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SCOOP ANALYSIS: Origins Of A Political Storm In A Teacup - Just who did break the confidence of the Prime Minister's post Crossfire interview remarks? Following a tip-off last week the Scoop has been inquiring into the background to the release of the "I made it up" story concerning the Prime Minister's comments on the size of John Hawkesby's payout in a TVNZ Crossfire interview two weeks ago. See…Scoop Delves Into "Dangerous Territory" With TVNZ for a Scoop exclusive in the Headlines wire.
Looking At The Polls - - The Scoop's Matthew Thomas takes a less than fond look at the pollsters in his Soapbox Column: Poll Position in the headlines wire.
City Voice: Why Scoop? - Today Scoop republishes a feature article from the latest Wellington City Voice newspaper. The story explains some of the background to why Scoop had its beginnings. See..City Voice: Fallout Among Idealists in the Headlines wire.
Sporting Scoop: NZ Lose Test - The Scoop's sports correspondent in England says that England cruised to victory in the first test as NZ played abysmally , see the headlines wire.
Kathryn Asare To Stand Against Dunne - ACT Leader Richard Prebble confirmed at the weekend the ACT New Zealand candidate for another Wellington electorate. ormer broadcaster Kathryn Asare will contest Ohariu-Belmont for ACT in the next election. See…ACT Contests Vote-Rich Wgtn Electorate in the Parliament wire.
Aziz Choudry On APEC And Forestry - Wellington may not see eye to eye with Washington over lamb tariffs but the two governments are in cahoots in pushing for a global trade agreement to eliminate remaining tariffs on forest products - with dire consequences for the world's forests, says GATT Watchdog’s Aziz Choudry. See.."Global Free Logging Agreement" Must Be Outed in the Business wire.
Bury Your Guns – In the Politics wire the Libertarianz Party advises decent new zealanders to bury their guns in the wake of plans to pass new gun laws.
The Big White - Southern skiers were out in force yesterday, enjoying one of the biggest snowfalls in 25-years. In Queenstown, major skifields such as Coronet Peak were closed Saturday to allow for preparation and because of power failures, but yesterday it was all on with bases topped off with a metre of snow. The snow has come just in time for next week's winter festival.
Teenager Arrested - A teenager has been charged with aggravated robbery after a couple were allegedly threatened in their Gisborne home with a softball bat and had their car stolen. A 13-year-old was also arrested, but has been released as he is too young to charge. The charge against the 17-year-old is thought to be the first laid since tough new penalties for home invasion crime were passed into law last week.
School Grants - Marie Hasler, Associate Minister for the Environment, has announced environmental grants to 15 schools, totalling $20,222. See the Parliament wire.
Rent And The Government - ACT's Muriel Newman asks should the Government dictate private rents. See the Parliament wire.
On The Campaign Trail - In the headlines wire, The Scoop takes a look at National's 'pre-campaign campaign' and says it is campaign time for National.
Surplus $431 Million Ahead Of Forecast - The Financial Statements of the Government for the eleven months ended 31 May 1999 show the surplus is $431 million ahead of the budget prediction. The operating surplus ending May 31 was $3.02 billion (forecast: $2.6 billion). The Crown balance (net worth) was $13.2 billion (forecast:$12.8 billion) and the net Crown debt was $21.5 billion (forecast: $22.1 billion). See… Financial Statement Of Government To 31 May 1999 in the Parliament wire.
Food Saga Ends - One of the longest running public policy debates and bureaucratic power struggles in the New Zealand civil service has finally been resolved. The Government today announced plans to set up a single, separate Ministry to handle all food regulatory and administration issues. Initially MAF had the prize for itself - now no existing agency gets the role. See…Single, Separate Ministry Committed To Food Safety. The decision has been applauded by the Opposition who say the food decision is a victory for commonsense.
APEC Will Be Popular With Kids - Foreign Minister Don McKinnon has announced that the Government had decided to authorise a holiday for schools in the Auckland region on Monday 13 September, to reduce traffic flows in the region to accommodate the APEC Leaders' meeting. See.. Auckland Schools To Close On APEC Monday in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile the APEC monitoring group says the APEC School Holiday Is A Cynical Ploy in the Business wire.
Home Invasion Bill Concerns - Rape Crisis National Spokesperson Claire Benson has criticised the government's new home invasion legislation, saying it sends mixed messages to both criminals and the community. See Scoops report in the Headlines Wire - Home Invasion Bill Fatally Flawed - Rape Crisis. In the Parliament wire, the Justice Minister says the legislation sends a powerful message.
Mixed Polls - The latest poll, this time by the NBR has Labour up 2 points to 44% and National down one to 33%. The poll was taken after the beginning of the 'Hawkesby Affair'. It is the latest poll to give a different picture. Recently TV1 and TV3 not only gave a different result, but also showed contrary trends. See Polls Apart in The Scoop archive.
Another East Timor Attack In the general wire, The Scoop has the UN On a second attack on UN police in East Timor.
Preparing For Drought - Further details of the contestable water studies fund for drought prone areas were today announced by Food and Fibre Minister John Luxton. See the Parliament wire.
Child Offenders Model - The Justice Minister launches a manual for handling Child Offenders. See the Parliament wire.
Dioxin All Clear The Health Ministry says consumers can be confident that any Belgian, Dutch or French foods on sale in New Zealand are free of the cancer-causing chemical dioxin. See "All Belgian foods were identified" in the general wire.
Payout Deal Announced Former Tourism Board members, Bryan Mogridge and Michael Wall will get $212,000 including legal costs and travel expenses and an apology for damage to their reputations. The original unlawful payment of $340,000 is to be returned. ACT says the payouts offend the public sense of justice and Jim Anderton is to take his outrage to the PM's electorate. While, Peter Dunne says the Tourism Board Fiasco is a costly joke.
Speaker Dismisses Complaint A complaint that the Prime Minister misled the House in her personal explanation to the House earlier this week has been dismissed by the Speaker. Both Labour and the PM comment on the matter in the Parliament wire.
Police Shoot Man - A homicide inquiry has been launched after a man was shot and killed by police following a car chase north west of Auckland. The man is reported to have brandished a weapon at police.