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Top Scoop Stories - 14 March 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 14 March 2008

LEAD STORY:

Sharemarket: Shareholders Vote To Approve CPPIB Partial Bid

NZ POLITICS:

Pills: BZP Ban Passes Despite Constructive Criticism
Science: Anderton Explains Fund Some More
Accidents: Governor-General Injured (But Not Badly)
Nukes: Iran's Continued Non-Compliance Concerns Goff
Union News: KiwiSaver Gets Tick From First Report
Politics: Is Labour Stealing Maori Money For Fox Fighting Fund?
Housing: HNZ Tenants On $100k Plus

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Going Up: Meat And Dairy lead To Record Result
Movin' On: Farewell to Franklin's Best-Loved Wildcat
AIAL Offer Closing: Auckland Council Votes Against Airport Bid

WORLD:

United Nations: Displaced Kenyans Reluctant To Return Home
Ban Ki-moon: UN & OIC Working Together On Terrorism, Tolerance
Iraq: UN Official Deplores Killing Of Chaldean Leader
Spuds: All Eyes On Potatoes In UN Photography Contest

LIFESTYLE:

TV3 Video: WOMAD Hits Taranaki This Weekend
Cross Controversy: What Would Colin Say?
Shakin' It: Learn How To Tip People Upside Down Gracefully


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LEAD STORY


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Sharemarket: Shareholders Vote To Approve CPPIB Partial Bid - CPPIB's partial takeover offer for Auckland Airport has been approved by a majority of the company's shareholders who voted. At the close of the offer period 57.7% of those votes approved the CPPIB offer... Acceptances of the offer were lodged for 763,485,952 shares representing 62.5% of the total shares in Auckland Airport. More >> [1]

ALSO:

OTHER AIRPORTS:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00235.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00149.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00061.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/international/5931.html


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NZ POLITICS


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Pills: BZP Ban Passes Despite Constructive Criticism - Well, well, well, Mr Speaker, look what's gone and popped its ugly head up again in our august House of Hypocrisy, our Parliament of Pretence, our very own Den of Double Standards. Why, it's none other than the "Misuse of Drugs (Classification of BZP) Amendment Bill", known in some circles as "Jim Anderton's I'm dull and boring, and if I can't be happy, then neither can you be happy Bill", More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00249.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00129.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00137.htm


Science: Anderton Explains Fund Some More - National's leaders just aren't reading the material or listening to a thing the Government and industries say on the New Zealand Fast Forward fund, Jim Anderton said today. He said that National leader John Key had made such a fool of himself over the issue that deputy Bill English had had to step in and take over. "But he's not concentrating either and is making mistakes. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00259.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00237.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00184.htm


Accidents: Governor-General Injured (But Not Badly) - The Governor-General accidentally "rolled his ankle" in Christchurch on Wednesday morning. After having an x-ray in Wellington yesterday morning (Thursday), it was revealed that he had broken a bone. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00130.htm


Nukes: Iran's Continued Non-Compliance Concerns Goff - Iran's failure to comply with UN Security Council and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolutions continues to concern New Zealand, Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Phil Goff said today. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00239.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00118.htm


Union News: KiwiSaver Gets Tick From First Report - The first comprehensive report on KiwiSaver shows it has been a great success with the numbers joining exceeding expectations, CTU Economist Peter Conway said today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00123.htm


Politics: Is Labour Stealing Maori Money For Fox Fighting Fund? - Labour's move to take $35 million from the Maori Trustee to build a Maori economic development agency is nothing more than a cynical, politically-motivated way to fund the pursuit of Maori votes, says National's Maori Affairs spokesman Tau Henare. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00242.htm


Housing: HNZ Tenants On $100k Plus - National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley says after eight and a half years, Labour is still failing to prioritise low income earners for Housing New Zealand properties. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00241.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00240.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH


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Going Up: Meat And Dairy lead To Record Result - Seasonally adjusted manufacturing sales increased a record 8.3 percent in the December 2007 quarter, Statistics New Zealand today. The increase of more than $1.5 billion was dominated by the meat and dairy product manufacturing industry. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00240.htm


Movin' On: Farewell to Franklin's Best-Loved Wildcat - Franklin Zoo farewelled one of its most famous residents this week when Sam the Serval died at the age of 20 years. Zoo director Helen Schofield says Sam's passing is a real loss to the zoo. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00157.htm


AIAL Offer Closing: Auckland Council Votes Against Airport Bid - Auckland City Council today decided to vote against the bid made by the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to purchase a 40 per cent stake in Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL). The council had already voted against selling its 12.75 per cent shareholding. More >> [1]

BID NEARS SUCCESS:

OTHER AIRPORTS:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00136.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00230.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/5903.html
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00061.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00138.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00143.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00126.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00139.htm


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WORLD


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United Nations: Displaced Kenyans Reluctant To Return Home - Many of the tens of thousands of Kenyans driven from their homes by the violence that has gripped the east African country following last December's contested elections are reluctant to return to their homes, the United Nations reports. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00125.htm


Ban Ki-moon: UN & OIC Working Together On Terrorism, Tolerance - Calling the UN and the OIC, which represents one-fifth of the worlds population, natural allies, the Secretary-General also called for sustained cooperation on Middle East conflicts, Darfur, Somalia, extreme poverty and other pressing issues. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00126.htm


Iraq: UN Official Deplores Killing Of Chaldean Leader - The top United Nations official in Iraq today strongly condemned the murder of Monsignor Paul Faraj Rahu, the Archbishop of the Chaldean Church of Mosul, who had been kidnapped by gunmen last month in Mosul in northern Iraq after leaving his church. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00124.htm


Spuds: All Eyes On Potatoes In UN Photography Contest - The contest, entitled Focus on a global food, invites photographers to capture the spirit of the International Year in images that illustrate potato biodiversity, cultivation, processing, trade, marketing, consumption and utilization. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00122.htm


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LIFESTYLE


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TV3 Video: WOMAD Hits Taranaki This Weekend - Grammy award winning performers, the world's hottest funk music ensemble and virtuoso musicians are among the stellar line-up performing at WOMAD in New Plymouth this weekend. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/5933.html
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00109.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00110.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00204.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/5930.html


Cross Controversy: What Would Colin Say? - What would Colin McCahon, a man deeply concerned with religious questions, make of the monetary focus of the Cross controversy? More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00153.htm


Shakin' It: Learn How To Tip People Upside Down Gracefully - 'So you think you can dance' star choreographer, Oliver Pineda, will shimmy into Wellington to perform in the International Dance Showcase and teach salsa workshops More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00149.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 14 March 2008

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