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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings October 16 2008

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1: Loading Up For Trans-Tasman Exercise

New Zealand Defence Force

Click for big version Four RNZAF Iroquois helicopters are loaded onto an Australian Air Force C-17 at Base Ohakea for transportation to Townsville to take part in Exercise Swift Eagle 08
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00275.htm


2: Thailand & Cambodia - Two Buddhist Nations Battle
Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The latest gunfire and two deaths along the disputed Thai-Cambodian border on Wednesday (October 15) threaten to escalate into open warfare between these two Buddhist countries, pitting Bangkok's U.S.-trained military against some of the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00240.htm


3: Large statistical database now free
Statistics New Zealand

A large database of statistics, which was previously only available to paying customers, is now available free of charge on the Statistics New Zealand website, Government Statistician Geoff Bascand said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00262.htm


4: Maori Party's 'No Dole' will increase poverty
Green Party

Maori Party Co-Leader Tariana Turia's suggestion yesterday that the dole should be scrapped is dangerous in the extreme, and especially for Maori who tend to be disproportionately unemployed, the Green Party says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00352.htm


5: QS World University Rankings 2008 Released
The Times Higher Education

The THE-QS World University Rankings, the definitive review of the top universities around the globe, show major differences by region in the five key subject areas.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00318.htm


6: Dan Carter officially opens first Auckland store
Newmarket Business Association

All Black Dan Carter and his business partners officially launched their Gas clothing store last night in Newmarket, and the local business association says such a high-profile endorsement could not have come at a better time.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00335.htm


7: Oxfam Debates: Politicians Tackle The Big Issues
Scoop Video

Audio+Video: Oxfam has held two political debates - on climate change and fair trade and human rights. It has placed questions to politicians from each of the major parties. How will they tackle the big global challenges? And, who gets your vote?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00253.htm


8: Undernews For October 14, 2008
Undernews

As we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the existence of trusts, combinations and monopolies, while the citizen is struggling far in the rear, or is trampled beneath an iron heel. Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00249.htm


9: More Proof Key Can’t Be Trusted
New Zealand Labour Party

Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen today said that John Key must come clean and clear up the confusion between what he said during the TVNZ Leaders' debate yesterday and what he told Pita Sharples in private. Last night he claimed he had not promised ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00381.htm


10: Public should be wary of National's "Razor Gang"
New Zealand Labour Party

The release of National's State Sector policy today confirms that public services are set to be slashed and public servants would lose their jobs under a National government, Grant Robertson, the Labour Candidate for Wellington Central said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00278.htm


11: The Pussycat Dolls rock Sydney
Xbox

15h October 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Pussycat Dolls rock the Sydney Opera House for Xbox Sounds
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0810/S00172.htm


12: Family Party Statement on Economic Crisis
The Family Party

The Family Party recognises that the current economic situation is too important for any individual party to shoulder, and requires a cross-party response. A decade of deficits and exorbitant state spending proves that Labour cannot be trusted to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00274.htm


13: US Journalists & War-Crime Guilt
Peter Dyer

Editor’s Note: This year, the U.S. news media cheered the opening of the $450 million Newseum in Washington, a self-congratulatory celebration of American journalism.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00248.htm


14: Labour has super cuts on its books
New Zealand National Party

“Labour continues to avoid any commitment to keeping the floor for national superannuation at 66% of the average wage,” says National Party Finance spokesman Bill English.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00369.htm


15: Toyworld Rolls Out Its Annual Top 20 Hot Toys
Toyworld

With the official start of the holiday shopping season almost upon us Toyworld has today released its annual list of what kids will most want to see under their trees this festive season.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00329.htm


16: Updated Candidate Nominations For Tāmaki Makaurau
Chief Electoral Office

The Chief Electoral Officer has accepted the nomination of Marama Nathan as an independent candidate for the Tāmaki Makaurau electorate.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00276.htm


17: National: Better value from your taxes
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key says an incoming National-led Government will treat every dollar it spends as carefully as householders do when they're totting up the weekly budget.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00370.htm


18: Superannuitants had enough of being election pawns
Grey Power New Zealand

Older New Zealanders find it offensive that their destiny has become politicised with Superannuation being used as a tool to secure votes or bargain for political power. GREY POWER calls for an INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONER to set and review Superannuation ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00264.htm


19: Manning on Radio Adelaide: No Rope A Dope Fight
Scoop Audio

Selwyn Manning & Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey discuss how the leaders debate between Clark & Key wasn't exactly a 'rope a dope' performance by Key but he did hold his own. Also, Greens send Labour a message; and Nat's have a Infra-Super Plan.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00232.htm


20: AUT graduate brings good news to Auckland
Auckland University of Technology

A Pasifika newspaper highlighting the positive stories happening within Auckland's Pasifika community hit stores and churches around Auckland last month.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0810/S00070.htm


21: On the way to reaching T150
Federated Farmers

Sheep farmers may be well on the way to reaching Federated Farmers' T150 goal after a new partners' programme called Backbone(tm) was announced by Silver Fern Farms today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00339.htm


22: Crown Settles Te Wānanga o Raukawa Treaty Claim
New Zealand Government

Minister of Maori Affairs, Parekura Horomia and Minister for Tertiary Education, Pete Hodgson and Te Wānanga o Raukawa have today signed a deed of settlement which brings to an end the 1999 Waitangi Tribunal Wānanga Capital Establishment claim ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00383.htm


23: Focus on child poverty in Aotearoa NZ
Barnardos

Ahead of World Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October), Barnardos New Zealandis reminding New Zealanders that the majority of poor people in New Zealandare children. Ending child poverty requires the support of all political parties.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00273.htm


24: Nine years on, public servants still take fall
New Zealand National Party

National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says after nine years and billions of taxpayer dollars, Labour is still making officials take the fall when things go wrong.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00368.htm


25: Scoop Review: Jenufa Gives Good Name To Melodrama
Kevin List

The town where the unfortunate heroine of Jenufa lives is certainly suffering from a man drought. When the play begins the ruddy cheeked beauty of the village Jenufa is betrothed to the town drunkard and playboy Steva. Watching from the wings is Steva's ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00246.htm


26: Key and English admit plans to raid Superfund
New Zealand Labour Party

Having savaged KiwiSaver last week, John Key and Bill English have today announced that they plan to raid the New Zealand Superannuation Fund in order to pay for their pet projects, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00338.htm


27: Greenpeace Calls On Philips To Take Back & Recycle
Greenpeace

As Philips business relations gathered for the Philips Simplicity Event in Moscow’s Red Square to celebrate its 110 years on the Russian market, Greenpeace activists unveiled a banner with the text “Philips: simply take back & recycle”.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00317.htm


28: Building Megayachts from your own home
Urban Voyage

Urban Voyage is proud to announce the official launch of its ‘Visual Solutions Services’ to the Superyacht Industry. The Visual Solution Services comprise of technologies developed within the Aerospace and Defence Industries which have been ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00341.htm


29: Spooktacular Halloween at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo

Get set for a frightfully fang-tastic night at Nickelodeon Boo at the Zoo this Halloween. Creatures great and small are invited to share a night of great non-stop en”terror”tainment at a transformed Auckland Zoo, where bugs and bats rule and guests should expect ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0810/S00187.htm


30: Body Recovered In Hamilton
New Zealand Police

A Hamilton man, missing since Tuesday morning, was found by Police divers in the Waikato River today. Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Page of Hamilton CIB, said the body of Paul John FRASER, 53, was found by members of the Police Dive Squad shortly ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0810/S00184.htm

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