Lisa Blakie's Dog Found - Two Children Drown - Hijack Hostages Released - Fighters Grounded - Kiwi Bomber - Car Import Charges Laid - Quake City Christchurch - Nandor Tanzsos Rasta MP
LISA BLAKIE'S DOG FOUND: Kaos found on the West Coas. Lisa Blakie's dog was found by a family on the West Coast. Witnesses say they also saw Lisa Blakie getting into a car at a service station. Police are not yet releasing details of the vehicle however.
TWO CHILDREN DROWN: Two boys have drowned swimming in a South Island river. One died while trying to save the other.
HIJACK HOSTAGES RELEASED: Passengers aboard the Afghani hijack plane at Stanstead have been allowed to leave. Police say the release came as trust has been built between negotiators and the hijackers. Police are checking that the hostages are in fact hostages. The plane has been on several hops so far. A delivery plan has been developed for the release of hostages. The hijackers have not made their demands public. There is growing speculation that the hijackers are in fact asylum seekers.
FIGHTERS GROUNDED: The Air Force grounded their Aermaachi fighter trainers for a day following one having a problem with its landing gear at Ohakea. The landing gear collapsed on landing. The pilot escaped unharmed They had 18 jets originally and have had a few other problems with the jets over the years.
KIWI BOMBER: An Ex-patriate Kiwi woman is training to become a navigator in an F111 bomber. Aroha was originally trained in the NZ airforce. She moved to Australia for love. The RAF has 35 F111's, Australia's deadliest bomber.
CAR IMPORT CHARGES: Charges have been laid by the SFO against some Auckland car importers.
CHRISTCHURCH QUAKE CITY: Christchurch is three times more likely to be hit by a major earthquake than Wellington says the Earthquake Commission. Wellington is regarded as the earthquake capital of NZ but Christchurch is similar to villages flattened in Turkey.
Nandor Tanzsos warmly applauded as he delivered his Maiden
Speech. He started by paying respect to "the creator - Jah
Rastafari". His speech focussed on the environment,
restorative justice and the importance of the Treaty of
Waitangi. Tanzsos received a standing ovation. Nandor's
father had a heart attack last week. His parents came back
in from England specially for the