What’s on RNZ News at midday– Oct 29
1.New Zealand's biggest Royal Commission of Inquiry will start hearing evidence publicly for the first time today. Over the next fortnight, the inquiry investigating abuse in both state and faith-based care will hear evidence from abuse survivors, advocates, academics and lawyers.
2.A key claimant whose been granted an urgent Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into Oranga Tamariki practices says, whanau Maori are more likely to want to engage in Maori led inquiries.
3.A body has been found in the search for a missing woman just north of Piha in west Auckland. The 31-year-old fell into the water yesterday while fishing with her husband at Te Waha Point.
4.A 28-year-old man will appear in the Whanganui District Court today charged with a high profile killing of Jasmine Wilson. The young mother of two was brutally beaten to death three months ago.
5.A former teacher at Marlborough Boys College has admitted a list of charges in relation to sex with students. The 37-year-old woman entered guilty pleas in the Blenheim District Court today.
6.The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she has no update to give on the plight of the Red Cross nurse Louisa Akavi following the death of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. There were hopes some information may have been unearthed after a raid by the US military in which Baghdadi was killed.
7.The British Parliament has voted down the Prime Minister’s Boris Johnson plans for a snap election on December 12th to break the Brexit stalemate.
8.Tourism leaders say a new direct flight from Christchurch to Los Angeles is the lift off the industry needs. American Airlines will fly direct from Los Angeles to Christchurch three times a week from next year. It is also launching a service from Auckland to Dallas. The airline says the flights will launch in October 2020, and makes it the only carrier to take people direct from the United States to the South Island.
9. Ngai Tuhoe has been shocked to discover rubbish strewn on illegal campsites, toilets and falling off native trees by Freedom campers at Lake Waikaremoana.
10.Firefighters in California are battling a wildfire burning near several wealthy neighborhoods in Los Angeles, thousands of people have been forced from their homes among them the State former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
11. Statistics New Zealand says new figures show more than one in five homes are damp. 2018 census data shows nearly 320,000 homes are damp, some or all of the time.
12.An investigation has found that New Zealanders are among those propping up the fossil fuel industry, one of the main drivers of climate change. Research by The Guardian newspaper found that the world's three biggest investment firms have increased their holdings in fossil fuels by over 34 percent since 2016.
13.It's feared Auckland's resident leopard seal, Owha, has made some enemies due to her pastime of biting into and sinking inflatable dinghies at the Westhaven Marina.The 3m seal has a serious injury consistent with being shot or speared in the face, leading to concerns about her long-term prospects in one of the country's busiest stretches of water.
14.University of Canterbury students say they face long waiting lists at their campus center and some say the counselling they get is not very helpful.
15. Research shows a third of New Zealanders are cutting down on their meat consumption or not eating any at all.A survey of more than 11,000 people found 31 percent are limiting their meat intake with another three percent vegetarian or vegan.
16. Christchurch’s oldest commercial building will open tomorrow for the first time in nine years, as a cannabis museum.
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