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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:


Govt Seeks Veterans To Attend Gallipoli 90th Commemoration
Govt Announces Benefit System Overhaul In May
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Amnesty and Anti-Slavery Int. Calls For Europe To Curb Human Trafficking
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
SPECIAL REPORT: Prebble Reveals National Party Leadership Wobbles in The Letter
Tim Barcode Play: Watching The Buggers Part VI
Russell Brown Considers A Brashbot Hack
Scoop Report: Hunter S. Thompson Commits Suicide
Kevin List's A Week Of It Is In
Cartoons

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Cullen Announces Budget Priorities
Company Tax Exemptions Announced
Govt Creates Wildlife Sanctuary On Motuihe Island
United Future Announces Post-Election Tertiary Position
ACT Says Auckland Mayor Wasted Police Time Over Banks Campaign Manager Complaint
Nats Angered Over $2million Bill For Tampa Boys Care
Employers' Concerns On NCEA Must Be Heard: Nats
Prebble Accuses PM Of Double Standards
ACT Accuses Wananga Of Entrenched Nepotism

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Prison Protest to Support Thomas Hossein Yadegary On Saturday
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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Govt Seeks Veterans To Attend Gallipoli 90th Commemoration

ANZAC charge at
Gallipoli. [1] - Veteran's Affairs New Zealand (VANZ) invites application from veterans to apply to join the contingent travelling to Gallipoli to mark the ceremony. Jessie Gunn, Director VANZ says that "Anzac Day has become a symbol of New Zealand's commitment to past and present wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, and we feel it is important to reflect this in the make up of the New Zealand veteran contingent". See... Veterans Affairs Announces Ballot [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00211.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00211.htm


Govt Announces Benefit System Overhaul In May

Social Development
and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. [1] - Work to implement a simpler, fairer benefit system will begin in May this year, Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey announced today. "A single core benefit and enhanced employment services will replace the current raft of benefits, rules and entitlements," Steve Maharey said. See... Simplified benefit system roll-out begins in May [2] ALSO: - ACT - Labour attacks the rich and successful [3] - ACT - Maharey's news only tiny part of the solution [4] - National - Labour aims to hide inaction on welfare [5] - Lindsay Mitchell - Changes To Benefit System Bad Move [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00468.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00468.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00473.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00472.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00471.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00208.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Homicide: Woman Dies Another Critical In Otara Incident [1]
  • Police Crack Down On Child Abuse And Pornography [2]
  • Mayday Colombia - a film on human rights [3]
  • Fixed home loan rates continue to rise [4]
  • AK05: Love letters from everywhere [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0502/S00227.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00202.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00204.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00256.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0502/S00153.htm


    Amnesty and Anti-Slavery Int. Calls For Europe To Curb Human Trafficking

    Europe. [1] - Amnesty International and Anti-Slavery International are calling on European countries to focus new anti-trafficking measures on protecting victims - not just national borders. The call comes as a drafting group is due to begin its last meeting in Strasbourg to finalise the draft European Convention Against Trafficking in Human Beings. See… Amnesty Urges Europe To Curb Human Trafficking [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00571.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00571.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • ANZACS farewell Banda Aceh Public Hospital [1]
  • IFJ releases report on media and the Asian tsunami [2]
  • Clinton says Maldives is a Model of Good Planning [3]
  • Violations of core labour standards in Qatar [4]
  • Iraq: Documents Link ‘Chemical Ali’ to Massacre [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00570.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00578.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00574.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00573.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00540.htm


    SPECIAL REPORT: Prebble Reveals National Party Leadership Wobbles in The Letter

    ACT former leader,
Richard Prebble. [1] - "Don Brash has not said a word in parliament for two weeks. His top strategist Murray McCully has been in the building but not in his seat in the house this year. We are also told he has not been attending caucus. That is serious. English has operated solo making NCEA his issue not National's." See... The Letter Monday 21 February 2005 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00450.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00450.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00229.htm
    Gonzo Journalism Creator Hunter S. Thompson Dies.

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Tim Barcode Play: Watching The Buggers Part VI

    - There is no sign yet in Levin of the DoC worker Jane who took a strong liking to Coates in the Masterton train shelter. See... Watching The Buggers (Part 11 Of 12) [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00226.htm


    Russell Brown Considers A Brashbot Hack

    - Why didn't they think to fit a kill-switch to the Brash droid before they sent it in? Now that the droid has gone rogue and is eating the electoral support of its designers, Mad Doctor Prebble has been forced to try and hack the system so that the Brashbot's hosts turn on it and the carnage ends. See... Public Address 22/02/05 - Paris Hilton Too! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00231.htm


    Scoop Report: Hunter S. Thompson Commits Suicide

    - Hunter Stockton Thompson, the journalist who coined the term "gonzo journalism" and wrote the 1972 book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , has committed suicide at his Woody Creek home. See... Gonzo Journalism Creator Hunter S. Thompson Dies [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00229.htm


    Kevin List's A Week Of It Is In

    NZ Government's
executive wing: The Beehive. [1] - In This Week's Week Of It: NCEA/Scholarship Woes Not As Bad As Fighting Japanese On Java - Where’s Don Gone? - National Party Searches In Vain For Youth Vote - Potty Mouthed Greens Make Law And Order Advocate See Red... Who else is sick of the whinging about NCEA? "We want answers", the Listener gallantly trumpeted on their front cover two weeks ago – Scoop wants answers too! See... A Week Of It With Kevin List [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00202.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00202.htm


    Cartoons

    - Chuckman: Another Quiet Day In Fallujah [1] Cartoons - Kidd Millennium Triple Threat [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00214.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00213.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00188.htm500 Protest on 'Stop Marsden B-each Day Out'

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Cullen Announces Budget Priorities

    - Hon Michael Cullen Speech Notes : 6pm Monday 21 February 2005 Strategic Priorities for Budget 2005 & Beyond Level 6, 22 The Terrace, Wellington See... Cullen: Strategic priorities for the 2005 budget [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00480.htm


    Company Tax Exemptions Announced

    - Non-residents who invest into New Zealand companies alongside the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund will be exempt from tax on the profits when they later sell their shares in those companies under changes planned by the government. See... Impediment to venture capital investment lifted [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00475.htm


    Govt Creates Wildlife Sanctuary On Motuihe Island

    - Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf is to be replanted and restored over the next 10 years as a sanctuary for native wildlife on the doorstep of downtown Auckland, Conservation Minister Chris Carter announced today. See... Island to be restored as 'downtown' sanctuary [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00474.htm


    United Future Announces Post-Election Tertiary Position

    United Future
Leader Peter Dunne. [1] - In announcing United Future's student support policies today, leader Peter Dunne pledged to restore fairness to the way the Government deals with tertiary students. "Students under 25 can only get an allowance if their parents' income is low enough, yet young people on the dole are not assessed on what Mum and Dad earn - the whole set-up is just essentially unfair." See... Fairness Needed In Govt's Treatment Of Students [2] ALSO: Dunne: Giving students back their future [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00470.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00470.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00469.htm


    ACT Says Auckland Mayor Wasted Police Time Over Banks Campaign Manager Complaint

    - ACT leader Rodney Hide today said he was pleased the police had concluded that ACT stalwart Brian Nicolle committed no offence under the Local Electoral Act 2001 when he was campaign manager for former Auckland City Mayor John Banks. See... Mayor Hubbard wastes police resources [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00479.htm


    Nats Angered Over $2million Bill For Tampa Boys Care

    - National Party Immigration spokesman Tony Ryall says New Zealand is being haunted by Labour's chaotic immigration policies with taxpayers forking out over $2 million for care of the so-called 'Tampa boys'. See... Soft touch immigration policy costing Kiwis [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00478.htm


    Employers' Concerns On NCEA Must Be Heard: Nats

    - National's Industrial Relations spokesman, Wayne Mapp, says Labour and the NZQA must take the concerns of employers on board as part of their inquiry into discrepancies in the NCEA. See... Employers in the dark with NCEA students [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00476.htm


    Prebble Accuses PM Of Double Standards

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark is again using double standards in demanding a "triple-A" apology from the Israeli government for the attempt by Israeli agents to obtain New Zealand passports, ACT MP Richard Prebble said today. See... PM Using Double Standards says Prebble [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00465.htm


    ACT Accuses Wananga Of Entrenched Nepotism

    - The Leader of the Maori Party Tariana Turia's statement today that it is common practice within Maoridom to keep things in the family, in response to my exposure of nepotism rife at Te Wananga O Aotearoa, is offensive, ACT MP Ken Shirley said ... See... ACT: Maori Party's explanation is mafia-like [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00464.htm

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