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Top Scoop Stories - 03 March 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 03 March 2008

LEAD STORY:

Marae Digipoll: Maori Party Leading In All Maori Seats

NZ POLITICS:

Happy Ministers: Settlements In Education "A Major Achievement"
Diplomacy: Scoop Talks To Our Man From Havana - Ambassador José Luis Robaina Garcia
Children: Govt Supports Cross Party Kids Issues Caucus
Health Policy: Attempt To Circumvent Graphic Smoking Images
Political Sequels: The Return Of Sir Roger
Smacking: Petition Captured By "No Mandate" Party

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Goaticide: Move To Save Unique Goats Of Arapawa Island
Leisure And Pleasure: Boat Show Introduces The Dutchess
Advertising: Oxfam Campaign Leads To Creative Rewards
Media: Current Affairs And Beeb Docos For New TVNZ Channel
Environment: Precious Froglets For Leap Day

WORLD:

Gaza: Health System On Brink Of Collapse
United Nations: Worsening Conflict In Gaza Leaves Children At Risk
Greenpeace: Pacific People To Name International Marine Reserves
Horn of Africa: Eritrean Obstruction Strands 100+ Blue Helmets

COMMENT:

Uri Avnery: Good Morning, Hamas
The Holy Land: Gaza Militants Risk 'Holocaust', says Israeli Minister
Scoop News: Scandinavian Makes Bid For Afghanistan Envoy Role
Sam Smith: The Perils Of An Early Primary Season

LIFESTYLE:

Arts Festival: Celebrity Stars For Bro'Town Live
Arts: And Best Of Fringe Announced
Keep NZ Beautiful: Environmentalist Of The Year Named
The Blues: Try A Natural High Instead


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LEAD STORY


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Marae Digipoll: Maori Party Leading In All Maori Seats - Dr Pita Sharples is excited that the Marae Digipoll announced today indicates all seven Maori electorate seats will go to the Maori Party in Election 2008. "This is a huge vote of confidence for us" said Dr Sharples. "The Digipoll shows a complete swing to the Maori Party - a result which consolidates the very positive trend in our direction over the last three digipolls". More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00010.htm


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NZ POLITICS


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Happy Ministers: Settlements In Education "A Major Achievement" - Education Minister Chris Carter has welcomed the ratification of all the major collective employment agreements for teachers and principals in the education sector. "The ratification of these claims is extremely good news," Chris Carter said. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00012.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0803/S00001.htm


Diplomacy: Scoop Talks To Our Man From Havana - Ambassador José Luis Robaina Garcia - Scoop caught up the Cuban ambassador to discuss a wide variety of events including the election of Raul Castro as Cuban President [1] and the historic signing today of two human rights treaties [2] by the Cuban Foreign Minister in New York. More >> [3]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00426.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00430.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00346.htm


Children: Govt Supports Cross Party Kids Issues Caucus - Labour supports the call from Every Child Counts to establish a cross-party caucus to discuss issues affecting children, says Minister of Social Development, Ruth Dyson. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00008.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00007.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00015.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00016.htm


Health Policy: Attempt To Circumvent Graphic Smoking Images

The Smokefree Coalition is calling an alcohol promotion involving a cigarette tin give-away scurrilous, underhanded and reprehensible. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00013.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0802/S00075.htm


Political Sequels: The Return Of Sir Roger - ACT Leader Rodney Hide in his latest newsletter was delighted to announce that Sir Roger Douglas has committed his skills and experience to the 2008 ACT Campaign More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00005.htm


Smacking: Petition Captured By "No Mandate" Party - "As one of the small handful of MPs that opposed the amendment of section 59 I feel sidelined by the petitioners today, said Mrs Turner, "I can only assume that this petition is now seen as the property of Gordon Copeland and his new party." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00496.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00346.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00342.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH


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Goaticide: Move To Save Unique Goats Of Arapawa Island - Time is running out for the unique goats of Arapawa Island, as a DOC cull looms. In response, a group of concerned rare breeds enthusiasts from around NZ, the UK and the USA have come together to try to raise enough money to rescue as many goats as possible before the cull takes place in March. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00003.htm


Leisure And Pleasure: Boat Show Introduces The Dutchess - The words "Pleasure craft" are beginning to take on new meaning in New Zealand with the arrival of "Dutchess", a new 76ft motor Yacht built in Holland for an Auckland based businessman. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00346.htm


Advertising: Oxfam Campaign Leads To Creative Rewards - Spectacularly increasing donations on a shoestring budget for Oxfam's innovative pre-Xmas 'Unwrapped' campaign has won TEQUILA the top RSVP Grand Prix award at the NZ Direct & Interactive Marketing Awards for the third consecutive year. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00004.htm


Media: Current Affairs And Beeb Docos For New TVNZ Channel - Six months after launching its first digital channel TVNZ 6, TVNZ is shortly to launch its second digital channel. Advertising-free digital channel TVNZ 7 will launch on Sunday 30 March 2008 with an event and live broadcast from Parliament. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00517.htm


Environment: Precious Froglets For Leap Day - What looks at first to be a slimy mess in a Petri dish represents a highly-significant advance in conservation and restoration ecology. Ecologists from both Karori Sanctuary and Victoria are celebrating the arrival of the first Maud Island frogs (Leiopelma pakeka) to hatch on mainland for many years. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0802/S00064.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00489.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0802/S00066.htm


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WORLD


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Gaza: Health System On Brink Of Collapse - Following a weekend of continuous airstrikes, shellings and limited land strikes, hospitals in Gaza are now finding it almost impossible to function due to massive overload of injured people continuing to arrive for admission . More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00016.htm


United Nations: Worsening Conflict In Gaza Leaves Children At Risk - UNICEF today voiced its deep concern at the escalating conflict in the Gaza Strip, warning both Israel and the Palestinians to ''take all feasible measures'' to ensure the protection and care of children caught up in the violence. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00013.htm


Greenpeace: Pacific People To Name International Marine Reserves - The proposed marine reserves cover extensive areas that include biologically rich undersea mountains, migration routes of tuna species, habitat of endangered leatherback turtles and breeding areas of skipjack, albacore and bigeye tuna. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00434.htm


Horn of Africa: Eritrean Obstruction Strands 100+ Blue Helmets - Eritrea's latest obstruction of the efforts by the United Nations peacekeeping mission to temporarily relocate across the border in Ethiopia have resulted in more than 100 blue helmets being stranded inside the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00004.htm


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COMMENT


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Uri Avnery: Good Morning, Hamas - It is ironic that the Israeli leadership is now supporting the PLO in the hope of undermining Hamas. There is no better evidence for the stupidity of our "experts" as far as Arab matters are concerned, stemming from both arrogance and contempt. Hamas is far more dangerous to Israel than the PLO ever was. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00019.htm

The Holy Land: Gaza Militants Risk 'Holocaust', says Israeli Minister - The Israeli army plans to implement the same strategy it used in Lebanon in 2006 - massive bombardment of Gaza strip and hundreds of thousands of civilians will flee to Egypt. Afterwards it would be easier for the Israeli army to apply the German Wehrmacht's strategy against the Warsaw ghetto of burning or destroying in a different way the Palestinian strongholds. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00013.htm


Scoop News: Scandinavian Makes Bid For Afghanistan Envoy Role - Candidates are beginning to appear for the vacant role of United Nations Special Envoy for Afghanistan after the collapse of the candidature of prominent British politician Lord Paddy Ashdown. Norway's Ambassador to NATO) in Brussels. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00014.htm


Sam Smith: The Perils Of An Early Primary Season - Those wise guys in the Democratic Party who rigged the primaries so they'd be done by Easter may be in for some unpleasant surprises. The way things are going, Obama will soon by out there alone, unprotected by a reasonably polite intramural game, ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00008.htm


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LIFESTYLE


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Arts Festival: Celebrity Stars For Bro'Town Live - Bro' Town Live on Stage, the world's first reality stage show (about a cartoon!), will be a star-studded affair. The crew have roped in famous faces from the show to help them tell their story, including Scribe, Flight of the Conchords, Neil Finn, Lucy Lawless, John Campbell and Carol Hirschfeld. More >> [1]

ARTS FEST REVIEWS:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00012.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00026.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00016.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00025.htm


Arts: And Best Of Fringe Announced - The winners of the Fringe 2008 awards were announced at the Fringe wrap-up party on Sunday night. "Apocalyptic romp" March of the Meeklings took home the supreme award. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00010.htm


Keep NZ Beautiful: Environmentalist Of The Year Named - Keep New Zealand Beautiful and Fonterra have named Mosgiel's Lester Harvey as their Environmentalist of the Year. His efforts to beautify 10 kilometres of rail track at Mosgiel, just south of Dunedin, have turned a transport corridor into virtual parkland, the independent judge decided. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00014.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00003.htm


The Blues: Try A Natural High Instead - If medication isn't helping with your depression, why not try a new sport or activity instead, suggests New Zealand Recreation Association chief executive Brendon Ward. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00324.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 03 March 2008

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