0609 NZ NEWSPAPERS
0611 NEWS STORY TAIWAN - QUAKE - DEATH TOLL - Taiwan's worst quake on record leaves more than 1700 people dead More than 2,500 believed to be buried in debris of collapsed buildings. (CNN) EAST TIMOR - VIOLENCE outbreaks despite peacekeepers' presence. 2 journalists attaced by pro-independence militia and photographer thought to have been kidnapped. Reprot that 3 pro-Indonesian militiamen and one pr-independence fighter killed in gun battle. (CNN) U.N. - CLINTON - President Clinton tells UN General Assembly it's the business of humanity to halt the biggest crimes against humanity. (BBC) illegible RURAL NEWS illegible - NZ Dairy Group still open to merger discussions with Kiwi Dairies despite its annoyance at Kiwi's merger plans with Northland Dairy Co-op. (Diana Leufkens) MEGA MERGER - Massey Univ study shows uncertainty surrounding proposed mega merger contributing to flat dairy farm market, and to market for fattening farms suitable for dairy conversion. Prof Bob Hargreaves says predictions for low dairy farm sales volumes and prices are linked to expected increase in value of dairy company shares. (Diana Leufkens) MODIFIED CROPS - visiting British scientist Catherine Moyes says genetically modified crops don't have to be threat to organic production, says non-modified crops can be effectively protected with techniques used for many years in certified seed industry. (Kevin Ikin) HOP GROWERS expecting better incomes from ingredients for healthier beer. Many contracted to supply pesticide-free hops for major international brewer, thanks to HortResearch and a special predator insect. (Diana Leufkens) AGRICULTURAL TRAINING - Agricultural Industry Training Orgn has new national diploma to reflect changes in farming practice. Spokesperson Susan Berry says new diploma replaces Advanced Trade Certificate in Farm Business Management. (illegible Leufkens) illegible SPORTS STORY AUSTRALIAN SPORT - i/v with correspondent Ross Solley. (netball, cricket)
0635 NEWS STORY CANCER SMEARS - health authorities can't say how many people at risk as result of work of Gisborne pathologist Michael Bottrill. Investigation reveals Dr Bottrill misread 129 cervical smear slides out of 5,000, with further 20,000 slides still be re-checked. Health Funding Authority taking wider look, will also breast slides. Comment from Tracy Mellor of HFA, Alliance MP Phillida Bunkle, Gisborne GP Andrew Wilson, patient Karen Middleton and Jo Bransgrove, Cancer Society. INTERNATIONAL PAPERS MANA Māori TRAFFIC REPORT
0648 BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS INTERNET CHARGE - Telecommunications Users Group critical of govt giving Telecom go-ahead on
0867 internet scheme. Telecom wants heavy users of internet on residential phone network to switch to separate free service, those who don't will be charged more. Rival internet providers say Telecom trying to take control of internet market and move violates kiwi-share agreement. Comment from Communications minister Maurice Williamson and Ernie Newman, Telecommunications Users Group. (Clare Sziranyi) IHUG internet company happy SKY Television has scrapped plans to buy into it, says it has other suitors and options. (Clare Sziranyi) FINANCE/MARKETS MARKET REVIEW AUSTRALIA - BUSINESS TAX - federal govt releases plans for re-write of business tax, including cut in company tax rate to 30% in two stages. Package also includes overhaul of capital gains tax, revamped accelerated depreciation rules. tax breaks for overseas companies investing in venture captial and simplified taxes for small business. Comment from Graham Bailey, KPMG's national managing partner for tax and legal. (Clare Sziranyi) SUBMARINE TOURISM - promoters of Fiordland venture, Submarine Adventures, already looking at future expansion, even before carrying its first paying customers. Company expects to have small, electrically powered sub carrying some of the 370,000 tourists who visit Milford Sound by middle of next year. Private group of investors headed by Otago Univ head of marine science, prof Paul Mladenov. (Gyles Beckford) BUSINESS BRIEFS
0700 INTRO/NEWS TAIWAN - QUAKE - SURVIVORS - tens of thousands of people spending night camped in fields and parks, after 7.6 force quake. Hong Kong Univ engineering professor Adrian Chandler says Taiwan can expect more aftershocks. I/v with radio news reporter Geoffrey Mindich. (Mng Rpt) CANCER SMEARS - re-examination of 5,000 cervical smear slides shows Gisborne pathologist Dr Michael Bottrill misread 129 of them, giving all-clear to women in fact had highly abnormal cells. Further 20,000 slides dating back to 1990 yet to be re-tested. Govt announces full Ministerial inquiry to establish what went wrong and if it's isolated case. But Karen Middleton, spokesperson for group of Gisborne women whose slides were misread, says those found to have had low risk of cancer when samples taken, are now being discriminated against in terms of compensation; live i/v with Tracy Mellor, Health Funding Authority; live i/v with Wendy Ure, member of support group for Gisborne women whose smears were mis-read. EAST TIMOR - PEACEKEEPERS - Australia says peacekeeping troops have secured key areas around Dili without any resistance but commander Maj-Gen Peter Cosgrove illegible it will be weeks rather than days before peace could be restored. In some areas, relief as soldiers arrive. (BBC); AID - Darwin correspondent David Webber says getting desperately needed food and medical supplies into territory still proving difficult.
0730 NEWS/WEATHER TRAFFIC REPORT NZ PAPERS FINANCE UPDATE BUSINESS TAX - govt says despite cuts to Australian corporate tax rate, NZ has no immediate plans to follow suit. Australian govt announces plans to cut corporate rate to 30% over next 2 years, leading to warnings that more NZ businesses will move across Tasman. I/v with Treasurer Bill English.(Mng Rpt); live i/v with Michael Barnett, chair of Chamber of Commerce. U.N. - CLINTON - President Clinton urges UN General Assembly to strengthen ability to stop outbreaks of mass killings, says US can't do it all. Mr Clinton says difficulty, dangers and costs of operation no excuse for doing nothing; live i/v with UN correspondent Judy Lessing, with comment from Secretary General Kofi Annan.
0800 NEWS/WEATHER EARTHQUAKES - British scientists says world suffering unlucky run of earthquakes near vulnerable populated areas, but there haven't been more large quakes this year than in any other. Live i/v with Dr Terry Webb, Seismological Observatory in WN. CANCER SMEARS - it will be months before all the thousands of patients whose cancer slides may have misread by Gisborne pathologist Michael Bottrill willknow if they're at high risk. I/v with Alliance MP Phillida Bunkle and Health minister Wyatt Creech. INDONESIA - PRESIDENT Habibie urges people and parliament to accept East Timor's vote for independence, says it's in Indonesia's best interests. I/v with correspondent Mark Bowling. INDONESIA - ARMY - military's near-total control over society slipping since downfall of President Suharto. Analysts say army hard-lliners now trying to shore up position ahead of new parliament and expected election of new head of state in November. Live i/v with Douglas Kammen, Canty Univ political scientist who's just returned from conference of non-govt organisations in Indonesia, discussing role of military and its influence. STOUT KIWIS - extensive survey carried out by Otago Univ shows NZers are 3.2 kgs heavier than 8 years ago. Survey to be presented at Pacific Partners in Nutrition conference in Ak, where dietitians and nutritionists are looking at what people in Pacific regiona are eating, what they weigh and what can be done to combat obesity. (Melita Tull) illegible NEWS/WEATHER/SPORTS TRAFFIC REPORT NETBALL - Silver Ferns say they're fired up and ready to take on all-comers as they prepare for opening match at world netball championships. Live i/v with coach Yvonne Willering. MILLENNIUM HOLIDAYS - Hospitality Assn urging people who haven't yet made plans to get started so accommodation sector can prepare accordingly. Some centres fully booked for millennium events but others seem less well prepared. Comment from Hospitality Assn chief exec Bruce Robertson, Rae Knutson of Turning Point 2000 ( Christchurch City Council), manager of Millennium Office Sharon van Gulik, and minister in charge of Millennium events, Murray McCully. (Blair McLaren) INTERNATIONAL PAPERS BOOKER PRIZE - widely tipped contenders Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth, and Roddy Doyle omitted from shortlist, judges opting for wide range of styles and authors. Live i/v with "The Independent" literary editor and Booker judge Boyd Tonkin. BRITAIN - ROWDY KIWIS - MP Ken Livingston having trouble with his rowdy neighbours, group of young NZers who hold too many parties in his quiet street illegible London's Cricklewood. He's i/ved. (Mng Rpt)