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Top Scoop Stories – 12 December 2008 News Summary

Published: Fri 12 Dec 2008 03:18 PM
Top Scoop Stories – 12 December 2008 News Summary
LEAD STORY
Ethics: Super Fund Excludes Cluster Munition, Nuclear Bomb Companies
NZ POLITICS
Environment: Dunne Thinks National Going Too Far On Biofuels
Scoop Satire: Recession-Weary Nation Cheered By John Key's Chaplinesque Antics
90 Day Info: Are National Pandering To Criminals With Legislation?
Defence: Future Air Force Leaders March Out
Scoop Satire: What Else Is In The Urgency Plan?
Taxes: National "Doesn’t Care About Kiwi Battlers"
Gordon Campbell: Fired At Will Fired Through
BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH
Wildlife: Kiwi That Overdosed Goes Into Karori Rehab
Savings: NZ Sliding Behind Our Ozzie Cousins
Science Surprise: Study Shows School Scienticians Slack
Media: TVNZ Promises Round The Clock News Thrills
Buying Stuff Cheap: Fancy A Nice Little Motor
International Trade: How D'Ye Like Them Capsicums?
Economy: NZ Average House Price Falls For A Second Month
Content.Net: Capt Kirk Is No More - Fairfax Chief Steps Down
COMMENT
STOP PRESS: Publish Pap And Perish Fast
Lyndon Hood: Recession-Weary Nation Cheered By Chaplinesque Key
WTF? Shane Warne – The Musical
Keith Rankin: Controversy Over National's Tax Cuts
Michael Collins: End Presidential Pardons And Clemency
Jim Miles: Robert Kagan’s Mythology of U.S. Exceptionalism
LIFESTYLE
Search on for New Zealand's next top model
Board Games: Search For New Zealand's Monopoly Champion
Careful Giving: Buy A Safe Toy For Xmas
The Kids Are Alright! There Is Less Depression In NZ
WORLD
DR Congo: UN Reports Progress In Talks Between Government, Rebels
Somalia: UN-Backed Meeting Wraps Up With Call For Greater Action To Fight Piracy
Survival International: Diamond Mine On Bushman Land Gets Govt Approval
Fifth of corals dead: Only emission cuts can save the rest, says IUCN
Nepal: UN Bomb Disposal Experts To Resume Clearing Explosives
Greenpeace: Young Pacific Islander Stands Up To World Leaders
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LEAD STORY------------
Ethics: Super Fund Excludes Cluster Munition, Nuclear Bomb Companies
The Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation today announced that they were excluding from the New Zealand Superannuation Fund companies associated with the manufacture of cluster munitions and the manufacture or testing of nuclear explosive devices. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00270.htm
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NZ POLITICS------------
Environment: Dunne Thinks National Going Too Far On Biofuels
UnitedFuture Leader Peter Dunne has announced that he will oppose the Government's repeal of the law obliging oil companies to sell biofuel. When the Biofuel Bill was debated earlier this year UnitedFuture voiced legitimate concerns over the potential importation of unsustainable biofuels More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00139.htm
ALSO:
Biofuel Law Change [2]
Scrapping Bio-fuels Act costs New Zealanders jobs [3]
Sustainability the key to biofuel industry: Greens [4]
‘Window-dressing’ Nat's don't tackle issues [5]
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00113.htm [2]
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00143.htm [3]
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00148.htm [4]
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00147.htm [5]
Scoop Satire: Recession-Weary Nation Cheered By John Key's Chaplinesque Antics
Before he was elected Prime Minister the nation had already recognised his considerable charm, but now John Key and his varied crew of sidekicks have revealed another much-needed talent: the gift of laughter. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00228.htm
ALSO:
The Dim-Post: Red-faced Nats accidentally abolish private property [2]
[2] - http://dimpost.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/shamefaced-nats-accidentally-abolish-private-property/" target="_blank [2]
90 Day Info: Are National Pandering To Criminals With Legislation?
“Rigid employment law has the most damaging effect on people at the margins of the labour market. Long-term unemployed people, young people, people returning after absences for childrearing or sickness, …and people with convictions all suffer disproportionately when employment law is inflexible. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00106.htm
ALSO:
Controversy over National's Tax Cuts [2]
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00214.htm [2]
Defence: Future Air Force Leaders March Out
After 22 weeks of training, 24 newly commissioned officers of the Royal New Zealand Air Force celebrated a milestone in their careers by graduating from the Air Force’s Initial Officer Training Course. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00153.htm
Scoop Satire: What Else Is In The Urgency Plan?
Even as urgency commences, neither the public, nor opposition MPs, nor for that matter many Government MPs have any idea what other bills might appear. Good news! The following draft has appeared on Scoop's desk... More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00197.htm
ALSO:
Climate change select committee established [2]
ACC shortfall inquiry Terms of Reference released [3]
Unlike markets, climate won’t bounce back soon [4]
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00071.htm [2]
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00095.htm [3]
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00158.htm [4]
Taxes: National "Doesn’t Care About Kiwi Battlers"
Mr Goff said the Taxation (Urgent Measures and Annual Rates) Bill is inherently unfair. “National said it would look after hard-working Kiwi battlers. That’s a lie. National is actually increasing the amount of tax many of these Kiwis pay. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00096.htm
ALSO:
National imposes largest ever tax on business [2]
National refuses to listen on Standardised Testing [3]
Government Can’t Afford To Shut Door On Chalkface [4]
Today In Parliament With Tom Frewen [5]
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00094.htm [2]
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00097.htm [3]
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0812/S00043.htm [4]
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00204.htm [5]
Gordon Campbell: Fired At Will Fired Through
So much for due consideration to an important change to workplace rights. The new government will be ramming through its 90 day probationary period for new workers under urgency. This ‘fire at will’ Christmas gift to those employers who run small and medium scale business will pose a few passing twinges of conscience for the Maori Party though. More »[1]
[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/firing-at-will-and-firing-up-broadband/
ALSO:
Scoop Satire: What Else Is In The Urgency Plan? [2]
Anti-democratic Government keeps Kiwis in the dark [3]
Govt must make fire at will bill public [4]
Migrants Slam 90 Day Bill [5]
Union will fight attack on job security [6]
Govt's 90-Day Programme [7]
'Hire and fire' policy could put off skilled migrants [8]
'Hire and fire' bill gets Parliament off to rocky start [9]
Yesterday In Parliament With Tom Frewen [10]
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00197.htm [2]
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00089.htm [3]
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00137.htm [4]
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00138.htm [5]
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00139.htm [6]
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00177.htm [7]
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/16454.html [8]
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/16441.html [9]
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00150.htm [10]
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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH------------
Wildlife: Kiwi That Overdosed Goes Into Karori Rehab
A little spotted kiwi from Kapiti Island participating in the BNZ Save the Kiwi programme that has been convalescing at Pukaha Mount Bruce after succumbing to the toxic effects of karaka berries. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00027.htm
ALSO:
Empty nests means success for endangered species [2]
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00022.htm [2]
Savings: NZ Sliding Behind Our Ozzie Cousins
The changes to KiwiSaver announced yesterday will do little to address the growing gap in trans-Tasman retirement savings New Zealanders now face, according to a Victoria University researcher. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00223.htm
Science Surprise: Study Shows School Scienticians Slack
The results of an international study showing a marked drop in student achievement levels in science comes as no surprise, according to the education sector union NZEI Te Riu Roa. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00020.htm
Media: TVNZ Promises Round The Clock News Thrills
TVNZ's presence on the Internet takes a leap forward today with the relaunch and complete redesign of tvnz.co.nz. The redesigned website shifts the emphasis towards increased breadth and depth of information-based material, on top of round-the-clock breaking news. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00236.htm
Buying Stuff Cheap: Fancy A Nice Little Motor
New Zealanders could get their cars for up to 50% less if they did their homework first, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00182.htm
ALSO:
Hanover investors vote on restructuring plan [2]
ING New Zealand proposes wind-up of four funds [3]
ING New Zealand recommends managed wind up [4]
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/16436.html [2]
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00202.htm [3]
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00229.htm [4]
International Trade: How D'Ye Like Them Capsicums?
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) have received advice from Biosecurity Australia that they have revised their emergency measures which will allow the importation of tomato and capsicum fruit from New Zealand. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00180.htm
Economy: NZ Average House Price Falls For A Second Month
Dec. 5 – The average New Zealand house price fell 6.8% in November from a year earlier, the second monthly slide of that magnitude, as the weakened economy sapped people’s appetite to take on mortgage debt. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00133.htm
Content.Net: Capt Kirk Is No More - Fairfax Chief Steps Down
Dec. 5 – David Kirk resigned as chief executive of Faifax Media and will leave today, the company said in a statement. It gave no explanation for the sudden move. Brian McCarthy, who had been Kirk’s deputy, steps up as acting CEO pending a board meeting on Dec. 10. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00117.htm
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COMMENT------------
STOP PRESS: Publish Pap And Perish Fast
Duncan Graham writes: If our household was a DHB this would have been recorded as a sentinel event, for all my life opening the paper has been the key to starting the day, as critical as pouring milk on muesli or spooning beans on toast. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00231.htm
Lyndon Hood: Recession-Weary Nation Cheered By Chaplinesque Key
Just a comic tramp Charles Chaplin warmed the hearts of the world during the Great Depression, so in our hard economic times New Zealand is enjoying the farcical comedy of its own favourite clown. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00228.htm
WTF? Shane Warne – The Musical
Binoy Kampmark writes: He threw spinning grenades on the cricket pitch, watching them spit at opponents off a good length. He was also the terror of the ladies, ever eager to shoot off that lewd text message with fidgety enthusiasm. Then there was disgrace: pitch reports ... More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00219.htm
Keith Rankin: Controversy Over National's Tax Cuts
Listening to the tax debate in Parliament today (10 December 2008), most of the controversy has been about the lower threshold ($24,000) for the proposed Independent Earner Tax Credit (IETC). The IETC will be $520 per year ($10 per week) from April 2009 ... More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00214.htm
ALSO:
Controversy over National tax cuts: clarification [2]
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00237.htm [2]
Michael Collins: End Presidential Pardons And Clemency
(Wash. DC) The prospect of the criminal in chief, George W. Bush, issuing pardons to his co-conspirators is repugnant to all citizens who've paid any degree of attention over the last eight years. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00184.htm
Jim Miles: Robert Kagan’s Mythology of U.S. Exceptionalism
Robert Kagan is a difficult subject to analyze. At times his writing seems to be very honest and directly critical of U.S. intentions as well as being clearly honest about the sometimes “dangerous nation” aspect of its history and foreign policy. ... More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00170.htm
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LIFESTYLE------------
Search on for New Zealand's next top model
More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/16574.html
Board Games: Search For New Zealand's Monopoly Champion
The 13th Monopoly World Championships is fast approaching and Hasbro, maker of the world's most iconic board game, is inviting all Monopoly enthusiasts in New Zealand to roll and deal their way to Las Vegas in the search for a New Zealand representative! More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00124.htm
Careful Giving: Buy A Safe Toy For Xmas
December is the busiest gift-buying month of the year, and kid’s toys are usually #1 in the shopping list. To be a responsible Santa, how do you know that the toys you plan to buy are safe? More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00087.htm
The Kids Are Alright! There Is Less Depression In NZ
People who work with youth are celebrating new statistics that show a general improvement in young people's health since 2001. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00042.htm
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WORLD------------
DR Congo: UN Reports Progress In Talks Between Government, Rebels
Talks between the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a main rebel group are continuing to make headway, according to the top United Nations envoy tasked with helping to resolve the conflict that has engulfed the east of the ... More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00296.htm
ALSO:
DR Congo: Talks Making Headway [2]
DR Congo: Government, Rebels Enter Into Talks [3]
Time To Act In DR Congo Is Now [4]
DRC: UN To Launch Dialogue Between Govt & Rebels [5]
UN Starts Airlifting Aid To North-Eastern DR Congo [6]
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00261.htm [2]
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00232.htm [3]
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00168.htm [4]
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00188.htm [5]
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00200.htm [6]
Somalia: UN-Backed Meeting Wraps Up With Call For Greater Action To Fight Piracy
A United Nations-backed meeting concluded today with participants calling for greater cooperation to combat the rampant piracy off the coast of Somalia, emphasizing that a durable solution to the problem requires peace and stability in the war-ravaged ... More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00274.htm
ALSO:
UN To Convene Global Meeting On Piracy Off Somalia [2]
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00199.htm [2]
Survival International: Diamond Mine On Bushman Land Gets Govt Approval
Botswana: Diamond Mine On Bushman Land Gets Government Approval – On Condition Bushmen Receive No Water. The Botswana government has given its approval to a controversial diamond mine on the land of the Kalahari Bushmen... More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00256.htm
ALSO:
UN Visits Zimbabwe To Contain Cholera Outbreak [2]
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00223.htm [2]
Fifth of corals dead: Only emission cuts can save the rest, says IUCN
The report, released by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, of which IUCN is a member, shows if current trends in carbon dioxide emissions continue, many of the remaining reefs may be lost over the next 20 to 40 years. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00255.htm
Nepal: UN Bomb Disposal Experts To Resume Clearing Explosives
The Nepalese army has recommended a resumption of its minefield clearance operation, which it conducts with the assistance of the United Nations Mine Action Team, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00269.htm
Greenpeace: Young Pacific Islander Stands Up To World Leaders
A young Pacific Islander has issued a challenge to world leaders at the UN climate change talks, telling them to stop paying lip service and show the political will to fast track negotiations. More »[1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00213.htm
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