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What’s on RNZ News at midday – Oct 30

Pharmacists will soon be able to vaccinate people aged 16 and over against measles; and the National Party says it will block gang members and their associates from the dole if they can't prove legal income or assets

1.Pharmacists will soon be able to vaccinate people aged 16 and over against measles. Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter said that would help stop the outbreak and improve immunity.

2.A man has told the Royal Commission investigating abuse in state and faith-based care, that the beatings he endured in the care of the state eventually cost an innocent man his life. Dr. Rawiri Waretini Karena now an expert on the Maori experience of intergenerational trauma is one of 28 witnesses giving evidence to the Inquiry’s two week public hearing. 

3.The National Party says it will block gang members and their associates from the dole if they can't prove legal income or assets. Simon Bridges told Morning Report the party is determined to crack down on gangs.

4.British MP’s have voted overwhelmingly to hold a snap general election on 12th December to try to  break the deadlock over Brexit. It’s been seen as a victory for the Prime Minister Boris Johnson whose minority Government has failed on three previous occasions to force an early election.   

5.Today is the 100th day since occupiers of the disputed land at Ihumātao was served an eviction notice from Police. About 30 people remain camped at the south Auckland site as part of efforts to stop a housing development being built by the owner of the land Fletcher Building.    

6.The Fire Service says it’s new structure still has room for improvement despite an independent report commending it’s handling of the Tasman forest fires in February.  

7.The Ministry for Primary Industries thinks the fight against the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) will peak in the middle of next year. It remains more confident than ever that eradication will be possible but sets a 10-year timeframe for that battle to be won.

8.Nearly $20 million has been earmarked to help get Dunedin's KiwiRail workshop back on track. About 90 staff were laid off when the Hillside engineering workshop was closed in 2012.

9.The former Prime Minister Sir Bill English says proposed rules around Doctors who conscientiously object to abortions are operant disgraceful and unfair. Sir Bill this morning appeared before the Select Committee considering a bill which would remove abortion from the crimes act.   

10. An Auckland  businessman has been jailed for spending investors' money on funding an extravagant lifestyle.Steven Robertson was found guilty of 23 charges of theft by a person in a special relationship, 11 of obtaining by deception and four of dishonestly using a document after judge-alone trial in August.

11.A sikh temple in Auckland has been ordered to pay tens of thousands of dollars for breaching employment laws. Earlier this year, RNZ reported on two Indian religious singers who said they had been exploited by their former employer Sri Guru Singh Gurudwara in Papatoetoe.

12. The chair of the disputed Ngapuhi mandate Tūhoronuku has stepped down. Hone Saddler, academic and ngapuhi leader resigned a few weeks ago for reasons not known. 

13.Health officials are calling on an independent authority to mediate with striking radiographers taking more industrial action this week.Hundreds of workers from 20 district health boards have walked off the job for six days so far, and radiographers are planning 80 more partial strikes.

14. New research shows there is almost no evidence to suggest that treating a rolled ankle with ice will speed up recovery. An Australian study found that applying ice  to soft tissue injuries actually slows down the healing process.

15. Victoria University is to charge students more to live in its halls next year. It says catered and non catered accommodation will increase  by a base rate of about seven percent.

16. A train supervisor in Egypt has been charged with murder after  forcing two young hawkers to jump off the moving train for having no tickets.

17.A big yellow digger has been stuck in the mud for four days on a popular North Shore beach, interrupting views to the Harbour Bridge.Auckland Transport said the Harbourmaster is working with the Little Shoal Bay Boating Club to ensure they recover the digger.

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