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National Radio 8am Bulletin

Americas Cup – Pinochet – Australian Benefits – Maori Health – Turoa For Sale – Burger King Ad – Amputee Services – ACC – Festival 2000

AMERICAS CUP: Team NZ’s executive director Alan Sefton. They accepted a challenge yesterday. Timeframe for next challenge is three years. Challengers will be racing in 2.5 years time. Russell Coutts is refusing to speculate on filling Sir Peter Blake’s shoes. A parade along Queen St will be held on Saturday.

PINOCHET: General Pinochet is flying home today following a decision to British Authorities not to allow him to stand trial because he is too ill. Human Rights Activists claim they have still won a victory in the fact that Pinochet was arrested and charged.

AUSTRALIAN BENEFITS: The PM says she feels the Australian Government appears to be changing its mind on how far they will push their plan to charge us for benefits paid to NZers living in Oz.

MAORI HEALTH: The government is promising Maori representation on new Health Boards. Tariana Turia wants more and expects the Health Minister to direct boards to approach services for Maori in a spirit of partnership.

TUROA FOR SALE: Turoa Ski Resort will open this season in spite of being placed in receivership. Buyers for the field will be sought in NZ and offshore. Sales process is expected to take several months.

BURGER KING AD: A Burger King advert which shows a burning man jumping in a paddling pool that has upset the fire service is okay says Burger King, and is simply a piece of slapstick.

AMPUTEE SERVICES: There is criticism of the outgoing health and disability commissioner on how long it took her to report on amputee services.

ACC: An ACC Bill had its second reading in Parliament last night. Michael Cullen says that lower premiums will come from the new scheme.

FESTIVAL 2000: The NZ Festival of the Arts opens tonight in Wellington. The Festival Director says it is the biggest ever. Demand for tickets is steady.

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