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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 2 April 2008

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

1: 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


2: 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


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: Questions And Answers – Tuesday April 1, 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. KEITH LOCKE (Green) 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, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00043.htm


5: International Solidarity Movement Digest 4-1-08
International Solidarity Movement

ISM Digest 4-1-08; Breaking the siege on Gaza, Remembering Rachel Corrie, 'Land Day' demonstrations, Road 443 closed to Palestinians by High Court, ISM activist deported, Gaza's 'bigger holocaust'.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00020.htm


6: Minister’s denials on housing 'squalor' questioned
New Zealand National Party

National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley says the Housing Minister’s categorical denials that HNZ is sending tenants to live in squalid Auckland boarding houses needs to be explained.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00046.htm


7: Spotless should shape up or ship out – MP
New Zealand Labour Party

Labour MP Darien Fenton has today joined other calls for Australian Company Spotless Services to pay up or get out of the New Zealand public hospital sector.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00040.htm


8: 95bFM: The Wednesday Wire with Paul Deady
95bfm

1220 – Zimbabwe: Chris Laidlaw 1240 – No More BZP: Ross Bell @ NZ Drug Foundation 1300 – Dale Williams, Otorohonga Mayor and Chair of the Mayor's Taskforce for Jobs 1320 – Counterclockwise with Kevin List1340 – Moon Fish from Anonymous in studio
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00031.htm


9: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 2 April 08
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding tax cuts that “I am sure there will be something for everybody. But that means individual amounts are not likely to be large, given that the money is spread very ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00049.htm


10: Five Years of Accelerating U.S. Decline
Black Agenda Report

Five years ago, anti-war forces were in deep depression, having failed to prevent Bush from launching his illegal war against Iraq. Pro-war circles were floating on top of the world, imagining that Washington was about to become the new Rome under ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00018.htm


11: Fares from $39* to Celebrate New Dunedin Service
Pacific Blue

New Zealand airline Pacific Blue today announced it will expand its New Zealand domestic network and launch flights to Dunedin in July. Virgin Group Chairman, Sir Richard Branson joined Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey to announce that Pacific ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00037.htm


12: Emissions Trading - at what cost?
Greenhouse Policy Coalition

In a presentation to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee hearing submissions on the Climate Change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill today, the Greenhouse Policy coalition, representing the energy intensive sector, had the following ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00053.htm


13: Webcast: Sean Plunket Chairs Climate Policy Debate
Greenpeace New Zealand

Sean Plunket to chair political debate on board the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior : Live video WEBCAST
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00030.htm


14: ASB Launches Sustainability Investment Fund
ASB Bank

KiwiSavers who want to invest long term with companies committed to sustainable activities and practices can now do so through a fund being made available in New Zealand by ASB Group Investments Limited (“ASB”).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00032.htm


15: 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


16: Politics For The People
Television New Zealand

There's a panel of politicians, no autocue, and it's filmed live in a pub across the road from Parliament. Hosted by politics-junkie Wallace Chapman, Back Benches is a new politics show, premiering live on TVNZ 7, Wednesday 2 April from The Backbencher ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00015.htm


17: Challenge to Dr Cullen for evidence of "consensus"
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

A challenge has been issued to Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Michael Cullen to produce the evidence for his statement on TV One’s evening news tonight that there is “a vast overwhelming consensus of international scientists” behind claims of human-induced ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00027.htm


18: General Debate 2 April 2008: Hone Harawira
The Maori Party

Last night Parliament lost one of its more distinguished members - Tumu Putaura – one of our security officers. Actually, I never knew what his real name was till today, ‘cause like many others, I just called him uncle.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00072.htm


19: 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


20: 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


21: Peters concerned by delay in Zimbabwe poll results
New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters today expressed his concern over ongoing delays in the release of official results from Zimbabwe’s election. Presidential, parliamentary and local elections were held on Saturday 29 March, but so far around a quarter of ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00048.htm


22: ‘Brutally Honest’ Adverts Target Binge Drinkers
The Alcohol Advisory Council

The Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC) today launched new hard-hitting advertisements showing the harmful consequences of binge drinking. The television commercials show graphic examples of excessive drinking leading to harm, with three ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00033.htm


23: 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


24: Business and the emissions trading scheme
Business New Zealand

Business has a problem – not with an emissions trading scheme, but with the design of the one currently proposed for New Zealand. Business NZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly told the Finance & Expenditure select committee this morning that the Bill setting ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00048.htm


25: 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


26: Report of Investigation of an Error in Tax Revenue
Joint Media Statement

Inland Revenue and Treasury have taken immediate steps to implement changes following the investigation into last month’s error in tax revenue in the Crown accounts.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00050.htm


27: Audio/Images: New Organised Crime Agency Announced
Lyndon Hood

Justice Minister Annette King today announced a new organised and financial crime agency (OFCANZ) will be launched on 1 July. The agency will integrate the Serious Fraud Office into the police. SFO powers such as examination and compliance orders ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00023.htm


28: An Occasional Note on the 2008 Campaigns, No. 7
Rosalea Barker

Please pardon this fat lady while she sings you a metaphor. The National Cherry Blossom Festival began in DC this Saturday prompting me to wonder if Obama is feeling optimistic.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00006.htm


29: Mac’s Brewjolais – Back for its third year
Lion Nathan

Following another triumphant appearance at Mac's Brewbars last year, the seasonal madness that is Brewjolais makes its third appearance in 2008. Our Mac’s Brewers have been busy picking the first Riwaka hops of the season and adding them green ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00039.htm


30: Cost Of Staff Soaring For NZ Businesses
Grant Thornton International

A big majority of privately-held New Zealand businesses are paying significantly more in staff costs than a year ago, according to the International Business Report produced by accountancy and business advisory firm Grant Thornton.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00052.htm

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