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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
Met Service Warn More Wind & Rain On Its Way
Race Debate A Smokescreen For Rogernomics - Winston
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Genevieve Cora Fraser: Holy Land Re-Examined & Unresolved
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
The Latest From Public Address
Guest Opinion: Saving NZ's Hospital Services
Ivan Eland On The Rising Iraq Body Count
Bernard Weiner Reveals An Antidote To PNAC Propaganda
Dan Spillane: Don't Look To Japan To Save The US Dollar
Wasserman: Bush Hits A Triple Trifecta Of Ignominy
Dick Cheney Waiting For The Plame Buck To Kick Him
BlackBoxVoting: Voting Activists Sue Diebold
Crisis Papers: Guard-Gate The Offence & The Defence
UQ Wire: 911 Victims Pose Some Unanswered Questions To Bush
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Budget Goodies For NZ Families Due 27th May
6,259 Apprentices Now In Training
Alexander Calls For Padded Cell For Green MP
Changes To Oaths Seen As Creeping Republicanism
Drug Education Guidelines Issued
Mallard Loses Another Friend Over School Closures- English
Mapua Toxic Contamination Agreement Reached
The End Of The Meat Board Nears

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THE BIG BLOW - SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 18 February [1] . For yesterdays transcript of Minister's questions see…Questions Of The Day & Answers - February 17 2004 [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00289.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00280.htm

LEAD STORY:
Met Service Warn More Wind & Rain On Its Way

- MetService meteorologists have issued severe wind and heavy rain warnings for an active front moving across New Zealand on Thursday. See... Severe Wind and Rain Warnings for Thursday [1] MORE NEWS ON THE BIG BLOW: - MetService - MetService Issues Narrative of the Big Storm [2] - NZ Govt- Government package for flooded areas [3] - Fed Farmers- Driving Rules Relaxed In Flooded Areas [4] - Gas Assoc. - Gas Disruption Serious - Could Last For Fortnight [5] - IAG NZ - Largest insurer impacted by adverse weather [6] - Fed Farmers - Federated Farmers sets up flood Freephone [7] FOR COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE BIG BLOW... CLICK HERE [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00060.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00058.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00293.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00204.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00202.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00201.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00194.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00152.htm


Race Debate A Smokescreen For Rogernomics - Winston

- Rt Hon Winston Peters has warned that Don Brash is creating a smoke screen of race relations while his real agenda is to breathe new life into the corpse of Rogernomics. See... We Are Middle Earth - Not Scorched Earth! [1] MORE: - Govt. - Government targets need not privilege [2] - Cullen Speech - Cullen: Speech to the Community Trusts Conference [3] - National - Admission: Maori title will apply to entire coast [4] - ACT - Who's The REAL Racist? [5] - United Future - Dunne points Brash to the future, not the past [6] - Steve Maharey - Newman misleads yet again [7] - Muriel Newman - Maharey Cannot Fight The Facts [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00282.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00273.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00285.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00270.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00283.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00287.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00274.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00277.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • International Arrivals & Departures Exceed 7.1million [1]
  • NCEA Report Calls For Exam Fees To Be Scrapped [2]
  • FMG Contributes $100,000 for Flood Relief [3]
  • Auckland Dog Owners Oppose Fee Hike [4]
  • $6 million dollar Northpower line charge holiday [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00200.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00108.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0402/S00120.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00106.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00198.htm


    Genevieve Cora Fraser: Holy Land Re-Examined & Unresolved

    - Forty years after the events of 1948 that led to the creation of Israel, Henry Cattan, a Palestinian lawyer from western Jerusalem described the dispossession of the Palestinian people from their property one of the "greatest mass robberies in the history of Palestine." See... Israel's Mass Robbery of Palestine [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00140.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • UN Seeks To Lift Poorest Nations Out Of Poverty [1]
  • West Bank: living in stench of settlers' sewage [2]
  • Eastern Europe's Low Hiv/Aids Rates Could Spike [3]
  • Iraq: Decision On Elections Later This Week - UN [4]
  • UN Considers Active Involvement In Haiti [5]
  • Haiti: Perpetrators of past abuses re-emerge [6]
  • Concerns grow over animals buried alive enmass [7]
  • Australian Army Admits Timor Investigation Errors [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00166.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00164.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00163.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00162.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00158.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00155.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00152.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00151.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    The Latest From Public Address

    - GUEST Richard Neville - Last week I spoke at the "Gala Dinner" hosted by the Australian Internet Industry Association at Sydney's Luna Park. The speech followed an address given by the Federal Minister of Communications, IT and the Arts, Daryl Williams, ... See... Public Address 18/02/04 - Elephant Hippy Pork [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00148.htm


    Guest Opinion: Saving NZ's Hospital Services

    - There are myriad strange events occurring within New Zealand’s Public Health delivery. District Health Boards in both Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki have decided to close rural maternity units, ostensibly because rural people are no longer prodigiously reproductive. ... See... Guest Opinion: The Sickness in Public Health [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00149.htm


    Ivan Eland On The Rising Iraq Body Count

    - During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military released body counts of enemy and friendly dead to the media, which reported them voraciously. Invariably, the military’s data—showing more enemy than friendly dead—was designed to give the illusion that the United States was winning the war. See... Ivan Eland: Body Count Redux [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00151.htm


    Bernard Weiner Reveals An Antidote To PNAC Propaganda

    - A scientist friend from Silicon Valley, who has been working on a top-secret project for the past three years, permitted me to visit his laboratory the other day to witness the results of his labors. See... Bernard Weiner: BS Away! - The Miracle Truth-Spray [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00150.htm


    Dan Spillane: Don't Look To Japan To Save The US Dollar

    - Japan does not have several months foreign reserve holdings left for US assets, as previously thought, because $650 billion in holdings--almost the entire amount--is already used up. See... Dan Spillane: Japan Reserves on Edge of Collapse [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00147.htm


    Wasserman: Bush Hits A Triple Trifecta Of Ignominy

    - Bush is not merely the worst president in recent memory. He's the worst in all US history. And he's won the distinction not on a weakness or two, but in at least nine separate categories, giving him a triple trifecta. See... Bush Wins Triple Trifecta As Worst President Ever [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00146.htm


    Dick Cheney Waiting For The Plame Buck To Kick Him

    - Dick Cheney knows it's just a matter of time until the buck stops. His penchant for secrecy borders on the schizophrenic. People who surround him are so terrified of leaks, they don't even talk to each other. See... Sheila Samples: Time For The Buck To Stop [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00145.htm


    BlackBoxVoting: Voting Activists Sue Diebold

    - On Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. at the Sacramento Superior Court (Dept. 53, on 800 9th St., Sacramento California) Plaintiffs will seek a restraining order against Diebold Election Systems. See... Restraining Order Sought Against Diebold ES [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00144.htm


    Crisis Papers: Guard-Gate The Offence & The Defence

    - The weekend media gasbags seem to believe that ''Guard-Gate'' will soon fade, leaving little damage to Bush's election prospects. Thus saith the pundits on PBS's ''Washington Week,'' and CNN's ''Capital Gang.'' See... The Cover-Up That's Worse Than The Crime [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00143.htm


    UQ Wire: 911 Victims Pose Some Unanswered Questions To Bush

    - The Family Steering Committee believes that President Bush should provide sworn public testimony to the full ten-member panel of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. See... UQ Wire: 911 Families Pose Questions For G.W. Bush [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00142.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - My Father wants you to be attentive so that you can familiarize yourself more with Me. I always communicate My life to you and you are always ready to receive Me. See... Katya Rivas: My Love Has Fought and Defeated You [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00141.htm



    OPENING TONIGHT...
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0402/S00109.htm
    FRINGE '04: Atamira

    http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=fringe04
    See also... Scoop Fringe 2004 Feature

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Budget Goodies For NZ Families Due 27th May

    - Budget 2004 will be delivered on Thursday, 27 May, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... Budget date – 27 May [1] MORE: - United Future - Low income families in line for $2000 per child [2] - NZ First - When Will It Stop? [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00297.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00299.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00301.htm


    6,259 Apprentices Now In Training

    - The Modern Apprenticeships scheme continues to expand, reaching 6,259 trainees across 30 industries in December 2003, Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Modern Apprenticeships scheme continues to grow [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00296.htm


    Alexander Calls For Padded Cell For Green MP

    - The fact that Green MP Nandor Tanczos appears to see a 'golden vulture' looming large over New Zealand's correction systems is the point at which the ideological meets the delusional, United Future's Marc Alexander said today. See... Alexander: A padded cell for Nandor, please! [1] MORE: - Nandor Tanczos - Private prisons a "claw in the door" [2] - Iwi Whanui O Tamaki Makaurau - Iwi group staggered at Green prison priorities [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00295.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00281.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00111.htm


    Changes To Oaths Seen As Creeping Republicanism

    - "The Government needs to make its agenda clear in respect of the review of oaths and affirmations. There is growing suspicion that it is another step in the march to republicanism," says National Party Justice spokesman Richard Worth. See... Oaths & affirmations - the march to republicanism [1] MORE: - Govt. - Public view to be sought in review of oaths [2] - Republican Movement - Bring the Oaths into the 21st Century [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00294.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00286.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00110.htm


    Drug Education Guidelines Issued

    - Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton has welcomed the publication today of a draft handbook aimed at providing guidance primarily to schools on how to evaluate the merits of different drug education programmes. See... Design, delivery and evaluation of drug education [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00292.htm


    Mallard Loses Another Friend Over School Closures- English

    - Yet another leader in the education sector has blown the whistle on Education Minister Trevor Mallard's savage school closures, says National's education spokesman Bill English. See... Mallard loses another ally [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00291.htm


    Mapua Toxic Contamination Agreement Reached

    - What was once New Zealand's worst contaminated site – the former Fruitgrower's Chemical Company property at Mapua – will become a safe local attraction once remediation work is completed, Environment Minister Marian Hobbs says. See... Agreement on Mapua reached [1] MORE: - Greens - Mapua saga proves value of RMA [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00279.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00290.htm


    The End Of The Meat Board Nears

    - The bill to restructure the Meat Board and form Meat and Wool New Zealand has been given its first reading, Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Meat Board Bill referred to select committee [1] and Meat Board restructuring bill first reading speech [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00276.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00272.htm

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