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Parry Back – Rankin File – Qantas Deal – Diesel – Northland Flood

- PARRY BACK: Graham Parry, the doctor struck off the medical register for disgraceful conduct after he failed to detect cervical cancer in Northland woman Colleen Poutsma, has been awarded the right to return to limited practice. The judge upheld the charge of disgraceful conduct in relation the Colleen Poutsma’s case, but he overturned the penalty. Alliance Health spokesperson Phillida Bunkle said the medical system has broken down in allowing Mr Parry to return to practice.

- RANKIN FILE: Christine Rankin has today taken the Government to court over its decision not to reappoint her. But the Government is trying to get the case thrown out.

- QANTAS DEAL: A political backlash over the proposed Qantas takeover of Air NZ is growing – with the Alliance and NZ First saying they opposed it. However, the Government, hasn’t seen anything from either airline. The Air NZ CEO said the airline is not cash strapped. On the streets, Kiwis predominantly opposed the idea. National transport Spokeswoman Belinda Vernon said it could jeopardise out international landing rights. MPs are concerned about the loss of the Air NZ Koru identity. Political editor Mark Sainsbury said deal will not go ahead in its current form.

- DIESEL: Attempts to sort out the diesel crisis have struck a problem – oil companies have stopped talking with fisherman after legal advice that they risk breaching competition rules. Fishermen have been refueling with new diesel.

NORTHLAND FLOOD: A flash flood hit the small Northland settlement of Whangateau overnight. Insurance assessor John Watts is in for a busy couple of days.

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