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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 1 April 2008

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

1: Lyndon Hood: "April Fool!" - Govt

Lyndon Hood

A broad selection of policies and laws that were expected to come into force today have been revealed to be an elaborate April Fools joke. In a running series of press conferences, changes to taxation, social welfare and drug control were announced ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00004.htm


2: Plans to Launch a Revolutionary New Hydrobus
InterCity Coachlines

First of its kind in New Zealand - Will complete the Cook Strait crossing in approximately one hour - Continuous travel from land into water - Fares starting from just $30 each way
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00001.htm


3: Company 1-Day.co.nz enjoys April Fools promotion
1-Day.co.nz

Press release regarding the acquisition of 1-day.co.nz by Microsoft Giant Bill Gates today resulted in a successful promotional frenzy on April Fools Day.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00019.htm


4: Microsoft acquisition of 1-day!
Microsoft Corporation USA

Bill Gates announces plans to purchase the New Zealand company 1-day after an extensive world-wide search for innovative companies.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00002.htm


5: Newmarket signs fashion contract with Helen Clark
Newmarket Business Association

The Fashion Capital of New Zealand is delighted to announce an unprecedented contract to dress, accessorise, and style Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clarke for the 2008 election campaign. The contract is believed to have a retail value of up to ¼ million ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00007.htm


6: Rats to find Frogs
Department of Conservation

“Enemies to be come allies” says Minister of Conservation Steve Chadwick announcing initial success at training rats to locate New Zealand’s tiny rare native frogs “Aside from being nocturnal, and extremely well-camouflaged, the frogs are also ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00001.htm


7: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. KEITH LOCKE to the Prime Minister: Will she ensure journalists travelling with her, as part of the delegation she is leading to China next week, will enjoy normal press freedoms as outlined in international human rights treaties; if not, why not?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00017.htm


8: Major Protest Demands Coca-cola Shut Down Plant
India Resource Centre

The march and rally against Coca-Cola in Mehdiganj in the latest in a series of protests against the company in India where communities have accused Coca-Cola bottling plants for exacerbating the water crises through heavy extraction of water.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00269.htm


9: Thames District Court: Owen Thor Walker
New Zealand Police

In terms of the appearance of an Owen Thor Walker in the Thames District Court today Waikato Police are unable to comment on the matter while it is still before the courts.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00015.htm


10: Michael Collins: BUSH – CLINTON 2008
Michael Collins

The 2008 presidential primary has been a close race. It should be over by now except for the shouting. There is " virtually no chance " that Hillary Clinton can claim the delegates needed for nomination. We should be witnessing Barack Obama's triumphal ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00475.htm


11: Undernews For 28 March, 2008
Undernews

WORD He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. -- Thomas Paine
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00007.htm


12: Payback Continues Says Peters
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First has begun disbursing to a number of charities from the $158,000 the auditor-general claimed the party spent illegally at the last election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00023.htm


13: Monteith’s wins another international award
Monteith's

The new Monteith’s Lager pulled two more international accolades at the Australian International Beer Awardsin Melbourne last week (March 27).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00024.htm


14: Images from RNZAF Queen St Parade
New Zealand Defence Force

Images from today's Charter parade up Queen Street, Auckland by airmen and women of the Royal New Zealand Air Force to mark the 71st anniversary of the RNZAF
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00013.htm


15: Collins plays the April Fool
New Zealand Government

The number of young people aged 16 to 19 years old receiving a main benefit has dropped dramatically under the Labour-led government, says Social Development and Employment Minister Ruth Dyson.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00031.htm


16: Woosh Strengthens Management Team
Woosh

Broadband internet provider Woosh has looked internally to strengthen its senior management team as the company consolidates on its present platform and plans for the introduction of a WiMax network late in 2009.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00029.htm


17: Total Crime Rate Flat, Resolutions Rise
New Zealand Police

The incidence of recorded crime has stayed essentially flat in the last calendar year, says Assistant Commissioner Grant Nicholls. Although there was a small increase in the total number of offences recorded, New Zealand's population also increased ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00013.htm


18: 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


19: 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


20: ALT TV: Driver Interviews Dr Cullen
Alt TV

It's no April Fools' Day joke - Michael Cullen is on Let's be Frank with Oliver Driver tonight on Alt Tv
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00014.htm


21: Labour up to old tricks on teenage unemployment
New Zealand National Party

Labour appears to be up to its old tricks in manipulating benefit figures in a desperate bid to spin a good news story, says National's Welfare spokeswoman, Judith Collins.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00026.htm


22: 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


23: Crime statistics provide signs of encouragement
New Zealand Government

Police Minister Annette King says the lowest murder statistics for a decade show New Zealand has not become a more dangerous place in which to live. Commenting on the crime statistics for the 2007 calendar year, Ms King said: "Time and time again, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00018.htm


24: New design for NZ’s favourite microwave oven
Sharp

Sharp has just released the R340M - a refreshed model of their number one selling microwave oven, the R340H *.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00023.htm


25: 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


26: Rare froglets come of age
Victoria University of Wellington

The first broods of rare Maud Island froglets raised under incubation at Victoria University have been released into their enclosure at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00007.htm


27: New organisation will combat Maori Child Abuse
TKMR

Senior Anglican Minister Dr Hone Kaa has announced the establishment of a new charitable trust that will promote the wellbeing of Maori children. The organisation is called Te Kahui Mana Ririki.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00006.htm


28: 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


29: Top biotech award four years running
AgResearch

An AgResearch scientist has won the prestigious NZBio Emerging Biotechnologist of the Year award – the fourth year in a row the company has taken home the title.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00002.htm


30: 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

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