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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Tariana Turia Gets Out Of The Labour Waka - By-election Ahead
… And The PM Closes The Stable Door
Government Wins Top Anti-Privacy Awards
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
President Bush Testifies In Secret To 911 Commission (Not Under Oath)
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & Much More Is There!
Martin LeFevre: The Death Of A Planet
Scott Boswell: Anzac Day In London
Ehrlich: Thai Mosque Attack Brings Repercussions
Chris Sanders: Sharon, Bush, The West Bank & The Markets
Translated from Le Monde - Toward The Petro-Apocalypse
Poem: Anti Semitism
Bev Harris Meets The Men In Black
Cartoon: Fallujah
Essay: Manuel Valenzuela: The Plunge into the Abyss (In Three Parts)

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Margaret Wilson Seeks Input On Judge Appointment Process
Marc My Words: Lots Of Words On Civil Unions
Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees
Pacific Radio Tzars Appointed
New Tertiary Education Tzars Appointed
Treaty Rights Expanded By Stealth - NZ First
Michael Cullen Opens Conference On 1984-87 Labour Govt.
Drug And Alcohol Treatment Shortage Critical

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Tariana Turia Resigns - Launches New Maori Political Movement

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Tariana Turia Gets Out Of The Labour Waka - By-election Ahead

- Radio Waatea 603am today broke the news that Tariana Turia has decided to resign from Parliament and stand in a by-election in the Te Tai Hauaru Electorate. "It is my belief that our people have through this issue realised that it is time for a Maori Political movement," she replied. "And it is something that I believe too. I am excited Willie. I have been excited listening to our people around the country." See... NEWSFLASH: Turia Launches New Political Movement [1] . Earlier: - NEWSFLASH: Tariana Turia's Long Walk [2] MORE: - Tariana Turia - Tariana Turia Anouncement; VENUE CHANGE [3] & Tariana Turia Press Conference Called [4] - Radio Waatea - Tariana Turia Press Conference Radio Broadcast [5] - National's Richard Worth - Spot the difference? [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00268.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00255.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00495.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00491.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00215.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00499.htm


… And The PM Closes The Stable Door

- Prime Minister Helen Clark has advised the Administrator of the Government, who is acting in place of the Governor-General, to dismiss Tariana Turia from her ministerial responsibilities. See... Turia relieved of ministerial responsibilities [1] MORE REACTION: - Greens - Greens: Government can't hold back the tide [2] - National - Don Brash on Tariana Turia [3] For Full Coverage, see... More on the STORY OF THE WEEK [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00505.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00507.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00506.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/index.html#msow


Government Wins Top Anti-Privacy Awards

- New Zealand’s first “Big Brother Awards” were announced at an awards ceremony at Auckland Art Gallery this evening. The awards, for outstanding contributions to the abuse of privacy in New Zealand, are modelled on Big Brother Awards held annually in many countries around the world. See... New Zealand 'Big Brother' Awards [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00217.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Democrats Want Student Loan Scheme Scrapped [1]
  • Auditor General's Report verifies concerns on ACC [2]
  • NZ troops return from Afghanistan [3]
  • Christchurch May Day Arrangements [4]
  • Skycity Buys Tainui's 15% In Skycity Hamilton [5]
  • Universal Mccann Scoops Top Ad Award [6]
  • Auckland Students Call for Tax Cuts [7]
  • Auckland City starts search for new CEO [8]
  • Banks Gives Go-ahead for indoor arena [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00220.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00216.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00213.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00211.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00284.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00281.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0404/S00116.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0404/S00230.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0404/S00229.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00316.htm
    Bush Testifies In Secret To 911 Commission

    President Bush Testifies In Secret To 911 Commission (Not Under Oath)

    -"The Vice President and I just finished a good conversation with the 9/11 Commission. It was wide-ranging, it was important, it was just a good discussion. And I appreciate the members." See... Bush Meets with the 9/11 Commission on Thursday [1] and Press Briefing by Scott McClellan April 29, 2004 [2] For Background See… - Scoop - UQ Wire: BushCheney Testimony Before 911 Comission [3] - Scoop - 911 - George W. Bush's Interesting Day - CCR - Complete 911 Timeline: Bush's movements and sayings on 9/11 [4] For full coverage of the 9/11 investigation see.. 911 Unanswered Questions - Scoop Special Feature '01-'04 [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00316.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00317.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00227.htm
    [4] - http://www.cooperativeresearch.net/timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_911_timeline&day_of_911=bush
    [5] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=UnansweredQuestions


    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:
    Hard News & Much More Is There!

    ... Take the afternoon off and read all four of today's useful and entertaining Public Address posts ... See... Public Address 30/04/04 - Take The Afternoon Off.. [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00265.htm


    Martin LeFevre: The Death Of A Planet

    - A falcon hovers over the field. Green hillsides, rounded peaks, and the dark wall of the canyon beyond town stand out in breathtaking relief in the late afternoon sun. See... Meditations (Politics): The Earth is Dying [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00263.htm


    Scott Boswell: Anzac Day In London

    - Today we headed off to the ANZAV Day service in London only to find that we were nearly 2 hours early! So we headed through St James park to look for a cafe to have a drink before heading over to Westminster Abbey for the memorial. See... Naked in Nuhaka Guest Essay: Anzac Day In London [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00262.htm


    Ehrlich: Thai Mosque Attack Brings Repercussions

    - BANGKOK, Thailand -- Military officers, politicians, Muslim leaders and others bickered on Thursday (April 29) about the army's killing of 107 armed Islamic militants, and destructive assault on a mosque, during Thailand's bloodiest clashes in modern times. See... Thai Mosque Attack Leads To Political Bickering [1] and Thai Security Forces Attack Mosque, Kill Militants [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00261.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00243.htm


    Chris Sanders: Sharon, Bush, The West Bank & The Markets

    - The meeting between President Bush and Ariel Sharon two weeks ago in Washington is an important watershed in the 2004 election. With it, the Bush campaign signalled that it is circling the wagons and is going to appeal to its core constituencies. See... SRA Commentary: Brutality in Defence of Cupidity [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00264.htm


    Translated from Le Monde - Toward The Petro-Apocalypse

    - A French elected official from the Green Party warns that there will be an oil crisis unlike any that preceded it by the end of the decade. He says our only hope is something hard to imagine: a worldwide agreement to draw down oil consumption.... See... Translation: The Mother Of All Oil Shocks [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00259.htm


    Poem: Anti Semitism

    - Dedicated to participants of the International Conference on Anti-Semitism held in the capitol of the former 3rd Reich. Semites are Arabs and Jews of Middle Eastern origin. See... Genevieve Cora Fraser: Anti-Semitic [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00258.htm


    Bev Harris Meets The Men In Black

    - And by the way, they read every word. Hi, agent Mike. He says not to tell folks about the "investigating" they are doing. See... Secret Service Investigation Puts Squeeze on BBV [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00257.htm


    Cartoon: Fallujah

    - Cartoon by John Chuckman See... Chuckman Cartoon: U.S. Marines Fallujah Memorial [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00256.htm


    Essay: Manuel Valenzuela: The Plunge into the Abyss (In Three Parts)

    - A living poison embedded inside us fills our lungs and brains, clogging our lifestyles and rendering us unable to stop its progression through our impotent minds. See... Manuel Valenzuela: The Plunge into the Abyss (3) [1] EARLIER: - Manuel Valenzuela: The Plunge into the Abyss (1) [2] - Manuel Valenzuela: The Plunge into the Abyss (2) [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00260.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00230.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00231.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Margaret Wilson Seeks Input On Judge Appointment Process

    - Public urged to have their say on way judges appointed Attorney-General Margaret Wilson today released a public consultation paper encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on the way judges are appointed in this country. See... Public urged to have their say on judge appointed [1] MORE: - Greens - Greens welcome consultation on appointment [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00496.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00494.htm


    Marc My Words: Lots Of Words On Civil Unions

    - This week the column is somewhat lengthy, but given the interest the Civil Union Bill has worked up both on talk-back and in the press, I have taken the liberty of advancing something more than a sound bite's worth of consideration. See... Marc My Words - Friday 30 April - Civil Unions [1] MORE COLUMNS: - Prime Minister - Beehive Bulletin - Friday, 30 April 2004 [2] - Matt Robson - robson-on-politics 30 April [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00502.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00501.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00508.htm


    Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees

    - Nine committee meetings were held this week, five in the parliamentary complex, one in Whangarei and three in Auckland. See... Select Committee Business - 23 to 30 April 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00500.htm


    Pacific Radio Tzars Appointed

    - Appointments to the Board of the National Pacific Radio Trust were announced today by Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey. See... Appointments to National Pacific Radio Trust Board [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00498.htm


    New Tertiary Education Tzars Appointed

    - Appointments to the Tertiary Education Commission were announced today. See... Tertiary Education Commissioners appointed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00497.htm


    Treaty Rights Expanded By Stealth - NZ First

    - New Zealand First has accused the Government of spreading Maori Treaty settlement rights to fish caught by New Zealand companies outside this country’s exclusive economic zone as a result of new fisheries legislation (Fisheries Amendment Bill No 3). See... Maori Treaty Rights Spread Across The Seas [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00493.htm


    Michael Cullen Opens Conference On 1984-87 Labour Govt.

    - Former Prime Ministers, Ministers, Members and ladies and gentlemen. It is an honour for me, on behalf of the Prime Minister, to open this conference on the first term of the Fourth Labour Government. See... Cullen Speech: The 1st Term of the 4th Labour Govt [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00492.htm


    Drug And Alcohol Treatment Shortage Critical

    - “The national shortage of treatment services for those with drug and alcohol problems appears to be reaching crisis level,” said New Zealand First health spokesperson, Barbara Stewart. See... Substance Abuse Treatment Services Inadequate [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00490.htm

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