Undercover Detection – Kylie Jones x 2 – Meningitis – ERB – Overstayers – Hamilton Stadium – Firefighters To US –
Joanne McCarthy – Janet Frame – Moore On Samuels – Aussie Citizenship
UNDERCOVER DETECTION: An undercover detective who infiltrated two crime rings sparked a series of police raids beginning
at dawn yesterday in which guns, drugs and stolen goods were seized.
Police claim the raids - with 145 officers taking part - broke the two Waikato crime rings.
KYLIE JONES: A woman who trained as an anti-violence facilitator with Kylie Jones' killer, Taffy Hotene, says he was a
reserved young man with no apparent hostility towards women.
Dr Vanya Kovach and Hotene took a course run by the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), a voluntary programme to
teach prisoners anti-violence techniques.
KYLIE JONES: Outspoken tougher sentences campaigner Mark Middleton has vowed to kill the man who murdered 22-year-old
Auckland journalist Kylie Jones if he is ever released from prison.
Middleton said yesterday that he or his "brotherhood" would kill 30-year-old Taffy Herbert Hotene if he was ever
released, because the justice system was incapable of protecting innocent people.
MENINGITIS: New Zealand's decade-long epidemic of the deadly meningococcal disease is being driven by household
crowding, says a major study.
The three-year investigation is the first of its kind in this country to look at the risk factors for meningococcal
ERB: All an employer need do to circumvent the law giving greater workplace access to unions is take a mattress to work
and call it a dwelling-house, says Act leader Richard Prebble.
OVERSTAYERS: Long-term overstayers are bracing themselves for legislation granting immigration officers the power to
detain them and send them home on the same day.
The legislation is already in force for illegal immigrants who arrived in New Zealand after October 1 last year.
HAMILTON STADIUM: Hamilton's $30 million dual sports stadium project has hit another stumbling block. Its governing
trust is facing liquidation.
Redman Advertising and Marketing has filed papers in the High Court at Hamilton seeking to place the Waikato Stadium
Trust in liquidation over a 12-month-old bill.
FIRE FIGHTERS TO US: Big Gulch, Fish Creek, Bruin Pt, Sombrero Butte - these are some of the American hotspots that
Auckland firefighter Larry Crocker will help to damp down.
The 49-year-old Counties Manukau fire chief today flies out with nine colleagues - two from the Rural Fire Authority,
five Department of Conservation staff, one Defence Force member and another from the Timaru District Council - to join
22,000 people battling blazes in the western states.
JOANNE MCCARTHY: Joanne McCarthy was involved in a "pitched mortal battle" as she fought for her life, Simon Moore, the
Crown Solicitor for Auckland, said yesterday.
In his closing address in the Travis Burns murder trial in the High Court at Auckland, Mr Moore said it was a fight that
Joanne McCarthy was to lose.
JANET FRAME: It might not have arrived with the flash and flurry of Harry Potter, but a biography of New Zealand writer
Janet Frame seems to have cast a spell over bookstores nationwide.
Michael King's biography Wrestling with the Angel: A Life of Janet Frame has forced publisher Penguin Books to schedule
a second printing just a week after the book hit store shelves.
MOORE ON SAMUELS: World Trade Organisation head Mike Moore is backing his friend sacked minister Dover Samuels saying he
should take a break with him in Geneva.
"I know the Samuels family. Those kids adore him. He's stayed at my house. I have stayed at his house. I just do not
believe some of the cruel rumours planted around this town [Wellington].
AUSSIE CITIZENSHIP: Prime Minister Helen Clark has poured cold water on Dr Michael Cullen's call for reciprocal
citizenship for New Zealanders and Australians, yet the Finance Minister still wants to talk his colleagues round.
"I think Dr Cullen might be slightly optimistic about common citizenship," Helen Clark told a business conference in