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Top Scoop Stories - 28 March 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 28 March 2008

LEAD STORY:

Race Relations: Mind Your Language!

NZ POLITICS:

Police: Sudden Death - 2 year old
Auckland Issues: Syed Akbar Kamal - Row over Metrowater
Politics: TVNZ 7 Launches With Oddly Named Debate
Employment Law: ERA Says Buchanan Dismissal Was Unjustified

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Mail: Internet Sparks Postie Blitz
Emissions Trading: Kerr Wary Of Economic Cost of Planet Saving
Kiwi Pride: Business Investment And Exports Drive Growth

WORLD:

Titillated Or Irritated? Americans Embarrassed by New Obama Girl Video
Quack Theory: Ducks And Rice Major Factors In Bird Flu Outbreaks
UN Report: Neglect Of Agriculture In Asia Leaves Hundreds Of Millions In Poverty

LIFESTYLE:

Trainspotting: Silver Stream Railway Celebrates 25 years
Adventure: Eggstremely Daring Stunt
Auctions: Top Quality Old Skoool Art Up For Sale
Statistics: Happiness In God's Own - Merry Nelson Widows


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LEAD STORY

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Race Relations: Mind Your Language! - "An advertising billboard that invites people to 'Rent a car ... so you can visit any whaka' is not just an inappropriate use of Maori language, it is an abuse of a people, our history and our culture," said Dr Pita Sharples of the Maori Party. "Sure they probably think a word out of context is a joke," he said. "But thousands of our people over years and years have worked tirelessly to restore te rangatiratanga o te reo Maori, and I doubt they think it's very funny." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00480.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00258.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00423.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Police: Sudden Death - 2 year old - About 0300 am on 28 May 2008 St Johns Ambulance were called to an address in Te Irirangi Drive, Flatbush. On arrival they found 7 adults and a 2 year old baby at the address. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00260.htm


Auckland Issues: Syed Akbar Kamal - Row over Metrowater - The Metrowater controversy continues to rage unabated. After City Vision last year, it has now engulfed the Citizen's & Ratepayers dominated council much to the embarrassment of the mayor John Banks. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00430.htm


Politics: TVNZ 7 Launches With Oddly Named Debate - TVNZ 7 launches on Sunday with The Kingmaker Debate - a live political debate between the minor party leaders who will be crucial to the political landscape after the election later this year. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00254.htm


Employment Law: ERA Says Buchanan Dismissal Was Unjustified - The Employment Relations Authority has ruled that the dismissal of Dr Paul Buchanan from the University of Auckland was unjustified and it has awarded him more than $65,000 in lost wages and compensation. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0803/S00065.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00096.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00408.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Mail: Internet Sparks Postie Blitz - Significant growth in parcels due to online trading has sparked new parcel services says New Zealand Post. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00434.htm


Emissions Trading: Kerr Wary Of Economic Cost of Planet Saving - Shortly a select committee of parliament will begin hearings on the bill to implement an emissions trading scheme (ETS). This is the centrepiece of the government's contribution to international action to respond to global warming. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00430.htm


Kiwi Pride: Business Investment And Exports Drive Growth - Economic activity increased 1.0 percent in the December 2007 quarter, following an increase of 0.5 percent in the September 2007 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. In the year ended December 2007 the economy grew 3.1 percent More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00426.htm


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WORLD

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Titillated Or Irritated? Americans Embarrassed by New Obama Girl Video - A national study among 440 self-reported Democrats, Republicans and independents revealed that among all respondents, the emotions most felt while watching the new Obama Girl were ''irritated'' (48%) and ''embarrassed'' (35%). More >> [1]

MORE OBAMA:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00227.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00228.htm


Quack Theory: Ducks And Rice Major Factors In Bird Flu Outbreaks - Ducks, rice and people - and not chickens - have emerged as the most significant factors in the spread of avian influenza in Thailand and Viet Nam, according to a study carried out by a group of experts from FAO and associated research centres. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00230.htm


UN Report: Neglect Of Agriculture In Asia Leaves Hundreds Of Millions In Poverty - Chronic neglect of agriculture in Asia and the Pacific has left over 200 million people in extreme poverty amid rising prices for foodstuffs and despite robust growth in other sectors, according to a United Nations report released today. More >> [1]

MORE ON POVERTY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00231.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00241.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00240.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00236.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Trainspotting: Silver Stream Railway Celebrates 25 years - Silver Stream Railway celebrates its 25 years next Sunday 6 April with a special public day at its Reynolds Bach Drive rail operation. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00282.htm


Adventure: Eggstremely Daring Stunt - The Egg A Day hot air balloon and its infamous and daring pilot, Rick Walczak, are making history with a tricky trapeze act that was last attempted over 100 years ago! More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00251.htm


Auctions: Top Quality Old Skoool Art Up For Sale - The hammer price of three rare Maori portraits by renowned artists Charles Frederick Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer will be the highlight of the Potton private collection auction at Webb's Gallery in Auckland this Monday. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00250.htm


Statistics: Happiness In God's Own - Merry Nelson Widows - Middle-aged Kiwi blokes are the least happy people in New Zealand while women are happier than men overall and older New Zealanders are the happiest age group in the country... The happiest region in New Zealand is Nelson and the least happy is West Coast/Buller. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00245.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/6232.html


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 28 March 2008

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