Hamilton Casino – David Doherty – David Bain – Ferry Delays – Apple Exports – Middle East Peace Talks – Falling Petrol
Prices – Diving Accident – Nursing Course – Privy Council – College Elects – Seed Screening – Mall Development – Absent
– President Target
- HAMILTON CASINO: Hamilton looks set to get a casino. The court of appeal has given its approval for the Hamilton
Riverside Casino to go ahead, overturning an earlier High Court ruling which quashed a casino licence granted by the
Casino Control Authority in October 1999.
- DAVID DOHERTY: David Doherty says the stress of being accused, sentenced, and serving three years in jail for the rape
of an 11 year old girl he didn’t commit has seriously damaged his mental health. The Government has announced that he
will receive compensation, but has not yet decided how much he should get.
- DAVID BAIN: David Bain, convicted of murdering his family, will learn the outcome of his petition seeking a pardon
from the Governor General this afternoon. His case has gone before the court of appeal and the Privy council and been
rejected by both. He is serving a life sentence for the murders.
- FERRY DELAYS: Truck drivers are growing increasingly frustrated at delays getting across the Cook Strait due to engine
trouble taking the Aratere ferry out of service.
- APPLE EXPORTS: ENZA has decided it will not appeal against the lifting of its high court injunction against
independent exports of apples. ENZA obtained a temporary injunction two weeks ago, complaining of the amount of
independent exports. But the resulting freeze brought complaints that it could jeopardize such exports.
- MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS: Lebanon and Egypt have both warned Palestinian negotiators against making concessions to
Israel in renewed peace talks in Washington.
- FALLING PETROL PRICES: Falling fuel prices are not likely to reduce costs for consumers generally.
- DIVING ACCIDENT: The company and an instructor involved in a diving accident that killed three people in the
Marlborough Sounds in March have appeared in Court.
- NURSING COURSE: Government is being asked to step into a row over a Massey University decision to introduce an
undergraduate Nursing Course on it’s Palmerston North Campus. The Manawatu UCOL Polytechnic already offers a similar
programme in the region and has done for 20 years and says the city can’t sustain another course.
- PRIVY COUNCIL: The Law Society says it is time to move on from the Privy Council as our final court of appeal, and
move to a two tiered appeal system within New Zealand’s court of appeal.
- COLLEGE ELECTS: The United States Electoral College has voted for George W. Bush to become the 43rd President of the
- SEED SCREENING: The Government has introduced a new testing regime for seed imports to screen for genetically modified
- MALL DEVELOPMENT: The Manukau City Council is planning to sell three streets and a carpark to the development company,
Westfield, to build a new mall.
- ABSENT: Woman at centre of the collapsed Auckland Regional Friendly Staff Society, Shelley Donald, did not turn up for
sentencing in court today, so an arrest warrant has been issued.
- PRESIDENT TARGET: Elite guards in South Africa have reportedly been asked to do their target practice on cutouts of
the president Mbeke and his cabinet colleagues. South Africa’s defence minister has vowed to investigate the claims made
in a weekend paper.