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Yesterday’s top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: William Rivers Pitt: The News Is Broken

Once upon a time, working the White House Press Briefing Room was the crown jewel of mainstream political journalism beats. That was it; short of reporting live from under the President's desk or nailing down an interview with the ghost of Abraham ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00154.htm


2: NZ's Stonehenge! – A major new tourist attraction

Stonehenge Aotearoa, an open-sky observatory, inspired by and built on a similar scale to the famous Stonehenge on England’s Salisbury Plains has been built in the Wairarapa countryside (1.5 hours from Wellington). Unique in New Zealand and internationally ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0502/S00048.htm


3: U.S. Media Coverage of Israel-Palestine Conflict

Few Americans realize that U.S. mainstream media coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict passes through America’s political elites, Israeli public relations organizations and private American organizations, before it reaches the public.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00151.htm


4: Questions for Oral Answer - 15 February 2005

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Education: Does he stand by his reported statement that there was nothing unexpected in this year's NCEA results?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00319.htm


5: Sam Smith: The Bush Clinton Nexus

A reader inquires as to why Bill Clinton and Bush the Elder are so chummy these days. This is another case where just considering the political aspect of the news lets you down.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00155.htm


6: Arrest of Pro-Democracy Leaders in Burma

The United States is deeply concerned that the Burmese junta has arrested several pro-democracy leaders, including Hkun Htun Oo, the chairman of the Shan National League for Democracy. We also are concerned that authorities have prohibited the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00362.htm


7: UNHCR - Large-Scale Repatriation To Liberia

The United Nations refugee agency is preparing for the start next week of a potentially dramatic increase in the repatriation of Liberians, with plans to help more than 100,000 exiles return to the once war-torn West African country ahead of elections ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00353.htm


8: Upton-on-line - Diaspora Edition

A 100% New Zealand content issue in which upton-on-line dissects an issue of The New Zealand Herald , wonders what attempts to redesign the New Zealand flag will mean for the nation’s coat-of-arms and commends a recent report of the Parliamentary ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00135.htm


9: Maori student body talking poppycock

The National Maori Students' Association's claim that the student loan scheme breaches the Treaty of Waitangi should be thrown out of court, ACT Education spokesman Deborah Coddington said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00320.htm


10: Investigation: The Meningococcal Gold Rush

New Zealand's meningococcal disease story, as unravelled through analysis of previously secret documents obtained under the Official Information Act, reveals that the New Zealand government, media and public have been mislead and manipulated by officials, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00064.htm


11: PM's Presser: Swedish PM, Speeding Nats & The NZQA

In This Edition: Road Safety and Attacks On Police Performance The Botched Scholarship Exam and the NZQA PM Denies Her Govt Is Moribund The Kyoto Protocol Championed By The Swedish Prime Minister

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00164.htm


12: Palestinian Human Rights delegation in Wellington

First Speakers Forum for the year: TOPIC: The Role of the Palestinian Independent Commission For Citizens’ Rights (PICCR) in safeguarding human rights in Palestine.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00134.htm


13: Public Address 14/2/5 - Sleepless Angry Hysterical

It was the older boy's birthday yesterday, and, as was his wish, we took a crew to Goat Island Marine Reserve and spent the day swimming with the fishes. We cut the cake up on the grassy slopes and sang him happy birthday...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00159.htm


14: Ecoshow – What’s Happening

Sustainability and sustainable development are the latest 'cool' political and business buzzwords; important enough for the government to put together a plan to achieve it. Replacing old fashioned and somewhat loaded, and to some people, 'scary' words ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0502/S00051.htm


15: Forum: Pacific Rim - The Americas, NZ and Asia

Pacific Rim - The Americas, New Zealand and Asia Development or Exploitation - Tuesday 8th March at 5.30pm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00132.htm


16: Fitzsimons Speech: What Happened to New Millennium

I want you to think back five years to late 1999. It was a time when the Green Party first entered the House in its own name and Labour came to power promising “a new start” for New Zealand. It was the turn of the millennium. People turned out to celebrate ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00292.htm


17: William Fisher: Is George Bush Listening?

Now that President Bush has disgorged himself of his Olympian rhetoric about spreading freedom around the world, perhaps he is now wondering just how he' s going to achieve this noble goal.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00149.htm


18: Contact: Chairman’s Speech – 2005 Agm

It is a great pleasure to be addressing my first Annual General Meeting, and an even greater pleasure as Chairman to be reporting to Shareholders the excellent result achieved by Contact Energy in the year to September 2004.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00172.htm


19: Questions & Answers Oral Answer - Tues. 15 Feb.

1. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Results 2. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Scholarship Examination 3. Te Wânanga o Aotearoa—Funding 4. Labour Market—Reports 5. Police Priorities—Policy 6. Hearing and Vision—Testing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00338.htm


20: Halliburton Contracts Illegal - Bush Says So What

After millions of tax dollars were spent investigating how Halliburton ended up being awarded billions of dollar worth of no-bid contracts in Iraq, the Government Accounting Office determined that the company should never have been awarded the contracts in ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00150.htm


21: U.S. Contractors Kidnapped By Colombian Terrorists

Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes, and Keith Stansell, were kidnapped by the terrorist organization The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia , shortly after their plane crashed in southern Colombia on February 13, 2003. Terrorists murdered the pilot, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00363.htm


22: Manukau still the fastest growing large city in NZ

In 2004, Manukau City had the best economic performance of among all the cities and districts with populations of over 100,000, according to the latest BERL report to Manukau City Council. Growth prospects are good for the current year.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0502/S00181.htm


23: Healthy Homes initiative welcomed

Energy Minister Trevor Mallard congratulated Contact Energy and the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation for the new Healthy Homes initiative launched today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00317.htm


24: Contact: Chief Exec’s Speech – 05 Annual Meeting

As New Zealand’s second largest listed company, and the most widely held New Zealand share, we’ve made a point of taking our meetings to Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin in the last three years so that shareholders around the country get the opportunity ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00171.htm


25: Media Advisory – Updated NZTE Management Portfolio

The updated offshore regions, sectors, business capability and regional economic development responsibilities of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s senior executive team are outlined below.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00166.htm


26: An American Foodie In Paris Prepares To Savour NZ

Author, restaurant critic and teacher Patricia Wells swaps Paris for Christchurch food extravaganza.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00179.htm


27: Images: Departing LOTR Stars Meet Their Planes

The Lord of the Ring's stars come face to face with themselves on the side of Air NZ planes as they bid New Zealand goodbye at Wellington Airport before boarding the Air New Zealand 767 emblazoned with giant images of the characters Aragorn and Arwen.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00024.htm


28: NZ Petroleum Update Jan/Feb 2005 - Crown Minerals

Welcome to the first instalment of Petroleum Update for 2005. This year promises to be even busier than 2004 with a number of blocks offers and a significant increase in exploration activity.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00181.htm


29: New Maori Bishop chosen: ratification underway

Anglican Maori from throughout the motu voted at Turangawaewae on Saturday to elect a new leader, or Pihopa o Aotearoa.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00133.htm


30: Kyoto Protocol Enters Into Force

The Greenhouse Policy Coalition (GPC), which represents New Zealand’s largest employers and energy users on matters relating to greenhouse gas issues, acknowledges the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol on 16th of February.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00183.htm

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