Telecoms Changes – Telecoms Reaction – Plane Crash – Phillida Bunkle – Women’s Refuge – Nazi Thesis – Race Relations –
Eruption – Super Jumbo
TELECOMS CHANGES: Telecom is to be forced to improve its performance but the market is happy with the outcome of the
Telecommunications inquiry pushing Telecom’s share price up. Minister Paul Swain says the inquiry wasn’t an anti-Telecom
inquiry. Alliance Minister Laila Harre is pleased the government is finally acting. The Government is also going to
renegotiate the kiwi share as part of a package of measures. The costs of the regime for Telecom are expected to be
around $100 million. Laila Harre says the changes will lead to cheaper phone bills. Ministers sold today’s announcement
as world leading which looks to be a big ask.
TELECOMS REACTION: Telecom CEO Theresa Gattung says she is happy to work within the proposed regime. Telecom Users say
that consumers will benefit from the changes. A fight looks likely to continue however into local line unbundling says
Clear. Telecom has agreed to upgrade its rural network. National has greeted the changes as basically positive but says
too many services will be regulated.
PLANE CRASH: Investigations are underway into a light plane crash in Canterbury that killed three. The four seater
aircraft crashed in a valley south of Hamner Springs. The crash was found by a farmer. Names of the victims are yet to
be released. This is the second crash in the last week.
PHILLIDA BUNKLE: Alliance Minister Phillida Bunkle is giving up her taxpayer funded apartment on Oriental Parade. Many
people have said she is not entitled to the apartment as a Wellington based minister. Bunkle says she is not Wellington
based although she stood in Wellington Central in the last election. Bunkle says everything she has done has been
approved. Nineteen other ministers live in taxpayer funded homes in the capital.
WOMEN’S REFUGE: Women’s refuge is getting a funding boost as part of a more than $2 million boost to funding to fight
NAZI THESIS: A student who concluded the Nazi’s didn’t use gas chambers to kill Jews in Germany has had his thesis
publicly criticised by the University of Canterbury. The Canterbury student, now Dr Joel Hayward, wrote the thesis in
1993 earning himself first class honours for his MA. He has since admitted the thesis was flawed, however the thesis
cannot be legally withdrawn after the event. Dr Hayward has dropped his interest in WWII in favour of Napoleon. The
University has apologised publicly and says the thesis did not deserve its high mark.
RACE RELATIONS: The Race Relations Conciliator says that complaints to his office have jumped over the last year.
ERUPTION: An eruption near Mexico City has thousands of villagers on the move as large rocks are thrown more than 10
kilometers from the volcano.
SUPER JUMBO: A passenger plane far bigger than the Jumbo is to be built in Europe. Airbus has launched the A380, which
has capacity for over 500 passengers in its two deck configuration. There is lots more room in these planes for
facilities like playrooms and shops. The first of the Super Jumbos is due to take off early 2006.