Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

National Radio 8am Bulletin

Fiji Violence – Local Government NZ – Petrol Prices – Baby Bashing – Fog – ERB – US Presidential Election – Serbian Arrests – Fiji Tourism – Goldie Theft

FIJI VIOLENCE: One soldier and one policeman are dead following a drive by shooting in Fiji last night. The military are still releasing information on the incident. The shooters were in a green 4WD vehicle. George Speight is in custody on a remote island with 12 others.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT NZ: Wellington Mayor Mark Blumsky says he has resigned from the Local Government NZ Council over the way the departing CEO was treated. The Minister of Sandra Lee rejects claims she was responsible

PETROL PRICES: The Automobile Association says the high price of petrol is starting to influence driving habits of drivers. In the past year the cost of petrol has risen 35 cents a litre. Many motorists have stopped taking long trips. Shell says that at this stage it has no plans to raise its prices.

BABY BASHING: Police investigating the death of a Wairarapa toddler say they are also investigating assaults on other children in the dead toddler’s family group.

FOG: Heavy fog is still delaying flights in and out of Auckland for a second day.

ERB: MPs are bracing themselves for a marathon sitting of Parliament to push the Employment Relations Bill through under urgency this week. The new law will be passed with the support of the Greens.

US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Al Gore has invited Senator Leiberman to be his vice-presidential running mate in the up-coming Presidential election. Leiberman was a critic of Bill Clinton’s extra-marital activities.

SERBIAN ARRESTS: The Serbian army claims two Canadian and two UK arrestees are terrorists and says it intends to prosecute them as such. An army spokesman says the four were found with demolition equipment.

FIJI TOURISM: The collapse of tourism in Fiji has given a boost to Northland tourism that could last two years. A Northland Hotel says that it has picked up 2500 guests from an US tour operator who has taken Fiji off the itinerary.

GOLDIE THEFT: Police have not ruled out charging a businessman who returned a missing Goldie painting, claiming he had purchased it for $10,000. Meanwhile police remain hopeful that an enhancement of video footage might help them.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 



Peter Dunne: What Has Happened To Tolerance?

An unpleasant aspect of our current national character has come to light in recent times. When it comes right down to it, no matter what our pretences to the contrary, tolerance for a different point of view, or approach to things, is not a commodity in great supply at present, right across the political spectrum... More>>

Keith Rankin: Inflation Fears, Bullshit Costs, And Inappropriate Policy

It is true that New Zealand – and the rest of the world – now faces substantial inflation pressure. As the 2020s unfold, the biggest macroeconomic story – as in the 1920s after World War 1 – is likely to be about how we address these pressures... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: When Football Did Not Come Home

They were in with a shot. The English team, deliriously floating on chants of Football’s Coming Home, had made it to their first major tournament final since 1966. The UEFA European Football Championship would be decided at Wembley against an Italian side unblemished by defeat since September 2018... More>>


Climate Explained: Is New Zealand Losing Or Gaining Native Forests?

Apart from wetlands, land above the treeline, coastal dunes and a few other exceptions, New Zealand was once covered in forests from Cape Reinga to Bluff. So was Europe, which basically consisted of a single forest from Sicily in southern Italy to the North Cape in Norway, before human intervention... More>>




Sydney Mockdown: The Delta Variant Strikes

It is proving to be an unfolding nightmare. For a government that had been beaming with pride at their COVID contract tracing for months, insisting that people could live, consume and move about with freedom as health professionals wrapped themselves round the virus, the tune has changed... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why The J&J Vaccine Isn’t An Ideal Back-up Option, And Haiti

The news that Medsafe has given approval to Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine means the government is finally putting a backup plan in place, after the series of close shaves it has been experiencing of late in getting its deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine... More>>