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TODAY'S TOP SCOOP STORIES


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Fiji: NZ To Host Talks Today
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Crime: Bad News For Tony Montana Types In OZ Thanks To NZ Coke Bust -
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Unbundling: Select Committee Recommends Three-Way Separation
Health: Lab Worker Mediation Fails, Strikes Coming
Fashion: Dunedin Gets Ready To Go Under The Tailor's Needle -
Defence: Labour of Love Restores Powerful Weapon -
Art/Disasters: Award-Winning Post-Tsunami Show Seeks Sponsors
U2-Fever: Bono And U2 Wow New Zealand
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Scoop Video: Interview With Tonga's Most Controversial Man
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Scoop Report and Photoessay: Tonga Faces Crossroad

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Fiji: NZ To Host Talks Today

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Foreign Minister Winston Peters have pulled together a meeting between Fijian Prime Minister Qarase and Military Commander Bainimarama who are currently in talks in New Zealand. “The Fijian Prime Minister Qarase and Military Commander Bainimarama have agreed to meet in New Zealand on Wednesday,” said Helen Clark and Winston Peters. See... NZ to host talks on Fijian situation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00546.htm


Scoop Audio & Images:

Helen Clark and Winston Peters announce that NZ will be hosting a face to face meeting between Fijian Prime Minister Qarase and Military Commander Commodore Bainimarama.


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Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio & Text Report: [1] Selwyn Manning on BBC Radio reports: How Fiji's military commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama has intensified threats to overthrow the Fijian government unless it meets his demands.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00426.htm

KiwiFM Audio: Wammo talks to Scoop's Selwyn Manning about Pacific insecurity, what it was like reporting on the Tonga riots that destroyed Nuku'Alofa, and background to coup-threats in Fiji.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00453.htm


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Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio: [1] Selwyn Manning joins Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey to discuss: NZ holds meeting between Fiji's military chief and its PM in attempt to avoid a coup; John Key becomes the new National Party leader; and that poor sod Shrek the Merino sheep gets helicoptered out to a melting ice berg!


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00485.htm

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Scoop Video: REACHING FOR DREAMS:

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Passes Torch To Key John Key reveals the personality he will mould and market in preparation for the 2008 New Zealand General Election. He faces the media after delivering his first speech as National leader. What exactly will National do with Maori electorates? And, is there really a role for ex-leader Don Brash in a new look centrist National Party?
Scoop Video.Scoop Video: Reaching For Dreams – Who Is John Key?
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  • Scoop Report - New National Leadership Brash And Confident [1]
  • John Key Speech - North Shore National Party luncheon [2]
  • NZ Govt - Key all style, no substance [3]
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    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00438.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00538.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00543.htm


    Scoop Audio:

    John Key faces the media after delivering his first speech as National leader. What exactly will National do with Maori electorates? And, is there really a role for ex-leader Don Brash in a new look centrist National Party?


    Scoop Audio:

    New National Party leader, John Key, delivers his first speech answering calls from those who ask: "Who is John Key and what does he stand for?"


    Scoop Audio:

    Old Nat leader, Don Brash, publicly hands the leadership reins over to John Key.

  • More Coverage - John Key Becomes National Leader [1]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/#keyeng


    Crime: Bad News For Tony Montana Types In OZ Thanks To NZ Coke Bust -

    Customs officers at Auckland International Airport have intercepted approximately 3.5 kilograms of cocaine, on its way to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. A 46-year-old Australian national was selected for search after Customs officers became suspicious of his travel. He arrived in Auckland from Sao Paulo, South America. The cocaine was hidden in the linings of two suitcases. See... Customs seizes cocaine at Auckland Airport [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00417.htm


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • National appoints Chief Press Secretary [1]
  • Operation Dixon - Man Charged [2]
  • NZ US Council Strengthened By Board Appointments [3]
  • Iconic Chch Radio Station RDU's Future Secured [4]
  • Test results show benefits of multiple airbags [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00529.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00414.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00410.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0611/S00305.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0611/S00488.htm


    Unbundling: Select Committee Recommends Three-Way Separation

    - Not ideal, but we will do our best to work with it – that was Telecom’s reaction today to the Telecommunications Amendment Bill as reported back to Parliament. “We made it clear that we preferred a simpler form of operational separation which we believed was better suited to New Zealand,” Chairman Wayne Boyd said. “The Committee has gone for a more complex, three-way separation." See... Telecommunications Amendment Bill [1] ALSO:

  • NZ Govt - Select committee's broadband bill report welcomed [2]
  • ACT - ACT The Only Party To Support Property Rights [3]
  • InternetNZ - InternetNZ welcomes Select Committee's report [4]
  • NZ Govt - Broadband Challenge rolls out with Smartlinx3 [5]
  • Consumer's Institute - Xtra limits ‘unlimited internet usage’ plan [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0611/S00487.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00536.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00539.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0611/S00062.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00530.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0611/S00462.htm


    Health: Lab Worker Mediation Fails, Strikes Coming

    - The hospital system is descending into utter chaos and Health Minister Pete Hodgson is doing nothing about it, says National's Health spokesman, Tony Ryall. Failed mediation has cleared the way for a laboratory workers' strike, due to begin tomorrow. "The industrial relations scene has become a nightmare, with staff no longer trusting the DHB negotiators. It's time the Health Minister called in a credible negotiator to sort this mess out." See... Hospital system descends into chaos [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00533.htm


    Fashion: Dunedin Gets Ready To Go Under The Tailor's Needle -

    Dunedin is preparing for a fashion blizzard of winter wonderland collections at the seventh annual Vodafone ID Dunedin Fashion Show to be held on Saturday 10 March 2007. Twenty three labels from established, emerging and new generation designers will take part in the show. The Vodafone ID Dunedin Fashion Show 2007 showcases Dunedin as a hotbed of creative activity. See... ID Dunedin 07– a winter wonderland of fashion [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0611/S00306.htm


    Defence: Labour of Love Restores Powerful Weapon -

    Much of the refurbishment work on the 5.5 inch gun memorial unveiled in Hamilton this week has been conducted by ex-New Zealand Army Gun Sergeant Ted O’Brien. Ted, who lives in Hamilton, joined the battery in his twenties in 1970 and served as a member of the Waikato gunners for 22 years, retiring in 1993. See... Ted O’Brien – Big Gun Restorer [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00411.htm


    Art/Disasters: Award-Winning Post-Tsunami Show Seeks Sponsors

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Paratene in Finding Marina, sequel to Children of the
Sea - New Zealand actor Rawiri Paratene and Oxfam NZ are on a mission to bring award winning outdoor show Children of the Sea to Auckland Festival, AK07 next March. Paratene helped create Children of the Sea when he was invited to spend time with Sri Lankan teenagers who had been traumatised by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. See... Chance for NZ to Get Behind Award Winning Show [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0611/S00296.htm


    U2-Fever: Bono And U2 Wow New Zealand

    - The Edge, Bono & Adam Clayton famously known as U2 wowed New Zealand audiences in Auckland, New Zealand, with a full array of U2 hits spanning twenty years. The Irish super-group is holding two sold-out performances in Auckland and Wellington. Photos by Karim Sahai. See... Images: U2 & Kanye West Auckland 24 Nov. 2006 [1] ALSO:

  • Public Address - Russell Brown, Graham Reid on U2 [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00425.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00431.htm


    LATEST AUDIO:


    Scoop Audio

    - Scoop's Kevin List & Kiwi FM Host Wammo discuss Nicky Hager's new book " Hollow Men: A Study In The Politics Of Deception ", its subject National Party Leader Don Brash, and the similarities between modern NZ political reporting and Stalinist Russian censorship.


    Scoop Audio

    - Scoop Co-Editor Selwyn Manning speaks to Australia's Radio Adelaide from Tonga. Selwyn has details on the recent riots and what is happening now with security, investigation and rebuilding efforts.


    SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT:


    Scoop Video: Interview With Tonga's Most Controversial Man

    Scoop
Image: Clive Edwards - Tonga's pro-democracy leader, Clive Edwards, is one of the island nation's most controversial figures. He's hated by Nobles, loathed by many, his views banned by Tongan authorities. In the wake of riots that tore through Tonga's capital Nuku'Alofa, where mobs ransacked and burned the town to destruction, Edwards called for the government to relent to pressure and open the parliament to an open and free election. Scoop here publishes an extended interview with the Tongan people's representative.


    Scoop Video

    Hated & Loathed, Scoop IV's Clive EdwardsPLUS:Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio & Text Report: [1] Selwyn Manning on BBC Radio reports: How Fiji's military commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama has intensified threats to overthrow the Fijian government unless it meets his demands. ALSO:NZMFAT Travel Advisory: Fiji Travel High Risk [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00426.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00381.htm


    KiwiFM Audio:

    Wammo talks to Scoop's Selwyn Manning about Pacific insecurity, what it was like reporting on the Tonga riots that destroyed Nuku'Alofa, and whether a military coup is being planned in Fiji.


    SCOOP REPORTS:


    Scoop Report and Photoessay: Tonga Faces Crossroad

    Scoop
Image: Tonga - Twenty four hours after rioters tore through Tonga's capital town looting and burning, leaving a sea of blazing buildings in their wake, New Zealand's Helen Clark said there were two futures on offer for the Pacific. "One is poverty and conflict; the other is peace and development." The comment accurately paints a crossroad for Tonga, for Solomon Islands, Fiji, for Melanesia in general. The comment acknowledges how accurate the United States' most recent handle for the Pacific is: The Arc of Uncertainty. See... Scoop On Assignment: Tonga Faces Crossroad [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00412.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
    Lebanon: Thousands Take To Streets In Wake Of Gemayel Assassination

    - Sophie McNeill writes: Parents marched hand in hand with their children, alongside crowds of old men and busloads of teenagers, as thousands of Lebanese streamed into the heart of Beirut Thursday morning. “We want the truth!” See... Lebanese Rally Demanding End To Political Violence [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00427.htm


    Yeux on France: Ségolène Royal Is The Socialist's Choice For President

    - Yasmine Ryan writes: It has been decided. Ségolène Royal is to be the Socialist candidate for the 2007 presidential election; the first woman in a position to become France’s head of state. See... Yeux on France: Who Exactly is Ségolène Royal? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00424.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Chad - Annan Condemns Attempts To Seize Power [1]
  • Iraq - Surging Violence Tearing Social Fabric Of Iraq [2]
  • Middle East - UN Human Rights Chief Holds Talks With Israelis [3]
  • Africa - 1.16 Million Newborns Die Each Year - Africa [4]
  • Central Asia - Afghanistan Could Return To Being A Failed State [5]
  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00405.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00402.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00399.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00397.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00395.htm

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