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Scoop Ratings – Yesterday’s Top 20

The Top 20 rating items on Scoop yesterday were…

1: Speech to Bright Future Launch, Avalon, 18 August

The Bright Future programme is one of the ways the Government will contribute to building a stronger, more diversified economy in the future.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00297.htm


2: To Those Who Have It Shall Be Given

The APSU Student Union is not impressed with the "5 Steps" announced today by National.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00052.htm


3: Brain Drain Bribery

"The 'Five Steps' package trumpeted today by the government is another case of politicians trying to bribe us with our own money," says Libertarianz Spokesman Peter Cresswell. "Expect to see Ministers posing for photos with scientists ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00051.htm


4: A pitiful Nats hand-wringing exercise - Clark

Labour Leader Helen Clark said today that the National Party's Bright Future policy was a joke and little more than an exercise in hand-wringing at a time when the New Zealand economy needs leadership and action from government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00305.htm


5: Cannabis Out Of Closet, But Don't Hold Your Breath

Scoop's Jonathan Hill looks at why we are unlikely to see the urgent issues associated with skyrocketing cannabis use addressed in the near future.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00069.htm


6: Shandwick Apologise To New Zealand – NFA

Shandwick, Timberlands’ Wellington public relations company, should apologise to New Zealand for all the secretive manipulation it has done for Timberlands, said Native Forest Action spokesperson, Dean Baigent-Mercer.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00049.htm


7: APEC: What it means for New Zealand Business

In just four short weeks, New Zealand will be the focus of significant international attention as we host the APEC Leaders' Summit here in Auckland. Already, I've seen signs in Auckland advising motorists of which routes may be closed due to the APEC ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00293.htm


8: Time to rid NZ of "National evil", say ALCP

"Prohibition is a National evil" say ALCP candidates, Blair Anderson and Kevin O Connell, warning voters against the moral posture and pseudo-leadership of the National government. The comments follow the youth affairs Minister's facile ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00047.htm


9: What Makes Parliament Tick? - Speaker

Since I was elected in 1978, Parliament has been evolving rapidly. At that time it was very much under the control of the Minister in charge of the Legislative Department, usually the Prime Minister. So much so that one of my predecessors had to go to the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00286.htm


10: Launch out to lunch

"The Government's latest re-launch attempt - the inanely-named Bright Future package - will scarcely raise a ripple," Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00302.htm


11: 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


12: Coast Action Network creation of Timberlands: FACT

Secrets and Lies, a book released yesterday by Nicky Hager and Bob Burton, proves once and for all that Coast Action Network (CAN) is a creation of Timberlands and their PR companies.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00050.htm


13: Inflation Just Around The Corner - Reserve Bank

The Reserve Bank has, as expected, kept its cash rate static in today's Monetary Policy Statement. However the markets are expected to tighten slightly following the announcement as the bank is forecasting increasing inflationary pressure over ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00068.htm


14: Organic Braeburns Five Times The Price, Greens Say

As an international market glut crushes the prices for New Zealand Braeburn apples to $7 per carton, the same apples produced organically are fetching around $35 per carton, Green Party Agriculture Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00048.htm


15: $100 Million Grab From Agriculture - Prebble

National's 5 steps package will cost rural New Zealand $100 million, says ACT Leader Richard Prebble.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00313.htm


16: 1999 Vital Statistics

The estimated number of live births in New Zealand in the June 1999 year totalled 56,843. This compares with 56,514 births in the June 1998 year, Deputy Government Statistician Dianne Macaskill said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9908/S00095.htm


17: Bright Future Package A Challenge For All NZers

Prime Minister Jenny Shipley says the Bright Future Package represents a challenge to all New Zealanders, Government included.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00309.htm


18: Officials Issue Warning of Deadly Stomach Disease

Already over 40 cases of the disease have been reported this year compared to a total of 80 over the past five years.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00080.htm


19: Preparing Tertiary Education For The Future

The Government will set up the Higher Learning Sector Taskforce to map a strategic vision for our tertiary education sector, Minister for Tertiary Education Max Bradford said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00307.htm


20: Cutting Red Tape - Removing Regulatory Roadblocks

The Government will make life simpler for small businesses by cutting red tape, and removing outdated regulations and laws, Enterprise and Commerce Minister Max Bradford announced today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00303.htm


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