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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 6 2008

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

1: Lockwood Smith Discussion Suggests Hidden Agenda

Scoop Audio

Senior National Party MP Lockwood Smith was recorded talking to delegates at the National Party conference suggesting once in government that a 'discussion document' process will enable the party to roll out its agenda.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00058.htm


2: Loose lips sink ships says Young Labour
Young Labour

Young Labour President Eric Goddard denies John Key's accusation that Young Labour was involved in secret recordings of Bill English and Lockwood Smith at the National Party conference in the weekend.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00061.htm


3: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 6 August 08
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement she made yesterday, in relation to debt to GDP ratios that, “over the forecast period of the Budget that the Labour Government has delivered these debt to GDP ratios are consistently ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00086.htm


4: Helen Clark must explain polling activity
New Zealand National Party

The National Party’s Shadow Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee, says Helen Clark needs to explain the polling being done by UMR research on behalf of the Labour Party.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00090.htm


5: Hi-5 Circus Stage Show
Hi-5

Roll up, roll up! Come one, come all, and be part of Hi-5 Circus, the most spectacular Hi-5 stage show yet!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00034.htm


6: Deady & Manning – Secret Audio & Public Interest
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio: Paul Deady talks to Scoop's Selwyn Manning about why Scoop published secret audio recordings of National Party deputy leader Bill English and senior MP Lockwood Smith. Is it ethical? Is it justified? If so, why?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00066.htm


7: Expect more dirty tricks - John Key
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key has underlined his commitment to run a clean campaign in light of secret recordings released to the media following National’s weekend annual conference.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00066.htm


8: Israelis sign declaration against Iran attack
Ad Hoc Group Against Israeli Attack on Iran

More than 100 hundred Israeli academicians and peace activists have signed the following declaration: There is no military, political or moral justification to initiate war with Iran
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00077.htm


9: Robert Fisk to guest as Amnesty's keynote speaker
Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand (AIANZ) is delighted to host one of the world's most famous journalists as its keynote speaker during its 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights (UDHR) celebrations.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00045.htm


10: Public sector fat cats?
University of Waikato

But public servants can hardly claim they’re currently underpaid, according to research by a University of Waikato Management School economist. The study, published in the New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, shows that public sector employees ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00055.htm


11: The FDA Guerillas of Wonky DrugWonks - Part I
Evelyn Pringle

Former Bush Administration officials have formed a pharmaceutical industry guerilla group called the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, described on its website as "a non-partisan, non-profit educational charity," and a "new vital force in health ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00068.htm


12: Burma: 8/8/88 Anniversary Protest Begins
Terry Evans

Security has been tightened in Rangoon as university students prepare to participate in anti-junta protests to mark the 20th anniversary of 8/8/88. During the 1988 "People Power" revolution more that 3,000 protesters died in clashes with the military. Many ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00085.htm


13: Questions And Answers – Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. R DOUG WOOLERTON (NZ First) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has he been involved in discussions on electoral systems in the Pacific?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00070.htm


14: Triangle Television puts trees before a party
Triangle Television

Thousands of pohutukawas are to be planted on Motutapu Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf as part of Triangle Television’s 10th anniversary celebrations.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00074.htm


15: KiwiFM: Wammo & John Key – A Hidden Agenda?
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wammo talks to National Party leader John Key about the secret recordings of Bill English and Lockwood Smith. A hidden agenda?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00060.htm


16: Clark challenged to disavow dirty tactics
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key today challenged Helen Clark to distance herself and her government from the dirty tactics being employed against National. “The dirty tactics used by those who infiltrated the National Party conference at the weekend ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00072.htm


17: Full review of liquor laws welcome
Hospitality Association of New Zealand

"The Hospitality Association has welcomed the first principles review of the Sale of Liquor Act and the Sale and Supply of Liquor and Liquor Enforcement Bill. The Association is pleased that they include the issue of supermarkets and dairies selling ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00078.htm


18: Activists Protest for Olympic Human Rights
I Steadman

In Wellington today a group of human rights activists held a protest in front of parliament against the repressions in China and Tibet, and against the increasingly severe crackdowns and large-scale home evictions taking place in the run up to the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00055.htm


19: Labour wanted taxpayers to fund its campaign
New Zealand National Party

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says official documents reveal that at the last minute, Labour ditched a plan that would have forced taxpayers to pay for its election campaign.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00091.htm


20: National again changes its story on Kiwibank
Progressive Party

Fresh doubts about the sincerity of National's 'clarification' of its plans to sell Kiwibank have been raised by John Key again changing National's story, Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00074.htm


21: Doubts continue about milk prices in NZ
Gordon Copeland

Independent MP Gordon Copeland yesterday used his speaking slot in the House to take the Government to task for its failure to fully investigate the huge increase in the price of milk.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00089.htm


22: They’re using our trees over there
Southwood Export

The effort in attracting one of Japan’s leading paper producers to invest in forestry in Southland is paying off. The Oji Paper group, one of the largest paper manufacturers in the world, is benefiting from eucalyptus now being harvested in Southland, and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00085.htm


23: Time for real explanation on secret agenda
New Zealand Government

John Key must explain what is happening inside his caucus after a second senior National MP has been caught out talking about the Party’s real plans for government, Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00071.htm


24: Gambling on Maori goodwill no longer acceptable
Te Runanga o Nga Kaimahi Maori o Aotearoa

A meeting of Maori union leaders in Auckland has declared its support for the rolling strike action being taken by Sky City workers this week.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00063.htm


25: Hypnosis smoking cessation claims a concern
Action On Smoking And Health

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is concerned smokers were given the wrong impression after a TV report claimed hypnosis smoking cessation therapy as having a success rate of 65 percent compared to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) at 22 percent.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0808/S00026.htm


26: King: North Island Main Trunk centenary
New Zealand Government

This has certainly been a busy week for me in the transport portfolio --launching a new transport agency, a New Zealand Transport Strategy update, the first Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding, and opening the national walking conference ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00098.htm


27: Law Commission to do full review of liquor laws
New Zealand Government

The Law Commission will undertake a comprehensive two-and-a-half year review of New Zealand's liquor laws to bring them into line with current community behaviours and concerns around the use of alcohol, Associate Justice Minister Lianne Dalziel announced ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00095.htm


28: Sports participation can improve mental health
Mental Health Foundation

(Upper Hutt, New Zealand) Sports and art programmes should be first-line methods for improving mental health among New Zealand’s disadvantaged, says the head of one of Australia’s largest recreational charities, RecLink.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0808/S00021.htm


29: UC dominates Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarships
University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury students have scooped a quarter of the Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarships announced today by Tertiary Education Minister Pete Hodgson.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0808/S00012.htm


30: Greater community say in liquor licensing
New Zealand Government

Communities will have a greater say over when, where and how liquor can be sold under the provisions of a Bill tabled in Parliament which will also improve the enforcement of liquor licence conditions, government Ministers Lianne Dalziel and Damien O'Connor ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00096.htm

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