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National Radio 9am Bulletin

Vet Strike – People’s Bank – Submarine Crash – Mall Development – ChCh Buses

- VET STRIKE: Meat companies and suspended meat workers are keeping their fingers crossed that the MAF vets strike will end today. The 80 export certifying vets who have been on strike will consider a revised offer from MAF today.

- PEOPLE’S BANK: The managing director of the TSB Bank says he’s relaxed about competing with the so called people’s bank. ACT leader Richard Prebble released details from the leaked NZ Post bank business plan that said smaller financial institutions like TSB are its competitors. NZ Post chief executive Elmar Toime says all banks are competitors, and the bank will not be targeting small financial institutions.

- SUBMARINE CRASH: A crew member on the American nuclear submarine that accidentally sunk a Japanese fishing boat has told investigators he was distracted by civilian passengers, the latest revelation about the collision that has left nine people dead and strained US/Japanese relations.

- MALL DEVELOPMENT: The developer of a proposed $450m mega mall and cinema complex in Auckland has agreed to withdraw and amend his plans, after community protest.

- CHCH BUSES: New statistics show the number of people using Christchurch’s public buses in January increased by a record 17 percent compared to the same month last year. The regional council credits new routes and increased frequency.

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