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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Student Debt Level Passes $7 billion Today
Hard News On The Seabed Hikoi
Children Should Be At Schools Not Hikoi's – English
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
First Execution In Afghanistan Since Taliban Ruled
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Ewan Morris: Somebody’s Been Sleeping in My Seabed!
Galesburg On The PM's Presser, Zaoui & The SIS
John Roughan Reports From Honiara
Blogwatch: Fighting Talk From Fighting Talk
Between The Lines: Bush And The West Bank Settlements
Voters Can Run, But They Can't Hide From These Guys
William Marina: John Steinbeck & Iraq
Manuel Valenzuela: The Plunge into the Abyss
UQ Wire: Sibel Edmonds – The Translator Who Roared

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Goff Sells The WTO To The Pacific
Kedgley Writes To Transfund On Wellington Bypass
You Too Can Run To Be ACT's Leader!
MfE Wants You To Help Improve HSNO
One Week Left For Green Ribbon Nominations
Govt. Letting Drug Cooks Walk – Ryall
Man Who Offers 7-Year-Old Boy On Internet Jailed
New Legal Info Website Launched
Deportations Reviews Not Cutting Winston's Mustard
Northland Wahi Tapu RMA Ruling Unacceptable To Phil Heatley

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A Critical Day In The History Of NZ Race Relations

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LEAD STORY:


Student Debt Level Passes $7 billion Today

- This figure is a staggering indictment of the Labour government which is allowing its baby boomer generation to steal from the emerging generation. See... $7 Billion Debt Pays for Lower Taxes on Wealthy [1] ALSO: - VUWSA - $7 Billion In Student Debt: Labour Govt’s Shame [2] - NZUSA - Student debt hits $7 billion [3] - Victoria Students - Victoria Students Angry At Int. Fee Increase [4] - OPSA - Seven Billion Dollars Too Much [5] - AUSA - Student debt reaches $7 Billion [6] PARLIAMENT: - Peter Dunne -Students should not have to borrow to live [7] - Greens - Another milestone for Generation Debt [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0404/S00101.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0404/S00102.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0404/S00100.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0404/S00099.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0404/S00105.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0404/S00103.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00448.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00436.htm


Hard News On The Seabed Hikoi

- "How did the hikoi go?" asked Fee as I watched the news. "Oh, not too bad," I said. "The traffic didn't snarl up on the bridge." Oh truly, I am an Aucklander. Our race relations hang in the balance, and I'm worried about the cars... See... Public Address 28/04/04 - Human Traffic [1]


[1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,1182.sm#post1182


Children Should Be At Schools Not Hikoi's – English

- "It is unacceptable that parents are excusing their children from school to take part in seabed and foreshore protests," says National Party Education spokesman Bill English. See... Playing hooky to hikoi unacceptable - English [1] MORE SEABED AND FORESHORE NEWS: - Ken Mair - Ken Mair On Radio in Montreal [2] - Gerry Brownlee - Tariana Turia should be gone already [3] - Gerry Brownlee - Business is right to question foreshore plan [4] - Richard Worth - PM tears down constitutional conventions [5] For much much more on the Hikoi and Tariana Turia see… Full Coverage: A Critical Day In Race Relations


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00455.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00183.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00439.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00434.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00450.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • May Day is Jay Day Around The World [1]
  • Christine Fletcher Returns to Political Fray [2]
  • World Vision NZ Resumes in Iraq [3]
  • Major Industrial Initiative In Health For PSA [4]
  • Female conductor generates electricity [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00185.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00188.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00291.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00182.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0404/S00137.htm


    First Execution In Afghanistan Since Taliban Ruled

    - Amnesty International today (26 April 2004) expressed shock at news of the first judicial execution known to have been carried out in Kabul since the fall of the Taliban. Abdullah Shah, a military commander from Paghman, was executed. See... Afghanistan: First execution since fall of Taliban [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00292.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Libya: Time to make human rights a reality [1]
  • UK Govt On Middle East Diplomat Letters [2]
  • DPR Of Korea: Un Agency Appeals For Fresh Aid [3]
  • 10 Years of Post-Apartheid Democracy In Sth Africa [4]
  • Slow Progress Georgian-Abkhaz Conflict [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00290.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00289.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00288.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00287.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00284.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Ewan Morris: Somebody’s Been Sleeping in My Seabed!

    - Once upon a time there were three bears: Mama Pea, Papa Pea, and little Pepi Pea. They lived in a beautiful, spacious house in the middle of the woods. See... Ewan Morris: Goldilocks And The Four Shores [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00238.htm


    Galesburg On The PM's Presser, Zaoui & The SIS

    - Extraordinary comments by Helen Clark at today's prime ministerial press conference: she confessed that she hasn't even READ the Refugee Status Appeals Authority decision on Ahmed Zaoui, even though she's been publicly bagging it for weeks. See... Gordon Campbell's Galesburg [1] MORE: - Kevin List - PM's Presser: Zaoui & The SIS (Part 2) [2] - Govt. - Neazor appointed IG of Intelligence and Security [3]


    [1] - http://www.listener.co.nz/default,1885.sm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00214.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00413.htm


    John Roughan Reports From Honiara

    - On the battlefield, the first work doctors and medical personnel do is to separate those who have been slightly wounded from those who have been seriously hurt. See... John Roughan: First Things First! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00234.htm


    Blogwatch: Fighting Talk From Fighting Talk

    - So I though I'd have a look on the web, and sure enough: any number of people were discussing the actions of the Coalition of the Mislead and Coerced in Iraq with reference to the opinions of Niccolò di Bernado Machiavelli. Opinions, unsurprisingly, varied ... See... Fighting Talk From Fighting Talk - Blog Digest [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00241.htm


    Between The Lines: Bush And The West Bank Settlements

    - Bush Endorses Israel's Plan to Make West Bank Settlements Permanent; Lights Middle East Fuse - Interview with Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine, conducted by Scott Harris See... Bush Endorses Israel Plan On West Bank Settlements [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00240.htm


    Voters Can Run, But They Can't Hide From These Guys

    - Meet the Urosevich brothers, Bob and Todd. Their respective companies, Diebold and ES&S, will count (using BOTH computerized ballot scanners and touchscreen machines) about 80% of all votes cast in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. See... 2 Voting Cos. 2 Brothers Will Count 80% of US Vote [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00233.htm


    William Marina: John Steinbeck & Iraq

    - Art, films and literature often offer insights that help to explain human situations perhaps better than does history. See... William Marina: Iraq - The Moon Is Down, Again! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00232.htm


    Manuel Valenzuela: The Plunge into the Abyss

    - Social classes are today an illusion designed to create the impression that upward mobility, even in this age of capitalistic exploitation, can be easily achieved. See... Manuel Valenzuela: The Plunge into the Abyss (1) [1] and Manuel Valenzuela: The Plunge into the Abyss (2) [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00230.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00231.htm


    UQ Wire: Sibel Edmonds – The Translator Who Roared

    - Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds could soon become the thorniest of thorns in the side of the most secretive administration in American history. See... UQ Wire: Judge Opens 9/11 Whistleblower Hearing [1] and UQ Wire: Translator Alleges FBI/State Espionage [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00229.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00239.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0404/S00145.htm
    NZ Juliet Impresses British Critics

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Goff Sells The WTO To The Pacific

    - Brazil's successful action against United States cotton subsidies shows that developing countries and major powers are treated equally under the rules-based system of the World Trade Organisation, Foreign Minister Phil Goff told a workshop for Pacific parliamentarians today. See... WTO works for all, Goff tells Pacific MPs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00461.htm


    Kedgley Writes To Transfund On Wellington Bypass

    - Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons is writing to the Chair of Transfund to point out the "woeful inadequacies" of Transit NZ's application to build Wellington's innercity bypass. See... Wgtn Bypass A Threat To Communities Throughout NZ [1] and "Dinosaur" bypass will cheat commuters [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00458.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00420.htm


    You Too Can Run To Be ACT's Leader!

    - ACT New Zealand President Catherine Judd has today sent an email to all members and supporters outlining some aspects of the leadership selection process that the ACT Party is undertaking. See... Leadership Selection Process [1] MORE: - NZ First - Taxpayers To Finance Act Primaries [2] EARLIER: - Richard Prebble - Richard Prebble to Resign as Leader [3] and Prebble Resigns As ACT Leader [4] - Deb Coddington - In Praise Of Richard Prebble [5] - Stephen Franks - Prebble To Be Sorely Missed [6] - Catherine Judd - Thank You Richard Prebble [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00456.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00451.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00422.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00221.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00430.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00425.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00423.htm


    MfE Wants You To Help Improve HSNO

    - The Ministry for the Environment is seeking submissions on proposals to improve the management of hazardous substances under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act 1996, Acting Environment Minister David Benson-Pope said today. See... MfE consultation on proposed changes to HSNO Act [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00460.htm


    One Week Left For Green Ribbon Nominations

    - There is only one week left for people to send their Green Ribbon Award entries to the Ministry for the Environment. See... Deadline for Green Ribbon nominations closing in [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00459.htm


    Govt. Letting Drug Cooks Walk – Ryall

    - Alleged drug cooks may go free as the Government ignores a million-dollar plea to cut the drug testing waiting list, says National MP Tony Ryall. See... Govt ignoring plea to clear drug testing backlog [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00453.htm


    Man Who Offers 7-Year-Old Boy On Internet Jailed

    - New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark has slammed the sentence given to a man who dealt in child pornography and offered a 7-year-old boy up for sex on the internet. See... Paltry Sentence For Pervert Says Mark [1] MORE: - ECPAT - Prison Term For Trader Of Child Sex Abuse Images [2] - CYF- CYF welcomes sentence for 'abhorent' crime [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00452.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00181.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00180.htm


    New Legal Info Website Launched

    - A new website called LawAccess, which provides public access to an extensive range of law-related information, will be launched today by Justice Minister Phil Goff See... Goff launches online legal information service [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00449.htm


    Deportations Reviews Not Cutting Winston's Mustard

    - New Zealand First has called for an urgent review into the Deportations Review Tribunal after discovering that every one of the deportation orders overturned since 2000 involved individuals convicted of serious crimes. See... Immigrant Criminals Welcomed By Tribunal [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00445.htm


    Northland Wahi Tapu RMA Ruling Unacceptable To Phil Heatley

    - Whangarei MP Phil Heatley is warning landowners that they may face additional costs and unacceptable delays following a move by the Whangarei District Council to impose interim blanket wahi tapu conditions. See... Interim wahi tapu extreme and unreasonable [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00438.htm

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