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Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

POLITICS HEADLINES:
Election Spending: AG Admits Flaws In Process
Economy: Manufacturing Sales Keep Rising
Transport: Monster Spaghetti Junction Opening
Charity: Wanna Buy A Politician?
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NEW POLITICAL COLUMNS

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Election Spending: AG Admits Flaws In Process

"When asked whether he made it clear to parties in his report that he had received legal advice, that some of the expenditure in the 2005 election could be unlawful, the Auditor General conceded that he had not stated that. The Auditor General also conceded that, in hindsight, he now realises that he should have provided specific examples of appropriate and inappropriate expenditure to illustrate his legal advice on the interpretation of the rules governing Parliamentary advertising by political parties..." See... New doubts about Auditor's spending report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00310.htm


Economy: Manufacturing Sales Keep Rising

Seasonally adjusted manufacturing sales increased 2.7 percent in the September 2006 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Two-thirds of this increase was due to the meat and dairy product manufacturing, and machinery and equipment manufacturing industries... The strengthening trend since the December 2005 quarter has coincided with a depreciating New Zealand dollar and increased volumes of exported primary products. See... Sales Increase Continues for Manufacturing [1]
ALSO:

  • EMA Northern - Manufacturers on a roll [2]
  • EMA Central - Manufacturing upturn in central region [3]
  • UN - Asia-Pacific Region Set to Enjoy Strong Growth [4]
    Other Statistics:
  • Statistics NZ - Recorded Crime Continues to Decline [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00303.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00304.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00305.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00292.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00196.htm


    Transport: Monster Spaghetti Junction Opening

    Auckland Issues Minister Judith Tizard today officially opens the $200 million Central Motorway Junction, which she says will help get Auckland moving and get through-traffic off city roads. "As well as reducing congestion these links will make travel times more predictable, provide all the missing cross-city connections and improve access to public transport," says Judith Tizard. See... "Spaghetti junction" opening gets Auckland moving [1]
    ALSO:

  • Transit New Zealand - Akld’s biggest motorway junction upgrade complete [2]
  • Waitakere City - Waitakere Votes on Regional Governance [3]
  • Auckland City Council - Consultation on proposed signs and billboard rules [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00309.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0612/S00167.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0612/S00164.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0612/S00161.htm


    Charity: Wanna Buy A Politician?

    Prime Minister Helen Clark and the Leader of the Opposition, John Key are both being “auctioned” as part of the country’s biggest online auction this year, to help New Zealand children. Bidders at Air New Zealand’s Christmas Charity Auction on award-winning site, zillion.co.nz are battling it out to win morning tea with the Prime Minister or lunch with John Key (among other things). See... Prime Minister & John Key Hot Favourites [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00185.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - 30 Years of the Metric System [1]
  • NZ Govt - Real estate industry proposals fall short [2]
  • NZ Govt - Government confirms 2007/08 ACC levies [3]
  • NZ Govt - Goff: Succeeding in a Globalised World [4]
  • National - John Key Address: Inaugural Jenny Shipley Lecture [5]
  • Greens - Website to help forest industry cash in on waste [6]
  • United Future - Illegal logging policy inadequate, says Copeland [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00304.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00305.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00316.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00313.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00302.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00314.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00322.htm


    NEW POLITICAL COLUMNS:

  • Murray McCully - www.mccully.co.nz - 15 December 2006 [1]
  • Wayne Mapp - The Mapp Report - Last week of Parliament [2]
  • Richard Worth - Blue skies and halcyon days [3]
  • Peter Dunne - United Future - Leaders Letter 15 December 2006 [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00319.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00318.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00311.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00306.htm


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