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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 3 July 2008

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1: Gridlock Expected In Wellington Due To Protest

New Zealand Police

Wellington Police are strongly advising commuters and travellers to avoid the motorways and central business district between 7am and 10am tomorrow morning because of the expected traffic gridlock from the increased road user charge truck protest which ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00039.htm


2: Key asked to clarify when Tranz Rail shares sold
New Zealand Government

John Key should clear up confusion about the intersection of his Parliamentary and commercial interests by releasing the exact date his Tranz Rail shares were sold, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00094.htm


3: Truckers Protest May Cause Delays In Christchurch
New Zealand Police

Police expect delays as truckers approach Christchurch tomorrow morning in protest over increased road user charges however believe that truckers will behave responsibly and comply with the law.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00045.htm


4: “Gobsmacked” At Shock Road User Charge Increase
NZ Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Yesterday’s shock announcement to increase road user charges by 7% could be the final straw for several concrete delivery companies, predicts the Ready Mixed Concrete Association (RMCA).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00035.htm


5: Nicky Hager to speak at Drinking Liberally
Drinking Liberally NZ

Investigative journalist Nicky Hager will be speaking at Drinking Liberally in Wellington this evening.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00035.htm


6: 95bFM: Mikey & John Key Spark Over Crosby Textor
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio : Mikey Havoc and National Party leader John Key have a rather tense interview this week while discussing Crosby Textor, leaks in Parliament, what is the true National Party agenda...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00026.htm


7: Radio Adelaide: Drive-Slow Day + John Key's Storm
Scoop Audio

Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey and Scoop's Selwyn Manning discuss: The truckies drive-slow-day protesting hiking road user charges and fuel price hikes. Also, why John Key caused a political storm, and what's National's policy agenda?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00024.htm


8: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00009.htm


9: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 3 July 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government’s best estimate of its ongoing financial return from the purchase of rail and ferry assets?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00078.htm


10: Blue cod in the Marlborough Sounds
New Zealand Government

The blue cod fishery in the Marlborough Sounds is to be closed for the next four years to protect the long-term future of the fishery, Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00080.htm


11: Questions And Answers – Wednesday, 2 July 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 Government’s purchase of rail and ferry assets, that “we are not going into this to make money”?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00077.htm


12: Couple Disagreements are Normal
Relationship Services

Almost all couples (78%) experience some ongoing disagreements according to a survey conducted by Relationship Services. “Even in the happiest, longest lasting of relationships, couples disagree,” said Hilary Smith of Relationship Services. “And most people ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00015.htm


13: Single core benefit – here we go again
New Zealand National Party

Labour has yet again announced plans for a single core benefit and it is no coincidence that this latest attempt to look busy and caring comes in an election year, says National’s Welfare spokeswoman, Judith Collins.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00103.htm


14: Spotlight on the Whangamata Marina
Whangamata Marina protestors

The 1st July 2008, was supposed to mark the formal commencement of the construction of the 17 million dollar marina at Whangamata. The only people onsite today were about 30 Hauraki Maori and community members setting up camp to raise government ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00024.htm


15: Tourism Operators Squeezed by Road User Charge
Inbound Tourism Operators Council

Tourism operators are feeling the pinch as a result of the Government’s shock announcement of an immediate increase in Road User Charges earlier this week.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00063.htm


16: Holocaust Redux – Heads-up Warning to the Jews
Zahir Ebrahim

An alleged assassination attempt was made on French President Nicholas Sarkozy at the time of his departure on June 24 2008 , from Israel's most closely guarded institution – the Ben-Gurion Airport. That same day, Israel, the United States, and Iran, all ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00023.htm


17: Wammo Discusses Humorless Lesbians With US Expert
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: It is the 40th anniversary since the Non Proliferation Treaty was signed. Wammo talks to Don Kulick - Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University - Talking about Humorless Lesbians.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00027.htm


18: Mates’ rates for Aussie insurers will cost Kiwis
New Zealand Government

Australian insurance company investors are being advised they would reap large profits if the ACC scheme was privatised, but it would come at significant cost to New Zealanders, says ACC Minister Maryan Street.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00038.htm


19: Cunliffe knew PM’s advisor was subject of probe
New Zealand National Party

National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says the acting Immigration Minister has confirmed today that David Cunliffe knew it was Mary Anne Thompson who was at the centre of an inquiry into illegal decision-making at the Pacific division.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00099.htm


20: Top Scoop Stories - 03 July 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

National & Social Services / Questions For Oral Answer / Nicky Hager / Truckies Protest / Locke: Police & Pepper-Spray / Government Rail / Film Industry Forum / Television Advertising / Pet Project / Tax Reform Bill / Bulldozer Attack / Ulan Bator.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00029.htm


21: 95,000 Job Losses "Collateral Damage"
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is encouraged by the Reserve Bank’s pledge to pursue other options for implementing monetary policy but fears 95,000 jobs will be lost while the bank does this.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00102.htm


22: How National will deliver social services
Gordon Campbell

The National Party’s reluctance to reveal its policy plans passed the point of diminishing returns quite some time ago. Trying to control the way a political debate unfolds is one thing – but deception of the public is something else.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00025.htm


23: New members appointed to key conservation body
New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick today announced new appointments to the New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA). “The Authority plays a pivotal role in how we manage our conservation land and resources, and I am delighted to have such a ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00097.htm


24: Freight forwarders support truckies’ blockade
from Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders

Freight forwarders are supporting plans by truckies to disrupt commuters heading to work tomorrow (Friday) by blocking city centres with their vehicles.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00061.htm


25: Colombian Forces Free Ingrid Betancourt, 14 Others
VOA News

The rescue involved intelligence officials who had infiltrated the rebel unit in charge of the hostages. He said the rescue operation was launched when the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were planning to transport the hostages by helicopter.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00086.htm


26: New AUT University campus for Manukau City
AUT University

AUT University welcomes the Prime Minister's announcement today of the Government's $25m investment to establish the University's new campus in Manukau City. The Government's investment goes towards AUT's purchase and development of the former Carter Holt ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0807/S00009.htm


27: Trucking must pay its way - Greens
Green Party

It is time to stop subsidising the trucking industry and price transport on a level playing field if New Zealand is to make the transition to a sustainable economy, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00084.htm


28: "Bring on the Gridlock!" Says Libertarianz Leader
Libertarianz Party

Libertarian leader Bernard Darnton applauds New Zealand's truckers, who are leading the way in saying to this busybody government: "Naff off!"
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00040.htm


29: Olympic Games Venue To Promote Peace & Friendship
United Nations

"I hope this Olympic Games will be the venue for all athletes and people of the world to promote their mutual understanding, harmony, reconciliation and friendship on the basis of fair competition," Mr. Ban said after a visit to Birdnest Stadium.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00062.htm


30: Early Rise Or Day Off - Decide Today
New Zealand Police

Motorists and commuters in the greater Auckland region are urged to either get to work very early tomorrow morning - before 7.30am - or to avoid travelling on the region's motorways and streets altogether, so as not to get caught up in what will ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00040.htm

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