Morning report. 1999-08-05

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0611 NEWS STORY ASIA - FLOODS throughout SouthEast Asia claim hundreds of lives, leave several million people homeless, destroy roads and buildings and flood thousands of kilometres of farmland. Typhoon Olga has ripped its way through Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines. International Committee of the Red Cross launches worldwide appeal for help for flood victims. (BBC) YOUTH HEALTH - Assn for Adolescent Health and Development says nnational youth health policy urgently needed now drinking age is lower. President Dr Peter Watson says when drinking age lowered in parts of Australia and UN there was increase in number of deaths of young people on roads. Comment also from Stephen Bell, Youthline, and Children's Commissioner Roger McClay. (msry-Jane illegible) QUEEN MOTHER greets thousands of wellwishers outside Clarence House on her 99th birthday. (Keith Chalkley)
0620 RURAL NEWS MEGA MERGER - dairy industry sets up full-time team to implement plans for proposed mega co-op, with Kiwi Dairy Co's chief exec Craig Norgate heading team. Establishment board chair Graham Calvert says merger document will probably go out to farmers in late October and will include constitution for new company. (Kevin Ikin) PRODUCER BOARDS - RESTRUCTURING - MP Denis Marshall, chair of special select committee considering various producer board legislation, says despite packed schedule there is enough time to work through issues sensibly. (Diana Leufkens) MUSSEL FARMING - rush of applications for new farms in Marlborough Sounds since govt lifted moratorium on farms in area. Jim Jessup, Marine Farming Assn, comments. (Helen Shea) IRRADIATED FOOD - govt to allow sale in NZ. NZ has had moratorium since 1989 on such foods but Australia NZ Food Standards Council has now adopted standard which will allow irradiated foods to be sold. Health minister Wyatt Creech says supplier will have to prove irradiation needed to destroy contamination or illegible and safety assessment will be done on products.
0625 SPORTS STORY U.S. SPORTS - live i/v with Paul Witteman,"Sports Illustrated". (baseball statistics, hitters)
0635 NEWS STORY CHILE - PINOCHET - Chilean Foreign minister denies media claims he's been involved in secret talks with Spain to free former dictator Augusto Pinochet from house arrest in Britain, says his efforts to have Pinochet returned to Chile entirely open and public. Pinochet arrestes in London last October at Spain's request on allegations of torture relating to his 17 year rule in Chile. Live i/v with London correspondent Paul Chapman. INTERNATIONAL PAPERS MANA MāORI MāORI LANGUAGE - National MP Gerry Brownlee argues there's more to be gained for the language if Parliament doesn't provide translations because then pressure on MPs to gain understanding of the language. TRAFFIC REPORT
0648 BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS MOBILE PHONES - Telecom aims to start moving customers on to new network in 18 months with introduction of digital technology, wil use CDMA-One which promises higher quality, capacity, and speed for mobile data. Network general manager David Bedford says move aimed at customers being able to use futuristic "third generation technology". (Helen Matterson) FLETCHER CHALLENGE's plan to merge paper division with Canadian subsidiary in danger of failing. Majority of shareholders in Fletcher Caanda oppose plan to buy FC's paper dvision. (Gyles Beckford) FINANCE/MARKETS WEEK AHEAD C.E.R. INVESTMENT - Australia NZ Business Council says new agreements on investment and business are step forward but still some way to go. Agreements include freeing up of rules to allow easier transTasman investment and business law regimes of each country also being reviewed for further reform in hope of better co-ordination. Exec director Derek Homewood comments. (Helen Matterson) C.E.R. EXPANSION - Dairy Board expects to benefit substantially if CER expanded to areas such as South America. Last year exports to South America worth more than $590 million, and dairy products made up about 3-quarters of that. Board's external policy manager Nigel Mitchell says freeing up trade in region would be illegible for dairy industry. (Paul Diamond) RAILWAYS - author of cost-benefit analysis into privatisation of NZ Rail, now Tranzrail, says it's been much better deal for taxpayers than for private owners. Prof Lewis Evans says owners still not getting economic return. TransRail spokesman Fred Cockram agrees sale good for taxpayers but it's still profitable for owners. (Bronwen Evans) BUSINESS BRIEFS
0700 INTRO/NEWS FOOD IRRADIATION - govt to allow sale in NZ. Health minister Wyatt Creech says food suppliers will have to prove irradiation necessary to destroy contamination or pests; safe food campaigner Sue Kedgley says irradiation yet another technology unwanted by NZers - i/ved live. ASIA - FLOODS - CHINA - International Committee of Red Cross launching worldwide appeal to help China where flooding has caused deaths of at least 400 people. Situation most serious along major part of Yangtse River where nearly 2 million people driven from homes. David Willis reports from Beijing; PHILIPPINES - heavy rains in Manila topple houses from hillsides, burying scores of people and raising death toll to 34. John McLean reports death toll illegible rise, little in way of flood relief; Red Cross spokesman in Geneva, Marcel Fortier, says states of emergency declared in several areas - i/ved. AUCKLAND - WATER - police called to AK City Council meeting following heated debate on user-pays charges imposed by council-owned Metrowater company. Water Pressure lobby group members refuse to remain quiet during debate. Live i/v with reporter Todd Niall, with comment from Water Pressure spokesman Jim Gladwyn and mayor Christine Fletcher. CRICKET - England's captain Nasser Hussain ruled out of 3rd test against NZ because of injury. Match starts tonight at Old Trafford. I/v with NZ coach Steve Rixon about NZ team.(Mng Rpt)
0730 NEWS/WEATHER NZ PAPERS TRAFFIC REPORT FINANCE UPDATE NATO - NEW SECRETARY GENERAL - British Defence Secretary George Robertson named to succeed Javier Solana who's leaving to become European Union's first foreign policy commissioner. Mr Robertson pledges to work to lessen Europe's heavy military dependence on US without undermining strong transAtlantic ties. Live i/v with "The Guardian" Brussels correspondent Stephen Bates. MUSSEL FARMING - Māori in top of South Island in court today in attempt to stop govt lifting moratorium on new marine farms in Marlborough Sounds. Demand for new farms growing strongly. (Helen Shea); live i/v with Māori Issues correspondent Chris Wikaira re court case. (relates to seabed and foreshore) PRISON FLIGHTS - Corrections Dept says specially chartered flight to CH is safest and most cost-effective way of transporting 30 North Island prisoners to jail in South Island. CH prison officers disquited about move, worried most dangerous inmates being moved south. Live i/v with acting regional manager for Canterbury Prisons, Don Smith.
0800 NEWS/WEATHER FOOD IRRADIATION - live i/v with Health minister Wyatt Creech re decision to allow sale of irradiated food. ASIA - FLOODS - while heavy rains expected at this time of year in Asia, unusual for such severe floods to hit several countries within few days. Live i/v with Kevin Trenbearth, US National Centre for Atmospheric Research. AUSTRALIA - SYDNEY OIL SLICK - massive clean-up operation after Italian tanker "Laura D'Amato" dumped thousands of litres of crude oil into harbour. Open valves on ship believed to be cause of spill. Live i/v with ABC reporter John Morrison. FIRE SERVICE - INJUNCTION LIFTED - Fire Service hoping lifting of court injunction on hiring of new staff will take pressure off short-handed firefighters in Gisborne and AK. Union still suspicious of Service's motives. Comment from acting chief exec Alison Timms and union president Mike McEnaney. (Catherine Harris) LOCAL DEMOCRACY - Massey Univ study indicates that while local bodies may be elected democratically, they still don't reflect their communities. Study shows young people, women, Māori and other ethnic groups, and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds under-represented in local govt. Live i/v with report co-author Dr Christine Cheyne and Local Govt NZ president Louise Rosson. TRAFFIC REPORT
0830 NEWS/WEATHER/SPORTS INDIA - TRAIN CRASH - workers till clearing wreckage and bodies from crash. Attention now turning to who or what was responsible for one of country's worst train crashes. I/v with correspondent Ranjam Gupta. (Mng Rpt) BRITAIN - ATHLETICS SHOCK - confirmation that former Olympic sprint champion Lynford Christie tested positive for banned substance in Germany last February. Live i/v with BBC Sports correspondent Colin Maitland. (doubts about truth of it) INTERNATIONAL PAPERS C.E.R. EXPANSION - exporters pleased govt plans to expand agreement beyond Australia and NZ. PM Jenny Shipley says it could be expanded to individual countries or groups of countires where closer relations could deliver great benefits than World Trade Orgn or APEC. Comment also form Paul Vaughn, Trade Development Board, Nigel Mitchell of Dairy Board, and Graham Kerr, Hansen Products. (Paul Diamond) BROWN TEAL DUCK to be re-established on Chatham Islands, about 100 years after it died out there, but Brown Teal Recovery Group has received only half of $70,000 Millennium Fund grant it sought to release captive-reared birds. Live i/v with Alan Wilkes of Ducks Unlimited, group involved in project. FRUIT AND VEG REPORT with Jack Forsythe.

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Date 05 Aug 1999

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