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Copter Crash Kills Five - Rotorua Stabbing - Wanganui Manslaughter Charges - Hunter Occupation - Cellphone Towers - Hubbards Strike

COPTER CRASH KILLS FIVE: Helicopter crash in Fiordland has killed all five on board. Four American tourists and pilot Janie Blair. The copter is thought to have crashed into power lines. Interview with Blair conducted earlier this year - she had been flying for three years. A well known skier she says she enjoyed flying as much as skiing. 10 years ago she represented NZ as a skier. Recently she overcame serious throat cancer. The accident brings into question the safety of flying in Fiordland.

ROTORUA STABBING: A 19-year-old man has been charged with attempting to murder a policeman in Rotorua. Policeman shows the battle scars he received from a shoe repairing tool. Jonathan Tua was being arrested for interfering with a motor vehicle. The constable used pepper spray on him and then another constable pulled his pants down stopping him from running away.

WANGANUI MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES: A 62 year old man has entered no plea to a charge of manslaughter in Wanganui this morning. He allegedly knocked two boys on bicycles off a bridge into the Whanganui river and then drove off. Later he gave himself up.

HUNTER OCCUPATION: Victoria University building occupied by students who have been accused of assaulting staff and security staff.

CELLPHONE TOWERS: The Government is considering national standards for the placement of cellphone towers. In the Fendalton-Elmwood neighbourhood protests over a cellphone tower erected within 70 metres of a school. A Telecom spokeswoman says she has looked for somewhere else to put the tower. The Mayor has challenged Telecom to find a new placement.

HUBBARDS STRIKE: Hubbards boss says he is being served up for breakfast unfairly. Hubbards employees are picketing Hubbards at lunch breaks. Dick Hubbard thinks he is getting too much publicity for the dispute over meal breaks and meal allowances. He thinks he is under the spot light because of the Employment Relations Act.

TOUCHING THE QUEEN: Australia's PM John Howard takes up from where Paul Keating left off allegedly putting his hand on the Queen's waist. The PM is denying touching the Queen. Pictures appear to show him nearly touching. The British media are excited.

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