West Coast – John Tamihere – Tax Rises – Grenade Accident – Solomon Islands – Cannabis – Uganda Doomsday Cult – White Extremist Jailed
WEST COAST: The government is expected to get a response tomorrow from the West Coast on its $100 million offer to the West Coast for the loss of native logging. One estimate say that they think the coast has lost $350 million. Coasters say they also look forward to hearing that the Rimu harvest will be allowed to run its course.
JOHN TAMIHERE: John Tamihere has welcomed an inquiry from the Maori Affairs Select Committee into the Te Waipareira though he says he doesn’t know what it is about.
TAX RISES: High income earners start paying more tax from tomorrow. 160,000 taxpayers will be affected. Super funds report a roaring trade from people trying to avoid the high rate.
GRENADE ACCIDENT: The army is investigating an accident involving a grenade which injured three soldiers.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: New Zealand is trying to help find a solution to the conflict in the Solomon Islands. Mr Goff says NZ has no plans to intervene in a civil war.
CANNABIS: The group Pride says that children as young as 11 are smoking marijuana. Today Palmerston North Boys brought in police and drug dogs to search following the suspension of
UGANDA DOOMSDAY CULT: Another mass grave has been found in Uganda bringing the death toll to over 900. The new grave has been found belonging to a man called Joseph.
WHITE EXTREMIST JAILED: South African white rights extremist Eugene Terre-Blanche has been jailed for a year for a assaulting a petrol attendant in 1996.