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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 27 July 2005


Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 26 July 2005

1. Pharmac—Funding 2. Television New Zealand—“Culture of Extravagance” 3. Iraq—Combat Forces 4. Zimbabwe—Cricket Tour 5. Tertiary Education—Singalong Courses 6. Benefits—Working-age New Zealanders 7. Immigration Service—Investigations

2: PM's Attacks Lead To Muted National Party Foreign Policy

"What is at stake in this election is whether New Zealand just blindly says yes to more powerful nations," warned the Prime Minister shortly after announcing 17 September as the date of the 2005 General Election.

3: Dennis Hans: Super-spy Tom Cruise Outed Plame

A member of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s legal team confirmed that actor and covert CIA agent Tom Cruise blew the cover of undercover agency operative Valerie Plame Wilson.

4: Brash: A New Direction for Local Government

Don Brash Leader of the National Party Wednesday July 27 Address to Local Government NZ Annual Conference Christchurch Convention Centre

5: National's Key ignorant on loans rules - Mallard

"John Key's statement on Labour's student loan policy shows that he is ignorant of all the checks and balances that have been introduced into the student loans scheme, to remove the level of abuse that National allowed when it was in government," ...

6: UQ Wire: The Mineta Testimony

One year after the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, serious questions that were raised before and during the Commission proceedings remain unanswered. For many, the Commission Report raised more questions than it answered.

7: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer, 27 July 2005

1. Tertiary Course Enrolments—Government Funding 2. Student Loans—Possible Changes Question No. 3 to Minister 3. Weathertight Homes Resolution Service—Staff Function 4. Diabetes—Prevention and Education 5. Health Services—Free Provision for Under-sixes ...

8: Dr Cullen loses his calculator

National Party Finance spokesman John Key says the figures issued in relation to Labour’s irresponsible student loans programme don’t add up.

9: Dishonesty in Anti-Smacking Brigade

Society President Mike Petrus describes Children’s Commissioner Dr Cindy Kiro’s position, as reported (Dominion Post 27 July), that the repeal of s. 59 of the Crimes Act “would mean one group in society could no longer be legally assaulted,” as downright dishonest.

10: They Can’t Blame Trevor Chappell This Time

New Zealand has lost yet another Trans-Tasman battle, but can’t blame Trevor Chappell this time.

11: Colour, style, fantasy... and that's just the hair

A record 505 entrants in New Zealand's most prestigious hairdressing awards has been trimmed back to the top 20 individual stylists.

12: Increasing Number Of Aucklanders Moving To Country

Auckland property investors and homeowners are increasingly heading for the country, according to Harveys Waikato regional manager Gerald van der Meer.

13: Baldock challenges PM to reveal marriage position

United Future’s Larry Baldock today tackled Prime Minister Helen Clark, albeit through Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen speaking on her behalf, in Parliament on where her Government stood on maintaining marriage as between a man and a woman.

14: Students will borrow a billion, make more

National Party Education spokesman Bill English says Labour’s interest free student loans will see students borrow billions they don’t need and put it into interest-earning bank accounts.

15: What’s Better Than Breastfeeding?

On the eve of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), Plunket admits there is one thing better than breastfeeding. What is that? Breastfeeding for longer. Plunket joins the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action in urging families who are breastfeeding ...

16: Labour’s pledge for under-sixes’ GP visits broken

Labour has failed in its 1999 pledge to maintain free GP visits for children under six, says National’s Health spokesman, Paul Hutchison.

17: OCR unchanged at 6.75 per cent

The Reserve Bank has left the Official Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged at 6.75 per cent.

18: Questions for Oral Answer Wednesday, 27 July 2005

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: How much funding has the Government provided over the last three years for student enrolments in Te Wananga o Aotearoa's Mahi Ora and Kiwi Ora courses and The Open Polytechnic's ...

19: National to muzzle New Zealand communities

National is to muzzle communities and deprive them of input in to their council's affairs, Local Government Minister Chris Carter said today.

20: Maori seats, gone by kai time?

National has made their vision for New Zealand clear. Under National, the future of New Zealand will be one where Maori will get few, if any, speaking parts according to Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia.

21: Judgement: Young v LTSA


22: Wool biotech gets into hand and nailcare market

New Zealand wool protein biotechnology is the secret ingredient in a new generation of hand and nail care ingredients being launched internationally.

23: Peter Cresswell: Chris Lewis - Tall Poppy

I'm enormously sad to learn that New Zealand Tennis have finally driven tennis ace Chris Lewis from New Zealand . Chris is a wonderful sportsman and a tremendous human being, and his departure for California leaves me angry at his treatment here at ...

24: Labour's Election Pledges No 3: Industry Training

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced the third of Labour's key election pledges: to create an extra 5,000 Modern Apprenticeship places, taking the total number to 14,000 in 2008.

25: Methamphetamine Suppliers Face The Music

A hard-hitting song launched today by young Whakatane musician and songwriter Calvin Kingi is getting a lot of attention for lyrics that focus on the supplier of P or methamphetamine as the problem.

26: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Brash Plans To Take Scythe To Local Govt, RMA, STV, Maori Seats... - SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE: - Time For Brash To Come Clean On Tax Policy: Labour - Dunne Offers Olive-Branch To Brash - Hopes Raised For Cross-Nation Consensus On Nuclear Non-Proliferation

27: Annan Welcomes Seven-Nation Nuclear Initiative

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed an "encouraging" seven-nation initiative which he said could lead to General Assembly consensus on strengthening adherence to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament agreements.

28: Flag petition to be withdrawn

The Trust today announced that it is withdrawing its petition for a referendum on whether New Zealand should change its flag.

29: Cullen: Address to Enterprise Franklin

For any business of a reasonable size, five years is long enough to develop a business strategy, determine what needs to be done to achieve that strategy, decide what investments need to be made, arrange for finance, and perhaps implement a new business plan. ...

30: Destiny Candidate Outlines Student Loan Policy

Destiny New Zealand's policy of students paying zero interest on student loans for courses in a field of study relevant to New Zealand's social, cultural and economic needs and goals was presented to the Petone Environment and Peace Centre forum on ...


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