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- Knowledge Wave - Catching the Knowledge wave conference, it's where you take a mixture of business leaders, academics, politicians, overseas experts, and lock them away in a hotel conference room. And when they emerge 3 days later, they'll hopefully have found new solutions to stop the New Zealand economy going down the gurgler. "This is a mammoth challenge, a challenge that cannot simply be level at government or business, or any other sector, it is a challenged levelled at all New Zealanders," says James Hood, Auckland University Chancellor. One goal is to produce ideas on how to double the economic growth and wealth of New Zealanders within a decade. Although the government says it can't do all the work. "Everyone here is also leader, it would be disappointing it the outcome of...

- Watt Reward - Power companies are pouring cold water on a suggestion that consumers could be financially rewarded for saving electricity. The suggestion came from Energy Minister Peter Hodgson yesterday, who said he was talking with suppliers. The energy conservation message seems to be getting through - Wellington's skyline was noticeably darker last night. The lights were also dimmed at that Auckland...

- Iroquois - 5 of the Air Force's Iroquois helicopters are to be fitted with replacement rotor blades, after a crack was found in one of them. The crack was spotted on a blade of an Iroquois at Suai, in East Timor. The air force says the type of defect has never been seen before. A precautionary safety margin has been put in place limiting the flying hours of the other helicopters until more is known ...

- Working Party - The Australian and New Zealand governments met today to discuss Air New Zealand's equity crisis. They decided to set up an officials' working party to find a way ahead. But it's clear that Australia, whose Transport Minister was in Wellington for today's meeting, wants Qantas to have a slice of Air New Zealand. The Australian Government says it wants to see Qantas rather than Singapore...

- Met Gear Theft - The Met Service says the theft of vital weather tracking equipment at Cape Reinga in Northland, is putting lives at risk. Thefts of the solar panels and batteries have occurred not once, but 4 times. Cape Reinga lighthouse is New Zealand's northern-most tourist attraction.  But the Met Service says its nearby automatic weather tracking station.. solar-powered in a way similar to one at Cape...

- Labels - The warning labels on caffeinated energy drinks like Red Bull and 'V' are to re-worded. The change has been approved by the Australian and New Zealand Food Standards Council, and follows growing international concern about Red Bull which has been linked to 3 deaths in Sweden. Until now the cans have carried a warning that the drinks are not suitable for children or people sensitive to caffeine.

- Pie Umphant - 2 and a half years ago Saroun and Eng Lach didn't know what to do with a pie filling. Now their Lower Hutt bakery is credited with making the best pie in the country. The Lachs fought off competition from 273 other bakeries to win the supreme award. As news of the win spread, so did the queues - the lunch crowd looking for a taste of the country's best steak mince and cheese pie.

- New Zealand Premiere - Lord of the Rings' director Peter Jackson has revealed a hobbit secret. He's confirmed for 3 News that the Ring Trilogy will have its New Zealand premiere at Wellington's Embassy Theatre. It's expected to be in late December, and shortly after the world premiere. But that doesn't give much time for renovators to bring the theatre back to its original, 1920s glory.

- People's Bank - State Owned Enterprises Minister Mark Burton has stormed out of a question session about leaks from the people's bank. A select committee had been quizzing the Minister over the government witch hunt to find the source of the leaks. It started with leaks and ended with fireworks. State Owned Enterprises Minister Mark Burton accused of dodging questions.

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