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CANCER INQUIRY: Formal apology given by Dr Bottrill. Women whose smears were misread - turned their backs. A long walk to the stand. "I wish to express my deepest regret to those who have suffered. Bottrill tried to explain that the women's testimony had been deeply distressing to him. The statement took 4.5 minutes there was no cross-examination. One woman said she was pleased with the apology. Most of the rest thought it was a publicity stunt. Some of the women feel the blame should be spread further. Bottrill will reappear at the end of the inquiry. Next time he will be a witness and he will be subjected to cross-examination. The Ministry of Health and Health Funding Authority have a huge amount of evidence to present.

SFO CLEARS WAIPAREIRA: The Serious Fraud Office says there is not enough evidence justify an investigation into payments made to the Aotearoa Maori League accidentally by health authorities - which were supposed to be paid to the Te Waipareira Trust.

BEE MITES: $1.8 million export trade in live bees has been stopped. Under a worst case scenario half the bee population could be killed. Horticulturalists are worried. Farmers are also worried about clover pollination. Scientists say the mite can be wiped out but this means chemical means and will hurt the organic honey image.

ASSASSINATION: Two former cabinet ministers have been found guilty of murder but not unanimously. The judge now has the casting vote. Four of fivc juror chiefs found the accused ministers guilty of seeking the assassination of a colleague. Death by hanging is the mandatory sentence for murder. However it is often commuted to life imprisonment.

HOMER THE SEAL: Gisborne's famous sea elephant has made the news bulletins in the US and UK. Homer went for a swim. Homer however is thought to be a good climber having been identified as being Dumbo a seal that visited Christchurch several years ago.


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