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Scoops top 20 rating stories today were…

(Note: The top two rating items today received roughly 500 hits each from a government proxy server. Scoop can only guess as to the reasons the department concerned was so interested in these items but it seems likely we have had a close encounter with a rogue robot. The items the robot took a very close look at were John Howard's story on Asian Banks and this mornings weather report.)

3: Rough Passage Expected For Producer Board Bills

The government is planning to push through three significant bills reforming the Kiwifruit, Apple and Pear and Dairy boards over the next four sitting days, however the passage of the legislation is not expected to plain sailing.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00002.htm


4: Lotto CEO David Bale - Resignation Press Release

In the last twelve years I have enjoyed the confidence and support of four prime ministers and seven ministers of Internal Affairs. It is obvious from her public statements that this is not the case with Mrs Shipley. I always thought that helping ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9909/S00008.htm


5: Only Indonesia Can Save East Timor Now

As violence threatens to take still more lives in East Timor there are probably only three people capable of making any difference in East Timor: The President of Indonesia B.J. Habibe, leader of the largest opposition party Megawati Sukarnoputri, and ABRI ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00122.htm


6: Resignation is appropriate says PM

"I believe David Bale's resignation as Chief Executive of the Lotteries Commission is appropriate," Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00020.htm


7: Peter Dunne - Thank You Tau

United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says bully-boy politics from Tau Henare and Mauri Pacific are the main reason the Government has dropped plans for tax cuts legislation before the election.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00010.htm


8: Resignation Of Lotteries Chief Executive

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Jack Elder, to whom the Lotteries Commission is responsible, has thanked David Bale for his 12 years service as Chief Executive.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00022.htm


9: Auckland APEC Clean-Up Deja Vu For Choudry

APEC Monitoring Group organiser Aziz Choudry says the current makeover of Auckland for the upcoming APEC Leaders Summit follows in the footsteps of controversial "clean-ups" at previous Summits.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9909/S00004.htm


10: No Coalition Position Decided - Peters

Surprise, surprise... NZ First Leader Winston Peters, said today that reports about New Zealand First being more likely to go with Labour had been too "literal an interpretation" of comments he made on a Saturn Television programme.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00014.htm


11: The wrong head has rolled

The Alliance said it is the ineffective State Services commission and the government cronies on the lotteries board that should resign not the Chief Executive of the lotteries commission.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00018.htm


12: WINZ Pays $207,500 for Maori advice

Work and Income New Zealand has failed to meet its own targets for Maori unemployment despite paying consultants over $200,000 for advice on improving Maori outcomes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00547.htm


13: It's official - National stands for nothing

"National's inability to get its tax cut legislation passed before the elections makes a nonsense of their election campaign," Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00013.htm


14: Questions Of The Day (1-6)

Clark And Shipley On Housing - Business Confidence - Stock Exchange Tax Allegations - Unions And Balaclavas - Party Deserters And Tax - Timberlands

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00131.htm


15: The real culprits still have their jobs

Labour state services spokesperson Trevor Mallard said while Lotteries Commission chief executive David Bale had 'done the honourable thing' in resigning, the main culprits in the lottery commission salary saga still had their jobs.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00024.htm


16: Scoop Exclusive - Be Wary Of Police Offer, Minto

Inside APEC Series - "If people don't actively exercise their democratic right to protest then they will lose those rights." John Minto warns APEC protesters to be wary of a police co-operation offer.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00133.htm


17: House: Members Day And House Mechanics

Today is probably the second to last Private Members day of this Parliament and past patterns would indicate that none of the private members bills currently on the order paper have much life left in them.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00003.htm


18: Witches Against APEC Put Spell On APEC Buildings

On Tuesday August 31 at 11.30am a hex will be placed on the Auckland Town Hall, Aotea Centre and Auckland Museum. These three buildings will host the meetings of APEC officials and leaders taking place in Auckland from 7-13 September. Witches Against ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00124.htm


19: Apartments Hit Record High

In July 1999, 2,528 new dwellings were authorised for construction, including 548 apartment units.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9908/S00147.htm


20: Smokers Of The World Protest March

For those few who still think this is just a protest for bleating 'scumbag smokers', Joy Faulkner has a message for you: "Wake up!! This march is," she says," about getting big brother government off our backs and out of our lives."

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9909/S00009.htm


21: National Radio Midday Bulletin

Lottery Boss Quits - Labour's Reaction - Ansett Illness - Nurses Strike - Henare Disappointed - Timor Violence - Quake Experts - Shell Defence - Cromwell Deaths - Suppression - Attempted Abduction - Air NZ Rat

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM9909/S00005.htm


22: ACT Tauranga Team Considering Tactics

ACT Deputy Leader Hon Ken Shirley said from East Timor today that the ACT team in Tauranga was considering whether he should withdraw as a constituency MP for Tauranga and just go for the list vote .

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00011.htm

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