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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 25 March 2008

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

1: Porn Pastor Tours Australia and NZ

Difted Media Group

Craig Gross, founder and pastor of the United Stated based XXXchurch.com is currently touring Australia. A former you pastor turned self proclaimed “Porn Pastor”, Gross started XXXchurch.com in 2002. The website has been featured around the world ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00228.htm


2: Equatorial Guinea: Fly Airbus A330-300 to Malabo
Toni Solo

Starting April 1st, 2008, Lufthansa offers 295 seats, three times a week, in a superb Airbus for anyone wanting to travel from Frankfurt to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s capital city. It now seems incredible that in the 90’s only Iberia flew to Malabo, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00386.htm


3: Cover Story - Terri Fights Back
New Idea Magazine

Terri Irwin is fighting back over claims she has kicked out her father-in-law Bob and is selling the animal park made famous by her late husband, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. She points out that she has helped fund Bob's dream to create a new ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00377.htm


4: Kiwi Saver Poster Family Sign Up Son
Kevin List

A sommelier in Wellington signed up his son as the 500,000 Kiwi Saver this afternoon at the ninth floor of the Beehive. Jules Van Cruysen, who is a Labour Party supporter but not presently a card carrying member, was happy to put down the plonk and complete ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00396.htm


5: Greenpeace occupies coal ship
Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior has blocked a shipment of export coal from leaving the Port of Lyttelton. This is the first time the Rainbow Warrior has been used to block another ship in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00239.htm


6: Nepal: Volatile Politics Might Take A New Twist
John Lama

Gyanendra, supposedly the last king of Nepal, is not contrite. He seems as confident as before when he was equipped with ample state powers and privileges. He still lives in the Narayanhiti Royal palace and oversees the classic drama of conflicts and contradictions ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00389.htm


7: Undernews For 24 March, 2008
Undernews

Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others. -- William Allen White
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00398.htm


8: Globalization and terror - Murder Inc. and Haiti
Toni Solo

"Evidence is mounting that United Nations peacekeepers shot and killed unarmed civilians, including children, during a recent raid in Haiti...Independent witnesses say up to 23 people were killed during the raid and that many were shot in the head. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00378.htm


9: Government slashes building industry red tape
New Zealand Government

Minister for Building and Construction, Shane Jones, today announced plans to slash red tape in the building industry and provide simpler, more flexible consents process for starter homes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00406.htm


10: Housing Affordability: Good Progress in NZ
Hugh Pavletich

“The initial steps announced by the New Zealand Government, in belatedly addressing the serious issue of housing affordability, are to be welcomed” said Hugh Pavletich, co author of the Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00234.htm


11: Exide enforcement decision
Greater Wellington Regional Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council (Greater Wellington) is to prosecute Exide Technologies Limited (Exide) for a second breach of its lead-to-air discharge resource consent conditions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00231.htm


12: NZ Govt caught over Bainimarama support for China
Green Party

Green Party MP Keith Locke wants the Government to criticise the Fiji Government's support for the Chinese actions in Tibet. The Fiji Prime Minister's secretary Parmesh Chand confirmed today that a letter of support had been sent to the Chinese Government.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00419.htm


13: Endangered Species Highlighted in Tourism Report
Care For The Wild

New Zealand has received the worst possible ranking, last amongst 130 countries, for its protection of threatened species, according to the World Economic Forum’s latest Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report (T&TCR)
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00048.htm


14: Theory Of Form To Evolution Center Stage
Suzan Mazur

IT'S PRIVATE. That is now the word from organizers as to whether or not the public can listen-in to the conversation of 16 scientists meeting to remix the theory of evolution at Altenberg, Austria in July. So while Konrad Lorenz Institute where the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00380.htm


15: Meal-break law about fairness
Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

The new meal-break law will make a huge difference to tens of thousands of New Zealand workers says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. While nearly all unionised workers already have paid breaks and lunch-hours written into their collective ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00237.htm


16: Labour admits guilt with housing moves
New Zealand National Party

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says the housing policies announced today by Labour are an admission of both guilt and failure.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00409.htm


17: Indonesian Defence Minister Sudarsono In Australia
Australia West Papua Association

Australia's defence minister should not only raise the human rights situation in West Papua with the Indonesian defence minister but call on the Indonesian government to release all political prisoners including the nine arrested in Manokwari.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00207.htm


18: Fisher Funds to Reopen New Zealand Funds
Fisher Funds

Fisher Funds today announced the re-opening of its three New Zealand funds to new investments. The Fisher Funds NZ Growth Fund, Fisher Funds Premium NZ Fund and the Fisher Funds Fledgling Fund had been closed to new investment in October 2007 as ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00379.htm


19: Elizabeth Marvelly on Dancing With The Stars
Skip Ink

New Zealand’s newest singing sensation Elizabeth Marvelly will perform on Dancing With the Stars TOMORROW night.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00231.htm


20: Affordable Housing Bill backfires
New Zealand National Party

National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley says Housing Minister Maryan Street should withdraw her Affordable Housing Bill.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00410.htm


21: Vandalism in Botanic Gardens
Christchurch City Council

A major clean up is in under way in the Botanic Gardens today after vandals caused damage in two areas of the gardens over the Easter weekend. Last night two newly planted areas were torn out, with plants and rocks dumped along the pathways. Garden ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00238.htm


22: ‘Silent Killer’ - one woman’s life every 48 hours
Silver Ribbon Foundation

On the weekend of her 5th Wedding Anniversary, Shaline received her ovarian cancer diagnosis - stage 4 Ovarian Cancer and a few years left to live. “I would assume that a cancer diagnosis will always come as a shock, but I could not understand how ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0803/S00096.htm


23: Asia:NZ Media e-Newsletter: March 08
Asia New Zealand Foundation

In this issue, Tibet, the Beijing Olympics and a free trade agreement put China at the top of the news agenda for the months ahead. There’s also information of a new regional media scholarship for young New Zealand journalists, a regional school ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00236.htm


24: Minister to visit site of school arson
New Zealand Government

The Minister of Education, Chris Carter, says he will visit the site of the serious fire at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Taumarere in Northland tomorrow. Over the weekend five classrooms were destroyed at a Maori immersion school, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00415.htm


25: Stateside With Rosalea: Death of a Rabbi
Rosalea Barker

As me dear old Dad was fond of saying wryly: the Lord moves in mysterious ways. And so it was that on Easter Sunday, I woke up so late I caught just the closing credits for “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and had to bunny-hop across the channels ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00365.htm


26: Arson attack at Kura Kaupapa is just “agony”
New Zealand Labour Party

Northland Labour List MP Shane Jones said today he was left shocked and in “agony” at the arson attack which destroyed the Kura Kaupapa School in the small Bay of Islands township of Moerewa.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00412.htm


27: The Missing Voice in New Harbour Crossing
Syed Akbar Kamal

Voices of discontent are emanating from some quarters concerning the proposed new Waitemata harbour crossing. They say millions and billions of public dollars are at stake and there seems to be surreptitiousness in the way things are being presented ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00373.htm


28: New digital super group announced
New Zealand Government

Communications and Information Technology Minister David Cunliffe has announced the government will fund the establishment of a new overarching digital sector forum.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00422.htm


29: KiwiSaver breaks through half-million mark
New Zealand Government

500,000 New Zealanders are planning for their future and are now enrolled in the Labour-led Government’s KiwiSaver scheme, Prime Minister Helen Clark, Finance Minister Michael Cullen, and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00420.htm


30: New building consent initiatives a positive step
Local Government NZ

“New initiatives to improve the building consent process for starter homes are positive steps forward,” said Local Government New Zealand President Basil Morrison.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00233.htm

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