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

1: "Half Tree Hill"

to my friend Mike Smith who, on 28th October 1994, the anniversary of the 1835 Declaration of Independence, took a chainsaw to the one lone pine tree atop One-tree Hill (known to the Maori as Maungakiekie).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00142.htm


2: Not Hard News: City Litter From Mark Cubey

It's one of those extraordinary sun-drenched Fridays that we love in the capital. We did meeting in the sun on the waterfront. We completed projects. We received lots of nice feedback about our latest issue.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00121.htm


3: GDP Gloom?

The economy seems to be stagnating. Real GDP (gross domestic product) for the three months to June 30 is, on a seasonally adjusted basis, 0.7 percent down on the previous three months. Yet, if we look a bit deeper, we find that real GDP for the June quarter ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00145.htm


4: Upton-on-line October 20th

Strange speculations (and some out-right fantasising) have caused upton-on-line to disclose the forthcoming transmorgrification of this publication. By a process of neural re-engineering that is still awaiting FDA approval (and could yet be stopped ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00415.htm


5: Turia Undermines PM Again

The Rt Hon Winston Peters MP, Leader of New Zealand First, today said that assurances by the Prime Minister and Minister of Health that there will be no preferential health treatment given to Maori have been seriously undermined by the Associate Health Minister ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00483.htm


6: Is the Media Helping Drive NZers Overseas

For some months now, New Zealand has been wracked by one of its periodic bouts of national self-doubt. We have begun, once again, to question whether we’re viable as a nation. It’s not the first time we’ve been through this sort of crisis of confidence. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00465.htm


7: One Tree Hill Pine To Be Felled

Auckland City has today announced that the ailing Monterey pine on One Tree Hill is to be taken down.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0010/S00063.htm


8: Pacific Arts Festival starts on sad note

The death of Samoan/NZ baritone Iosefa Enari at the Pacific Arts Festival has been a huge blow to the people here from Aotearoa – and of course for his family; an unbelievable tragedy.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00141.htm


9: Scoop Images: Trevor and Annette

Education Minister Trevor Mallard and Health Minister Annette King

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00131.htm


10: Ruth Dyson Stiff-Arms Norm Hewitt

"Ruth Dyson should be consistent in her whinging wowserish statements," National's Murray McCully said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00492.htm


11: Guest Opinion: Close which gap?

Our flagging currency and sagging share market indicate that New Zealand is not an attractive place to invest. The effect is that our net worth in world terms is being eroded. Writes Rob Drury.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00129.htm


12: PM's Health Bill Treaty Clause Claims False

The Prime Minister’s claim on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report that the Treaty clause in the Health and Disability Bill intends no racial preference is either deceptive or ignorant, according to ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00482.htm


13: Norm Hewitt – Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Associate Minister for Accident Insurance Ruth Dyson said today that Norm Hewitt's decision to play with a broken arm during Saturday night's NPC final was foolish and short-sighted.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00484.htm


14: Treaty clause - Health Bill

"Any suggestion that the Treaty clause will give Maori preferential treatment is false. The clause is to ensure that Maori can get equal access.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00479.htm


15: Scoop Images: Cheerleaders, fans, greet Lions

Cheerleaders do lion-dancing. Fans farewell Alama. A young fan becomes a Lion... for a minute.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00136.htm


16: City celebrates NPC win

None of the cliches rang true. This wasn’t a game of two halves and Wellington, not rugby was the winner on the day.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00138.htm


17: Towards a kiwi bank

A year ago the Alliance was erecting election campaign hoardings. Some of them promised Our Bank…Opening Soon.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00464.htm


18: Race Relations Conciliator Warns Of Anger

The Race Relations Conciliator has delivered a sobering and concerning warning that the Government’s health reform legislation could result in resentment, anger and division among New Zealanders, National’s Health spokesperson Wyatt Creech said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00474.htm


19: GIMMIE GIMMIE!

McDonald's Political Cartoon from http://www.political-cartoons.co.nz

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00084.htm


20: Silo mentality must be broken down

Breaking down the silo mentality within the public service is essential if the Government is to seriously tackle social exclusion, says Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00462.htm


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