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An independent safety audit into a string of dangerous incidents involving Air New Zealand's planes, has found only one was the fault the company's maintenance engineers but is warning that staff shortages could cause further problems.
Boeing began a review of the company's maintenance services last December after the engine of a 767 shattered shortly after take-off from Brisbane forcing it to return on one engine.
This followed an incident in September when a 747 had to turn back to London after an over-heating engine was shut down.
There were three occasions between May 2001 and August last year when bits of wing fell off aircraft in flight.
Today's report says Air New Zealand maintenance staff were at fault only in one incident where a panel fell from a plane after not being screwed down properly.
But it warns lack of manpower in some workshops is having a negative impact on airplane and engine overhaul schedules.
Joining us now is Craig Sinclair Air New Zealand's Senior Vice-President Operations and Technical. IV
To Australia now and the Prime Minister John Howard has formally accepted the Governor General's resignation during an hour long meeting between the two at Government House. It was Mr Howard's first face to face meeting with the Dr Hollingworth since the governor-general announced he was resigning, after months of pressure over claims he protected a paedophile priest in the 1990s. Mr Howard later told parliament he welcomed the governor general's decision. CUT
Peter Hollingworth's decision came two days after a civil rape case against him was abandoned, and followed further damaging claims that he had accused a 14-year-old sex abuse victim of starting a relationship with an abuser. Our correspondent in Canberra Kerry Ann Walshe says it's unlikely today's meeting between the Prime Minister and Dr Hollingworth was acrimonious. PRE REC
The All Black squad of 26 has been named at the New Zealand Rugby Football Union this afternoon, with five notable ommissions. Canterbury first five Andrew Mehrtens, who has been sidelined for most of the Super 12 competition with a knee injury, has been overlooked because of form. However, Coach John Mitchell says he still has an opportunity to play himself back into selection. CUT
Other ommissions include the Highlanders Taine Randall, and Simon Maling, the Crusader Mark Hammett, and the Hurricanes fullback Christian Cullen. Mitchell says the players who missed selection will have another opportunity, including Cullen. CUT
Joining me now is our rugby correspondent John McBeth... IV
Rebels in the Indonesian province of Aceh say the Indonesian military has carried out air strikes against them. Fighters from the Free Aceh Movement say three areas in north Acch have come under attack from Indonesian aircraft but none of their bases were hit. The Indonesian military has not confirmed the report, but it says aircraft have been used at stages in their campaign. Joining me now is the BBC's Rachel Harvey... IV
The University of Auckland is defending a proposal that could effectively bar students from some secondary schools from being accepted into courses such as medicine and law. The university has told schools it is too hard to determine whether students with a type of qualification known as unit standards meet the criteria for its restricted entry courses. As Patric Lane reports, principals whose schools offer unit standards fear that could leave them - and talented pupils - out in the cold. PKG
The United States is turning its focus to Iran for its alleged connections to the al Qaeda network. American lawmakers say they expect a "positive development" soon there in the war on terrorism. Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, Javad Zarif, says his country has arrested several al Qaeda members, and is willing to turn them over to what it calls "friendly governments," such as Saudi Arabia. Priscilla Huff reports. PKG
The dairy giant Fonterra has just signed an environmental accord designed to show it's serious about cleaning up polluted waterways. The Dairying and Clean Streams Accord between Local Government New Zealand, central Government and [illegible] aims to rid the dairy industry of its Dirty Dairying image, but it's got dairy farmers' backs up. Their national chairman, Kevin Wooding, says farmers don't need the agreement to clean up waterways. PREREC
The Human Rights Commission says employers need to be more aware of the impact of age discrimination when it comes to hiring older workers. The Commission says the number of complaints about age discrimination in the workplace has risen rapidly following publicity about the end of compulsory retirement in 1999. It has pointed to the recruitment process as the biggest source of complaint. Here's our political reporter, Mark Torley. PKG
The Minister for ACC Ruth Dyson is promising genuine consultation over proposed changes to the way claims from victims of medical misadventure are handled. ACC believes the current medical misadventure scheme is unfair because people have to either meet very narrow criteria, or prove someone is at fault. It is proposing changes which could see it acting more like an insurer and leaving other agencies to decide whether there has been negligence by a health care provider. Our Health Correspondent Rae Lamb reports. PKG

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Date 26 May 2003

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