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Eagles Over East Timor - Winz - Wintringham - Questions - Ohariu - Apec Spell Cast By Witches - CIA And Kirk - Timberlands and Instructions On How To Hold An APEC Protest.


Independent East Timor - A Peaceful Start?

- Here is a collection of speeches, stories, editorials and briefings Scoop has published on the historic vote:
- UN Noon Briefing - The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today's noon briefing by Manoel de Almeida e Silva, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General. See… East Timor: New York Press Conference [1] .
- Kofi Annan Eve of Ballot Address
- Kofi Annan: Peace, Restraint And Tolerance [2]
- Night Before - Kofi Annan's Message To East Timoriese Before Poll [3]
- East Timorese flock to polls in autonomy ballot. [4] - Ken Shirley MP reports from Timor
- Ken Shirley Reports from East Timor [5] .
- "The Eagle Of Liberty Spreads Its Proud Wings Over The People Of East Timor". UN Special Representative Jamsheed Marker has declared yesterday's independence referendum in East Timor an outstanding success. Speaking to a press conference following the poll yesterday Mr Marker said: "Whatever the outcome, today the eagle of liberty has spread its proud wings over the people of East Timor, and nothing by Gods grace will chase it away." Around 90% of registered voters turned out to vote yesterday on what was, in the main, a poll untouched by the violence that has plagued the former Portuguese colony over the past two and a half decades.
- Referendum Threatened By Violence - As Referendum Approaches, Violence Flares In Dili [6] .
- Scoop's Alastair Thompson argues that the trio of Indonesian leaders now face their greatest test. See Only Indonesia Can Save East Timor Now [7] .
- UN Extends Mission - The UN has adopted a resolution to extend the UN mission for three months -
UN Security Council On East Timor [8] .

There is much more material on East Timor and the referendum in the Scoop archives.

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INSIDE APEC: Instructions For Holding An APEC Protest

- New Zealand Police APEC Operations Detective Superintendent Peter Marshall, APEC Operation Commander, says that police are in direct contact with wide ranging groups in relation to protest action during APEC. See..Police Liaise With Protest Groups [1] . Now In the latest instalment of the Scoop Inside APEC Series we reveal the contents letter issued by the New Zealand Police to suspected leaders of Anti-APEC groups and organisations. See... Police Issue Letter To APEC Protest Leaders [2] both in the Auckland wire. See Also... Inside APEC Exclusive - Canada's "Highest Threat" [3] in the Headlines wire. For the first part in the series see A Scoop Exclusive - Inside APEC Series
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WINZ Pay $210,000 for Maori Advice, Still Fail To Meet Own Targets

- Work and Income New Zealand has failed to meet its own targets for Maori unemployment despite paying consultants over $200,000 for advice on improving Maori outcomes, said Green MP Rod Donald. See… WINZ Pays $207,500 for Maori advice [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Wintringham Should Have Told Me - Williamson

- Maurice Williamson today said the State Services Commissioner Michael Wintringham should have alerted him to the lack of information he was receiving from the board of the Lotteries Commission over its contract negotiations with Chief Executive David Bale. See… SSC Should Have Alerted Minister-Williamson [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Questions Of The Day

- Clark And Shipley On Housing - Business Confidence - Stock Exchange Tax Allegations - Unions And Balaclavas - Party Deserters And Tax - Timberlands. See… Questions Of The Day (1-6) [1] . Dairy Restructuring - Defence Report - David Bale - WTO and Lamb - Plutonium Shipments - Defence Report. See… Questions Of The Day (7-12) [2] , both in the Headlines wire.

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National Stand Aside For Dunne In Ohariu Belmont

- The National Party will not field a candidate in United MP Peter Dunne's seat of Ohariu Belmont. National didn't stand against Dunne at the last election as they count on Dunne's support for the government. ACT candidate Kathryn Asare says the ACT party will not be withdrawing from Ohariu-Belmont. See… ACT firm in Ohariu-Belmont [1] in the Parliament wire. Peter Dunne however has welcomed National's decision. See… Dunne Wecomes National Decision Not To Oppose Him [2] in the Parliament wire.

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Greens Call For Orion Monitoring As Plutonium Shipments Near NZ

- Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today called on the Government to send an airforce Orion plane to check the position of two shipments of plutonium which are nearing New Zealand. See… Plutonium Shipments Nearing New Zealand [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Witches Against APEC Put Spell On APEC Buildings

- On Tuesday August 31 at 11.30am a hex will be placed on the Auckland Town Hall, Aotea Centre and Auckland Museum, by the group Witches Against APEC. These three buildings will host the meetings of APEC officials and leaders taking place in Auckland from 7-13 September. See… Witches Against APEC Put Spell On APEC Buildings [1] in the Politics wire.

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Apartment Boom

- More and more people are choosing inner city apartment living according to the skyrocketing number of apartment complex building permits that have been issued. See… Apartments Hit Record High [1] in the Business wire.

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Suicide Expert To Speak In New Zealand

- An Australian psychiatrist and expert on suicide is giving a speaking tour of New Zealand later in the year. See… Suicide Expert Visiting New Zealand [1] in the General wire.

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Food Price Index Up

- The Food Price Index rose by 0.5 per cent in the July 1999 month, said Deputy Government Statistician Ian Ewing. This follows falls of 0.7 per cent in the June month and 0.4 per cent in May and is the first increase since February when it rose by 1.1%. See… Food Price Index - July 1999 [1] in the Business wire.

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Kiwis Complacent About Enroling To Vote

- The Electoral Enrolment Centre (EEC) National Manager Murray Wicks said new research indicates that 400,000 eligible electors yet to enrol intend to do so but just "aren't getting around to it". See… Kiwis Complacent About Enroling To Vote [1] in the Politics wire.

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China - More Than Just A Country

- China is more than just a country. It is a culture, a civilisation, a way of life that has developed through five thousand years of recorded history. Chinese president, Jiang Zemin, is coming to Auckland for the APEC talks. John Howard reports. See… China - More Than Just A Country [1] in the Headlines wire.

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CIA Poisoned Norman Kirk - Labour President

- Labour Party President Bob Harvey believes that the CIA was involved in the death of former Prime Minister Norman Kirk - possibly poisoning him on an overseas trip. The Dominion reports today that Harvey wants the CIA files on Norman Kirk opened, on the 25th anniversary of his death. The paper quotes him as saying: "I think that Shipley - and I'm serious about this - should ask Clinton when he turns up at APEC, 'did the [CIA] have a role to play in the removal of… the Kirk administration'." Harvey said the CIA was involved in removing Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam from office in the 1970s and it was possible that Kirk "may have paid the supreme price" for taking on the might of the US during the Cold War. ACT say the allegation is ridiculous and is designed to take the gloss off APEC. See… Labour Whipping Up Anti-US Feeling Before APEC [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Clark Shows True Colours On Defence - Bradford

- Labour leader Helen Clark showed her party's true colours today, when she confirmed a Labour-led government would walk away from New Zealand's commitments to regional defence, Defence Minister Max Bradford says. See… Clark Reveals Hidden Agenda [1] in the Parliament wire. There is much more information and reaction on yesterday's defence report lower down this page.

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Pressure Mounts On Labour Over Timberlands Contracts

- Environmentalists are asking Labour to commit to repudiating any contracts on native forest logging if it becomes a part of a new government. They fear contracts between Timberlands and saw mills are being negotiated now and say Clark must immediately commit to cancelling these contracts upon taking power. See ECOs comments… Timberlands Contract Repudiation by Labour Urged [1] in the Politics wire. The Forest And Bird Society say Labour's Green Credentials Go On The Line [2] and the Green Party say any contracts signed now could tie the hands of future governments. See... Greens Challenge Labour On Beech Scheme Stance [3] in the Parliament wire.

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Govt. Committed To Youth Justice

- Minister of Social Services Roger Sowry today announced a new 40 bed youth justice residential centre for Auckland. A 30 bed facility in Palmerston North opens in November and site selection is under way for a Christchurch facility. See… A sign of commitment to young offenders [1] in the Parliament wire.

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