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National Radio Midday Bulletin

Special Needs – Doone Did Well – Women’s Refuge – Chechnya – Contact Defence – Protection – Pinochet – Jewish Congress –Refugees- Leprosy Case – America’s Cup – NZ On Air – Statue Challenge

SPECIAL NEEDS: An education lobby group is concerned parents of special needs children have to spend large sums of money transporting their school because of bulk funding.

-DOONE DID WELL: Work that former Peter Doone has done to deal with Maori crime has been given top level endorsement from both Maori leaders and police officers.

-WOMEN’S REFUGE : Women’s Refuge is challenging the argument by some tribal leaders that it could be dangerous for women to speak in marae saying research shows it is more dangerous for them at home.

-CHECHNYA: Russian Authorities have released new figures showing significantly higher death figures of Russian soldiers in Chechnya than previously given to media.

-CONTACT DEFENCE: Chairman of Contact Energy has strongly defended the motion to increase directors fees by 111 per cent which was defeated by a technicality.

-PROTECTION: Wellington Lawyer says people may be misusing protection their orders as a weapon to get back at people they wish to control and says orders should contain be a built in review date.

-PINOCHET: In Belgium six human rights groups have made a legal challenge to stop Britain releasing General Pinochet back to his home country of Brazil.

-JEWISH CONGRESS: The world Jewish congress says it will review its relationship with Austria if the far-right Freedom Party, joins the governing Austrian coalition.

-REFUGEES: Organisations helping refugees want the government to give refugees more help to recent arrivals in the country.

-LEPROSY CASE: Health officials are investigating a case of leprosy in Napier. The man involved came from a country where leprosy was common.

-AMERICA’S CUP: Conditions are perfect for the first race in the America’s Cup Challenger finals due to start today.

-NZ ON AIR: New Zealand On Air is reminding people to pay its broadcasting fee which is not abolished until July.

-STATUE CHALLENGE: Five local Iwi are challenging the placing of the life size statue of the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman on a Nelson beach and have threatened to block the unveiling.

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