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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 2 2008

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1: OneGeology: New Map Strips Mother Earth Naked

UK Government

Ever wondered what our world would look like stripped bare of plants, soils, water, man-made structures? Wonder no longer; images of the Earth as never seen before have been unveiled in the world's biggest geological mapping project ever.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00018.htm


2: Pacific Sun Heads Home
P and O Cruises

P&O Cruises' Pacific Sun is now heading back to Auckland following an improvement in weather conditions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00019.htm


3: English reaches for red herring to justify red ink
New Zealand Government

National has confirmed they would borrow to cover the massive hole they will create in the public’s accounts if elected – unless they are prepared to slash public services once again, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00016.htm


4: Haere mai Tuhoe ki te Whare Paremata! - Flavell
The Maori Party

He ra whakahirahira tenei i tae mai ai Ngai Tuhoe ki te Whanganui a Tara ki te tamoko kawenata me te kawanatanga kia tatu ai a ratou take whenua, hei ta te Ropu Maori.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00009.htm


5: Tears flow at Feltex Foxton
National Distribution Union

Tears flowed from the eyes of the redundant workers as well as from the skies as workers from Feltex Foxton prepared to leave the factory for the last time
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00015.htm


6: Another bad day at the office, Minister?
New Zealand National Party

The Labour Government has once again dropped the ball on animal welfare, says National's Agriculture spokesman, David Carter.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00018.htm


7: Comvita Annual Meeting Held Today
Comvita New Zealand

Natural healthcare company Comvita Limited (Comvita) advised shareholders at its Annual Meeting in Te Puke today that the Company had faced a challenging 2007 financial year, but had also made significant advancements toward its longer term goals.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00022.htm


8: Willie Jackson Refuses To Die Waiting
Libertarianz Party

Libertarianz spokesman Richard McGrath sent his party's best wishes to broadcaster and former Alliance MP Willie Jackson, who earlier in the week had coronary bypass surgery performed at Mercy Hospital in Auckland.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00016.htm


9: Dyers Pass Road is again closed, due to a slip
Christchurch City Council

The slip is near the Governors Bay end of Dyers Pass Road, and the road is currently closed from the Sign of the Kiwi through to Governors Bay. The slip has brought down a large tree, which is hanging over the road.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00012.htm


10: Parents Reject Anti-Smacking Bill
Family First

Family First NZ says that the Littlies website poll which found that 87% of parents of young children don't think the anti-smacking law is effective is confirmation that NZ'ers have soundly rejected the law change and its time the politicians listened ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00017.htm


11: National will give funds to victims of crime
New Zealand National Party

A National Government will ditch Labour's Sentencing Council and its Criminal Justice Advisory Board and give their funding - more than $6 million - to the victims of crime, National's Justice spokesman, Simon Power announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00020.htm


12: Approval for HVDC Pole 1 replacement welcomed
Transpower

Transpower has welcomed the Electricity Commission’s (EC) notice of intention to approve its proposal to replace Pole 1 of the HVDC inter-island link. The proposed project, worth up to $672million, involves replacing the older Pole 1 equipment with ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00021.htm


13: Inaugural building summit lays roadmap for future
New Zealand Government

Today's inaugural building forum in Auckland - " Leading for the Future" - has laid down the foundations for the long-term future of the industry, says Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00021.htm


14: Full Coverage: Stormy Weather, July/August 2008
Scoop Full Coverage

Full coverage of the storms the struck New Zealand in late July 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00004.htm


15: New superstars of Manukau business revealed
Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Awards

More than three dozen Manukau businesses, each an example of a company that achieves excellence in all ways possible, were this week announced as finalists in the Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Awards, one of the biggest and most prestigious awards ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00020.htm


16: National gets ready to spin $13 billion debt bill
New Zealand Government

With the National Party widely expected to begin arguing the case for a massive expansion in government debt at their conference this weekend, Finance Minister Michael Cullen has issued a list of words and phrases John Key and Bill English are likely to employ ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00012.htm


17: National Party President Judy Kirk Speech
New Zealand National Party

Leader John Key, Deputy Leader Bill English, members of the Board of Directors, Members of Parliament, Distinguished Guests, Candidates, Delegates and Members of the National Party.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00019.htm


18: Abortion Supervisory Committee to appeal
Right To Life New Zealand Inc

Crown counsel acting for the Abortion Supervisory Committee has advised that the Committee had lodged an appeal with the Court of Appeal.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00019.htm


19: Kiwibank Does It Again
Kiwibank

Kiwibank has taken a march on its rival banks by reducing home loan interest rates, cutting all of its fixed rates effective immediately.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00003.htm


20: Targeting young women should be postponed
Women's Health Action Trust

“International Lead researcher on Gardasil, Diane Harper has raised concerns on Radio New Zealand which Women’s Health Action believes justify a postponement of the mass vaccination programme for young women planned for next year. We are also ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0808/S00008.htm


21: Republicans are Disturbed by New John McCain Ad
HCD Research

Results of a national study conducted today among 320 Americans revealed that a majority of Republicans (61%), reported that they were disturbed, skeptical and saddened after viewing a new ad by John McCain, which likens Barack Obama to Britney Spears and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00023.htm


22: Tonga: King George Tupou V Grants Honours
Government of Tonga

Over two hundred people from many parts of Tongan society and overseas friends of the Kingdom today received the first awards in a new national honours system introduced by His Majesty King George Tupou V.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00022.htm


23: Slippage dangers in Glenfield
David Thornton

Below is an email I sent to North Shore Mayor, Andrew Williams, following my visit to the latest slippage site in Mulberrry Place, Glenfield. The email asks that the Mayor instructs council staff to review all possible slippage sites in Glenfield ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00015.htm


24: National's plan to axe advisory bodies arrogant
New Zealand Government

National's claims that it would ditch Labour's Sentencing Council and its Criminal Justice Advisory Board and give the money to the victims of crime is nothing more than "election year clap-trap" says Justice Minister Annette King.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00017.htm


25: Pacific Sun being monitored by authorities
Maritime New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) are monitoring the status of the cruise liner Pacific Sun, which is currently holding position about 300 nautical miles (540km) north east of New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00413.htm


26: Boobs on Bikes: Authorities party to offence
The Family Party

Family Party leader Richard Lewis says a complaint lodged by Family First to the Police against the indecency of the planned Boobs on Bikes parade downtown Auckland makes the Police and Council liable for being a party to the offence if they permit ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00013.htm


27: Armando Ruta visits Whitireia for two weeks
Whitireia Polytech

Armando Ruta (more commonly known as 'Tux' by Whitireia staff) is the first tutor to visit New Zealand in an exchange programme with Miriam College in the Philippines. He arrived here on Monday (28th July) to teach drama and will stay here until the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0808/S00002.htm


28: Flight Centre On Look Out For Travel Volunteers
Flight Centre

New Zealand’s largest travel retailer is offering three Kiwis the opportunity to experience the world and make a difference to it with a travel scholarship.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00016.htm


29: Pacific Sun update
Maritime New Zealand

Maritime agencies with responsibility for the Pacific Sun are working together to ensure the vessel is thoroughly checked for any safety issues before being allowed to depart.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00018.htm


30: KiwiFM: Wammo & Tim Pankhurst On Donation Claims
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wammo talks to Dominion Post Editor Tim Pankhurst about the Winston Peters NZ First donations palaver.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00006.htm

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