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Cullen On Tax - Maori Review - Youth Survey - Chechnya Decision – Winz Problems – Irish Opposition – Edwards Out - Girl Power - Tourism In Auckland - America’s Cup - Police Under Pressure - Killer Corn Beef

CULLEN ON TAX - The countries superannuation funds managers have avoided the finance Minister’s plan to encourage high income earners to avoid tax by investing in retirement schemes.

MAORI REVIEW: A review by Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Maori Affairs) has found that Child Youth And Family Services is ill-equiped to deal with Maori needs because not enough resources were put into the correct areas.

YOUTH SURVEY: The University of Auckland has launched a nationwide research project to consult with youth about solutions to problems faced by young people. The Minister for Youth Affairs Laila Harre welcomed the move.

CHECHNYA DECISION: Nato has given a cautious welcome to Russia’s decision to appoint a representative to check on human rights abuses in Chechnya. A Nato spokesperson said the group would have

WINZ PROBLEMS: Despite reassurances by Work And Income New Zealand that problems with student loans would be sorted out next week, student leaders say they are still worried.

IRISH OPPOSITION: The Irish Prime Minister said the Irish Parliament did not support the British government’s decision to reimpose direct rule from London over Northern Ireland.

EDWARDS OUT: The broadcaster Brian Edwards said he turned down the latest offer of a contract to continue working on Good Morning New Zealand because of no pay-rise on his $76,000 salary and other clauses in his contract.

GIRL POWER: The New Zealand Armed Forces have changed the law allowing women’s integration into army combat roles including roles in the airforce and other areas where they were previously barred.

TOURISM IN AUCKLAND: Tourism Auckland says their has been a 12 per cent increase in the amount of visitors coming into the region. A spokersperson says the greater range accomodation in Aukland makes it easier for visitors to stay.

AMERICA’S CUP: Prada and Team New Zealand have met in a press conference for the last time before the first America’s Cup Final race on Saturday.

COP UNDER PRESSURE: Police have told the court a man facing charges of attempted murder of a police officer had threatened the officer repeatedly before the offending.

KILLER CORN BEEF: A company which manufactures a brand of corned beef found with bacteria which causes the food poisoning Listeria says it does not yet know how the beef was contaminated. The brand has been withdrawn from shops shelves nationwide.

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