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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 24 2008

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

1: Speculators could shut out first home buyers

Green Party

The Greens are calling on the Government to take action after a report that overseas buyers are swooping on the New Zealand property market, keeping out first time home buyers. "We believe land should be owned by New Zealand citizens and residents ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00354.htm


2: New Zealand to build on its Beijing Olympic succes
New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Clayton Cosgrove says work is already underway to build on New Zealand’s most successful Olympic Games performance in 20 years.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00351.htm


3: ACC can't back up claims Botox keeps staff
New Zealand National Party

ACC can't back up claims that giving staff free Botox or aromatherapy treatments helps it to retain staff, says National Party ACC spokeswoman Pansy Wong.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00352.htm


4: Kyoto Forest Owners Need Ets Passed
The Kyoto Forestry Association

The thousands of New Zealanders who invested their own savings to plant trees in the 1990s need the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) legislation to be passed in order to secure the estimated $1.6 billion of carbon credits promised to them by all parties ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00293.htm


5: Statment From Meat Industry Action Group
MIAG

Alliance Shareholders have been sent a ‘Notice of Meeting’ to be held 5th September, 2008 that was accompanied by the following statement from MIAG in support of the SGM resolutions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00419.htm


6: Haiti: Air France Chief Executive Killed
Amnesty International

Didier Mortet, Air France chief executive in Haiti is the latest victim of the high levels of violence which have cost the lives of hundreds of civilians since the uprising in February. Didier Mortet, was shot dead by three men on a motorcycle as he approached ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0406/S00331.htm


7: PR Push for Iraq War Preceded Intelligence Finding
National Security Archive

Washington D.C., August 22, 2008 - The U.S. intelligence community buckled sooner in 2002 than previously reported to Bush administration pressure for data justifying an invasion of Iraq, according to a documents posting on the Web today by National ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00297.htm


8: Drivers should avoid Kawakawa Bay slip area
Manukau City Council

Drivers are being warned there may be major delays on the main road into Kawakawa Bay so they should avoid using it unless travel is essential.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00242.htm


9: New Sec-Gen Almost Ready For Pacific's Challenges
John Andrews - Pacific Insights

John Andrews reports from Niue: Samoan diplomat Tuiloma Neroni Slade is unsure just when he can take up he take up his new post of secretary general of the Pacific Islands forum secretariat.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00295.htm


10: Support an ETS that works, say forest owners
NZ Forest Owners' Association

The NZ Forest Owners Association is calling on the Greens and NZ First to support an emissions trading scheme (ETS) that includes all sectors and all gases much earlier than is currently envisaged. Whatever form the scheme takes, it needs from day ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00292.htm


11: Learning Difficulty Especially Hard For Kiwi Boys
Dore NZ

Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who plays Harry Potter has revealed he suffers from Dyspraxia (also called Developmental Coordination Disorder), a little known but relatively common learning difficulty that is particularly hard for boys to cope with.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0808/S00113.htm


12: Biodiversity critical in emissions trading scheme
Royal Forest And Bird Protection Society

Forest & Bird urges Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party to agree to a biodiversity standard in the Government's emissions trading scheme.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00294.htm


13: North Shore City Civic Awards Presented
North Shore City

Ordinary people who have made an extraordinary contribution to the lives of others became honoured citizens of North Shore City when they were recognised for their selfless deeds at the city’s annual Civic Awards ceremony last night.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00244.htm


14: Minister must look into 111 calls claim
New Zealand National Party

"Police Minister Annette King must move urgently to satisfy herself that Police records aren't being abused and offenders aren't being let off too lightly," says National Party Police spokesman Chester Borrows.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00353.htm


15: SRB: Sam (in) Hunt for Laureateship
Scoop Review of Books

SRB Picks of the Week 23 Aug 2008 By Jeremy Rose for the Scoop Review of Books There's a growing clamour on the Internet for Sam Hunt to be named the next New Zealand Poet Laureate. Well, if not a clamour a chorus of two; former Listener staff writer Denis ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00293.htm


16: Urban Development in Greater Christchurch
Environment Canterbury

Proposed variations to Greater Christchurch’s future growth areas have been notified by Environment Canterbury (ECan) and the process will now be open to public consultation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00243.htm


17: School Support Staff Put Government On Notice
NZEI

School support staff are putting the government on notice, saying it’s time for a firm commitment to address issues of low pay.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0808/S00064.htm


18: Silver Ferns Team Named
Silver Ferns

Silver Ferns coach Ruth Aitken today named her 12 strong team and new captain to play in the New World International Netball series against Australia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00244.htm


19: Presentation Of Sir Edmund Hillary's Garter Banner
Holy Trinity Cathedral

The Garter Banner of Sir Edmund Hillary is to be hung at St Mary’s in Holy Trinity Cathedral Auckland.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00243.htm


20: Family First Slams Govt’s Desperate Delay Tactics
Family First Lobby.

Family First NZ says the government is guilty of being arrogant, hypocritical and patronising by suggesting that the Referendum on the anti-smacking law cannot be organised until mid-2009.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00291.htm


21: TVNZ Olympic Site Breaks Through Million Barrier
TVNZ

TVNZ's Olympic site has helped tvnz.co.nz break through the one million daily page impression barrier the best results that tvnz.co.nz has ever had.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00416.htm


22: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 23 2008
Scoop Daily Ratings

Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00294.htm


23: People before Profit!
Socialist Aotearoa

Today ANZ and National Bank staff picketed at 3 major sites across Auckland. This is after stop work meetings where the majority of members voted to reject the 4% pay rise offer and hold a strike. After weeks of negotiations between Finsec and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00417.htm


24: Professionals responsible for medical accuracy
MedTech

Suggestions that a computer generated prescription may have contributed to the death of a Nelson woman are strongly refuted by the leading practice management system software distributor in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00420.htm


25: Too important to rush says Federated Farmers
Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson said today, “We are a small pacific agricultural nation, looking to play our part in trying to solve a global issue which some say has been brewing for over 1000 years.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00418.htm


26: Probe Into Reports Of Afghan Civilian Casualties
United Nations

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today called for a thorough investigation of reports that large numbers of civilians were killed during an international military operation in the far west of the country.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00286.htm


27: Treaty of Waitangi DVDs launched at Film Archive
The Film Archive

NZFA MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Treaty of Waitangi DVDs for secondary school students launched at Film Archive New Treaty education resources will be released Monday 25 August at the New Zealand Film Archive in Wellington.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0808/S00063.htm


28: ANZ National staff accept bad offer, strike anyway
finsec

Union members in ANZ National have reluctantly agreed to put the bank’s offer of a less than inflation pay rise and no changes to their debt sale targets to a ratification vote next week because the bank has told them it will not change its ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00289.htm


29: Leaders Agonized For Hours Over 'Suspension' Word
John Andrews - Pacific Insights

Exclusive: Pacific Island leaders agonized for hours over the use of the word 'suspension' while debating their response to Fiji's boycott of their forum summit in Niue - John Andrews reports from Niue...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00289.htm


30: Somalia: UN Condemns Deadly Violence In Port City
United Nations

The top United Nations envoy to Somalia today deplored this week's outbreak of deadly violence that has engulfed the southern port city of Kismayo and displaced thousands of people from the area.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00287.htm

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