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SCOOP ADVISORY: New Advanced Search Tools In Scoop Gold

The most sophisticated freely available database of New Zealand news online has passed another key development point. The interface - developed by Scoop's Andrew McNaughton as part of his Newsagent software system - incorporates a new user friendly panel on the left and very powerful search tools enabling word searches on parts of the database. E.G. You can now select Scoop-Editorials (dating back to 1997) and then search for specific words e.g. Kevin Roberts, Health, Jenny Shipley, Dinner, Iraq - alternatively. If you want Alliance releases mentioning Winston Peters you have them. ACT releases on Christine Fletcher, you've got them.

You can use your Scoop userid and password - which you received when you subscribed to Scoop Today - to access Scoop Gold.

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/FRarchive.html

Scoop invites discussion and suggestions on the new software. At this stage Scoop is proud to offer librarians, students, researchers, communications staff and the general public what we believe is a quantum leap forward for the usefulness of the online media.

Watch this space.

The Scoop Team…

TODAY'S SCOOPS

School Property Spending

- In a speech to the School Trustees Conference [1] , Education Minister, Nick Smith pledges a billion dollar commitment to school property over the next three years.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00434.htm

Te Reo Maori Debate

- Tuariki Delamere give his views on the Maori language in Parliament [1] and says that UN style translation is the answer.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00433.htm

Another Chapter

- The Maori Affairs Minister has opened another phase in the controversial and litigatious history of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. Mr Henare who has rarely tried to hide his frustration over the commission, is seeking nominations [1] . He also indicates he wants less members and hints at changes to the make up.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00435.htm

Mike Moore Confirmed

- The General Council of the World Trade Organisation has confirmed [1] . Mike Moore as the Director-General of the WTO under a power sharing agreement. Trade Minister, Lockwood Smth says it is a great honour for New Zealand. [2]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9907/S00095.htm [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00427.htm

Conservation Board Appointments

- A compendium of releases on conservation boards has been issued by the Minister of Conservation. Chatham Islands - Wellington - Taranaki/Wanganui - Northland - East Coast Hawke's Bay -Nelson/Marlborough - Canterbury Aoraki - West Coast Tai Poutini - Waikato - Otago - Bay Of Plenty - Tongariro/Taupo - Southland - Auckland See... Conservation Board Appointments (Compendium) [1] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00426.htm

New Road

- Transfund New Zealand today announced that it has given funding approval for the construction of a new 4-lane expressway in Tauranga, known as Route J. SeeGreen Light For Major Roading Project [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9907/S00090.htm

Walking The Talk

- Environmental sustainability exists more in the minds of New Zealanders than in their actions, says Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Morgan Williams in a speech at Lincoln University [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9907/S00089.htm

Echoes Of INCIS?

- The Australian Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, has released the tender for CrimTrac [1] , a state of the art national crime investigation system which will help police catch and prosecute more criminals. See the Australia wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AU9907/S00082.htm

Business Class Births Questions

The Minister of Health has sought answers from Auckland Healthcare (A+) over aspects of their plans to offer a different level of maternity service at National Women's Cornwall Suite. See... Action Taken Over National Women's Hospital [1] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00425.htm

The House: Fruit Bills Pass Not With A Bang...

-…but with a whimper. The House rose at about 4.40pm yesterday after a gruelling week under urgency. See..Scoop's final urgency report for the session [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9907/S00094.htm

Wool Board

- The war of words between ACT and the Wool board continues. Own Jenning says the Wool Board is out of step [1] with progress being made by other boards.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00430.htm

Pressure Mounts On Rankin

- The pressure mounts on Christine Rankin over her spending and management style and on Roger Sowry to suspend her. Student groups, angered over WINZ bungling student allowances earlier this year say the aircraft charter scandal is a further insult to the students who had to withdraw from courses and use foodbanks. See… WINZ's Priorities Angers Students [1] in the Politics wire. Meanwhile the Labour Party is saying the only way to stop Christine Rankin's spending splurge is for the government to cut up her credit card. See… Labour calls on govt cut up Rankin's credit card [2] in the Parliament wire. Rod Donald is also keeping up the pressure saying that the conference cancelled as a result of the fallout over the aircraft charter had an 'out of space theme'. See… WINZ "Lost In Space" Says Green Party [3] in the Parliament wire. And today Labour employment spokesperson Steve Maharey again called for Roger Sowry to suspend Christine Rankin and commission a full audit of her department. See… Get off the sidelines, Sowry [4] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9907/S00053.htm [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00402.htm [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00410.htm [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00414.htm

Tetraplegic Prisoner Update

- The Green Party is taking the case of a tetraplegic prisoner, jailed for growing cannabis for pain relief, to Human Rights Commissioner Pamela Jefferies and Corrections Minister Clem Simich. See… Greens Go To Rights Commissioner Over Prisoner [1] in the Parliament wire. Also see original story Tetraplegic Jailed For Medicinal Cannabis [2] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00408.htm [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9907/S00089.htm

Peruvian Debt Wiped

- Treasurer Bill English announced that a long-standing debt of $14 million owed by Peru had been forgiven. See… Peruvian Debt Forgiven [1] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00400.htm

Meningitis Epidemic

- Meningitis is officially an epidemic in south Auckland with the highest rate of infection in the developed world. See... Auckland Meningitis Worst in Developed World [1] in the Headlines wire. Auckland Healthcare have issued a statement detailing the epidemic, outlining the symptoms and telling the public what action to take. See Meningococcal Disease on Increase Again [2] in the Auckland wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9907/S00092.htm [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9907/S00114.htm

Wellington Public Hospital Consultation

- The Ministry Of Health announced today that presentations on the new Wellington Public Hospital will be made to Wellington's outlying regions next week. See... Wellington Hospital Consultation Goes To Regions [1] in the General wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9907/S00088.htm

Gisborne Women To Be Told First

- The Health Funding Authority will focus first on informing Gisborne women affected by the cervical smear inquiry before establishing whether the level of misreading was unacceptably high. See... Gisborne Women To Be Told Results First [1] in the General wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9907/S00087.htm

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