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Waitangi - Chinese New Year - Superdump Scrapped - Health Changes - Drowning Statistics - Austria - Louis Vuitton Cup - Rugby Sevens

WAITANGI: Elders of the Waitangi Marae confronted Titewhai Harawira as she tried to go on to the Marae this morning. Kingi Taurua told Harawira she was not welcome. A half hour standoff eventually ended when Harawira and her supporters - including Sir Graham Latimer - were allowed onto the Marae. Discussions have since begun on what protocols should be. The Governor General has not yet been allowed onto the Marae.

CHINESE NEW YEAR: PM Helen Clark has told the Chinese community it is lucky that Waitangi Day coincides with the Chinese New Year. The celebrations are creating large traffic jams in Auckland.

SUPERDUMP SCRAPPED: An earthquake fault running through a planned super dump site near Darfield has led to it being dumped.

HEALTH CHANGES: Cabinet Papers show there is uncertainty about the ongoing fiscal impact of proposed changes to the health system. Several official groups say there has also been insufficient analysis. The Minister says there is sufficient time.

DROWNING STATISTICS: Drownings in January at 27 were at the highest level since 1994 - and comparable to the road-toll.

AUSTRIA: The US and Israel have recalled their ambassadors following the swearing in of a new right wing government. Kofi Annan has also expressed concern.

LOUIS VUITTON CUP: AmericaOne is looking for one more win to win the right to race Team New Zealand for the Americas Cup. Prada appears to be the clear favourite among the crowd. Prada must win today if it is to keep its hopes alive.

RUGBY SEVENS: New Zealand and Fiji look set to resume their long running rivalry at the Rugby Sevens tournament in Wellington after both teams made a clean sweep of their lead-up games yesterday.



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