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Scoop's top 20 rating items yesterday were...

2: Kiwi Dollar Plunges To 15 Year Lows

As the NZ Dollar hits 15 year lows against the US dollar and foreign investors shun NZ government securities, Malaysia's Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has taken a swipe at the Group of Eight countries accusing them of forming an exclusive economic ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00125.htm


3: Scoop Images: Prebble Shows How It’s Done

Watch and learn, as Richard Prebble demonstrates his style in the house.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00126.htm


4: Taxpayer Resources Invested In Useless Invention

Let me start today's column by saying to Jim Anderton and Dr Cullen a great big "I told you so." Why am I being so smug and rude? Aardvark's Bruce Simpson writes...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00118.htm


6: Newsflash: Defence Purchasing Decisions

The Air Force's Orion "Sirius" upgrade is off but 105 Canadian APC's and more than 1800 new radios are being bought for the NZ Army and RNZAF in defence decisions announced in Parliament this afternoon.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00127.htm


7: Lee Determined To Resolve Te Urewera Issues

The Minister of Conservation, Hon Sandra Lee, said today she was determined to resolve the range of long outstanding issues related to the Te Urewera National Park that had been complicating the relationship between stakeholders.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00403.htm


8: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 23 August

Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: Doctor’s Strike – Defence Policy – Fire Service x 2 – Doctors “Golden Handcuffs” – Fiscal Policy – Urewera Road Decision – Auckland Schools – Employment Stats – Australian Apple Trade Dispute – Emergency ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00128.htm


9: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 23 August

Today's questions for oral answer. See Headlines wire shortly after 3pm for paraphrased answers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00434.htm


10: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 22 August

Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: Superannuation – Doctors Strike – Major Events Promotion – Urewera Park Road - Tertiary Fee Increases - Youth’s Drug Treatment – Investment Ready Scheme - Merepeka Raukawa-Tait – School Closures – Relationship ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00121.htm


11: Guy's World: Rock ‘n’ Roll Reality Check

Your average music fan - who maybe learned a couple of chords, then left their budget model Stratocaster to grow mould in the back of the wardrobe with their old Commodore 64 - probably imagines rocking out on stage with a hot band must be a richly rewarding ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00119.htm


12: Govt paid nothing for 'fuel-saving' device

A 'fuel-saver' device did not receive Government funding, despite an Act-Party claim that 'the Ministry of Economic Development is wasting money on this.'

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00422.htm


13: NZ$ Plummets, Interest Rate Hike Looks Unavoidable

WCC Business Show: " "10 by 2010" – Making New Zealand 10th in the world in standards of living, education, welfare, health by 2010"

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00433.htm


14: Tame Iti Deal An Invitation To Protestors

National MP and former Conservation Minister Nick Smith says that special funding of roading and the proposal to set aside areas of the Urewera National park for Maori is a nationwide invitation for activists to protest.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00426.htm


15: Website Cloned By Aliens

Leading New Zealand intellectual property law firm A J Park, has had its website cloned by a Russian computer programmer, who copied the site exactly, but replaced every New Zealand reference with a Russian one.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0008/S00168.htm


16: Hospitals Misled By Minister

“New Zealand’s public hospital managers and medical staff have every reason to be angry with this government and the minister Annette King over the misrepresentation of available funding” says Ken Shirley, ACT New Zealand’s Health Spokesman.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00428.htm


17: Minister Announces Health Director Appointments

Health Minister Annette King today announced the appointment of 79 new health directors, with the appointments taking effect from Friday.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00444.htm


18: Greens Now Control Defence Policy

"Labour has rolled over to extreme Green isolationist views," National Defence spokesperson Wayne Mapp said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00425.htm


19: First Annual Smokers’ Day Out!

“The first annual Smokers’ Day Out will be held across New Zealand’s main centres on Sunday Sept 3rd,” announced Smokers’ advocate Joy Faulkner today. Venues and volunteers across the country will be in action on Sept 3rd from 11pm until the cigarettes run ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00143.htm


20: New Zealand Dollar - “On Road To Nowhere?”

The overnight slump in the New Zealand dollar to 44.3c against the US$ points to an economy whose international reputation is rapidly diminishing to dangerous levels.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0008/S00169.htm


21: DOC Money Allocation : Who's Driveway Is It?

Sandra Lee’s decision to allocate scare Department of Conservation funding for a ‘road to nowhere’ private road and separate Maori camp grounds, while ignoring the needs of cash starved alpine facilities reeks of nepotism, said ACT conservation ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00405.htm


22: Newman Renews Call For Inquiry - More Gagging

The Commissioner for Children’s confirmation today that he was told to “tone down” and “be more culturally appropriate” on the subject of child abuse among Maori, raises questions about our fundamental right to free speech, ACT Welfare Spokesman, Dr Muriel ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00424.htm

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