Morning report. 1998-08-14

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0616 NEWS STORY: MāORI PARTY - NZ First MP and Associate Treasurer Tuariki Delamere talking openly about joining broad-based centre-left party that would be Māori-led and Māori-oriented. Comment from Mr Delamere, MP Rana Waitai and Māori Council chair Maanu Paul. (Stephen Harris)
0620 RURAL NEWS CLONED COW - Ruakura scientists say way now open to target specific markets following successful cloning of first genetic replica of adult cow. Calf Elsie illegible genetic replica of last surviving sub-Antarctic Enderby Island cow Lady. (Andrew McRae) GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD - British researcher suspended for misrepresenting results of research which he said revealed adverse effects in rats fed genetically altered potatoes. NZ Crop and Food Inst scientists also researching transgenic potatoes were sceptical of report when it first surfaces. Chief exec Mike Dunbier says it shows danger of going public with findings that haven't been authenticated. (Kevin Ikin) FLOODS - EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY - victims in Waimana district hoping at least some will get help from govt after Agriculture minister Lockwood Smith's visit. Officials advised Dr Smith to reject Fed Farmers' request for $100,000 in assistance, as well as family suport, because it doesn't meet govt policy but minister indicated he's look further at helping small number of dairy famrers who have no income because they've had to send away their herds. (Kevin Ikin) RURAL SCHOOLS- Fed Farmers calls on govt to implement Education ministry;s 1996 drft report on meeting needs of rural schools, following announcment that some rural schools in Taumarunui area may close because of falling rolls. (Kevin Ikin)
0625 SPORTS STORY illegible - ALL BLACKS gear up for last Tri-Nations test against Springboks in Durban this weekend. Live i/v with correspondent John McBeth.
0636 NEWS STORY: MāORI PARTY - speculation growing that separate Māori party will be launched within next week. NZ First MP Tau Henare Keeping options open about joining such a party. (Mary-Jane Aggett)
0651 BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS: CONTACT ENERGY power generator unveils plans to supply up to half million homes and businesses in AK city in direct competition to main suppliers Mercury Energy and Power New Zealand. Chief exec Paul Anthony says there'll be no connection fees and big savings for consumers; Power NZ chief exec Mary Boettcher questions move, says Contact indicating it will sell power to customers for less than it's selling to other retailers. (Clare Sziranyi) ECNZ says it's actively discussing buying retail operations of several power companies. (Gyles Beckford) ENERCO/SOUTHPOWER say collapse of joint venture with United Electricity not end of road. Enerco and Southpower say it's taking too long for United to consult with DN City Council, but chair John Gray hints at other deals in pipeline. (Clare Sziranyi) FINANCE/MARKETS MARKET REVIEW AUSTRALIA - TAX REFORM - big sell on for federal govt's reform package built around 10% goods and services tax. (Zandra Sharpe); live i/v with tax expert John Shewan re implications for NZ business. WN AIRPORT - talks between Infratil and govt over sale of Crown's 66% in airport resume this morning after lengthy session last night. Talks described as finely balanced, centring on ensuring certain level NZ ownership. (Clare Sziranyi)
0700 INTRO/NEWS COALITION WALKOUT - PM Jenny Shipley decides to sack deputy PM and Treasurer Winston Peters before next Monday's cabinet meeting. Live i/v with Political editor Al Morrison. COALITION WALKOUT/MāORI PARTY - live i/v with Tuariki Delamere, who severely criticises his leader Winston Peters; live i/v with Winston Peters in response; live i/v with Political editor Al Morrison. COALITION WALKOUT - what future is there now for coalition govt? Live i/v with Finance minister Bill Birch.
0730 NEWS/WEATHER/SPORTS NZ PAPERS FINANCE UPDATE COALITION WALKOUT - how do officials in Winston Peters' Tauranga constituency feel about his actions? Live i/v with electorate chair Charlie Carson. AUSTRALIA - TAX REFORM package unveiled by PM John Howard, whose re-election hopes are pinned on plan to give voters average of $30 a week in tax cuts and extra money for families and pensioners and a 10% GST. Live i/v with Canberra correspondent Michelle Grattan. CONTACT ENERGY power generation company predicts price war following its announcement of breaking into retail power business in AK. (Lisa Owen); live i/v with Contact Energy's chief exec Paul Anthony; live i/v with Mercury Energy chief exec Patrick Strange.
0800 NEWS/WEATHER COALITION WALKOUT - Tuariki Delamere says NZ First caucus collectively decided to support sale of UN airport provided majority shareholding stayed in NZ but airport was never included as strategic asset in coalition agreement; former NZ First list MP Neil Kirton says drama being played out is continuation of personality clash between Jenny Shipley and Winston Peters - i/ved live; Brian Donnelly reaffirms support for NZ First after claims he didn't agree with stance on sale of WN airport. There have been claims that Mr Donnelly approached PM asking her to help him win National Party candidacy in Whangarei in exchange for supporting sale decision but Mr Donnelly says this is untrue. (Mng Rpt) MāORI PARTY - reaction from NZ First party workers strong and swift to revelations Tuariki Delamere helping to plan new Māori party. (Corinne Ambler); live i/v with Mana Motuhake leader and Alliance deputy leader Sandra Lee; live i/v with Māori Issues correspondent Chris Wikaira and Māori commentator Derek Fox.
0830 NEWS/SPORTS RUGBY - ALL BLACKS - how confident are rugby analysts and fans about the team announced for Durban match against Springboks? Comment from vox pops, TAB's Neil Sorrensen, 1949 All Black Bob Scott, and NZ women's team captain Farrah Palmer. (Melita Tull); training session leaves several players with injuries. I/v with coach John Hart. (Mng Rpt) INTERNATIONAL PAPERS RECESSION - CHRISTCHURCH declares it to be officially over. Mayor Vicki Buck launches "Movin ON" campaign, celebrating signs local economy is starting to lift. (Lauren McKenzie) WEEKEND WEATHER with Steve Rawson, Weather Workshop. WHITEBAIT season begins everywhere except West Coast tomorrow. Reporter Graham McKerracher finds out what attraction is and best way to cook them. OZ SPOT - i/v with correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes. (GST details; election likelihood)

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Duration 02:02:10

Date 14 Aug 1998

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