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Top Scoop Stories - 14 November 2008 News Summary

LEAD STORY

Gordon Campbell: The New Breed Of Conservatives

NZ POLITICS

Coalition Formations: Maori Party Listen To Everyone Except Labour
Key On Economy & Maori Party Talks
Public Servants: Potentially Endangered Species Continues To Breed
Section 59: Majority Support Law Change To Protect Children
Economy: Cullen Gets In One Last Bit Of Finance-Ministering
Fastest GovtIn The West: Maori Party Sends Out Posse To Capture Mandate
Negotiating Positions: Three Strikes Proposal Would Cost "Billions"

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

IT: Dimension Data positioned in the Challengers Quadrant
Science Superstars: Bayer Invests In Young Brains
Fair Trading: GE Money customers get refunds for interest charged on “interest free” contracts
Insurance: What Happens If One Permanently Retires Before Retiring?
Finance: Everything Fine, Nothing To See Here - Bollard
Statistics: More Kiwis Than Ever

COMMENT

Guess Saturday's Result! - Scoop 2008 Election Sweepstake Opens
Steve Weissman: Will Ahmed No-Pack Rain On Obama's Parade?
Gordon Campbell On The New Labour Leadership
Maya Schenwar: In Final Days, Bush Pushes For Iraq's Oil
Martha Rosenberg: What Do Men Know About PMS? Except To Duck?
Scoop Link: Documents linking Iran to nuclear weapons push may have been fabricated
Economic Crisis: How About A Minister Outside Cabinet!
Roland Michel Tremblay: Marriage Has Reached Its Sell By Date
Keith Rankin: MMP - The Electorate MP Rule

LIFESTYLE

Art Auctions: One Cough Could Get You A McCahon
Congratulations: Jenny Pattrick Wins Mansfield Literary Prize
Extreme Viewing: Movie Marathoners Shrug Off Fear Of Death
Arts: Stage Set For Spectacular Auckland Festival 2009
TV3 Video: Cartooning For Peace Draws A Line Against Intolerance
Scoop Festival Coverage: Alchemists Of Sound: Dandy Warhols At Southern Amp
Doggone Ballet: Voiceless Diva Enthrals Fans
Xmas: Sarah Bradley Aims To Make December 25 A Good Morning

WORLD

Scoop World News: Iraq: Two Christian Women Killed In Mosul
Scoop Culture Crisis: Paraguay: Uncontacted Tribe Flees Land Destruction
World News: Norway Students Vote To Restrict Coca-Cola
Scoop Worsening Pollution: Man-Made 'Brown Clouds' Darken Cities, Harm Health
High-Profile Prank: Special NY Times Edition Proclaims End To Wars
Scoop Peace Progress: Darfur: Ban Welcomes Sudanese Government Ceasefire
Scoop World News: UN Urges Leaders To Fight Against Global Woes

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LEAD STORY

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Gordon Campbell: The New Breed Of Conservatives
The premise of Labour’s election campaign was that John Key was either (a) a vacuum waiting to be filled by political expedience or (b) a secret hardliner masking his real intentions until he could gain power…Whatever, voters slept on through the alarm. The more likely and more interesting prospect is that Key – like his mentor David Cameron in the UK – will be seeking a fresh formula for conservatism in order to re-install National as the natural party of government. More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-on-the-new-breed-of-conservatives/

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NZ POLITICS

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Coalition Formations: Maori Party Listen To Everyone Except Labour
“From Waimanoni Marae at Awanui in the Far North through to Invercargill in the deep South, we have been united in our resolve that everyone needs to air their views about any decisions we make regarding the role of the Maori Party in the 2008-11 Parliament,” said Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00165.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00169.htm [2]

Key On Economy & Maori Party Talks
TV3 Video - More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00183.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/15410.html [2]

Public Servants: Potentially Endangered Species Continues To Breed
The State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, today released the results of an annual survey summarising workforce statistics in Public Service departments. "In the 12 months to 30 June 2008, the number of public servants increased by 3.6 percent to 45,934. This is the smallest percentage increase over the past eight years," Iain Rennie said. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00196.htm

Section 59: Majority Support Law Change To Protect Children
A majority of people support the law change that offers children the same protection from assault as adults, Children's Commissioner, Dr Cindy Kiro said today when she released results of a survey she commissioned. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00181.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00171.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00183.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00182.htm [4]

Economy: Cullen Gets In One Last Bit Of Finance-Ministering
Outgoing Finance Minister Michael Cullen has released a November 7 report by the Treasury updating the department's outlook on the economy and on the Crown accounts. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00163.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00170.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00180.htm [3]

Fastest GovtIn The West: Maori Party Sends Out Posse To Capture Mandate
The Maori Party MPs are already on the road again, for their nationwide consultation tour following Election night. Members of the Maori Party will be consulted about the possibilities emerging for a relationship with the National Government. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00161.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00168.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00165.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00176.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00183.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00160.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15368.html [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15391.html [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/15404.html [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00162.htm [10]

Negotiating Positions: Three Strikes Proposal Would Cost "Billions"
Rethinking Crime And Punishment: "We need to take a lesson from the United States. Eight States are trying to exit from three strikes legislation, or modify it. Firstly, they can no longer afford it. Secondly, they can't find people willing to staff prisons that are inhumane and overcrowded." More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00168.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00174.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00162.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00164.htm [4]

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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IT: Dimension Data positioned in the Challengers Quadrant
Wellington 13th November 2008 - Dimension Data, a $3.8 billion leading IT solutions and services provider has been positioned by Gartner, Inc., in the Challengers Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Managed and Professional Network Service Providers, Worldwide ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00259.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00258.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00268.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00266.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00267.htm [5]

Science Superstars: Bayer Invests In Young Brains
Six top students from throughout New Zealand are the new beneficiaries of an environmental research scheme funded by Bayer New Zealand Ltd. The students, selected from among 45 entries, are from Auckland, Te Awamutu, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Nelson and Otago. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0811/S00022.htm

Fair Trading: GE Money customers get refunds for interest charged on “interest free” contracts
GE Money admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act 1986 by making misleading representations to some customers that it was entitled to charge interest during an interest free period specified on their contracts. About 3660 affected customers will receive a ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00253.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00263.htm [2]

Insurance: What Happens If One Permanently Retires Before Retiring?
A study in 2005 by TNS Research found that two out of three New Zealand families have no life insurance cover or are underinsured. Further, almost half of us have no life, medical, income protection or critical care (trauma) insurance at all. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00218.htm

Finance: Everything Fine, Nothing To See Here - Bollard
New Zealand's financial and payments systems have held up well in the face of extreme disorder within the international financial markets, Governor Alan Bollard said today, when releasing the Bank's November 2008 Financial Stability Report. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00181.htm

Statistics: More Kiwis Than Ever
The estimated resident population of New Zealand was 4,280,000 at 30 September 2008, Statistics New Zealand said today. The population increased by 40,100 (0.9 percent) in the September 2008 year, compared with 43,300 (1.0 percent) in the September 2007 ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00183.htm

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COMMENT

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Guess Saturday's Result! - Scoop 2008 Election Sweepstake Opens
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[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00032.htm

Steve Weissman: Will Ahmed No-Pack Rain On Obama's Parade?
If state officials across the country ever count all the absentee and provisional ballots, Obama's popular vote might equal his landslide victory in the Electoral College, adding weight to his overwhelming mandate to fix the economy, end our dependence... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00178.htm

Gordon Campbell On The New Labour Leadership
Not unexpectedly, Phil Goff’s first press conference as Labour leader did include a mea culpa of sorts for the “disconnect’ that had occurred in Labour’s relations with the New Zealand public... More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-on-the-new-labour-leadership/

Maya Schenwar: In Final Days, Bush Pushes For Iraq's Oil
As the Bush administration rumbles to an end, it is pushing with increasing urgency for a commitment to a long-term US presence in Iraq. Though the military aspect of this ''commitment'' has garnered substantial publicity, the administration is equally... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00179.htm

Martha Rosenberg: What Do Men Know About PMS? Except To Duck?
When the Pill debuted in the1960's feminist critics said it produced 51 changes in women's bodies--only one of which was cessation of ovulation. Why should women risk cancer and stroke while men get... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00186.htm

Scoop Link: Documents linking Iran to nuclear weapons push may have been fabricated
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has obtained evidence suggesting that documents which have been described as technical studies for a secret Iranian nuclear weapons-related research program may have been fabricated. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00168.htm

Economic Crisis: How About A Minister Outside Cabinet!
That John Key certainly is a joker. In the face of the biggest global economic crisis in 80 years, the new government has come up with a governing structure whereby... More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/economic-crisis-%e2%80%93-how-about-a-minister-outside-cabinet/

Roland Michel Tremblay: Marriage Has Reached Its Sell By Date
Let’s start a real debate about marriage, not just a question of if gay marriage is acceptable or not. Marriage is certainly an interesting concept, mostly a religious one. Religions, great at making official for the record these unions, a task eventually ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00169.htm

Keith Rankin: MMP - The Electorate MP Rule
Once again, MMP has delivered a nicely weighted result. Voters wanted change, and they got change. And once again, the leading single party fell well short of 50% of the vote, placing the new centre-right government on a path that requires National ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00156.htm

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LIFESTYLE

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Art Auctions: One Cough Could Get You A McCahon
A leading Australian fine art auction house final auction for the year will feature an exceptionally rare and important work by Colin McCahon. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00137.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00142.htm [2]

Congratulations: Jenny Pattrick Wins Mansfield Literary Prize
New Zealand Post and the Katherine Mansfield Menton Trust today announced Wellington author Jenny Pattrick as winner of the 2009 New Zealand Post Mansfield Prize. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00136.htm

Extreme Viewing: Movie Marathoners Shrug Off Fear Of Death
Flying in the face of health professionals worldwide, New Zealand movie lovers are again being offered a chance to take part in a marathon that requires zero physical exertion but comes with a very real threat of dying. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00124.htm

Arts: Stage Set For Spectacular Auckland Festival 2009
A modern fairytale from theatrical master Robert Lepage, the New Zealand debut of spell-binding Japanese company Ishinha, a dazzling contemporary circus, and a free world music party – that will see part of Queen Street closed to traffic - are just some of the highlights of the 18 days of arts, culture, and entertainment on offer in Auckland Festival 2009. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00128.htm

TV3 Video: Cartooning For Peace Draws A Line Against Intolerance
Twenty cartoonists from fifteen different countries are trading satirical secrets in the capital this week. However, it is a lot more serious than your average doodle convention. Cartooning for Peace is about drawing a line against intolerance. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/15383.html

Scoop Festival Coverage: Alchemists Of Sound: Dandy Warhols At Southern Amp
While ignoring the pain in my feet from standing all day as I wait for The Dandy Warhols, Mark, a fellow Dandy's fan, tells me the band has been known to play shows naked. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00174.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00175.htm [2]

Doggone Ballet: Voiceless Diva Enthrals Fans
The newest star of the Royal New Zealand Ballet is raising eyebrows with her sexy Spanish sashay but is far from being a demanding diva. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00119.htm

Xmas: Sarah Bradley Aims To Make December 25 A Good Morning
New Zealand’s largest Christmas gift appeal for needy families got underway today, with television presenter Sarah Bradley officially launching the 2008 Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00113.htm

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WORLD

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Scoop World News: Iraq: Two Christian Women Killed In Mosul
The top United Nations official in Iraq has urged the Government to do all it can to protect the country’s minorities, after two Christian women were killed in the northern city of Mosul. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00212.htm

Scoop Culture Crisis: Paraguay: Uncontacted Tribe Flees Land Destruction
The last uncontacted Indians in South America outside the Amazon basin have been spotted, apparently fleeing the rapid destruction of their forest home. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00210.htm

World News: Norway Students Vote To Restrict Coca-Cola
Oslo (November 11, 2008): Students at the University of Oslo have voted overwhelmingly to restrict the dominant presence of Coca-Cola products on campus, and introduce ethical alternatives to Coca-Cola on campus. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00195.htm

Scoop Worsening Pollution: Man-Made 'Brown Clouds' Darken Cities, Harm Health
A three-kilometre-thick “brown cloud” of man-made pollution, which stretches from the Arabian Peninsula to China to the western Pacific Ocean, is darkening Asian cities, speeding up the melting of Himalayan glaciers and impacting human health. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00220.htm

High-Profile Prank: Special NY Times Edition Proclaims End To Wars
Early this morning, commuters nationwide were delighted to find out that while they were sleeping, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had come to an end. If, that is, they happened to read a ''special edition'' of today's New York Times. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00179.htm

Scoop Peace Progress: Darfur: Ban Welcomes Sudanese Government Ceasefire
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Sudanese Government’s declaration today of an immediate ceasefire between its forces and the rebel movements in Darfur and also Khartoum’s stated plan to disarm allied militias. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00185.htm

Scoop World News: UN Urges Leaders To Fight Against Global Woes
The General Assembly President told global leaders the world is facing its most difficult period since the founding of the United Nations and urged them to use their “moral strength” in finding solutions to the problems plaguing the Earth. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00182.htm

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