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Top Scoop Stories October 21st 2009 News Summary

Top Scoop Stories October 21st 2009 News Summary

LEAD STORY

This Always Ends Well: Shake-Up For The Health Sector

NZ POLITICS

Quick Things: Street Racing Bill Passed Under Urgency

Mining: Minister "Welcomes" Environmental Report

Novel Speeches: Key To CTU Conference

Local Government: Hide Introduces User-Pays Policy Distribution

Deals: Maori Party Supports ACC Bill To First Reading

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

No Taste For Accounting: Commercial Confidentiality No Shield Under IFRS - Diplock

Scoop Business: Roche To Be Named NZ Post CEO, Trans Tasman Says

Popularity Contests: Kākāpō Knows Who Real Bird Of The Year Is

Lobbying: Oh, Hemp, Is There Nothing You Can't Do?

COMMENT

A Censored Headline and why it Matters: German High Court Outlaws Electronic Voting

Syria’s Golan Heights: Can International law forestall a Golanian intifada?

Martin LeFevre: Sound And Meditation

Rosalea Barker: A Trip Down Under In Pictures

Richard S Ehrlich: U.S. Appeals to Extradite Russia's Alleged "Merchant of Death"

Uri Avnery: The Slippery Slope

LIFESTYLE

Maori: Poroporoaki Ki A Mate Kaiwai

Charity: Naked Samoans For One-Show-Only Samoa Benefit

WORLD

INTERPOL: Calling For More Female Police

More Turmoil: 30,000 Angolans Expelled From DR Congo

We The People: USA: New Legislation Brings Limited Transparency

Contentious Election: Hillary Clinton's Remarks: Afghan Elections

Afghanistan: Weapons And Munition Caches Seized

World Environment: Forget Forests At Your Peril

Chamber of Commerce: Free Enterprise Climate Policy

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LEAD STORY

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This Always Ends Well: Shake-Up For The Health Sector
Health Minister Tony Ryall today announced a major drive for better value for money in health. He intends to free up resources for more and better front line services."Cabinet has agreed to a number of proposals from the Ministerial Review Group's report 'Meeting the Challenge' that will greatly improve national and regional cooperation and reduce duplication of back office functions, " the Minister said More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00301.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00302.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0910/S00091.htm [3]

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NZ POLITICS

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00298.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00285.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00186.htm [4]

Quick Things: Street Racing Bill Passed Under Urgency
The Land Transport (Enforcement Powers) Amendment Bill that tackles illegal street racing passed its Third Reading in Parliament last night. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00284.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00294.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00295.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00277.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00268.htm [5]

Mining: Minister "Welcomes" Environmental Report
Energy and Resources Minister, Gerry Brownlee, is welcoming a report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment about the Stockton coal mine, describing it as a useful contribution. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00299.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00303.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00557.htm [3]

Novel Speeches: Key To CTU Conference
Thank you for the invitation to address your Biennial Conference. It’s good to be here. I last addressed the CTU at your Productivity Conference in March. I enjoyed that opportunity and I was pleased to get a good hearing, so when Helen Kelly and Peter Conway asked me to address this conference I was keen to accept. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00296.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00264.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00274.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00273.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/28328.html [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/28351.html [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00276.htm [7]

Local Government: Hide Introduces User-Pays Policy Distribution
Local Government Minister Rodney Hide’s decision to charge city and regional councillors in Christchurch to attend a breakfast meeting to learn about the future of local government is the first of many according to ACT party sources disgruntled with the influence of the ‘sensible sentencing’ wing of the party, says North Shore City Mayor Andrew Williams. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0910/S00296.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0910/S00303.htm [2]

Deals: Maori Party Supports ACC Bill To First Reading
The Maori Party caucus has decided to support the introduction of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Bill, to be referred to a Select Committee. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00265.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00279.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0910/S00302.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00266.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0910/S00294.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00138.htm [6]

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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No Taste For Accounting: Commercial Confidentiality No Shield Under IFRS - Diplock
New Zealand companies’ compliance with new international accounting rules is “very patchy” as boards struggle with a “cultural” aversion to disclosure... More »[1]

[1] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/10/21/commercial-confidentiality-no-shield-under-ifrs/

Scoop Business: Roche To Be Named NZ Post CEO, Trans Tasman Says
Brian Roche, a senior partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, is to be named chief executive of New Zealand Post this week, the Trans Tasman Political Newsletter reported. More »[1]

[1] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/10/21/roche-to-be-named-nz-post-ceo-trans-tasman-says/

Popularity Contests: Kākāpō Knows Who Real Bird Of The Year Is
Proving size isn’t everything, the critically endangered kākāpō population has shown their combined pulling power can draw people in from all over the world, after a Youtube video featuring the now famous Sirocco the kākāpō received more than million hits this weekend. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0910/S00325.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0910/S00291.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0910/S00018.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0910/S00080.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0910/S00087.htm [5]

Lobbying: Oh, Hemp, Is There Nothing You Can't Do?
The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party (ALCP) is the only New Zealand political party with a policy that can reverse man-made climate change. Neither emission reductions targets or carbon trading schemes will solve the problem. Nor will the establishment of more International Laws. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0910/S00046.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00429.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0910/S00253.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00430.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00432.htm [5]

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COMMENT

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A Censored Headline and why it Matters: German High Court Outlaws Electronic Voting
(Oct 20-- DailyCensored.Com ) The justices above are clearly the most rational group of high level functionaries in the industrialized world. They did what no other court would do in Europe or the United States. They effectively outlawed electronic voting... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00187.htm

Syria’s Golan Heights: Can International law forestall a Golanian intifada?
Nationals from nearly one-third of the 192 member states of the United Nations met in Damascus last week to discuss the Return/Liberation of the Golan Heights. An estimated 5000 researchers, Lawyers, politicians, activists, victims of Israel’s 42 years ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00190.htm

Martin LeFevre: Sound And Meditation
On one of the last days of the year before winter sets in in the mountains, I drive up to Lassen Volcanic National Park, the entrance of which is only about an hour and a half from here. Lassen is one of the least visited national parks in America, ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00189.htm

Rosalea Barker: A Trip Down Under In Pictures
The US flag atop the new drilling rig next to the road to my birthplace was in tatters by the time I left town a week later, shredded by the south wind that had brought unseasonal snowfalls early in the week of my visit and dressing my beloved mountain... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00178.htm

Richard S Ehrlich: U.S. Appeals to Extradite Russia's Alleged "Merchant of Death"
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Newly obtained documents, prepared by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), portray an elaborate sting operation to capture alleged weapons trafficker Viktor Bout in Bangkok, and America's current appeal to extradite him ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00177.htm

Uri Avnery: The Slippery Slope
IT IS, of course, all the fault of Judge Richard Goldstone. He is to blame for it, as he is to blame for all the other ills that are befalling us now. He is to blame for the trouble we are having at the UN, both in New York and in Geneva. For the ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00167.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00152.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00179.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00057.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00025.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0909/S00228.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0909/S00191.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0908/S00249.htm [8]

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LIFESTYLE

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Maori: Poroporoaki Ki A Mate Kaiwai
The Minister of Maori Affairs joined Ngati Porou and the nation in mourning the passing of a pillar of Maoridom, Mate Huatahi Kaiwai, of Ngati Porou. She was 94. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00283.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00291.htm [2]

Charity: Naked Samoans For One-Show-Only Samoa Benefit
Critically acclaimed theatre troupe, The Naked Samoans are coming out of retirement for a special one-off performance of their ‘Go Home’ show to raise money for those affected by the recent tsunami in Samoa. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0910/S00336.htm

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WORLD

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INTERPOL: Calling For More Female Police
A senior United Nations official today welcomed a recent landmark agreement with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to strengthen police units in peacekeeping missions around the world, and called on Member States to contribute ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00265.htm

More Turmoil: 30,000 Angolans Expelled From DR Congo
Nearly 30,000 Angolans recently expelled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who are now seeking refuge in overcrowded camps in northern Angola, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations refugee agency reported ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00260.htm

We The People: USA: New Legislation Brings Limited Transparency
After years of lobbying by human rights activists, Congress has approved the release of information on the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas, the military training facility infamous for ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00271.htm

Contentious Election: Hillary Clinton's Remarks: Afghan Elections
Afghanistan has been through a rough and contentious election. The bravery, patience, and resilience of the Afghan people has been on display since election day, when so many of them went to the polls in the face of threats and intimidation. And after ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00268.htm

Afghanistan: Weapons And Munition Caches Seized
Taliban extremists operating against Australian and coalition forces continue to suffer significant setbacks with the discovery and destruction of two weapon caches by Australian soldiers in Oruzgan province. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00251.htm

World Environment: Forget Forests At Your Peril
In the opening speech to the World Forestry Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, IUCN Deputy Director General Dr William Jackson said given the rate at which climate change is happening, no country, rich or poor, could afford to neglect its forests. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00256.htm

Chamber of Commerce: Free Enterprise Climate Policy
WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind strong climate legislation, a spokesman for Chamber President Tom J. Donahue announced today at the National Press Club. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00254.htm

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