Morning report. 1997-10-06

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0616 NEWS STORY: WAITING LISTS - letter released to Radio New Zealand News reveals Health minister Bill English has frozen all funding to ease public hospital waiting lists, is calling on CHEs to urgently develop booking systems for surgery before any more money is forthcoming. (q). AK Hospital head of urology, Dr Colin McRae says elective surgery could be pushed back so far that patients conditions become life-threatening. (Stephen Harris)
0626 SPORTS STORY: CRICKET - NZ team thrashes Zimbabwe in 3rd and final 1-day international, making up for dismal performance earlier. Live i/v with commentator Bryan Waddle.
0636 NEWS STORY: U.S. - PROMISE KEEPERS, all-make Christian revivalist movement holds massive rally in Washington. Backlash from liberal groups. (Malcolm Brown)
0651 BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS: VIRTUAL BANKING - ASB Bank's latest development, Bankdirect, offers no bank branches, tellers or frills, can be accessed via Internet, phone or automatic teller machines and is aimed at high net worth customers. Comment from managing director Ralph Norris. BALANCE OF PAYMENTS figures due out today, with June quarter deficit expected to balloon out into record territory because of imports boosted by arrival of first Anzac frigate. Economists says NZ's current account sticks out like sore chumb from other DECD countries. Doyle Paterson chief economists Stephen Toplis says it reflects dividend flows resulting from high level of overseas investment in major NZ corporates. (Rodney Joyce) FINANCE/MARKETS PREVIEW RETIREMENT SAVING - what needs to be done to encourage it? Tax reform, including possible incentives, recommended by some. Live i/v with Coopers and Lybrand tax expert John Shewan re options and implications. (he's against tax breaks) CAR YARD - ANZ Bank will soon be owner of NZ's biggest. Subsidiary Avis Lease has signed for more than 5 ha of new 13 ha automotive property development in AK. (Rodney Joyce) INTERNET - unsolicited e-mail - Cyber Promotions of Phildelphia's access account cancelled by its Internet Service Provider because of sending out tens of millions of unsolicited messages (advertising) a day. Owner Sandford Wallace illegible
0700 INTRO/NEWS RIMUTAKA PRISON - Corrections Dept to carry out investigation following weekend riot at prison. Armed police called to prison after 14 prisoners took control of corridor area, using makeshift weapons. Live i/v with WN Police district manger, Supt Gerry Cunneen. WAITING LISTS - latest move by Health minister Bill English to freeze comes in midst of public uproar over fate of Northland kidney patient Rau Williams and unrest over suggested closure of many regional hospitals. Comment from Dr Paul Malpass, in charge of developing booking system for Midland Health, Greenlane Hospital head of cardiology Professor John Neutzo, chief executive of Capital Coast CHE, Dr Leo Mercer, and head of urology at Auckland Hospital, Dr Colin McRae. (Stephen Harris); i/v with Health minister Bill English. (Mng Rpt) FLOODS - LOWER HUTT - police to continue search today for 2nd body after finding driver of car which plunged into Hutt River near Te Marua. Lower Hutt continues to clean up after what WN Regional Council says was highest flood level there in 15 years; live i/v with WN Regional Council's Rivers dept manager, Colin Munn. ASSET TESTING - Kaitaia pensioner Harry Findlay taking Northland Health to court over CHE's right to charge him for care of late wife. He's been billed $38,000 for 2 and half years Mrs Findlay spent in Kaitaia Hospital as Alzheimers patients. I/v with his lawyer Kristy McDonald. (Mng Rpt)
0730 NEWS/WEATHER/SPORTS FINANCE UPDATE illegible - ASSASSINATION - PM Netanyahu in political storm over bungled Mossad assassination attempt he's alleged to have ordered. Analysts describe operation, in which alleged Mossad agents slipped into Jordan on forged Canadian passports and tried to kill Mamas official, as worst blunder of Israeli intelligence. I/v with correspondent David Horovitz. TELEVISION NZ - media commentatos question why availability of more TV channesl means govt should sell TVNZ. PM Bolger raised idea in speech at AK. Comment from former broadcasting Corporation chairman and CEO Ian Cross and Hong Kong media expert Simon Twiston Davies. (Eric Frykberg); live i/v with minister responsibe for TVNZ< Jenny Shipley. TAX RATE - Finance minister Bill Birch plays down newspaper reports he plans to cut top personal and corporate rate to 25 cents in dollar, comes under fierce attack from opposition parties. Comment from Alliance leader Jim Ancertor, Labour leader Helen Clark, economists Brian Easton and Paul Dalziel. (Karen Gregory-Hunt) MEXICO - POLICE KILLINGS - 6 young men believed to have been killed by police officers in series of brutal killings which have shocked nations and removed what little confidence remained in police integrity. 19 officer charged, 1 with murder and others with abuse of authority. Live i/v with correspondent James illegible.
0800 NEWS/WEATHER WAITING LISTS - some health professionals say freeze on waiting lists fund won't make hospitals adopt surgery booking system faster, as intended, but will only make matters worse. Live i/v with Prof John Neutze, head of cardiology at AK's Greenlane Hospital, and AK Hospital head of urology Dr Colin McRae. RADIOTHERAPISTS at AK Hospital say they'll withdraw planned strike action if hospital agrees to go to arbitration on contract dispute. Hospitals has issued lockout notices on more than 40 radiotherapists that take effect on Oct 17. (Lisa Owen) RIMUTAKA PRISON - Corrections Dept refuses to comment on weekend riot until investigation completed. (Nick Hirst) INTERNATIONAL PAPERS TAX RATE - Labour leader Helen Clark critical of suggestions by Finance minister Bill Birch that top tax rate should be lowered radically. His staff illegible rate. I/v with Helen Clark. (Mng Rpt) CHRISTOPHER CREAN CASE - trial starts today of 4 men accused of murdering New Plymouth man Christopher Crean who was due to be crown witness in court case. The men are charged of murdering him when he answered his door about a year ago. 3 crown witnesses will give evidence on video-link from secret location. Live i/v with Court reporter Merle Nowland. NELSON MURDER TRIAL begins today of 41 year old Mark Wilfred Harvey, charged with murdering vice president of Nelson's Lost Breed motorcycle gang, 27 year on a honfire. Live i/v with Regional reporter Helen Shea.
0830 NEWS/SPORTS WINSTON PETERS - grass-roots support in Tauranga appears to be fading fast. In recent poll, Mr Peters came distant 3rd in his own electorate and was harangued at weekend when he addressed rally protesting against health cuts. Audio of Mr Peters, comment from Tauranga Grey Power president John Jefferson, Tauranga mayor, and AK Univ political scientists Raymond Miller. (Helen Matterson) RUGBY - RANFURLY SHIELD returns to waikato, after close game with AK. Live i/v with Waikato captain Ian Foster and Hamilton mayor Margaret Evans. PHARMAC in court today to try to settle whether it's exempt from Commerce Act. Case could put end to litigations and millions of dollars Pharmac and drug companies are spending on legal fees each year. Comment from Kim Milles, chief exectuive of the Researched medicines Inst, pharmac general manager Daive Moore, and AK Univ lecturer in medical sociology, Peter Davis. (Mary-Jane Aggett) TELEVISION NZ - ATI Communications lecturer Dr wayne Hope says there should be referendum before there's any sale of TVNZ, says public broadcasting system is important part of national heritage and there's no madate for sale. He's i/ved live. VIRTUAL BANK - ASB Bank launches Bankdirect, new cyber-space banking system, accesible via Internet, phone, or ATM. (Stehnie Baird) MONDAY OZ SPOT - live i/v with correspondent Phil kafcaloudes, (federal cabinet reshuffle; NSW govt turns down power system privatisation)

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Date 06 Oct 1997

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