Scoop's weekend bulletin... including a fair bit of news from the end of last week...
A hobbit summer house? BIG VERSION - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9911/S00099.htm
Scoop World Exclusive - Bag End - BIG VERSION - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9911/S00092.htm
Jonah Lomu has returned to NZ and says he has signed with the union for another two years. Where he will be playing has not yet been decided.
McKinnon gets a job
- Foreign Affairs Minister Don McKinnon has been elected as the new secretary general of the Commonweatlh. See the parliament wire.
Latest TV1 Poll
- The latest TV1/Colmar Brunton poll (broadcast Saturday night) - like the last Herald Digipoll - has Labour and National neck and neck and losing ground to the minor parties. The poll of 1000 has margin of error 3.2%. In the crucial party vote the poll results were. National 33%, Labour 34%, Alliance 9%, Act 11%, NZ First 6%, Greens 2.4%.
Hard News With Russell Brown
- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... well, if a week is a long time in politics, time appears to stretch even further under a general election campaign. For the rest see... HARD NEWS 13/11/99 - Arse and Letters  in the Headlines wire.
O'Regan Ahead In Tauranga?
- A TV1 poll shows Winston Peters trailing National's Katherine O'Regan by one point. The Poll has O'Regan on 32 per cent, Peters on 31 per cent and Labour’s Margaret Wilson on 24 per cent. Labour this week refused to endorse O’Regan in the seat. With allegations concerning candidate Suzanne Bruce and her tax affairs and NZ First MP Robyn McDonald threatening court action over her list placing, it has been a bad run for Winston. See the headlines wire.
ELECTION 1999: Winston Holds MMP to Ransom
- Over the last few weeks it has looked increasingly likely that NZ First will again hold the balance of power after this election. Realising this, the games of Winston Peters have begun in earnest although this time - unlike last - he is holding the country to ransom before a vote is even cast. Jonathan Hill writes. See… ELECTION 1999: Winston Holds MMP to Ransom  in the Headlines wire.
Tragedy as Italian Apartment Block Collapses
- A six story apartment building in Southern Italy collapsed last night, killing at least 14 people, injuring 16 and trapping about 40 people under the debris. Jonathan Hill reports. See… Tragedy as Italian Apartment Block Collapses  in the Headlines wire.
How Do We Get A Police State?
- News that a re-elected National government will give police extra power to seek compulsory DNA samples is causing ripples in the human rights community. John Howard asks, “How does a police state happen?” See… How Do We Get A Police State?  in the Headlines wire.
Greens Surge in Latest Herald Poll
- The Green Party have surged to just under the five per cent threshold in the latest New Zealand Herald-Digipoll released this morning (Friday). See… Greens Surge in Latest Herald Poll  in the Headlines wire.
See The Banned Election Ads
- The New Zealand Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union have put their banned television ads online. You will need Quicktime 4 to see them. See... http://www.nzepmu.org.nz/ 
Fijian Media Clamp-down Slammed By PNG Editor
Papua New Guinean newspaper editor Oseah Philemon has challenged the Fiji Islands Government to release details of a proposed state-controlled media tribunal. See… Fijian Media Clamp-down Slammed By PNG Editor  in the News Monitor wire.
Student Design Exhibition Showcases Design Talent
- A futuristic hotel for transients, building simulation technology and a walk-through catalogue of interior design projects are highlights of Exhibition ’99, a showcase of student work at Victoria University’s School of Architecture and Design. See… Exhibition ’99 showcases student design talent  in the General wire.
NZ First Tax Problem: Can’t Trust NZ First – Hodgson
- New Zealand First's status as the joke party of the election is much enhanced by the news that its top-ranked woman candidate is charged with tax offences, says Labour campaign spokesperson Pete Hodgson. See… Can't pick 'em, can't keep 'em, can't trust 'em  in the Parliament wire.
Alliance Launch Maori Policy
- A Maori education authority and a commitment to fund English language Maori TV and radio are among the key points announced in the Alliance Maori agenda. See… The first hundred days for Maori  in the Parliament wire.
Treaty Policy Non-Negotiable Coalition Feature – Prebble
- ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble reinforced ACT’s commitment for fair, full and final settlements of legitimate Treaty of Waitangi claims and said, “it would be a non negotiable in any government of which ACT is a part.” See… ACT’s Treaty Policy A Coalition Breaker  . Tau Henare said Mauri Pacific found that position untenable. See… When The Thief Starts Making Demands  . Labour Leader Helen Clark is calling on the Prime Minister to state exactly where National stands on Act's non-negotiable stance on the Treaty of Waitangi. See… Time Nats stood up to Act - Clark  . However Winston Peters believes that 99 percent of all Waitangi Tribunal claims could be resolved by the year 2005. See… Treaty Of Waitangi Issues Must Be Resolved  . All in the Parliament wire.
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Chat On Line with a ‘McMinister’
- This Monday not one, not two, not three but four Ministers will be live online to talk about policies, issues, and the election. Dial in, have a chat. See… McMinisters take their social policy online  in the Parliament wire.
Shell Says Forces Putting Pressure On Petrol Again
- A combination of forces in the international oil market is again putting pressure on petrol prices in New Zealand. See… Shell Says Forces Putting Pressure On Petrol Again  in the Business wire.
Michael Cullen Off to the UK – Ryall
- “A prediction: within a week Labour’s Finance Spokesman, Dr Michael Cullen, will sitting in First Class, sipping champagne, winging his way to Britain to follow up on Bob Harvey’s ‘fact finding mission’ to the British Labour Party,” SOE Minister Tony Ryall says. See… Cullen Off to UK Next Week?  in the Parliament wire.
TVNZ Upholds Complaints Over Labour’s Ads
– Nats Say Labour Must Apologise - TVNZ has upheld both aspects of the National Party's formal complaint about the advertisement that opened Labour's election campaign. TVNZ has ruled it was inaccurate and misleading. See… Labour Must Apologise For Lies  and upton-on-line scolded by Sir William  in the Parliament wire.
Youth Radio Network a Step Closer – Hasler
- Advertisements inviting proposals for a National Youth Radio Network will appear in major daily papers this weekend, the Minister for Culture and Heritage Hon Marie Hasler said. See… National youth radio step closer  in the Parliament wire.
Maori Candidates Back Labour
- Maori candidates campaigning for list votes under the Mana Maori Movement banner have confirmed they would back a Labour-led Government, if they held the balance of power after the November 27 election. See… Maori coalition will back Labour-led Government  in the Parliament wire.
Is Cranking Up The Barbie Illegal?
- It’ll take more than a free sausage to win Wellington Central but it is still scandalous that Labour’s Marion Hobbs is offering to “crank up the barbecue” for local votes, says National MP Annabel Young. See… Labour tries to buy votes with a sausage  in the Parliament wire.
Fewer Infant Deaths Recorded
- There were significantly fewer infant deaths in 1998 according to provisional infant mortality statistics released by the Ministry of Health on Thursday. See… Infant death rates continue to fall - MOH  in the General wire.
NZ To Give Aid To Vietnam Flood Aid Mission
- New Zealand will contribute $150,000 to Red Cross flood relief work in central Vietnam, Acting Foreign Minister, Hon Simon Upton, says. See… Flood Relief To Vietnam  in the Parliament wire.
Small Tax Increase On Cigarettes / Tobacco Announced
- Border Control Minister John Luxton, has announced a small increase to the rates of excise duty on tobacco products. See… Excise Tax Increase on Ciggies / Tobacco  in the Parliament wire.
Students Pay $76 Million in Interest This Year – Maharey
- Student loan borrowers have paid more than $76 million in interest this year alone, Labour associate education spokesperson (tertiary) Steve Maharey says. See… Student interest astronomical  in the Parliament wire.
Compulsory DNA Powers Given To Police
- “National today upped up the ante on burglary by giving the Police the power to seek compulsory DNA samples to convict burglary suspects, giving them a powerful new weapon with which to fight burglary,” Prime Minister, Jenny Shipley said. See… Burglary to be Focus of DNA Crime Busting Weapon  in the Parliament wire. However United New Zealand leader Peter Dunne says the move highlights just how bereft of ideas National has become. See… National Party Dna Move Smacks Of Desperation  in the Parliament wire.
Other Parties Missing Point In Tax Debate – Greens
- Other political parties were missing the point over tax issues, by failing to focus on what was being taxed, the Green Party say. See… Parties missing point on tax discussion - Greens  in the Parliament wire.
Lord Of The Rings Filming On Conservation Land Approved
- Conservation Minister Nick Smith today announced that Three Foot Six Ltd, the company behind Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings production, has been granted consents to film on several areas of public conservation land in the South Island. See… Lord Of The Rings To Film On Conservation Land  in the Parliament wire.