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Top Scoop Stories - 11 November 2008 News Summary

LEAD STORY

Multimedia: Goff Trades In Old Job To Defend Labour

NZ POLITICS

Coalition Forming: Maori Party Eyes Smiling In 2008
Scoop Flashback - No Smiles In 2005
NZ First News: SuperGold Card Founder Plans Return Possibly Bearing Supergold card
ETS: Climate Change - Nowhere To Hide
Wellington: Proposed Pigeon Cull Called Off
Retrospectives: Lyndon Hood's Campaign In Pictures
Obama Victory: New Zealand Reaction
Post Election Coalitions: ACT Aim For Big Influence Over National Policy

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

Conservation: Lizard Wizards Finish A Spell Of Translocation
Other Election Results: Kakapo Calls For Unity After Landslide Win
Zoological Oddness: Duck Mystery Solved
Agriculture: Farmers Not Sheepish About Goals For Future
Retail: No Fireworks At Progressive Supermarkets

COMMENT

Guess Saturday's Result! - Scoop 2008 Election Sweepstake Opens
Uri Avnery: Yes, You Can!
Gordon Campbell: NZ Election Wrap Up + Predictions
Ron Callari:A Defining Moment For The US’ 16th & 44th Presidents
Bush’s Last Bullet: Why The US Attacked Syria
Presidential Turnout Flat: How Did That Happen?
President-Elect Obama: 'New Mission in Iraq - Ending the War'
J. Sri Raman: Obama Inspires Hope In India, Pakistan

LIFESTYLE

Crime: Police Seek Stolen Cast Glass Items
Scoop Arts and Entertainment: Takitimu Cultural And Economic Summits
In Memoriam: WW1 Revived Minus Bullets And Gas
Life Expectancy: NZers Living Longer Than Time Lords

WORLD

Scoop Emergency Aid: Haiti: UN Helps Rescue Efforts In School Collapse
Scoop Continued Unrest: UN Deplores Double Bombings In Iraqi Capital
World News: UN Rushes Aid As Fighting Continues In DR Congo
Peacebuilding Efforts: Jordan Pledges Extra Police Force To UN In Liberia
Scoop World News: Gaza: Israeli Army Endangers Lives Of US Nationals
Scoop World News: Cameroon Kidnap Of 10 Crewmen 'A Gangster Act'
Conservation: Ban: Protect The Environment In Times Of Conflict

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LEAD STORY

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Multimedia: Goff Trades In Old Job To Defend Labour
Video on on demand of today's post caucus press conference in the Beehive Theatrette, outgoing Trade and Defence Minister Phil Goff has been appointed leader of the Labour Party. In the Q&A he discusses a wide range of subjects including economic policy, the Maori Party, getting on with the Greens and John Key's attendance at APEC. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00161.htm

More Govt. Formation Audio + Images:

Audio: Maori Party May Double Incoming Govt. Majority [1] , John Key & Peter Dunne Presser 10/11 [2] , Scoop Images: Hugs & Applause As National Meets [3] & Audio: Rodney Talks Turkey Post Key Meeting [4]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00158.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00146.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00160.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00145.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00158.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00157.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00162.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00143.htm [5]

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NZ POLITICS

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Coalition Forming: Maori Party Eyes Smiling In 2008
Audio on demand of National Leader John Key and Maori Party Co-Leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples following their coalition forming talks this morning. The trio appeared to be close to agreement and will meet again later this week, soon. Appointment of a Maori Party member as a Minister outside of Cabinet appears likely. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00158.htm

Scoop Flashback - No Smiles In 2005
Gordon Campbell - More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00213.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00162.htm [2]


NZ First News: SuperGold Card Founder Plans Return Possibly Bearing Supergold card
The New Zealand First caucus has resolved to regroup and prepare to get back into Parliament at the next election. After a “significant” discussion at a meeting today, Rt Hon Winston Peters said they would continue to represent the interests of well over 90,000 voters who supported it last Saturday. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00155.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00101.htm [2]


ETS: Climate Change - Nowhere To Hide
Greenpeace is urging the newly elected National Party not to be held hostage to ACT's Rodney Hide over climate change policy. "We have a very limited time to turn around this global crisis, and bowing to the demands of a blatant climate denier is not an option." More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00146.htm

Wellington: Proposed Pigeon Cull Called Off
"Quite a few people were upset by the proposal, and Council staff have also decided that the significant cost of an ongoing culling operation - and the prospect that it would not effectively reduce pigeon numbers - means it's not worthwhile. The best answer is for people to stop feeding them." More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0811/S00045.htm

Retrospectives: Lyndon Hood's Campaign In Pictures
Selected Scoop editorial images from the 2008 New Zealand election campaign by Lyndon Hood - from late 2007 to the present. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00100.htm

Obama Victory: New Zealand Reaction
Gordon Campbell: 8.20pm Ok, time to wrap this up for the night But first a recap, and then some consideration of the parallels to New Zealand. First, George Bush made it nigh on impossible for John McCain to win this election. Essentially, McCain was faced with trying to get a mandate for a third term of Dubynomics - ie, Cronyism for Dummies - and for his failed foreign policy adventures... More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbells-live-blogs-the-us-election/

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0811/S00018.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00112.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00108.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00109.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00113.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00087.htm [7]

[8] - http://mapmash.googlepages.com/election_map.html" target="_blank [8]

[9] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-how-to-watch-a-us-election/ [9]


Post Election Coalitions: ACT Aim For Big Influence Over National Policy
“Don’t get me wrong, John. I’m not your classic climate change denier. I’ve been worried about the future of the planet since I was 15," says ACT leader Rodney Hide in an open letter to National's John Key. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00119.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00116.htm [2]

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Conservation: Lizard Wizards Finish A Spell Of Translocation
15 rare Wellington green geckos, seven of which have spent the last twelve months on ‘sabbatical’ at the city’s Karori Sanctuary, are being released on the island on Friday 15 November as part of an annual translocation programme – the largest to date. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0811/S00017.htm

Other Election Results: Kakapo Calls For Unity After Landslide Win
The kakapo today declared election victory in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year contest. The kakapo won the avian electoral race with 578 votes, well ahead of its closest rival, the takahe, which scored 322 votes - a landslide victory for the world’s heaviest parrot. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00063.htm

Zoological Oddness: Duck Mystery Solved
Recent visitors to Wellington Zoo may be wondering how a Cape Barren goose ended up with a bouncy brood of what look very much like ducklings. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0811/S00015.htm

Agriculture: Farmers Not Sheepish About Goals For Future
"All New Zealanders, city and rural, have to work together if we are to make progress as a nation and remain a first world country," Federated Farmers president, Don Nicolson, said today at the Federation's Manifesto launch. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00033.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00047.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00052.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00057.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00069.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00059.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00032.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00040.htm [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00024.htm [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00023.htm [10]

[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00032.htm [11]

[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00079.htm [12]


Retail: No Fireworks At Progressive Supermarkets
Rather than sell fireworks, Progressive Enterprises is teaming up with the New Zealand Fire Service to improve fire awareness. This follows on from a decision taken after last year’s Guy Fawkes Day by Progressive Managing Director Peter Smith. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00022.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0811/S00002.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0811/S00006.htm [3]

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COMMENT

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Guess Saturday's Result! - Scoop 2008 Election Sweepstake Opens
--> More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00032.htm

Uri Avnery: Yes, You Can!
IN JULY 2004, the convention of the Democratic Party was about to nominate John Kerry as its candidate for President. The organizing committee had to decide who would deliver the keynote speech. In the American tradition, that speech sets the tone ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00149.htm

Gordon Campbell: NZ Election Wrap Up + Predictions
From now on, this 2008 election can serve as the poster child of MMP. In future, anyone who wants to seriously diss MMP – or hold a referendum to get rid of it – will have to grapple with Saturday’s compelling evidence for the defence... More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbells-election-wrap-up-predictions/

Ron Callari:A Defining Moment For The US’ 16th & 44th Presidents
The kidd , coming off an 8-year tirade with the previous administration visited the Lincoln Memorial this week. The Congressional committee that puts together the inauguration ceremonies announced that the theme of Obama's inauguration would be “A New Birth ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00148.htm

Bush’s Last Bullet: Why The US Attacked Syria
The sovereignty of an independent, stable country that has carried out many constructive moves in recent months and weeks, which could have surely contributed to the stabilization of the Middle East, has been violated, its borders breached and its civilians killed. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00131.htm

Presidential Turnout Flat: How Did That Happen?
(Wash. DC) In 2004, we were told to anticipate a red versus blue election. It didn't turn out that way but that was hardly mentioned. By 2008, we were told to expect record voter turnout for the presidential election. Now we're told that the predictions were wrong... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00123.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00130.htm [2]


President-Elect Obama: 'New Mission in Iraq - Ending the War'
President-elect Barack Obama, in one of the first policy statements of his transition, demanded that the Bush administration either submit the proposed U.S.-Iraq “status-of-forces agreement” to Congress or leave an opening for him to change it next year. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00140.htm

J. Sri Raman: Obama Inspires Hope In India, Pakistan
"Will India of the 21st century produce a Barack Obama?" So asks the title of a debate program on a leading Indian television channel. Ever since the Wednesday morning that shook the world, popular Indian list serves have kept popping questions like... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00121.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Crime: Police Seek Stolen Cast Glass Items
Two unusual items were recently stolen from the Form Gallery, Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch on 14 and 16 October. These are valuable works of cast glass. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00099.htm

Scoop Arts and Entertainment: Takitimu Cultural And Economic Summits
WHANAU & FRIENDS, ARE YOU PREPARING YOURSELVES FOR THIS MASSIVE REUNION? There are only 200 places on each of these days! More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00084.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00088.htm [2]


In Memoriam: WW1 Revived Minus Bullets And Gas
Previously unseen World War One documents and artefacts are part of a new exhibition An Impressive Silence which opens at Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office this afternoon, Chief Executive and Chief Archivist, Dianne Macaskill said. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00091.htm

Life Expectancy: NZers Living Longer Than Time Lords
The life expectancy of New Zealanders continues to rise, Statistics New Zealand said today. Based on deaths in 2005–07, a newborn girl can expect to live 82.2 years and a newborn boy 78.0 years. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0811/S00026.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00052.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00050.htm [3]

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WORLD

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Scoop Emergency Aid: Haiti: UN Helps Rescue Efforts In School Collapse
The top UN humanitarian official today expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to those affected by the school building that collapsed in Haiti last week, as local authorities reported at least 89 people have died and 150 sent to a hospital. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00136.htm

Scoop Continued Unrest: UN Deplores Double Bombings In Iraqi Capital
The top United Nations official in Iraq has condemned the double bombings that struck Baghdad’s Kasra district today, killing dozens of innocent civilians and wounding many others. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00131.htm

World News: UN Rushes Aid As Fighting Continues In DR Congo
The UN is rushing relief to civilians affected by the violence engulfing the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as the world body’s peacekeeping mission in the vast African nation reports that fighting continues intermittently. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00132.htm

Peacebuilding Efforts: Jordan Pledges Extra Police Force To UN In Liberia
Jordan has become the first country to pledge an additional unit to United Nations police in Liberia, answering Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for extra forces to support their Liberian counterparts. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00128.htm

Scoop World News: Gaza: Israeli Army Endangers Lives Of US Nationals
Currently today (6th November), citizens of Britain, America and Italy are being fired upon in Khuza'a, close to Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, who are partaking in the picking of olives on Palestinian land close to the Green Line. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00102.htm

Scoop World News: Cameroon Kidnap Of 10 Crewmen 'A Gangster Act'
The ITF is joining its Cameroonian and French member unions in condemning the kidnapping of 10 crew members of the Bourbon Sagitta and is offering any help it can to secure the men’s release. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00101.htm

Conservation: Ban: Protect The Environment In Times Of Conflict
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for preventing the exploitation of the environment in times of conflict, stressing that protecting nature can help countries promote development and avoid a relapse into hostilities. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00095.htm

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