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Electricity Inquiry - Otago Students Electricity - BRA In Solomons - Solomons Evacuations - Solomons PM - Speight Shot At - Maori Land Courts - Shipley Hospitalized - ERB Changes - Icy Weather - Ski Fields To Open - Syrian Leadership - Korea Summit

ELECTRICITY INQUIRY: The Government’s inquiry into the electricity companies recommends the setting up on an electricity ombudsman who could fine companies or compensate consumers.

OTAGO STUDENTS ELECTRICITY: The Otago University Association says that students are not getting their bills on time because of faulty administration by power companies.

BRA IN SOLOMONS: The Bouganville People’s Congress has assured the negotiators in Honiara the Bouganville Revolutionary Army has not become involved in the Solomon Islands crisis.

SOLOMONS EVACUATIONS: Meanwhile another Air force 727 plane is expected to leave the islands today evacuating more foreign nationals.

SOLOMONS PM: The Solomon’s Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa’alu is expected to resign on Thursday even if he wins a vote of no confidence in the national parliament.

SPEIGHT SHOT AT: There is not likely to be any reaction from George Speight’s supporters after Mr. Speight was shot by the Fijian army yesterday. Speight spoke to the media for the first time about the incident today. The army has apologised to Mr. Speight saying the shooting was an error.

MAORI LAND COURTS: The Government has announced a major funding boost to the Maori land court in a bid to make the court more productive in allocating land.

ERB CHANGES: The Alliance leader Jim Anderton says the party is satisfied on the way changes to the Employment Relations Bill are being made.

SHIPLEY HOSPITALIZED: The National party leader Jenny Shipley has been admitted to Wellington hospital after complaining chest pains yesterday evening. She is expected to be back at work next week.

ICY WEATHER: Two roads in the South Island that were closed by snow overnight have now been re-opened. The Arthurs Pass road remain closed.

SKI FIELDS TO OPEN: Turoa and Whakapapa ski fields expect a better season this year after low snow fall and eruptions caused bad seasons in the past. They are planning to open for skiing next Friday.

SYRIAN LEADERSHIP: The exiled brother of the late Syrian President has made a claim for the leadership of the country causing an arrest warrant for him to be issued in Syria.

KOREA SUMMIT: Final preparations are underway in the capital of North Korean for the opening of the first ever summit of the leaders of North and South Korea.

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