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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 7 December 2006


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

1: Don Brash Writes: Nicky Hager's book

New Zealand National Party

As most of you know, some weeks before last year's election some emails sent to me were leaked to the media, allegedly from a National Party source. This was irritating, and even a bit embarrassing, but I took no serious action to find the source of this ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00108.htm

2: Questions And Answers - Wednesday, 6 December 2006
Office of the Clerk

1. GORDON COPELAND (United Future) to the Minister of Immigration: Why is the Government proceeding with the decision to “collect and use limited biometric information”, namely fingerprints, iris scans and facial recognition, from migrants and Kiwis returning ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00132.htm

3: No Right Turn: Tonga - What We Supported
No Right Turn

Last month, the New Zealand government sent soldiers and police to Tonga "to help maintain law and order". At the time I was deeply uneasy about this move, as it smacked of propping up a corrupt feudal regime against its own people . But I didn't know ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00114.htm

4: Nicky Hager Reply to Don Brash
Nicky Hager - Researcher

Yesterday Don Brash circulated a long rebuttal of my book The Hollow Men. In the interests of accuracy I should respond to his substantial points. Out of a 350 page book, with nearly 1000 detailed references, Don Brash has found two minor inaccuracies. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00123.htm

5: Audio: PM, Foreign Minister on Fiji Sanctions
Scoop Audio

In response to events in Fiji, Helen Clark and Winston Peters announced a range of sanctions against Fiji and those associated with the coup. The Prime Minister has described the actions of Fiji's Commodore Bainimarama and the Fiji military as disgraceful ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00116.htm

6: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 7 Dec 2006
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: How will the Government ensure that New Zealand meets its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, noting the statement by Victoria University economics senior lecturer Dr Geoff Bertram ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00142.htm

7: Why Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV Broadcasts Sunday Mass
Sophie McNeill

BEIRUT: A truck laden with yellow Hezbollah flags drives past the Christian neighbourhood of Gemayzeh early Sunday morning in downtown Beirut. There's a picture of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on the windscreen, but it's not his name that the young men ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00097.htm

8: Sludge Report #173: Meanwhile Down At t'Bank
C.D. Sludge

In response to increasingly shrill criticisms of the spending habits of fellow Kiwis, C.D. Sludge elected today to take a trip down to No. 2 the Terrace and watch the quarterly counting of the nation's $$$ fortunes at the quarterly unveiling of the ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00120.htm

9: Bird Flu Remains Potent Threat
United Nations

The bird flu virus, with its possible mutation into a deadly human pandemic, remains a potent threat around the world, with greater transparency and sharing of information critical to meet the challenge, and Africa emerging as a top priority for resources ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00142.htm

10: Minister must open eyes over legal aid
New Zealand National Party

National Party Associate Justice Spokeswoman Kate Wilkinson is calling again for the Justice Minister to front up to the crisis in legal aid after latest figures show a huge decrease in the number of legal aid applications in the Blenheim region. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00160.htm

11: Questions And Answers Tuesday, 5 December 2006
Office of the Clerk

1. Carbon Neutrality—New Zealand 2. Taxation—Business Tax Review 3. Carbon Neutrality—Energy Strategy Document 4. Climate Change—Conservation Management 5. GE Contamination—Sweet Corn 6. Elective Surgery—Laboratory Workers’ Strike 7. Positive Ageing Strategy—Goals ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00088.htm

12: Fatal Accident: Victoria, Manners St, Wellington
New Zealand Police

THE POLICE AND DEPT OF LABOUR ARE INVESTIGATING THE FATAL ACCIDENT OF A 48YR OLD MALE. THE MALE WAS UNLOADING A FORK LIFT WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. NO OTHER VEHICLES ARE INVOLDED . IT APPEARS THAT THE FORKLIFT HAS FALLEN ON THE MAN WHO DIED LATER ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0612/S00092.htm

13: Scoop FULL COVERAGE: Fiji Coup
Scoop Full Coverage

Fiji Coup: Clark Calls On Military Elements To Overthrow Bainimarama Scoop's Lyndon Hood reports from Parliament - In response to Fiji's military orchestrating a coup d'etat, Helen Clark and Winston Peters announced a range of sanctions against Fiji, ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00119.htm

14: Scoop Audio & Images: Arab Ambassadors Talk Peace
The Scoop Team

Subjects addressed in the press conference included New Zealand's diplomatic efforts in relation to Middle East peace; the Arab peace initiative, the siege of Gaza, the Hamas position on Israel, Lebanon, Syria's relations with Israel, Syrian views on ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00094.htm

15: Audio: Manning n 95bFM's Pound Fiji's Shadow Men
Scoop Audio

Scoop Audio: Scoop's Selwyn Manning joins 95bFM's Simon Pound to discuss what lies behind the Fiji Military Coup, who are the shadow men? http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00121.htm

16: Agreement Reached by Government and Vietnam Vets
New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Phil Goff and Veterans Affairs Minister Rick Barker today announced details of the government's response to the recommendations of the Joint Working Group report on the concerns of Viet Nam veterans. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00139.htm

17: Otago Occupational Therapy degree in Waikato
Waikato Institute Of Technology

Otago Polytechnic and Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) have formed a unique collaboration to deliver an Occupational Therapy degree in the Waikato. Otago Polytechnic in collaboration with Wintec will deliver the jointly badged Otago Polytechnic/Wintec ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0612/S00022.htm

18: EvoGenix completes $A5 million capital raising
EvoGenix

Antibody therapeutics company EvoGenix Limited (ASX:EGX) today announced the successful completion of a $A5 million capital raising through a share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00136.htm

19: Awards for great work for the environment
Environment Bay of Plenty

A man who recycles batteries, a community group keen on kokako, and a restoration project at a whanau marae…you don’t have to look far to find people doing great things for the Bay of Plenty environment. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0612/S00091.htm

20: Time For Change: Evidence of 2006 Election Fraud
Scoop Blogwatch

Though Democrats, the American people, and the world won a great victory last month, we must not let that lull us into a false sense of security about our election system. Democrats took over the U.S. House and Senate because of a popular mandate so large ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00112.htm

21: Distinctive Sculpture Stolen from Art Gallery
Sanderson Art Gallery

Sanderson Contemporary Art in Parnell (formally Artigiano Gallery) has suffered its second theft in less than a month. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00053.htm

22: The New Crime Of Refusing To Shake GW Bush’s Hand
Sherwood Ross

Columnist George Will has found senator-elect Jim Webb (D-Va.) guilty of “careless and absurd assertions,” for writing the wealth gap between rich and poor is “the least debated issue” in American politics. But if you think, (and I don’t) what ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00109.htm

23: Ford Unveils The Power Ranger
Ford New Zealand

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 6 December 2006- Ford New Zealand has unveiled the vehicle that will spearhead its light commercial vehicle line-up in 2007 – the all-new Ford Ranger. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00131.htm

24: ACT Welcomes Equal Recognition For Vietnam Vets
ACT New Zealand

ACT New Zealand welcomes the government's acknowledgment of the issues faced by Vietnam veterans, and their move to deal with the consequences of the Vietnam War, says ACT National Security Spokesman, Heather Roy. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00150.htm

25: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing December 6, 2006
US State Department

IRAQ Release of Iraq Study Group Report Report’s Recommendations for Secretary of State Role Report’s Recommendation for Iraq Support Group Report’s Objectives and Goals with Respect to Iraq / Middle East Iraqi Proposal Regarding International ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00154.htm

26: Attack On Dunne Leads To Privileges Committee
Kevin List

The former Privileges Committee Chairperson Matt Robson turned up this morning to sample some of the medicine he would once have dished out. Mr Robson - the current deputy leader of the Progressive Party - was hauled before the Privileges Committee http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00098.htm

27: University of Otago commended for changes
University of Otago

The University of Otago has been commended by an independent audit team for the collegiality and strength of communication between the University community and senior management. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0612/S00021.htm

28: Air NZ: Biggest $1 reserve charity auction
Air New Zealand

Fly a plane with Richie McCaw Go rally driving with Sarah Ulmer and Hamish Carter Meet with Prime Minister Helen Clark and National Party Leader John Key http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00127.htm

29: Overcoming oil addiction to ease interest rates
Green Party

Cheaper oil has given New Zealand a temporary interest rate reprieve but we need to invest in alternatives to our oil addiction if we want to futureproof our economy against future oil price rises and hence interest rates rises, says the Green Party. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00162.htm

30: Bernard Weiner: Who Brought Us to the Iraq Abyss?
Bernard Weiner

For most Americans, as the recent midterm elections made clear, the issue is how do we get our young men and women out of Iraq as quickly and safely as possible. For the Administration, it would appear that the issue is how to avoid blame for ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00111.htm

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