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The government has announced plans for a new power station to be built before next winter to provide reserve generation in a very dry year.
[illegible] 150-million dollar oil-fired plant is likely to be situated on land owned by Contact Energy at Whirinaki in Hawkes Bay.
It'll be paid for through a levy on all power users of half a cent per unit of electricity, and could supply up to three percent of New Zealand's average power needs.
Energy Minister Peter Hodgson says the plant will be fired up when hydro lake inflows are abnormally low, and if there is a major breakdown in another generating plant. LIVE
The Auckland Regional Council has launched a ten year plan to solve the region's chronic transport problems but says it is 2-point- 4 billion dollars short of the money needed to deliver.
The ARC already has a rate-payers revolt on its hands over rate increases of up to 200 percent the council insists is needed to fix Auckland's failing infrastructure.
The key elements of the transport plan include 15 major roading projects at a cost of 3-point-6 billion dollars, and the development and expansion of bus, rail and ferry services.
Catherine Harland is the chair of the Ak Regional Land Transport Committee. LIVE
Auckland ratepayers spearheading a revolt against the Regional Council's rates rises say they will keep the pressure on the council to rethink the increases. The Auckland Regional Council has decided not to hold a special council meeting to re-evaluate the rate rises which see some people face increases of over two hundred percent.
Anna-Louise Taylor has been following the story. PKGE
The Immigration Minister has been on the defensive in Parliament this afternoon, as Opposition parties attacked the Government over an alleged conspiracy to lie to the media to conceal the arrest of a suspected terrorist. The comments by the Immigration Service spokesman, Ian Smith, reportedly referred to an agreement to 'lie in unison' about the detention of a suspected terrorist last December.
Now the service is dismissing the comments as 'flippant' and is claiming they [illegible] a reaction to a newspaper editorial critical of the service's handling of events.
Political reporter, Jane Patterson, has more. PKGE
Ian Smith is not talking to the media but Immigration Service General Manager Andrew Lockhart says Mr Smith's comments about an agreement to lie are simply not true.
The New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has now paid a taxi fare at the centre of a police investigation, and the party hopes the matter is now resolved.
The incident occured in the early hours of last Thursday morning, and a spokesperson for Mr Peters says there was never any intention not to pay the fare.
He says the confusion arose in part because Mr Peters used a different cab company than usual, and any concerns over "innuendo" were a result of communication difficulties.
Mr Peters met a senior police officer for about an hour this morning.
Inspector Marty Grenfell told me the MP has provided police with an explanation of what happened. PRE-REC
The Parole Board has refused to grant home detention to a Chinese student who was jailed for a year after losing control of his car and killing a young girl. 19 year old Ding Yan Zhou was originally jailed for two years for dangerous driving causing death but his sentence was halved on appeal.
Four year old Georgina McCarten-Graham died after a car driven by Zhou crashed into her at a Rangiriri service station in North Waikato in March.
[illegible] McRae has been following the case and he joins me now. LIVE
A crown witness has told a court that a man found dead at the Colombus Academy in west Auckland was kicked by a group of angry students on the night of his death.
22 year old Nozumu Shinozaki died after a fight at the hostel for Japanese students in February.
At a depositions hearing at the North Shore District Court, nine men are facing charges of murder, assault and kidnapping, while the former academy director is accused of perverting the course of justice.
Our reporter Sarah Howison was at the North Shore District court and she joins us now......LIVE
Central and local government came together today with the prime minister empathising with councils being forced to increase their rate charges. The comments came during a thirty minute address at the local goverment New zealand conference in Queenstown.
Our reporter Nathan Mills is there. LIVE
The Maritime Safety Authority has sent investigators to Whangarei to find out why another oil tanker has hit the seabed coming into Marsden Point.
The tanker touched bottom off the harbour entrance on Sunday and the Northland regional harbour master is calling for an immediate ban on tankers' berthing at Marsden Point at night time.
It's just over three months ago since, another supertanker, the Capella Voyager, damaged her hull and took on water when she scraped the seabed. Lois Williams filed this report: PKGE
The police authorities in Solomon Islands are reporting steady progress in [illegible] corrupt police officers.
They say so far 38 weapons have been handed in as required.
The hand-in came after the new British and AUstralian heads of Solomon Islands police decreed that from 10 o'clock last night all weapons owned by police officers were to be considered illegal.
Our correspondent Erik Frykberg LIVE
The Kapiti Coast District Council has had to back down from a plan to ban brothels in the area, after a closer look at the Prostitution law reform legislation showed such a ban is illegal.
The council had tried to change its District Plan by issuing a notice of motion to put the ban in place.
Now it says it will find a way to make it as difficult as possible for anyone wanting to open a brothel in Kapiti.
Ceinwen Curtis has more. PKGE
Tributes have been flowing for one of the world's best known comedians - the legendary Bob Hope.
He died of pneumonia, having celebrated his one hundredth birthday two months ago.
His daughter Linda Hope told media he died peacefully with his wife and children around him, after a priest said a mass. CUT.
Bob Hope was born in Britain but emigrated to the United States with his family as small boy.
By 18 years of age he'd developed a vaudeville act which led to broadway, radio, film and eventually television appearances.
He became famous for a string of road movies that he made with Bing Crosby and was a staunch supporter of US defence troops - taking his act to US bases around the world, from the second world war to the Gulf war. MONTAGE

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Date 29 Jul 2003

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