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WTO Job Share Solution
- Mike Moore is to head the World Trade Organisation for the next three years under a compromise deal agreed by an informal meeting of the WTO's council. See… WTO Job Share Agreement Reached  in the Headlines wire. Mike Moore will take the first three year term in the job, starting September, followed by three years for Thailand's Dr Supachai. Labour Leader Helen Clark today welcomed the WTO developments  in the Parliament wire.
- Parliament continues under urgency today. For details see "Urgency"  . Last night saw members practicing their campaign speech in the Estimates Debate  . Yesterday, Questions of the Day covered ECA And Labour Productivity - Maternity Services - Fire Arms Regulations - Exports - ACC Reforms - Foveaux Crash ( SeeQuestions Of The Day (7-12))  and Cabinet Meetings - Sino/Kiwi Relations And The PM - WINZ Performance - Wool Board - Clinton, Wishart, Drugs And Indonesia - Christine Rankin. (See Questions Of The Day (1-6) 
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Y2K Commission Warns On Possible Disruptions
- The Y2K Commission has launched an awareness campaign on what could occur at the turn of the millennium. In the General wire The Commission is warning that Kiwis Should Prepare For Y2K Interruptions  to essential services for up to three days. Also in the General wire The Commission has prepared a comprehensive Y2K fact sheet. See… The Facts - What is the Y2K / Millennium bug?  Also from the Y2K Commission, to lighten up the bad news, is some very interesting material on Cockroaches. Sounds strange but we are sure you will find this fascinating. See… Cockroach Info From Y2K Commission  in the General wire.
PM On Parade
- The Prime Minister Jenny Shipley has arrived in South Korea for a three-day visit. Jenny Shipley is due to hold a summit with President Kim Dae-Jung tomorrow focussing on plans for the APEC meeting in Auckland later this year. Mrs Shipley arrived in Seoul from China, where she President Jiang Zemin's accepted an invitation to the APEC summit. During her talks in Beijing, Shipley offered Auckland as a "neutral venue" for Jiang and US President Bill Clinton to discuss the deteriorating relationship between China and the United States.
The Regulation Discussion
- Energy Minister Max Bradford has held brief discussions with New Zealand First deputy leader Peter Brown following the party's caucus decision to offer conditional support for the bill to regulate Electricity lines companies. The Minister is now waiting for a written proposal outlining on what terms NZ First want.Winston Peters has been reported as saying an immediate inquiry into power price structures would be enough to get his party's support.
Private Public Debate
- The NZ Medical Association has slammed National Women's Hospital's "Luxury" Wing  and there is further debate on the subject throughout the Scoop's wires.
- The Government has asked the State Services Commission to investigate spending authorised by the department's chief executive Christine Rankin. However Green Party Co-leader Rod Donald says the inquiry needs broader terms of reference. See Inquiries Don't Go Far Enough, Say Greens  in the Parliament wire.
WTO Proceedings Under Way
- The New Zealand government has formally approached the World Trade Organisation and requested dispute settlement consultations with the United States over recent tariffs on exports of New Zealand lamb. See... New Zealand Initiates WTO Action On Lamb  in the Parliament wire.
Speaking Of The WTO
Restructuring Fruit Legislation
- Legislation to restructure both the New Zealand Apple and Pear Marketing Board and the New Zealand Kiwifruit Marketing Board was introduced to the House yesterday afternoon. See… New Legislation For Apple And Pear Board  and New Legislation For Kiwifruit Board  in the Parliament wire.
- The first event at Wellington's new stadium, the Edinburgh Tattoo has received Lottery Money. 
Nuclear Ships Leave Port
- After concerted protest, Greenpeace has alerted the international community to the departure of two vessels, due to carry nuclear weapons-useable plutonium fuel from Europe to Japan. See… Plutonium Shipments Depart Barrow For Japan  in the General wire.
- For the latest news from Auckland and for Aucklanders. See the Auckland wire.
A New Zealand aid worker kidnapped in of Chechnya more than two months ago has returned safely to Moscow today after being released by his captors. Geraldo Cruz Ribeiro, a Brazilian-born nurse from Christchurch working for the International Committee of the Red Cross, was freed yesterday.
SIS To Produce Public Report
- For the first time in its life the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service will produce an annual report next year - that is if the recommendation of the Intelligence and Security Committee to Parliament is followed. See… Statement from Privacy Commissioner - SIS To Report Publicly For First Time  in the Parliament wire.
Y2K Bash Still On
- The Year 2000 Festival Company is proceeding with its plans for the Gisborne 2000 Festival. See… Y2K Plans Still On - Directors  .
- The Scoop Team would be interested to receive feedback on the new format for Scoop Today which came into place yesterday - for an example of the new format see Scoop Today Launches New Format  in the Headlines wire. Scoop Today is a free daily news email service you can subscribe to by registering for Scoop Gold or pressing the Subscribe button in the control panel on the left.