Cancer Sauce – Ports of Auckland Strike – Dairy Price Rises – Benefit Cuts – Belfast Riots – Air New Zealand – Tranz Rail
CANCER SAUCE: The Deputy Director general of Health says people should try to avoid food with soy sauce following a study in Britain finding high levels of cancer causing chemicals in sauces.
PORTS OF AUCKLAND STRIKE: The Waterfront Workers Union hopes strike action at the Ports of Auckland will encourage their employer to talk to them about working conditions on the wharves. The Ports of Auckland says that the union appears to have been determined to go ahead with its strike, regardless of the offers made by them.
DAIRY PRICE RISES: The CEO of Dairy Foods says his company has no choice but to raise the price of cheese milk and butter in line with international commodity prices. He says the mega-merger is not responsible for the price hike.
BENEFIT CUTS: Legislation to increase the minimum child support payment is being called a benefit cut by the opposition. Steve Maharey says the changes are being made to keep up with inflation.
BELFAST RIOTS: There is a heavy police presence in Northern Belfast after some of the worst rioting in years. Police are backed by troops and have been firing plastic bullets at rioters. The riots coincide with the Protestant marching season. The riots erupted as the peace crisis faces a fresh crisis.
AIR NEW ZEALAND: Australia’s Transport Minister says that he welcomes Singapore Airlines move to inject capital into Air New Zealand, but says he hopes it will not make Singapore Airlines market dominant.
TRANZ RAIL: Tranz Rail says it has already made steps to correct safety faults identified in a report on an accident in Christchurch which killed a staff member.