Fiji Coup – Conviction Compensation – Quit Smoking – Middle East Peace – Northern Ireland – Cancer Inquiry – Grant Gillon – Bankline – Driver Jailed
FIJI COUP: Fiji coup rebel leader George Speight says the exclusion zone now in place around the Fijian Parliamentary complex is something that belongs in a war zone like Lebanon and not in Fiji.
CONVICTION COMPENSATION: A man who was wrongly convicted of child abuse may be the first to receive compensation says Justice Minister Phil Goff.
QUIT SMOKING: The Smokefree Maori Coalition says that money for Maori stop smoking programmes will be well spent and will be used effectively.
MIDDLE EAST PEACE: Israeli and Palestinian leaders are to meet near Washington next week – at Camp David – in a high risk strategy to find a final peace settlement. President Clinton says there are no easy solutions but they will not become easier over time.
NORTHERN IRELAND: Huge steel barricades have been erected in Drumcree following the third night of violence as part of the Orange Men’s marching season.
CANCER INQUIRY: Cancer Inquiry hears that the percentage of Maori women enrolled in cervical screening is too low and needs to be increased.
GRANT GILLON: Alliance MPs have rallied around Alliance MP Grant Gillon. National and Act have tried to force him to step down over comments concerning Tory males and bestiality.
BANKLINE: A banking hotline has been launched by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to receive complaints on bank fees and mortgage rates.
DRIVER JAILED: The NZ driver of a coach which crashed near Paris has received a short jail term.