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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 2 May 2008


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

1: The Phantom of the Opera returns

Phantom of the Opera

NZ waits no longer The Phantom of the Opera returns Tickets on sale Monday May 5 at 9am

2: MP calls for ban on Grand Theft Auto 4
Gordon Copeland

Independent MP Gordon Copeland today confirmed that he would like to see the Grand Theft Auto 4 video game banned in New Zealand.

3: Come to Massey and you, too, can become eye candy
Association of University Staff

In what must be one the most banal news features emanating from a university this year, Massey has trumpeted the success of one of its students in finishing third in the Miss Universe New Zealand beauty pageant this month after being first runner-up ...

4: Colossal Squid "Not Nearly As Tasty As Hoped"
Lyndon Hood

ABSTRACT: The research team investigated the tastiness of the colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis Hamiltoni). A complete specimen was dressed and prepared using a variety of traditional methods. All tests found the squid to be not delicious in any way.

5: Graduate a finalist in national beauty pageant
Massey University

Former Massey student Rhonda Grant finished third in the Miss Universe New Zealand beauty pageant this month after being first runner-up in last year's Miss Manawatu contest.

6: Ploughshares Penetrate Waihopai Base Deflate Dome

This morning, 30 April 2008, we entered the Waihopai Spy Base near Blenheim. Our group, including a Dominican Priest, temporarily closed the base by padlocking the gates and proceeded to deflate one of the large domes covering two satellite dishes.

7: Halliburton Bribe Case Haunts Cheney
Jason Leopold

Dick Cheney’s tenure at Halliburton ended eight years ago, but a federal investigation of alleged bribes from a company subsidiary to Nigerian officials lingers from the Cheney era, raising questions about what the Vice President knew or should have known.

8: Did the US Supreme Court just elect John McCain?

The US Supreme Court has just dealt a serious blow to voters' rights that could help put John McCain in the White House by eliminating tens of thousands of voters who generally vote Democratic.

9: Zaoui’s Mates In Spy Base Fiasco
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the raid on Waihopai spy base by a Dominican friar who sheltered Algerian fugitive Ahmed Zaoui should send shivers up the spine of every security conscious New Zealander.

10: Supermkt fine for offering prize after comp closed
Commerce Commission

One of New Zealand's largest supermarket companies has been found guilty of breaching the Fair Trading Act by offering the opportunity to enter into a prize draw to win a holiday, months after the competition had closed. The company has been fined $17,000 ...

11: Support for Waihopai ANZAC Ploughshares
Peace Movement

Following on from our message earlier this morning, 'ANZAC Ploughshares deflate Waihopai spy dome', below is information about how you can support Ploughshares Aotearoa.

12: Innovative New Service to Increase Organ Donors

An ‘innovative’ new healthcare solution to help increase the number of organ donors in New Zealand was launched from Parliament today. Andy Tookey of Givelife NZ, a campaign for reform to the organ donation system, held a press conference in ...

13: Biofuel: Criminal Path Leads To Global Food Crisis
United Nations

The United States and the European Union have taken a "criminal path" by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food.

14: Undernews For April 29, 2008

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies -- in the final sense -- a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. . . . It ...

15: Business NZ dissociates from Climate Forum Statemt
Business New Zealand

Business NZ has dissociated itself from a public statement made by the Climate Change Leadership Forum. The statement contained ‘10 key points’ supporting the government’s plans for an emissions trading scheme.

16: Scoop Doco: Fiji On A Roadmap To Somewhere
Scoop TV

Scoop Doco: Pacific Forum governments are determined to force Fiji's military Govt to hold elections by March 31 2009. But will Commodore Bainimarama honour his commitment and comply with the dictate?

17: Death Of English Tourist - Name Released
New Zealand Police

Police are now able to release the name of the 21 year old English Tourist who died in the Kawarau River after becoming trapped between rocks while riverboarding.

18: Agreement reached on Central North Island claims
New Zealand Government

The Crown and Central North Island iwi have reached agreement on an iwi developed proposal to settle historic Treaty of Waitangi claims in the region, Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen announced today.

19: The Phantom of the Opera returns
Phantom of the Opera

The internationally and critically acclaimed masterpiece, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA returns to New Zealand for a strictly limited season from October 14, at The Civic, The Edge in Auckland.� Tickets go on sale Monday, May 5 at 9am and given the anticipation ...

20: Stop looking for an FTA discount
Rick Harriss

The above photo well illustrates the real problem of New Zealand and its ongoing failure internationally. New Zealand butter next to Australian butter in a major wholesale supermarket in China. Photo is taken this week. The same and equal product ...

21: Power crises in 2001, '03, '06 & looming in '08
New Zealand National Party

National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee says Labour's total failure to future proof our energy infrastructure is about to be laid out in front of New Zealand households.

22: Congratulations on Deflation of Waihopai Dome
Global Peace And Justice Auckland

Global Peace and Justice Auckland congratulates the activists from the Ploughshares group who entered and deflated one of the domes at Waihopai spybase near Blenheim early this morning. The photo of the deflated dome is a powerful symbol of resistance ...

23: SAP Utilities Customers Lead the Charge

Seven Industry Leaders and SAP Band Together to Expand the Vision of “Smart Grid” by Bringing Smarter, More Advanced Metering Solution to Market

24: Press Council upholds complaints about Investigate
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has welcomed a New Zealand Press Council decision upholding complaints about Investigate magazine’s cover story on charter flights published in September 2007.

25: bFM: Mikey Talks To Spy Base Activist Spokesperson
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio : Mikey Havoc talks to Manu Caddie who is the spokesperson for the three protesters arrested for breaking into the Waihopai Base and deflating one of the domes.

26: Grossly Expensive Lots Cause Of NZ Housing Slump
Hugh Pavletich

In March 2007 there were 1077 lots sold for a median price of $172,000 and in March 2008 there were 430 lots sold for a median price of $180,000 (refer REINZ Section / Lot Tables below) – clearly illustrating that the lack of reasonably priced fringe ...

27: Waihopai and the Troublesome Priest
Gordon Campbell

Interesting headline in the NZ Herald this morning about the Waihopai spy base invasion : “ Spy Base Priest’s History of Trouble…” In fact, the only ‘trouble” the Herald can dig up on Dominican priest Peter Murnane is that he took in the Algerian ...

28: Maori Party Recognises Kingitanga
The Maori Party

The Maori Party honours the distinctive presence of the Kingitanga as an important force in the past and future design of a nation.

29: Bomb Bomb Iran by Summer's End?
Steve Weissman

When Senator John McCain serenaded reporters last April with his "Bomb Bomb Iran," I had to wonder. Was this a taste of his aging flyboy humor? Or was he telling us what to expect should he ever become president? We may never find out. If Vice President ...

30: Sec. Rice Remarks To American Jewish Committee
US State Department

Hamas is choosing violence. They are refusing to recognize Israel's right to exist, and refusing to respect all previous Palestinian agreements with Israel. The leaders of Hamas are increasingly serving as the proxy warriors of an Iranian regime.

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