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Top Scoop Stories - 3 October 2008 News Summary

LEAD STORY
Immigration Scandal:Department Welcomes Kick Up Backside From SSC

NZ POLITICS
Scoop Satire:News You May Have Missed During The Peters Saga
Pre Election Coalitions: Is National Touting For Maori Party Votes?
Crime: Farm Animals Go On The Lam
Back Pockets Of Hard-Working Kiwis: Taxes Cut
Medical Workforce: Would Training More Doctors Help?
Bylaws: Wellington Council Clarifies On Beach Nudity

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH
Consumption: Xmas Coming Early For Dairy Lovers
Clean Streams: Streams Not Cleaned
Company Results: Solid Energy Spy With Their Little Eye A Whopping Profit
Electricity Market: Contact Has Power To Hike Prices
Employment: Tough Times Mean Tough CV's
Seafood: Industry Not Cutting Up Rough Over Fishy Decision

COMMENT
Gordon Campbell: On Key And Clark Refusing To Debate
Suzan Mazur: Ex NASA Astrobiology Institute Chief Bruce Runnegar
Allen L Roland: Could 2008 Be Another 2004 Stolen Election?
Ernest Partridge: The “Hero” Who Runs From The Battlefield
Ohio 2008 opens with a subpoena, a surge and calls for election protection
Bernard Weiner: Political Jabs, Sarah Sinking, & The Bailout Opera
Martha Rosenberg: Pharma Attacks Drug Warnings as Antidepressant Sales Fall
Cynthia Boaz: Welcome To Gilead, Governor Palin
Bev Harris: Partisan Contractors To Count Nov. Election Votes in Illinois, Colorado and Kentucky

LIFESTYLE
Artistic Movement: School of Dance Students Scoop National Award
Thespianism: Acquire a taste of Hollywood at Downstage!
Charity: Touch of Humour to Serious Health Issue
Visual Aesthetics: Enjoy Some Simple Zen Like Art
Beauty Competitions: Model Mum A Double Winner
Big Day Out: Young Headliner For Not-So-Young Punters
Cultural Treats: Film Archive Presents Films To Mullah Over

WORLD
Scoop Military and Defence Issues: Rocket-Firing UN Helicopters Attack Rebels In DRC
Scoop World News: UN Delivers Food For Over Half A Million In Haiti
Scoop Environment and Conservation: Online List Tracks "Pirate" Fishing Vessels
World News: UN Seeks Comment On Curbing Harmful Alcohol Use
Scoop World News: UN Food Convoy Reaches Displaced Sri Lankans
Scoop World News: Georgia: UN To Assess Plight Of Displaced Citizens
Scoop World News: Honduras’ Zelaya: Making Waves


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LEAD STORY

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Disgraced former head of
Immigration Mary Anne Thompson

Immigration Scandal:Department Welcomes Kick Up Backside From SSC
Department of Labour Chief Executive Christopher Blake is welcoming the findings of the State Services Commission report into the Department’s handling of matters relating to the family of the former head of Immigration New Zealand, Mary Anne Thompson. “The State Services Commissioner has summarised the report’s outcomes well,” Mr Blake says. “There was inappropriate behaviour which was dealt with ineffectively, partly because Ms Thompson herself was not forthcoming about the extent of her involvement in her family’s immigration activities.
More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00039.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00072.htm [2]

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NZ POLITICS

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Scoop Satire:News You May Have Missed During The Peters Saga
Lyndon Hood writes: It has come to my attention that other things were happening while Winston Peters' various donations were dominating the news. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00036.htm

Pre Election Coalitions: Is National Touting For Maori Party Votes?
New Zealand First has called on National and the Maori Party to come clean about their plans for trying to sort out a coalition deal. Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the National candidate for Mana, Hekia Parata, is openly touting for party votes for the Maori Party and he says she would not be doing this without the approval of the National leadership. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00046.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00029.htm [2]


Crime: Farm Animals Go On The Lam
Animal rights activists have liberated two lambs, two broiler chickens and ten battery hens from pastoral and factory farms to mark both world vegetarian day (Oct 1st) and world farm animals day (Oct 2nd). More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00021.htm

Back Pockets Of Hard-Working Kiwis: Taxes Cut
The first phase of the government's personal tax cut package will deliver tax cuts of between $12 and $28 a week for full-time workers, delivering some relief for households hurt by skyrocketing global commodity prices this year, says Finance Minister Michael Cullen. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00003.htm

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[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00598.htm [11]
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/13669.html [12]
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/13672.html [13]
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[20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0809/S00341.htm [20]
[21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00436.htm [21]
[22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00678.htm [22]


Medical Workforce: Would Training More Doctors Help?
New Zealand should be training more doctors as part of a wider approach to meeting the changing and growing needs of our health system. The Medical Training Board is suggesting medical schools create an extra 100 places over the next four years... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0809/S00179.htm

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Bylaws: Wellington Council Clarifies On Beach Nudity
Nudity is really not an issue on beaches in Wellington City - and we're not expecting a sudden rampant increase in nudity as a result of the withdrawal of the bylaw. Generally, for example, people do not go fully nude on Oriental Bay beach. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0809/S00354.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0809/S00345.htm [2]
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00034.htm [3]

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Consumption: Xmas Coming Early For Dairy Lovers
Fonterra Brands New Zealand confirmed today that it will lower the price of its dairy products in the coming months. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00073.htm

Clean Streams: Streams Not Cleaned
Waterways in many areas are more polluted than they were five years ago when the voluntary Clean Streams Accord was set up, according to a report released today by Forest & Bird and Fish & Game New Zealand. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00026.htm

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[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00047.htm [4]
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Company Results: Solid Energy Spy With Their Little Eye A Whopping Profit
Energy producer Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd has reported an after-tax profit of $34.4 million (2007: $96.4 million) for the year ended 30 June 2008. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00046.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0810/S00001.htm [2]


Electricity Market: Contact Has Power To Hike Prices
The 'alarming' power price rises announced by Contact Energy for South Island customers will be put under the microscope by government, Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel and Energy Minister David Parker said today. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00671.htm

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Employment: Tough Times Mean Tough CV's
Now specialist recruiter Robert Half has released a podcast with winning tips for great CVs aimed not just at new entrants to the job market, but also more senior candidates who need to refresh their resumes. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00590.htm

Seafood: Industry Not Cutting Up Rough Over Fishy Decision
The Minister of Fisheries’ catch limit reductions for orange roughy on the East and South Chatham Rise announced yesterday are the result of a long term plan, said George Clement, chief executive, The Deepwater Group Ltd (DWG). More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00585.htm


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COMMENT

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Gordon Campbell: On Key And Clark Refusing To Debate
The debate about the television debates rages on. In the television election debates this year, it seems that Helen Clark and John Key will only be presented in a one-on- one format by TV3 and TVNZ. More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-on-key-and-clark-refusing-to-debate/

Suzan Mazur: Ex NASA Astrobiology Institute Chief Bruce Runnegar
I've been having bits and pieces of communication with former NASA Astrobiology Institute chief Bruce Runnegar in recent weeks in between his field trips to Australia -- sometimes via his wife Maria, a biochemist at the University of Southern California. Runnegar ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00035.htm

Allen L Roland: Could 2008 Be Another 2004 Stolen Election?
It does not take too many states to hijack an election as witnessed in 2004 when four crucial GOP targeted states showed Kerry leading substantially in polls on election day ~ only to have the states flip to Bush. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00029.htm

Ernest Partridge: The “Hero” Who Runs From The Battlefield
The McCain campaign has carelessly served a fat pitch down the middle, and if Barack Obama doesn’t hit it out of the park, perhaps he doesn’t deserve to win the election. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00039.htm

Ohio 2008 opens with a subpoena, a surge and calls for election protection
Ohio 2008 has opened with a surge of first-time voters and the subpoena of a shadowy Bush electronic operative who may have helped steal the White House, a subpoena that may be followed by one for Karl Rove. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00022.htm

Bernard Weiner: Political Jabs, Sarah Sinking, & The Bailout Opera
There's been so much happening politically -- the daily scandals, flippity-floppities, hypocrisies, lies -- that it's hard to know where to begin. Let's start with quick reactions to Obama vs McCain, Round 1, then move on to the upcoming Palin-Biden debate... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00006.htm

Martha Rosenberg: Pharma Attacks Drug Warnings as Antidepressant Sales Fall
In April, Dr. Catherine DeAngelis, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), wrote that pharma's influence on medicine ''is so blatant now you'd have to be deaf... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00003.htm

Cynthia Boaz: Welcome To Gilead, Governor Palin
If you've ever read Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, ''The Handmaid's Tale,'' you will recall the key role that was played by the women assigned to be the ''Aunts.'' The story revolves around a futuristic American society in which fundamentalist Christians ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00008.htm

Bev Harris: Partisan Contractors To Count Nov. Election Votes in Illinois, Colorado and Kentucky
A recent article details information about the pending subpeona of (GOP computer technician) Mike Connell in connection with a transfer of the Ohio election results server to a partisan server in 2004... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00009.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Artistic Movement: School of Dance Students Scoop National Award
New Zealand School of Dance student Katherine Grange has been awarded first place in the National Ballet Award. Her fellow NZSD student Kase Craig was placed second. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0810/S00032.htm

Thespianism: Acquire a taste of Hollywood at Downstage!
Mitchell Green has a problem. He's the beloved Hollywood hero all the ladies want to be with and all the men want to be (and maybe be with as well). But he isn't who he says he is. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0810/S00022.htm

Charity: Touch of Humour to Serious Health Issue
Over 100 women attended the Silver Ribbon Foundation's inaugural event 'Silver Lining' to support New Zealand women living with a gynaecological cancer. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0810/S00014.htm

Visual Aesthetics: Enjoy Some Simple Zen Like Art
Currently transforming the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery's front window space is the elegant work of John Ward Knox. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0810/S00008.htm

Beauty Competitions: Model Mum A Double Winner
Auckland’s Leonie Nicolaou-Purdie is a model mother even before her twin babies arrive. After a six week search the 31-year old from Orakei has been chosen as the most beautiful mum-to-be in the 2008 EGG Model Search. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0810/S00001.htm

Big Day Out: Young Headliner For Not-So-Young Punters
With the global economy on the brink of collapse, what better time to ask people to hand over their hard earned money to escape the world for a day. And who better to prove to you that investing in music is safer and returns much more than banks any day: the man who has seen it all, Neil Young. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0809/S00403.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/13642.html [2]
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Cultural Treats: Film Archive Presents Films To Mullah Over
In a special collaboration between the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran and the Wellington City Council, the New Zealand Film Archive is pleased to present a selection of outstanding films produced in Iran in recent years. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0809/S00409.htm


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WORLD

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Scoop Military and Defence Issues: Rocket-Firing UN Helicopters Attack Rebels In DRC
United Nations attack helicopters firing rockets went into action in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today after rebels attempting to advance against the Government opened fire on UN reconnaissance planes. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00070.htm

Scoop World News: UN Delivers Food For Over Half A Million In Haiti
The UN World Food Programme is expanding its relief operations across hurricane-devastated Haiti, supplying enough stocks of food to reach 500,000 people as the Caribbean country tries to recover from the recent series of deadly storms. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00072.htm

Scoop Environment and Conservation: Online List Tracks "Pirate" Fishing Vessels
Greenpeace today launched an online database of fishing vessels involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and the companies that own them. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00066.htm

World News: UN Seeks Comment On Curbing Harmful Alcohol Use
With more than two million people dying from alcohol-related causes annually, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a month-long online forum to give a voice to the public on how to curb harmful consumption. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00061.htm

Scoop World News: UN Food Convoy Reaches Displaced Sri Lankans
A UN food convoy today crossed into the Vanni region of northern Sri Lanka, the scene of recent clashes between Government forces and rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, to offer a lifeline to an estimated 200,000 displaced civilians. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00060.htm

Scoop World News: Georgia: UN To Assess Plight Of Displaced Citizens
An independent United Nations human rights expert today began a four-day visit to assess the current situation of those displaced by last month’s conflict in Georgia, which uprooted some 192,000 people from their homes. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00038.htm

Scoop World News: Honduras’ Zelaya: Making Waves
On November 27, 2005, in the tightest presidential election in the Central American country’s history, Manuel “Mel” Zelaya of the center-left Partido Liberal (PL) party was elected president of Honduras. Zelaya was able to take office by a 4 percent ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00026.htm

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