Shark Attack Two - Cervical Cancer Inquiry - Rescuers Struggle - Murder Trial - Olympics Lead To Reconciliation - Tvnz Olympic Coverage - Medal Tally Modest - Auckland Transport - Traffic Jams Ease - Tainui And Warriors - Life Of Murder Victim - Sparrow Food Dangerous
SHARK ATTACK TWO: A second surfer was taken by a shark on the South Australian coast yesterday as searches continued for the remains of New Zealander Cameron Bayes. By last night, shattered surfboards were the only remains searchers had found of either man.
- CERVICAL CANCER INQUIRY: Health Minister Annette King has warned the cervical cancer inquiry that she does not want a legal dispute with health officials taken to the High Court. Panel chairwoman Ailsa Duffy, QC, believes a court ruling is needed to resolve an argument over whether an audit of cervical cancer cases can go ahead under existing law.
- RESCUERS STRUGGLE: Rescuers were struggling last night to reach a man and a 10-year-old boy trapped in the Kaimanawa Ranges as a wintry blast swept the North Island. A tramper yesterday found the 40-year-old man and the boy suffering from hypothermia above the treeline of the central North island ranges
- MURDER TRIAL: The grandparents of two children killed by their father sobbed as they gave evidence in their son's trial yesterday. The elderly Korean couple told the High Court at Auckland of finding the stabbed and bludgeoned bodies of their grandchildren and their daughter-in-law.
- OLYMPICS LEAD TO RECONCILIATION: The Olympics are set to breathe new life into the ailing process of reconciliation between black and white Australia. Apart from a loud but peaceful street protest on the opening day, and the vigil maintained at the tent village near Olympic Park, the threatened demonstrations have melted away in the face of widening support for the symbolism of the Games.
- TVNZ OLYMPIC COVERAGE: On the tiny Pacific island of Pohnpei, Bruce Cowan reckons he is getting more than his money's worth from TVNZ's Olympic coverage. Along with the sports coverage, he is getting an inside look into what presenters do during commercial breaks - put their feet up, gossip, swear and preen their hair.
- MEDAL TALLY MODEST: Prime Minister Helen Clark says New Zealand must settle for a modest medal tally or spend more money to do better at the Athens Olympics in 2004. The cross-country skier and mountaineer said she had a tear in her eye when Rob Waddell streaked out to win New Zealand's only gold medal at Sydney.
- AUCKLAND TRANSPORT: Auckland lobbyists want a single body to take control of the city's transport crisis. They blame too much dithering and too little co-ordination between city managers for a disjointed public transport system and bitsy road network.
- TRAFFIC JAMS EASE: Herald car commuters agree there has been one big change on Auckland motorways in the past six months - traffic jams are far less common. Six months ago the Herald spoke to four Aucklanders who drove cars to their central city jobs each day. They spoke of the teeth-grinding stress of city gridlocks, interminable delays and 20-minute queues at on-ramps.
- TAINUI AND WARRIORS: Tainui will appeal against a High Court decision that has cleared the way for the Warriors rugby league club to be sold. But the potential buyer, the New Zealand Rugby League, has warned that further delays could spell the end of the struggling club.
- LIFE OF MURDER VICTIM: Nobody wanted Justin Dyne. Twenty-five years old, but with a mental age of 13, he was pushed from pillar to post, agency to agency, home to home. He lived in halfway houses, night shelters, drug and alcohol recovery centres or, if things were really bad, on the streets.
- SPARROW FOOD DANGEROUS: Cafe-goers should not eat food that may have come into contact with sparrows, say Auckland health officials. Dead birds in the city are being tested for an unusual strain of salmonella that has killed a Christchurch man and made other people ill.