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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 26 December 2008



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

1: The Real Spirt of Xmas vs The Fake Spirit of Xmas

Kevin List

This Christmas Scoop received an email from a concerned and dedicated reader questioning whether Air NZ 's latest online Xmas message was really in the spirit of the season. The online animation shows Santa being grounded by the 'Green Police' due to his ...

2: Toxic Shellfish Warning Extended

Toi Te Ora

As a result of follow up testing, people are now advised to avoid collecting or eating shellfish from the wider Coromandel and Bay of Plenty coastline from Tairua (including Tairua Harbour) south including Whiritoa, Whangamata, Onemana, and east along the ...

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Green Party

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5: Beauty trade offers new scope for seafood industry


A new programme underway at the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is researching the potential for byproducts and bycatch from the fishing industry, which are currently discarded or used for low-value products such as fishmeal, to ...

6: TNT Hitchhiking Edition Pulled

Media Statement

A strong reaction from, the backpacking industry body, has resulted in the retraction of the December issue of the backpacking magazine TNT.

7: NZ Government disappointed by Fiji move

New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the Fiji Interim Government this afternoon moved to expel New Zealand’s Acting High Commissioner, Caroline McDonald.

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Environment Canterbury

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9: Willis Accepts Challenge from Worlds Fastest Miler

Leyton Tremain

Christchurch will host an International Track and Field meeting on Friday the 13th of March 2009. New Zealand athletes Valerie Villi and Nick Willis made history at the Beijing Olympics claiming Gold and Bronze medals in the jewel of the games the ...

10: Air NZ Boeing 787-9 delivery delayed after strike

Dec. 24 – Air New Zealand, whose shares have tumbled 55% this year, is in discussions about compensation with Boeing Co. over delays to delivery of its 787-9 Dreamliners after a machinists strike and production tweaks.

11: Ferry Services to Half Moon Bay and Bayswater


The threatened Auckland to Half Moon Bay and Auckland to Bayswater commuter ferry services have been secured for passengers, following a competitive tender process run by the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA).

12: Veolia Transport to Continue


Veolia Transport Auckland Ltd (Veolia Transport) is pleased to announce that the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) has extended the company’s contract to continue as the operator of the Auckland passenger rail network through the transition ...

13: Expulsion of NZ's Acting High Commissioner

British High Commission

The British High Commissioner, George Fergusson, said today: “We are extremely disappointed at the wholly unjustified expulsion of the New Zealand Acting High Commissioner in Suva.”

14: NZ Acting High Commissioner Expelled

New Zealand Government

This unfortunate diplomatic situation resulted because of the bullying tactics, arrogance, disconnected, condescending and failed international and economic policies of the previous New Zealand government.

15: First Detection of Ebola Reston Virus in Pigs

Joint Press Release

Following the detection of the Ebola Reston virus in pigs in the Philippines, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

16: Big Day Out Updates Ticket Outlet News

Big Day Out

If you are sitting at a computer reading this, you only have until the last day of 2008 to use that computer to purchase a ticket for the Auckland Big Day Out from

17: Wallace & Manning Christmas & New Year Roundup

Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman and Scoop's Selwyn Manning chat about what have been the big mover and shaker issues of 2008. Happy Christmas to all Scoop's KiwiFM listeners!

18: More Frontline Police on the Way

New Zealand National Party

Counties-Manukau is a great place to live. People continue to be drawn by the opportunities, the vibrant cultural diversity, and the friendliness of the people and the buzz of living in one of the country’s fastest growing districts.

19: Environment Enhancement Fund 2008

Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury has approved $175,000 of funding for biodiversity projects in the Canterbury region for the 2008 funding round of the Environment Enhancement Fund.

20: Additional Delays for Air NZ Boeing 787-9 Aircraft

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has had confirmation from Boeing that it can expect further delays in the delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

21: Check, Clean and Dry still the go this summer

Environment Bay of Plenty

Check, Clean, and Dry is a message you’ll come across if you’re using the Rotorua Lakes this summer.

22: Guinea: Ban Calls For Peaceful Transfer Of Power

United Nations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended his condolences on the passing of General Lansana Conté of Guinea, and stressed the need for a peaceful, democratic and constitutional transfer of power, following a reported coup attempt.

23: New Zealand’s spectacular Great Walks

Department of Conservation

Last minute places on New Zealand’s spectacular Great Walks are still up for grabs this summer. But, but they are filling fast so get in quick and make your booking now.

24: SBS Golf Invitational to benefit SPCA


The Southland branch of the SPCA is the chosen charity to receive funds raised from the SBS Golf Invitational, which tees off in Invercargill on 6 March 2009. The 32nd annual tournament will hopefully again see all of New Zealand’s 15 provincial associations ...

25: Breast Pumps Missing From Waikato Hospital

Waikato District Health Board

Two mobile breast pumps are missing from Waikato Hospital's newborn intensive care unit and nurses say they are sure it was intentional theft. Charge nurse Cathy McBride said the pumps, worth $2000 each, were taken sometime between 5pm on Monday and 9am ...

26: Expulsion of New Zealand’s High Commissioner

British High Commission

The British High Commissioner, George Fergusson, said today: “We are extremely disappointed at the wholly unjustified expulsion of the New Zealand Acting High Commissioner in Suva.”

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Royal Forest And Bird Protection Society

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28: New Governance Arrangements For Norfolk Island

Australian Government

Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, the Hon Jim Lloyd MP, today announced far-reaching new policy directions to assist the long term financial sustainability of Norfolk Island.

29: Save Money by Staying at a Conservation Campsite


Conservation campsites are in hot demand with families looking for local destinations to save money these holidays.

30: Lake buoys useful to community and scientists

Environment Bay of Plenty

Environment Bay of Plenty has a new environmental weapon in the battle against blue-green algal (cyanobacterial) blooms in Lake Rotorua – one that will also supply important information to the community and have scientific benefits.


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