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Labour says a government backdown on cuts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade shows staff morale was severely threatened. John Banks challenges Labour to repeat new claims about his relationship with Kim Dotcom outside parliament and industrial strife at the AFFCO meatworks sours further. (29′54″)
Relations between the meat processor Affco and its unionised workers have soured further. (2′24″)
The Wellington City Council is nearly three-quarters of a million dollars out of pocket after a number of organisations pulled out of holding conferences at the Town Hall because of concerns about its earthquake standards. (2′25″)
The latest from the Pacific region. (4′18″)
News from the rural and farming sector. (5′11″)
The Maori Council's legal team says the clock's ticking for it to get its evidence together to be heard by the Waitangi Tribunal; The Far North iwi Ngati Kahu is taking a stand against mining - saying it will use reasonable force to remove any prospectors from its land; The Minister of Maori Affairs, Pita Sharples, says he has vision for Te Puni Kokiri to guide all Government departments with their policy-making, to ensure the Maori voice is heard; An Auckland hapu says it owes a lot to Ngati Porou for allowing one of their sons to head its Trust Board for so long. (3′17″)
News from the business sector including a market report. (13′38″)
Labour's Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Phil Goff, says the government is shellshocked that documents about cuts to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade were leaked to him before they'd even reached cabinet. (6′52″)
A furious John Banks has issued a challenge to Labour's Trevor Mallard, to repeat claims about Kim Dotcom and an accommodation deal in Hong Kong outside of Parliament. (5′24″)
An expert on international terrorism says the U.S. policy of focusing on the Asia-Pacific region may hurt the war on terror. (3′42″)
Three hundred unionised workers at the Affco meat plants will not be at work today, despite the company making what it has called a good-will gesture of lifting their lockout notices. (2′30″)
And listening on the line has been Affco's operations manager, Rowan Ogg. (2′29″)
A man who admits he was a problem gambler has spoken out against Sky City's plans to increase the number of pokie machines at its Auckland casino. (4′22″)
The prominent Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has left the United States embassy in Beijing, a week after seeking shelter following his escape from house arrest. (4′25″)
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. (2′46″)
Returning to our lead story - Labour says the government is shellshocked by the continued leaks coming out of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (5′53″)
Wellington councils have rejected the regional council's push for a supercity. (3′09″)
Listening to that was Fran Wilde the chair of the Greater Wellington council. (2′09″)
Standard and Poors says a delay in returning the budget to surplus won't necessarily put New Zealand's prized double-A credit rating at risk. (2′46″)
The United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano is visiting New Zealand. (12′13″)
For people in Christchurch who have to temporarily leave their earthquake damaged home, two housing villages are filling the accommodation gap. (4′00″)
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. (1′01″)
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. (3′53″)
Three hundred unionised workers at Affco meat plants will not be at work today, despite the company lifting their lockout notices. (4′13″)
The co-leader of the Maori Party says smoking needs to be banned in cars. (3′08″)
The Far North iwi Ngati Kahu is taking a stand against mining - saying it will use reasonable force to remove any prospectors from its land; The Maori Council's legal team says the clock's ticking for it to get its evidence together to be heard by the Waitangi Tribunal; The Minister of Maori Affairs, Pita Sharples, says he has vision for Te Puni Kokiri to guide all Government departments with their policy-making, to ensure the Maori voice is heard; An Auckland hapu says it owes a lot to Ngati Porou for allowing one of their sons to head its Trust Board for so long. (3′28″)
The New Zealand Principals' Federation is blaming National Standards for a lack of quality science education in schools. (4′05″)
An organisation representing New Zealand's exporters wants more foreign investment in the food and beverage export industry. (2′54″)
Double gold medalilst Mark Todd says he is still on course to be part of the New Zealand Olympic equestrian team for London, despite his preferred horse - Land Vision - being ruled out of contention. (2′22″)
Edited by Martin Gibson
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