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Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20

Today's top 20 rating items on Scoop are...

1: Rankin: John Hawkesby: World Famous in New Zealand

By what criteria does television pay its newsreaders? One criterion is star quality. Stars are persons who - by dint of their personalities, talents and profiles - can generate revenues for their employers sufficient to justify huge fees or salary packages. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00015.htm


2: Scoop Images: Wellington’s Civic Revolution

A meeting held last night by Waterfront Watch in the Old Town Hall to oppose the council’s plans for the Wellington Waterfront was attended by an unusually large crowd. The hall quickly filled to capacity and again – as happened last Thursday ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00006.htm


3: Bogus Jeanette Fitsimmons PR Attacking Scientists

Ms Fitsimmons and the Green party of New Zealand are happy to know that we will now be able to force through new legislation in Parliment that will exile all Scientists to a small uninhabited island in the Pacific following the Montreal commisson findings.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00007.htm


4: UN Bills Not Paid

Scoop's UN sources say only 43 of the 188 member states had paid their bills to the UN in full for 2000 by the 31 January deadline. 45 have lost their voting rights in the General Assembly. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00016.htm


5: Scientists Refute Government Spin-Campaign

“We’re interested in getting the truth out- not political gain.” said Dr Brendan Moyle, a senior lecturer with experience in conservation and sustainable use. “Opposition to the new Government is coming from conservation ecologists and professional scientists."

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0002/S00001.htm


6: 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


7: More West Coast Wars

"Stop the War on the West," is the battle cry, not just on the West Coast of New Zealand, but now on the West Coast of the US. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00007.htm


8: A well-meaning step backwards for conservation?

The resignation of a top Timberlands West Coast manager yesterday after the Prime Minister's call for him to be sacked has rocketted the issue into the public consciousness again. Next week (Wednesday) court action will start against the government for breach ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0002/S00004.htm


9: Board goes as Maharey sets new direction for WINZ

The Minister of Social Services and Employment, Steve Maharey, announced today that an external WINZ Advisory Board was being disestablished as he moved to effect a culture change within the department.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00017.htm


10: Union Delighted At Maharey Move To Axe Ideologues

Today's move by Social Services Minister Hon Steve Maharey to axe the external WINZ Advisory Board has been welcomed by UNITE!, the community based union representing unemployed, casual and low paid workers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00010.htm


11: Photo Essay - The Wellington Waterfront Plans

In the interests of informing the public Scoop has taken a number of photographs which show plans for massive building development on the Wellington Waterfront.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00104.htm


12: PA Predicts Five Telcos Will Dominate Globally

PA Consulting Group is predicting that within the next 10 years 5 major telecommunications companies will dominate markets across the globe.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00014.htm


13: Two Kiwis In Cocaine Haul

Two New Zealanders who helped sail a yacht full of Colombian cocaine from New Zealand to Australia were caught by Sydney Customs police, in Australia's largest cocaine haul.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00005.htm


14: NEWSFLASH: Prada Beaten - 3 All In Louis Vuitton

AmeicaOne has caught up with Prada in the finals series of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00008.htm


15: NZQA’s Years Of Indecision Over

The new Government is clear about the future role it envisages for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education), Steve Maharey, said today when releasing its post-election briefing papers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00029.htm


16: Variation 17 Remits From Councillor Varnham

This is to confirm the final wording of the motions which Cr Judy Siers and I wish to move at the Emergency Council Meeting at 2pm, February 7.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0002/S00018.htm


17: Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.3 Per Cent

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the December 1999 quarter dropped to 6.3 per cent, according to Statistics New Zealand's Household Labour Force Survey, the official measure of unemployment. This rate is the lowest since December 1996 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00021.htm


18: Electricity Inquiry Misses Important Point - Green

Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today the inquiry into the electricity industry had missed an important point about the need to reform energy use in New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00036.htm


19: Accident Insurance Bill Stops Overseas Takeovers

“The Accident Insurance (Transitional Provisions) Bill is a small bill with big implications”, Trade Union Federation President Maxine Gay told the special select committee considering the Bill today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00012.htm


20: Phil Goff: The Peter Ellis Case

"The Governor General sought my formal advice last year on an application for a pardon and a Royal Commission of Inquiry on behalf of Mr Ellis.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00016.htm

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