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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 19 December 2007



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

1: Business through Transtasman science collaboration

Crop and Food Research

New Zealand and Australian scientists say they’re delighted with the amount of business likely to be generated out of the AUSGRAINZ collaboration between CSIRO Plant Industry and Crop & Food Research.

2: The worst behaved MPs list 2007

United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has released the annual list of the worst behaved MPs in the debating chamber for 2007.

3: Part II - Internet Thought Control Bill Under Fire

Michael Collins

On Monday, Dec. 17, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security posted this document in response to the many criticisms of House Resolution 1955, The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. Part 1 of this series examined the ...

4: TV ads encouraging youth gambling over Christmas

Problem Gambling Foundation

Advertisements for a poker website on TV 3 are the subject of a complaint to the Department of Internal Affairs.

5: Union Tells Mayor To Get His Facts Straight

Association of Staff in Tertiary Education

The National Secretary of the Association of Staff in Tertiary Education (ASTE) Te Hau Takitini o Aotearoa Ms Sharn Riggs said today that it was time Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt got his facts right about the funding for SIT.

6: Anti-spam raid in Christchurch

Department Of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs has seized 22 computers and boxes of documents from four Christchurch addresses as it investigates an international spamming operation.

7: Democracy Attacks Back

Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition has launched a billboard campaign today against the parties which voted for the Electoral Finance Act.

8: 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 ...

9: Jackson, New Line & MGM To Produce "The Hobbit"

WingNut Films

Los Angeles, CA (Tuesday, December 18, 2007) Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson; Harry Sloan, Chairman and CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM); Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs of New Line Cinema have jointly ...

10: 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 ...

11: 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

12: Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007

Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she still stand by her statement, when asked how she expects well-intentioned, honest, ordinary New Zealanders to understand the Electoral Finance Bill, that “One expects people to ...

13: Parliamentary Rugby Team

Office Of Speaker Of Parliament

In response to a request from the Prime Minister, the Speaker, Hon Margaret Wilson, has investigated the Parliamentary rugby team’s use of commercial sponsorship.

14: 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.

15: Joey makes killing in the Shortland St Fan Awards

South Pacific Pictures

Over 20,000 votes were cast in this year's Shortland Street Fan Awards with the vast majority before the big reveal of Joey Henderson as the serial killer. That hasn't stopped him (and Johnny Barker, the actor who plays him ) from scooping up four awards: ...

16: Subaru’s Five Star Safety Leadership


Subaru has become the first automotive company in New Zealand to achieve maximum independent safety ratings for its entire range of local specification vehicles.

17: Clear Benefits For Prostate Cancer Screening


Research by the Cancer Standards Institute of New Zealand concludes that screening for, and early detection of, prostate cancer is highly beneficial for at-risk men and the health system.

18: Government to appoint expert EFB panel

New Zealand Government

The Government will in the New Year appoint an expert panel to review outstanding electoral issues following passing of the Electoral Finance Act 2007, says Justice Minister Annette King.

19: Labour hikes ACC levies in Xmas rush of bad news

New Zealand National Party

National Party ACC spokeswoman Pansy Wong says the Government's Christmas present to New Zealand workers, is effectively a tax increase by way of increased ACC levies.

20: New Mesh Broadband Network Underway In BOP


EOL was the first New Zealand company to carry out a major trial of the MESH mobile broadband technology, that´s used in a number of cities in the United States. The wireless network is based on "nodes" or repeaters - that are easily attached to city ...

21: Greens win Citizens' Jury

Green Party

Campaign funding and finance will be examined by a Citizens' Jury, following an agreement between the Green Party and the Government.

22: 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 ...

23: IRL Partnership for Innovative Superconductor Tech

General Cable

Christchurch-based General Cable has partnered with New Zealand’s Industrial Research Ltd (IRL) to develop and commercialise a revolutionary high-temperature superconducting wire (HTS) for use as a component in AC power transformers, DC generators and large ...

24: 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 ...

25: 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 ...

26: Split Enz Milestone for Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand Limited

Radio New Zealand has announced a landmark agreement with Warner Music Australia and Split Enz Management which will allow free public access to on-line podcasts of Enzology, the acclaimed ten-part radio documentary of the Split Enz story.

27: A Report On New National Survey On Immigration

Democracy Corps

Stan Greenberg, Al Quinlan, Mark Feierstein, and James Carville offer a progressive approach to illegal immigration that shows Democrats are very serious about getting the problem under control.

28: Labour fails to consult National again

New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key says that yet again Labour has failed to consult National on its attempts to lock down a partial review of ‘outstanding electoral issues’.

29: Greens welcome minimum wage increase

Green Party

The Green Party is delighted that the Government will honour its commitment to increase the minimum wage to $12 an hour in line with Labour's agreements with the Green Party and NZ First after the 2005 election.

30: Massive Software for ‘The Golden Compass’

Massive Software

Massive Software announced today that visual effects company Rhythm & Hues used Massive, the autonomous agent 3D animation software, on over 50 shots for the highly anticipated feature film from New Line Cinema, “The Golden Compass.” The film stars Nicole ...


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