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Samoan Assassination - A shocking way to end a life full of promise. Samoans have today tried to come to terms with the assassination of Public Works Minister Luagalau Levaula Kamu. New Zealand’s High Commissioner in Apia says Levaula was a young able Minister. He graduated in Law at Auckland University, met his wife here, and his children attend school here in New Zealand. Levaula was shot dead at a political gathering on Saturday night after leaving the stage to answer a cellphone call. A man was reportedly seen by a rugby team running passed with a rifle in his hand.

JFK Jnr Missing - A tribute from the USA President as hope fades for John F Kennedy, his wife and sister in law. The three are feared dead after a plane crash off the Massachusetts Coast. President Clinton says JFK junior and his wife captured the public’s imagination and were great friends of the Clinton family. He says the Kennedy family has been a great inspiration for the nation for over 40 years: “Through it all they have suffered much and given more,” President Clinton says.

Kennedy Update - Investigators have just revealed that a locater transmission from the waters off the USA’s east coast which may have come from the missing plane. A coastguard search vessel is investigating the signal.

Meningitis Death - Health authorities are reassuring patients after a Whangarei teenager died of meningococcal disease on the weekend. The 14 year old girl’s death is the first from the disease in Northland in two years. That brings the number of cases in the region so far this year to 28. This compares to 31 for the same period last year. A Public Health spokesperson says classmates of the girl’s are not at risk as very close contact would be required for it to spread.

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Gordon Campbell: On The Polls And National’s Leadership

Like his Tory counterpart Theresa May in Britain, National Party leader Simon Bridges seems widely unloved, and safe in his job only to the extent that no-one else on the National front bench seems ragingly keen on taking over the task of leading National to a likely defeat in 2020.

It is not a poisoned chalice like Brexit, but it comes close. More>>

 

MP Reportedly In Mental Health Care: Speaker Of The House Seeks Advice

After unleashing a volley of damaging allegations against his former leader, National's Simon Bridges, and his party, Jami-Lee Ross was reportedly taken into mental health care over the weekend. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

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Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>

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Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>

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Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>

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Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>

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Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>

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Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>

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