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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Scoop Is In The House
UN Security Council Back Solomons Intervention
NZ House Prices Continue To Climb
NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK - THE FIGHT ON THE BEACHES: Urgent Debate Speech - John Tamihere
Urgent Debate Speech - Jeanette Fitzsimons

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Stateside: Where Rosalea Goes To Texas
Richard Ehrlich In Phuket
Japanese Premiere For The Whale Rider
Streets Of London At The Hutton Inquiry
Martin LeFevre Meditations (Spiritual)
Kidd Millennium Meets The Governator
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Statistics NZ Details Trade Deficit For July
Blushing Weasels & The Super Debate
Anderton Seeks Cut In Pokie Machine Numbers
GE Soy Found In Baby Food
UF Discover Judicial Matters Bill, Supreme Court Nexus
ACT Discovers A Good Reason To Buy A Big Plane
Racism In Marlborough Or Wellington?
New Plymouth Dioxin Study Seeks Volunteers
Right Talk: Bill English's Weekly Column

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Fiordland Quake Triggers Over 200 Landslides

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today’s questions for oral answer See... Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 27 August [1] . ALSO: Questions and Answers For Tuesday [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00510.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00501.htm


LEAD STORY:
UN Security Council Back Solomons Intervention

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff hopes the United Nations will play a role in the rebuilding process in the Solomon Islands following today's Security Council statement welcoming the regional intervention. See... Goff welcomes UNSC support in Solomons [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00521.htm


NZ House Prices Continue To Climb

- The latest statistics released today by Quotable Value New Zealand Limited (QV), reaffirmed the growth in house prices right across the country. The House Price Index for the quarter ending June 2003 shows a total New Zealand increase of 1.7%, and an increase of 14.2% for the year ending 30 June 2003. See... The Up and Up of the New Zealand Property Market [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00238.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Adults pivotal to reducing harmful teen drinking [1]
  • Fiordland Quake Triggers Over 200 Landslides [2]
  • NZ Earthquake Creates Seismic Activity Online [3]
  • GPJA Set To Target GE [4]
  • Whale Rider premiere wows Japanese audience [5]
  • Team Kathmandu Takes On Primal Quest [6]
  • Young literary talent shines at Victoria University [7]
  • Dairy Industry Shows Off Environmental Research In Hamilton [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0308/S00075.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00093.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00092.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00149.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00503.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0308/S00096.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0308/S00092.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00239.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    Multilateral Talks Over North Korea’s Nukes Begins In Beijing - BEIJING - Six nations who combined will determine the fate of Northeast Asia will meet at one table in the Chinese capital Wednesday to discuss how to resolve the issue of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. See... Six-Nation Nuke Talks Begin in Beijing [1] NZ REACTION: Foreign Minister Phil Goff today welcomed the start of Six Nation talks in Beijing aimed at finding a solution to the North Korean nuclear issue. See... North Korea talks offer hope, says Goff [2] ALSO: U.S: Talks Offer Nth Korea Important Opportunity [3] - North Korea: U.S. Anti-DPRK Nonsense Assailed [4] - South Korea: Koreas Resume Economic Talks [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00318.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00511.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00321.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00320.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00319.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

    From The Middle East PNA Calls For International Peacekeeping Forces - Leading US lawmakers on Sunday publicly voiced concern over the deteriorating situation on the ground between Palestinians and Israelis, and said that military involvement by the United States and its NATO allies may be necessary, thus giving more weight ... See... US, Israel, Palestine Call for Int’l Intervention [1]

  • UN condemns Israel's extra-judicial assassinations [2]
  • Israel Pushes ahead with Building Apartheid Wall [3]
  • Update: How To Holiday In Gaza [4]
  • United States of America
  • U.S. President's Radio Address [5]
  • Forum on Voting Machines in Philadelphia - Sept 7 [6]
  • Rice: US Will Not Shrink From Fight Against Terror [7]
  • United Nations
  • UN Radio: De Mello's Work Should Be Completed [8]
  • UN aid agencies in Baghdad resume some work [9]
  • U.S. Postpones UN Protection Resolution [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00316.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00311.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00317.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00307.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00315.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00310.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00314.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00313.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00312.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00308.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK - THE FIGHT ON THE BEACHES: Urgent Debate Speech - John Tamihere

    - In debates like this we look around this hallowed Chamber and see carved into its walls the names of many battles in which many of our ancestors fell for the greatest attributes that this nation has as its underwriters. See... John Tamihere's Urgent Debate Speech - Hansard [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00507.htm


    Urgent Debate Speech - Jeanette Fitzsimons

    - The last few weeks have seen the biggest political beat-up on Maori I can remember. Fear has been whipped up out on the streets by opposition parties, and indeed by the Government’s own support party, as a political weapon in a calculated and despicable campaign to spread misinformation and hatred; it has done immeasurable damage to our evolution as a nation. See... Building a two-hulled waka - Jeanette Fitzsimons [1] For more Story Of The Week coverage... Click Here


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00498.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Stateside: Where Rosalea Goes To Texas

    - I left off last time in Chicago, waiting to board Amtrak's Texas Eagle, clutching the Texas Department of Transportation's 2003 State Travel Guide in my hot little hand. See... Stateside With Rosalea: Chicago to Fort Worth [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00196.htm


    Richard Ehrlich In Phuket

    - PHUKET, Thailand -- Many of Phuket's small lakes and tranquil lagoons began as poisonous pits where greedy tin miners dug the earth, extracted ore and left behind craters filled with rainwater.See... Tin Mines & Sewage: Why Phuket’s Water Is Foul [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00197.htm


    Japanese Premiere For The Whale Rider

    - Whale Rider, New Zealand’s latest film sensation, premiered last night in Tokyo to an influential Japanese audience. See... Whale Rider premiere wows Japanese audience [1] and a Scoop reader's response…Re: Whale Rider premiere wows Japanese audience [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00503.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00200.htm


    Streets Of London At The Hutton Inquiry

    - The witnesses called today were John Scarlett, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and Labour MP Andrew Mackinley, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. See... SOL: The Hutton Inquiry - Week 3 Day 1 [1] SCOOP HUTTON INQUIRY COVERAGE SOL WEEK TWO: Week 2 Day 4 [2] - Week 2 Day 3 [3] - Week 2 Day 2 [4] - Week 2 Day 1 [5] SOL WEEK ONE: Streets Of London: Looking the Other Way [6] COMMENT: Dennis Hans: African Uranium, The Scarlett Dossier [7] LINK: INQUIRY REVEALS CAMPBELL ORDERED DOSSIER REWRITE - SCOTSMAN [8]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00199.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00168.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00162.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00149.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00148.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00147.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00189.htm
    [8] - http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/index.cfm?id=909672003


    Martin LeFevre Meditations (Spiritual)

    - A recent front-page article about meditation in "Time" magazine offered up this straight line: "Meditation can sometimes be used to replace Viagra." See... Meditations: Viagra and the Art of Meditation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00203.htm


    Kidd Millennium Meets The Governator

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com… See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Coup D'Big Top [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00202.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - I offer you My aching Heart in exchange for your coldness, doubts, and rejection. I offer it to you heart-stricken so that it can tell you just how much sadness you have given Me with your way of following Me. See... Katya Rivas: I Offer You My Afflicted Heart [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00198.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Statistics NZ Details Trade Deficit For July

    - The estimated trade balance for July 2003 is a deficit of $471 million, according to Statistics New Zealand. This has resulted from provisional merchandise imports of $2,781 million and estimated merchandise exports of $2,310 million for the month. See... $471 million Trade Deficit for July [1] REACTION: - National - No slowing in trade's trend down [2] - NZ First - Storm Clouds Gathering [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00243.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00515.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00513.htm


    Blushing Weasels & The Super Debate

    - “I have come to expect prevarication and indecision from the National Party but this is ridiculous,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Even a weasel would blush… [1] MORE: - Progressive - Nats betray accord on universal pensions - again [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00512.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00520.htm


    Anderton Seeks Cut In Pokie Machine Numbers

    - The Progressive Party favours cutting the number of gaming - or pokie - machines around New Zealand and then capping their numbers, its leader, Jim Anderton, said today. See... Progressives Favour Cut In Gaming Machine Numbers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00519.htm


    GE Soy Found In Baby Food

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on the Minister for Food Safety Annette King to release the names of four infant formulas that the Food Safety Authority found to be contaminated with genetically engineered soy. See... Government must reveal contaminated baby food [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00518.htm


    UF Discover Judicial Matters Bill, Supreme Court Nexus

    - United Future won't back the first reading of the Judicial Matters Bill, the party's justice spokesman Murray Smith said today. "And that is not so much because of what's in the Bill, but more what's not in it," Mr Smith said. See... Smith: UF won't back Judicial Matters Bill [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00517.htm


    ACT Discovers A Good Reason To Buy A Big Plane

    It is completely outrageous that the Government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on military vehicles that cannot be transported by air when our soldiers are deployed overseas, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Defence Spokesman Ken Shirley says. See... LAV: Lacks Army Value [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00516.htm


    Racism In Marlborough Or Wellington?

    - Perhaps Deputy Prime Minister Dr Michael Cullen should have taken a look in the mirror - or at his Cabinet colleagues - before he decided to brand Marlborough Mayor Tom Harrison a racist, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said today. See... Who's The Racist, Dr Cullen? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00514.htm


    New Plymouth Dioxin Study Seeks Volunteers

    - Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor issued a reminder today for current and former residents of the New Plymouth suburb of Paritutu to come forward if they want to be included in a study to assess non-occupational exposure to dioxins. See... Still time for residents register for dioxin study [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00508.htm


    Right Talk: Bill English's Weekly Column

    - National MPs were in a positive mood after last week's two-day caucus retreat in Christchurch. Stimulating policy presentations show there is plenty of room for National to move to combat a Government which is knee-deep in social engineering and nanny-state ... See... The Right Talk, The Leader's View 26 August 2003 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00506.htm

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