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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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Gordon Campbell: On The Hong Kong Protest Movement

Nearly ten weeks after the huge Hong Kong protests began, managing to still get 1.7 million people onto the streets in the rain is a testament to how strong the pro-democracy movement has become...

The pro-democracy protests enjoy huge support among Hong Kong’s youth, partly because the democratic systems currently at risk have only a limited time span. More>>

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Welfare: More Measures To Help Those Facing Homelessness

Ministers have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies. The funding will also provide additional wrap around services. More>>

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Corrections: New Strategy On Māori Reoffending And imprisonment

Authentic co-design with Māori, incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview, and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ new departmental strategy designed to address the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending and imprisonment. More>>

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Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>

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Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>

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Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>

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Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>

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