Poll – East Timor: Dili, NZ Troops – Kingfish – Ansett – Preschool - Big Babies – Maternity Review (Editorial) - Umpire On TV – Kiwi – America’s Cup - Air Traffic Control
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POLL: A Labour-Alliance coalition would govern after the election with a knife-edge majority, the latest New Zealand Herald-DigiPoll survey shows. The Apec hoopla and US President Bill Clinton's visit have helped National to close the gap marginally, but Labour maintains a solid lead with 40.2 per cent support, against 33.8 per cent for National.
EAST TIMOR – DILI: Far out on
the eastern tip of Timor, 15 militia heavies were lazing in
the tropical dusk when the guys in night goggles appeared
Through the half light, the sight of the visitors and some serious military firepower must, for a moment, have given the militiamen a taste of the terror they had inflicted at will on the local villagers.
– NZ TROOPS: A decision to increase New Zealand's commitment
of troops in East Timor to a full battalion of 800 could be
made as early as tomorrow, says Defence Minister Max
"We've approved it in principle. Changing it to fact will be a joint ministerial decision," he said last night after talks in Darwin with Australian Defence Minister John Moore and US Secretary of Defence William Cohen.
KINGFISH: The fighting spirit of kingfish may not be
enough to prevent a population dive in Northland waters.
Charter boat operators have in recent months reported a sudden drop in kingfish numbers along Northland's east coast, mainly in the open ocean north of Mangawhai.
ANSETT: Ansett New Zealand and its pilots head back to
court today for the latest battle in their industrial war.
Ansett says it will defend itself against pilot accusations of being threatened that they will never work for any airline again and have been offered inducements to sign the firm's contentious new contract.
Preschool children may be worried they are too fat and one
in five could be fearful, depressed, aggressive or have low
Children are aware of body image from an early age and their ideas could be unhealthy, Heart Foundation dietitian Megan Grant has told an early-childhood convention in Nelson.
BIG BABIES: Bigger babies are more
likely to develop asthma and other allergies, a study into
childhood illness reveals.
Researchers at the Wellington Asthma Research Group found that babies born with larger heads and longer bodies were most at risk, adding to growing evidence of a link between birth size and allergies.
MATERNITY REVIEW: Maggie Barry says her ride through the
maternity system was smooth - but during her pregnancy she
met many women who were not so lucky.
The television gardening guru chaired the National Health Committee review, which yesterday released its recommendations to the Government.
MATERNITY REVIEW – EDITORIAL: Rather like a difficult pregnancy, the problems of competitive maternity care seem to have been solved by the passage of time. The long-awaited review by Maggie Barry's committee yesterday delivered a report that outlines a few concerns, but overall the system now dominated by midwives seems a picture of health. The committee's surveys find that eight or nine mothers out of 10 are satisfied with the services they have received - not the impression professionals were giving a year or two ago.
UMPIRE ON TV: Livewire cricket umpire
Brent "Billy" Bowden will pop up on New Zealand television
screens soon as an extra on Coronation Street.
The international one-day umpire, renowned for his eccentric signals, will be seen drinking a cup of tea in the soap opera's cafe and supping pints at the famous Rovers Return.
KIWI: Bay of Plenty conservation officers say a newborn
kiwi chick would be the ultimate reward after the discovery
of a previously unknown population.
Department of Conservation field officer Andy Blick and contractor Mark Jefferson have spent the past six months tracking kiwi in Whirinaki Forest, about 75km south of Rotorua.
CUP: Fears that the potentially lethal mix of alcohol and
water could bring tragedy to the America's Cup regatta have
prompted authorities to launch a concerted safety campaign.
Called Safe Summer 2000, the campaign - launched in Auckland yesterday - aims to ensure safety at sea and on the roads during the regatta, which starts with the Louis Vuitton Cup (for challengers) on October 18.
CRASH: A man who watched his hunting partner crash in a
helicopter walked for five hours through rugged bush to
raise the alarm.
Lawrence Rata, aged 45, of Waimana was killed when his Robinson R22 helicopter went down in a riverbed in the Raukumara State Forest Park, about 100km east of Whakatane, just after 8 am yesterday.
CONTROL: A high-tech New Zealand-developed air control
system is at the heart of a bid to win a $200 million
contract to revolutionise travel across some of the busiest
aircraft routes in the world.
The air traffic control system, now in use in Auckland, is claimed to help save airlines millions of dollars each year by enabling them to reduce fuel consumption and carry more passengers and cargo.