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Scoop Weekend - Today's Top 20

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

1: Scoop Images: And Not A Hobbit Was Stirring

The following pictures show the inside of the set for the town of Bree from the Lord of The Rings Trilogy which began shooting in New Zealand yesterday under the direction of Peter Jackson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00053.htm


2: US Vote Not To Pay $900 United Nations Arrears

The US Congress has voted for a budget bill not to pay its $900 million arrears to the UN possibly leaving the country without a General Assembly vote come 31 December. Clinton has vetoed the bill but loss of a US vote in the UN could be positive particularly ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00139.htm


3: Scoop Images: Gandalf’s Two Exploding Trees

Responding to the hints of a couple of US Lord of The Rings websites – http://www.lordoftherings.com/ and http://www.onering.net/ - Scoop earlier this week informed its star Hobbit paparazzi of a reported sighting of Gandalf’s exploding trees in Upper Hutt.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00097.htm


4: Tempers Flare In Wellington Accommodation Row

Alliance candidate Phillida Bunkle is sending out letters to every household in the Wellington Central electorate this weekend asking voters whether they think she should withdraw from the race.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00146.htm


5: Scoop Images: Bree Is Spooky At Night….

Having seemingly scored the internet Scoop of the week with his pictures of BREE AT FIRST LIGHT Scoop contacted the Hobbit who scooped the world and asked him if he had any more snaps from his visit to Bree….

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00074.htm


6: Election 1999: Leader's Debate Highlight Of Week 5

The biggest laugh of campaign week five came from the Libertarianz on Thursday. Deputy Leader Richard McGrath said he was tempted to join the National Party after Annette King claimed the government was responsible for a 'sexually transmitted disease time-bomb'.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00147.htm


7: Leaders Debate: Chalk Number One Up To Winston

Clark, Anderton, Prebble, Winston And Shipley - with John Campbell as presenter. Format: a minute to start - tax - income inequality - student loans - vision - and media analysis to boot. And the consensus is.... Winston Won!

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00136.htm


8: Anderton's challenge to Peters

'You're either part of the solution or part of the problem, and New Zealand First's refusal to rule out the possibility of forming a government with National makes it part of the problem,' Alliance leader Jim Anderton told New Zealand First's Winston ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9910/S00699.htm


9: Gun Group Enters Politics

There is a very serious threat to the continued private ownership of firearms in New Zealand, and you could be one of the 450,00 law- abiding people targeted if Labour or the Alliance becomes part of the next government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9910/S00128.htm


10: Clark: Shipley continues to hide

Labour Leader Helen Clark said today that she was astonished at the Prime Minister’s refusal to debate her on Radio Pacific’s Jenny Anderson show.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9910/S00674.htm


11: Best Looking Party List on Offer

Herewith the full list of thirty list candidates for Libertarianz, the party aiming to get Nanny State off our backs, out of our pockets, and out of our lives. These people are not committee joiners, scout leaders or bureaucrats - they are passionate ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9910/S00129.htm


12: Delamere Should Consider A Week At The Mount

A group of imprisoned asylum seekers currently locked up at Auckland's notorious Mt Eden Prison are refusing food. Their protest is against a pathetically slow bureaucracy which appears arrogant and bullish in its dealing with the seekers' claims.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9910/S00184.htm


13: NEWSFLASH: Lange Defamation Decision Referred Back

Scoop understands the appeal of former PM David Lange to the Privy Council in his defamation action against North and South magazine has been delivered in London.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00148.htm


14: Libertarianz Show How to Run a Treasury

“For too long New Zealanders have had their earnings taken from them by thieving governments. This proposed Libertarianz Budget â€" officially released today - gives people their money back,” says Libertarianz Finance Spokesman Julian Darby.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9910/S00130.htm


15: Scoop Images: Mirror Snaps Bilbo’s House

Scoop wouldn’t normally so shamelessly lift a photo from a newspaper but in this instance the claim in the Mirror/Daily Record that this is the “first” picture of the Lord of the Rings secret Kingdom, is, respectfully disputed.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00085.htm


16: City Voice: Bunkle urges “Hobbs/Alliance” vote

THE Alliance candidate for Wellington Central, Phillida Bunkle, has finally endorsed tactical voting in the electorate by urging people to give their electorate votes to Labour.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00143.htm


17: Delamere rejects asylum-seekers' claims

Immigration Minister, Hon Tuariki Delamere, today rejected claims from 18 asylum-seekers being held in Mt Eden jail that they are being treated unfairly.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9910/S00677.htm


18: New Book Tells Tax Victims' Stories

ACT finance spokesman Rodney Hide today released his book "The Power to Destroy" that blows the lid off the IRD to expose how taxpayers are treated by unjust tax laws and an out-of-control government department.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9910/S00675.htm


19: 'Effective MP for Wellington' launches campaign

Wellington Central MP Richard Prebble leads a triumphant parade through central Wellington before his campaign launch today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9910/S00703.htm


20: HARD NEWS: Presentation Reality and Winston Peters

HARD NEWS is first broadcast in Auckland on 95bFM around 8.45am on Fridays and replayed around 4.30pm Friday and 10am Sunday on The Culture Bunker. You can listen to 95bFM live on the Internet. Point your web browser to http://www.95bfm.co.nz . You will ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00149.htm

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