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National Radio Midday Bulletin

Timber Challenge - Kit Richards Explanation - F-16 Deal Decision - Taiwan Elections - Taiwan Trade - Bullying In School - Jury In Retrial - Uganda Deaths - Interest Rates Rise - Bodies Flown Home - Computer Fraud - Consumer & Electricity - Man Dies On Ship - Oil Production: - Back To Waco - Slick Investigation - Jobs Lost

TIMBER CHALLENGE: A challenge to the Government’s banning of all logging in native beech forests begins in the High Court in Wellington. The challenge has been mounted by several local saw-milling companies who say the move will affect their business and goes against the 1991 West Coast Accord.

KIT RICHARDS EXPLANATION: The Minster Responsible for Timberland Pete Hodgson is expected to receive an explanation today from the Timberland’s chairman Warren Young today as to why former Timberland’s executive Kit Richards was still working as a consultant for the state-owned enterprise. Mr Richards resigned from Timberlands in January after he was caught sending emails to West Coast logging groups advising them how to fight the Government’s decision to end native logging on the West Coast.

F-16 DEAL DECISION: The Government is expected to announce this afternoon that it will cancel the deal to lease 28 F-16 fighter planes from the United States

TAIWAN ELECTIONS: he victory of pro-independence candidate in Taiwan has caused widespread riots by Nationalists after their fifty year rule ended over the weekend. Ruling party loyalists have never experienced losing before.

TAIWAN TRADE: The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs and Trade says Taiwan is New Zealand’s 8th biggest market and it is keeping an eye on development’s closely. However the Ministry expects the election to have no adverse effects on trade.

BULLYING IN SCHOOL: The Ministry of Education says it is concerned about the saftey of pupils at a South Auckland school, St Stephens, after reports of bullying. A Ministry spokesman says their may be an investigation into the school.

JURY IN RETRIAL: The jury has been sworn in for the retrial of the man convicted of raping and murdering a woman Susan Burdett 8 years ago. A previous Court of Appeal decision quashed the original conviction because the DNA evidence seemed to link the murder to serial rapist Malcolm Rewa.

UGANDA DEATHS: Some members of a Christian sect who burned to death inside a church in Uganda could have been deliberately trapped inside.

INTEREST RATES RISE: The Real Estate Institute says it does not expect the rise in interest rates to adversely effect the housing market.

BODIES FLOWN HOME: The air-force has flown the bodies of six family members who died in a fatal crash last week from Invercargil back to Wanganui today.

COMPUTER FRAUD: In the largest case of computer theft a computer stole over 600,000 credit card numbers which were then stored on a government website.

CONSUMER & ELECTRICITY: The Consumer’s Institute has called for greater protection for consumers from electricity prices.

MAN DIES ON SHIP: The police say a man died after falling from a container ship in Auckland this morning.

OIL PRODUCTION: A United States energy spokesperson says he is confident that oil producing Nations will increase their production of world oil.

BACK TO WACO: A re-enactment of the incident at WACO with gunfire and tanks was re-staged for a United States’ court today.

SLICK INVESTIGATION: The Department of Conservation still has agents stationed at the Chatham Islands after a boat capsized causing a slick of oil and diesel on Friday.

JOBS LOST: The Meatworkers Union has predicted up to 200 jobs will be lost if the when a South Island meat-works closes down operations in the South Island.

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