NZ Post – Fiji Killing – Probations Strike – Northern Ireland – WEF Protests – Bigger Trucks – Road Closures - Bullying – June Was Hot
NZ POST: The Chairman of NZ Post Ross Armstrong is facing an effective vote of no-confidence after his attempt to get an independent inquiry into whether fellow board member Syd Bradley passed information to the South African postal service.
FIJI KILLING: The deposed Fiji PM Mahendra Chaudhry says he is devastated to learn of the killing of the head of Fiji’s Red Cross. A team of 30 police are working on the case.
PROBATIONS STRIKE: The Minister of Corrections Matt Robson says he is not prepared to allow public safety to be threatened by a strike of Probations Officers. However he is refusing to be drawn on what that means.
NORTHERN IRELAND: The political arm of the IRA, Sinn Fein, claims that the resignation of Unionist Leader David Trimble is the result of unionist infighting. Northern Ireland’s first Minister resigned yesterday.
WEF PROTESTS: Several hundred demonstrators protesting against a European economic summit, the World Economic Forrum, clashed with police in Austria.
BIGGER TRUCKS: The Green Party says heavier trucks on our road are not the answer to our transport problems. Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimmons says that the damage to roads increases exponentially when trucks get heavier.
ROAD CLOSURES: Road accidents have closed SH1 in two separate places this morning. There has been a two car collision south of Otaki. And in the South Island a spill of formaldehyde in the Hundalees has closed SH1 south of Kaikoura.
BULLYING: A study shows secondary school students favour mediation over punishment as a way of dealing with bullying.
JUNE WAS HOT: It may be Winter but record high temperatures have been recorded in South Canterbury, says NIWA. Low rainfall has been recorded in parts of the North Island. Sunshine hours were also up as were frosts.