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The top 20 rating items on Scoop (sans Hobbits) yesterday were...

1: How Low Will It Go? - Kiwi Falls To All-Time Low

The fall in the NZ Dollar over the last 48 hours is quite unlike any “correction” seen in the NZ currency in the past.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00133.htm


2: 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


3: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 24 August

Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: Falling Dollar – Fire Service Irregularities – Defence Purchasing – Drug Imports – Doctors’ Student Loans – Singapore Trade Agmt. – Sandra’s Road – Fire Service Porn – Maori Child Abuse – Toxic Waste – Falling Dollar ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00134.htm


4: Keith Rankin's Thursday Column: Valuing Lives

The tragedy of the Russian submarine 'Kursk' reveals much about how our value systems have changed, for the better, in 100 years. Economic development, democracy, press freedom, and globalisation have created a world in which the slaughter of human beings ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00132.htm


5: LohLife

LohLife column numero uno - "special benefits for special people"

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00131.htm


6: 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: 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


9: 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


10: 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


11: 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


12: Trade’s Hall Vandalised – More To Come?

An historic Auckland building, was subjected to vandalism last night. This morning, city drivers reported the letters ‘BR’ tagged on the side of the prominent old Trade Halls building (established in 1917) located at 157 Hobson Street.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00152.htm


13: Outlook for the NZ yield curve

Summary The historical experience suggests the NZ yield curve is presently in the midst of a move from a very positive slope to a very negative slope. However, the historical experience may not be relevant. The RBNZ has moved to an official cash ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0008/S00172.htm


14: 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


15: 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


16: PM welcomes Governor-General-designate

Prime Minister Helen Clark today welcomed the announcement that the Queen has approved the appointment of Dame Silvia Cartwright to succeed Sir Michael Hardie Boys as Governor-General of New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00474.htm


17: Govt. Puts Prosecution Risks On NZ Peace Keepers

ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today that New Zealand peace keepers are exposed to politically driven prosecution under a Bill being pushed through today. This Government does as little as it can get away with for defence. So it is rushing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00470.htm


18: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 24 August

Today's questions. Paraphrased answers will be posted in the Headlines wire shortly after 3pm.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00472.htm


19: Australia: New Zealand Defence Acquisitions

The Minister for Defence, John Moore, today welcomed a number of decisions taken by the New Zealand Government to modernise that country's Defence Force (NZDF).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0008/S00139.htm


20: 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


21: The Policy Programme From Here

The topic you have invited me to speak to today - "The Policy Programme From Here" - has forced me to do a stock take of what we have achieved and of work in progress. It has also made me take a step back from the minutiae of daily decision ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00465.htm


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