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National Radio Midday Report

Bonn Agreement – Deltec Sale – Michelle Boag – Indonesian President – Cocaine Sentence – Maori TV – Northland Prison – Brian Curtis Boat Accident – Hen Farm – Teenage Births – Women Bishops

BONN AGREEMENT: NZ will be allowed to use trees as greenhouse gas sinks but will also have to step up efforts to reduce methane emissions in the agriculture sector following the compromise agreement on the Kyoto Protocol on climate change reached in Bonn.

DELTEC SALE: The sale of the assets of New Zelaand hi-tech company Deltec to an American corporation has had mixed results for staff – good news for some, bad for others.

MICHELLE BOAG: New National President Michelle Boag has held her firsts meeting with MPs saying she wants a spirited performance from the caucus in the next sitting of Parliament, and has rejected Prime Minister Helen Clark’s statement that Ms Boag is confused about the president’s role.

INDONESIAN PRESIDENT: World leaders including US President George W. Bush have quickly endorsed the election of Megawati Sukarnopurti as Indonesian President.

COCAINE SENTENCE: Gisborne Lawyer Wayne Calahan says there has been strong family support for 62-year-old man Robert Stuart who was jailed in Peru for smuggling cocaine in June last year.

MAORI TV: The Maori TV trust formed under the previous Government to lead Maoir broadcasting will be disbanded following last minute negotiations over the Maori TV service.

NORTHLAND PRISON: The Northland family objecting to the building of a prison on the boundary of their property says no amount of money will change their stance.

BRIAN CURTIS: Brian James Curtis has been sentenced to 2 ½ years for breaking out of Paremoremo Prison. Curtis was found in the Philippines eight years after breaking out.

BOAT ACCIDENT: Police in Wairoa say an elderly man has died after a boating accident near the mouth of the Wairoa river this morning.

HEN FARM: Work has started on New Zealand’s biggest hen farm – which promises to house 19,000 free range hens.

TEENAGE BIRTHS: Statistics have debunked the notion that the birth-rate among teenage births snowballed since the introduction of the Domestic Purposes Benefit. The teenage birth-rate has more than halved since 1972 – the DPB was introduced in 1973.

WOMEN BISHOPS: Australia’s Anglican General Synod will vote today on draft legislation allowing women to become bishops.

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