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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 23 May 2008 (Friday)

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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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00306.htm


2: 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
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00310.htm


3: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00311.htm


4: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00309.htm


5: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00312.htm


6: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00443.htm


7: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00315.htm


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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00405.htm


9: Increase to Grants for Solar Water Heating
New Zealand Government

Government Spokesperson on Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Jeanette Fitzsimons, today announced changes to the solar water heating grants scheme for homeowners, including an increase to the grant from $500 to $1000.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00455.htm


10: Emirates Brings Rugby Sevens To London
Emirates Airlines

Twickenham is gearing up to welcome another great rugby event; when it plays host to the Emirates Airline London Sevens, the only English leg in the IRB Sevens World Series, this Saturday and Sunday (24th and 25th May).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00237.htm


11: ECO To Analyse Sustainability Rhetoric Or Reality
Maina Perrot - AUT Journalism Student

Maina Perrot, AUT University Journalism Student, reports that half way through the election year seems a good time for the Environment and Conservation Organisation (ECO) to discuss policies at its annual conference in Wellington.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00321.htm


12: Increases in science research welcome
Science New Zealand

“Increases in areas which support long term research into specifically New Zealand needs - particularly the backbone databases and collections, and long term programmes - are very much welcomed. These have been under significant pressure from rising ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0805/S00057.htm


13: 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
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00314.htm


14: BUDGET 2008 Special Report - With Tom Frewen
Scoop Audio

Audio: Today in Parliament for Tuesday 22 May, 2008: ... Tom Frewen presents a BUDGET 2008 Special Report.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00317.htm


15: Healthcare Investment Must Deliver Safe Care
New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation welcomes today’s Budget announcement of additional funding streams for the health sector. As well as an extra $750 million per annum going to DHBs to enhance the delivery of health services, the Government has included:
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0805/S00124.htm


16: www.mccully.co.nz - 23 May 2008
New Zealand National Party

The debate about the need for tax cuts was won and lost many months ago. The only person who didn't know it was Michael Cullen. Now he is going to pretend to support tax cuts, not because he believes they will be good for the economy, or even because ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00469.htm


17: Suppression Order Runs Out
New Zealand Police

Name suppression for a Massey man accused of two counts of meeting a young person under 16 following sexual grooming on the Internet, was lifted today in the Auckland District Court.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00391.htm


18: 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.”
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00401.htm


19: Campbell talks Budget fallout with Michael Cullen
Gordon Campbell

Labour can argue loud and long all it likes about its sundry achievements during its eight and half years in office – the longest economic boom since WWII, low unemployment rates not seen in decades, increases in average household incomes, cheaper ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00319.htm


20: Central Otago Wine Trophy in World's Largest Show
Wild Earth Wines

Wild Earth Wines, a young Central Otago winemaker, has just been awarded the Trophy for Top New Zealand Pinot Noir at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London. This competition is the world’s largest with over 9,000 entries and is regarded as the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00475.htm


21: Exciting New Potential Treatment for Malaria
SCENZA

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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0805/S00056.htm


22: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00404.htm


23: Report Shows Prostitution Reform Act Is Failing
Maxim Institute

“The report released by the Prostitution Law Review Committee today clearly shows that the Prostitution Reform Act is not making life safer for many of New Zealand’s most vulnerable men, women and young people,” says Alex Penk, Maxim Institute’s ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00385.htm


24: Science breakthough leads to new gourmet mushrooms
Crop and Food Research

A forest-grown mushroom which is a well-known Northern Hemisphere delicacy is, for the first time this year, being grown under Gisborne pine forests in commercial quantities. It promises to add a new dimension to New Zealand cuisine but also represents a step ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0805/S00058.htm


25: The Importance of Human Rights for North Korea
US State Department

North Korea has counterfeited United States currency -- the first regime to do so since the Third Reich -- and also traffics in illegal drugs, among other illicit activities. The term "rogue state" is justly applied to North Korea.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00314.htm


26: Sadness over Grey Power President’s death
New Zealand Government

Senior Citizens and Disability Issues Minister Ruth Dyson today paid tribute to Grey Power President Graham Stairmand, who died this morning. “Graham has been a staunch advocate for older people over many years, both locally in Christchurch ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00483.htm


27: First Budget Poll: tax plan support not total
Business Council for Sustainable Development

New Zealanders are not totally satisfied with the tax cut benefits they will personally get from the Budget, but support the three year $10.6 billion tax reform programme.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00388.htm


28: Tax cuts deliver NZ Superannuation boost
New Zealand Government

Older people will benefit greatly from a number of initiatives in this year’s Budget, says Senior Citizens Minister Ruth Dyson.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00440.htm


29: Budget leaves conservation in the cold
Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

The Budget 2008 has largely left New Zealand’s environment and conservation estate and threatened species out in the cold says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00395.htm


30: Passing Of A Friend
Grey Power New Zealand

It is with deep sadness the Grey Power Federation advise that our National President, Mr Graham Stairmand passed away this
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00392.htm

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