East Timor Death – Cancer Inquiry – Parekura Horomia – Carterton Toddler Homicide – Customs Investigation – Fiji Coup – Dangerous Dogs – Olympic Tickets – Rugby Coaches
EAST TIMOR DEATH: A New Zealand soldier has been killed in East Timor. Private Manning was shot in the head during a clash with a militia. A spokesman says that the NZ Army was withdrawing at the time of the incident. About 9000 UN troops are in East Timor.
CANCER INQUIRY: Doubt’s are being cast over the HFA’s review of laboratories outside of Gisborne. Professor Skegg says that the HFA review should have been based on data on the populations of women not on the number of smears.
PAREKURA HOROMIA: A meteoric rise up the political ladder is expected to be confirmed today with the appointment of Parekura Horomia as the new Maori Affair’s Minister. Horomia will need to sort out the Closing the Gaps policy
CARTERTON TODDLER HOMICIDE: The police say preliminary results of a post-mortem on a Carterton toddler is sufficient to justify a homicide investigation. The 23-month-old girl had suffered head injuries. She had been in the care of her extended family.
CUSTOMS INVESTIGATION: A Customs Officer is under investigation for involvement in the importation of stolen luxury cars. The officer has now resigned after being suspended last week.
FIJI COUP: There is an expectation that the President in Fiji will today name his government’s makeup. A spokesman for the rebels say that they expect to learn first if their demands have been met.
DANGEROUS DOGS: The SPCA has renewed its call for all dogs to be fitted with micro-chips following the vicious attack on a 10-year-old boy by two dogs in Rotorua.
OLYMPIC TICKETS: Sluggish ticket sales for Olympic tickets in NZ are being blamed on the cost. The ticket agency says that the cost of attending the Olympics is proving a deterrent. Lots of NZers are expected to stay with friends in Sydney.
RUGBY COACHES: The way has been
opened for overseas based NZ rugby coaches to return to NZ
to coach the All