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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 5 September 2005


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

1: PSA Strike Ends in Tonga

The Tongan Advisory Council of New Zealand wishes to congratulate the striking workers and the Tongan Government for arriving at a peaceful resolution to the recent industrial dispute.

2: Relief Activities Related to Hurricane Katrina

SECRETARY RICE: Good afternoon. On behalf of the employees of the State Department, our hearts and prayers go out to every citizen who has been affected by Katrina. I want every American to know that their government is doing everything it can to ...

3: Anne Else: Brash in Charge - Here is the News

1 November 2005: The new National Government today took urgency to pass legislation abolishing the Maori seats in Parliament, together with all the government agencies "specifically set up to deal exclusively with Maori or with Maori issues". The new ...

4: While Bodies Rot, Bush Couldn’t Care Less

As the unmitigated horror in New Orleans and environs unfolds and the type of immediate, massive government assistance that was needed from the earliest moments of Katrina’s landfall Monday scandalously and unforgivably fails to materialize, it is impossible ...

5: Castro Reiterates Aid Offer To Katrina Victims

Our country is ready to send, in the small hours of morning, 100 clinicians and specialists in Comprehensive General Medicine, who at dawn tomorrow, Saturday, could be in Houston International Airport, Texas, the closest to the region struck by the tragedy, in ...

6: National to reintroduce market rents

National's plans to reintroduce market rents for state house tenants and sell off the state housing stock is another sign that the hard-right faction within the party is winning the policy battle, Housing Minister Steve Maharey said today.

7: Scoop Pollwatch - One News: Lab 38%, Nat 46%

National 46% Labour 38% Maori 2% ACT 1% NZ First 5% United Future 1% Green 6%

8: Unitec Lecturer Challenges Accuracy Opinion Piece

Sione claims that 'Unitec is a University Wannabe'. Well yes and no. As Keith Rankin pointed out in his earlier piece, Unitec's argument was based on the need for dual-sector institutions which address a range of learning needs, from vocational trades through ...

9: Halliburton Illegalities, Bush Busts Whistleblower

In October, 2004, Bunnatine Greenhouse, a top military official responsible for making sure the Army Corps of Engineers complies with contracting rules, came forward and revealed that top Pentagon officials showed improper favoritism to Halliburton ...

10: Anti-Greens Smear Campaign Delivered Nationwide

Scoop Video: The Green Party is calling on all other parties to state categorically that they have nothing to do with a dirty tricks campaign which has just been launched on the Greens. An attack leaflet headlined "The Green Delusion", containing significant ...

11: Labour Displays Critique Of Nats Tax Cut Plan

Finance Minister Michael Cullen called a press conference today to present a detailed PowerPoint display that critiques National's tax cut policy. More information will follow this evening.

12: Poll a mistake not a trend

The latest Colmar Brunton poll, showing National eight points ahead of Labour, is almost certainly wrong according to Labour's campaign spokesman Pete Hodgson.

13: National's plan for Auckland roads

National Party Leader Don Brash says the next National Government will put roading in Auckland on the fast track with a comprehensive plan to get the city moving again.

14: Turia Backs Candidate's Comments to Brash

"I stand strongly in support of the statement Te Ururoa Flavell made to Dr Brash in Rotorua today" stated Tariana Turia, Co-leader of the Maori Party.

15: The Letter

National surges ahead of Labour. Winston faces defeat in Tauranga and in the country. Rodney's ahead in Epsom. ACT's polling is rising. Will the Greens make it? Spirallng fuel prices must affect the economy.

16: Scoop Link: Memo – Brash Advised To Buy Election

The memo was written by one of Don Brash's closest advisers, Bryan Sinclair, and suggests National leader Don Brash buys his way to power. A year ago Sinclair told Brash: "Election winning behaviour requires you to slosh those funds around and buy ...

17: A Week Of It: Brash's Leaking Office Special Ed.

IN THIS EDITION: - Dr Brash email Leaker to Herald on Sunday Pinpointed. - The Need For Public Service Radio Is Made Abundantly Clear - There's A Hole In My Party - Political Gossip Sheets Play Find The Leak - Act Holds Garage Sale - The Best Democracy ...

18: Poll Watch - Fairfax/ACN, 3 Sept: Nat 44%, Lab 41%

Nat 44% Lab 41% Greens 5% NZ First 4% United F 2% ACT 1% Maori 1%

19: Transcript: Maori Seats To Go Under National-UF

Last week United Future's leader Peter Dunne took the time to explain to Scoop what his parties bottom lines will be in post election co-alition talks. Whilst uneasy about National's plans to scrap the Maori seats should they become the next Government ...

20: Complaint laid over smear campaign

The Green Party has lodged a complaint today with the Chief Electoral Officer over a pamphlet that appears to be part of a smear campaign.

21: Dirty tricks pamphlet author won't front

Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons is disappointed that the author of a pamphlet designed to smear the Greens would not front up when she went to visit him at his Auckland home this afternoon.

22: Dunne calls all ACT voters on board

United Future leader Peter Dunne today issued a clarion call to ACT supporters to move across to United Future so their votes won't be wasted.

23: Clark's leader's fund paid for red pledge card

ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks has written to the Auditor General seeking an investigation of the use of parliamentary funds for Labour's red election pledge card.

24: Hu, Putin Hail Wartime Friendship

Chinese President Hu Jintao held a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Saturday night, a press release from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

25: New Zealand? Or the new Australia?

I have now spent some time reading Don Brash's speech from Monday, and have reluctantly come to the conclusion that Don Brash doesn't actually understand what he is talking about.

26: John Roughan: A Creeping Disaster?

'Rapid' disasters--tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, even cyclones--come suddenly and most go away almost as quickly. All disasters, however, change people's lives, alter their way of thinking but most of the time, those affected by nature's power ...

27: Smear campaign not so Christian

The scale of a smear campaign against the Greens and Labour became more apparent today with the discovery of a third pamphlet seemingly from hard-line Christians hell-bent on making Don Brash Prime minister by whatever means necessary.

28: Maori Party disgusted Labour's lack of knowledge

The Maori Party is today appalled that the Prime Minister of this country, was unable to answer a simple question about the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, in the television programme ‘Eye to Eye’.

29: Paul Holmes Vs Mike Hosking?

Prime Television is delighted to announce its new half-hour current affairs quiz show, Out of The Question. This fresh, feisty and topical debate will feature teams led by Mike Hosking and Paul Holmes and will screen on the network later this year.

30: Stateside with Rosalea: When The Levee Breaks

When I moved to this poor part of Oakland last year, one of the things I noticed first about it was the amount of subsidence and number of potholes in the streets.


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