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National Radio Midday Bulletin

All Black Loss – Fans and Team Reaction – School Rescue – Foster Care – Poll Reaction – Republicanism Referendum – TB Outbreak – Indian Cyclone – Tertiary Calamity – Hastings Murder – Cook Strait Ferry – Home Security – New UV Index

ALL BLACK LOSS: All Blacks will have to qualify for 2003 Rugby World Cup after losing to South Africa 22 18. The fourth placing is their worst in the Rugby World Cup ever. The final is on Sunday morning between France and Australia. Kees Mews says they were playing for their fans today. They weren’t going to come out lightly – we wanted to win. “It is really good to have the fans behind us,” he says.

ALL BLACK LOSS: All Black fans are angry and embarrassed by the loss. In a Wellington bar many people unhappy.

ALL BLACK LOSS: John McBeth live from Cardiff: The comment from Mews sums it up . They are very upset at the loss. There is a pretty sombre mood in the dressing room. The reaction in the team is deep disappointment. They know the fans are upset. John Hart says he will not say yet what he will do. Losing coaches in NZ don’t usually last that long. Bok coach Nick Mallett says fans need to remember that the World Cup does not belong to the All Blacks.

SCHOOL RESCUE: Police are today questioning the leaders of a school trip which went wrong in West Auckland yesterday. We have no direct criticisms. The facts are the weather was bad and the incident was unnecessary says a policeman. The principal is defending how the school handled the incident.

FOSTER CARE: The Foster-care Federation is calling for a review of foster care arrangements following the sentencing of Dean Hiroki a foster parent who taught has ward to rape.

POLL REACTION: Labour Leader Helen Clark says she is not concerned at the latest political poll which puts National and Labour neck and neck. Support for national remains static while National support is falling. Clark says that through the campaign Labour will perform strongly. Alliance says it is happy with the poll. Ditto ACT. The PM is not commenting.

REPUBLICANISM REFERENDUM: Australians look set to reject republicanism in a referendum tomorrow. Two polls published today show republicans well behind.

TB OUTBREAK: Translators used to explain to pupils why they have to be tested for TB in Auckland after another outbreak out a high school.

INDIAN CYCLONE: Rescuers say they are beginning to reach millions of survivors of the massive cyclone which hit the Indian province of Orissa. Pilot says he has found some marooned people on an island.

TERTIARY CALAMITY: Tertiary education taskforce says the lack of poor people in tertiary education is a disaster in the making. Max Bradford says the predictions of a calamity are over the top.

HASTINGS MURDER: The funeral of the security guard murdered in Hastings Splash Planet park has been held today.

COOK STRAIT FERRY: Ferry Aratere will be back at work shortly.

HOME SECURITY: Insurance Council is welcoming an organisation to monitor standards for security firms who install alarm systems. Chris Ryan says the initiative is good both for the public and insurers.

NEW UV INDEX: A new information service to warn NZers about harmful radiation from the sun. The UV index will use a scale of 1 to 13.

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