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Drowning Tragedy - WINZ & Students - Slave Trade – Frigates – Hawkesby - Nothern Ireland - Iraqi Sanctions - Fire Engines - Prison Charges - Violent Offending - Record Wiped - Hygene Campaign - Man Shot - Antiques Auction

DROWNING TRAGEDY: The mother of one of the boys that drowned in a Coromandel river while on a school camp has spoken out to media, questioning how well her son, who could barely swim, was supervised.

WINZ & STUDENTS: Auckland University says it is carefully monitoring student enrollments after welfare agency WINZ had caused problems with student enrollments in Christchurch. The PSA says WINZ workers are currently working in stressful conditions.

SLAVE TRADE: The Government should prepare for increasing international trafficking in human beings in this country say Police.

FRIGATES: Defence Minister Mark Burton has indicated the government does not believe New Zealand needs three frigates, in his first formal speech on defence.

HAWKESBY: The John Hawkesby saga is back in the High Court, but the media has been excluded from today's hearing.

NOTHERN IRELAND: High level talks in London involving the British and Irish Prime Ministers and three Northern Ireland political parties have failed to resolve the differences in the troubled peace process.

IRAQI SANCTIONS: Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary General, says there will be no change to the UN oil-for-food programme, despite the resignations of two top co-ordinators in Iraq over the continued economic sanctions.

FIRE ENGINES: A company is asking the Government to intervene in a Fire Service tendering process by guaranteeing the company a contract to build fire engines.

PRISON CHARGES: Over 80 new charges have been laid against the former Mt Eden Prison worker accused of stealing almost $250,000.

VIOLENT OFFENDING: The man behind a petition which lead to the referendum question on violent offending is angry that his question has been called confusing by a senior official in the Department of Justice.

RECORD WIPED: Justice Minister Phil Goff believes there is considerable public support for legislation wiping minor criminal convictions from a person's record if they did not re-offend after 10-years.

HYGENE CAMPAIGN The Minister of Health says a campaign promoting basic principles of hygiene is being launched today in intermediate schools at the request of many health professionals.

MAN SHOT: A man shot in Invercargill after a confrontation with a police officer last night is in a stable condition in hospital, after having surgery to his left shoulder.

ANTIQUES AUCTION: The antique collection of a Wellington parking metre reader, who stole money from metre machines, has went to auction today.

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