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Sentencing Guidelines - Balloons – Iceberg – Arts Funding – Locking Out Nurses – Kenepuru Emergency Clinic – Whopper Trout – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Snakes Alive

SENTENCING GUIDELINES: The Dominion leads this morning with a report that a starting point of 10 years’ jail is appropriate for criminals who commit serious armed robberies, the Court of Appeal says in a new set of sentencing guidelines for judges.

BALLOONS: The front-page photo shows a group of balloons nestling against each other in a field near Carterton.

Also on the front page:

- ICEBERG: a report that an iceberg nearly the size of Taranaki hasbroken off Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf;

- ARTS FUNDING: a report that the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, says it will suffer a slow death, and the NZSO says it will have to close if the Government does not provide more money;

- LOCKING OUT NURSES: a report that the Government is anticipating that some hospital companies will need to “lock out” their employees as part of health sector wage negotiations this year;

- KENEPURU EMERGENCY CLINIC: a report that around the clock emergency services could be rovided at Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua as early as next year – about two years earlier than planned, Health Minister Annette Kind said yesterday;

- WHOPPER TROUT: a report that the mouse boom during summer has led to some whopper wise old trout being hooked.

Inside Political Headlines:

- Audit office to probe Waipareira Trust fund;
- Kiwi Bank may be ready this year – Anderton;
- By gum it’s a sticky one for Mr Speaker;
- National pledges to reverse “stupid” ACC change;
- Linz blames $46.5 million blow-out on forecasting;
- Child welfare under scrutiny;
- Kiwis caught up in increased violence

EDITORIAL – SNAKES: To find two snakes alive looks like carelessness.

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