INDEPENDENT NEWS

The Dominion

Published: Tue 14 Mar 2000 09:55 AM
People Smuggling – Cricket – Police Review – Southerly Blast – Strange Wedding – Probation Scandal – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: DNA Testing
PEOPLE SMUGGLING: The Dominion leads today with a report that a crime syndicate that police say traded in human misery spent five years smuggling hundreds of people into New Zealand, forcing some into lives of crime to pay off debts.
CRICKET: The front-page photo shows an ecstatic Daniel Vettori delighted to bag himself another wicket. Vettori has scored a remarkable 12 wickets in the first test against Australia at Eden Park.
Also on the front page:
- POLICE REVIEW: a report that the government said yesterday it had halted the review of police that was a “festering sore” on police morale;
- SOUTHERLY BLAST: a report that a strong southerly moving through Cook Strait last night caused the cancellation of Tranz Rail’s Lynx fast ferry, and dampened spirits at the final performance of the Edinburgh Tattoo.
- STRANGE WEDDING: a report that Bryan Gerrard will not forget the day he played in a band at a South Canterbury wedding reception. The marquee at Geraldine caught fire, despite the torrential rain, and an old man dropped dead and then was revived by a doctor. Later Gerrard was stopped driving drunk.
- PROBATION SCANDAL: a report that two women probation offices allegedly involved in a drugs for favours scandal had been suspended and a male officer sacked after separate sex accusations, the Community Probation Service said yesterday.
Inside Political Headlines:
- Anderton casts doubt on super plan;
- Leaders target social concerns;
- Opposition “using scare tactics” over new job bill;
- ABOUT THE HOUSE: It’s Jim but not as we know him;
- No three-way deal on F16 jets, says PM;
- Chile promises to speed up free-trade negotiations;
- Bill aims at widening auditor-general’s scope;
- Gaming laws ad hoc, out of date – Burton;
- Gun law changes in sight.
EDITORIAL: DNA – DNA Testing needs care, it is mind boggling how after five inquiries ESR remains confused as to how it made several mistakes in DNA analysis.
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Alastair Thompson
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Alastair Thompson is the co-founder of Scoop. He is of Scottish and Irish extraction and from Wellington, New Zealand. Alastair has 24 years experience in the media, at the Dominion, National Business Review, North & South magazine, Straight Furrow newspaper and online since 1997. He is the winner of several journalism awards for business and investigative work.
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