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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings September 8 2008

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

1: $1.1 Billion Giveaway for the Republic of Georgia

Michael Collins

(Wash. DC) We're not talking about the great state of Georgia, which deserves everything it has coming to it and more. We're talking about the Republic of Georgia, a nation of 4.5 million people wedged between Russia and Turkey.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00087.htm


2: UnitedFuture announces party list
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has announced the first 22 names on the party’s list for this year’s election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00167.htm


3: Embarrassing new errors found in ETS law
New Zealand National Party

New errors identified in the emissions trading legislation in respect of co-generation and emissions from gas and coal bought through wholesalers, exposes the Government's reckless process on this complex bill, says National's Climate Change spokesman, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00164.htm


4: Clark challenged over Aussie wage gap
New Zealand National Party

National Leader John Key has today challenged Helen Clark to tell New Zealanders what she is going to do to start closing the ever-widening wage gap between New Zealand and Australia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00168.htm


5: Transport experts to speak at Trafinz conference
Christchurch City Council

An impressive cross-section of New Zealand leaders and international experts will converge in Christchurch next week to discuss and debate the future of transport safety and sustainability.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0809/S00081.htm


6: Raglan - Two Males Dead
New Zealand Police

Police at Raglan are investigating the death of two males at a local Motor Camp. Three males were staying in a cabin.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0809/S00080.htm


7: Armed Police End Peaceful Greenpeace Protest
Greenpeace

Paia, Papua New Guinea, 6 September 2008: Greenpeace’s successful crane-top protest on the logging ship Harbour Gemini ended peacefully when six police armed with M16 rifles removed the activists. Other Greenpeace activists were painting “Moratorium ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0809/S00098.htm


8: Greenpeace Speech To BlueGreens Annual Forum
Greenpeace New Zealand

There are two things people like to have. Some call them luxuries, but really, they’re just what we’ve come to expect.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00070.htm


9: What's happening at Immigration?
New Zealand National Party

National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says Labour's gone suspiciously quiet over the inquiries into the immigration service, what Ministers knew, and who was instructing staff to process unlawful applications.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00165.htm


10: Better environmental management aim of policy
New Zealand National Party

Better management of New Zealand’s environment is at the core of National’s environment and conservation policies, says National Party Leader John Key.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00163.htm


11: Maori designers dominate at Fashion Awards
Westfield Style Pasifika

Two Maori designers have collected the main accolades at this year’s Westfield Style Pasifika Fashion Award with the Supreme Winner inspired by the Maori Battalion.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0809/S00087.htm


12: Rodney Hide Speech: Dump The ETS
ACT New Zealand

Speech to ACT Upper South Regional Conference; Cotswold Hotel, 88-96 Papanui Rd, Christchurch; Sunday, September 7 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00166.htm


13: National will not proceed with electoral law panel
New Zealand National Party

National will not proceed with the electoral law panel appointed by Labour and the Greens, says National Party Deputy Leader Bill English.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00161.htm


14: 70 Pro-Family Groups Gather for Forum
Family First

Up to 200 delegates representing almost 70 family-focused organisations are gathering in Auckland tomorrow (Monday) for the third annual NZ Forum on the Family, hosted by Family First NZ.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00075.htm


15: Republican National Convention, Day 4, Part Two
Rosalea Barker

So that was it, poppets! The most noticeable contrast with the Democratic National Convention was between the flags given out to Obama supporters and the chants of USA! USA! by the Republicans in lieu of flag-waving. When chanted, USA has the same ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00089.htm


16: Kiwi CEOs And Business Owners Working Hard
Porter Novelli

Heavy workloads and tax issues are bugging New Zealand’s business leaders rather than the economic downturn according to a recent Staples Rodway “What’s Bugging Business” Survey.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00139.htm


17: John Key: Speech to the Bluegreens Forum
New Zealand National Party

Let me say a big welcome to all of you at this the 10th Bluegreens Forum.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00162.htm


18: Opening of Taputeranga Marine Reserve
New Zealand Government

Speech by Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick at the opening of the new Taputeranga Marine Reserve and the beginning of Conservation Week.. Island Bay Surf Club, The Esplanade, Island Bay, Wellington.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00159.htm


19: A rare masterpiece comes to our shores...
NBR New Zealand Opera

“Anyone with an interest in theatre or music must see Jenůfa – it will be an unforgettable experience!” Aidan Lang, General Director of The NBR New Zealand Opera, has seen the world famous Glyndebourne Festival production several times and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0809/S00090.htm


20: Tough Penalties - Hogwash
Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust has slammed the Government for saying they had toughened penalties and it was up to the Courts to decide the appropriate sentence.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00074.htm


21: Campaign sustains high pace of overseas voting
Kea New Zealand

Overseas New Zealanders are enrolling to vote at more than quadruple the rate of previous weeks, according to data provided by the Electoral Enrolment Centre.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00073.htm


22: Motorway closures in Auckland
New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency wishes to advise that, weather permitting, the following closures will take place on the Northern Motorway (SH1) next week:
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0809/S00079.htm


23: From denial to delay – I guess that’s progress
Green Party

The Greens are welcoming the National Party’s movement away from denying environmental problems, as revealed in their environment policy announcement today, but are concerned that it seems to be replaced with an attempt to delay any progress to address these ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00157.htm


24: Otago Pinot Noir Named World’s Top Red Wine
Wild Earth Wines

Wild Earth Wines, a Central Otago winemaker, has just been awarded the Trophy for Top Red Wine at the International Wine Challenge, the world’s largest competition. It beat 31 other red wine trophy winners from around the globe in the final judging ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0809/S00089.htm


25: NZ Music Commission Announces New Chairperson
NZ Music Commission

The NZ Music Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chairperson of the organisation’s Board of Trustees with Anthony Healey stepping into the position vacated by outgoing Chairperson Richard Thorne.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00137.htm


26: Cyclists and motorists: watch out for slips
Wellington City Council

NEWS RELEASE 6 September 2008 Cyclists and motorists: watch out for slips Cyclists and motorists are warned to take care on roads around Wellington City due to multiple slips that have come down following rain overnight Multiple landslips have been ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0809/S00078.htm


27: Nats keep hidden agenda off the table
New Zealand Government

National has released a bland and imitative conservation policy and that keeps their real agenda off the table, Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00160.htm


28: Capital’s new marine reserve now open
New Zealand Government

Conservation Week 2008 (7-14 September) has kicked off in style, with the opening of the Taputeranga Marine Reserve on Wellington’s south coast. Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick today officially declared the 854 hectare reserve open at a ceremony ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00158.htm


29: Caribbean Nations Hit Hard By Severe Weather
United Nations

The United Nations is providing assistance to a number of countries in the Caribbean that have been badly affected by recent severe weather, particularly Haiti which has been the worst hit, the world body’s top humanitarian official said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0809/S00100.htm


30: Policing Bill to become law
New Zealand Police

Please find attached - media release after third reading of Policing Bill was completed this afternoon.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00069.htm

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