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National Radio 9am Bulletin

Clark on Zimbabwe – Interest Rates – Elderly Gunman – Toxic Waste Protest – Auckland Transport – Dairy Mega Merger

CLARK ON ZIMBABWE: The PM Helen Clark says the campaign of farm invasions in Zimbabwe appears to be a tactic to help him win the upcoming election. Two white farmers have now been killed. Helen Clark says she wants President Mugabe to allow commonwealth observers to attend the election.

INTEREST RATES UP: The Reserve Bank has announced its decision on interest rates. The Reserve Bank has raised the OCR to 6%. It says it expects inflationary pressures to continue to emerge.

ELDERLY GUNMAN: Police in Detroit have captured a 56 year-old gunman who has run amok in a retirement home. Earlier he had been accused of sexual harassment.

TOXIC WASTE PROTEST: Environmental activists are protesting in Japan against a ship full of toxic waste. The toxic waste originally came from former US military bases in Japan. It has been refused in Seattle and Canada.

AUCKLAND TRANSPORT: Infrastructure Auckland intends to spend $460 million on public transport and another $165 million on roads. The proposals would upgrade rail and buses.

DAIRY MEGA MERGER: Dairy farmers are meeting to discuss the Mega-merger. The meeting will discuss the idea of taking over ownership directly of the Dairy Board by farmers. At present the shares in the Dairy Board are owned by the Dairy companies.

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