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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 9-10 Dec. 2006

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1: Internet fuels rise in number of jailed journalist

CPJ

CPJ census finds more journalists held without charge or due process in 2006, with Internet fuelling rise in imprisonment
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00177.htm

2: Questions And Answers - Thursday, 7 December 2006

Office of the Clerk

1. Hon Dr NICK SMITH (National—Nelson) 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00177.htm

3: 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

4: MOTORNET: Sexy Lexy? – Lexus IS250

Karl Ferguson

“You know, that really is a good looking car,” my boss said rather wistfully as he stared out my office window at the car-park five floors below. “In fact, it’s probably the first Lexus I would seriously consider buying.”
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00130.htm

5: Rainforests and Orangutans Sacrificed

Ape Alliance

Joint press release by the Ape Alliance, Sumatran Orangutan Society, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, Orangutan Foundation UK, Born Free Foundation, Cockroach Productions, Enoughsenough and Biofuelwatch
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00176.htm

6: 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

7: 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

8: NZ and Korea strengthen partnership

New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Republic of Korea President Roh Moo-hyun today strengthened the relationship between the two nations with adoption of the Partnership for the 21st Century.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00185.htm

9: Sutch: Speaking Ill Of The Dead

Campaign Against Foreign Control Of Aotearoa

Dr William Ball Sutch, economic nationalist, writer, intellectual, public figure and top civil servant, died in 1975 just months after he became the only person ever to stand trial under the espionage provisions of the former Official Secrets Act. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00078.htm

10: 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

11: Public Address 07/12/06 - The Identity Game

HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

They're taking over. The 'New Zealanders' I mean. As you can see, they're actively killing off the white-folk, looting their homes and renaming their children. Once this demographer realises that we 350,000 'Asians' aren't actually one ethnic group, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00131.htm

12: Baby born in back of Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

It wasn’t quite a manger in Bethlehem – but a place just as unusual! A baby boy from Whitianga was born in the back of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter at 8.10am this morning, 8 December 2006.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0612/S00041.htm

13: Act sets end date for lodging Treaty claims

New Zealand Government

Last night's passing of the Treaty of Waitangi Amendment Act by Parliament has been welcomed as a major milestone for the Treaty settlement process.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00190.htm

14: Farmer sentenced for ill-treatment of family pet

Ministry Of Agriculture And Forestry

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) welcomes the sentencing handed down in the Huntly District Court this week to a Taupiri farmer for ill-treating an animal and failing to provide assistance.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00116.htm

15: Dogs And Cars Make Xmas Tough For Posties

New Zealand Post

Scary dogs and careless drivers are causing more than just headaches for Posties this Christmas says New Zealand Post.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00149.htm

16: Today's Top Scoop Stories - News Summary

The Scoop Team

Sutch Case: Profiteering Ex-Spy Kit Bennett Is Taken To Task - Foreign Affairs: NZ Korea Force Closer Relationship - New Arrivals: Baby Born In Helicopter During Emergency Flight - Crime News: Woman Farmer Convicted Of Ill-Treating Goat - Sludge ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00134.htm

17: www.mccully.co.nz - 08 December 2006

New Zealand National Party

An array of sanctions were unveiled against Fiji this week as the creeping coup unfolded. Some were significant and meaningful: the restrictions against senior military personnel and their families visiting New Zealand, for example. Others were more symbolic.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00183.htm

18: Roh's NZ Visit To Strenghen Bilateral Ties

South Korea

When we think of New Zealand, the first thing that comes to our minds is usually its clean and beautiful nature often described as “heavenly.” Many foreign students also head to the nation to learn English. But these facts are not enough to explain ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00178.htm

19: 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

20: Advertising Decision Bad For Public Health

Public Health Association

The Public Health Association (PHA) says the decision to continue direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines will have negative consequences for public health.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0612/S00040.htm

21: NZ-Korea business ties helped by joint agreement

New Zealand Government

New Zealand businesses will find it easier to establish in Korea, following today's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between government agency New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and the Korea Trade & Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Economic ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00192.htm

22: 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

23: 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

24: Award Caps Off Fine First Year

www.landscapedesign.co.nz

Hawke’s Bay landscape designer turned Internet entrepreneur Tim Durrant celebrated his website's first birthday by presenting an award-winning exhibition garden at the Ellerslie Flower Show this year. Durrant, the CEO and founder of Landscapedesign.co.nz, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0612/S00108.htm

25: Typhoon Durian leaves 240,000 homeless

Caritas

The swathe of destruction caused by Typhoon Durian has left more than 570 people dead, 746 people missing presumed dead and hundreds of thousands of people homeless in the Philippines on the verge of Christmas.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00168.htm

26: Children's Book Judging Is Full Steam Ahead

NZ Post Children's Book Awards

Judging New Zealand's Best Children's Books Of The Year Is Full Steam Ahead
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00065.htm

27: 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

28: Maori And Pakeha Unite To Fight Heritage Threat

Clevedon Cares

Local Maori and Pakeha are standing united against a threat to the rural character of the Wairoa River Valley, near Clevedon to the South-East of Auckland.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0612/S00111.htm

29: 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

30: Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

The Scoop Team

Sutch Case: Profiteering Ex-Spy Kit Bennett Is Taken To Task; Legislation: 2008 Cutoff For Historical Treaty Claims Becomes Law; Foreign Affairs: NZ Korea Force Closer Relationship; Media: TVNZ Under Attack For Covering News - ; Media: TVNZ Under Attack ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00135.htm

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