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Top Scoop Stories - 17 December 2007 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - December 17, 2007

LEAD STORY:

Treaty: Waikato River Agreement in Principle

NZ POLITICS:

Elections: Ex-Labour-PM Against Bill
Poll Watch: End Of Year Polls Say National Governs Alone
Legislation: Peters Goes On Electoral Finance Bill Offensive
Health: 9 Out Of 10 Senior Doctors Vote For Industrial Action
Education: Tertiary Funding Round Leaves Some Hungry
Policing: CATT releases report on Taser Trial

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Kiwi Pride: NZ Scientists Triumph On Dating Scene
Employment: ACC Ends Mediation With AFFCO
Employment: Balance Key For Kiwi Workers
Commerce: Auckland Airport Advises Against Takeover Offer
Conservation: Missing Kiwi Causes Concern

WORLD:

India: Officials Concede Narmada Dam Illegal
Conservation Blueprint: A Dozen Ways To Save The Tiger
Hush Hush: Is Japan Secretly Planning A New Whaling Ship?
Indonesia: An Orangutan Plan To Curb Carbon Emissions

COMMENT:

Pablo Ouziel: Fantasyland for Poker Diplomacy: Iran
Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman: Ohio Secretary of State confirms 2004 election could have been stolen
Rosalea Barker: Prelude to the 2008 Elections, Part 1

LIFESTYLE:

Lingo: Word The Year 2007: Te Qaeda
Dance: Royal New Zealand Ballet's Season of RED
Body Movement: Next Generation Of Dancers Kick-Start Careers


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LEAD STORY

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Treaty: Waikato River Agreement in Principle - Waikato-Tainui and the Crown have reached a major milestone towards the settlement of the tribe's Waikato River claim. An Agreement in Principle was signed today at a special meeting of the tribal Parliament for Waikato-Tainui, Te Kauhanganui o Waikato. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00363.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00360.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00362.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00370.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Elections: Ex-Labour-PM Against Bill - Outspoken criticism of the Electoral Finance Bill by former Labour Prime Minister Mike Moore shows Labour needs to dump it, says National Party Leader John Key. "He is so concerned about it that he says the restrictions it brings are without precedent in the free world." More >> [1]

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AUGUST:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00369.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00319.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00413.htm


Poll Watch: End Of Year Polls Say National Governs Alone - Two voting intention polls over the weekend have given National an outright majority - suggesting that if an election were held now National would be able to govern alone. A 3 News-TNS poll put National on 51% and a One News-Colmar Brunton Poll gave them 54%, extending their lead over Labour to 15 and 19 points respectively. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00209.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/4035.html
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00205.htm


Legislation: Peters Goes On Electoral Finance Bill Offensive - "Ordinary New Zealanders can still say what you like, do what you like, protest, shout, chant slogans and walk to the steps of parliament or whatever. Those who are part of this largely foreign owned clique who have pillaged our economy since 1984 cannot buy the next election!,"More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00340.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00356.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00296.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00343.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00345.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00350.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00181.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00319.htm


Health: 9 Out Of 10 Senior Doctors Vote For Industrial Action - "A sea change has occurred in New Zealand's health system with 9 out of 10 senior doctors voting for limited industrial action," said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00065.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00066.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00067.htm


Education: Tertiary Funding Round Leaves Some Hungry - The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has announced more than $2.2 billion of the approximately $3.3 billion a year that it invests in tertiary education on behalf of the taxpayer. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0712/S00062.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00223.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00276.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00237.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00268.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00330.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00337.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0712/S00063.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0712/S00064.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0712/S00058.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0712/S00065.htm


Policing: CATT releases report on Taser Trial - The Campaign Against the Taser (CATT) has today released its report on the police Taser trial... "A shocking forty percent of incidents were in breach of the Standard Operating Procedures." More >> [1]

EARLIER:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00191.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00125.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00149.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Kiwi Pride: NZ Scientists Triumph On Dating Scene - Our national sporting teams may have had a patchy year, but New Zealand scientists have done their bit to put the country on the international map. A water dating laboratory operated by GNS Science has come out top in an accuracy test in which 70 water dating laboratories around the world participated. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0712/S00043.htm


Employment: ACC Ends Mediation With AFFCO - The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has withdrawn from mediation with AFFCO over a $1 million debt owed to the Corporation. "In 2000 AFFCO entered an agreement with ACC that explicitly stated they would be responsible for any injury that occurred on their premises, whether or not they were at fault. In return Affco paid reduced ACC levies." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00203.htm


Employment: Balance Key For Kiwi Workers - New Zealand's leading remuneration consultants say more money isn't the key to keeping Kiwi workers - it's improving their work-life balance and supporting their careers. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00281.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00282.htm


Commerce: Auckland Airport Advises Against Takeover Offer - The board of Auckland Airport is advising its shareholders to reject the partial takeover offer from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for $3.6555 per share... "We do not believe the offer fully reflects the value of Auckland Airport. More >> [1]

EARLIER:

OTHER AIRPORT NEWS:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00283.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00253.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00254.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00242.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00054.htm


Conservation: Missing Kiwi Causes Concern - Whakatane Kiwi Project staff are worriedabout the fate of a 10 month old kiwi, after its transmitter and harness were found cut off the bird. The transmitter and harness were found on November 29 in the crown of a ponga tree, however the bird, which is normally located in Ohope Scenic Reserve, has not been seen since. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0712/S00169.htm


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WORLD

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India: Officials Concede Narmada Dam Illegal - A director of the government agency responsible for India's controversial Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam has admitted that the construction of the dam to the height of 121.9 metres has led to the illegal submergence of houses and farms. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00907.htm


Conservation Blueprint: A Dozen Ways To Save The Tiger - Following recent reports that the world's wild tigers have dwindled to as few as 3,000, one dozen of the 14 countries with remaining wild tiger populations recently publisheda unified global ''roadmap'' to save the tiger from imminent extinction. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00903.htm


Hush Hush: Is Japan Secretly Planning A New Whaling Ship? - All around the world, increasing numbers of people are urging Japan to give up its whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Back in Japan however, there is evidence that plans are emerging to build a brand new whaling factory ship. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00899.htm


Indonesia: An Orangutan Plan To Curb Carbon Emissions - ''In the last 35 years about 50,000 orangutans are estimated to have been lost as their habitats shrank. If this continues, this majestic creature will likely face extinction by 2050,'' said Indonesian President Susilo Bambang. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00908.htm


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COMMENT

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Pablo Ouziel: Fantasyland for Poker Diplomacy: Iran - After reviewing the mainstream media reports on the political response to the National Intelligence Estimate, it seems clear to me that the leaders of the 'Axis of Good' are bent on betting all their stakes on Iran. Although the summary of the findings ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00218.htm


Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman: Ohio Secretary of State confirms 2004 election could have been stolen - Ohio's Secretary of State announced this morning that a $1.9 million official study shows that "critical security failures" are embedded throughout the voting systems in the state that decided the 2004 election... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00217.htm


Rosalea Barker: Prelude to the 2008 Elections, Part 1 - This first part of a series, provides background and a summation of activity to date on what has become an extremely hot and divisive topic in the world of verified voting activists: the banning of DREs. Although this April 2007 YouTube... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00210.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Lingo: Word The Year 2007: Te Qaeda - The ironic coinage "Te Qaeda" is the Public Address readers' Word of the Year for 2007. Readers of the award-winning group blog site Public Address (publicaddress.net) ranked their top five words or phrases from a list of 22 finalists generated in a discussion thread on Public Address System, the community section of the site. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00211.htm


Dance: Royal New Zealand Ballet's Season of RED - The Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to bring you the TOWER Season of RED. This exciting programme comprises three works from outstanding choreographic voices. From a 19th Century classic to exciting contemporary works, RED promises to ignite your passion for dance. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00203.htm


Body Movement: Next Generation Of Dancers Kick-Start Careers - To top off a stellar year for the New Zealand School of Dance, thirteen students from the School have recently secured professional contracts with prestigious professional dance companies. More >> [1] >

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00189.htm

And those were the Top Scoops on this day, December 17, 2007

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