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Superannuation Wars

- A release of information from the Chair of the Super 2000 Taskforce, Angela Foulkes, has opened up an old and long running debate. See..Can New Zealand Afford to Retire? [1] for the statement which started the ruckus. Yesterday Finance Minister Rt Hon Sir William Birch got in with a preemptive strike saying Superannuation Is Labour's Black Hole [2] . Labour' Michael Cullen replied describing Birch's remarks as "cheap scare tactics based on a deliberate lie" see.. More tall stories from the Tories [3] . Ever since a battle has been raging in the Parliament wire. Steve Maharey asks where's Roger [Sowry] hiding? [4] . Roger Sowry has been quick to reply see.. If you can't say something sensible... [5] . Earlier Wayne Mapp chipped into the discussion with a release saying Labour Should Listen To NZers Over Superannuation [6] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9907/S00091.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00417.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00439.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00459.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00457.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00454.htm


Staff Errors Blamed

The Endoscopy Inquiry at Canterbury Health by the Minisry of Health has been released [1] . Staff error has been blamed. The Health Minister says he is reassured that safeguards are in place at Christchurch Hospital [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9907/S00094.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00460.htm


Judgements On-Line

The Government has announced that there will be Internet access to court judgments. [1] . The court of appeal will be the first up and the site will be based in a an Australian legal collection.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00461.htm


NZ In Control, Just

- Our correspondent at Lords reports that NZ Ground out a lead [1] and until the last half hour, the second day of the second test belonged solely to New Zealand, who displayed a gritty batting effort.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9907/S00100.htm


NBR Chastised

- Immigration Minister, Hon Tuariki Delamere, said he was disappointed at the 'grossly misleading' headline on the front page lead in the National Business Review, claiming that Canberra was threatening curbs on Kiwis crossing the Tasman. See.. Delamere disappointed at 'misleading' NBR article [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00458.htm


Hands Shake Across The Pacific

- Trade Minister Lockwood Smith says that the Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement signed with Chile's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Juan Gabriel Valdés, is an important step in encouraging greater flows of investment between New Zealand and Chile. See.. Trade Minister: Investment Agreement With Chile [1] in the Parliament wire. ...


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00456.htm


Student Loans

"Helen Clark said she is promising a freeze on interest payments for student loans while students are studying," Minister for Tertiary Education Max Bradford says. See.. Come Clean On Student Loans Helen [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00455.htm


Kiwi On A Roll

- Food and Fibre Minister said that it had been a momentous week for the kiwifruit industry with two significant milestones achieved. See.. Fruitful Week For Kiwifruit Industry [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00452.htm


Moore On His Victory

- Mike Moore pledged to advance the shared interests of all members after being appointed to a three-year term as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva on Thursday. See.. Moore Pledges To Work For All In WTO [1] in the Parliament wire. "I have mixed feelings. Yvonne and I have been blessed and honoured in having such fine friends, who, in good times and in bad, have stuck with us, encouraged us, and provided a peaceful base and home ...See.. Mike Moore Comments On New Job As Director-General [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00447.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00446.htm


Upton On Plutonium

- "This is very disappointing news" was Simon Upton's reaction to reports that a shipment of mixed-oxide fuel (MOX) from Europe to Japan is likely to travel through the Tasman Sea. See.. Government Disappointed At Nuclear Shipment [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00443.htm


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


PM On Tour

Jenny Shipley is beating the APEC drum at a Symposium in Japan [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00444.htm


Ships In The Night

Simon Upton says the Government is disappointed that a nuclear shipment [1] is to pass through the Tasman sea.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00443.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


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


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