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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Budget 2004: Govt. To Bring Overseas Closer To Home
… & A Taskforce For Getting Closer To Asia
Heat On Brash 'The Peacenik' Over Nuke Remarks
… & Defence Spokesman Power Is Also Confusing Some
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Arafat Cautions Bush Over Scuttling Roadmap
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
A Pakeha Reflects On 30 Years Work With Maori Communities
Hard News & More Is There!
Stateside: Behold the new Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Agenda Transcript: Simon Dallow IV With Don Brash
Cartoon: Which Warlord Would You Choose?
William Rivers Pitt: The War is Lost
Sonia Nettnin: Highlights From Rumsfeld In The Senate
UQ Wire: Theorist Responds To Daniel Hopsicker
UQ Wire Links: Michael Moore & Evidence Destruction
Kevin List: Bill's Bills & People In Glasshouses….

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Richard Worth Offers To Forego Trip To Cassino
Nats' Conference: Brownlee Promotes Participation
Budget 2004: Enhanced Investment In New Zealand's Future
Green MP Criticises Flood Recovery Package
Coddington Talks To Visionschools
Politics According To ACT: The Letter
More Funds For Rural GPs
Matt Robson Explains The Petrol Warfare Nexus
Greens Find PAM Report Release Smells Bad
Christchurch Polytechnic Finances Under A Cloud – English
Pansy Wong Impressed With Racism March Turnout

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Budget 2004: Govt. To Bring Overseas Closer To Home

- New Zealand businesses are a long way from their overseas markets, but the Government is to assist them to overcome the tyranny of distance, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Strengthening our presence in global markets [1] ALSO: - Building up our market development capability [2] - Funding boost for negotiating trade agreements [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00170.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00167.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00166.htm


…& A Taskforce For Getting Closer To Asia

- A Ministerial Task Force has been established to build on recent breakthroughs in economic links with Asia, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... Task Force to focus on Asia relations [1] . See also… Education mission to China, Korea, South East Asia [2] and Goff to visit Japan [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00177.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00169.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00157.htm


Heat On Brash 'The Peacenik' Over Nuke Remarks

- National's position on changing New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation becomes more bizarre by the day, says Foreign Minister Phil Goff. See... Brash nuke position more bizarre by the day [1] MORE: - NZ First - National Naive Over Nukes [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00145.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00144.htm


… & Defence Spokesman Power Is Also Confusing Some

- "The Dominion Post's assertion that comments I made one week ago at a Regional Conference are National Party policy is wrong. The National Party will release its defence policy later this year and that was pointed out to the reporter at the time." See…Statement from Simon Power Re: Dominion [1] MORE: - NZ First - National's Unusual Defence And Foreign Policies [2] - Govt. - Nats show their true colours [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00156.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00164.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00158.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • March Quarter Export Value Up 5.1 Percent [1]
  • Commerce Commission member reappointed [2]
  • Nurses Take Another Step Towards Fair Pay [3]
  • UPDATE: New Zealand troops in Basrah [4]
  • Symantec’s Top 10 Malicious Threats For April 2004 [5]
  • ASB Bank Housing Confidence Survey [6]
  • Aotearoa: Anarchist report from Anti Racist Rally [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00091.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00162.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0405/S00044.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00078.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0405/S00022.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00088.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00082.htm


    Arafat Cautions Bush Over Scuttling Roadmap

    - The Palestinian Leadership on Saturday called on Washington to reconsider its full support for the Israeli Prime Minister Sharon’s unilateral plans and accused the US President of effectively torpedoing the Quartet-drafted and UN-adopted “roadmap” See... PLO Urges Bush to Reconsider Torpedoing ‘Roadmap’ [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00091.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Sudan: Massive Human Rights Violations In Darfur [1]
  • Amnesty Lists USA Forces Pattern of Brutality And Cruelty [2]
  • Gush Shalom: Silence In The Court [3]
  • Bigger EU Celebrates Its Historic Beginnings [4]
  • Cook Is TV Rescreens China Hiv/Aids Doco [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00090.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00088.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00087.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00086.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00085.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    A Pakeha Reflects On 30 Years Work With Maori Communities

    - The following paper in response to Don Brash's Orewa speech was presented last Friday night at a public meeting at St Columbas Church Hall in Ponsonby, Auckland and about 200 people turned up, a mix of Pakeha, Pacific, Maori and for the first time, a significant number of Asian New Zealanders in the audience. See... Pakeha And The Treaty - Why It's Our Treaty Too [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00082.htm


    Hard News & More Is There!

    - One of the more vexing elements for the government of its troubles in the past week or two is surely that they have helpfully served to obscure the behaviour of senior National MPs as complete doofuses... See... Public Address 10/05/4 - All The Moves [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00081.htm


    Stateside: Behold the new Rocky Horror Picture Show!

    - I went to the early showing of this "monstrosity of a movie" as some funny-boneless critics are calling it, and wanted to immediately return to the next showing dressed in costume and spouting the simplistic dialogue. ... See... Stateside with Rosalea: Reviews, Sort Of [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00080.htm


    Agenda Transcript: Simon Dallow IV With Don Brash

    - The week's news has been dominated by the Hikoi to parliament largely prompted by Maori dissatisfaction over the government's proposed foreshore and seabed legislation. See... AGENDA May 8 Transcript [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00073.htm


    Cartoon: Which Warlord Would You Choose?

    - See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Rest In Peace [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00079.htm


    William Rivers Pitt: The War is Lost

    - We have traveled a long, dark, strange road since the attacks of September 11. We have all suffered, we have all known fear and anger, and sometimes hatred. See... UQ Wire: The War is Lost [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00078.htm


    Sonia Nettnin: Highlights From Rumsfeld In The Senate

    - Now that U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, here are some of the highlights. Afterward is a response to some of the statements made at Friday’s hearing. See... Sonia Nettnin: U.S. Humiliation, Global Community [1] - Cartoon - Chuckman Cartoons: Rumsfeld & Responsibility [2] FULL COVERAGE: - Full Coverage: Bush Says Sorry For Prisoner Abuse [3] - Full Coverage: Comment On Iraq Torture Scandal [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00077.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00075.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00083.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00084.htm


    UQ Wire: Theorist Responds To Daniel Hopsicker

    - Since I organized the San Francisco International Inquiry into 9-11, I took offense to the article posted by Daniel Hopsicker blasting our inquiry, as well as the upcoming inquiry in Toronto. See... UQ Wire: Re. Daniel Hopsicker On The 911 Inquiry [1] and UQ Wire: The Red Herrings Of 9/11 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00076.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00066.htm


    UQ Wire Links: Michael Moore & Evidence Destruction

    - Disney Forbidding Distribution of Film That Criticizes Bush & F.A.A. Official Scrapped Tape of 9/11 Controllers' Statements - LINKS TO NEW YORK TIMES. See... UQ Wire: Links - Fahrenheit 911 & FAA Tapes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00072.htm


    Kevin List: Bill's Bills & People In Glasshouses….

    - Yesterday, May 6 2004, various ‘top brass’ at Television New Zealand were supposed to have appeared before the Commerce Select Committee. Unfortunately due to TVNZ Chief Executive, Ian Fraser, being reportedly ‘under the weather’ this meeting between Parliamentarians and broadcasting executives was called off at the last minute. See... A Second Look At Bill Ralston's Bills [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00070.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Richard Worth Offers To Give Up His Seat To Cassino

    - National Party MP Richard Worth is offering his place in the official party visiting Monte Cassino to one of the veterans previously denied a seat. See... Richard Worth offers his seat to Monte Cassino vet [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00151.htm


    Nats' Conference: Brownlee Promotes Participation

    - National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee is urging both Maori and non-Maori New Zealanders to have their say on the future management of the seabed and foreshore through the select committee process. See... Brownlee Speech: All Kiwis urged to take part [1] MORE NATIONAL SPEECHES: - John Key - John Key Regional Conference Speech: [2] - Don Brash - Don Brash Speech: Building a Better Future [3] - Roger Sowry - Roger Sowry Speech Industrial Relations [4] - Judy Kirk - Judy Kirk Speech National Party President [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00155.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00154.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00153.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00152.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00150.htm


    Budget 2004: Enhanced Investment In New Zealand's Future

    - Budget 2004 includes a significant financial boost of $26.5 million over the next four years to Investment New Zealand, Industry & Regional Development Minister Jim Anderton said today. See... Budget 2004: Big budget boost for Investment NZ [1] and Budget 2004: Attracting quality investment to NZ [2] ALSO: - Media Note - Budget 2004: Enhancing investment promotion [3] - Media Note - Expanding & Enhancing Strategic Investment Fund [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00175.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00174.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00173.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00172.htm


    Green MP Criticises Flood Recovery Package

    - Green MP Ian Ewen-Street says the Government's recovery package for February's floods is compensating farmers for avoidable damage they had a duty of care to prevent. See... Flood plan rewards farmers for poor land use [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00171.htm


    Coddington Talks To Visionschools

    - Speech to delegates at the Visionschools Conference, Hotel du Vin, Auckland, Friday May 7, 2004. See... Moving Schools From Good To Great [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00176.htm


    Politics According To ACT: The Letter

    - Only 9 votes separate Rodney Hide and Stephen Franks in The Letter readers’ poll for the ACT leadership. See... Richard Prebble’s The Letter [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00168.htm


    More Funds For Rural GPs

    - Three New Zealand towns are the first to benefit from government funding aimed at attracting general practitioners to rural communities. See... More GPs for rural communities [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00165.htm


    Matt Robson Explains The Petrol Warfare Nexus

    - High petrol prices are the result of the Iraq war, Progressive MP Matt Robson says. See... National Party supports paying more for petrol [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00163.htm


    Greens Find PAM Report Release Smells Bad

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley is accusing bureaucrats at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) of deliberately attempting to delay a major study on the health effects of the Painted Apple Moth spraying programme. See... Papers prove MAF tried to delay spray report [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00161.htm


    Christchurch Polytechnic Finances Under A Cloud – English

    - Christchurch Polytechnic, which is at the centre of a community education budget blow-out scandal, has failed to produce an annual report since 2001, says National's Education spokesman Bill English. See... English: CPIT in disarray [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00160.htm


    Pansy Wong Impressed With Racism March Turnout

    - National MP Pansy Wong says she is overwhelmed by the turn out at Saturday's anti-racism rally in Christchurch. See... Anti-racism rally defies the critics [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00149.htm

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