National Radio Midday Bulletin
TRAIN CRASH: At least 26 people have been killed and dozens injured in a rush hour train crash at Paddington Station today. One carriage is yet to be searched and the death toll could reach as high as 35.
SANCTUARY: The government is going ahead with offering to give sanctuary to 300 East Timorese refugees, despite appalling conditions at the Mangare refugee centre which looks like a prison camp.
WAR CRIMES: The UN Human Rights Commission says the War Crimes Inquiry is to go ahead after more allegations of atrocities by pro-Jakarta militia as well as TNI troops.
SHIPLEY: The Prime Minister will be questioned by her troops in Darwin today over whether they will be getting a pay rise or not. The Australian troops get four times as much as their Kiwi counterparts.
DEBT: Two hundred people have gathered to protest over rising fees at Auckland’s Massey University campus while waiting for Max Bradford to turn up. He was booed.
MENTAL HEALTH: The Health Minister Wyatt Creech says $18 million will be made available for more institutions for people with mental disabilities if his bill which was introduced to parliament last night was passed.
INQUEST: An inquest is under way today after four high school children were killed in a car crash near Carterton.
O’CONNOR: West Coast Labour MP Damien O’Connor says he still believes in sustainable logging despite Labour’s opposition to it.
RUGBY/CRICKET: Rugby and Cricket management are keeping quiet over a meeting over access to Jade Stadium.
COOK ISLANDS: A traditional Cook Island canoe arrived in Auckland today after battling five meter high seas on its journey to launch the Americas Cup.