BIG THAW: US President Bill Clinton signalled a big thaw in the defence relationship between the US and New Zealand, saying the two countries should hold joint exercises before a Timor mission.
ONE TREE: The lone pine on One Tree Hill has less than three years to live following a second chainsaw attack in five years.
ANSETT: Ansett was expected to have locked out it’s pilots from 4am today after the Employment Courth ruled their notices were legal and valid.
TROOPS READY: Troops could be ready to be on the ground in East Timor by the weekend according to Defence Minister Max Bradford.
AUSSIES WARNED: Australian troops have been warned they could become special targets for the pro-Indonesian militia in East Timor.
WHO WILL CONTRIBUTE: Countries willing to be involved in the Timor mission: Australia, New Zealand, US, Britain, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Portugal, France, Canada, China. Fiji, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Argentina have also offered Troops.
CLINTON: Before leaving New Zealand US President Bill Clinton described New Zealand as an “enchanted land”.
FREE TRADE: Bill Clinton’s hinting that he might join a five nation free trade agreement was beyond the New Zealand government’s wildest dreams.