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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 17 March 2008

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

1: Roger Award: Telecom Wins; BAT & Spotless 2nd

Campaign Against Foreign Control Of Aotearoa

Judges’ Statement included the comments: “...an obscene $5.4 million final year payment to outgoing CEO Theresa Gattung, the scrapping of concessions for NGOs and the School Connection scheme. These sins and more ensured Telecom was in top form ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00152.htm


2: HSBC Round the Bays runs away with crowd of 70,000
Round the Bays

Around 70,000 walkers, runners and wheelchair participants, including 47,000 registered entrants, laced up their shoe laces in fine Auckland style this morning for HSBC Round the Bays, an event described as one of the biggest and most spectacular fun ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00164.htm


3: Report into Conflicts of Interest at HBDHB
Ministry of Health

The review into the management of conflict of interest at Hawke's Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) has found the Board failed the most simple test of good governance.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0803/S00065.htm


4: Buchanan: Preferential Trade with Larger Partners
Paul G. Buchanan

Chinese repression of Tibetan dissidents has pushed the issue of the impending Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) back into the news. In a diplomatic sidestep both Helen Clark and John Key claim ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00263.htm


5: Seeby Woodhouse Launches Company Green Carbon Ltd
Green Carbon Ltd

St Patrick’s Day March 17th will see the celebration of a new kind of green as new company ‘Green Carbon Ltd’ is launched at the Westin Hotel.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00260.htm


6: Calls for Govt to step in on Tibet-China row
Word of Mouth Media

Top New Zealand expedition leader Guy Cotter today appealed to the Government to step into the Chinese-Nepalese closure of Mt Everest.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00263.htm


7: Freeview HD Launch Date Announced
Freeview TV

Steve Browning, General Manager, Freeview, today announced that Kiwis' can look forward to HD capable Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) courtesy of the Freeview|HDTM service from 2nd April 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00166.htm


8: Global warming skeptics plot new strategies
Bill Berkowitz

Kert Davies, a campaigner for Greenpeace, called it "the largest convergence of the lost tribe of skeptics ever seen on the face of the earth." Frank O'Donnell, head of Clean Air Watch, told The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin that the conference ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00252.htm


9: Are kiwis being over-charged for milk
Gordon Copeland

Independent MP Gordon Copeland, the Kiwi Party’s spokesperson on commerce, today questioned whether New Zealanders are paying too much for milk.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00276.htm


10: Domestic and Tasman fare increases
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand’s domestic, Tasman and Pacific Island fares are about to cost more as a result of high fuel prices. Group General Manager Short Haul Airlines Bruce Parton says the cost of fares in all three markets will rise by an average of three ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00267.htm


11: Canadian Bishop for Christchurch
Anglican Church in Aotearoa

A Canadian Bishop who is part of a high-level advisory group to the worldwide Anglican Communion has been elected Bishop of Christchurch. The Rt Rev’d Victoria Matthews is currently bishop-in-residence at Wycliffe College in Toronto. She was Bishop of ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00153.htm


12: Govt Stance on Forestry Carbon Price Negotiations
Carbon News

A secret Government negotiating stance to try convincing the world that forests planted before 1990 should be cleared at no carbon cost is revealed in the first edition of Carbon News which goes live at 9am tomorrow [17 March].
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00262.htm


13: Images: The Glory of Basin Reserve Cricket
Kevin List

Click for big version The end of an era – Mr Stephen Fleming an deodorant salesman and onetime NZ cricket captain walks off Wellington's Basin Reserve for the last time as a test cricketer
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00250.htm


14: Report Exposes Seriously Dysfunctional Leadership
Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The independent expert report commissioned by the Director-General of Health exposes seriously dysfunctional leadership at the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0803/S00066.htm


15: No illegal or unethical practice by Peter Hausmann
Healthcare of New Zealand

The Director-General of Health’s independent investigation has found no illegal or unethical practice by Healthcare of New Zealand Managing Director, Peter Hausmann, in relation to his role on the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0803/S00068.htm


16: Multimedia: PM's Post Cabinet Presser 17 Mar. 2008
Alastair Thompson

Today's cabinet readout was followed by Q&A on a wide ranging variety of subjects including protest violence in Tibet and NZ's Free Trade Agreement negotiations with China and Air New Zealand's wage rates to Chinese employees.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00266.htm


17: Climate Change Warnings & International Security
Andreas von Warburg

Andreas von Warburg writes that the risks posed by climate change are real and its impacts are already taking place. The latest report of the European Commission is crudely honest and, quite frankly, one of the most alarming, with grave repercussions ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00244.htm


18: NZ Can Help Find Compromise to Whaling Debate
Te Ohu Kaimoana

Te Ohu Kaimoana, the Maori Fisheries Trust, is urging the New Zealand Government to find a compromise solution to the whaling debate before the International Whaling Commission collapses.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00162.htm


19: Young pretender challenges aging dinosaur
Progressive Party

Roger Douglas is a dinosaur who should come out and debate his dinosaur policies if he wants to make a return to politics, the youthful Progressive party leader and Act nemesis Jim Anderton said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00281.htm


20: NZ Lotteries taking insane risk with public safety
Problem Gambling Foundation

Introducing online lotto tickets without knowing the consequences is dangerously irresponsible says the Problem Gambling Foundation. News that NZ Lotteries is likely to move into the internet gambling business within a month has shocked the Foundation ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00157.htm


21: Is Hawke's Bay DHB problem the tip of an iceberg?
Green Party

The Green Party is calling for mandatory reporting and tightening of the rules surrounding potential conflict of interest in the light of the Hawke's Bay District Health Board report released today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00293.htm


22: Underpaid Chinese flight crews a warning on FTA
Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union says the use of overseas flight crews being paid under the minimum wage by Air New Zealand is a blatant attack on workers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00150.htm


23: Pastor determined to dent PM’s caravan
Syed Akbar Kamal

Ravi Musuku the pastor from Hillsborough Baptist Church has secured National ticket for this year’s general elections to challenge Prime Minister Helen Clark in Mt. Albert electorate for the second time.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00260.htm


24: UN Holds Talks With Serbia's Kosovo Minister
United Nations

A senior United Nations official today underscored that challenges - which violate Belgrade's pledges to the Security Council - to the mandate of the world body's mission, known as UNMIK, must come to an end.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00143.htm


25: Wage talks breakdown bad for Telecom broadband
Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

Bargaining between members of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and Telecom contractor Downer Engineering broke down on Friday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00161.htm


26: HMAS Sydney II Found Off Western Australian Coast
Australian Defence Force

In a historic day for the Royal Australian Navy and members of the Finding Sydney Foundation, the HMAS Sydney II has been found, 66 years after the entire ship's company perished following a furious sea battle in November 1941.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00146.htm


27: Govt FTA stance falls short on Tibetan rights
Green Party

Green Party MP Keith Locke said the Prime Ministers' post-Cabinet statement is letting down the Tibetan people and selling short the people of New Zealand. "Ms Clark's view that the free trade agreement with China has nothing to do with its human rights ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00295.htm


28: HortResearch, AgResearch join in food, health sci
Joint Media Statement

HortResearch and AgResearch today announced their intention to explore a new level of scientific and technological collaboration in the fields of food, human nutrition and health. The collaboration will have a strong “Farm to Fork” focus, taking ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00035.htm


29: Aquaflow aviation specialist for key projects
Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation

Algae biodiesel developer Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation of Nelson has appointed Des Ashton as a consultant to lead key areas of operational development, in particular aviation projects.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00279.htm


30: Prime Minister called on to Freeze Blue Chip
EUFA

As a result of meetings and contact from hundreds of Blue Chip and other finance company investors members of EUFA are calling on the Prime Minister, as head of State, to urgently freeze the situation. The call was made to immediately “… freeze ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00264.htm

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