Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Top Scoop Stories December 21st 2009 News Summary

Top Scoop Stories December 21st 2009 News Summary

LEAD STORY

Climate Change: Activists Blockade NZ Stock Exchange

NZ POLITICS

Mining: Coromandel Assessed As Unsuitable For Mining

Gordon Campbell: The Government’s Plans For Welfare Reform

It's Official: Wh?anganui

I know That Guy! Key Addresses Copenhagen Conference

Gordon Campbell:Peter Jackson, And Catching Up With The Aussies

Prevention: Drivers Of Crime A Whole-Of-Government Priority

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

International Trade: Thousands Of Animals Die In Live Export Disaster

Smellie Sniffs The Breeze: Taking Our Lumps At Copenhagen

Winged Death: Top Predator Makes Spectacular Return To Capital

Climate talks deadlocked as clashes erupt outside

Capital Taskforce: Report Calls For Financial Adviser Regulation, Partial Asset Floats

COMMENT

Death Of A Dissident: Hosein-Ali Montazeri

Connie Lawn’s Column: Snowed In

Martin LeFevre: Global Warming As Metaphor

Workers Risking Job Losses: House Passes $154 Bill

Allen Roland: Are You Really Unemployed And Does Anyone Care?

Gordon Campbell: Peter Jackson, And Catching The Aussies

Ramzy Baroud: The Lobby Within

LIFESTYLE

Like Rugby Superphospate: Grassroots Rugby The Winner In RWC

Scoop Review Of Books: The Birth Of Suburbia

Spare Room Link: Avatar Review

Red Carpet On Courtenay Place: Lovely Bones Premiere Images

Statistics: Christmas Dinner Should Cost A Dollar Or Two Less

WORLD

Copenhagen: Historic Moment, Historic Gathering And Historical Cop Out

Sexual Orientation: Argentine Same-Sex Marriage Debate Returns

Animal Rights: Ricky Gervais Applauds Move To Ban Bullfighting

Media: Tsunami & Bushfires Most Closely Followed Storie

Rainbow Warrior Attacked: Climate Change Denialists Use Greenpeace Tactics

Defending Whales : Japan Deploys LRAD Against Sea Shepherd Helicopter

------------

TO CHANGE MY SCOOP OPTIONS OR UNSUBSCRIBE FROM THIS LIST

http://www.scoop.co.nz/myscoop/signin.html

IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR PASSWORD

http://www.scoop.co.nz/myscoop/newpass.html

------------

LEAD STORY

------------

Climate Change: Activists Blockade NZ Stock Exchange

Protesters blockaded the New Zealand Stock Exchange this morning frustrated with global inaction on climate change and critical of market-based systems being proposed to tackle the problem. Activists occupied an office on the second floor of the exchange and nine people were arrested blockading the south entrance to the building.Another group of protestors scaled the Foreign Affairs and Trade building and unfurled a large banner singling out Fonterra as an environmental terrorist. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00188.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00268.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00269.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00262.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00263.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00265.htm [6]

------------

NZ POLITICS

------------

Mining: Coromandel Assessed As Unsuitable For Mining

A peer-reviewed Landscape Assessment of the Coromandel Peninsula completely contradicts statements by Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee, that some Coromandel conservation land presently close to mining has low conservation values and could be mined for gold. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00271.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00274.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00273.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00505.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00504.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00527.htm [6]

Gordon Campbell: The Government’s Plans For Welfare Reform

At a time of the year when family care and social generosity should be on everyone’s mind, we find Finance Minister Bill English announcing the government’s intention to get tougher on welfare in 2010. More »[1]

[1] - http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2009/12/21/campbell-on-the-govt%E2%80%99s-plans-for-welfare-reform/

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00347.htm [2]

It's Official: Wh?anganui

The official geographic name for the city of Wanganui will be the alternatives ‘Whanganui’ or ‘Wanganui’, Minister for Land Information Maurice Williamson announced today. “My intention to assign... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00329.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00330.htm [2]

[3] - http://publicaddress.net/default,6378.sm#post6378" target="_blank [3]

[4] - http://pundit.co.nz/content/dont-blame-me-i-voted-for-kodos" target="_blank [4]

I know That Guy! Key Addresses Copenhagen Conference

Madam President, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. New Zealand came to Copenhagen with great hope of achieving a binding agreement that had developed and developing countries working together to respond to the challenges of climate change. [Image: TV3 News] More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00323.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2009/12/copenhagen-in-come-the-heads-of-state/ [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00242.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00324.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00344.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00181.htm [6]

Gordon Campbell:Peter Jackson, And Catching Up With The Aussies

Comments Peter Jackson made at the press conference for his recent Lovely Bones premiere in Wellington – which, in odd counterpoint to the recent 2025 Task Force report by Don Brash, highlighted an alleged need for New Zealand to keep up/catch up with Australian incentives on offer, or imminent. More »[1]

[1] - http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2009/12/18/campbell-peter-jackson-and-catching-the-aussies/

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/30762.html [2]

Prevention: Drivers Of Crime A Whole-Of-Government Priority

The Government is to make addressing the drivers of crime a whole-of-government priority, Justice Minister Simon Power and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples announced today. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00315.htm

------------

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

------------

International Trade: Thousands Of Animals Die In Live Export Disaster

The drowning of 30,000 animals during the sinking of the Panamanian-flagged ship Danny F II near Lebanon last week serves as a harsh reminder to the New Zealand Government of why it should not allow this country’s live sheep trade to resume. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00522.htm

Smellie Sniffs The Breeze: Taking Our Lumps At Copenhagen

Watching the Copenhagen climate change summit from Wellington today brings to mind the Pineapple Lumps ad where the Kiwi turns up late, hits the button, and is delighted to receive a toothsome booby prize while other countries make off with the riches. More »[1]

[1] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/12/18/smellie-sniffs-the-breeze-taking-our-lumps/

Winged Death: Top Predator Makes Spectacular Return To Capital

Conservation staff at the groundbreaking ZEALANDIA eco-sanctuary in Wellington believe they have found the first New Zealand falcons to have hatched in the city since the species disappeared as a breeding population in the Seventies. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0912/S00259.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.odt.co.nz/the-regions/otago/86523/trust-buys-28-farms-south?page=0%2C0" target="_blank [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00309.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00310.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00430.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00230.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00234.htm [7]

[8] - http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2009/12/copenhagen-looking-for-a-breakthrough-its-in-the-leaders-hands/ [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00220.htm [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00468.htm [10]

[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00473.htm [11]

[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00467.htm [12]

Climate talks deadlocked as clashes erupt outside

- More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/30727.html

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00181.htm [2]

Capital Taskforce: Report Calls For Financial Adviser Regulation, Partial Asset Floats

Retail investors need warning labels on high risk products, simpler disclosure documents, and a deeper range of choices to put their money into, says the Capital Markets Development Taskforce, in its report released this morning by Commerce Minister Simon Power. More »[1]

[1] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/12/16/taskforce-calls-for-financial-adviser-regulation/

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00271.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00258.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00279.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00278.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00378.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00223.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00405.htm [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00404.htm [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00398.htm [10]

[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00395.htm [11]

[12] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/12/16/pm-to-issue-response-to-capital-markets-review/ [12]

[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/30715.html [13]

------------

COMMENT

------------

Death Of A Dissident: Hosein-Ali Montazeri

Grand Ayatollah Hosein-Ali Montazeri has passed into the history of the Iranian Revolution as he was, potentially at least, about to create another. Thirty years ago, he was a vital figure in unseating the Shah, and well placed within the circle of the Ayatollah ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00197.htm

Connie Lawn’s Column: Snowed In

A Russian leader once said, the best way to conquer America is to dump a few inches of snow on Washington, D.C. Then the people panic, the city and suburbs are paralyzed and nothing gets done. That is only partially true in this, the great snowfall of... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00196.htm

Martin LeFevre: Global Warming As Metaphor

The verdict is in. Copenhagen proved that national governments and international institutions, even led by the wunderkind Barack Obama, cannot and will not provide an adequate response to the man-made ecological crisis. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00195.htm

Workers Risking Job Losses: House Passes $154 Bill

With heavy defections from Blue Dog Democrats, the House of Representatives still narrowly passed Wednesday evening, 217 to 212, a $154 billion jobs package. It included funds for states to retain front-line workers, aid to the unemployed and transportation ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00177.htm

Allen Roland: Are You Really Unemployed And Does Anyone Care?

It's all a game of deception in Washington where the truth often lies buried under meaningless and deceiving figures. No where is that more obvious than in the bureau of labor statistics. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00176.htm

Gordon Campbell: Peter Jackson, And Catching The Aussies

The most recent pointers we have on Jackson’s thinking about the local film industry were comments he made at the press conference for his recent Lovely Bones premiere in Wellington – which, in odd counterpoint to the recent 2025 Task Force report ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00173.htm

Ramzy Baroud: The Lobby Within

A just and peaceful solution to the protracted Palestinian-Israeli conflict is only possible when the US ceases to block every attempt made towards it. This assertion might raise many questions, for example, just how is one to define a just and peaceful resolution? And for what reasons would the... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00175.htm

------------

LIFESTYLE

------------

Like Rugby Superphospate: Grassroots Rugby The Winner In RWC

The organisers of the Rugby World Cup have pulled out all the stops to bring the cream of international rugby to grassroots New Zealand, Rugby World Cup Associate Minister Gerry Brownlee said today. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00338.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0912/S00312.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0912/S00309.htm [3]

Scoop Review Of Books: The Birth Of Suburbia

Like most early New Zealand settlements, Wellington was sited on the edge of a good harbour... By 1900 it was overcrowded, land prices were rising, and new suburbs were urgently needed on or beyond the hills. More »[1]

[1] - http://books.scoop.co.nz/2009/12/15/the-birth-of-suburbia/

Spare Room Link: Avatar Review

James Cameron’s Avatar has been hyped for years now and heralded as the next big thing in movie making. And with good reason; visually this 3D epic is pretty damn mind-blowing… More »[1]

[1] - http://www.spareroom.co.nz/2009/12/16/avatar/

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00232.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0912/S00247.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/30709.html [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/30753.html [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/30736.html [6]

Red Carpet On Courtenay Place: Lovely Bones Premiere Images

Wellington's Courtenay Place was closed off and carpetted today to celebrate the NZ Premiere of Peter Jackson's latest movie, Lovely Bones. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00131.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00133.htm [2]

Statistics: Christmas Dinner Should Cost A Dollar Or Two Less

To mark the festive season, Statistics New Zealand has estimated the cost of traditional and barbecue Christmas dinners for a family of two adults and two children. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0912/S00193.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0912/S00199.htm [2]

------------

WORLD

------------

Copenhagen: Historic Moment, Historic Gathering And Historical Cop Out

The ‘climate deal’ announced in Copenhagen today is a triumph of spin over substance said Oxfam International. The agreement – which was announced by the US, India, China and South Africa - has not been endorsed by the EU and many other countries. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00540.htm

Sexual Orientation: Argentine Same-Sex Marriage Debate Returns

In 2002, Argentina was at the forefront of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights debate when it became the first country in the region to allow same-sex civil unions. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00539.htm

Animal Rights: Ricky Gervais Applauds Move To Ban Bullfighting

As a direct result of a citizens’ advocacy campaign in Catalonia, local politicians have approved a debate on changes to the Catalan Animal Protection Law. Currently, all animals except bulls and horses used in bullfights are protected by this legislation. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00551.htm

Media: Tsunami & Bushfires Most Closely Followed Storie

The Samoan tsunami was the most closely followed news story in 2009 followed by the bushfires that devastated Victoria in February. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00554.htm

Rainbow Warrior Attacked: Climate Change Denialists Use Greenpeace Tactics

Global warming skeptics from CFACT yesterday pulled off an international climate caper using GPS triangulation from Greenpeace's own on-board camera photos to locate and sail up long-side of the infamous Greenpeace vessel, Rainbow Warrior. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00522.htm

Defending Whales : Japan Deploys LRAD Against Sea Shepherd Helicopter

Southern Ocean - Sea Shepherd’s ship Steve Irwin is ten days at sea after departing Fremantle, Australia, and has had a Japanese tail ship for nine of those days, the Shonan Maru No. 2. This Japanese security ship is reporting the Steve Irwin’s location, ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00514.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00549.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00536.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00526.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00498.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00500.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00509.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00512.htm [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00515.htm [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00516.htm [10]

[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00456.htm [11]

[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00485.htm [12]

[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00487.htm [13]

[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00480.htm [14]

[15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00473.htm [15]

[16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00462.htm [16]

[17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00461.htm [17]

[18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00460.htm [18]

[19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00459.htm [19]

[20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00444.htm [20]

[21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00432.htm [21]

[22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00430.htm [22]

[23] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00428.htm [23]

[24] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00414.htm [24]

[25] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00420.htm [25]

[26] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00422.htm [26]

[27] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00424.htm [27]

[28] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00425.htm [28]

[29] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00378.htm [29]

[30] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00380.htm [30]

[31] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00390.htm [31]

[32] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00409.htm [32]

[33] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00418.htm [33]

[34] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00297.htm [34]

[35] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00355.htm [35]

[36] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00350.htm [36]

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Boris Johnson At Sea: Coronavirus Confusion In The UK

The tide has been turning against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Oafishly, he has managed to convert that tide into a deluge of dissatisfaction assisted by the gravitational pull of singular incompetence. Much of this is due to such errors of ... More>>

Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: Rightwing Populism Will Make You Sick—Really

The four countries with the most confirmed COVID-19 infections in the world are all led by rightwing populists: the US, India, Brazil, and Russia. Throw in the United Kingdom, which has the largest infection rate in Europe, and you have a common pattern. ... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Early Voting Is OK, If You Know Who To Vote For

Early voting is now open which is great for the 80% or so of the population whose vote does not change from one election to the next. They can go out and vote at their convenience without having to wait for election day. But for those who are yet even ... More>>

The Conversation: Biodiversity: Where The World Is Making Progress – And Where It’s Not

The future of biodiversity hangs in the balance. World leaders are gathering to review international targets and make new pledges for action to stem wildlife declines. Depending on whether you are a glass half-full or half-empty person, you’re likely ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Current Chances Of Re-Election

By now it seems clear that National have no fresh ideas to offer for how New Zealand could avoid the Covid-19 economic crisis. As in the past, National has set an arbitrary 30% ratio of government debt to GDP that it aims to achieve “in a decade or so,” ... More>>

The Conversation: Rogue Poll Or Not, All The Signs Point To A Tectonic Shift In New Zealand Politics

Richard Shaw AAP(various)/NZ Greens (CC-BY-SA)/The Conversation Strong team. More jobs. Better economy. So say the National Party’s campaign hoardings. Only thing is, last Sunday’s Newshub-Reid Research poll – which had support for the Labour ... More>>

The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the charts of infection . In time, other unfortunates may well ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

Be wary what you protest about. The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club. Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog