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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 7 2008


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

1: Will Cambodia's Court Survive To Try Khmer Rouge?

Eleanor Ainge Roy

Eleanor Ainge Roy, is currently in Cambodia. She writes that the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (the body set up to try the Khmer Rouge's surviving leaders) is running out of funds. Will the February 2009 trials take place?

2: NZ publisher knocks Lonely Planet off its perch
Awa Press

A visitors’ guide to Antarctica produced by small Wellington publisher Awa Press has beaten Lonely Planet to the top spot on Amazon, the world’s largest online bookseller.

3: Unlimited Potential Unites With The Wellies
Unlimited Potential

Wellington’s premier information and communication technology network Unlimited Potential has merged with successful expat IT network The Wellington IT Expats (The Wellies).

4: ETAN Urges Obama Against Appointment Of Blair
The East Timor Action Network ETAN

December 5 - "President-elect Barack Obama's rumored selection of Admiral Dennis C. Blair for Director of National Intelligence is unacceptable," the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) said today.

5: Builders Welcome Action on Timber Issue
Certified Builders Association

Certified Builders Association of New Zealand (CBANZ) welcomes the investigation into the alleged use of under strength timber by a small number of Auckland frame and truss manufacturers says Chief Executive Derek Baxter.

6: UN Climate Deal Could Pay for Forest Destruction
Global Forest Coalition

UN Climate Deal Could Pay for Forest Destruction Carbon Karma Fortune-telling Action Foretells REDD Profits

7: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 5 2008
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Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

8: WCC plan stops public opposition to development
Lindsay Shelton

Less than a week after releasing 79 pages of documents about proposed variations to the District Plan, the Wellington City Council has approved the changes.

9: Story Removed
Witness Systems

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10: UN Appeals For Release Of Hostages In Somalia
United Nations

The top United Nations envoy to Somalia today called for hostages, including two Catholic nuns, being held in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation to be freed immediately.

11: Fathers Urged To Be Role Models Against Violence
United Nations

The United Nations refugee agency and its aid partners in Montenegro have enlisted popular local sports coaches to take part in a new public awareness campaign aimed at fathers that is part of broader worldwide efforts to stem sexual and physical ...

12: UN Officials Celebrate Great Reserve Of Volunteers
United Nations

Communities should harness the energy and initiative of the thousands of volunteers who contribute to projects around the world, including critical United Nations activities, senior UN officials said today as they marked the day dedicated to those who give ...

13: Learn to swim – Is it one size fits all?
Watersafe Auckland

What is the key to building a water safety culture and continuing the downward trend in the Auckland region’s drowning toll? Is it just learning to swim or is it a whole-school and community approach to aquatics and water safety education?

14: Leading Zimbabwe Human Rights Activist Abducted
Africa Action

December 5, 2008 (Washington, DC) – Africa Action is concerned about the whereabouts and safety of coalition partner Jestina Mukoko, a prominent civil society leader in Zimbabwe, reportedly missing for over forty-eight hours. As the Director of the ...

15: NZ budget deficit to widen as global growth stalls

Dec. 5 – New Zealand’s budget deficits will probably widen next year as the global economic slump slows tax revenue and the government brings forward spending on infrastructure.

16: Update on rescued climber
Canterbury District Health Board

The man who was rescued from Mt Cook/Aoraki this morning is in Christchurch Hospital and is still in a comfortable condition. He has passed on a request for privacy and does not wish to speak to media or be filmed.

17: Wellington lifts the lid for Child Cancer
Ngaruna Kapinga

Crowds gathered across the country yesterday in support of FunRazor - the mass lid-shaving exhibition to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.

18: Sovereign Superstars Found At South Island Champs

13 year old Christchurch tennis player Ben Johnston and has had the win of his life. Ben today took out the South Island Primary and Intermediate Schools tournament in Ashburton and in doing so has booked a place at the Sovereign Superstars at the Heineken ...

19: Salmon beats fish oil pills for omega-3, selenium
Massey University

Swallowing fish oil capsules for brain boosting, health-promoting omega-3 may be just as effective as tucking into a fillet of salmon. But if you want a dose of selenium as well – an element many New Zealanders are lacking – then go for the salmon ...

20: Govt Financial Statements, 4 months to 31 Oct 2008
New Zealand Treasury

The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the four months ended 31 October 2008 were released by the Treasury today. The monthly financial statements are compared against the monthly forecast tracks based on the 2008 Pre-Election Economic ...

21: Animates brings Christmas hope to SPCA

In keeping with the Christmas spirit, Animates is providing all pet-lovers the opportunity to give to those animals less fortunate, by offering shop-visitors a decoration to trim one of their special Giving Trees, in return for a small donation to the SPCA.

22: Westpac NZ lowers floating rate

Westpac NZ has just announced it will lower its floating mortgage interest rate to 8.15%pa effective for new customers 23 December.

23: Harcourts NZ CEO leads the way with new blog

4 December 2008 - The CEO of Harcourts New Zealand is leading the way in the industry by starting his own blog in order to share up-to-date market information and relevant insights directly with anyone interested in New Zealand real estate.

24: Maui's giant catch to be dramatic Capital gateway
Wellington City Council

Long-awaited approval has been given for Hook of Maui and Receding Waters - a dramatic sculptural 'gateway' to central Wellington from the north.

25: Housework Top Job For Robots
Honda NZ

More than two-thirds (69%) of New Zealanders said they would like a robot to do chores around the house, according to research commissioned by Honda.

26: Venture Into Colossal Squid Territory With The Cap
Te Papa

The New Zealand Seafood Industry, in association with Te Papa, are pleased to announce the launch of the Captain's Blog ( - regular updates of life from one the world's most remote locations, the Ross Sea.

27: Business lending rates must come down
New Zealand Labour Party

Labour’s spokesperson for small business Ross Robertson is calling for a reduction by banks in the base business lending rate.

28: Heather Roy's Diary - Reinforcing Success
ACT New Zealand

Since the formation of the new Government the pace of briefings, introductions and information flow has been relentless. Parliament will be formally opened on Monday December 8, and there will be two sitting weeks - probably under Urgency - so that ...

29: Do You Have New Zealand's Best Jandal Story?

DHL is searching for New Zealand's best jandal stories in support of Surf Life Saving's National Jandal Day

30: Bailout Bolshevism - Now Newspapers Too?
SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

"Journalist and commentator Michelle Malkin observes that some of her colleagues started writing tongue-in-cheek applications for federal funds for their newspapers some weeks back. 'But now,' she reports, 'in a rather unfunny turn, the newspaper ...

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