Royal Honours – Cancer Inquiry – Tariff Freeze – Korean Reconciliation – Zimbabwe – Air New Zealand – War Pardons – Cold Houses
NO ROYAL HONOURS: The PM has rejected claims she sacked the titles Sir and Dame on a dictatorial whim. Jenny Shipley says a nation needs its heroes and they need titles. Helen Clark says her decision is in line with a 1995 advisory report. She also says that NZ will continue to honor its heroes. She also says that Australia and Canada have scrapped the titles.
CANCER INQUIRY: More women will give evidence at the Gisborne Cancer Inquiry today. Once two more are heard this morning the in
TARIFF FREEZE: The government says the decision to freeze tariffs at present levels till 2005 is in line with the Labour Party’s policy. Federated Farmers say the decision will be a blow to the export sector. Feds Tom Lambie says removal of tariffs would have saved low income families $1000 a year.
KOREAN RECONCILIATION: The leaders of North and South Korea are to meet for the first time. Officials credit the meeting to the “sunshine” policy. The agenda will include economic aid and family reunions.
ZIMBABWE: European Foreign Ministers are concerned about what has been happening in Zimbabwe. Several countries talked about stopping aid. Priority however was on the upcoming election.
AIR NEW ZEALAND: Singapore Air Lines has been given approval to buy 8% of Air NZ’s B shares. If Singapore Airlines also buys the Brierley stake it will have close to 25% of the airline the most it is allowed.
WAR PARDONS: PM Mark Peck says he is disappointed that the RSA has criticised the bill. The RSA says it is unfair to highlight five cases when 100s of people were convicted in similar circumstances.
COLD HOUSES: Some NZ houses are so cold they may be a health risk. Two Wellington pensioner flats were monitored and found to be 2 degrees colder than World Health Organisation guidelines.