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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 3 2008


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

1: Audio: Bill English Talks On KiwiBank Being Sold

Scoop Audio

Audio: At the National Party conference on Friday night National Party deputy leader Bill English was overheard talking to a couple of delegates about how he would sell KiwiBank and make changes to Working For Families once elected.

2: 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.

3: National Infrastructure Plan vital to NZ’s growth
New Zealand National Party

A 20-year National Infrastructure Plan and a Minister of Infrastructure will be used by a National-led government to help set a clear direction for this vital area of investment, says National Party Leader John Key.

4: John Key Speech To Annual National Conference
New Zealand National Party

John Key: Today we can once again reaffirm the very values and principles this party was founded on. Personal responsibility. Love for families. Support for our communities. Respect for one another. And a fundamental belief that less government is better ...

5: 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.

6: Man Missing In Waikato River
New Zealand Police

A 21 year old male is missing after falling off a central city bridge into the Waikato River in Hamilton over night.

7: Leaders in Good Business Announced
Robin Hood Foundation

The Robin Hood Foundation board has announced 15 finalists after a record number of nominations for the 2008 Prime Ministers Social Hero Awards to be held at St Matthews in the City on Thursday 7 August 2008.

8: National proposes privatisation of prisons
New Zealand Government

A single line in Simon Power’s speech to the National Party conference, not included in his press statement, reveals National’s plans to privatise New Zealand’s prisons, Corrections Minister Phil Goff says.

9: 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.

10: Breastfeeding a Relief for Storm Victim
La Leche League

Leonie Mosen from Miranda in the Firth of Thames is very pleased to be breastfeeding her daughter Bella. Leonie, who lives in a remote country area with four children including three month old Bella was without phone, power and running water following ...

11: 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.

12: 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.

13: Ministry asked to justify extent of closure
New Zealand National Party

Pressure from National MPs has resulted in Parliament's Primary Production Committee agreeing to have the Ministry of Fisheries brief them on the recent decision to close the Marlborough Sounds blue cod fishery.

14: 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.

15: Triple Fatality Rangiriri
New Zealand Police

Waikato Serious crash Unit investigators were back out at the scene today of a collision that claimed the lives of three people overnight at Rangiriri.

16: 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.

17: EW on heightened alert after heavy overnight rain
Environment Waikato

EW on heightened alert after heavy overnight rain Environment Waikato’s emergency response team is on heightened alert after heavy overnight rain on Lake Taupo and the Upper Waipa River catchment.

18: SRB: The Great Land Heist
Scoop Review of Books

Buying the Land, Selling the Land by Richard Boast Victoria University Press, $60. Review by RICHARD THOMSON for the Scoop Review of Books Between 1890 and 1920 the New Zealand government bought 4.2 million acres of Maori land, for which it paid ...

19: 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.

20: 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 ...

21: 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.

22: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 2 2008
Scoop Daily Ratings

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23: 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 ...

24: Symantec Announces Norton Systemworks 2005

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced Norton SystemWorks 2005, the newest version of Symantec’s market-leading data protection and problem solving suite. Norton SystemWorks 2005 includes, for the first time, ...

25: Smiling Windmills Bring Joy to Hutt City
Hutt City Council

A new sculpture which has won the hearts of Hutt Valley residents since its appearance in an outdoor sculpture exhibition at Civic Gardens is being celebrated with a free, fun ceremony.

26: 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 ...

27: 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.

28: Approval for HVDC Pole 1 replacement welcomed

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 ...

29: 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 ...

30: Record Environmental Fine
Hawkes Bay Regional Council

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