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Yesterday’s top 29 rating items on Scoop were…

2: Native Plants Have Moa Defences - Scientists

A Landcare Research ecologist and a South African botany professor have used emus and ostriches to show that New Zealand native plants have adapted to protect themselves from the ravages of hungry moa. Their findings could have significant conservation ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0105/S00029.htm


3: Keith Rankin: The Shipley Bill

Jenny Shipley's Electoral Options Referenda Bill has been drawn from the private members' ballot. Tilting at windmills, Mrs Shipley wants, or claims to want, "the people" to decide whether to fix an electoral system that ain't broke. Certainly ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00062.htm


4: Helen Clark Has No More Excuses To Avoid Questions

ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman says Helen Clark has run out of excuses to avoid talking about her key role in the sham merger of the Department of Work and Income and the Ministry of Social Policy.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00208.htm


5: Helen Clark Ordered Rankin’s Sacking

The ACT Party believes the real reason the Prime Minister is refusing to answer questions on the merger of WINZ and the Ministry of Social Policy - and other Ministers are covering up for her - is because it’s the Prime Minister who ordered that Mrs ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00213.htm


6: Guy’s World: The Real Slim Sludgy

Like a cornered racoon, my new pen pal, libertarian Michael Gordge, accused me of being Sludge, took me for a dirty communist, set me straight on a thing or two about libertarianism, and asked me to come out and fight like a man.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00058.htm


7: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 10 May 2001

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Was she made aware of the Minister of Finance's concerns about exceeding the fiscal cap at the time of the December Economic and Fiscal Update; if so, did she advise him to keep that information from the rest ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00229.htm


8: “Harry Potter” Trailer Cinema Premiere

The theatrical trailer for the year’s most-anticipated family film - “Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone” will make its cinema screen debut in New Zealand for the first time on Thursday, April 5.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0104/S00006.htm


9: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 10 May

Today's questions of the day concerned: Budget Blow Out – Sealord Fishing Boats – Ross Armstrong And TVNZ News – Unemployment – Air Force Redundancies – Thermal Power Stations – Army Air Combat Training – Indonesia – DHB Budgets – NZ Music – ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00067.htm


10: Scoop Feature: Out Of The Loop

The folding of Wellington magazine Loop this week is a 'travesty' says the chief executive of Saatchi and Saatchi Worldwide.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00057.htm


11: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 9 May

Today's questions of the day concerned: National’s Tertiary Education Policy – Budget Blow Out – Business Incubators - Budget Blow Out – Child Abuse Reporting By GPs – Air Combat Training For Army – Maori Health - Sir Geoffrey Palmer Judge? – New Plymouth ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00059.htm


12: Sludge #62: Tino-Rangitiratanga = Maori Rates

Sludge has long been a critic of the Treaty Settlement programme. Not because it is “separatist” or “racist” as critics from the right currently damning moves in the Bay of Plenty to establish Maori council seats would assert, but because it is ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00065.htm


13: Towing Companies To Become A Target For Attention

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters, today applauded the efforts of entertainer Gary McCormick for standing up to the Wellington Towing Company which removed and impounded his car recently, following an unfortunate mechanical breakdown on a busy ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00235.htm


14: Problems With Environmental Law Remain Unfixed

“After two years of extensive review, the Resource Management Amendment Bill fails to deliver what it promised”, says Chapman Tripp environmental lawyer John Hassan.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00055.htm


15: MPs “Chicken” Over Cannabis Law Review

The Mild Green faction of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is losing patience with unaccounted delays in NZ’s promised cannabis law review. They say the Labour-led government is courting punishment in the polls for chickening out on the marijuana ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00040.htm


16: 2001 Computerworld Excellence Awards Finalists

Overall Excellence in the Use of IT category -Scoop!!!!! - South Auckland Health - Yakka Apparel Solutions Ltd

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0105/S00028.htm


17: An Open Letter Of Apology To John Howard

It is my sad duty to offer the sincerest apologies of the New Zealand Young Nationals for our Country's disgraceful lack of commitment to regional security.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00056.htm


18: Correctives: Half-Baked Turkeys And Bad Brands!!!

"The Corrective Party today confirmed its suspicions about who or what is sponsoring the Christian Haemorrhoids when we noted that the party in question attacked Pizza Hut, a fast-food brand." Sister Vomitoria SM, diet nun, today revealed.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00053.htm


19: Supercomputer Weather: Much Rain, But Where & Why?

Depending on which Supercomputer weather model you look at, rain presently headed south over the country, may bring a few more precious millimetres of rain to the South Island’s parched East Coast. Or it might not. Meanwhile Auckland and most of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00063.htm


20: Transit Must Reconsider 'Bypass' After Review

Green Transport Spokesperson and former Wellington City Councillor Sue Kedgley today welcomed the release of an independent review of the proposed inner-city 'bypass' and called on the Government to put the $25 million cost of this project into public ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00237.htm


21: PM misleads in attempt to justify Skyhawk decision

The Prime Minister has misled New Zealanders in an attempt to justify why she is scrapping New Zealand's air-strike capability, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00212.htm


22: PM spin misleads public

Prime Minister Helen Clark is spinning misleading banter to the public about the reasons behind her government stripping down our air force and navy, National's Defence spokesman Max Bradford said today

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00214.htm


23: National Radio Midday Report

Unemployment Down – Stadium Stampede – TVNZ Comments – Wine Raves - Tyler Stevens Trial – Northland Flooding – Hit And Run – Stabbing – Stock Exchange Membership – Maori health – Cheating Charges – Gaza Violence – FBI List

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/NM0105/S00050.htm


24: More Spin Covering The Facts

Once again the Coalition Government has put a spin on its announcements - this time trying to dupe New Zealanders into believing that it is increasing defence spending, ACT Defence Spokesman Owen Jennings said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00218.htm


25: Binding Public Referendum Needed On Maori Seats

Central Government should not be forcing racially based representation on local and regional councils.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00066.htm


26: Breaking News On Mumia

Breaking News Mumia Abu-Jamal Developments are moving quickly. There's a summary and links below. Please forward this email!!! Free Mumia Abu-Jamal! Abolish the racist death penalty!

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00054.htm


27: Committee’s Changes To Resource Management Bill

The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society welcomes many of the changes to the Resource Management Act Bill made by a select committee. Provisions in the original Bill were widely opposed by environmental and community organisations.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00052.htm


28: Ngai Tahu Presentation, Grand Hall - Horomia

I am honoured to host this function, which has brought the entire board of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu back to Parliament for the first time since the settlement of the Ngai Tahu Claim.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00215.htm


29: Boycott On Pizza Hut

Party Leader Graham Capill is calling on the public to boycott Pizza Hut after their sponsorship of the R18 show, Big Brother, last night on TV2.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00046.htm


30: Defence Spending

Increased spending on defence over the next ten years is so high that it will need to be reviewed by a future government, Alliance leader and Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00223.htm


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