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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 25 October 2006


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

1: Fake Drugs a Growing Problem in Southeast Asia

GNS Science

A New Zealand scientist is warning that the international trade in fake pharmaceuticals is getting bigger and could become a serious humanitarian problem, especially in some developing nations.

2: National Party announces new General Manager

New Zealand National Party

National Party President Judy Kirk has today named Chris Simpson as the Party’s new General Manager. “I am delighted to announce Mr Simpson’s appointment to replace Greg Sheehan,” says Mrs Kirk.

3: Cosgrove: Trade Liberalisat'n Network Speech

New Zealand Government

Speech to the New Zealand Trade Liberalisation Network Annual General Meeting Venue: Tambourini Room, Museum Hotel, 90 Cable Street, Wellington Time: 4.20pm,

4: NZ Assures Sogavare He Will Not Be Arrested

Selwyn Manning

Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare is fearful he will be arrested over the Julian Moti affair when he returns to Honiara on Thursday, but New Zealand says his fears are unjustified.

5: Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

The Scoop Team

Pacific: Clark Assures Sogavare He Will Not Be Arrested; QUESTIONS OF THE DAY; Employment: Govt Announces Plans For Pacific Seasonal Workers; Inflation: CPI Rise Drops In Year To June - What Will Bollard Say?; Politics: Harawira Explains Position Vis A Vis ...

6: Judith Collins Clevedon MP Newsletter

New Zealand National Party

Our Charities are facing unfair scrutiny. As of 1 February 2007, the Charities Commission will have the power to de-register organisations that are becoming too “political”. This means charities that lobby for law changes and advocate for others could face ...

7: Ae Marika: Serving His Own

The Maori Party

It seems some people are upset about my not being available to help people who aren’t from my electorate, based on an article they read in the New Zealand Herald. That’s unfortunate really because I set out my position quite clearly in the Age on 18 July ...

8: KiwiFM: Wammo n List On Taxpayer-Funded Goodies

Scoop Audio

Wammo and Scoop's Kevin List talk about the hidden cost of Scoop's South Pacific Forum Coverage, Lockwood Smith's taxpayer-funded calendar, the fabled Labour Party fantasy calendar and other party political communications.

9: Election Fraud 2006 – Quantifying The Risk

Michael Collins

Potential Election Fraud And Certain Confusion At Polls Threaten Public Will. By Michael Collins and TruthIsAll “Scoop” Independent News Washington, DC

10: RSF releases 2006 World Press Freedom Index

Reporters Sans Frontieres

North Korea, Turkmenistan, Eritrea, the worst violators of press freedom France and the United States slip further Aggressive regimes in Africa and slow progress

11: Pacific Islands Forum Communiqué Released

Pacific Islands Forum

The Thirty-Seventh Pacific Islands Forum was held in Fiji, from 24-25 October 2006 and was attended by Heads of State and Government of Australia, the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, ...

12: Cindy Sheehan: Is It Vietnam Yet?

Cindy Sheehan

With the mid-term elections looming dangerously close, and with public opinion in opposition to George's failed foreign policies crossing the two-thirds mark, the White House announced that they are going to present their puppet government of Iraq ...

13: Three Journalism students win scholarships to Asia

Massey University

Three Massey University Journalism students have won scholarships to travel to Asia and write for English-language papers in the region. Lachy Forsyth and Bex Shannon will write for Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post, and Kate Chapman will work at China’s ...

14: NZ Gliding Features prominently in 2006 FAI Awards

Gliding New Zealand

New Zealand glider pilots, administrators and competition organizers have featured prominently at this years FAI Annual General Conference, in Santiago, Chile, October 25-27. Former GNZ President Peter Thorpe and current President George Rogers both ...

15: Contract collusion at Corrections

New Zealand National Party

The Corrections Department allowed two consultants among those responsible for overseeing the building of four regional prisons to write each other's job description and set each other's remuneration range, says National's Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power.

16: New RDU Mornings Host


When RDU98.5FM began the search for a new breakfast host, no one was under the illusion it would be an easy task. After all, we only needed an informed, intelligent and take-no-crap personality to continue the tradition of groundbreaking independent ...

17: Climate Change Unlikely to Affect NZ Wine Industry

New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

There is no evidence to suggest that the climate is warming as suggested in recent Australian viticultural articles, at least in New Zealand. Consequently there is no reason to believe growing conditions will alter beyond past experiences for the ...

18: Lower CPI should impact on Reserve Bank

Council of Trade Unions

“Although monetary policy is aimed very much at constraining anticipated inflation, the lower annual CPI which emerged today shows that inflation is trending down and this should impact on the Reserve Bank,” Council of Trade Unions Economist Peter ...

19: Airport AGM

Auckland International Airport

The annual meeting of shareholders of Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL) was held at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre today. All resolutions put to the meeting were passed by shareholders. Full details of the polls conducted are ...

20: Ministry mad to suggest higher shellfish takes

New Zealand National Party

National Party Fisheries spokesman Phil Heatley says it is madness to advocate increasing shellfish harvesting takes in greater Auckland just because the Ministry of Fisheries is failing to police current rules properly.

21: NZ’s Electricity Needs – Tomorrow, and Today

Canterbury Manufacturers Association

The Canterbury Manufacturers’ Association says that comments made by ISCR researcher Richard Meade last week regarding New Zealand’s electricity system failed to take future requirements and basic cost drivers into consideration

22: Seasonal permits must be faithfully policed

New Zealand National Party

The National Party is seeking an assurance that a programme allowing Pacific Islanders into New Zealand on short-term work permits will be faithfully policed. Immigration Minister David Cunliffe announced today that Pacific Island workers will be eligible ...

23: Fulton Hogan applies to acquire G J Beynon

Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Fulton Hogan Limited (Fulton Hogan) seeking clearance to acquire the contracting assets, quarry and land of G J Beynon Contracting Limited (G J Beynon). Associated with this purchase is the acquisition ...

24: Region considers funding options

Greater Wellington Regional Council

The interim Wellington Regional Strategy (WRS) committee is likely to consider several alternative funding options for its economic development strategy.

25: Hamilton Poised to Become NZ's First WiMAX City


Hamilton City Council and Woosh Wireless announced plans last Friday for Hamilton to become the first mobile WiMAX city in New Zealand, accessing this groundbreaking technology before Auckland and the rest of the country.

26: Israeli Crimes Against Humanity In Palestine

Genevieve Cora Fraser

According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, crimes committed by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) since 25 June 2006 include:

27: “Us and Them”… Pink Floyd Project rocks with APO

Auckland Philharmonia

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is nothing if not diverse in its programming. On Saturday 22 July the APO lets fly on the rock stage when it teams up with Australian PINK FLOYD PROJECT to bring the timeless anthems of the iconic British super group ...

28: Narconews: Reports From Baja, Atenco & Oaxaca

- Bricker: Zapatistas Will Defend the Cucapa and Kiliwa Peoples of Baja California - Berger: Atenco, Oaxaca and Zapatista Rebels Unite in Public for the First Time October 22, 2006 Please Distribute Widely

29: Turners Launch The True Car Price Challenge

Turners Auctions

Media Release October 24, 2006 Turners Launch The True Car Price Challenge New Zealand’s largest seller of used cars is offering Kiwis free access to its comprehensive database so they can check if they are paying too much for a car. Turners Auctions launched ...

30: Waitakere Fireworks Display

Waitakere City

Fireworks containing one and half tonnes of gunpowder will go into the Waitakere Fireworks Display on November 4 - claimed to the biggest and most spectacular in Auckland.


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