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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News On The NYC Power Outage
LEAD STORY: Will John Howard’s Grand Pacific Alliance Gain Momentum?
INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Is NZ Undermining Attempts To Block Nuke Vessels In Pacific?
Hobbs Launches Aid Governance Programme
COLUMNS:
St Molesworth On Terror
ZZZzzzzzt The Pro US Warships Brigade Fightback
Guest Opinion: South Pacific Opportunities And Experience
Richard Ehrlich: Al Qaeda Link To Bali Bombing
Bali Bomber Happy To Be Martyred
USA Wants Its Warships In NZ: Should This Be So?

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics
UN Iraq Reconstruction Resolution Applauded
Hobbs Launches Aid Governance Programme
Shirley: Softly Softly Aussie With Pacific Neighbours
Turia Hits Out At Corrections Department
Off With Those Talking Heads
Hodgson Attacks Forest And Bird!
Do You Feel The Kosh?
Robson On Politics
Coddington Dongs Her Gong
Hot Business Prospects For Hemp Industry
Essential LifeFlight Must Stay
Sutton Speaks To Hawke’s Bay Farmers
National Bank Should Not Go To Australia

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Hard News On The NYC Power Outage

- Is there an equivalent to karma in Islam? The literally powerless people of Baghdad and Basra might be seeing some grim justice in today's massive power outage in Northeast America. But why Canada? And for that matter, why poor old New York? Hard News 15/08/03 - Power and People and Latest Links To Public Address Columns


LEAD STORY:
Scoops From Selwyn Manning - South Pacific Forum Media Center Will Howard’s Grand Pacific Alliance Gain Momentum? - Australia is poised to press ahead with its plan for an Australasian push across the South Pacific and is determined to gain support for a grand Australian alliance spanning the Pacific Ocean expanse. Will it succeed? See... Will The Advance Australian Pacific Vision Proceed [1] FOR MORE:See... South Pacific Forum – Full Coverage…


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00101.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS:

  • Australia, USA, UK Still Main Investment Partners [1]
  • AA Says Fining Drivers Won’t Make Our Roads Any Safer [2]
  • PMA What’s On Where Listings [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00149.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00089.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00085.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    Is NZ Undermining Attempts To Block Nuke Vessels In Pacific? - Auckland, 14 August 2003: In a blatant attempt to weaken the Pacific's resolve to stop nuclear shipments, New Zealand officials at the Pacific Islands Forum have pushed to have legal and political steps to protect the region from nuclear shipments dropped. See... NZ Sacrifices Pacific On Nuclear Shipments [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00156.htm


    Hobbs Launches Aid Governance Programme

    - A dedicated programme to target the unique governance needs of the Pacific was launched today by Aid Minister Marian Hobbs. See... Tighter focus for governance in the Pacific [1] ALSO: National - Strings should be attached to Pacific Islands aid [2] FOR MORE: See South Pacific Forum Full Coverage…


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00314.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00329.htm


    COLUMNS:


    St Molesworth On Terror

    - See... Top 10 Things NZ Immigration Says To Terrorists [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00109.htm


    ZZZzzzzzt The Pro US Warships Brigade Fightback

    - For Mirek Marcanik to say "New Zealand is not only weak in its ability to respond effectively to any threat to its interests, but is apparently committed to a policy of appeasement rather than defiance" makes no sense in this case. See... Scoop Audience Responds3: Want US Warships In NZ? [1] and Scoop Audience Responds 2: Want US Warships In NZ? [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00107.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00104.htm


    Guest Opinion: South Pacific Opportunities And Experience

    - It was roughly four years ago that Auckland held APEC. Then like now there was need for law and order in at least part of one of the member countries. See... APEC then, Pacific Forum now. Have we moved on? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00106.htm


    Richard Ehrlich: Al Qaeda Link To Bali Bombing

    - JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Washington has linked al Qaeda to the bomb attacks on Bali and the JW Marriott Hotel, but Muslim extremists' demands for a strict Islamic society are not popular in Indonesia. See... Why Strict Indonesian Islamic Society Is Unpopular [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00103.htm


    Bali Bomber Happy To Be Martyred

    - JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Accused Bali bomber Imam Samudra welcomed prosecution demands for his death claiming it would bring him "near to God," amid an international debate about whether or not executing terrorists makes them martyrs. See... Bali Bomber Imam Samudra Welcomed Death Call [1] and Indonesian Prosecutors Seek 15 Years For Bashir [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00100.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00087.htm


    USA Wants Its Warships In NZ: Should This Be So?

    - Should U.S. Warships be allowed into New Zealand’s waters? A top-ranking U.S. Government official said yesterday that New Zealand's anti-nuke law is an artefact, and that it hampers the USA's push to fight what it perceives as the bad guys. Inside, have your say. See... Survey Photo-Essay: Do We Want U.S Warships in NZ? [1] MORE: Scoop Feedback: The Scoop Audience Responds... [2] - ACT - New Zealand Safer Without Nuclear Ban [3] - Greens- Greens reject American arrogance [4] - National - National notes nuclear ship comments [5] - Greenpeace - US Desperately Bullys New Zealand [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00079.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00092.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00228.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00227.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00222.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00129.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    UN Iraq Reconstruction Resolution Applauded

    - United Nations Security Council approval of a new resolution on Iraq is an important step towards greater international involvement in reconstruction efforts there, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... UN Iraq resolution a positive step [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00324.htm


    Hobbs Launches Aid Governance Programme

    - A dedicated programme to target the unique governance needs of the Pacific was launched today by Aid Minister Marian Hobbs. See... Tighter focus for governance in the Pacific [1] ALSO: National - Strings should be attached to Pacific Islands aid [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00314.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00329.htm


    Shirley: Softly Softly Aussie With Pacific Neighbours

    - ACT New Zealand Defence Spokesman Ken Shirley today cautioned Australia to use more subtlety in its dealings with our Pacific neighbours, in an address to the Australian Defence College for Defence and Strategic Studies. See... Australia Beware [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00310.htm


    Turia Hits Out At Corrections Department

    - Te Tai Hauauru M.P. Tariana Turia says the Corrections Department's defence of the so-called 'goon squad' sends mixed messages about the role of the department. See... Incorrect response from Corrections management [1] ALSO: National - Call for inquiry into 'Goon Squad' [2] - National - Paul Swain out of depth, drowning! [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00313.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00318.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00311.htm


    Off With Those Talking Heads

    - "It's ironic that in the same week that state-television employs a highly paid Maori advisor, front-line staff are being given their marching orders," says National Party Broadcasting spokeswoman Katherine Rich. See... Axe swings as PC Charter takes hold at TVNZ [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00327.htm


    Hodgson Attacks Forest And Bird!

    - Forest & Bird's reaction to the draft national plan of action to reduce seabird deaths from fishing is out of date and sadly old-fashioned, says Fisheries Minister Pete Hodgson. See... Forest & Bird behind on seabird protection [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00312.htm


    Do You Feel The Kosh?

    - This year, more than 5,700 of the 46,000 New Zealanders who were robbed, bashed, raped or murdered would have been safe if the Government had kept violent crime rates at the level they were when Labour first took office, ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman ... See... Crime Stats Show Parole Failure [1] ALSO: ACT - Figures Reveal The Truth Behind Labour Spin [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00309.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00308.htm


    Robson On Politics

    - Sir Howard Morrison Sir Howard, one of our most famous entertainers, was a guest of the Progressive MPs at Parliament on Tuesday. What I find impressive is what he has achieved since his 40th birthday when he turned his energy and talents to building ... See... Robson-On-Politics 15 August [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00330.htm


    Coddington Dongs Her Gong

    - How do you set up a New Zealand company offshore? You ratchet up taxes and compliance costs and make it more attractive for companies to relocate across the Tasman. See... Deborah Coddington's Liberty Belle [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00320.htm


    Hot Business Prospects For Hemp Industry

    - Green MP Nandor Tanczos said today the future of New Zealand's industrial hemp industry was bright, following reports of the second year of field trials and the approval of another year of trials. See... Greens applaud hemp trial success [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00326.htm


    Essential LifeFlight Must Stay

    - National says the Government will have to take responsibility for the risk now posed to young babies and critically ill children by the closure of the ChildFlight air ambulance. See... Babies will die if LifeFlight not back in the air [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00322.htm


    Sutton Speaks To Hawke’s Bay Farmers

    - Ladies and Gentlemen: we live in a small world, don't we? A political stunt, a catchy if misleading slogan, can travel round the world as Mike's Spanish anecdote shows. See... Jim Sutton speech to Hawke’s Bay Fed Farmers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00319.htm


    National Bank Should Not Go To Australia

    - The Government must stop any sale of the National Bank to Australia until their law treats New Zealanders equally with Aussies in the event of a bank collapse, ACT New Zealand Associate Commerce Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... Ban Sale of National Bank to Australia [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00307.htm

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