Morning report. 1999-11-10

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0611 NEWS STORY ELECTION - SPENDING PROMISES - National party critical of Labour's costings for its promises, says they don't account for pressure Alliance will apply for more spending. Alliance indictes Labour's plans may be too dependent on country's economic performance. Comment from Jenny Shipley, Jim Anderton, Michael Cullen, Winston Peters and Rodney Hide. (Blair McLaren) SUBSTANDARD VEHICLES - police warn commercial drivers more crackdowns on way after more than 700 drivers were issued tickets in 3-day safety blitz in AK. More than 30 substandard vehicles, including school bus with failing brakes, ordered off road. Comment from Reg Barrett, Land Transport Safety Authority, illegible Friedlander of Road Transport Foum and Robin Pope, Post Haste courier company. (Christine Cessford)
0620 RURAL NEWS AGRICULTURE IMAGE - Hilton Funress, Fertiliser Manfuacturers' Research Assn, says negative perception of agriculture and fertiliser industry is one of big challenges confronting industry over next 5 years. (Kevin Ikin) MEGA MERGER - Graham Calvert, chair of MegaCo establishment board, agrees with former Dairy Board chair John Storey that less talk and more action needed to push through mega merger. Mr Calvert confident of agreement by Christmas and wil be in position to take fresh application to Commerce Commisison by January, but conceded that leaves very tight time-line for implementing merger to keep strategy on track. (Kevin Ikin) PRIMARY CO-OPERATIVES - Agribusiness Congress debates pros and cons of co-operatives. Rick Bettle, former chief exec of Alliance and Wrightson, says co-op structure still works well for primary production and he doesn't accept common complant that management is less accountable than those in corporate structure. But Business Roundtable director Roger Kerr considers benefits claimed for co-ops in allowing farmer control seem vastly over-rated. (kevin Ikin) illegible HEALTH - national forum being set up to look at how best to cater for differing needs of rural communities, includes organisations such as Centre for Rural Health, and Southlink Health, and aims to ensure govt support is distributed equitably around country. Comment from Dr Martin London, Centre for Rural Health. (Diana Leufkens)
0625 SPORTS STORY AUSTRALIAN SPORT - i/v with correspondent Tim Gavel. (return of triumphant rugby team from World Cup)
0635 NEWS STORY AIDS TESTING - Aids Fndn condemns govt decision to introduce compulsory HIV testing for people wanting to move to NZ. In move announced by Immigration minister Tuariki Delamere, from next year refugees, immigrants, and people wanting to work or study here will be refused entry if they test positive for HIV infection. Comment from Mr Delamere, Kevin Hague of Aids Dndn and Hans ten Feld, UNHCR representative in NZ. (Catherine Walbridge) INTERNATIONAL PAPERS MANA MāORI TRAFFIC REPORT
0648 BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY - report by Australian telecomms consultant Paul Budde paints gloomy picture of NZ's industry, blames Telecom and govt for hampering competition. Mr Budde also says although Telecom is one of world's most efficient companies, it may be too small to survive on its own as international mergers gather pace. (Paul Diamond); live i/v with Telecom spokesman Clive Litt. FINANCE/MARKETS MARKET REVIEW BRITISH AIRWAYS profits slip 40% but has maintained investor support by keeping dividend level unchanged. It's cutting number of seats by around 12% over next 3 years, with more emphasis on profitable business class traveller and less on economy passengers; AIR NZ says it doesn't need to adopt same strategy. Spokesman Alistair Carthew says airline's working to marry its number of seats and flights to best fit its route requirements. (Gyles Beckford) BUSINESS BRIEFS
0700 INTRO/NEWS ELECTION - SPENDING PROMISES - LABOUR - National's Bill English says costings depend almost totally on tax rises, while NZ First's Winston Peters says illegible just don't add up. (qq); ACT's Rodney Hide says Labour's simply made extravagant promises without explaining how they're to be paid for; Alliance's Jim Anderton concerned many of Labour's costings seem to be conditional on economic growth; livei/v with Labour's Michael Cullen and National's Bill English; live i/v with NZIER director Alex Sundakov. AIDS TESTING - Immigration minister Tuariki Delamere says cabinet decided to make HIV infection testing mandatory for refugees, immigrants and people wanting to study or work here for more than 2 years from July nextyear. He also says Internal Affairs dept, Crown Law Office, Treasury, Health ministry, Social Services and Justice dept officials all opposed mandatory testing; Aids Fndn director Kevin Hague questions rationale behind decision - i/ved. (Mng Rpt) AMERICAS CUP - BOAT CRACKS - Young America syndicate determined to get back on water despite yesterday' sincident where its boat cracked dwon the middle while racing in Louis Vuitton series. Skipper Ed Baird describes extent of damage; Young America spokesperson Jane Eagleson says team's challenge continues - i/ved. (Mng Rpt)
0730 NEWS/WEATHER NZ PAPERS TRAFFIC REPORT FINANCE UPDATE SOCCER WORLD CUP for under 17s kicks off tonight at North Harbour stadium in AK. 16 nations represented divided into 4 groups of 4 for preliminary stage of tournament, with groups based in AK, Napier, CH, and DN. Reporter Graham McKerracher follows the build-up. HOME FIREARMS - police warn people against buying guns to allay fears of being attacked in their homes, say self defence not a legal reason for owning a gun. Gunshop owners claim more people trying to buy weapons for self defence. (Eric Frykberg) SUBSTANDARD VEHICLES - during 3-day road safety blitz in AK, police ordered off road 31 substandard vehicles, some of which were dangerously rusted while others had warrants expired for more than 5 years. One was a school bus with faulty brakes. Live i/v with Tony Friedlander, Road Transport Forum, and George Fairbairn, AA. U.S. - EGYPT AIR CRASH - US Navy underwater robot finds flight data recorder, raising hopes of clues as to why plane crashed, killing all 217 people on board. Live i/v with correspondent Nathan King.
0800 NEWS/WEATHER ELECTION - SPENDING PROMISES - LABOUR defends its $4.4 billion election promises against criticism from political rivals. Half the money going into party's 7 main pledges ranging from housing and health to industry development and restoration of superannuation to 65% of average wage. National's Bill English says Labour doesn't have tax take available to meet all its promises, while Labour's Michael Cullen says National's tax plans are unsound; live i/v re tax issue with Alliance leader Jim Anderton, ACT leader Richard Prebble, and NZ First leader Winston Peters. CHILD STATISTICS - child advocates say status of young people should be election issue because health and welfare statistics are getting worse. Mortality rate for under-5s is 15th out of 21 OECD countries, youth suicide rate one of highest, and as many as third live in households below poverty line. Children themselves feeling under stress. (Shona Geary) SCHIZOPHRENIA DRUGS - Pharmac to spend extra $55 million over next 5 years, says it will ensure schizophrenics can have access to 3 new, expensive anti-psychotic drugs. Comment from Mental Health Commissioner Barbara Disley; live i/v with Pharmac general manager Wayne McNee. AIDS TESTING - live i/v with Health correspondent Rae Lamb re govt's decision to impose mandatory testing on refugees, immigrants, and those wanting to study or work in NZ, despite advice against it from wide range of public service advice. TRAFFIC REPORT
0830 NEWS/WEATHER/SPORTS AMERICAS CUP - windy weather forces another postponement of racing in Louis Vuitton challenger series. Live i/v with correspondent Penny Whiting re that and Young America's boat cracking down the middle. SOCCER WORLD CUP for under-17s kicks off tonight, with Junior All Whites as hosts and determined to boost profile of game in NZ. Live i/v with coach Kevin Fallon. INTERNATIONAL PAPERS ORGANICS INDUSTRY - 2 visiting international food experts challenge comments about their industry made by Dennis Avery, Hudson Inst, at NZ Fertiliser Manfacturers Research Assn conference. Peter Seger and Volkert Englesman work for 2 of leading organic companies in Europe, say Dennis Avery wrong when he claims it would be a mistale for NZ food producers to convert to organic production. (Heugh Chappell) CHECHNYA - GEORGIA - Russian authorities ask Georgia to close its borders with Chehcnya, thus preventing refugees crossing into Georgia. This has put Georgia in difficult position. I/v with Moscow correspondent Charles Maynes.

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Ngā Taonga Korero Collection

Date 10 Nov 1999