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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
PM Announces Mini-Reshuffle – David Benson-Pope Joins Cabinet
Mallard Halts School Network Reviews
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK: Call For Deported Teen To Be Brought Back
Ed Pybus Reports From Jerusalem On Peace & Trees
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
FRINGE '04: Glyn MacDonald Reviews Shadow Music
Hard News Is There!
David Miller: The Beginning Of The End For Labour?
Satire: Naderites Turn On Nader
Genevieve Cora Fraser: Another President for the Occupation?
Manuel Valenzuela Feels Cynical About The State Of US Democracy
Scott Ritter Interviewed On Between The Lines
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
National Sceptical About Maori Policy Review
Another U-Turn Sought From Govt. - Employment Law
NZ To Continue Humanitarian & Reconstruction Work In Iraq – Afghanistan
Are General Practitioners An Endangered Species
Carter Urged To Reverse Tagging Decision Of Maui Dolphins
Book On Market Education Welcomed
Student Loan Interest Rate Stays At 7%
Green MPs Join Global Solidarity For Ingrid Betancourt
DHBs Still Struggling After All These Years
Govt. Urged To Match Flood Donations
Goff's Off To South America
Greens Oppose Cervical Cancer Record Changes
Private Prison's GM Resignation Universally Seen As Unfortunate
Breast Screening Extension Welcomed
Peter Brown Concurs With Censor On Mel Gibson's Passion

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 24 February [1] . Come back this evening for the uncorrected transcript of the answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00410.htm

LEAD STORY:
PM Announces Mini-Reshuffle – David Benson-Pope Joins Cabinet

- Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today the name of the new minister to fill the vacancy created by Lianne Dalziel’s resignation and a number of portfolio changes. See... New minister appointed - changes to portfolios [1] REACTION: - NZ First - New Cabinet - Can't Dance, Can't Sing [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00411.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00412.htm


Mallard Halts School Network Reviews

Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today that a moratorium on new school network reviews would be put in place for the next five years to enable the government to strengthen its focus on quality teaching and learning for all students. See... Stronger focus on teaching and learning [1] MORE: - Greens - Greens praise moratorium call on Govt to extend it [2] - National - Victory for parent power [3] - ACT - Trevor Listens, Yeah Right! [4] - ACT - Crowd Urges Mallard To Re-think School Closures [5] - Fed. Farmers - Schools' Review Delay Good News [6] - NZEI - NZEI Welcomes Moratorium On School Reviews [7] - QPEC - QPEC Govt Must Abandon Invercargill-Hutt Closures [8] - School Trustees - Boards welcome moratorium on network reviews [9] - Libertarianz - Preschools STILL Face Mass Closures Mr Mallard [10] - Libertarianz - Mallard Quacks [11]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00394.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00398.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00397.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00396.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00419.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00298.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0402/S00066.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0402/S00065.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0402/S00064.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00144.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00143.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Duynhoven launches hydrogen to electricity project [1]
  • Coal to hydrogen to electricity way of the future [2]
  • New Zealand art rocks New York City [3]
  • Victoria Honours Influential Politician [4]
  • Images: Rally Protesting Against Zaoui Detention [5]
  • Sky TV Growth In 2004 Half Year Results [6]
  • Farmers Trading Donates More Than $60,000 [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00292.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00291.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0402/S00209.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0402/S00070.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00142.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00272.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00293.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Call For Deported Teen To Be Brought Back

    - The deported Sri Lankan teenager and her grandmother should be immediately returned to New Zealand. See... Alliance says bring back deported teen [1] and Greens… Greens support call to bring Sri Lanka girl back [2] ALSO: - PM - Helen Clark Announces Dalziel Resignation [3] - National - Inquiry still needed despite Dalziel's resignation [4] - NZ First - Dalziel Resignation Inevitable [5] - National - Answers needed on mysterious handling of letter [6] & National: More questions in Sri Lankan case [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00132.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00395.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00352.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00354.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00353.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00364.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00361.htm


    Ed Pybus Reports From Jerusalem On Peace & Trees

    -- "When they build a wall by a mans house and cut him off from his land, where he gets his food from, they force him to die. Will he chose to die on his own or take others with him?" See... Jerusalem: Olive Trees = Peace [1] MORE NEWS FROM THE HOLY LAND: - Updates from Tulkarem and Nablus [2] - Annan Condemns Suicide Bombing In Jerusalem [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00196.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00235.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00234.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Northern Uganda: Massacre Of Nearly 200 Civilians [1]
  • Yugoslavia Crimes Tribunal Pays Tribute to Judge [2]
  • Iraq Elections Could Be Held By End Of 04 [3]
  • Haiti: Rebels and forces must respect human rights - UN [4]
  • Agriculture and the WTO: Lessons from Europe [5]
  • Global Research (Canada) Feature Articles - Links [6]
  • Greens Welcome Ralph Nader To Presidential Race [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00232.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00231.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00230.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00229.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00227.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00226.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00224.htm

    SCOOP FRINGE 2004 COVERAGE:

    OPENING TONIGHT
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0402/S00056.htm
    FRINGE '04: Benjamin Crellin @witsend

    FRINGE '04: Glyn MacDonald Reviews Shadow Music

    - Shadow Music casts itself nicely in that self-made genre of purely 'experimental performance'. See... FRINGE '04 REVIEW: Shadow Music [1] See also... Scoop Fringe 2004 Feature [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00205.htm
    [2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=fringe04

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - So anyway, onto the other issue gripping the nation - shirts off at the vege shop: acceptable conduct or not? Hard News readers have spoken, and getting it off in a retail environment is not on... See... Public Address 24/02/04 - Fresh Hair [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00204.htm


    David Miller: The Beginning Of The End For Labour?

    - Anyone who heard Trevor Mallard being interviewed by Linda Clark on National Radio last Friday would have cringed in embarrassment for the man. See... David Miller: Has Labour’s Slide Started? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00203.htm


    Satire: Naderites Turn On Nader

    - Hanging Chad -- Jacob Weisen, 31, Tampa, Florida, shrieked at his television as consumer advocate Ralph Nader said he would run for president on Meet the Press. See... Satire: Liberal Vows To Not Vote Conscience [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00202.htm


    Genevieve Cora Fraser: Another President for the Occupation?

    - Just when I thought John Kerry would be fair to both sides... this article appears... '' The Cause of Israel is the Cause of America ,'' by Senator John F. Kerry. See... John Kerry's Words have Inflamed Arab Community [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00201.htm


    Manuel Valenzuela Feels Cynical About The State Of US Democracy

    - True democracy in the United States is today but an empty, lifeless crater scarring our land, a stark remnant of the searing ball of fire that is the Corporate Leviathan and its legions of unscrupulous puppets and leaches that occupy American politics. See... Rigged American Democracy and its Two-Headed Beast [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00200.htm


    Scott Ritter Interviewed On Between The Lines

    - Bush Evades Accountability in Iraq-WMD Blame Game - Interview with Scott Ritter, former chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq, conducted by Scott Harris See... Bush Evades Accountability in Iraq-WMD Blame Game [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00199.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - I was thinking about how these Messages would be received, in these times of so much materialism and apostasy that we encounter… See... Katya Rivas: Innocent Victim for World Peace [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00198.htm



    Lianne's Loss Is David's Gain

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    National Sceptical About Maori Policy Review

    - National Party Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee says the public will find it hard to believe the Prime Minister is serious about changing her Government's direction on raced-based policies. See... PM can't be trusted on review of Maori policies [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00416.htm


    Another U-Turn Sought From Govt. - Employment Law

    - National Party Industrial Relations spokesman Roger Sowry says the new Labour Minister should put an immediate stop to industrial relations laws that will cost New Zealand much needed economic growth. See... U-Turn On Industrial Relations Due Too [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00417.htm


    NZ To Continue Humanitarian & Reconstruction Work In Iraq – Afghanistan

    - In keeping with the government’s commitment to ongoing humanitarian and reconstruction work overseas, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Minister of Defence Mark Burton confirmed the next phase in two key Defence Force deployments. See… Iraq & Afghanistan Reconstruction Work to Continue [1] ALSO: Minister welcomes home P3 Orion crew [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00402.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00401.htm


    Are General Practitioners An Endangered Species

    - ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today expressed concern - but not surprise - at the Royal College of General Practice's survey finding that full-time independent General Practitioners may be a dying breed in New Zealand. See... General Practitioners A Dying Breed [1] MORE: - GPs - GPs Want Out: RNZCGP Survey [2] - National - Grim future for GPs under Labour [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00421.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0402/S00063.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00415.htm


    Carter Urged To Reverse Tagging Decision Of Maui Dolphins

    - Forest and Bird is urging Conservation Minister Chris Carter to overturn a decision by the Department of Conservation (DOC) that will put endangered Hector's dolphins at unnecessary risk. See... Minister should cancel putting dolphins at risk [1] ALSO: Hector's Dolphin Satellite Tagging: Q&As [2] - SAFE - Endangered Dolphins Experimentation Unacceptable [3] - DOC - Research Technique May Help Save Maui's Dolphins [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00091.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00092.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00090.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00089.htm


    Book On Market Education Welcomed

    - ACT New Zealand Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington today welcomed Mark Harrison's book `Education Matters: Government, Markets and New Zealand Schools', labelling it another voice in the call for a comprehensive overhaul of New Zealand's failing ... See... 'Education Matters': Choice A Step Closer [1] MORE: - Education Forum - A New Salvo in the Debate About Schooling [2] - Independent Schools of New Zealand -Mark Harrison's Book Shows Choice Is Best [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00420.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0402/S00069.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0402/S00067.htm


    Student Loan Interest Rate Stays At 7%

    - The headline student loan interest rate will remain at 7 per cent for the year beginning 1 April 2004, Associate Revenue Minister David Cunliffe and Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Student loan interest rate held [1] . See also NZUSA reaction… Lower Interest Rates From Banks Than Loan Scheme [2] .


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00418.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0402/S00072.htm


    Green MPs Join Global Solidarity For Ingrid Betancourt

    - Green women MPs will wear black in parliament today in solidarity with global Greens to mark the second anniversary of Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt's kidnapping by FARC guerrillas. See... Greens In Black For Betancourt [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00414.htm


    DHBs Still Struggling After All These Years

    - Four years on and Labour's District Health Boards are still struggling financially despite the Government making a huge extra cash injection last year, says National's Health spokeswoman Dr Scott. See... Labour's DHB funding structure failing health [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00413.htm


    Govt. Urged To Match Flood Donations

    - United Future has put a proposal to the Government that it match public donations for the victims of last week's flooding dollar for dollar, on top of any other proposed flood relief programme. See... UF calls on Govt to match flood relief donations [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00407.htm


    Goff's Off To South America

    - Foreign Minister Phil Goff leaves for Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil today on a nine-day trip to strengthen political relationships with three countries targeted by the government’s Latin America Strategy. See... Goff to Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00406.htm


    Greens Oppose Cervical Cancer Record Changes

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley is warning that doctor-patient confidentiality will be a thing of the past if Parliament changes the rules governing the records of women enrolled on the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) later today. See... Bill will breach women's privacy, warn Greens [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00404.htm


    Private Prison's GM Resignation Universally Seen As Unfortunate

    - Green Justice spokesperson Nandor Tanczos said today that the resignation of Dom Karauria as General Manager of the Auckland Central Remand Prison was a loss for the institution. See... Karauria resignation unfortunate: Nandor [1] MORE: - Pacific Peoples Advisory Group - Prison Manager's Resignation Regrettable [2] - Iwi Whanui O Tamaki Makaurau - Politics forces top prison manager’s resignation [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00403.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00135.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00134.htm


    Breast Screening Extension Welcomed

    - Women's Affairs and Senior Citizens Minister Ruth Dyson today welcomed the government's decision to extend the eligible age range for free breast screening to include women aged 45-49 and 65-69. See... Breast screening extension welcomed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00399.htm


    Peter Brown Concurs With Censor On Mel Gibson's Passion

    - “This will possibly surprise many people but I believe the Censor was right when he classified the controversial film ‘The Passion of Christ’ as R16,” said New Zealand First Deputy Leader, Peter Brown. See... The Censor Is Right This Time [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00393.htm

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