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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 15 April 2008


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

1: Breakthrough for the West Memphis Three

Gordon Campbell

The West Memphis Three murder case is back in court today. Gordon Campbell begins a two part overview, via an exclusive interview with Arkansas journalist Mara Leveritt, the author of the definitive book on the case.

2: English blocks debate on Auckland Airport decision
New Zealand Government

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English today blocked a move for Parliament to urgently debate the decision of government ministers to stop the 40 per cent sale of Auckland Airport to the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.

3: Minister's Claims Bizarre
Ron Law

"The Minister of Health's claims that the effectiveness of the MeNZB campaign 'had been such a success' are bizarre and at odds with available facts," says independent Risk & Policy Analyst, Ron Law.

4: Multimedia: PM's Press Conference 14 April 2008
Alastair Thompson

Today's cabinet readout was brief owing to budget secrecy, this was followed by a Q&A concentrating around the revelations in this morning's NZ Herald regarding discussion at the Labour Party Congress of the distribution of Government PR material by party ...

5: Peters: “Order Not Chaos – The Politics of MMP”
New Zealand First Party

6.40pm Rotary Club of Taupo Yacht Club, Ferry Road Taupo.

6: Million Dollar China Deal 48 Hours After FTA

New Zealand apparel company Norsewear is one of the first to benefit from the recently signed free trade agreement with China – securing an order worth close to a million dollars in less than 48 hours after the historic deal was signed.

7: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon PAUL SWAIN to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government’s policy on the sale or retention of State-owned enterprises?

8: Stihl Chainsaw Safety Awareness Week

The inaugural STIHL Chainsaw Safety Awareness Week launched throughout the country today with a strong but simple message for the Kiwi ‘weekend warrior’ – taking five minutes to get ready before you start your DIY adventure is essential to your ...

9: Transforming the lives of deaf children
Ministry of Health

The combination of newborn hearing screening and other developing technologies promises to qualitatively change life expectations for children who are born with impaired hearing, the National Screening Unit’s conference was told today.

10: Marilyn Monroe And Kennedy Sex Tape?

That's the question on some lips, but the $1.5 million purchase of a grainy, 15-minute 16mm sex tape showing Marilyn Monroe pleasuring an anonymous man dates to the early 50s and according to the collector, New Yorker Keya Morgan. The footage was believed ...

11: Undernews For April 12, 2008

WASH POST President Bush said Friday that he was aware his top national security advisers had discussed the details of harsh interrogation tactics to be used on detainees. Bush also said in an interview with ABC News that he approved of the meetings, which ...

12: World’s first green search engine launches in NZ

The world’s first ‘green’ search engine that offsets carbon emissions with no cost to the user, has launched in New Zealand. is a revolutionary site that generates positive environmental gains by sponsoring the growth of up to ...

13: West Memphis Three (Part II): Fearing The Best
Gordon Campbell

Somehow, the kids are always going to the dogs – envied, legislated against and rebuked by their elders. Steps need to be taken. Otherwise, next thing you know, those weird goth kids in their black clothes could be headed around your way to drink ...

14: The Enlightening Ramray Bhat: Origin Of Body Plans
Suzan Mazur

“Our theory does not stand against natural selection in its entirety – it relegates it to a less important role,” says Ramray Bhat, cell biologist Stuart Newman’s co-author of the just published paper in Physical Biology: “Dynamical patterning ...

15: Undernews For April 14, 2008

That we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt

16: Harmful colours must be stripped from food: Greens
Green Party

Harmful colours must be stripped from food - Greens The food industry must stop using six artificial food colours, linked to health and behaviour problems in children, following a decision by the UK Food Safety Authority to get them out of their food ...

17: NZ CPI growth slows, non-tradables still elevated
J P Morgan

Growth in headline inflation slowed to 0.7%q/q in 1Q (JPMorgan 0.7%, consensus 0.8%) after spiking 1.2% in 4Q. Over the quarter, of the seven of the 11 CPI categories that logged increases, the food component made the largest contribution. Food prices ...

18: Higher food prices push up CPI
Statistics New Zealand

The Consumers Price Index (CPI) increased 0.7 percent in the March 2008 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Food prices made the most significant upward contribution to the CPI this quarter.

19: Eleven Million Barrels of Tui Oil
NZ Oil And Gas

Production from the Tui oilfields off the coast of Taranaki has now reached 11 million barrels of oil. New Zealand Oil and Gas Ltd (NZOG) is the New Zealand-based partner in the Tui Area Oil Fields, with a 12.5% stake.

20: New Albany Cinema Brings Movie Magic To The Shore
Sky City

The North Shore’s newest multiplex opens on April 24, providing locals with a state-of-the-art, luxurious movie-going experience at SKYCITY Cinemas.

21: US May Not Release Innocent Guantanamo Prisoners
Sherwood Ross

Even if a Guantanamo prisoner is acquitted on all counts at his trial, the Pentagon may still not release him on grounds he might return to the battlefield, according to an article in the April 14th issue of The New Yorker.

22: Arson: St Peters Church Wellington
New Zealand Police

At approximately 5.30pm on Monday 14 April 2008, a small fire was lit against a boarded up wall at the St James Car-park, Wakefield Street, Wellington. The Fire Service was called and were able to quickly extinguish the flames - minimal damage was caused.

23: Transcript: Agenda IV's John Key

It's been eight months since John Key last appeared on Agenda, that eight months has seen him and National consolidate their lead over Labour in the polls to the point where he's now the hot favourite to win the election later this year

24: Activesmart Website Honoured at “Webby" Awards

ACC’s sports injury prevention and fitness website, ActiveSmart, has been selected as an Official Honouree for the ``Health’’ category in the 12th Annual Webby Awards.

25: Real estate agent closes traditional office
Media Statement

Paraparaumu real estate company Totally Kiwi Real Estate has shut down its trading operation. Company founder John Bradley said that it was a very sad day for the staff, but it was a decision that had to be made. "We have two businesses that compete ...

26: Education gateway slammed shut for some children
New Zealand National Party

National Party Education spokeswoman Anne Tolley says public schools, as the main provider of education to Kiwi kids, have much to gain from National's commitment to provide education entitlements to all children.

27: Meningococcal B Campaign drawing to an end
Southland District Health Board

A large number of Southland health professionals, schools, Maori and Pacific Island community leaders and local businesses should be congratulated for their role in helping to reduce the level of Meningococcal B disease rates in the region, says ...

28: National Refuse To Debate Airport Sale
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is surprised the National Party objected in the House this afternoon to a debate over the Government vetoing a decision to allow a Canadian pension fund to buy a stake in Auckland International Airport.

29: Draft report not relevant to real-world hydro prop
Meridian Energy

Meridian has today released a draft report related to its West Coast Mokihinui hydro proposal in response to a request under the Official Information Act. Calculating Biodiversity Offsets for the Mokihinui Hydro Proposal (draft) was prepared by Landcare ...

30: Tomatoes push food prices up
Statistics New Zealand

Food prices increased 0.7 percent in the March 2008 month, Statistics New Zealand said today. The increase was mainly due to higher prices for the fruit and vegetables subgroup (up 3.1 percent), in particular tomatoes (up 79.9 percent). The most significant ...

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