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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
ACT Prepares To Emigrate To Local Body Politics
MetService Issues Severe Storm Warning But Says Worst Is Over
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Israel’s Week-Long Spree Kills 27 People Injures 147
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES
STORY OF THE WEEK: Brash’s Race-Rhetoric RoadShow Kicks Off
FRINGE '04: Let The Fringing Commence

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
Stateside: Where Rosalea Eats More Verbs
John Roughan: When An Island Is Like An Athlete
Translated Hebrew Commentary On The Provocation of Hamas
Michel Chossudovsky: Something Is Rotten In The States
Ramzy Baroud: Seeking Arab Action Not Reaction
John Chuckman: Reasoning With Terror
Satire: Bush Clears Himself Of Lying About WMDs
Kidd Millennium: Exhibitionism
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Feel Assured: Hawkins Says Civil Defence Dealing ‘Well’ With Storm Damage
State Retirement Providers Announced
National Finally Comments On A Police House
Prebble On Sticks And Stones
Benefit Fraud Deserves Action Not Spin

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Feilding Floods: State Of Emergency Called

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:

ACT Prepares To Emigrate To Local Body Politics

- Lou Garvey writes acceptance by ACT that its days as a significant player at a Parliamentary level are drawing to a close might be assumed from the attention it is now paying to involvement in local authority politics. See... ACT an Endangered Species - Labour's New Realities [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00115.htm


MetService Issues Severe Storm Warning But Says Worst Is Over

- The deep low off the Wairarapa Coast that brought stormy conditions over the lower North Island is forecast to move away to the southeast from late morning,with the rain and severe southerly gales easing. However, another 20 to 30mm of rain is still ... See... Storm Warning Remains But Worst Weather Has Passed [1] MORE STORM NEWS: - Scoop - Scoop Images: Wellington Battered By Feb. Storms [2] - Manawatu DC - Images: Feilding Flooding Pictures [3] - MetService - Data From The Extreme Storm [4] - Federated Farmers - Poor Forecasting To Cost Millions [5] - Greater Wellington - Flood levels in western Wellington region [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0402/S00094.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00116.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0402/S00100.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00044.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0402/S00099.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0402/S00098.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Red fire ants found during exotic ant surveillance [1]
  • National hits the road with Treaty message [2]
  • Positive News For Orthpopaedic Operations Patients [3]
  • World's Deepest-Diving Submersible To Come To NZ [4]
  • Research: Superiority Of New Asthma Test Confirmed [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00097.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00240.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0402/S00044.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00040.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0402/S00043.htm


    Israel’s Week-Long Spree Kills 27 People Injures 147

    - GAZA, Palestine - A Palestinian Health Ministry report revealed Sunday that 27 Palestinians have been killed and 147 others wounded by Israeli troops over the past week. See... Israeli Troops Kill 27 Palestinians and Wound 147 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00137.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • ISM Wins Libel Suit Against Right-Wing Journalist! [1]
  • The arrest of Nariman - report from Jenin [2]
  • UNESCO Condemns Yet More Murders Of Journalists [3]
  • Bird Flu Still Spreading In Asia [4]
  • UN: Unhindered Humanitarian Access Urged in Haiti [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00136.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00134.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00133.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00132.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00127.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Brash’s Race-Rhetoric RoadShow Kicks Off

    - National Leader Don Brash has taken the message from his Orewa speech on New Zealand nationhood to Rotorua, in the first of a series of provincial tours. See... National hits the road with Treaty message [1] ALSO: - Nats - Brash takes message to the regions [2] - ACT - ACT's The Letter - Monday 16 February 2004 [3] - Previously - STORY OF THE WEEK 13/2/04: The Race Debate [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00240.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00237.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00243.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00127.htm


    FRINGE '04: Let The Fringing Commence

    - Fringe NZ 04: Revelation kicked off in true fringe style in front of a full-house at Shed 11. See... FRINGE '04 REVIEW: Black Valentine Party [1] MORE REVIEWS: - FRINGE '04 REVIEW: After Kafka [2] - FRINGE '04 REVIEW: Hows Your Father? [3] - FRINGE '04 REVIEW: Flamenco Mosaic [4] See also... Scoop Fringe 2004 Feature [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00109.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00114.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00112.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00110.htm
    [5] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=fringe04


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    It seems to have escaped some people that NZ Idol isn't a talent quest, it's a TV format. Sure, it's a TV format based on a talent quest, but that's not quite the same thing... See... Public Address 16/02/03 - All Over The Place [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00124.htm


    Stateside: Where Rosalea Eats More Verbs

    - Since the words I ate last week weren’t too indigestible, I decided to eat some more by going to a political rally. See... Stateside: Going Back For Dessert [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00123.htm


    John Roughan: When An Island Is Like An Athlete

    - When athletes prepare for the big game, they practice, practice and again,.practice more. No matter how painful, that's how they prepare. See... John Roughan: No Pain! No Gain! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00126.htm


    Translated Hebrew Commentary On The Provocation of Hamas

    - Some time in the next day, week or month a lot of us will be putting pen to paper condemning a Palestinian suicide bombing in which innocent civilians have been killed. But, more than any other time in the past we would be condemning the other side as well. For the Israeli government, will be sharing the blame. See... Read This Before The Next Suicide Bombing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00125.htm


    Michel Chossudovsky: Something Is Rotten In The States

    - America’s leaders in Washington and Wall Street firmly believe in the righteousness of war and authoritarian forms of government as a means to ''safeguarding democratic values''. See... Global Research: The Criminalization of the State [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00122.htm


    Ramzy Baroud: Seeking Arab Action Not Reaction

    - Weapons of mass destruction scandals are gaining momentum in the United States as well as Britain. The two major war allies, who violated Iraq’s sovereignty without an international mandate last year, are now scrambling to show that they were simply behaving with honorable motives when they marched to Baghdad, leaving behind uncounted corpses of innocent Iraqis. See... WMD Scandal: The Arab Silence Perplexing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00121.htm


    John Chuckman: Reasoning With Terror

    - Trying to bring reason to the subject of terror seems hopeless. The subject is crushingly-weighted with hatreds, prejudice, and political lunacy. But the attempt is important because the subject may dominate the lifetimes of most readers. See... John Chuckman: Anatomy Of Terror [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00120.htm


    Satire: Bush Clears Himself Of Lying About WMDs

    - After a hard look at himself in the mirror on Monday, President Bush said he doesn't believe he is guilty of lying to the American public about the threat Saddam Hussein posed to the United States and so people should just get over it already. See... Satire: Bush Investigates Self Finds No Wrongdoing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00119.htm


    Kidd Millennium: Exhibitionism

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com… See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Janet Jackson vs Rodin [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00118.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - When we speak of wolves in sheep clothing, we have been cautioning you that this could happen. Unhappily, there are persons with an excessive eagerness to flee very far from humility. See... Katya Rivas: What Does Not Come from Heaven [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00117.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00116.htm
    Wellington Lashed, And Wounded, By Southerly Gales

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Feel Assured: Hawkins Says Civil Defence Dealing ‘Well’ With Storm Damage

    - Civil Defence staff at local and regional councils are dealing well the impact of recent severe weather conditions, Civil Defence and Emergency Management Minister George Hawkins says. See... Civil Defence dealing well with bad weather impact [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00245.htm


    State Retirement Providers Announced

    - AMP Financial Services (NZ) Ltd (AMP), ASB Group Investments Limited (ASB), AXA New Zealand (AXA) and Global Retirement Trust (GRT) have been selected as the providers for a new retirement savings scheme for employees in the state sector, State Services ... See... See... State sector retirement scheme providers announced [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00246.htm


    National Finally Comments On A Police House

    - Overworked police in Christchurch are operating out of a substandard base and the Labour Government is turning a blind eye, says National MP David Carter. . See... Police work in cramped old house [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00238.htm


    Prebble On Sticks And Stones

    - ACT New Zealand Leader Richard Prebble today said that the Labour Government's personal attacks on Dr Don Brash were now verging on the hysterical. See... See... Labour's Attacks On Dr Brash Hysterical [1] ACT Says Give Private Healthcare A Chance - Labour should consider a more broadminded attitude toward private sector involvement in healthcare - then it might not have to fork out taxpayers' money to have cancer patients treated in Australia, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy asked ..See... Give Private Healthcare A Chance [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00250.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00241.htm


    Benefit Fraud Deserves Action Not Spin

    - ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today demanded answers from Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey, after new information shows that his Ministry does not record whether benefit debt is the result of overpayment ...See... Quit Spinning And Address Benefit Fraud, Labour [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00244.htm

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