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PM's Views On Winz Row

- Prime Minister Jenny Shipley told National Radio she was "very annoyed" by the allegations of excessive expenditure from government departments this morning and that she was looking forward to an explanation later this week. See..PM Annoyed By Spending Allegations [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Imports Continue To Rise Strongly

- The value of merchandise imports continues to show strong growth according to Statistics New Zealand figures released today. The imports trend has been rising each month for two years. See..Overseas Merchandise Trade (imports) - June 1999 [1] in the Business wire.

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US - China To Meet In NZ

- Prime Minister Jenny Shipley today announced that the Chinese and the United States Presidents will hold a bilateral summit during their visit to New Zealand in September. See… PM Welcomes US - China Summit [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Supermarkets Targeted In Week Of Action

- The Green Party today launched a week of action against supermarkets which are pushing what they describe as 'pro-genetic engineering' pamphlets on shoppers. See… Green Party Week Of Action Against GE Propaganda [1] in the Parliament wire. The Party has officially complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about the brochures. See… Greens Go To Standards Authority Over Pamphlet [2] in the Parliament wire. A copy of the complaint is included.

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SIS Bill

- The latest version of the Security Intelligence Service (Number Two) Bill, which is expected to be debated and passed in Parliament this week, has not impressed the victim of an SIS break in. See… SIS Bill - Govt To Shaft Us In Time For APEC [1] in the Politics wire.

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Kiwis Victorious

- New Zealand is back in the test series against England after winning the second test by nine wickets in only four days. Matt Horne was awarded man of the match for his innings of 100. Chris Cairns took six wickets and night watchman Daniel Vettori scored 50. The deciding fourth test is at Old Trafford and captain Stephen Fleming said his side is feeling confident. Fleming praised his side for their patience with both the bat and ball.

Chinese Crackdown Violates Human Rights

- The Chinese crackdown against the Falungong cult in China, a movement with millions of members, is another example of authorities criminalising citizens who are peacefully exercising basic human rights, say Amnesty International. See… Falungong Detentions Alienating And Destabilising [1] in the General wire.

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Dead NZer Named

- The New Zealander who died in the Air Fiji plane crash has been identified as Chinese New Zealander Peter Choon Min Yong. He was one of 17 people killed when the plane crashed in rugged terrain on the main island of Viti Levu. Peter Choon Min Yong was a foreign aid worker for the Australian overseas development assistance programme, AusAid. Five Australians also died in the crash including a mother and her child.

A Tale In Two Countries

- An eagle eyed reader of the Scoop last Thursday saw amazing similarities between 'Tetraplegic Jailed For Medicinal Cannabis' and a story running along the same lines on the BBC website ( See... NZ Story Has Mirror Image In Britain [1] .

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Maori Language Week

Tau Henare celebrates Maori Language week in the Parliament wire with releases in Maori [1] and English [2] .

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- Green Party Co Leader Rod Donald is calling on Prime Minister Jenny Shipley to instigate a wide-ranging investigation into government department expenditure [1] on team-building conferences, training workshops, corporate videos and advertising.

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Dollar For Dollar Pledge

- The Treasurer, Bill English, said yesterday on National Radio's 'Crosstalk' programme that the pledge to increase spending dollar for dollar with tax cuts would only count for three years. Labour's Michael Cullen, who also appeared on the programme said Bill English's acknowledgement that his pledge is unsustainable beyond the next Parliamentary term shows what a shallow piece of politics it is. See... The con deconstructed [1] .

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Ansett And Pilots

- The Airline Pilots Association claims Ansett New Zealand want to get rid of 35 of its 146 domestic pilots. Ansett New Zealand pilots will strike for 24 hours on August 6 in protest at the proposed new collective contract which they say will compromise safety.

The Wages Of Sin?

- Alliance leader Jim Anderton says casinos should be taxed on the same basis as racing industry [1] . He also says the extra $140 million in revenue raised would be roughly enough to make prescriptions free for everyone.

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Poachers And Police

- The Police have launched an investigation after allegations of misconduct at Greymouth police station. It is alleged that there is a potentially compromising relationship between some police staff in Greymouth and deer poachers.

This Sporting Life

- From Lords to Eden Park to Mexico, two out of three ain't bad. The Sporting Scoop wraps up the sporting weekend in the Headlines wire. [1] Today New Zealand A beat the Australian Barbarians (Aussie A in disguise) 40 -17 to revenge an earlier defeat.

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Fame, The Internet and Writing Skills

- "It often happens that fame goes to the people or things which deserve it the least." Matthew Thomas looks at "Writes Of Passage" [1] in his Sunday Soapbox.

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Wandering Farmer

- The PM announces a roving agricultural Trade Ambassador [1] . See the Parliament wire.

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New Feds Leadership

- The new President of Federated Farmers is Alistair Polson, from Wanganui. Federated Farmers also re-elected Vice President Tom Lambie to another term today at the 1999 National Council/Conference today. See..Federated Farmers Re-Elect Lambie As Vice Pres. [1] and New Federated Farmers President [2] in the Business wire. There is more from the conference in the business wire.

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Superannuation Wars

- A release of information from the Chair of the Super 2000 Taskforce, Angela Foulkes, has opened up an old and long running debate. See..Can New Zealand Afford to Retire? [1] for the statement which started the ruckus. On Thursday Finance Minister Rt Hon Sir William Birch got in with a preemptive strike saying Superannuation Is Labour's Black Hole [2] . Labour' Michael Cullen replied describing Birch's remarks as "cheap scare tactics based on a deliberate lie" see.. More tall stories from the Tories [3] . Ever since a battle has been raging in the Parliament wire. Steve Maharey asks where's Roger [Sowry] hiding? [4] . Roger Sowry has been quick to reply see.. If you can't say something sensible... [5] . Earlier Wayne Mapp chipped into the discussion with a release saying Labour Should Listen To NZers Over Superannuation [6] .

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