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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 4 June 2008

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1: Undernews For June 2, 2008

Undernews

His relationship with the Trinity Congregational has seemed curiously idiosyncratic from the start and his awkward exit doesn't help much. Christopher Hitchens reports that "in April 2004, Barack Obama told a reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times that ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00030.htm


2: Embarrassing Govt waste on World Environment Day
New Zealand National Party

The Government has had to recall 20,000 15-page colour brochures produced by the Ministry for the Environment for World Environment Day because of a serious content error, says National’s Environment spokesman, Nick Smith.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00038.htm


3: Hays Salary Survey: Employer confidence strong
Hays

The 2008 Hays Salary Survey, detailing typical salaries for a range of sectors, was released Monday, 2nd June 2008. The survey, which covers 11 employment sectors and hundreds of job roles across New Zealand, reports the majority of employers reported ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00048.htm


4: Obama: Final Primary Night Speech
Barack Obama

Senator Barack Obama Final Primary Night Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 St. Paul, Minnesota
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00049.htm


5: NZPA cuts threaten news quality
EPMU

The New Zealand Press Association’s decision to cut seven of its fifty-five staff is a reckless move that will reduce news quality across our entire media and undermine the public’s right to be informed says the journalists’ union – the EPMU.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00024.htm


6: KiwiFM: Wallace n Manning – The Green Party Plan
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman talks to Scoop's Selwyn Manning who analyses Green Party strategy as it emerges from its weekend conference. What we are seeing is the beginning of co-leader Russell Norman's influence…
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00031.htm


7: New bacterium affects fresh tomatoes and capsicums
Biosecurity NZ

MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) has today withdrawn phytosanitary certification for New Zealand fresh tomato and capsicum export produce until further notice, following the confirmation of a new disease-causing bacterium in three commercial hot-house ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0806/S00004.htm


8: AG flags wider concerns about public sector
New Zealand National Party

National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee believes it is significant that the Auditor-General has signalled a very broad inquiry into integrity within the public service, that will include questions about what Ministers knew and when.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00040.htm


9: Hodgson: World Environment Day Business Breakfast
New Zealand Government

Good morning and welcome. In particular I would like to welcome Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme It is an honour for New Zealand to be hosting World Environment Day tomorrow and for us to be able to showcase to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00028.htm


10: Appointment of CEO of Ministry for the Environment
State Services Commission

The State Services Commissioner, Mark Prebble, today announced the appointment of Dr Paul Reynolds to the position of Chief Executive and Secretary for the Environment, Ministry for the Environment.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00031.htm


11: Jail term for sexually explicit pictures
Department Of Internal Affairs

A 68-year-old auto electrician was jailed for two years after pleading guilty in the Hamilton District Court to 40 charges of knowingly possessing objectionable images. Judge Robert Spear yesterday refused to allow Warren Bradley David Harding, of Dinsdale, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00038.htm


12: Seriousness of lake storage levels
Major Electricity Users Group

“Electricity spot prices over May were the highest ever recorded reinforcing the need for all consumers to take prudent steps to conserve power now or risk blackouts in the future along with significant increases in future retail prices. We also need ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00062.htm


13: Kiwi firms join internat'l Climate Neutral Network
New Zealand Government

New Zealand businesses are set to strengthen the kiwi presence and leadership on the United Nations' Climate Neutral Network - with 16 joining so far and others poised to sign up, Environment Minister Trevor Mallard said at a Wellington meeting of the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00053.htm


14: Russel Norman’s entry, Hillary’s exit
Gordon Campbell

As predicted on Scoop last Friday. former Green Party MP Mike Ward has done a U-turn, and will now step aside to enable Greens co- leader Russel Norman to become an MP. The process of Nandor Tanczos exiting and Norman stepping into his shoes should take ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00036.htm


15: Pink Vests for Taggers Divisive
Out There

The Wellington community police constable who is making taggers wear pink vests as punishment has prompted alarm from the youth group OUT THERE.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00039.htm


16: Sidney Pollack, Scott McClellan, and Wars for Oil
Bernard Weiner

OK, let's connect the dots: The Iraq War & Occupation. Scott McClellan's memoir. The death of film director Sydney Pollack.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00039.htm


17: Kiwi Scientists Build Surfboard Using Native Flax
BPN

A surfboard made from Native New Zealand Flax (harakeke) has been put on display at a Science New Zealand display in the Wellington Airport.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0806/S00008.htm


18: Price Of Carbon Gets Higher By The Day
Greenhouse Policy Coalition

Catherine Beard, executive director of the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, says the price of carbon in the EU ETS has hit NZ$50/tonne (â‚27.13) for EUA's and NZ $35/tonne (â‚19.00) for Dec 08 CER's, which are the units most New Zealand businesses will ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00063.htm


19: Legal case addresses hole in safety net
Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says its legal case highlights a significant hole in NZ’s social safety net for children.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00011.htm


20: Industry amps up the pressure on power crisis
New Zealand National Party

National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee says David Parker should bite the bullet and call an early launch to the electricity conservation campaign he's expected to unveil next week.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00046.htm


21: Clark: World Environment Day Business Symposium
New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Helen Clark Prime Minister Opening Address to World Environment Day Business Symposium “Towards a low-carbon economy: business opportunities and innovative solutions”
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00030.htm


22: Otago brings teaching, learning to iTunes
University of Otago

The University of Otago today launches Otago on iTunes U, making it the first New Zealand university to deliver free education content through the iTunes Store.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0806/S00009.htm


23: Avian Influenza H7 Confirmed In Oxfordshire, UK
UK Government

The Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, has today confirmed Avian Influenza in chickens on premises near Banbury in Oxfordshire after preliminary tests were positive for the H7 strain. All birds on the premises will be slaughtered.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00041.htm


24: New Zealand Communication Appoints CEO
NZ Communications

New Zealand Communication has appointed Singapore based Mike Reynolds as its Chief Executive Officer, and he will be relocating to Auckland next month.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00028.htm


25: PM dumps on board that Minister was on
New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister’s efforts to pass the buck on the Housing New Zealand conferences held at luxury venues appears to have backfired, says National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00009.htm


26: University of Otago Brings Teaching to iTunes
Apple

University of Otago Brings Teaching, Learning to iTunes The University of Otago today launched Otago on iTunes U, making it the first New Zealand university to deliver free education content through the iTunes Store. iTunes U is a dedicated area of ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00041.htm


27: New acting head for Workforce Group
Department Of Labour

The Department of Labour has appointed a new acting head of its Workforce group, which includes Immigration New Zealand. Andrew Annakin, Deputy Secretary of the Department's Workplace Group will take up the post today on a nine month secondment.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00034.htm


28: Cunliffe: Launch of the NZ Health Survey Results
New Zealand Government

It’s a pleasure to be here today and be a part of this event. My being here has three purposes. Firstly to release the key results of the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey, to note the healthcare journey we have been on; and to outline my vision ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00043.htm


29: Auditor General's Terms Of Reference Welcomed
Department Of Labour

Today's announcement by the Office of the Auditor-General of the terms of reference of its audit and inquiry into Immigration New Zealand has been welcomed by the Chief Executive of the Department of Labour, Christopher Blake.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00037.htm


30: Balance, flexibility needed for environment goals
New Zealand Treasury

Responding to climate change is part of a broader challenge to achieve sustainable economic growth in a world of natural resource limits, Secretary to the Treasury John Whitehead said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00036.htm

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