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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 21 December 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 21 December 2009

1: Climate Activists Blockade NZ Stock Exchange

Spike Mountjoy

Protesters blockaded the New Zealand Stock Exchange this morning frustrated with global inaction on climate change and critical of market-based systems being proposed to tackle the problem. Activists occupied an office on the second floor of the exchange ...

2: IMAGES: Climate Change Demonstration Outside MOFAT

George McLellan

Photos taken before midday of the climate change demonstration outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade building on Lambton Quay in Wellington by George McLellan.

3: Undernews For December 20, 2009


Sam Smith - Less than 24 hours ago, your editor reluctantly expressed the view that bad as the healthcare bill was, it would help enough people to justify its passage. I had forgotten something I had written earlier: "There are few things worse for ...

4: Slow Start to Summer for Visitor Arrivals

Tourism New Zealand

International visitor arrivals figures out today have confirmed that it has been a slow start to the peak season for the New Zealand tourism industry.

5: NZ Dollar Outlook: Kiwi may hold above 70 US cts


NZ Dollar Outlook: Kiwi may hold above 70 US cts ahead of Xmas on NZ data

6: Thousands of animals dies in live export disaster

World Society for the Protection of Animals

The drowning of 30,000 animals during the sinking of the Panamanian-flagged ship Danny F II near Lebanon last week serves as a harsh reminder to the New Zealand Government of why it should not allow this country’s live sheep trade to resume While the ...

7: New Zealand Kiwifruit Export Programme Complete


ZESPRI’s final shipments of New Zealand kiwifruit have now been completed, signalling the end of a successful export season for the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. ZESPRI General Manager Supply Chain, Sally Gardiner, said that the New Zealand kiwifruit ...

8: NZ stock exchange disrupted following Copenhagen

Climate Camp Aotearoa

This morning, participants of Aotearoa’s first ever Camp for Climate Action have taken aim at the root causes of climate change by disrupting business at the New Zealand stock exchange.

9: Scoop Images: Climate activists storm NZX

Scoop Images

Protesters blockaded the New Zealand Stock Exchange this morning frustrated with global inaction on climate change and critical of market-based systems being proposed to tackle the problem. Activists occupied an office on the second floor of the exchange ...

10: Three Variants of Toxic Maize Could Be In NZ

GE Free NZ

All three of the GM maize variants recently discovered to be toxic in long-term tests have been approved for sale by authorities in New Zealand and Australia. The three types of maize: MON810, MON863 and NK603, are all listed as "approved" in the official ...

11: Don't let children get sunburnt this summer


An oncologist is urging parents to protect their children from sunburn this summer, to reduce their risk of melanoma as adults.

12: Death of a Dissident: Hosein-Ali Montazeri

Binoy Kampmark

Grand Ayatollah Hosein-Ali Montazeri has passed into the history of the Iranian Revolution as he was, potentially at least, about to create another. Thirty years ago, he was a vital figure in unseating the Shah, and well placed within the circle of the Ayatollah ...

13: MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares edge lower; PGW, ALF down


Dec. 21 (BusinessWire) – New Zealand shares edged lower, as data showing a drop in tourist numbers weighed on Air New Zealand and Tourism Holdings, and PGG Wrightson sank after the completion of its rights issue.

14: Canada Not Serious about Protecting its Citizens

Harmeet Sooden

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – After taking more than a year to respond, the Canadian Government has failed to address an official complaint filed by Harmeet Singh Sooden regarding his mistreatment by Israeli authorities.

15: Hawke’s Bay Film Accepted In Berlin Film Festival

Cloud South Films

New Zealand feature documentary THIS WAY OF LIFE has been selected to screen in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.

16: Hysteria over cashing holidays echoes nanny state

Employers and Manufacturers Association Northern

The hysteria around the cashing up of a week's annual leave is an over reaction, says David Lowe, Employment Services Manager for the Northern Employers and Manufacturers Association. "The proposal for people to be able to request a week's holiday to be ...

17: NZ reverts to working longer and dumber

Green Party

Proposed changes to four weeks annual leave will see New Zealanders' family life suffer for little or no productivity gains, Green Party Industrial Relations spokesperson Keith Locke said today.

18: White powder not dangerous

New Zealand Police

Tests on white powder sent to the Police Infringement Bureau in Wellington show it is not a dangerous substance. A scene examination is being conducted at the Bureau's offices and the area is expected to be released shortly. Wellington CIB will continue ...

19: Two Climate Activists on MFAT roof now

Climate Action

This morning the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington is being scaled by climate activists. They will be hanging a banner from the building. The will be on the building from 7:30am.

20: Laos, Hmong Refugee Crisis

Centre for Public Policy Analysis

As the Southeast Asia (SEA) Games open in Laos, The Honorable Howard Eugene Douglas, the former Ambassador at Large and U.S. Refugee Affairs Coordinator, has issued a statement on the Lao Hmong refugee crisis in Thailand and Laos.

21: Argentine Same-Sex Marriage Debate Returns

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

In 2002, Argentina was at the forefront of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights debate when it became the first country in the region to allow same-sex civil unions.

22: Digital switchover – frequency allocations

New Zealand Government

Communications and Information Technology Steven Joyce has confirmed the initial frequency allocation boundaries for long term use of the present UHF television bands after digital switchover (DSO).

23: Martin LeFevre: Global Warming As Metaphor

Martin LeFevre - Meditations

The verdict is in. Copenhagen proved that national governments and international institutions, even led by the wunderkind Barack Obama, cannot and will not provide an adequate response to the man-made ecological crisis.

24: Microsoft agreement saves health dollars

Ministry of Health

A new agreement signed between the Health Sector and Microsoft is helping Government to achieve its goal of an adaptive, innovative and continually improving health system. The Ministry of Health, ACC, DHBs and the New Zealand Blood Service have confirmed ...

25: Anne Tolley - Aorangi School

New Zealand Government

Education Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the outcome of the judicial review at the High Court in Christchurch into the closure process for Aorangi School. “The decision to close the school was not an easy one, but I was confident all along that ...

26: Scoop Letters to the Editor, 21/12/09

The Scoop Editor

NIWA have published misleading material on their web site and appear to have advised the Minister for Climate Change Issues Dr Nick Smith to give evasive answers to questions in Parliament.

27: Two Climate Activists On MFAT Building

Climate Action

Two protests today successfully highlighted the role of New Zealand's agricutural industry and business community in contributing to climate change.

28: Government To Cut Holiday Entitlements

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Minister of Labour’s announcement today of her intention to reduce holiday entitlements for New Zealand workers following the release of the Holidays Act review shows all her previous statements of reassurance to be a sham, CTU President Helen ...

29: Dulux promotion leads to $22,000 donation to SPCA


The $22,000 donation was raised through a nationwide promotion run by the company during the months of September and October, whereby Dulux pledged to donate $1 from every pail of promotional paint sold to the SPCA as part of their ‘8L for the price ...

30: Organic Sector Opposed To GE Animals

SOIL and HEALTH Assn of NZ

Organic sector members opposed to AgResearch’s continuing efforts to experiment on genetically engineered (GE) animals have taken a look at the facility that threatens to further tarnish New Zealand’s clean green 100% Pure branding. (1)


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