Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


World Heavyweights Arrive Tomorrow For Timor Talks

by Selwyn Manning

High powered talks will begin in Auckland tomorrow night to discuss crisis measures to institute peace in East Timor.

British Foreign Minister Robin Cooke is expected to arrive tomorrow as is USA Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Ms Albright will be leaving Hanoi over night and is expected to arrive in Auckland tomorrow.

The meeting of APEC foreign ministers is scheduled for Wednesday night, will be chaired by the Canadian foreign minister, and is expected to be attended by the Indonesian foreign minister or a nominee of the Indonesian Government.

United Nations representatives are also expected to attend.

Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said today the Government’s intention to aid a diplomatic solution and to pressure the Indonesian Government to end the slaughter now taking place in East Timor.

But Mrs Shipley has also ordered the New Zealand Armed Forces to stand at a 14 day alert should a United Nations peacekeeping force be required to establish order in East Timor.

There are conditions attached to a New Zealand force becoming active in East Timor. They are that: Indonesia accepts such a force, a UN mandate is issued, other larger nations also contribute forces alongside New Zealand and Australia.

The New Zealand contingent would also include two C-130 Hercules Air Force planes which would likely be deployed to Darwin.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


"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>>


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>>





InfoPages News Channels