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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Defence: Jerry Mateparae Takes The Top Job
Industrial Espionage: APN Caught Eavesdropping on its Employees
Kiwi Pride: PM Praises SPFX Wizards -
Sport: Ulmer Forces Wellingtonians Out Into Summer Sun -
Business: Fairfax Pays $700 Million For Sam Morgan's Trademe -
Scoop Column: Parliament's Spirit Flourishes In Noble Game
MORE HEADLINES:
Iraq: Thousands of detainees denied basic rights
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Leopold: Origins Of The Plan To Out Plame
Tanveer Jafri: George Bush In India As Seen In India
MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
Katya Rivas's Passion Serialised For Lent

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Economy: Key Insults Cullen's Baby And Cullen Hits Back -
Welfare: No Answers on Social Development, CYF Merger
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Defence: Jerry Mateparae Takes The Top Job

[1] Today the Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Phil Goff announced that Major General Jerry Mateparae will be the new chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, and be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Major General Mateparae will serve in the position for three years from 1 May, replacing Air Marshal Bruce Ferguson. Helen Clark and Phil Goff also announced the appointment of Major General Lou Gardiner as Chief of Army, and Air Commodore Graham Lintott as Chief of Air Force. See... Scoop Audio: New NZDF Chief Faces The Media [2] ALSO:

  • NZ Govt - Government appoints new Defence Force Chiefs [3]
  • Maori Party - Maori Party congratulates Major General Mateparae [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00085.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00085.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00093.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00106.htm


    Industrial Espionage: APN Caught Eavesdropping on its Employees

    - The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU), which represents staff at APN newspapers, raised the complaint with police when phone records showed unauthorised calls were made into weekly phone conferences with staff delegates. The unauthorised calls allegedly came from a number used by APN daily The Hawke's Bay Today and APN's regional offices in Hastings. Suspicion Inhibits Journalists In New Zealand [1]


    [1] - /stories/WO0603/S00133.htm


    Kiwi Pride: PM Praises SPFX Wizards -

    Prime Minister and Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark congratulated the New Zealand-based films which won Oscars at the 2006 Academy Awards. Helen Clark said it was a vote of confidence in New Zealand's strong film industry that movies filmed here won four major awards at the Academy Awards ceremony this evening. See... Congratulations for Oscar wins [1] ALSO:

  • National - Brash applauds Oscar successes [2]
  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00103.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00107.htm


    Sport: Ulmer Forces Wellingtonians Out Into Summer Sun -

    [3] Yesterday Wellington blew away its unseasonable Saturday chill, replacing it with a balmy gleam for Sunday, the day of the women's world cup cycling race. The large turnout of Wellingtonians to cheer the cyclists on may have been related to the summery weather, but more likely it was down to the race's strong favourite, the omnipresent lightning-fast legendarily-cute solid-gold Olympian, Sarah Ulmer. See... Sarah Ulmer - Two-wheeled lightning [4]


    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00082.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00082.htm


    Business: Fairfax Pays $700 Million For Sam Morgan's Trademe -

    John Fairfax Holdings Limited has reached agreement to acquire Trade Me Limited, New Zealand's leading internet business. Trade Me accounts for over 60% of New Zealand's web traffic. The purchase price is NZ$700 million cash (A$625 million), or approximately 15.6 times expected 2007 EBITDA. See… Fairfax To Acquire Trade Me [1] ALSO:

  • Michael Cullen - Trade Me deal – a vote of confidence in NZ [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00071.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00078.htm


    Scoop Column: Parliament's Spirit Flourishes In Noble Game

    - On Friday, in Wellington's scenic Botanic Gardens, a titanic struggle on the cricket oval raged between MPs and staff drawn from New Zealand's diplomatic community. This tussle involved a number of MPs from the two main parties united in a grand coalition aimed at maintaining parliamentary cricketing honour. These men (for they were all chaps) - of differing political persuasions - were moulded into a disciplined fielding unit through the quiet leadership of New Zealand First MP Brian Donnelly. A Week Of It: Howzat! Cricket Playing MP Action


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • Fire-breather to Incinerate Libz Census Forms [1]
  • NZ Branch to Study Peak Oil [2]
  • Top Talent In NZ's Biggest Short Film Festival [3]
  • Mediacom Marketing Digest - 6 March 2006 [4]
  • Schizophrenia Study Highlights Costs for Carers [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00045.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0603/S00012.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0603/S00066.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00109.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0603/S00024.htm


    Iraq: Thousands of detainees denied basic rights

    - "Three years after it toppled Saddam Hussain, the US-led alliance has failed to put in place measures which respect the basic rights of detainees under its control and to safeguard them from possible torture or other abuses. The system of detention that has been established is arbitrary and a recipe for possible abuse," said Hassiba Hadj-Sahraoui, Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Programme. See… Iraq: Thousands of detainees denied basic rights [1]


    [1] - /stories/WO0603/S00127.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Reflections on the Balata Invasion [1]
  • Depleted Uranium: email to Australian senators [2]
  • UN demands Eritrea lift restrictions after death [3]
  • Refugees fleeing both ways between Chad and Sudan, [4]
  • Serious concern for Palestinians refugees in Iraq [5]

  • [1] - /stories/WO0603/S00129.htm
    [2] - /stories/WO0603/S00117.htm
    [3] - /stories/WO0603/S00126.htm
    [4] - /stories/WO0603/S00124.htm
    [5] - /stories/WO0603/S00119.htm

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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Leopold: Origins Of The Plan To Out Plame

    - In mid-June 2003, when former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's criticism against the White House's use of pre-war Iraq intelligence started to make national headlines, Vice President Dick Cheney told his former chief of staff and close confidant I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to leak classified intelligence data on Iraq's nuclear ambitions to a legendary Washington journalist in order to undercut the charges made against the Bush administration by the former ambassador. See... Leopold: CIA Leak Path: Cheney, Libby, Woodward [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00100.htm


    Tanveer Jafri: George Bush In India As Seen In India

    - The president of United States of America, George W. Bush may consider himself the most powerful and the best statesman of the world but in reality he stands at the top of the list of controversial leaders. He is constantly under the controversy just for the steps taken to encounter the terrorist attack on 11September. Today the reason of his being more controversial is the vague and policies lacking result, to fight terrorism being adopted by him. Because of the controversial nature of George Bush, he has to face great opposition and hatred in most of the countries. Why do the common people hate his figure at the time when the presidents of the host countries are giving, a red carpet reception to the most powerful ruler of the world? Why do people burn his effigies, insult him and call his name with abuse at every place? See... Most Controversial, Most Powerful, Bush The Great [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00092.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:

  • Public Address 07/03/06 - Loads Of It! [1]
  • William Rivers Pitt: The Politics of Shoe Leather [2]
  • Yo Troops! Hey Vets! We Got Yer Support Right Here [3]
  • Mary Pitt: Planned Media Gag May Save America [4]
  • Conroy: DEA Corruption Intersects With FBI & CIA [5]
  • Chuckman Cartoon: Cheney With A Gun [6]
  • Bush's Illegal Conduct and Impeachable Offenses [7]
  • Pringle: Psych Drugs Used To Manufacture Insanity [8]
  • Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: Nepal Lawyers' Conference [9]
  • Norway Lends Hand To Nepal For Conflcit Resolution [10]
  • Dipta Shah: US Policy on Nepal [11]
  • M.R. Josse: Political Ground Trembles Beneath SPA [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00101.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00099.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00098.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00097.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00096.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00095.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00094.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00093.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00090.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00089.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00103.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00102.htm


    Katya Rivas's Passion Serialised For Lent

    - There are souls who consider My Passion, but very few who think about My preparation for My public life: My loneliness! See... Katya Rivas' Passion: Jesus Prepares Himself [1] SEE ALSO:

  • Katya Rivas: The Passion (Extract 1) [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00091.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00066.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    Economy: Key Insults Cullen's Baby And Cullen Hits Back -

    National's Finance spokesperson John Key said this about the economy yesterday in a speech to the West Harbour Rotary Club "The Chinese have declared 2006 the Year of the Dog but from my perspective I think it should be the Year of the Economy. For our country's sake I hope the two aren't related, although I am somewhat fearful they will be." After reading Mr Key's speech Finance Minister Michael Cullen had this to say about Mr Key "If this is the best John Key can do, then National has a serious problem. Mr Key has been described as a breath of fresh air, but all he produces is stale, old rhetoric." See... Key – all talk, no substance [1] ALSO:

  • National - John Key: Speech to West Harbour Rotary Club [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00098.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00099.htm


    Welfare: No Answers on Social Development, CYF Merger

    - National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins is startled by the lack of planning and analysis on the merger of Child Youth and Family with the Ministry of Social Development. This morning, Ruth Dyson admitted the plan had not been costed by Treasury. She has also failed to furnish any analysis that shows at-risk children and families will be better served by a mega-department. See... No homework done on CYF/MSD merger [1] ALSO:

  • National - Collins wants more detail of MSD/CYF merger [2]
  • United Future - Turner unimpressed by CYF merger [3]
  • Greens - CYFS merger welcome, but must benefit children [4]
  • NZ First - CYFS Merger Must Be Positive [5]
  • Maori Party - CYFS merger could have positive spin-offs for children and whanau [6]
  • PSA - Impact of more change on CYF staff a concern [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00116.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00094.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00096.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00101.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00112.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00120.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00044.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - Carter declines Whangamata Marina proposal [1]
  • NZ Govt - Anderton launches Schizophrenia Awareness Week [2]
  • NZ Govt - Mallard: Improving our export performance [3]
  • NZ Govt - Peters To Visit Tonga, Samoa And Niue [4]
  • NZ Govt - Greater certainty for electives patients [5]
  • NZ Govt - Prison population forecast released [6]
  • NZ Govt - Prime Minister to Chile, Philippines [7]
  • NZ Govt - David Parker - New Zealand's primary fuel options [8]
  • NZ Govt - 2006 Census – It's the Day to be Counted [9]
  • NZ Govt - Student loan interest rate set for 2006-07 year [10]
  • National - Labour in a total muddle over prisons [11]
  • National - NZ needs to climb out of third division [12]
  • National - Chris Carter must make right decision [13]
  • Greens - Greens welcome Whangamata decision [14]
  • NZ First - Mark Welcomes Police Act Review [15]
  • Prison Fellowship - Predicted prisoner Increase may spark wrong Review [16]
  • Libertarianz - Fire-breather to Incinerate Libz Census Forms [17]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00119.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00114.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00113.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00111.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00110.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00109.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00108.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00105.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00100.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00097.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00117.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00102.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00095.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00123.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00122.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00051.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00045.htm

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