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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Foreign Correspondent: The Ruins of Honiara's Chinatown
Conservation: No Tern, Tern, Terns – Birds Under Threat From Housing
Health: Big Tobacco Gets An Earful From Shane Bradbrook
Scoop Power Report: Hydro Storage Looking Healthier
MORE HEADLINES:
Electricity: Commission Draft Says No To Transpower Upgrade
Transport: Parking Space Tea-Party Takes Place In Sodden Wellington
Chernobyl: A Kiwi Recalls Visiting The Cursed Earth Of The Ukraine
Education: Yet fewer people receiving student allowances
Australia: West Papuans Sue Howard To Expose Jakarta Lobby
Iraq:Rice & Rumsfeld Go To Baghdad
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Media: Sonia Nettnin Covers The Chicago Palestine Film Festival
Iran: John Stanton Considers The Implications Of War With Iran
Peak Oil: Kelpie Wilson On The End Of Cheap Oil
MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Legal Issues: David Parker Will Not Be Prosecuted – Companies Office
Disasters: A Dog Called Stan Seeks To Keep Young'uns Safe -
Foreign Affairs: Armitage, Shriver call for US to stop sulking of defense and trade
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Foreign Correspondent: The Ruins of Honiara's Chinatown

[1] Scoop reporter Yasmine Ryan skipped Parliament and visited the ruins of Honiara's Chinatown - The extent of the destruction was astounding and incredibly thorough. A toxic smell was thick in the air. Chinatown was certainly not deserted, however. The street was full of people scavenging for anything they could find. From the very young to the very old they were there, armed with plastic bags to collect their treasures. One shell of a building that proved particularly popular must have been a convenience store. We ventured ‘inside’. See... Solomon Islands: Aftermath [2] And Photo Essay: Welcome To China Town, Honiara [3] Earlier:

  • Scoop Report
  • Solomon Islands: The Tables are Turned [4]
  • Scoop Report Photo Essay: New Solomon's PM Resigns – The People Rejoice [5]
  • Scoop Report - Ryan & Dorday: Another Day In The Solomon Islands [6]
  • SI Govt. - Solomon Islands Prime Minister Resigns [7]
  • John Roughan - John Roughan (Honiara): Third Time Lucky? [8]
  • Masalai i tokaut - Solomons - Logging Corruption Ruins A Nation [9]
  • Green Left Weekly - Solomon Islands: Howard Props Up Corrupt Regime [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00353.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00353.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00354.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00329.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00330.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00304.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00418.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00296.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00334.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00333.htm


    Conservation: No Tern, Tern, Terns – Birds Under Threat From Housing -

    New Zealand fairy terns may be the most critically endangered bird in New Zealand, and perhaps even the world’s rarest tern, new DNA evidence suggests. Research by Auckland University that suggests New Zealand fairy terns have unique DNA characteristics heightens concerns that a proposed subdivision of up to 2000 houses near Mangawhai Heads poses a serious threat to the terns’survival. See... Coastal development threatens rare birds [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0604/S00229.htm


    Health: Big Tobacco Gets An Earful From Shane Bradbrook

    - My name is irrelevant but my culture is not! I am Maori, a native New Zealander. I am here to represent Maori in the matter of Philip Morris International using our culture to sell tobacco products. In 2005, it came to our organisations attention that PMI was selling a product in Israel called Maori Mix under the L & M brand. Let me tell you, this product called 'Maori Mix' was an absolute affront to my people! See... Statement to Altria Group From Shane Bradbrook [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0604/S00093.htm


    Scoop Power Report: Hydro Storage Looking Healthier

    - Recent rainfall in the South Island breaking the drought on the Taieri Plains and bringing flooding to Oamaru has had a clear upside for the rest of the country. Over the past five days the rain has also seen the Southern hydro lakes rapidly filling up. Since April 16 the level of storage in the hydro system has increased from 71% of average for this time of year, to 84% of the average (59% of the maximum). See... Risk Of 2006 Winter Power Crisis "Nearly" Over [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00347.htm


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • Supreme Court to get a new home [1]
  • RDU returns to its roots with new lunch show [2]
  • Adema's Agenda Flies In The Face Of Research [3]
  • CTU Launches Campaign for Asbestos Victims [4]
  • Solid Energy delays decision on Spring Creek [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00401.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0604/S00088.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0604/S00225.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0604/S00223.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0604/S00440.htm


    Electricity: Commission Draft Says No To Transpower Upgrade

    - Today the Electricity Commission has issued a draft decision to turn down Transpower’s proposal to build a new 400 kilovolt (kV) line between Whakamaru and Auckland. The Commission will make its final decision on the proposal in July. Commission chair, Roy Hemmingway said, “Based on a wide range of advice and the analysis undertaken to date, there are alternatives that provide the same level of electricity security but are less expensive than the proposed 400kV line. Therefore, at this stage the Commission cannot approve the proposal.” See... EC's Draft Decision On Transpower Application [1] ALSO:

  • Transpower - Transpower to seek positive outcome for NZ [2]
  • NZ Govt - Comment on draft decision on grid upgrade [3]
  • National - Govt can't keep deferring infrastructure questions [4]
  • Sustainable Energy Forum - 400 kV Grid Proposal should be Rejected [5]
  • NZ Govt - Comment on draft decision on grid upgrade [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0604/S00416.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0604/S00419.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00390.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00387.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0604/S00412.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00390.htm


    Transport: Parking Space Tea-Party Takes Place In Sodden Wellington -

    Eight young people from around New Zealand set up a meeting area on Molesworth street, directly across from Parliament and the Beehive, as part of a workshop on sustainable transport and cities. Despite the drizzle, they set up chairs, pot plants and a coat hangers in a parking space and held a meeting to talk about cities, transport and people. See…Students Take Back The Streets [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0604/S00043.htm


    Chernobyl: A Kiwi Recalls Visiting The Cursed Earth Of The Ukraine -

    Seeing is believing. Just as seeing the Mona Lisa or the Pyramids makes them more real, getting close-up and personal made Chernobyl more real to me. Exactly a decade since my visit – and 20 years since the accident – memories of the time I spent at the site of the world’s worst ecological, engineering and economic catastrophe still linger. See…Keith Lyons: Chernobyl - A Thinly Wrapped Monster [1] ALSO:

  • Scoop Link – John Roughan of the NZ Herald: Chernobyl Was Not that Bad [2]
  • Greenpeace - Greenpeace Chernobyl Anniversary statement [3]
  • Harvey Wasserman - Chernobyl Kills While Bought Ex-Greenpeacer Shills [4]
  • UN - Chernobyl on road to recovery 20 years after [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00303.htm
    [2] - http://nzhpremiumcontent.blogspot.com/2006/04/john-roughan-chernobyl-was-not-that.html
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00433.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00343.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00380.htm


    Education: Yet fewer people receiving student allowances

    - Information released by the Ministry of Education to the New Zealand University Students’ Association (NZUSA) under the Official Information Act highlights the decline in the number of students who receive a student allowance on a campus by campus level. See... Allowances going down, campus by campus [1] ALSO:Otago Polytechnic Student's Association - Otago Polytechnic Hit Worse [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0604/S00085.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0604/S00090.htm


    Australia: West Papuans Sue Howard To Expose Jakarta Lobby

    - West Papua solidarity groups today welcomed law firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques’s legal action against the Howard Government and claim the proceedings will highlight undue and unlawful interference with domestic immigration policy. Spokesperson from the Free West Papua Campaign, Nick Chesterfield, claims the Howard Government has overlooked concerns about human rights, in pursuit of economic and ideological interests. See... West Papua Legal Action to Expose Jakarta Lobby [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00455.htm


    Iraq: Rice & Rumsfeld Go To Baghdad

    - QUESTION: (Translated from Arabic.) This is the first joint visit of your two personages to Iraq. Do you think that your ministries can improve their support for a free press, or have they done enough in the past, to help safeguard the media, which has come under attack by the terrorists, especially the Iraqi national media? See… Rice & Rumsfeld Roundtable With Iraq Reporters [1] MORE:

  • Rice With Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [2]
  • Condoleezza Rice Interview With Ryan Chilcote, CNN [3]
  • Condoleezza Rice Interview With Richard Engel, NBC [4]
  • Condoleezza Rice Interview With James Rosen, FOX [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00446.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00443.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00442.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00438.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00436.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • UN - Committee Helping Keep WMD from Terrorists Renewed [1]
  • IFEX - Zimbabwe: Trial date set against VOP directors [2]
  • UN - Nepal: Reinstatement of Parliament, Ceasefire [3]
  • State Dept - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing April 26, 2006 [4] & State Dept. Daily Press Briefing April 27, 2006 [5]
  • UN - Palestinians Headed for 'Man-Made' Disaster [6]
  • Rep. John Conyers - Suit to Stop Budget Cuts that Violate Constitution [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00454.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00451.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00448.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00447.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00445.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00434.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00441.htm


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    Media: Sonia Nettnin Covers The Chicago Palestine Film Festival

    - After five years I have decided to write some of the reasons why the Chicago Palestine Film Festival is one of Chicago’s cinematic treasures. See... Sonia Nettnin: A Gem of a Film Festival [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00366.htm


    Iran: John Stanton Considers The Implications Of War With Iran

    - Just when it seemed unlikely that domestic and international events would unfold to test an already incompetent US government, along comes the acceleration of the movement to destroy Iran. See... Strike Iran, Watch Pakistan and Turkey Fall [1] RELATED:

  • Russ Wellen - Russ Wellen: Whoa, Mr. President! [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00364.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00344.htm


    Peak Oil: Kelpie Wilson On The End Of Cheap Oil

    - Gas prices are on the rise again and news analysts are kicking it around, wondering who is being ripped off this time. But geologists, scientists and even some economists suspect that unlike other gas shortages, this one is the real thing, or at least the beginning of the real thing: production has peaked and the era of cheap oil is about to end. See..Kelpie Wilson: Stop the Fossil Foolishness [1] RELATED:

  • Tony Soldo Big Oil and the Warporations [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00351.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00331.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:

  • Russell Brown - Public Address 28/04/06 - Backup! [1] & Public Address: The Good, The Bad And The 256k [2]
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: Does God Give a Damn? [3]
  • Amira Hass - Scoop Link: Hungry and Shell-Shocked [4]
  • Jason Leopold - Target Letter Drives Rove Back To G. Jury [5]
  • William Fisher - We Can All Agree on This, Right? [6]
  • Ernest Partridge - UQ Wire: 911 Conspiracy - A Skeptic’s View [7]
  • Evelyn Pringle - Big-Mouth Bush Told Clinton How To Handle OPEC [8]
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - Kerry Sponsors Palestine's Collective Punishment [9]
  • Guest Opinion - Guest Opinion: We Don't Want Maoists In Nepal [10]
  • Shashi Malla - Nepal King's Reinstatement of Parlt. [11]
  • Thom Hartmann - The Story of Carl - On Workers Memorial Day [12]
  • John Chuckman - Cartoons: The Decider [13]
  • David Swanson - The War Looks Different From Inside Congress [14]
  • Steven A. Hass - More Notes From The Fringe [15]
  • Capt. Paul Watson - The Strange Transformation of Dr. Patrick Moore [16]
  • Harvey Wasserman - Chernobyl Kills While Bought Ex-Greenpeacer Shills [17]
  • Daniel Patrick Welch - Beyond Bashing Bush [18]
  • William Rivers Pitt - Changes [19]
  • Cindy Sheehan - Peace Takes Courage [20]
  • Marjorie Cohn - The Perfect Storm [21]
  • Narconews - Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos in Guerrero [22]
  • Tanveer Jafri - Iraq - Is it under Control? [23]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00367.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00345.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00340.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00336.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00346.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00365.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00363.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00362.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00361.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00360.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00359.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00358.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00357.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00350.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00349.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00348.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00343.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00342.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00341.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00339.htm
    [21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00338.htm
    [22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00337.htm
    [23] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00335.htm


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    Legal Issues: David Parker Will Not Be Prosecuted – Companies Office

    - The Registrar of Companies has announced today that he has accepted the advice of the Auckland Office of the Crown Solicitor, Meredith Connell, that no prosecution action be taken against Mr David Parker MP, or any other director associated with Queens Park Mews Limited. The decision follows an investigation by the Companies Office arising from allegations of false or misleading documents having been filed with the Companies Office. See… : Result of Investigation Into Matters Concerning Queens Park Mews Limited and David Parker MP [1] and Press Release & Report In PDF Format [2] ALSO:

  • PM - Scoop Audio: PM's Presser Wednesday, April 26, 200 [3]
  • ACT - Two Laws In Parker Inquiry [4]
  • NZ First - Parker Case Highlights Worst Kind Of Politics [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0604/S00206.htm
    [2] - http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0604/Queens_Park_Mews_Ltd_media_release.pdf
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00327.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00379.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00380.htm


    Disasters: A Dog Called Stan Seeks To Keep Young'uns Safe -

    A major new classroom initiative to help kids survive a disaster fronted by a cartoon dog called Stan, has been launched by Civil Defence Minister Rick Barker. ‘What’s the Plan, Stan?’ is a curriculum based teaching resource for schools that uses role-playing, quizzes, an inter-active CDROM, stories and colourful cartoons. See... What's the plan Minister? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00392.htm


    Foreign Affairs: Armitage, Shriver call for US to stop sulking of defense and trade

    - Defence and Trade Minister Phil Goff has warmly welcomed the support of two former senior United States officials for closer cooperation in defence with New Zealand, and their call for a Free Trade Agreement. See... Goff welcomes call for US to build closer relations [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00377.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - A new purpose built breast clinic in Whangarei [1]
  • NZ Govt - The future is bright for Te Puia [2]
  • NZ Govt - Environment officials to visit Far North [3]
  • NZ Govt - Benson-Pope: Work and Income's New Approach [4]
  • NZ Govt - Comment on draft decision on grid upgrade [5]
  • NZ Govt - Getting people into the right job [6]
  • NZ Govt - Paper released on investment in generation [7]
  • NZ Govt - Today is World Intellectual Property Day [8]
  • NZ Govt - Members of Roading Costs Advisory Group [9]
  • NZ Govt - Maharey: Speech to secondary schools symposium [10]
  • NZ Govt Personalising learning the way forward [11]
  • NZ Govt - Young environmentalists get active [12]
  • National - Truth in sentencing needed [13]
  • National - Labour will struggle to get 1,000 extra police [14]
  • National - Labour propaganda at Te Papa unacceptable [15]
  • National - Mismanagement and mayhem in mental health [16]
  • National - Single benefit hits another snag? [17]
  • National - Plea for building standards check-up unanswered [18]
  • National - Govt can't keep deferring infrastructure questions [19]
  • NZ First - Time To Remove GST From Petrol [20]
  • Green Party - Sewage spill requires government response [21]
  • United Future - Copeland: United we stand, divided we fall? [22]
  • United Future - Copeland: Govt must follow-up didymo breakthrough [23]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00386.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00398.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00397.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00391.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00390.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00389.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00372.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00370.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00385.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00384.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00383.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00381.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00369.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00368.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00373.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00396.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00394.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00395.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00387.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00393.htm
    [21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00388.htm
    [22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00400.htm
    [23] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00371.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS

  • Murray McCully - www.mccully.co.nz 28 April 2006 [1]
  • Heather Roy's Diary, 28 April 2006 [2]
  • Marc Alexander - Marc My Words: The 'nut-brigade' are at it again [3]
  • Pansy Wong - Pansy Speak A refreshing and graceful Prime Minister [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00404.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00402.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00264.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00374.htm

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