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TVNZ: Retune your attitude. The government has today brought the axe down on TVNZ plans to move into digital TV. The PM says TVNZ is a public interest broadcaster. The State Broadcaster planned to spend hundreds of millions on moving to digital TV. The PM said the move would have had the affect of moving TVNZ even more towards its dominant commercial objectives. The decision follows hotly on the Hawkesby contract scandal. On the weekend Rick Ellis blamed Neil Roberts for the mess. But - Roberts had died months before the Hawkesby fiasco. Rick Ellis said he wouldn't say anything more about the affair. The PM said a new charter would be written for TVNZ.

JANE YOUNG LIVE: Jane Young says the two issues are related in the government minds. Clark says the problem is the profit imperative in the state broadcaster. The government has moved quickly and connected the two issues. This is a radical change in the way the SOE is expected to behave? Yes it is. TVNZ was living up to its previous requirements of delivering a profit. Now this government wants more public broadcasting. A radical change - and very quick.

DENTAL STUDENTS: Dental students fees have been halved.

REGATTA: Auckland's anniversary regatta was marred by high winds. Several sea scouts in the water. Another boat dismasted. Coastguard say they were pleased with how the public behaved. Mayor Christine Fletcher had lunch on Te Mana. KZ7 also came out for the day.

QUAKE RISK: Auckland harbour bridge is being strengthened to help it withstand earthquakes. Engineer says the bridge is already quite robust. The project was revealed at a conference of earthquake engineers in Auckland. It is being retrofitted to make it a no-risk structure. Most of the work is inside the bridge.

FATAL CRASH: A second person is dead after the flyoff accident over Victoria Park. Police say they think the fatal crash was caused by the driver losing control hitting the median barrier and then going over the side. A girl survived the crash. Transit NZ says the barrier on the bridge was designed as a pedestrian handrail - not a crash prevention tool.

SH1 CLOSED: North of Christchurch SH1 was closed for several hours after a truck crash..

POPULATION: New Zealand entered the new millennium with 3.825 million people. Women now outnumber men.

NEW STATUE: Nelson has a new statue of explorer Abel Tasman but the statue is upsetting local Maori. Dutch community say they are not overly worried, yet. Tasman and his crew were the first to have contact with Maori.


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