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Winz Report – Cigs Tax Hike – Sierra Leone – Rotorua Health – ERB – George W. Bush – Philippines – Australian Budget – Auckland Hospitals – Hector’s Dolphins

WINZ REPORT: The State Services Minister Trevor Mallard says Labour wants WINZ to change its corporate culture. He said he agreed WINZ had lost credibility and thought the name would have to be change. Mallard said he was angry the report was leaked.

CIGS TAX HIKE: The Minister of Health says the government’s commitment to rushing through a tax increase for cigarettes shows the government is serious.

SIERRA LEONE: African leaders are holding a summit meeting to discuss the crisis in Sierra Leone. Nigeria has been asked to commit two further battalions to Sierra Leone.

ROTORUA HEALTH: Rotorua’s Lakeland Health has admitted an equipment failure led to the use of a non-sterile piece of equipment in bowl investigations.

ERB: The Minister of Labour Margaret Wilson has moved to soothe the concerns of some independent contractors concerned about the ERB. Ms Wilson says the All Blacks are likely to be deemed employees.

GEORGE W. BUSH: Republican Presidential candidate George W. Bush has won the endorsement of former rival senator John McCain.

PHILIPPINES: A senior police official in the Philippines says rebel hostage takers have escaped with the hostages through a cordon

AUSTRALIAN BUDGET: Australian budget promises an increase in expenditure on families and health. The budget also records a $2.8 billion surplus mainly from the sale of mobile telephone licenses.

AUCKLAND HOSPITALS: Auckland’s three main hospitals have developed a strategy to develop with the usual winter influx of patients.

HECTOR’S DOLPHINS: Scientists are calling for restrictions on the use of gill nets to save Northern Hector’s Dolphins. The population is feared to have fallen to around 100 animals.

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