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A voice familiar to generations of New Zealanders has been silenced.

Peter Sinclair, a veteran broadcaster on both radio and television, died this morning after a lengthy battle with leukaemia. He was 62. From the early days of "Let's Go", to telethons, to radio and more recently print, Sinclair displayed a rare talent that made him a household name. He was a man for all mediums. But Peter Sinclair was perhaps best known for his work in radio and television. Born in Australia, he came to New Zealand and worked for the NZBC in radio, combining his perfect diction to excitedly introduce the pop music of the day. e fronted the pop music shows, Let's Go, Happen Inn and C'mon, before moving on to more serious subjects with University Challenge and Mastermind.


MP NUMBERS - New Zealand looks set to stay with M.M.P, that's mixed member proportional representation, if you'd forgotten. A review into M.M.P and the number of M.P.s we should have was made public today. It shows the majority of politicians are opting to maintain the status quo, which will protect their own jobs. When Parliament resumed today one of the first items of business was to table the...


IT COULD HAPPEN HERE - While there's no suggestion that the 2 renegade doctors might choose New Zealand to clone the first human being, they could. Our law makers have yet to doctor legislation to prevent the cloning of humans, but moves are underway to close that loophole. Manipulating human cells is standard practise at fertility clinics, but in New Zealand you won't find any support for cloning.


RANKIN MOVES ON - The Christine Rankin file is officially closed. The government today said it will 'not' sue the former WINZ boss for the half million dollars it cost to fight her claims in the Employment Court. And Rankin has also decided to put the saga behind her. She won't pursue a claim of sexual harassment saying she wants to get on with her life.


PARENTS' PLEA - The parents of Teresa Cormack say it's time for the murderer to atone for his actions. Police have renewed their investigation after a scientific breakthrough provided them with a DNA profile of the killer. At a media conference today, Teresa's parents made a special plea to the killer. The hunt for the killer of Teresa Cormack reopened this week...and today her parents made a special... More


FUNERAL - Several hundred people attended the funeral today of George Gollan, the 14 year old driver who was killed in a car accident in West Otago on Sunday. 14 year old Hayley Morris of Gore was also killed in the crash. Gore high school closed early so students could go to the service, a guard of honour farewelling their dead classmate. Another of Gollan's passengers, Kirsten Forster, who...


WASTE - More than 100 tonnes of paper that should have been recycled has been dumped in a Canterbury landfill. The city's recycling contractor was forced to bury the paper when it was unable to cope with a sudden influx. 100 tonnes is just 2 days worth of residential collection. The company, Canterbury Recycled Material Foundation says the extra paper came from people throwing out old phone...


MEMORIAL - One of the bravest battles ever fought by New Zealand soldiers was commemorated at the Ataturk Memorial on Wellington's bleak south coast today. Army territorials paid tribute to the Wellington infantry battalion which reached the top of Chunuk Bair 86 years ago - and almost turned the tide of the first world war on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. Almost 400 died and more than 300 were...

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