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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 4 July 2008


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

1: Wi-Fi Internet for iPhone & iPod Touch users


Tomizone, the global company offering innovative Wi-Fi Hotspot services for high-speed wireless Internet access, today announced the first independent Australasian Wi-Fi service for the Apple iPhone to coincide with the planned July 11 launch.

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.

3: John Key misleads public over shares sale
New Zealand Government

John Key must explain why he claimed yesterday to have not commented on Tranz Rail as a Member of Parliament while he was a shareholder in the company when it has been revealed he did just that, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

4: Convoy Of Concerned Truckies Hits Auckland City
Natasha Burling

Around two thousand truckies converged on Auckland city today in protest against increased road user charges. Trucks started coming into the city at 7am and circled around Nelson St, Queen St, Hobson St and Symonds St. One truck carried a red car ...

5: Truck Convoy Protest Clears From Wellington
New Zealand Police

Three hundred protesting truck drivers have now cleared the Wellington CBD and general traffic has returned to normal. Inspector Simon Perry, Wellington Police Area Emergency Response Manager, says the truckies had by 10.15am cleared Molesworth Street to head ...

6: FULL COVERAGE: Truckies Dump Message On Govt
Scoop Full Coverage

Thousands of truckies throughout New Zealand sent the Government a message today to back off road user hikes, diesel and petrol tax increases, or else. Messages like "Helen Kuariki Kills NZ" and "Annett King Lies" were common among the convoy protesters.

7: Bill Gates Steps Down, as Tech Users Reflect
Christopher Kuttruff

As one of the most influential techno-moguls of modern computing looks toward the next chapter of his life, many computer users begin to seek a new technological paradigm.

8: Images: Wellington Truck Protest vs Beehive
Lyndon Hood

Around 9am this morning the convoy of trucks that had processed through the Wellington CBD turned into Bowen Street and passed well within honking distance of the Beehive.

9: Questions And Answers – Thursday, July 3 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH (Deputy Leader—National) 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?

10: Bitter Fruit - Media Comment By Paul Smith
Paul Smith

It was an everyday morning in an ordinary Auckland suburb, the sun filtering through light cloud cover, and on the ground the faintest breeze. We drove down leafy St Andrews Road and saw another everyday sight - an elderly woman returning to her unit ...

11: Hyundai challenges government on latest RUC

Philip Eustace, Executive Director Hyundai Motors New Zealand was outspoken today against the latest Road User Charges rise. “What we would like to know is how does the government justify the charge increase when fuel costs have dramatically increased ...

12: Family Party in the convoy!
The Family Party

The Family Party has joined the truckie convoy downtown Auckland city in protest against Government’s sudden price increase on road user charges.

13: 1992 traffic incident involving Howard Broad
Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found no evidence to support allegations that Police Commissioner Howard Broad 'pulled rank' and refused a breath test at a police checkpoint in the early 1990s.

14: - 04 July 2008
New Zealand National Party

The UN Housing Allowances rort exposed this week will have some of New Zealand’s most senior military officers feeling distinctly nervous about their jobs. Prime Ministerial and ministerial anger has been focused on the damage to relationships ...

15: $500 million to build nationwide mobile broadband

Vodafone New Zealand is extending its 3G broadband network to reach 97% of the places New Zealanders live, work and play, bringing its total 3G infrastructure investment to $500 million.

16: Pansy Speak: Rising Angst
New Zealand National Party

It’s not often that main roads like Queen Street and Lambton Quay are clogged with trucks. It’s also not often there is such a strong uprising against Government decisions. The protest this morning should send a very clear and uncompromising message ...

17: Happy Birthday America 1776-2008
Zahir Ebrahim

A solemn greeting to any remaining conscionable peoples in America by way of response to their one remaining honest political spokesman! Thou hast talked too much – time to show-it!

18: The Mapp Report - 4 July 2008
New Zealand National Party

North Shore Marine ; Accountability Needed In Defence Force ; Out And About

19: Putting Politicians On Notice About Privatisation

We didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when told that Bill English had claimed that our unassuming little anti-privatisation postcards are part of a “covert campaign” by Labour and the Greens and apparently on a par with the infamous Exclusive Brethren ...

20: 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 ...

21: Crown Financial Statements, 11 Months to 31 May
New Zealand Treasury

The total Crown operating balance, including gains and losses, was $2.6 billion higher than forecast.

22: Anderton: Opening of Kiwibank in Barrington Mall
Progressive Party

I remember when Barrington lost its post office. It was under a Labour government in the eighties and I was in the government caucus. There were plenty of post offices and banks closed all around New Zealand.

23: Tax and Spend Government true to form
The Kiwi Party

"While every Kiwi is already having to tighten their belts with higher food, fuel and interest costs, the Government should be leading by setting an example through reducing its own costs and keeping ours down. Since the Government is already collecting ...

24: Truckies Encircle Wellington CBD
New Zealand Police

Wellington police say the truck convoy protest has now encircled the main arterials forming a loop around the CBD.

25: Labour lining up households for more costs
New Zealand National Party

“Labour’s planned rewrite of monetary policy threatens to load even more costs on to households at a time when they’re screaming out for relief from relentlessly high mortgage rates,” says National Party Finance spokesman Bill English.

26: New Zealanders urged to keep saving power in July

Patrick Strange, convenor of the Winter Power Group and Chief Executive of Transpower, thanked New Zealanders for their continued effort on saving power at work and at home. The latest results show lower South Island region continues to be the top powersaving ...

27: Department of Conservation mourns loss
Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation staff are mourning the loss of a takahe on Mana Island. The male bird was shot last week after being mistaken for a pukeko during a control operation to reduce pukeko numbers.

28: 3G mobile investment drives broadband surge
New Zealand Government

Communications and Information Technology Minister David Cunliffe said New Zealand’s regulatory regime has given telecommunications companies the flexibility they require to bring broadband to rural areas.

29: Sunday 6 July on Agenda

National Party Finance Spokesman Bill English on why the party opposes the Toll sale and its plans for State Owned Enterprises.

30: Wellington lass to be the voice of World Youth Day
Catholic Communications

The role of an MC is always a privilege. For one New Zealand pilgrim going to World Youth Day in Sydney this month, the privilege was also a complete surprise – and, she adds, an honour.

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