TAX CUTS: The announcement of the new tax cuts fire up National Party faithful at the National conference in Wellington. The symbolism is important says Alastair Morrison.
TAX CUTS: Business Groups have welcomed the tax cuts but community organisations are unimpressed. The Citizens Advice Bureau says those on low incomes will not benefit.
PAKISTAN: Pakistan has announced a truce with India. The agreement was worked out yesterday by the Pakistan and Indian Director General's of military affairs. Islamabad govt denies that the Kashmiri militants are supported by serving members of the Pakistan armed forces.
SOUTH POLE: A US Airforce cargo plane has dropped a tonne of supplies at the South Pole in a mercy mission. This is the first such airdrop since 1995.
TEACHER'S CITIZENSHIP: Internal Affairs minister is investigating revoking the citizenship of a chemistry teacher who used false documentation to obtain citizenship.
ISRAEL: Israel's new PM Ehud Barak has agreed to fully implement the Wye accord.
KIWI DEPORTATION: Man considered too dangerous for Australia will be deported to New Zealand in spite of having left NZ when he was 10. Appeal court has ordered the man to return to New Zealand.
WINE-BOX: The Wine-box legal saga reopens today. Winston Peters wants the findings of the Davison commission of inquiry to be overturned. He has had his path to the court action cleared by the Court of Appeal.
DESERT ROAD The Desert Road is closed due to black ice. Maintenance workers are spreading grit on the road.
ROWING GOLD: Rower Rob Waddel has won the single-sculls world cup in Europe.
CRICKET: NZ cricketers leading Hampshire.
FORMULA ONE: David Coulthard has won the British Grand Prix.