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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Scoop News: Green Party Co-Leader Rod Donald Dies Suddenly
Will TVNZ Downsize Other Staff To Pay For Salary Botch?
Tributes Flow In For Rod Donald:
Army To Hold Biggest Exercise In Years
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
John Pagani Writes On The Paris Riots
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Jason Leopold: Cheney Lies While Soldiers Die
Simon Upton's Upton-Online Diaspora Edition
Ex-Pat Kiwi Kirk MacGibbon Writes From NY
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:
English Objects to NCEA Tinkering
Survey Supports Transmission Gulley
Prisoners to be Charged
Usher of the Black Rod Spared
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Scoop News: Green Party Co-Leader Rod Donald Dies Suddenly

Scoop image: Rod
Donald with his youth parliament rep, Rachel Meadowcroft. Green Party co-leader Rod Donald died last night at around midnight at his home in St Martins, Christchurch. Mr Donald had last week been ill with a chest infection, but it is understood that a heart attack caused his death. Mr Donald was well known for his honesty and honourable nature – a man true to his principles and was seen by many as this new Parliament's man of human and community ideals. Mr Donald is survived by his partner Nicola and daughters, Holly, Emma, and Zoe. Image by Scoop's Kevin List pictures Rod Donald with his youth Parliament representative, Rachel Meadowcroft. See... Green Party co-leader Rod Donald Dies Suddenly [1] & a tribute from Scoop's Rosalea Barker - Farewell to Rod Donald from the San Francisco Bay [2] REACTION:

  • Green Party mourns loss of Co-Leader [3]
  • PM On Death of Rod Donald [4]
  • Don Brash pays tribute to Rod Donald [5]
  • We Farewell A Fine Parliamentarian – Peters [6]
  • Maori Party Statement on Death of Rod Donald [7]
  • ACT Party Pays Tribute to Rod Donald [8]
  • Dunne On The Death Of Rod Donald [9]
  • RECENT AUDIO INTERVIEWS:
  • Scoop Audio: Lyndon Hood IVs Rod Donald (Sept 9 05) [10]
  • 95bFM's Noelle McCarthy IV's Rod Donald (Oct 18 05) [11]
  • Click here to see tributes to Rod Donald... [12]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00093.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00099.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00068.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00069.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00070.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00072.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00071.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00073.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00082.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00110.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00230.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/#1


    Will TVNZ Downsize Other Staff To Pay For Salary Botch?

    - Susan Wood welcomes the determination brought down this afternoon by the Employment Relations Authority on her dispute with TVNZ. "The judgment speaks for itself. See... Press Release from Susan Wood – 7 November 2005 [1] Authority Rules In Favour Of Susan Wood [2] - A. The Authority declares that Susan Marie Wood is entitled to treat the fixed-term provision of her employment agreement with TVNZ as ineffective. B. The Authority declares that Susan Marie Wood’s entitlement to a present salary of $450,000.00 will expire on 31 December 2005. TVNZ is not permitted to impose a new salary as from 1 January 2006 without Susan Marie Wood’s consent. See... Susan Wood vs TVNZ Ltd – DETERMINATION OF ERA [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00123.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00122.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00122.htm


    Tributes Flow In For Rod Donald:

    CTU President Says Rod Donald Was A Tireless Advocate [1] - “New Zealand has lost a passionate and tireless advocate for sustainable development and social justice” CTU president Ross Wilson said today. “Rod was a key influence in bringing the Green Party and the union movement closer together and we have worked very closely on many issues over the past four years” Ross Wilson said. See… Rod Donald: passionate and tireless advocate [2]

  • GPJA - Rod Donald – Loss of Social Justice Campaigner [3]
  • QPEC - Rod Donald – A Huge Loss for New Zealand [4]
  • MADENZ - Madenz Salutes The Great Rod Donald [5]
  • Alliance - MMP is Rod Donald’s lasting legacy [6]
  • Maritime Union - Maritime Union pays respects to Rod Donald [7]
  • Rep. Of South Africa - Tribute to Rod Donald [8]
  • NDU - Rod Donald Helped Shape our Political Landscape [9]
  • NZNO - Tribute To Mighty Supporter of Workers’ Rights [10]
  • EPMU - Rod Donald was a ‘friend of the house of labour’ [11]
  • Greenpeace - Greenpeace Mourns Passing of Rod Donald [12]
  • ECONZ - Rod Donald’s death a loss to Democracy - ECO [13]
  • Uni Staff - University Staff Mourn Loss of Green Party Leader [14]
  • NZUSA - Students mourn the loss of Rod Donald [15]
  • Soil & Health NZ - Rod Donald Will Be Missed [16]
  • Anthony Haas - Rod Donald 1957-2005 [17]
  • Marc Alexander - Rod Donald MP [18]
  • Robert Consedine - Rod Donald: Statement from Robert Consedine [19]
  • South African Consulate - Tribute to Rod Donald [20]
  • CPAG - CPAG Mourns the Loss of Rod Donald [21]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00047.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00047.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00040.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0511/S00027.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00046.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00044.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00053.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00052.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00042.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00050.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00039.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00041.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00038.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00037.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0511/S00026.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0511/S00016.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00048.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00043.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00045.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00052.htm
    [21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00056.htm


    Army To Hold Biggest Exercise In Years

    - The largest New Zealand Army exercise to be held for some years begins later this week. Exercise Silver Warrior will see 800 personnel and over 250 military vehicles taking part in a number of different training situations across the lower central North Island. The Taranaki, Wanganui and Manawatu regions will see the best the New Zealand Army has to offer, including 51 NZLAVs, the new Pinzgauer Light Operational Vehicle and elements from all areas of the Army. The exercise will run for two weeks. See... Army on Exercise in Lower Central North Island [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00057.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Crown Solicitors Appointed [1]
  • NZ’s most powerful revealed [2]
  • DHBs Withhold Promised Funding To Aged Care [3]
  • New surgery technique to be demonstrated [4]
  • Guy Fawkes Cash Explosion for Lotto Winners [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00088.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00107.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0511/S00029.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0511/S00026.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00103.htm


    John Pagani Writes On The Paris Riots

    - I'm a long way from the riots to date, bolted behind layers of security as Paris apartment dwellers are. And though I rented a car for this weekend, I don't have one parked on the street to be burned by the hordes. Last night, police say thirteen hundred cars were set alight. There was a feeling Saturday night would erupt into the worst night yet. There were battalions of police, hundreds have been arrested and yet the suburbs still burned and the riots spread, to the South of the city, to the centre and to other centres - Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nannies, Normandy. Cars, schools, businesses, shops are being attacked with molotov cocktails. See... John Pagani: A Kiwi Impression Of Paris Burning [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00118.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • 53% of Americans Support Impeachment Of Bush - Zogvy Poll [1]
  • Pakistan: More could die in urban squalor [2]
  • Czech Republic Gets Heavy Handed Against Cuba [3]
  • Australia: Filmmaker Charged for Talking with Prisoner [4]
  • Al Gore Op-Ed: The Time to Act On Global Warming Is Now [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00091.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00089.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00088.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00085.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00093.htm

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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Jason Leopold: Cheney Lies While Soldiers Die

    - Months after Plame’s identity was disclosed by conservative columnist Robert Novak, Cheney continued to hide the fact that he and his aides were intimately involved in disseminating classified information about her to journalists. See... VP Lied As White House Sought To Defuse Leak Inq. [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00120.htm


    Simon Upton's Upton-Online Diaspora Edition

    - In This Issue: A told-you-so commentary on the joyless world of MMP from former FPP supporter, Simon Upton; distinguished diasporan lawyer, Jeremy Waldron, boldly suggests that academics can disagree without being rednecks; upton-on-line apologises to Dr Elizabeth Rata for having been thoughtless enough to have damaged her reputation by commenting on her writing; Bill English paddles his own waka into the academic piranha pond; and Vaclav Smil says told-you-so in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. See... The Absolutely Foreseeable Consequences Of MMP [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00117.htm


    Ex-Pat Kiwi Kirk MacGibbon Writes From NY

    - The election for Mayor of New York City has not set the world on fire. But the unmistakable smell of burning cash has been wafting over the city as the incumbent, billionaire Michael Bloomberg spares nothing in his bid to win a second term in a totally one-sided election campaign. He’s spent US$63 million so far, which is expected to reach US$100 million by election day (Nov 8), the same as he spent the first time around – so much for the power of incumbency. See... NY Politics: In America Goliath Always Beats David [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00116.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Scoop Reader Opinion - Why Not Appoint A Minister Of Silly Walks, As Well [1]
  • Jehan Casinader - Behind NZ's Newsroom Doors [2]
  • John Roughan - Movement But Little Change! [3]
  • Lynn Landes - Scrap the "Secret" Ballot - Return to Open Voting [4]
  • Israel & Occupied Palestine:
  • Yasser Abu Moailek - Ex-Car Thief Aims To Revive Business In Gaza [5]
  • Uri Avnery - Peretz Is Not Peres [6]
  • United States:
  • Evelyn Pringle - Bush Doing Corporate Bidding While On The Clock [7]
  • Ray McGovern - Ray McGovern: Torture in Our Name [8]
  • Bill Berkowitz - Bill Berkowitz: Bishops And Pawns [9]
  • John Chuckman - Cartoon: The Iraq Mistake [10]
  • Evelyn Pringle - Bush-Cheney 04 Campaign Slogan - Results Do Matter [11]
  • Nepal:
  • Kamala Sarup - Conflict Higher in Developing World [12]
  • M.R. Josse - Failed Politicians, In Nepal [13]
  • Krishna Singh Bam - Nepal: Where The U.S. Can Make A Huge Difference [14]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00113.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00112.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00111.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00115.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00114.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00110.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00109.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00104.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00103.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00102.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00107.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00108.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00106.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00100.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:

    Transtasman Political Letter – 3 Nov. Digest [1] Molesworth & Featherston (Weekend) – 5 November 20 [2]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00074.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00101.htm

    English Objects to NCEA Tinkering

    [3] - National Party Education spokesman Bill English says the NZQA has backed down on standards and changed the way NCEA exam papers will be marked to avoid another year of bad publicity. See... NZQA does quick paint job on NCEA [4] Also:

  • NZ Govt - English playing games over NCEA [5]

  • [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00083.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00083.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00090.htm


    Survey Supports Transmission Gulley

    - Ohariu-Belmont MP, Peter Dunne, today applauded the results of a UMR Research poll which shows seventy percent of all people living in Wellington, the Hutt Valley and Porirua City support the building of the Transmission Gully Motorway. See... Dunne welcomes the voice of the people - again [1] Also:

  • Transit still in denial over ‘killer road’ [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00087.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00077.htm


    Prisoners to be Charged

    - Corrections Minister Damien O'Connor has welcomed the decision by Upper Hutt Police to lay assault charges against seven prisoners accused of assaulting corrections officers. See... Violence will not be tolerated [1] ALSO:

  • National - Minister the real problem with Corrections [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00085.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00084.htm


    Usher of the Black Rod Spared

    - Colonel William (Bill) Nathan, OBE, ED, has retired from the position of the Usher of the Black Rod. Colonel Nathan of Te Atiawa-Pipitea, Ngati Kahungunu and Ngai Tahu was appointed to the position in 1993, and has served as Black Rod and an Honorary ... See... GG thanks retiring Usher of the Black Rod [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00079.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - Early Childhood sector to advise on roll-out of 20 hrs [1]
  • NZ Govt - Crown solicitors appointed [2]
  • National - Aged care offer doesn’t address crisis [3]
  • National - Minister must close Housing NZ loophole [4]
  • Maori Party - Hone Harawira Enters Parliament [5]
  • Maori Party - Harawira: Entry to Parliament Speech [6]
  • NZ Govt - PM Speech To: Airports Council Int. Conference [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00091.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00088.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00078.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00076.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00080.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00081.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00075.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS:

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