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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 17 December 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 17 December 2009

1: Govt favours three-notice procedure for s92A

New Zealand Government

The Government favours a three-notice procedure to deal with illegal copying of material over computer networks, Commerce Minister Simon Power said today.

2: Sex and Religion in the City: Billboard

St Matthews In The City

In its ongoing effort to provoke conversation about spiritual matters, St Matthew-in-the-City will be putting up a Christmas billboard on Thursday that lampoons literalism and invites people to think again about what amiracle is. Is the Christmas miracle a ...

3: NZ Should Join Australia To Censor Internet

Family First

Family First NZ is calling on the government to join the Australian government’s just-announced plan to introduce legislation to block websites that feature child pornography, bestiality, sexual violence against women, and detailed instruction ...

4: Computer virus attacks Waikato DHB network

Waikato District Health Board

A computer virus called Conficker has infected Waikato District Health Board's computer network. The virus affected the organisation's 3000 computers logged onto its network in Hamilton, Taumarunui, Te Kuiti, Tokoroa and Thames hospitals, as well as its community ...

5: David Tua vs Friday the 13th

Duco Events

David Tua’s single-minded campaign for the world heavyweight title meets its next stern test in New Zealand in his match up with the formidable Friday ‘The 13th’ Ahunanya, on the likely date of 25 March 2010.

6: Rodney Hide Adjournment Speech 2009

ACT New Zealand

Mr Speaker, it’s a privilege to take the call in this adjournment debate today as leader of the ACT Party. It is a very special time of the year as many of us will soon have the opportunity to spend valuable time with family and friends and perhaps ...

7: ASB targets 20% reduction in greenhouse gas

ASB Bank

ASB today announced it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by December 2012, based on 2008 levels. ASB is committed to managing its impact on the environment responsibly and effectively while helping to build a sustainable future ...

8: CIR question approved by the Clerk

The Kiwi Party

Kiwi Party leader, Larry Baldock, welcomed the announcement today that the latest Citizens Initiated Referendum (CIR) petition has been officially approved by the Clerk of the House of Representatives - “Should Parliament be required to pass ...

9: Speaker clarifies Schmucky affair

New Zealand Government

The assessment by the Speaker, Hon Dr Lockwood Smith, that clauses in a Government Bill conferring benefit on Doug Schmuck may be private clauses and should not have been included, was welcomed today by Green Party Co Leader Dr Russel Norman.

10: MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares fall; NZR falls, NPX up


Dec. 17 (BusinessWire) – New Zealand shares fell, led by New Zealand Refining after the nation’s only oil refinery said shrinking margins will slash full-year profit as much as 90%. Nuplex Industries gained after lifting its guidance.

11: International Testing of NZ Honey

Oritain Global Limited

Oritain’s investment in a nationwide honey map has paid off. On a recent trip to the US, Oritain officials purchased manuka honey directly from US company packaging and reselling it as a “Product of New Zealand”. The sample was brought back to ...

12: Drivers of Crime a whole-of-government priority

New Zealand Government

The Government is to make addressing the drivers of crime a whole-of-government priority, Justice Minister Simon Power and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples announced today.

13: Public help leads to Sydney arrest

New Zealand Police

Swift work from Wellington Police in liaison with Australian authorities has led to the arrest in Sydney today of a man sought in relation to an attempted robbery and bomb threat incident in Wellington earlier this month. Detective Senior Sergeant ...

14: Nick Smith Tries to Redefine the Word “Fair”


As Heads of State arrive in Copenhagen, the climate talks are in crisis – rather than having a few key issues to be resolved by Ministers, almost the whole agenda has been kicked up to the political level. One of the absolutely crucial pieces of ...

15: Questions and Answers - 16 Dec 2009

Office of the Clerk

Recession—Protection for Families; Economy—Management; Public Assets—Privatisation; Schools, Primary—Teaching of Reading and Writing; Vulnerable Citizens—Prime Minister’s Statement

16: Solid year of legislative reform

New Zealand Government

Parliament has lifted for the summer recess and Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee, says the Government would look back with satisfaction on a busy and successful legislative programme in 2009. “This year, 70 government Bills passed their third reading and ...

17: Smashproof And Susan Boyle Top 2009 RIANZ Charts

Recording Industry Association of NZ

South Auckland trios Smashproof broke into the record books with the longest running local number one single this year, and the run has seen them also become the highest selling single of the year.

18: InternetNZ highlights Linux Conference


Hundreds of open source software aficionados will congregate in Wellington this January for the conference (LCA2010). InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is a leading sponsor of LCA2010, which brings together Australasian and international ...

19: (H1N1) 09 Swine Flu - Update 165

Ministry of Health

Overall, rates of pandemic influenza remain at a low level in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health is actively reviewing response activities and preparing for an anticipated upsurge of influenza activity in 2010. If you're travelling overseas during the holidays, ...

20: Why Lieberman Rules The Senate / AIPAC

Allen Roland

Joe Lieberman is AIPAC's Senate minder like Emanuel is Obama's AIPAC minder. Lieberman bucks the Democratic party leaders because no one has the courage to buck AIPAC ~ who pushed the Iraq War and greatly influences both houses through their political ...

21: National Exotic Forest Description for 2009

Ministry Of Agriculture And Forestry

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry today made public the provisional data from its A National Exotic Forest Description (NEFD) report on its website. The NEFD 2009 provisional release provides a detailed description of New Zealand’s planted forests ...

22: YouTube reveals New Zealand’s most watched videos


Auckland, 16 December 2009 – YouTube today announced its first official Most Watched lists - a look at 2009 through the videos New Zealanders have been watching and searching for.

23: Powerstick set to revolutionise being mobile


PowerstickTM set to revolutionise being mobile - Multiple devices charged on one pocket-sized-rechargeable-USB stick - Holds its charge for up to six months at a time - PowerstickTM is ‘green’, flexible an essential tool not an accessory

24: Businesses consulted on Food Bill roll out

New Zealand Government

Proposals for rolling out new food laws over a five year period have gone out for consultation, Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson announced today. “The food sector will have five years to shift from the old Food Hygiene Regulations to the new food ...

25: Copenhagen: MORE Cartoons from Malcolm Evans

Malcolm Evans

Scoop presents cartoons on the Copenhagen climate negotiations from notable New Zealand cartoonist Malcolm Evans.

26: An advertisement for Aquaculture Reform

Aquaculture New Zealand

The final approval of 10 marine farms announced today gives yet another reason for the Government’s current review of the regulatory regime governing aquaculture. “It has not passed the notice of the industry and those that have been involved ...

27: First 757 Ice Flight Caps Off Antarctic Mission

New Zealand Government

“The successful return flight of an RNZAF 757 aircraft from No40 SQN from Christchurch to Antarctica and back is a highlight in a very successful ice season for the New Zealand Defence Force” says Defence Minister Wayne Mapp. “This successful test ...

28: Update man missing off Whangamata coast

New Zealand Police

Police searching for a man missing in the ocean off the coast of Whangamata have completed a surface search and divers are now searching underwater. Maurice Bede PHILIPS, 24, of Ngaruawahia is missing presumed drowned after the kayak he was fishing ...

29: Motorcycle Racing stars support Charities at Xmas

Bikers Against Drunk Drivers

Bikers Against Drunk Driving (BADD) are hosting its third Annual Rally on the 27th December this year. Departing from Tauranga, New Plymouth and Napier to this year’s destination – the BADD 3-Hour Endurance Race, Taupo International Motorsport Park. ...

30: Appointment Aims to Keep Greater Auckland Informed

Mayor John Banks

Hon. John Banks, Mayor of Auckland, today announced the appointment of Scott Campbell as his new Media Advisor.

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