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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 22 May 2008


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

1: Scoop Feature: Budget 2008

Scoop Full Coverage

In keeping with Scoop's tradition, you have access to the most comprehensive Raw-News Budget 2008 resource, including releases, statements, and speeches from the Government's executive, departments and ministries. And of course Scoop has published reaction ...

2: Cullen Offers Staged Tax Cuts
Jonathan Underhill

May 22 – New Zealand Finance Minister Michael Cullen promised $10.6 billion of income tax cuts by 2011, with the first reductions coming in time for this year’s general election, according to his ninth and potentially last budget.

3: 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.

4: New Zealand: Budget Outcome
J P Morgan

New Zealand's Finance Minister Michael Cullen today delivered his ninth Budget. According to the minister, the Budget focused on providing a "fair deal" for all New Zealanders and planning for a strong and sustainable future.

5: Cullen's Last Budget Could Be Key's First
Patrick Smellie

Michael Cullen’s last Budget has delivered something very like John Key’s first, argues Pattrick Smellie

6: National's Reaction To Budget 2008
Pattrick Smellie

New Zealanders have had to wait far too long for tax cuts under Labour which are only worth the price of “a family block of cheese”, National Party leader John Key told Parliament in the first exchange of the traditional Budget day debate.

7: Budget 2008 Fashion: Not just off the rack…
Kevin List

Budget 2008 Fashion: Not just off the rack… There was plenty of stripes at the budget... Click for big version Click for big version but there was also… …1980s pre wall street crash braces Click for big version Snazzy hi end specs Click for ...

8: Budget 2008 Minister's Statement
New Zealand Government

The Government’s economic goal is to deliver sustainable and balanced economic development that results in more jobs, lower unemployment, higher real incomes and a more equal distribution of wealth. In our eight previous Budgets, we have looked ...

9: 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 ...

10: Broadband Fund Has $325 Million of New Money
Jonathan Underhill

New Zealand’s government announced $325 million of additional funds to speed the rollout of high-speed internet services and lift the nation from the lower rungs of the OECD rankings for adopting the technology.

11: JP Morgan's NZ Budget08 Tips
JP Morgan

New Zealand's Finance Minister Michael Cullen will deliver his ninth Budget on Thursday. Here are some key points to note.

12: Cullen: Budget Speech
New Zealand Government

I move, that the Appropriation (2008/09 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. Budget 2008 is about continuing to build a fair society and a strong economy against an economic background which is the most challenging New Zealand has faced in over ...

13: Exciting New Potential Treatment for Malaria

Super Critical Extraction New Zealand & Australia Pty Limited (“SCENZA”) today announced the development of two new and distinct nutraceutical treatment delivery systems in the fight against Malaria. Each formulation contains active ingredient ...

14: Harawira Apologises
The Maori Party

“That’s what my mum always told me,” said Maori Party rebel MP Hone Harawira, “so I’m apologising to Judge Adeane, because I was wrong to say what I said about him over his decision to send that tagger to jail.”

15: Questions And Answers – Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Office of the Clerk

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

16: After nine years waiting – just $16 a week
New Zealand National Party

New Zealanders have waited nine long years for Michael Cullen to admit he’s wrong and deliver tax cuts giving the average wage earner just $16 a week, says National Party Leader John Key.

17: 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.

18: 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.

19: Tax cuts for all workers on 1 October
New Zealand Government

The government will deliver a three-year programme of personal tax cuts to all workers starting on 1 October this year, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today.

20: Budget 2008 - Further Comment
Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Initiatives identified by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce from today’s Budget as being positive for business and an investment in the economy included:

21: 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.

22: National is for and against Labour’s tax cuts
New Zealand Government

In a typical slippery move, the National Party will vote for the Labour-led government’s tax cuts and attack them at the same time, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

23: Xenophobic Attacks In South Africa Deplored By UN
United Nations

UN agencies operating in South Africa have expressed deep concern at the outbreak of violent xenophobic attacks in the province of Gauteng in the past week that has led to the deaths of several people and many others being left injured or homeless.

24: Budget Reveals Weak Growth Outlook, Low Tax Cuts
New Zealand Business Roundtable

“The absence of any mention in the 2008 budget of the government’s former “top priority” goal of raising New Zealanders’ incomes to the top half of the OECD range suggests that it has thrown in the towel”, Roger Kerr, executive director ...

25: Budget 2008: Scoop Images and Musings
Kevin List

An DJ set the mood early for Budget 2008 on with a mid level set of rare Javanese ambient house – either that or this chap works for Parliamentary TV

26: Family Party video creams the Greens
The Family Party

A Family Party You-tube political advertisement has blitzed a tally hailed by the Greens as a notable achievement. An online advertisement released by the Greens recorded 2,765 viewings over three weeks. The Family Party achieved 2,972 in less than three ...

27: ANZ National should come clean on their politics

The bank workers union Finsec, is calling on ANZ National bank to come clean on their politics after reports in The Press today that New Zealand’s most profitable bank is about to release a report critical of the amount the Government is spending on ...

28: “Amazing” Screen Print Take Supreme Award
Pride In Print

The 2008 Pride In Print Supreme Award has gone to Penrose company Original Screen for a poster produced for Wella Koleston that judges hailed as being of “amazing” quality.

29: Cullen's Cannily Constructed Budget
Gordon Campbell

In better times, this cannily structured Budget would have been a circuit breaker for Labour - but given the current levels of public disenchantment with the Government

30: Government Budget tinkering, students sinking

Today's Budget announcements are a mixed bag for students, promising some relief for a lucky few, but overall will do little to fix the vast problems facing the majority of students and New Zealand's growing student debt problem.

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