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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Save The Children: 16 Year-Old Girl Must Not Be Deported
Georgina te Heuheu Sacked From Maori Portfolios
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
SPECIAL REPORT: Rickards Stood Down As Rape Inquiry Reopened
$401.7 billion In Bush FY05 Defence Budget
Israel/Palestine: International Community’s Concerns
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
ZZZZzzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback
Guest Opinion: Regarding NZ Telecommunications Competition
Human To Human Bird Flu Transmission In Vietnam
UQ Wire: 911 Families Lobby For Inquiry Extension
Cartoon: Where GWB's Intelligence Inquiry Should Start
Ramzy Baroud: What Do Israel's Leaders Really Want?
Genevieve Cora Fraser: The Apartheid Wall
A Bipartisan Push To End The Patriot Act
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
United Future's Deep Thinking
United Urges Govt. To Give Student's Parent's A Break
Awatere-Huata's Would Be Replacement Attends ACT Caucus
Greenhouse Agreements To Be Negotiated With Big Corporates
Goff Announces Timor Reconciliation Boost
New Family Court Supremo
Parole Secrecy Decried
Ports Of Auckland Urged To Give Away Marinas
Marion Hobbs Off To Solomons
Bird Flu Risk Underplayed Says Kedgley
Government Cadets Step Up To The Plate
Progressive's To Begin Candidate Selection
Court Orders, Commitments To Maori & The Constitution
Health Minister's Meet To Discuss Primary Care

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FRINGE '04: Let Them Eat Cake - Olli Ricken

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Save The Children: 16 Year-Old Girl Must Not Be Deported

- Save the Children New Zealand has called for the protection of the sexually abused 16-year-old Sri Lankan girl who was due to be deported to her home country today. See... Save the Children: NZ Must Protect Sri Lankan Girl [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00014.htm


Georgina te Heuheu Sacked From Maori Portfolios

- National Party Leader Don Brash has moved today to replace his Maori Affairs spokesperson Georgina te Heuheu. See... Don Brash appoints new Maori Affairs spokesman [1] REACTION: - Greens - No Maori in Brash's brave new world [2] - Progressives - Genuine nationhood requires free speech [3] - NZ First - No Maoris Please – We’re Nats! [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00037.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00036.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00038.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00040.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Fringe Festival Needs Visual Artists Urgently! [1]
  • Greenpeace Reveals NZ Trading in Illegal Timber [2]
  • Call for NZ ban on Pharmaceutical crops [3]
  • Air New Zealand Employment Case Return To Court Feb 16 [4]
  • No more troops to support the US Iraq occupation [5]
  • Solid Energy Black Water Discharges Into Ngakawau [6]
  • Illegal Set Net Spotted From Helicopter [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0402/S00010.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00015.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00005.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00017.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00016.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00022.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00021.htm


    SPECIAL REPORT: Rickards Stood Down As Rape Inquiry Reopened

    - Commissioner Rob Robinson today confirmed that the criminal investigation into historical allegations of rape by Louise Nicholas had been reopened and was under active investigation. Meanwhile Assistant Commissioner Rickards has been stood down. See… Criminal Invest. Reopened - Rickards Stood Down [1] MORE: - Police Issue 'Clarifying Statement' on Rape Claims [2] - Commissioner orders review of Dompost allegations [3] ALSO: NZ First - Independent Inquiry Essential Says Peters [4] ACT - Independent Inquiry Needed On Police Complaint [5] Greens - Greens want rape-claim inquiry widened [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00023.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00007.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00024.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00021.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00001.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00004.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00018.htm
    IMAGE: President Bush Calls Orders Iraq Intelligence Review

    See also…http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00026.htm
    Press Briefing by Scott McClellan February 2, 2004

    & http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00025.htm
    President Bush Discusses Budget After Cabinet

    $401.7 billion In Bush FY05 Defence Budget

    - Q Sir, do you worry that your budget passes along problems to future generations? You often say you don't want to do that. . See... President Bush’s FY 2005 Budget [1] . See also... FY 2005 Budget Briefing by OMB Director [2] & President Bush Discusses Budget After Cabinet [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00023.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00024.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00025.htm


    Israel/Palestine: International Community’s Concerns

    Intensify - GAZA - - The United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, warned Wednesday that if the economic deterioration continues in the occupied Palestinian territories, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) might face a partial collapse. See... UN Worried of Partial Collapse of Palestine Govt [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00020.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • UK Combat Terrorism Measures Erode Human Rights [1]
  • Afghanistan: UN Seeks Poppy Crop Alternatives [2]
  • Israeli Troops Execute 5 Palestinian Workers [3]
  • 24 Hours Round Up: IOF Kills Three Palestinians [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00019.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00018.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00022.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00021.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Remember the Act Party's holiday horror story about how much more tax money those freeloading Maori receive than they pay? In this week's issue of The Listener Brian Easton forgoes a trip to the beach to stay home and check the Act parliamentary research ... See... Public Address 03/02/04 - Whoopsies [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00022.htm


    ZZZZzzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback

    - Letters To The Editor: Israel/Palestine - Irradiated Food - Whenuapai Airport – Supporting The Iraq War... See... Scoop Letters To The [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00013.htm


    Guest Opinion: Regarding NZ Telecommunications Competition

    - It will be interesting to see if Vodafone is going to challenge the Commissioner in New Zealand regarding the TSO (Telecommunications Service Obligations) under which, this year, it will have to hand over NZ$13 million to its rival, Telecom New Zealand. See... Comms. Competition Becoming An Endangered Species [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00020.htm


    Human To Human Bird Flu Transmission In Vietnam

    - The first nightmare scenario cases of human-to-human infection of fatal bird flu may have killed two sisters in Vietnam, but the odds are still against an epidemic among people, according to the U.N.'s World Health Organization (WHO). See... Nightmare Bird Flu Scenario Comes True In Vietnam [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00019.htm


    UQ Wire: 911 Families Lobby For Inquiry Extension

    - Members of the Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission have asked me to pass on their recent statement and plea for an urgent lobbying effort to be sure recently introduced legislation calling for an extension of the deadline for the 9/11 Commission is passed in both the House and the Senate. See... UQ Wire: 9/11 Families Call For Lobbying Efforts [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00021.htm


    Cartoon: Where GWB's Intelligence Inquiry Should Start

    - George Bush Cartoon by John Chuckman See... Chuckman Cartoon: Reviewing Bush's Intelligence [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00018.htm


    Ramzy Baroud: What Do Israel's Leaders Really Want?

    - One can hardly overlook the reverberation of triumph in the words of Ariel Sharon's own chief spokesman, Ranaan Gissin on Thursday, January 29. When commenting on a suicide bombing that killed 10 Israelis and wounded others in Jerusalem, Gissin exhorted: "This terrorist attack is the best argument that we can use to defend the sacred right of Israel to exercise legitimate self-defense." See... Beyond Wall & Propaganda: Violence Begets Violence [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00017.htm


    Genevieve Cora Fraser: The Apartheid Wall

    - As the Apartheid Wall continues to snake and squeeze its way through the occupied Palestinian landscape, like a giant Israeli boa-constrictor killing and devouring along its path, is the ultimate purpose to annihilate Palestinians? See... Is The Wall A Roadmap To Palestinian Annihilation? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00016.htm


    A Bipartisan Push To End The Patriot Act

    - Left-Right Coalition Resists President Bush's Call to Renew USA Patriot Act - Interview with Charlie Mitchell, legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, conducted by Scott Harris. See... L/R Coalition Resists Call to Renew Patriot Act [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00015.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - My dear child, the Lord’s presence here, during these hours near all these objects and rosaries that usually accompany them, has made it possible for us to be present in this place, which receives us with love… See... Katya Rivas: Today Jesus Blesses All Homes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00014.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0402/S00007.htm
    FRINGE '04: At High Altitude - Paolo Grippa

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    United Future's Deep Thinking

    - Getting rid of GST on rates emerged as one of the significant policy goals set by the United Future caucus at its first retreat for 2004, which ended at Wallaceville in Upper Hutt today. See... United Future sets policy goals for 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00035.htm


    United Urges Govt. To Give Student's Parent's A Break

    - The Government has to give students and their parents a financial break and stop treating people in their mid-twenties as children for student allowance purposes, United Future leader Peter Dunne and education spokesman Bernie Ogilvy said today. See... UF: Give students a fair go [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00030.htm


    Awatere-Huata's Would Be Replacement Attends ACT Caucus

    - As we prepare to hold our three-day retreat in Wallingford, Hastings, the ACT caucus is in very good spirits, ACT New Zealand Leader Richard Prebble said today. See... Wang Attends Caucus Retreat [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00032.htm


    Greenhouse Agreements To Be Negotiated With Big Corporates

    - The Government will enter negotiations for Negotiated Greenhouse Agreements with New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited and some of Carter Holt Harvey's key manufacturing operations. See... Aluminium & Forestry Seek Greenhouse Agreements [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00031.htm


    Goff Announces Timor Reconciliation Boost

    - A New Zealand grant of $200,000 will allow Timor-Leste’s Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation to hear up to 100 more human rights violation cases this year, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... NZ Funds Boost Timor-Leste Reconciliation Process [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00029.htm


    New Family Court Supremo

    - Attorney-General Margaret Wilson today announced the appointment of Auckland Family Court Judge Peter Francis Boshier as the new Principal Family Court Judge. He will take over the role from Judge Patrick Mahoney on 13 March. See... New Principal Family Court Judge [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00034.htm


    Parole Secrecy Decried

    - Tomorrow's parole hearing of Napier killer Tony Roma is a classic example of the attack that parole secrecy launches on the very foundations of our legal system, ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... End Parole Secrecy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00033.htm


    Ports Of Auckland Urged To Give Away Marinas

    - New Zealand First says if ownership responsibilities and the operation of the Auckland marinas are not acceptable core business to the Ports of Auckland, it must give them back to the public, no fee involved. See... ‘NO!’ ‘NO!’ ‘NO!’ Auckland Port Company [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00028.htm


    Marion Hobbs Off To Solomons

    - Aid Minister Marian Hobbs flies to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for a first-hand look at New Zealand's aid programme and the development challenges and constraints facing the islands. See... Aid Minister to visit the Solomons [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00027.htm


    Bird Flu Risk Underplayed Says Kedgley

    - Green MP, Sue Kedgley is questioning MAF's assertion that there isn't even a minimal risk to New Zealand from the bird flu epidemic sweeping Asia, given that it appears confused as to exactly which poultry products from the affected countries are entering ... See... MAF in denial over bird flu risk [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00026.htm


    Government Cadets Step Up To The Plate

    - A Government cadetship programme launched last year to attract future managers for Work and Income has generated overwhelming interest, Associate Social Development and Employment Minister Rick Barker said. See... Response To Govt. Cadetship Programme Overwhelming [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00025.htm


    Progressive's To Begin Candidate Selection

    - The Progressive National Executive has agreed to start selecting candidates for next year's election, says party President, Grant Gillon. See... Progressives to start selecting candidates for '05 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00024.htm


    Court Orders, Commitments To Maori & The Constitution

    - ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today urged journalists to probe Prime Minister Helen Clark's plot to usurp our constitution, after she told State radio today that the courts would block a National/ACT Government from abolishing Maori TV. See... Who Rules, PM, Parliament Or Unelected Judges? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00022.htm


    Health Minister's Meet To Discuss Primary Care

    - Primary Health Care is top of the agenda at a forum for health ministers New Zealand is hosting this week. See... Primary Care Focus For Health Ministers' Forum [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00018.htm

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