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PM and Treasurer Talk Rugby On Black Monday
Rugby, Ratings, Politics and the News
- Last Monday morning – Black Monday – the All Blacks were beaten 43- 31 by France. Last Monday afternoon in the Beehive an “urgent” press conference was called by the PM. See Alastair Thompson’s analysis… Rugby, Politics and the News  in the Headlines wire.
No Increase in Domestic Violence after World Cup Losses
- The poor performance of the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup has not caused a visible increase in levels of domestic or family violence says Women’s Refuge Chief Executive Merepeka Raukawa-Tait. Jonathan Hill reports. See… Rugby Defeat Fails To See Rise in Family Violence  in the Headlines wire.
Prebble Spits Dummy In Arts Interview
- The wheels temporarily came off the ACT machine over the weekend when National Radio played a pre-recorded interview with party leader Richard Prebble on ACT’s views on funding for the arts. The stormy interview saw a furious Prebble storm out. Jonathan Hill writes. See… Prebble Spits Dummy Over Arts Interview  in the Headlines wire.
Daily Rolling Poll From Waikato University
- A non-commercial poll which surveys political opinion in New Zealand. See... Waikato University Rolling Political Poll  to see how this poll compares with the commercial variety. It makes for very interesting reading.
Mike Moore In Hot Seat Over WTO Negotiations With Developing Nations
- New Zealander Mike Moore, now heading the WTO, is in hot water with fourteen developing countries who say they are being shut out of WTO negotitations. John Howard reports. See… Mike Moore in Hot Water Over WTO Negotiations  in the Headlines wire.
Welcome To Godzone Ambassador Moseley-Braun
- In the absence of archconservative, Sen. Jesse Helms, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing last Friday, gave US Ambassador-designate to New Zealand, Carol Moseley-Braun, a cordial reception which means she will almost be guaranteed the position here. See… Welcome To Godzone Ambassador Moseley-Braun  in the Headlines wire.
Irish Eyes: Cloning The Weather
- Against the backdrop of the latest super computer predictions that we have truly stuffed the world’s climate and should expect a good deal of suffering next century as a result of global warming, Irish Eyes seeks the answers… See… Irish Eyes: Cloning The Weather  in the Headlines wire.
US Congress Successful In Getting Inquiry Into Global Spy Network
- US Congressman, Bob Barr, has been successful in persuading Congress to open hearings into a developing bombshell that a US computer network called Echelon is spying on people around the world. John Howard reports the latest. See… US Congress Holds Hearings Into Global Spy Network  in the Headlines wire. See also... See… Australian Govt Confirms Global Spy Agency Exists  in the Headlines wire.
ELECTION 1999: Last Week - A Big Precedent Setting Week For The Left
- Well the deed is finally done. Despite long denying the possibility of any such action, Alliance MP Phillida Bunkle finally bit the bullet this week and pulled out of the race for the prize seat of Wellington Central. Jonathan Hill writes on the developments of week six of the campaign. See… The Long Awaited Precedent For The Left  in the Headlines wire.
Aussies Win World Cup And Keep Queen
- Australia beat France 35-12 in Sunday morning’s World Cup Final in Cardiff. Australia has also rejected becoming a republic with the referendum failing to meet either of the two requirements to be passed. John Howard reports. See... Australia Keeps Our Queen  in the Headlines wire.
Scoop Images: ASEAN CULTURAL CELEBRATION
- ASEAN Bazaar and Cultural Day at the Chinese Anglican cultural center in Tinakori Road. See... Scoop Images: Welcome To Indonesia  and Scoop Images: ASEAN Cultural Day National Costumes  in the Headlines wire.
Labour Backtracts On Rimu Contracts – Nats
–“Labour has held more positions on the rimu contracts in the last month than a circus contortionist,” says Associate Food and Fibre Minister David Carter. See… Labour backtracks on rimu contracts  in the Parliament wire.
Greens Offer Parliament Stability and Alternative to Peters
- A centre-left government with a Green Party component offers more stability than any government depending on New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters. See… Greens offer stability  in the Parliament wire.
Alliance Launch Energy Policy
- The Alliance says it will make a repeat of the Auckland power crisis highly unlikely. See… Cleaning up National's energy mess  in the Parliament wire.
ACT Launch ACC Policy
- New Zealand's accident compensation scheme of the last 25 years has been a monstrous failure. ACC costs exploded from 0.8% of GDP in 1984 to 1.8% of GDP today while our safety and healthcare has worsened. ACC is inflexible and wasteful, says ACT NZ. See… ACC A Monstrous Failure - ACT  in the Parliament wire. However Labour’s ACC spokesperson Ruth Dyson says ACT’s policy allows the State to take no responsibility for the wellbeing of its citizens. See… Act ACC policy an accident waiting to happen  in the Parliament wire.
Fee Increases a National / ACT Stealth Tax
- Labour Leader Helen Clark said today that steep rises in tertiary fees showed just how National-Act policies were impacting on New Zealand students and their families. See… Rising tertiary fees a National-Act stealth tax  in the Parliament wire.
Another CYPFA Tragedy In The Making – Maharey
- The Department of Child, Youth and Family Services has placed a teenage boy with a sister just out of jail, whose own children are in care, Labour's social welfare spokesperson Steve Maharey has been told. See… Another tragedy in the making with CYFS  in the Parliament wire.
Donations Required To Help Repair Sick Kiwi
- The cost of feeding a recovering brown female kiwi has led to a plea for donations by Massey University Veterinary Clinic. The kiwi, which has a broken leg, is receiving surgery and specialist care. She had been found in Te Urewera National Park by a member of the Tuhoe community. See… Support our national icon  in the General wire.
Auckland University Set To Adopt 11 per cent Fee Rise
- The University of Auckland Council meets today to adopt a 10.9% increase in tuition fees for 2000 as part of a process that student leaders have denounced as a farce. See… Black Day For Auckland Students  in the Education wire.
Labour Launch Defence / Foreign Affairs Policy
- Labour's defence policy will focus on restoring a sensible balance of priorities, Labour defence spokesperson Geoff Braybrooke said. See… Labour - a sensible defence policy  and Stronger human rights advocacy, promotion of trade  in the Parliament wire.
Labour Must Stand Strong On Rimu Logging Contracts
- Labour should not back down from re-negotiating an end to West Coast rimu logging contracts when it forms the new Government, the Green Party says. See… Greens push Labour to re-negotiate rimu contracts  in the Parliamentwire.
NZ First Confirms It Could Support National / Act – Anderton
- New Zealand First's announcement of its post-election intentions confirms that it could keep National and Act in power, Alliance leader Jim Anderton says. See… NZ First confirms it can support National and Act  in the Parliament wire. Labour deputy leader Michael Cullen says Winston Peters is like a snake oil merchant - he refuses to tell New Zealanders what he is really trying to sell them. See… Snake oil merchant plies his trade  in the Parliament wire.
Prebble Still No Time For Peters
- ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble said “the latest polls show that two thirds of New Zealanders do not want the next government of New Zealand being dictated to by Mr Peters. See… ACT Has No Time For Winston Peters  in the Parliament wire.
Clark’s Vision For New Zealand
- Labour Leader Helen Clark outlined her vision for a better New Zealand in a speech to a campaign rally in Christchurch this afternoon. See… Clark: A vision for a better NZ  in the Parliament wire.
Christian Heritage Say National’s Advance Rejected
- The Christian Heritage Party says they have rejected overtures made to it by the National Party in the Whanganui Electorate. See… Christian Heritage Rejects Nats Wanganui Overtures  in the Politics wire.
National / ACT Don’t Even Understand Questions
- “There is absolutely no point in asking National or Act for the answers to the problems faced in tertiary education, they don't even seem to understand the questions!” That was the conclusion reached by Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association over the weekend. See… National and Act Don't Even Understand Questions  in the Politics wire.
Moral Cannibalism To End
- “Is it more noble, to give or to receive?” asks Sally O'Brien, Libertarianz Social Welfare Deregulation Spokesman. “I suggest,” she says, “that it is more noble to produce, for without the producer there is nothing…” See… Moral Cannibalism To End  in the Politics wire.
ALCP Health Policy Under Scrutiny
- Recent information from NORML New Zealand about the persecution of cannabis smokers in New Zealand is in direct conflict with police statements that they are not targeting cannabis smokers. See… ALCP: Health policy under scrutiny  in the Politics wire.
McGillicuddy Serious Party List Announced
- The McGillicuddy Serious Party released its party list the other day, and has seen fit to make public announcement. Party Secretary Bernard Smith has expressed great pleasure in the team the selection committee has got together. See… McGillicuddy Serious Party List Announced  in the Politics wire.
Peters Makes ‘Categoric Statement’
- Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First, will today be making a categoric statement regarding New Zealand First’s Post Election Position at a Public Meeting at 1.00pm at Albany Hall, Old Albany Highway, Albany, AUCKLAND. See… Peters To Spell Out Post-Election Position  in the Parliament wire.
Poll Shows Margins Closed – Cliffhanger Looming
- The latest Herald Digi Poll shows the gap between National and Labour has dropped to just one per cent. See… Herald Poll - One Per cent between Nats and Labour  in the Headlines wire.