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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 13 December 2007



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

1: New charity on board for Fanuary

MYJOBSPACE.CO.NZ is thrilled to announce their partnership with Women for Women Charitable Trust for Fanuary 08. Women for Women Charitable Trust was recently set up to help educate women in all aspects of women’s health with a special focus on women’s ...

2: Political Storm Brews Over Auckland Housing

Syed Akbar Kamal

There is a political storm brewing in the corridors of Auckland City Council over ‘affordable housing’ which Mayor John Banks had publicly issued calls for its scrapping during his election campaign. His contention is that ‘affordable housing’ ...

3: Google Announces Google Maps New Zealand


AUCKLAND, New Zealand – 12 December 2007 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today launched the Google Maps™ New Zealand service at , enabling users in New Zealand to find the local information they want more easily. In addition to map and ...

4: A Bad Case of “Terrorism” Hysteria

Anti-Bases Campaign

I have a confession to make (so pay attention, spies, and have those black ninjas on full alert). I’ve spent a week in the Ureweras with gun toting Maori. From memory they also sported bullet belts, camouflage gear and cowboy hats. It was in 1981 (if ...

5: UNIFIL - Whose Mission is it fulfilling?

Franklin P Lamb

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Whose Mission is it fulfilling? Franklin Lamb UN Headquarters Naquora, Lebanon

6: Christmas Menu Released

Department Of Corrections

The Department of Corrections today released the Prison Christmas Menu for 2007. Corrections Inmate Employment Internal Services Manager Ruth Turner says that Prison kitchens are one important facet of the work CIE does to train prisoners. “Prisoners ...

7: Welcome Aboard [Insert Your Name Here] Airlines

Air New Zealand

Ever wanted to have your very own plane for the day? Well thanks to Air New Zealand’s grabaplane promotion, which launches today, one lucky Kiwi will have that wish come true!

8: TVNZ's Christmas Present To Shortland Street Fans

Television New Zealand

TVNZ and South Pacific Pictures are giving Shortland Street fans a present this Christmas – the biggest week in Shortland Street history free of charge on TVNZ ondemand.

9: Avian Flu, AIDS Figure In US Help For Bangladesh

US Information Service

Cyclone Sidr's deadly landfall wreaked havoc in southern Bangladesh November 15, killing thousands, displacing hundreds of thousands, and adding pain and desperation to a nation whose population of 133 million already struggles with poverty and disease.

10: Agreement in principle reached on Taranaki Whanui

New Zealand Government

The Crown and Port Nicholson Block Claims Team have signed an Agreement in Principle to settle all outstanding historical Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi claims of Taranaki Whānui (Wellington), Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations ...

11: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Office of the Clerk

1. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER (Labour) to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received regarding the number of New Zealanders receiving an unemployment benefit?

12: The Annapolis Conference: Dead Man Walking

John Chuckman

The Annapolis Conference was, like so many political and diplomatic events of our time, highly choreographed, finely stage-managed, and heavily marketed. Yet, as soon as it was over, it was apparent little had happened, much as when a child opens a ...

13: Nun Briefs Parliamentarians On Timor-Leste Crisis

Spike Mountjoy

Security is still the most pressing problem for Timor-Leste according to nun and refugee camp organiser Sister Guilhermina Marcal currently visiting New Zealand.

14: Corporate Marketing for a Corporate Campaign

Black Agenda Report

Two of the best marketers in the U.S. teamed up for a three-state weekend extravaganza of vapid, substance-devoid entertainment posing as presidential politics. Oprah Winfrey – a certified genius of self-salesmanship – and the faux progressive, fraudulent ...

15: Drug pushers target kids as BZP Bill delayed

New Zealand Government

The Bill to classify BZP as a Class C1 drug will not now be passed until early in the new year, Associate Minister of Health Jim Anderton said today.

16: Anderton refuses to control BZP, blames Greens

Green Party

The Green Party absolutely refutes Jim Anderton's claims that they have blocked the passage of his BZP Bill. Mr Anderton has issued two press releases today, repeating the line that the Greens have "declined to allow the Bill to proceed under urgency ...

17: Rinky-dink housing no substitute for good law

New Zealand National Party

National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley says the Government’s plan to standardise low cost housing designs to get around costly Labour-imposed red tape is more cosmetic than practical.

18: Bush's Nuclear-Boogeyman Scam

Bernard Weiner

The Cheneyists wanted to bomb Iran based on the same fear-scam Americans fell for when CheneyBush were pushing the invasion of Iraq: nuclear weapons. Here's how their scheme fell apart -- or did it?

19: Democrats Put Blank Checks Back on Table

Maya Schenwar

In the next two weeks, Democratic leadership in Congress will likely push for a huge, multi-department "omnibus" spending bill which may include funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. None of the omnibus proposals raised so far have included ...

20: Parker: Bali Speech on NZ Climate Policy

New Zealand Government

Designing a national policy framework to reduce emissions across sectors and gases: New Zealand’s climate change solution Climate Change and Energy Minister David Parker’s speech notes for the OECD side event, 12 December 2007,

21: The Widening Chasm on Energy

Kelpie Wilson

Last Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed, by a 235-181 vote, the Energy Independence and Security Act. This new energy bill includes measures that would increase car fuel mileage, restore taxes on Big Oil to pay for investments in solar, ...

22: Survey: Shoppers Abandonment of E-commerce Sites

SLI Systems

New Survey Shows U.S. Shoppers Abandon E-commerce Sites within Minutes of Not Finding the Products They Desire, Often for Good

23: Intelligence Reappraises the Iranian Nuclear Issue

INSS Insight

At the beginning of December 2007, the National Intelligence Council, the supreme body of the American intelligence community, released a reappraisal of Iran’s nuclear intentions and capabilities. The document, a non-classified summary of a detailed ...

24: CCTV Footage of Missing Korean

New Zealand Police

Police have released CCTV footage of the 28-year-old Korean man who went missing after his car left the road north of Kaiwaka early on Sunday morning (December 9).

25: Inquiry into Ellis case hard to resist

Ross Francis

Researcher Ross Francis discloses new and important information from his research into the Peter Ellis case. Last week spokesman Richard Christie revealed details of some of this new evidence, which appears in this month’s edition ...

26: Barack Obama and The Audacity of Deception

Black Agenda Report

Barack Obama and his corporate handlers are masters of smoke and mirrors. Obama claims to have bumped his Afro-centric pastor from his official presidential announcement to "protect" the minister, rather than to shield his own candidacy. Obama implies ...

27: AUS Tertiary Update

Association of University Staff

University investigation a sop, says QPEC The Quality Public Education Coalition says that a decision by the University of Auckland Council to set up an investigation into the impact of its decision to restrict entry to undergraduate degree courses ...

28: Politicians should heed gambling survey

Problem Gambling Foundation

New research commissioned by the Health Sponsorship Council provides hard evidence of the harm being done by gambling says the Problem Gambling Foundation.

29: New governance arrangements for CCDHB

New Zealand Government

Minister of Health David Cunliffe today announced his decision to appoint a new Chair and Crown Monitor to Capital and Coast District Health Board.

30: Parker: Building the global carbon market

New Zealand Government

Building the global carbon market - the International Carbon Action Partnership Climate Change Minister David Parker’s speech notes for the ICAP side event, at the EC Pavilion, 12 December 2007, Bali, Indonesia


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