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Van Crash - Timberlands And Kit Richards - Lotteries Commission - Gambling Review - Chicken Fat Icecream - Youth Jailed – Snake Search - Tone Down Says Us - Exploding Cylinder - Licensing Votes - Winz Submissions Close - Rasputin Biography Published

VAN CRASH: Police say the cause of a crash between a truck and a van in Southland which killed five people has yet to be determined. All the five died in the Van but police hav enot

TIMBERLANDS AND KIT RICHARDS: The minister responsible for Timberlands Pete Hodgson will hold more talks with Timberlands executives next week over the re-employment of former executive Kit Richards as a consultant. Mr Richards resigned earlier this year after he was caught sending an email encouraging pro-logging groups to fight the Government’s decision to ban native beech logging.

LOTTERIES COMMISSION: The Lotteries Commission will be calling on New Zealanders to support their home-grown lotteries like Lotto. The Commission is worried that growth in international internet lotteries, which offer bigger prizes, could attract many New Zealanders away from national lotteries. Meanwhile the TAB says it is competing against international agencies and doing well.

GAMBLING REVIEW: The Minister of Internal Affairs Mark Burton is calling for a complete review of gambling, after addressing a meeting today, because he says the existing law, which does not include internet and other newer forms of gambling, doesn’t make sense.

CHICKEN FAT ICECREAM: The biggest ice-cream maker Tip Top says the new food standards could mean that manufacturers may be could make the frozen dessert out of chicken.

YOUTH JAILED: A seventeen year-old from the Hutt Valley has been jailed for four years for his part in an attack on of a 70-year-old man which the judge called “appalling.”

SNAKE SEARCH: MAF workers say sniffer dogs have picked up the scent of “something” while searching for more snakes at a building site in Wellington. A poisonous south Australian brown snake was found this week at the site by a demolition crew.

TONE DOWN SAYS US: The United States has told China it should tone down its statements saying it will intervene militarily if Taiwan votes for official independence from China.

EXPLODING CYLINDER: Emergency forces, including the bomb squad and fire departments are attending Waikato University after a an iced-over helium cylinder was found in a science lab. Experts fear the cylinder may explode.

LICENSING VOTES: Local residents around the country are voting as to whether licensed premises can be privately owned or part of a trust today.

QUEENSTOWN RESCUE: The police in Queenstown are meeting to decide on a rescue mission for two Canadian Tourists who went missing in the area two days ago. The searchers wonder whether the disappearance of the two tourists could be linked to a radio distress call picked up from the Malbourough Sound by a German ham radio operator.

WINZ SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: Submissions to the Ministerial Review of Work and Income close today and many students have put in submissions regarding WINZ’s delays in processing loans. Students say there is also a problem with WINZ’s advisors and their attitudes in dealing with students.

RASPUTIN BIOGRAPHY PUBLISHED: A new biography has been published of the monk Gregory Rasputin who wielded influence in the family of Tsar Nicholas II in the years before the overthrow of the Russian monarchy.

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