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Radio New Zealand Midday Report

Radio New Zealand Midday Report

Inflation Down – Clark Criticises Whalers – Police Perfing – Kohl Resigns – ACC Proposals – Hep Sufferers – Samoan Murders – Blumskynomics – Sports TV Law – Organic Spread – Drive To Win – No. 13 Yes

- INFLATION DOWN: A reduction in costs of running households has contributed to low inflation figures released by Statistics New Zealand today. Food Prices also fell by over one percent.

- CLARK CRITICISES WHALERS Helen Clark has again criticised Japan’s Scientific Whaling and says the New Zealand Government will take a leadership role on this issue. She said legal action against Japan is also possibly being considered.

- POLICE PERFING A former Christchurch Detective has been given a large PERF payment - a large lump sum for redundancy - while facing charges in court.

- KOHL RESIGNS: German Christian Democrat Leader Helmut Kohl has resigned amid an elections donations scandal

- ACC PROPOSALS: A proposal to extend ACC Insurance to ensure injuries more likely to be suffered by women to be covered is being put to the new government by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. These include injuries caused in childbirth and by sexual assault among others.

- HEP SUFFERERS: A group representing people infected by Hepatitis C by blood transfusion will meet health spokesperson Annette King tommorrow to discuss compensation.

- SAMOAN MURDERS: In the second day of Samoan Minister Murder Trial the court was told that the high public standing of the defendants (both are cabinet ministers) should not influence their decision.

- BLUMSKYNOMICS: Wellington’s Mayor Mark Blumsky says the current local body rates system should be replaced by an extra GST tax which he says would be fairer to residents. He denies it is the same as the British Poll Tax.

- SPORTS TV LAW: Minister of Broadcasting Marian Hobbs wants to talk to television companies before introducing any law enforcing free to air television coverage of Sports.

-ORGANIC SPREAD: The dairy board has taken first step in organic dairy farming by introducing an organic butter spread into European Markets.

- DRIVE TO WIN: Former Olympic Atheltics Champion John Walker says a feel good political correctness has replaced a competitive element in NZ’s schools sports.

-NO 13 YES: The Auckland City Council says the unlucky number 13 will now be used in the numbering of new streets, subdivisions and buildings to make it easier for emergency services, posties and couriers.

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