School Property Spending - Te Reo Maori Debate - Fisheries Commission Another Chapter - Mike Moore Confirmed For WTO Job - Conservation Board Appointments - New Road In Tauranga - Walking The Environment Talk - Aussie Echoes Of INCIS? - Business Class Births Questions - Wool Board - Pressure Mounts On Rankin - Fruit Bills Pass Not With A Bang... and much much more…
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School Property Spending
- In a speech to the School Trustees Conference  , Education Minister, Nick Smith pledges a billion dollar commitment to school property over the next three years.
Te Reo Maori Debate
- Tuariki Delamere give his views on the Maori language in Parliament  and says that UN style translation is the answer.
- 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  . He also indicates he wants less members and hints at changes to the make up.
Mike Moore Confirmed
- The General Council of the World Trade Organisation has confirmed  . 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. 
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)  in the Parliament wire.
- 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 
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 
Echoes Of INCIS?
- The Australian Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, has released the tender for CrimTrac  , a state of the art national crime investigation system which will help police catch and prosecute more criminals. See the Australia wire.
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  in the Parliament wire.
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  in the Headlines wire.
- The war of words between ACT and the Wool board continues. Own Jenning says the Wool Board is out of step  with progress being made by other boards.
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  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  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  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  in the Parliament wire.
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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  in the Parliament wire. Also see original story Tetraplegic Jailed For Medicinal Cannabis  in the Headlines wire.
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  in the Parliament wire.
- 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  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  in the Auckland wire.
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  in the General wire.
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  in the General wire.