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A peaceful start to the peacekeeping operation in East Timor means other news is finding its way back into the main news bulletins today....Scoop's coverage of the other news follows...
Delamere Disappointed No VC For Sgt. Haane Manahi
- Te Tairawhiti MP, Tuariki Delamere, said today he was deeply disappointed the Government had again declined to award a posthumous Victoria Cross to Lance-Sergeant Haane Manahi. See… Delamere deeply disappointed at no VC for Manahi  in the Parliament wire.
Govt Rules On Telecom 0867 Issue
- The Government is satisfied that assurances now given by Telecom for its 0867 initiative meet the policy objectives of its Kiwi Share Obligations (KSO), Minister of Finance Sir William Birch and Communications Minister Maurice Williamson announced today. See… Govt Announces Decision On Telecom 0867 Initiative  in the Parliament wire.
TVNZ Pulls The Pin On SKY Deal
- TV ONE has today advised SKY Network Television Ltd of its intention to withdraw the rights to replay One Network News and Holmes. See… Sky Loses Replay Rights To News And Holmes  in the Business wire.
Donald Attacks Labour Over ‘Two Faced’ Logging Policy
- Labour is still telling two stories about logging native forests on the West Coast, Green Party Co-Leader Rod Donald said today. See… Labour Two-Faced Over Timberlands?  in the Parliament wire.
Australian Tax Move Must Be Seen In Context – Cullen
- “Australia's decision to ease the corporate tax rate down to 30 cents over the next two years must be seen in context,” Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen said today. See… Oz tax move must be seen in context  in the Parliament wire.
Nick Smith Speech To PPTA Conference
- Today I want to set out National's broad approach to Education, the values that drive us, the ambitions we have and how we believe Government can best deliver on them.” See… Nick Smith Speech To PPTA Conference  . See the speech summary… Standards And Innovation Keys To Future  . Both in the Parliament wire.
CAFCA Say Govt Should Seize Indonesian Dictators Assets In NZ
– CAFCA say the New Zealand government would be well within their rights to seize New Zealand based property owned by former Indonesian dictator Suharto. See… CAFCA - Seize Suharto Assets - Bugger Bali  in the General wire.
So That’s What It Is!
- What would you think if....the person sitting at the desk next to you was to stand up right now and begin yelling profanities, 'head-butting' their monitor or was to pick up their PC and throw it to the ground? See… The Phenomena Of 'PC Rage'  in the General wire.
Alliance Launch Pre-School Policy
- The Alliance released its policy for the kindergarten sector at the NZEI conference in Wellington today. See… Kindergarten policy announced  in the Parliament wire.
Label All Medicines – Greens
- The Government must move to label ingredients in all medicines, the Green Party said today. The call came after revelations that artificial sweeteners which caused cancer in animals were included unlabelled in medicines targeted at children. See… Label Ingredients In Medicines, Say Greens  in the Parliament wire.
Labour Promises 62 New Ministries, Ministers, Offices, Funds – Sowry
- Labour has promised to create 62 Ministers, Ministries, Offices, Funds says Roger Sowry. See… Labour's foolproof employment policy  . Also see the list… Labour Promises 62 New Ministries - Sowry  . Both in the Parliament wire.
Labour Welcomes Inquiry Into Gisborne Pathologist
- Labour welcomes the decision to hold a ministerial inquiry into the work of a Gisborne pathologist, Labour health spokesperson Annette King said. See… Monitoring of health professionals must improve  in the Parliament wire.
Telecom Bullying New Zealand – Peters
- New Zealand First has accused Telecom of "bullying" tactics over it's charging of Internet customers more for using local lines from 1 November 1999. See… Telecom "Bullies" Us Again - Peters  in the Parliament wire.
Former Kiwi Chief Censor Passes Away
- The Minister of Internal Affairs, Jack Elder has paid tribute to the former Chief Censor of Film and Literature, Kathryn Paterson, who died yesterday in Sydney. See… Minister Pays Tribute To Former Chief Censor  in the Parliament wire. The Office Of Film And Literature Classification Say Ms Paterson will be missed. See… Former Chief Censor Dies  in the General wire.
Genetic Engineering Authority Biased – Greens
- An official public lobbying campaign on genetic engineering which starts today is more biased than it makes out, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said. See… Public consultation favours genetic engineering  in the Parliament wire.
Big Quake Rocks Taiwan
- An earthquake measuring between 7.3 and 8.1 on the Richter Scale has rocked the Taiwan capital of Taipai, killing at least 65 people. Buildings are down and many people are reported missing or injured. The initial quake lasted over three minutes and aftershocks shook the area for an hour. It was the biggest quake in Taiwan in 100 years. Scoop will update the situation as more details come to hand.
HortResearch Announce Deal For New Pesticide-Free Hops
- A contract with a major international brewery for pesticide-free hops could be the first of many as growers cash in on New Zealand's unique conditions and the results of more than 10 years of scientific research. See… Pesticide-free hops deal 'the first of many'  in the General wire.
NZUSA Say Participation In Education Research A Wakeup Call For Politicians
- The national students' organisations today called on politicians to heed research by Auckland University and the Post-Primary Teachers' Association on declining tertiary education participation by students from poorer schools. See… Participation Research Wakeup Call For Politicians  in the Education wire.
Small Business Will Bear Brunt Of Alliance Land Tax – Prebble
- “Most small businesses don't own their premises, but lease. As part of the lease requirement they have to meet the cost of any rates. This new tax proposed by the Alliance will be passed on by landlords to small business,” said ACT leader Richard Prebble. See… Alliance Education Policy An Attack On Business  in the Parliament wire. ACTs Donna Awatere Huata says the policy is an insult to students. See… Alliance 'Tertiary Bribe' An Insult To Students  in the Parliament wire.
Bradford Blunders Alliance Education Costing
- A massive blunder has been made by the government in attacking the costing of the Alliance's tertiary education package, say the Alliance. See… Bradford's costing blunder  in the Parliament wire.
Winston The Winner – Winston
- The legal fight over the Winebox Report is over and Winston Peters is the winner, he says. See… No Appeals Against Winebox Decision - Time To Act  in the Parliament wire.
North Korea – Another Flash Point?
- Late last week the Clinton administration announced the easing of trade, banking and travel restrictions on North Korea which had been in place since the Korean armistice in 1953. Is this another flash-point in the making? John Howard reports. See… North Korea - Another Flash Point?  in the Headlines wire.
Job Growth Facts Speak For Themselves – Bradford
- Minister for Enterprise and Commerce, Max Bradford, today rejected claims by the Engineers Union that jobs created by the Employment Contracts Act are predominantly casual, part-time and low-paid. See… Job Growth Facts Speak for Themselves  in the Parliament wire.
Latest CM Poll Good News For Shipley
- The latest TV3 CM Research poll shows APEC has been a godsend for the Prime Minister. Of the people surveyed 58 per cent thought Jenny Shipley was a capable leader, up 14 per cent; 41 per cent thought she was performing well, up 15 per cent; and 46 per cent said she was good in a crisis, up 10 per cent. Seventy two per cent thought that APEC was good and 77 per cent thought Mrs Shipley was a good leader at APEC. In terms of the party vote National was on 33, up one; Labour on 39, down one; the Alliance on six, down one, ACT and New Zealand First were both on seven and the Greens were on 2.4, down .2. TV3 examined two scenarios: if United's Peter Dunne won the Ohariu Belmont seat New Zealnd First would hold the balance of power, or, if Green MP Jeanette Fitzsimons won the Coromandel seat and Peter Dunne won Ohariu Belmont, the three Green seats would give the left exactly half the seats in the house.
Government Trying To Smother NZQA Scandal – Labour
- The Government is holding back information outlining spending within the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Labour education spokesperson Trevor Mallard said. See… Govt. suppressing NZQA scandal  in the Parliament wire. However Minister for Tertiary Education, Max Bradford, today rejected Mallard’s claims, saying he had gone off half-cocked. See… Mallard goes off half-cocked  in the Parliament wire.
Otago Students Face Another Fee Rise – OUSA
- The President of the Otago University Students' Association, Steve Day, chose to release confidential information from the Otago University Council indicating that Commerce and Humanities students would face significant fee increases next year. See… Otago Commerce and Arts Fees Set to Rise  in the Education wire.
Generous Alliance Tertiary Education Promises Get Quick Response
- Phasing out of tertiary fees, zero interest on student loans and the introduction of allowances for all students are the main features of the Alliance tertiary education policy. Party Leader Jim Anderton announced the policy today see… Alliance tertiary education policy announced  . Party Education spokesperson Liz Gordon says Tertiary Education Minister Max Bradford should have read the Alliance Tertiary policy before putting his foot in it. See... Tertiary Ed Minister caught with foot in mouth  both in the Parliament wire. Tertiary Education Minister Max Bradford said the Alliance policy was a tax on jobs. See… Alliance Tertiary Policy A Tax on Jobs  in the Parliament wire.
The Government’s Defence Commitment List
- Defence Minister Max Bradford has provided a list of military commitments the government has made in response to comments by Labour's Rick Barker that New Zealand needs a niche defence force. See… Barker Defence Comments Wrong - Bradford  in the Parliament wire.
Native Forest Action To Target Rimu Sawmillers
- At its national meeting of core activists last weekend on Matiu/Somes Island, Native Forest Action firmly decided to target the sawmillers Westco Lagan of Timberlands' rimu. This is in response to last week's announcement that Timberlands had signed an eight year contract with them. See… Logging Target Extended To Westco Lagan  in the General wire.
Govt. Set To Simplify Business Tax
- Treasurer Bill English and Revenue Minister Sir William Birch got in the driving seat today to speed up moves to make tax simpler for business. See… Govt. In Driving Seat To Simplify Business Tax  in the Parliament wire.
Tax Changes Welcome But IRD Needs Fixing – ACT
- ACT Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide said today that the changes to tax policy announced by the Government were long over due but the IRD was in need of overhaul. See… IRD Still Needs Overhaul - ACT  in the Parliament wire.
Govt. Seek Advice On Conspiring To Defeat Justice
- Justice Minister, Tony Ryall, has asked the Law Commission to advise the Government on the offence of conspiring to defeat justice in cases where corrupt or fabricated evidence is used to help acquit people of very serious crimes. See… Law Comm. Advise On 'Conspiring To Defeat Justice'  in the Parliament wire.
Genetically Engineered, Glow In The Dark Mice For NZ
- Genetically engineered mice that glow in the dark are to be used for medical experiments in New Zealand, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons revealed today. See… Greens Say NZ Importing Glow-In-The-Dark GE Mice  in the Parliament wire.
No Research Done On Bright Futures – APSU
- A letter received from the Ministry of Education has confirmed the APSU Student Unions fear that the Bright Future strategy announced by National was based not on solid research but on conjecture and untested assumptions. See… Government Fails To Research Policy  in the Education wire.
Abolish The IMF And The World Bank
- The annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in Washington next week will discuss whether commercial banks and private investors should play a bigger role in bailing out troubled national economies. Scoop's West Coast correspondent John Howard writes. See… Scoop Column: Abolish IMF And World Bank  in the Headlines wire.