Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


National Radio Midday Bulletin

Olympic Traffic Snarl-Up – Olympic Scalpers – Olympic Airfares – Murder Hearing – Social Workers Wanted – Landslide Cleanup – Tainui Struggle – Rebels On Run – GE Inquiry – Rescue Helicopter

- OLYMPIC TRAFFIC SNARL-UP: Traffic gridlock on Sydney roads has delayed thousands of spectators from getting to shooting, women’s softball, and equestrian events.

- OLYMPIC SCALPERS: Ticket scalpers at the Olympics have had trouble selling their tickets, even at face value, as spectators would prefer to cue for hours from official vendors than take a chance on scalpers.

- OLYMPIC AIRFARES: Air NZ and Qantas have gone back to normal fares to Sydney, after struggling to encourage people across the Tasman for the Olympics. They are now offering Sydney return tickets from $419, and are not requiring advance bookings.

- MURDER HEARING: A hearing is underway at the High Court in Auckland to determine the minimum number of years that convicted murderer Travis Burns will serve. The crown has requested a longer sentence than the standard 10 year no-parole period.

- SOCIAL WORKERS WANTED: A major drive is underway to recruit NZ social workers in London, when there is already a shortage of social workers in New Zealand.

- LANDSLIDE CLEANUP: The daunting task of clearing loose material above a massive landslide that closed a road near Queenstown has begun.

- TAINUI STRUGGLE: A High Court judge will today hold telephone conference with the parties involved in a dispute over control of the executive of the Tainui iwi. This comes after the tribal parliament passed a vote of no confidence in the executive. The executive’s chairman, Kingi Purima is not accepting the decision, because he says the hui was not properly constituted.

- REBELS ON RUN: The Philippine military say rebels who have been holding hostages have been forced from their hideouts and are now on the run. The Philippines Government believes all hostages are still alive, but none have yet been found.

- GE INQUIRY: The first public meeting by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Genetic Modification begins in Invercargill this afternoon. The meeting will be followed by 14 more regional meetings.

- RESCUE HELICOPTER: The Northland rescue helicopter service is poised to lose the ACC contract it has held for 11 years, and doesn’t know why.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Kavanaugh Case And Women’s Suffrage

On suffrage day when – reportedly – we celebrate women winning a political voice, and ensuring that their voices are heard, respected, and acted upon, despite all the attempts to ignore and silence them. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Are Only Old People Likely To Vote For Simon Bridges?

Around the world, young people seem to be gravitating to left wing policies and parties, leaving the old to prop up the conservative parties... the size of the gap suggests there’s more involved to this evolution than the usual clichés about the young being idealistic and the old being more realistic. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Fuss Over The PM’s Pacific Forum Trip

Truly, the abuse being levelled at PM Jacinda Ardern for doing her job at the Pacific Islands Forum shows just how much – and on how many levels – Ardern seems to enrage a goodly number of citizens. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On MP Pay And The REAL P.C. Danger Zone

There has never been anything remotely credible about the way parliamentarians would paint themselves as the helpless victims of the Remuneration Authority when it came to their pay increases... More>>