English Loyal – Cheap Army Labour – Lucrative Speed Cameras – Prison Takeaways – Return Of The Kid
- ENGLISH LOYAL: Bill English pledged his loyalty to Jenny Shipley yesterday in a bid to end speculation damaging National’s election prospects.
- CHEAP ARMY LABOUR: The Defence Force was paid $205,000 by the producers of The Lord of the Rings trilogy for providing up to 300 staff as extras – cheap rates described as “disgraceful” undercharging by NZ First Defence Spokesman Ron Mark.
- LUCRATIVE SPEED CAMERAS: Motorists are being snapped on speed cameras and for the traffic offences at record levels, pouring $73m into Government coffers, prompting ACT Police Spokesman Ken Shirley to claim the system is being used to make money, not make New Zealand’s roads safer.
- PRISON TAKEAWAYS: A decision to allow Christchurch Prison inmates to order fish and chips because they missed out on a barbecue has been criticised by a prison guards union.
- RETURN OF THE KID: Daniel Vettori took three wickets for just 21 runs on his return to international cricket for New Zealand, against Sri Lanka at McLean Park, Napier.
- Brownlee focussed on passion for politics;
- New front-bencher sets sights;
- Bigger Maori say in social spending;
- Niue on bank blacklist;
- Court bid to delay vets’ strike.
Editorial: Road delays