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Open Skies –Tainui – Petrol Prices – Freak Accident – Austrian Avalanches – Police Rape – Auckland Murder – Prison Phone Calls – Fiji Advert – David Tua’s Homecoming

OPEN SKIES: The sky is no longer the limit. NZ and Australia today signed an open skies agreement that promises more competition in the air over Australasia. Travel agents say that cheaper deals should not be expected by consumers. NZ has 10 open skies agreements with other nations – but this is Australia’s first. Today Air New Zealand had its long term credit rating down graded due to debts related to Ansett. Air New Zealand purchased Ansett in order to get around the lack of an agreement like this.

TAINUI: The government has announced it will hand over the $13 million it owes Tainui as part of a Treaty Settlement.

PETROL PRICES: In Auckland petrol is going up by a hefty margin. BP has announced 14 and 12 cent a litre price hikes respectively for petrol and diesel in Auckland. The price increases are greater in Auckland than elsewhere because prices have been lower there.

FREAK ACCIDENT: A freak accident caused a death on Auckland’s southern motorway today when a truck drive shaft disintegrated and a metal part went through the windscreen of a utility killing the driver instantly. Police are still investigating the accident.

AUSTRIAN AVALANCHES: Up to four are feared dead in two avalanches in Austria.

POLICE RAPE: Police have apologised for a rape incident involving a police officer.

AUCKLAND MURDER: An Auckland man has been arrested and charged with the murder of an elderly woman who was suffering from a fatal disease.

PRISON PHONE CALLS: The corrections department has grossly underestimated the costs of monitoring prison phone calls. ACT MP Ken Shirley says it is still too easy for inmates to organise crimes from behind bars. Shirley wants prison calls tapped but says that it wasn’t funded by the government. Corrections Minister Matt Robson says a scheme is due to start next year.

FIJI ADVERT: A TV advert promoting Fijian holidays has been found to be misleading.

DAVID TUA’S HOMECOMING: David Tua today returned to South Auckland with a new haircut. He was cheered by his most loyal supporters. Tua was obviously touched by the turnout. The parade had a truly Pacific Island feel. David Tua thanked God for his talent.


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