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The top 20 rating items on Scoop yesterday were...

1: Nuclear Spaceplane Downed, South of Brisbane!

Hamilton, New Zealand: For the last two months rumors have been flying over the internet that, concurrent with the US presidential elections, elements of the US black spaceplane arsenal would be de-classified. No one seemed to know if this was ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0012/S00057.htm


2: Bunkle’s Not My Problem, Goodbye - PM Off To Andes

Prime Minister Helen Clark is flying to South America tonight for a holiday in the Andes, leaving Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton to question Alliance Minister Phillida Bunkle about her taxpayer-owned Oriental Bay apartment tomorrow.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00093.htm


3: Mallard Still Parliament's Worst Behaved MP

Trevor Mallard is still Parliament's worst behaved MP according to a list of Parliament's 10 worst behaved MPs, prepared by United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne.


http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00291.htm


4: HARD NEWS 15/12/00 - The Grinch By A Mile

GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... so, Closing the Gaps no longer. The Prime Minister is lancing another boil, banning another word or three. She is perfectly correct when she says that the phrase in question was spawned by the previous National government - it ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00088.htm


5: Scientists Prepare For Floods And Drought

Scientists are figuring out when we'll have too much rain and when we'll have too little.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0012/S00054.htm


6: Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 18/12/00

A growing economy is like a rising tide - it lifts all ships, was Richard Prebble's message to a breakfast meeting last week. Richard reviewed the highs and lows of the parliamentary year, Labour's keenness to change its spots and ACT's plan for ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00296.htm


7: ISOCNZ Proposal For New Second Level Domain

The Internet Society of New Zealand Inc (ISOCNZ) has begun public consultation on the first proposal to create a new second level domain in New Zealand since 1996.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0012/S00061.htm


8: Upton-on-line December 15th

A hectic round of loose end tying brings upton-on-line to the end of 2000 and the last edition from the motherland. 42 years on the same farm (that’s all of them by the way), 17 years in the same house and 19 years of political detritus accumulating ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00271.htm


9: David Dougherty To Be Compensated

Minister of Justice Phil Goff announced today that the Government has agreed that compensation should be paid to David Dougherty.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00294.htm


10: Sludgegate Announcement: Last Two Days

Counsel for both sides will present closing submissions over the next two days. Adrian Chisholm's barrister Chris La Hatte will present his closing submission all day Monday. Council's legal team will present their closing submission to the court for most ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00082.htm


11: Sludge Report #47 – But He Hasn’t Been Elected Yet

In This edition: But He Hasn’t Been Elected Yet - Pearls Of Wisdom

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00087.htm


12: Who Are The Hillbillies?

The court discovered today that a young graduate engineer was left to select Waiheke's emergency sludge disposal site almost completely on his own.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00078.htm


13: Hamiltonians pass motion to decriminalise cannabis

A public meeting in Hamilton last night voted unanimously to support the decriminalisation of cannabis for adults.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00282.htm


14: Clark Wants To Make Up With Samuels In New Year

“It’s time to bury the hatchet,” said Prime Minster Helen Clark today over the rift between her and the sacked Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00094.htm


15: Howard’s End: There’s Water & Then There’s Water

As worldwide concern mounts about water quality, fitness and health, bottled water has grown globally into a $NZ120 billion industry. John Howard writes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00090.htm


16: SkyCabs Offer Auckland Transport Solution

The range of possible solutions to Auckland's passenger transportation dilemma has expanded with the introduction of an innovative new system known as SkyCabs.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0012/S00050.htm


17: Foundation Law Overdue For Overhaul

Minister for Land Information Matt Robson today announced a major review of the Public Works Act 1981.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00289.htm


18: New Zealanders Getting Fitter, But Not Slimmer

NEW Zealand adults are generally fitter than they were in 1996, however overall, many have tipped the scales in terms of obesity according the latest report Progress on Health Outcome Targets 1999.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0012/S00027.htm


19: Anderton's U-Turn on Public Audit Bill

Opposition parties, led by National, have forced the Government to abandon its plans to allow the Auditor General to have powers over community trusts.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00290.htm


20: Green MPs Keith Locke And Nandor Tanczos

Green MP Nandor Tanczos (seated) watches fellow Green Keith Locke address the House. Photographs by Mark Graham

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00095.htm


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