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SOUTHERLY GALES: Awatere the only ferry able to cross the Strait today. Passengers found it a bit rough. Winds up to 130km an hour delay flights and damage houses. New Plymouth Airport and State Highway 3 also closed. Getting to work frustrating in Auckland and Wellington after a . Parts of the castle fell off at the Edinburgh Tattoo which ended 10 minutes early last night in high winds. Day and night of bad weather summed up by a single spectator at the cricket in Auckland where not a single ball was bowled.

EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS ACT: Labour and the Alliance celebrate their first 100 days in office with the introduction of a new industrial relations framework. The bill will abolish the Employment Contracts Act. Employers say the new bill gives unions too much power. Employers fear more strikes will result. Employers will not be able to lock out non-union workers or bring in strike-breakers. National says it is a step back to the bad old days and that it will be bad for workers.

LANDFILL SEARCH: Police are searching the Happy Valley tip for a section of carpet which disappeared from missing student Gavin Dash's flat. Gavin Dash is feared murdered.

PEOPLE SMUGGLING: Police are now denying reports that NZ officials assisted a people smuggling ring operating in Auckland. Police are looking for more people involved in the ring. Minister of Immigration says no NZ officials are under investigation. Many of the victims of the smugglers may be sent home.



TODDLERS FUNERAL: A three and a half year old killed on a pedestrian crossing by a police car is farewelled in New Plymouth.

PAID TO LEARN: Reverse school fees being paid in Northern England where schools were running out of students. Students are being paid $260 a term if their attendance record is satisfactory.

SUPER JUMBO: UK Government has offered $1.7 billion to assist building a new super-Jumbo A3XX aircraft. The new plane is designed to challenge the supremacy of the 747. The new jet will carry over 650 passengers on two decks as far as 16,000km. Boeing say they are gravely concerned that the UK government is helping with the project. British workers are delighted however - they will build the wings.

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