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Top Scoop Stories - 01 April 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 01 April 2008

LEAD STORY:

Crime: Govt Heartened By Drop In Killing

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Biffo: Peters Pays Out Media Over Payback
Kids: New Organisation Will Combat Maori Child Abuse
Crime Fighting: Key Unveils National's Victim Support Policy
Holidays In The Sun: Mexican Working Holiday Scheme
Images/Video: TVNZ 7's Kingmaker Minor Leaders Debate In 7 Parts

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Appointments: Kiwi Battler Battles For Social investment
Transport: Plans To Launch A Revolutionary New Hydrobus
Employment: Women Locked Out Of Boardroom

WORLD:

State Department: Secretary Rice With Palestinian Pres Mahmoud Abbas
UNFCCC: UN Climate Change Talks Begins In Bangkok
India: Major Protest Demands Coca-Cola Shut Down Plant

COMMENT:

Scoop Babylon Express: Lyndon Hood: "April Fool!" - Govt
Police and Crime: Mt Roskill Residents Taking Action Against Crime
Scoop World News: An Occasional Note On The 2008 Campaigns, No. 7
Scoop Military and Defence Issues: Uri Avnery: "Death To The Arabs!"

LIFESTYLE:

Groovin': Soweto Gospel Choir To Tour New Zealand
Music Tribute: 125 Years Of The Sallies Celebrated
48 Hours: Film Madness Back Again


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LEAD STORY

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Crime: Govt Heartened By Drop In Killing-Police Minister Annette King says the lowest murder statistics for a decade show New Zealand has not become a more dangerous place in which to live. Commenting on the crime statistics for the 2007 calendar year, Ms King said: "Time and time again, whenever there is a random cluster of murders, the doom merchants and people with political barrows to push claim our streets are no longer safe to walk in. More >> [1]

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REACTION:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00018.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00013.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00010.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00006.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00005.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00004.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00003.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00007.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00012.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00009.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00017.htm


Biffo: Peters Pays Out Media Over Payback - New Zealand First has begun disbursing to a number of charities from the $158,000 the auditor-general claimed the party spent illegally. Mr Peters said he was not surprised at the continued carping of the NZ Herald and some other media over the issue. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00023.htm


Kids: New Organisation Will Combat Maori Child Abuse - Senior Anglican Minister Dr Hone Kaa has announced the establishment of a new charitable trust that will promote the wellbeing of Maori children. The organisation is called Te Kahui Mana Ririki. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00006.htm


Crime Fighting: Key Unveils National's Victim Support Policy - Victims of crime will have their rights and support greatly expanded under a National Government, says National Party Leader John Key. More >> [1]

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[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00511.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00520.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00514.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00302.htm


Holidays In The Sun: Mexican Working Holiday Scheme - Young New Zealanders can now travel, work and study in Mexico for up to a year, thanks to a Working Holiday Scheme that came into effect today, says Foreign Minister Winston Peters. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00512.htm


Images/Video: TVNZ 7's Kingmaker Minor Leaders Debate In 7 Parts - Video on demand of the complete shooting of the TVNZ 7 broadcast launch event - a Minor Party Leaders "Kingmaker" Debate in Parliament's Legislative Council Chamber. (Image at right by Neil Mackenzie for TVNZ Publicity) More >> [1]

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[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00458.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00300.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00283.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00279.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00451.htm
[6] - http://tvnz.co.nz/view/tvnz_7_index_skin/tvnz_7_index_group
[7] - http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/497100/1612045
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00470.htm


Afghanistan: Kiwi Patrol Hit By Explosive Device - Yesterday morning Afghanistan time, a four vehicle patrol from the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team en-route to conduct a mobile medical clinic was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). More >> [1]

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[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00296.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00019.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00294.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Appointments: Kiwi Battler Battles For Social investment - The Altimo Foundation, a non-profit organization established to promote social investment initiatives of Altimo in the emerging markets, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rt. Hon. Mike Kenneth Moore. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00010.htm


Transport: Plans To Launch A Revolutionary New Hydrobus - First of its kind in New Zealand - Will complete the Cook Strait crossing in approximately one hour - Continuous travel from land into water - Fares starting from just $30 each way More >> [1]

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[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00001.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00007.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00001.htm


Employment: Women Locked Out Of Boardroom - The lockout of women from company boardrooms is undermining corporate governance, according to the New Zealand Census of Women's Participation 2008 published today. The 2008 report reveals that sixty of the top 100 companies on the New Zealand Stock Exchange have no women on their boards. More >> [1]

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[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00299.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00295.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0803/S00079.htm


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WORLD

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State Department: Secretary Rice With Palestinian Pres Mahmoud Abbas - ''I don't see any purpose in talking about anything but getting to an agreement. And we need to, by the end of 2008, which is what Annapolis has set out, get to an agreement that will establish a Palestinian state. That's what we're focused on.'' More >> [1]

RELATED

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00015.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00003.htm


UNFCCC: UN Climate Change Talks Begins In Bangkok - The UN Bangkok Climate Change talks got underway on Monday. The meeting opened with warnings that the clock is ticking down to prepare an agreement in time to enter into force when the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2013. More >> [1]

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[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00013.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00008.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00005.htm


India: Major Protest Demands Coca-Cola Shut Down Plant - The march and rally against Coca-Cola in Mehdiganj in the latest in a series of protests against the company in India where communities have accused Coca-Cola bottling plants for exacerbating the water crises through heavy extraction of water. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00269.htm


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COMMENT

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Scoop Babylon Express: Lyndon Hood: "April Fool!" - Govt - Jim Anderton on the unbanning of BZP party pills: "Honestly," he told the reports, many of whom were by the doubled up with amazed laughter, "Since when did prohibition work?" Anderton added that all BZP pills handed in to authorities in advance of the ban would be "sent to Afghanistan to help keep our boys off the P". More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00004.htm


Police and Crime: Mt Roskill Residents Taking Action Against Crime - Residents of Three Kings are fighting back against high levels of crime and graffiti in the area. On Tuesday evening a Neighbourhood Support Community Meeting was held and over 80 members of the community attended. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00002.htm


Scoop World News: An Occasional Note On The 2008 Campaigns, No. 7 - The National Cherry Blossom Festival began in DC this Saturday prompting me to wonder if Obama is feeling optimistic. In Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly, the heroine excitedly asks her maid to "shake a branch of the cherry tree and cover me with flowers" when she sees the "Abraham Lincoln" dropping anchor in the harbor. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00006.htm


Scoop Military and Defence Issues: Uri Avnery: "Death To The Arabs!" - Tomorrow Will Be the 32nd anniversary of the first "Day of the Land" - one of the defining events in the history of Israel. I remember the day well. I was at Ben Gurion airporat, on the way to a secret meeting in London with Said Hamami, Yasser Arafat's emissary, when someone told me: "They have killed a lot of Arab protestors!" More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00472.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Groovin': Soweto Gospel Choir To Tour New Zealand - Heralded as the most exciting group to emerge in world music in recent years, the two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns to New Zealand More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00004.htm


Music Tribute: 125 Years Of The Sallies Celebrated - The Salvation Army's 125 year anniversary is striking a musical chord with its vocal and brass groups set to perform in several spots around Dunedin. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00002.htm


48 Hours: Film Madness Back Again - The "V" 48HOURS: Furious Filmmaking is being called the greatest filmmaking competition in the world and it's back for more excitement and chaos in 2008. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00285.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 01 April 2008

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