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Winebox High Court Ruling Fallout - An assurance on the latest findings of the Winebox inquiry wont be ignored. Two High Court judges ruled on Friday that certain key findings of Winebox commissioner Sir Ronald Davison were invalid. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says he expects the judgement at the very least to be a signal to the Inland Revenue Department to start collecting millions of dollars in back taxes. He says they could start by collecting the $2 million owed from the Magnum transactions. But Prime Minister Jenny Shipley says it is not up to her to decide what Inland Revenue should do with the High Court ruling. She does expect however that the Attorney General and the commissioner of the IRD to look very carefully at Friday’s ruling and to decide whether any further action is required. She says there are obviously parts of the High Court ruling that Winston Peters will feel very pleased about.

Hurricane Brett Raises Alarm - Thousands of people are fleeing their homes with Hurricane Brett bearing down on the Texas Gulf. USA forecasters say it has the potential to become the worst storm in the United States in more than 30 years. Brett is packing winds of up to 220 kilometres per hour and a US weather spokesperson says the hurricane’s winds are not the only thing to be feared; the sea is expected to raise its level due to the storm surge by 10 to 15 feet. Heavy rains over the next few days are also expected to create major flooding.

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Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

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Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

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State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

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