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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 15 2008

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

1: GPJA: Police Stifle Democratic Dissent & Democracy

Global Peace And Justice Auckland

GPJA is not surprised at the abuse of police powers evident in Sunday’s newspaper the Sunday Star-Times with revelations that police have paid people to infiltrate and spy on groups involved in community, environmental, political protest and activism.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00189.htm


2: Former Nat MPs call for Commission of Inquiry
Lynley Hood

Dear Minister Congratulations on your appointment to the role of Minister of Justice. We are confident that you will undertake this challenging role with the competence and acumen you demonstrated while in Opposition.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00195.htm


3: Multimedia: PM's Press Conference 15th Dec. 2008
Alastair Thompson

Q&A on a range of subjects followed including the Police spying operations on activists, aspects of the urgency legislation, climate change policy, the ETS, bio-fuels legislation and the removal of the ban on thermal electricity generation plants.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00283.htm


4: Re SST story on police spy in activist groups
Rochelle Rees

Personal statement from Rochelle Rees, ex-partner of Rob Gilchrist - the spy, and person who uncovered the story.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00190.htm


5: Police Minister receives assurance on SIGs
New Zealand Government

Police Minister Judith Collins today received an assurance from Police Commissioner Howard Broad that the Police were meeting their responsibilities regarding the operations of Special Investigation Groups (SIG).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00169.htm


6: Two lucky bands to play with Iron Maiden
The Rock FM

Search for two lucky bands to play opening set at Iron Maiden Auckland and Christchurch concerts
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00144.htm


7: 24hr City Barricade Foretells Future Scenario
One Day Sculpture

Car wrecks, discarded furniture and other urban detritus are barricading Stout Street at the corner of Lambton Quay in central Wellington for 24 hours today, Sunday 14th December.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00147.htm


8: Health briefing confirms need for change
New Zealand Government

The Health Minister, Hon Tony Ryall said his briefing from the Ministry of Health has confirmed the health system faces major challenges: increasing demand for health services with worsening finances and a workforce crisis.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00174.htm


9: ReStart assistance package for redundant workers
New Zealand Government

Hon Paula Bennett Minister for Social Development and Employment Minister for Disability Issues Minister for Youth Affairs 15 December 2008 3 PM Media Statement
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00177.htm


10: Delay of Standards Review
New Zealand Government

Education Minister Anne Tolley today announced further consultation on the implementation of new NCEA standards.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00173.htm


11: First priority must be to keep Kiwis in jobs
New Zealand Labour Party

Labour is pleased to see the introduction of financial assistance to Kiwis who lose their jobs because of harsh economic times, but believes National should focus on keeping workers in jobs, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Annette King ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00176.htm


12: Police Stasi tactics undermine democracy
Green Party

Green MP Keith Locke is calling for an inquiry into the Police Special Investigation Group following evidence it is planting paid informants in legitimate protest groups.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00163.htm


13: Disappointing Climate Negotiations
Oxfam

Poznan, Poland--The UN climate negotiations have not shown the urgency and political will needed to fight climate change and keep millions of people safe, Oxfam International said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00303.htm


14: Book Review: Listen To The Heartbeat Of The Earth
Jackie Little

Anyone looking for a "coffee table" book that is more than just a pretty face this Christmas could do no better than to reach for Jane Dove Juneau's latest book, Listen To The Heartbeat Of The Earth.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00146.htm


15: Police Commissioner's excuses ring hollow: Greens
Green Party

Green MP Keith Locke says Police Commissioner Howard Broad's reasons for planting agents in protest groups only makes matters worse.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00172.htm


16: Key Notes No.41
New Zealand Government

Getting Down To Business; Staying In Touch ; Herceptin Promise Kept; Rising To The Challenge
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00171.htm


17: Power Price Increases
Grey Power New Zealand

With the call to State owned electricity companies to hold power pricer increases, one wonders what is going on between the Governor of the Reserve Bank and his new political masters.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00197.htm


18: JP Morgan On Bollard's Speech
JP Morgan

RBNZ Governor Alan Bollard, in a speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce today, reiterated that the Bank remains focused on inflation, despite the Governor having delivered a punchy 150bp official interest rate cut less than one week ago. We believe ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00321.htm


19: Dr Muriel Newman: Out From the Shadow
Muriel Newman

New Zealand is now emerging from nine years of creeping socialism. During those nine years, we have been told that the state knows best how to run our lives - and our country. Whether it is what we eat, how we bring up our children, or what sort of ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00204.htm


20: Wallace & Manning – Debate On State Spies Needed
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM: Wallace & Manning discuss Nicky Hager & Anthony Hubbard's revelations that the Police used informants to infiltrate protest groups - arguing that the security/liberty test is now so one-sided that a public/political debate must occur.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00287.htm


21: Xmas Presents Recovered, Pair On The Run
New Zealand Police

"They're my presents but that's not how I wrapped them," was the general response from victims contacted to recover their stolen items following quick work by an off-duty Hamilton Police officer.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0812/S00204.htm


22: Coast to Coast - “The Year of The Woman”
Speight's Coast to Coast

For 27 years the Speight’s Coast to Coast has led the way in adventure sports. This year the world’s longest running multisport event celebrates its 27th edition by celebrating the female multisporter.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00295.htm


23: New bet type for Kiwi punters
New Zealand Racing Industry Board

The TAB's new betting product - the First4 - will be available from this Wednesday (17 December), giving punters the chance to win big dividends.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00297.htm


24: MARKET CLOSE: NZ stocks dip as auto deal falters
Businesswire

Dec. 12 – New Zealand shares ended the session lower as news broke that the U.S. Congress had failed to reach a compromise on the US$14 billion rescue package for the U.S. automakers. Stocks tumbled across Asia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00257.htm


25: Mumbai, the Indian elite and the naxalites
Alberto Cruz

The attacks in Mumbai at the end of November have led to every kind of analysis, especially geopolitical. One must remember that the strategic alliance between India and Israel has much to do with the recent surge in Islamist movements in India. Without ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00281.htm


26: John Whitehead Speech to Auckland businesspeople
New Zealand Treasury

Treasury Secretary John Whitehead has this afternoon spoken to a group of Auckland businesspeople about the international financial crisis and its impact on New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00203.htm


27: Endosulfan Approvals Revoked
ERMA

The Environmental Risk Management Authority has revoked the approvals for the insecticide endosulfan and prohibited its importation, manufacture and use in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00202.htm


28: Industry agrees - IPv6 transition plan needed
InternetNZ

Following a workshop convened by the Ministry of Economic Development, major ICT industry and stakeholder organizations have agreed on the need for New Zealand to develop a transition plan from IPv4 to IPv6, the next generation Internet addressing ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00037.htm


29: International air cargo cartel to be prosecuted
Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission is today initiating proceedings in the High Court in Auckland against 13 airlines and seven airline staff, including senior executives, for extensive and long-term cartel activity in the air cargo market.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00300.htm


30: Diocesan School For Girls Appoints New Principal
Auckland Diocesan School For Girls

A new principal has been appointed to head Diocesan School for Girls in 2009, the school’s Board of Governors has announced.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0812/S00058.htm

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