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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 26 November 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 26 November 2009

1: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Moves Breaking Down

United Nations

With no Israeli-Palestinian negotiations underway, no agreed terms of reference for such talks, and Israel’s refusal to freeze settlements posing a key challenge, a senior United Nations official today called for “immediate actions on the ground” ...

2: Network against Repression and for Solidarity

Network against Repression and for Solidarity

La Brigada de Observación de la Red contra la Represión y por la Solidaridad (The Observation Brigade of the Network against Repression and for Solidarity) formed by different groups and organizations reaffirm their support and sympathy for the ...

3: Commonwealth Should Reconsider Rwanda Membership

Heather Collister

At the 2009 CHOGM Heads of Government will make a decision on whether to admit Rwanda to the Commonwealth. The criteria for membership of the Commonwealth derive from the establishment at the 2005 CHOGM in Malta of a Committee on Commonwealth membership. ...

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4: NIWA “adjusts” records to show warming

Climate Conversation

New Zealand may have its own “Climategate”, including manipulation of temperature readings, according to a combined research project undertaken by members of the Climate Conversation Group and the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition. The researchers ...

5: Goff: Grey Power Palmerston North

New Zealand Labour Party

We can celebrate the rich tapestry of our heritage and use it to move forwards as a nation; or re-open wounds and divisions where there can be healing. I want to talk about some of these issues today, and the choices that the Government is making this ...

6: While you were sleeping: Dubai default risk


Nov. 26 (BusinessWire) – Stocks rose on Wall Street after stronger-than-expected U.S. consumer spending and new home sales, and fewer claims for jobless benefits reassured investors the world’s biggest economy will pick up pace.

7: Brochures Embarrass British Health Service

Martha Rosenberg

"Your medicine is called Olanzapine. Pronounced 'o-lan-za-peen,'" says the lime green kids' brochure for the antipsychotic Zyprexa, published by Britain's National Health Service (NHS). "Many children, teenagers and young people need to take medicines ...

8: Tom Frewen: Today In Parliament 26.11.09

Tom Frewen

With his emissions trading scheme now safely passed into law with the support of the Maori Party, climate change issues minister, Nick Smith, still faces hostile questions about it from Green and Labour MPs. They also want to know why the prime ...

9: Top Scoop Stories November 26th 2009 News Summary

The Scoop Editor

LEAD STORY Race Relations: Goff Gives Speech To Orewa Rotary Club Grey Power Palmerston North NZ POLITICS Urgency: Legislate-Fest Continues The first secret bill Today In Parliament 24.11.09 World-Class Pollution: Manawatu Water Quality Needs Government ...

10: Residential care home firm hoarding public cash

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Government’s own unfair wage policies on the low paid are spreading to the private aged care sector, said the CTU today, in support of the New Zealand Nurses Association and Service and Food Workers Union dispute with employer Presbyterian ...

11: Saving the 'wurld' one drop at a time


‘wurld’ is a new brand of bottled water with a difference - 100% of the profit funds clean water projects in the developing world. The company’s vision is to be much more than just a bottled water company. “’wurld’ offers consumers the ...

12: Rental costs paint grim picture for have-nots

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Figures released today in the Household Economic Survey (Income) show that despite rising average incomes, accommodation costs are still really hurting low and middle-income families. “A particular reason for this is rent,” said CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. ...

13: ACC figures drop the Minister in it . Again.

Bikers Rights Organisation NZ

On November 17th the BIKEOI made it clear to ACC Minister Nick Smith that New Zealand motorcyclists would not submit to being forced off the roads. The Minister's response has been to state that motorcycle ACC claims have massively increased between 1998 ...

14: Speech: Jones - Maori Party support for ETS

New Zealand Labour Party

There is a famous story in Te Ao Māori. It is about a kahawai, not unlike the Māori Party, and the great white shark. The great white shark said to the kahawai “Let’s learn to live together, let’s swim in a common current, and get a feel for the ...

15: Questions and Answers - 25 Nov 2009

Office of the Clerk

Health Care—Policy; Corrections, Department—Confidence; Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart—Number of Houses Insulated; Tertiary Education, Minister—Decisions; Summer Research Scholarships—Progress

16: Breaking ground in real estate

GoodGround Real Estate

A new independent real estate company – GoodGround – has officially opened its doors from its home base in Waipu.

17: South Canterbury CEO, Lachie McLeod, resigns


Nov. 26 (BusinessWire) – Lachie McLeod, the chief executive of South Canterbury Finance Ltd, the finance company controlled by Timaru businessman Allan Hubbard, will resign at the end of the month, SCF announced today. Neil Gormack, a partner ...

18: Private prisons cost more & provide worse service

Public Service Association

“Why does the government continue to ignore all the evidence that private prisons cost more and provide a worse service?” asks PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff The government has this morning passed legislation enabling private companies to ...

19: Top Scoop Stories November 25th 2009 News Summary

The Scoop Editor

LEAD STORY Gordon Campbell: Using Kids As Guinea Pigs(+ Hone, ETS) NZ POLITICS Criminal Arithmetic: Collin Uses Shonky Figures To Justify Private Prisons Crying Over Spilt Blood: Govt & Fonterra Must Condemn "San Lu" Executions Nothing To See Here: No Maori ...

20: AFFCO profit more than halved - tough times ahead


AFFCO profit more than halved - tough times ahead Nov. 26 (BusinessWire) - AFFCO Holdings Ltd, the meat processing company, has reported a 57.9% drop in net profit to $25.37 million for the year to September 30 and is cancelling its final dividend ...

21: Labour’s attack on iwi is an attack on whanau

The Maori Party

The Maori Party says whanau and iwi can’t be divided and the Labour Opposition’s attempt to attack iwi is an attack on thousands of whanau. “Without whanau there is no iwi and it is low of the Labour Party to hit out at iwi especially when those ...

22: ARTA pleased stability returned to bus customers

Auckland Regional Transport Authority

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) says it is very pleased that stability and certainty has been returned to Auckland’s bus passengers today with notification that agreement has now been reached between NZ Bus and the Auckland Combined Unions. ...

23: No place for Labour Party’s race division tactics

The Maori Party

The Maori Party is calling on the public not to fall into the scaremongering trap that Labour Party leader Phil Goff has tried to set in his version of another racially divisive Orewa type speech made in Palmerston North today. “Mr Goff is doing his ...

24: Climate Change Accelerating Beyond Expectations

The Copenhagen Diagnosis

Global ice-sheets are melting at an increased rate; Arctic sea-ice is disappearing much faster than recently projected, and future sea-level rise is now expected to be much higher than previously forecast, according to a new global scientific synthesis ...

25: Too many children falling behind peers

Office of the Children's Commissioner

The age-old claim that New Zealand is a great place to bring up children and be a child is not what the facts show for about 20 percent of them, Children’s Commissioner Dr John Angus said today. “The Children’s Social Health Monitor launched yesterday ...

26: Flavell praises Maori dux

The Maori Party

Maori Party education spokesperson Te Ururoa Flavell has commended Kataraina Faiers and Jamaika Anderson for being awarded the 2009 dux at St Joseph's Maori Girls College. “It makes me so proud to see our rangatahi achieving in education and I take my ...

27: Law change allows private prison management

New Zealand Government

Private sector management of prisons will bring greater innovation, efficiency and cost effectiveness to the corrections system, Corrections Minister Judith Collins said. The Corrections (Contract Management of Prisons) Bill 2009 passed into law ...

28: Temporary road closures Christmas Spectacular

Hutt City Council

Hutt City Council advises the following road closures and no stopping restrictions have been approved for streets surrounding Fraser Park for the Brother Christmas Spectacular event on Saturday 5 December 2009 from 2 to 11pm. Road closures • Percy ...

29: Te Ohu Kaimoana Chair Welcomed by SeaFIC

Seafood Industry Council

The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council congratulates Ngahiwi Tomoana on his appointment as the Chairman of Te Ohu Kaimoana. Owen Symmans, New Zealand Seafood Industry Council chief executive said he welcomes the appointment and offers his congratulations to ...

30: Summer Set To Sizzle With Top Kiwi Music

Hutt City Council

Top New Zealand musicians are tuning up for Hutt City’s free Pelorus Trust Music in Parks summer concert series, taking place over three Sundays in February 2010.

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Dunne's Weekly: Rot In The Australian Civil Service

ew National MP James Meagher broke the long-standing convention that Maiden Speeches should be non-controversial. His speech not only raised a few eyebrows but also would have struck some raw nerves.
Meagher described himself as a "walking contradiction" – “a part-Māori boy raised in a state house by a single parent on the benefit. Now a proud National Party MP... More

Binoy Kampmark: Rot In The Australian Civil Service

There is no better example of Australia’s politicised public service than its Home Affairs Secretary, Mike Pezzullo. In most other countries, he would have been the ideal conspirator in a coup, a tittletattler in the ranks, and bound to brief against those he did not like. Give him a dagger, and he was bound to use it... More

Binoy Kampmark: Accidents Of Eccentricity: Israel’s Pacific Hold

Cunning, subtle, understated. Israeli policy in the Pacific has seen United Nations votes cast in its favour, the foreign policies of certain countries adjusted, and favours switched. While China may be considered the big, threatening beast competing alongside that large, clumsy figure called the United States, the small state of Israel is directing its expertise, and charm, in very specific ways in the Indo-Pacific... More

Ramzy Baroud: The Palestinian Cause Belongs To The World

Once upon a time, the ‘Arab-Israeli Conflict’ was between Arabs & Israelis. Over the course of many years, however, it has been rebranded. The media is now telling us it is a ‘Hamas-Israeli Conflict.’ But what went wrong? Israel simply became too powerful... More


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