Fiji Footage Fury – ACC Lump Sums – OECD Report – Date Rape – Greek Ferry Suicide – Child Murder UK – Elian Gonzalez –
FIJI FOOTAGE FURY: The Fiji High Commissioner is infuriated by TV3 footage showing Indigenous Fijians shooting outside a
Secondary School. TV3 says the footage is not file footage and has never been screened before. The footage was filmed
two weeks ago. The cameraman had to smuggle the footage out and it arrived in NZ yesterday. The camera operator is
puzzled by the Fijian claims that nothing has happened in the area the footage was filmed for more than a month.
ACC LUMP SUMS: Lump sum ACC payments are to be brought back in. Payments of up to $100,000 can be made under legislation
introduced today to Parliament. Under the new scheme the lump-sums will be paid in addition to earnings related
compensation. The difference in payment between people made deaf and those made blind has angered the deaf. National
says it is concerned about blow outs in expenditure. Michael Cullen says nonsense. The ACC bill is also big on injury
OECD REPORT: The government has rejected a suggestion from the OECD that people should be taxed if they own their own
homes. Members of the public are not impressed with the suggestion. Nor are bankers. Buried within the OECD report is
even more sobering news for home owners. The OECD says that if the economy improves then interest rates may have to rise
by 0.5%. The Paris based thinktank also took a pot shot at government reforms which are described as unhelpful.
DATE RAPE: A drug rape trial in the Wellington High Court has been stalled by a secret application. The contents of the
application have been suppressed.
GREEK FERRY SUICIDE: The general manager of a Greek shipping company which owned a ferry on which 80 people died has
CHILD MURDER: UK Police have launched a murder investigation over the death of a 10 year old boy in what is thought to
have been a bullying incident.
ELIAN GONZALEZ: Footage of international tug of love boy Elian Gonzalez has been released by Cuban authorities. Elian
Gonzalez is reportedly enjoying being home.
PLAYSTATION 2: Video game players have already almost purchased all the Playstation 2s on the market in NZ. Game players
queue to buy the players. One person came to buy it here because it will be cheaper here than in Australia. Sony says it
is better than the first Playstation.