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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings October 21 2008


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

1: Mood world wide turns to productive investment

New Zealand Labour Party

Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen today said that Labour's economic stimulus package would deliver jobs for kiwis at a time when the country needs it most, and that New Zealand was not alone in planning such measures.

2: Living Cell Technologies trial approved
New Zealand Government

The Minister of Health David Cunliffe has today conditionally approved a clinical trial for eight diabetes sufferers by the company Living Cell Technologies Ltd.

3: Sludge Report: Whose Money Are We Guaranteeing?
C.D. Sludge
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If the NZ taxpayer is to guarantee the deposits in NZ banks - could someone please first answer these questions: Who is holding these deposits? Whose deposits are being guaranteed? How many depositors are there with $50,000 or more? How many depositors ...

4: Undernews For October 19, 2008

We have launched a new RSS feed - Money & Work - that will include our coverage of the fiscal crash as well as other topics dealing with the economy. Click here for the web page of the site

5: NZ First - serial asset sellers
Progressive Party

Coming only weeks after Winston Peters personally signed a pledge stating 'my party will not initiate or support the sale of Kiwibank', his promise now to sell shares is erratic and confusing, Progressive MP Jim Anderton says.

6: Wallace & Manning: Labour n Greens, MaoriP n Nats
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM: Wallace Chapman & Selwyn Manning discuss how the Greens say it could work with Labour but not National; NZ First doesn't like the sound of that; and how the Maori Party says it can work with National. How and why? Are voting blocks valid?

7: Helen Clark Afraid Of Roger Douglas
ACT New Zealand

ACT leader Rodney Hide today dismissed Prime Minister Helen Clark's suggestion that people were afraid of Sir Roger Douglas.

8: Vote Flipping in Davidson County, Tennessee
David Earnhardt

My wife, Patricia Earnhardt, had an early voting experience here in Nashville, Tennessee, where she saw her vote momentarily flip from Barack Obama to Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney. She voted on a touch-screen paperless machine.

9: First Votes In 2008 General Election Cast Tomorrow
Chief Electoral Office

The first votes in the 2008 General Election will be cast from tomorrow (Wednesday 22 October) by voters who can't get to a polling place in their electorate on Election Day.

10: Grim reality for New Zealand's forgotten families
Salvation Army

Salvation Army social policy spokesman Major Campbell Roberts says today's food inflation data released by Statistics New Zealand won't be news to New Zealand's forgotten families.

11: Stylist: Clark ups the ante, Key relates better
Word of Mouth Media

Helen Clark has upped the ante and lifted her game while John Key relates better but needs to vary what he wears, leading New Zealand stylist Stephanie Rumble said today.

12: Bayleys: South Africans look to New Zealand
Bayleys Canterbury

Rampant crime, corruption and an uncertain future in their homeland are leading growing numbers of South Africans to look at settling in New Zealand.

13: PM's Presser - Late October 2008
Scoop Audio

In possibly the penultimate post-cabinet press conference before the election the Prime Minister canvassed the international financial crisis. The assembled media learned while National's John Key may be happy to get on the blower and chat to banker's ...

14: Maurice Williamson should stay sleeping says King
New Zealand Government

The Rip Van Winkle of the National Party, Maurice Williamson, would be better off staying asleep, because every time he wakes up, he angers his leader John Key, says Transport Minister Annette King

15: CPI annual increase rises to 5.1 percent
Statistics New Zealand

The Consumers Price Index (CPI) increased 5.1 percent for the year to the September 2008 quarter,

16: Dance music is alive and well this New Year!
Rhythm and Vines

Dates: 29th December 2008, 30th December 2008, 31st December 2008, 1 January 2009 Venue: Waiohika Estate and BW Campgrounds, Gisborne Tickets: www.rhythmandvines.co.nz

17: National has senior moment over aged care
New Zealand Government

The Minister of Health, David Cunliffe says that National’s Tony Ryall was either having a senior moment or was just downright jealous of the Government’s $13 million dollar jump start of aged care policy .

18: Council release updated property valuations
Auckland City Council

Ratepayers will receive their updated property valuation notices this week after Auckland City Council carried out its three-yearly revaluation of all properties in Auckland city, including on the Hauraki Gulf islands.

19: DNA test confirms Sammy’s the man
Wellington Zoo

Like many babies, Beni’s favourite food is banana, he knows his own name, and he loves to play with his friends.

20: Sustainability for the NZ Hospitality Industry
Hospitality Association of New Zealand

The Hospitality Association of New Zealand (HANZ) is urging members of the NZ hospitality industry to prepare for the new carbon economy - and reap bottom line benefits - by measuring their carbon footprint, adopting sustainable practices, and exceeding ...

21: World First Green Tourism Scheme A Hit In Japan
Tourism New Zealand

New Zealand's world-leading green tourism verification scheme - Qualmark Green - has been picked up by Japan' and Asia's largest travel agency, JTB.

22: Lyndon Hood's Pics of the Weeks: September 2008
Lyndon Hood

Scoop editorial images by Lyndon Hood, for stories from September 2008. For previous images see http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00165.htm

23: National will put new teachers on trial
New Zealand Labour Party

Labour's spokesman on labour relations and Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard today called on National Party leader John Key to confirm that new teachers and support staff in small schools and early childhood education centres would be able to be sacked ...

24: BP Drops Price Again
BP New Zealand

BP is pleased to have today dropped the price of petrol again by a further five cents a litre due to continued decreases in the international price of refined petrol.

25: Lebanon Needs Tough Laws Against Human Trafficking
United Nations

A new report commissioned by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime calls for strengthening laws and criminal justice mechanisms to combat human trafficking in Lebanon.

26: *Pot prohibition promotes 'dog-eat-dog' values*
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Scientists miss key 'factor' : It's a no-brainer ! Another expensive research study finds alcohol and other drug abuse under the age of 15 probably contributes directly to subsequent health and social problems.

27: Major Party economic policies risk recession
ACT New Zealand

“ If Labour or National implement their election manifestoes,the 15% GST tax rate and the 45% personal top tax rate suggested as inevitable by tax expert, John Shewan, will be the least of our troubles” said Sir Roger Douglas

28: Innovation key to economic development
Industrial Research Ltd

Stronger relationships between research and industry are vital for the development of new products, processes and industries that will help grow the New Zealand economy says Industrial Research Limited (IRL) Chief Executive Shaun Coffey.

29: Zus & Son Of Zus: The Defiance Film
Suzan Mazur

One night during the untamed post-Woodstock years living in Greenwich Village, my sister and her husband introduced me to a gorgeous Israeli-American scholar and athlete named Jay, the son of Zus -- Alexander "Zus" Bielski, a WWII resistance fighter and ...

30: Policy Detail Eludes Detractors
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is not selling off Kiwibank but is suggesting a partial float of shares that can only be sold to Kiwibank customers who are New Zealanders, with the Government maintaining a 75.1% stake, says Rt Hon Winston Peters.

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