NZ News from Anythingforyou.co.nz -Nov /Dec 07
18 Dec 2007
Hello and welcome to the November / December edition of NZ News.
I’m afraid this is a bit of an abridged version of our usual news due to the fact we are so busy getting all your gifts out I just haven’t had the free hours it takes to put this together this month. I’m sure you will all understand when you get that thank you mail or call from your loved ones here at home this Christmas!
Speaking of Christmas we are really coming to the crunch now so any of you who are still “intending /planning” to get that last minute gift ordered you need to act now. NZ post closes tomorrow for Christmas delivery but we will be able to courier right up to this Friday 21/12. We have all our Christmas baskets up on site now which are popular as ever, and a great range of other gifts including some of the latest DVD’s, books, clothing etc… If you don’t want your loved one to miss out get in fast!
Merry Christmas, and thank you for all your support throughout the year.
Owner –Anything for you ltd
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MALLARD PLEADS GUILTY
Troubled Labour Minister Trevor Mallard shocked everyone today by pleading guilty to a charge of “Fighting in a public place”. The Minister was in the district court to defend him self in the private prosecution brought by Graham McCready in relation to his assault on National MP Tau Henare. Some sort of deal saw the Minister plead guilty to the lesser charge, which is not technically a “criminal offence” and won’t threaten his job as an MP (as an assault conviction would have). He is also required to make a $500 donation to the Salvation Army.
ELECTORAL FINANCE BILL PASSES INTO LAW
The Governments extremely controversial bill aimed at controlling who can run political campaigns during election years has passed into law by a slim 63 -57 margin.
The bill, which is a direct response to the brethrens $1M + campaign to discredit the government last election, places $120,000 limit on campaigning by any individuals who are not political parties. Opponents say it is a direct attack on free speech in NZ by a government who want to gag their detractors. The Government claim it is an attempt to stop the “Americanisation” of NZ politics where big money can sway the system. Somehow it seems despite today’s vote this issue is not over.
NATIONAL HEADS POLLS FOR CHRISTMAS
John Key got an early gift this month when both of NZ’s major polls released their latest figures showing National far enough ahead to create a government alone. National had made major ground over a resurgent Labour, while Key has also vaulted firmly back into the lead for most preferred Prime Minister. Both polls interestingly also showed the Greens and NZ First falling below the 5% threshold, suggesting that without electoral seats both could be gone come the next election.
NATIONAL OUTCRY OVER MEDAL HEIST
A gang of very professional and organised thieves burgled the National War Museum in Waiouru this month, making off with millions of dollars worth of NZ’s most treasured medals. The haul of nearly 100 medals included 9 Victoria Crosses, the most treasured and rare medals in the world. Police are still investigating but fear the medals were stolen to order by expert criminals and may never be found.
WELLINGTON DHB SICK ITSELF
The government has stepped in and appointed Sir John Anderson as Chairman of Capital and Cost DHB after a string of health care issues have hit the press about the dysfunctional Health board. The board is facing a forecast NZ$48M deficit by 2009, along with major staff issues and chronic specialist staff shortages. Anderson has four months to put together a rescue plan or the board faces dismissal and replacement with a Crown Commissioner.
RICKARDS FINALLY GETS THE HINT
Disgraced assistant police commissioner Clint Rickards has finally resigned from the NZ police force. Rickards was acquitted on Rape charges, but admitted to inappropriate group sex with teenagers during his time as a police officer in Rotorua. He further angered police managers by openly stating his support for his former police colleagues who were in prison for other sexual offences. No details have been released on what deal may have been done to see him go quietly, but it is widely believed that he would have been paid out to make a quiet exit and spare the NZ Police any more damage.
GRAEME HENRY GETS TWO MORE YEARS
The AB’s incumbent coach has kept his job after a review and interview process by the NZ Rugby Union. It was a two horse race between Henry and high flying Crusaders coach Robbie Deans. It came as a surprise to many that the man famously quoted as saying “Judge me on our World Cup results” when criticised was kept on while the seemingly more popular Deans was passed over. The two will soon get the chance to prove who really is the best coach though, as Deans has since taken on the role of head coach for the Wallabies.
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