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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 31 March 2008

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

1: Strong Message From Voters In TVNZ7 Poll

Television New Zealand

The Green Party and the Maori Party face some tough coalition options, in light of research produced by Colmar Brunton for The Kingmaker Debate, which launches TVNZ's next digital channel TVNZ 7 at midday on Sunday 30 March. While the Greens and the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00279.htm


2: New era for telecommunications
Telecom New Zealand

Telecom New Zealand chief executive Paul Reynolds said today that 31 March 2008 marked a milestone for the company and for the industry as a whole, as the company's formal separation into distinct business units paved the way for a new era in telecommunications.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00460.htm


3: Aquaflow makes crucial algae biofuel breakthroughs
Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation

Two further major breakthroughs have been achieved by Blenheim-based Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation which has been working on world-leading technology to convert wild algae to biofuel.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00058.htm


4: TVNZ7's Kingmaker Minor Leaders Debate In 7 Parts
Alastair Thompson

Scoop Photos + Video : TVNZ7's Kingmaker Minor Leaders Debate In Seven Parts - 30 March 2008 Staring: Jeanette Fitzsimons, Pita Sharples, Peter Dunne, Rodney Hide, Jim Anderton & An Empty Chair Representing Winston Peters Video & Images ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00458.htm


5: Kiwi Patrol Hit by Explosive Device in Afghanistan
New Zealand Defence Force

Yesterday morning Afghanistan time, a four vehicle patrol from the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team en-route to conduct a mobile medical clinic was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00296.htm


6: Child and youth mental health need better funding
Green Party

Green Party Mental Health Spokesperson Sue Bradford says that she is deeply saddened by the death of North Shore teenager Toran Henry, and is dismayed by the surrounding circumstances.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00509.htm


7: Fly Flag Of Unity Says Peters
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First has urged local councils and publicly owned organizations to resist approaches to fly the Maori sovereignty flag on public buildings.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00510.htm


8: Kids’ Choice – record breaking 88,254,272 votes
Nickelodeon

Johnny Depp, Jessica Alba, Eddie Murphy, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Drake Bell, Chris Brown, Tony Hawk, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Cameron Diaz (Wannabe Award) – and many more score at Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00279.htm


9: Commemorations for 40th anniversary of Wahine
Museum Of Wellington City and Sea

On the morning of 10 April 1968, with 734 people on board, inter-island ferry The Wahine entered Wellington Harbour during a violent southerly storm and foundered on Barrett Reef.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00268.htm


10: WESTLIFE extends tour due to phenomenal demand!
Skip Ink

With sold out shows already at Auckland’s Vector Arena, Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena & Christchurch’s Westpac Arena, the world’s favourite pop band WESTLIFE have been so overwhelmed by the phenomenal demand for their New Zealand shows that ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00267.htm


11: EEO Commissioner: women locked out of boardroom
Human Rights Commission

The lockout of women from company boardrooms is undermining corporate governance, according to the New Zealand Census of Women’s Participation 2008 published today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00299.htm


12: AIAL unveils its new international arrivals area
Auckland International Airport

From midnight on Monday 31 March 2008 international travellers arriving at Auckland Airport will experience an even warmer welcome, with a new international arrivals area opening for business.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00481.htm


13: Freeview Content Offer Continues to Grow
FreeView

Freeview|HDTM official launch event to acknowledge arrival of HDTV, three new channels and successful take-up figures.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00470.htm


14: Looks do matter in job interviews
Robert Half Finance and Accounting

Candidates need to pay more attention to their personal image during job interviews if they want to be successful, says a leading recruiter. Megan Alexander, senior manager at Robert Half, says failing to research the company and its culture is one ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00461.htm


15: Kakapo chicks hatch on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island
Department of Conservation

The eagerly-awaited arrival of some of New Zealand’s most precious babies has started, with the hatching of five kakapo chicks in the last two weeks. As of Saturday 29th March, the world’s population of kakapo has been boosted from 86 to 91 with ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00060.htm


16: Telecom separation now a fact
New Zealand Government

A robust plan for the operational separation of Telecom NZ has been approved by Communications and Information Technology Minister David Cunliffe. “Telecom resubmitted its Amended Separation Plan. In accordance with the Telecommunications Act 2001, I have decided ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00508.htm


17: Many may be Hit by NZ Post ‘Pricing in Proportion'
Freightways

The cost of sending domestic letters and parcels through New Zealand Post has just changed. In some extreme cases there will be increases of up to 300% claims the other major player in the market.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00478.htm


18: Mexican working holiday scheme underway
New Zealand Government

Young New Zealanders can now travel, work and study in Mexico for up to a year, thanks to a Working Holiday Scheme that came into effect today, says Foreign Minister Winston Peters.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00512.htm


19: Tibet Protest outside the Chinese Embassy
Friends of Tibet

This morning there were 23 Human Rights protestors at the Chinese Embassy in Wellington from 7.30am- 8.30am. They wore white, were roped together as prisoners, and roped to to the Olympic torch held with by a protestor labelled "Representative of ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00293.htm


20: Barack Obama - The Wizard of Oz
Evelyn Pringle

The most trusted leaders of the Democratic party, such as John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, ought to be ashamed of themselves for supporting Barack Obama. With use of the internet, a fifth grader could connect the dots to show a picture of a guy who was picked up ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00452.htm


21: The TVNZ 7 Kingmaker Poll
Television New Zealand

Based on the total sample of 750 Eligible Voters, the maximum sampling error estimated is plus or minus 3.6%, expressed at the 95% confidence level.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00300.htm


22: Chaplain Who Called for Attack on Islam Fired
Jason Leopold

A top Navy chaplain who wrote a book several years ago attacking Islam, calling the religion “evil,” and urging the United States to launch a “jihad” against the faith, has been fired from a prestigious theological institute after officials ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00456.htm


23: National to put victims of crime first
New Zealand National Party

Victims of crime will have their rights and support greatly expanded under a National Government, says National Party Leader John Key. Mr Key today announced policies that will put victims’ rights first. These policies are part of National’s comprehensive ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00511.htm


24: Smokefree suspects tobacco industry involvement
Smokefree Coalition

The Smokefree Coalition is challenging the Stay Displays Coalition of Retailers to reveal its funding sources. Stay Displays is challenging moves by health groups such as the Cancer Society to have the display of tobacco packets in shops banned. The ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00286.htm


25: No need for NZ to drag feet on biofuels
Argent Energy NZ

New Zealand shouldn’t delay bringing in biofuel sales obligations and miss out on cutting greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of fossil fuels says a major potential investor.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00452.htm


26: King astounded by National's plan
New Zealand Government

King astounded by National's plan to charge all offenders a flat fee at sentencing
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00520.htm


27: Uri Avnery: "Death to the Arabs!"
Uri Avnery

TOMORROW WILL BE the 32nd anniversary of the first "Day of the Land" - one of the defining events in the history of Israel.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00472.htm


28: Threats To Freedom Of Speech To Be Debated
Public Relations Institute

Mounting Threats To Freedom Of Speech To Be Debated At This Year's Public Relations Conference
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00301.htm


29: Collaboration key to success for NZ sheep genome
Joint Media Statement

Meat & Wool New Zealand, AgResearch and Ovita today announced that an important phase of an international project to map the sheep genome has taken a big step forward.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00062.htm


30: Good Water Best Beverage Winner
Good Water

Congratulations are in order for Good Water, which took out the Best Beverage category at the 2008 nite:life awards on Easter Thursday. The awards, which took place at the Auckland Town Hall on Holy Thursday were voted people’s choice and no options ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00480.htm

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