Hi all and welcome to another week and your letter from home.
I have to be honest and admit that it's very hard to find something
newsworthy to lead off this edition of Kiwinews. Things are just so
boring in 'paradise.'
The politicians, who seem to make up the news headlines have been
very quiet - maybe as they consider in a parliamentary select
committee whether to grant four weeks holidays to all NZers they have
gone on holidays themselves. They (the MP'S) already get at least 4
Former Cabinet minister, Matt Robson, currently a Progressive
Coalition MP is sponsoring a bill to provide all workers with a
minimum of 4 weeks holidays a year.
The position of the Cabinet will be most influential. It is thought
the ministers, including former union officials, will take the view
that it is not now economically possible to extend the leave time and
the status quo will remain.
Matt Robson has said that if he fails to get the votes this time he
will have another attempt when Labour Minister Margaret Wilson brings
in legistation reviewing the Holidays Act.
Australia has gone out on a limb with its claim to take on terrorists
in the country of their origin. PM Howard has suggested that the
United Nations charter be amended to allow pre-emptive strikes. This
would give countries the right to attack another on maybe hearsay and
maybe without a lot of evidence- -sounds like he has been on the
phone with George Bush! What countries will do for a trade deal. We
maybe will give up our anti-nuclear stance if you read between the
line of Heln Clark's statements.
Summer has now arrived!!!! We have had three warm/hot days in a row
here in Auckland but the past month of November brought bleak times
to many places. Temperatures were below normal in the month with the
first three weeks dominated by cold south and west winds. Frosts were
recorded in many areas and devistated the grape crop as well as the
pip seed orchards and the kiwifruit industry, Losses to date have
been put at ten's of millions of dollars.
The weather also affected the America's Cup races with many
cancellations but at last the semi-finalsits have been found. Those
going forward to next week's round are Alinghi, Oracle, OneWorld and
OneWorld faces a court challenge this coming weekend from Prada and
Team Denis Connor but the outcome is unlikely to affect the racing.
OneWorld has already faced the charges and then lost a point in round
robin one -the new evidence to be presented with the backing of Team
New Zealand is likely to be set aside.
Our cricketer's, now their pay dipute is settled, get ready to face
India in a test and one day series starting mid December. Good luck
to the Black Caps -we hope they show us they deserve the extra money
Lord of the Rings, 'The Two Towers', opens on 19 December and once
again will become a box office hit.It is reported that its Director,
NZer Peter Jackson made $170 million from the first episode and
should gross the same again with the second part of the trilogy. The
benefit to the NZ economy is also huge with both the spending during
production and the effect it has on tourism as the country is seen to
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