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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 12 April 2005


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

1: NEWSFLASH: Houdini Tamihere

Miscreant MP of the hour John Tamihere has emerged from the Labour Party caucus this morning, apparently set to live yet another day.

2: NEWSFLASH: Motion Of Censure Of John Tamihere MP

That this caucus: Severely censures John Tamihere for his grossly offensive comments which run counter to the NZ Labour Party's principles, policies of inclusion, and respect for all;

3: Prime Minister’s Post Cabinet Presser April 12

“I can confirm today the [NZ] Security Intelligence Service has no operation called operation leaf and never has had, the same applies to a so-called operation weasal,” the Prime Minister assured media at the post-cabinet press conference.

4: NEWSFLASH: PM & Justice Neazor Slam Scoop & SST

The Prime Minister has released a report on the SIS Maori bugging affair slamming the coverage of the story by the Sunday Star Times and, and blaming the affair on a trio of “trouble makers”.

5: Palast: Give It Back, George - Wyly Coyotes' Loot

When the feds swoop down and cuff racketeers, they also load the vans with all the perp's ill-gotten gains: stacks of cash, BMWs, hideaway houses, whatever. Their associates have to cough up the goodies too -- lady friends must give up their diamond rocks. ...

6: Questions for Oral Answer Tuesday, 12 April 2005

1. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement "Banishment under this Government is not necessarily a permanent thing."?

7: Statement By Cate Brett Editor Sunday Star-Times

The Sunday Star -Times accepts Justice Neazor's conclusion that he found no evidence to support the allegations of unlawful bugging of iwi groups. The story was published in good faith and after a thorough investigation into a sophisticated and complex ...

8: John Tamihere Statement On Apology To Caucus

9: Sam Smith: Seventh Day Agnostics Arise

As far as the government and the media are concerned, the world's fourth largest belief system doesn't exist. In number of adherents it's behind Christianity, Islam and Buddhism but ahead of Hinduism.

10: Public Address 11/04/05 - News From The Front

Early Friday evening, I was sitting on the coach wondering how far removed from the reality of a rugby game Murray Mexted could get and still be considered to be actually commentating on it, when a text message arrived on my phone: "You have just been ...

11: PM humiliated over John Tamihere affair

National Party Leader Don Brash says the Prime Minister has shown she is prepared to suffer any humiliation to keep her grip on the Labour caucus.

12: Nomination as US Permanent Representative to UN

Nomination as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations The Honorable John R. Bolton, Nominee for Representative of the United States of America to the UN Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC April 11, ...

13: Tickets On Sale - Premiere Of Star Wars Episode 3


14: John Tamihere humiliates PM

ACT Leader Rodney Hide today said that John Tamihere has trampled all over the Prime Minister and the Labour Party.

15: Kamala Sarup: Communism Or Terrorism?

I will define terrorism as "the murder of innocents", i.e., non-military, non-police, and non-politicians. Thus defined, perhaps communists/maoists in some countries practice terrorism, e.g., Peru and Columbia, but not all.

16: Make Trade Fair Global Week of Action

Ten million people from 70 countries are protesting against unfair trade rules this week (April 11-17). The Global Week of Action will see Oxfam joining forces with campaigners, trade unions and international artists to demand that world leaders ...

17: New Atomic Arms And The Militarization Of Space

Threat of Global Nuclear Weapons Proliferation Met by U.S. Development of New Atomic Arms and Militarization of Space - Interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott, anti-nuclear activist and founder of the Nobel Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility, ...

18: UQ Wire: The Constitution Restoration Act

Just when you thought the corporatist/Christian Coalition had milked the 9/11 "surprise" for all it was worth in powers, profits and votes, we regret to report that you may have to think again. Just in case you've briefly fallen behind on your rightwing ...

19: Public Address 12/04/05 - All Sorted

To paraphrase John Lennon: life is what has been happening to other people while we've been busy making plans. We leave tomorrow for a fortnight in the States: a trip from SanFran to Seattle and back to visit the Boeing factories, maybe catch ...

20: Ian Wishart ‘On The Record’ About Taping Tamihere

Scoop contacted Investigate editor, Ian Wishart for an ‘on the record’ interview to ask him about how the now legendary lunchtime conversation with Mr Tamihere came about. What follows is a verbatim transcript of Scoop's Kevin List's 'on the record' ...

21: Questions & Answers For Oral Answer 12 April 2005

1. Prime Minister—“Banishment” Comment 2. Foreign Investment—Approvals 3. New Zealand Superannuation—Rates 4. Prime Minister—“Popular and Competent” Comment 5. Crime—Voyeuristic Filming 6. Te Wânanga o Aotearoa—Ministerial Briefings 7. Early Childhood Education—Information ...

22: Statement By Brian Evans, CEO, Fairfax New Zealand

We are fully reviewing the unclassified portions of the Inspector General's report made available today.

23: Four New Deputy Commissioners For SSC

The State Services Commissioner, Mark Prebble, today announced the appointment of four new Deputy Commissioners at the State Services Commission (SSC).

24: Man At Centre Of "Op Leaf" Inquiry Makes Statement

Scoop co-editor's note: Gerald Thorns, the senior figure named in Inspector General Justice Neazor's report into claims that the New Zealand SIS had bugged Maori has emailed Scoop a statement detailing his background within the NZ Labour Party.

25: Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith - Tickets From 7/4

Royce Moodabe, Managing Director of 20th Century Fox Films announced today that tickets for the highly anticipated film STAR WARS EPISODE 3: Revenge of the Sith will go on sale at participating cinemas at 10am on Thursday April 7th.

26: Look overseas to solve NZ transport congestion

A proposal to travel for over two months to study nine cities’ transportation solutions, and bring home suggestions for New Zealand’s increasing congestion and transportation problems has won Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) member Steve Abley ...

27: Chile’s Insulza Likely to Become New OAS Sec-Gen

• Monday, April 11 has been declared the official date for an “extraordinary” session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) to elect a new secretary-general.

28: Wellington Protest Against Canadian Seal Hunt

Wellington Protest as Canadian seal hunt continues Ex Wellington resident currently on board protest ship in Canada

29: Smith seeks Beehive eviction

National’s Building and Construction spokesman, Nick Smith, today lodged a formal complaint with the Wellington City Council seeking the Government’s eviction from the Beehive for non-compliance with its new Building Act.

30: Pfizer voluntarily withdraws Bextra from NZ

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer is voluntarily withdrawing the Cox-2 medicine Bextra from the New Zealand market following a request from Medsafe to suspend distribution and marketing, and will recall supplies of Bextra progressively from wholesale and ...


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