Air Force Anger - F16s In Parliament - Air Force Bases - Oil Strike - 4 Dead In Fatal Crash - Toddler Death Plea - Murder Retrial - Oscars - Blind Beauty - Madonna Pregnant - Star On Peace - Bar Boxing
AIR FORCE ANGER: The Air Force is engaged in an aerial battle with the Government. Late this afternoon the Minister said he wanted an explanation from the airforce on the F16s discussion in public. Pilot Greg Tyrell and others say they are disappointed. The pilots say they. Pilots in Nowra say they are "gutted" by the decision. Minister says there are conventions about staying silent and will be asking why they are not being observed.
F16S IN PARLIAMENT: Government attacked in Parliament over the F16s deal. Helen Clark says that the National Party implies that NZ should be able to launch a full attack air, sea and land against another country. Jenny Shipley says that the decision makes NZ a bunch of freeloaders. Clark says the government is going for breadth not depth.
AIR FORCE BASES: Two air-force bases under threat tonight, Hobsonville air base now used for helicopter training. Super-yacht centre among the proposals for the land. Six kilometers away is Whenuapai - which is also being considered for sale. Waitakere's mayor is considering the options. Regional council is concerned. At least one of the bases seems likely to be sold.
OIL STRIKE: A major oil-strike in Taranaki could make New Zealand selfsufficient in oil says Swift Oil. The Rimu site cost $7 million to develop. The find was made on a dairy farm. The oil however belongs to the government who has leased the exploration rights to Swift. The government is entitled to 20% of profits.
4 DEAD IN FATAL CRASH: Four people die in road accident near Whangarei. Two children and two adults. Police say fog may have contributed to the accident.
TODDLER DEATH PLEA: The civilian driver of a police car who killed a toddler on a pedestrian crossing in New Plymouth says the sun was in his eyes. The driver plead guilty to charges relating to the death.
MURDER RETRIAL: New trial ordered in Auckland after judge says New Zealand Herald was grossly out of line with a report of an appeal court decision concerning the accused.
OSCARS: Oscars found in Los Angeles dumpster. 52 of 55 missing Oscars found in a dumpster. Scavenger Willie Fulgear jokes he had more Oscars than any of the stars for a while. Two courier employees arrested as possible thieves.
BLIND BEAUTY: Canadian beauty contests will be judged by a blind man concentrating on personalities.
MADONNA PREGNANT: Madonna has moved to London and is having another baby.
STAR ON PEACE: Michael Douglas addresses the British Parliament on the need for Nuclear Disarmament - press more interested in his pregnant girlfriend Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Boxing ring installed in Christchurch bar. Organised fights
and amateur grudge matches will be lured to use boxers.
Irish publican says he is taking all the safety precautions.
The idea comes in part from the movie the Fight Club in
which young men fight bare-knuckled for