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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 1 July 2008


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

1: Massive TradeMe scam uncovered


Internet watchdog group ScamBusters has issued an urgent warning for TradeMe members who may have purchased a laptop from a trader known as n_sale_z.

2: PM: Address at KiwiRail Launch
New Zealand Government

Shortly I will announce the name of the new rail company, and unveil its new logo and livery on the train beside us.

3: Jim Bolger to lead NZ's public rail system
New Zealand Government

Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger has been appointed chair of the establishment board of KiwiRail which will manage the business previously known as Toll Rail, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today.

4: Lyndon Hood: Nat Email Hacked In Parallel Universe
Lyndon Hood

New Zealand scientists announced today that they have made observations of life in a parallel universe... In World X, the idea that Nicky Hager obtains his internal National Party documents by hacking into Parliament's email servers is in fact supported ...

5: Operators livid about shock RUC increase
Bus and Coach Association

Operators from all sectors of the bus and coach industry are shocked and angry about the Government’s sudden announcement of increases in Road User Charges effective immediately.

6: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: What is the full and final cost of the Government’s purchase of Toll NZ Limited’s rail and ferry business?

7: Updated atlas of socioeconomic deprivation
Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health today released an updated atlas of New Zealand’s socioeconomic landscape, which includes maps showing socioeconomic differences in and between the 21 district health boards.

8: July–September 2008 Climate Outlook

Warmer than average conditions which prevailed over New Zealand in June look set to continue into late winter, according to the NIWA National Climate Centre. The centre’s seasonal climate outlook for July to September says above average temperatures ...

9: The time is right for KiwiRail
Auckland Regional Council

An integrated state-owned railway is the best way to ensure that the necessary investment takes place to make rail a strong performer within the wider national transport system, says the Auckland Regional Council's chairman, Michael Lee.

10: Censor’s Ban on “Cradle of Filth” T-shirt
Society For Promotion Of Community Standards Inc.

John Mills, President of the Society for Promotion of Community Standards Inc, (SPCS) has hailed as “bold, morally courageous and legally sound”, the classification decision issued to him today by the Chief Censor’s Office, that permanently bans ...

11: Too late to shut the stable door
Service And Food Workers Union

The call by aged care providers for sacked caregivers to be "named and shamed" is a bit like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, says the Union representing caregivers at the embattled Belhaven Rest Home in Auckland.

12: Cullen: Speech at KiwiRail launch event
New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s rail back in New Zealand hands Speech at KiwiRail launch event, Wellington Railway Station

13: Anxiety and depression linked to obesity
University of Otago

Mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are associated with obesity according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington. The research involving nearly 13,000 New Zealanders shows there are associations between obesity and some ...

14: Fairfax to Build Editorial Centres of Expertise

Fairfax Media, New Zealand's largest media company, has today announced plans to create national centres of expertise to carry out sub-editing, layout and page production for all features, world and business pages for its nine daily newspapers.

15: Landslide buries climate change link
University of Canterbury

New findings by three University of Canterbury researchers could pour cold water on evidence that climate change is happening simultaneously around the world.

16: 70 Years of Clean and Green Trains
Tranz Metro

Wednesday the 2nd of July marks a very special anniversary for the residents of Johnsonville in Wellington. It was seventy years ago to the day that the first electrified train service took passengers along the line.

17: Philippines: Typhoon Frank (Fengshen) Update No.21
Government of the Philippines

"The southwest monsoon associated with heavy rains induced by Typhoon Frank (International codename: Fengshen) triggered the occurrence of floodings, landslides, maritime incidents and power interruptions in most of the provinces."

18: Does Nat policy secrecy mean it will re-sell rail?
Progressive Party

The return of rail to public ownwership is a triumph for common sense and a reminder of what went wrong when National refused to make clear before the 1990 election that it was planning to sell the asset, Progressive leader Jim Anderton said today, on ...

19: Nicaragua: do what we want or else...
Toni Solo

Anyone stepping back from the recent hyped-up drama engineered by the minority right wing parties in Nicaragua and their overseas allies will see all the tell-tale signs of yet another instance of NATO country government intervention in the region. The ...

20: The BFM Wire talks to Seymour Hersh

On the Wednesday Wire (02/07/2008) Paul Deady talks to Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and author Seymour Hersh.

21: Council takes commuters for a ride
Green Party

Green Party MP Sue Kedgley says she is shocked to learn that Wellington children will no longer have a reduced fare in the central city, and that some train fares are to increase by over 30 dollars a month.

22: Eating potatoes good for water conservation
Horticulture NZ

New Zealanders keen on conserving water and protecting the environment should look no further than the potato, says food and education consultant Glenda Gourley.

23: Christchurch business advisory firms to integrate
Ernst and Young

The former Christchurch-based partners of KPMG and Hadlee Kippenberger & Partners and Ernst & Young New Zealand have agreed to integrate their operations, effective from today (30 June).

24: Rail back in New Zealand hands
New Zealand Government

The transfer of New Zealand’s rail assets back into New Zealand hands is a major step forward in building a sustainable transport system for the 21st Century, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

25: Fairfax ignores regional New Zealand's strength
Progressive Party

Ongoing cuts to regional media are worrying Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton.

26: National’s sports policy simplistic
New Zealand Government

National Party leader John Key’s simplistic view of grassroots sport in New Zealand clearly shows he is out of touch with both the challenges facing the sector and the solid work being done, said the Sport and Recreation Minister Clayton Cosgrove.

27: ARTA: Key 2008/09 passenger transport projects
Auckland Regional Transport Authority

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) today released the 2008/09 Auckland Land Transport Programme (LTP), which outlines Auckland's key passenger transport projects for the coming year. The release of the Auckland LTP follows the release ...

28: Rail Buyback A Taxpayer Dog
ACT New Zealand

Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen admits that it's not possible to run KiwiRail 'without significant financial support from the New Zealand taxpayer' - that means that taxpayers are up for hundreds of millions of dollars in costs without any return, ...

29: PM's Post Cabinet Presser - Monday, 30 June 2008
Scoop Video

Scoop Video + Audio: After the cabinet readout the Prime Minister discussed the Government's response to the election in Zimbabwe. She also answered questions on National use of agency Crosby/Textor and Labour's use of commercial research companies. Other ...

30: Audio Flash-Back - John Key: Not My Campaign Style
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: FLASH-BACK: On November 30 2006, on John Key taking over the National Party leadership from Don Brash, Wammo asked: "Will we see people like Brian Sinclair and those kind of cronies that Don Brash replied on in your election campaigning?" ...

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