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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Hobbit To Be Shot In Wellywood - But Not By PJ
Travellers To Turkey Advised To Contact MFAT
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Israel Moves To Starve 600,000 Palestinians
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES
STORY OF THE WEEK: ACT Mortified At Suggestions Of Govt. Building Generation

SCOOP COLUMNS:
US Economic Survey - New Boom Or New Bubble?
Saint Peter Of Miramar Is Fed Up With Being Called A Bastard (Or is he?)
Bev Harris Gets Inside Sequoia's Voting Machines
Hard News & More Is There!
A Feast Of Blogs From NZ's Latest Blog Farm
Richard Ehrlich: Big Bomb Ingredients Stolen In Thailand
Rwandan Genocide 10 Years On
Dan Spillane & The Divider Effect Of Exporting Jobs
Manuel Valenzuela: The War of Error
UQ Wire: Bush & Cheney Fighting For Their Freedom
UQ Wire: Unanswered Questions For Thomas Kean
A Second Look At The Watcher Of The Watchers
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Rotorua Treaty Claim To Begin Negotiation
The Kids Are Not Alright - Coddington
Late Night Liquor Ammendments
One In Three Kiwis Can Now Get Cheap Prescriptions
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
United Seeks Familes Commission Input To Law Reform
Skilled Migrant Category Working For Employers
Alternative Medicine Website A Green Party Initiative
Calls For National Prostrate Cancer Education
United Not Satisfied With Govt. Response To Biff CYFS
Time To Face The Truth About Agent Orange
Govt. Crows About Its New NZSO Bill

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LEAD STORY:
Hobbit To Be Shot In Wellywood - But Not By PJ

- The Hobbit will begin principal photography in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2005, under the direction sci-fi/fantasy director Paul Andersson, it was jointly announced today by Robert Shay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of New Line Cinema; Michael Lyne, President and Chief Operating Officer of New Line Cinema; Mark Ordesky, President of Fine Line Features; and Andersson, who is also a writer and producer of the production. See... The Hobbit Begin Principal Photography In NZ 2005 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0404/S00011.htm


Travellers To Turkey Advised To Contact MFAT

- The Government has upgraded its travel advice to recommend that New Zealanders defer tourist and non-essential travel to Turkey, including the Gallipoli area,” Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... Travel warning for Gallipoli commemorations [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00041.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Causes of death in New Zealand [1]
  • Hold Foreshore Bill Until After Royal Commission [2]
  • Spotlight On Màori Economic Development [3]
  • Fish oil to prevent seabird bycatch - update [4]
  • Clean, green killer on trial [5]
  • Air NZ strike called off [6]
  • 'Back of a van' speaker scam hits central North Is [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00019.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00018.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00038.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0404/S00012.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00044.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00017.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00034.htm


    Israel Moves To Starve 600,000 Palestinians

    - The main United Nations relief agency for Palestine refugees today suspended emergency food aid to some 600,000 people in Gaza – about half of all those receiving such assistance in the occupied Palestinian territories – following new Israeli restrictions ... See... Israel Blocks Food To 600,000 Palestinians [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00029.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Zimbabwe: UN Children’s Agency Appeals For $124m [1]
  • Use Of Force Spreads Summary Executions Continue [2]
  • Terrorism Fight Restricts Right To Free Expression [3]
  • UN Mission Takes Control Of Kosovo's Main Airport [4]
  • Security Council Brief On Cyprus Settlement Plan [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00028.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00027.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00026.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00025.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00024.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: ACT Mortified At Suggestions Of Govt. Building Generation

    - The energy sector and related industries must be mortified by Energy Minister Pete Hodgson's announcement that the new Electricity Commission will engage in building generation capacity if others don't, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Energy Spokesman Ken Shirley says. See... Energy Minister's Blooper [1] MORE: - Govt. - Climate change policy accelerates energy projects [2] Click here for more STORY OF THE WEEK coverage. [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00038.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00037.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0404/S00026.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00024.htm
    Bev Harris: Inside Sequoia's Vote Counting Program

    SCOOP COLUMNS:

    US Economic Survey - New Boom Or New Bubble?

    - In early 2002 Alan Greenspan declared that the American recession which had begun a year earlier was at an end. By the fall the Fed was obliged to backtrack, admitting that the economy was still in difficulties and deflation a threat. The question that therefore imposes itself, with a Presidential election less than a year away, is the real condition of the US economy. Robert Brenner: The Trajectory of the US Economy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00330.htm


    Saint Peter Of Miramar Is Fed Up With Being Called A Bastard (Or is he?)

    - "Right now I'm the most famous export since the lamb! They're naming a street after me! I'm the king of the southern hemisphere!! I can't have you lot running around calling me a bastard! That's not just rude! It's downright disrespectful!" - Peter Jackson 31st March 2001. See... Peter Jackson (The Bastard) Sacks His Fan Club [1] ... and the followup ... Peter Jackson's Fanclub - The Truth - Finally?! [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00009.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00025.htm


    Bev Harris Gets Inside Sequoia's Voting Machines

    - On election night, March 2nd 2004, two people who do not work for the County, Sequoia employees Michael Frontera and Eddie Campbell were observed to access the WinEds central tabulator during the middle of the count. See... Bev Harris: Inside Sequoia's Vote Counting Program [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00024.htm


    Hard News & More Is There!

    - It's hard to describe gout pain, but I'll have a go. At maximum welly, it's a deep, inexorable throb, as if a paralysis in your foot (or other extremity) is spreading outwards. It's hot. There are little razor-edge high notes... See... Public Address 02/04/04 - Last Words [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00023.htm


    A Feast Of Blogs From NZ's Latest Blog Farm

    - See... Fighting Talk – For the week… [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00022.htm


    Richard Ehrlich: Big Bomb Ingredients Stolen In Thailand

    - The day before British police seized a half-ton of ammonium nitrate in England, "insurgents" in Thailand's Muslim-majority, violent south successfully stole three times that amount, enough for a bomb similar to the explosives which bloodied Istanbul, Riyadh and Bali. See... Thai Insurgents Steal Ingredient For Huge Bomb [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00020.htm


    Rwandan Genocide 10 Years On

    - April 7 this year has been designated by the UN as an international day of reflection on the genocide in Rwanda ten years ago, involving nearly a million deaths. See... The Role of the West in the Rwandan Genocide [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00019.htm


    Dan Spillane & The Divider Effect Of Exporting Jobs

    - A long-proven axiom in economics is known as the "multiplier effect." Specifically, it is an established fact that each US job generated or kept, multiple other jobs are generated. This is particularly true of higher-paying white-collar jobs. See... Dan Spillane: Outsourcing - The "Divider Effect" [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00018.htm


    Manuel Valenzuela: The War of Error

    - To understand the above mentioned quote in the context of the so-called “war on terror” one must rise above the incessant government/corporate media haze of all-encompassing propaganda that has permeated our society, causing us to become confused energies lost in the consuming darkness of ignorance. See... Manuel Valenzuela: The War of Error [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00017.htm


    UQ Wire: Bush & Cheney Fighting For Their Freedom

    - As Americans are burned and desecrated by ''liberated'' Iraqis, revelations about the Bush administration's ''slash and burn'' campaign against patriot Richard Clarke continue to emerge. See... Bush And His Advisors Vulnerable To Prison Terms [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00016.htm


    UQ Wire: Unanswered Questions For Thomas Kean

    - Kean’s pre-9/11 oil links to bin Laden’s brother-in-law were severed just prior to appointment and FBI translator’s letter and calls to chairman charging security and espionage breaches were unanswered for a year. See... UQ Wire: Kean's Link To bin Laden's Brother-in-law [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00015.htm


    A Second Look At The Watcher Of The Watchers

    - A man very much in the news this week has been New Zealand's first Inspector General of Intelligence and Security (the Inspector-General) Laurie Greig. Scoop's Kevin List has a second look at his seven-year career as watcher of the watchers. See... A Second Look At The IG Of Intelligence & Security [1] For Scoop FULL COVERAGE of the departure of the SIS Inspector General see... FULL COVERAGE: SIS IG Laurie Greig Is 'Outski' [2] ALSO: Click here for streaming audio of Scoop’s 95bfm commentary with Selwyn Manning and Simon Pound [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00008.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00012.htm
    [3] - http://www.spectator.co.nz/audio/sm-95bfm-1-04-04.m3u


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - Many prophets spoke about me: they prophesied that it was necessary for me to suffer to become worthy of being the Mother of God. On earth they anticipated knowledge of me but it had to be in a very guarded way. See... Katya Rivas: The Sorrows of the Virgin Mary [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00014.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00330.htm
    UCLA's Robert Brenner - New Boom Or New Bubble?


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Rotorua Treaty Claim To Begin Negotiation

    - The iwi and hapu of Te Arawa – based in Rotorua – have joined together to negotiate the settlement of their Treaty of Waitangi claims, says Treaty Negotiations Minister Margaret Wilson. See... Te Arawa ready to enter Treaty negotiations [1] and in Maori… Te Arawa ready to enter Treaty negotiations [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00063.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00062.htm


    The Kids Are Not Alright - Coddington

    - ACT New Zealand Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington today revealed that the Government has given up on thousands of young New Zealanders, with new information showing that approvals for children to leave school early have risen 49 percent since 1999. See... Exemptions Skyrocket Under Mallard [1] and Truancy: Labour's Lost Children [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00056.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00046.htm


    Late Night Liquor Ammendments

    - Ohariu-Belmont MP and United Future leader, Peter Dunne, says he’s delighted that Parliament last night overwhelmingly backed his amendment to the liquor laws that will make life a little easier for members of sporting and social clubs. See... Parliament backs Dunne liquor move [1] MORE: - ALAC - ALAC welcomes changes to Sale of Liquor Act [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00053.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0404/S00015.htm


    One In Three Kiwis Can Now Get Cheap Prescriptions

    - Health Minister Annette King says a new Primary Health Organisation (PHO) initiative means that almost one in three New Zealanders will now be able to get prescribed medicines for no more than $3 an item. See... Annette King welcomes 10 new PHOs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00065.htm


    These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

    - There were 7 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex. See... Select Committee Business to 2 April 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00061.htm


    United Seeks Familes Commission Input To Law Reform

    The Law Commission's call for wide feedback on proposed parenthood law changes must involve the Families Commission - which is now just four months away, United Future's Judy Turner said today. See... Turner: Get Families Commission on to parent law [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00060.htm


    Skilled Migrant Category Working For Employers

    - The Immigration Minister Paul Swain says highly qualified professionals are being actively recruited in areas of skill shortages across the whole country as a result of the first full month's operation of the new Skilled Migrant Category. See... Immigration policy attracts skilled migrants [1] & Skilled Migrant Category Questions and Answers [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00058.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00059.htm


    Alternative Medicine Website A Green Party Initiative

    - A Green Party Budget initiative to provide the public with information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has resulted in the launch of a new web-site by the Ministry of Health. See... Alternative health information available to all [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00057.htm


    Calls For National Prostrate Cancer Education

    - New Zealand First is calling on the Government to introduce a national education programme for men about prostate cancer. See... Prostate Education Programme Essential [1] MORE: - Medical Assoc. - NZMA supports screening recommendation [2] - Cancer Society - Society Welcomes Prostate Cancer Screening Report [3] - GPs - Limitations of Prostate Specific Antigen testing [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00054.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0404/S00012.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0404/S00011.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0404/S00010.htm


    United Not Satisfied With Govt. Response To Biff CYFS

    - Associate Social Development Minister Ruth Dyson's refusal to move Labour past its head-in-the-sand position over CYFS is going to lead to just one thing - more dead kids, United Future's Judy Turner said today. See... Turner: Dyson shows Govt head in sand on CYFS [1] - PSA - CYF on track but short-term help needed [2] - Govt. - Welcome support for government direction


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00052.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00012.htm


    Time To Face The Truth About Agent Orange

    - New Zealand First veteran affairs spokesperson Bill Gudgeon wants to know how much more evidence the Health select committee needs before it recognises that Vietnam veterans were sprayed with Agent Orange and are victims of an orchestrated cover-up. See... Agent Orange Issue Getting Darker [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00045.htm


    Govt. Crows About Its New NZSO Bill

    - The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Bill passed today once again demonstrates the Labour-led Government’s commitment to ensuring the ongoing availability of arts, culture and heritage to the people of New Zealand. See... Legislation confirms NZSO as cultural flagship [1] and Judith Tizard…Disturbing attitude towards cultural institutions [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00043.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00042.htm

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