TAX RISE: The government is pushing ahead with legislation to increase the top tax rate despite an IRD warning that the move could damage the economy.
HEALTH LINE: An American-Australian partnership and the NZ St John’s Ambulance will run a $7.5 million trial health advice line due to start next year.
XMAS LIGHTS: The Consumer Affairs Ministry has recalled 5200 sets of christmas lights due to dangers posed by faulty adaptors.
RADAR SYSTEM: Thousands of airline passengers were delayed yesterday after an hour and a half long fault with the national airline radar system.
EDWARDS OUT: Broadcaster Brian Edwards’s top rating Saturday Top O’ The Morning radio show has been dumped because RNZ heads consider it “dull and predictable”.
ABORTION: PM Helen Clark has endorsed Justice Minister Phil Goff’s calls for a review of abortion laws.
HARVEY HOLDS ON: Controversial Labour Party President Bob Harvey has kept his job after surviving a confidence vote forced by his supporters.
ACC: The government introduced legislation removing competition from workplace accident insurance yesterday.