INCIS: Already cost $104 million and may cost more.
INCIS - POLITICAL FEUDING: Steven Parker live - plenty of finger-pointing in Parliament today. PM today shoving all the blame on IBM. INCIS hasn't delivered the state of the art intelligence matching system as specified. Bill Birch says all CEO's jobs are on the line and are subject to separate review. "They won't be dragging us through the courts - we will be dragging them through the courts."
INCIS - PETER DOONE: Q: Is the Commissioner's Peter Doone. A: He doesn't smell of roses but lots of people have to bear responsible . At least two weeks before a final decision. Lengthy and expensive court battle and more taxpayers money wasted. Government is rejecting calls for an inquiry.
INCIS - DOOMED FROM THE START: Doomed from the start says Randal Jackson - IT expert. Big Bang theory of big IT projects. Firearms control and traffic were big additions enormously complicating the project. Stats: One in four IT projects cancelled before delivered. 50% delivered over budget. Modern theory is to do things in bite sized chunks. Police are going to have to rely on the Wanganui computer in the meantime - which is no longer in Wanganui but rather in Auckland and is called LES.
GISBORNE CONCERT: Government preparing a rescue plan for Gisborne concert. A proposal that the government may sponsor a free concert on the beach at dawn from Kiri te Kanawa has been mooted. The Gisborne main concert is expected to officially collapse tomorrow. Bowie and Split Enz expected to move to Auckland. TV3 would cover the dawn concert if it went ahead.
GE MAIZE: Genetic maize protest with people dressed up as butterflies as ERMA considers Maize application for Maize near Pukekohe. Pioneer wants to introduce genetically modified seed from France. Greenpeace doesn't want them too. Pioneer applied last year to plant GE maize and since then a debate has raged.
CHEMICAL CALL-OUT: Tranzrail depot chemical emergency in Christchurch. Turns out to be leaking paint thinner.
TRIPLE MURDER: Police were prevented today from discussing the deaths of Han family with the injured father by his lawyer. It is now believed the man siphoned off $200,000 off a coffee house run by his sister and took it to Korea. IV with business partner who says he forgave him. Police have made no arrest yet and are waiting for forensic test results/
SCOTT WATSON TRIAL: On day 38 of the Scott Watson Trial there was technical evidence about yachts and paint.
RUSSIAN COUP: Russian President Boris Yeltsin has replaced his government with a KGB spy and says he is also his President-in-waiting. Yeltsin has now sacked his PM three times. Political turmoil against backdrop of war again in Chechnya. Stock market has plunged 10%. Next week Parliament will debate whether to approve the spy who came out of the shadows who would be president.