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Scoop Today - Yesterday's Top 20

Yesterday's top 20 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Scoop Images: Liv Meets Some Smokin' Ringwraiths

The following pictures - supplied to Scoop anonymously - show actress Liv Tyler in action during the shooting of some scenes for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The pictures were taken in the South Island near Wanaka.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00027.htm


2: Govts Unconstitutional Says Investigate Magazine

New Zealand, Australia and Canada appear to have unconstitutional governments as a result of a bureaucratic bungle eighty years ago when all three nations gained independence from Britain.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0001/S00065.htm


3: Opinion - The Shier Family Revisted

Remember the Schier family who were deported to Germany last year because the father, Gunther, failed to declare a previous marijuana conviction when he arrived in New Zealand? Young daughter, Bianca, had a birthday and Christmas wish - to come back ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00088.htm


4: Opinion - Housing Prices Are Down - Hurrah!

House prices fell sharply last week amid much concern and media hooplah. But is the fall necessarily a bad thing? Scoop's Jordan Carter looks into the matter in his weekly 'On the Left' column.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00074.htm


5: Te Papa Must Try Harder - PM

Prime Minister Helen Clark yesterday hit out at the National Museum’s Te Papa which she said would not get government funding unless it improved its jumbled and incoherent exhibitions.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00080.htm


6: WTO Leather Decision Rings Alarm Bells Worldwide

The WTO ruling that Australian leather company, Howe & Co, must fully repay a further $22 million it received in export assistance because it contravened global trade rules is sending a tidal wave of concern around the world. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00082.htm


7: Poll Shows Kiwis Won't Come Home - Preb's Rebs

An internet poll has shown that New Zealanders who have left New Zealand will not return following the election of a Labour/Alliance government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00035.htm


8: Drug Allegations Rejected

Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton has welcomed a report from Parliament's Speaker clearing his staff member of allegations of drug use in Parliament's debating chamber.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00106.htm


9: Clark Dismisses Japanese Reaction

Prime Minister Helen Clark upped the diplomatic stakes yesterday when she said Japan’s criticism of her anti-whaling stance came “... from well down the pecking order.”

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00087.htm


10: Cannabis A Non Issue At Waitangi Concert

Green MP Nandor Tanczos today said cannabis use would not be encouraged at this year's One Love New Zealand Day celebrations at Point England.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00094.htm


11: Conservation Post-Election Briefings

Minister of Conservation Sandra Lee today released the Department of Conservation’s post-election briefing to the new Government on conservation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00086.htm


12: Prada Wins Race One in the Louie Vuitton Final

Italian team Prada has won the first race in the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup despite a neck and neck finish which saw them come within half a boat-length of America One.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00089.htm


13: PM Must Justify Hiring $275,000pa Consultant

The Prime Minister is under pressure from the ACT Party today to justify the hiring of a $275,000pa consultant by the Police to work in her office on a six-month contract.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00103.htm


14: The Information Age - Cook Islands Style

AVARUA: Government embracing modern technology should be an occasion for rejoicing but the launch of the Cook Islands government website is proving to be anything but.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00073.htm


15: Petrol Price Rises

Mobil is putting up the price of petrol by 3 cents a litre from midnight tonight. While in the US, petrol companies increasing prices are being accused by officials of price gouging. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00090.htm


16: Doone’s departure Best Decision - Shipley

National Leader Jenny Shipley today said she agreed with the Government’s action which led to the departure of Peter Doone as Commissioner of Police.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00091.htm


17: Doone To Retire Early

Beleaguered Police Commissioner Peter Doone has agreed to retire early, although he will continue to be involved with the police in the short term, the Prime Minister has announced.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00085.htm


18: Gap Will Be Bridged - Clark

Prime Minister Helen Clark has announced the creation of a new ministerial committee aiming to close the social and economic divide between Maori and Pakeha New Zealanders.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00078.htm


19: National Radio Midday Bulletin

Special Needs – Doone Did Well – Women’s Refuge – Chechnya – Contact Defence – Protection – Pinochet – Jewish Congress –Refugees- Leprosy Case – America’s Cup – NZ On Air – Statue Challenge

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM0001/S00087.htm


20: Cabinet Papers Show likely Cost Blowout for F16s

The Green Party today released cabinet papers showing a likely cost blowout if New Zealand proceeds with the purchase of 28 F-16 fighter planes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00092.htm


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