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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 12 March 2008


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

1: Key sinks to new depths

New Zealand Government

National's leader John Key needs to explain to rural and business people why he wants to take $700 million of Government funding off them, Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton said today.

2: Chaplain Called for Attack on Islam Scrutinized
Jason Leopold

On paper, Lieutenant Commander Brian K. Waite, a United States Navy chaplain, appears to be one of the nation's foremost scholars on a wide-range of topics such as traumatology, theology, and Biblical history.

3: Slippery slogans on state sector from Key
New Zealand Government

John Key’s attack on public servants is just the latest example of slippery politics from the National Party Leader, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

4: NZ Police ‘Wiki’ - Widespread Oversea Interest

When the New Zealand Police decided to use a “wiki” to collect ideas for the rewriting of their own Act, they had little idea that it would lead to worldwide interest and the decision by several countries and agencies, like the US Department ...

5: Govt must condemn death sentence for blasphemy
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture Leader Peter Dunne is calling for the Prime Minister to meet urgently with the Afghani Ambassador over the impending execution of student Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh in Afghanistan.

6: Questions For Oral Answer - 12 March 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her response, when asked whether her Government got many of its ideas from the New Zealand Public Service, “No. It is a very blunt answer but it is true. We generate the ideas.”; if not, why ...

7: AUSA: Afghan student sentenced to death
Auckland University Students Association

Auckland students called on the New Zealand government to uphold fundamental human rights, by pressuring the Afghanistan government to overturn a death sentence handed down to a student who exercised his rights to freedom of opinion and expression.

8: National will halt growth of core bureaucracy
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key says a National Government will halt the growth of the Government’s core bureaucracy. “My commitment to New Zealanders is this – in the first term of a National Government, we will not grow the size of the core ...

9: Key: Focusing on the Front Line
New Zealand National Party

Ladies and gentlemen. Every week brings news of worsening economic conditions. Throughout New Zealand, individuals and businesses are feeling the pinch from higher interest rates and increased costs for everyday essentials like food and petrol.

10: How many HNZ tenants are landlords?
New Zealand National Party

National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley has revealed that Housing New Zealand tenants paying market rentals are under no obligation to declare whether they have bought an investment property or a holiday home.

11: Half HVDC Pole 1 available for winter

Transpower New Zealand announced today that the mitigations needed to return a half pole 1 of the HVDC inter island link to service will be completed prior to winter.

12: 55% of Kiwi Workers on Look-Out for new job

Companies who correctly invest in attracting and retaining staff are at a distinct advantage - Research confirms significant gaps between what job seekers want and what’s offered - Employers selling themselves short; job ads leaving candidates ...

13: National unfamiliar with the real public service
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“National leader John Key’s policy announcement today on the public service shows just how inexperienced he is in this area of important public policy,” CTU president Helen Kelly said.

14: Broad Health Delegations launched
New Zealand Government

Health Minister David Cunliffe today launched extensive delegations to a strong team of Associate Health Ministers giving them a wide scope for action.

15: What more can a good mum do?
New Zealand National Party

It is astonishing that Inland Revenue is reluctant to use its powers to apply for arrest warrants to nab fleeing child support defaulters, says National's Welfare spokeswoman, Judith Collins.

16: National wrong about growth of the public service
Public Service Association

“The PSA has major concerns about National’s public services policy,” says Brenda Pilott, National Secretary of the PSA which has 55,000 members working in the state sector.

17: Questions And Answers – Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Finance; if so, why?

18: Oxfam Partner Wins Int. Women of Courage Award

Virisila Buadromo, Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand programme partners, Fiji Women's Rights Movement, has won an International Women of Courage Award. The award was given yesterday in Washington by the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. ...

19: R & D fund a 'gimmick' says National
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key says National will make a significant increase in funding for agricultural research and development, but it does not support the model announced by Labour today.

20: NZ Forensic Imagers task of biblical proportions
Global Intelligence Solutions

Global Intelligence Solutions Ltd a New Zealand based company has been invited by Professor Taylor from the USA to be part of a team of experts to analyse imagery that may indicate the presence of an anomaly that could turn out to be, Noah’s ...

21: Appalling lack of judgement
New Zealand Government

“John Key calling the $700 million NZ Fast Forward Fund for research, development, and innovation in the primary sector a ‘gimmick’ betrays an appalling lack of judgement,” Minister for Economic Development Pete Hodgson said today.

22: Major plan for innovation in pastoral, food
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced that the Labour-Progressive Government is committing $700 million to a new research, development, and innovation plan for the future in New Zealand's pastoral and food industries.

23: Lord Ashdown welcomes launch of NZ Liberals
Liberal Party

Lord Ashdown the former leader of the British Liberal Democrats and European Union High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina today welcomed the launch of the New Zealand Liberal Party.

24: Where We Once Belonged: Coming of Age
New Zealand International Arts Festival

Lively, spirited and fiercely written, Where We Once Belonged is a starkly honest, sometimes brutal, yet often wildly funny coming-of-age story is co-produced by the Festival and Auckland Theatre Company during March. Written by Sia Figiel and adapted ...

25: Maori Party Reports on Ikaroa Rawhiti Meeting
The Maori Party

“A very constructive meeting was held with members of the Maori Party in Ikaroa Rawhiti tonight” said Professor Winiata.

26: Another Worldwide Protest Against Scientology

As Project Chanology continues, thousands of people worldwide will stage a protest on March 15th against the Church of Scientology's corruption, and abuse of its members and critics. The group Anonymous, will picket at local Church of Scientology centers ...

27: Child Cancer Foundation to be Opened in Tonga
Child Cancer Foundation

On Friday March 14th the parent support group for families of children with cancer - the Child Cancer Foundation of Tonga will be launched in Nukualofa, Tonga. Tonga will be the first Pacific Island country to have such a support group. The launch ...

28: Colombia-Ecuador-Venezuela: A Close Call
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

As last week's diplomatic crisis between Venezuela & Colombia demonstrates, Chávez has once again sought to appropriate historical symbols in an effort to score political points. "Some day Colombia will be freed from the hand of the (U.S.) empire.

29: Minister dismisses Hawke’s Bay board member claims
New Zealand Government

Minister of Health David Cunliffe has dismissed claims by some former Hawke’s Bay DHB members that he could breach the Bill of Rights. “Clearly claims that I would breach the Bill of Rights Act are an act of desperation,” Mr Cunliffe said.

30: Sin Comes of (New) Age
Libertarianz Party

Primitive superstition meets contemporary vacuousness in the revised list of mortal sins issued by the Vatican, observes SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.

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