Air Wars – Plane Pieces Fall Off – Israel – Tertiary Education Budget – Fiji - Serbia – Holmes ACC Shocker – TranzRail Fined
AIR WARS: There are concerns that smaller regions have been left out in the cold during Air New Zealand’s expansion. Air New Zealand has announced its intention to increase capacity on several routes using four new BAE146 aircraft.
PLANE PIECES FALL OFF: The transport accident commission say it will take up to three months to determine the cause of a piece falling off an Air New Zealand 767 through the roof of an Auckland warehouse.
ISRAEL: The US is planning to step up its involvement in the Middle East. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the pressure is now on the Palestinians and the Israelis to implement the Mitchell Report recommendations.
TERTIARY EDUCATION BUDGET: The Government says it is still confident that Tertiary Institutions will accept the government’s offer of an increase in return for a continued fee freeze. National’s Tertiary Spokesman says the offer does not even match inflation.
FIJI: The Army in Fiji is on high alert waiting for the result of a court case concerning the legitimacy of the Fijian President.
SERBIA: The leader of an ethnic Albanian rebel group in Southern Serbia has agreed to disarm. Lots of civilians in the affected area have already been evacuated by Red Cross.
HOLMES ACC SHOCKER: The Accident Compensation Corporation says it wants extremely sensitive information left on a computer hard drive returned. And they are considering taking action against the Holme’s Show. A Spokesman for TVNZ says that Holmes thought the broadcast was in the public interest.
TRANZRAIL FINED: A court has ordered that TranzRail is responsible for an accident in which a rock caught in a mower hit a woman sitting on her porch. TranzRail has been fined $15,000. Business New Zealand say the case has widened the scope of OSH legislation.