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Three Policy Launches During APEC / Timor - Labour Keep Their Heads Down
- Events over the last week prove either that the Labour Party hire extremely poor PR staff or that the party is committed to the heads down approach to this election campaign. Scoop's Jonathan Hill reports. See… Labour - The Heads Down Approach Continues  in the Headlines wire.
The Pleasantries Of The Corporate Culture
- Last month my father lost his job which, in a country with relatively high levels of unemployment is not in itself a big deal. However the nature in which the job was taken had me astounded at the coldness of the corporate culture that has recently become a part of New Zealand. Jonathan Hill writes. See… The Pleasantries Of The Corporate Culture  in the Headlines wire.
International Pilots Union Welcome NZ Black Box Laws
- The head of the union representing most airline pilots in the U.S. has welcomed the vote taken yesterday by New Zealand's parliament to bar government from using certain data gathered in accident investigations. See… International Pilot Union Welcome NZ Cockpit Move  in the General wire.
Bradford No Grasp Of Student Loans
- The Alliance said Max Bradford's claims that wiping the interest on student loans would cost $122 million next shows he has no grasp on the student loans scheme. See… Wiping student loans will not cost $122 million  in the Parliament wire.
- Aoraki Labour MP Jim Sutton announced today that he had resigned as the Party's forestry spokesperson, in light of the adoption of a policy of ending all production forestry from Crown owned indigenous forest. See… Sutton Resigns As Labour Forestry Spokesperson  in the Parliament wire. - Labour's West Coast MP Damien O'Connor said he was "shattered" by his party's decision, saying it was driven by the ignorance and arrogance of urban dwellers. - See the policy announcement… Economic development package for West Coast  in the Parliament wire. - Today's announcement of Labour's policy on the West Coast native forests has been received with strong approval from Native Forest Action. See… NFA Support Labour's Strong Forest Stance  in the Politics wire. - The Green Party said they are delighted Labour has decided to stop National's beech scheme and have congratulated them for doing so. See… Greens Congratulate Labour On Forest Policy  . - ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley today slammed Labour Leader Helen Clark for her “betrayal of the West Coast Forest Accord” and claimed the decision has opened a major split in Labour's ranks. See… Clark Betrays West Coast - ACT  in the Parliament wire. - Associate Minister of Forestry, David Carter – apparently predicting a change of government – said Labour had delivered an economic death blow to the West Coast. See… Labour delivers economic death blow to West Coast  in the Parliament wire. - The public should not underestimate seriousness of a Labour front bench MP resigning a portfolio over policy differences less than 100 days before an election, says ACT Leader Richard Prebble. See… Serious Split In Labour's Ranks  in the Parliament wire.
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Prison Report Exposes Huge Failure
– Alliance leader Jim Anderton is scathingly critical of the mental health system, following the release of a report showing that 60 per cent of prison inmates have serious mental illnesses and ninety per cent have substance abuse problems. See… Prison report exposes complete failure  in the Parliament wire.
Petrol Prices Up Again
- All companies except BP have increased their petrol prices by around three cents per litre, joing Mobil's price rises yesterday. BP will decide today whether to follow suit.
No 9999 Problems
- In its second report on 9.09.99, the Y2K Readiness Commission says no key sector or utility has reported any issues arising from the transition through 9.09.99 as at noon today (10 September). See… So Far So Good On 9999  in the General wire.
Taihape ‘Gentlemen’ Oldest In Country
- Ancient Trees Discovered In Taihape Reserve - Recent testing of some matai and kahikatea trees at a reserve near Taihape has revealed they are among the oldest specimens of their kind in the country. See… Old forest gentlemen show their age  in the General wire.
Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve Proceeds
- Conservation Minister Nick Smith and Associate Fisheries Minister David Carter today announced that the Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve has received concurrence of Ministers and will be officially opened shortly. See… Te Tapuwae O Rongokako Marine Reserve Proceeds  in the Parliament wire.
Labour Hypocrites Over Youth Offenders
– National say Labour's latest social policy supports the secure facilities for young offenders which Government has been building around the country - but Labour MPs are still obstructing new facilities. See… Labour's young offender policy hypocrisy  in the Parliament wire.
Dunne Supports National Ageing Plan
- United New Zealand leader Peter Dunne, strongly agrees with Grey Power and Age Concern that the country needs a national plan on ageing. See… United Welcomes Call For National Plan On Ageing  in the Parliament wire.
Sean Bean Joins Cast Of Lord Of The Rings
- Scoop’s content partner TheOnering.net  has just learned, through Sean Bean's agent that he has been cast as Boromir, this is official confirmation! TheOneRing.net placed the call to the UK this morning to confirm the appointment.
Lifting the Student Debt Burden - Alliance Loan Policy Launched
- The Alliance will lift the student debt burden by removing the interest on student loans immediately and reviewing alternative payment options for outstanding loans on becoming part of a government. See… Lifting the student debt burden  in the Parliament wire. The announcement has gone down well with students. Karen Skinner, Co-President of the New Zealand University Students Association, has welcomed the announcement. See… Alliance Tertiary Policy - A Positive First Step  in the Education wire. The APSU agrees with her. See… Students Welcome Promise Of Relief  in the Parliament wire. However, the Alliance policy on the student loan scheme will see more students in debt, Minister for Tertiary Education Max Bradford said today. See… More Debt Under Alliance Student Loan Scheme  in the Parliament wire. Associate Minister of Revenue David Carter said today that the Alliance's student loan policy reads like a loan shark's sales pitch. See… Alliance Turns Loan Shark On Students  in the Parliament wire.
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Watson Jury Retire Yesterday
- The Jury is out in the Scott Watson murder trial.
Labour Reject Nat Claims – Outline Navy Goals
- In a detailed release Labour defence spokesperson Geoff Braybrooke rejected National’s claims that a Labour government would downgrade the navy. Instead he detailed what Labour WOULD do with the navy. See… Braybrooke: National wrong again on defence  in the Parliament wire.
9/9/99 Going Smoothly – So Far
- The changeover to the 9th of September appears to have gone smoothly for New Zealand last night, reports the Y2K Readiness Commission. However, the Commission cautions that issues might take some time to show up. See… So far so good says Y2K Readiness Commission  in the General wire.
Mental Illness Levels In NZ Prisons Revealed
- A study on the level of mental illness in New Zealand prisons launched today provides for the first time information on the prevalence of mental illness among inmates in New Zealand prisons. See… Mental illness in New Zealand prisons quantified  in the General wire.
Cullen Will Never Be A Lumberjack
- “Michael Cullen will never get a job as a lumber jack, because he doesn't know an unprocessed log from a processed one,” Associate Minister of Forestry, David Carter said today. See… Cullen insulting to forestry industry  in the Parliament wire.
Speech – Quigley On Defence Review
– “The report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee ‘Defence Beyond 2000’ presented to Parliament last week was the product of an exhaustive two year inquiry on the part of the Committee. See… Quigley Speech On Defence Review  in the Parliament wire.
Greens Formally Split From Alliance
- Green Party Co-Leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald ceased to be Alliance MPs yesterday, in preparation for the election. See… Green Party goes it alone from today  in the Parliament wire. However ACT Leader Richard Prebble says the Greens have gained approximately $65,000 worth of taxpayers' money following their split from the Alliance. See… Greens split cynically timed - Prebble  in the Parliament wire. Green Leader Rod Donald however, says Prebble obviously can’t count and that he is concerned by the different fortunes of the two parties. See… Prebble Can't Count - Greens  in the Parliament wire.
New Cockpit Legislation Opposed by ACT
- ACT Transport Spokesman Owen Jennings today said ACT disagreed with the position taken by National and Labour on Cockpit Voice recorders in legislation rushed through the House last night. See… ACT Opposes Government On Cockpit Voice Recorders  in the Parliament wire.
Nelson City Council Considering GE-Free Zone
- The Nelson City Council is considering a request to call the area a genetically engineered free zone. The issue will be debated by Council in a fortnight.
More Petrol Price Rises
- Mobil increased petrol prices by 2.67c a litre from midnight last night. There was no immediate word from other companies on matching the increase. Petrol companies have all been lifting pump prices recently after big jumps in the cost of imported oil. Last night's rise takes the price of octane 91 to 92.9c a litre in Auckland and Wellington, and perhaps a cent more than that in the South Island.
Labour’s Welfare Policy Astonishing – McCardle
- "It is astonishing that after years of attacks on Government employment and welfare policy, Labour has to admit it won't raise benefit levels nor make any substantial changes in the current direction of welfare, despite clear indications to the contrary," Associate Work and Income Minister Peter McCardle said today.” See… Labour's Welfare Policy: Community Work Stays  in the Parliament wire.
Luxton Address to the Opening of the Pipfruit Growers Conference
- Chairman, Richard Easton, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to once again address your Annual Conference of Pipfruit Growers after another interesting but difficult year for your industry. See… Luxton: Opening of the Pipfruit Growers Conference  in the Parliament wire.
Northland Kiwi Appears To Be in Decline
- Annual monitoring has shown kiwi call counts in Northland to have dropped at an average rate of 10 percent per year since 1995, with dogs and small mammalian predators continuing to be the main culprits contributing to this trend. See… Not the Best for News for Northland Kiwi Numbers  in the General wire.
Alliance Announce Tariff Plan to Deal With Deficit
– “The balance of payments deficit has reached a crisis point. At $6,374 million in the last year, every New Zealander is spending $33 dollars a week more on imported goods, than we earn from the sale of our nation's exports," said Alliance leader Jim Anderton today. Today the Alliance announced their approach to the problem, including a policy on tariffs. See… Dealing with the Balance of Payments crisis  in the Parliament wire. Ilam MP Gerry Brownlee described the announcement as “plain stupid”. See… Alliance Tariff Policy "Plain Stupid"  in the Parliament wire. The Trade Union Federation Of New Zealand welcomed the move. See… Alliance Tariff Policy Gets Thumbs Up  in the Politics wire.
Employers Federation Speech
– Employment – Do We Really Want It? See… Employers Fed. Speech On Employment  in the Business wire.
Prime Minister Launches Prison Books Trust
- Serious crimes demand serious measures such as imprisonment, but we must also bear in mind the importance of rehabilitation, and being able to read is an important part of that, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said today during a visit to Mt Eden Women's prison. See… Prime Minister Launches Books In Prisons Trust  in the Parliament wire.
Labour’s Welfare Policy
- Labour's social security policy is tailored to offer New Zealanders security and opportunity in the new century, says Labour Leader Helen Clark. See… Labour social security policy offers fresh vision  and Welfare for the 21st Century - Labour  in the Parliament wire. The Minister of Social Services, Roger Sowry today welcomed what he describes as Labour's belated approval of Government social policy. See… Labour social policy endorses Government direction  , also in the Parliament wire. ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said the announcement showed Labour had no vision. See... Labour: No Hope, No Vision  in the Parliament wire.
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