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Helen And Tony - Zimbabwe - Bad Blood - WINZ Cost of Charter - Air Traffic Fitness Concerns - Cancer Inquiry - Skulls Return Home - Five Day Break

HELEN AND TONY: An historic meeting has taken place in London between Helen Clark and Tony Blair. Jane Young from London. The talks were focussed on what is happening in Zimbabwe. Handshake over the two Labour leaders started talking. Blair says what is happening is "barbaric". At the Zimbabwe High Commission not much sign of mayhem. After the meeting Helen Clark says that pressure has to go on President Mugabe. Blair is now saying in public that they want elections. In the Clark camp there was a lot of anticipation of this meeting. This was a big deal for Helen Clark. History.

ZIMBABWE: Two more victims of violence in the conflict. Two young white women were repeatedly raped. Meeting between President Zimbabwe, the War Veterans and an uncomfortable farming leader. Destruction of farms continued today.

BAD BLOOD: Bad blood victims are angry about the offers of compensation from the government. Offers of up to 45,000 are being offered - but many think it is not enough. TV3 understands that 77 have been offered $44,000 and 130 are being offered nothing because the government says it could not have screened for Hep C before then.

COST OF CHARTER: Christine Rankin again under scrutiny after figures released say that $85,000 was spent on legal advice and $62,000 on PR advice relating to the Wairakei conference. ACT's Muriel Newman says that the Minister Steve Maharey should sack Rankin. National thinks Rankin should be allowed to get on with her job.

AIR TRAFFIC FITNESS: The fitness of pilots is under a cloud after the CAA have suspended a doctor.

CANCER INQUIRY: The rates for cervical cancer in NZ are going up according to evidence to the Cervical Cancer Inquiry. Warning today also about political pressure on witnesses. Bob McNeil - we will next see some world experts on this subject. Phillida Bunkle is also expected to give evidence.

SKULLS RETURN TO TE PAPA: Several Maori skulls from South Australia are welcomed back to Te Papa. Dalvanius Prime helped escort the skulls home.

FIVE DAY BREAK: Police warn about dangers on the road with ANZAC day adding an extra day to the Easter break. This will not happen again till 2079 according to Auckland Observatory. Concerns about lack of use of seatbelts is high on the agenda of Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels. The road toll so far is 31 fewer than the same time last year.

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