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NZ Could Be Asked For More In East Timor

- Scoop's Ian Llewellyn reports that the United Nation's Secretary General has proposed a restructuring of the UN Mission to East Timor that could see more New Zealanders placed in the troubled region. See... NZ May Be Asked To Commit More to East Timor [1] in the Headlines wire.

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The Simmering Republic Debate

- The republic referendum debate in Australia has taken two major turns already this week. Scoop's Sydney correspondent Simon Orme looks at this weeks developments. See... The Republican Debate Just Got Hotter [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Top 20

- For Today's top 20 rating items on Scoop see... Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20 [1] in the News Monitor wire.

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A Week In Politics...

- The latest TV1/Colmar Brunton Poll [1] shows Labour down four points to 40, National steady on 38, the Alliance up one to seven points, Act up two to seven and New Zealand First up two to four percent.

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Green vs Monsanto On Aussie TV

- Green MP Jeanette Fitzsimons is appearing live on Australian TV in a one hour long, face to face interview with a representative from the biotechnology corporation Monsanto tomorrow. See... NZ Green MP And Monsanto Face-To-Face On Aus. TV [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Rankin Spends $25,000 On Videos Of Herself - Alliance

- The Alliance today said that the CEO of WINZ, Christine Rankin, has spent $25,000 making videos of herself at the taxpayers expense. See... Rankin spends $25,000 on self-promotional videos [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Looking For Endeavour

- The Australian Government, is backing a search to find Endeavour's resting place. [1] For details on a hunt that has some resonance for New Zealand see the Australia wire.

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Eclipse Watch

- Today, the sun's last total eclipse of the century will be visible (weather willing) by around two billion people in Europe and the Middle East, but the audience world-wide will be multiplied by a plethora of web-cams. See Eclipse On The Net [1] in the headlines wire.

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Peace Proves An Elusive Goal

- Yesterday's daily State Department Briefing on the US view on the situation in the world's hot spots contains a wide array of concerning security situations from Russia to North Korea, East Timor to Pakistan. For State Department spokesman James Rubin's spin on the deteriorating global security situation see … State Dept. Briefing - Russia, Timor, Pakistan (1) [1] and State Dept Briefing (2) [2] in the General wire.

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Doubts Cast On Sustainability Of Timberlands' Plans

- Native Forest Action say Timberlands' beech logging management plans have crumbled under independent scientific scrutiny. See... Timberlands' Beech Scheme Not Sustainable - Proof [1] in the General wire.

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Prebble Calls For Maori Quota

- Act leader Richard Prebble today said the Waitangi Fisheries dispute is in the courts because Parliament failed to say in the legislation who should benefit. See... Let Maori Have Quota - Prebble [1] in the Parliament wire.

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ShareChat - NZs First Sharemarket Chat Group Launched

- ShareChat is the first dedicated web-based discussion group for sharemarket investors in New Zealand. With its web address,, ShareChat provides a one-stop financial information source for New Zealanders interested in the sharemarket. See... Sharemarket Discussion Group Launched On The Web [1] in the Business wire.

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More To Come On Mental Health - Creech

- Health Minister Wyatt Creech says the Mental Health Commission's report into progress in the field of mental health shows how much progress the government has made. And more is to come he promises. See... Major Progress Made In Mental Health - More Coming [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Millennium Concert Canned

- The Gisborne millennium concert has been cancelled and the company is heading for liquidation. The Prime Minister Jenny Shipley is looking at funding a free concert in Gisborne featuring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Split Enz pulled out of the concert before todays announcement saying they would prefer a venue with a larger population. However the Libertarianz say government funding a concert would be giving welfare payments to millionaire rock stars. See... No Welfare Payments To Rock Stars - Libertarian [1] Z in the Politics wire.

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Another US Shooting

- A gunman with an Uzi sub-machine gun severely wounded a five year old and hit four others in a shooting spree at a Jewish community day care centre. The 40 year old gunman is now thought to be holed up in a motel complex. Armed police have surrounded the building and staff and visitors evacuated. The gunman's van has been found containing 8,000 rounds of military ammunition and other military paraphenalia. The five year old victim is in a critical condition.

Protest Over Woodchip Bill

- Hearings on the Forest Amendment Bill, which seeks to reverse a ban on native woodchip exports and allow Timberlands to log a further 23,000 native trees from largely pristine forests on the West Coast, commences at 10.15 today. The Green Party are already protesting. See... Greens Protest Native Logging And Woodchip Exports [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Commerce Secretary Speech To APEC Business Conference

- Paul Carpinter delivered a speech to the APEC Business Conference in Rotorua yesterday saying how New Zealand must place priority on APEC. See... Secretary of Commerce to APEC Business Conference [1] in the Business wire.

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Liquidations Down, Bankruptcies Up

- Statistics released by the New Zealand Insolvency and Trustee Service today show an 8% decrease in Company liquidations for the 12 months ended 30 June 1999 and an 11% increase in bankruptcies. See... Liquidations Down, Bankruptcies Up [1] in the Business wire.

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Gisborne's Concert Woes

- The Government is considering ways to guarantee a new centrepiece [1] for Gisborne's Millennium celebrations with a free dawn concert on the beach featuring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra being one option that could be considered.

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INCIS Saga Looks Headed For Court

- The INCIS soap opera's latest twist was an unexpected one with IBM calling it a day. Now all parties are crying havoc and have let slip the dogs of legal action. See... INCIS Soap Opera Looks Destined To Head To Court [1] in the headlines wire for a Scoop background report into the INCIS saga. Labour's George Hawkins is demanding a full inquiry. [2] ACT is of a similar view and describes the project as the Government's great white elephant. [3] which Richard Prebble rejected as Minister of Police. Meanwhile United's Peter Dunne wants an expert inquiry on Government IT programmes [4] . There is more on the subject throughout the wires.

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Competition Law

- Following the Government's announcement yesterday on competition law changes, [1] the Labour party has released their policy saying tougher competition law is needed [2] .The Alliance says that neither Labour nor National's competition plans go far enough. [3] While ACT says Labour is anti-business. [4]

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Triple Homicide

- The victims of a triple homicide [1] in Manukau City were beaten about the head and stabbed. See the Auckland wire for the latest news from New Zealand's biggest city.

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One Ring Binds Us

- The Scoop team has formed a content partnership deal with the US based Lord of The Rings - - website. Yesterday we published a report with an extract from a interview with Billy Boyd who has recently been confirmed for a role [1] . See the headlines wire.

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