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HOBBIT TOWN PHOTO MYSTERY SOLVED....ONLY ON SCOOP
Scoop Images: Hobbit Town Photos Mystery Solved
Fishy Hobbit Photos In The Dominion - Full Story
BREAKING NEWS: Dominion stands by photos - reports of supporting evidence emerge.
Scoop Images: Where Bilbo And Frodo Live – Really!
Fitzsimons Edges Ahead in Latest Coromandel Poll
- Wednesday nights TV One Colmar Brunton poll of the Coromandel seat shows Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons nosing ahead of encumbent National MP Murray McLean. See… Fitzsimons Edges Ahead in Latest Coromandel Poll  in the Headlines wire.
UN Tell America To Drop Cuban Embargo – Cuba To Sue for $100 Billion
- For the eighth consecutive year in a row the United Nations have called for the United States to end the 40 year old economic embargo against Cuba. Jonathan Hill reports. See… $100 Billion Lawsuit Against US For Cuban Embargo  in the Headlines wire. See also...US Vote Not To Pay $900 United Nations Arrears  for a New Zealand connection.
Search For EgyptAir Black Box Continues, More Info Being Gathered
- The damaged flight data recorder from doomed EgyptAir flight 990 is the centre of attention as air safety investigators try to piece together what caused the plane to crash, killing all 217 people on board. Meanwhile the search for the planes black box continues. See… Search Continues For EgyptAir Black Box  in the Headlines wire.
The Hobbit House Photo Mystery Solved
- Scoop has had to admit a mistake... See...Scoop Images: Hobbit Town Photos Mystery Solved  earlier Scoop reported that more than three weeks after Scoop first published a picture of, allegedly, the home of a Hobbit from the Lord of the Rings set, and the day after we published aerial photos of the Waikato set, the Dominion Newspaper have run two highly dubious – and probably fabricated - pictures of an alleged Hobbit Town in the Waikato. It turns out the are real. Scoop has the whole story. See... Scoop Images: Dom's Stale Hobbit Photos Are Fake!  in the Headlines wire. See also... BREAKING NEWS  Dominion stands by photos - reports of supporting evidence emerge, and Scoop Images: Where Bilbo And Frodo Live – Really! 
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International Socialist Conference to Discuss Globalisation in Paris
- The challenges of globalisation are on the agenda of leaders from more than 140 nations attending the three-day Socialist International conference in Paris. John Howard reports. See… International Socialist Conference in Parliament  in the Headlines wire.
Ocean Sustainability Meeting Begins in Suva
- The International Ocean Institute's 27th annual Pacem in Maribus conference opened in Suva this week. See… Oceanic Sustainability Meeting Begins In Suva  in the Headlines wire.
Sick Kiwi Suffers Setback
- The female brown kiwi being nursed back to health after suffering a broken leg has suffered a setback. The pin placed in her leg to heal the fracture was successfully removed by Massey vets but she has now developed an infection which means she will be in care for three more weeks before being returned to the Urewera National Park. The kiwi eats 400 worms a night, costing around $250 per week.
Exports Improve But Trade Deficit Continues To Grow
- Latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show an increase in exports in the September 1999 quarter. This increase has been assisted by a falling New Zealand dollar and recovery in exports of some major commodities. However the trade deficit continues to grow. See… Exports Improve but Trade Deficit Still Grows  in the Business wire. Labour say if this is the state of the economy their economic programme is srely needed. See… Labour's economic programme sorely needed  in the Parliament wire.
ACT Launch Welfare Policy
- ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Muriel Newman and ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble were in Dunedin today to launch the Party's welfare policy. See… A Positive Vision For Welfare That Works  and Money helps, But Money Is Not The Answer  and Welfare - A Hand-Up, Not A Hand-Out  . However Labour say the policy is “whacked out extremism”. See… Extremist rhetoric from Act on welfare  in the Parliament wire.
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AIDS Foundation Slam Delamere Decision
- The New Zealand AIDS Foundation today condemned a decision to exclude from New Zealand quota refugees, prospective migrants to New Zealand and applicants for work and study permits who test positive in a compulsory test. See… AIDS Foundation condemns Delamere’s decision  in the General wire.
Alliance Release Alternative Budget
- The Alliance released its alternative budget today, devoting its heaviest spending to health care, tertiary education, jobs, superannuation and housing. See… Alliance Release Alternative Budget  in the Parliament wire. There is heaps of reaction to this announcement in the Parliament wire.
Pharmac Boost Funding for Schizophrenia Drugs
- PHARMAC has announced it will boost spending on drugs to treat schizophrenia by $55 million - its biggest ever funding increase for a single drug group. See… Schizophrenia to benefit from $55 million PHARMAC  in the General wire.
Economy Slows in March Year – Stats NZ
- The flow-on of the Asian economic downturn and a second season of drought conditions in much of New Zealand brought a halt to economic growth in the year ended March 1999. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell by 0.2 per cent in real terms… See… Savings Drop as Economy Slowed in March Year  in the Business wire. Labour deputy Leader Michael Cullen said the Provisional National Accounts contained appalling news for the economy. See… National accounts appalling news for the economy  in the Business wire.
NZ Should Follow Australia Lead on Marine Reserves
- The Forest and Bird Protection Society has challenged all political parties to follow the lead of the Australian Government and protect significant areas of the New Zealand exclusive economic zone (EEZ). See… NZ challenged to follow Aussies on Marine reserves  in the General wire.
Tracability of GE Foods Holds the Key – AgriQuality
- “Making choices available through credible product information is the direction in the Genetically Modified Foods debate”, says Sue Suckling, Chair of AgriQuality New Zealand. See… Traceability the answer in GE Food Debate  in the General wire.
Dunne Slams Delameres Immigration Department as Racist
- United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says Immigration Minister Tuariki Delamere is guilty of the most amazing double standards by running a racist Immigration Department abroad, while pandering at home to Maori radicals like Tame Iti. See… Dunne Slams Delamere's Racist Immigration Depart.  in the Parliament wire.
ACT Launch Environment / Conservation Policy
– “New Zealanders can feel justly proud of our natural environment. Some progress has been made in recent years but significant environmental problems remain.” See… ACT Releases Environment & Conservation Policy  and Strong Economy, Responsible People, Good Stewards  and ACT's Common-sense Plan For Protecting Environment  in the Parliament wire. The Greens say the release of ACT's environment and conservation policy confirms that attacking environmental protection is a key part of their election strategy. See… ACT policy anti-environment warn Greens  in the Parliament wire.
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Govt. Sells Out Again Over Native Forests
- The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society is calling on the Government to keep in public ownership three native forest areas on the Mamaku plateau, near Rotorua. See… Government Sells Out Again on Native Forests  in the Politics wire. Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says the prospective sale of publicly owned native forests in the Bay of Plenty, used for research for 40 years, makes a mockery of National's commitment to sustainable forest management. See… Research forests up for sale  in the Parliament wire.
Anderton Launches Offensive on ‘Fruitcake Fringe’
– Jim Anderton has issued a strong challenge to National and ACT to lay out their agenda on areas such as roading and hospitals and reminds the public that Richard Prebble believes our nuclear free status is a “cold war anachronism’. See… Anderton fires nuke missile at 'fruitcake fringe'  in the Parliament wire.
Cabinet Approves New Health Testing For Migrants
- Cabinet has approved new immigration procedures aimed at protecting the health of all New Zealanders, the Ministers of Immigration, Health and associate Immigration announced today. See… Cabinet approves new health testing for migrants  in the Parliament wire.
Clark To Ditch Tax Rise For Deal With Peters – English
- Helen Clark's announcement that Labour would consider scrapping its tax increase to do a deal with Winston Peters throws into doubt her personal commitment to delivering on Labour's core campaign promises, Treasurer Bill English said today. See… Clark Abandons Credit Card With Tax Backdown  in the Parliament wire.
Press Council ‘Defend Freedom of Speech’
- In its role as a defender of freedom of speech, the New Zealand Press Council today issued a statement in support of the New Zealand Court of Appeal's decision in the Lange v. Atkinson defamation case. See… NZ Press Council Defends Freedom Of Speech  in the General wire.
Shipley Makes Up Fiscal Cap On Treaty Settlements – Cullen
- “Prime Minister Jenny Shipley again opened her mouth and let things run out when on the Leighton Smith debate last night, she said there was a fiscal cap on Treaty of Waitangi settlements,” Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen said. See… Mrs Shipley's fiscal slips showing  in the Parliament wire.
Green Party Ask Delamere to Free Refugees
- The Green Party has written to Immigration Minister Tuariki Delamere asking him to release 17 asylum seekers from Mt Eden Prison. See… Green Party Say Free the Refugees  in the Parliament wire.
CYPFA Explain Maharey Allegations
- Child, Youth and Family says the boy concerned was placed with his sister as part of a plan designed by a formal youth justice Family Group Conference, whose participants included family members, police and the boy's lawyer. See… CYPFA Comment On Issues Raised By Steve Maharey  in the Politics wire. See Maharey's comments... Another tragedy in the making with CYFS  in the Parliament wire.