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TODAY'S TOP SCOOP STORIES


SCOOP LEAD STORY:
Politics: Brash Wants Cops To Explain Why Labour Not Prosecuted
NEW ZEALAND LEAD:
Business: Godfrey Hirst Announces Plan For Hoovering Up Feltex<
Technology: Kiwi-Made Robot Defeats All Opponents
Satire: Statistics NZ Records The Benefits Of Media Double-Counting
Text & Audio: Govt Plans Changes To Frequency Allocation Plans
Tech: Vodafone Prepay Customers Experiencing Problems
Audio:
Manning on Radio Adelaide
KiwiFM: Wammo IVs Cunliffe and Brown
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
UN: Security Council Set To Hold Formal Vote Next Week On New UN Secretary-General
Headlines: UN AUDIO NEWS

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SCOOP LEAD STORY
Politics: Brash Wants Cops To Explain Why Labour Not Prosecuted

National Leader Don Brash has sought an explanation from the police about what his calls: "the glaring inadequacies in their inquiry into the Labour Party’s spending on its pledge card and brochure". Dr Brash has written to Police Commissioner Howard Broad outlining a list of concerns about the investigation. See... National asks cops to explain on pledge card probe [1]
ALSO:

  • NZ Govt - Brash takes dangerous path toward police state [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00049.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00054.htm


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    Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio (click here to listen): Selwyn Manning and Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey discuss: The father of the murdered Kahui twins speaks to Police; A third saboteur is named in Rainbow Warrior bombing; Christian Heritage Party dissolves admitting Capill's sex offending crippled the party.
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    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00016.htm


    NEW ZEALAND LEAD:
    Business: Godfrey Hirst Announces Plan For Hoovering Up Feltex

    - The National Distribution Union and The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are concerned about the possible outcome for Feltex workers after Godfrey Hirst announced its offer for the company today. The deal would mean the loss of 135 jobs through the total closure of the carpet maker’s Kakariki factory (near Fielding) and a staff reduction of 40% in its Christchurch plant. See... Unions express concern over Feltex offer [1]
    ALSO:

  • Godfrey Hirst - Godfrey Hirst Pleased With Feltex Outcome
  • [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00029.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00042.htm

    Technology: Kiwi-Made Robot Defeats All Opponents

    - A seed-planting robot designed to beautify ‘Gondwanan’ highways secured first place for the University of Auckland at the Warman Design and Build Competition in Sydney, held to award mechanical engineering excellence. The Auckland team beat 15 universities from around Australasia to claim the coveted prize. The Mechatronics team comprised students Anatoli Koudriachov (20), Nicholas Wong (20) and Jonathon Platt (20) from the Faculty of Engineering. See... University of Auckland Robot wins challenge [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0610/S00007.htm


    Satire: Statistics NZ Records The Benefits Of Media Double-Counting

    - Lyndon Hood writes that data released by Statistics New Zealand has revealed a more than 582 percent rise in satire for the year from July 2005 to June 2006. Two sets of data on satire prevalence are kept, for the year to June and for the calendar year. This system, in the words of one policy document, "allow[s] the media to report every fluctuation twice". See... Hood: New Figures Show Satire Up 582.1 Percent [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00013.htm


    Text & Audio: Govt Plans Changes To Frequency Allocation Plans

    - The Government has announced it will provide for up to four new FM radio stations in each region of NZ, and strengthen the role of local broadcasters. It plans to auction commercial frequencies with conditions yet to be finalised. Communications Minister, David Cunliffe, talks to KiwiFM's Wammo about small stations on low power frequencies or stations that have out grown their position or license moving to either the new commercial or non-commercial frequencies. A student station like bFM could be an example of this. Russell Brown is also IVed on the issue.


    Scoop Audio.KiwiFM Audio Wammo IVs Cunliffe & Brown On FM Plan [1]

  • NZ Govt - Four new FM stations likely in each region
  • [2]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00012.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00043.htm


    Tech: Vodafone Prepay Customers Experiencing Problems

    - We have a technical issue affecting our Prepay customers, particularly top ups, account balance information and delays in charging for text. We are working on fixing this and should have it up and running soon. We apologise for the impact on customers. Customers will be charged as usual for all services during this period as soon as full service is resumed. See... Statement – Technical Problems [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00044.htm

    MORE HEADLINES:

  • Government Department goes for Open-Source Tech [1]
  • Unions express concern over Feltex offer [2]
  • Crime - Manukau Mayor: "Don’t Tar Everyone With The Same Brush" [3]
  • PHARMAC To Fund Prader-Willi Growth Hormone [4]
  • Dance Like a Man – Debuts in Auckland [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00043.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00029.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0610/S00031.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0610/S00011.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0610/S00028.htm

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
    Security Council Set To Hold Formal Vote Next Week On New UN Secretary-General

    - The Security Council is likely to hold a formal vote early next week on the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Council’s president said today after the 15-member body held its fourth informal ballot on who will succeed Kofi Annan when he steps down on 31 December. See... Security Council To Vote On New Sec-Gen Next Week [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00037.htm


    UN AUDIO NEWS:

    Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio: EU Plans Joint African Strategy to Achieve Millennium Development Goals - Annan Urges Genuine Collective Security Among Central African States - Top UN Disarmament Official Calls for Higher Priority for Disarmament - UNIFIL Confirms Israeli Withdrawal from Southern Lebanon - Annan Calls for Partnership to Manage Urban Growth – ALSO - The UN Prepares to Support African Union Peacekeepers in Darfur - Papua New Guinea: women join police units to fight growing domestic violence - Australia is a role model for its migration policies but is the introduction of temporary migrant labour changing things for the worse? [1]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00029.htm

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