Whooping Cough - Judges On Probation - Dairy Industry Enterprise - Deserted 12yo - Rugby Suicide - Rabuka Biography -
Rabuka Biography - False Lineage - Waiperera Trust Inquiry - Cannabis Kids- Tax Free Super - Broadcaster Loses- Health
Management Shakeup - Tax Free Super -Editorial: Apprentice Scheme Boon
WHOOPING COUGH: An Auckland doctor and his 8-month-old son are experiencing first hand the early arrival of a whooping
cough epidemic. Dr Rob Everitt, Middlemore Hospital emergency department registrar, caught whooping cough after treating
three babies with the disease.
JUDGES ON PROBATION: The Government has placed judges on probation to deliver tougher prison sentences for criminals,
Justice Minister Phil Goff signalled last night. And if they don't deliver, he might entrench stricter sentencing
guidelines for them in law.
DAIRY INDUSTRY ENTERPRISE: The $8 billion dairy industry's chance of becoming a world-beating, multinational enterprise
earning more like $30 billion a year is in its death throes. Five years of high hopes that New Zealand's major exporter
could move up in the world rankings from 12th place to one of the top three by forming a giant cooperative integrating
its provincial manufacturing companies with their marketing organisation are almost certain to die tomorrow.
DESERTED 12YO: The occupants of a stolen car last night deserted their 12-year-old companion after they collided with
another car, critically injuring a woman. Police said the woman was thrown out of her car and suffered serious head
injuries in the crash, which happened after the stolen car drove through a give-way sign in Pt England.
RUGBY SUICIDE: Koula Tukino knows only too well the pressures faced by young rugby players trying to break into the
professional scene. The man who wears the Chiefs No 6 rugby jersey so coveted by Ryan Wheeler, the player who took his
life in Sydney this week, also suffered depression after failing to live up to his and others' expectations.
RABUKA BIOGRAPHY: First it was Bill Clinton. Now former Fiji coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka has a confession or two to make
about other women. In Auckland to promote his new biography, Rabuka of Fiji, the 51-year-old defeated as Prime Minister
last year fronted up about his personal indiscretions: "I have admitted I'm no angel ... I have been weak in those
areas," he said.
FALSE LINEAGE: In London New Zealand rugby player Brett Sinkinson yesterday insisted he had not knowingly played for
Wales under false pretences. "I never set out to deceive anyone. My father always believed his father came from Wales
and I acted on that basis when I told the Welsh Rugby Union I was eligible. It is still a bit unclear."
WAIPERERA TRUST INQUIRY: A West Auckland Maori trust accused in Parliament of misusing public money is under
investigation by Work and Income New Zealand after more allegations of financial mismanagement. A spokeswoman for Winz,
Kate Joblin, confirmed yesterday that an internal inquiry was under way into the Waipareira trust's Henderson-based
CANNABIS KIDS: A father has been left in despair over the futures of three of his sons, all thrown out of school on the
one day. Three of Joe Veve's five sons, twins Sean and Shane, aged 11, and Eddie, 13, have been excluded from St Paul's
College in Ponsonby for cannabis offences.
BROADCASTER LOSES - The Government's decision to halt Television New Zealand's ambitious plans for digital TV has seen
the state-owned broadcaster write off nearly $7 million in its latest accounts. The sum, which is even bigger than its
payout to former presenter John Hawkesby, was revealed yesterday in the broadcaster's accounts for the six months to the
end of December.
HEALTH MANAGEMENT SHAKEUP: Senior health administrators will be made to reapply for fewer management jobs within the new
health bureaucracy. But the Government still expects few redundancies when the Health Funding Authority is merged into
the Ministry of Health.
TAX FREE SUPER: Finance Minister Michael Cullen is pushing tax-free status for local investments by his planned giant
superannuation fund as he strives to build political support for the scheme. "We are looking at issues of the taxation
of the fund that might change the incentives [to invest locally]," he told Parliament's finance and expenditure
EDITORIAL: APPRENTICE SCHEME BOON - A recent economic outlook forecasting 4.5 per cent growth for Auckland over the next
two years had one significant caveat: staff recruitment and the related issue of rising wages. Regionally and
nationally, the shortage of skilled labour threatens to apply the handbrake to an expanding economy. Whether it be
welders, plumbers, technicians or metal fabricators, our skill pool is running dangerously low. A wave of selected
immigrants would be a partial quick-fix, but the long-term solution lies in trade training initiatives. The Government's
pumping of $5.5 million into a new apprenticeship scheme this year could, therefore, hardly be more opportune.