Across the Ditch: Helen Clark Ends UNSG Campaign + Big Storm Looms + All Blacks

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Across the Ditch: Australian radio FiveAA.com.au’s Peter Godfrey and EveningReport.nz’s Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin Across the Ditch. This week Peter and Selwyn discuss how former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark’s bid has ended for the UN secretary general position. Also, a BIG storm looms for NZ, and also All Black Aaron Smith has been sent back to New Zealand after a scandal emerged.

FIRST UP:
Weather comparison
Currency comparison
Headlines roundup

ITEM ONE:
Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark’s bid for the United Nations secretary general job has concluded after the UN security council’s permanent five members exercised their votes over night. It is believed the USA, Russia, and France gave Clark the red card.

Helen Clark has congratulated winner Portugal’s former prime minister and former head of the UN’s refugee body, Antonio Guterres.

Guterres came through the security council members vote with a green-light, meaning he was well ahead of all other contenders.

ITEM TWO:
Weather – New Zealand Civil Defence has issued a weather warning for Thursday and Friday, forecasting gales, lighting, flooding, and possible tornadoes threatening the North Island and upper South Island.

The storm is approaching only days after the country had a good drenching from the storm that hit South Australia so hard last week, knocking out your power.

By the time it crossed the ditch, the sting in the storm had eased, but the ground in NZ is still saturated, and with another significant storm looming, the expectation is that flooding and slips will occur.

ITEM THREE:
Sport – With Aussie’s Wallabies off to Argentina to play the Pumas this weekend, the All Blacks head to Durban to take on the Springboks on their home soil. And, key All Black halfback Aaron Smith is heading home from South Africa after information emerged that he and his girlfriend entered a disabled persons public toilet at Christchurch Airport. The All Black senior management spoke to Smith and instructed that he be sent home before the All Blacks V Springbok game scheduled for this Sunday.

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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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