UN Says It Will Send Election Team To Iraq
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Tony Baldwin Comments On Electricity Market Moves
Hard News & More Is There
Sam Smith On Not Being Cyberbalkanised
Motornet:VW's Latest Just Fine Off & On The Road
Ehrlich: Chicken Flu Cull Places Workers At Risk
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Energy Report Release Does Not Convince Price Skeptics
NZ To Seek Seat On UNCHR
Govt. Could Learn From Wairarapa Says Roy
New Screening Rules For Immigrants
100% Pure NZ Wins In The Big Apple
Upper Hutt School Closure Decisions A Disgrace - Coddington
Goff's Off To East Timor
Wellington Treaty Negotiators Receive Mandate
Govt's Birchwood Station Purchase Driving Prices Still Higher
Book Export Industry Thriving PM Says
Sutton Says Forestry Levy Worth Looking At
Simon Power Urged To Get Briefed
Foreshore Proposals Have Constitutional Implications - ACT

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MOTORNET – Karl Ferguson In The VW Touareg

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Dr Don Discovers A Dangerous Drift Towards Separatism

- "The topic I will focus on today, is the dangerous drift towards racial separatism in New Zealand, and the development of the now entrenched Treaty grievance industry. We are one country with many peoples, not simply a society of Pakeha and Maori where the minority has a birthright to the upper hand, as the Labour Government seems to believe." See... NATIONHOOD - Don Brash Speech Orewa Rotary Club [1] and Key points from National Party Leader Dr Don Brash [2] REACTION: POSITIVE: - ACT - Welcome Aboard, Dr Brash [3] NEGATIVE: - Russell Brown - Hard News: More in sorrow [4] - Parekura Horomia – Education And Employment Priority For Maori [5] & Parekura Horomia: Who's advising Donald? [6] - Margaret Wilson - Ignorance is offensive [7] - Progressives - Focus needs to shift [8] - NZ First - Brash Leap Backwards Over Race Relations [9] - Michael Cullen -Political desperation is no excuse for this [10] - Greens - A Brash approach to race relations [11]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00220.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00221.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00228.htm
[4] - http://publicaddress.net/default,971.sm#post971
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00251.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00248.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00236.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00225.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00235.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00223.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00222.htm


NZ Films Receive 12 Academy Award Nominations (& that's leaving aside The Last Samurai & Russell Crowe)

- NZ Actress Keisha Castle-Hughes has been nominated for the Oscar Best Actress award for her role in Niki Caro's film version of Witi Ihimaera's Whale Rider. Meanwhile Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings – Return Of The King has received 11 nominations . See... Oscar Nominations - ROTK Gets 11, Whale Rider 1 [1] MORE: - National - Don Brash congratulates Keisha Castle-Hughes [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00125.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00239.htm


NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Gregory Fortuin Speaks On Ahmed Zaoui [1]
  • W32.Novarg.A@Mm Upgraded To Level 4 Threat [2]
  • Human Rights Commission Letter To PM On Foreshore [3]
  • Teletext Marks 20 Years Of Service To New Zealand [4]
  • Super Fund Appoints Two Further Investment Managers [5]
  • New Zealand No. 1 in the Automotive Internet [6]
  • Singapore Armed Forces Artillery On Wellington Roads [7]
  • Risk Of Asian Bird Influenza On NZ Flocks Minimal [8]
  • Unions To Fight Contracting Out Of Food Services [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0401/S00077.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0401/S00058.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0401/S00076.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00129.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00127.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0401/S00055.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0401/S00089.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0401/S00036.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0401/S00035.htm


    UN Says It Will Send Election Team To Iraq

    – Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced in Paris today that the United Nations will send a team to Iraq to explore the possibility of elections before the transfer of sovereignty as long as the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) provides adequate security arrangements. See... With security, UN will send electoral team to Iraq [1] and UNSC members hail Annan's Iraq elections decision [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00190.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00191.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • White House Press Briefing - David Kay & The ISG [1]
  • US VP Dick Cheney Address to World Economic Forum [2]
  • 10 Downing St Briefing - Hutton & Tuition Fees [3]

  • Colin Powell In Russia
  • Opening Remarks With Russian FM Igor Ivanov [4]
  • Powell Op-Ed: Partnership, Under Construction [5]
  • Colin Powell Interview at Ekho Moskvy Radio [6]
  • Powell Remarks With Russian President Putin [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00195.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00193.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00187.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00192.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00189.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00188.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00184.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Tony Baldwin Comments On Electricity Market Moves

    - When electricity spot prices spiked earlier this month, the Major Users Group (which includes Comalco, Carter Holt, Pan Pac Forest Products and Winstone Pulp) protested: “The market is inherently flawed. Generators are price-gouging.” See... Tony Baldwin: Electricity Price Volatility No Flaw [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00131.htm


    Hard News & More Is There

    - So was that the speech of a man who wants to win the next election - or one who just doesn't want to lose it too horribly? I ask, because it appears to me that any government that actually sought to implement the full extent of the programme outlined last night in Don Brash's speech would be utterly consumed by it. See... Public Address 28/01/04 - Art And Politics [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00130.htm


    Sam Smith On Not Being Cyberbalkanised

    - cyberbalkanization (sy.bur.bawl.kuh.ni.ZAY.shun) n. The division of the Internet into narrowly focused groups of like-minded individuals who dislike or have little patience for outsiders. Also: cyber-balkanization. --cyberbalkans n. See... Sam Smith's Undernews: Cyberbalkanization [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00129.htm


    Motornet:VW's Latest Just Fine Off & On The Road

    - For a split second, the rear tyres scrabble for traction and there's the slightest hint that the Touareg might not make it up the muddy incline in high gear. But then we're over the hump and the big VW is off - no hassle, no fuss. See... MOTORNET: VW Touareg, Fine Off & On The Road [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00128.htm


    Ehrlich: Chicken Flu Cull Places Workers At Risk

    - BANGKOK, Thailand -- Humans are in "extremely high" risk of additional deaths by bird flu in Thailand and elsewhere in Asia because many do not wear protective clothing while collecting and burying millions of diseased chickens, according to the U.N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). See... Humans Working On Chicken Cull At High Risk - FAO [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00127.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - Your soul is a land that has been prepared by maternal care and later made fertile by the frequent rains of Divine grace and capable of producing flowers. I am the only owner of this land… No one will ever enter this land. See... Katya Rivas: Should I Not Be First in Your Lives? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00126.htm



    http://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/0401/cb6c5009f688b50e5ff5.jpeg
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00221.htm
    Dr Don Brash Addresses Nationhood


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Energy Report Release Does Not Convince Price Skeptics

    - Energy Minister Pete Hodgson's ignorance of power price increases has been exposed, says National's Energy spokesperson Roger Sowry. See... Hodgson lost over power price increases [1] MORE: - Consumer Coalition - Consumers challenge Unison line charge increases [2] - MEUG - Retail margin analysis useful, but has limitations [3] - Govt - Electricity pricing reports released [4] & Reports - Electricity Prices and Retail Competition - Report [5] & Contact Energy Pricing in the Invercargill Area [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00229.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00131.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00125.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00212.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00121.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00120.htm


    NZ To Seek Seat On UNCHR

    - New Zealand will seek election to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in 2009, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... NZ To Seek Place On UN Human Rights Body [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00226.htm


    Govt. Could Learn From Wairarapa Says Roy

    - ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today urged the Government to follow the example set by Wairarapa District Health Board, which published its booklet `Our Children, Their Health' in a bid to address the Wairarapa's appalling child health statistics. See... Labour Must Take A Leaf Out Of DHB's Booklet [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00238.htm


    New Screening Rules For Immigrants

    - A new and enhanced immigration health and disability screening programme will be phased in this year, Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel announced today. See... New migrant health and disability screening rules [1] MORE: - NZ First - Immigrant Health Checks Long Overdue [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00237.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00240.htm


    100% Pure NZ Wins In The Big Apple

    - Tourism Minister Mark Burton is today congratulating TNZ on winning two prestigious awards from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International in New York last night. See... Another boost for international tourism [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00234.htm


    Upper Hutt School Closure Decisions A Disgrace - Coddington

    - ACT New Zealand Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington today slammed Education Minister Trevor Mallard's decision to close five Upper Hutt and Stokes Valley schools, describing the latest round of closures a disgrace. See... Schools Close, Despite Excellent ERO Reports [1] MORE: - National - Mallard backs down to parent pressure [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00233.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00245.htm


    Goff's Off To East Timor

    - Foreign Minister Phil Goff flies to Manila tomorrow to attend a meeting of East Asian and Latin American Foreign Ministers in Manila. He will then make a three-day visit to Timor-Leste. See... Goff to attend regional meetings, visit East Timor [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00243.htm


    Wellington Treaty Negotiators Receive Mandate

    - The resolution of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims in the Wellington area has moved closer today, with the Crown recognising the mandate of iwi representatives who will negotiate a settlement. See... Wellington Treaty negotiations take shape [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00232.htm


    Govt's Birchwood Station Purchase Driving Prices Still Higher

    - The Labour Government has driven the price of land to extraordinary new heights in the purchase of Birchwood Station, ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... Govt Pays A High Price For Birchwood Station [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00231.htm


    Book Export Industry Thriving PM Says

    - New Zealand-published books earned $117 million in export earnings last year, according to a new government report launched this evening by Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark. See... PM welcomes export challenge for book industry [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00227.htm


    Sutton Says Forestry Levy Worth Looking At

    - The forestry industry should think carefully before rejecting out of hand the proposal to have a commodity levy, Forestry Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Commodity levy worth considering [1] and Jim Sutton New Zealand Institute of Forestry Spch. [2] MORE: - National - Sutton steps in right direction [3] & Leave It To The Experts, Jim! [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00218.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00217.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00247.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00246.htm


    Simon Power Urged To Get Briefed

    - Minister of Defence Mark Burton is again offering National Defence spokesman Simon Power the briefing he so urgently needs. See... Please Mr Power—take the briefing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00215.htm


    Foreshore Proposals Have Constitutional Implications - ACT

    - ACT New Zealand MP Dr Muriel Newman today expressed her concerns over the Labour Government's proposed seabed and foreshore framework, and warned that this complex document could have far-reaching ramifications for New Zealand. See... Labour's Foreshore Framework A Threat To NZ [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00214.htm


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