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Fiji Council - Fiji Violence - Asian Sweat Shop - Hamilton Casino: - Tamihere Allegations - Firefighters Concerned - China Relations - Israeli Army- Massey Redundancies - Prison Sex - Hfa Strip - Speed Limit

FIJI COUNCIL: In Fiji the Great Council Of Chiefs has entered it’s third day of negotiations over the hostage crisis, amid concerns that irreconcilable differences exist between the members.

FIJI VIOLENCE: The violence is spreading throughout the country as the crisis continues, Indian families have been attacked and a canning factory has burnt down.

ASIAN SWEAT SHOP: The Human Rights commission says it is shocked to find another sweat-shop with Asian workers operating in New Zealand.

HAMILTON CASINO: Work is continuing on the site of a proposed casino in Hamilton despite the residents legal efforts to stop the development.

TAMIHERE ALLEGATIONS: There has been angry response to a Maori affairs select committee after associate Maori Affairs Minister John Tamihere called a Waipareira Trust member a drug addict and a thief.

FIREFIGHTERS CONCERNED: Palmerston North Fire Fighters are concerned that they no longer have a ladder that can be used in buildings of more than four stories.

CHINA RELATIONS: President Clinton has urged congress to approve a Bill that would normalize trade relations with China.

ISRAELI ARMY: The Israeli Prime Minister has said the Israeli army will retaliate if it is fired on while leaving Southern Lebanon.

MASSEY REDUNDANCIES: Massey Staff in Palmerston North Campus are being made redundant after falling student levels mean’t there was not enough money to fund programmes.

PRISON SEX: Corrections Minister Matt Robson is considering a law which would allow women, chlidren and sex in prisons to help reduce re-offending rates.

HFA STRIP: Northland MP Chris Carter has said he has assurances the Health Funding Authority wants to strip funding from Northland Health.

SPEED LIMIT: The Transport Minister is considering laws which would allow local bodies to place lower speed limits on their towns.

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