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IN THIS ISSUE 7 November 2012

Executive director's update
A Gangnam Style quiz
Study in Singapore - all expenses paid
Grants for arts and culture projects
Asia internships for young journalists
Other opportunities for students and recent grads

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Executive director's update

This month, our acting executive director Adele Mason takes a look at the recently released Australia in the Asian Century white paper, and covers off the foundation's latest activities, including the Diwali celebrations in Auckland and Wellington.
This will be Ms Mason's last update, with John McKinnon stepping into the role of executive director early next month.

A Gangnam Style quiz

With all the attention on K-pop artist Psy and his break-out hit Gangnam Style, we thought it only appropriate to make this month's quiz about South Korea.
You may be able to dance like Psy, but what do you know about his home country?

Study in Singapore - all expenses paid

Alert all graduating high school students that you know - we're now taking applications for our Singapore Scholarship.
This is an amazing opportunity for a young New Zealander to earn an undergraduate degree at one of Asia's top universities - all expenses paid.
Applications close Friday 1 December.

Grants for arts and culture projects

Working on a project that will help educate Kiwis about Asian arts or culture?
Our arts grants help support such projects, and are open to New Zealand-based arts professionals, arts and cultural institutions, councils and festival and event organisers.
Applications close Friday 30 November.

Asia internships for young journalists

We're offering New Zealand journalism graduates and newly qualified journalists the opportunity to take up internships at
The Philippine Star in Manila
International Herald Tribune in Hong Kong
• CNBC Asia in Singapore.
Applications close on Monday 26 November.


Other opportunities for students and recent grads

We've got a range of funding opportunities for young New Zealanders that are closing this month including:
Kiwi Asian Journalism Scholarship - for Asian New Zealanders wanting to study journalism
Taiwan internship for commerce grads with Mandarin skills
David Holborow Award - for undergraduate students with Korean ancestry, or who are descended from Korean War veterans.


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Gordon Campbell:
On The Northland By-Election

Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.

On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>

 

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Gordon Campbell: On A Funeral In Asia, The Northland By-Election, And News Priorities

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key attend the state funeral on Sunday of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew? More>>

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Werewolf Satire: Not Flag-Waving; Flag-Drowning

The panel choosing the flag options has no visual artists at all. Now, I’ve kerned the odd ligature in my time and I know my recto from my French curve so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions before they get past their depth. More>>

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IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

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Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

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TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

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Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

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RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

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Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

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State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
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