Arts Package – Sliding Dollar – Sierra Leone – Rich List – Fishing – Drugs In Jail – Fiji Arson – Unions – Eye Treatments
ARTS PACKAGE: The PM has rejected criticism of the Film Production Fund as part of its Arts and Culture package. Simon Upton says the film industry is already doing well and doesn’t need the fund. The PM says that the government sees the fund as being the most job rich
SLIDING DOLLAR: The PM says she hopes the dollar will bounce back. The dollar fell below 45 cents overnight and was recently trading at 45.08 US cents. The TWI is at its lowest ever.
SIERRA LEONE: US special envoy Jesse Jackson has arrived in Africa and is starting is tour in Nigeria. 44 more peace-keepers have been freed and around 270 remain captured.
RICH LIST: The rich list out today in the NBR includes several new internet millionaires. Peter Jackson is also a new entrant.
FISHING: The fishing industry has been warned that the commercial industry faces a significant loss of property rights if the Labour government reserves more of the coastline in marine parks.
DRUGS IN JAIL: The campaign against drugs is continuing in NZ prisons. Visitors will be more closely questioned in future.
FIJI ARSON: There has been an arson attack on a symbol of Indian presence in Fiji. It is not known whether the attack is linked to anti-government protests.
UNIONS: Unions are targeting young workers to boost their numbers. The CTU says it is working on a strategy for young people. It is developing a kit for schools.
EYE TREATMENTS: Eye treatments for
premature babies are being discussed at a conference on eye