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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 26 June 2008


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

1: Key needs to be honest on New Zealand’s history

New Zealand Government

John Key’s attempt to gloss over difficult aspects of New Zealand’s history is not befitting of a man who wants to be Prime Minister, Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen said today.

2: Lyndon Hood: Police Trial Vindicates s59 Amendment
Lyndon Hood

If it's not assault to repeatedly baton and pepper spray a man who was offering no harm to himself or others - just imagine what you can do to your child!

3: Cullen scores own goal in desperate attack
New Zealand National Party

National Party Shadow Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee says Michael Cullen and Labour have scored an embarrassing own goal in their desperate attempts to make political mileage out of a reported comment by John Key.

4: Counterfeit Passports For Sale
Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- U.S. and Thai security officials spent much of June probing Bangkok-linked international gangs, after police seized thousands of counterfeit and genuine American and foreign passports and pages, including passports smuggled ...

5: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 26 June 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. DAVE HEREORA to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What recent progress has been made on Treaty of Waitangi settlements? 2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: How many times will the Electoral Commission meet before ...

6: Bone Find Shows Largest Dinosaur Lived In NZ
GNS Science

A fossil hunter has discovered that one of the largest known dinosaurs, a titanosaurid, roamed New Zealand about 80 million years ago.

7: Colombia: Two More Trade Unionists Assassinated

Two more trade unionists have been murdered. The ITUC, together with its Colombian affiliates, CUT CGT and CTC, categorically denounce those latest atrocities. Twenty-eight trade unionists have been murdered in Colombia since the start of the year.

8: Key's rewrite of history an insult to Maori
New Zealand Government

The Government Maori caucus says John Key's ignorance of New Zealand history absolutely proves he is not someone who can be trusted to lead this country.

9: What A National Government May Entail - Part Two
Kevin List

Unless we get a few choice email leaks from John Key’s office - yoo hoo, ready and waiting - we can only estimate what National’s policies will be in government by checking its public statements to date.

10: Drinking Liberally has Auckland round
Drinking Liberally NZ

The world wide Drinking Liberally phenomenon has its Auckland premier next Wednesday night at the London Bar with special guest speaker David Slack.

11: Muhammad Idrees Ahmad: Fortress Britain
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

"The public has to be more alert", warned one "international terrorism expert" in the Daily Mail late last year, because Scotland "is set to become another Israel within five years". "[A]nti-terror measures will soon become a common feature of ...

12: Outrageous arrogance!
The Kiwi Party

Kiwi Party Leader and CIR Petition organiser Larry Baldock said he was outraged at the Prime Ministers arrogance in declaring in Parliament today that the referendum on the Anti-smacking law would not be held until 2009.

13: Air Force Boeing 757 Fit To Fly
New Zealand Defence Force

In what is a significant milestone for the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Boeing 757 modification and upgrade programme, the first of two aircraft (NZ7571) has completed successful test flights at Mobile Aerospace Engineering in Mobile, Alabama.

14: PSA Negotiates Settlement with Dept of Labour
Public Service Association

A PSA-led negotiating team has reached a settlement in its collective agreement negotiations with the Department of Labour and all industrial action by department staff is being withdrawn.

15: LG Launches Third Black Label Series
LG Electronics

26 June 2008: LG Electronics, worldwide leader in mobile communication technology and design, announces the launch of the third LG Black Label Series handset, LG Secret (KF750).

16: Indian Premier League Exclusive
Sky Television

It was billed as the biggest and best spectacle the cricket world has ever seen. Eight franchise teams stacked with international stars playing boundary-smashing Twenty20 in front of 60,000 feverish Indian fans in the stands, and millions more ...

17: Air Force Boeing completes test flights
New Zealand Government

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has undertaken a number of successful test flights of one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, which is currently undertaking a significant upgrade in the United States state of Alabama, Defence Minister Phil Goff said today.

18: Questions And Answers – Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement, in relation to the possibility of holding a referendum alongside the general election, that “Just in terms of sheer organisation I don't think that is possible.”; ...

19: Michael Cullen's 2005 Waitangi Day Speech
New Zealand Government

Following Gerry Brownlee's comments in the House today, full speech notes from Michael Cullen's 2005 Waitangi Day Speech are attached.

20: Manning on Radio Adelaide: Gangs & Good Snow Looms
Scoop Audio

Scoop Audio: Scoop's Selwyn Manning & Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey discuss how gang violence and rivalry is challenging provincial leaders, and, there's good snow and skiing on offer for Aussies should they want to cross the ditch. Meanwhile, ...

21: UK Prime Minister's Questions, 25 June 2008
UK Government

Zimbabwe, Energy Prices and the NHS were on the agenda at today's PMQs. The PM also took questions on Child Poverty, Trade Union Laws, Crime, IRA, Immigration, Education, Free bus travel, Railway, Seaside resorts, Organ donations and the Gurkhas.

22: Academics retain visa-free access to UK
Association of University Staff

The Association of University Staff (AUS) has welcomed confirmation today that academic staff will continue to have visa-free access to the United Kingdom for periods of up to twelve months.

23: Key's rush to hide on Section 59 comes unstuck
New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Annette King today said that John Key has shown breathtaking ignorance of the problems caused when referenda are held at the same time as a general election.

24: bFM: Harmeet Sooden on being Deported From Israel
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio: The peace advocate Harmeet Sooden talks to Paul about his deportation from Israel. Arriving in Tel Aviv to work with the International Solidarity Movement he was instead detained by Israeli officials who said he was a threat to their national ...

25: Top Poets Perform on Montana Poetry Day
Montana NZ Book Awards

Celebrated New Zealand poets, Sam Hunt, CK Stead, Glenn Colquhoun and Poet Laureate Michelle Legott take to the stage to celebrate Montana Poetry Day, Friday 18 July.

26: SC Calls For Team To Visit Djibouti-Eritrea Border
United Nations

The Security Council has called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to send a fact-finding mission to the border between Djibouti and Eritrea, where several days of fighting earlier this month led to several deaths and dozens of wounded.

27: Supermarket mark-up on Kiwi staples surprising
Green Party

The Green Party has renewed calls for a Commerce Commission investigation into supermarket pricing practises and has revealed the large mark ups that supermarkets have placed on two Kiwi staples.

28: $25 Million worth of drugs off the streets
New Zealand Customs Service

In the four years since New Zealand Customs Service Drug Detector dogs have been trained to detect pseudoephedrine, they have found over 100kg. This amount of precursor would have been used to make approximately $25 million worth of crystal methamphetamine.

29: Health Committee weakens obesity provisions
Fight the Obesity Epidemic

"The Health Select Committee has watered down the ability of future governments to make regulations to reduce obesity", says Dr Robyn Toomath, spokesperson for FOE (Fight the Obesity Epidemic).

30: The CNI Collective Inspires
New Zealand Government

“We should all be proud of what the iwi of the Central North Island have achieved with this settlement” Minister of Maori Affairs, Parekura Horomia said today.

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