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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
MMP: Hide's 'Maori Party = National Front' Analogies Fail to Stop Turia Attending ACT Conference
Employment: Restaurant Brands Pay Supersized
Scoop Column: Shane Jones And Ian Wishart Interviewed + More Hosking On Air
MORE HEADLINES:
Economy: Not All Doom and Gloom
Harmeet Sooden: Hostage's Fate Concerned MFAT During Cartoon Row -
Weather: Wati Weakens On NZ Approach
Nigeria: Agreement to Hand Over Taylor Vital Step
Tony Blair Down Under
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Norman Mackay Finds Fire In The Sky Over Ohau
SCOOP KIWI COMMENT & OPINION:
Siddhi B. Ranjitkar On Understandings WIth Maoists In Nepal
President Jimmy Carter Becomes A Blogger
MORE COMMENT & OPINION:
Katya Rivas's Passion: Serialised For Lent (Part 17)

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:
Hunting, Shooting and Fishing: Outdoor Recreation throws off United Future shakles
Corrections: Prisoners Get Moved About
Immigration: UN Declares NZ Deportee Refugee
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MMP: Hide's 'Maori Party = National Front' Analogies Fail to Stop Turia Attending ACT Conference

[1] In an unexpected move Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia was the surprise guest at ACT's Party conference held in Wellington over the weekend. Ms Turia's appearance at ACT's conference would have startled anyone that attended a speech ACT Leader Rodney Hide gave in Wellington just prior to the election. In his speech Mr Hide likened the Maori Party to the far right National Front Party. See... Party With 'Repugnant Views' Now Big Hit with ACT [2] ALSO:

  • ACT - Rodney Hide Speech 2005 - The Maori Party [3]
  • Maori Party - Turia: Speech to ACT National Conference –2006 [4]
  • Also at the Conference:
  • Rodney Hide - The Kiwi Way [5]
  • Heather Roy - Revising the Social Contract [6]
  • President's Speech to the ACT Conference [7]
  • ACT Board Election Results [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00367.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00367.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00452.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00443.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00445.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00442.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00206.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00436.htm


    Employment: Restaurant Brands Pay Supersized

    - Restaurant Brands today announced a pay increase for all store hourly paid staff across it business including KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks. The pay rise will be effective for the first two years from the 27th of March and employees will receive the increase in their next pay packet. This increase is part of a newly negotiated Collective Agreement. See... Restaurant Brands offers a 7.9% wage increase [1] ALSO:

  • Unite - Unite Secures Historic Victory for 7000 Workers [2]
  • Greens - A great step forward for young workers [3]
  • Other Employment News:
  • NZ Govt - Minimum wage rise comes into effect [4]
  • CTU - 91,000 workers deserve better, says CTU [5]
  • EPMU - $12 the new bottom rate, says union [6]
  • Sustainable Busniess Network - Conditions highlight need for better employers [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00420.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00421.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00448.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00468.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00211.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00215.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00434.htm


    Scoop Column: Shane Jones And Ian Wishart Interviewed + More Hosking On Air

    - Many political pundits pick new Labour Party MP Shane Jones as being headed for a ministerial position. Indeed, following the rate at which Investigate magazine is destroying Labour cabinet minister's careers, Mr Jones' opportunity to sit at the cabinet table may be sooner rather than later. A Week of It traversed Mr Jones' dealings with the media recently, including battles with ACT leader Rodney Hide. See... A Week Of It: Shane Jones, Ian Wishart and Hosking [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00354.htm


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • UK "Lotto rapist" not coming to New Zealand [1]
  • Early Intervention Key to Stemming Family Violence [2]
  • Minimum Wage Won’t Fix Low Pay In Aged Care [3]
  • "Goose steps" needed for knowledge of bird problem [4]
  • Experts: "Eat Seafood 4 to 7 Times a Week" [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00471.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00220.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0603/S00095.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0603/S00069.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0603/S00068.htm


    Economy: Not All Doom and Gloom

    - The decline in business confidence that began a year ago has begun its turn, according to a survey of over a thousand business respondents undertaken electronically by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce earlier this week. Key messages from the survey that asked businesses to look ahead at conditions for the next six months show less pessimism about times ahead... See... The Worst Has Passed – Business Confidence Lifts [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00416.htm


    Harmeet Sooden: Hostage's Fate Concerned MFAT During Cartoon Row -

    Now that Auckland student Harmeet Sooden is safe Scoop can reveal the details of something that has been sitting in the Scoop in-tray for a month or two. Earlier this year using the Official Information Act Scoop obtained a copy of the notes provided to MFAT boss Simon Murdoch before he phoned Dominion Post Editor Tim Pankhurst in his unsuccessful attempt to persuade the newspaper not to publish the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. See...Dominion Post Ignored MFAT Harmeet Sooden Warnings [1] MORE:

  • Prime Minister Helen Clark - Harmeet Sooden released [2]
  • CPT rejoices in the release of our peacemakers [3]
  • Greens - Relief at release of Harmeet Sooden [4]
  • Students for Justice in Palestine - On The release of Harmeet Sooden and colleagues [5]
  • MFAT - Statement Issued on Behalf of Harmeet Sooden's Family [6]
  • MFAT - Statement Issued on Behalf of Harmeet Sooden [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00353.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00406.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00192.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00423.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00193.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00198.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00213.htm


    Weather: Wati Weakens On NZ Approach

    - The latest NOAA GFS Supercomputer forecasts for Cyclone Wati show the remnants of cyclone weakening considerably in the Tasman Sea before making landfall north of Auckland on Monday night. See... Supercomputer Weather: Wati Weakens On NZ Approach [1] & Supercomputer Weather: Cyclone Wati Heads For NZ [2] ALSO:

  • MetService - Waiting for WATI [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00352.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00332.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0603/S00057.htm


    Nigeria: Agreement to Hand Over Taylor Vital Step

    - Nigeria’s announcement that it will consent to the transfer of former Liberian President Charles Taylor to Liberia is a landmark step toward ensuring justice for West Africa, Human Rights Watch said today. Now Taylor must be physically transferred to the U.N.-backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone. Nigeria must ensure that Taylor is not permitted to flee from justice and the international community must ensure that security in Liberia is maintained during this process. See... Nigeria: Agreement to Hand Over Taylor Vital Step [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00481.htm


    Tony Blair Down Under

    - As the war on Iraq is entering its fourth year British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be visiting New Zealand. However, the lies that heralded the invasion have continued with the occupation. Bush, Blair and Howard continue to bleed the word “democracy” of any meaning. The freedoms that they claim to be fighting for are being taken away, and not only in Iraq. So called anti terrorism laws have eroded civil liberties in many countries. See... Protest planned against Tony B.Liar visiting NZ [1] ALSO:

  • Please help David Hicks: Brown to Blair [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00471.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00483.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • [ISM Updates] Beit Sira bites back [1]
  • Pacific: No TV News For New Caledonia [2]
  • Cambodia: Setback for Decriminalising Defamation [3]
  • UN envoy backs Lebanon's approach to Palestinian m [4]
  • Terminator rejection - a victory for the people [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00486.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00485.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00482.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00478.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00470.htm

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    Norman Mackay Finds Fire In The Sky Over Ohau

    - From now until mid winter, the skies will become a deeper colour of red as the sun gradually sinks over the horizon at the end of each day. Spectacular colours in a truly beautiful area situated in the High Country of the south island. See... Scoop Images: Fire Returns To The Sky Over Ohau [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00369.htm


    SCOOP KIWI COMMENT & OPINION:

  • Rosalea Barker - Stateside: It's Not Over Yet [1]
  • Russell Brown and Ors. - Public Address 28/03/06 - Anyone More Normal? [2] , Public Address 27/3/6 - A Clayton's Bill Of Rights [3] & Public Address 24/03/06 - Gossip And Espionage [4]
  • John Roughan (In Honiara) - Taking Things For Granted! [5]
  • No Right Turn - Climate Change: Failure Is Better Than Nothing [6]
  • Richard S. Ehrlich - Thaksin Shinawatra Portrayed As Adolf Hitler [7]
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: Contemplating “Grizzly Man” [8]
  • Marc Alexander - Marc my Words: Tax - a state sponsored mugging [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00372.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00385.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00371.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00350.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00370.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00349.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00348.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00347.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00339.htm


    Siddhi B. Ranjitkar On Understandings WIth Maoists In Nepal

    - Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) leader, Madhav Kumar Nepal and his associates have been engaged in dialogue with the Maoists in the country and out of the country already for some time. Mr. Nepal has visited Lucknow and New Delhi several times for talks with the Maoists in 2005. He even once went to Silgudi, India to meet with the Maoist leaders. So, he had courting the Maoists hoping to bring them to the mainstream politics. Nepali Congress Leader, Girija Prasad Koirala also visited New Delhi ostensibly for routine health check-ups but obviously for talks with the Maoist leaders several times in 2005. See... Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: Understanding with Maoists [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00368.htm


    President Jimmy Carter Becomes A Blogger

    - There is a desperate need in America to block and reverse the radical departures from the moral and ethical principles that have made ours a great nation. See... Former President Jimmy Carter's First Blog Post [1] . EARLIER: Scoop Feedback: An Open Letter to President Jimmy Carter [2] & Jimmy Carter: Colonization of Palestine Precludes Peace [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00341.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00377.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00142.htm


    MORE COMMENT & OPINION:

  • William Rivers Pitt - Incompetent Design [1] & The Mouse That Roared [2]
  • Between The Lines - Death Squads in Iraq & The Likelihood of Civil War [3]
  • BuzzFlash.Com - America Under a Junta: An Update [4]
  • Norma Sherry - Grandma's Worth More Than a 100k, Maybe More [5]
  • Sonia Nettnin - Women and War [6]
  • William Fisher - Iraq Told To Rebuild Itself [7] & The Oxycops [8]
  • Mark Bradley - Bluster’s Last Stand [9]
  • Harvey Wasserman - Bush Makes Iraq The Vital Reason For Impeachment [10]
  • Jason Miller - Democratizing the World 1 Torture Victim at a Time [11]
  • Uri Avnery - Whom To Vote For? [12]
  • Translation by Sol Salbe - M Michaeli: The Olmert-Lieberman Dirty Alliance [13]
  • John Chuckman - Sorry, Mr. PM, Afghanistan Is Not Our War [14]
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - Palestinian Rights Face Israeli Terrorism [15]
  • Narconews - Swier: "Other Loves" in the Other Campaign [16] & From The Narcosphere: Columbia & Mexico [17]
  • Marjorie Cohn - Israel, al Qaeda and Iran [18]
  • Cindy Sheehan - Volunteers for Endless War [19]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00384.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00360.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00383.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00382.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00381.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00380.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00379.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00342.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00366.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00365.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00364.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00363.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00362.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00361.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00359.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00358.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00345.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00346.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00343.htm


    Katya Rivas's Passion: Serialised For Lent (Part 17)

    - Pilate was looking for ways to free Me. He was worried because of his wife’s warning and confused between the guilt of his conscience and the fear that the people would initiate a riot against him. In the pitiable state in which I found Myself, he exposed Me to the sight of the mob proposing that he give Me liberty and condemn Barabbas, a famous thief and murderer, in My place. The people answered in one voice: “Let him die and have Barabbas set free!” See... Katya Rivas: Barrabas Is Set Free [1] SEE ALSO:

  • Part 16 - Katya Rivas: Jesus Is Crowned with Thorns [2]
  • Part 15 - Katya Rivas: Jesus Is Sentenced to Death [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00378.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00357.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00340.htm

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    POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:

    Transtasman Political Letter – 23 March Digest [1] The Letter – Monday, 27 March 2006 [2] Molesworth & Featherston (Weekend) – March 25 2006 [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00335.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00374.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00356.htm


    Hunting, Shooting and Fishing: Outdoor Recreation throws off United Future shakles

    - "The Board of Outdoor Recreation New Zealand has terminated its agreement of affiliation with United Future", said Acting Chairman Phil Hoare. "We have had a very warm and constructive personal working relationship with United Future Leader Peter Dunne, but have had some difficulty with the evangelism from the Future side. See... ORNZ and United Future divorce on religious grounds [1] ALSO:

  • ACT - Roy Invites Outdoor Recreation Members To ACT [2]
  • RDU Audio - : ORNZ Chat About Divorce From UF [3]
  • United Future -Dunne: ORNZ announcement no surprise [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00208.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00459.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00373.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00457.htm


    Corrections: Prisoners Get Moved About

    - National's Law and Order spokesman, Simon Power, says Corrections Minister Damien O'Connor must assure New Zealanders that his game of 'musical prisoners' does not pose a threat to public safety. He is commenting on the release today of figures showing the Corrections Department is spending more than $100,000 per month on commercial travel... See... Power queries 'musical prisoners' [1] ALSO:

  • Corrections - Prisoner transfers [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00447.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00209.htm


    Immigration: UN Declares NZ Deportee Refugee

    - “The secret smear campaign to shift public opinion against a 16-year-old Sri Lankan girl who was pleading for permission to stay in New Zealand has come back to haunt Labour,” says National Party MP Judith Collins. She is commenting on news today that the young girl has been granted refugee status by the United Nations and now plans to live in Canada. See... Labour’s secret smear campaign boomerangs [1] ALSO:

  • Greens - Govt must re-evaluate case of Sri Lankan woman [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00451.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00453.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - UK "Lotto rapist" not coming to New Zealand [1]
  • NZ Govt - UK PM Tony Blair to visit [2]
  • NZ Govt - Interest free student loans: overseas charity work [3]
  • NZ Govt - NZ welcomes consensus on genetic technology [4]
  • NZ Govt - NZ to participate in proliferation security exercise [5]
  • National - Labour failure in prisoner rehab laid bare [6]
  • National - Chris Carter confirms $95,000 state house income [7]
  • National - Brownlee seeks clarification from RNZ [8]
  • National - Confidence rattled in scholarship - yet again [9]
  • National - Worrying claims by burglary victims [10]
  • United Future Dunne queries Govt response to Games medal tally [11]
  • United Future - Stress and burnout no way to teach a nation [12]
  • NZ First - Primary Production Still Fundamental [13]
  • Maori Party - Turia: Taiwanese in NZ Association [14]
  • Greens Greens launch climate change proposals [15]
  • Greens - Air NZ's new uniform "uniquely NZ", made in China [16]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00471.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00469.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00467.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00464.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00458.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00462.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00450.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00438.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00437.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00435.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00461.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00460.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00456.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00444.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00466.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00465.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS

  • Newman Weekly: Lowering the Bar [1]
  • Marc my Words: Tax - a state sponsored mugging [2]
  • www.mccully.co.nz 24 March 2006 [3]
  • Heather Roy's Diary - 24 March 2006 [4]
  • Gerry: In the House - 24 March 2006 [5]
  • Plain English - 24 March 2006 [6]
  • The Mapp Report 17 March 2006 [7]
  • Newsworthy: Claims by prisoners soar [8]
  • The Letter – Monday, 27 March 2006 [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00207.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00339.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00431.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00351.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00429.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00428.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00301.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00298.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00374.htm

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