Dr Morgan Fahey Jailed - Fiji Coup: Negotiations, Other News - Vet Strike - Petrol Prices - Kiwi Bank - Flock Horror - Morning After Pill
DR MORGAN FAHEY JAILED: Christchurch Doctor Morgan Fahey was sentenced to six years jail for 13 charges involving 11 women. The judge described the women as brave. Fahey appeared composed but was flushed. One onlooker says six years isn't enough. Police say they are pleased it is over. The judge said the offending was predatory and that Fahey had selected vulnerable women. He said Fahey was a broken man. Victim Brenda says she is relieved. And that it wouldn't have happened without the media.
FIJI COUP - NEGOTIATIONS: This afternoon George Speight and his supporters have gone to the Military barracks for a meeting with Military Chief Frank Bainimarama and the Great Council of Chiefs. Roadblocks have been stopping trucks from bringing supplies into Parliament. Commodore Frank Bainimarama says there is no reason for the hostages to be kept. George Speight says he hasn't threatened the hostages lives and that they could only be in danger if there is outside interference.
FIJI COUP - OTHER NEWS: The Olympic Flame is in Rarotonga and has been carried by a Fijian athlete. NZ's trade unions are planning sanctions against Fiji. Air New Zealand has rescheduled Japanese flights through Fiji to fly direct to Auckland.
VET STRIKE: 150 MAF vets intend to strike two days next week shutting down every meat works in the country. 5 million animals and 20,000 workers will be affected. 18 months of negotiations over a 14% pay rise have led to the strike. The killing season has nearly ended and the vets say they have no choice.
PETROL PRICES: Pump prices have been dropped 2 cents a litre immediately.
KIWI BANK: Alliance leader Jim Anderton has released a survey showing there is public support for a People's Bank. 67% of those in favour say they want a NZ owned bank. The Alliance wants the bank in place by the end of the year. There is speculation however that Labour is against the idea. Labour's Trevor Mallard however says he is sure the proposal will get a positive reaction.
FLOCK HORROR: Tourists may see NZ as a place of green pastures and sheep but the sheep population is down. There is now just 12 sheep per person down from over 30.
MORNING AFTER PILL: A new morning-after pill will be available in two pills and cost just $3. A study in Scotland found that it made no difference to the use of ordinary contraception. In Europe the drug is available over the counter. In NZ it will be prescription only and so will still cost the cost of a trip to the doctor.