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Airways Allegations - Breirley’s Profits Down - Maori Letters - Dead Wore Lifejackets - More Teachers Priority - Killing On The Westbank - Solomon’s Peace - Sydney A-Flu - Business Budget - Chatham’s Currency - Sandwich Boards Debate

AIRWAYS ALLEGATIONS: Prime Minister Helen Clark appeared angry this morning about allegations the Airways Corporation were part of an international consortium. Former State Services Minister Tony Ryall says National was comfortable with the idea

BREIRLEY’S PROFITS DOWN: The cost of investing in Australian company AAPT has hit the profit of Telecom New Zealand on a quarterly profit announcement today. Meanwhile Telecom’s national sales of mobile phones and internet have increased dramatically.

MAORI LETTERS: A Gisborne Farmer says he will sell letters from former Maori MP the late Sir Apirana Ngata. However the relatives say he should hand the book over to them, in the manner it was given.

DEAD WORE LIFEJACKETS: The Hawkes Bay coast guard has said the two men found dead after a ship capsized were wearing life jackets.

MORE TEACHERS PRIORITY: Schools which have difficulty getting teachers are a priority for a new government review of school staffing says Minister of Education Trevor Mallard.

KILLING ON THE WESTBANK: Clashes between Palestinian police and Israeli troops on the 52nd anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel have been bloody and brutal, with four people killed.

SOLOMON’S PEACE: The New Zealand Foreign Minister has won supports from his political counterpart in Britain over New Zealand’s handling over peace in the Solomon Islands.

SYDNEY A-FLU: A fresh case of the virulent Sydney A flu strain has appeared in Christchurch. The strain caused several deaths and made hundreds of people severely ill, stretching hospitals to the limit, when it swept through Europe six-months-ago.

BUSINESS BUDGET: Finance Minister Michael Cullen has promised the upcoming budget will have development packages in it for businesses. Mr Cullen says he hopes the initiatives will build on Government relations with business.

CHATHAM’S CURRENCY: Chatham Island’s now has its own currency which is recognised by the Reserve Bank and is legal tender only on the Island.

SANDWICH BOARDS DEBATE: The debate about Sandwich Boards has increased in Auckland with the Hobson Community Board planning to ban them.

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