Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
Paul G. Buchanan
Once again Barack Obama is in the news for the wrong reasons. This time it is the speech he gave to a closed group of well-heeled Californians, at least one of whom was not as supportive of his cause as Mr. Obama may have hoped. In that speech the ...
2: Full Coverage: Seven Die As Weather Bomb Strikes
Scoop Full Coverage
Wilderness Tragedy: Seven Die In National Park Drowning Accident New Zealand Police have reported that seven people are dead and following an incident in rugged bush in the National Park area, Ruapehu in the Central North Island. The bodies of the ...
3: Brash and Foreman front up to The Hollow Men
The Hollow Men play
Amid the release of the police investigations into how author Nicky Hager obtained secret emails from Don Brash’s office. Dr Brash found time to watch himself on stage last night!
4: Undernews For April 16, 2008
The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. -- H. L. Mencken
5: Fisher & Paykel ditches NZ for cheap labour
Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union
Fisher & Paykel is closing its plant in Dunedin because it wants cheap labour, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.
6: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 17 April 08
Office of the Clerk
1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding Government spending and this year's Budget that "We'll be trying to keep ... that very much under control because otherwise it starts to squeeze the capacity ...
7: Closure of Fisher and Paykel plant regretted
New Zealand Government
Minister of Trade Phil Goff has expressed his sympathy for workers at Fisher and Paykel’s Dunedin Plant who have lost their jobs.
8: A rough day for Kiwi workers
Plans to export about 500 ANZ National Bank jobs to India and lay off 50 staff from a Dunedin knitwear firm are a further blow to New Zealand workers, already stung by news of 430 layoffs from the Fisher and Paykel plant in Dunedin today.
9: High interest rates now costing jobs
New Zealand National Party
National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says the shock announcement that up to 430 of Fisher and Paykel’s Dunedin-based jobs will disappear are an indictment on Labour’s economic policies.
10: ANZ National proposal up to 500 Kiwi jobs to India
Bank workers’ union Finsec says that today’s announcement by ANZ National proposing to send up to 500 New Zealand jobs to Bangalore puts increasing their billion dollar profits ahead of their Kiwi customers and staff.
11: Ruapehu Drowning Tragedy Names Releases
New Zealand Police
The formal identification process has been completed and Police are now able to release the names of six students and one teacher killed in tragic circumstances in the Ruapehu District yesterday.
12: Free Trade Agreements rob Kiwi workers' jobs
Just 10 days after the signing of the Preferential Trade Agreement with China, New Zealand workers are already facing layoffs, with Fisher and Paykel announcing the closure of its Dunedin factory - at a cost of 430 jobs.
13: MetService Statement: Mangatepopo River Accident
MetService continues to receive a number of media inquiries regarding the tragic accident on the Mangatepopo River on Tuesday 15 April.
14: Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre On Drownings
Outdoors New Zealand
Outdoor recreation and education is embedded in the New Zealand psyche, with most New Zealanders living close to the mountains, rivers, lakes, bush and sea. Safety of participants and instructors is the foundation of outdoor education programmes, ...
15: Questions And Answers - Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Office of the Clerk
1. JOHN KEY (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement made yesterday that “there are families who are squeezed”; if so, when did that fact come to her Government’s attention?
16: Head Start In Top Hairdressing Awards
Schwarzkopf Professional New Zealand Hairdresser
Auckland salons Servilles Newmarket, Ryder and D&M and Wellington salon Buoy Hairdressing lead the nominations for this year’s Schwarzkopf Professional New Zealand Hairdressing Awards.
17: Open Letter re Meat Industry
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New Zealand sheep farmers have seen their share of the retail price of New Zealand lamb in Europe shrink from 80% 40 years ago 45% in 2001 to less than 20% currently. Compare sheepmeats to the poultry industry where chicken producers get nearer 50% ...
18: Zubaydah, Bush and the Bureaucracy of Torture
The devastating attack of 9/11 conferred unprecedented popularity on the Bush administration. This was more a reflection of the strong desire for national unity in the wake of a tragedy than an endorsement of Bush policies.
19: Turia’s Remarks Offensive - Mark
New Zealand First Party
New Zealand First law and order spokesman Ron Mark says the Maori Party should apologise for Tariana Turia’s remarks likening legislation banning gang patches in Wanganui to the targeting of Jews in Nazi Germany.
20: Job Losses Will Continue - NZ First
New Zealand First Party
New Zealand First has warned that the loss of local manufacturing jobs will continue unless existing economic and trading conditions are changed to meet the competition posed by low wage economies.
21: Another manufacturing exporter icon bites the dust
Manufacturers and Exporters Association
The New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA), says that the closure of Fisher and Paykel’s Dunedin factory is yet another manifestation of failing policy framework. Particularly an interest based monetary policy that has seen speculation, ...
22: Study Finds Green IT Low on NZ Business Agenda
Business Council for Sustainable Development
Technology contributes as much Co2 to planet as airline industry (Source: Gartner) 65% say NZ must be environmentally sustainable to succeed in global economy Australian businesses (61%) more likely to include IT in sustainability plans than NZ business ...
23: The $61 million dollar question
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
"With an after tax profit last year of $61 million, how much money for shareholders does Fisher and Paykel Appliances, a profitable company, think they really need?" Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today.
24: Easy Property Tax™ to Save Residential Investors
New Zealand rental property owners are being given the chance to save thousands of dollars by taking advantage of a new online service for completing their rental accounts.
25: Body Located Waimakariri River, Christchurch
New Zealand Police
The Investigation Team in relation to the disappearance of Marie Davis wish to advise that a body has been located in the Waimakariri River, Christchurch. Police are unable to confirm the gender or identity of the body at this stage as a formal identification ...
26: Dunedin MPs saddened at F&P closure
New Zealand Labour Party
Dunedin MPs David Benson-Pope, Pete Hodgson and David Parker say they are saddened at the loss of 430 jobs in Otago, after Fisher and Paykel announced it would relocate its Range and DishDrawer factory overseas.
27: FBI Email: Bush Signed Harsh Interrogation Order
President George W. Bush’s comment to ABC News – that he approved discussions that his top aides held about harsh interrogation techniques – adds credence to claims from senior FBI agents in Iraq in 2004 that Bush had signed an Executive Order ...
28: FSU lends support to Finsec campaign
The Finance Sector Union of Australia (FSU) is disappointed by today’s announcement by ANZ’s New Zealand operation, ANZ National, to send up to 500 jobs to Bangalore.
29: America's Secret Plan To Nuke Vietnam & Laos
Richard S. Ehrlich
BANGKOK, Thailand -- The U.S. Air Force wanted to use "nuclear weapons" against Vietnam in 1959 and 1968, and Laos in 1961, to obliterate communist guerrillas, according to newly declassified secret U.S. Air Force documents.
30: Patients and public deserve better
District Health Boards
Mediation has failed to avert the threatened 48-hour strike by junior doctors scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday and DHBs are now focusing on finalising contingency plans for the strike.