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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Tributes Flow In For Author Janet Frame
Mortgage Rates Set To Rise As RBNZ Moves OCR
Air Wars Begin As Pacific Blue Enters NZ Market
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
UK: Hutton Report Released Dumps On BBC
Latest Israel Killings In Palestine Draws Int. Concerns
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Stateside: Rosalea On Transport, New Hampshire & Hobbits
The Latest From Public Address
How The Bush Economy Squeezes Blood From Its Workers Sweat
Israel Seeks To Split The Catholic Church In The Holy Land
Norma Sherry: A Bleak Outlook In The Home Of The Brave
Ivan Eland: WMDs Are Overrated
The Ignorant and Damaging Politics of George W. Bush
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Mallard's Axe Falls On South Island Schools
Mallard Explains Why You Can't Get Off The Couch
Prison Food Complaints Pure Whinging – Mark
Kids To Be Educated On Their Rights As Workers
Muriel Newman On Child Destroying Benefits
Cullen Addresses The Taxing The Fruit Trees
PM Takes To The Air Over Antarctica
Maharey Forecasts A Rosy Year On The Job Front
Stephen Franks Comes To Dr Don's Defence

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00140.htm
Author Janet Frame Dies

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Tributes Flow In For Author Janet Frame

- Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark today paid tribute to writer Janet Frame, who died this morning, saying her contribution to literature in New Zealand and internationally was immense. See... PM pays tribute to Janet Frame [1] MORE: - ACT - Tribute To Janet Frame [2] - National - Janet Frame helped break down barriers [3] - Creative NZ - Frame's legacy "exquisite and compelling writing" [4] & Janet Frame: a biographical note [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00267.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00266.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00265.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0401/S00100.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0401/S00099.htm


Mortgage Rates Set To Rise As RBNZ Moves OCR

- The Reserve Bank today increased the Official Cash Rate from 5 per cent to 5.25 per cent. Governor Alan Bollard said "An increase in the OCR appears warranted to ensure that inflation remains comfortably within the target range over the medium term. See... Official cash rate increased to 5.25 per cent [1] REACTION: - Greens - Interest or self-interest? [2] - NZ First -Interest Rise Will Cripple Exporters [3] - US Federal Reserve - Federal Open Market Committee Keeps 1% Funds Rate [4] - EMA - Interest rate hike questioned [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00138.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00264.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00256.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00137.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00145.htm


Air Wars Begin As Pacific Blue Enters NZ Market

- Online sales for Freedom Air's new flights to Fiji are available today, with one of the smallest airfares ever seen in New Zealand on offer. See... Freedom Air Launches Really Small Fiji Fares [1] MEANWHILE: - Pacific Blue - First Trans-Tasman Flight Takes Off [2] - ChCh City Mission - Virigin Flight Takes Off For City Mission [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00140.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00147.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00144.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Commission waits Unison price increase explanation [1]
  • Value of December Quarter Imports Falls [2]
  • 75th year of student action kicks off [3]
  • No survey on ''human genes'' [4]
  • Leading Dance Theatre Company Comes to THE EDGE [5]
  • American Diva Opens Auckland Philhamonia Series [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00143.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00142.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0401/S00045.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0401/S00062.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0401/S00096.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0401/S00097.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00199.htm
    IMAGE: 20 March - Global Day Of Action - Save The Date!

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00212.htm
    A.N.S.W.E.R March 20 - Call To Action

    UK: Hutton Report Released Dumps On BBC

    - Report of the Inquiry into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Dr David Kelly C.M.G. by Lord Hutton See... LINK: Hutton Inquiry Report Released - Contents [1] MORE: - Hutton's Findings Regarding Dr Kelly's Suicide [2] - UK PM Tony Blair's statement on Hutton report [3] - Statement by Lord Hutton - Inquiry Report Released [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00206.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00213.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00207.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00205.htm


    Latest Israel Killings In Palestine Draws Int. Concerns

    - New Israeli Massacre in Gaza Claims 8 Palestinian Lives Abed Rabbo: Sharon Diverting World Attention by Military Escalation See... Sharon Diverts World Attention by Escalation [1] ALSO: Gaza: UN urges Israel not to endanger civilians [2] - Islamic Jihad Vows Revenge [3] - Israeli Attack on Gaza Eight Killed Dozens Wounded [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00211.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00204.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00210.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00209.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • UN Radio: Asian Ministers Meet to Tackle Bird Flu [1]
  • China: Controls Tighten As Internet Activism Grows [2]
  • Indonesia: Tempo Stands Firm Over Pressure [3]
  • Afghanistan: UN voices outrage at suicide attacks [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00208.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00200.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00196.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00203.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Stateside: Rosalea On Transport, New Hampshire & Hobbits

    - Is the East Bay trying to spit me out? First up, the BART line I live on will soon be the direct route to San Francisco International Airport. Then, on June 30, Air NZ will start a direct route between SFO and Auckland. ... See... Stateside with Rosalea: Midweek musings [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00138.htm


    The Latest From Public Address

    - Two cracking posts today: from the fresh-faced David Slack and the ageing Damian Christie. See... Public Address 29/01/04 - How Cool Is This? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00139.htm


    How The Bush Economy Squeezes Blood From Its Workers Sweat

    - A year ago at this time Commentary was writing about the departure of Paul O’Neill and Larry Lindsay from the Bush administration. Twelve months on and Mr. O’Neill is back in the news, this time because he has finally broken silence and given us his opinion of Bush et. al. in an interview with Ron Suskind which formed the basis for a book called The Price of Loyalty. See... SRA Commentary: Nasty Economics [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00137.htm


    Israel Seeks To Split The Catholic Church In The Holy Land

    - Washington/Jerusalem - Proposals have been made lately in Jerusalem to divide the Latin Partriarch at of Jerusalem and to establish alongside it a church jurisdiction for Hebrew speaking Catholics in Israel. See... Analysis: Dividing the Church in the Holy Land [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00136.htm


    Norma Sherry: A Bleak Outlook In The Home Of The Brave

    - We are living in frightening times. We're in a war without an end. We're in Iraq on a lie. We have a runaway deficit that promises to get worse if we don't alter our course. We have more Americans out of work than in anytime in previous history. ... See... Norma Sherry: Not So Gay Times [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00141.htm


    Ivan Eland: WMDs Are Overrated

    - David Kay, the president’s handpicked weapons of mass destruction snoop in Iraq, has resigned and criticized U.S. intelligence for not realizing that Iraqi weapons programs were in disarray. See... WMDs Are Overrated as a Threat to America [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00135.htm


    The Ignorant and Damaging Politics of George W. Bush

    - It is said that evolution is an unstoppable force, be it biological or societal. Progress seems to be the hallmark of human civilization since the dawn of mankind’s birth in the forests of Africa to our eventual Diaspora throughout the globe. See... Manuel Valenzuela: American Taliban [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00134.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - Little one, I want to instruct you on how to do My Will. It is important that you not want anything, not even to live nor die. Because when you wish for something, it does not allow Me to do My Will in you. See... Katya Rivas: I Must Concern Myself With My Father [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00133.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0401/S00096.htm
    Leading Int. Dance Theatre Company Comes to THE EDGE


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Mallard's Axe Falls On South Island Schools

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard's announcement last night, that the axe will fall on 15 Timaru schools, has highlighted his breathtaking hypocrisy, ACT New Zealand Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Rural NZ Will Know Better Next Time, Mallard [1] MORE: - Smith: Opportunity lost with Hutt schools [2] - Govt Rural-Wrecking Machine Claims More Victims [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00259.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00271.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00270.htm


    Mallard Explains Why You Can't Get Off The Couch

    - Obstacles to Action: A Study of New Zealanders’ Physical Activity and Nutrition, identifies six distinct types of inactive people with particular behavioural needs, motivations and trigger points. See... Explaining why some New Zealanders are inactive [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00274.htm


    Prison Food Complaints Pure Whinging – Mark

    - New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark is outraged at the cheek displayed by Paparua Prison inmates who have executed a publicity stunt by complaining about the quality of food served in the prison. See... Prisoners Are Whingers Says Mark [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00273.htm


    Kids To Be Educated On Their Rights As Workers

    - Labour Minister Margaret Wilson says moves are underway to ensure children and young people are aware of their rights and legal protections at work. See... Children have rights and protections at work [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00272.htm


    Muriel Newman On Child Destroying Benefits

    - This week, the Column looks at the need to modernise a benefit that is destroying the lives of children. See... Muriel Newman: The Child-Destroying Welfare Trap [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00269.htm


    Cullen Addresses The Taxing The Fruit Trees

    - The government will consult widely with the fruit growing industry over a proposal to make the tax treatment of replacement plantings of fruit trees and vines more flexible, Revenue Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Govt to consult on vine & fruit trees tax regime [1] and Cullen Speech: Pipfruit Industry Conference [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00262.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00263.htm


    PM Takes To The Air Over Antarctica

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark travelled on yesterday’s patrol to the Ross Sea, one of several undertaken by the RNZAF each year to deter and detect any illegal fishing. See... PM on Ross Sea patrol flight [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00261.htm


    Maharey Forecasts A Rosy Year On The Job Front

    - The year is set to be a positive one on the job front, according to official forecasts released today by Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Maharey predicts positive year for jobs [1] and Steve Maharey Speech: Economic predictions for 04 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00257.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00258.htm


    Stephen Franks Comes To Dr Don's Defence

    - George Orwell would envy Helen Clark and Dr Michael Cullen's gall in calling Dr Brash's honesty `racial divisiveness', ACT New Zealand Maori Affairs Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... Labour 'Newspeak' over Treaty [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00254.htm

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