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The Week Ahead: Nats Seek A Wider Audience

- The season of electioneering is now well and truly upon us. A report from Scoop's Jonathan Hill and Alastair Thompson surveys the week ahead. See... The Week Ahead: Policy Galore And An MPS [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Top 20

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

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Alliance Launch Economic Policy

- The Alliance has launched their economic policy package which aims to create 80,000 new jobs, largely through regional development. They plan to establish a Department for Economi c Development and Employment and an Economic Development Fund with a cash base of $200 million. Alliance Leader Jim Anderton has indicated he would like to take personal responsibility for job creation through regional de velopment. See a detailed Executive Summary of the Policy… Partnership 2000 - Executive Summary [1] in the Parliament wire. Almost immedia tely Bill English has pounced on the policy saying it raises a number of questions. See… Alliance Raises More Question Marks Over Policy [2] , also in the Parliament wire. Labour's Industry spokesperson Pete Hodgson welcomed today's policy saying Labour too believes there is a constructive role for gov
ernment in the economy and in regional development. See… Alliance's regional commitment welcomed [3] . Meanwhile the ACT Leader Richard Prebble said the policy was a power grab by Jim Anderton. See… Alliance Economic Policy - Power Grab By Anderton in the Parliament wire.

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Ten Plutonium Cargoes Per Year From Europe To Japan

- Ten nuclear cargoes of weapons-usable plutonium fuel are to travel from Europe to Japan each year via South Africa. In light of this information, Greenpeace to day urged all potential en route nations concerned to redouble their efforts in opposing this and future transports being conducted by European and Japanese nuclear industry. See… Ten Plutonium Cargoes A Year Go Via Cape Good Hope [1] in the General wire.

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Watson Trial - Hair Likely From Olivia, Defence Go On Offense

- A forensic scientist said today that DNA analysis on a blonde hair found on Watson's boat showed that the hair was very likley to have come from Oliv ia Hope. The tests on the DNA were done in Australia and similar tests in Britain confirmed the findings. The defence for Watson are suggesting that the hairs were mixed up in the lab and that the hairs tested may be samp le hairs from Olivia's room. The forensic scientist said she couldn't completely rule the possibility out.

Big Brother Fears in DNA Database

- In the Auckland High Court last week it was revealed that since 1969 heel-prick blood samples have been taken at birth from all babies and stored without informed consent. Today in the Scott Watson trial such samples from Olivia Hope will be used to assist in DNA evidence. John Howard takes a light-hearted look at the implications of the DNA database. See… Column: Babies' Blood Row Raises Big Brother Fears [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Father Charged With Three Murders

- The father and husband of those slain in the triple homicide in Manukau City's Totara Heights last Monday has re-appeared in court this morning charged with three counts of murde r. See… Father Charged With Murder in Triple Homicide [1] in the Auckland wire.

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APEC Consistent With Union - PM

- New Zealand's themes for APEC this year were consistent with many of the objectives sought by world trade union leaders, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said today. See… APEC Objectives Consistent With Union Goals - Ship [1] ley, in the Parliament wire.

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Police Review Tops $13m

- The cost of the Police Review is now over $13 million, Labour police spokesperson George Hawkins revealed today. See… Police Review cost $13m and counting [1] in the Parliament wire.

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$65,000 To Host 23 Jounos In July

- The Green Party has accused the Government of wasting $65,000 of taxpayers' money to host 23 foreign journalists at a pre-APEC meeting in July. See… APEC Junket Costs Taxpayers $65,000 [1] in the Parliament wire. The APEC Monitoring Group is also outraged saying the spending is "another desperate misuse of public money in selling APEC 99". See… Taxpayer-funded APEC media junket tour slammed [2] in the Politics wire.

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Safety Measures For Tory Channel

- The group set up to look at navigational safety in Tory Channel (Marlborough Sounds) has released its discussion document, and is now seeking feedback from the public. See… Tory Channel Discussion Document Released in the General wire.

Mark Peck On Science

- Labour's biotechnology spokesperson Mark Peck makes a speech on our shortage of scientists, our need for a 'knowledge economy' and the need for policy change. See… Speech (abridged) - Peck on science [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Top Scoops

- The weekend ratings report is in the News Monitor wire. See Weekend Top 20 [1] .

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Prison Likely In Old Hospital Grounds

- The old Kingseat Hospital grounds in South Auckland is being eyed as a possible site for a new regional prison for up to 600 inmates. Scoop's Selwyn Manning reports. See… Kingseat Looks Likely As New 600 Inmate Prison [1] in the Auckland wire.

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Women Ditching DPB For Work In Record Numbers

- In the past year, record numbers of people have been moved off the DPB and into work, saving tens of millions of dollars. WINZ has played a big part in it, says Pete r McCardle. See… DPB spending $78 million down - McCardle [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Timberlands Slap Trespass Order On Green MP

- Green MP Rod Donald is describing his trespass notice from Timberlands West Coast as "outrageous" but said he did not rule out returning if it meant exposing the destr uction that was occuring in West Coast forests. See… Timberlands' Tresspass Order Against Green MP [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Winding Up For APEC

- Senior Officials from APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) economies have concluded their final preparations for Ministers and Leaders who will gather in Auckland, New Zealand, within a m onth. See... Final Preparations For APEC Ministers And Leaders [1] in the Business wire. Meanwhile as APEC Leaders discuss tariffs, techni cal cooperation and making business easier in the Asia-Pacific region, their partners will take in an array of unique New Zealand experiences, APEC New Zealand 99 Spouses' Programme Host Burton Shipley has announced. See ... APEC Spouses Take A Snapshot Of New Zealand [2] also in the Business wire.

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"Maori heart of a new government"

- Mana Motuhake yesterday held its, Hui A Tau (annual conference). Leader Sandra Lee's State of the nati on address [1] is in the Parliament wire. Also in the wire from the conference: Jim Anderton's message to Mana Motuhake [2] - Direct Funding And Full Accountability: Vote Maori [3] - and - Lee calls for inqu iry into Fisheries Comission [4] .

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More Top Scoops

- The weekend ratings report is in the News Monitor wire. See Weekend Top 20 [1] .

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Heartless Government Suffering Heart Failure - Annette King

- Only half the job has been done with the start-up tomorrow of a 12 hour a day Plunket helpline service, Labour health spokesperson Annette King said yes terday. See... Half-hearted effort by heartless Govt [1] in the Parliament wire. Annette is also upset about a Levin man's heart operation see... Government suffering heart failure [2] .

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Islanders Cautioned About Maori Nationalists

- Immigration Minister, Hon Tuariki Delamere, has issued a warning to members of the Pacific communities in New Zealand to ignore claims from a Maori group that it can protect illegal migrants from the New Zealand Immigration Service. See.. Delamere Issues Warning To Pacific Community In NZ [1] in the Parliam ent wire.

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Nats Accused Of Smear Tactics

- Advertisements attacking the Alliance and Labour in Sunday newspapers are paid for by the National Party, Alliance leader Jim Anderton says. In doing so he moots a possible retaliat ory campaign wording. See... National too cowardly to stand by its own smears [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Alliance To Take The Plunge

- It seems it is to be a week of election policy announcements. Alliance leader Jim Anderton yesterday announced his party's "springboard for economic growth will be released" today [1] . Meanwhile Labour is continuing to mock National's planned Five Steps Ahead launch - to be beamed to a TV studio near you - on the 18th. See… Re-launch No. 7 doomed to failure [2] in the Parliament wire.

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Soapbox: Incis And Eastern Philosophy

- In the aftermath of the failure of the Police's Incis computer project, Matthew Thomas points out that it would actually have been a miracle if the project had succeeded. Se e... Soapbox: Zen And The Art Of Computer Project Management [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Rankin Column: Crown Ownership

- Last Monday, Simon Upton, in a Herald opinion piece defending the post-reform public service culture, noted: "If there is a criticism that can be made, it is that ministers" have "underemphasised the Crown's ownership interests". In weekly column - unfortunately delayed due to technical difficulties - Keith Rankin discusses the minister's observation. See... Rankin Column: The Crown's Ownership Interest [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Eight Executions In Seven Days

- The scheduled killings of eight people in the USA and Philippines during the next seven days are linked by a deadly connection extending beyond the calculated cruelty of executions and their affront to human dignity, Amnesty International said today. See… Lethal Injection World Leader Sets Deadly Example [1] in the Gener al wire.

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Was Gorby Perhaps Worth $40,000?

- The controversy over the attendance of 60 New Zealand Defence personnel at a "Masters of Business" seminar in Auckland featuring Mikhail Gorbachev and Stormin Norm "Desert Storm " Swartzkopf contains some sweet irony. See... Scoop Links: Gorbachev's Peace Plan A Gem [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Are Kiwi Motorists Getting A Fair Deal?

- Like it or not, higher costs across the board will be the likely outcome of the rise in petrol prices by an average 9c a litre within the last month - John Howard reports - see... Weekend Column: Petrol Price Ripoff? [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Kiri And NZSO Confirmed For Gisborne

- The Prime Minister announced that Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the NZSO will perform at a free millennium dawn concert in Gisborne. For more details see… Dame Kiri And NZSO Will Perform In Gisborne - PM [1] in the Parliament wire.

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The Latest Scoop On INCIS

: Scoop made some Friday afternoon discoveries about the ill-fated INCIS project. See... INCIS ONLINE [1] , you may find it as amusing as we did. Then ag ain... [Readers are advised, don't use your real credit card. It's dangerous out here...]

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Petrol Up Across Board

- All petrol companies have announced price increases of three cents per litre across the board. BP say they will increase three cents in the North Island and only two cents per litre in the South Island. Challenge says they will match them.

Internal Affairs Bites Back

- The Department of Internal Affairs has hit back at the National Business Review over a "mischevious piece of writing" concerning some restructuring within the Department. See... Internal Affairs Bites Back At NBR in the Politics wire.

A Poodle For Aussie President?

- The Australian Democrats Friday backed down over the republic referendum question, leaving voters with the prospect of choosing between the present constitutional monarchy, or a rep ublic that few favour - a politicians' republic. Scoop's Simon Orme reports from Sydney in the Headlines wire. See... Will Australia's President be a Poodle? [1]

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Donald And Bradford At Loggerheads

- You would probably be right in thinking Green Party Co-leader Rod Donald and Defence Minister Max Bradford have very little in common, but now they seem to be at each others throats. On Friday Max Bradford slammed Rod Donald, alleging he got his facts wrong and demanded an apology over Donald's comments about the military spending $40,000 at a business seminar. See... Donald Wrong Again [1] in the Parliament wire. Rod Donald refused, saying bringing attention to wasting money didn't warrant any apology. See... No Need For Apology Over Revealing Wasted Money [2] , also in the Parliament wire.

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The Scoop On Scoop

- The discerning people at Lava magazine have published an article about us and we have republished it with their permission, see... Lava Magazine: The Scoop On Scoop [1] in the Headlines wire.

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