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Horror Smash - Charges In Police Crash - Chathams Emergency - Meat Works Close - F16 Retaliation? - Lucky Chopper Crash - Kit Richards - WINZ Protests - Leonardo D'Caprio - Pakistan Killer

HORROR SMASH IN SOUTH OTAGO: Six people killed in an accident in South Otago. Horror head on crash kills six in a southbound van. The smash happened in the fog this morning. The driver of the truck was unscathed. Police will not say who was at fault.

CHARGES IN POLICE CRASH CASE: Police have charged a civilian police staff member in connection with a New Plymouth accident in which a toddler died.

CHATHAMS EMERGENCY: A trawler has sunk off the coast of the Chatham Islands with 100 tonnes of fuel on board. The Seafresh One was involved in a rescue last week. A Hercules has been dispatched with special equipment to deal with a possible oil spill. This is a serious emergency say officials. Noone knows why the trawler sunk.

MEAT WORKS CLOSES: 180 meat-workers are to lose their jobs at a meat works in Christchurch. New wasn't a shock for the workers say the union. The workers will continue till may.

F16 RETAILIATION? The loss of 30 jobs at Pacific Aerospace is being blamed on the F16 deal. A country aligned with the US for funding has cancelled an order for planes. Evidence of the F16 deal being involved is not clear yet say management. New high-tech equipment is also partly responsible.

LUCKY CHOPPER CRASH: The survival of two in a Helicopter which crashed from 700 feet into a paddock l is being put down to the luck of the Irish. The chopper is one of the most robust sort of choppers around say experts.

KIT RICHARDS: The former senior manager who has been hired as a consultant by Timberlands says he can't understand what all the fuss is about. Kit Richards says he is stunned by the Government reaction to the news. In Greymouth locals are also surprised. ACT says the government should stop harassing Richards.

WINZ PROTESTS: Auckland students have slammed police for using what they say was unnecessary force in breaking up a protest about the mishandling of student loans. In Wellington another protest. No one from WINZ would appear on camera. They issued some statistics saying 16,000 loan applications and 18,000 allowance applications are still being protested. In Auckland students say police stuck their fingers up their noses.

LEONARDO D'CAPRIO: Leonardo DeCaprio's step-brother has been charged with attempted murder of his girlfriend.

PAKISTAN KILLER: A court in Pakistan has ordered that a killer of children should be publicly strangled and chopped up into 100 pieces. The man originally confessed but then later withdrew his confession. This is by far Pakistan's worst serial murder case.

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