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Piha Tragedies Claim Three Lives On Long Weekend
- Two fathers drowned trying to rescue their daughters from pounding surf at west Auckland's Piha on Sunday. And on Saturday a fisherman was swept off rocks to his death. See… Piha Tragedies Claim Three Lives On Long Weekend  in the Auckland Wire. See also... Photo-essay - Piha Tragedies Highlight Need For Caution  in the Auckland Wire. This photograph was taken at Piha at night and shows the heavy surf.
NZ Share Much Blame Over US Ambassador Feud
- A US Republican Party aide says that New Zealand bore much of the blame for a disgraceful feud which is flaring over the appointment of US ambassador-designate to New Zealand, Carol Moseley-Braun. John Howard reports. See… NZ Accused of Involvement over Ambassador Feud  in the Headlines wire.
FINAL WARNING: ELECTORAL ROLL CLOSES TODAY
- The electoral roll for this year’s general election and citizens initiated referenda closes for printing today, Wednesday 27 October. See… Final Reminder - Electoral Roll Closes Tomorrow  in the General wire.
Auckland's Latest Headlines
- Americas Cup Yachts Racing To Race After Delays: This morning Louis Vuitton Cup Race Director Vince Cooke postponed all scheduled races for an hour. But at 08:30 am, the call was made to start at 11:30 am. Suddenly there was lots of activity. - New Auckland University Increases Fees by Five per cent: Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand's newest university, is to hike up its student fees by almost five per cent. While students are unhappy about the increase, AUT (formerly AIT) says the 4.96 per cent increase is the lowest annual rise in AIT's history. Management says the Education Ministry this year kept funding at previous levels. This has enabled a reduced increase in fees, AUT finance spokeswoman Judith McKay says. - Stagecoach And Drivers Ready To Negotiate: Stagecoach bus drivers are positive that a resolution to contractual differences with Stagecoach management can be achieved. See all this and much more in the Auckland Front Page. 
Irish Eyes: Cloning Wooly Mammoths
- There are some strange fates that can await you in this world. For example you could be walking the frozen tundras of Siberia, with your friends and relations 22,000 years ago, only to find yourself run over by a glacier and frozen solid. See… Irish Eyes: Cloning Woolly Mammoths  in the Headlines wire.
Major Study Of Employers Released Today
- A major study of the Holidays Act, commissioned by national law firm Simpson Grierson, has found a compelling case for changing an Act founded on principles from a time when employees worked 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. See… Holidays Act Needs Reform: Simpson Grierson Survey  . Almost half (45%) of employers are requiring some staff to work on the turnover to the millennium, and most of those employers are paying better than ordinary rates to full time and part time waged staff. See… Employers Paying More Than Law Requires For Y2k  . A small majority – 51% – of employers are saying “No” to statutory paid parental leave, according to a new survey by national law firm Simpson Grierson. Only 34% approved of the concept, while the rest were uncertain. See… Paid Parental Leave – What Employers Want  . See also the summary… Ten Key Facts From The Holidays Act Survey  . All in the Business wire.
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Trade Deficit Continues To Grow
- Latest statistics show that the underlying trend in merchandise imports continues to rise. However, the rate of growth has slowed slightly in recent months. A slower rate of growth in the value of imported cars has contributed to this. See… Imports Continue To Grow - Outstrip Exports  . Deutsche Bank say provisional data for September recorded a $544m merchandise trade deficit, significantly worse than market expectations for a $300 million deficit. The annual deficit widened to $2,226 million (2.2% of GDP). See… Deutsche Bank Research: NZ Merchandise Trade - Sept  . Both in the Business wire. Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen says the figures are a death blow to the government. See… Economic deathwatch for dying Government  in the Parliament wire.
Look in the Mirror Commissioner
- Labour Revenue spokesperson Mark Peck called on the Commissioner of Inland Revenue Department to look in the mirror before shooting the messenger. See… Look in the mirror, Commissioner  in the Headlines wire.
Condolences Offered For Family of Ex-Cabinet Minister
- Defence Minister Max Bradford today sent his condolences to the family of the late Rt Hon David Thomson, a former New Zealand Cabinet Minister. See… Defence Minister Sends Condolences  in the Parliament wire.
Writ Day Ends All Political Party Registrations
- With today’s issuing of the writs for the general election the Electoral Commission has ceased all political party registration activity until after the election. See all the registered political parties contesting the election… Writ Day Ends Party Registration Activity  in the Politics wire.
No Crap? You Decide
– National MP Annabel Young has decided to further publicise these ‘truths’ on the Green Party that the National Party’s youth website is publicising. See… “nocrap.org.nz” digs up Political Truths on Greens  in the Parliament wire.
Prime Minister – Prince Relationship Crumbles After Blair Calls Charles a ‘Goon’
- Relations between the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, have hit an all-time low following Blair's branding of the prince as a “goon”. John Howard reports. See… Tony Blair Calls Prince Charles a 'Goon'  in the Headlines wire.
New WTO Round On Track – Lockwood
- “We are on track for the launch of a new round of trade negotiations at the Third WTO Ministerial in Seattle,” according to Trade Minister Lockwood Smith. See… New WTO Round On Track  in the Parliament wire.
One MP Or A Rag Tag Bunch In Coromandel - McLean
– “People who vote for Murray McLean will get what they want, end of story. Whereas those who vote for Fitzsimons will inadvertently ensure other Green candidates join the public payroll,” said Coromandel MP Murray McLean. See… One MP Or A Rag Tag Bunch?  in the Parliament wire.
PM Avoiding Debate Due To Poor Economics Grasp – Cullen
- “No wonder the Prime Minister is trying to duck as many election campaign debates as possible. She must be worried that her weak grasp of basic economics will be exposed,” Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen says. See… Shipley's weak economic grasp sorely exposed  in the Parliament wire.
Home Health Care and Y2K Concerns
- People with medical devices in their homes or those needing kidney dialysis should be thinking carefully about their plans for the festive season, says the Ministry of Health. See… Medical Devices in the Home and Y2K  in the General wire.
Air NZ Should Be Called Air Asia – Anderton
- The government has allowed Air New Zealand to fall into foreign control in a way which makes a mockery of 'kiwi-share' provisions, Alliance leader Jim Anderton says. See… Air NZ should be re-named Air Asia  in the Parliament wire.
New Student Studies Show Real Tertiary Concerns
- Newly released studies from Auckland University and Victoria University have backed up the findings of a Student Association Research Project conducted in 1998. See… Study's Corroborate Student Research Claims  in the Education wire.