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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 21 May 2008


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

1: Tanczos to stay till election

Green Party

Green Party MP Nandor Tanczos will remain in Parliament till the 2008 election. "I had hoped that I might step down soon and allow Co-Leader Russel Norman to take my place before the election, however, that will not be possible," Nandor says.

2: More money for day-to-day running of schools
New Zealand Government

Budget 2008 sees schools get a significant boost in funding to help meet their day-to-day running costs and provide computer technology, Education Minister Chris Carter announced today.

3: Questions And Answers – Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. MARTIN GALLAGHER (Labour—Hamilton West) to the Minister of Trade: What recent progress has been made towards improving New Zealand’s trade relationship with Japan?

4: Lyndon Hood: Fractious Fables
Lyndon Hood

Two robbers had independently accosted a traveller on a public highway. "If you allow me to rob you," said the first, "I will spend most of it on you, one way or another." "If you permit me to rob you," said the second, "I will also give it back, but I ...

5: Alt TV Promo: Let's Be Frank – Phil Goff
Alt TV

Oliver Driver talks to Phil Goff tonight at 8.30pm. Segment of Video Interview: The interview New Zealand media won't leave alone. Watch the entire thirty minute interview tonight on Alt TV . Does Phil Goff want to be Prime Minister?

6: Registrations, consideration of late returns
Electoral Commission

At its meeting of 19 May 2008, the commission made the following decisions: Further information is being sought before any decision is made about referral to the police of parties that were late with their donation returns.

7: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Finance; if so, why?

8: Schools $171 million adds to Labour’s porkometer
New Zealand National Party

The public will see right through Education Minister Chris Carter’s announcement today of an extra $171.6 million in operational funding to schools, says National’s Education spokeswoman, Anne Tolley.

9: Dora the Explorer Live!
Skip Ink

Following massively successful US, European and Asian tours, Nick Jr’s Dora the Explorer is setting sail for the New Zealand with her brand new LIVE musical show, Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure!

10: Scoop Lines Up Top Political Analysts For Budget08
The Scoop Editor

Scoop Media ( has lined up some of New Zealand's top political, business, and economy analysts/writers to offer the most comprehensive Budget Day 2008 coverage available. They include: Gordon Campbell, Pattrick Smellie, and Jonathan Underhill.

11: The risks of Exxon-Mobil in New Zealand waters
Gordon Campbell

Exxon-Mobil are the elephant in the room that the Government refuses to confront, as it throws open the ecologically vulnerable Great South Basin region to oil exploration and exploitation. Currently, New Zealand does not have an oceans policy, despite ...

12: Review: Human Rights Film - War & Waves
Jamie Melbourne-Hayward

Film Review: AUT University journalism student, Jamie Melbourne-Hayward writes that War & Waves, a story of Sri Lankan hardship, will evoke the consciences of Aucklanders when it screens on the final night of the Human Rights Film Festival this Friday ...

13: Bernard Weiner: Dumpster-Diving for GOP Quotes
Bernard Weiner

As a playwright, I pay special attention to the difference between words as they are spoken and the unsaid words hidden beneath the surface -- what we in the dramaturgy biz call "subtext."

14: Bunnings And Save The Children’s Myanmar Response
Bunnings Warehouse

New Zealanders can help raise much needed funds for those affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (Burma) by buying a sausage at Bunnings and Save the Children’s Myanmar Response Day – Friday 23 May.

15: 107 submissions for Waiheke outdoor exhibition
headland Sculpture on the Gulf

headland SCULPTURE ON THE GULF, New Zealand’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition, has received 107 submissions from sculptors throughout the country, as the deadline for entries passed for the upcoming 2009 exhibition.

16: Libertarianz Alternative Budget 2008 (+ video)
Libertarianz Party

"I'm pleased to present a real alternative to the tax-and-spend budget that Labour will present at 2 pm today," Libertarianz Leader Bernard Darnton said today.

17: Intellectual Disability Sector on Verge of Crisis
Residential Intellectual Disability Providers

Intellectually disabled New Zealanders and their families could face a precarious future, a new report revealed today. The National Residential Intellectual Disability Providers Group (NRID) is a national organisation comprising intellectual disability ...

18: Revolutionary Video on Demand system's NZ launch

New Zealanders will soon be able to enjoy DVD-quality feature length movies on demand without leaving the comfort of their own home.

19: Thermal generation going like the clappers
New Zealand National Party

National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee says Energy Minister David Parker should be thinking seriously about ordering a public power saving campaign for winter.

20: Privatisation: Fervently swimming against the tide
Paul Smith

When an ideology once touted as New sounds quaint, you know for sure it's dead in the water. And so it was earlier this month with attempts to revive the corpse of privatisation.

21: Herpes myths are 'busted' in new campaign
NZ Herpes Foundation

With genital herpes affecting almost a third of adult New Zealanders, a new campaign is seeking to dispel the myths and negate the stigma associated with the infection.

22: Wotif To Feature PREVU Rich Media
Prevu Corp

PREVU are pleased to announce that they will shortly be delivering streaming video content to the Wotif group of websites (starting with, to be followed by,, and and all portals ...

23: Ed Hillary Alpine Centre a ‘must see’ NZ icon
The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook

A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world’s greatest explorers, the new Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre at Aoraki Mount Cook is becoming an essential stop on New Zealand’s tourism map.

24: Top Sites For High Income Earners
Neilsen Research

The top ten channels in Nielsen//NetRatings' Market Intelligence NZ domestic traffic showing the sites that attract the highest percentage of people, with a household income greater than $100,000 per annum, for the month of April 2008.

25: Families stay in squalor - spare capacity at HNZ
New Zealand National Party

National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley says with reports of overcrowding and squalor, Labour is still failing to adequately manage the spare capacity in the state housing stock.

26: Rural people using the internet to save on fuel

Rural people are increasingly turning to the internet in response to rising fuel costs, according to rural broadband provider Farmside.

27: Canon Supports Renowned Artist's First Photo Books

Canon New Zealand is continuing its partnership with prominent artist Grahame Sydney as he sets out to publish his first photography book.

28: Clark: Opening Address at Agribusiness Conference
New Zealand Government

I’ve accepted your invitation because I’m acutely aware of the importance of agribusiness to the New Zealand economy and am heavily involved in promoting its exporting offshore as Prime Minister.

29: Chinese Earthquake Relief and Memorial Service
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A memorial service and fundraising event for those affected by the recent earthquake in China will be held in Cathedral Square on Saturday May 24 2008. The event is being organized by members of Chinese community groups in Christchurch.

30: Registered Viet Nam vets and families hits 5000
New Zealand Government

With Tribute 08 fewer than two weeks away, Veterans' Affairs Minister, Rick Barker has welcomed the news that 5046 Viet Nam veterans and their family members have now registered with Veterans' Affairs New Zealand.

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