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What’s on RNZ News at 8am – Nov 1

A civil litigation consultant says New Zealanders living on PFAS contaminated land should pursue legal action against the Government; and Canterbury farmers say they're at breaking point.

1.The small Southland community of Otautau is reeling about the death of an 8-year-old boy on Wednesday night. A young person has been charged with the boys murder and appeared in the Youth Court yesterday afternoon.

2.A civil litigation consultant says New Zealanders living on PFAS contaminated land should pursue legal action against the Government. A number of Australians who live on land contaminated by the chemical compound are suing their government arguing that the value of their properties have plummeted as a result of the contamination.

3. Canterbury farmers say they're at breaking point. A recent Ministry of Health report presented to MPs showed suicide was up 20 percent in rural areas compared to a drop of 10 percent in cities and towns.Droughts, floods, earthquakes, farm debt, M bovis, looming water quality reforms and climate change legislation have Canterbury farmers feeling under the pump.

4.The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution to formally proceed with the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.The measure detailed how the inquiry will move into a more public phase and was not a vote on whether to impeach the president.

5.Gun historians in Taranaki are describing law abiding firearms owners as the persecuted minority, and say a ban on advertising their show is further proof of that.

6.Support for Labour in the Indian community could be on shaky ground, with some resigning from their long-time party memberships or vowing not to vote for the party next year, as the backlash to the government's immigration policies continues.

7.The government and Auckland Council have agreed to make ex gratia payments for some Albert Street businesses most severely hurt by the disruption. But exactly who will get payments and how much has yet to be determined. At least 20 shop owners say pedestrians less often visit what is now a permanent construction site along Albert Street.

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