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National Radio Midday Bulletin

AUSTRALIA IN TIMOR: Australian soldiers flew into East Timor at sunrise. The first of the NZ troops have left Ohakea Air Base, to join them after training in Darwin.

STENT: Health and Disabilities Commissioner Robin Stent has advised Health Care Otago to apologise to the family of ex-patient Gareth Smithers for failing to provide adequate care. Smithers killed his partner Karen Jacobs while a patient of Health Care Otago.

TAX POLICY: The government has released two discussion papers aimed at simplifying tax.

ALLIANCE TAX: The Alliance has announced that a new tax would help finance its education policy launched today. The new tax would be on high value commercial property, state sector and residential land being exempt.

AUCKLAND: Police have launched an investigation into the death of a man who was found in the city this morning.

PTU: A conference of the Primary Teachers Union has labelled moves to encourage more men into teaching to address the disparity in results between girls and boys sexist.

CHRISTCHURCH: The public have been given a chance to have their say about domestic coal burning at a hearing today.

ROBBERY: An Armourguard officer was hit with a steel bar in Auckland in an armed robbery. It is the sixth such robbery of Armourguard vehicles in Auckland over the past few months.

US: A memorial service for four of the seven mass shooting victims was held today in Texas.

NEW BANK: A money exchange has opened in the far north in Manganui.

TRAMPERS MISSING: Police are searching for trampers missing in the Ruahine ranges expected out last night.

PLANTS DYING OFF: Life forms from the plant kingdom are disappearing as a result of human encroachment.


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