0609 NZ NEWSPAPERS
0611 MāORI NEWS
0616 NEWS STORY: ELECTIVE SURGERY - concern new booking system won't provide enough operations and for people no longer eligible, private insurance has become prohibitive. Grey Power says elderly are biggest candidates for low priority elective surgery. I/v with health spokesperson Dr Ron Baker re why booking system causing concern among the elderly. (Helen Matterson)
0621 RURAL NEWS
0626 SPORTS STORY: EUROPEAN SPORTS - live i/v with correspondent Ian Borthwick. (rugby in Europe, weekend games and French team for Latin Cup)
0636 NEWS STORY: TAXATION - Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash supports Finance minister Bill Birch's comments that top tax rates should drop to 25 cents in dollar. Comment also from Texas consultant Prof Bcully (replay) and VUW Emeritus Economics professor Bryan Philpott who's sceptical. (Eric Fryberg)
0640 OVERSEAS NEWSPAPERS
0642 MANA NEWS
0651 BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS: CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT - markets react negatively to bigger than expected deficit, with dollar dropping and wholesale interest rates rising. (Rodney Joyce) FINANCE/MARKETS AMP SOCIETY unveils more details today of plan to become publicly listed finance services company, publishing information pack on proposed demutualisation. (Gyles Beckford) illegible WAREHOUSE confirms it made $35 million in profit in year to July, up 66% a previous 12 months. Comment from chief exec Stephen Tindall. (Rodney Joyce) ECONOMIC GROWTH - Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash defends NZ's growth record, says it's been one of best in world, suggests lower tax rates could help boost, it higher. (Bronwen Evans) JOB ADVERTS - number in major metropolitan newspapers declines again in Septerber, 7th month in row in ANZ Bank's survey. (Rodney Joyce) WALTUS PROPERTY CO releases details of planned float of 2 properties, AK's KMG Centre and WB's Mobil on the Park block. Property analyst Peter Sigley, SBC Warburg, bullish on planned float. (Rodney Joyce) BUSINESS BRIEFS
0700 INTRO/NEWS ELECTIVE SURGERY - large numbers of people on waiting lists could miss out as illegible Ron Baker, NZ Health Insurer Assn chair Tony Douglas, and health economist Pim Borren. (Helen Matterson); Private Hospitals Assn saus urgent action needed to sort out crisis over elective surgery. Live i/v with president Dr David Rankin. PALESTINE - HAMAS LEADER returns to huge homecoming in Gaza Strip after being freed from serving life sentence in Israeli jail.. Sheik Ahmed Yassin released in exchange for 2 Israeli secret service agents captured in bungled assassination attempt in Jordan. I/v with correspondent Lyse Doucett.(Mng Rpt) TAXATION - Business Round Table head Roger Kerr supports lower tax rates, says scales should be flattened and top scale reduced to 20% or less over next few years - i/ved. (Mng Rpt); Dr Paul Dalziel, Lincoln Univ economist, says taxres should not be decreased and any spare cash should be spent on public services - i/ved live; live i/v with Economics correspondent Bronwen Evans.
0730 NEWS/WEATHER/SPORTS FINANCE UPDATE ARTS FUNDING - Royal NZ Ballet says it can't survive on funding from Creative NZ and asks govt to fund it on same basis as NZ Symphony Orchestra. Associaste Treasurer Tuariki Delamere says he won't support any more money goin to Ballet or NZSO unless Māori arts and culture also get public funding. Live i/v with Mr Delamere and Ballet general manager John Page. KFC FINE - KFC owner Restaurant brands fined $24,000 after it was found to have under-measured pottles of salad and potatoes and gravy at several outlets. Consumers' advocates says fine is warning to retailers to ensure public gets what it pays for. Comment from Consumers Inst head David Russell, Tony Leverton of Consumer Affairs ministry, and Jim Colier, chief exec of Restaurant Brands. (Karon Gregory-Hunt) MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT - ACT throws its support behind campaign to reduce number of MPs. WN woman Margaret Robertson launches petition to force referendum on whether there should be 120 or 99 MPs; live i/v with ACT leader Richard Prebble. TEACHERS - PAY PARITY - NZEI enters 2nd round of contract negotiations with Education ministry today, support unified pay structure proposed by govt because they believe they'll get pay parity from it. PPTA opposing structure. Live i/v with Education correspondent Cushla Managh.
0800 NEWS/WEATHER ELECTIVE SURGERY - Private Hospitals' assn says health insurance should be tax deductible and GPs should have more control over health budget. I/v with Health minister Bill English re GPs as fund-holders. (Mng Rpt) TAXATION - live i/v with Finance minister Bill Birch re lower tax rates. INTERNATIONAL PAPERS KIDNEY DIALYSIS ROW - bid to get Rau Williams renal dialysis through private hospital fails. Now 3 weeks since his last dialysis. (Lisa Owen) NATIONAL PARTY - CAUCUS all day today, expected to review fresh moves to reverse slide in polls. Live i/v with Political correspondent Stephen Harris. illegible - GREENHOUSE GASES - President Clinton says U.S. will work to reduce CO2 emissions ahead of summit in Japan later this year. Ken Piddington, convenor of NZ's sustainable energy forum, in U.S. observing trends - i/ved. (Mng Rpt)
0830 NEWS/SPORTS BRITISH CABINET MINISTER David Clark, Public Services minister and Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster, in NZ to look at govt reform and how they could be applied in Britain - i/ved live. BOSNIAN CROATS - 10 suspected war criminals jailed in The Hague after turning themselves in for trial at U.N. War Crimes Tribunal. Group includes political leader Derio Kordic, one of tribunal's most wanted men with correspondent Lauren Comiteau. (Mng Rpt) CHRISTOPHER CREAN CASE - trial of 4 gang members continues in New Plymouth High Court. One of 3 key prosecution witnesses giving evidence through special video illegible in Pacific in WWII to help clear up wreckage. Foreign minister Patterson Oli tells U.N. General Assembly there are large numbers of unexploded bombs and ammunition dumps still littering solomons. I/v with govt information director Johnson Honomae. (Mng Rpt) PALESTINE - HAMAS LEADER - swap forced on Israel by bungled assassination attempt in Jordan. Israeli PM Netanyahu orders inquiry. Live i/v with Jerusalem correspondent David Horovitz.