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Open Skies Agreement Signed
Tainui To Get Their $13 Million
Rosalea Barker: College Football Provides Timely Election Metaphors
Thai Sex Workers Coy On Industry Issues
Sludge Report: Secretary Harris Doth Protest Too Much
PM Outraged At Minke Hunt, Lee Dismisses Sustainable Whaling
Keynote Speeches From The Labour Party Conference
Kids Choose Their Top Toys
Scoop World: Aussie SAS Bashings
Scoop World: What The APEC Leaders Decided
Scoop World: Judge Threatened in Fiji

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Open Skies Agreement Signed

- “Historic, and over a decade in the making” was how Transport Minister Mark Gosche described a new ‘open skies’ Air Services Agreement announced today between New Zealand and Australia. See... 'Open Skies' Agreement Reached With Australia [1] MORE - Australia-New Zealand Open Skies Agreement [2] - Open Skies Backgrounder [3] - Open Skies Great News For Tourism Industry [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00336.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00334.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00335.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00337.htm


Tainui To Get Their $13 Million

- The Minister in Charge of Treaty Negotiations, Margaret Wilson says that following yesterday's meeting of Te Kauhanganui o Waikato Inc, it appears that the vacancies on the executive body, Te Kaumaarua have been filled. "This resolves the uncertainty about governance and clears the way for the Crown to pay the settlement money," said Ms Wilson. See... Tainui settlement [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00340.htm


Rosalea Barker: College Football Provides Timely Election Metaphors

- It's the only game in town. The Stanford-Cal college football Battle for the Axe, of course. It's early Saturday afternoon here in sunny Berkeley and the streets are running red with Stanford supporters - even the florist shops have corsages in either yellow and blue for Cal supporters or red and white for the folks from the South Bay. See... US Elections: The Only Game In Town [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00113.htm


Thai Sex Workers Coy On Industry Issues

- BANGKOK, Thailand -- International prostitutes, union organizers, researchers and others have gathered to try and legalize commercial sex worldwide, but a California stripper said Thailand was too shy to even discuss the issue openly. See... International Sex Industry Conference [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00115.htm


Sludge Report: Secretary Harris Doth Protest Too Much

- In this edition: Waiting For The Guillotine – What Goes Around Comes Around - Sludge Examines the US Elections And Its Aftermath See... Sludge Report #40 – Waiting For The Guillotine [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00112.htm


PM Outraged At Minke Hunt, Lee Dismisses Sustainable Whaling

- Prime Minister Helen Clark condemned the departure of the Japanese whaling fleet for Antarctic waters, where it intends killing up to 440 minke whales for supposed research into their feeding patterns and stock structure. See... Outrage At Japanese “Scientific” Whaling [1] . See also… Sustainable Whaling Is Just So Much Blubber - A Response From Hon Sandra Lee To The World Council Of Whalers Conference, Nelson, 15-19 November [2] and Credibility Test For World Council Of Whalers [3] . Meanwhile President Clinton is also working towards saving the whales, see... President Clinton to Bring Up Whaling Sanctions [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00324.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00327.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00325.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0011/S00162.htm


Keynote Speeches From The Labour Party Conference

- Well, it hasn’t always been fun – but then as Jim Anderton occasionally observes, one bad day in government is better than years in opposition! And so it's proved to be. See... Helen Clark Keynote Address To Labour Conference [1] . This conference has been a time to celebrate and a time to move on. See... Restoring the faith and realising the vision - Cullen [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00323.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00322.htm


Kids Choose Their Top Toys

- The results are in! Kids across America have voted interactive puppy Poo-Chi ‘best in show’ in the 13th Annual DURACELL® ULTRA Kids' Choice Toy Survey™. See... "Top 10" Kids' Picks Of The Hottest New Toys [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0011/S00046.htm


Scoop World: Aussie SAS Bashings

- Deputy Chief of Army, Major General Peter Leahy reiterated tonight that the allegations made on the Sixty Minutes programme are currently the focus of military justice proceedings. See... Defence Response To Sixty Minutes '3RAR' Report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0011/S00164.htm


Scoop World: What The APEC Leaders Decided

- The text of the Leaders' Declaration released November 16 at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Bandar Seri Begawan: See... APEC Leaders' Declaration [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0011/S00163.htm


Scoop World: Judge Threatened in Fiji

- SUVA: The judge who drafted last week's landmark judgment ruling that Fiji's military installed interim administration is illegal and that the 1997 constitution is still the supreme law has been threatened, according to media reports. See... Constitutional Ruling Judge Threatened [1] OTHER NEWS FROM FIJI - Armed Soldiers 'Slow Healing' In Hospital [2] - Fiji Times Exposes Terrorist Linked Journalists [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0011/S00158.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0011/S00155.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0011/S00154.htm

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Joeseph Cederwall: Progress On Open Government, Finally

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Gordon Campbell: On The Selling Out Of The Kurds

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Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care. Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More >>

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Charlotte Graham: I OIA'd Every Council In NZ...

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Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation The South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster
The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector... More>>

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