APEC Exclusive - Cullen Ejected - Moore Says Bye - Keith Rankin - Organic Beer - Coromandel Battles - Winebox - Lord Of The Rings and much more...
APEC Behind The Shadows
- As the third reading of the SIS Amendment Bill No. 2 is put before the New Zealand Parliament, a Canadian Anti-APEC campaigner warns of spy infiltration of New Zealand groups. In a Scoop Exclusive Selwyn Manning reports that the campaigner believes those particularly targeted are organisations and individuals openly critical of the coming Auckland APEC leader’s summit. But he also warns, passive groups and letter to the editor writers must also be aware. He backs up his claims by pointing to official Canadian documentation produced at the ongoing Royal Canadian Mounted Police public complaints commission in Vancouver. The documents reveal how he and his outspoken colleagues were bugged, watched, taped, photographed and videoed in the run up to, and during, Canada’s APEC leader’s meetings in Vancouver 1997; how groups were infiltrated by agency spies. See... A Scoop Exclusive - Inside APEC Series  in the Auckland wire. The series will continue over coming days.
Cullen Ejected From House
- Labour’s Michael Cullen was ejected from the House today for unparliamentary behaviour during a rowdy question time. For a blow by blow account see… Questions Of The Day (7-13)  in the Headlines wire. John Carter has comments on it. See… Cullen suspended from the House  in the Parliament wire. Roger Sowry says Cullen lost control following a grilling over industrial policy. See… Cullen Cracks Over Employment Relations  . Annabel Young gives a description of the ejection. See… Berserk Cullen booted out  . Both in the Parliament wire.
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Mike Moore's Valedictory Speech
- Mike Moore delivered his valedictory speech in Parliament on Tuesday. Scoop is proud to today bring readers the full text of the speech. See… Rt Hon Mike Moore's Valedictory Speech  in the Headlines wire.
Free Vs Fair Trade
- Last week Reserve Bank governor Don Brash was reported (Herald, 20 August) as having chastised his fellow economists for not having done more to convince the public that free trade is always the best policy for any nation. Keith Rankin sees it a little differently. See... Rankin Column: Free Trade and Economic Correctness  in the Headlines wire.
- For the Top 20 rating items on the Scoop site yesterday see... Scoop Ratings - Yesterday's Top 20  , for today’s see..Scoop Ratings - Rankin, Organic Beer And Ireland  both in the News Monitor wire.
The Struggle For The Seat Of Coromandel
- The seat of Coromandel, currently held by National MP Murray McLean but fiercely contested by Green MP Jeanette Fitzsimons, promises to be one of the most interesting and potentially significant seats of the looming general election. Scoop’s Jonathan Hill reports. See… Scoop Feature: The fight for the Coromandel  in the Headlines wire.
Questions Of The Day
– The questions of the day and their answers can be seen in the Headlines wire. See… Questions Of The Day (1-6)  - Work Stoppages - Tax - Job Creation - Maori Affairs - Secondary Students - Wealth Disparity. See… Questions Of The Day (7-13)  - Employment Contracts ACT (much disorder) - Nutrition Survey And Poverty - Agriculture Research - Ascot Hospital - Auckland Mayors - Violent Crime - Wanganui Prison Escape.
ACT Furious Over Henare’s Tax Cut Deal
- ACT has severely criticised Mauri Pacific for demanding $15 million spending on Maori initiatives in return for supporting National's tax cut legislation. Richard Prebble says he will overturn the deal. See… ACT Will Cancel Henare's Deal  , while Rodney Hide has written to Henare outlining his concerns. See… Hide writes to Henare Over $15 million Spend Up  . Both in the Parliament wire.
Liv Tyler Confirmed For Lord Of The Rings
- Scoop's content partner Theonering.net  informs Scoop that Liv Tyler, daughter of rock star Steven Tyler form Aerosmith has been confirmed for a part in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies. Liv Tyler has been in several movies including Stealing Beauty, and Armageddon.
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Peters Pleased With SFO Decision On Winebox
- New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters has welcomed the Serious Fraud Office's decision to investigate further the 'Magnum' deals following the High Court decision last Friday. See… Peters On SFO's Decision to Pursue Winebox  in the Parliament wire.
Producer Prices Pick Up
- The average level of output prices, as measured by the Producers Price Index, increased by 0.4 per cent in the June 1999 quarter. This follows falls of 0.3 and 0.4 per cent in the December 1998 and March 1999 quarters respectively. See… Producer Prices Pick Up  in the Business wire.
Higher Government Funding Reduces Hospital Deficits
- In the year to June 1999 HHS providers recorded a deficit of $38.7 million, compared to a $176.0 million deficit in the year to June 1998 and a $72.2 million deficit for the year ended March 1999. See… Higher Govt. Funding Reduces Hospital Deficits  in the Politics wire.
New Liquor Laws Take Effect December 1
- The major changes to the sale of liquor in New Zealand will take effect from 1 December 1999, Justice Minister, Tony Ryall, said today. See… Changes To Liquor Laws Effective From December 1st  in the Parliament wire.
Alliance Supports Auckland City Council Call For Economic Reform
- The Alliance is supporting Auckland mayors calls for changes to economic policy and more regional development and is prepared to work with them to solve problems of poverty and an overloaded infrastructure. See… Alliance accepts Auckland mayoral challenge  in the Parliament wire.
Sue Kedgely Launched As Green’s List Candidate
- The Green Party plans to strategically target Wellington Central by standing only a list candidate - high profile author, safe food campaigner and Green city councillor Sue Kedgley - in the key seat. See… Greens Launch Sue Kedgely in Wgtn. Central  in the Parliament wire.
Suppressed Evidence In Watson Trial Released
- Evidence of three people which was suppressed on Tuesday has now been released. The witnesses said Watson talked of how he hated women and of how we wouldn't mind killing people.
The House Today
- Liquor, SIS and Animal Products. Today's session of Parliament will begin at 2pm with questions of the day  . Scoop will provide paraphrased answers shortly after question time concludes at 3pm. This is expected to be followed by the third readings of the SIS Amendment Bill No. 2 and the Sale Of Liquor Amendment Bill. This is the final hurdle for both bills which will then be sent to the Governor General for his assent. Debate on the final stage of the liquor bill is expected to take around 2 hours. For more see.. The House Today:  in the Headlines wire.
Police And AA Combine Efforts To Fight Crime
- Criminals beware: a new locally-produced crime awareness programme will show viewers how they can best help Police in solving crimes against individuals and property. See... Police And AA Insurance Join Forces  and Fraud - A Crime That Penalises All  both in the Business wire.
Petrol Prices In Line With World Trend - Bradford
- “Ministry of Commerce analysis shows that the increases in pump prices experienced so far in New Zealand have not been out of line with the movements in world;” Enterprise and Commerce Minister Max Bradford said today. See… Petrol Prices In Line With World Trend - Bradford  in the Parliament wire.
Review Of All Public Sector Computer Projects Announced
- A detailed and wide ranging review of public sector Information Technology (IT) projects and how they compare with other jurisdictions was announced by Associate Minister of State Services Maurice Williamson today. This inquiry follows hard on the heels of the INCIS shambles, the cancellation of the Courts computer contract and the APEC police radio contract not meeting deadline. See… Review Of Public Sector IT Projects  in the Parliament wire.
Review Of Councillors Remuneration
– Maurice Williamson is busy with reviews today. A public discussion document seeking comment on options to reform the system of remuneration for councillors was released by Local Government Minister Maurice Williamson today. See… Williamson Reviews Councillors Remuneration  in the Parliament wire.
Organic Beer Sales Flourish – Greenies May Be Right
- UK supermarkets say demand for organic beer made from organically grown New Zealand hops has grown amid deepening public concern over food safety and the environmental impact of modern farming. John Howard reports. See… Organic Beer Sales Grow - Greenies May Be Right  in the Headlines wire. Meanwhile, preliminary investigations by researchers at Lincoln University have shown there is potential to produce organic- style wines that do not use sulphur dioxide (SO2) as a preservative. See… Organic Wine May Be A Winner  in the Business wire.
18 Year Old Drinking Age Approved By Parliament
– A marathon debating and voting session in Parliament last night has concluded with approval for the drinking age being lowered to 18. A rear-guard action by anti-reform MPs failed to garner any additional support and as the session progressed the margin on the vote in favour of lowering the age widened.
Aboriginal Politician Example Here / One Law For All – ACT
- Australia's only federal Aboriginal politician made his maiden speech last night urging governments to stop throwing more money at indigenous communities, a message ACT Maori Affairs Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata said should be heeded here. See… Senator's Welfare Message An Inspiration For Maori  . Last night her leader Richard Prebble also touched on race relations in a speech… One law for all --- Richard Prebble  . Both in the Parliament wire.
New Global Co-ordinate System Launched
- The Minister in Charge of Land Information New Zealand, John Luxton, last night launched NZ Geodetic Datum 2000 the new, globally-compatible, co-ordinate system. See… New Co-Ordinate System Provides Major Benefits  in the Parliament wire.
Auckland Scoops – Moths, A New Stadium, High Tech Radios and Sumo Success
- The latest news from New Zealand’s
biggest city can be read in the Auckland wire.
- The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is checking a West Auckland suburb that became infested with the painted apple moth earlier this year. See... MAF Checks West Auckland For Aussie Moth  .
- The stadium is hoped to become New Zealand's premier indoor events centre and will be located in the old railway yards near Auckland's central city. See... Want To Be A Partner With Auckland City?  .
- A high-tech police digital radio network specially designed to aid security enforcement at Auckland's APEC leader's summit meetings has been canned. See... APEC Police Digital Radios Canned  .
- In a sporting nation dominated by rugby and sailing, here's a success story with a difference - Sumo Wrestling has turned two Mangere College students into world ranked champions. See... Manukau Sumo Success at World Competition in Japan  .
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