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National Radio 8am Bulletin

Super Fund – Israel – Super Tuesday – Auckland Airport – DNA – Pakistan – Envirofarmers – Peace-keeping – Arts School

SUPER FUND: The Finance Minister says he is seeking support from other political parties for a super fund. Dr Cullen told Morning Report he is working with the Alliance, Greens and NZ First. He is also considering holding another referendum on it. Retirement Commissioner Colin Blair says more detail are needed to assess the plans will affect savings.

ISRAEL: Israel and Palestine have agreed to go to Washington to negotiate peace with hopes progress may be made by September 13th.

SUPER TUESDAY: The US Presidential election is now effectively a two horse race with Al Gore and G.W. Bush far and away in front following the Super Tuesday primaries.

AUCKLAND AIRPORT: An Auckland City Councillor says that everyday Auckland holds onto its shares in Auckland Airport it is losing $40,000.

DNA: The results of two high level inquiries into DNA testing will be released today. Justice has been reviewing how DNA tests are used in courts and scientists have been reviewing how the mixed up samples.

PAKISTAN: Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has been giving evidence for the for the first time at his trial in Islamabad. Sharif is accused of trying to prevent a plane – low on fuel – from landing at Islamabad airport with the chief of the army on board.

ENVIROFARMERS: The Environment Minister Marion Hobbs is releasing a biowatch report and suggests there may be money in the budget for farmers who fence off wetlands and bush.

PEACE-KEEPING: Former NZ Cabinet Minister Anne Hercus will help write a report on how peace-keeping efforts have gone wrong and how to fix them in the future.

ARTS SCHOOL: Actors launch a programme to fund a school of arts and drama in Western Springs.



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