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Top Scoop Stories - 8 November 2008 News Summary

LEAD STORY

Election 08: Gordon Campbell Counts Down To The Poll

NZ POLITICS

Wellington: Proposed Pigeon Cull Called Off
Secret Taper: Greens None Too Happy With 'Mischief' Making National Blogger
Retrospectives: Lyndon Hood's Campaign In Pictures
Obama Victory: New Zealand Reaction
Statistics: Media Coverage Of 2008 NZ Election Campaign
Careless Whispers: Should Bill Have Known Better?
Trifecta: Police Clear NZ First

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

Disasters: Project On Risk From Volcanoes In Auckland
Weather: Election Day Also A Good Day For Cricket
Agriculture: Farmers Not Sheepish About Goals For Future
Finance Guarantees: We Can Do It For You Wholesale
Stylish Retail: Newmarket Business Association Launches Fashionista
Tuatara News: Mainland Invasion of Living Fossil

COMMENT

Guess Saturday's Result! - Scoop 2008 Election Sweepstake Opens
John Chuckman: We Have Hope, But Real Change In America Represents An Immense Task
Post US Election: Gay Marriage Rent Asunder
Sherwood Ross: Will Obama Cleanse America?
Cashing the Obama Check: Will It Come Back Marked “Insufficient Funds?”
Gordon Campbell: Obama Hailed As President Elect Of The US
Freedom Rider: Bush Crimes Continue

LIFESTYLE

Immigrant Sport: Come And Make A Right Paddy Of Yourself
Mellow Samba: Enjoy A Brazilian Sunset For A Fiver
Theatre: Creative NZ Decides On Downstage Annual Funding
Fashion: AUT Rookie Designers In Top Form At NZFW Catwalk
Big Bad Wolf News: Red Hiding Hood And Granny In Danger

WORLD

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
Finance Crisis: Food Prices High Despite Record Cereal Crop
Scoop Ceasefire Breaks: Renewed Fighting In Eastern DR Congo Alarms Ban
New Era: Ban Congratulates Obama On Election As President
Scoop World News: UN Human Rights Expert Addresses Scourge Of Racism


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LEAD STORY

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Election 08: Gordon Campbell Counts Down To The Poll
Helen Clark and a few diehards on the centre left still talk hopefully about the chances of a centre left grouping of Labour, Jim Anderton and the Greens being able to entice the Maori Party over to their side. Plus Winston Peters if he makes it back. Theoretically, such a grouping is possible. The problem is, such an outcome would kill MMP.
More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/campbell-nzs-non-election-comes-to-a-close/

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00104.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00100.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00138.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00142.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00145.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00147.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00133.htm [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0811/S00013.htm [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00101.htm [10]

[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15158.html [11]

[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15157.html [12]

[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15124.html [13]

[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15150.html [14]

[15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15146.html [15]

[16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15144.html [16]

[17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15128.html [17]


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NZ POLITICS

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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

Secret Taper: Greens None Too Happy With 'Mischief' Making National Blogger
The Green Party says National Party blogger David Farrar is mischief-making over his attempts to link the Greens to the cocktail party recordings. "While it is true that the man who admits to having made the recordings is related to a Green Party staff member, no one in the office, including the taper's relative, was aware of his plans to make the tape recordings," Co-Leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons and Russel Norman say. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00136.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]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00116.htm [10]

Statistics: Media Coverage Of 2008 NZ Election Campaign
1.1 Media Coverage of Leading Parties
• Labour led National 37% to 35% in media coverage devoted to parties
• Maori Party led Greens 9% to 8% amongst smaller parties
1.2 Tone of Party Media Coverage
• National received the most negative coverage at 43% of their total coverage, followed by Labour at 35%
• Green Party received the most positive media coverage at 32% of their total coverage, followed by the Maori Party at 29%
More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00096.htm

Careless Whispers: Should Bill Have Known Better?
Bill English’s recorded comments on TV3 tonight once again reveal the true face of National, rather than the one their spin doctors have told them to show to the public, Defence Minister Phil Goff said today. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00081.htm

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[2] - http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2008/11/war-party.html" target="_blank [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15071.html [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15069.html [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15082.html [5]

Trifecta: Police Clear NZ First
"Police have completed enquiries into the circumstances of the New Zealand First return of party donations for 2007 lodged on 16 May 2008. Having assessed a range of information from various sources, and having considered the elements of the offence contained in s214G, Police are satisfied that no offence was committed." More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00076.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00082.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00099.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/15070.html [4]


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Disasters: Project On Risk From Volcanoes In Auckland
A major research project is underway to improve the understanding of the vulnerability of the Auckland region to volcanic eruptions. The aim of the seven-year, $5 million project is to better define Auckland’s volcanic risk using the latest geological techniques and sophisticated computer modelling. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0811/S00014.htm

Weather: Election Day Also A Good Day For Cricket

MetService meteorologists are forecasting sunny conditions, with slowly rising temperatures, over most of the country for Election Day. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0811/S00013.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]

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[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]

[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0811/S00002.htm [13]

[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0811/S00006.htm [14]

Finance Guarantees: We Can Do It For You Wholesale
Following the announcement by the Minister of Finance that the Crown will offer a wholesale funding guarantee facility to investment-grade financial institutions in New Zealand, the Treasury and the Reserve Bank have released further details of the facility. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00003.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00004.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00005.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00010.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00007.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00690.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00698.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00545.htm [8]

Stylish Retail: Newmarket Business Association Launches Fashionista
Westlake Girl’ High School student Paris Kirby, aged 17, was announced the winner of the inaugural Newmarket Young Designer Award during a full blown fashion show. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00650.htm

Tuatara News: Mainland Invasion of Living Fossil
Conservation staff at Wellington’s world-first Karori Sanctuary have found what is almost certainly the first confirmed tuatara nest on mainland New Zealand in over 200 years. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0810/S00057.htm

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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

John Chuckman: We Have Hope, But Real Change In America Represents An Immense Task
Already in the press there have been stories of plans to dampen the public’s expectations of Obama. The expectations are undoubtedly beyond being satisfied by any human being. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00111.htm

Post US Election: Gay Marriage Rent Asunder
Hope you enjoyed Scoop’s blogging on the US elections yesterday. Sure was fun to do. In the aftermath of the victory of Barack Obama, the passing in California of Proposition 8 that bans gay marriage ( and puts current gay civil unions in limbo) ... More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gay-marriage-rent-asunder-and-more-post-us-election-news/

Sherwood Ross: Will Obama Cleanse America?
November 4, 2008, will be remembered as the night Americans cried for joy. It was not only the hundred thousand partisan Chicagoans gathered in Grant Park that were moved to rapture. Good people across the nation wept with gratitude that America ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00079.htm

Cashing the Obama Check: Will It Come Back Marked “Insufficient Funds?”
Election night 2008 was over by 11 PM eastern time. Only two hours after the polls closed on the west coast, pundits called it for Barack Obama. Now that we know a black boy can indeed grow up to be... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00086.htm

Gordon Campbell: Obama Hailed As President Elect Of The US
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. More »[1]

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

Freedom Rider: Bush Crimes Continue
George W. Bush famously said, ''They misunderestimated me.'' His ungrammatical statements induce sneers and snickers, but convey powerful truths. After stealing the 2000 election, violating international law, trampling on the Constitution, and emptying the treasury ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00085.htm

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LIFESTYLE

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Immigrant Sport: Come And Make A Right Paddy Of Yourself
Wellington's fastest growing sport's '7 a side summer competition' is starting on Wednesday the 12th November. Wellington Gaelic Football Club have launched today, Thursday 7 November, their inaugural mixed 7 a side fun Gaelic football competition. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00058.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]

Mellow Samba: Enjoy A Brazilian Sunset For A Fiver
"Noites de Bossa" is a proposal of the most exquisite selection on Brazil's known music, promising to transport you to Ipanema's magnificent warm sunsets along the beach. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00047.htm

Theatre: Creative NZ Decides On Downstage Annual Funding
Creative New Zealand will cease recurrent funding of Downstage Theatre from 30 June 2009. Creative New Zealand has been concerned about the downward trend of audiences at Downstage over time, a trend which the ‘new Downstage’ vision intends to reverse. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00055.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00144.htm [2]

Fashion: AUT Rookie Designers In Top Form At NZFW Catwalk
New Zealand’s fashion future is in safe hands judging by the design talent on display at AUT’s Rookie show last Friday night. Twenty one young designers in their final year of AUT University’s Bachelor of Design (Fashion) were selected to show their debut collections in front of a packed fashion crowd at Auckland’s St Paul’s Church. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00016.htm

Big Bad Wolf News: Red Hiding Hood And Granny In Danger
Circa’s fabulous Christmas panto is back! The team that brought you Cinderella, Aladdin, and Jack & the Beanstalk returns with one of those great stories that everybody knows and loves. Roger Hall’s Red Riding Hood. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00002.htm

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WORLD

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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

Finance Crisis: Food Prices High Despite Record Cereal Crop
Though global cereal production is expected to hit a new record this year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is cautioning that the impact of the current financial crisis on agriculture could mean a surge in food prices. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00096.htm

Scoop Ceasefire Breaks: Renewed Fighting In Eastern DR Congo Alarms Ban
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern at fresh fighting in the violence-wracked North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00099.htm

New Era: Ban Congratulates Obama On Election As President
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended his congratulations to United States President-Elect Barack Obama, voicing hope that his election will usher in a new era of multilateralism and enhanced partnership with the United Nations. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00080.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00084.htm [2]

Scoop World News: UN Human Rights Expert Addresses Scourge Of Racism
The relationship between racism and migration, ethnic conflicts and poverty will all be under the spotlight of the new United Nations independent expert on racism during his time in office, he told journalists today. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00077.htm

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