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Govt Assures Safety In Event Of Prison Officer Strike
LINK: ACT Publishes Anderton Bank Gaffe Papers
Forest And Bird Supports Southland 1080 Drop
Wellington Local Body Greens Campaign Launch Set
Anti Pot Trustee Petition Presentation
Conservation Week Perfectly Timed
Northland Families Helped Into Houses
Maori Quit Smoking Campaign Launched

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Howard’s End: Imagination Explained
MORE KNOWLEDGE WAVE NEWS & REACTION
Robert Mann: GM Commission Not So Balanced
Lift Air NZ Foreign Ownership Cap – Shipley
Ruling Reinforces Entitlement Disclosure Policy
First Ambassador To North Korea

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JUST POLITICS


Govt Assures Safety In Event Of Prison Officer Strike

- The Minister of Corrections, Matt Robson, and the Minister of State Services, Trevor Mallard, today confirmed that the Government will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of prisons if industrial action occurs. See... Government Ensures Prison Security [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00075.htm


LINK: ACT Publishes Anderton Bank Gaffe Papers

- ACT MP Rodney Hide today published secret Government papers detailing Jim Anderton's breaches of the law that cost taxpayers $40 million. See... Anderton's Nicked: Papers Published on Internet [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00097.htm

Forest And Bird Supports Southland 1080 Drop

- Forest and Bird says that the decision by the Animal Health Board to proceed with a 1080 possum control drop in the Blue Mountains (Southland) is the right one. See... 1080 Operation In Blue Mountains [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00018.htm


Wellington Local Body Greens Campaign Launch Set

- Green candidates for the upcoming local body elections in the Wellington region will be launching their campaign with a high-tech theme at (e)-vision (corner of Blair and Wakefield Streets, Wellington) on August 9th from 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm. See... “Green Team” to launch local body campaign [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00017.htm


Anti Pot Trustee Petition Presentation

- New Zealand First Education Spokesperson, Hon Brian Donnelly MP, is pleased that the School Trustees Association has managed to gather 36,000 signatures against the legalisation or decriminalisation of cannabis. See... Donnelly To Accept Anti-Pot Petition [1] and United Future NZ… Reject Cannabis Decriminalisation Now [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00104.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00101.htm


Conservation Week Perfectly Timed

- Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said the theme of 'Unique New Zealand' for Conservation Week had never been more timely following the Royal Commission into Genetic Modification recommending the release of genetically engineered organisms into the environment last week. See... 'Unique New Zealand Week' Never More Timely [1] and Conservation Week 2001 - Te Whenua Ahurei [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00103.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00100.htm


Northland Families Helped Into Houses

- Two interest free loans to help two Northland families into new homes were announced by Housing Ministers Mark Gosche and Tariana Turia today. See... Ministers Help With Northland House Build [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00102.htm


Maori Quit Smoking Campaign Launched

- Prime Minister Helen Clark and Associate Maori Affairs and Health Minister Tariana Turia are delighted with the first ever nationwide Maori quit smoking campaign 'It's about whanau'. See... It's about whanau, it's about whakapapa [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00096.htm

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Howard’s End: Imagination Explained

- A high school student Scoop reader has responded to my Catching the Knowledge Wave column asking that I explain what I meant when I wrote, “imagination is more important than knowledge”. Maree Howard responds. See... Howard's End: Imagination Vs Knowledge [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00025.htm


MORE KNOWLEDGE WAVE NEWS & REACTION:

- PM & Auckland Uni Vice Chancellor - Media Statement [1] - Anti-DPB Campaigners - Brash's Benefit Stand Brave [2] - VUWSA - Elitist Puddle [3] - Greens - Celebrate NZ's Creative Edge [4] - Ron Law - Minister Wipes-Out on Knowledge Wave [5] More on the Just Politics Feature Page [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00095.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00016.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00015.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00099.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00019.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=justpolitics


Robert Mann: GM Commission Not So Balanced

- Public inquiries into controversial technology have a mixed history in New Zealand. Having proposed in 1973 a public investigation of nuclear power, I was then sufficiently encouraged by the proceedings of the Royal Commission on Nuclear Power that in 1977 I put forward a similar idea regarding the then nascent recombinant-DNA technology - commonly called genetic engineering (GE) - for splicing genes from unrelated organisms & viruses to create novel organisms that could not come to exist naturally. See... A Tale Of Two Commissions [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0108/S00022.htm

Lift Air NZ Foreign Ownership Cap – Shipley

- The Prime Minister should demonstrate her commitment to the overwhelming call from the Catch the Knowledge Wave conference for the Government to set rules that allow it to get on and build the economy, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today. See... PM must heed advice and lift cap on Air NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00094.htm


Ruling Reinforces Entitlement Disclosure Policy

- The full-entitlement policy introduced by the Labour-Alliance government ensures that beneficiaries are now informed of the full range of assistance available to them, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Comment on Scoble ruling [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00093.htm


First Ambassador To North Korea

- New Zealand’s first Ambassador to North Korea will be New Zealand Ambassador to South Korea Roy Ferguson, who will be cross-accredited from Seoul, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... New Zealand's First Ambassador To North Korea [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00098.htm

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