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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 16 December 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 16 December 2009

1 Vegan Society swings into action

16 December 2009 10:01am | Vegan Society

Cutting right back on our consumption of animal products is being touted as vital for cutting greenhouse gases – by celebrities like musician Sir Paul McCartney and actress Natalie Portman, politicians like Edward McMillan-Scott of the European ... More >>

2 Shoddy and dangerous polytech Bill progresses

16 December 2009 9:55am | New Zealand Labour Party

Shoddy and dangerous legislation stripping away guaranteed representation for Maori, students, staff, industry and community representatives from polytech councils passed its second reading today, says Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan ... More >>

3 Political capital out of family violence - not ok

16 December 2009 9:48am | New Zealand Government

Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee on Family Violence, Hon Tariana Turia, today expressed great disappointment at political point-scoring around family violence by Labour Opposition MP, Annette King. More >>

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4 Christmas top 10 tips for survival

16 December 2009 10:07am | Barnardos

Here to help parents and carers, no problem too small or too big. Get the family together and write a list of what everyone wants to do – decide what is really important, prioritise. Make a list of who needs to see who – particularly important ... More >>

5 PAKISTAN: A military coup is unfolding

14 December 2009 9:58am | Asian Human Rights Commission

A military coup is unfolding in Pakistan, but, this time, there is no rumbling of tanks on the streets of Islamabad. Instead, it seems the military is using a new strategy for regime change in Pakistan More >>

6 Polytechnic Bill a blow to student voice

16 December 2009 9:16am | NZ Union of Students' Associations

Student leaders today are appalled at the passing of the Education (Polytechnics) Amendment Bill as it signals drastic changes for Polytechnics and removes the voice of students in governance level decision making, and are questioning the rushed and ... More >>

7 Celebrities blog for ‘12 Days of UNICEF’ campaign

16 December 2009 9:52am | UNICEF

Kiwi celebrities blog for ‘12 Days of UNICEF’ campaign that guarantees delivery of real aid gifts to children More >>

8 The U.S. Targets Canada’s Oil Sands

16 December 2009 11:02am | Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Even though climate change legislation has stalled within the United States, President Obama’s willingness to bypass Congress using the authority of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signals that he is seriously prepared to cut U.S. carbon ... More >>

9 Copenhagen Spoof Shames Canada; No Joke!

16 December 2009 11:10am | The Yes Men

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - "Canada is 'red-faced'!" ( Globe and Mail ) "Copenhagen spoof shames Canada!" ( Guardian) "Hoax slices through Canadian spin on warming!" ( The Toronto Star ) "A childish prank!" ( Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada ) More >>

10 Govt welcomes final report on capital markets

16 December 2009 10:01am | New Zealand Government

The Government will consider the recommendations of the Capital Market Development Taskforce’s final report as a matter of priority, Commerce Minister Simon Power said today. The report, which details a blueprint for the development of New Zealand’s ... More >>

11 Speech: Flavell - Polytechnics Amendment Bill

16 December 2009 11:21am | The Maori Party

Ka nui te mihi ki a tātou hōmai tēnei pō. I am pleased to take a call on the Education (Polytechnics) Amendment Bill on behalf of the Māori Party. I simply say that members may be aware of the president of the Māori Party, Professor Whatarangi ... More >>

12 Alarming report shows need for urgent action

16 December 2009 11:13am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Anne Tolley says immediate action is needed to help New Zealand’s youngest students, following the release of an alarming report by the Education Review Office (ERO). An ERO evaluation into reading and writing in the crucial Years 1 and ... More >>

13 Mayor gets unfair drubbing by Key’s cheer squad

16 December 2009 11:18am | Progressive Party

Mayor Andrew Williams is being given an unfair drubbing by the John Key’s media cheer squad, Jim Anderton said today. “The media are showing their bias and are not listening to what Mayor Williams is saying. They are mindlessly repeating the ... More >>

14 Speech: Sharples - Electricity Industry Bill

16 December 2009 10:00am | The Maori Party

There used to be a bit of a smart catch-cry in New Zealand, "Will the last person to leave please turn out the lights?" Well over the last couple of years, the lights would probably have been replaced by a candlestick. Why? Because there has been a ... More >>

15 Families Reject Smacking Report

16 December 2009 10:06am | Family First

We, the parents who were accused of misrepresenting the facts of our smacking cases and therefore misleading Family First, are refuting the claims, and reject the findings of the report commissioned by the Prime Minister. More >>

16 Green Party saddened by loss of disability leader

16 December 2009 11:26am | Green Party

It is with great sadness that the Green Party acknowledges the death of leading disability activist and tertiary educator Todd Fernie. Green Party Disability Spokesperson Catherine Delahunty expresses a personal sense of loss and said Todd had deeply impressed her ... More >>

17 Funding And Delivery Programme For Roads Upgrade

16 December 2009 9:23am | NZ Council for Infrastructure Development

Road pricing will be needed to fund timely delivery of the Wellington Northern Corridor and other roads of national significance The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) welcomes the $2.2 billion strategic upgrade plan for State Highway ... More >>

18 Strategic plan for Wellington highway unveiled

15 December 2009 11:48am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Steven Joyce has joined the NZ Transport Agency in unveiling plans for a $2.2 billion strategic upgrade of State Highway 1 from Wellington Airport to Levin, including Transmission Gully. More >>

19 Stocks to watch: Allied Farmers, NZX, OGC, WHS

16 December 2009 9:20am | Businesswire

Dec. 16 (BusinessWire) – The following stocks may be active on the New Zealand exchange after developments since the close of trading yesterday. All prices are in New Zealand dollars unless specified. More >>

20 Nurses’ Organisation welcomes decision

16 December 2009 9:58am | NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation (NZNO) welcomes today’s decision of the Nursing Council of New Zealand (The Council) regarding Enrolled Nurses. The announcement by The Council that the Enrolled Nurse title will be used for all second level nurses ... More >>

21 Government axes family violence initiatives

15 December 2009 4:13pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government today appeared to confirm it is axing two widely heralded family violence initiatives, which is a pretty tragic Christmas present for those working to reduce violence in our homes, says Labour Social Development spokesperson Annette King. ... More >>

22 Greater scope for Enrolled Nurses

16 December 2009 11:09am | New Zealand Government

Enrolled nurses will be able to take on more skilled work supporting registered nurses under changes announced by the Nursing Council. Expanding the work of Enrolled Nurses was one of the Government's election pledges to help address the workforce crisis. ... More >>

23 Capital markets report a step in right direction

16 December 2009 9:51am | NZ Venture Capital Association

The New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Association is welcoming recommendations from the Capital Market Development Taskforce which aim at reducing the compliance burden for fund managers raising small funds. Colin McKinnon, Executive Director ... More >>

24 Student loan repayment threshold remains same

16 December 2009 11:28am | New Zealand Government

The income threshold at which New Zealand-based borrowers must begin repaying their student loans will remain at $19,084 for the 2010-11 tax year, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today. The threshold is reviewed annually and in previous years has ... More >>

25 NZ needs to clean up attitude at climate talks

16 December 2009 11:25am | Greenpeace New Zealand

New Zealand is bringing a bad attitude to the climate talks in Copenhagen, thinking it can bully small and vulnerable states which are already suffering in the front line of climate change. “How dare the Government attack countries that are simply ... More >>

26 Stop bullying our Pacific neighbours

16 December 2009 11:49am | Green Party

New Zealand needs to work on preventing climate change rather than bullying its vulnerable Pacific neighbours, said the Green Party today. “Tim Groser’s outburst at Tuvalu for trying to protect their country from disappearing under the sea is completely ... More >>

27 NZ dollar falls as US data pushes up greenback

16 December 2009 9:25am | Businesswire

Dec. 15 (BusinessWire) – The New Zealand dollar fell after the greenback climbed to a two-month high as America printed stronger data in its production sectors, while slow growth in Europe was pegged by a downturn in business sentiment. More >>

28 Govt must take harder line on ‘clothing trucks’

16 December 2009 10:39am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government needs to ensure a harder line is taken against mobile clothing trucks after renewed concerns they are “financially trapping” hundreds of vulnerable families, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont. “The Manukau ... More >>

29 Scoop Coverage: Wellington Northern Corridor

16 December 2009 10:13am | Scoop Full Coverage

Transport Minister Steven Joyce has joined the NZ Transport Agency in unveiling plans for a $2.2 billion strategic upgrade of State Highway 1 from Wellington Airport to Levin, including Transmission Gully. More >>

30 Maori Develop through Market, not Government

16 December 2009 11:16am | ACT New Zealand

ACT New Zealand Economic Spokesman Sir Roger Douglas today expressed concern that Maori organisations were focusing on the trivial factors of Maori development and ignoring what would make a real difference. "A huge amount of money is set to be ... More >>


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