New Zealand now officially has a new government - and Scoop was there to bring it to you in pictures and round off your news week online.
New Govt Sworn in - New PM Helen Clark
with Governor General and Deputy Jim Anderton
Minority Government Again - Greens Snatch Seventh Seat
- Labour and the Alliance hold only 59 seats - two short of a majority - after the Greens broke 5.2 per cent in the specials, taking a seat off Labour for seventh on their list Keith Locke. Jonathan Hill reports. See... Coalition Now A Minority Government  in the Headlines wire. Scoop suggested this result was on the cards at 4.30pm yesterday – some six hours before it went mainstream. See... Greens Ahead By A Nose In Special Vote Race!  in the Headlines wire.
Bunkle ‘Very Pleased’ Green Ex-Colleagues Make It To Parliament
- Ex-Green MP and Alliance Minister Phillida Bunkle said she was very pleased to learn that her ex-colleagues had made it into parliament and was looked forward to working closely with them. Jonathan Hill reports. See... Bunkle Welcomes Green Ex-Colleagues to Parliament  in the Headlines wire.
ELECTION 1999: The Dust Begins To Settle
- After the last two and a half months of exhaustive media assault the New Zealand population only now seem to be emerging from their bunkers and looking cautiously to see if the political dust has settled. After an excruciating nine week election campaign, and a blink of an eye nine day coalition negotiation, it seems that, for now, the dust has settled with merciful pace. It is safe to come out now. Jonathan Hill and Alastair Thompson finally have a quick recap of election 1999. See... ELECTION 1999: The Dust Begins To Settle  in the Headlines wire.
No Winners In Scoop Election Competition
- Assuming Winston Peters holds Tauranga – and even if he doesn’t – not one of the 100 plus entrants have managed to pick the election result. Scoop would like to thank everyone for their interest and Alastair is pleased he gets to keep his whisky!
Duynhoven Disappointed At Not Making Cabinet
- Labour’s transport spokesperson in opposition, Harry Duynhoven, is angry after being overlooked for the job of Transport Minister. Mark Gosche has instead been given the post and Duynhoven – not represented in cabinet - said he is now reconsidering his long term future in parliament. He said questions need to be asked about why some people were in cabinet and others were not.
The New Cabinet
- Helen Clark has announced her new cabinet. The placings are… See... The New Cabinet  in the Headlines wire. See a more elaborate and detailed explanation from the PM herself… PM-elect announces new ministry and cabinet  . Labour MP Trevor Mallard has welcomed confirmation that he will be the new Minister of Education and the appointment of three associate Ministers to the portfolio. See... Mallard welcomes education appointments  . Both in the Parliament wire.
Peters Wins Tauranga But Goes To Ground - National Go For Re-Count
- National Party president John Slater has confirmed National will have a recount on votes in the seat of Tauranga which Winston Peters won last night by 62 votes. National will supervise the re-count very closely and are confident they can overturn Peters' victory. Meanwhile Winston Peters has told the media to 'get stuffed' and is not talking to any organisation. He did however talk to ABC Australia on Wednesday night.
MORE TOP SCOOPS
Three Dead in Hokianga Stabbing
- Three people including two young children have been found stabbed to death in a Northland House just west of Kaikohe this morning. See... Three Dead in Hokianga Stabbing  in the Headlines wire.
Smallest States Accused Of Mafia Drug Cartels
- Two of the smallest states in the world, Nauru and Niue, are facing an assault by the economic super-powers over mounting evidence that they are key players for the Russian mafia and South American drug cartels. John Howard reports. See... Smallest States Accused Of Mafia Drug Cartels  in the Headlines wire.
Suharto’s NZ Assets and the Case For Seizing Them
- Murray Horton Looks at the Suharto Indonesian regime and the assets the Suharto family hold in New Zealand in a research piece on why our government should seize these assets. See... Seize The Suhartos' NZ Assets - Murray Horton  in the Headlines wire.
West Coast Leaders Seek Legal Advice On Logging Accord
- A coalition of leaders on the West Coast, including the three mayors, are to seek legal advice in an effort to pin down the obligations of the new Labour Government under the West Coast Accord. Scoop's West Coast correspondent John Howard reports. See... Coast Leaders Seek Legal Advice On Logging Accord  in the Headlines wire.
Pacific Island appointment reflects commitment
- The Head of Pasifika Health, the country's largest Pacific Island health care provider, has been appointed to a senior position in the Ministry of Health. See... Pacific Island appointment reflects commitment  in the General wire.
Labour's reneging on Accord will be expensive: ACT
- The Prime Minister is deluding herself with her persistent claim that the government is not committed by the West Coast Accord signed by Phil Goff as Minister for the Environment in 1986, according to ACT Forestry spokesman Ken Shirley. See... Labour's reneging on Accord will be expensive: ACT  in the Parliament wire.
Victoria University research on rapists a world first
- Pioneering psychological research by Victoria University lecturer Devon Polaschek has world-wide implications for the treatment of rapists and offender profiling. See... Victoria Uni research on rapists a world first  in the General wire.
BERL urges Cullen to pursue export-friendly route
- A call to change the Reserve Bank's current macho stance on inflation towards a more 'export-friendly' policy environment has been made in an open letter to the incoming Finance Minister, published as part of BERL's post-election assessment of New Zealand's economic prospects. The economists however, do not see a need to change the Policy Targets Agreement - but do stress that "a change in the attitude and behaviour of the central bank authorities" is criticially required. See... BERL urges Cullen to pursue export-friendly route  in the Business wire.
Judge Appointed To Lincoln University Staff
- Pioneering South Island Environment Court Judge Peter Skelton of Christchurch has been appointed Associate Professor of Resource Management Law at Lincoln University. See... Judge Appointed To Lincoln Staff  in the General wire.
Overseas Trade Deficit Continues To Worsen
- Figures released today by Statistics New Zealand for the month of October 1999 show that the trend in the merchandise trade balance continued to worsen as the growth in merchandise exports remains lower than the growth in imports. See... Overseas Trade Deficit Grows  in the Business wire.
Minority government is weak government - Prebble
- ACT Leader Richard Prebble said the country did not welcome the news that Labour and the Alliance look likely to be a minority government. See... Minority government is weak government - Prebble  in the Parliament wire.
More Money Not Less Provided for 1999 Election – Ryall
- “Almost $2 million extra funding has been provided for this year’s General Election compared to the 1996 election,” outgoing Justice Minister Tony Ryall says. See... More Money Not Less Provided for 1999 Election  in the Parliament wire.