CHILD ABUSE: An American expert on child abuse is highly critical of New Zealand’s failure to tackle family violence and blames lack of leadership by government.
20m DASH: A prisoner who broke out of a police car in Queen Street Auckland yesterday made it 20 meters before being recaptured by police.
TIMOR: New Zealand will tell Indonesia today that it is concerned over the lack of control over militia in East Timor but will not yet be pulling our 15 staff out of the UN Force in the area.
TAX CUT: Treasurer Bill English is expected to announce today a small, targeted tax cut that is conditional on increased targeted social spending.
ALL BLACK BRAWL: Conflicting accounts surround the arrest of three New Zealand A rugby players after a brawl in a Canberra night club on Sunday.
MILD WINTER BAD FOR BUSINESS: Bad news for retailers could mean good news for shoppers as a mild winter contributes to a drop in retail sales.
LESBIAN MARRIAGE: A lesbian wedding in Arohata Women’s prison last week has triggered an official investigation.
POTTER IN JAIL: Bert Potter was sent back to jail yesterday for breaching his parole conditions.
DRINK LAWS: New drinking laws could be decided
by last minute political tradeoffs over the next few