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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 6 June 2008


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

1: Electric Car Industry Start-Up For NZ?

Carbon News

New Zealand electric car industry funding talks underway in UK New Zealand could soon be building its own electric cars.

2: Full Coverage: NZSIS Part-Release Of Sutch Files
Scoop Full Coverage

Until now, the NZSIS has declined many Official Information Act requests for access to the Sutch file, citing security and privacy reasons. However, following a review of the Sutch records by the Office of the Ombudsmen, the NZSIS has agreed to release ...

3: Undernews For June 4, 2008

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. - Ben Hecht

4: Lyndon Hood: The Week Incoherence
Lyndon Hood

First thing: Hoodie Day. Why no presents? I waited and waited. And though I am a satirist, that Kapiti Community Board guy - of the KKK outfit and so on - he did not count as a gift.

5: Labour bullies watchdog on brochures
New Zealand National Party

Papers released under the Official Information Act reveal Labour attempted to bully electoral watchdogs over the controversial tax-funded brochure which is now the subject of a police inquiry.

6: Cheney: Iranian Sanctions Were Bad for Halliburton
Jason Leopold

When Dick Cheney was chief executive of Halliburton in the 1990s, he urged Congress to ease sanctions against Iran and enter into diplomatic discussions with the country’s leaders so the oil-field services company could legally do business there.

7: Bush Vowed US Would "Kill" Anyone Who Interfered
Jason Leopold

President Bush reacted to the deaths of four Blackwater contractors in Fallujah in 2004 by proclaiming in a hastily arranged video conference with officials that the United States would "kill" anyone who threatened to derail the "march to Democracy" ...

8: Release On Behalf Of The Family of Dr Bill Sutch
Sutch Family

The family of Bill Sutch today welcomed the release of a New Zealand Security Intelligence Service file showing that there was no evidence of him being a spy for the Russians.

9: Hillary Clinton's Email To Supporters, 5 June 2008
Hillary Clinton

"On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but ... my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with McCain."

10: Call for Police to release “sanitised” Taser info
Campaign Against the Taser

Campaign Against the Taser spokesperson Marie Dyhrberg has called for Police to urgently make public large amounts of factual material that were excluded last year from Taser incident reports. The information has been requested by CATT to assess ...

11: Vodafone launches the Red Network

Vodafone is launching a new era in fixed line broadband in New Zealand with the introduction of the Red Network.

12: Sea Horse, Snake, Turtle To Defend Marine Reserves

WOMAR the sea snake, GOMAR the seahorse and MOMAR the sea turtle have been chosen by ocean defenders to be mascots for three newly named proposed marine reserve areas in the Pacific said Greenpeace Australia Pacific Oceans Team Leader Nilesh Goundar.

13: IMNZ Chart April 2008: Conchords Fly to Top Spot
Independent Music New Zealand

IMNZ is gearing up for a very exciting international event: Independents Day 2008. This is a worldwide celebration of independent music running from Friday July 4 to Sunday July 6 – and it starts in New Zealand! There will be an international auction ...

14: Education for the 21st Century Knowledge Society
US State Department

"Science and technology are increasingly recognized as the drivers of economic growth today, and they will have an increasing role in the future. Nations will prosper in proportion to their scientific, technological and engineering capacity."

15: Māori health researcher scores hat-trick of awards
Health Research Council

A talented health researcher whose work focuses on Māori inequalities has scored a hat-trick of successes in the latest Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) funding round.

16: What to expect in electricity crisis campaign
New Zealand National Party

National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee says with a likely electricity crisis campaign due to be announced next week, consumers can probably expect incentives for savings and televised advice on how to get through.

17: Top Lawyer Leaves For Middle East Role

The legal exodus to Dubai has attracted one of New Zealand’s leading commercial lawyers, Bell Gully partner Andrew Abernethy. He is to join British-based international law firm Norton Rose next month.

18: Reliance On Giant Wind “Foolishness”
Save Central

The failure of the 400 megawatt Otahuhu B gas-fired power station today has highlighted the foolishness of looking to industrial-scale wind farms for backstop solutions, says Save Central spokesperson Grahame Sydney.

19: Evans apology: Slammed for KKK “stunt”
Kapiti Coast District Council

Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan has slammed Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board member Dale Evans for his “offensive behaviour” in wearing Ku Klux Klan attire to a recent Council meeting.

20: MfE Hippo-crapsy at Auckland Zoo
Green Party

An Environment Ministry “Green Ribbon Award” announced today for Auckland Zoo is a bit of a joke considering the zoo’s bad record for its hippos polluting a local stream, says Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman.

21: Clark: Automobile, Transport & Environment Summit
New Zealand Government

Speech notes for address to the Automobile, Transport And Environment Summit, a World Environment Day event. Legislative Council Chamber, Parliament

22: Fight Against P on “Hard hitting anti-smoking ads”
Fight Against P

New hard-hitting television advertisements showing the devastating impact smoking has on the lives of real New Zealanders have been approved for screening on our TV's, in an effort to help prevent some of the many smoking related deaths each year.

23: Criminal Procedure Bill gets a kickstart
New Zealand Government

Courts Minister Rick Barker has welcomed the National Party's decision to support the Criminal Procedure Bill and is now looking forward to the Bill moving through the final stages as quickly as possible.

24: Another National wolf in sheep’s clothing
New Zealand Government

National has finally confirmed it still plans to reduce the protection afforded to hundreds of thousands of injured New Zealanders a year by privatising the ACC scheme, says ACC Minister Maryan Street.

25: 6 June 2008
New Zealand National Party

Remember the long hours in Parliament in the latter part of 2007 as the Labour Party and its cronies passed the Electoral Finance Act (EFA)? The aim, we were told, was to establish principles of transparency, accountability and integrity in the fabric ...

26: New Hybrid Fuel Cell franchise launches

OctaFuel’s environmental fuel-saving Hybrid Fuel Cell retro-fits to 99.9% of all vehicles – provides up to 40% savings at the pump.

27: Exide must do better
Greater Wellington Regional Council

Greater Wellington has welcomed the District Court's conviction today of Exide Technologies Ltd for a second breach of their resource consent and expects the company to improve its housekeeping processes to fully comply with its consent conditions in the future.

28: Open day at Councillor’s pragmatic eco-house
Wellington City Council

Wellington City Councillor Celia Wade-Brown’s Island Bay ‘eco-home’ is open for inspection tomorrow (Saturday) as part of activities to celebrate World Environment Day – and media representatives are welcome to come along and have a look between ...

29: Court of Appeal confirms NZ Bus breach
Commerce Commission

A judgment released by the Court of Appeal today confirms a High Court ruling that the attempted acquisition of Mana Coach Services by New Zealand Bus Limited (NZBL) was likely to substantially lessen competition in the Wellington regional market ...

30: Shark photos prove finning alive and well in NZ
Green Party

Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei is calling on the Minister of Fisheries to ban the barbaric practice of shark finning, and put New Zealand law in line with that of other developed countries.

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