St Stephens School Violence - Jenny Shipley Apologises For Remark - Money Gets More Expensive - Caltex Warns Of More Petrol Price Rises - Stealing Smokes - Bowl Cancer - Michael Moore - Dutch Explosion
ST STEPHENS SCHOOL VIOLENCE: One of NZ's oldest and best known Maori schools will be closed unless violence is stopped. Police say they are considering laying charges. A 14-year-old was struck over the head with a pipe. He had a injury to his eye socket. Might have been retribution. Dover Samuels says it is a sad day for him personally because he had thought he had got through to the students when he went to talk to them. Trevor Mallard says long term there has to be an option of closure. Part of the problem is the violence has been passed down. He says the cycle must be broken. The mother of the boy says she is trying to make con
JENNY SHIPLEY APOLOGISES FOR REMARK: Government MPs were unconvinced . Yesterday she said Pacific Island people deserved money if they caused trouble too - by climbing in windows. She took up a challenge from Jim Sutton to come down and apologise. You will be respected more, he said. But she then continued to argue the case that Pacific Islanders should have also been granted some Spectrum as a step up to the Knowledge Economy. Dr Rajen Prasad was there to watch. Jane Young live: It shows how difficult it is for her to apologise unreservedly a problem that plagued her as PM.
MONEY GETS MORE EXPENSIVE: Interest rates up 0.5%. But the raise is not high enough to counter the drop in the dollar and rates may rise again. Servicing the average Auckland loan will rise increase by $18 a week rising to $36 if rates go up again as expected.
CALTEX WARNS OF ANOTHER PRICE RISE: Caltex is warning there may be another price rise for petrol. Jim Anderton smells a rat. "They all put the prices up on the same day by the same amount - that doesn't sound like competition to me", he says. Officials have been asked to look at pricing strategies of the oil companies.
SMOKING AND STEALING: Police attend two armed robberies for the theft of cigarettes in Auckland. A girl talks about the robbery from a dairy of $10,000 of cigarettes, "and that was done because of the price rise". 4 times as many people have called Quitline. Doctors say the price going up makes people who were about to give up start thinking about it.
GEORGE BAIRD'S WARNING: A man about to die of bowl cancer warns of the problems of rectal bleeding. He was told five times not to worry about it by a GP. He recommends paying a couple of hundred dollars for a colonoscopy. He wants an advertising campaign warning about the risk. The government - Ruth Dyson - says it will be raising the issue with the HFA and wants it stopped.
MICHAEL MOORE: Coroner finds death of NRL Manager Michael Moore who jumped into the water in the Viaduct Basin is a freak incident.
DUTCH EXPLOSION: More pictures of the
explosion. Show a huge explosion and then a much much bigger
one. Between 200 and 400 people remain unaccounted for. 20
bodies have been