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National Radio 8am Bulletin

Waitara Shooting – Sierra Leone x2 – Monetary Policy Review – Kyoto Protocol – Brierley’s Fish – Wasps – Love Bug Suspects Arrested

WAITARA SHOOTING: The police say they are grateful the New Zealand Herald has not published the name of the police officer involved in the Waitara Shooting. Police now think that maybe legislation should be changed to protect. The New Zealand Herald editor Stephen Davis says that the paper decided last Friday not to publish the name.

SIERRA LEONE: The British Defence Secretary says it is sending an aircraft carrier to Sierra Leone where the situation is increasingly volatile. There are 1000 European and Commonwealth nationals in the area. Meanwhile there has been fighting around the home of the revolutionary leader.

SIERRA LEONE: The NZ Defence Force says it has located a NZ observer in Sierra Leone. He has not been abducted. Meanwhile another UN observer in Sierra Leone says the situation remains very tense.

MONETARY POLICY REVIEW: Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen says he hopes a review of Monetary Policy will lead to more stable interest and exchange rates. Reviewing the way the Reserve Bank works may help it to keep the economy on an even keel.

KYOTO PROTOCOL: NZ Businesses are concerned that the government is moving too quickly to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

BRIERLEY’S FISH: One of the original negotiators of the Sealord deal is calling upon the Maori Fisheries Commission to buy part of Brierley’s share. Dick Dargaville says the Commission should purchase at least 15%.

WASPS: Food growers want to introduce two parasitic wasps to attack pests. Citrus growers say that having a biological control will reduce the level of insecticides. Officials are opposed to the import saying it may affect native insects.

LOVE BUG SUSPECTS: A young Phillipino couple and there babysitter are the unlikely suspects thought responsible for the Love Bug.

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