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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 December 2007

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

1: Department of Internal Affairs Signs With BMW

Department Of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs has signed a contract with BMW Group New Zealand to replace the existing chauffeur-driven VIP Transport Service fleet with a cleaner, more energy-efficient model.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00233.htm

2: Dunne: Third Reading Electoral Finance Bill

United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture supported the development and introduction of the Electoral Finance Bill because we believed it was important to tidy up the excesses of the last election to ensure that New Zealand continued to have a fair and open electoral system into ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00416.htm

3: Gambling harm heightened during holiday season

Gambling Helpline

With the festive season upon us, the Gambling Helpline is urging problem gamblers and affected friends and family to come forward for help. Chief executive of the Gambling Helpline, Krista Ferguson, said harm from problem gambling was particularly ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00071.htm

4: Bill of Rights Is Dead; Long Live Bill of Rights!

Solo New Zealand

In what is destined to be remembered as a Day of Infamy, December 18, 2007 is set to see the passing of the Clark-Cullen government's Electoral Finance Bill. This Bill kills the Bill of Rights, specifically the provisions allowing for freedom of ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00226.htm

5: Fascist—Shut Up and You Can Have Your Free Speech

SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

SOLO-NZ Op-Ed: New Zealand Fascist—Shut Up and You Can Have Your Free Speech
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00220.htm

6: Casinos Losing Sleaze Competition

Problem Gambling Foundation

Casinos Losing Sleaze Competition New Zealand's casinos are losing a battle for the bottom end of the gambling market says the Problem Gambling Foundation. CEO John Stansfield says that figures released by the Department of Internal Affairs today ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00228.htm

7: Harawira: Electoral FInance Bill

The Maori Party

"The sweet scent of power, and the lust for control'. Third Reading – Tuesday 18 December 2007; 4.30pm Hone Harawira, Member of Parliament for Te Tai Tokerau
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00417.htm

8: Labour still not listening – even to its own

New Zealand National Party

Outspoken criticism of the Electoral Finance Bill by former Labour Prime Minister Mike Moore shows Labour needs to dump it, says National Party Leader John Key.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00369.htm

9: Government luxury BMWs exceed own energy targets

Green Party

The Government agreement to purchase 34 luxury six cylinder BMWs over the next three years contravenes their own fuel efficiency standard for diesel vehicles as laid out in the Energy Efficiency Conservation Strategy, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00423.htm

10: Outbreak Of Bird Flu Claims Two Lives In Pakistan

United Nations

Pakistani health officials informed WHO of eight suspected human cases of infection with the H5N1 virus - the virus responsible for outbreaks of bird flu around the world in recent years - in the area around the city of Peshawar.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00917.htm

11: Nepal: The growing crisis

Hari Bansha Dulal

The Maoist comrades have done it again. And, this time, the victim is a Swiss national Steve Jeannereet. It is a matter of national shame that we cannot ensure safety of tourists that enrich our public purse and enhance our national image.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00231.htm

12: Worst Oil Spill In History Of Republic Of Korea

United Nations

The United Nations will lead an eight-person team of marine pollution and civil protection experts being deployed today to assess the 7 December oil spill in the Republic of Korea, the worst in the Asian nation's history
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00856.htm

13: 2007 NZ Comedy Guild Awards – The Winners

New Zealand Comedy Guild

The 2007 NZ Comedy Guild Awards, presented on Sunday night in Auckland, recognized some outstanding international success, local stars, and the odd surprising newcomer. Rhys Darby , home for the event between filming scenes in "The Yes Men" alongside ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00227.htm

14: Video: PM's Post Cabinet Presser 17 December 2007

Alastair Thompson

The cabinet readout was followed by Q&A on the Eden Park World Cup 2011 re-development decisions, the Government's pasting in recent polls and the Electoral Finance Bill which is scheduled to have its 3rd reading in the Parliament tomorrow.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00234.htm

15: Telecom Launch World Edition Blackberry In NZ

Telecom New Zealand

Telecom announced today that it will be launching the first World Edition BlackBerry smartphone to New Zealanders.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0712/S00044.htm

16: Green light for Eden Park’s enhanced design

Eden Park Redevelopment Board

The Eden Park Redevelopment Board today announced it had received Crown approval for an enhanced design for the redevelopment of Eden Park for hosting the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00219.htm

17: Burma: Junta Jail Rangoon Abbot

Terry Evans

The abbot of Zantila Rama monastery, in Rangoon, has been sentenced to a two year prison term. He was convicted of defamation after complaining about the seizure of money from the monastery during a raid by government security forces in early October.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00962.htm

18: Electoral Finance Law Simply Big Brother Bullying

Family First

Family First NZ is labeling the passing of the Electoral Finance Bill as yet more evidence of politicians being seriously out of touch with the views of a huge majority of NZ’ers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00237.htm

19: Nats’ commitment to democracy called into question

Progressive Party

“It sticks in the throat to hear the National Party pretending it cares about democracy when its record is sleazy and opportunistic,” Leader of the Progressive Party Jim Anderton said, speaking at the third reading of the Electoral Finance Bill ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00425.htm

20: SAIL NZ Partners With Emirates Team New Zealand

Sail NZ

Match racing in America's Cup class yachts on the Waitemata Harbour has become a whole lot more realistic this summer.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00226.htm

21: Good News For Callplus, Slingshot And Consumers!

Slingshot

and, Tuesday 18th December 2007 CallPlus are delighted to be the successful bidder for the rights to use 30MHz of nationwide 2.5GHz spectrum, a critical spectrum band for deployment of WiMax technology, in the spectrum auction which concluded today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00320.htm

22: Information needed over unexplained seal deaths

New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick says more information is needed to find out what happened to 15 fur seals found dead on the Marlborough coast. Steve Chadwick says our worst fear is that the seals may have been deliberately killed.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00397.htm

23: Medicines NZ - world-class medicines system for NZ

New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne today unveiled Medicines New Zealand - a bold new strategy to guide the future access to, and use of, prescription medicines by all New Zealanders.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00400.htm

24: Cambodia: Leading Rights Groups Support UN Envoy

Human Rights Watch

Five leading international human rights organizations today called upon the Cambodian government to respect its international human rights commitments as well as United Nations officials mandated to monitor them.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00970.htm

25: 2008 Billy T Award Nominees

NZ International Comedy Festival

The annual quest to find New Zealand’s most promising new comedic talent has begun. A record number of comedians fought it out to secure a coveted spot for the 2008 Billy T Award, the most respected and long-standing award in New Zealand Comedy.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00224.htm

26: Has Trevor Mallard got a steer on SSC report?

New Zealand National Party

National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says Trevor Mallard needs to explain why he waited until today to apologise to Environment Ministry whistleblower Erin Leigh.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00419.htm

27: An Assault on Democracy

Republic Of New Zealand Party

Labour’s insistence on ramming The Electoral Finance Bill through the House is an assault on democracy says the Party’s constitutional spokesman Wayne Hawkins
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00227.htm

28: Coalition saddened by passage of Elect Finance Act

Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition, set up to campaign against the Electoral Finance Bill, is sad that MPs from Labour, NZ First and the Greens have ignored the massive public sentiment against the bill.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00236.htm

29: Nuclear Weapons, Fools, Folly, & The War Business

Douglas Mattern

The existence of nuclear weapons presents a clear and present danger to life on Earth. Nuclear arms cannot bolster the security of any nation because they represent a threat to the security of the human race. These incredibly destructive weapons ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00225.htm

30: Retirement Income Review identifies new concerns

Retirement Commission

Diana Crossan, the Retirement Commissioner, has completed the 2007 Retirement Income Policy Review - an independent assessment of government retirement income policies that is statutorily required every three years.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00218.htm

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