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For news about East Timor and APEC see earlier Scoop Today Special bulletin. Todays other news follows...

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Who Exactly Is Mike More?

- New Zealander Mike Moore has become the Director-General of the WTO in controversial circumstances. Who is he? This view comes from a New Zealander, Bill Rosenberg, who researches and writes on foreign investment and New Zealand's economic relationships. See… The new WTO head, Mike Moore: a view from NZ [1] in the Headlines wire.

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One Tree Hill Terminal

- The Auckland icon, One Tree Hill, has been given three years to live after it was inspected today.

Heat Increases In Wellington Central - Who Lives Where?

- “Richard Prebble should get real and come clean about where he lives and who his neighbours are,” said Labour's Manurewa Electorate campaign manager, Daniel Newman of the fact that Prebble is an Aucklander. See… Prebble's Patch Is Hundreds Of Kms From Wellington [1] in the Parliament wire. However Phillida Bunkle’s office says that neither Prebble nor Hobbs are true Wellington residents so they should give up arguing over who is more of a Wellingtonian. See… Prebble and Hobbs both Johnny Come Latelys [2] in the Parliament wire.

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- The 1999 Crown Financial Statements released today show that the Crown's finances are in a strong and positive position, Treasurer Bill English and Finance Minister Sir William Birch said in a joint press statement today. See… Crown Result Still Positive After Tough Year [1] in the Parliament wire. See the statements in the Business wire.

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Monsanto Apply For GE Field Trials

- Giant US agrichemical company Monsanto have applied to conduct field trials of genetically engineered wheat in New Zealand. The wheat will be engineered to be resistant to Monsanto's herbicide Roundup. The Alliance's Phillida Bunkle is concerned the excessive use of Roundup on these crops will leave a carcinogenic residue on the wheat. See… Cancer link in application for NZ GE wheat trial [1] in the Parliament wire. The move to grow genetically-engineered wheat in New Zealand is a backward step and could affect future trade, Green Party Agriculture Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street said today. See… GE Wheat A Backward Step For New Zealand [2] in the Politics wire. Neil Barton, Chairman of the Grains Council of Federated Farmers, said today that an application to test wheat genetically modified to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup would be closely considered by the Grains Council and its members. See… GE Wheat Trial To Be Closely Watched [3] in the Business wire.

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$16m To Put Business Out of Business

- The Alliance wants the $16 million the government is planning to spend on a 'Buy Global' campaign to be spent on the 'Buy NZ Made' campaign instead. See… $16 million on putting businesses out of business [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Clark Lacks Courage of Conviction Over Forest Policy – ACT

- ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley today told a meeting a public meeting in Westport that if Helen Clark thinks that Labour's forestry policy is the right thing for the West Coast she should have fronted up to the people of the West Coast to explain it. See… Clark Doesn't Have Courage Of Her Convictions [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Government E-Commerce Web Site Launched

- The Government's Electronic Commerce internet web site was launched today by Information Technology Minister Maurice Williamson. See… Government E-Commerce Web Site Launched [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Clark Deplores One Tree Hill Attack

- Labour Leader Helen Clark said today that she deplored the latest act of vandalism against the lone pine on top of One Tree Hill. See… Helen Clark deplores attack on One Tree Hill [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Alliance Release Special Education Policy

- The Alliance released its special education policy at Takapuna Grammar special education unit in Auckland today aimed at fixing the problems with Special Education 2000 for the year 2000. See… Let's fix special education for 2000 [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Hurricane Floyd Update

- The monster Hurricane hitting Florida has seen two million residents of Florida and Georgia evacuated. More details lower down this page.

Bunkle Exposes Insurance Scam

- A complaint to the Commerce Commission by Alliance health spokesperson Phillida Bunkle has helped patients get reimbursements totalling $145,223 from medical insurance companies. See… Insurance companies caught red-handed [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Tony Ryall Speech – The Government and Crime

- Overall crime is down to its lowest level since 1989. Crime fell by 3.3 percent last year and by 2 percent the year before. The falls are modest but the trends are right… See… Tony Ryall - Keynote Address to Grey Power [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Creech Launches Exercise Campaign

- Health Minister Wyatt Creech and Ministry of Health staff will practise what they preach when they launch the Stroll, Strut, Stride campaign today. See… Stroll, Strut, Stride Starts [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Archaeologists Hope For Fruitful Russell Dig

- Archaeologists from the Department of Conservation are hoping for a huge haul of historic goodies dating back to the earliest European settlement of Russell when they begin work investigating the Blomfield property. See… Historic Haul Hoped for in Russell [1] in the General wire.

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Focus On The Big Issues Please Mr Clinton

- “If Mr Clinton is such a big guy,” said Christchurch drug law reformers today, “he should stop the War on Drugs, and set a better example as leader of the free world.” See… Stop The War On Drugs Mr President [1] in the Politics wire.

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NEWS FLASH - Massive Hurricane Threatens Florida

- One million people have been ordered to evacuate the Atlantic coast by Gov. Jeb Bush and NASA has all but abandoned Cape Canaveral as Hurricane Floyd - one of the most powerful storms ever to threaten the United States this century - charged towards Florida with potentially catastrophic 155 mile per hour winds and 18 foot waves. A state of emergency has been declared. Floyd is much larger than Hurricane Andrew which smashed Florida in 1992, causing $25 billion in damage, killing 26 people and leaving 160,000 homeless. UPDATE... See... Hurricane Floyd Update [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Do We Have A State Religion Now, Mr Creech?

– Prebble - I am writing regarding a story in today's Dominion which I hope isn't correct. It states that a woman working at a mental health unit in Wanganui has been banned from entering the premises until it can receive a Maori blessing. See the letter… Do we have a state religion now? [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Prebble Sings Shipley’s Praises

- “No small amount of [the APEC] success was due to Jenny Shipley. In an international arena full of pitfalls and with the added uncertainty and danger of escalating violence in East Timor, our Prime Minister conducted our affairs as a true, stable, international leader.” See… Who passed the test at APEC? - Prebble [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Alliance Too Close To Labour – Peters

– In a speech Winston Peters said the Alliance have sidled too close to Labour and have rendered themselves pointless for nothing in return. He reckons New Zealand First is the alternative. See… Peters - Alliance Sold Soul For Plastic Promises [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Universal Student Allowances – Anderton

- In a speech to Canterbury University students today Jim Anderton outlined the Alliance plans to provide universal student allowances for full time students. See… Universal student allowance for students [1] in the Parliament wire. The Aotearoa Student Union today welcomed the announcement, describing it as an important step towards removing discrimination in the tertiary sector. See… Students Look Forward To Equality [2] in the Education wire.

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Dunne To Visit West Coast

- United New Zealand leader Peter Dunne, says his visit to the West Coast on Thursday 16 September will be "a chance to listen and learn." See… Dunne Visit "A Chance To Listen And Learn" [1] in the Parliament wire.

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