Across the Ditch: NZ Defence Deployment to Iraq Extended + Auckland Road Tolls + All Blacks V Wales

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Across the Ditch: Australian radio FiveAA.com.au‘s Peter Godfrey and EveningReport.nz‘s Selwyn Manning deliver this week’s bulletin and discuss:

First up: Weather comparison + Headlines round up.

ITEM ONE
Defence/Security:

New Zealand Government commits to extend defence deployment to Iraq for another two years.

Announced a week after revealing a $20 billion defence spend up over the next two decades.

ITEM TWO
New Tech Plan for Road Tolls

The government and Auckland Council are considering applying a toll for drivers on Auckland’s motorways.

It’s a bid to help pay for the city’s huge infrastructure upgrades, including an underground rail loop in the inner city and interconnecting the city’s numerous motorways and arterial routes.

The burden of paying for the construction is something the government is loathed to meet, and the city’s ratepayers have already faced significant rate increases since the region amalgamated into a fairly expansive single city.

SPORT
All Blacks V Wales:

Thankfully Selwyn does not have to eat his hat on air as the All Blacks did beat Wales last Saturday night. The third and final test is played this weekend in the cold deep south of the South Island in the city of Dunedin. Julian Savea is back in the side and there’s been some tweaking by the coach Steve Hansen.

Across the Ditch broadcasts live on Australia’s FiveAA.com.au and webcasts on EveningReport.nz LiveNews.co.nz and ForeignAffairs.co.nz.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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