NAT VP MANA MAN: National Party Vice President Dick Dargaville resigned yesterday just hours before it was revealed in parliament that he had escaped conviction for assault on his partner on the grounds it would damage his mana. He was, however, re-elected as the Vice President at the weekend despite reports that he was the man in question.
LABOUR PULLS PLUG: Labour pulled the plug on electricity legislation yesterday, condemning the reforms to almost certain failure, because retail companies were not covered by the price control legislation.
HIV CASE: An HIV-positive man has appeared in court charged with having unprotected sex with a man who did not know of his condition.
MORE HYGIENE CONCERNS: Machines for disinfecting surgical equipment have failed at several hospitals other than Christchurch Hospital.
GREENPEACE: Norwegian whalers fired at Greenpeace activists in an inflatable boat yesterday as they tried in vain to prevent the killing of a minke whale.
NATIVE FOREST DEAL: Efforts to end clear felling of native forests would cost tens of millions of dollars Conservation Minister Nick Smith said yesterday.
STOP SEEING MAORI AS CRIMS: Police have to stop seeing Maori solely as offenders if they want to establish any kind of relationship with them says Superintendent Rickards.
METEORITE: Unusual rocks are turning up in strange places in Taranaki following a meteor exploding above the area last week.
WATSON TRIAL: Security staff had
to be called to ask a man resembling Scott Watson to get off
a water taxi at Furneaux