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Petrol Prices Rise Again - Crude oil prices continue to rise causing Mobil to lead the market upwards pushing the price of petrol up 3 cents a litre. BP says there is justification for the move as crude oil prices haven’t peaked yet. BP will be receiving its own position today. Shell and Caltex are also adopting a wait and see approach with a spokesperson for Caltex saying its prices will go up as well.

Returned Servicemen May Get Viagara - The Government is considering giving our war veterans who suffer impotence because of combat disability cheaper access to Viagara. Australia has already announced it will give its ex servicemen the drug for just $3.20 for four tablets, compared to the normal $80. Associate Minister of Veteran Affairs, Max Bradford says he will liaise closely with his Australian counterparts. Any initiatives, he says, which improve the quality of life for veterans who were injured in the service of New Zealand should get serious consideration.

Hints On Star Lineup For Millennium Concert - The concert promoter poised to sneer David Bowie and Split Enz for a Millennium concert in Auckland is playing his cards close to his chest. Within the next couple of days, Frontier Touring will announce its lineup for the gig. Split Enz is a near certainty, Bowie is a possibility.

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Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced today.

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little...

“The advice I have received indicates that it is likely to be around February before the re-entry proper gets underway, by breaching the 30m seal.” More>>

 

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

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Rebuilding: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

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Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

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Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

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"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

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Govt Loses In Supreme Court: Call For Debate On Prisoners' Right To Vote

The court earlier this week upheld a High Court decision which found that a law restricting a prisoner's right to vote was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. More>>

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