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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings October 2 2008


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

1: NZ-China Free Trade Agreement to enter into force

New Zealand Government

The New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) enters into force tomorrow, Trade Minister Phil Goff said.

2: Rob Guest signed as The Wizard in 'Wicked'
Skip Ink

The casting of New Zealand's most famous Phantom Rob Guest (full bio follows) has been cast as The Wizard in the multi-million Australian production of the Broadway smash-hit Wicked. The announcement has been made this afternoon in Melbourne where ...

3: Undernews For September 30, 2008

Craig Crawford, CQ - How did anyone think the public would get behind something sold as a bailout of Wall Street multi-millionaires? Make it a bailout of homeowners, and you would have something that could pass in Congress. But to do that, the Bush ...

4: Lyndon Hood: News Missed During The Peters Saga
Lyndon Hood

It has come to my attention that other things were happening while Winston Peters' various donations were dominating the news. I know, I was as surprised as anyone.

5: Pharma Attacks Drug Warnings as Sales Fall
Martha Rosenberg

In April, Dr. Catherine DeAngelis, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), wrote that pharma's influence on medicine "is so blatant now you'd have to be deaf, blind and dumb not to see it," adding, "We should all get ...

6: Nats Should Explain Maori Party Links
New Zealand First Party

Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the National candidate for Mana, Hekia Parata, is openly touting for party votes for the Maori Party and he says she would not be doing this without the approval of the National leadership.

7: UN Deplores Targeting Of Sri Lanka Food Aid Truck
United Nations

United Nations officials in Sri Lanka today deplored the placing of explosives by an unknown group on a Government truck that was due to join a UN food convoy in the north of the country.

8: Lambs & Chickens Liberated For Farm Animal Day
Animal Liberation Aotearoa

Animal rights activists have liberated two lambs, two broiler chickens and ten battery hens from pastoral and factory farms to mark both world vegetarian day (Oct 1st) and world farm animals day (Oct 2nd).

9: Peak oil and public transport: Cullen's revelation
Green Party

The Green Party have challenged Labour to redirect the billions of dollars earmarked for New Zealand's largest ever roading programme into public transport, following Dr Cullen's admission yesterday that people will choose public transport if it is ...

10: Scoop Full Coverage: US Financial Bailout Bill I
Scoop Full Coverage

So the House has rejected the bailout plan – or more correctly, the House Republicans rejected the plan concocted by their own President and Treasury Secretary. Has any president ever been so humiliated as Bush? President Bush was treated like a plague ...

11: Parliament’s Kaumātua dies
Office of the Speaker

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon Margaret Wilson has paid tribute to Rangitihi (John) Tahupārae, Parliament’s first Kaumātua who died this morning at his home in Whanganui.

12: ACT Saddened By Loss Of Parliament's Kaumatua
ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader Rodney Hide and Deputy Leader Heather Roy were today saddened to learn of the passing of Parliament kaumatua John Rangitihi Rangiwaiata Tahuparae.

13: Sludge Report #185: The iDeal
C.D. Sludge

Make no mistake. The next five weeks is the greatest opportunity since man first used an object as a tool, to reshape our destiny.

14: Welcome to Gilead, Governor Palin
Cynthia Boaz

If you've ever read Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," you will recall the key role that was played by the women assigned to be the "Aunts." The story revolves around a futuristic American society in which fundamentalist Christians ...

15: Malamine Not The Only Problem With Milk

In Wake Of Melamine-Tainted Milk Scandal, Peta Releases Top 10 Reasons Not To Drink Milk

16: World-First Charcoal Technology Breakthrough

BLENHEIM, NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand company Carbonscape™ announced today that it had developed a patented world-first industrial microwave charcoal technology to capture significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to help reduce ...

17: Report on immigration scandal the first of four
New Zealand National Party

National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith hopes the first of four reports into scandals involving those at the top of the Immigration Service sheds more light on the murky goings-on at the Pacific Division.

18: Name Of Man Killed In Te Awamutu Crash Released
New Zealand Police

A car involved in a fatal crash in Te Awamutu on Tuesday night had been ordered off the road in 2005 and never recertified as being road worthy.

19: Cullen: Speech To Mainfreight Westfield Rail Depot
New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today that the government has committed $121 million extra for investment into rail this financial year. Speaking at Mainfreight's Westfield depot in Auckland, Dr Cullen said that the government was addressing a ...

20: Drug flood threat lurks in Chinese trade deal
Green Party

New Zealand's burgeoning methamphetamine problem could worsen as more precursor ingredients enter the country because of our preferential trade deal with China, says the Green Party.

21: Hekia Parata statement on Peters claims
New Zealand National Party

The National Party's candidate for Mana, Hekia Parata, is moving to dismiss mischief making claims made by Winston Peters today.

22: ISS applies for clearance to acquire part of Chubb
Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission has received an application from ISS Holdings NZ Limited (ISS) seeking clearance to acquire a portion of the manned (

23: Fisher & Paykel Appliances investing in South
Fisher And Paykel

Iconic Kiwi company Fisher & Paykel Appliances is committing further in the country’s South with the opening of a new South Island warehouse.

24: U.S. Actions to Halt Iran’s Procurement Practices
US State Department

On September 25, 2008, the United States Department of Commerce issued guidance to the U.S. exporting community designed to encourage exporters’ vigilance on Iran’s efforts to procure items for use in Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. This action ...

25: 42 Below Offers University Course For Just $50
42 Below

Good afternoon Please see the media release below outlining a new University course being offered by 42BELOW for just $50!! Let us know if you need any further information or images. Cheers Aleisha

26: The End of the World as We Knew It
F William Engdahl

The unexpected rejection by the US Congress of the Bush Administration financial rescue plan, TARP on September 29 has opened up the spectre for the first time of a 1931-style domino wave of worldwide bank failures. That is already underway across ...

27: Religious homophobia divides families
St Andrew's on The Terrace

Last night 180 people attended the Wellington premiere of "For the Bible Tells Me So" at St Andrew's on the Terrace Presbyterian Church. Attendees were a mix of church-goers and members of Wellington's gay community, including some who will be attending the ...

28: Rob Guest and the Wicked witches visiting NZ
Skip Ink

The winners of the three most sought after roles in the Australian theatre - Amanda Harrison, Lucy Durack and Rob Guest, the witches and Wizard from WICKED The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz - will fly in to Auckland next Tuesday, 1 April and Wednesday, ...

29: Wind generation useful but no panacea
Major Electricity Users Group

“More wind generation in New Zealand is useful, but is no panacea,” said Ralph Matthes, Executive Director of the Major Electricity Users’ Group (MEUG).

30: NZ mourns the loss of a great star - Rob Guest
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark and Associate Minister Judith Tizard have today expressed deep sadness at the passing of outstanding singer and performer Rob Guest.

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