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The country is losing the only air ambulance service specialised in transporting sick children from around New Zealand to Auckland's Starship and National Women's Hospitals.
The Auckland Regional Helicopter Trust announced the decision this afternoon, and says a questionmark still hangs over the future of its rescue helicopter service.
This follows a HIgh Court decision allowing the Internal Affairs Department to cancel pokie machine licences which providea major source of income for the Trust.
The department was concerned that the money being raised would be used to subsidise six pubs owned by a subsidiary of the Trust.
Trust chief executive Rea WIkaira joins us now. LIVE
Doctor John Becker is director of intensive care at Auckland's Starship Hospital LIVE
The lawyers for the alleged Algerian terrorist Ahmed Zaoui, who's been in prison in New Zealand, say a ruling which has just been released has found he should have refugee status.
Mr Zaoui has been at Paremoremo since being arrested at Auckland International Airport last December, after he was deemed a threat to national security. His Legal representatives say a ruling from the Refugee Status Appeal Authority has approved his status as a refugee.
He will remain in prison until the Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel rules whether we should be allowed to stay in the country or be deported.
His lawyer Deborah Manning joins us now LIVE
Immigration Minister LIanne Dalziel LIVE
A Christchurch man has been sentenced to nine years in jail for the manslaughter of his estranged wife's new partner.
Richard James Jarman was also jailed for a concurrent term of six years for causing grevious bodily harm to his wife, who had to have an arm amputated. The High Court in Christchurch heard that Jarman fired seven shots at Garth Caldwell and Gayle Jarman in April last year.
Our reporter Katy Gosset was at the sentencing today, and she joins me now. LIVE
The New Zealand defence force's final deployment to the Solomon Islands has been delayed by problems with its aging hercules transport aircraft. An Airforce spokesman, Squadron Leader Rick Cullinane says one aeroplane needed a propellor replaced, and after a day's delay, it left early this morning, carrying equipment to the Solomons.
He says a second stricken hercules remains on the ground at the Ohakea Airbase in Manawatu, where it is awaiting an engine replacement.
Ric Cullinane says the two aircraft were scheduled for eight flights and managed five between them before they brokedown. PREREC
In Auckland about 60 noisy protestors voiced their anger over a big increase in regional council rates outside a closed meeting between about 15 MPs and the North Shore mayor George Wood.
The Auckland Regional Council's decision to raise rates by 34 percent and switch to capital value rating has been met by widespread public opposition. Some MPs attending the meeting including National MPs Don Brash and Lockwood Smith, and Act MP Rodney Hide say the regional rate hike is wrong Our reporter Sally Wenley is at the meeting and she joins us now. LIVE
Electricity users in Christchurch are facing price hikes of as much as 27 percent, to help the State-owned power company Meridian Energy raise funds for a one point two billion dollar power scheme.
Meridian claims its prices in Christchurch have been stable for the past two years and charges have to go up in light of recent power crises. [illegible] company has already earmarked the extra income to fund its 1-point-2 billion dollar hydro scheme on the Lower Waitaki River even though that scheme does not yet have resource consent.
John Macdonald has more PKG
The National party says the Government is being disingenous and crafty, by striking a backroom deal with trade unions over the introduction of four weeks annual leave.
During the election campaign, Labour told business it wouldn't introduce an extra week's leave for workers this term.
But now it's being accused of doing deals in the face of enormous union pressure.
Our Political reporter, Jane Patterson, has more. PKG
Rules on advertising alcohol on radio and TV are being tightened to prevent drinks being promoted in a way that is likely to appeal to under 18 year olds. A review of the advertising code has been carried out by an independent panel, and the recommendations have unanimously accepted by the Advertising Standards Authority.
[illegible] include a ban on ready-to-drink mixes and other products presented in a way that's attractive to minors, or that confuses liquor with confectionary and soft drinks, or that draws an association with drug culture or anti-social behaviour.
Joining us now to discuss the changes is the executive director of the Advertising Standards Authority Glen Wiggs. LIVE
The Auckland Police is looking into establishing a volunteer police reserve, to assist them in forging closer ties with communties in the region At a forum on policing and violence in the Aucland Town Hall, Superintendant Howard Broad said police need to look at ways to make contact with parts of the community that are closed to police at the moment.
He also highlighted the challenges posed to police over the growing ethnic diversity.
Sarah Howison was at the forum today PKG

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