0609 NZ NEWSPAPERS
0611 NEWS STORY ELECTION - ENROLMENT - today last day for enrolling to vote, still more than 270,000 eligible voters still to enrol. But polling booths around country are busy taking early and special votes. (Catherine Harris) INDONESIA - ACEH - HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES - Parliament questions senior Army leaders, including former commander Gen Wiranto, about human rights abuses in Aceh province. Outside Parliament, thousands of demonstrators call for referendum on Aceh's future. (BBC) SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS - concern in education sectors that Education ministry not releasing latest figures on number of pupils suspended from schools. Last term a law change came into force that was heralded as solution to rising numbers, illegible some groups are accusing ministry of withholding figures out of embarassment. (Mary-Jane Aggett)
0620 RURAL NEWS WORLD TRADE ORGN - Fed Farmers president Alistair Polson says lack of progress in preliminary talks heading into Seattle negotiations is a concern but not end of road. US wants WTO members to agree to start negotiations focused mainly on agriculture, services and industrial trade barriers but European Union and Japan, in particular, expected to resist 15-nation Cairns Group's calls for end to all farm subsidies. (Kevin Ikin) WOOL PRICES at CH and Napier ease back bit after last week's solid increases. (Kevin Ikin) HORTRESEARCH JOBS - 10 positions may be threatened following review of one its research sectors. PSA organiser Malcolm Blair says 10 staff, including scientists, technicians and support staff, told their jobs might be on the line because their projects are under-funded. (Veronica Meduna) MEGA MERGER - new dairy farmers lobby group, Farmers For Control, says dairy industry should consider appointing international arbitrator to help it push through plan. Bay of Plenty spokesperson Catherine Bull says talks between NZ Dairy Group and Kiwi seem to be going nowhere. (Kevin Ikin) OTAGO/SOUTHLAND FLOODING - local bodies reacting quickly in making funds available for emergency flood repair work as details emerge of damage. (Kevin Ikin)
0625 SPORTS STORY RUGBY - Rob Fisher announces he won't seek re-appointment as NZRFU chair when his term ends early next year. Announcement comes as details released of 6 member panel to carry out i/vs of prospective All Black coaches. Live i/v with correspondent John McBeth.
0635 NEWS STORY BRITAIN/FRANCE - MILITARY RELATIONSHIP - both countries agree on much closer military realtionship, declaration outlines specific areas fo co-operation such as shared use of transport assets. Decision follows problems faced by European countries in responding to crisis in Kosovo. Live i/v with London correspondent Dominic Waghorn. INTERNATIONAL PAPERS MANA MāORI TREATY SETTLEMENTS minister Sir Douglas Graham criticises ACT's policy. TREATY EDUCATION insufficient, according to Robert Consedine who runs seminars on the Treaty of Waitangi and settlements. TRAFFIC REPORT
0648 BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS OTTERGOLD - GPG wins significant round in battle with Otter Gold and its chief exec Tony Radford. Mr Radford accepts ruling of Stock Exchange market surveillance panel that votes and proxies held by GPG were valid and should have been included in votes cast at recent annual meeting. Results expected to show Mr Radford being ousted as director. (Gyles Beckford) BUSINESS CONFIDENCE perky, according to National Bank survey for November. Live i/v with chief economist Brendan O'Donovan. FINANCE/MARKETS MORTGAGE RATES - Reserve Bank's raising of official cash rate used to justify increase in floating home rates close to 7% by several lenders. But more significant change occurring - short term fixed home loans starting to be more expensive than floating rates. Grant Clifton, Home Trust Mortgages, says he's not surprised - i/ved. (Gyles Beckford) ORION, CH-based energy business to put North Island gas interest up for sale. Managing director Chris Laurie says plan to be national energy retailer with distribution businesses stymied by energy sector reforms and independent review suggest selling the gas interests. (Gyles Beckford) BUSINESS BRIEFS
0700 INTRO/NEWS ELECTION - POLLS - latest 3, NZ Herald-Digipoll, One Network News-Colmar Brunton, and TV3-CM, show clear trend with Labour leading National by between 5 and 10 points. Alliance support steady at around 8%, while polls disagree about ACT, giving it between 7 and 11%. All 3 show Greens moving above 5% threshold. Live i/v with Political editor Al Morrison. ELECTION - CAMPAIGN MOMENTS - a look back at the high and low points. (Kathryn Ryan) ELECTION - LEADERS - live i/v with Helen Clark; live i/v with Jenny Shipley.
0730 NEWS/WEATHER NZ PAPERS FINANCE UPDATE CHINA - FERRY FIRE - close to 120 people confirmed dead after fire on passenger ferry in stormy waters off east coast. Rescue effort hampered by massive waves and freezing temperatures. At least 200 passengers still missing, little hope for their survival. I/v with Beijing correspondent Adam Brooke. (Mng Rpt) HOPE/SMART MURDERS - High Court in WN to decide today if Scott Watson, convicted of murders of Olivia Hope and Ben Smart, will serve more than minimum non-parole period. Live i/v with Court reporter Merle Nowland. TURKEY - OCALAN SENTENCE - Court of Appeal upholds death sentence against Kurd rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, convicted earlier this year of treason and causing deaths of 30,000 people during violent campaign for Kurdish independence. Constitutional lawyer Prof Mumta Soysal says Turkey's leaders may realise it's politically wiser to keep Ocalana alive. Defence lawyer Britta Borlan agrees it's unlikely death sentence will be carried out, particularly as Turkey wants to join European Union; i/v with correspondent Chris Morris. (Mng Rpt) OTAGO/SOUTHLAND FLOODING - live i/v with Queenstown mayor Warren Cooper delayed because of line problems. WELLINGTON - MUSEUM - new $12.5 million Museum of Wellington City and Sea opens officially tomorrow. Old Maritime Museum on Queens Wharf has been strengthened and refurbished but opens in debt because project failed to attract enough sponsorship. (Mark Torley)
0800 NEWS/WEATHER ELECTION - LEADERS' CAMPAIGNS - Stephen Harris reports on Jenny Shipley's campaign; Sarah Boyd reports on Helen Clark's; Clare Sziranyi reports on Jim Anderton's campaign; Todd Niall reports on Winston Peters'; Kathryn Street reports on Richard Prebble's. (all live) ELECTION - UNCOMMITTED VOTE - is the panel of uncommitted voters any nearer making decisions? Live discussion with Angelina Wilson, Māori student and solo mother from DN, Opunake pharmacist Grant Cavaney, AK marketing manager Adam Jones, and Betty Perkins, farmer's wife and former teacher from Paekakariki. BENDON CLOSURE - Te Aroha plant closes its doors today, 98 people out of work, leaving small Waikato town with no major employer. Andrew McRae reports live from the factory gates.
0830 NEWS/WEATHER/SPORTS TENNIS - ATP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Hannover. In round 2, Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov beats Thomas Enqvist of Sweden. Andre Agassi defeats Pete Sampras and will soon play Nicholas Keifer. Live i/v with correspondent Craig Gabrielle. OTAGO/SOUTHLAND FLOODING - Queenstown mayor Warren Cooper confident tourism will pick up in wake of floods although parts of Queenstown still under water. He's i/ved live. INTERNATIONAL PAPERS EREBUS ANNIVERSARY - 20 years since Air NZ Flight 901 crashed in Antarctic, killing all 257 passengers and crew. Crash has had lasting effect on air safety internationally. (Paul Diamond) WEEKEND WEATHER OZ SPOT - live i/v with Phil Kafcaloudes. (mine collapse; coon cheese row; Australian athletes of century named - Don Bradman and Dawn Fraser) ELECTION - TAURANGA BOYS' POLL - political poll in Tauranga Boys' College newspaper "Reflector" has correctly predicted govt at every election since it began in 1973. Predicted this year that National party will win, in coalition with ACT. Is it right this time? Live i/v with "Reflector" editor Peter Cokk.