Job losses for KiwiRail expected
Hundreds of jobs will be lost in New Zealand today alone - and Labour is laying the blame for that solely at the feet of the Government. KiwiRail plan to cut 158 jobs as it tries to make savings and an announcement is expected this afternoon about a plan for Solid Energy, with hundreds of job losses expected at mines in Huntly and Spring Creek on the West Coast.
Solid Energy miners plan to save jobs
Workers from Solid Energy Mines hope to present a plan to government this week to ensure the company's Spring Creek Mine on the West Coast remains open. The company announced in August it was cutting 140 jobs at its Huntly East coal mine in Waikato and its head office, and suspended work at Spring Creek Mine, near Greymouth, pending a review. The miners will go to Parliament tomorrow to present a joint plan prepared by the management and workers.
Relief at Taliban arrest, but still no closure for family
The uncle of a soldier killed in an attack in Afghanistan says it's a relief someone will be held accountable following the arrest of a Taliban weapons dealer, but it still won’t bring closure for the family. Coalition forces say they have captured a major figure in the Taliban network behind the attack that killed Lance Corporals Rory Malone and Pralli Durrer on 4 August.
Kaikohe man’s hunger strike for change
A Kaikohe man on a hunger strike says he will continue to protest and go without food until Work and Income NZ change their policy on food grants. Sam Kahu is a beneficiary and can’t afford to eat on what he gets paid each week and it seems he has some support from the Community.
More to school than literacy and numeracy stats, says principal
The Government will release figures this week which will allow parents to compare their child's primary or intermediate school to others. Critics of the National Standards say the data is unreliable and should not be used to compare schools. Education Minister Hekia Parata says the data will allow schools to support all learners and target those who are behind much earlier and give them the help they need. We talk to Para Meha who is the president of Māori principal group, Te Akatea and the principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Rotoiti,
Police name baby girl in unexplained death investigation
Waikato police have just released the name of the five-month-old baby that died last week. She was Shannon Lee Tai-Rakena. Results of the post mortem are not yet available and the investigation is on-going.
Māori lawyers support review of cameras in court
Māori lawyers support the call for a review of television cameras in court. Justice Minister Judith Collins says she wants to see what's working and what's not.
Plan to demolish high school wharenui causes stir
A new school plan has caused a major upset within its community with plans in place to demolish Te Puke High School’s wharenui. Many are outraged at the lack of consultation about the decision despite the plan to replace the wharenui next year. A commemorative ceremony was held at the school today.
Smith to bunk with Captain McCaw
All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith won't have any trouble sticking to team protocol in Buenos Aires this week. Smith was dropped to the bench last week after failing to follow team guidelines. However the 23-year-old says he'll be on his best behaviour this week, rooming with Captain Richie McCaw.