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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Scoop Report: West Papua Independence On Forum Agenda
Nurses Union Urges No Unfair Fat-Cat Salary Hikes For Bureaucrats
Turia Says Maori Inspired By Rosa Parks’ Legacy
'Naki Locals Sort Out What the Soviet Army Couldn't
Rare NZ Stamp Goes Up For Auction
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES
Auckland Philharmonia And Online Auction Site TradeMe Join Forces
Indian Festival Lights Up Wet Wellington Weekend
Pacific Islands Forum Officially Opens
MORE INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES
SOUTH ASIA QUAKE HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Tze Ming Mok: Glossary Supplied
Howard Laws to Ban You from Criticising Australia
Out There… Brian Carter’s The Night Sky
Thai PM Tells Islamic Conf. Official To Read Koran
William Rivers Pitt: As The Plamegate Waiting Game Drags On…
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY
Michel Chossudovsky: More On The Basra Breakout Mystery

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Pamphlets That 'Delighted' Don Brash Lead To Police Investigation
Government Minister's Party Wants to Sit with Opposition
MORE POLITICS HEADLINES
POLITICAL COLUMNS

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Scoop Report: West Papua Independence On Forum Agenda

Image by Jason
Dorday: Pacific Islands Forum opening ceremony, Port
Moresby.Image By Jason Dorday. [1] New Zealand PM Helen Clark and Pacific Forum secretary general, Greg Urwin, have moved to have West Papua independence discussed by Pacific leaders during a summit meeting to be held this week. Scoop Talks To Two West Papuan Freedom Fighters and goes Inside The Campaign To Get West Papua Back On The Pacific Island Forum's Agenda. See... Scoop Talks To Two West Papuan Freedom Fighters [2] ALSO: + Audio: Clark & Howard Press Conference - Don't Talk West Papua [3] + Audio: NZ PM & PIF SG Talk Forum Issues [4] + FULL COVERAGE: SCOOP’S FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT FEATURE. [5] + SCOOP INVESTIGATION - HIV/AIDS In The Pacific


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00293.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00292.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00291.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00289.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/fc.html


Nurses Union Urges No Unfair Fat-Cat Salary Hikes For Bureaucrats

- The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is cautioning government to ensure that money committed to fair pay rates in the aged care sector is not spent on the highest paid state sector officials and MPs' salaries. "Hardworking nurses, caregivers and support workers in aged care will not accept any protestations that there is insufficient money for them to be paid fairly and neither will equally hard working nursing staff in primary healthcare who still receive far less than their counterparts in DHBs," said NZNO Organising Services Manager Cee Payne-Harker. See... Remember Commitments To Caregivers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0510/S00092.htm


Turia Says Maori Inspired By Rosa Parks’ Legacy

- The passing of Rosa Parks is mourned by all people who have encountered racism in their lives. She has served as an illustrious role model for people throughout the world in conquering a plague that continues to rear its ugly head. Maori Party co-leader, Tariana Turia said: "The example she has set is that the actions of one woman can make a great difference in this world." See... Tariana Turia Marks Passing Of Rosa Parks [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00150.htm


'Naki Locals Sort Out What the Soviet Army Couldn't -

Three Taranaki locals are currently serving in Afghanistan as part of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT). Signaller Genna Capper from New Plymouth, is a communications support operator within Kiwi Base who also goes on patrols. he says her highlights have been meeting Afghanistan's President Karzai and interacting with the children of Bamyan Province, even getting some to dance for her on patrol! See... Taranaki Trio's Tour of Duty [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00204.htm


Rare NZ Stamp Goes Up For Auction

- The first postage stamps ever issued in New Zealand 150 years ago are among nearly 1200 lots to go under the hammer at Mowbray’s major international $1.3 million stamp auction in Wellington on Saturday. See... NZ’s biggest annual stamp auction [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00427.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Commercial Services Exports Double Since 1999 [1]
  • NZ First Says Home Detention No Solution To Prison Crisis [2]
  • Tribunal Recommends Crown Suspend Wananga Action [3]
  • Rural practice ‘best training ground’ for doctors [4]
  • Don Quixote to Breed at Wellington Zoo [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00430.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00151.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0510/S00075.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0510/S00091.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0510/S00057.htm


    Auckland Philharmonia And Online Auction Site TradeMe Join Forces

    - The Auckland Philharmonia is renowned for its innovation. The latest way to support Auckland’s orchestra is to take part in the “Symphonic Auction in Four Movements”, four 10-day auctions on TradeMe, New Zealand’s most popular website. The “First Movement” has just been completed. From the comfort of their computers, participants bidded, intensely in the last few hours, for the likes of Lunch with the Mayor; the opportunity to Conduct the Orchestra in 2006; and an empty Magnum of Moët, drunk and signed by Nigel Kennedy (Pictured) on his 1995 tour. See... Orchestra joins forces with TradeMe [1] ALSO:

  • Penguin Books - Penguin colony on Trade Me [2]
  • Hitwise - Trade Me in the lead for online Christmas shopping [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0510/S00201.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0510/S00200.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00425.htm


    Indian Festival Lights Up Wet Wellington Weekend -

    Over the weekend the Wellington Town Hall, Capital E and Civic Square turned into an exciting zone of music, dance, and culinary delights in celebration of Diwali. Diwali, also know as Deepavali (literally a "row of lamps"), is perhaps the most important and ancient of the Indian festivals. It is colloquially known as "The Festival of Lights". Scoop contributor Karim Sahai was there and captured some of the magic. See... Images: Karim Sahai Captures Diwali Celebrations [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00287.htm


    Pacific Islands Forum Officially Opens

    - Photo Essay: The 36th Pacific Island Forum officially opened last night with a colourful and vibrant display of Papua New Guinean dance. Photographer Jason Dorday captured the event. Pacific leaders, including those from PNG, New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands, Nuie, Solomon Islands have gathered in Port Moresby to discuss issues impacting on the Pacific and will decide whether to adopt a document that will bind the Pacific nations into a common accord – the Pacific Plan. See... Photo Essay: At The Opening Of The Pacific Forum [1] + FULL COVERAGE: SCOOP’S FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT FEATURE. [2] ALSO:

  • HIV Aids problem in West Papua must be highlighted [3]
  • Scoop Investigation: HIV/AIDS In The Pacific
  • Upcoming Hiv/Aids Meeting In The Pacific [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00293.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/fc.html
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00192.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00372.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Brazil: 9 years of missed opportunities for human rights [1]
  • UN Report Cites Lebanese, Syrian Involvement In Deaths [2]
  • Tents And Cooking Utensils To Pakistan Quake Victims [3]
  • Morocco Agrees To UN Refugee Agency Team Access [4]
  • Dirty Bombs – All Part Of UN Nuclear Exercise [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00387.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00382.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00381.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00378.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00375.htm


    SOUTH ASIA QUAKE HEADLINES:

  • UN & Nato Launch Airlift For Quake Victims [1]
  • Annan Urges More Quake Aid to Pakistan [2]
  • Kiwi Red Cross Aid Worker To Help Quake Victims [3]
  • Innovation to tackle shelter crisis in quake zone [4]
  • UN - Annan Urges More Quake Aid to Pakistan [5]
  • Oxfam - Oxfam innovates to tackle shelter crisis in earthquake zone [6]
  • UN - Dropping Temperatures In Pakistan Pose New Hurdles [7]
  • World Vision - Kiwis get stuck in, in Mansehra [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00356.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00336.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00350.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00335.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00336.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00335.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00148.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00147.htm

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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Tze Ming Mok: Glossary Supplied

    - The London Tube is not the only Big BadaBoom in the desi-repertoire, as I remembered Saturday night while checking in with my Nagis at Galatos, repping for the Nanyang. (What ethnic-lingo is she on about now, ask the white liberal masses?)... All this plus Russell Brown and Keith Ng. See... PUBLIC ADDRESS 21/10/05 - Quake the room [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00296.htm


    Howard Laws to Ban You from Criticising Australia

    - In the wake of terrorist threats against Melbourne and more bombings in Bali, the Australian government is attempting to pass draconian new anti-terrorism laws. The draft of the legislation had originally been kept secret, but last week it was leaked by ACT Chief Minister John Stanhope, who while approving it, believed that legislation with such an impact on civil liberties should be open to public scrutiny and debate. John Howard seems to regard this as practically treason. But fortunately he'll soon have the tools to combat this sort of betrayal of Australian values, because the legislation would modernise the law relating to sedition. See... No Right Turn: Sedition in Australia [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00273.htm


    Out There… Brian Carter’s The Night Sky

    - In the Summer months with warmer nights, looking at the stars and planets becomes a pleasure, instead of a cold ordeal. Planets: November is a fairly good month for viewing the planets. Venus, Mars and Saturn will be visible for the whole of the month. Mercury will be visible for the first half of the month and Jupiter will be visible for the last half of the month. See... The November Night's Sky [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0510/S00051.htm


    Thai PM Tells Islamic Conf. Official To Read Koran

    - BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's Buddhist prime minister angrily told the Saudi Arabian-based Organization of Islamic Conference to "read the Koran" before criticizing his military crackdown in the south, where more than 1,000 people have died in the worst Islamist insurgency outside Iraq. See... Thai PM Tells Islamic Conf. Official To Read Koran [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00265.htm


    William Rivers Pitt: As The Plamegate Waiting Game Drags On…

    - 8:12 am - Wake, sling blankets aside, startling cat into sudden flight. 8:13 am - Pull up New York Times web site, scan for news of Fitzgerald indictment. 8:14 am - Thump head repeatedly on desk, further confusing already-rattled cat. See... William Rivers Pitt: Diary of a Plamegate Junkie [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00263.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Sol Salbe - West Bank Shooting: Why It Pays To Read Hebrew [1]
  • Martin LeFevre - Open Letter to Incoming President of Tanzania [2]
  • Ramzy Baroud - Myths About Iraq Must Be Dispelled For War To End [3]
  • Mark Drolette - The Law? Bushies Fart In Its General Direction [4]
  • Ernest Partridge - The Illusion of Normality [5]
  • Narconews - A Week of Drug War Summits in South America [6]
  • Jason Miller - Surrender Is Not An Option [7]
  • MR Josse - Nepal: Poll Boycott Will Be Political Hara-Kiri [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00256.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00250.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00249.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00248.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00255.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00254.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00252.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00262.htm


    Michel Chossudovsky: More On The Basra Breakout Mystery

    - Captain Ken Masters, British chief police investigator in Basra died under mysterious circumstances. The cause of death was not mentioned. According to a Ministry of Defense spokesman, his death was "not due to hostile action" nor to natural causes. See... Basra Prison Break Investigator Mysteriously Dies [1] . Earlier: Were British SAS Soldiers Planting Bombs in Basra? [2] & Ghali Hassan: Iraq - Resort to Deception [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00242.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00052.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00054.htm

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    Pamphlets That 'Delighted' Don Brash Lead To Police Investigation -

    Prior to the election Don Brash explained to BFM's Noelle McCarthy that during a meeting with the Exclusive Brethren he became aware that they were planning to attack the Government. McCarthy: So you were aware that this group was going to use other methods besides the power of prayer to support the National Party? Brash: I knew they were going to issue some pamphlets attacking the Government, and I said, "That's tremendous. I'm delighted about that because the Government is lousy and should be changed." Today it became known that the Chief Electoral Office has referred a complaint concerning the pamphlets that 'delighted' Dr Brash to the police. See... Brethren group face police probe over election [1] AndBrethren to face police over use of false address [2] BACKGROUND:

  • BFM Transcript - Don Brash Admits On BFM to Prior Knowledge of Brethren Pamphlets [3]
  • [4] SCOOP VIDEO: Greens Victim Of Dirty Tricks Campaign
  • Scoop Report - Don Brash, Civil Unions & The Exclusive Brethren
  • [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00148.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00149.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00107.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00016.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00237.htm


    Government Minister's Party Wants to Sit with Opposition

    - The Green Party says New Zealand First's demand to sit on the opposition side of the debating chamber is both arrogant and ignorant. New Zealand First MP Peter Brown today said that even though the Greens planned to abstain from giving the Government confidence and supply votes, he believed his party should have first call to sit on the opposition benches. See… Greens - Winston must honour his marriage of convenience [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00130.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • NZ First - Home Detention No Solution To Prison Crisis [1]
  • Greens - Brethren group face police probe over election [2]
  • National - Government must support GP obstetricians [3]
  • National - Govt presides over discriminatory health funding [4]
  • National - Government sanctioned sexism must stop [5]
  • National - Lunacy that pregnancy a 'personal injury accident' [6]
  • National - AIDS has nothing to do with Maori text of Treaty [7]
  • NZ Govt - PM Address To Papua New Guinea Chamber of Commerce [8]
  • Greenpeace - True Security for the Pacific [9]
  • Indonesia Human Rights Committee - HIV Aids problem in West Papua must be highlighted [10]
  • Business Roundtable - Workplace Reform in Australia [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00151.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00148.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00146.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00145.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00144.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00143.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00142.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00141.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00200.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00192.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00423.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS:

    ACT's The Letter 25 October 2005 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00147.htm

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