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

1: Why Not Just Genetically Engineer Women For Milk?

MAdGE (Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in Food and the Environment) today launched a highly controversial billboard campaign in Auckland and Wellington to provoke public debate about the social and cultural ethics of genetic engineering in New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00003.htm


2: NEWSFLASH: Cabinet Reshuffle Main Changes

Cullen - Attorney General (vacated by Margaret Wilson) Burton – Treaty Negotiations (vacated by Margaret Wilson) Hogson – Commerce (vacated by Margaret Wilson) Benson-Pope – Picks up Associate education & mentioned in dispatches as a capable minister

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00225.htm


3: Images: Bypass Protestor Puts Her Neck On The Line

An anti-bypass protestor with a d'lock attaches herself by the neck to a piece of earthmoving equipment on the site of the new Wellington inner city bypass today. The protestor was later arrested by police after being cut free from the digger.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00224.htm


4: Urgent Action Needed on Loan Sharking!

Global Peace and Justice Auckland (GPJA) has written to the Minister of Finance Michael Cullen urging him to step in and curb the activities of loan sharks operating in low income communities of New Zealand. ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly – Yeah Right!

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00206.htm


5: Changes to Cabinet portfolios

Rt. Hon Helen Clark 20 December 2004 Changes to Cabinet portfolios Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced changes to ministerial portfolio allocations affecting all but four Cabinet ministers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00498.htm


6: A deal’s a deal – except with Labour

National Party Leader Don Brash has released the details of a letter which proves the 13 Rotorua lakes being signed over to local Maori were legitimately sold to the Crown in 1922.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00482.htm


7: Police: Counterfeit fifty dollar bills circulating

Police have become aware of a number of counterfeit NZ $50 notes being in circulation and they all have the same serial number. Retailers should beware.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00215.htm


8: More of the same from the same 'tired old faces'

National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee says Helen Clark's reshuffle signals "more of the same ideological PC mumbo jumbo that the Prime Minister's presided over for the past five years".

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00495.htm


9: Ministerial List for announcement - 20 Dec. 2004

THE CABINET Portfolios Other responsibilities 1 Rt Hon Helen Clark Prime Minister Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministerial Services Minister in Charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service Minister Responsible for the GCSB 2 Hon Dr ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00500.htm


10: Ohio Vote Count Battles Escalate - New Evidence

The epic legal battle over Ohio's presidential vote count is back in the state Supreme Court, with an election challenge claiming George W. Bush was wrongly declared the winner on Nov. 2 and seeking a court-ordered reversal of that victory.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00213.htm


11: Same Old Faces, Faded Labels - Peters

Rt Hon Winston Peters says Helen Clark’s “new” cabinet has a tired and familiar look that reveals the serious talent deficit in Labour’s pre-election cabinet.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00497.htm


12: NZ's backbone deserves better

ACT Rural Affairs spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today said rural New Zealand deserved better than to have its future discussed at the tail end of a Cabinet end-of-year wrap-up.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00488.htm


13: Hubbard to reconsider anti-gay stats letter

Following the issuance of a “please explain” letter sent to the office of Mayor Dick Hubbard three members of the GABA executive, President Richard James, Johnny Givins and Gresham Bradley, attended a meeting with the Mayor on Thursday Dec 16th to discuss ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00210.htm


14: Nuked mangoes arrive in New Zealand

The Green Party has learned that the first container load of irradiated mangoes, zapped with the equivalent of three million chest x-rays, were air freighted to New Zealand over the weekend.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00487.htm


15: Images: Departing LOTR Stars Meet Their Planes

The Lord of the Ring's stars come face to face with themselves on the side of Air NZ planes as they bid New Zealand goodbye at Wellington Airport before boarding the Air New Zealand 767 emblazoned with giant images of the characters Aragorn and Arwen.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00024.htm


16: Meaningless jibber jabber infects ministry

National Party Welfare spokeswoman Katherine Rich is urging the person who'll be named to replace Steve Maharey as Social Development Minister on Monday, to campaign against the weasel words infecting the department's reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00472.htm


17: UN And Thailand Re-Register Myanmar Refugees

In an effort to provide protection for some 140,000 Myanmar refugees in Thailand and assist in any solution to the decade-old problem, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the Government have begun a massive five-month-long operation ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00276.htm


18: Illegal logger active on Coromandel

Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Jeanette Fitzsimons is warning that the owner of LumberBank, the timber importer expelled from the New Zealand Timber Importers Association for illegally logging Papua New Guinea forests, is actively involved ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00483.htm


19: Public Address 20/12/04 - Spinning And Speedway

The Sunday Star Times quietly retreated yet further from its SIS story yesterday, with a page four story noting that "Peter" - the man who claimed to have bugged iwi computers while masquerading as a maintenance man - had been "challenged to explain ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00220.htm


20: Emissions deal signed with Austria

The governments of New Zealand and Austria have signed a co-operation arrangement on the implementation of emission reduction projects and for the trading of Kyoto Protocol emissions units.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00486.htm


21: It Wouldn't Be Christmas Without Statistics!

Many thanks for your work in reporting Statistics New Zealand data during the year. Here are some Christmas facts for use in your work ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00291.htm


22: Asian $$ - Prince Neil Bush Gets Media Protection

Once upon a time Prince Neil Bush was making money hand-over-fist over in China and Taiwan and nobody even seemed to notice.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00222.htm


23: Steady progress on energy targets

The second year results for the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NEECS) are released today. The results to March 2003 show that energy efficiency has improved only one per cent over two years but that 20 per cent of the renewable ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00485.htm


24: Families will be horrified

The families of school children should be horrified at the elevation of David Benson-Pope to the Education portfolio, says National's Education spokesman, Bill English.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00504.htm


25: Jailed For Questioning Ohio Secretary Of State

On Monday, December 6, my wife Carrie and I, accompanied by a local ABC cameraman and a local radio talk show host, attempted to deliver a letter to the Secretary of State of Ohio, J. Kenneth Blackwell.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00199.htm


26: Images: Lord Of The Rings Exhibition At Te Papa

In anticipation of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the central instalment in writer/director/producer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien masterpiece, Te Papa proudly announces a world exclusive and a bold ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0210/S00234.htm


27: Government increases aged care funding

The government has given district health boards an additional $18m to fund residential care for older people, Associate Health Minister Ruth Dyson said today. The new money will enable DHBs to offer a three per cent increase in their contracts for aged residential ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00491.htm


28: Anne Else : Don’t Buy That, Buy This - Now

I’m having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year – and I don’t mean the brandy. It’s partly the weather. A cold Christmas in the European winter is really enjoyable. A cold Christmas in what’s supposed to be the New Zealand summer is not.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00221.htm


29: New Mexico Supreme Court Asked to Require Recount

New Mexico Supreme Court Asked to Move Recount Forward Rally for the Recount Set for Sunday

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00280.htm


30: Nurses needed for meningococcal vaccinations

The search for registered nurses to help with the meningococcal B vaccination programme in the Hawke’s Bay district has started as the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board advances its strategy to combat the killer disease.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0411/S00116.htm

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