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The top 20 rating items on Scoop over the last 36 hours are...

1: NEWSFLASH: Dover Samuels Stood Down

Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels has been stood down from his ministerial responsibilities following allegations of sexual misconduct.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00084.htm


2: NEWSFLASH: Samuels Denies Sex Allegations

The Minister Of Maori Affairs Dover Samuels has strongly denied accusations made against him for sexual misconduct and says he will step down from his ministerial duties while the matter is investigated by police.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00085.htm


3: The Hon Dover Samuels - PM's Statement

Allegations have been made against the Minister of Maori Affairs. He has asked to take leave from his duties while a police investigation, which he has requested, is completed. I have agreed to his request.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00483.htm


4: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day June 21

Today's Questions concern: Speakers Ruling On Personal Explanations - WINZ Inquiry – Health Spending - Toothfish – ERB Changes – Fiji Coup – Native Logging In Southland – Minister For Auckland – Research And Development Vision - Children And Family Services ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00086.htm


5: Rankin Survivors Speak Out!

The Christine Rankin Impoverished Survivors' Independent Society (CRISIS) applauds news that Ms Rankin has formed her own support group.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00085.htm


6: Questions Of The Day - Wednesday, 21 June

Today's questions for oral answer by Ministers. Paraphrased answers to these questions will be posted in the Headlines wire shortly after 3pm.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00479.htm


7: Budget doesn’t tackle BOP crisis - Rod Donald

The first budget of the new Labour led Government represents a turning point for New Zealand. While the budget isn’t perfect it is at least heading in the right direction in many respects and is a marked contrast to National’s nine disastrous efforts.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00468.htm


8: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day June 20

Today's Questions concern: R&D Taxation – Fiscal Surpluses – Elective Surgery -Mental Health Funding – Armed Forces Equipment x 2 – Fiji Trade Ban – Closing The Education Gaps – WINZ And The Koru Club – Kiwi Bank – Customs Exercises – Foreign ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00081.htm


9: Scoop Images: Clearfelled Rainforest

Where there used to be trees. Photos of clearfelled native forest in Southland from the Ecologic Foundation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00080.htm


10: PM covers up Samuels allegations

"The Prime Minister's admission she knew of the allegations against the Minister of Maori Affairs six months ago and did nothing is an appalling lapse of leadership and judgement," Acting Leader of the Opposition Wyatt Creech said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00485.htm


11: Scoop Link: Tomato truck becomes vehicle of death

DOVER, England (Reuters) - British customs officials were suspicious from the moment they spotted the white Mercedes truck rolling off the late-night ferry from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00108.htm


12: Anderton Looks For Backers On The West Coast

Deputy Prime Minister, Jim Anderton said today he would be personally delighted if West Coast council's invested some of their $120 million in the Government's new peoples bank. Dr Cullen seemed to agree. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00088.htm


13: Prime Minister launches Science Advisory Council

Nine New Zealanders with diverse backgrounds in industry and science have been named as members of a new Science and Innovation Advisory Council (SIAC), launched by Prime Minister Helen Clark in Wellington today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00481.htm


14: Put Blame Where It Belongs: Priest

SUVA: A Catholic priest has appealed to Fiji Islanders to "put the blame squarely" on coup leaders and their supporters, not those calling for trade bans or other strong measures.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00114.htm


15: Indigenous Fiji Newsletter

The following is the text of a newsletter received from Fiji. It sets out many of the grievances and suspicions of many indigenous Fijians. It is republished by Te Karere Ipurangi to illustrate the issues that concern many indigenous Fijians, that ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00115.htm


16: Native Forests For Firewood Scandal

Revelations today of the large-scale clearance of virgin native forests for firewood were a national disgrace, the Ecologic Foundation said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00071.htm


17: Sludge Report #14 – Rodney’s Speech In Fiji (1)

Sludge is delighted to provide the following transcript of the speech delivered by ACT MP Rodney Hide at the Investors International conference in Fiji in January last year.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00072.htm


18: PMA Update: the shooting of Steven Wallace

It is just over seven weeks now since Steven Wallace was shot dead by a police officer in Waitara. Aside from the initial flurry of statements of concern from various politicians, then a brief announcement on 1 June that the preliminary report of the homicide investigation ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00069.htm


19: Government's unknown agenda for SILNA forests

"The fact that Kevin Smith of Forest and Bird believes the Government may be about to legislate away its responsibility to SILNA owners is a cause for real concern," says National MP Eric Roy..

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00474.htm


20: A first-rate think tank

Minister of Research, Science and Technology Pete Hodgson said today he was delighted with the calibre of the people who had agreed to serve on the new Science and Innovation Advisory Council (SIAC).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00482.htm

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