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Auckland Police Target Sex Workers, Homeless Before APEC
- Police are cracking down on Auckland's homeless, street-kids, and sex workers in the run up to the APEC leader's summit meetings next month. Scoop’s Selwyn Manning reports. See… Police Say On Your Way To Sex Workers  in the Auckland wire.
Changes To Loan Scheme Poorly Understood
- Government changes to the student loan scheme announced in November last year - and then again last week - are perhaps one of the most poorly communicated government announcements in recent times. Scoop's Jonathan Hill reports. See… Student Loan Changes Widely Misunderstood  in the Headlines wire.
New Zealand – World Peace Capital
- If Sino - US diplomatic efforts are successful, next month's APEC conference in Auckland could see New Zealand become the new peace capital of the world, establishing an entirely new industry in the process. John Howard reports. See… New Zealand - World Peace Capital  in the Headlines wire.
Questions Of The Day – Government Faces Down Timberlands Criticism
– Timberlands and Secrets and Lies as expected dominated Question time in Parliament today with two questions to the PM and one to SOE Minister Tony Ryall. The government announced that logging would proceed immediately prior to the question session adding fuel to the fire. Ryall challenged the Labour Leader to come to the Coast with him and argue her anti-logging policies there while the PM effectively stonewalled Labour’s Michael Cullen on a question on her integrity. Also in question time today - a fascinating exchange between Revenue Minister Sir William Birch and Winston Peters brought out a new aspect of the Winebox saga and Treasurer Bill English had a few positive remarks about New Zealand’s comparitive economic performance. For South Auckland Health - Timberlands - Winebox - Winebox see... Questions Of The Day (1-4)  , Timberlands - ACC - Knowledge Economy - Immunisation Database see Questions of the Day (5-8)  and for Ryall on Timberlands - INCIS - Economic Growth - Tau Henare's Behaviour see… Questions of the Day (9-12)  all in the Headlines wire.
Poll Shows Nats Losing Ground to Labour, NZ First, Greens
- A TV3/CM Research poll of 1000 people shows National continuing to lose support to the benefit of Labour, the Green Party and New Zealand First. See… Nats Losing Support to Labour, NZ First, Greens  in the Headlines wire.
The Buck Stops With You PM
– Scoop’s Selwyn Manning writes that Prime Minister Jenny Shipley's frustration at evidence of a worsening health status for south Auckland children is a mere red herring, a smoke-screen designed to cloud the Government's role in this order of social shame. See… No Prime Minister: The Buck Stops With You  in the Auckland wire.
New Mental Health Facility For Tauranga
- Minister of Health Wyatt Creech today announced the go ahead for a new 22 bed mental health facility at Tauranga Hospital. See… New Mental Health Facility In Tauranga  in the Parliament wire.
- In a new report business leaders from around the APEC region say individual member economies are not moving fast enough to achieve their deadlines for free and open trade and investment. See… Business Challenges APEC to Speed Up  in the Business wire. While we’re on APEC, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley today launched a publication which she says shows New Zealanders are better off as a result of a more open and competitive economy. See… Kiwis Better Off After 10 Years Of APEC - PM  in the Parliament wire.
Timberlands Given Green Light For Native Beech Logging – Conservationists Outraged
- Conservationists have today condemned the Government's decision to begin a major beech logging programme in 100,000 hectares of publicly owned West Coast lowland rainforest. See… Bleak Day For Rainforest Conservation  in the Politics wire. The Green Party has slammed the National Government's decision to proceed with the scheme. See… Beech Scheme Think Big Disaster Of New Millennium  in the Parliament wire. See the government's announcement as well as a question and answer sheet on the scheme. See... Green Light For Sustainable Beech  in the Parliament wire.
Same Sex Rights
– The government has published a discussion document on the rights of same sex couples. It does not include a government position and the public are invited to make submissions on the document which looks at areas such as same sex marriage, the rights of same sex couples to adopt children and property rights. Unsurprisingly Graeme Capill is dismayed at the “lack of moral leadership”. See… Capill Dismayed At Same Sex Marriage Idea  in the Politics wire.
- Evidence is being given in the Scott Watson murder trial under an interim injunction. Scoop will update when information comes to hand.
HFA Support National Child Cancer Service
- The Health Funding Authority (HFA) is supporting a recommendation that New Zealand establish a single national children's cancer service. See… National Children's Cancer Service Favoured  in the General wire.
Mike Moore On APEC
– “It's a pleasure to join hands with you today and to speak, not only about New Zealand's interests and regional interests, but the global imperatives necessary so we can raise living standards and build a better trading system that's more balanced, fairer ...” See… APEC 10 years & beyond - Mike Moore Speech  in the Parliament wire.
Y2K Packs Coming To You Soon
- Advice on how people should prepare for possible interruptions to essential services due to Y2K will be mailed out to all New Zealand households this week. See… Y2K Checklist Arriving In Your Letterbox This Week  in the General wire.
The Week Ahead: Secrets, Lies, Liquor and Producer Boards
- Scoop is anticipating a big week in Parliament this week with mounting pressure on the government and particularly the Prime Minister, as the opposition mounts an offensive on the Secrets and Lies revelations made by Nicky Hager last week. See… The Week Ahead: Secrets, Lies, Liquor, Prod Boards  in the Headlines wire.
Peters and Birch Slug It Out
- New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters yesterday said that, "Revenue Minister Sir William Birch either does not understand the law or he has contempt for the law. Either way he is not fit to be Minister of Revenue." See… Birch Not Fit To Be Revenue Minister - Peters  in the Parliament wire. See Winston’s speech on the Winebox lower down this page. However yesterday Bill Birch struck back, saying making headlines at the taxpayer's expense was Winton Peters' primary interest in the wine box affair. See… Peters' Aim 'Headlines at the Taxpayers' Expense  in the Parliament wire. Birch also rubbished Peters’ claims that the government is giving North Korea $4 million to build nuclear reactors. See… Peters' nuclear "sell-out" claim inaccurate  .
Labour Playing Games With Hospital – Prebble
- Wellington Central MP Richard Prebble says Labour's health spokesperson, less than three months from an election, cannot rewrite history. See… Labour Playing Games Over Wellington Hospital  in the Parliament wire.
Prebble, Bunkle and Now King Clash Over Hospital
- Responding to media requests for his answer to Alliance MP Phillida Bunkle's claim that National would site the new main hospital at Newtown because of his campaign as MP for Wellington Central, ACT MP Richard Prebble said that there was some truth in her claims. See… Prebble Only Wgtn. MP To Support Newtown Hospital  in the Parliament wire. However Phillida Bunkle says the Alliance's Hospital Plan ensures Wellington Hospital will not be downsized, will not be 150 beds short, will be full sized and it will have full tertiary services. Above all, it will also be fully publicly financed and owned and based in Newtown. See… Prebble admits using Hospital as election Football  in the Parliament wire. Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King has also taken issue with Prebble's comments, saying he has lost the plot on who has done what on Wellington Hospital. See… Prebble - a problem with the truth  in the Parliament wire.
Vote Environment Charter Launched
- The most pressing environmental issues needing Government action were identified today by a national coalition of environmental and recreational groups. See… Vote For The Environment Charter Launched  in the Politics wire.
Green Party Fortress Mentality
- “The Green Party's 'fortress New Zealand mentality', distortion of the truth and ignorance of commercial reality should be a warning to the public," Defence Minister Max Bradford said yesterday. See… Green Contract Claims 'Arrant Nonsense'  in the Parliament wire. Max Bradford was responding to Green claims that the government planned to axe its Defence Clothing Agency and give the work to an Australian firm. See… Jobs lost to Australia  . Yesterday the Green Party rejected Bradford's response over the letting of the Defence clothing contract to an Australian firm Yakka. See… Green's Reject Bradford's Reply On Defence Yakka  in the Politics wire. Yesterday the Green Party rejected Bradford's response over the letting of the Defence clothing contract to an Australian firm Yakka. See… Green's Reject Bradford's Reply On Defence Yakka  in the Politics wire.
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