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Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20

Today's Top 20 rating items on Scoop are...

1: Timberlands Book Makes Worries For Government

A book launched today using a package of documents from Timberlands' West Coast's public relations company may prove damaging to the government, especially the Prime Minister.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00065.htm


2: Crown Issues Legal Proceedings Against IBM

The Crown issued legal proceedings today against IBM NZ and IBM Corporation in relation to the INCIS contract, Finance Minister Sir William Birch announced today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00279.htm


3: Plunket Sups With The Devil

Libertarianz Deputy Leader Richard McGrath is neither impressed nor surprised by Jenny Shipley's decision to subsidise Plunketline from the public trough.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00034.htm


4: Kevin Roberts Speech: Nine Muses

I delivered it in Manila. What an amazing experience to be in the Philippines! Typhoons and the 50th anniversary of Ace Saatchi & Saatchi. The Philippines business community were an optimistic and receptive audience for the speech, and the media were buzzing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9908/S00064.htm


5: Poll Shows Fitzsimons Ahead In Coromandel

A poll of the Coromandel electorate, a seat held at present by National MP Murray McLean, shows Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons ahead.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00271.htm


6: Scoop Ratings - Special Bulletin

Scoop is heading for a very high rating day today - the top 20 so far - 2.30pm today...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM9908/S00108.htm


7: Jenny Shipley Behind SOE's Political Lobbying

Prime Minister Jenny Shipley needs to explain why she and staff in her office supported and assisted Timberlands' politically-motivated multi-million dollar anti-environmental PR campaign but in response to a question in Parliament in July denied there had ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00037.htm


8: Timberlands Worked To "Neutralise" Greenies

The main priority of the Timberlands public relations campaign was to "neutralise" the effect of the environmental groups that threatened its logging plans. The book Secrets and Lies, released today, reveals the anti-environmental agenda behind Timberlands' ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00041.htm


9: Timberlands CEO On Allegations

Apart from the events of this morning on National Radio, Timberlands West Coast Ltd has not read and does not know the content of Nicky Hager's book and, therefore, cannot comment on its accuracy or sentiments.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00042.htm


10: State Company Targets Labour Party

For the last year the primary target of Timberlands' PR campaign has been the Labour Party, owing to management fears that a change of government in November would lead to its native forest logging being stopped. The new book, Secrets and Lies, shows ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00039.htm


11: Secrets And Lies - Background Info On Writers

Nicky Hager is best known in New Zealand for his role as a researcher and critic on public issues such as nuclear and military policy and intelligence. However his main work, for the last decade, has been as a writer. In 1998 he was judged fourth ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00040.htm


12: Greens Urge Ryall To Initiate Timberlands Inquiry

The Green Party is calling on State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall to initiate an investigation into Timberlands following accusations made today by author Nicky Hager in his new book Secrets and Lies.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00275.htm


13: State Company's Dirty Tricks Exposed

A cynical campaign of deceit and manipulation of public opinion, conducted on behalf of and funded by a state owned enterprise, is exposed in a new book published today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00036.htm


14: Labour's Cannabis Pledge "Disappointing"

Minister of Youth Affairs, Tony Ryall, said today that he was disappointed at Labour's pledge to review New Zealand's cannabis laws.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00270.htm


15: West Coasters Manipulated By PR Campaign

Leaked public relations documents show Timberlands West Coast manipulated West Coast people to drum up local support for its native forest logging plans. Through creating a front-group and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on local sponsorship ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00038.htm


16: Column: Babies' Blood Row Raises Big Brother Fears

In the Auckland High Court last week it was revealed that since 1969 heel-prick blood samples have been taken at birth from all babies and stored without informed consent. John Howard speculates on a hypothetical example of just what identification ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00062.htm


17: The Week Ahead: Policy Galore And An MPS

The season of electioneering is now well and truly upon us. A report from Scoop's Jonathan Hill and Alastair Thompson surveys the week ahead.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00063.htm


18: New Book's Revelations Shocking - NFA

Native Forest Action is shocked by the revelations in Secrets and Lies by Nicky Hager and Bob Burton, and says that Timberlands has lost all right to have control of public native forests.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00044.htm


19: National too cowardly to stand by its own smears

Advertisements attacking the Alliance and Labour in Sunday newspapers are paid for by the National Party, Alliance leader Jim Anderton says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00252.htm


20: Lawyers only winners from INCIS debacle

A long and costly court battle can be expected following the Government's decision to initiate legal proceedings against IBM over the collapsed INCIS contract, Labour police spokesperson George Hawkins said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00280.htm

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