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National Radio Midday Report

Britomart Replacement – Gunman In House: Missing Boys – Defence Sabotaged – Finance Laws – Super12s Begin – Phillipine Volcano – International Police – East Timor – Acc Fight – Prison Food – Bad Beef – Kiwi Grammy

BRITOMART REPLACEMENT: A replacement for Auckland’s Britomart development could cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than expected. The proposed plan for transport high-rise development was dumped by council last year for being to expensive, but a new study shows a new project is $280 million, $210 million up on Britomart.

GUNMAN IN HOUSE: Police have cordoned off streets in the South Auckland town of Pukekoe after gunshots were heard at a house. The Armed Defenders squad is in attendance.

MISSING BOYS: The police in Wanganui have closed off a main bridge to the town and are combing a riverbank nearby as they search for two boys who went missing last night.

DEFENCE SABOTAGED?: The Prime Minister has said she expects the unannounced talks with Australian leaders last week by two National MPs were part of a sabotage plan over Labour’s plans to ditch a deal leasing 28 F16s. However Wayne Mapp, Nationals Defence spokesperson says he and fellow MP Simon Upton were merely meeting with Australian counterparts to introduce themselves.

FINANCE LAWS: Finance Minister Michael Cullen is planning to introduce legislation tightening laws in the share market saying the exchange has under-performed in the last decade.

SUPER12s BEGIN: New Zealand’s disappointing performance in last years world cup has not affected the rugby Super-12 competition. Tomorrow night’s opening match at Wellington’s new stadium is almost sold out and TAB workers say betting on the games is at record levels.

PHILLIPINE VOLCANO: In the Philippines a volcanoes continues to spew ash, smoke and debrie 8km into the air, with many nearby villagers having to be evacuated.

INTERNATIONAL POLICE: The United States says it wants to speed up the creation of an international police force which can be used to control situations after the United Nations forces leave.

EAST TIMOR: The first of New Zealand’s armed forces are returning home after the UN interventionist force officially began withdrawing from the country..

ACC FIGHT: The Employers and Manufacturers Federation has made an urgent meeting today to discuss proposed changes to Accident Compensation Legislation.

PRISON FOOD: A spokesperson for Christchurch women’s prison inmates who are refusing food in protest at cooking facilities being transferred to the men’s prison say they are being mistreated by prison authorities.

BAD BEEF: A retail chain is withdrawing its Fraser brand cooked corn beef is continuing to withdraw it’s products from shop shelves nationwide after bacteria causing listeria were found in the cans.

KIWI GRAMMY: A New Zealander, Alan Broadbent, has won a Grammy award for his musical scoring for Jazz groups.

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