Olympic Flame Controversy - Los Alamos Fire - East Timor - Sierra Leone - Waitara Police Shooting - Helensville Police Shooting - Gavin Dash - 25s Car Stickers - Parking Sacking
OLYMPIC FLAME CONTROVERSY: The Olympic flame has sparked another controversy. Two NZ Olympic runners have been overlooked to carry the Olympic flame in NZ. Dick Quax and Rod Dixon have not been chosen to carry the flame. Paul Holmes, Jim Hickie and April Iremia will carry it however for sponsor TVNZ. The Olympic committee says it is appropriate that sponsors be able to nominate people to carry the flame. Quax says it would be alright not to carry the flame if the person that was was appropriate, like a child.
LOS ALAMOS FIRE: One of the world's best known nuclear research plants is being attacked by a huge forest fire. The fire crossed bunkers full of high explosives but not anywhere near nuclear material say officials. The fire was started intentionally. The fire was so big it could be seen from space.
EAST TIMOR: Three clever NZ kiwi soldiers escape capture in East Timor.
SIERRA LEONE: In Sierra Leone the rebel advance can be seen in the faces of hundreds of government troops in retreat. Peace keepers have watched but not . Battle of Waterloo is less decisive. Refugees are again on the move. Everywhere a mosaic of factions and militias. One militia group has five prisoners.
WAITARA POLICE SHOOTING: The NBR has broken ranks and named the police officer at the center of Waitara Shooting. The Police Association say they are "absolutely gutted", the PM says that NBR has made a "quirky decision". The NBR is unrepentant. "What else are the police and Media going to get together and not publish", says NBR spokeswoman Deborah Hill. Helen Clark visits New Plymouth today and does not visit Waitara. The people in Waitara say they are happy about this.
HELENSVILLE POLICE SHOOTING: The family of a man shot dead near Helensville are unhappy with the police report into the shooting. The family accepts it was inevitable that their son would be shot if he presented a replica . There was not a high speed chase, they say. And say police escalated the situation. It would appear that the driver did not exceed the speed limit, says the lawyer The lawyer is also concerned about the Police Complaints Authority's secrecy.
GAVIN DASH: Police searching for Gavin Dash now admit they are looking for a body. They have been looking in the bush and in the Makara stream.
25s CAR STICKERS: A police car sticker scheme aimed at under 25's has gained government approval but has no money to print new stickers. Opponents of the scheme have vowed to continue the campaign against it.
PARKING SACKING: A
parking warden who didn't give enough tickets out says he
was unfairly dismissed. The former ticket writer only wrote
10 tickets a day. The meter attendant said he would not obey
instructions to issue as many tickets as defined in a
comparison formula with other officers. The former Samoan
police officer says he was unfairly