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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Maharey Cites Manukau's Poverty As Indicator Of Progress
Tributes Honour Arthur Lydiard's Life
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Falun Gong New Zealander Deported From Hong Kong
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
American Coup II: Study Finds More Absentee Votes Than Voters In Ohio

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
Rosalea Reviews Two Movies & A Concert & Issues An Action Alert
First Responders Query Dr David Kelly Suicide Verdict
Paul Levy On What Is Wrong With George Jr.
Mary Pitt On The Moral (Alleged) Majority
Guest Opinion: Self-Defense Or Self-Interest?
Naomi Klein vs The US Ambassador To The UK
Teddy Roosevelt As Bush's Antecedent
Kamala Sarup: The Irish Famine
Genevieve Cora-Fraser Pumps For The Candidate Who Isn't Running

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Green Party Seeks Inquiry Into Crown Stance On Zaoui Case
Govt Calls For Nominations For Cancer Control Council
Human Rights Day Celebration In Parliament Tuesday
Govt Must Adequately Fund Acute Public Hospital Units
Govt Fails To Close Ozone-Depleting Gas Hole
Brash Urges Govt To Can Crim-Compo Claims
Criminalising Grooming Good News Says United
Nats Say ACC Farmer Increases An Outrage
Govt Agrees To Maximise Organ Donor Rates
Keeping Lungs Clean Purpose Of Smokefree Law
Fitzsimmons Wants Real Consultation On Possum Control
Greens Ask Telecom To Back Off Marketing To Kids
PM's Speech To Asia-Pacific Network Nosh
Australian and NZ Ministers Issue Joint CER Statement
Nats Want Highway Decisions Taken From Auckland City Council
Brash Eyes Flaws In Aquaculture Bill
Tertiary Bureaucracy Costs NZers Millions
Nats Want Surplus Christmas Turkey

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Skippy Gets A Kicking At The Aussie High Commission

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Maharey Cites Manukau's Poverty As Indicator Of Progress

- Progress made in addressing child poverty in Manukau demonstrates the value of coordinated, community-based action, Social Development Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Supporting child poverty community action [1] ALSO: A positive future for children in Manukau [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00315.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00314.htm


Tributes Honour Arthur Lydiard's Life

- Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard today paid tribute to kiwi sporting great Arthur Lydiard who passed away yesterday. See... Tribute to Arthur Lydiard [1] ALSO - National - Lydiard was an icon of 'can do' Kiwi attitude [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00302.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00305.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Food Prices Fall in November [1]
  • Budding ‘Schumachers’ Put Money Where Mouth Is… [2]
  • Cartoons: Save The Speedway From The Ignorant Rich [3]
  • NZers Encouraged To Travel Responsibly To Pacific [4]
  • ACC Monopoly Delivers Body Blow To Farmers [5]
  • Kupe Gas Project Status Update [6]
  • CER rules change impacts $12 billion trade [7]
  • Shortlist of designers for NZ Memorial in London [8]
  • Police Commissioner appointed for further term [9]
  • No change to bag limits for kahawai fishers [10]
  • Air Force Orion Coordinates Successful Rescue [11]
  • Good Green Fairy Rewards Green Shoppers [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00193.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0412/S00074.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0412/S00099.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00153.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00202.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00198.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00197.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00318.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00317.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00316.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00151.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00150.htm

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00155.htm
    Baxter Hunger Strike Enters Second Week

    Falun Gong New Zealander Deported From Hong Kong

    - Jenny Lee, a New Zealand citizen, was detained in the Hong Kong airport on 6th December night. Hong Kong police denied her request to call the New Zealand consulate in Hong Kong and a lawyer, Ten police officers seized the elderly woman forced her onto a plane. See... New Zealander Deported from Hong Kong [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00174.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Zimbabwe: NGO Act an outrageous attack on rights [1]
  • Indymedia: 1000s Women Murdered For Snuff Movies [2]
  • Asian floods provide a grim warning for PNG [3]
  • New Mexico Community Leaders Audit The Vote [4]
  • State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for Dec. 10 [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00170.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00166.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00160.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00157.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00156.htm

    American Coup II: Study Finds More Absentee Votes Than Voters In Ohio

    - A careful review of the absentee vote in one Ohio county revealed that many more absentee votes were cast than there were absentee voters identified. See... New Study: More Absentee Votes than Voters in Ohio [1] MORE US VOTE FRAUD SCOOPS: - Lynn Landes - Voting Groups Block Talk of Machine-Free Elections [2] - Mark Drolette - Keep Those Cards And Letters Comin' [3] - Fitrakis & Wasserman - Freepress.Org: Why History Demands An Ohio Revote [4] See also...Full Coverage of American Coup II [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00154.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00133.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00141.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00138.htm
    [5] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup



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    MOTORNET: Horses for courses - Subaru 3.0R Spec B

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - That thing up about body odour being an issue in smokefree pubs: it's for real. In the crowd about three metres back from the stage at the Checks show on Friday night the air was alive with the various aromas of eau de teenage hormone; the sort of ... See... Public Address 13/12/04 - Smells Like ... [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00143.htm


    Rosalea Reviews Two Movies & A Concert & Issues An Action Alert

    - This Spanish-language film, subtitled in English, follows the adventures of two middle-class rakes as they travel around South America on an aged Norton in the early fifties. See... Stateside: Two Movies, A Concert, And A Remedy [1] and Stateside with Rosalea: A Call To Action [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00142.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00137.htm


    First Responders Query Dr David Kelly Suicide Verdict

    - The Hutton inquiry found that the scientist caught in the storm over the 'sexed up' Iraq dossier committed suicide. Now, for the first time, the experienced ambulance crew who were among the first on the scene tell of their doubts about the decision. See... Link: Dr Kelly Death Paramedics Query Verdict [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00135.htm


    Paul Levy On What Is Wrong With George Jr.

    - George W. Bush is ill. He has a psycho-spiritual dis-ease of the soul, a sickness that is endemic to our culture and symptomatic of the times we live in. It's an illness that has been with us since time immemorial. See... Paul Levy: The Madness Of George W. Bush [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00132.htm


    Mary Pitt On The Moral (Alleged) Majority

    - Prime among the campaign issues in the recent election were "Christian morals" and "family values" and they were sufficient to convince a smalll majority of American voters to re-elect President Bush for four more years. See... Mary Pitt: The Moral Treason [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00140.htm


    Guest Opinion: Self-Defense Or Self-Interest?

    - When UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan points out that US actions in Iraq constitute an illegal war most Americans think of this as a technicality: See... A War Of Self-Defense Or Of Criminal Self-Interest [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00139.htm


    Naomi Klein vs The US Ambassador To The UK

    - Mr Ambassador, I believe that your government and its Iraqi surrogates are waging two wars in Iraq. One war is against the Iraqi people, and it has claimed an estimated 100,000 lives. The other is a war on witnesses. See... Link: Naomi Klein On The Killing Of Iraq Witnesses [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00134.htm


    Teddy Roosevelt As Bush's Antecedent

    - December 6, 2004, marked the centennial of one of the landmark statements in U.S. foreign policy: Theodore Roosevelt’s so-called ''Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine.'' See... How Teddy Roosevelt Fathered the 'Bush Doctrine' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00131.htm


    Kamala Sarup: The Irish Famine

    ''Of Irish famine, one million died and another one million migrated to the U.S. In the Philadelphia Pen (beach) area there is a moving statue. Half is that of a boat and half of people in Ireland itself. It depicts poverty and grief.'' See... Kamala Sarup: The Irish Famine [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00130.htm


    Genevieve Cora-Fraser Pumps For The Candidate Who Isn't Running

    - The Palestinian presidential candidate I'm rooting for is Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, a distant cousin to jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi. See... Israel Attempts To Derail Barghouthi's Candidacy [1] and G. Cora Fraser: One God Divided In The Holy Land [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00129.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00136.htm



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    Police Suppress Media At Anti-Bypass March

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Green Party Seeks Inquiry Into Crown Stance On Zaoui Case

    - The Greens are calling for an inquiry into the Crown Law Office in the wake of its failure to win any of the five legal proceedings against Ahmed Zaoui. See... Inquiry into Crown Law needed over Zaoui debacle [1] FULL COVERAGE:Scoop's Ahmed Zaoui Special Feature... [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00293.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=nauru


    Govt Calls For Nominations For Cancer Control Council

    - Health Minister Annette King is calling for nominations for the newly announced Cancer Control Council. See... King seeks Cancer Control Council nominations [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00313.htm


    Human Rights Day Celebration In Parliament Tuesday

    - A dinner well be held at Parliament tomorrow night to celebrate International Human Rights Day. See... Parliamentary Dinner To Celebrate Human Rights Day [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00312.htm


    Govt Must Adequately Fund Acute Public Hospital Units

    - National's Health spokeswoman, Judith Collins, says more lives will be lost if the Government doesn't sort out medical staffing at accident and emergency departments. See... Time to give A&E patients a fair go [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00310.htm


    Govt Fails To Close Ozone-Depleting Gas Hole

    - Green Party Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley is shocked that the Government has broken its promise to stop use of ozone-depleting gas, methyl bromide for agricultural purposes by 1 January, 2005.See... Christmas Strawberries Expanding The Ozone Hole? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00309.htm


    Brash Urges Govt To Can Crim-Compo Claims

    - National Party Leader Don Brash is today urging the Labour Government to reconsider his offer to stop prisoner compensation claims once and for all. See... Labour Prepares To Lock Prisoner Compo Into Law [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00307.htm


    Criminalising Grooming Good News Says United

    - United Future law and order spokesman Marc Alexander is delighted that the Government has moved on his initiative to make "grooming" of children by paedophiles punishable by up to seven years in jail. See... Govt Picks Up Paedophile 'Grooming' Initiative [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00306.htm


    Nats Say ACC Farmer Increases An Outrage

    - National MPs David Carter and Paul Hutchison are outraged at the way the Government has handled huge increases in ACC levies for farmers. See... Farmers face huge ACC levy increases [1] ALSO: - ACT - ACC Levy Hike Yet Another Attack On Rural NZ [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00303.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00311.htm


    Govt Agrees To Maximise Organ Donor Rates

    - The Government agrees with the intent of Health Select Committee recommendations to maximise organ donation rates, but differs slightly in approach, says Health Minister Annette King. See... Government broadly backs intent of donor approach [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00301.htm


    Keeping Lungs Clean Purpose Of Smokefree Law

    - Protecting the lungs and the future health of New Zealanders is the goal of the new smoke free law, which comes into force today. See... New Law Will Encourage Smokers To Quit [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00298.htm


    Fitzsimmons Wants Real Consultation On Possum Control

    - Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons is welcoming the decision to consult the public over the acceptability of possum control methods but has warned such consultation must be genuine. See... Consultation on possum control must be genuine [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00294.htm


    Greens Ask Telecom To Back Off Marketing To Kids

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on Telecom and other phone companies to stop exploitative targeting of young children in their advertising campaigns for cell phones. See... Cellphone companies should stop targeting children [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00292.htm


    PM's Speech To Asia-Pacific Network Nosh

    - This is a timely gathering, coming so soon after both the APEC and the ASEAN Summits in which New Zealand has been fully involved. See... PM's Address: Asia-Pacific Network Dinner [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00291.htm


    Australian and NZ Ministers Issue Joint CER Statement

    - Trade and Economic Ministers from Australia and New Zealand met in Queenstown on 10 and 11 December 2004. The annual Ministerial meeting was hosted by the New Zealand Minister for Trade Negotiations and Agriculture, the Hon Jim Sutton, with his colleagues ... See... CER Australia/NZ Ministerial Joint Communique [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00290.htm


    Nats Want Highway Decisions Taken From Auckland City Council

    - National's Transport spokesman, Maurice Williamson, is calling on the Minister of Transport to direct Transit to make Auckland's Eastern Highway a state highway so it can be built as soon as possible. See... Transit should take over Eastern Highway [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00289.htm


    Brash Eyes Flaws In Aquaculture Bill

    - National Party Leader Don Brash says the Aquaculture Reform Bill which is to be rushed through Parliament this week has serious flaws in it and should be delayed. See... Aquaculture bill seriously flawed [1] ALSO: - Govt - $1million extension to MFish's Nelson base [2] - Govt - Brakes set to come off marine farming industry [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00288.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00295.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00308.htm


    Tertiary Bureaucracy Costs NZers Millions

    - A Government report on tertiary education shows that five years of talking and millions of dollars in bureaucracy costs have been wasted on trying to change tertiary education. See... Labour’s tertiary strategy has failed [1] ALSO: - Govt - Tertiary strategy leads to record participation [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00286.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00297.htm


    Nats Want Surplus Christmas Turkey

    - National’s Finance spokesman, John Key, is challenging the Government to buy every New Zealander a turkey for Christmas. See... Put some turkey on the table, Dr Cullen [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00285.htm

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