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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here!
Howard’s End: Poetic Tribute To Peter Blake
Tributes Flow For Murdered National Hero Peter Blake
Pigs At Parliament
“Clayton’s” GE Labelling Scheme Confusing, Says Kedgley
Maori TV Fiercely Debated
Scoop Is (Always) In The House
Howard’s End: Flight 587’s Tail Did Not Fall Off
Australia Needs To Be In On US Trade Deal
CLEAR Takeover Gets Green Light
NZIER Critique Of Govt. Kyoto Research
Scoop World: Christian Massacres In Sulawesi
Scoop World: Arguments Against Fast Track Trade Authority For Bush
Scoop World: Bolivian Bully Arrives In D.C.
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
Do As We Say Not As We Do
Afghanistan Agreement Welcomed In NZ
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Queen Elizabeth II To Visit February
PPTA Settle Pay Dispute With Government
Southerner Needs Lots More Passengers
Third Force To Take On Third Way
URGENCY: Submissions To FEC Invited On GE & Securities Bills
URGENCY: EEO Clause Added To Human Rights Bill
URGENCY: Telecommunications Outrage
New Auckland Road
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
Agricultural Heroes Honoured
Shetland Broadside At Helen From Winston

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Hard News Is Here!

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... it has been quite a spell for turning on the radio in the morning and copping some news that makes you catch your breath. In this case, it's not terrorism or war, but the death of an individual. Sir Peter Blake, shot dead by pirates on the Amazon. See... HARD NEWS 07/12/01 - A Place of Humble Heroes [1] . You can listen to Hard News on MP3.NET [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00032.htm
[2] - http://www.mp3.net.nz/mp3/view?item_id=3376


Howard’s End: Poetic Tribute To Peter Blake

- Shock reverberated around the world this morning on the news that New Zealand's Sir Peter Blake has been murdered in Brazil. Global tributes began flowing almost immediately with such a sad and tragic loss of the touch of the master's hand. See... Howard's End: The Touch Of The Master’s Hand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00030.htm


Tributes Flow For Murdered National Hero Peter Blake

- Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that she was very deeply shocked and saddened at the terrible news of the violent death of Sir Peter Blake on the Blakexpedition yacht, the Seamaster, in Brazil. See... Death Of A National Hero [1] MORE: - Greens - Greens acknowledge environmental ambassador [2] - Peter Dunne - Peter Dunne On Death Of Sir Peter Blake [3] - Greenpeace – Greenpeace pays respect to Sir Peter Blake [4] - World Wildlife Fund - Marine reserves in Sir Peter Blake’s memory [5] - Auckland Mayor - Sir Peter Blake - Mayor John Banks [6] - Forest & Bird - The Loss Of Sir Peter Blake [7] - Yachting NZ - Sir Peter Blake [8] - Ken Shirley - Tribute To A New Zealand Hero [9] - ECO - Peter Blake Mourned [10] - Marian Hobbs - Tribute To Sir Peter Blake [11] - Bill English - Sir Peter An Inspiration To New Zealanders [12] - Sandra Lee - Conservation Minister Mourns Loss Of Blake [13]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00112.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00135.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00134.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00047.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00046.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0112/S00012.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00041.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00038.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00125.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00037.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00121.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00120.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00117.htm


Pigs At Parliament

- Libby the piglet and Boris the boar visited Parliament in a bid to convince MPs of the need for humane treatment for their species. See... Pigs Visit Parliament [1] and Scoop Images: Pigs At Parliament [2] . MORE: - Piggy Bank Goes Back [3] - Anti-Sow Crate Activists Arrested [4] - Activists Chain Themselves To Sow Crates [5] - Pigs At Parliament This Afternoon [6] - Free The Pigs - Public Meeting [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00031.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00122.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00031.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00029.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00101.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00030.htm


“Clayton’s” GE Labelling Scheme Confusing, Says Kedgley

- Green MP Sue Kedgley said the long awaited labelling scheme for GE foods which comes into force today was a Clayton's scheme which, rather than helping consumers, will confuse them even more. See... More Confusion For Consumers [1] - December 7 a dim day for GE labelling [2] - Kedgley - 'Clayton's' GE Labelling [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00118.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00126.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00115.htm


Maori TV Fiercely Debated

- The National Party will vote for this bill! That last speech was really by way of an apology for a party that has no idea what is going on in the Maori world, and has no policy to improve the Maori people… See... Winston Peters Maori Television Bill Speech [1] MORE: - ACT - Maori TV Station Perpetuates Racial Division [2] - Govt - Maori Television Service Bill In The House [3] - Maori Television Service Bill First Reading Speech [4] - I Whakatakotoria Te Ture Ratonga Pouaka [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00114.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00104.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00096.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00095.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00094.htm


Scoop Is (Always) In The House

– Yesterday's questions of the day concerned: USA Bombing Own Troops – Auckland District Health Board deficit – Charities working party – Ron Mark and military files – Waikato Innovation Park – West Coast District Health Board deficit – Major General Dodson ... See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 6 December [1] . For earlier Q&A in the house see.. Wednesday [2] - Tuesday [3] - Scoop Searchable Questions Of The Day Archive (FREE!) [4] . - to subscribe and receive each day’s questions of the day and answers as they are posted on Scoop via email (ALSO FREE!) CLICK HERE [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00028.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00022.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0112/S00010.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/archive/scoop/index.pl?k=174&y=2001&m=11
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home


Howard’s End: Flight 587’s Tail Did Not Fall Off

- Thirteen witnesses are now prepared to say that when Flight 587 out of JFK in New York crashed on November 12 killing all 265 on board, the tail did not mysteriously fall off. Truth will out! See... Howard's End: Witnesses Refute Flight 587 Fallacy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00027.htm


Australia Needs To Be In On US Trade Deal

- Progressing a free trade agreement with the United States requires New Zealand and Australia to first align their interests before expecting discussions to commence with the United States, the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) says. See... CEP Partnership Must Be Tripartite With Australia [1] MORE: - PM - Conference On A NZ/US Closer Economic Partnership [2] - Jim Sutton - speech on US CEP [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0112/S00039.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00092.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00099.htm


CLEAR Takeover Gets Green Light

- The Commerce Commission has cleared Telstra Corporation Limited or TelstraSaturn Limited to acquire the share capital of CLEAR Communications Limited or the business conducted by CLEAR. See... TelstraSaturn receives clearance to acquire CLEAR [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0112/S00047.htm


NZIER Critique Of Govt. Kyoto Research

- As part of its consultations on the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, the Government has released a number of studies to support its contention that the economic impacts on New Zealand would be minimal, and could possibly even be positive. See... Government Kyoto Research Programme Critique [1] . See also... Forestry And Climate Change Policy [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0112/S00046.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00105.htm


Scoop World: Christian Massacres In Sulawesi

- Eyewitness reports from Indonesia say military units have joined in with jihad terrorists in attacking villages in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Reports to the Jakarta Post point to scores of dead and thousands of mainly-Christian homes destroyed at the ... See... Crisis Looming In Central Sulawesi, Indonesia [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00039.htm


Scoop World: Arguments Against Fast Track Trade Authority For Bush

- House of Representatives to vote on the Thomas Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill today, though it is still questionable whether it will pass. See... Why Trade Promotion Authority Should Be Defeated [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00069.htm


Scoop World: Bolivian Bully Arrives In D.C.

- President Quiroga arrived in Washington this week where he meets with President Bush, Congress, the OAS and World Bank, IMF and IDB representatives.See... Welcome To Washington Mr. Bolivian President [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00068.htm


Katya Rivas

- You should use material things as if they did not exist, or as if their only end were to help you unite yourself even more to Me. When we will be united in love, your life and everything that you need, will be My responsibility; because of this love, this union, what is Mine is also yours. See... Katya Rivas: Not Enough to Fast on Bread and Water [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00029.htm

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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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Do As We Say Not As We Do

- The international fight against terrorism must not be used by governments to justify internal crackdowns, says Senator Mark Udall (Democrat from Colorado). See... Fighting Terrorism Does Not Justify Crackdowns [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00132.htm


Afghanistan Agreement Welcomed In NZ

- The signing of a power-sharing agreement after intensive negotiations at UN-sponsored talks in Bonn was an important first step towards lasting peace and the return of legitimate authority in Afghanistan, Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff said today. See... Accord Offers New Hope For Afghanistan [1] . See also National’s view... UN Conference Success Welcomed [2] FULL COVERAGE: - UN - Agreement On Provisional Arrangements Afghanistan [3] , UN talks in Bonn culminate in accord on Afghan Gvt [4] - Women for Afghan Women Welcome Agreement [5] - UK Government - The future government of Afghanistan - Jack Straw [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00110.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00116.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00057.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00056.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00061.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00055.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

- Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with Larry King, CNN [1] - DoD News Briefing 6/11 - Rumsfeld and Gen. Pace [2] - Powell Briefing on Board Plane En Route Brussels [3] - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing December 5, 2001 [4] - DOD Identifies Three U.S. Army Soldiers Killed [5] - DoD News Briefing - Clarke and Stufflebeem [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00067.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00066.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00065.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00064.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00063.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00062.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Queen Elizabeth II To Visit February

- Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that the Queen will visit New Zealand from from 22 to 27 February next year. The Queen will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh. See... PM announces rescheduled visit by the Queen [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00138.htm


PPTA Settle Pay Dispute With Government

- Government negotiators and the Post Primary Teachers’ Association have reached an agreement to settle the secondary teachers collective agreement. See... Government and PPTA Reach Agreement [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00136.htm


Southerner Needs Lots More Passengers

- The Southerner passenger rail service would need a ninety per cent increase in passengers from 50,000 to 95,000 a year to have any chance of becoming viable, a viability study on the future of the service shows. See... Southerner Viability Study [1] . See also ACT’s views... Southerner Facts Are Unsurprising [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00127.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00133.htm


Third Force To Take On Third Way

- “The Green Party has achieved much in its first two years in Parliament," Co-leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons said today, “ but what we do in the next year will establish us firmly and permanently as the third force in Parliament. See... Greens Grow Up [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00109.htm


URGENCY: Submissions To FEC Invited On GE & Securities Bills

- The Finance and Expenditure Committee is inviting public submissions on the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill. The closing date for submissions is 1 February 2002. See... Hazardous Substances And New Organisms [1] and Securities Markets And Institutions Bill [2] . See also... Greens Vote No-Confidence In Themselves [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00130.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00129.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00119.htm


URGENCY: EEO Clause Added To Human Rights Bill

- In last minute negotiations, the Greens have convinced Associate Justice Minister, Margaret Wilson, to include a raft of changes that strengthen the role of the new Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Commissioner. See... Greens Win Pay Equity Clause [1] and Margaret Wilson... Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00143.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00146.htm


URGENCY: Telecommunications Outrage

- The passage of the Telecommunications Bill through the Committee stages has been a scandal in process and substance, ACT Communication Spokesman MP Muriel Newman said today. See... Telecommunications Legislation is Shameful [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00142.htm


New Auckland Road

- Construction on Auckland’s Grafton Gully project is expected to be underway next month, Transport Minister Mark Gosche announced today. See... Grafton Gully Goes Ahead & Gosche Speech [1] and Auckland Gets Transport Advocate [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00140.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00139.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- There were 16 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex. This is fewer meetings than usual because the House is sitting extended hours under urgency and this affects the ability of committees to meet at the same time. See... Select Committee Business 30 Nov-7 Dec 2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00131.htm


Agricultural Heroes Honoured

Five Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Quarantine Service staff have been awarded East Timor medals in recognition of their service in the war-torn country. See... Minister Presents MAF Staff With East Timor Medals [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00128.htm


Shetland Broadside At Helen From Winston

- “The cheek and audacity of Prime Minister Helen Cark was displayed for all to see this week when she attended the launch of a global genealogy program for descendants of the Shetland Islands”, said New Zealand First Leader and Member for Tauranga Winston Peters. See... Headline Hunting Hypocrisy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00124.htm

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