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

1: Howard's End: Turn Up The Volume On Poverty

Steve Maharey's announcement that Government is working on ways to measure the extent of poverty in New Zealand is a wake-up call for the country. Findings from similar surveys announced yesterday in South Australia, shocked that state. We need to turn ...

2: PM To Avoid Aggro On Waitangi Day

“Most New Zealanders are fed up with the aggro [on Waitangi Day],” Prime Minister Helen Clark said today. “I want it to be a day all New Zealanders can take pleasure in.”

3: NOT SHARP: Y2k Darwin Awards

For those not familiar with the Darwin Award, it's an annual honour given to the person who provided the universal human gene pool the biggest service by getting killed in the most extraordinarily stupid way.

4: South Islanders plan 2010 Winter Olympics bid

Christchurch and Queenstown may host the 2010 Winter Olympics, if two South Island business people get their way.

5: Stateside: So Long, It's Been Good To Know Ya

If smirks wore boots, George W's was wearing steel caps with razor blades in the toes the day, last week, he was asked if the incoming administration would keep a federal order in place to help California weather the power crisis. California passed ...

6: Howard's End: Do We Truly Have Democracy?

Why should lobbyist's who represent for-profit entities and trade associations have privileged access to politicians and Ministers while the rest of us have to organise petitions or make formal submissions to legislation to have our voice heard? John ...

7: Julz’s World: Falling For The Snow

Every inch of my body aches from head to toe. Even the areas between my bruises are sore. My muscles ache so much I can barely lift my arms to get dressed in the morning. And I’m walking in such a peculiar fashion, I’m paranoid people are going to start ...

8: State Weatherman Regurgitates Luddite Propaganda

"Jim Salinger's political masters will be very pleased with his reiteration of the unproven and controversial global warming theory," said Libertarianz deputy leader Richard McGrath today. "I imagine Rod Donald and his pals on the ...

9: Coalition To Blame For Civil Unrest On Wharves

ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble said today that New Zealand hasn't seen a ‘flying wedge' of police since the 1981 Springbok tour. “The civil unrest on the country's wharves is a direct result of the coalition’s Employment Relations Act, where there ...

10: Belgium Sees Cannabis Sense

Jean Claude van Damme’s hometown has begun to recognise that the War on Drugs is a failure, and decriminalised cannabis use. "Good on Belgium!" says Libertarianz Leader Peter Cresswell about this small advance in individual liberty. "This ...

11: Future Lefts - A year of fun ahead

CONTENTS: Editorial: Looking to the future - Shipley imagines Cabinet papers - "State of the Nation" speech ignored - Rebels get a new name - Website of the week

12: Speech to Youth Forum on Cannabis Law Reform

Good morning, and thank you to all those of you who have travelled here today to take part in this dialogue session on the issue of cannabis law reform.

13: SHARP RELIGION: Korean Flowers Herald Miracle

A January 10th report on tells of a Buddhist flower miracle in South Korea which is said to herald a “great change for mankind's future forever”.

14: National Radio Midday Report

Waterfront Dispute – Cement Strike – Interest Rates – Petrol Price Wars – Masterton Toddler Murder – Cannabis Law – Galapagos Oil Spill – Black Stilts – Animals On Ferrys – Ratana Celebrations – Dairy Merger – High Country Pests – Middle East Peace Talks ...

15: Social progress to be measured alongside economy

The Government is working on a series of indicators which will allow New Zealanders to chart the social wellbeing of the nation alongside the development of the economy, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today.

16: No to smaller cans says Foster's

Foster's International New Zealand will not reduce the size of its beer cans the company says.

17: Okarito Second Generation Kiwi Chick Hatched

Photo Caption: Chris Rickard with Dawn, the new generation kiwi from Okarito in South Westland

18: Former Canadian Spy Criticises Swain Bill

Mike Frost spent 34 years working as a spy, with the final two decades being with the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), the Canadian equivalent of the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), which operates the Waihopai spybase. ...

19: Tanczos agrees with Harré instant fines no answer

Green MP Nandor Tanczos today said he was delighted to hear the Minister of Youth Affairs saying that replacing current cannabis laws with instant spot fines was not the answer.

20: – New Service Launched

SouthNET, one of New Zealand's first Internet Services Providers, has come up with another innovative service, which gives New Zealanders the opportunity to let their e-mail addresses tell the world who and where they are.

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