West Coast Logging - Shipley On Chinese Bus Controversy - Dutch Explosion - Los Alamos Fire - Sierra Leone - Zimbabwe - Airways Responds To Allegations
WEST COAST LOGGING: Two more years and logging on the coast will be history. This decision will be very controversial on the West Coast. The Coast Action Network describes it as a kick in the guts. West Coast mayors say they are very disappointed. Lobbying has resulted in a compromise. $120 million in compensation and an end to logging in March 2002. This is designed to minimise job losses. Pete Hodgson says there need not be job losses. Did the Government give a false sense of hope? Clark says not. Clark is predicting strong opposition from the pro logging lobby. But her message to them is that it will stop.
WEST COAST LOGGING: Jane Young Live: All eyes have been on the Mayors on this. They have to put the deal back to their councils. This is going to happen so it is a take it or leave it deal. Still work to be done on working out the $120 million package. This will be painted as a defeat for Cullen and Anderton around Parliament.
SHIPLEY ON CHINESE BUS CONTROVERSY: PM Jenny Shipley said she never asked for or approved the use of buses to shield the Chinese Premiere from protestors in Christchurch. The PM said she had no desire to interfere. A hotel manager says he heard the PM talking about it with Paul Fitzharris. Fitzharris says calling in the buses was his decision and not the PM. "She gave me no instructions," he said. There was a lot going on says the PM with the chef concerned about the beef.
DUTCH EXPLOSION: Searchers in Holland have so far found 14 bodies when searching through the rubble at the site of an explosion in Hollard. The town looks like it has been hit by a Nuclear explosion. It is not known how the original fire started. Home video footage shows the explosion. The Dutch PM has visited the scene as has the Dutch Queen.
LOS ALAMOS FIRE: Residents have been allowed back into Los Alamos to look at their burnt out town. Most residents stayed on the bus and looked at the destruction. People were told that there was nothing left but one couple search anyway for a trace of the father who recently passed away. Residents are thankful that no lives were lost.
SIERRA LEONE: Jesse Jackson has been sent to Sierra Leone on a peace mission. Meanwhile the British have sent more troops - marines - to reinforce the peace keeping force.
ZIMBABWE: In Zimbabwe former PM Ian Smith says he has nothing to fear as farm occupations continue.
AIRWAYS RESPONDS: Airways Corporation bosses front up and challenge NZ First Leader Winston Peters to put up or shut up. He is challenged to front up outside Parliament with his allegations. Airways claims it is a worldwide leader in air traffic control and there is no truth too Winston's claims. In Parliament Minister Mark Burton says he is surprised that the head of the SOE is spending so much time in the UK. Papers are going to be produced to Mark Burton tonight. The PM says there may need to be an independent inquiry because of the seriousness of the claims.