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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Video: PM Discusses Her Role In Lange Labour Government
RNZ Journalists Picket Radio NZ Building On The Terrace
Chunuk Bair Hero's Sacrifice Remembered -
Two Bodies On ChCh Beach Believed From Missing Aircraft
SCOOP REPORTS:
Party Leaders Don't Fit Into TV3's 'Election Coverage' Plans
INTERNATIONAL REPORTS:
UN Renews Call For Total Nuclear Ban On 60th Anniversary Of Bombing Of Japan
Former UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook Dies

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Poll Watch: Greens See Poll Support Collapse While Labour Climbs
Foreign policy in US, bank regulation in Australia?
Williamson Adamant Nats Would Keep Free Local Calls
Greens Promise To Unclog Auckland's Roads
WWII Commemoration Visit To Solomons Canned
Govt Backs Sculpture Gift For Nagasaki Peace Park
Islamic Awareness Week Marked


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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Video: PM Discusses Her Role In Lange Labour Government

Scoop Image: PM Helen Clark.
http://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/0508/eef219e39b09bc6b142b.jpeg

The Prime Minister Helen Clark discussed candidly her role in the Labour government led by David Lange and her recollections of internal dynamics. It is a rare insight into Clark's thoughts on the factions that eventually split the cabinet of the day and cemented Rogernomics into New Zealand's political history - an economic theory that eventually transcended the Labour Party to influence National and to conceive ACT. This video also begins with Q&As of political business of the day. (Index: David Lange segment 3/5ths into video-stream.) See... Scoop Video: Prime Minister’s Post-Cabinet Presser [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00061.htm

NZ LEAD:

RNZ Journalists Picket Radio NZ Building On The Terrace

- National Radio is off the air again this morning as staff continue their push for a five per cent pay rise. Today’s strike, from 4am until 9am, involves about 30 people and has taken the state broadcaster’s flagship Morning Report news and currant affairs programme off the air for the seecond time this month. A strike yesterday afternoon saw Checkpoint fail to go to air. See... Radio NZ staff out again [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00100.htm


Chunuk Bair Hero's Sacrifice Remembered -

Prime Minister Helen Clark says that two events in Wellington today honour the contribution and achievements of Lieutenant Colonel William Malone. At a ceremony in Parliament this afternoon, Helen Clark unveiled a plaque to commemorate the life of William Malone, the Commanding Officer of the Wellington Infantry Battalion at Gallipoli who died at Chunuk Bair ninety years ago today. The plaque was unveiled in Parliament's Grand Hall and will be installed in the Beehive once refurbishments are complete. See... PM: Tributes to Lieutenant Colonel William Malone [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00211.htm


ALSO Scoop Video:

A memorial documentary to Lt. Col. William Malone and the men who were killed at Chunuk Bair, August 8 1915. Colour images and video editing by Selwyn Manning, black and white images courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library. See... Scoop Video: ANZAC Cove To Chunuk Bair [1] Scoop History Brief - Memorial To Lt. Col. William Malone [2] Scoop Music Link - Malone's Life Celebrated In A Song [3] PM Speech - Unveiling of Malone's Plaque [4] Progressives - Anderton address at Malone plaque unveiling [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00060.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00058.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00056.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00206.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00208.htm


Two Bodies On ChCh Beach Believed From Missing Aircraft

- A missing Cessna 182 reported missing this morning is believed to have crashed off the coast of Leithfield Beach with two people on board. Police are in the process of identifying two bodies that were discovered on the shore. Senior Sergeant Dick PETTET said: "A member of the public walking on Leithfield Beach at 9.40 this morning found the body of a female person. When police arrived they discovered the body of a male about 1km away." See... Bodies found on beach maybe from missing aircraft [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0508/S00054.htm

SCOOP REPORTS:

Party Leaders Don't Fit Into TV3's 'Election Coverage' Plans

- This week the parties that have provided the Labour Government with formal support arrangements for the last three years were culled from TV3's upcoming election debate. A poll in which 16 people chose to vote ACT and 14 people chose to vote United Future means that Rodney Hide will be steaming under the halogens and Peter Dunne and Jim Anderton will be steaming at home. TV3 news and current affairs producer Keith Slater told A Week of It today that for "sound practical reasons" the election debate had to be limited to an hour. See... A Week of It: Culled Leaders and Dirty Politics [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00054.htm

INTERNATIONAL REPORTS:
UN Renews Call For Total Nuclear Ban On 60th Anniversary Of Bombing Of Japan

- The United Nations is marking the sombre 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with renewed calls for a nuclear-weapons-free world, and for all States to prevent the spread of such weapons by reaffirming their commitment to international nuclear non-proliferation treaties and accords. See... Nuke Ban Call On 60th Anniversary Of Japan Bombing [1] Hiroshima: UN Seeks To Curb Spread Of Nuke Weapons [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00080.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00078.htm


Former UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook Dies

- Reacting with sadness to the death of former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today looked back on their long cooperation together and paid tribute to the late diplomat's skills. "Throughout a rich and varied life, Mr. Cook displayed exceptional intellect, eloquence, vision and passion in the domestic and international arenas alike," a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released in New York. See… UN Tribute: To Late UK Foreign Sec Robin Cook [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00077.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Poll Watch: Greens See Poll Support Collapse While Labour Climbs

- Labour up six points to 45%, National down one point to 41%, NZ First down two points to 5%, Green Party down three points to 3%, ACT up one point to 2%, Maori Party down one point to 1%, United Future steady on 1%. Preferred Prime Minister: Helen Clark up one point to 41%, Dr Donald Brash up five points to 25%, Winston Peters down four points to 9%. The sample size for this poll was 1000 people and the margin of error is plus or minus 3.2%. See... Scoop Poll Watch: One News Colmar Brunton: Aug 05 [1] Samuels Well Behind Harawira: Te Tai Tokerau Results [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00057.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00081.htm


Foreign policy in US, bank regulation in Australia?

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen today challenged the National Party to state its position on trans-Tasman banking regulation. “John Key is on record as supporting the role being removed from the New Zealand Reserve Bank and entrusted to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. That is at least consistent with National’s general lack of leadership." See... For'gn policy in US, bank regulation in Australia? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00217.htm


Williamson Adamant Nats Would Keep Free Local Calls

- National Party Communications spokesman Maurice Williamson gave a categoric undertaking today that the free local phone calls regime would stay in place under a National Government. See… National: free local calls will stay in place [1] Too late for National to backtrack on local calls [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00210.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00216.htm


Greens Promise To Unclog Auckland's Roads

- The Green Party has today unveiled its plan to tackle Auckland congestion, which advocates moving funding from new motorway projects into a hugely improved public transport system. See... Greens pledge to Auckland: we'll unclog your roads [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00197.htm


WWII Commemoration Visit To Solomons Canned

- New Zealand First veteran’s affairs spokesperson Bill Gudgeon says he’s disappointed that New Zealand war veterans have had an impending commemorative trip to the Solomon Islands cut short at the last minute. Mr Gudgeon’s comments follow the cancellation of a three-day visit by 85 World War II veterans to the Solomon Islands for a memorial service and visits to old battlefields and camps. See... Veterans Deserve Solomons Tour [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00199.htm


Govt Backs Sculpture Gift For Nagasaki Peace Park

- The government is contributing $20,000 towards the gift of a sculpture to Japan's Nagasaki Peace Park, Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Marian Hobbs said today. "Nagasaki is remembered as the last place to be bombed by an atomic weapon. Sadly, 60 years later, nuclear weapons are still a major threat to life on this planet. New Zealand will continue to push hard internationally for complete nuclear disarmament." See... NZ sculpture for Nagasaki Peace Park [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00181.htm


Islamic Awareness Week Marked

- Islamic Awareness Week (Aug 8-14) is an important opportunity for the New Zealand public to learn more about New Zealand's 23,000 strong Muslim community and their beliefs, Ethnic Affairs Minister Chris Carter said today: "Opening up to the wider community is a brave thing to do when you are under pressure in the way Muslims are at present, but I am delighted Muslim New Zealanders have chosen to do so this week." See... Islamic Awareness Week an important opportunity [1] NZ Muslims' courage and determination praised [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00178.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00082.htm

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