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Top Scoop Stories – 12 December 2008 News Summary

Top Scoop Stories – 12 December 2008 News Summary

LEAD STORY

Ethics: Super Fund Excludes Cluster Munition, Nuclear Bomb Companies

NZ POLITICS

Environment: Dunne Thinks National Going Too Far On Biofuels

Scoop Satire: Recession-Weary Nation Cheered By John Key's Chaplinesque Antics

90 Day Info: Are National Pandering To Criminals With Legislation?

Defence: Future Air Force Leaders March Out

Scoop Satire: What Else Is In The Urgency Plan?

Taxes: National "Doesn’t Care About Kiwi Battlers"

Gordon Campbell: Fired At Will Fired Through

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

Wildlife: Kiwi That Overdosed Goes Into Karori Rehab

Savings: NZ Sliding Behind Our Ozzie Cousins

Science Surprise: Study Shows School Scienticians Slack

Media: TVNZ Promises Round The Clock News Thrills

Buying Stuff Cheap: Fancy A Nice Little Motor

International Trade: How D'Ye Like Them Capsicums?

Economy: NZ Average House Price Falls For A Second Month

Content.Net: Capt Kirk Is No More - Fairfax Chief Steps Down

COMMENT

STOP PRESS: Publish Pap And Perish Fast

Lyndon Hood: Recession-Weary Nation Cheered By Chaplinesque Key

WTF? Shane Warne – The Musical

Keith Rankin: Controversy Over National's Tax Cuts

Michael Collins: End Presidential Pardons And Clemency

Jim Miles: Robert Kagan’s Mythology of U.S. Exceptionalism

LIFESTYLE

Search on for New Zealand's next top model

Board Games: Search For New Zealand's Monopoly Champion

Careful Giving: Buy A Safe Toy For Xmas

The Kids Are Alright! There Is Less Depression In NZ

WORLD

DR Congo: UN Reports Progress In Talks Between Government, Rebels

Somalia: UN-Backed Meeting Wraps Up With Call For Greater Action To Fight Piracy

Survival International: Diamond Mine On Bushman Land Gets Govt Approval

Fifth of corals dead: Only emission cuts can save the rest, says IUCN

Nepal: UN Bomb Disposal Experts To Resume Clearing Explosives

Greenpeace: Young Pacific Islander Stands Up To World Leaders

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LEAD STORY

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Ethics: Super Fund Excludes Cluster Munition, Nuclear Bomb Companies
The Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation today announced that they were excluding from the New Zealand Superannuation Fund companies associated with the manufacture of cluster munitions and the manufacture or testing of nuclear explosive devices. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00270.htm

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NZ POLITICS

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Environment: Dunne Thinks National Going Too Far On Biofuels
UnitedFuture Leader Peter Dunne has announced that he will oppose the Government's repeal of the law obliging oil companies to sell biofuel. When the Biofuel Bill was debated earlier this year UnitedFuture voiced legitimate concerns over the potential importation of unsustainable biofuels More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00139.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00113.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00143.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00148.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00147.htm [5]

Scoop Satire: Recession-Weary Nation Cheered By John Key's Chaplinesque Antics
Before he was elected Prime Minister the nation had already recognised his considerable charm, but now John Key and his varied crew of sidekicks have revealed another much-needed talent: the gift of laughter. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00228.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://dimpost.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/shamefaced-nats-accidentally-abolish-private-property/" target="_blank [2]

90 Day Info: Are National Pandering To Criminals With Legislation?
“Rigid employment law has the most damaging effect on people at the margins of the labour market. Long-term unemployed people, young people, people returning after absences for childrearing or sickness, …and people with convictions all suffer disproportionately when employment law is inflexible. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00106.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00214.htm [2]

Defence: Future Air Force Leaders March Out
After 22 weeks of training, 24 newly commissioned officers of the Royal New Zealand Air Force celebrated a milestone in their careers by graduating from the Air Force’s Initial Officer Training Course. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00153.htm

Scoop Satire: What Else Is In The Urgency Plan?
Even as urgency commences, neither the public, nor opposition MPs, nor for that matter many Government MPs have any idea what other bills might appear. Good news! The following draft has appeared on Scoop's desk... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00197.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00071.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00095.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00158.htm [4]

Taxes: National "Doesn’t Care About Kiwi Battlers"
Mr Goff said the Taxation (Urgent Measures and Annual Rates) Bill is inherently unfair. “National said it would look after hard-working Kiwi battlers. That’s a lie. National is actually increasing the amount of tax many of these Kiwis pay. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00096.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00094.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00097.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0812/S00043.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00204.htm [5]

Gordon Campbell: Fired At Will Fired Through
So much for due consideration to an important change to workplace rights. The new government will be ramming through its 90 day probationary period for new workers under urgency. This ‘fire at will’ Christmas gift to those employers who run small and medium scale business will pose a few passing twinges of conscience for the Maori Party though. More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/firing-at-will-and-firing-up-broadband/

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00197.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00089.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00137.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00138.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00139.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00177.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/16454.html [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/16441.html [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00150.htm [10]

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Wildlife: Kiwi That Overdosed Goes Into Karori Rehab
A little spotted kiwi from Kapiti Island participating in the BNZ Save the Kiwi programme that has been convalescing at Pukaha Mount Bruce after succumbing to the toxic effects of karaka berries. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00027.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00022.htm [2]

Savings: NZ Sliding Behind Our Ozzie Cousins
The changes to KiwiSaver announced yesterday will do little to address the growing gap in trans-Tasman retirement savings New Zealanders now face, according to a Victoria University researcher. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00223.htm

Science Surprise: Study Shows School Scienticians Slack
The results of an international study showing a marked drop in student achievement levels in science comes as no surprise, according to the education sector union NZEI Te Riu Roa. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00020.htm

Media: TVNZ Promises Round The Clock News Thrills
TVNZ's presence on the Internet takes a leap forward today with the relaunch and complete redesign of tvnz.co.nz. The redesigned website shifts the emphasis towards increased breadth and depth of information-based material, on top of round-the-clock breaking news. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00236.htm

Buying Stuff Cheap: Fancy A Nice Little Motor
New Zealanders could get their cars for up to 50% less if they did their homework first, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00182.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/16436.html [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00202.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00229.htm [4]

International Trade: How D'Ye Like Them Capsicums?
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) have received advice from Biosecurity Australia that they have revised their emergency measures which will allow the importation of tomato and capsicum fruit from New Zealand. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00180.htm

Economy: NZ Average House Price Falls For A Second Month
Dec. 5 – The average New Zealand house price fell 6.8% in November from a year earlier, the second monthly slide of that magnitude, as the weakened economy sapped people’s appetite to take on mortgage debt. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00133.htm

Content.Net: Capt Kirk Is No More - Fairfax Chief Steps Down
Dec. 5 – David Kirk resigned as chief executive of Faifax Media and will leave today, the company said in a statement. It gave no explanation for the sudden move. Brian McCarthy, who had been Kirk’s deputy, steps up as acting CEO pending a board meeting on Dec. 10. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00117.htm

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COMMENT

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STOP PRESS: Publish Pap And Perish Fast
Duncan Graham writes: If our household was a DHB this would have been recorded as a sentinel event, for all my life opening the paper has been the key to starting the day, as critical as pouring milk on muesli or spooning beans on toast. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00231.htm

Lyndon Hood: Recession-Weary Nation Cheered By Chaplinesque Key
Just a comic tramp Charles Chaplin warmed the hearts of the world during the Great Depression, so in our hard economic times New Zealand is enjoying the farcical comedy of its own favourite clown. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00228.htm

WTF? Shane Warne – The Musical
Binoy Kampmark writes: He threw spinning grenades on the cricket pitch, watching them spit at opponents off a good length. He was also the terror of the ladies, ever eager to shoot off that lewd text message with fidgety enthusiasm. Then there was disgrace: pitch reports ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00219.htm

Keith Rankin: Controversy Over National's Tax Cuts
Listening to the tax debate in Parliament today (10 December 2008), most of the controversy has been about the lower threshold ($24,000) for the proposed Independent Earner Tax Credit (IETC). The IETC will be $520 per year ($10 per week) from April 2009 ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00214.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00237.htm [2]

Michael Collins: End Presidential Pardons And Clemency
(Wash. DC) The prospect of the criminal in chief, George W. Bush, issuing pardons to his co-conspirators is repugnant to all citizens who've paid any degree of attention over the last eight years. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00184.htm

Jim Miles: Robert Kagan’s Mythology of U.S. Exceptionalism
Robert Kagan is a difficult subject to analyze. At times his writing seems to be very honest and directly critical of U.S. intentions as well as being clearly honest about the sometimes “dangerous nation” aspect of its history and foreign policy. ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00170.htm

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LIFESTYLE

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Search on for New Zealand's next top model
More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/16574.html

Board Games: Search For New Zealand's Monopoly Champion
The 13th Monopoly World Championships is fast approaching and Hasbro, maker of the world's most iconic board game, is inviting all Monopoly enthusiasts in New Zealand to roll and deal their way to Las Vegas in the search for a New Zealand representative! More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00124.htm

Careful Giving: Buy A Safe Toy For Xmas
December is the busiest gift-buying month of the year, and kid’s toys are usually #1 in the shopping list. To be a responsible Santa, how do you know that the toys you plan to buy are safe? More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00087.htm

The Kids Are Alright! There Is Less Depression In NZ
People who work with youth are celebrating new statistics that show a general improvement in young people's health since 2001. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00042.htm

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WORLD

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DR Congo: UN Reports Progress In Talks Between Government, Rebels
Talks between the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a main rebel group are continuing to make headway, according to the top United Nations envoy tasked with helping to resolve the conflict that has engulfed the east of the ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00296.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00261.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00232.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00168.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00188.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00200.htm [6]

Somalia: UN-Backed Meeting Wraps Up With Call For Greater Action To Fight Piracy
A United Nations-backed meeting concluded today with participants calling for greater cooperation to combat the rampant piracy off the coast of Somalia, emphasizing that a durable solution to the problem requires peace and stability in the war-ravaged ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00274.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00199.htm [2]

Survival International: Diamond Mine On Bushman Land Gets Govt Approval
Botswana: Diamond Mine On Bushman Land Gets Government Approval – On Condition Bushmen Receive No Water. The Botswana government has given its approval to a controversial diamond mine on the land of the Kalahari Bushmen... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00256.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00223.htm [2]

Fifth of corals dead: Only emission cuts can save the rest, says IUCN
The report, released by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, of which IUCN is a member, shows if current trends in carbon dioxide emissions continue, many of the remaining reefs may be lost over the next 20 to 40 years. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00255.htm

Nepal: UN Bomb Disposal Experts To Resume Clearing Explosives
The Nepalese army has recommended a resumption of its minefield clearance operation, which it conducts with the assistance of the United Nations Mine Action Team, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00269.htm

Greenpeace: Young Pacific Islander Stands Up To World Leaders
A young Pacific Islander has issued a challenge to world leaders at the UN climate change talks, telling them to stop paying lip service and show the political will to fast track negotiations. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00213.htm

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Binoy Kampmark: Melbourne Quake: Shaken, Not Stirred

It began just after a news interview. Time: a quarter past nine. Morning of September 22, and yet to take a sip from the brewed Turkish coffee, its light thin surface foam inviting. The Australian city of Melbourne in its sixth lockdown, its residents fatigued and ravaged by regulations. Rising COVID-19 numbers, seemingly inexorable... More>>