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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Says Thanks!
Maree Howard: Government Signs Of ACC Appeal Abolition
More On The Homeland Security Sham
Upton Online – Diaspora Edition
Tube Talk: Fair Go’s Advert Awards
Police Evidence Concludes First Week Of Abbott Trial
Naked In Nuhaka – More Thoughts On Kaupapa Wairoa
The Paper Foundations Of The World’s Economic Order
Katya Rivas Feature - Katya Visits Wellington

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Evidence Mounts Against Hawkins: English
Construction Industry Payment Problems Addressed
Leaky Buildings Resolution Service a Trap
Goff Meets USA Over Iraq War
Hawkins Releases Auckland Police Report
NZ In Top 6 OECD Countries
Sneaky Tax Passed in House
Investors Get a Confidence Boost
Returning Kiwis Drive Migration Gain
Chamber of Commerce Says Immigration Changes Cost Billions!
Govt Welcomes Telecom Charges Rethink
Hobsonville Jobs Machine a Joke
DHBs Sink Under Deficits
Society Short-changed says Brown
UNICEF Re-writes History
Ratepayers Ought to be Considered
Govt Out of Touch With Maori Aspirations
Treaty Fisheries Warrants Announced
This Week’s Beehive Bulletin
Marc My Words…
Maharey Notes
Select Committee Biz
Trade Marks Bill Plain Silly
Hodgson SSD Speech

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Scoop Says Thanks!

- As it came down to the line Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd, Tony O’Reilly’s Granny Herald, The Government’s TVNZ, and the portal of the near monopolist mega-corporations Telecom & Microsoft were the competition. And as Scoop.co.nz was announced as a fellow finalist in the “best news service” category a cheer went up from the 400 strong crowd. See... Scoop Update #11 – Award Recognition Thankyou [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00147.htm


Maree Howard: Government Signs Of ACC Appeal Abolition

- Access to the independent courts is one of the most valued and valuable human rights in New Zealand. But this was ousted earlier this week when the Government signed-off on a new code of ACC claimants rights which denies people access to the courts over ACC decisions under the code and leaves them to the winds of chance of a wholly-owned company owned by ACC itself. Maree Howard writes. See... Recourse to Independent Courts Most Valued Right [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00146.htm


More On The Homeland Security Sham

- The Senate's passage of the ludicrously misnamed Homeland Security bill is easily the biggest bad joke in American history, because in declaring war on all peoples of the world — including its own citizens — it presages a new Dark Age in world history, one in which the United States may annihilate any other country for any reason it concocts, or for no reason at all. The bill is ludicrously misnamed because nothing in this nation's history has ever jeopardized its citizens' security to this degree. See... No One Is Safe From America's Killer President [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00150.htm


Upton Online – Diaspora Edition

- Upton-on-line reports on a recent outing to the Stade de France for a rendez-vous with Franco-New Zealand rugby tribalism, British MP Austin Mitchell’s regurgitations on pavlova and a uniquely French scandal involving a parrot. See... Upton-on-line - Special Kiwi Nostalgia Issue [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00149.htm


Tube Talk: Fair Go’s Advert Awards

- If, like me, you’d rather put a cigarette out on your eyeball than watch TV advertisements, there’s a particularly masochistic pleasure in watching the Fair Go Best & Worst TV Ad Awards. See... Tube Talk With John T. Forde - Adbusters [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00148.htm


Police Evidence Concludes First Week Of Abbott Trial

- The jury in the murder trial of Senior Constable Keith Abbott heard evidence from three more prosecution witnesses yesterday, all police personnel. See... Abbott Murder Trial: Further Police Evidence [1] EARLIER: - Day Three - Wallace Possessed - Constable [2] - Day Two - Evidence Tampering Claims [3] - Day One - Police Used Excessive Force [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00145.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00136.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00126.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00119.htm


Naked In Nuhaka – More Thoughts On Kaupapa Wairoa

- Having followed the discussions around "Kaupapa Wairoa: Think, Discover, Be!", I feel it important to add my "10 cents worth" and, by way of explanation, give some more details on the proposed branding for Wairoa. See... Naked In Nuhaka 9: Think, Discover, Be! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00144.htm


The Paper Foundations Of The World’s Economic Order

- The world now finds itself in a most precarious situation, where the finances of nearly all nations are anchored to the American dollar through their reserves, which for the greater part are held in US government bonds. See... Eco-Economy: The Long Bond Mystery [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00142.htm


Katya Rivas Feature - Katya Visits Wellington

- Periodically Scoop readers – who are mainly politically attuned cynical types – write in and query why we publish daily extracts of, occasionally apocalyptic, theology by Bolivian visionary. My response is to say that Scoop has pitched an unusually big editorial tent, and it stands to reason that we would allow Jesus to contribute, especially if he asks to do so. See... Scoop Feature: Jesus's Secretary Visits Wellington [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00139.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Evidence Mounts Against Hawkins: English

- The National Party’s released more documents that it says adds weight to its claim that Internal Affairs George Hawkins knew about the leaky homes crisis before April this year. See... Evidence mounts against Hawkins [1] ALSO: BIA - BIA strongly rejects reported allegations [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00539.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00175.htm


Construction Industry Payment Problems Addressed

- Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel today welcomed the passage of the Construction Contracts Bill, which addresses payment problems currently endemic in the construction industry. See... Bill tackles construction industry payment problem [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00514.htm


Leaky Buildings Resolution Service a Trap

- “The Government’s new leaky buildings dispute resolution process is very dangerous for homeowners, ” United Future MP Murray Smith has told Parliament “and it is absolutely imperative that home owners get legal advice before using the new mediation and adjudication ... See... Leaky Buildings Dispute Resolution Service a trap [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00521.htm


Goff Meets USA Over Iraq War

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff today met with the United States Charge d’Affairs, Phil Wall, to discuss the current situation in Iraq. See... New Zealand – United States discussion on Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00530.htm


Hawkins Releases Auckland Police Report

- Today's report on Auckland policing is a positive step towards resolving difficulties in the area, although challenges remain, Police Minister George Hawkins says. See... Auckland policing report released [1] ALSO: National - Police report highlights Hawkins' failure [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00522.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00529.htm


NZ In Top 6 OECD Countries

- New Zealand is among the top six for growth this year and among the top nine for growth over the next three years. See... OECD forecasts place NZ in top 6 for growth [1] ALSO: National - National warns against complacency on growth [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00518.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00533.htm


Sneaky Tax Passed in House

- The Government is about to use tacked-on legislation to introduce a new tax for motor vehicle traders under urgency this afternoon, ACT Commerce Spokesman Deborah Coddington revealed. See... Government Sneaks Through New Tax [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00542.htm


Investors Get a Confidence Boost

- Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel said investors can have greater confidence in New Zealand's securities markets following the introduction of more effective laws under the Securities Markets and Institutions Bill which completed its passage through ... See... Securities Markets Bill boosts investor confidence [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00516.htm


Returning Kiwis Drive Migration Gain

- New Zealand's net migration gain continues to be driven by more New Zealanders coming home and fewer leaving, Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel said today. See... Kiwis drive migration gain [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00515.htm


Chamber of Commerce Says Immigration Changes Cost Billions!

- Consensus from the immigration industry is that the recently announced immigration policy changes will cost New Zealand in excess of $2 billion dollars in the next year. See... Immigration Policy Changes will cost NZ Billions [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00174.htm


Govt Welcomes Telecom Charges Rethink

- Communications Minister Paul Swain, Industry and Regional Development Minister Jim Anderton and Rural Affairs Minister Jim Sutton have welcomed the new connection price structure announced by Telecom this morning. See... Government welcomes Telecom announcement [1] ALSO: National - Telecom backdown welcomed [2] Greens - Telecom changes don't go far enough [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00520.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00523.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00534.htm


Hobsonville Jobs Machine a Joke

- ACT Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide said today that Helen Clark and Jim Anderton owe taxpayers and the country an apology for the debacle of the Hobsonville Airbase land sale and the Sovereign Yachts building venture. See... Jobs Machine "Triumph" Turns to Dust [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00532.htm


DHBs Sink Under Deficits

- Deficits continue to weigh down hospitals with the announcement of another huge operating deficit for District Health Boards, says National’s Health spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott. See... Hospitals still drowning in deficit [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00541.htm


Society Short-changed says Brown

- Peter Brown MP recently did an informal survey and asked people what they thought about liberalisation of prostitution laws and the current cannabis laws. See... Our Legislators Are Short-Changing Society [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00535.htm


UNICEF Re-writes History

- This week UNICEF launched a major report on the well-being of New Zealand children. Entitled "When the Invisible Hand Rocks the Cradle: New Zealand Children in a Time of Change", the report was written by six present and former academics ... See... Muriel Newman: UNICEF Report Rewrites History [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00531.htm


Ratepayers Ought to be Considered

- The National Party’s challenging councils throughout the country to lay their party politics aside and think about the ratepayers they’re supposed to represent. See... Councils urged to think of ratepayers [1] ALSO: Federated Farmers - Local Government Review Essential [2] Garry Moore - National’s cost estimates nonsense [3] Bob Harvey - Bill Reminds Us Why We Are Here [4] LGNZ President - No New Powers in Local Government Bill [5] Margaret Shields - Local Government Legislation 25 years overdue [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00540.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00172.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00168.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00167.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00166.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00165.htm


Govt Out of Touch With Maori Aspirations

- “The Trade Marks Bill being pushed through the Parliament today under urgency is the latest example of a patronising Labour Government out of touch with Mâori aspirations,” Georgina te Heuheu, spokesperson for Mâori Affairs said today. See... Government out of touch with Maori aspirations [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00537.htm


Treaty Fisheries Warrants Announced

- Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia announced that appointments to the Fisheries Commission will be defered to allow the current Commissioners time to complete their work on fisheries asset allocation proposals. See... Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries warrants [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00517.htm


This Week’s Beehive Bulletin

- Changes to help migrants settle in NZ - Changes to the rules governing General Skills and Business categories for migrants have been announced. Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel said the changes were designed to improve employability and settlement prospects. See... Beehive Bulletin [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00538.htm


Marc My Words…

- Time wasting tactics reach an all new low... The ‘debate’ in the chamber last Thursday evening was an example of dim-witted time-wasting by the so-called Opposition. This parliament began sitting on Tuesday with a menu of ten Bills to be debated. See... 'Marc My Words' from Marc Alexander [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00536.htm


Maharey Notes

- Community Enterprises Going Strong - Living Standards Research - Sector Leadership Sought For Tertiary Reforms - Funding Addresses Skill Needs - Regional Tv Licences Granted - Unemployment Rate Up, More People In Work - You're Invited See... Maharey Notes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00527.htm


Select Committee Biz

- At the time of going to press, no bills had been referred. The House is sitting under urgency and if any bills are referred later today they will be notified in next week’s release. See... Select Committee business [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00526.htm


Trade Marks Bill Plain Silly

- National’s Commerce spokesman, Tony Ryall, says it’s ridiculous that proposed changes to New Zealand’s trade mark laws are already forcing companies to police the use of their company name. See... Trade Marks Bill stupid [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00524.htm


Hodgson SSD Speech

- I often find myself on duty at that intersection between science and society. When the public get anxious about where science is going they tend to look to government to step in and direct the traffic. ... See... Hodgson Address: Science, society, democracy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00519.htm


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