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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Farewell To NZ Military Contingent To Afghanistan
Health Boards Report 'Better Than Expected' Deficit: Health Ministry
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Germany Will Not Join US-Led Military Coalition In Iraq
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK - THE FIGHT ON THE BEACHES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
BREAKING BBV NEWS: SAIC Connected To E-Voting Whitewash
LATEST KEY LINKS FROM THE AMERICAN COUP PAGE
Stateside: The Worst Week Ever!
Hard News And More Is There!
Still Saving Air New Zealand – Presentation To ComCom
A Dispatch From John Roughan In The Solomons
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Biosecurity Strategy Unveiled – New Era Begins
Would Be US Embassy Peace Inspectors In Court
Maharey Announces Tenancy Changes
King Called To Account Over Bad Blood Promises
NZ Infantry Company Deployed To Solomons
New CHP Leader Elected
ACT Number Crunches On The Foreshore – The Letter
NZ First Opposes Immigration Bill
NZ Trade Policy Is Supported By APEC
New $3 Billion Road Should Be Scrapped
ACT On Latest Maori Television Scandal
There Will Be No Torture In New Zealand

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Farewell To NZ Military Contingent To Afghanistan

- Prime Minister Helen Clark is attending the farewell of New Zealand Defence Force personnel going to Afghanistan from Christchurch this morning. Around one hundred NZDF personnel will spend a year in the Bamian province, leading one of four Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) established in Afghanistan. See... Prime Minister Farewells Afghanistan Deployment [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00465.htm


Health Boards Report 'Better Than Expected' Deficit: Health Ministry

- Most of the country's 21 district health boards (DHBs) have reported better than planned financial results for the third quarter and the year ended 30 June, the Ministry of Health said. See... DHBs report better than planned financial results [1] ALSO: Statistics NZ Reports Hospital Revenue Increases [2] REACTION: Medical Specialists Association - Financial Deficits Leg-Iron For Health System [3] - National - DHB deficits continue to crush healthcare [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0308/S00069.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00209.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0308/S00070.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00462.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • NZ Officer Injured In Baghdad To Return To NZ [1]
  • Compliance survey shows small business penalised [2]
  • ALSO:Business New Zealand-KPMG Compliance Cost Survey [3]
  • PHARMAC Tender Produces $23 Million Savings [4]
  • Fiordland Earthquake Generated Small Tsunami [5]
  • Harleys Tour Raises New Zealand’s Profile In USA [6]
  • Celebration Of Wellington’s Brilliant Music [7]
  • NZ On Air Programmes Clean Up at TV Awards [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00136.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00206.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00207.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0308/S00068.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00079.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0308/S00089.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0308/S00087.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0308/S00086.htm


    Germany Will Not Join US-Led Military Coalition In Iraq

    - In an interview given in the wake of the attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad and published in the August 21 edition of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer reaffirmed that "a military role is not under consideration". See… Germany: Military Role In Iraq Not Under Consideration [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00296.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

    Asia Pacific

  • Multilateral Talks Offer Nth Korea Opportunity [1]
  • United States
  • Bush: "No Retreat" in War Against Terrorism [2]
  • United Nations
  • Annan To Return To New York Following Rio Funeral [3]
  • Annan Vows To Honour De Mello's Dying Wish [4]
  • Middle East
  • Israel Rejects Proposal for a New Truce [5]
  • Israel Opens Fire On Palestinian Protesters [6]
  • Large Scale Demolition Tulkarem/Nablus [7]
  • Avnery On Collapse Of Hudna/Roadmap [8]
  • Cosmopolitan Justice: Gush Shalom Given As Example [9]
  • Africa
  • Rwanda: Presidential Elections Marred By Threats [10]
  • SADC Leaders Should Place Zimbabwe On The Agenda [11]
  • South America
  • Argentina: A New Chapter In The Search For Truth [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00298.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00297.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00295.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00294.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00293.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00292.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00289.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00288.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00287.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00286.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00285.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00284.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK - THE FIGHT ON THE BEACHES:

    Parl. Debate On Foreshore Announcement Requested - The Green Party has requested the Speaker of the House to allow an urgent debate on the Government's Consultation Paper on the Foreshore and Seabed at the earliest opportunity. See... Greens ask Speaker for urgent debate on foreshore [1] and Foreshore And Seabed Letter To Dr Michael Cullen [2] For last week's Story Of The Week coverage.. Click Here... [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00436.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00427.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00171.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    BREAKING NEWS: SAIC Connected To E-Voting Whitewash

    - On the board of the Enterprise Solutions Division of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) – a lobbying organisation bidding to provide a $200,000+ public opinion manipulation campaign on electronic voting – is senior vice president of SAIC, the company tasked with investigating the security of the Diebold voting machine technology in the states of Maryland and Ohio. See... Sludge #156 – SAIC Connected To E-Voting Whitewash [1] and Inside An E-Voting Whitewash Conference Call [2] . For background links and source material see... Sludge #157 – The ITAA, The Election Center & R. Doug Lewis [3] For MUCH MUCH MORE see... SCOOP'S FEATURE PAGE... "A Very American Coup" [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00173.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00175.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00174.htm
    [4] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup


    LATEST KEY LINKS FROM THE AMERICAN COUP PAGE

    ***** US: SECRET MEETINGS OF THE BLACK BOX YAKUZA – BBV.COM [1] ***** US: DARE ACCEPTED ON E-VOTING MACHINES - AJC [2] ***** US: E-VOTE VENDORS MAY FORM A TEAM – OHIO.COM [3] *** US: DIEBOLD CRITIC FACES SCRUTINY – OHIO.COM [4] (max of five stars in ratings for new links)


    [1] - http://www.blackboxvoting.com/
    [2] - http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0803/23voting.html
    [3] - http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/business/6600065.htm
    [4] - http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/business/6574034.htm


    Stateside: The Worst Week Ever!

    - Last week was the worst week I've experienced since being here in the United States. Worse than the second week of September, 2001. See... Stateside With Rosalea: Getting Flicked Off [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00177.htm


    Hard News And More Is There!

    - Blood, fury and concussion. Terrible injuries. A mob baying for the head of the authorities. And that was just the rugby league. The Warriors won their way through to the NRL finals yesterday, when they conquered the Brisbane Broncos in what I think was the ... See... Hard News 25/08/03 - What We Did At The Weekend [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00181.htm


    Still Saving Air New Zealand – Presentation To ComCom

    - A presentation made to the Air New Zealand Commerce Commission on behalf of Save Air New Zealand - From: Dr Ian Prior, Robin Halliday & Alastair Thompson Editor of Scoop.co.nz. See... Save Air NZ Commerce Commission Presentation- 25/8 [1] and Background On Save Air New Zealand


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00180.htm


    A Dispatch From John Roughan In The Solomons

    - Three great historical events changed forever the history of Solomon Islands. In the first days of Bell's killing in East Malaita in 1927, it did not seem at the time much of an historical event. See... Solomon Islands: Great Expectations? No, Miracles! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00178.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - It has been a labor of My Love to have made you move along the dangerous road until reaching a certain level, and it can be assessed as one third of the journey. See... Katya Rivas: With Jesus… You All Are My Beloved [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00176.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Biosecurity Strategy Unveiled – New Era Begins

    - The Labour-Progressive Government was committed to a programme of constant improvement in biosecurity, Biosecurity Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Govt to fund sea container and biosecurity work [1] and Biosecurity Strategy a useful document [2] REACTION: - United Future - Tenancy changes good, bad and not enough [3] - ACT - It's About Time, Labour [4] -MAF - A new era for New Zealand biosecurity [5] - Biosecurity Council - A biosecurity strategy for New Zealand [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00474.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00472.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00470.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00469.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00143.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00141.htm


    Would Be US Embassy Peace Inspectors In Court

    - ‘The seventeen people who were arrested in February for attempting to conduct a citizen’s weapons inspection of the United States Embassy in Wellington are in court today.’ Said Peace Action Wellington spokesperson Valerie Morse. See... Embassy weapons inspectors charged in court today [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00142.htm


    Maharey Announces Tenancy Changes

    - Housing Minister Steve Maharey is welcoming the NZ Property Investors Federations’ (NZPIF) endorsement of a new package of residential tenancy initiatives. See... Promoting stable tenancies gets investor support [1] and speech.. Why housing matters, a social and econ. investment [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00484.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00482.htm


    King Called To Account Over Bad Blood Promises

    - ACT New Zealand Associate Health Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today accused Prime Minister Helen Clark of hiding from the `Bad Blood' issue, and asked why Health Minister Annette King has not yet fulfilled her earlier promise to address this problem. See... What About Your Promises, Labour? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00481.htm


    NZ Infantry Company Deployed To Solomons

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark and Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff announced today that the New Zealand infantry company which has been on standby for deployment to the Solomon Islands would leave shortly for a mission of up to three months. See... Infantry company deployment to Solomons [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00478.htm


    New CHP Leader Elected

    - Christian Heritage today elected a new leader. At the party’s conference in Nelson delegates from around New Zealand voted to elect Mr Ewen McQueen to take the reins from retiring leader Mr Graham Capill. See... Christian Heritage Elects New Leader [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00477.htm


    ACT Number Crunches On The Foreshore – The Letter

    - Labour does not have a parliamentary majority for its proposal to declare the foreshore and seabed “public domain”. See... ACT's The Letter 25 August 2003 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00476.htm


    NZ First Opposes Immigration Bill

    - New Zealand First has prepared a minority report opposing the Immigration Amendment Bill, which is being reported back to the House today. See... New Zealand First Opposes Immigration Legislation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00467.htm


    NZ Trade Policy Is Supported By APEC

    - New Zealand's exemplary progress towards achieving the APEC Bogor goals of free and open trade and investment have been affirmed by a peer review of New Zealand's Individual Action Plan by APEC economies, undertaken in Thailand this week, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... APEC endorses NZ's policies [1] and Jim Sutton speech to FAO Pacific meeting [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00463.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00464.htm


    New $3 Billion Road Should Be Scrapped

    - Auckland Green MP Keith Locke has called for a halt to any further progress of Auckland's proposed Eastern Corridor in the light of spiralling costs. See... Locke: Time to scrap $3 billion corridor [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00461.htm


    ACT On Latest Maori Television Scandal

    0 This tax and bride Labour Government must stop wasting taxpayer's money on the charade that is the Maori Television Service, ACT New Zealand Broadcasting Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Labour Cooked By Its Own Hangi [1] and Horomia Must Front Over Resignation [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00459.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00456.htm


    There Will Be No Torture In New Zealand

    - New Zealand will be among the first countries to sign a United Nations optional protocol against torture, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... NZ to sign UN protocol against torture [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00458.htm


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