EYEWITNESS NEWS. 21/12/1984
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News and Current Affairs.
Misery for holiday air-travellers as Air New Zealand cabin crew strike continues. 430 flights have been cancelled due to the strike and 36,000 passengers affected, with further disruptions expected. Meeting between workers and Auckland Trades Council fails to negotiate settlement. Prime Minister David Lange refuses to meet with striking workers, while Air New Zealand management accuse workers of holding an illegal strike. Speakers: Bill Andersen (Auckland Trades Council), Norman Geary (Air New Zealand Chief Executive).
Major chemical fire at ICI factory in Mt Wellington, Auckland. Speakers: Wayne McKenzie (Fireman), Wally Mearns (Ambulance Officer).
The constitutional crisis in the days following the election of the Fourth Labour Government is examined. Speakers: Sir Robert Muldoon (outgoing Prime Minister), David Lange (Prime Minister elect), Bernie Lagan (The Dominion journalist).
Review of human stories of 1984. Shut down of St Marks School. Interview with New Zealand’s first HIV/AIDS patient. The Stone Kingdom Trust evicted from State Forest land. Street kids in Auckland. Peter Sharples speaks on his hopes for 1985. Speakers: Dr Peter Sharples.
The Reserve Bank has relaxed foreign exchange controls, allowing New Zealanders to invest money overseas more easily.
Roger Douglas, Minister of Finance, has moved to stop a planned takeover of Alex Harvey Industries by an Australian Company.
Heavy rain in Otago has raised fears of flooding.
A Post Office in Christchurch was held up by armed robbers and police have paid out the $10000 reward offered in connection with the Mangere Bridge Post Office robbery.
Wellington police are searching the Hutt Valley for an escaped prisoner, George Herbert.
Auckland police are having problems housing prisoners who cannot be taken to city jails because of industrial action by prison guards.
Underground fires are causing major fires in Britain and the United States. In Utah rescuers are trying to free miners trapped by an underground blaze, while a petrol train has crashed in the Midlands, near Manchester and created a fireball in a tunnel under the Pennines.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visits Hong Kong to sign takeover agreement with China. She says the agreement for Hong Kong to come under Chinese control in 1997 will preserve the colony’s stability and prosperity.