Qantas Air New Zealand Purchase Fears – Terrorism Convictions – Business Confidence – Pilot Trial – Indonesia – Nimby Offensive – Dodgy Diesel – Auckland Hospital Lab – Rat Poison Crash
QANTAS AIR NEW ZEALAND PURCHASE FEARS: The Tourism Industry Association is concerned a proposal from Qantas to buy a stake in NZ could push up the cost of flying across the Tasman. John Moriaty says 600,000 Australian’s holiday in NZ every year and he doesn’t w
TERRORISM CONVICTIONS: Four followers of Ossama Bin Laden have been convicted by a Jury in New York of plotting to kill Americans around the world. Two of the men now face a possible death penalty in relation to bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
BUSINESS CONFIDENCE: The latest National Bank Business Confidence survey says optimists now outnumber pessimists by just 4% compared with 30% in March.
PILOT TRIAL: The Jury in the Palmerston North trial of a pilot on manslaughter charges will retire today to consider its verdict, after six weeks sitting. Hugh Rennie will sum up the case for the defence this morning.
INDONESIA: The Indonesian Parliament will decide today whether to call for the impeachment of President Abdurrachman Wahid. State Prosecutors and supporters of Wahid both believe Wahid is innocent. A major operation has been launched in Jakarta to protect the Parliament.
NIMBY OFFENSIVE: The Leader of the Alliance has launched an offensive against “not in my back yard” (NIMBY) syndrome concerning the establishment of a youth justice facility in Christchurch. His comments follow the decision to abandon plans to build at Mandeville.
DODGY DIESEL: A major overnight operation in New Plymouth should have the tuna fleet back in action today following problems with dirty diesel. A spokesman for the refinery company says a spiderweb of activity is involved in the operation.
AUCKLAND HOSPITAL LAB: An Auckland District Health Board hospital laboratory is likely to be re-accredited by the end of June.
RAT POISON CRASH: Traces of poison have been found in mussels taken near the site of a rat-poison spill in Kaikoura, sparking a full scale monitoring programme in the area.