Fiji Coup: Breakthrough – Death In Transit – Luxembourg – Closing Gaps – Fortex – Cannabis Inquiry – West Coast Compensation – Fake Teacher – Climate – Michael Campbell
FIJI COUP - BREAKTHROUGH: A key figure in the Fiji coup has confirmed this morning that there has been a breakthrough in negotiations. Discussions between the military and hostage takers overnight had broken the impasse. The two sides had agreed on proposals that would be put to the Great Council of Chiefs and had agreed for the GCC to be the final arbiter. RNZ’s reporter says one option has NZ run by a civilian government
DEATH IN TRANSIT: A police superintendent says that a patient aged 24 died on the way to a mental hospital last night. A police officer assisted in the escort. The man appeared to be affected by substances other than his medication.
LUXEMBOURG: The police in Luxembourg say they have critically injured a man who had been holding 30 hostages. The man came out to be interviewed by the TV and was shot.
CLOSING GAPS: Dover Samuels says that more than just money is required to close the gaps between Maori and Non-Maori. Providing support in the homes of young Maori parents is crucial he says.
FORTEX: The receiver of Fortex has reached an out of court settlement with Price Waterhouse Coopers. Trustee Executors also filed a claim against Price Waterhouse Coopers.
CANNABIS INQUIRY: A Parliamentary select committee may begin considering the legal status of cannabis within months. Annette King says the job will be given to the Health Select Committee.
WEST COAST COMPENSATION: West Coast local authorities are confident of banking $120 million in compensation in the next six weeks.
FAKE TEACHER: A teacher who wasn’t a teacher has been jailed for four months for pretending to be a teacher. He has also been ordered to pay $4000 in compensation.
CLIMATE: The latest climate figures say that average temperatures were high for the second year running. Jim Salinger says the increase in temperature mirrors last May. The month has been good for farmers.
MICHAEL CAMPBELL: Michael Campbell has
shot the round of his life in the British Golf Open and is
six shots ahead of the field after the first