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Solomon Islands Coup - Solomons Conflict - Fijian Coup- Fijian Indians - Meat Strike - Parenting Help - Maf At Court - Budget Announcement- Hamilton Casino - Drug Cameras - Water Breakdown

SOLOMON ISLANDS COUP: In the Solomon Islands a spokesman for the force which started the crisis the Malaita Eagle Force says a solution for the crisis is due soon with the Prime Minister not now having to resign.

SOLOMONS CONFLICT: Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the Government Alfred Malsulia says he still understands the Prime Minister still has to resign just not within a 48 hour time period. There has also been shelling near the capital and a New Zealand frigate has been sent to help rescue the over 200 New Zealand nationals working in the Solomons.

FIJIAN COUP: A news conference by the Fijian Military leader Frank Bainimarama was postponed without reason this morning – the first comment after the Commonwealth Secretary General announced Fiji would be banned from decision making councils within the organisation.

FIJIAN INDIANS: Meanwhile Fijian Indians are still concerned about their safety, and many Fijian sugar cane growers are refusing to harvest cane until the coup is over.

MEAT STRIKE: The New Zealand meat industry is almost at a standstill today as 120 veterinarians are on strike.

PARENTING HELP: Primary school principals want the Government to give more help to mothers who lack parenting skills. The principals say many children are arriving at school without basic welfare needs.

MAF AT COURT: A high court has been told that MAF made a mistake charging regional international airports for biosecurity and border control services.

BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT: The Finance Minister Michael Cullen says there will be no surprises in his first budget to be delivered next week. Mr. Cullen says the budget will reflect fiscal conservatism.

HAMILTON CASINO: The company which was building a Hamilton casino before a court stopped the proceedings is appealing to allow it to continue developments.

DRUG CAMERAS: Workers at a timber company in Gore are angry that a company used hidden cameras in the toilets to check for drug use.

WATER BREAKDOWN: The General Manager of Manukau Water has apologised to over 200 consumers who have been out of water because of technical breakdowns.

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